Posts Tagged ‘event.’

L’Eroica 2010.

September 30, 2010

Yup. That’s it. Tonight I leave for L’Eroica 2010 and I am now at a level of almost hysteric frenzy.

Expect plenty of words and photographs this weekend as I blog and tweet ‘live’ from La Caravan do Coq in Chianti and also a full report upon my return.

Have a great weekend folks and good luck to ‘our boys’ in this weekend’s world road champs.

L’Eroica.

September 27, 2010

I am going to L’Eroica next weekend to do some work for Le Coq Sportif. I am riding the 74km route mostly on white gravel roads and I have a bike there waiting for me. I wonder what it will be? The De Rosa above should suffice.

My excitement is becoming almost unbearable. More info on my travels to this weekend’s L’Eroica to come.

L’Eroica x Le Coq.

September 20, 2010

It’s coming… Another year of the great L’Eroica and as I said this time last year… One day I’ll make it!

See more of Le Coq’s 2010 involvement right here.

Cinelli x Elley Kishimoto

September 16, 2010

Cinelli is very proud to announce it’s involvement in Eley Kishimoto’s FLASH ON project. The project began with the designers Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto interest in our classic Supercorsa Model..

This starting point grounded the project: the Cinelli Supercorsa is a very concrete piece of cycling’s cultural heritage, the longest running production model in the history of road cycling. It is a product by now more akin to a Carlo Barbera yarn than a bicycle simply for the elaborate cycle, and rarity of the techniques, used in its construction.
Knowing this, Eley Kishimoto, with typical playful antagonism, decided to paint “over” the original design, disguising the elaborate details (chromed lugs, pinstripe graphics, proprietary fastback stays)in their signature “Flash” pattern, producing a sort of visual double-take: you-see-it-you-don’t-see-it.

Wow, this looks awesome… a decent side on photograph would be nice though.

More info here.

H – A – R – D.

September 16, 2010



Stage one of the Rapha CCC Alps ridden by all. Some fast riders at front, setting a fierce pace. Interesting to see if they are still this competitive in eight days time. Some stragglers at the back, but they should be able to ‘get round’… Some have already gone into survival mode. Could be a long ride…

Read more about this epic adventure here.

Photographs from the Tour of Britain.

September 13, 2010

Photographs taken on 12th September during stage 2 of the 2010 Tour of Britain. It was a great day and lovely to see so many people turn out on top of Gunhill! It felt like the Tour de France, with pies.

Want to see more photographs of pro race bikes, racing and whatnot? Go here to my flickrspot and peep.

Tour of Britain.

September 9, 2010

Stage one of The Tour of Britain 2009, which will set off from Rochdale on Saturday 11th September, will finish in the spectacular seaside resort of Blackpool.

The Tour of Britain then heads south, with Stage Two starting and finishing in Stoke-on-Trent via a hard day’s racing through the scenic north Staffordshire countryside, including the infamous Gun Hill.

Stage Three visits Wales for the first time since 2004 and, after a tough stage the peloton will head up Constitution Hill before the finish in Swansea. From here the race moves onto the South West for stages Four and Five, scene of some of the race’s biggest crowds in 2008 and 2009.

From there the race moves onto to the east of England, visiting Norfolk for the very first time for Stage Six. This also happens to be the longest stage of this year’s race, taking in 189 kilometres across the county. The penultimate day of the race sees the peloton race from Suffolk’s Bury St Edmunds to Essex’s Colchester on a stage that could decide the winner of this year’s race.

The final day of racing will see the riders take on a brand new race circuit in the London borough of Newham, host borough for the London Olympic and Para-Olympic Games 2012, where the winner of the 2010 Tour of Britain will be crowned.

I’ll be there in stoke this weekend cheering and jeering. Let’s hope the weather holds out for it.

Words from CW.
More info here.

Notes from Haute-Savoie.

September 6, 2010

18 hours later and after 800 miles in a car with 4 other men we finally arrived at our destination, France’s beautiful region of Haute-Savoie, merely a stones throw away from Switzerland’s Western border.

