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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A couple of weekends back myself and Chris took of to some local trails (little pockets of which we’re discovering more and more of) JP and Keith were there which always makes for some incredible wheels to follow. Check out the full coverage on No Life Like This
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.
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.
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.