We had a great trip to the Alps in 2016. 14 members of the club hit the hills for a week in the sun. and a little bit of rain. lots of pizza and pasta was eaten by all.
The 24th of October was Jacks penultimate race of the season, he was invited to be part of a special event in the first round of this year’s revolution series on the track, where he was competing for his university team for the final time in the varsity team pursuit competition, on the London Olympic velodrome.
The Python CC road race was raced very fast and aggressively with an average speed of almost 43kph for the 136km race
A sunny weekend in Northumberland brought out some of the best professional riders on the domestic scene for the 2014 Beaumont trophy.
The Day after a fairly successful race at the Beaumont Trophy Jack and spirits new recruit Julian Pearson headed across the pond to Belgium. The duo had planned a week and a half trip to Belgium having both just graduated from University it was a chance for them to get some good training and racing in after a stressful few months. After a couple of days to recover from the weekend’s race and the long day travelling on Monday, their first race was on the Wednesday.
A sunny Friday night in Stockton hosted the 2nd round of the National Elite circuit series. Jozef, Julian and Jack took to the start line on what was a very technical course,
The Duncan Murray Wines Road Race
The Duncan Murray Wines Road Race saw the return of Dredge after breaking his collarbone in mid-June and only being on the road for a week was just looking to get round the 87mile race.
It was a fairly successful race for the team who managed to get 3 riders in the break including the newest member to the team, Jack Beezer. The race started aggressively with attacks going but the first move to stick was a 4 man group including Waller, which managed to establish a small lead of 30-40 seconds.
After a run of 4 weeks where we have been travelling away to races every weekend, last weekend’s Corley 3-day provided a chance to race closer to home. On the cards for us was a Criterium on the Friday night, a 90km road stage and 8km TTT on the Saturday and finalised with a 130km road stage Sunday.
The Rutland-Melton Cicle Classic (UCI 1.2)
The team were doing the 10th edition of the Rutland-Melton Cicle Classic on the 27th April, which would be one of the team’s biggest races of the year. There were teams from as far afield as Paraguay. The run up to the race had seen a couple of days of rain which had made some of the off road sections very muddy. The team was using the American Classic deep section clinchers with the Kenda Kriterium tyres as this was a wider tyre and would be more suitable under the conditions. They were very good in the conditions and the riders were very happy with them. The weather was sunny for the race but that didn’t stop the carnage. The race started as 2 laps round Rutland water reservoir. The average speed was about 46kph and saw a lot of attacks. A small group of 8 riders managed to pull away by the time the race turned off the reservoir and ended up being the deciding break.
Easter in Ireland is synonymous with cycle stage races and the Tour of the North took place in Ulster from Saturday through to Monday. This year the 50th edition of the race attracted teams from across Ireland and the UK. The Spirit Bikes Team made the trip over to compete with a full team consisting of Mark Baines, Ed Clemens, Chris Dredge, Jack Waller and Andy Marriott. The team was set to compete in three days of racing featuring for stages, three road and one time trail all taking place in the Ballymena area.