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THE RACERS VEIW: 3 PEAKS CYCLOCROSS

THE RACERS VEIW: 3 PEAKS CYCLOCROSS
The World’s toughest cyclocross race

Sunday 27 September 2014 
Yorkshire Dales National Park

To ride well in the 3 peaks you have to start thinking about it in July. August should include some long cross rides getting shaken about on bikes designed for muddy parks. With a bit of running introduced come September your form is on the up and you should be chomping at the bit come the last Sunday of the month.

This year my preparation had gone well and in the two weeks before felt like I was flying. A succession of strava koms adding to my confidence and secretly I thought a podium should be achievable. Come September 28th and I was better prepared than ever.

The race soon got underway and I positioned myself in the first twenty behind the lead out car. In previous years I’ve narrowly escaped the inevitable crash before Horton as riders not used to peletons brake hard and leave competitors around them nowhere to go but into the back of them. This year the sound of the crunch of metal happened a little further on than last year, but happened all the same.

Off the road and up onto the fields before Simon Fell I nudged to the front of the race before Mr Jebb cruised past and off into the distance. This year up Ingleborough I felt great, running comfortably in the first half dozen and enjoying the seldom dry moorland. Cresting the top with Ian Taylor we soon started eating into the small gap to Nick Craig and u23 joe Moses. After last years spectacular crash this year I took the descent carefully and arrived at cold Coates with Nick.

Onto the road and I grabbed a musette from stu to quickly get some food in on the fast descent to Ingleton. At the sharp right turn with Nick some 20 metres ahead I pressed on upto white scar caves to get onto his wheel. At this point my race turned. From feeling comfortable over Ingleborough I suddenly started to struggle holding nicks wheel. I eased off approaching whernside hoping to save alittle energy for later. Whernside proved as difficult as ever. Once over the top I can usually use my descending skills to make back some time. This year I seemed to hit every rock going and took some appalled lines. At ribblehead I looked back to see Neil crampton on my wheel. It truly was the worst descent ever!

Now into survival mode onto the road towards penygent. How many gels does it take to make me go faster? Answer: more than the three I down out of desperation.
Once off-road and beginning the climb Neil slowly edged away from me towards Ian Taylor who looked to be struggling now. With know one in sight behind I knew I didn’t gave to go too deep, but I still couldn’t slow the inevitable 3 peaks cramp from calf to groin. Finally on reaching the summit I was able to enjoy the descent back down. Knowing it well from mtb rides in my youth I kept my speed and managed my annual cross up for the cameras half way down.

The final road section is bitter sweet. Your legs are stiff with cramp as you drive towards the finish. The last little rise on the road reminds you that this race destroys your body and soul. I eventually finished 6th which when looking back considering how bad I felt before whernside isn’t too bad. I could walk properly until the following Thursday, but like a fool I’ll be on the start line next year having blanked out the 2014 edition.

1st Rob Jebb Hope Factory Racing
2nd Nick Craig Pioneer/Scott/Syncros
3rd Joe Moses Wheelbase Altura MGD
4th Neal Crampton Torq Performance
5th Ian Taylor, Jedi Cycle Sport
6th Lewis Craven, Wheelbase Altura MGD
7th Ryan Henry, Numplumz
8th Gary Macdonald, Hope Factory Racing
9th Thomas Randall, Huddersfield Star Wheelers
10th Steve Halsall, Velo Club Moulin

Duo Normand win for WHEELBASE and Merlin Duo Normand, Normandy, France28 September 2014Si Wilson, WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD and Rebecca Rimmington, Merlin Cycles won the mixed pairs at the Duo Normand TT, Normandy, France this weekend! The Duo Normand is a two-man team time trial for elite racing cyclists. Held annually in Normandy, France.

Duo Normand win for WHEELBASE and Merlin
Duo Normand, Normandy, France
28 September 2014

Si Wilson, WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD and Rebecca Rimmington, Merlin Cycles won the mixed pairs at the Duo Normand TT, Normandy, France this weekend!

The Duo Normand is a two-man team time trial for elite racing cyclists. Held annually in Normandy, France.

3 Peaks CycloCross 2014
28 September 2014

THIS WEEKEND: Lewis Craven, WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD goes in search of the podium at the UK’s toughest cyclocross race - the infamous 3 Peaks CX.

The 52nd annual 3 Peaks CycloCross is staged in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and is the toughest and biggest Cyclo-Cross event in the UK.

