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07 Apr

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April Open Season by VC Londres

April 7, 2014 | By | No Comments

After Saturday’s track session at Lee Valley, Rudy and Matt went to Herne Hill to race April’s Open Season event at Herne Hill Velodrome and they both managed to get great results, getting on the podium twice. Chapeau gents!

Cat B Scratch race:
1st – Rudy Melo
2nd – Matt Stanbury
3rd – Nigel (Nuun-Sigma Sport, pictured)
Devil/Elimination:
1st – Rudy Melo
3rd – Matt Stanbury
Cat A and B 20km Scratch:
5th – Rudy

27 Mar

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Revolution Series – Round 5 – London

March 27, 2014 | By | One Comment

I am a not a photographer and don’t call myself one, but I took some photos of the last round of 2013/2014 Revolution Series. There were a lot of professional photographers taking proper shots of the races so I decided to focus on what happens in the track centre. Click read more below for the full set.

Revolutions Series’ last round was held at the 2012 Olympic Velodrome, Lee Valley VeloPark. It was great to see the venue full again after the Olympics. The atmosphere was awesome, the vibe was great and the crowd were cheering pretty much everyone, mainly British riders, but when foreign riders were doing well, they cheered them on too. There were from World Champions and Olympic riders to up coming young stars, a good mix of races to watch. Make sure you don’t miss out on the next Revolution Series, there are plenty of races to keep you entertained. Another top event by Face Partnership.
- Rudy Melo.

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24 Mar

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The Good Friday Meeting 2014

March 24, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

The Good Friday Meeting is the longest running open track meeting in the country. First held in 1903 the meeting continues to maintain it’s position as the premier event of it’s kind in the UK and we are proud to be one of the supporters by helping out with the poster design. It is an amazing event having locals and international professionals as well as amateurs like us.

Featured events: Good Friday International Sprint, Golden Wheel Scratch Race, Keirins, Derny Paced GP, plus full support races including Points, Elimination and more.

This years meeting is being held at the 2012 Olympic Velodrome, Lee Valley VeloPark after being at Herne Hill for so many years. Find out more info about the event here and on their Facebook page.

Tickets sales via Quay Tickets: 0843 209 0500

23 Mar

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5th LDN at Spring Omnium 1

March 23, 2014 | By | No Comments

Today George Garnier, Matt Stanbury, Daniel Slotte and Rudy Melo went to Herne Hill to take part in the first track race of the year (Spring Omnium 1). It was a good day, with a great vibe between us all and great team work with us racing together in the Cat B. Amazing overall results from today, with George coming 1st, Daniel 2nd and Rudy 4th. We are waiting for full result to see Matt’s placement. Well done guys, great effort and result from everyone today. Proud of the boys!

Here are some 5th Floor result from each race:
Scratch race: George 1st, Rudy 3rd.
3 Laps Dash Heats: We all went through the final.
3 Laps Dash Final: 2n place Rudy or Daniel.
Devil/Elimination: George 1st, Daniel 5th.
Points race: George 1st, Daniel 2nd.

20 Mar

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Milan San Remo Preview by James Hyatt

March 20, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

La Classica Di Primerva is racing in its purest form. At over 294km, it takes one back to the very roots of our sport, where the sheer brutality of race directors knew no limits. In the relative comfort of the modern day peloton, it is the riders who keep this race as hard as any of its peers. No cobbles? No problem. This race will still split the men from the boys.

The 2014 edition see’s the race return to its rightful owners, the sprinters. With the exclusion of the Pompeiana due to landslide concerns, expect to see a large pack screaming down the Poggio and into San Remo. Having written this race off earlier in the year, Cavendish is just one of many sprinters licking their lips at the prospect of bagging a major classic.

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18 Mar

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A weekend at the races.

March 18, 2014 | By | No Comments

This weekend I doubled up racing across Saturday and Sunday. Saturday myself Ryan and Seth headed up-state to the first race of the Trooper Brinkerhoff Memorial series. Despite it feeling like we’d returned to cross season the drive north rewarded us with the first road race of the season covering 3 loops of the12 point something circuit – and the C class would allow all 3 of us to race together.

