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DAVID OGG DOMINATES IN THE NORTH YORKSHIRE HILLS

This weekend the team of David Ogg, George Sewell and Luke Hind competed in the Ilkley two day on a tough course around the Darley area of the North Yorkshire moors, reports Mick Padley.
Stage 1 was an individual time trial which put David some 12 secs back on GC, so it was still all to play for going into Stage 2.
All 3 riders were very active in stage 2 with David helping to bridge across to the early break unwittingly collecting some KOM points in the process. In the end local knowledge came to the fore and the stage was won by Yorkshire rider leaving the lads to come in with the bunch gallop.
Stage 3 was a TTT but we had worked out that to go for the overall would be difficult so rode the stage with the afternoon road race in mind.
Stage 4 on paper was always going to be difficult with gradients of 17 and 12% and so it proved. Having worked out we had a chance in the KOM competition David attacked from the gun and was initially out on his own mopping up the points. He was joined by a second rider, but David wasn’t about to loose his jersey as he was the virtual KOM leader on the road and took maximum points at every opportunity. Coming into the last lap a group of 3 initially tried to bridge across but the pace David was setting made that difficult and they retreated back to the bunch.
It took the remainder of a very depleted bunch to finally bring David and his breakaway companion back, but by this time he had captured the KOM jersey and not to be outdone with 300m to go he was still competing for 3rd place, but being out front all day had took its toll on the legs. Seeing that David’s chance had gone George opened up his sprint with the bunch and came home with the remainder of a very small peleton compared to the 80 riders that had started the day.
As a bonus to winning the KOM it looks like David has also come top 10 in the Points competition, a brilliant weekend and a great team effort.

Cycling and Golf?

Bryan writes about how golf can be like cycling….

After my second Olympic medal and my retirement from racing I was asked by a number of charities to be an ambassador, which meant they kept asking me to attend their fund-raising golf days with people asking to go round with me.

As I hadn’t had the chance to do any other sports throughout my cycling career, I thought this would be a nice new challenge and you can image how I felt when after taking the time to have a couple of coaching sessions, a few goes on the driving range and a couple rounds with people I know, there I stood in the first tee with my JJB golf starter set.

In my group there was someone who was telling me the thousands of pounds he had spent on equipment. The funny thing was, 5 minutes later we met again looking for our golf balls in the same patch of rough ground.

Cycling is the same and it very easy to be put off by the cost and the amount of kit on the market along with the people who are very happy to tell you how much they had spent. It is very easy to be put off, but as in my first round of golf, a little time spent getting ready will make the world of difference.

At Bryan Steel Cycling we try to break this down by helping you get started in the sport in a fun and social way whilst also challenging you in the right way.

To do a sportive you don’t need a thousands of pounds bike, just a bike that fits you, set up for you, and most importantly to have done the right preparation.

If you look at www.bryansteel.co.uk/engage you will see various membership packages to suit your needs and give you the right level of support to achieve whatever cycling challenge you are planning to achieve.

The main thing to remember is that like in golf, it not about throwing money at the sport, but instead investing some time in yourself to do some training and making sure you are prepared for your big day – and like my first round of golf, having that warm glow of beating the man who had spent thousands of pounds! (I did have a great time in the end, but cycling is definitely the sport for me!)

Remember, it doesn’t matter how much you spend on equipment the bike will not go forwards without someone getting on it and pedalling the thing!

 

 

 

 

PROOF POSITIVE: BEER AND RACING DO MIX!