We located our campsite on the edge of lake Annecy and quickly set up our living quarters, because despite our total lack of sleep for the past day or so we were all very eager to get out on our bikes. No time for rest.

Problem. Whilst reversing a fully laden car out of it’s parking space, Hardy touched a car to the rear which in-turn managed to pull Joe’s rear wheel out of true, quite badly. No problem. A trip to LocationVélo on the west side of Annecy lake meant we could get the wheel repaired ready for tomorrow.

We now have 5 bikes between but only 4 complete sets of wheels. So, rather graciously, Hardy, still extremely tired after our mammoth drive offered to lend Joe his wheels for day one’s riding agenda – A climb of Col de la Forclaz. This would also be myself, Kieran and Joe’s re-uniting of this, the very steep and very tough 12km long Col de la Forclaz, our most favourite local col.

No sleep for over 24 hours had taken it’s toll on me. I had to stop half way up a 14% section of the climb, riding in the hot midday sun I was utterly spent. Physically and mentally drained I lay down on a grass verge at the side of the road, jersey fully unzipped and helmet strewn to the side. I needed to cool down, I felt unwell. Water down my throat and energy gels in my system I finished this leafy climb with the others and at the top we were rewarded traditionally with Beers, Coke and an unforgettable view of the lake.

We Descend the Forclaz and head around the west side of the lake to pick up Joe’s wheel. We chat with the proprietor a while, he talks of “clipping into the wind” and the descent of the Semnoz. We finish up and head back to camp to rest and more importantly to eat. Tonight’s meal will be well deserved.

My mind is on Tomorrow. To ascend Montagne du Semnoz via the Col de Leschaux up to Crét de Chatillon. This route had me shook. Last year I remember I struggled, I had consumed all my food and emptied all the contents of my Bidons into my mouth. I was hungry and thirsty and my shoes were made of Lead. Not again.

Eggs scrambled, bread toasted and coffee brewed we sat down and ate breakfast ready for our day ahead.  Hardy and Army ( Adam ) had done a stellar job on the eggs. Cooked perfectly with parsley and bacon, these two boys have set us up and furthermore we now have a full team for today’s riding as Joe’s wheels are back, spinning straight and round. And then (as it was intended) there were five.

No bonkage this time but still not loving climbing this particular ascent, especially after Joe, Hardy and Army had dropped Kieran and I like banana skins on the road. They were gone and I was demoralised. Remind me, why do I do this? I ask myself as I solemnly climbed this baron, silent landscape. I could not answer but there was the Crét so I dug in and got up to be greeted by the happy, salty faces of four friends, a plate of Frites and a cold glass of Coke.

The best thing about the Crét de Chatillon is the descent, the climb is awful, I do not like the terrain but the descent, now that, I love. It starts open with beautiful vistas of Mont Blanc and the ranges out to the East and soon after you go over the highest point of the mountain pass, you immediately find yourself travelling at speeds of up to 60kmh through dense forest. The scenery changes quickly like a natural kaleidoscope of colours green, shadows hurtle past on the tarmac beneath as if one were stationary, my nose exhales breath of excitement and euphoria and in exchange inhales the smell of pine and cool mountain air, a perfect trade. Corners are banked, cars are sparse and apart from the odd mountain cow we are left to trickle down the side of La Semnoz, alone and for what seemed like an eternity. Wheels in motion, man and machine in perfect harmony with these alien surroundings. This place to me is like Heaven.

Fig rolls don’t go down, energy gels taste like shit and that night, Hardy’s Pasta Carbonara with Lemon was to my palette like what a gold medal is to a champion.

The sun rises behind us from over the mountains. It get’s warmer. Map unfolded, we plot a route East heading to the Col de la Croix Fry and Col des Aravis. We seem anxious, these mountains we have never seen and the lines on the map indicate some suffering at 2pm.

We leave Veyrier-du-lac and head up over the bump of a Col du Bluffy. Instantly to your right the precious view of Lac D’Annecy becomes obscured by the sight of La Tournette and Dent du Cruet. Covered in trees growing slanted on their sides these two brother hills have chalky peaks piercing their green coats like shark fins through water. We continue forward, pushing on pedals up the D909 to Thonês and Manigod and begin our long ascent up the Col de la Croix-Fry.

