Nearly Crimbo

Given what’s ahead over the next few days, this is likely to be the last post of the year and it’s been one hell of the year. There’s been travelling – two weeks in Switzerland, a week in Andorra and a week both Guernsey and Jersey. I’ve been riding in new parts of the country and have plans for more rides in more new areas next year. There’s been racing, albeit a bit of a disastrous one and riding with friends. All that and I’ve revisited some of my favourite routes.

Anyway here’s to good riding, good weather and good fortunes in the New Year.

There’ve been changes at work too and I think that we’ve been lucky enough to secure the services of a certain person known as sexmidget. Do the droid and the sexmidget have anything in common other than a penchant for singlespeeds and a shared surname?

The mountain bike website bandwagon is continuing to attract newbies. It’s a lot of work, a big time commitment and requires a certain element of dedication. Good luck to anyone giving it a shot. Anyway here’s a couple of the latest: Bikesandpies and the infamous Moonshine Bikes.

The second of the Revolution series isn’t too far off now and this is the latest on what to expect:

From: British Cycling
Subject: Revolution 2

The second event in the new Revolution Track Racing Series, brought to you by Face Partnership, British Cycling and the Manchester Velodrome, will take place on the 24th January at the Manchester Velodrome. Following the enormous success of Revolution 1, which attracted over 3000 spectators, the second Revolution will offer another great night of track racing.

Revolution 2 will focus on endurance races in the absence of the World Class Performance Sprinters (currently in Australia) who will be racing at Revolution 3 on 28th February. There will, however, be some sprint action with a Keirin competition squeezed in alongside Points, Scratch and Devil Endurance races. New for Revolution 2 will be a 1500m Time Trial, 1km Madison Time Trial and a 3km Derny Paced Pursuit.

A team sprint competition will also boost the action in the Future Stars racing, which proved just as popular as the elite races at Revolution 1. With several top British track riders now confirmed including Chris Newton, Rob Hayles, Paul Manning, Bryan Steel, Malcolm Elliott and Tony Gibb who is currently winning in South Africa, top quality racing will be guaranteed.

Final negotiations are underway to bring some international names to challenge our British boys so keep posted on for more news. For full event information or to purchase advance tickets please visit the website. Alternatively call the information line on 0700 594 2579 (lines open between 9am and 6pm Monday to Saturday).

Finally there’s a refined version of the site in the bag that’ll be appearing in the New Year after I take the deco’s down. After a long wait, there are some new pictures of the FSR up in the bikeshed section.

Author: Cris Bloomfield

Usually mountain biking in the North.

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