Cicle Classic Preview

This weekend is the hotly contested UCI 1.2 Cicle Classic. It is the 13th edition of this classic race from Rutland- Melton.

The race features 11 sectors sure to test the racers bike handling skills and power many of these sectors being off-road!

Ten additional kilometres have been added to the race to make it the longest yet of 189 kms. The riders will race 2 laps of Rutland water before hitting the Barleyberg at 48kms which is sure to shake the race up! The racers will also have to navigate the infamous Somerberg twice.

Sunday is set to be an exciting race.

START- 11am- Oakham

FINISH- Approx- 16.00- Melton Mowbray

The team has a good line up; a mix of experienced and development riders. This will be David and Tom’s first UCI race and first ever Cicle Classic. It will be a great opportunity for these guys to learn and challenge themselves on such an epic race.

Will is a veteran and has a huge amount of experience. In 2013 he finished 5th and is looking to put in a strong performance.

Jeremy is the teams cyclocross specialist and so is very excited to race and put in a strong performance. Jeremy shines in tough course like this.

Mike and Elliott will also be looking to put in a good rides. They are both strong experienced guys.

The race is very much a lottery and we are hoping for some good luck!!

Be sure to cheer the guys on! TEAM VELO!

 


Photo Diary- East Cleveland Klondike GP

Excited to have Paul Wright following the team this season and capturing all the action on race days.


Tough day out for first Prem of the season

The first round of the British Cycling Spring Cup saw the team racing the inaugural East Cleveland Klondike GP.

It was a tough 92 miles with some challenging roads. The race was not without mishaps and unfortunately VELO were victims to crashes.

The team rode fantastically together and were involved in plenty of race action, we are definitely a strong unit this year and so are excited for the rest of the season.

Marc Potts and Will Bjergfelt went down in a crash within the first 10K that took down about 30 riders. The race was neutralised while all the riders involved got on new bikes and the road was cleared. Not a great start to a long day in the saddle. After the race restarted, Jeremy and Marc were in a few small moves but nothing stuck.

The course was one that would wear down the field over each lap and the goal was to keep Mike Cuming and Elliot Porter safe going into the final climb out of Saltburn-by-the-sea. And it was executed perfectly but there was a really untimely crash about 3K out from the finish that took both Mike and Elliot out, with Elliot having to go to the hospital and Mike being looked at by the on site paramedics. Not what we like to see in the first Premier race of the season.

The good news is that the guys are riding well and working well as a team and the coming races should see some great success for the team.

Photos: Paul Wright


A chat with new signing Mike Cuming

We at VELO are very excited to have Mike Cuming on board for the 2017 race season.

Mike started racing when he was 17, his dad got him into racing- he was a professional cyclist in the 70’s and 80’s living and racing in Belgium.

Mike raced in England with team Raleigh/twenty3c orbea with spells in Belgium and France.

In 2011 he signed with Rapha Condor Sharp and stayed with them for 4 years.

He then packed my bags and lived and raced in Australia for the 2016 season riding for state of matter/MAAP.

After that he decided to return to the UK and racing in England and Europe for neon velo.

We asked Mike a few questions leading into the season:

What are your career highlights, Mike?

My career highlights are probably winning the U23 national road champs and winning the tour of Korea. And also a good memory was winning a stage of Korea a few weeks after breaking my collarbone whilst Rich Handley won a stage and Hugh Carthy won overall.

You have achieved a lot in your young career already, what are you goals for this season?

Goals for 2017 is defiantly to perform well in the premiere calendar races. They are all hard races so it will be no mean feat but I think I’m capable. Also the team have been invited to the an post Ras which does suit me well. I can see us as a team doing well in that race.

 

What motivates you to go out there and train everyday?

Things that motivate me include winning races, because you go through a lot sacrifice a lot and a lot of pain to win but the feeling is a very nice one.

Also making my friends, family, and team proud of me also motivates me.

How was your time racing and living in Australia?

The season I spent in Aus was a interesting one. I love the races at the start of the year like the bay crits , New Zealand cycle classic , Cadel Evans road race and the sun tour. Then it’s pretty quiet until the Australian NRS starts which are completely different to the premier calendars in that they are all stages races over 4/5 days apart from Melbourne to Warrnambool and Grafton to Inverell which are two big 250k + one day classics

The stage races are run in a more professional manner where teams are willing to ride the front and make the race more controlled. I really enjoyed my time in Aus. I met some really great people and travelled to some awesome places.

 

 

Thanks for your time, Mike. We really look forward to having you on board and helping you accomplish your goals this season.


Exciting News to Come…

At the Neon Velo HQ we have been working on some cool and exciting projects. Stay tuned for the news in the coming weeks.

Here a few behind the scenes photos from a recent project…

 


The 2017 Race Bike

This season will see the team racing on the Giant TCR Advanced Pro 1 bikes.

Features:

High-performance Advanced-grade composite frame with Variant composite seatpost

Advanced-grade composite fork with full-composite OverDrive 2 steerer

Giant SLR 1 Composite WheelSystem with Giant Gavia SL tubeless tires

Shimano Ultegra 11-speed mechanical componentry

 

 


Successful Team Presentation

Thursday March 2nd saw the presentation of the team at our sponsor store- Giant St Pauls- H2. It was the perfect opportunity to showcase the 2017 roster, new kit and bikes in front of the teams sponsors.

The evening was a success and the guys were very excited to be presented with their new kit and Giant TCR Advanced Pro 1’s. Extra motivation for a great season ahead!

Take a look at the gallery on the website for photos of the evening which included the introduction of the VELO brand and a Watt bike competition!

 

 

 


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!

ENJOY!

 


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.