Tagged: Races

Arenberg Forest Trench - Mathew Mitchell

Riding the Arenberg Forest Trench

The Arenberg Trench is a stretch of road in Northern France, famous for its brutal cobbles and forming the crunch point in the Paris – Roubaix race. I’ve been lucky enough (or unlucky) to ride the Arenberg and definitely did not have the best experience as written about here. Stopping for photos at the beginning, followed by getting stuck behind Sean Kelly doing a piece...

No Frills Racing – Race 1 – Solihull Circuit – Cats 2/3/4 – 7th May

No Frills Racing – Race 1 – Solihull Circuit – Cats 2/3/4 – 7th May

A relatively quick turn around between races this time and heading back to Solihull only a few days after racing there. This race in Solihullwas a new experience, racing with higher categories – around 40 riders raced across three different categories, I was very much the small-fry in this race with not many 4th Cats apparently giving this one a go. Solihull No Frill Race...

Tour of Oman 2014 Preview

Tour of Oman 2014 Preview

2014 Tour of Oman The WorldTour’s trip around the Middle East moves to Oman this week but this race will have a slightly different feel to the others…it has hills! Pretty much all the big Grand Tour contenders will be in attendance here and the race has a little bit for everyone. The race begins with two stages which suit the sprinters, the second one...

Tour of Qatar 2014 Preview

Tour of Qatar 2014 Preview

Qatar has become a useful holiday destination for cyclists in the last ten years, in particular it’s the sprinters who have the most fun. The race has nearly always been won by a sprinter, usually one who does well in the classics and usually Tom Boonen. The Tour of Qatar has been won 4 times by Tom Boonen who has also won the points competition...

Race 2 – Woolly Mamil Winter Series 2 on the Stourport Circuit – 25th January

Race 2 – Woolly Mamil Winter Series 2 on the Stourport Circuit – 25th January

After last week’s close encounter, I decided to have another stab at this series in my effort to get some early season points taken care of. Some poor timekeeping meant that we (Sangita and mum, soigneur and chauffeur) arrived just about in the nick of time, with an all out team effort to get my bike re-assembled, signed-on and dressed correctly in time for the...

Race 1 – The Woolly Mamil Winter Series – Stourport Circuit

Race 1 – The Woolly Mamil Winter Series – Stourport Circuit

I’ve ridden a lot this winter so wanted to get the hump of the first race out of the way as soon as I could. The Woolly Mamil winter seriest at Stourport seemed a good start. There were many firsts, I’d never been on a proper cycling circuit before, first British Cycling race for proper points, first time representing a club, first potential sprint finish...