Pancake Day- The VELO way!

Tomorrow is Pancake Day! Its always a great excuse to have pancakes and so we asked a few of our riders for their top go to recipes.

Mike’s recipes:

My favourite pancakes are ‘easy’ pancakes… for me…

flour, 1 egg, melted butter, sugar, salt, baking power and milk in a blender until a smooth consistency and it makes a thin crepe like pancake. Then fill with sugar and lemon.

Another more healthy option but even easier is a couple of eggs, protein powder, banana and some baking powder . Whack that in a blender and fry up for a decent protein pancake. Smash some peanut butter on top!

Marc’s top tip (he is from Ireland):

Just put POTATOES on the pancake!

Will’s favourite topping:

Peanut Butter and Dark Choc spread combo for the win!

Jeremy’s recipe:

American pancakes for the win! Super fat thick pancakes with Blueberries in the mix. Top them with native maple syrup- non of that fake stuff!

Flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, eggs and milk and blueberries. If you feel adventurous cook some bacon on the side!

Chang’s recipe:

I’m a real pancake lover so I really go to town each year on pancake day! My favourite pancakes are made from a super tasty and simple blended batter of oats, oat milk, bananas, baking powder and Chia seeds. I will add some OTE soy protein powder into the mix as well if I’ve had a hard session prior to making them.

I also love to mix it up and have different toppings on two or three pancakes but my favourite tends to be the mix of PB2 (dehydrated peanut butter powder) and agave nectar! I also absolutely love to put vanilla/coconut yogurt with blueberries and raspberries- a very different but just as tasty flavour. Those are the two that I’ll most certainly be munching on pre and post training.

Gabby’s recipe:

American style pineapple and banana pancakes.

Delicious combo. Combine 100g pineapple, 1 banana, 100g self raising flour, 1tsp baking powder, 1tsp cinnamon, 3 tbsp light muscovado sugar, 1 egg, 100ml milk. Serve with greek yogurt and maple syrup. And of course bacon on the side is always a winner!



Team announces roster and new sponsors for 2017

2017 season is already set to be an exciting season, with a smaller stronger squad of experienced riders mixing youth and talent. The team will be competing in Britain’s elite road series and Ireland’s An Post Ras; a gruelling 8 day stage race covering some of the islands toughest roads and mountains. This will be the teams third year competing in this event and we’re excited to add the talents of former U23 road champion Mike Cuming. Mike is the former Tour of Korea race winner. Most recently Mike had been racing professionally in Australia. He is looking to make a big impact in the the UK after racing overseas for a couple years.

Mike says –

“I’m really excited signing with Neon Velo for 2017. I think everyone involved with the team have been really enthusiastic and positive with me coming on board. I’m looking forward to a really busy and varied program of racing this year with a great bunch of people. It will be good!

The official team presentation is to be held at our sponsor store- ‘Giant St-Pauls’ in London on Thursday March 2nd at 5pm. The presentation will be incorporated in the ‘Bike and Wheels’ event. A great opportunity to come and meet the team and speak to a whole host of cycling experts in the industry.

We are pleased to announce our continued support from; Neon Velo, Giant- St Pauls, H2, Kitbrix, Pedros, Enzos, OTE, Big Bobble Hats and Oakley and would also like to welcome our new Sponsor; Verge Sports who are the official kit supplier to the team. With their support 2017 will see some exciting racing and opportunities.

The support of Giant St Paul’s and H2 has been an amazing partnership. Managing Director, Kate Linsley, had this to say about their involvement-

“We’re excited to be supporting such talent and believe that with a quality training environment and the best bikes in the peleton, we are contributing to what could be the best season yet! These guys really are an inspiration and we are excited to follow them this season.”

The following riders will be representing The Neon Velo Cycling Team for 2017:

Elliott Porter

Mike Cuming

Marc Potts- IRL

Kieran Simcox

David Bolland

Jeremy Durrin-USA

Tom Yiangou

Wil Bjergfelt

In addition the following senior riders will represent in MTB, TT and Regional Road Races.

Robert Purcell

Marc Townsend

Jess Harding

Support staff:
• Team Manager/DS – Gabby Durrin
• Team Secretary – Emma Backhouse

2017 – an exciting year…Watch this space!

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Bergy’s Off season report!

