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.
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
We were over the moon to be joined by Andy Bokanev for Rapha Supercross in Gloucester. This is the first half of the ‘Holy Week’ of Cross here on the East Coast and it was exceptional in every way apart from the continued heat and dust bowl of the season so far.
Despite the race being such a highlight of the season it’s almost overshadowed by the fun times in MA that accompany it having Andy there this year really added to it. Read last years account from our cat 4/5 perspective here.Part 2 of black and whites to follow tomorrow.
Charm City was eh charming… the course was challenging, with flyovers, 4 sand pits and bottleneck corners instantly after the hole shot and it was hot, oh so very hot. The words on everyone’s chapped lips and dusty mouths was that it was harder than Nittany.. which was unforseen. Ryan brought home our best result in 12th on the Sunday race and we had the pleasure of hanging with Master of the High Seas, Team Yacht Club’s Cassidy. Next up Gloucester.
Last Sunday was the 2nd edition of the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 event. Despite the complicated name this event is growing in size and stature, and is now the UK’s biggest sportive with 24,000 participants. It follows roughly the same route as the 2012 Olympic road race, starting in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London and then venturing south west into the Surrey hills, before returning to London for a sprint finish on The Mall, all over closed roads. The distance is 100 miles / 161km as the name implies, although it turned out not to be the case this year — more on that in a moment.
Click read more below to read Daniel’s report about the event.
Sunday saw the biggest team outing since Battenkill as the revered Trimble event ‘Neversink Invitational’ brought us out with its heady mix of good times, good people and unbelievable roads. Don was in amongst the mix of photographers sweeping the course with their lenses and capturing the suffering and elation in equal measures. Check out his full set here and click read more for the full race report. Huge props to Ryan who brought home the 3rd place podium for The 5th Floor NYC and for Malcolm to rounding of the top 10 for us too. Results posted here.
Another great London Nocturne was held yesterday and our man Erik Jonsson was there on the side line taking some great shots. Head over to his site for more photos.
It was nice to see so many friends racing and to see loads of familiar faces at the track bike crit, even Mr. Red Hook Crit aka David Trimble who was in town for business had a go at the race and this is what he has to say from his experience:
“It was great to line up on the start line with thousand of spectators surrounding the course. I was in exactly the spot on the front row where (if this was the RHC) the fastest qualifier should start. Of course with a fast field of RHC stars and being years away from racing shape I was only a spectator inside the race once the flag dropped. Even finishing mid pack the sensation of racing a track bike at speed around a tight technical circuit reaffirms that this format has so much potential in the world of cycling.”
It was also nice seeing our friend and ex-team mate Kendal Noctor doing really well and coming 5th in the Leigh Day Kermesse race.
We ‘5th Floor LDN‘ took part in 3 events, the Leigh Day Kermesse road criterium, the Condor Track Bike Criterium with an amazing effort by George Garnier who came 3rd just behind last year’s winner and the Barclays Cycle Hire Race with Leo Tong coming 2nd.
Make sure you catch the TV highlights are on Sky Sports 2 (Tuesday, GMT 10pm), British Eurosport 2 (Friday, GMT 7.30pm) and Channel 4 (Saturday, GMT 5.30am).
One of the joys of racing in New York is the sheer volume and variance of races it’s possible to compete in. This Gallery is a round-up from the last week or so featuring Flyod Bennett field images from Victor Chan, CRCA Orchard Beach from here, and lastly Seth Mud Plugging from here.
Special shout to Nik for his 3rd place at Orchard Beach Cat 4 and Chris for 4th place after incredible solo efforts out front. To Seth of his 6th place and then 3rd place the following weekend in Waywayanda state park. Cat 2.
I headed out to Los Angeles for work last week and after the beautiful winter we’ve had in NYC it was a shock to the system to be in 70 degree heat and sun for seven days straight.
I haven’t spent a lot of time in LA but seemingly everyone there is at least a double threat. I met a lot of very talented people, there were a few actor/models, an actor/model/producer, and an actor/producer/model. I felt pretty pathetic only having one job so I started telling everyone I was an employed person/bike racer, or if they were a good looking female I just told them I was jobless/homeless – it’s the ultimate double threat and it gets women to stop talking to you quickly.
I don’t like talking to women when I’m on the road because my wife reads this blog.
When I wasn’t working I headed out for a few really good training rides up to the Griffith Observatory, it was a great place to ride, was close to my hotel in Korea Town, and it provided some amazing views of the city (my inner tourist was also really pumped to be near the Hollywood sign).
I was sick the entire week with a really bad cold but I fought through it with medication and didn’t miss any of my planned workouts which I was pretty proud of – insert something here about pride being man’s greatest downfall.By the time Saturday rolled around I was feeling terrible but I had signed up for the San Luis Road Race and I wasn’t going to miss it.
I’m not sure if this is a west coast thing but the race started off like a semi-cross start with a semi-sprint and the pace didn’t slow down for over an hour. A break got away really quickly which was confusing as hell because normally there’s so much negative racing that no one lets a break get away in the first 15 minutes of a race, but they were gone and we weren’t going to catch them. I felt like I was struggling to keep up with the group for large parts of the race and sent a post race report to the guys saying the race was crazy hard, but after looking at my power numbers it turns out the race was actually pretty easy and I was just really sick with walking pneumonia.
I’ve been bed ridden this entire week and will now have to miss Orchard Beach, Hunter and Bear Mountain. I’m looking forward to getting healthy and I learned a valuable lesson, don’t go to LA, the flakiness in the air will get stuck in your lungs and give you pneumonia.