Monthly Archives: June 2012

Virgin money cyclone criteriumrs @ leazes park – Elite race

all photos from the elite event now on flickr


Virgin money cyclone criteriumrs @ leazes park – Elite race

All photos from the elite event now on Flickr


Photo ID 1 – Richard Lang (Rapha Condor Sharp), Virgin money cyclone criterium @ Leazes Park

The 2012 edition of the Virgin money cyclone cycling festival got offf to a great start this evening with the annual Leazes park criteriums.

Despite yesterday’s storms the crowds weren’t put off descending into the park for a great evening of racing.

Following some great racing in the lower categories the Elite riders took to the course with hardly a lap passing where no-one attacked. Eventually a 4 man break went away in the closing laps with Richard Lang (Rapha Condor Sharp) finally prevailing over his fellow escapees.

More photos and results to follow. Time for sleep now though!


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.


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!


London 2012 Olympic torch relay day 28 (15th june)

It’s been a busy day today here in Tyneside as the olympic torch relay rolled into town. Naturally, I spent the afternoon running around catching up with it at various places!

The day ended somewhat spectacularly with Chief Scout, TV star and adventurer, Bear Ghrylls delivering the olympic flame to the awaiting crowds in the Newcastle Quayside by zip-wire from the Tyne Bridge. A sight well worth seeing!

Anyway, after all that running around taking photos of the relay I’m feeling suitably knackered myself now so am off to bed!

Night all!


Fort William MTB World Cup 2012 #4 – Downhill qualifying

More photos from the downhill event. Slightly better weather this time! Saturday’s qualification saw the best weather of the weekend and the best performances for British riders with a british 1-2-3 in the mens category (Hart, Atherton, Beaumont). Gee and Marc’s team-mate, Rachel Atherton also posted the fastest time in the womens category making it a great for GT factory racing.


Fort William MTB World Cup 2012 #3 – 4x pro tour finals

Photos from the 4x finals at Fort William now on flickr.


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.


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.