How do we roll? Why…Tubeless of course!

The start of the 2017 season saw the team make the transition to using tubeless race wheels with Stan’s No Tubes sealant, and well…we think they are awesome and definitely worth investing in. Giant St Paul’s our sponsor introduced us to this system.

Tech- Giant SLR 1 Composite Wheel System with Giant Gavia SL tubeless tyres

Giant SLR 1 Composite Wheels

Giant Gavia SL tubeless tyres

A little about the system the team race on:

  • Tubeless tyres are based on a similar system to a car tyre, whereby an open rubber tyre sits firmly in the wheel’s rim and no inner tube is needed.
  • The shape of the tyres and the rim are designed to create a seal that holds the air in. As bicycle tyres are thinner than car tyres, sealant is used to make the system fully air tight.

The Pros from the teams perspective

  • Virtually no flats.  If the tyre is cut by glass, thorns or stones, the sealant in the tyre instantly dries around the hole, preventing air from leaking out. The tyres are especially perfect in poor weather conditions and winter where debris is frequently washed onto the road. The beauty of tubeless is you won’t even know your tyre has been compromised during the ride. For example at the UCI Rutland Cicle Classic the race navigates some serious off road terrain with many rocks and potholes- the team did not flat.
  • Better Rolling resistance-  A tubeless tyre rolls up to 12% faster than a clincher tyre according to Stan’s, a fact that is backed up in tests by Bicycling Magazine. The lower rolling resistance and shape helps the tyre to sit better on the ground. This creates added response, ensuring you get a great quality ride from the tyre.                                                                                                                      
  • Overall a fantastic set-up-  Wheel sets are now tubeless ready, including carbon wheels. The Giant SLR 1 wheel system works great for the demands of all our racing throughout the season. Tyre selection is more limited than standard clincher tyres. We recommend the Giant Gavia SL tubeless for racing.

Neon Velo Cycling Team highly recommend going tubeless!

Team mechanic- Martyn Teece Round:

”I feel confident in the wheel set up and having tubeless wheels means I have really not had any wheels changes due to punctures unless the guys have used a neutral wheel after a crash. Being prepared and confident in the equipment is key. The Giant SLR 1 wheels with tubeless tyres are a game changer!”

 

 

 


The 2017 An Post Ras- An epic race

The 2017 edition of the An Post Ras did not disappoint. 8 days of aggressive, unpredictable racing around the beautiful countryside in Ireland.

Alex Duffill captured a snapshot of our week  in this arty black and white film.


It’s a wrap- An Post Ras 2017

The team had a fantastic 8 days of racing in Ireland at the UCI 8 day stage race. The guys rode an aggressive race and were constantly representing in the moves.

Elliott Porter finished 13th overall.

All 5 guys are ‘Men of the Ras’

Thanks to Alex Duffill for spending the week with us to capture the moments.


Lincoln GP 2017- Photo Diary

Photos by the awesome Paul Wright

Lincoln- a classic race and always EPIC! We came away with 18th from Mike Cuming.


An Post Ras team roster announced

On Sunday the team will be starting the prestigious 8 day stage race in Ireland. The An Post Ras.

We are excited to announce our 5 man squad for the race.

Riders:

Mike Cuming

Jeremy Durrin- USA

Marc Potts- IRL

Elliott Porter

Will Bjergfelt

Staff:

Director Sportif/Team Manager- Gabby Durrin

Mechanic- Martyn Teece Round

Soigneur- Paul Sinnott

Soigneur- Caolem McCarter

Photographer/Videographer- Alex Duffill

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We have a strong team this year and feel that the 5 riders we have selected will work well together and produce some great results.

Our team goals will focus on a 2 pronged attack. Stage wins and vying for overall GC contention.

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Team manager Gabby Durrin had this to say-

”I believe I have selected a strong core group of riders for the Ras. This is a very tough stage race, 8 days of epic racing. I selected the team based on the course this year. The race features many more hillier stages and so we needed a team capable of climbing with the best guys. I also wanted to have a group of guys with a good mix of experience. This year I am taking a team that are all Ras veterans! I believe this team will allow us to be multi dimensional in our approach to the race. Each riders has a wealth of experience when it comes to stage racing and in particular the Ras. Our team goals will be to be a GC contender-to be up there in the finish sprints and hopefully standing on the podium! We will be wanting to show a strong team presence so will be aiming to be in the main breakaways of the day. We may be a smaller elite team but we are sure coming to this race with much courage, big hearts and all guns a-blazing! Be prepared to be amazed!!!!”

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Here is a little more about the 5 riders selected:

Jeremy Durrin

Jeremy is a breakaway specialist and has raced the RAS last 2 years. He can often be found off the front in the breakaway of the day. He is a smart rider with good experience in stage racing. He is from the USA and previously raced for the professional team Optum Pro Cycling (now Rally Pro Cycling) He has played a big support role to his team leaders in the UCI stage race the Tour of Utah and the Tour of Korea where the team won stages. He is also a cyclo cross specialist and competed for Team USA in the World Championships in February.

Marc Potts

Marc Potts is our Irish rider. He is a RAS veteran! Marc is a strong rider and during the winter season did a world cup track campaign with Team Ireland. Marc is on some great form and will be coming into the Ras fully focused and motivated. Last week he won the prestigious Shey Elliott Memorial road race, so he is brimming with confidence. Marc will be looking to put in some strong performances on home soil and make some winning moves!

