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Race organising is HARD by Aoife Doherty

October 3, 2016 | By | One Comment

I thought racing was tiring, stomatology then add organising the London Summer Cross Series into the mix and new levels reached.
I’ve finally gotten to the end of checking results, salve tidying sums and all the other nuggets of excitement that go hand in hand with organising races. Done! Along with my team The 5th Floor women, we have just successfully run our first cross race series.

It began with our very first race as a team on the 3rd January this year. The Badlands. CYCLOCROSS. Three roadies joining forces with two cross enthusiasts. What the F*** were we doing in a muddy field in rain, in January? A love of bikes, that’s what.



As much as I was looking forward to road season, there was a definite lull between the the winter cross season wrapping and the early season road races getting underway. Then we hear that the Summer Cross Series is in danger of not happening. Just no. The two overworked founders, maxed out on life and other commitments, no longer had the capacity to run it. Cue five very enthusiastic, and slightly naive, cross-loving girls.
And ok, we had a bit of an idea how much work it might involve, a very small bit. But I won’t bore you with those details. Cause that’s not what it’s about.

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It’s about seeing months of work, stress, emails, phone calls, thinking the whole thing is going to fall through on more than one occasion and then turning up to the first one.  And realising that it’s actually going to happen. The cogs are turning. What once was a field is now full of super stoked racers, from kids to the oldies. And a rad cross course, that’s going to hurt.

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If you’ve never been to a cross race, get yourself to one immediately. The atmosphere is like nothing else. Pure good vibes. From spectators to racers. Heckling at its best. The racers take it seriously, but not too seriously. There are no points up for grabs, summer cross is about having fun in a field, with your bike and your friends and whatever the course designer decides to throw at you, from off-camber uphill steps to special sections like the spiral of doom and the gautlet. It’s rough and tough and a whole lot of fun.

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In the end we ran three races (let’s not speak of the fourth). Addington Park; short, sharp and lung destroying. Morden Park; all levels of fun, hurdles, steps, spirals and fast. And finally Herne Hill. With beer provided by Bianca Road Brewery from our very own in-team brewer Reece, the atmosphere of the series finale was like nothing else. The turnout was immense and the racing was even more so. Between frantically trying to figure out the series standings and handing out podium prizes between races, we even had a bit of time to heckle those tackling the infamous hurdles.

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I’ll tell you what, I’ve been enlightened doing this. Seeing the hours, time and effort people put into making something like this happening. All of this voluntary. All the clubs that helped make each round happen. The commissaires, sponsors, supporters, racers, hecklers. The only gain people get from the time they put in, is the insane satisfaction of seeing the race come together.


And it’s worth it, to see the mayhem of hundreds of men, women and children racing around in big laps of confusion, legs and lungs burning and having a damn good time.


Yes it took over our lives for a few months, but we made it happen and that’s an amazing feeling.


CROSSCROSSCROSS! I think we’re all looking forward to a proper season of racing now, with a newfound respect for all those organisers out there.

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A special shout out to all that make bike races happen. You know who you are!


Thanks to Tom Powell for the photos and snapping away at each event – check out the full set on his site

22 Sep


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5th Floor x MASH SF Ride

September 22, 2015 | By | No Comments

Join us and MASH for a group ride on Sunday morning!

Free coffee kindly provided by Workshop Coffee.

Sunday, malady
27th September.
9am coffee, 9.30am ride.
Workshop Coffee, 27 Clerkenwell Rd, EC1 5RN
30 miles. All bikes welcomed.

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London Nocturne 2015 by Jon Baines

June 8, 2015 | By | No Comments

Click read more below to see the London Nocturne photos from our good friend and photographer Jon Baines Read More

Rapha : Hell of the North VI

April 21, 2015 | By | One Comment

Last Sunday, neuropathologist
13th April, store
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

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Parkour Ride

October 8, 2014 | By | No Comments

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, drug
Liam Phillips – BMX, arthritis
Manon Carpente – Downhill World Champion to an Ambulance Paramedic. Then there were the 5th, generic
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.

Photo 1 and 6 : Tom Jenkins (The Guardian)
Photo 5 : Matt Hallet

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London Bike Show by George and Rudy

February 21, 2014 | By | No Comments

Here are more photos from The London Bike Show 2014.
Day 1 – Photos by Rudy Melo

Day 2 – Photos by George Garnier