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14 Jun

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Deux North: Specialized: Hunt 4: #seekanddiverge

June 14, 2014 | By | One Comment

There’s so much to say about the last week but very little way to capture it unless you check out the #seekanddiverge or you ride with some of the fine photographers such as Andy with whom I had the pleasure of spending the best part of the week riding through California with.

All photos in the slideshow are from Andy, those below are individually credited. Click Read more for a day by day diary account including Strava maps.

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09 Jun

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London Nocturne 2014 by Erik Jonsson

June 9, 2014 | By | No Comments

Another great London Nocturne was held yesterday and our man Erik Jonsson was there on the side line taking some great shots. Head over to his site for more photos.

It was nice to see so many friends racing and to see loads of familiar faces at the track bike crit, even Mr. Red Hook Crit aka David Trimble who was in town for business had a go at the race and this is what he has to say from his experience:

“It was great to line up on the start line with thousand of spectators surrounding the course. I was in exactly the spot on the front row where (if this was the RHC) the fastest qualifier should start. Of course with a fast field of RHC stars and being years away from racing shape I was only a spectator inside the race once the flag dropped. Even finishing mid pack the sensation of racing a track bike at speed around a tight technical circuit reaffirms that this format has so much potential in the world of cycling.” 

It was also nice seeing our friend and ex-team mate Kendal Noctor doing really well and coming 5th in the Leigh Day Kermesse race.

We ‘5th Floor LDN‘ took part in 3 events, the Leigh Day Kermesse road criterium, the Condor Track Bike Criterium with an amazing effort by George Garnier who came 3rd just behind last year’s winner and the Barclays Cycle Hire Race with Leo Tong coming 2nd.

Make sure you catch the TV highlights are on Sky Sports 2 (Tuesday, GMT 10pm), British Eurosport 2 (Friday, GMT 7.30pm) and Channel 4 (Saturday, GMT 5.30am).

03 Jun

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Muc-Off

June 3, 2014 | By | No Comments

We (LDN and NYC) are proud to announce our partnership with Muc-Off for 2014 cycling season. Muc-Off are always looking to work with new and exciting cycling brands and they thought we fit this perfectly.

LDN: ‘We are super excited to be teaming up with Muc-Off. The whole team is familiar with their products and we are all extremely happy have the support of the most innovative care products in the business, making sure our bikes look and run like new.’

NYC: ‘The 5th Floor NYC is proud to establish its relationship with Muc Off. With both The 5th Floor and Muc off hailing from the UK we look forward to not only bombarding the US peloton’s and parc ferme with green but now also pink. With a (hopefully muddy) East Coast CX season almost upon us this partnership couldn’t be better timed.’

30 May

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“5th Training Camp. Mallorca.” Short Film

May 30, 2014 | By | No Comments

Here is the short film by Angus Sung from our recent trip to Mallorca. Hope you enjoy it and maybe inspires you to ride your bike this weekend.

28 May

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Memorial Day Century

May 28, 2014 | By | No Comments

Monday saw high temps, high elevations, high mileages but most of all high spirits as we tucked away one of my favourite rides thus far. It was great to have Mark in the fold, put the summer jerseys to the test and have the company of Mr Trimble…. oh and of course to get in some well needed #huntingpractice more on that later. Thanks to Chris and Angelo for the images.

 

 

24 May

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Mallorca Camp by Angus Sung

May 24, 2014 | By | One Comment

Head over to Angus Sung’s site for more photos from his SLR camera from the film day and some photos from around the house in Mallorca.

23 May

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The 5th Floor Socks!

May 23, 2014 | By | No Comments

We’re just dropped two styles of socks on the web-store both using Defeets incredible Aireator high top. Go get em.

16 May

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Lost and Found 500: BK- MTL

May 16, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

In a couple of weeks time myself Chris and Phil will be stepping out of our front doors and riding unsupported to Montreal. I say unsupported but a lot of good people are helping us achieve it – they can be found here.

I could wax lyrical about how this trip is about LOSING ourselves in nature and by doing so re FINDING our love for cycling in a purer way – but I won’t – It’s about 3 dudes going on an adventure on their bikes.

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14 May

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The 5th Floor 2014 Summer Jersey

May 14, 2014 | By | No Comments

You asked for it and here it is; with such an amazing response to our current team kit we translated the design into it chromatic opposite giving us the white summer jersey.

We’re running a 4 week pre-order until June 15th and expect a 6 week turn around from the good people at Champ Sys.

We’ll be using their Tech Race Cut model with full zipper. From our experience these are true to size to most jersey manufacturers so if your a medium order a medium.

Get it while the goings good, we’re offering free worldwide shipping on this since we’re feeling summery.

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13 May

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5th Mallorca 2014 Camp

May 13, 2014 | By | 3 Comments

Last week the 5th Floor London team, Rudy Melo, Matt Stanbury, George Garnier, Leo Tong, Erik Jonsson, Daniel Slotte and Pasquale Chionchio, joined by Angus Sung and Sebastian Ordinas, went to the cycling island Mallorca for a week of training, riding and lots of team bonding!

There were a lot of coffee, coca-cola and ice cream stops involved. At the end of the day it was a cycling holiday for us, but we covered a lot in 6 days doing pretty much every known Colls, even doing some of them twice. With 5 days of riding and 1 rest day we rode 600km and climbed 9,990meters. Well, the rest day wasn’t really a rest day as we ended up doing 40km, 900 meters of climbing and a fair bit of hiking.

If you are planning to ride in Mallorca I would recommend; Coll de sa Batalla, Coll de Soller (from both sides), Puig Major, also descend from Puig Major if you can (it is a nice long descent), Coll d’Honor, the famous Sa Calobra and make sure you ride to the Cap de Formentor. This is from my experience, I know there are probably other places you could also go, but if you do the above you cover a fair bit including the main climbs.

Huge thanks goes to Sebastian Ordinas for being an amazing host, for driving and for being an all round great dude. Also a big thanks goes to all of our sponsors who supported us on this trip. Workshop Coffee for providing our morning and afternoon pick me ups. Vita Coco for keeping the guys hydrated everyday. Thule for helping transport some of our bikes safely and finally 3-Actions for providing us their sports nutrition that we were really happy to try.

If you follow us on instagram or any of our riders you might have seen that we were using the #5thMallorca hashtag to document the trip while we were away. Search #5thMallorca hashtag on instagram to see all the photos from the trip or click here to view them online. Please stay tuned for more photos and a short film from Angus Sung. Photos above by Angus Sung and Rudy Melo.