Category Archives: Cycling

Lancaster Velocity circuit races 2013 – Elite, 1st, 2nd and 3rd categories race

All photos from last night’s elite, 1st, 2nd and 3rd category event are now on Flickr. Click the pic below to get to them.

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Lancaster Velocity circuit races 2013 – Lancaster Cog Set Riders

In stark contrast to the horrendous conditions met by riders last year, the 2nd edition of the Lcnaster ‘Velocity’ circuit races took place this evening (Friday 29th) in almost perfect conditions, save for a rising breeze on certain parts of the course.

The course, slightly modified from last year’s event, again proved to be a testing circuit for all involved with rough cobbles, sharp bends and a sharp climb over Moor Lane Canal Bridge.

In the Elite event local rider, Jack Pullar (Madison/Genesis) again had to settle for second place, chasing eventual winner Chris Lawless (Kuota) almost from the first lap.

Despite being described as ‘supporting races’ the 3rd, 4th and ladies and youth events also provided some exciting racging with Bill Nickson (Bill Nickson Cycles RT) taking the win in the 3rd/4th/ladies race in a 2-up sprinty against Darius Satongar (Manchester Wheelers) and Mark Donovan (Beacon Wheelers) taking top honours in the youth event.

As usual, click on the photo in this article for more images from the event (I’ll be uploading more over the next few days).

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Lancaster VeloCity city centre criteriums – 3rd and 4th category event

Prior to the aforementioned Elite, 1st and 2nd cat event it was the turn of the (marginally) slower 3rd and 4th category riders to brave the weather and the challenging circuit.

Again the Wheelbase/MGD team made a good showing, this time with Steven Clarke taking top hounours from David Haygarth (Planet-x) and the best local rider, Callum Young (Biketreks racing team) in third.

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Lancaster VeloCity City Centre Circuit Races – Elite, 1st and 2nd cat Event

Friday (22nd June) was a busy day for sports fans in Lancaster. After the Olympic torch relay had made it’s journey through the region during the day, the evening saw the turn of the racing cyclists to take to the streets of the town.

A new event to the cycling calendar, the Lancaster ‘VeloCity’ circuit races saw the streets around dalton square closed to traffic to form a 1 kilometre cycle racing circuit, with a start/finish line on the cobbles of Dalton Square.

After a supporting event for 3rd , 4th cat and ladies (photos and report to follow), it was the turn of the elite riders, accompanied by 1st and 2nd category riders.

Despite the weather, torrential rain and strong winds, Local rider Matt Cronshaw (Node 4 – Giordana) made light work of the opposition and the testing circuit, attacking on the first lap and lapping every rider in the increasingly fragmented bunch. in the process he set up a thrilling finalé with Matt chasing down eventual runner up (and fellow local rider), Jack Pullar (wheelbase/MGD). In the final few laps, spurred on by the last minute prize offered by Lancaster and Morecambe college, Matt finally managed to catch his adversary, only to for Jack to overtake him again late on in the last lap.

After some dicusssion, it was decided that the prize for lapping the bunch would be awarded which, added to the prizes for the numerous prime laps, first overall and first local rider, made it a somewhat profitable night for the Node 4/Giordana Rider!

The poidum was completed by Thomas Armstrong (Mountivation Development Academy) who also took the honour of being the highest placed Junior rider.

All in all, despite the rain and wind the event was a great success and plans are already afoot to bring the event back to the city next year.

As usual, click on the photo for more action from the event. Or nip over to facebook and give me a like therre!

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Fort William MTB World Cup 2012 – DH Finals

All my photos from final runs at Fort Bill are now on Flickr. As usual, click on the photo for more.

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Fort William MTB World Cup 2012

As Followers of my facebook page (see the link at the top if you’ve not already liked me there) will know, I’ve been at the Fort William round of the UCI Mountainbike world cup this weekend. As per usual it has been a superb weekend of mountain bike racing at reputedly the best Downhill world cup event in the world.

Photo ID 4 - 1  Aaron  GWIN  -  TREK WORLD RACING, Downhill Finals, Fort William MTB World Cup 2012
Aaron Gwin (Trek World Racing) shows his crash in qualifying did no harm to his racing abilities

After a lovely day of sunshine on the saturday, Sunday Race day arrived with equal ammounts rain and midge clouds, making for an extremely uncomfortable day for both riders and spectators. As usual though, the racing must go on and with a british 1-2-3 in qualifying hopes were high in the men’s event for a winner from the promoting nation. Unfortunately this wasn’t to be with American rider Aaron Gwin (Trek World Racing) taking top honours, less than a second ahead of current world champion and home rider Danny Hart (Giant Factory Off-road team) with Gee atherton (GT Factory Racing) rounding off the top 3. In the women’s event Frenchwoman Emmeline Ragot (MS Mondraker) took the win by 1.3 seconds from Rachel Atherton (GT Factory Racing) While Fellow Francophone Myriam Nicole (Commencal/Riding Addition) was the best of the rest an impressive 9 seconds off the pace!

