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#5thTrackDay Photos by Jon Baines

May 3, 2016 | By | No Comments

Here are #5thTrackDay’s photos by the talented Jon Baines, just in time to get you hyped for the next track meeting. Click below for the full set.

All rights reserved by Jon Baines – if you’d like to re-post, please credit @designdefined on Instagram or Twitter.

Youth races

Great racing by the Youth category. Lots of attacks and watching each other’s moves.

First race of the day about to start

The Youth category love to attack

The Youth category love to attack

Attack after attack

Olivier Mangham, our most aggressive Youth rider

Olivier Mangham, our most aggressive Youth rider

Shout outs

Thank you for helping out Chaz

Thank you for helping out Chaz

Workshop coffee went down a treat during the day. Thanks guys!

Charlie from Seabass Cycles building the wheel on the day

Charlie from Seabass Cycles building the wheel on the day. SeaBoss!

Reece counting the laps and enjoying the sun.

J.Fitz helping out

OG 5th Floor and 5th founder J.Fitz.

Women’s races

We had no idea how many people were going to come down on the day, slightly worried, but it was great seeing a large group of ladies racing.

Charlotte Roberge won the most aggressive female rider. Here you see why, one of the break away attempts

Charlotte Roberge won the most aggressive female rider. Here you see why, one of the break away attempts.

Men’s Bs

The Men’s B category went smooth apart from one unfortunate crash during the elimination race. We hope Rob from NLTCBMBC is healing up well.

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Men’s As

God it was fast! Big turn out, strong riders, attacks, pizza prime, etc!

Raffa trying to control the front

Raffa trying to control the front

BLOM!

BLOM!

Alex Blomeley trying to break away in the first race of the day. Great effort!

Alex Blomeley trying to break away in the first race of the day. Great effort!

Elimination race sprint

Elimination race sprint.

Riders warming up and down.

Riders warming up and down.

All smile for Alec Briggs

All smile for Alec Briggs.

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The break away in the last Scratch race.

The break away in the last Scratch race.

1st and 2nd place in the last Scratch race.

1st and 2nd place in the last Scratch race.

Once again, thank you for everyone that came down! See you all next year!

Rapha Super Cross Round 1 and 2

October 26, 2015 | By | No Comments

Click read more below for Rapha Super Cross words by Rudy Melo and photos by Jon Baines. Read More

Red Hook Crit Milan 6 ‘The Hard Way’

October 14, 2015 | By | One Comment

My 5th Red Hook and by far the most eventful yet and this is really saying something because I’m still shouting about the last 4 races to anyone who’ll give me an audience.

The events surrounding the race like the pre-party, the after party, transportation, accommodation, food, weather and people was just smooth sailing. The racing on the other hand was off the hook fast, furious and so much ‘fun’. How I’d really describe it is that its one of those things that at the beginning there’s apprehension, a worry and a ‘should I really do this’. Then after the actual event it’s that total, unequivocal, full and freeing ‘HELL YEAH!!!’ succeeded by the understanding that it was the one and only decision you could have made and the adrenaline and experience will be with you from that point through to the next pant filling and life affirming thing you want to do.

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07 Oct

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London CX League Herne Hill by J.Baines

October 7, 2015 | By | No Comments

Sunday was the first cyclocross race of the 2015/2016 London CX League for myself and Alex Blomeley. I have a feeling it was the last day of summer, the sun was out, was nice and warm, dry race, etc. I believe it will be a mud fest from now on. #CrossIsHere.

Photographer and friend Jon Baines was there with us and as usual captured some great shots. Click more below for the full set.

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Red Hook Crit BCN 3 by Alex Blomeley

September 29, 2015 | By | No Comments

Theres always a lot of stories that come out of crit week. Most of which are super positive. You can’t avoid breaks, bruises and all sorts in racing like this but everyone comes away with something and no matter what it is you always want to go back. Red Hook Crit Barcelona 3 really had everything, even tears (quickly followed by some serious dancing) and we weren’t without our fair share… Read More

Milton Keynes 2 Day Race

September 24, 2015 | By | No Comments

Concrete, marble, roundabouts and racing. Chuck in Nandos and a very ‘local’ hotel and you’ve got the Milton Keynes 2 day race. Don’t get me wrong, we all had a blast. Its just that well, Milton Keynes is a bit shit isn’t it?

Organised by TeamMK at the Milton Keynes bowl the weather blessed us and it was going to be a good weekend of racing. It started with a very short 3km time trail. New lesson learned, 3km time trails suck! We did pretty good, I came in 8th with George in 12th and Rudy and Daniel not too far behind.