The circuit is known for cross-winds which made for some seriously negative racing and some questionable moves. I really struggle with the overtly serious attitude which seems to take over the road racing peleton especially when you can directly compare this with Cross or the infield of the Velodrome. I don’t think anyone would argue that calculated risk, a degree of aggression and ‘wanting it more’ than the next man plays a part in winning but pure recklessness doesn’t.

Seth dealt with these frustrations by continually launching off the front in attempt to stretch what was largely a complacent field. Wind halted any thoughts of a full-on breakaway and myself and Ryan satisfied ourselves with the task of staying within the first 10 – 15 wheels and in touch with each other and Seth.

I managed to navigate a path to the front on the last lap with 1k to go and with the sharp left hander onto the finishing straight at 500m to go I was launching from second wheel, the wall of wind and wide straight meant i was enveloped and finished 6th. I’m happy to get my first set of points on the board.

Pictures from here.

Sunday was my first race in the human hamster wheel and local stomping ground of the Prospect Park Spring Series. Myself and Phil represented in the 3/4 field with a 6.45am whistle. The 10 laps constituted around 34 miles and is probably the most i’ve done in the park whether racing or training.
Local teams Setanta and Foundation Cycling had a large and dominant presence which lead to some fantastic racing with attacks on top of attacks. There was a short string attaching to the front group and once the elastic snapped the wind prohibited anyone getting back on. Each lap I made it my goal to be in this selection, thankfully I finished with the front 20 or so but had nothing to give to contest the points places.

This weekend see’s us head to New Jersey for the Hell of Hunterdon widely regarded as the Battenkill warmup.

 

 

16 Mar

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Herne Hill Velodrome Training and Race accreditation

March 16, 2014 | By | No Comments

Herne Hill Velodrome has a new system, which is making all sessions much safer. You will need training accreditation for any intermidiate session and race accreditation if you want to do either any advanced session or HH’s Track League. A few of of us (#5thLDN) got our training and race accreditation already and the others have theirs coming up. The coaches are very strict, but it is a good thing, you don’t want any sketchy riders next to you during any race or training session. If you haven’t booked yours make sure you do soon. HH track races will kick off with the first race coming up on Sunday 23rd March. 

10 Mar

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Grants Tomb: Race Report

March 10, 2014 | By | No Comments

Grant’s Tomb came upon most of us like the jolt of a bear being awoken from hibernation. Being one of the few all out crits we get to race here in New York and being considered the ‘official’ start to the season by many we had heaped a lot of pressure on ourselves heightened by the newness of the team and a nagging self doubt that maybe the nasty winter had been too easy an excuse.

Results herePictures of the day here
Go Pro footage here

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Image courtesy of Photo Rhetoric

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10 Mar

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Paris- Nice by James Hyatt

March 10, 2014 | By | One Comment

James has penchant for pro cycling like none other in our ranks. He conjures a romanticism and sense of passion in even the most un- savvy of us (me). As such James will be introducing and reporting on pro-cycling races here! Enjoy…

And so we have it, the ‘traditionalist’s’ start of the 2014 Road season in Europe, with Paris-Nice kicking off today from Mantes-la-Jolie. With the World Tour now in its 5th year, it’s hard to believe anyone outside small French villages and under the age of 50 still holds this view. However, as with all things in cycling, tradition is there to be respected and so I for one welcome with bated breath this iconic weeklong stage race.

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18 Feb

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5th at London Bike Show by Erik Jonsson

February 18, 2014 | By | No Comments

Team mate, photographer and art director Erik Jonsson came to watch and support us race on Sunday and took some killer photos. Rudy was racing on a Condor Super Acciaio, which he has been riding for a while (photos and review soon) and Leo was racing on a Aprire Vincenza, his first time on the bike and he seemed to have liked it. Click read more below to see more photos or head over to Build Ride Rinse for the full set.

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