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.
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…
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.