Great to spectate and here are the stats;
Race start: 9.30am Helwith Bridge
Total distance: 61kms (38 miles)
Road: 28kms (45mins – 1hr 5mins)
Unsurfaced: 33kms (2hrs 15mins – 4hrs 40mins)
Unrideable: 6kms – 8kms (dependent on individual ability & prevailing conditions)
Total climbing: 1524m (5000ft)

http://3peakscyclocross.org.uk/

WAM @Kendal Torchlight Procession
Friday 12 Sept 2014

Kendal crowds were out in force for the 2014 Torchlight Procession to see 70 floats from local charities, clubs, schools and businesses, plus marching bands and performers.

Local Elite cycle race team WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD were there on a huge articulated truck courtesy of team sponsor MGD.

Wonderful to see such huge crowds and support for the WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD cycle team and our cycle super store in Staveley, just outside Kendal.

Win for our man Humphreys in first CX of the seasonCyclo-Cross NW League: Round 1Red Rose Olympic Hoghton Tower Sun  07 Sept 2014 Rider report: Jack Humphreys, WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD"The senior race had a strong field including many who had travelled in from outside the region.  A very fast sprint up the tarmac climb helped to string out everyone for the first turn and then a slalom descent into the wooded section.  Jack Clarkson from Hope and myself pulled away from the bunch after the first half lap taking very different lines through the technical stages.  Giles Drake Leisure lakes, last year’s North West champ, followed about 15 seconds behind.  We exchanged  the lead on a number of occasions with Giles’s  strong endurance beginning to show as he gradually caught up to the back of us.  I have been away from a full training schedule since I had appendicitis about 6 weeks ago so I started to tire a little and Clarkson pulled out a gap, Giles took an unplanned pit stop to deal with a tyre issue which left the 3 of us properly split for the first time in the race. This was my local race and the spectators kept me going at every turn and I started to gain on the leader with my favourite part of the course being the indoor barn section were I gained time by bunny hopping up the stairs on the exit.  Gradually I closed the gap forcing Clarkson to slip in the final section enabling me to take the win.  It was good to catch up with 2 other Wheelbase riders Mike Wardle and Josh Varty who also took part.  Thanks to all the mechanics at Wheelbase who did a great job of setting up my Cannondale’s.  Looking forward now to the first National Trophy in about 3 weeks.”1 Jack Humphreys Wheelbase Altura MGD2 Jack Clarkson Hope Factory Racing3 Giles Drake Leisure Lakes Bikes.com13 Mike Wardle Wheelbase Altura MGD33 Josh Varty Wheelbase Altura MGD

Win for our man Humphreys in first CX of the season

Cyclo-Cross NW League: Round 1
Red Rose Olympic Hoghton Tower
Sun  07 Sept 2014 
Rider report: Jack Humphreys, WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD

"The senior race had a strong field including many who had travelled in from outside the region.  A very fast sprint up the tarmac climb helped to string out everyone for the first turn and then a slalom descent into the wooded section.  

Jack Clarkson from Hope and myself pulled away from the bunch after the first half lap taking very different lines through the technical stages.  Giles Drake Leisure lakes, last year’s North West champ, followed about 15 seconds behind.  We exchanged  the lead on a number of occasions with Giles’s  strong endurance beginning to show as he gradually caught up to the back of us.  I have been away from a full training schedule since I had appendicitis about 6 weeks ago so I started to tire a little and Clarkson pulled out a gap, Giles took an unplanned pit stop to deal with a tyre issue which left the 3 of us properly split for the first time in the race.

This was my local race and the spectators kept me going at every turn and I started to gain on the leader with my favourite part of the course being the indoor barn section were I gained time by bunny hopping up the stairs on the exit.  Gradually I closed the gap forcing Clarkson to slip in the final section enabling me to take the win.  

It was good to catch up with 2 other Wheelbase riders Mike Wardle and Josh Varty who also took part.  Thanks to all the mechanics at Wheelbase who did a great job of setting up my Cannondale’s.  Looking forward now to the first National Trophy in about 3 weeks.

1 Jack Humphreys Wheelbase Altura MGD
2 Jack Clarkson Hope Factory Racing
3 Giles Drake Leisure Lakes Bikes.com

13 Mike Wardle Wheelbase Altura MGD
33 Josh Varty Wheelbase Altura MGD