Today’s race was sponsored by the Wold Top Brewery who gave every rider a bottle of beer. I don’t know if it was the anticipation of drinking the beer at the end of the race or the worry of leaving it all with me while they raced that put the fire in the teams belly but they certainly rode very aggressively whilst at the same time being smart and took control of the race.
Whichever vantage point I chose to watch the race from there was always Godfrey orange at or near the front of the race. It started on the first lap with David Ogg going away with two other riders gaining 30secs very quickly. The panic that ensued in the bunch was palpable with the other riders chasing hard to close it down. Immediately the break was made Tom Booth went over the top taking a few riders with him, the rest of the team sat in whilst the bunch worked hard to bring him back. Soon as it was brought back Karl Baillie launched a stinging attack which lasted half a lap.
The other riders trying to put some control of their own into the race and formed a break, but it didn’t last long as Sam Smith brought them back on the long descent and the status quo was re-established.
This was the pattern for the first half of the race with either an Academy rider forcing a break or closing one down.
A lull ensued and just as the peleton was catching its breath George Sewell and David hatched another plan with George driving on with David on his wheel. Alert to the danger around 15 riders jumped across the gap and this was how the second half of the race proceeded. David and George knew the group was two big to take to the final but found themselves outnumbered as the riders had them earmarked as the danger men and so had to wait for the final as the peleton was now a minute in arrears.
The finish line was up a gradual slope so George used his power to stretch out the group and put David in a good position for the sprint. With 20m to go David was in the lead but was just pipped on the line by two other riders and had to settle for a well fought third whilst George took a solid 8th place after playing the team role. In the bunch gallop Sam put Tom into a position were he could contest the sprint, all in all a good day at the office.
Next week the team is competing in the Ilkley 2 day stage race with Luke, David and George whilst Sam, Karl and Tom will be racing in the Coalville Wheelers race.
Now then where did I put those bottles of beer?
Report by Mick Padley.

It’s been a bit hot “darn sarf” this week

Some of the lads have had a busy week with Tom Booth showing some form and taking 11th at Hillingdon during the week. Tom was in the fast closing chasing bunch and took 3rd in the bunch in the sprint, a sign that he’s making good progress.
On Sunday the whole of the team competed in the Thames Velo Nat B race on the drift circuit, which is relatively flat interspersed with a couple of drags which was reflected in the average speed for the race of 29mph.
We anticipated a break going from the start, but the first one didn’t contain any riders of significance so we bided our time in the break. Until around 32km when David Ogg went with some useful riders but the commitment wasn’t there from everyone and a Morvelo Basso rider pushed on alone whilst the break was absorbed.
As the break came back George Sewell went over the top to try and bridge to the lone leader and form a useful group. A couple of other riders went with him but the peleton sensed the danger and closed it down which was the signal for Sam Smith to chance his arm and form a breakaway with Karl Baillie and some other riders, but last years winner Dan Bigham was having non of it and with his team mate closed the gap.
With 25kms to go the winning break finally made it stick containing Dan Bigham and Rees Howell who has been making his mark this season. Even with encouragement from our riders the main group seemed uninterested in fetching them back, perhaps the 28 degree heat was taking its toll.
As the group approached the drag to the finish Luke Hind, our first year rider, tried to launch himself away from the bunch but got swallowed up in the mass sprint. Unfortunately no points today but the team animated the race and made other teams take the boys from “up North” seriously.
This coming weekend we have a 6 man squad racing in the Top Wold Actif race near Beverly and if their performance on Sunday is anything to go by they have the legs to do well.
Report by Mick Padley

Fighting on Two Fronts

This last weekend the team was competing at two events, reports Team Manager, Mick Padley. We had George Sewell, Sam Smith and Karl Baillie, getting selection for the East Midlands team in the Melton Cicle Classic whilst I took David Ogg, Tom Booth and Luke Hind to the Stockbridge RR down on the Hampshire Downs.
The Stockbridge race was held over the rolling roads of Hampshire with the course either going up hill or down hill with little chance for any recovery. For the first two laps the riders were getting the measure of each other before committing to any attacks. The finish was at the top of a 1000m long climb and it was on the start of lap 3 that David made his move taking with him 5 other riders. they worked well together and quickly created a 60 sec gap. The breakaway seemed conscious of David’s climbing ability and worked together to get rid of him, so as we went into the 5th of 6 laps David was dropped after making them work hard to drop him.
Meanwhile Luke was the victim of zealous officialdom and was disqualified for finding himself the wrong side of the white line after swerving to avoid another rider, the commissaire reversed his decision but by this time the bunch had disappeared over the hill. Tom Booth continued with his recovery after bouts of illness at the beginning of the season and used the event to get some competitive miles in his legs, not to be dismayed Tom recognises that poor early form can lead to good mid season form which he needs for his two months we have planned for him in the Flandrian region of Belgium.

Rutland CiCle Sportive in the Sun!

Last weekend Bryan and the team enjoyed some fantastic weather (for April!) as they led a group of riders around the Rutland CiCle Tour Sportive organised by ITP Events. Rider leader Paul Newson reports on the day.

