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24 Jul

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5thLDN

July 24, 2014 | By | No Comments

Things might have been a bit quite around here. But we are out there, riding on weekends, doing team laps, eating pizza, drinking coffee, bonding, cycling and catching up with mates. Enjoying the summer while we can. Say hi (or high five) if you see us.

23 Jul

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Le Coq Sportif TDF Stage 2 ride

July 23, 2014 | By | No Comments

As if it wasn’t already amazing that the Tour De France was blasting through the Yorkshire dales creating a buzzing atmosphere for cycling around Britain and the World! We was approached by Le Coq Sportif to put on a ride celebrate the Tour coming to UK and London! The plan was to invite cyclists to celebrate the Tour by riding our own mini stage around the Kent countryside on Sunday, 6th of July, starting at the Le Coq Sportif store in Covent Garden and ending there just in time to grab a beer and watch the end of Stage 2, which was being held in Yorkshire.

We received great interest and had just over 20 people signed up and ready to go. We met at the Covent Garden store where we had a suprise welcome of warm coffee and cakes perfectly set up my Look Mum No Hands, it was brilliant timing as it was the greatest british weather for summer… RAIN!

We set of at 9 sharp adorning our rain jackets with the optimism that it might get sunny! We headed out over Waterloo and towards Camberwell up and through Bromley and then into the Kent countryside. I would like to say it went smoothly but travelling in a group of 20 through the streets of London with endless red lights was not an easy task. With the rain came 5 punctures in the first 20 miles!

Once we were out in the countryside the ride went really well, riders got to tackle a few of Kent’s finest climbs and a chance to try and beat me up hill :-P . The route was a mix of hills and sweeping country lanes which would cover just over 100 kilometres.

The ride took about 4 hours which wasn’t too bad with a few stops and one very unfriendly pub owner who would not fill peoples water bottles up without purchases!

We had a nice coffee stop just before a mass TT to get back to the store in time for the Stage finish. Everyone got back safely and really enjoyed there ride, everyone stayed around to watch the TDF stage 2 finish with a lovely craft beer in hand!

I would like to thank everyone who came down, my fellow team mates George and Pascale for doing a great job helping out with the group. High Five! Also Dean “the traffic stopper Hill” for a great job he did at the back of the group.

And last but not least I would like to thank Le Coq Sportif for supplying us with awesome kit, for putting on a great ride and letting us watch the Tour at a great shop! Also thanks to Look Mum No Hands for the coffee and cakes.

Matt Stanbury.

16 Jul

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Neversink Invitational 2014 Race Report + Photos by Donalrey

July 16, 2014 | By | No Comments

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.

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11 Jul

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Champion System: Athlete Profile: David Hall

July 11, 2014 | By | No Comments

The 5th Floor kit provider and supporter Champion System recently caught up with Dave and dragged some answers out of him behind his motivation and continued love for cycling and what feeds that. Click read more to get the full low-down or head over to their Facebook page.

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28 Jun

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Le Coq Sportif x The 5th Floor TDF ride

June 28, 2014 | By | No Comments

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!!!

Track your ride on the Le Coq Sportif Strava Page for your chance to win LCS prizes.

Sunday 6th July
Distance: 120km
Pace: 18mph
From 9am to 2pm
(road bikes only)

RSVP to ilikegraphicdesign@hotmail.co.uk

09 Jun

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London Nocturne 2014 by Erik Jonsson

June 9, 2014 | By | No Comments

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).

03 Jun

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Muc-Off

June 3, 2014 | By | No Comments

We (LDN and NYC) are proud to announce our partnership with Muc-Off for 2014 cycling season. Muc-Off are always looking to work with new and exciting cycling brands and they thought we fit this perfectly.

LDN: ‘We are super excited to be teaming up with Muc-Off. The whole team is familiar with their products and we are all extremely happy have the support of the most innovative care products in the business, making sure our bikes look and run like new.’

NYC: ‘The 5th Floor NYC is proud to establish its relationship with Muc Off. With both The 5th Floor and Muc off hailing from the UK we look forward to not only bombarding the US peloton’s and parc ferme with green but now also pink. With a (hopefully muddy) East Coast CX season almost upon us this partnership couldn’t be better timed.’

30 May

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“5th Training Camp. Mallorca.” Short Film

May 30, 2014 | By | No Comments

Here is the short film by Angus Sung from our recent trip to Mallorca. Hope you enjoy it and maybe inspires you to ride your bike this weekend.

28 May

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Memorial Day Century

May 28, 2014 | By | No Comments

Monday saw high temps, high elevations, high mileages but most of all high spirits as we tucked away one of my favourite rides thus far. It was great to have Mark in the fold, put the summer jerseys to the test and have the company of Mr Trimble…. oh and of course to get in some well needed #huntingpractice more on that later. Thanks to Chris and Angelo for the images.

 

 

24 May

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Mallorca Camp by Angus Sung

May 24, 2014 | By | One Comment

Head over to Angus Sung’s site for more photos from his SLR camera from the film day and some photos from around the house in Mallorca.