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08 Oct

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Parkour Ride

October 8, 2014 | By | No Comments

Last Saturday we participated in the Parkour Ride event. This is a new bike racing concept where multi-discipline riders race up and down a multi-storey car park whilst manoeuvring obstacles.

There were a big mix of riders who raced on the day including pros from David Millar – Road, Liam Phillips – BMX, Manon Carpente – Downhill World Champion to an Ambulance Paramedic. Then there were the 5th, with George Garnier in the pro Fixed Gear category after his spectacular RHC performance. Joining him were Rudy Melo, Leo Tong and Alex Blomeley.

Watching Liam Phillips at the start line was incredible, he shot out from the gate at such a speed that he could over take anyone from the opening gun shot. The course was very narrow so if you had a good start or the inside line you would have had a good advantage. This was exactly how George felt after his head-to-head race, mentioning he could have gone faster but had no room to push through safely.

The event/course was more focused for BMXers resulting in the Top 3 being BMX riders followed by Mountain Bikers, but it was a very interesting and fun event to be involved in.

Photo 1 and 6 : Tom Jenkins (The Guardian)
Photo 5 : Matt Hallet

06 Oct

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KOM Tour GoPro Footage by Daniel Slotte

October 6, 2014 | By | No Comments

As previously documented in the King of the Mountains Tour write up by Pasquale, 5th Floor made a foray into the Pyrenees, Ventoux and the Alps earlier this year as part of a 7 day tour. On the final day I shot some GoPro footage of Col du Télégraphe, Col du Galibier and Alpe d’Huez. These three short videos have lots of climbing, descending, attacks, stunning views and a dashboard view of my Garmin with full telemetry.

Part 1 / 3: Col du Télégraphe

Part 2 / 3: Col du Galibier

Part 3 / 3: Col du Galibier descent and Alpe d’Huez

03 Oct

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Red Hook Crit Barcelona 2014

October 3, 2014 | By | One Comment

Qualifying 49th out of 250 riders and making his way trough the field, only 5secs behind the winner, George Garnier finished an outstanding 10th at this year’s RHC Barcelona, only one place lower than his 9th seeding. Click read more below to read George’s report about the day. Read More

02 Oct

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Rapha Supercross Weekend: Gloucester, MA by Andy Bokanev Part 2

October 2, 2014 | By | No Comments

Part 2 of Andy’s images from Gloucester. Part 1 is here

If you want more words, Dan Chabanov’s column on the weekend is well worth a read.

01 Oct

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The Cycle Show 2014 : Angus Sung

October 1, 2014 | By | No Comments

Once again September has come around and brings along with it the annual Cycles Show at the NEC, Birmingham. This year the Cycle Show expanded into a third exhibition hall making this the biggest show since it’s return to the venue and as you’d expect it was packed to the rafters with bike porn and bling, plus a good supply of varies energy bar samples to keep you on your feet, bonus.

From what I experienced during my week with Rapha Condor JLT at the Tour Of Britain (exclusive full story coming soon), its easy to see that cycling in the UK has had another successful year with audience numbers increasing yet again and that was certainly reflected by the huge crowds that attended the Cycle Show. Click Read More for the full article.

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30 Sep

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Rapha Supercross Weekend: Gloucester, MA by Andy Bokanev Part 1

September 30, 2014 | By | One Comment

We were over the moon to be joined by Andy Bokanev for Rapha Supercross in Gloucester. This is the first half of the ‘Holy Week’ of Cross here on the East Coast and it was exceptional in every way apart from the continued heat and dust bowl of the season so far.

Despite the race being such a highlight of the season it’s almost overshadowed by the fun times in MA that accompany it having Andy there this year really added to it. Read last years account from our cat 4/5 perspective here.Part 2 of black and whites to follow tomorrow.

30 Sep

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The 5th Floor in The Catskills.

September 30, 2014 | By | One Comment

Despite riding thousands of miles a year as a team, days like Saturday still remain few and far between. The 101 miles Donalrey had envisaged for us soon became when 112 when we decided (like it was ever up for debate…) that we WOULD do the extra climb mid-way through up Sugarloaf. Endless sunshine, roads and dare i say it, pain made up what has to be my favorite day of riding this year. Click Read More for the full article.

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26 Sep

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Charming

September 26, 2014 | By | No Comments

Charm City was eh charming… the course was challenging, with flyovers, 4 sand pits and bottleneck corners instantly after the hole shot and it was hot, oh so very hot. The words on everyone’s chapped lips and dusty mouths was that it was harder than Nittany.. which was unforseen. Ryan brought home our best result in 12th on the Sunday race and we had the pleasure of hanging with Master of the High Seas, Team Yacht Club’s Cassidy. Next up Gloucester.

Photos by Chris Pino & No Flim Photography

24 Sep

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USA Pro Challenge Stage 4

September 24, 2014 | By | No Comments

Recently I found myself in Denver through work. As fortune had it this coincided with the USA Pro Challenge that was making it’s way through Colorado.
A couple of emails later the good people at Rapah Condor JLT had invited me to come hang out on what would be one of their last tours as a team and i was set to collect good friend Andy Bokanev whom I’d met on the #seekanddiverge adventure from the airport so we could head down to Colorado Springs for Stage 4.

I’m in no way a photographer and Andy’s coverage is infinitely better; see here. but above and below are my captures from an awesome day out.

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16 Sep

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Quick Pics: Granogue CX

September 16, 2014 | By | No Comments

The past weekend marks the second in our North East CX campaign. Last year there was a breadth of coverage due to a spread of us across the categories. This year we’re fortunate/unfortunate to be racing together in the 3’s. Thanks to Bryan for grabbing some captures to prove we (or at least Chris) were there.