This led a little time to wait before the crit scheduled at 3pm. Not much food about at the venue and we were hungry so George, Rudy and I smashed back a bacon and egg bap from the only food vendor which was a burger van. It wasn’t really what we wanted, but it was pretty good. A couple of locals in the queue laughed at me, stating ’proper athlete this one’, I could only shrug and smile in retaliation.

The crit was good, fast paced with a lot of attacking. I managed a breakaway for a bit, got pulled back in and then the attack went that stuck to the end. We missed it and spent most of the rest of the race trying to organise the front into chasing properly which ultimately failed and we lost 40 seconds. The last lap was a bit of a nightmare as we were lapping a large group of riders who had been mistakenly given the last lap board as well which meant that no-one moved and there was an inevitable crash (this was caused by someone, number 73, dropping a shoulder and riding into some poor lad who hit the tarmac like a sack of spuds). Ended up coming in the top ten with George close behind to secure my GC position in the top ten also.

The next day started early in the countryside for a 90km road race in the morning fog. It was great fun, although at one point I was pretty sure I’d lost it all. I punctured at about 50km in just as I was in a good move off the front. Hand up and pedalling slowly, the bunch and my team mates fly past, I heard George shout in protestation at my bad luck. It was gutting and I was sure then that GC and the race were over for me. God bless neutral service. After a quick wheel change I spent the next half an hour pedalling like mad at 60kph behind a BMW estate being dragged back to the field. It was amazing but also properly exhausting, its not easy. I was back in the pack for the last 20km and just had to focus on staying up at the front and setting myself up for the sprint. Going cross eyed with the effort I was praying that around every corner the 1km to go sign would appear. When it finally did Rudy was on the front looking back at me. I knew he wanted to lead me out, he was ready and he’d got it fucking perfect. I nodded and Rudy dropped the hammer. The bunch dragged out into that familiar arrowhead with me 4th wheel. Rudy pulled off with 400 to go, a few riders in front meant I could hold back and at about 100 to go I let it loose.

There was another breakaway which had stuck that day and I came in 7th overall. Leaving me with 9th on GC. The team did a great job and having Rudy up the front in that last KM was one of the best race experiences I’ve had. Chapeau boys and thank you.

Alex Blomeley

24 Sep

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In The Shadow of Giants

September 24, 2015 | By | No Comments

In the shadow of the giants is Angus‘ set from out Dolomites trip (Pt.1 and Pt.2). Head over to his site for the full set.

#5thDolomites.

22 Sep

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5th Floor x MASH SF Ride

September 22, 2015 | By | No Comments

Join us and MASH for a group ride on Sunday morning!

Free coffee kindly provided by Workshop Coffee.

Sunday, 27th September.
9am coffee, 9.30am ride.
Workshop Coffee, 27 Clerkenwell Rd, EC1 5RN
30 miles. All bikes welcomed.

14 Jul

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Red Hook Crit London by Sam Dunn

July 14, 2015 | By | No Comments

Artist Sam Dunn took some lovely photo, catching some great moments from the weekend’s Red Hook Crit race. Click read more to check them out.  Read More

Red Hook Crit London 1 by Jon Baines

July 13, 2015 | By | No Comments

After a long time waiting (over 2 years) the famous Red Hook Crit was finally held in London. You never know what the 1st time in a new city is going to be like, but RHC LDN 1 was very successful. Huge congratulations to David Trimble, from RHC/Trimble Racing and Rockstar Games for throwing an amazing event in our home turf.

We had Reece Wood, George Garnier, Alex Blomeley and Rudy Melo from the #5thLDN taking part on London’s round

We had a team plan for the qualifying round and had a really good run, but unfortunately our fastest lap was neutralised just before we made it across the start/finish line due to a crash. We were told that our hot lap would have put us all in the top 20 on the grid for the main race. But we strongly managed to qualify to the final with our second fastest lap, Reece 45th, George 47th, Alex 53rd & Rudy 81st.

After an unlucky start for Rudy, having to avoid 2 riders that crashed into each other at the start line, he spent half of the race trying to get back into it, while George, Reece and Alex were having a really strong race with all 3 riders in the main group.

George was strongly sitting in the top 20 before he got taken out in one of the corners, unfortunately similar thing happened to Reece on the same corner, but that didn’t stop them to get back up and finish. Alex was having a really good race, moving up places and staying out of trouble.

The first Red Hook Crit London was won by William Guzman with Mario Paz Duque in second and Thibaud Lhenry in 3rd, Alex came in a few seconds later, in the same group with a strong 25th placing while George and Reece recovered to finish in 35th and 41st with Rudy stopping and finishing 78th.

Photographer and friend Jon Baines from Roadbook Britannia was there covering the race. Click read more below for his gallery and head over to Roadbook Britannia for deeper race report and more photos. Read More