Despite the sun on the back of my neck my cap remains forward, visor directed towards the ground so I can’t see too far ahead. I see what looks like my cat Banton playing in the grass to my right , my concentration is broken and I feel the pain in my legs again, I ask myself the question. Finally I arrive at the top where I join my friends in eating our previously  made sandwiches containing  a fine slice of jambon and grated Comté fromage. I am getting cold, sitting here in sweat sodden layers, I remove my jersey and put it out to dry next to our table. Eating has made me feel better especially being as it wasn’t another fig roll. We check the map, refill our bidons at the restaurant and get moving towards the Col des Aravis.

After a short decent we meet the base of the Aravis. Stowaways go folded back into jersey pockets and it’s down to business, but business it was not as we had done all of the hard work on the previous climb. Just a few grassy hairpins with white peaks high to my left and to my right and we had bagged another.

I attempt to stretch my legs, cramp. We keep going, dissapearing off the horizon into the valley, one by one we traverse down the mountain into the gorge below. It flattens out a little and I pull over. There are walls of rock cascading up into the sky either side of us and down to my right in the ravine I see the clearest water flowing around massive diagonal shards of slate that look like they had been dropped there just seconds before. I don’t know where I am but right now I don’t care.

What followed was some of the most exhillirating riding I have ever encountered, the Gorges de L’Arondine, the D909 Southbound is otherworldly, like that of a computer game. Space invaders or Mario Kart. Cornering. I hear the sound of running water above and below. A waterfall, we are inside it, yet dry. Magnificent.  I have helium in my tyres. Beside me is Adam, behind is Joe, Kieran and Hardy and together we descent slightly, riding maximum to the mouth of the ravine towards Ugine, faverge, Doussard, Talloires and finally Menthon saint-Bernard and home to Veyrier-du-lac.

Tired and wired I go into the lake for the first time to soothe my legs. Tonight we pay for dinner and I’m having the Steak Haché. Kieran forgot his comb, he uses a fork and we realise our camp is a mess. Tomorrow we must clean up, before we drive South to the Giant.
To be continued.

Such an amazing time had by all, I can recommend this region to everyone interested in riding on the continent, it’s quite a journey but so, so worth it.

More photographs and my account of climbing the beastly Galibier up soon.

Newport Nocturne.

August 5, 2010

The night riders are back in town! Britain’s brightest and best cycle race gets back on the road in Newport, Shropshire, on Saturday September 4th. It’s the return of the original and best floodlit bike race in the country.

About 14,000 spectators have lined the barriers for previous versions of the race. It evolved from the classic Davies & Jeggo Motors Road Race, which brought all the top professionals to Newport for two decades. It was the British professional championship in its final three years as a long-distance event before promoter Michael Jeggo hit on the idea of putting it on as a Nocturne.

The riders snake through the little market town under a combination of streetlights and industrial floodlighting brought in especially for the occasion. They power up the cobbled St Mary’s Street each lap, cheered by the most-knowledgeable crowd in cycling.

Gutted I am, I’d love to reach this but I can’t as I’ll probably be in France again for the annual alpine adventure with the Spinwell Factory racing team.

Never mind, I should be back in time to catch stage three of the ToB. Better than nothing I suppose.

Thanks Carl for the linkywinky.

The Zilla!

June 28, 2010

What an awesome event! Many thanks to Fin for organizing this, a great night was had by all. There is movie footage here, too for those that want to see mine and Andy’s photo finish! More photos up later this week.

RESULTS

Loop Race
1. Brett (17mins.17secs)
2. Dan OYB (17.18)
3. Andy (17.37)

Sprint Final – Dead heat (14.50 seconds)
1st Andy
1st Gav

Nascar Peloton
1st – Dan (pistaboy)
2nd – Brett
3rd – Dan (wentskiing)

Final Scores
1st – Dan – 12
2nd – Andy -10
2nd – Brett -10
3rd – Sam – 8

Oh and don’t forget… There is also Birmingham’s Canalleycat on the 9th July.

