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  • Mel reports from the BMBS Series Hopton

    Our Elite rider Melanie Alexander reports from the British Mountain Bike Series race at Hopton 27th May 2012.


    It has been a while since my last blog, so here is a catch up on what I have been up to in the 8 weeks leading up to Hopton. After 3 Weeks of having my right arm in a sling firmly strapped to my body (very frustrating) I returned to hospital where a consultant studied my x ray and was about to sling my sling in the bin, though I quickly retrieved it saying just in case I need it again. He sang music to my ears ‘’use your arm, move it as much as you can but no lifting’’.  This seems so long ago now but I am pretty sure my first question was ‘’can I ride my mountain bike?’’ With the reply of ‘’as soon as it’s comfy’’, next question ‘’but what if I fall of?’ His response was ‘’you will be very unlucky to break it again’’. The collar bone was healing fine and I was sent straight to see the Physio because at that point I had very little strength and movement in my shoulder which had not moved for 3 weeks. Over the next 3 weeks the movement and strength came back rapidly. I was considering racing at Wasing until the weekend beforehand I twisted my ankle stepping of the bottom step of our stairs, unbelievable!

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  • Matts UK Gravity Enduro round 2 report.

    Last weekend saw my first attempt at the national Gravity Enduro series at Coed-Y-Brenin forest park in north Wales.

    I arrived bright and early Saturday morning and I could already see that this was much more serious than the other more local Gravity Enduros. There were loads of people milling about fettling with their bikes, and all serious bikes too! What struck me first was the amount of this years models, which really illustrates how quickly gravity racing has taken off this year. It's gotta be said that my 2010 meta was looking rather old! Continue reading

  • Team round up April & Matts Enduro 1, Greggs XC

    April has seen a mixture of riders staying on and off the bike, unfortunately Mel broke her collar bone at the end of March, Tom hasn't raced yet due to an ongoing knee injury and after a successful start Gregg has now broken his arm.


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  • Greggs Midlands XC Series - Cannock Chase Classic, Race 2 Report

    Our Youth rider Gregg Booker was in action at the latest round of the Midlands XC Series at Cannock Chase. Here’s how it played out from Gregg’s perspective…

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  • Team round up - Midlands XC1 and Welsh XC2

    With the Cross Country season already started the Midlands and Welsh Series have had their first and second rounds and another Midlands XC race takes place this weekend.

    Our riders have already seen some actions, Jason and Gregg rode the Midlands XC round 1 on the 19th of February coming 9th and 10th respectively and Melanie won the Welsh Cross County round 2 on the 11 Feburary.


    Race: Midlands XC Round 1
    Location: Hick’s Lodge, Ashby de la Zouch
    Date: 19th Feb 2012
    Category: Youth

    The XC season kicked off for our Youth rider Gregg Booker at the first round of the Midlands XC Series. Here’s how Gregg got on at his season opener…

    It was an early start for many of riders who were riding in the first race of the day. As people set off for their early warm up laps, the sun was busy melting the overnight frost, creating beautiful weather to race in.

    Everyone could feel the tension rising as racers warmed up around the start line, on the rollers and on their turbo trainers. Soon enough, the whistle came to call the riders up to the start to be sorted into their categories. There was a mass of 120 people at the start, but luckily I was set off just behind the Junior men, who were the second group to start. The races commenced with speed and fury, as the riders flew through the feed station and up the grass bank to start their lap.

    Soon enough, we were off and my fellow racers and I sprinted off through the twisty berms and powered down the straights. In the early stages, we were still all strung in one long line, anxiously waiting for our chance to attack the group and move up the line. Eventually the rolling track came to an end as it led us into muddy and root-stricken woods, with its short steep climbs and drops and we could start to race.

    I kept the power down through the single track, hopping over the roots that were strewn across the trail. The course soon emerged out of the woods and launched us onto some more of the fantastic all weather trails. As they writhed through the trees, we approached the long and testing grass climb, which took a lot out of anyone who tackled it. The course then joined back onto some more of the grit trails and carried on until the riders were sent back down the start straight. There was then only a left turn through some closely packed trees and across an extremely muddy field to end out the lap.

    As the race progressed, rear derailleurs were falling victim to the vicious clay mud sticking like Superglue. I kept going hard until the end, where I eventually achieved 10th overall and 3rd out of the first years in my first season as a Youth, something I was really pleased with.

    A great early season venue that also offered a great cafe with tasty hot drinks, sizzling burgers and tray bakes to boot! These proved to be a hit with many of the tired racers, including me!


  • Just Riding Along team 2012

    We've assembled a small team for 2012 of riders who are all co-sponsered - as you can't get far on just a pair of wheels, its our first year to do something more formal so something we hope can grow. We have 5 mtb riders from a mixture of categories.


    Tom  Bell
    Category - Elite men, ranked 9th in 2011.
    Tom is riding for MSC bikes and Just Riding Along.
    Wheels : Tom has gone for the instock racers favorite of American Classic Hubs on NoTubes Podium rims.

    Tom was ranked 9th in Elite Men last year and riding full time in 2012.  With plans to race in the UK National Points series and in Europe this season as well as regional UK races.


    Melanie Alexander
    Category - Elite women
    Melanie is riding for Cyclopedia and Just Riding Along
    Wheels:  Mel is riding a 29er this year and we've built up the American Classic hubs on NoTubes Crest rims with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and purple nipples.

    Mel finished 3rd overall Elite in British Mountain Bike Series 2011 and is racing in 2012 as well as writing her blog on XC Racer website.

    Mels first ride on her new wheels:
    "I had a great weekend of mtbing trying out the new wheels. Could not resist a ride to Cawncarn and back on Saturday encluding a fast timed lap of Cawncarn to test out the new wheels and bike and was dead chuffed when I rode my quickest lap ever. "


    Jason Hucklesby
    Category - Expert men
    Jason is riding for BNFS and Just Riding Along
    Wheels: Jason gone for the American Classic hubs in white and the polished ZTR Podium rims for the favourite combination but looks a bit different.

    Jason has had a year out and returning to expert,  planning to do most of the national series, national champs, southern xc, rampage series and select other events such as the Brighton Big Dog. Hoping to build up to top 5 and podium places at a national level



    Gregg Booker
    Category - Youth Men (under 16)
    Gregg is riding for Matlock CC and Just Riding Along
    Wheels: Gregg has the NoTubes ZTR hubs with the NoTubes ZTR Podium rims making a light race ready set.

    Gregg was ranked 7th in 2011 and moving up to Youth in 2012 so will be racing his first year as a Youth rider. He hopes to stay top 10 in the Midlands XC series and to be ranked nationally in the top 15 for Mountainbike XC.


    Matt Wiggley
    Matt is riding the Gravity Enduro series and testing our new Pacenti rims.

    Wheels: We've built Matt a pair of Hope ProII Evos for the easy conversion onto the new Pacenti TL-28 rims to see how they suit the Gravity Enduro racing.

    Inital impressions were good:
    "Just a quick note to say my Pacenti wheels turned up yesterday and what can I say, They look almost like full on downhill rims but soo soo light!!!   I fitted my minion single ply 2.35 folding tyres and they blew up tubeless very easy first time too."


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