You hear a lot of excuses in bicycle racing as to why it didn’t go to plan, with people often ruing luck. In my limited experience of road racing so far I can only see it comes down to one, or a combination of two things; the head and the legs. Which leaves variations of two reasons; ‘I didn’t have the legs’, ‘I wasn’t smart enough today’, it would be refreshing to hear those muttered a bit more. I’m still working on both, today it was the legs that proved the problem…..
On Saturday 7th September, the world famous Tunnel Sprints are happening once again on the Bristol-Bath cycle path tunnel. The meeting time is 9pm, for racing to start shortly after. We will open entries online as we know a lot of people will want to take part, but there will also be places for riders to enter on the night too, an online entry form gives us a good idea of how many riders will be attending, the first batch of online places will be available very soon.
For those that aren’t aware of the event, take a look at our report from last year. And for those that want to enter, get practicing your sprints, work out your gear inch (remember this is a fixed gear only event) & keep an eye out for the online entries.
There will be a guys’ category & girls’ category, both in knockout formats, head-to-head races until there is only 1 rider remaining! For those that aren’t familiar with the tunnel, see it on a map right here. We will be releasing more info over the next days/weeks leading up to the event.
And we are super pleased to reveal the event poster, once again designed by our good friend Ade Ridley. We’re stoked with how it has turned out, so please share with everyone you can do via the wonders of social networking (use the hashtag #tunnelsprints), even if you don’t race, it’s an amazing event to attend!
So it’s been nearly a year since the last Tunnel Sprints and after how much it seemed everyone enjoyed it, we thought we’d better do it again this year!
For now all you need to do is enter 07/09/13 into your diary and use the #tunnelsprints hashtag for tunnel sprint related gossip.
A couple of weeks ago myself & Ed travelled north of the M4 all the way to Manchester, the home of Christian, to check out some of the riding the region has to offer. We experienced amazing weather, epic hills & even more epic views. I hated the hills but loved the views. I think Ed enjoyed it all. I took the GoPro & have put together yet another Oscar-worthy video from the weekend’s riding.
When its minus two degrees Celsius and snowing this is how you (I) layer up for a road race (roughly divided by body zone);
- Two pairs of socks sandwiching a cling film wrap layer for the feet, shoes with water proof overshoes.
- Knee warmers, under shorts and thermal bib tights.
- Two base layers, a water resistant wind proof long sleeve jersey and a club jersey.
- Buff, merino skull cap, skid lid and vented clear lensed bins.
- Surgical gloves with waterproof wind proof gloves on top.
Then you nearly get dropped because someone drills it in a crosswind, but you cling on and get boxed in during a bunch sprint.
The glamour of UK racing. 20 laps around a two and a bit mile loop around an industrial estate of the bohemian new town of Skelmersdale. Who thought you could have this much fun in a place where most people dread putting in another twelve hour shift on a Sunday. It was nice to be back surfing wheels and getting my legs ripped off by powerful testers.
So today myself & Ed were supposed to be in London for the Nocturne Crit as part of the London Bike Show, but due to being right in the middle of a whole load of snow we decided not to risk the drive up, instead I got the cyclocross bike out & had a whole lot of fun in the snow whilst everyone else was building snowmen & sliding down hills. I made a little video to mark the occasion:
This week has been an emotional one here at Hamilton Towers, as Christian, one third of the HW family has moved north to the big bad city of Manchester. He will be sorely missed by myself, Ed & the entire population of Bristol. We are looking forward to his tales (and the odd blog post) from life up North, and wish him all the luck in the world with his life up there, especially in the road races we know he’ll be smashing it in. We’re certain to see him back in Bristol throughout the year though, hopefully for future Hamilton Wheelers events & some of his favourite road races which he’ll make the trip down for. Don’t think of this as the end, but the start of the Hamilton Wheelers world takeover!
2012 has been an amazing year for us Hamilton Wheelers, the bristol riding scene & cycling in general. We can’t thank you enough for all the support you’ve given us, and have no fear, we’ve loads more exciting plans for 2013. But for now, give yourself a break, eat a lot of food, have a lot of fun & we’ll see you out on the road soon!
In this day & age a website without a TV station would be as strange as a TV station without a website, that’s why here at Hamilton Wheelers we’ve started up a Vimeo channel. Right now we don’t plan on producing any epics or 12-part series, but we do have a GoPro & will put together riding videos for your entertainment every now & again.
Recently myself & Ed went for a little evening ride around the local area & took the camera along to grab some shots, we thought we’d finally post that for you all to see as it was a lot of fun. I also took the GoPro out on a cyclocross ride, there’s not a lot to it, but it’s at the bottom of this post too. Stay tuned to HWTV as we’ll probably put together various other videos soon.