Wednesday 23rd August – Tour of Britain Day at Sherwood Pines Cycles

Wednesday 23rd August- Tour of Britain day at Sherwood Pines Cycles  – In association with Vittoria.

Join us from 11am until 8pm to celebrate the Tour of Britain, which will be leaving Mansfield on 6th September and finishing at Newark.

This is what’s happening as well as much, much more!

• Vittoria team bus and 2x Vittoria team cars dressed with bikes.
• Displays of Vittoria road and mtb wheels and tyres.
• Fenwicks display and demonstration.
• The demo fleet of of Forme Bikes with Vittoria tyres on for people to try.
• Competition to win a team car experience on 6th September stage of the Tour of Britain!
• BBQ.
• Led road rides followed by the Vittoria team car 4 rides going out during the day, varying levels of pace!
• MTB guided rides around the forest – off piste trails – children’s rides and an introduction to MTB – guides provided.
• Team car experience on the day, for those who want a mini experience following the road ride.
• Tyre changing demo –
• David Fletcher, professional cyclist will be  present on the day to talk/ride with people.
• Other pro cyclists including a JLT Condor team rider – names to be released soon!
• The Newark Advertiser will be there running a competition to win some bikes provided by Sherwood Pines Cycles.
• Forme bikes on display.
• Absolute Black chain rings on display
• QSW who provide our team kit will be displaying kit and they will also bring some of their team riders!

Much more to be added, so keep checking!

 

Graham Gee – Race Report

Newnham Park, Plymouth

Words By Graham Gee

In short, I was gutted for Our Marc not being able to race, but very lucky to have new Pines Cycles Team rider Nick Wood happy to step in.

Heavy rain before the race then made the 13.5 km course slippery.

The rain started again bang on the 12 o’clock start and continued sometimes heavy for the next 12 hours.

We decided on 2 lap stints and managed to bag 3rd place in a very competitive 12hour male pairs class, 19 mins off 1st place.

Massive thanks to Sherwood Pines Cycles for all their help and support and mechanic Dale for the new wheel build.

Next stop Brighton Big Dog then Torq In Your Sleep!!

Time Trial – Wednesday 2nd August

Sherwood Pines Cycles – MTB Time Trial

Dont forget this week is Time Trial Week

Wednesday 2nd August

Sign on from 6pm (at the shop) – Race starts at 7pm

With thanks to Oxford Products for their spot prize sponsorship

And to all the volunteers who help make these evenings a success.

David Fletcher – Race Report

David Fletcher – Race Report

Update from this weekends MTB National Championships – Cannock Chase – Sunday 24th July

Words by David Fletcher

The event was held at Cannock Chase a course and centre I train on regularly. The day was expected to be wet so a tough day was on the cards.

I got an average start coming into the first technical section in 6th place. With the course being tight and twisty with little passing places I was happy to settle in. The first lap went by and there was a front group of 5. I managed to make the cut and settled comfortable knowing I had plenty in the tank. Luck again was soon to pass and with less than a quarter of a lap past I fell heavily on my side wrapping myself round a tree and knocking my side. With a slightly dead left leg I carried on pushing to get back to the front and back in contention for the jersey. I pulled the gap to 15 seconds.

From here it continued to stay that way for a 4 more laps.

The 4 leaders upfront were working well and kept the pace high knowing I was only just round the corner. Being stuck in no mans land I began to tire and suffered another heavy fall with a lap and a half to go. A little dazed from a heavy blow to the head and a little dizzy I continued and aim to keep my position. With a rider less than a minute adrift I had to keep the pace on.

Coming into the final stretch of the race I realised I had managed to stick it out and finish in 5th. Not the result I had hoped for but considering the issues a result I feel was deserved.

Any mistake on a slippy and hard course physically like the weekend would be costly. The season isn’t all over I still have the final round of the national series and the overall series podium to contend for.

With thanks to the sponsors – Sherwood Pines Cycles – Forme

David Fletcher – Race Report

David Fletcher Race Report – Midlands XC

Words by DF

The day started well. A nice relaxed morning with a nice tempo ride to the course. With it only being 20miles away i figured that it would be a nice little warm up and an extra few miles in the bank leading into the nationals and also the cyclocross season.

Arriving at the course i had my pre race meal and after set out for a easy lap of course practice. Racing here before i had a rough idea of the course already. A fun twisty course with some steep climbing would make it for a hard day. With little rest i had to pace myself.

From the whistle i was straight into the lead and pacing out the 4 entrants. Taking the 1st lap in my stride i settled in and let the others come to the front. Begining to feel not quite myself a hard attack from one of the other riders i was pushed off the back and in a dismal 4th. Catching 3rd on the 3rd of 5 laps I continued to keep my pace. Not quite having the ride id hoped i rolled in 3rd and feeling like id been hit by a bus!

With an easy week planned to nationals and all mechanical issues sorted im hoping to change this weekends ride to a better and higher place come next weekend.