Photo ID 3 - 1 Emmeline RAGOT - MS MONDRAKER TEAM, Downhill Finals, Fort William MTB World Cup 2012
Emmeline Ragot (MS Mondraker) battle the elements for the win in the womans donwhill.

Photo ID 2 - 1 Tomas Slavik - RSP, 2 Michal Prokop - Specialized, 4x Pro Tour, Fort William MTB World Cup 2012
The new 4X pro tour series produced great evening of racing (Men’s Final, Tomas Slavik (left) narrowly leads World Champion Michal Prokop

With the UCI discontinuing the 4X world cup series this year, the new 4X World Tour series took up the empty space in the schedule. Despite the change of name and organiser this event proved no less exciting than previous years with a great evening of racing. In the women’s event American Rider Mellissa Buhl (KHS-Oneal) finally prevailed after world champion Anneke Beerten (Milka-Superior Racing Team) puntured and unseated her rear tyre on the final section of the course. Meanwhile in the men’s competition World Champion Michal Prokop dominated proceedings despite a stiff challenge from the likes of fellow Czech Tomas Slavik (RSP Racing team).

Photo ID 1 - 3 Mellissa Buhl - KHS-Oneal, 4x Pro Tour, Fort William MTB World Cup 2012
Mellissa Buhl chases Anneke Beerten (out of shot) down the first straight in the women’s 4X final

Obviously I’ll be posting lots more photos over the next few days.

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Halfords tour series 2012 – Round 2 – Durham

The 2nd round of the Halfords Tour series rolled in to Durham last night. In its 3rd year now, the series consists of 11 round, over the course of a month with races taking place twice a week. As the events take place on tight urban circuits the racing is always guaranteed to be fast and furious.

The durham round proved to be no different and takes place on what is probably one of the most challenging circuits in the series, taking in a punishing cobbled climb. What’s more, the main climb is taken with virtually no run up due to the almost hairpin bend at the bottom and was made even more treacherous by in the hours running up to the event.

It goes without saying that this sort of circuit suits a strong rider as opposed to the usual ‘pocket rockets’ that dominate criterium racing. Tonight was no different with Rapha Condor Sharp rider Kristian House attacking around halfway through the hour long race. Once he had dispatched with his fellow escapees he continued to pile on the pressure in his inimitable style. By the final bell lap, confident in his 30 second lead he was already celebrating and eventually crossed the line arms aloft to a thunderous cheer from the crowd.

finishing off the podium placings were the endura racing duo scott thwaite and Ian bibby, the latter being a former international level cross country mountain biker and so perfectly suited to a challenging course such as this. With team mate Jonny McEvoy in 5th it was inevitable that the Endura racing team would take the team classification in this round and thus extend their lead over Rapha Condor Sharp. Unsurprisingly Kristian House now leads the Boardman bikes Sprint competition, cleaning up all the bonus sprints during his solo to victory.

As per usual, click the photo below for more of my photos of the race. Highlights are also on ITV4 tonight (friday) at 8pm.

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NDH #1 @ Alwinton – 2nd run

The title says it all. Here’s my full set of photos of the 2nd race run at Alwinton.

for 1st race run, podiums and sunday morning practice

as usual click through the image for more photos.

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Halfords Tour Series 2011 round 1 – Durham

Riders cresting the brow of the steepest section of the tough durham course
Riders cresting the brow of the steepest section of the tough durham course (click for more photos)

The 2011 Halfords Tour Series city centre criteriums kicked off in Durham yesterday (24th May). Despite the occasional heavy shower during the afternoon both the relay race for local schools and the main Elite criterium event took place in dry conditions. Given the nature of the testing course and the numerous cobbles sections including the major climb this was extremely fortunate for the riders. Nonetheless I overheard a number or riders describing the course as ‘scary’ after completing the event! The most testing feature of the course being an almost right-angled bend with a cobbled exit, marking the end of a fast descent and the start of the tortuous cobbles climb back up to the finish straight. This corner was the scene or many a near-miss during the Elite event.

After just over an hour of racing Australian rider Zak Dempster (RaphaCondorSharp) emerged victorious, showing his class leading the pack up the final cobbled climb and outgunning everyone else by sprinting from the head of the pack to take the win. Zak also lead the Rapha Condor Sharp team top of the team ranking with 2 of his team-mates also finishing high in the field.

Zak’s Win was made all the more impressive by the fact he punctured twice during the event, having to walk up main climb, back to the pit area at the end of the finish straight twice in short succession. This would be easy were it not for the fact he was wearing cycling shoes which, as any cyclist will know, are notoriously difficult to walk on flat surfaces in let alone up a cobbled climb!

Zak Dempster walks up the long, steep cobbled climb for the 2nd time in the space of 10 minutes
Zak Dempster walks up the long, steep cobbled climb for the 2nd time in the space of 10 minutes (click for more photos)

for full results visit the event website at http://www.tourseries.co.uk

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Three peaks cyclo-cross 2010


Pictures taken at Ribblehead after the descent of Whernside.

The event was won in convincing style by Robb Jebb with a 5 minute plus lead over his nearest rival, last year’s winner Nick Craig.

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