The Tour Series

A ten round criterium series where city centres around the UK are shut down for an hour of hectic and intense racing (two hours if the Women's round is on the same day).

The Tour Series makes up a large portion of the UK racing calendar between May and June. Following on from a successful 2016 season, Team JLT Condor were keen to pick up from the previous year. However it doesn't seem as straight forward this year with all the teams looking to calm the domination that JLT Condor showed previously. 

 

5th Floor Track Day

Once a local track, decades of use and low funding to improve on the structure saw it in a bad shape when I left London, but revisiting the space six years on and its almost unrecognisable.
450 metres of smooth, fast rolling deep black tarmac replaced the crumbling grey concrete and a modern sweeping, wood clad pavilion now stands above the home stretch overlooking the whole venue.
With the weather on their side, participants took to their saddles and the crowd found much comfier seating in the new pavilion, thought both eager to see the racing get started at the annual 5th Floor Track Day.

Rain or Shine

A training camp is very much that, a period of time dedicated to being away focusing on improvements as an athlete. Rain or Shine

Cross Came - CX Nationals

Having missed the entire UK cyclocross season due to overlapping projects, my one and only UK CX race of the season had to be the biggest one on the calendar, National Championship. 

"It's probably the closest thing we'll get to a Belgian like course" and that's probably true. Fast drop ins where line choice was key, steep climbs, some very tricky off cambers mixed in with a lot of technical sections, the Bradford course offered it all. 

With all the riders based out on the continent returning to home soil lined up with the usual crowd from the domestic scene, racing got underway in overcast conditions but there was nothing gloomy about the action. 

Cross came.

U23 Men's & Women's

Elite Women's

Elite Men's