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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

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.