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THIS WEEKEND: Back in Belgium 

WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD are back in the Belgium this weekend, the iconic home of cycle racing, to hone fitness and race craft in preparation for a full-on British Cycling Elite racing season and the start of the Tour Series Crits.

Here are some stills by filmmaker Dave Macfarlane from the previous trip 3 weeks ago. The riders raced two pro Kermesse races – 3hrs at 27.5mph average!

Become a WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD VIP!Become involved with one of the most innovative and forward thinking UK elite road racing teams and contribute to the future of UK racing by becoming a Wheelbase-Altura-MGD VIP.    • Exclusive Wheelbase VIP loyalty card for 15% off in store    • Exclusive Wheelbase-Altura-MGD genuine race jersey and bib shorts    • Additional items of team clothing at cost price, such as gilets and winter jackets    • Invitation to the team launch in March 2014    • Four exclusive sponsor and VIP rides in the Lakes and Dales with the team    • Seat in the team car during at least one major UK race    • Invitations to exclusive events & sportives    • VIP access to the pits at elite criteriums    • Opportunity to buy a Team Cannondale bikeALL THIS FOR ONLY £249. To apply for this exclusive offer please email Wheelbase-Altura-MGD team manager Toby Dalton - toby@wheelbase.co.uk

Become a WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD VIP!

Become involved with one of the most innovative and forward thinking UK elite road racing teams and contribute to the future of UK racing by becoming a Wheelbase-Altura-MGD VIP.

    • Exclusive Wheelbase VIP loyalty card for 15% off in store
    • Exclusive Wheelbase-Altura-MGD genuine race jersey and bib shorts
    • Additional items of team clothing at cost price, such as gilets and winter jackets
    • Invitation to the team launch in March 2014
    • Four exclusive sponsor and VIP rides in the Lakes and Dales with the team
    • Seat in the team car during at least one major UK race
    • Invitations to exclusive events & sportives
    • VIP access to the pits at elite criteriums
    • Opportunity to buy a Team Cannondale bike

ALL THIS FOR ONLY £249.

To apply for this exclusive offer please email Wheelbase-Altura-MGD team manager Toby Dalton - toby@wheelbase.co.uk

WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD road racing team launch video.

Shoot by Dave Macfarlane on the home roads of South Lakeland.

Become a VIP Member here: http://www.wheelbase-altura-mgd.co.uk/vip

UNITE. FIGHT. BELIEVE.

BC Elite Spring Cup - Tour of the Reservoir 2 Day

The weekend of 4th to the 6th of April was spent in Belgium with the team getting race-pace in their legs. Saturday’s Kermesse was the biggest of the weekend with 300 riders and an average race speed of 27.5mph for 3 hours. WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD rider om Barras finished 23rd which was a great effort.

British Cycling Elite Spring Cup
Tour of the Reservoir 2 Day
12+13 April 2014

Stage 1: 88.8miles, grueling Northumbrian moorland
Every year this is a challenge. It’s the hardest race of the year and comes right at the start of the season. Unless you’ve spent the winter in sunnier climates like Australia or Spain like some of the UCI teams then this race is always going to be a challenge.

WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD rider Matt Clarke was the first to go. His light, 8st climbing frame could not cope with the wind, rain and exposure and he had to retire on Stage 1 when he lost contact with the race and before he did more damage to himself.

The rest of the lads rolled home safely in the peloton to fight another day. 

Stage 2: 105 miles, on the rolling terrain around Derwent Water , Northumbria

As predicted by team DS Sid Barras a break went early on the second ascent of a tough climb on the 12mile, 8 lap circuit. Unfortunately our riders missed this first move but Tom Barras showed his experience and immediately reacted by forming an efficient chase group which took 1.40 on the peloton and lasted until lap 5 before it was pulled in by Madison Genesise and Rapha JLT.

Joe Moses showed good promise on the climbs and was constantly pushing towards the front of the peloton on the climbs. Sam Boast gritted his teeth and got stuck in but in a similar manner to Clarke his light frame fall victim to the grueling circuit.

Si Wilson was the teams best finisher in 48th of 58 finishes from 145 starters – now that’s a high attrition rate! He was the strong man of the team and with determination and calmness smashed out the testing miles and never failed to stop fighting despite two punctures (not on Panaracer tyres we hasten to add!).  

Finally; we wish Pete Williams of Haribo Beacon a speedy recovery after his serious accident on Stage 2.  


Next race: 4x major Belgium Kermess races over the Bank Holiday weekend – no rest for our guys!

Tour of the Reservoir 2014: Tom Barras, WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD makes the chase group. 

Photography courtesy of British Cycling and VeloUK.net