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03 Jun


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Oregon Outback Posse Portraits: Donalrey Nieva

June 3, 2015 | By | No Comments

While the Oregon Outback as a ride/race/trip had an enormous impact on me (more on that later) the biggest element is who you share these kind of experiences with.

While we hadn’t necessarily planned to ride this together, myself, Don, John, Bryan, Chris, Calvin and Brad united in the parking lot starting grid and became a veritable band of brothers. For some it was new relationships for me it was cementing old ones that were distanced through only seeing people briefly at races or in the case of myself and Brad; supporter and team.

I couldn’t have asked to share the experience with a better group of dudes.
Don did an incredible job of capturing all these guys who will be engrained in my memory of that epic trip.

28 Apr


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2nd Annual Battenchill: Photos by Don

April 28, 2015 | By | No Comments

Battenkill is what we consider an A race or a Feature Race in our East Coast Calendar since its unique mix of upstate NY hills and percentage of gravel roads make it unique and co-relates to the classics the pro peloton are suffering at this time of the year.

Battenkill is a feature race for us in so many more ways, it’s spawned its own team traditions with our #battenchill and gathering good people and good food around us to make this a real festival for us.

In many ways the race or at least the results almost become secondary. Those are the races I like best.

CC Hackney Open Season at Herne Hill by Alex Blomeley

April 9, 2015 | By | One Comment

Last Saturday was the first track meeting of the season at Herne Hill Velodrome. Rudy Melo, Reece Wood and George Garnier were there racing the A(s) and Alex Blomeley was there with his camera. Click read more below for the full set. Read More

07 Apr


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Deux North : Hunt 5

April 7, 2015 | By | No Comments

Last year I (Rudy) was lucky enough to join Deux NorthSpecialized and a really solid crew to ‘Hunt’ from Barcelona to Valencia. The crew was myself, the Nord brothers James and Dylan, Chris Riekert from Specialized, Jered and Ashley Gruber, photographer Jon Baines, videographer Aaron Vazquez and driver/mechanic Patrick ‘The Tree’ Miller. It was the first time I met of the group, but after a few minutes together we were getting along really well, but that was needed because we were going to spend the next 3 days cycling together.

The Hunt 5 was one of the best bike trips I have ever done. Beautiful, tiring, hard and fun, all at the same time. We went through some roads that I probably would have never been through if it wasn’t for this trip. Unforgettable stuff! I will let the video do the rest of the talking. Check it out! Make sure to also head over to Deux North for more photos and words by Dylan Nord.

“Inspired by the sport of professional rally car racing, Deux North took a special group of riders to the Rally de Catalunya in Spain for Hunt 5. In Salou, they met one of the world’s best drivers, Kris Meeke, and recorded his story of passion and adventure. Traveling along the route of the World Rally Championship, from Barcelona to Valencia, Deux North ran into some of the most beautiful places on earth as well as some interesting surprises and setbacks. It was Kris’ story that inspired Deux North’s hunters over their four day trip and to this day. This is Hunt 5, as told by World Rally Championship driver, Kris Meeke, and Deux North’s Hunters.”

01 Apr


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#5th Kamp, Photos by Don, Words by Mark

April 1, 2015 | By | No Comments

The summit in reach, though still defiant.

The legs scream out, yet the road is silent.

Winter is entrenched, issues another test.

Breath turns to ice, and stabs at the chest.

With one last attack, we add to the scars.

Small badges of honor, and cheers from our Czar!

The mountain tops out, not without attrition.

We slump from the effort, bent into submission.

A kamp in the Catskills, to strengthen a core.

Through miles and suffering, with the 5th Floor.

31 Mar


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#5th Kamp 2015

March 31, 2015 | By | No Comments

Heading to Woodstock for a bi-annual training camp is quickly becoming a 5th NYC tradition.
This year it felt even more important to unite the team with new member Rich and a number of injuries as well as start reminding the legs that the calendar of races would not submit to even the harshest of winters.

We headed up on Thursday night with the anticipation of 3 days of the Catskills finest roads ahead. Nik, unable to ride due to the current rehab of a back injury had briefed us on what the 3 days were to hold.

Nik was indeed the hostest with the mostest, the quality of the roads and routes were matched only by the quality of his cooking and we savored both to the full.

Regardless of race or personal priorities 9 from our 13 were there over the 3 days contributing to the team through their presence, skill behind the lens, pans or handlebars.

Check out #5thkamp for each of the guys perspective and scroll through the images from Chris above.

29 Jan


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London X League Round 15 : Horsham

January 29, 2015 | By | No Comments

On Sunday Reece and I (Rudy) drove to Horsham for London X League‘s last cyclocross race of the 14/15 season. It was nice to catch with our friend and photographer Jon Baines who met us there and got some amazing shots of me racing. Click read more below for the full set, which summarise the day really well. Read More

12 Jan


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Team Pizza Ride | Base Miles

January 12, 2015 | By | No Comments

Yesterday we #5thLDN went out for some good old winter base miles. To keep one of our traditional alive we finished our ride at Santa Maria‘s little brother Bravi Ragazzi. Click read more below for photos from the day.

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02 Jan


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Uncategorized No.1

January 2, 2015 | By | No Comments

A bunch of us here at 5th NYC contributed to whats the first in hopefully a series of photo journals curated and produced by Johnny Hsu and for sale over on Hsuper here.

The premise wasn’t to document the ‘team’ but to capture what cycling means to us, shared experiences that should resonate with anyone who loves what cycling offers.

23 Dec


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London X League Round 11: Redbridge

December 23, 2014 | By | No Comments

Cold, muddy and exhausting – watching cyclocross was hard work. Riding it looked even harder. Rudy and Pasquale were the ones brave enough to kit up and race in Round 11 of the London X League at Redbridge Cycling Centre.

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