Le Coq Sportif and The 5th Floor invite you to join us on a road ride from Central London to Kent to celebrate the 2nd stage of the Tour de France. Limited numbers, first 30 people to RSVP will get all the remaining info. We will be back in Central London to watch the stage with a coffee stop at half way. FREE coffee, refreshment, beer and food at the end of the ride. Don’t miss out!!!
Another great London Nocturne was held yesterday and our man Erik Jonsson was there on the side line taking some great shots. Head over to his site for more photos.
It was nice to see so many friends racing and to see loads of familiar faces at the track bike crit, even Mr. Red Hook Crit aka David Trimble who was in town for business had a go at the race and this is what he has to say from his experience:
“It was great to line up on the start line with thousand of spectators surrounding the course. I was in exactly the spot on the front row where (if this was the RHC) the fastest qualifier should start. Of course with a fast field of RHC stars and being years away from racing shape I was only a spectator inside the race once the flag dropped. Even finishing mid pack the sensation of racing a track bike at speed around a tight technical circuit reaffirms that this format has so much potential in the world of cycling.”
It was also nice seeing our friend and ex-team mate Kendal Noctor doing really well and coming 5th in the Leigh Day Kermesse race.
We ‘5th Floor LDN‘ took part in 3 events, the Leigh Day Kermesse road criterium, the Condor Track Bike Criterium with an amazing effort by George Garnier who came 3rd just behind last year’s winner and the Barclays Cycle Hire Race with Leo Tong coming 2nd.
Make sure you catch the TV highlights are on Sky Sports 2 (Tuesday, GMT 10pm), British Eurosport 2 (Friday, GMT 7.30pm) and Channel 4 (Saturday, GMT 5.30am).
Last week the 5th Floor London team, Rudy Melo, Matt Stanbury, George Garnier, Leo Tong, Erik Jonsson, Daniel Slotte and Pasquale Chionchio, joined by Angus Sung and Sebastian Ordinas, went to the cycling island Mallorca for a week of training, riding and lots of team bonding!
There were a lot of coffee, coca-cola and ice cream stops involved. At the end of the day it was a cycling holiday for us, but we covered a lot in 6 days doing pretty much every known Colls, even doing some of them twice. With 5 days of riding and 1 rest day we rode 600km and climbed 9,990meters. Well, the rest day wasn’t really a rest day as we ended up doing 40km, 900 meters of climbing and a fair bit of hiking.
If you are planning to ride in Mallorca I would recommend; Coll de sa Batalla, Coll de Soller (from both sides), Puig Major, also descend from Puig Major if you can (it is a nice long descent), Coll d’Honor, the famous Sa Calobra and make sure you ride to the Cap de Formentor. This is from my experience, I know there are probably other places you could also go, but if you do the above you cover a fair bit including the main climbs.
If you follow us on instagram or any of our riders you might have seen that we were using the #5thMallorca hashtag to document the trip while we were away. Search #5thMallorca hashtag on instagram to see all the photos from the trip or click here to view them online. Please stay tuned for more photos and a short film from Angus Sung. Photos above by Angus Sung and Rudy Melo.
Last Tuesday night two 5th Floor riders Leo Tong and I (Rudy Melo) joined Leon Cerrone and Rapha employees Monty, Jack Saunders, Jonny Hines and Russ Ashford travelling to Belgium for the Liège-Bastogne-Liège challenge taking place on Saturday 26th April.
Andy Boyd joined us on Friday Night and our third 5th Floor rider Pasquale Chionchio met us on the Saturday morning. We had travelled a few days earlier to get a couple of rides in the Belgian countryside and to watch Flèche Wallone.
We created a fun hash tag on instagram to document the trip, #BelgianWaffleTour. A lot of people started following and it’s now a nice way to look back and see what we got up to. Some people during the trip recognised us from the hashtag and others said they enjoyed following our adventure.
We crammed a lot in this trip: Plenty of waffles, frites, Belgian beer, coffee, family breakfasts, one pot food dinners, good rides, brewery visits, BBQs, race watching, pro spotting, the list continues. The #BelgianWaffleTour even got on the TV. This trip has been rad, I wouldn’t be able to finalise my list!
A huge thanks goes to Walter Beckers for being the best host. Thank you for taking us out the day before LBL, for staying with us during the whole 279km ride and big thanks to you and your family for cooking us an amazing BBQ after our long day.
The LBL challenge was super hard, 279km which included 4,500 meters of climbing. Belgian is not flat at all, we were constantly up and down numerous hills. The two Belgian machines Walter and Koen, sat in the front of the group pretty much the whole day, were true gentlemen for not leaving us behind. I remember Walter saying to me “We started together, we will finish together”. Unfortunately we lost Jonny, Leo and Pasquale after the second feed station, but the majority of us stayed together.
Thank you Belgium and Thank you gents! It has been a pleasure riding and hanging out with you all during this trip.
Click read more below for a few more photos and to read Pasquale’s report of the LBL challenge. And click here for the full Belgian Waffle Tour photo set.
For the last few months I have been riding a Condor Super Acciaio. For those of you that don’t know, the Super Acciaio is Condor’s light steel racing frameset. It is probably the only steel race frameset with oversized headtube & bottom bracket to be UCI approved according to UCI’s new system. It is the first time I properly ride a steel road bike (I know I know) and after riding just over 1,700km on this bike I was in love and convinced that I wanted one.
No wonder why the #SteelisReal hype is so big. I don’t know what it is, but steel has a bit more character, looks more classic, etc. Carbon and alloy bikes are really nice too. They can also look and ride so well, but the Super Acciaio is light enough for climbing, riding and racing (our level of racing, maybe not Grand Tour). It is really comfortable, can be made to measure, it is designed in UK and hand built in Italy. I was pretty much sold and was already thinking of how my build was gonna look like. But then a good friend of mine (more on this soon), started building steel frames in Italy and offered to build me a custom, to my size, frame. I couldn’t say no really. Otherwise I would have gone with the Supper Acciaio for my steel build.