T O N I G H T !

June 25, 2010

I can’t enter on a geared bike, that would be cheating and I would probably cruise the win so it’s the trackie tonight, however I have not ridden my fixed bike properly for so long, thus I am quivering. Actually a bit scared of macking those speeds again.

So, If you see no posts next week it’s because I am in hospital.

Women! Reclaim the bike.

June 10, 2010

It is ashame that for one reason or another you don’t see an awful lot of women cycling around our city, but by the looks of it Femme Pedale are looking to change all of that starting on the evening of the 18th June.

I already know of a good handful of girls that are attending this next week but if you know any that aren’t… let them know!

Such a great thing to do.
More info here.

Bikezilla Birmingham Loop Race.

June 9, 2010

God, I’v got jitters with the excitement. Sunny Birmingham hasn’t had something like this in a good while, so it’s about time. Props to Fin for hooking this up and by the looks of it boy’s been busy collating the prizes too!

So, Birmingham people! Get yourself there and if everyone agrees not to mention the wea**r we should be in for one slamming evening.

More info.

Birmingham Get Ready.

March 15, 2010

Epic.

December 7, 2009

Cycling across America on fixed gear bicycles is surely no easy task. I can imagine the Knees took an absolute pounding! So much respect to you guys.

I can see 2010 being the year of the fixed ‘mega tour’ ( Mega Tour. That has a real nice ring to it non? ) after such rides as the Fixed Gear London ride to Paris, Mash’s Tour of Cali and the Nabiis Tour de Taiwan.

A Great Idea.

October 8, 2009

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So here is the drill: The EDF energy Birmingham Half Marathon takes place this Sunday morning, “yay”, “great”, “yippee” and all that but here is the beauty of it…

The usually car filled roads will be taped off and e m p t y so Fin, Birmingham’s most “stylish” messenger has organized a ride around the 13 mile course. Genius!

So if you are interested ( I certainly am ) meet up outside the Birmingham Central Library at 7am on Sunday and let’s go mashing! Simple.

More info on the ride here.

Cymru.

October 2, 2009

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No posts today friends, I am off to ride the 80 or so miles into Wales.

My route looks good once out of smoke filled Birmingham and I am really looking forward to the hills at around 50 miles in… the Long Mynd especially! I remember rambling over that as a kid but anyway I digress.

Have a nice weekend kids and rememeber… Whatever you do this weekend, ride safe.

Nike rides out.

July 31, 2009

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Fixed gear bikes. English countryside. Hills. Lots of hills. Unexpected hills. Flat tires. Wrong turns. Fish and chips. Cows.

Starting in London, the crew mounted their bikes en route to Dieppe, France. The first challenge was first to get out of the cramped downtown city, with threatening cars and unknown traffic signals. With London superboy, Superted leading the pack, they navigated their way out easily and soon found themselves breathing fresher air and seeing greener pastures.

Read more of the road trip here on Nike Sportswear.

WWFGSC.

July 21, 2009

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Until this blasted rain stops our weekly Tuesday rides are off people.

It hurts me to know that our ‘Summer’ is passing us by while we are busy staring out of our windows into puddles on the floor outside, watching the rain drops fall like bombs onto our spirits, but fear not my friends! Our time will come.

Heatwave.

July 15, 2009

So last nights ride was cancelled due to bad weather, and by the looks of it the rain that we are currently experiencing will persist well into next week so unfortunately the WWFGSC will be on hold until the Lord sees fit for us to have this Heatwave we are so deserved of.

To keep me and hopefully you guys sane and eager to get out riding here is a pic of my Raleigh basking beside me in the sun at Cannon Hill park a couple weeks back, oh the memories!

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As always, keep em peeled on Spinwell and on your mobile communication device for updates on rides.

By the way, Luke and Callum it was nice to meet you last night and I am sorry you had a wasted journey but keep your fingers crossed and next week we should be rolling!


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