Last Sunday, 13th April, Luke, George, Pasquale, Leo and I (Rudy) got involved in the annually Rapha Hell of the North event to celebrate the classic Paris-Roubaix race. As tradition of the classic the ride consisted a lot of off-road, gravel, dirt, farm paths, you name it. Every time we were on flat roads felt like we were riding on silk. I am so glad I did it in the cross bike. Pasquale was on cross bike too but the other guys were on road bikes but clever enough to be riding bigger or newer tyres. 5 of us, 10 wheel, but luckily 0 punctures, but the amount of people we saw on the side of the road fixing punctures was incredible. The 100km was harder then the average 100km coffee ride and the body was feeling a bit on Monday morning, but it was awesome! Great route and event by Rapha. Thank you! To finish the day with more tradition we were welcomed with beer and frites at the finish line in time to watch the race. Click read more below for iPhone shots from the day and head over to Rapha for a report.Read More
Last Saturday we participated in the Parkour Ride event. This is a new bike racing concept where multi-discipline riders race up and down a multi-storey car park whilst manoeuvring obstacles.
There were a big mix of riders who raced on the day including pros from David Millar – Road, Liam Phillips – BMX, Manon Carpente – Downhill World Champion to an Ambulance Paramedic. Then there were the 5th, with George Garnier in the pro Fixed Gear category after his spectacular RHC performance. Joining him were Rudy Melo, Leo Tong and Alex Blomeley.
Watching Liam Phillips at the start line was incredible, he shot out from the gate at such a speed that he could over take anyone from the opening gun shot. The course was very narrow so if you had a good start or the inside line you would have had a good advantage. This was exactly how George felt after his head-to-head race, mentioning he could have gone faster but had no room to push through safely.
The event/course was more focused for BMXers resulting in the Top 3 being BMX riders followed by Mountain Bikers, but it was a very interesting and fun event to be involved in.
In a couple of weeks time myself Chris and Phil will be stepping out of our front doors and riding unsupported to Montreal. I say unsupported but a lot of good people are helping us achieve it – they can be found here.
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.