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boxing-cross-154A superb day greeted the best part of 100 riders for the 2016 Boxing Day Cross, at Kenilworth Common. The first few laps were frenetic but it didn’t take long 2014 and 2015 winner Steven Roach to pull out a decent lead over George Moore, one which he held to the end to take a hat-trick of wins. Moore held on to 2nd place after being with Roach over the first three and a half laps, pulling away from the chasers behind. The closest battle was for 3rd and it was only decided in the last quarter of the race when Dan Booth broke away from Matt Barrett, who had led for most of the first lap. Read More »

six-day-london-110To complete a hectic weekend we took in the final session of the Six Day London where Bradley Wiggins & Mark Cavendish were out in their rainbow stripes for what is planned to be Wiggins final competitive race on British soil. The fairy tale ending almost happened too but a brilliant tactical ride by the Belgian pair of Kenny de Ketele & Moreno de Pauw saw them give it their all in the final race and with less than 30 laps to go they made their last ditch move to unseat the Madison World Champions. 11 points separated the top two at the end of what was a fantastic evening of cycling and entertainment. Read More »

tob16-153After numerous visits to cycling events in recent years, it had been some time since we last saw the Tour of Britain (the early 1980’s). We caught three stages in total, stage 5 from Aberdare to Bath and then the two stages in Bristol. It was great to see Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) take an overall tour victory after a superb effort across the 8 days. A stunning effort from Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) on both stages in Bristol saw him capture 2nd place, just 26 seconds behind Cummings and 12 seconds ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant-Alpecin). Read More »

National Circuit Champs (175)Our first visit to the British national circuit race championships was a good night out as Eileen Roe and Chris Lawless sprinted to the women’s and men’s titles respectively in Birmingham. Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team rider Roe crossed the line ahead of Drop Cycling’s Alice Barnes and defending champion Nicola Juniper. The title is Roe’s second after the Scot won in 2014. Twenty-year-old Lawless led home a JLT Condor one-two-three ahead of Russ Downing and Jon Mould. Read More »

Tour de Suisse Stage 8 (110)Overlapping with the Critérium du Dauphiné was the Tour de Suisse and this year we decided to give it a try and it did not fail to disappoint. With the first two days clashing we didn’t get to see the race until stage 4 which saw Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Etixx-Quick Step) take the stage win with Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) 3rd on the stage to maintain his lead overall, after stage wins on the previous two days. Stage 5 saw the big mountains enter the fray and it was Pierre-Roger Latour (AG2R) who lead from Wilco Kelderman (Lotto Nl – Jumbo) with Geraint Thomas (Sky) sitting in third overall. Read More »

Dauphine Stage 6 (17)Unlike 2015 the Critérium du Dauphiné was not one which saw the lead changing on an almost daily basis, instead it was dominated by two past Tour de France winners and included 4 of the 5 most fancied riders to lift the crown in July. The short mountain prologue time trial proved to be very interesting as Chris Froome (Sky) went early but ended up 3rd overall. Richie Porte (BMC) was in the last group of riders and pipped his former team mate only to find himself behind Alberto Contador (Tinkoff). Those positions stood for the next few days/stages as the sprinters took their chances on the flatter stages before the race moved in to the mountains. Read More »

UCI World Championship (343)After a recent glut of cycling we finished off the track season with the ultimate, the Track Cycling World Championships in London. Both sessions on the 5th and final day would see 4 medals decided and when Laura Trott dominated the omnium to take her first World title in the discipline since 2012, we would not leave disappointed. All of this came after a consistent run of 2nd and 3rd places in the first 5 events which gave her a buffer for the points race. She didn’t just defend it but she extended her lead to take the gold medal and rainbow stripes. It looked like that was it after Jason Kenny came up short in the keirin but then it went off the scale as Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish took to the track for the final event, the madison. Read More »

Revolution Series Rd5 Manchester (11)Our first visit to the National cycling centre and the event everyone was waiting for was the special GB v Team Wiggins team pursuit which took place in the evening session. Team Wiggins would go on to win. There was all the usual fun too with two madison races, featuring Mark Cavendish prominently in both with one win, a whole suite of races for Hoy Future Stars Boys and Girls along with the fantastic Revolution Longest Lap. Add in to that the sprint competition where Matthew Rotherham riding for Maloja Pushbikers was in electric form and the elite women’s races where Laura Trott won all but one event, and it was an evening to remember. Read More »

Revolution Series R1 (122)Back to cycling once more and early season indoors action as the riders descended on the recently built Derby velodrome, to kick off the 2015/6 Revolution Series. This one had a bit more to offer than usual though as in the build-up to the Rio Olympics this was an early opportunity to start building up valuable UCI qualification points and it showed. The highlight was always set to be the madison which would see Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish reunited for the event they last rode together, on their way to the 2008 World Championship. They did not fail to deliver! Read More »

Tour de France (106)For a second year in succession we made the visit to Le Tour for the opening 3 stages. The 2015 start was in Utrecht where it was really hot and packed full of enthusiastic Dutch fans. The cheers that erupted for every Dutch rider and the home team Lotto Jumbo were something to experience but it was BMC’s Rohan Dennis who took the opening maillot jaune. Day two saw the riders head out to Zeeland and echelons were the name of the day but it was the heavy downpour near the end that blew the field apart. Read More »