Mini photo gallery from the British National Road Champs

A mini gallery from the British National Road Championships in Stockton on Tees June 26th 2016.

Photos by: Alex Whitehead & Allan McKenzie/

Proud day for the team at the British National Road Champs

The British National Road Championships in Stockton On Tees was successful for the team. The guys rode strongly together and Elliott Porter put in an awesome performance. Elliott raced smart to put himself in the big main strong mans group of the day. He was in top company for the entire race and after some fast aggressive attacks from some of the main protagonists found himself in the select chase group trying to hunt down the likes of Blythe, Cavendish and Team Sky. Elliott kept a cool head and raced his heart out to cross the line in 24th.

Not only was it a great day individually for Elliott himself; but it was a proud day for the team. Velo was the only non UCI team left in the race by the time the race hit the finishing laps. The team has already come a long way since the beginning of the season. We may be a smaller development team but we sure represent and get in the mix as much as possible. VELO LOVE!

The teams next races are Otley GP and the Stafford crit and Kermesse.



NB. Photos by Velo UK website.

A mini victory for the team at the Beaumont Trophy UCI 1.2

Yesterday the guys raced the UCI 1.2 Beaumont Trophy race in Northumberland. The race was a tough 117 miles and featured the steep Ryals climb 4 times!
The race started out in sunshine but the rain clouds soon over shadowed the sun and the rain came down heavy.
The team of 6 all raced well together and rode strongly as a unit.
Ollie Maxwell got himself in one of the main big moves of the day with team mate Elliott Porter and this seemed to be the perfect move. Kieran Simcox, Will Bjergfelt held tight in the main bunch.
Unfortunately Jeremy Durrin suffered a mechanical and after numerous times to the team car it was realised it was pretty much race over for him.
Davey Bolland impressed in his first ever UCI race. He played a huge role within the team and came back to the car twice to play the part of top domestique, feeding the guys.
Elliott Porter went on to take 13th place. A very impressive feat. This result shows huge determination and real toughness after Elliott having only 3 weeks prior crashed out heavily at the An Post Ras and broke his shoulder. The team are very proud of his performance.
Elliott had this to say: ”It has been a hard couple of weeks. Mentally and physically. I just kept focusing on the next block of racing and pushing through the pain to keep my fitness. My shoulder is still very painful but No pain, no gain!! I started to feel very strong in the second half of the race and was climbing well. I felt like I was capable of racing for the Win, so at the finish I was disappointed but looking back I am satisfied. My aim for the day had been to just get around!”

Q&A with David Bolland-Big Davey B

David is one of our U23 riders. He has a relentless never give up racing style and is a big team player. There is a lot more potential to come from David so watch this space!


Originally from Huyton with Roby, near Liverpool. I now live in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire.


How did you get into cycling?

I first got into cycling after going to a local bike shop in Northern Lincolnshire where I live at the age of six. My dad bought my a little three speed Peugeot. Two weeks later I entered my first race. I won the race and won the league. I have raced ever since!


What is your favourite type of course?

My favourite type of course would be a Belgium style Kermesse race. I also like a windy race to spice things up! It is windy in Lincolnshire.


What is your favourite race?

Any race to be honest. Although the Lincoln Grand Prix is a favourite, all be it you’re hanging like a willow tree for the majority of it.


What is your proudest moment on the bike?

My proudest moment would be when my Nan got to watch me win three races at a track league before she passed away. It really meant a lot to me when she watched as she really helped me to get to where I am now and gave me the hunger to WIN.


What music gets you pumped up for racing and training?

My favourite music would have to be the Beastie Boys and especially Sabotage from the album ‘Check You Head’! Then it would be the intense ‘Slapped Bass Riffs’ of Billy Gould from ‘Faith No More’ and not to forget the mad man Ozzy Osborne from Black Sabbath.


Favourite Food?

I don’t have on. I eat virtually everything even a raw egg if I got dared! I do particularly have a thing for malt vinegar!


Fun Fact…that we may not know…

I once knocked a wood pigeon down mid flight playing golf in Liverpool. This was a funny moment although I didn’t get a ‘birdie’……I would like to mention that the pigeon did not die!


Rider Spotlight- Q & A with Liam Yates

Liam Yates is one of our developing U23 riders. He has a BMX background and is  very skilful rider. His dad ‘Sean Yates’ was a very successful Tour D’ France rider and Olympian. He is also one of the DS’ for Tinkoff.


I am from the Ashdown Forest. Home of Winne the Pooh!

How did you get into cycling?

After I left school I became an apprentice mechanic at a bike shop and was trainined by none other than James Brickell! After a while working there my father bought me my first road bike from the shop and that was that.

What is your favourite type of race course?

My favourite type of course would be rolling with a flat finish. I also like courses that require some bike handling.

What is your favourite race to watch?

Tour down under. I love watching everyone come out early season all guns blazing!

What is your favourite race?

As for my favourite race to ride, that would be my local New Years Day 10 mile TT- a classic!

What is your proudest moment on the bike?

Proudest moment on the bike would be the 2011 Forest Row BMX jam at the local skate park, I got 1st and it was great day! The crowds were like nothing you have ever seen before!

I do still ride my BMX every now and then.

Do you have a certain playlist that you like to listen to before races? Favourite music?

I have many playlists! I love a good session on the rollers with the headphones on. I listen to Older Hip Hop and rap mainly, and stuff like The XX and Bon Iver for chilling out to. My favourite songs include Nas- Surviving the Times.

Favourite Food?

My favourite food! Good question. I am a vegetarian so any fruit or veg. I can’t beat a raw red pepper- nice and simple!

I also love homemade brownies! I know some good bakers 😉


Tell us a fun fact about yourself that way may not know about you….

When I was younger I lived under the table with my 4 dogs for 6 months! In protest to no longer wanting to share with my brother, it worked and my mum gave me my own room!

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