I rode through the 2016 season, driven by pure love for the sport.  I knew I would always be on the back foot, from a fitness perspective, due to injuries I sustained in a near fatal accident in September 2015, which hurt.  However, this also gave me a renewed and powerful level of motivation to train hard through the winter into the 2017 season.  Having been assessed, earlier in the year, by both British Cycling and the UCI, as a C5 Para-cyclist, 2017 also brings some new exciting challenges.

My first race of 2017 was really early: the National Track Championships in Manchester.

My first focus was to get some base fitness back.  Last year I wasn’t able to ride until the end of January so, in effect, missed out on around 300 hours of winter training.  In contrast to this, this winter I had about three weeks off the bike at the end of the 2016 season, concentrating on some much needed DIY (which also took a hit after my accident) and lots of family time.  When I did start back under the watchful eye of Courtney Rowe (Rowe & King) I was ultra-motivated and for the first winter, in my memory, the weather didn’t matter.

Working full time for GKN aerospace, with a 20mile commute to and from work each day, plus turbo sessions, soon had me finding some half decent form again.  The Christmas week was then a big one for me, as not having to go to work for 12 days was a perfect mini training camp from home.  I had Christmas day off the bike (Family time) and just did a local TT on Boxing Day but still managed nearly 26 hours on the bike (and a TT win).  The week after Christmas was about recovery and from there I had 2-3 weeks to prep for the track champs.

I have only raced once before on the track, back in September at the Masters Worlds, so I am still a relative novice when it comes to track tactics but the event I was targeting was a TT so I felt confident I could do a worthy ride.

Two weeks out from the Nationals the UCI announced they were going to hold a Para-Cycling World Championships in 2017 in early March.  This is something they don’t normally do the year after the Olympics, so took many by surprise.  I knew going into the Champs a time of 4:35 or less would stand me in with a very good chance of qualifying so this became my target.

In training I was hitting lap times very close to where I needed to be and planned to start fairly steadily; aiming for a 23 sec opening lap, being sub 17 every lap for the first half of the 4km and thereafter, ramping it up in the final 2km.  However, this was not to be as my opponent, Jon Gildea, who rides on the BC para squad, rode me down by 2250 metres and affectively ended my hopes of winning.

Having been caught just before I had been planning to really open up meant I had to ease back and ride on the slower red line of the track.  This was frustrating as I had the strength to go a lot faster in the final few laps, but I also knew if I performed an overtake I would have been DQD.  As Jon crossed the line to finish in a time of 4:35 he eased off and started to swing up the track.  I was still going hard on the red line and had to swing higher to ride over the top of him as he’d finished and put it all down in the last 50 metres.  I finished in 4:45 absolutely gutted, yet happy for Jon (we’ve been mates for a few years) as he’d almost certainly qualified for the worlds (not something that’s a given even if you are on the performance plan).

Finishing 2nd in our C5 category and 4th overall (after Factoring of other para riders), in hindsight, I learned allot from this experience and will be putting that into practice the next time I have a track competition, Jon did qualify for Los Angeles so good luck to him I hope he Medals now.

A new week and head down.  The season now kicks off for me on the road with my local race – Severn Bridge RR, and this will be followed up with races every weekend into the first rounds of the BC Elite Road Series.  I know I’m going to be close to my best after the solid winter of training I’ve had, and this enthuses me.  Neon-Velo and H2 Giant St Pauls also stuck by me through a tough season last year and this motivates me even further.  This year is promising…I can’t wait to get going with my team mates on the road.

Checking in with Marc Potts

My 2016 road season ended at the Leicester kermesse. Looking back now I really was on my hands and knees! haha! I had just come back from two weeks in Belgium where I raced myself into the ground. I needed some time off the bike, and away from everything bike related.

I flew from East midlands – Dublin and a few hours later flew from Dublin – Zadar (Croatia) with my girlfriend. We spent two weeks exploring the place, lucky for me Rebecca had done her research and planned where we would be everyday so we got to see some really incredible places.

I had a two days at home and then was on a plane back out to Mallorca to begin training with the Irish track squad for the European Championships in Paris. It was a case of straight in, and back to split days on the road/Gym/Watt bike and track. All the days just merge together to be honest, we all put our heads down and go into hermit mode for weeks training. There is little to distract us training out there, we really do need a dog or something to keep us sane!

