Friday, 31 January 2014
Thursday, 30 January 2014
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
There's loads to say about all of this but I will keep it brief.
Tracer 275, available as a frame or a build kit. Frame set comes with a Fox Kashima shock but the build kit is equipped with X-Fusion Forks and rear shock as part of the package. Orange is the standard colour and there are some other colours in the range available as an upgrade. The Orange is super bright!
Other bits from the intense stand include a XX1 equipped Spider 29, Hard Eddie 29 frame set and the Carbine 275 frame (in a rather good matte black and yellow!)
XX1 still looks weird with that crazy cassette.
The Hard Eddie is on my Christmas list... Full carbon fork, internal cable routing, replaceable dropouts for 142, 135 and single speed. WANT! Matching fork looks well in the matte colour scheme.
Carbine 275 is what people really want. It seems to have everything you could want from your everyday full susser.
These always loads of pretty-ness in the Hope room but this time there were two rather famous bikes. One of which from a recent TV programme. Guy Martins Rourke built, Hope spec'd speed bike was great to see. You can tell this bike wouldn't have been easy to design or build but as we know, it's one fast bike!
The new purple colour way is going to be popular I'm sure. Seeing it all in one place gives me ideas for a bike build.. It's a great addition to the range and we will have it in store ASAP!
Icebreaker Series, Race One, 25 January 2014 At Newport Velodrome.
I went to the Icebreaker in Newport. It was my first race on the new bike from John Atkins Cycles, the bike was absolutely fab! The icebreaker is three endurance races on the track, the scratch race, the elimination and the points race.
The Elimination race is my favorite race out of the three disciplines and it is the race I did my best in on Saturday, I was up against some stiff competition with some of the best under 16’s in the country racing and I was delighted stay in for about 14 laps before my number was called in the elimination race.
(I'm in the middle, white helmet, red and blue kit)
Throughout the whole day I learnt lots about being an athlete and really enjoyed myself during the whole experience. I can’t wait till 15 February when I get to do it all over again!
Saturday, 25 January 2014
Monday, 20 January 2014
Reginal School of racing - Elimination race.
On 21 December I went to the regional school of racing (RSR) in Manchester which gave me the opportunity to be coached by British cycling coaches for the day on the velodrome.
The day was split into two sessions and in the morning we had a classroom lessons learning and discussing the rules, skills and tactics of the Elimination race, also known as The devil takes the hindmost. The Elimination is a race where the last rider over the line is eliminated every two laps on a 250m track.
In the afternoon for 4 hours we were on the track using the skills we had learnt into practice. My favourite part of the afternoon was putting into practice the tactic for having the best position in the bunch during the elimination race and then holding onto that position for as long as possible. The bike was great and riding it on the track is more exhilarating than training at home with the track bike on rollers!
The last part of the day was taken up with mechanical changing the chain tensions and putting wheels in and out of the bike on our own.
Having the advise of the British Cycling Coaches was great they gave me good tips to improve my skills and perfect tactics to try.