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06 Dec

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MUD & DOWN: Milton Keynes World Cup CX by Angus Sung

December 6, 2014 | By | No Comments

Words and Photos by : Angus Sung

The last time I was stood in a wet muddy field on a Saturday afternoon with the sun shining down was at a music festival over 6 years ago. Since then I’ve reserved my mud-balancing act exclusively for the slopes of mountain bike trails, however it’s not every day you get to photograph some of the best cyclo-cross racers in world let alone have them deep in UK mud.

On the 29th November 2014 the CX World Cup left the well-established pastures of mainland Europe and ventured across the channel for the very first time and pitched itself in the “New City” of Milton Keynes. 
As this was my first time covering of a CX race I didn’t really know what to expect apart from the obvious mud and “frites” but what I didn’t expect was a crowd of 8’000 strong spectators to be tentatively making their way up to the top of the hill in Campbell Park to watch both the women’s and men’s races unfold on an incredibly tricky and technical course.

The 2.6km course snaked it’s way down and up the rutted muddy hill of the park, with plenty of off-camber sections before making it’s way to the man-made obstacles of hurdles and stairs, where you can imagine attracted plenty of “urging” from the crowd as few riders including Jeremy Powers rode up the stairs to mud drunk cheers.

With everyone seeming to be having so much fun (barring one grumpy chap who decided to wear brand white Nike Air Max) it all seem to end far to quickly, from a spectators point of view of course, but from the competitors faces I think it’s fair to say that the course was certainly tougher than anyone had expected. Sanne Cant won the Women’s Elite and Kevin Pauawels topped the men’s board.

Before the event even made its way out of mainland Europe I had heard some chatter about why it wouldn’t be as good as the races in Europe and that their wouldn’t be as big of a crowd but I think the results certainly speak for themselves. I have been to derby day football matches with crowds that are less enthusiastic as those I witness in Milton Keynes and it’s a true testimony to the UK cycling spectators as to how amazing they seem to make every event that comes to British soil.
I’m glad I made the Milton Keynes CX World Cup my first CX race coverage, it lived up to everything I hoped for in a big CX race and I certainly hope to see it return in the future.

02 Dec

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Elixir No. 5: The 5th Floor X Mad Alchemy.

December 2, 2014 | By | No Comments

The 5th Floor with Mad Alchemy present this special formulation of Medium Strength Embrocation to see you through the winter and into those chilly spring rides.

Hand drawn artwork by the talented Krys Blakemore captures the forest pine scent inside that sets the Elixir apart.

Entirely limited to just this batch get some while the goings good.

Our Cold Weather Embrocation is ideal for use during cyclocross and riding in temperatures below 50 degrees. This product is the cornerstone of our line up, specifically engineered to provide a steady, long term feeling of warmth to your legs back and even your neck.

In addition to high quality Grapeseed and Soybean Oils, this product contains unbleached beeswax and a helping of raw, unrefined West African Shea Butter. There are a few other goodies in there to provide you with a smooth warmth and aroma.

Preservative Free
Cruelty Free
Petroleum Free
No Animal Testing
No Animal Ingredients
Not Quite Vegan (contains beeswax)
Perfume Free (all natural essential oils provide our great scents)

Worldwide shipping out of Brooklyn.
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24 Nov

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Supercross Weekend by Angelo

November 24, 2014 | By | No Comments

Supercross is one of the closest and best organized races on our calendar and the UCI calendar, historically freezing temps with a race course nestled in the hills and in the shadow of Bear Mountain our go-to climb during road season. This year 6 of us headed out to race i  the 4/5, 2/3/4 and 3/4 across Saturday and Sunday. The course changed throughout the day with the thaw and tires defining the lines and level of traction. Sunday featured 2 run ups and a generally more fragmented and challenging course. Somehow Supercross manages to remain fun while kicking your head in; long may that endure.

This was Angelo’s second cross race… ever… he also manged to get some captures of the team.

 

 

13 Nov

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Cross Collages By Johnny Hsu

November 13, 2014 | By | One Comment

Johhny put together these incredible graphic/photo cyclocross collages together as an instagram series.

04 Nov

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Angus Sung: Rapha Condor JLT: End of an Era

November 4, 2014 | By | No Comments

Six days before the start of the Tour of Britain 2014, I had all the logistics finialised for two stages of the ToB that I wanted to cover and had been looking forward to them for quite some time, and then the phone rang… Five days later, after some emailing with Tom Southam (team press officer and former rider), I found myself catching a morning train northbound to Liverpool where I was to meet up with the team, Rapha Condor JLT. More images on Angus’s blog here, Click Read More for full article.

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20 Oct

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HPCX by Angelo

October 20, 2014 | By | No Comments

Angelo joined us this weekend as we headed out to HPCX. Conditions were absolutely perfect by the time the 2/3/4 race swung around; high 60’s, slightly breezy, tacky course. I had little expectations for myself on anther UCI weekend with a combined field in a course renowned for climbing. After the first pre-ride I was confident I could turn that on its head, with wide flowing lines and rooty wooded descent sections and rideable stairs I was sure the balance swung to features that favored me.

The short course meant 7 laps which is a mental battle, however my endeavor to work through this season with the goal of better grid placement next year kept the motivation high even when my 38-32 made me lazy on the uphill and active recovery dwindled. I finished 29th and ahead of my marker men and winning a line sprint- I was stoked. Ryan was further up the road in 14th on his continued show of form, Pino flatted out but made up for it with a hometown third in West Chester on the Sunday.

Marty Cross is next for us.
Thanks to Angelo for the images.

13 Oct

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Whirlybird CX by Eloy Anzola

October 13, 2014 | By | No Comments

This weekend was a tale of two halfs, Saturday was Whirlybird CX where we got the ‘real cyclocross’ weather we’ve all been chanting about for the past 5 or 6 weeks. It took its toll on body and bike and by the time we got to Cooper River on Sunday only myself and Johnny we’re able to race our bikes with Ryan joining on a loaner from All-City who were in attendance. Much fun was had and Eloy Anzola captured the drama nicely on Saturday.

13 Oct

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Bellroy Elements Product Review: Angus Sung.

October 13, 2014 | By | One Comment

When I was asked which Bellroy Elements wallet I wanted to test and review I knew exactly which one to pick; The Elements Pocket. Constructed using water resistant “all-weather leather” the Bellroy Elements range is targeted to those looking for some added weather protection so perfect but not limited to the outdoorsy type.

As someone who dislikes bulky weighed down pockets, I was worried the wallet would arrive and I’d be disappointed at the bulk of it but quite the opposite happened.

All the Elements range comes in a beautiful topography printed envelope and for me the packaging is 1/3 of product satisfaction. Inside I found my wallet, a small wonderfully constructed wallet with water-resistant zippers that was no bigger than the cardholder I was previously using….

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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