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15 Apr

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Leo’s BD BMX bash by Andy Matthews

April 15, 2014 | By | No Comments

We don’t just ride Road and Track bikes here in the London team. Last weekend a few of us went to Leo’s birthday bash at the fairly new Burgess Park BMX Track, valued at £1.1M. Leo hired the track out for 3 hours with a coach teaching us the techniques and how to ride it. We had an AWESOME time and I can tell from my ‘experience’ that BMX is freaking hard, harder then I thought it was going to be. Myself (Rudy) and Leo both hit the ground/gravel and apart from few rashes we are both okay. Photos (apart from the GoPro screen shot) by Andy Matthews, check out the full set here.

07 Apr

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Red Hook Report by James Hyatt

April 7, 2014 | By | No Comments

Despite the incredibly high expectations we had for David August Trimble’s 2014 Red Hook Crit, we were once again left awestruck at the spectacle that unfolded before our eyes. Near apocalyptic conditions only served to enhance the visual spectacle that we have come to expect from this race, and whilst the riders may not have been quite as complementary, they certainly didn’t show any restraint whilst on the course.

We had the privilege of fielding two of our finest in this year’s race – The main man himself Mr. Rudy Melo representing our original London crew, and of course his NYC counterpart, RHC veteran and all round good dude – Chris ‘POSTERBOY’ Pino.

Despite a successful track season this year and arriving in NY in great shape, Rudy unfortunately had a torrid time in the conditions. London may have raised this kid but Brazil is still in his heart, and the rain kept him from making the cut (this year). Pino once again delivered the money, with a fantastic qualifying performance earning him a slot on the hallowed RHC grid. A feat in itself it has to be said. Not content with that, he battled through the cold, rain and more pointedly, one of the best fields in RHC history to finish 32nd. A performance made even more remarkable given the fact he finished his one off Stoemper build the night before!

Regardless of the results, the 5th Floor is proud just to be a part of this race in any capacity. I had the unique perspective of working with the RHC crew this year due to an on going injury that kept me from racing. Working with Seth Holmes (5th Team member) we had the honour of being part of the bike inspection team giving the ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ to 200+ racers and their rigs.

Spending 5 hours chatting to people who had flown all over the world (Korea, Spain, Italy, England, Mexico, Holland, Japan and more..) just to be part of this race really brought home to what an outstandingly unique event Trimble has created here. In this year’s conditions, Parc Ferme became akin to the wings of a Roman Colosseum, where fearless gladiators waited in anticipation of their fate ahead. The skill level and courage shown by those who ventured out has to be celebrated, with special mention going to the women leaders + chase pack. Who, after a crash on course, had to be pulled from the track only to return 20 minutes later to complete there race in a 3 lap shoot out in freezing conditions.

Red Hook Crit continues to grow, continues to deliver and continues to amaze the new and seasoned spectator alike. With the rest of the championship ahead of us, we can’t wait to see what Trimble and RHC 14’ winner and series leader Thibaud Lhenry has in store for us in Barcelona.

Once more Trimble Racing, racers and volunteers alike – we salute you!

Words: James Hyatt
Image: Eloy Anzola

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

07 Apr

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Lee Valley VeloPark Sessions

April 7, 2014 | By | One Comment

We, London team, got lucky to have had 2 track sessions at Lee Valley VeloPark this weekend. Still early stages and booking a session is not as easy as any other velodrome. Because The 5th Floor is in the South East region we were one of the first clubs to have first dibs for a track session on Saturday. Plus we were there again on Sunday to do the needed 1st out of 4 stage of accreditation to race and train there. It was great to have Leo back on the saddle after his crash. Looking forward to more events there. Next one, only in 2 weeks time is The Good Friday Meeting.

03 Apr

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Herne Hill Velodrome Track League

April 3, 2014 | By | No Comments

The Herne Hill Velodrome Track League sponsored by Cycling Weekly has kicked off last night. From now all the away till end of September most of us will be there, racing, training and trying to get some points. Can you spot 3 of us in the first photo? You can’t miss the black and fluro. Photos by VC Londres.

01 Apr

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Team Yacht Club: The old Alliance…

April 1, 2014 | By | No Comments

At first I was a little bummed at being scheduled to be working in Austin during the RHC weekend, however, the warm welcome both in terms of temperature and hospitality that i receive down here truly made up for it and then some. BIG thanks to Team Yacht Club for tearing my legs off and showing me some fantastic country. Next visit can’t come soon enough. Read about my past visit here…and here.

 

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.

22 Mar

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Welcome Daniel Slotte

March 22, 2014 | By | One Comment

We are very happy to have Daniel Slotte in the London team. Daniel is an all round great dude, a super strong rider who has been training a lot throughout winter and he is also good with numbers, that is power numbers/meter, so be sure to see great results from him this season. We are excited to have him in the team just in time for the new season.

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.

 

 

17 Mar

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Heal up soon Leo!

March 17, 2014 | By | One Comment

Leo Tong had a nasty crash while racing in Brighton yesterday and we are all wishing him a quick recovery. Here is a photo Leo’s helmet that probably saved his life and big thanks to MET for replacing his helmet right away. (Photo by George Garnier from The London Bike Show).