Things might have been a bit quite around here. But we are out there, riding on weekends, doing team laps, eating pizza, drinking coffee, bonding, cycling and catching up with mates. Enjoying the summer while we can. Say hi (or high five) if you see us.
As if it wasn’t already amazing that the Tour De France was blasting through the Yorkshire dales creating a buzzing atmosphere for cycling around Britain and the World! We was approached by Le Coq Sportif to put on a ride celebrate the Tour coming to UK and London! The plan was to invite cyclists to celebrate the Tour by riding our own mini stage around the Kent countryside on Sunday, 6th of July, starting at the Le Coq Sportif store in Covent Garden and ending there just in time to grab a beer and watch the end of Stage 2, which was being held in Yorkshire.
We received great interest and had just over 20 people signed up and ready to go. We met at the Covent Garden store where we had a suprise welcome of warm coffee and cakes perfectly set up my Look Mum No Hands, it was brilliant timing as it was the greatest british weather for summer… RAIN!
We set of at 9 sharp adorning our rain jackets with the optimism that it might get sunny! We headed out over Waterloo and towards Camberwell up and through Bromley and then into the Kent countryside. I would like to say it went smoothly but travelling in a group of 20 through the streets of London with endless red lights was not an easy task. With the rain came 5 punctures in the first 20 miles!
Once we were out in the countryside the ride went really well, riders got to tackle a few of Kent’s finest climbs and a chance to try and beat me up hill . The route was a mix of hills and sweeping country lanes which would cover just over 100 kilometres.
The ride took about 4 hours which wasn’t too bad with a few stops and one very unfriendly pub owner who would not fill peoples water bottles up without purchases!
We had a nice coffee stop just before a mass TT to get back to the store in time for the Stage finish. Everyone got back safely and really enjoyed there ride, everyone stayed around to watch the TDF stage 2 finish with a lovely craft beer in hand!
I would like to thank everyone who came down, my fellow team mates George and Pascale for doing a great job helping out with the group. High Five! Also Dean “the traffic stopper Hill” for a great job he did at the back of the group.
And last but not least I would like to thank Le Coq Sportif for supplying us with awesome kit, for putting on a great ride and letting us watch the Tour at a great shop! Also thanks to Look Mum No Hands for the coffee and cakes.
Sunday saw the biggest team outing since Battenkill as the revered Trimble event ‘Neversink Invitational’ brought us out with its heady mix of good times, good people and unbelievable roads. Don was in amongst the mix of photographers sweeping the course with their lenses and capturing the suffering and elation in equal measures. Check out his full set here and click read more for the full race report. Huge props to Ryan who brought home the 3rd place podium for The 5th Floor NYC and for Malcolm to rounding of the top 10 for us too. Results posted here.
I was lucky enough to get to try the new Thule softshell RoundTrip Pro box, which I used it first for our Mallorca Training Camp.
It comes flatpacked which is great for when your not using it as you can store it away nicely! The box was easy to assemble, simply slide in the side panels and you have a rigid casing. The unique think about this box is the incorporated lightweight workstand which doubles as the internal frame of the case, it keeps your bike locked in but also allows plenty of space for your kit and wheels.
This box is great, light, easy to use and carry around with handles in all the right places! I throughly recommend this box. Thanks Thule for this smashing product. Find out more about the case on Thule’s site.
This summer, Specialized approached Deux North with an idea. They were planning to release a new bike in July, a bike built for every kind of road. They wanted us, Deux North, to sort of test their new bike on gravel roads, single track, up Mt. Tam, and along the coast from Morgan Hill to Santa Rosa, CA. We knew we needed a Hunt unlike any other before it to meet this new bike. So, we gathered the best group of people we could think of, picked a challenging route, packed our tents, left (more than) a few things unplanned, and caught a flight to California.
On June 4th, 9 hunters met in San Jose. Coming from New York, Vienna, Tucson, and California, together they made up the largest group that Deux North had ever put together. Over the following three days, we all rode from Specialized’s HQ in Morgan Hill together to Santa Cruz to compete in the King Ridge Hopper Adventure Series on the final day.
The Hunt 4 route included nearly 30% dirt roads, over 300 miles, 30,000 ft of climbing, and 24 hours of riding across 3 days and some of the most beautiful landscapes west America offers. Nights were spent at campsites and inside borrowed barns.
We will never forget this trip.
Stay tuned for the full story and video on July 15th
The 5th Floor kit provider and supporter Champion System recently caught up with Dave and dragged some answers out of him behind his motivation and continued love for cycling and what feeds that. Click read more to get the full low-down or head over to their Facebook page.
Since his return from Mallocra with the London guys Angus has been prolific in his coverage of domestic cycling events. Aside from the couple of unpublished above, you can see the full sets here. Go check em.
As many of you might have picked up on or followed along, myself Chris and Phil undertook the 500 and something trip from Brooklyn to Montreal. A day by day blow is up on the LostandFound Tumblr so instead of rehashing I’ve chosen one picture from each day that sums that day up for me and included a list of things I lost and found along the way. Oh, I’ve also thrown up the Strava maps for those interested in the routing or undertaking the same trip.
Love for Bikes
Direction (more than once)
Ego as a Cyclist/’adventurer’
Liters of blood to biting insects (no-one told me June was ‘bug month’
Quantities of unnecessary backpacking food
A ton of sleep in thunderstorms under canvas
Any desire to get back to the city
Love for Bikes
Deeper understanding and respect for the physical and mental strength needed to tour.
All sense of concern about anything other than the immediate task (which was liberating)
Phil shitting in the woods
The biggest wolf spider I’ve ever seen
Innumerable unforgettable and good times