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That time I made a bike.

April 21, 2016 | By | One Comment

This weekend, in Bristol, Bespoked happened.
The UK handmade bicycles show: a great confirmation that bicycles, the people who make them and those who ride them are awesome. And for me a great opportunity to look back on the 10 days spent learning how to build frames at Bicycle Academy earlier this month.

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London X League – Team Champs

February 16, 2016 | By | No Comments

First of all, there was no running in this race, so this report should be nowhere near as sour as the last one on CX Nationals, so sorry if it disappoints.
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Rad CX snow play day in Epping

January 18, 2016 | By | No Comments

With round 13 of the London League CX cancelled, we had a race free weekend ahead of us and man it was looking chilly. Let’s go off-road into Epping Forest! All feeling super excited about some off-road adventures, we woke up to a snowy day. Excitement, heightened. We’d been praying for CX in the snow for so long, and it was here, and we were riding in it!
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UK Cyclocross National Champs

January 12, 2016 | By | One Comment

I just got back from Cyclcross Nationals in Shrewsbury with The 5th Floor boys – Rudy, Alex and top don photographer, Jon. As I’m the new kid, I’ve got the honours of writing up what I thought of the weekend.
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The Badlands

January 4, 2016 | By | No Comments

We’re in a rental van, nice and packed, full of bicycles and rucksacks. It’s pouring rain. We look at each other. Chuckle nervously.

– “It’s beginning, I’m starting to feel the nerves.”
– “You know what, I think that’s why we do it.”

For the round 12th of the London Cross League, BigFoot has organized an amazing event. They’ve got all the jazz, cowbells and sausage rolls; banks, hurdles and mud for days.

And we’re about to race all together for the first time. Proud and terrified. But mostly terribly excited.

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17 Dec


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Super Duper Cross 2015, Photos by Don

December 17, 2015 | By | No Comments

Super Cross is defined through the years by its weather, ‘remember that year when…’

This year was to be no different. After a dry and temperate season we were treated to the first truly muddy race of the year.

With late November cross fatigue setting in for many the sudden need to tune into a mud race was a shock to the system.
My own season feeling like it was just hitting some kind of Rhythm and the inclusion of a late in the day 3/4 race which often takes a back seat to the 2/3/4 I saw the opportunity to take away something.

Ryan was kind enough to wait around after his own race that was cut short by one too many hard slams on a challenging course that favored the initial brave and then became about attrition as those around succumbed to the mud.

My race however was to take on a rather different character, being a rather trim 26 minutes in the face of a dipping sun it was all out from the gun after leading for a portion I crossed the race in 5th with 1 upgrade point and the #davecave ensued.

After spending almost double the race time cleaning the bikes day 2 would see myself, Seth and Ryan in the 2/3/4 race under the scrutiny of Don’s lens. Ryan rounded out an incredible season with 9th.

None of us had planned for this to be the last race of our 2016 Cyclocross assault but the rigors of the weekend represented a natural bookend to collectively our most successful campaign thus far.

so….. #roadiscoming ?

2014, 2013 reports can be read here.

Thanks to Don for the images.

08 Dec


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Beer, frites and bicycles

December 8, 2015 | By | No Comments

I definitely lucked out with this holiday. My girlfriend and I booked a week in Belgium – she was thinking Christmas markets and chocolate. I was thinking beer and cycling. I’ll let you decide which won…

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#incrediblycross by Alex Blomeley

November 16, 2015 | By | No Comments

I started the day with a hangover so I went and raced cross in a field with my friends and gave myself another one. It was worth it though because Incredibly Cross.
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03 Nov


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On The Bubblecross

November 3, 2015 | By | No Comments

Bubblecross was a bit of a turning point in the #5thnyc 2015 calendar. It marked the first ever race in the elites by Chris Pino and with another top step at Bubblecross saw Ryan (despite losing his saddle) join him on the receipt of a UCI license for next weekends Cycle Smart in Massachusetts.

Photos by Krys Blakemore of This Team Saves Lives.
Sand Pit Photo: Rich Soffar

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Rapha Super Cross Round 1 and 2

October 26, 2015 | By | No Comments

Click read more below for Rapha Super Cross words by Rudy Melo and photos by Jon Baines. Read More