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Marc Gee – Thetford Race Report

Marc Gee – Thetford Winter Series – Sunday 12th February 2017

(words by Marc Gee)

After a cold and miserable start to the day we set off for the last round of the Thetford Winter Series.

We arrived at 8:30 as the sky cleared.

After a sighting lap of the fast and flowing single track lap I pumped my tyres up and got ready for the race.

It was a fast, straight 500 metre fire road start and straight into the single track.

I led the race for the first lap with second place directly on my back wheel. It was a fast first lap

I followed second place on the second lap before I led for the third lap.

On the last lap second place overtook and I could not respond fast enough to stay on his wheel.

I finished in second place and won the overall series.

A fantastic course, friendly event and I will be returning next year to defend my title.

Good rides all round from the Sherwood Pines Cycles riders, Graham Gee, Carl Kelleher and Gary Kondor.

Thanks for the continued support from Sherwood Pines Cycles and I can’t wait for the season ahead.

Happy Bottom Bum Butter Vegan Cycling Chamois Butter – Now in Stock!

Happy Bottom Bum Butter!

Its self explanatory really and well worth £17.99 – In stock now at Sherwood Pines Cycles!

Charlie says…. This is a wonderful locally produced vegan chamois balm / bum butter.

It’s not really made from vegans, but simply does not offend them. However if you like being offended, just ask and we will look after that for you.
  • 100% natural ingredients.
  • Pain relief from clove oil – pretty clever eh?
  • Vegetable glycerine and Egyptian geranium oil absorbs to lower dermis, all the way in to really repair your damaged skin.
  • Antiseptic and anti-bacterial with tea tree oil to stop you growing diseases in your shorts.
  • PET recyclable containers (you can make fleece jackets out of them)
  • Tested in the most demanding conditions… in my shorts, on @rseholes and not on animals.
  • Vegan as hell.
  • Female friendly, it won’t make your girly bits zing.
  • Does not repel sharks or polar bears.
  • 100ml jar goes a very long way, around 7,000 miles.
  • Made by two great people in their kitchen, just up the road from my shop.
  • Endorsed and used by real pro cyclists:
    • Lee Cragie our Ladies National Fatbike champion loves the Happy Bottom Bum Butter.
    • Markus Stitz who is riding round the world single speed is begging for it 😉
    • Lance Bumstrong the best fake cycling messiah we could find ( https://www.facebook.com/lance.bumstrong )
    • Karen Darke winner of a Gold Olympic medal in the Rio Olympics.

Vredestein Spotted Cat MTB Tyres – For Sale

Vredestein Spotted Cat MTB Tyrespots

Vredestein’s Spotted Cat is a fast cross country tyre, designed for hard and dry surfaces, particularly hard surfaces with a loose top layer. The V-tread design ensures low rolling resistance and extra grip when braking and accelerating.

Robust shoulder knobs provide maximum stability in corners and off-camber situations.

Available in 26/2.00 and 26/2.20 

RRP £39.99  each

Our Price £19.99 or £35 for a pair!

In stock today at Sherwood Pines Cycles.

Features:

  • Particularly suited to hard surfaces with a loose top layer
  • Tread ensured low rolling resistance with extra grip when needed
  • Maximum stability in corners and off-camber situations
  • Weight: 790g
  • Please note, the tyres are brand new, but boxes may be damaged. This does not affect the tyres in any way. Thank you.

Discovery Pass – Buy one, support Sherwood Pines and make savings too!

Enjoy Sherwood Pines Forest through the seasons with an annual Discovery Pass from the Forestry Commission.

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Save money and time – get free car parking for one year.

Support Sherwood Pines Forest – help maintain the forest facilities for you and your family to enjoy.

Discover more – receive the seasonal Discovery Pass e-newsletter packed with information about events, activities and wildlife in Sherwood Pines Forest.

Enjoy more – with great local and national discounts.

Local Benefits

  • 2 hours for the price of 1 on cycle hire here at Sherwood Pines Cycles. (weekdays, term time only) – Get fitter with us!
  • 10% discount in the Cafe. Offers are valid Monday to Friday in term time, excluding bank holidays. Cafe contact(weekdays, term time only)
  • Many more benefits too, check the FC website for details.

The Discovery Pass is available at the Ranger Station near the cafe for only £40 per year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

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From all of us at Sherwood Pines Cycles

We would like to wish all our customers and friends a very happy and healthy 2017.

We are open from 9am – 1pm on New Years Eve and 10am – 3pm on New Years Day. After this normal hours will begin again.

David Fletcher – Professional Cyclist

David Fletcher – Professional Cyclist – Race Results

Ipswich National Trophy
I got the perfect start, getting to the end of the start straight in 2nd and holding my position for some of the first lap.

After things settled and slowed down I got swamped by riders and moved back into the top 10. Another lap went by and things heated up, the pace shot up and the front group of 15 lined out and began to split.

My position wasn’t great and lost contact with the front 3. I focused in and aimed to get back to the front. With the pace being so high getting back to the leaders was tough.

I was joined by a Belgian rider, unfortunately he wasn’t wanting to work to bring the front riders back, so had a task by myself to bring the 3 leaders back.

It came down to a lap to go and we managed to bring 3rd back. The fight for 3rd would come down to a sprint, I hit out early pushing hard to try and gain a small gap, sprinting all the way till the end i was caught with all of 10 yards to go and had to settle for 5th.

A disappointing result that doesn’t reflect the effort put in. But that’s that way racing goes, sometimes chances work your way others it doesn’t.

My form was in the right place and gave me a boost of confidence heading into the next races so all in all, it wasn’t a disaster day.

Midland Championships Darley Moor

Again here I took it from the start. Myself and one other rider managed to get a gap after the first lap. Riding hard to try an simulate the start of a national round I wanted to keep as high pace for the first 3 laps then settle in.

The first lap flew by, gaining a handful of time on the following bunch.

After the 2nd lap I’d managed to break away on my own. Getting a handful of free time after the rider with me collided with the course marker posts i continued to trudge on, lap on lap gaining a handful of seconds to a tiring follower.

The cold windy conditions made it tough, feeling the chill on my legs on the last lap I was glad to see the finish line. I managed to take the win by just under 1 minute 30. A comfortable gap on a cold and windy day.

With form still on the rise I took a bunch of confidence and looked forward to the next national trophy in Shrewsbury.

Shrewsbury National Trophy
It was a usual very muddy course at Shrewsbury, plenty of running, plenty of ruts and bike changes left right and centre.

I Got a great start and led the first lap. A bad timed change lost me time and slipped into 3rd. I Kept going with the gap to leader going up a little each lap. I caught and past 2nd place on the 3rd lap and held 2nd till 3 laps to go, battling the mud takes its tole on the body, running steps, riding through foot deep mud lap on lap with little time to rest to keep those vital seconds ahead of the following rider.

My battle with Liam Killeen, current National Champion and ex Olympian came to an end with a crash with a lap to go on an rutted off camber section lost me the wheel and meant my finishing place would be 3rd.

I tried to get back to him but once I’d lost the wheel it was tough to get back in contention. I was happy with the result.

A positive improvement and a good sign of form for the Nationals in 4 weeks time. Unfortunately couldn’t make it to the overall podium. I took 4th overall and losing 3rd by 1 point. A little disappointing but a bad 1st round cost me dearly.

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