South East Cyclo Cross Champs
We're deep into the season and while winter crit races have begun. Condor staffers are well and truly focused on their cyclo-cross performance. This weekend was the final big race for us to test our fitness and ability, it will provide a gauge for the National cyclo-cross champs and if a trip up to Birmingham is really worth it.
Rouleur photographer Geoff Waugh captured images of the racing. Head Designer, Ben, made it into the top 10 on a tricky, slightly sticky Ipswich course. Epic effort.
Nocturnal Cross - Training for the National Champs
There is riding on the turbo trainer for fitness and then there is riding off road to hone cyclo-cross technique. In the winter the turbo usually is the first port of call as the nights darken at 4pm, leaving a small window at the weekend for off road duties. Usually this would surfice but with only four weeks to the National Champs in Birmingham we decided to step up our game and get out during the weekday for some honest cyclo-cross practise. Trouble is you need to find a place where you won't run over into dog walkers, won't get locked in, is also safe but not too far to get to. Somewhere with additional furniture like fallen trees, steps or sharp inclines is a bonus as it helps make a ride around a playing field much more interesting. After coming across a You Tube video of cyclo-cross in the 70's we decided the legendary Crystal Palace park would be a good training venue.
Here come the Belgians
If you thought that the season ended when the Alberto Contador sprayed Champagne on Lance then think again. The weekend saw one of the biggest spectator events in the calendar. Saturday played host to the Koksijde world cup cyclo-cross race and just down the road in Ghent was the penultimate night of six-day track event.
We got up at the crack of dawn to load our bikes into Dave Arthur's car (RCUK) and hot-foot it down into the Chunnel.
Fixed - Andrew Edwards and Max Leonard
Fixed: global fixed-gear bike culture (£17.95) documents the global culture of fixed gear riding covering the workhorse notion to aesthetic choice for a street rider. The balance between text and images is spot on, with the quality of images being high throughout the 300 odd pages. Each section is an insightful and interesting exploration of the history, context, and culture of fixed gear cycling. Comments and interviews have been taken from luminaries from the cycling world from Chris Boardman, Eddie Merckx, MashSF and actual manufacturers.
Mud bath, wrecked mechs
Mallory Park hosted the fourth round of the National Cyclo-cross Trophy series. Three of us made the journey to the race where jet washing was the order of the day. The mud was thick and wet, as the day continued the sun crept out drying the mud turning it to claggy gloop. Cycling in custard sprung to mind. With the mud grabbing at every working component it wasn't long before it all got caught up. Konrad was riding well in the vets race before the curse of the custard hit him. Reaching for his rear mech and ripping it up.
Revolution Season 7 got underway at the Manchester Velodrome on Saturday night and we were track centre. Craig Maclean turned out a powerful display. Thanks to everyone who came down to the centre of the track to take a look at the 2010 Condor Cycles range. The atmosphere was fantastic and like the crowd we couldn't wait to watch the racing. 6 day rider Iljo Keisse pulled on a Rollers jersey and pulled out a performance to lead home Rollers captain Geraint Thomas. If you making your way to the Revolution events on the 5 Dec, 16 Jan, 27 Feb drop by track centre where you can meet the stars, get autographs and see our latest bikes.
Vive la Revolution
Vive la Revolution Now entering its seventh year, Revolution is a track series hosted at Manchester velodrome. Revolution is back. The series attracts more than 15,000 fans and its a great place to see future stars and current stars of cycling. Condor are delighted to support the series. Condor's roots line in track bikes. Our team will be captained by super-star trackie Chris Newton. On rival team 'The Flyers' is Dean Downing. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, other riders scheduled to appear include multiple Olympic champions Sir Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins and seasoned road pros David Millar and Stuart O’Grady.