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Tour of Cambridgeshire

June 26, 2015 | By | No Comments

Billed as ‘the first ever closed road Gran Fondo event in the UK’, the Tour of Cambridgeshire was a 128km loop out of Peterborough around the beautiful (and very flat) Cambridgeshire countryside. The organisers likened it to the London Marathon – closed road, with the elites at the front racing for a good time and the rest as a personal challenge. And with the top 25% from each age group being invited to compete in the UCI World Championships, the pressure was on.

We started in Pen 1, with the elites…

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23 Jun

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BIG Events – Redbridge

June 23, 2015 | By | No Comments

A good team work ends up with great results.

On Saturday Daniel and I (Rudy) worked well together in the Cat 3 race and it paid off. We made sure we were towards the front of the race, chasing any attack, bridging gaps, staying out of trouble, etc. Coming up to the prime lap, Daniel rode hard on the front for nearly the whole lap, leading me out coming up to the hill finish, I just went for it, wasn’t planning to, but thought “Why not?”. When I looked over my shoulder no one was near me. Coffee was on me.

The race carried on as normal, and after just over 1hr of racing the commissarie put the 6 laps count down (instead of 3). I heard a few people in the group complaining as they wish it was 3 to go. I was feeling okay, so I started to think of position and go with any attempt to break away. A couple of guys did, I chased and brought the bunch with me, I wish it was just me, but no, people like to follow. With 2 laps to go it started to rain HARD, which made the race more epic.

In the last lap Daniel and I were up there, 1st and second, we slowed down letting a couple people get in front of us and coming up to the hilly sprint finish, I went for it, just like the prime lap, but this time was too early, someone went past me, but I saw in the corner of my eye that it was Daniel who ended up winning it and I came 3rd. Another guy just managed to go around me at the last meter or so (see photo 2).

Unfortunately it wasn’t a 1, 2 but a 1, 3 and a prime was pretty good. And to make the day even better we found out that team mate Luke Clark got a strong 3rd place in the Cat 4 race, getting enough points to move up to Cat 3.

– Rudy Melo

SERRL Kenardington

June 16, 2015 | By | No Comments

Last Sunday Rudy, George, Pasquale, Reece and I travelled down to Kenardington in Kent (close to Ashford) for 5th Floor’s first road race in the South East Road Race League (SERRL) Summer Series. The race was 9 laps of a 10km circuit (including one ‘neutralised’ lap – didn’t feel like it!), which meant it took just over two hours and 90km to complete. There were about 60 riders in the field, and this race was categorised 3/4, so had both 3rd Cat and 4th Cat riders in the same race. The course had a few small climbs, enough to burn the legs, but not severe enough to cause much difficulty for most of the field…

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08 Jun

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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

01 Jun

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Big Events : MK Bowl Race

June 1, 2015 | By | No Comments

Last weekend myself (Rudy), George, Luke, Pasquale and Daniel made our way to Milton Keynes to race around MK Bowl put by Big Events.

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29 May

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Killington Stage Race Report

May 29, 2015 | By | No Comments

Words: Mark Hagan
Images: Johnny Hsu

The Killington Stage Race held in Killington Vermont is the first major amateur stage race of the year here in the Northeast. Spanning the extended Memorial Day weekend, Day 1 begins with a circuit road race, followed by a lumpy 100km road race on Day 2, and finishing up on the Monday holiday with an 11 mile race of truth.

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12 May

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The Big CRCA weekend

May 12, 2015 | By | No Comments

The Orchard Beach / Bear Mountain Classic has always been a big one two hit of a weekend. Much of this can be attributed to the rarity of the Orchard Beach crit course in NY – a true 4 corner flat crit, then followed on Sunday by a 55 mile 5,500ft of climbing race that creates an unrecognized stage race weekend.

The over-riding reason this is such a big weekend is the effort and organization that goes into making these races absolute jewels in the Calendar by CRCA. We can’t thank those involved enough.

The 2015 weekend was to take on special significance with Bear being attributed the NY State Champs Road Race and the CRCA adding the incentive of an Omnium purse for those who did both.

Historically both Orchard Beach and the NYS RR Championship have been good to 5th NYC with Ryan placing 3rd in the champs last year and Chris winning Orchard Beach in 2013, placing 4th in 2014 behind Nik in 3rd place. Despite being ‘suited’ to me I had yet to achieve a result at Orchard…

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Battenkill 2015 Race Report

April 21, 2015 | By | No Comments

Battenkill 2015 was a valuable lesson that preparation only gets you so far; that sometimes Lady Luck will choose to bend you over and give you a good spanking. Read more for the full report…

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04 Nov

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Angus Sung: Rapha Condor JLT: End of an Era

November 4, 2014 | By | No Comments

Six days before the start of the Tour of Britain 2014, I had all the logistics finialised for two stages of the ToB that I wanted to cover and had been looking forward to them for quite some time, and then the phone rang… Five days later, after some emailing with Tom Southam (team press officer and former rider), I found myself catching a morning train northbound to Liverpool where I was to meet up with the team, Rapha Condor JLT. More images on Angus’s blog here, Click Read More for full article.

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Red Hook Crit Barcelona 2014

October 3, 2014 | By | One Comment

Qualifying 49th out of 250 riders and making his way trough the field, only 5secs behind the winner, George Garnier finished an outstanding 10th at this year’s RHC Barcelona, only one place lower than his 9th seeding. Click read more below to read George’s report about the day. Read More