Hello there! Here’s your weekly spin:
The first race of the year; Condor support something new for 2019; free training plans courtesy of a former pro; plus your weekly dose of social media.
The top cycling teams in 2019
Our top feature last week was the beginning in a four part series focusing on the top teams for 2019. Part one takes a look at two of the biggest teams to grace our roads - Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes and Madison Genesis.
Two future pieces will discuss the remaining British UCI teams, while the final article will run through the remaining Elite teams.
Canyon dhb have the largest lineup of all the UCI teams this year, and it’s one that’s already seen success in the Challenge Majorca and the Perfs Pedal Road Race. On the other hand, Madison Genesis have a proven record of delivering at the highest level, and should be buoyed by their successful 2018 outing.
Perfs Pedal Road Race
The traditional season opener took place this weekend at Southwick, Hampshire, with the running of the 54th Perfs Pedal Road Race.
After an attacking and hard fought race, first year U23 Jacob Vaughan (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes) took the win ahead of Damien Clayton and last year’s winner, Alex Paton.
As expected, an early set piece move by the combined forces of Canyon dhb forced the pace and whittled the bunch down to a more manageable size. Paton and Vaughan found themselves in an established break and started the attacks with two laps to go. Coming into the final climb, Vaughan managed to shake Clayton and ride home for the win.
You can hear more in VeloUK’s post-finish interview with Jacob Vaughan:
Weekly training diaries
It’s another week, which means we have more new features to announce!
Something that crops up a lot among cyclists is a discussion of the best training plans; who’s a good local coach? What sort of riding should you be doing? Should intervals be 5 or 6 minutes long?
You might start with a coach but have nothing to compare it to, or you might not want to spend the money but would appreciate some idea of how to train. To that end, we’re going to be enlisting two friends of Monument Cycling to offer their training plans to the you for free, along with thoughts and behind the scenes insights into how they’re getting on.
First up is Arron. Some of you will know him as one of the guys behind the scenes here - he’s always at the Hoggenberg, giving riders a helping hand and setting the stage for each race.
Arron has always ridden a bike, but never trained with a goal in mind. This year, he’s looking at racing for the first time and undertaking structured training to help get started. If you fit in your training around a 9 to 5 job, there’s something of interest for you there.
Next up to the plate is long-time Hog Hill hitter, London lad, and former Team Sky rider, Alex Peters.
If you’ve ever wondered what the training plan of a top professional rider actually entails, look no further!
We’ve got three years of training with three very different training styles:
- His 2014 breakout season with Madison Genesis, where he won the prestigious Tour of the Reservoir and took podiums in multiple top flight races
- His year with Dutch U23 development squad, SEG Racing, showing his prowess and earning a contract with Team Sky
- His 2016 season with one of the best teams in the world, and one of the most secretive training regimes
Take a ride with us every weekend as we present both Arron and Alex’s training plans along with their own commentary, ready for you to follow along if you think you can!
Condor swoops in at the last minute
Condor may no longer be sponsoring a top flight racing team in the UK, but you’ll still find their continued support in the domestic scene this year. The team at Condor is partnering with Full Gas to help present the 2019 Good Friday track meet.
As part of a day of races and events, there will also be a range of activities for all ages, from balance bike sessions to Rollapaluza racing.
Find out more on the Full Gas website.