We took ourselves to a few UCI track GP’s in Barcelona/Switzerland which were great openers and made a change of scenery from the Palma arena velodrome.

I felt I was in good shape about two weeks before Euros, my power meter was telling me I was on track for a PB, but to be honest think I over did myself a couple of days before we flew to Paris (error on my part not listening to my body). Euros went OK, I didn’t PB in the Individual pursuit as I had hoped. I finished 12th in the Points race and went away from it in a really bad mindset, I knew it was a really poor showing from me and I just wanted to do it all over again. That’s bike racing.

I came home from Mallorca and took another short break in December to freshen up the body and mind. Since then I have just been chipping away working on my endurance and raising up my threshold, nothing fancy just keeping things consistent. My next big race on the road will be in April with Neon Velo, its still a good bit away so i’m not too worried about ramping up the intensity for another while just yet.

I will do a couple of Irish races in the coming weekends, then take about 10 days off between the end of Feb & start of March. I did this last year and felt it allowed me to have a bit more in the tank for later in the season for more targeted events.

I’m looking forward to another year on the road with Neon, we are seen as underdogs in the UK races and I enjoy that. The squad is looking strong for this year so hopefully everyone has been doing their homework and we can make an impact on the UK scene.

Elliott Porters Off season/Winter training blog

This Winter I started work with Train Sharp. For a large part of August and September I wasn’t sure what I wanted from cycling anymore and what I wanted to achieve.

I took 4 full weeks off, a little longer than usual but felt it was necessary. I came back onto the bike with the usual wondering mid ride if I’ve got a flat or if my breaks are rubbing feeling!

I then got working with Jon Sharples and Elliot Lipski at Train Sharp which has given me a huge boost in motivation and seeing a new way of training.

First off was a test at the Train Sharp facility in November 2016, starting off with a lactate and V02 test on their SRM machine, I felt I performed well compared to when I last tested with them in March 2016.

Zones set, plan programmed onto Today’s Plan it was full steam from there on. Looking back at around the end of the first block I was pretty much on my knees at times with the amount of volume and intensity given. Most of December past as a blur of just getting on with the training set, feeling gradually better. It’s easy to get out and ride, even when the weather is not the best when you’re feeling motivated.

I had a very easy week during Christmas, still rode Christmas day of course! (2nd best day for a ride) Hit it hard on January 1st with a 100 mile ride out to Brighton and back (best day for a bike ride!). I went with a small group as I wasn’t sure of the way myself but absolutely loved it, going down there made the sense of freedom on a bike feel that much greater, being able to just ride to the coast and then back was really nice and gave me a lift, and shocked me how easy it was!

Coming up to mid -January I was going quite well and I planned back in mid -December with Kristina (Girlfriend)That we’ll go to Barcelona for 4 days. Mostly to take a step back as the training was pretty solid and didn’t want to be over tired come March. Even though it was 4 days away, we walked literally all over!

One of the days we walked 13 miles! Haha! Not the best rest maybe physically but mentally I loved it, so much to see and do.

Came back and after 3 days riding I was back to how I was before the break. At least this time not so tired.

Weather being so cold and at one point I saw -9 recorded on my Garmin!! This was on the way to another Brighton trip and one of my bottles froze over and I just couldn’t drink it. These were some tough days but I felt I was always getting my clothing right which is so important during the winter.

I am lucky enough not to have gotten a cold since July 2016 and I plan to keep that going, I have a strict morning and evening routine that has kept me healthy, so fingers crossed!

Now writing this I’m a couple days away from my First race of 2017 for Neon-Velo, The Perfs Pedal Classic. A race I’ve avoided for a few years although this winter I’ve been looking forward to getting back to racing my bike again. I’m lucky I’m still in a position to do so thanks to the support from Neon-Velo.

I am in a much stronger frame of mind this year compared to the last few years, I’m working on several off the bike, nothing to do with cycling projects that’s keeping me busy.

This winter has gone pretty smoothly, all that matters now is that it continues. Next races for me after the Perfs will be the Severn Bridge RR and then the Wally Gimber Trophy after our 2017 team presentation in London.

More exciting news with the team will surely be announced soon which has given me a lot to look forward to!

Hopefully I can stay healthy, keep progressing and get some decent results for myself, the team and everyone who have continued to support me.