Elliott Porter

Elliott is a very strong rider and is very much suited to races with plenty of climbing. He has raced the Ras before and will be a great GC contender for the team. Elliott wore the KOM jersey in the UCI Tour of Korea in 2014. This years Ras course features many more mountain climb stages which will play well to Elliott’s strengths. Keep an eye out for him dancing on the pedals up the Irish climbs!

Mike Cuming

Mike is a very experienced and talented rider. He has previously won the National U23 road championships, he was a stage winner in the Tour of Korea, overall GC winner in the Tour of Korea, took stage in the Mzansi Tour, and has podium’d in Premiere calendars. Mike is a strong climber and will be looking to put in some particularly strong performances on stages 4 and 6. Mike is also a great GC contender. Keep your eyes on him!

Will Bjergfelt

Will is a veteran racer and has put in some big performances in the past. He is a tough racer and when the conditions get rough Will can show what he is made of! Will has a wealth of experience and has been one of the top elite riders in the UK. He is coming back after a very nasty cycling accident a near tragic accident. He had to take a lot of time away to recover- he is more determined than ever to be the best!


Mechanic Monday- Martyn Teece Round

Meet our new team mechanic Martyn Teece Round. We are excited to have him on board for 2017 and beyond.

How long have you been a bicycle mechanic for?

”I started as a Saturday boy at the age of 15 in my LBS, so in total 25 (cough) years. I’ve worked for KTM and Easton Ritte, at European races and Prems”

What made you decide to get involved in the cycling world?

”I’ve been passionate about cycling since watching my hero Miguel Indurain winning the TDF in the 80’s. I competed in MTB racing as a youth and as a Time Trialler up until this year. My speciality was long distance, especially 12 hour.”

What is your most memorable experience as a team mechanic so far?

”Supporting KTM at the Smilde Olypia Tour (2.2) in Holland. Great race. Really hard work, but enjoyable helping the boys to their results.”

How do you keep cool in stressful race situations?!!

”I’m pretty chilled out anyway, and calm under pressure. When things get hectic, I’m the one in control.”

What race are you most looking forward to working at?

”Without a doubt, the RAS. I’ve heard a lot about it from the riders and members of the team and can’t wait. Plus the race goes through the area my wife’s family are from, in Donegal, so I’m excited about that!”

What is your favourite tool in the Pedro’s master tool kit?

 ”It’s got to be Allen keys!”

What is your favourite music?

 ”Oh no !! Do I have to be honest ?  Don’t judge me !! Break beat and Drum and Bass”

What is your favourite food and drink?

 ”I’m partial to a nice G&T and as for food… Pretty much anything Italian.”

Tell us one fun fact about yourself that we may not know…

”I’m pretty fluent in British Sign Language. My mother-in-law is deaf, so it was either learn, or never speak to her (bring on the mother in law jokes)”


VELO products now available

NOW AVAILABLE exclusively at Giant St Pauls store in London and online at h2gear.co.uk– the much anticipated VELO products.

Check them out & style up with some VELO apparel.

#NVCT


Rutland UCI Cicle Classic 2017

Photos by the talented Alex Duffill


Neon Velo partner with Prostate Cancer UK

NEON VELO and Prostate Cancer UK have announced their partnership for 2017 and beyond. The elite cycling team and charity will work together to raise awareness of the most common cancer in men.

NEON VELO, a pro team of cyclists who compete in various races across the UK aims to use their knowledge and expertise to empower and inspire the public to take part in fundraising events for Prostate Cancer UK.

Through offering pro tips and expert advice to supporters of the charity who have signed up to a cycling event, NEON VELO want to enable riders to hit their goals and get the most out of the charity’s cycling events. In addition, the company will also display Prostate Cancer UK’s logo throughout their racing calendar.

Prostate Cancer UK’s overseas challenges, Football to Amsterdam and the Grand Depart Classic, both enter their biggest year this June, whilst the leading men’s charity will also be one of the most represented charities on this year’s Ride London.

Prostate Cancer UK Head of Sports Events Andy Sallnow said: “We’re proud to be partnering with NEON VELO for the season ahead. Over the last few years we have been growing our cycling challenges so the partnership comes at an ideal time to help continue the momentum.

“NEON VELO will be offering pro tips to our peloton of riders raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK, making sure they’ve got all the advice they need to get the most out of their challenge, whether that’s Ride London, the Grand Depart Classic, or any of the other rides in our programme.

“The pro team will also be displaying our logo throughout their race calendar, spreading awareness of prostate cancer to fans nationwide, and internationally.

“Over 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – that’s 130 men every day. Our ambition is to make sure prostate cancer is a disease that the next generation of men do not need to fear and through the partnership with NEON VELO they hope to get one step closer to achieving this.

“Thank you to NEON VELO, and all of their riders and sponsors, for joining the fight to help stop prostate cancer being a killer.”

NEON VELO’s Team Director, Gabby Durrin said: “The whole team are excited about partnering up with Prostate Cancer UK. Not only will our riders be ensuring everyone raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK by taking to their bike this year gets expert advice and tips, we’re also going to spreading awareness of the condition to thousands of people we’ll be coming into contact with in the season ahead. Knowing how important early diagnosis is for the treatment of prostate cancer, we’re hoping this partnership will save lives.”

For information about taking part in one of Prostate Cancer UK’s cycling events go to prostatecanceruk.org/cycling or contact the cycling team by calling 020 3310 7034 or emailing cycling@prostatecanceruk.org.