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30 Apr


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RED HOOK CRIT 2015 Qualifications Report

April 30, 2015 | By | No Comments

The Red Hook Crit seems to stick out on our calendar like a… well, like a big. Red. Hook.

Before it expanded into European waters and before the concept of riding bikes with any more than 1 gear entered our brains, this was the race we (collectively The 5th Floor) dreamed of participating in.

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28 Apr


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5th MTB

April 28, 2015 | By | No Comments

The 5th Floor is not a track team that rides road bikes or any variation of the sorts.
We are a cycling collective, we like riding bikes and occasionally talking about them.
The 5th Floor in all its guises and outlets charts the evolution and journey of its riders and contributors and ebbs and flows accordingly.
We’re stoked that here in #5th NYC 3 of the guys; Chris, Rich and Seth have developed a real passion and enthusiasm for mountain biking thats spilling over into some pretty excellent results and podium time.
Expect more from the dirtier side of The 5th throughout the summer and into CX.


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

Hell of the Ashdown 2015 by Daniel Slotte

March 20, 2015 | By | No Comments

When I was just getting into road cycling in 2012, one of the first events I heard about was the Hell of the Ashdown (HOTA) sportive, organised by Catford CC. With a fearsome name like that (a play on the Hell of the North, the popular nickname for Paris-Roubaix), and with climbs like ‘The Wall’ and talk of 25% gradients in the first couple of kilometres, it’s a daunting prospect for any budding cyclist. HOTA always falls in February, with temperatures usually just hovering around freezing, so in addition to tackling the multiple hills on the course, there is also the issues of ice on the road and trying to open a bar with frozen fingers….

Click read more bellow to read Daniel’s report for this year’s HOTA and find out how he got on since 2012 . Read More

27 Feb


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Rudy and Alex Cyclocross Bike Check

February 27, 2015 | By | No Comments

Cyclocross came to an end and we are all preparing for road and track season, but in the mean time Alex and I (Rudy) met in the park to do a bike check of our CX bikes, mine is a custom Victoire-Cycles CX frame and Alex’s is a Cannondale xs800 (Y2K). Big shout out to our sponsor Seabass Cycles for doing a great job putting these 2 bikes together. Click read more below for more photos of both builds, words and full spec list.

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10 Feb


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The 5th Floor NYC: 2015 Announcement

February 10, 2015 | By | No Comments

With much anticipation of the 2015 season; The 5th Floor’s second full competitive road season, third cyclocross and track seasons in New York City, we bring you the roster of supporters and riders for the coming year

Aside from the addition of talented all-rounder Richard Soffar, we bring an unchanged line up into 2015 — reflecting firsthand the strength of culture and friendship within the team. With this in mind we will be fielding a bigger presence than ever in Mountain Bike races across the east coast, continuing our passion for documenting the story and trajectory of the our riders.

 A note of thanks to our enduring affiliates; Mad Alchemy, Muc Off, Epic, Thunderbird, Vittoria group, Grimpeur Bros, Skratch Labs and ICNY.

Endeavoring to repay their faith and generosity has proved both motivating and enriching. We look forward to further elevating these alliances in the coming year.

We’re excited to announce that 718 Cyclery, Road Runner Bags and Wolf Tooth Components have added themselves to this list of strong advocates of The 5th Floor.

718 Cyclery has been serving up their unique outlook, skill-set and stock-list to Brooklyn and beyond since 2008; we’re grateful to share a synchronicity with the stores attitude and approach that should form an exciting platform for 2015.
Road Runner Bags and Wolf Tooth both represent a dedication to their craft and the sport of cycling that has been the catalyst for our successful partnerships and we look forward to seeing what 2015 will bring having their bolstering.

We will be marking the commencement of a new season with a new aesthetic and production partner for our 2015 kits. More news and the all-important preview on this soon…

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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Thank You! #5thLDN

January 2, 2015 | By | No Comments

What a great year we’ve had in 2014! And that is thanks to our riders for their hard work and effort, photographer friends and to those that have supported us during the year. And of course a special thanks to every single one of our rad sponsors; Workshop Coffee Co for the best coffee in the UK, Bulletproof for the support, Santa Maria Pizzeria for the best Pizza in London, MET Helmets for keeping our heads safe, Seabass Cycles for the best service around, Ragpicker for our accessories, Oakley for supporting us with the best glasses in the business, Vita-Coco for keeping us hydrated and Muc-Off for keeping our bikes clean and looking good.

We thank you all.

Happy New Year to everyone and here is to an amazing 2015.

Photo: Jon Baines