Entrants had the option to sign up for the coach-led ride on the middle distance 80 mile route, and on Saturday we were joined by two riders getting back into their stride – Gary and Steve; two ladies training for an Iron Man (which involves a 112 mile ride at over 14mph average) – Sam and Tina; and Nadjia, recently recovering from surgery and still undergoing treatment, who had travelled up from London the night before especially for the opportunity to ride with Bryan and learn from his experience.

After introductions and coffee at Bryan’s van, conveniently parked at the start line, our guest riders and leaders for the day jumped the queue and set off at a steady pace while we all settled into the rhythm for the day. Key factors where pacing on the hills and making sure everyone ate and drank enough, especially as the temperatures rose to a balmy 25º. Pacing was down to us to make sure we stayed as a comfortable group, but there can be no fear of a good feast at an ITP Events Sportive with their buffet of high-carb delights at every feed station. The fruitcake is a particular speciality, and if you’ve tried it, you’ll know why!

The ride took an undulating tour through the smallest county in England, Rutland, and neighbouring counties, taking in spectacular views of the Eyebrook Reservoir and the impressive Harringworth Viaduct along its way. The route gave Bryan plenty of opportunity to speak to each rider in turn and advise them on how to improve their riding technique, especially with the hills. Nadjia in particular benefitted from the pedal technique advice which gave her that extra boost to get up the steepest sections.

By the end of the ride the hills were starting to have an effect on some of the riders but we all finished safely together to debrief back at the Giant Store Rutland for a well-earned finishers medal, coffee and recovery burger.

Tina, one of the Iran Man trainees, said afterwards: “Thank you guys so much for an epic ride today. I really enjoyed it and have taken away some valuable lessons to put into practice.” We look forward to keeping in touch and finding out how they get on!

Visit the ITP Events website for a full list of their events where you can sign-up for a ride with Bryan. We look forward to seeing you next time!

Academy Riders find their level at the Chorley GP

Bryan Steel reports on the the opening round of the British Cycling Elite Road Series for 2018 in the Chorley Borough. The race is part of the 2018 HSBC UK Spring Cup series and saw the Academy facing national professional teams such as OnePro and Madison Genesis on the start line.

This weekend the academy made a massive step up with riding the first national series road race at the Chorley GP. The riders were not only contending with some of the best riders and team in the UK, but they faced 116 miles of some of the hardest roads Lancashire could offer. Karl, Luke, Tom and Dave lined up and with the first-year riders and there were a few nervous faces with the race plan to get stuck in while learning what level they will need to be in the future.

At the end of the first 25-mile lap there was bodies everywhere with the race already spread over 10 miles in the first hour. Dave and Karl were sat nicely in the bunch but Tom and Luke, for whom this was the first time they had raced at this level, were off the back in a small chasing group.

The second time through, Dave and Karl were still sat in the main field and Luke and Tom pulled out after the long but unsuccessful chase. They told me that in the crosswind over Riverton Moor they got stuck behind a crash and at this level if a gap opens then they know it was going to have to be a very hard chase to get back on.

On the third lap the pace really picked where Karl got dropped and even if it was nicely and sunny in Chorley the weather had taken a turn for the worst on the other side of the 25-mile lap and with the weather and the distance at this speed the racing had taken its toll.

By the time the bunch came through the fourth time Dave was showing signs of struggling but OK, but he got dropped on the first hill out of Chorley which is the same place he got dropped last year and called it a day.

On the whole the academy rode very well but they now know that the level of racing is higher than they currently are, and the new riders now know the level they need to be to make progress.

Ex Academy rider Ross Lamb takes his first win of the season

Since his return to Belgium this year with his new UCI team T Palm Ross has taken a measured approach to the season, initially taking some top 20’s and then a couple of top 10’s.

But today was time to go on the attack and he won the GP Claudy Sohet race.

The race started with a field of 157 riders consisting of many UCI pro’s looking for a tough race.
The race is in the Walloon region- no cobbles but a lumpy course with a few short stiff climbs. The race kept pretty much together in the strong headwinds but at the bell a rider jumped away and started to pull a gap.

Recognising the danger Ross bridged across taking with him another Brit Adam Lewis . On the back of the course into the headwind the Belgian rider was still on the attack but the two Brits kept working the old one two until they were sure that one of them was going to win the race.

The finishing straight was on a rising incline and Ross used his power to beat Adam in the sprint.
We are waiting confirmation but we think this may be the first Dave Rayner funded win of the year in Belgium at least.

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