This is sample number four for Chris Newton who is helping Condor develop new track models for the 2012 Olympics. The frame is handmade in Japan by one of the last few remaining NJS (Japanese Keirin race approved) builders, Akio Tenabe. His order book is currently full and he is only taking orders from professional Keirin riders.
Akio agreed to make a frame for Chris as their goal and ours is the same, to make a frame suitable for the top endurance riders who are competing for places at the London Olympics. Chris is well qualified having competed in numerous Olympiads and he has plenty of medals to go with his World Championship jerseys.
The Ride (£7) is a collection of personal stories by people who love riding their bikes. The editors set out to produce a quarterly read that doesn't pigeon hole but appeal to all. The Ride is an all encompassing read. Something that crosses both cycling and international borders.
9th November 2009 - Issue 3 landed in store today, an initial thumb left me memorised by the imagery. Delving further inside the multicoloured pages and you'll find an autobiography from Dino Signori, founder of Sidi, a personal perspective of the Dunwich Dynamo rider and the tale of one mans 1980's dream to be that Brit who turned pro on foreign soil. I couldn't wait to read more.
22nd December 2009 - I've read it cover to cover, studied every page, picture and person. Ok so it took me more than a month to read a collection of short stories, why. I was out on my bike of course but today for the first time (thanks to the snow) I took the train.
The train stopped at Forest Gate and we waited in unexplained silence for fifteen minutes. I'm squished next to a man who probably doesn't know what a bike, here I read a few more pages, before the train moved onto a piece of 'no mans track' just outside of London Bridge station. Too far from New Cross Gate but not far enough to get to a platform. We waited for the points to unfreeze for twenty minutes and it was by then I finally managed to close Ride Issue 3 shut.
I chose not to read it cover to cover but dip and jump around - I like it for that. Pausing on pages when photography catches the eye. In the first month of owning my copy I'd find a page read the story but find it again some days later drawn something new within the image. I love that, it makes my eyebrows rise in amusement.
Trouble is Ride just makes me want to get out and ride so it takes longer to get through, I can't sit still. Even when its snowing Ride musters my spirit to set my bike up on the turbo and turn my legs into jelly. Ride Issue 3 is the best yet.
Personal faves: The Swarm on pg. 33, Pedal to Enlightenment on pg. 129. In the Blood on pg. 142 features the Athertons a formidable force who have been taking downhill titles left right and centre. I am no downhill, 4X or freerider, I once fell off in true comic style riding up, on a straight piece of track with no roots. But that fact I loved this piece means The Ride has done what it set out to do - not pigeon hole and there is something in here for everyone even if you think there isn't.
Favourite images: the shoes pg. 86-87, the montage on pg. 40 and the mud cake riders on pg. 24-25
Electronics manufacturer Sharp has signed up as co-sponsor of the British Rapha-Condor outfit, and the squad will now be known as Rapha-Condor-Sharp.
"Our partnership with Rapha Condor marks a turning point for Sharp as a brand in the UK and we are thrilled to be supporting the huge potential growth of British professional cycling," said Sharp UK managing director Paul Molyneux. "On behalf of Sharp, I'd like to wish the team the best of luck in achieving its goals for 2010 and beyond - we'll be right behind you!"
The new Rapha-Condor-Sharp team kit and team bike will be officially launched on January 28, 2010, at the team's new season presentation.
Sharp started its relationship with the team at the end of 2009, when the company partnered the squad's Prostate Cancer Charity efforts.
The new sponsor will make a big difference in more than the team's name, though. The small team had some major wins last season, including the national road title and the overall title in the FDB Insurance Ras. Team manager John Herety now has his eye on a strong performance at next year's Tour of Britain.
"That is the area where I want us to get better this year and with the investment from Sharp we have the riders and the programme to deliver them to that objective in peak form,” he said, “so long as we get an invite of course!"
Read more about the announcement on the Rapha Condor site
The results are in... Cycling Weekly’s annual reader poll was unveiled this week rounding up the best of 2009. We’d like to thanks everyone who took the time to vote for Condor Cycles and as a result we found our way into a few categories.
Condor were crowned 'most popular British brand' and we got an honourable mention in the Best bike brand. Across the pages the Rapha-Condor team kit was runner up to Cervelo in the 'favourite team kit' category.
Rapha-Condor rider Dean Downing has plenty of fans out there getting an honourable mention in the category for 'most impressive British-based rider'.
It was good to see the Hell of the Ashdown sportive voted the third most popular British Sportive (and no wonder the 2010 edition of the ride sold out in 36 hours).
Hell, is a popular ride with staff at Condor and in 2010 we'll be pitched up at the side of the course running free emergency pit stops and mobile maintenance vehicle. We've invited friends of Condor, Mule Bar to supply the energy food for all the riders.
Hell of the Ashdown takes place on the 31st January and opens the sportive season, a perfect way to kick start your training and raise money for the Alzheimer's Society.
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