Jacob Finds Inspiration From Condor

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February 2002 I bought my first road bike from Condor, Grays Inn road London. A Specialized Allez. Not too special, but as I wobbled my way home dodging the rain soaked man hole covers, feeling like I was about to swan dive over the handle bars, but this was a major upgrade in terms of kit compared to the Trek 2000 MTB with skinny tyres I had been using to get around.

Fast forward 12 years I find myself on much the same bike with the addition of new wheels and break pads. Now truth be told most of those 12 years have seen the Allez wheels stationary, travelling more in the boot of my car as I took it with me ready for that ride I would definitely do……..tomorrow.

With my wife now an avid road rider and the miles beginning to pass slowly beneath my wheels again I found myself idly test riding a Giant Defy. Good fit, nice on the road and a lovely blue. But not quite the bike I would feel excited to walk up to and ride. So once again I found myself at the doors of Condor.

Acciaio. Bless you! And bless me, it is AWESOME!!

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I picked it up last Wednesday and it has already covered more miles than my Allez has this year and been cleaned more than my Allez has ever. The difference to the Allez is like that to the Trek. This time however I don’t feel like I am about to swan dive over the front. Whilst out on my maiden ride, marveling at how well the bike fitted, rode, responded, glided across the tarmac, I uttered a line that my wife will forever remind me, followed by her response “Bike Wanker”.

“I feel at one with my bike”

And that sums up how well Condor have come through creating my bike. It is fantastic and I have fallen back in love with riding again.
My wife and I completed the Mendip wiggle this weekend, through rain, mud, wind and many many hills and I smiled the whole way. The furthest I have ridden in one go and the first of many.

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Rollapaluza International Keirin London

After the security of having a roof over our heads at the Manchester Keirin the majority of the week prior to London was taken up by constant weather checks, but even the arrival at Heathrow of Paul (bringer of thunder) Churchill didn’t dampen the day, Herne Hill Velodrome looked resplendent in the sunshine and the Keirin jerseys from Miltag lit up the track, Herne Hill is a tough place to compete with when the weather is kind, you can almost feel its history in the atmosphere.
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This was Keirin racing in it purist form but with a twist electric bikes for derny’s, something that would have pleased the residents unlike the drone of the petrol motors, Team Hybrids bikes were well up to the task specially modified to reach speeds of 70kpm, and rider No1 didn’t get a lung full of fumes.

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Unlike the Olympic version of Keirin this was Japanese style with the derny only pulling off with 500m remaining, before that the excitement builds with the slow tolling of the bell as the speed is cranked up.

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As with all Rollapaluza events we try and involve everyone so as well as the elite race there were women’s and novice’s categories in all, over 70 riders, and some great prizes from Swrve. Not forgetting the selection of beers from the local Brixton Brewery.

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The Rollapaluza International Keirin was a real mix with riders from Holland,Czech Republic, Uganda and Brixton, all fighting hard for the points that would see them into the final.
There was a real mix of talent in the final and different tactics were played out, but it was the sheer power of Callum Skinner that triumphed in the end out sprinting Miles Stovold and the Dutchman Michael Veen with local rider Richard St Pierre beating Danish Champion William Rimkratt-Milkowski into fourth place.

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The Bon Velo Women’s Keirin was as competitive as the men’s with some exciting heats, the final its self was the closest finish of the day with Henrieta Colbourne just edging it from local rider Lesley Pinder in a photo finish with Kiera Mc Vitty taking third.

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The Malcolm Custom Novice’s Keirin was a real battle in every heat and is an important stepping stone to racing in senior Keirin’s, in fact the third place rider Karoly Markos finished last in 2013 so was understandably pleased with his result, but the two outstanding riders were Dutch junior Jeroen Van Goor and Jack Miller with Van Goor powering to victory in the final.

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Commonwealth Games & Rollapaluza

It’s been quite a successful games for previous Rollapaluza racers, with three out of the four gold medals won on the road going to riders that have competed on our rigs.
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First up it was Alex Dowsett (England) the Movistar rider had everyone holding their breath at the final time check, when he was five seconds down on the leader, but as he turned the corner into the home straight it was apparent that the Time Trial Gold was going to the boy from Essex, It was way back in 2010 when Alex turned up at a Rollalpaluza Winter League meeting and raced over the torturous distance of 1000m in a packed South London bar and put in a respectable time of 47.67

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This was Alex final race before crossing the Atlantic to join (Trek Livestrong) to begin his professional career. Alex’s time stood for quite a while that evening until Keirin London 2014 runner up Miles Stovold set a new kilo record of 44.58

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The women’s road race was won in a convincing manner by Lizzie Armitstead (England) after some tireless work from an emotional Emma Pooley to weaken the opposition. We met up with Lizzie in Yorkshire at the Movistar Time Trail Challenge at this years Tour de France, where the Boels Doleman rider stepped up and had a spin on our rigs.

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Lizzie seemed to enjoy the challenge and stayed around for a long time chatting to her fans after the event, this gold medal will go along way to making up for the disappointment of the Olympic silver and is a fitting reward for her hard work this season.

Finally it was the turn of Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas (Wales) who battled through a gruelling race in the finest of Glasgow weather, even managing to change a front wheel puncture on the final lap and still hold off the two chasers.
Geraint Thomas (You Tube Link to GNC video)
It was a different story when he came up against boy wonder Atiba Quildan in the final at the GNC Store Covent Garden,with the Rollapaluza superstar beating the double Olympic Champion/Commonwealth Champion.

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To his credit Geraint was the fastest qualifier, and Atiba is a expert.
We feel extremely proud and privileged to have met and had these three gold medalists race on the Rollapaluza rigs.

BBC Get Inspired at the Quay

While the games were in full swing we were down at the Quay as part of BBC Get Inspired event, and Rollapaluzaracing was on the list of medal requirements

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We had all sorts of competitors including Minions and Sailors

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We also had a visit from Judo Gold Medalist, and Royal Marine Chris (Tasty) Sherrington

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Radio 2 payed us a visit and Lynne even had a little spin on the rollers .

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We found ourselves training up the local Glaswegian constabulary , keeping them on their toes.

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Rollalpaluza Keirin Manchester

I think we can say the first Keirin inside was a success, not taking anything away from outdoor velodromes but its nice not to have to worry about the great British weather, and to draw a big crowd into the National Cycling Centre makes us very proud.

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The colourful Keirin jerseys specially made by Miltag and the Sushi bar just added to the flavour of Japan, the racing also lived up to its name as well, fast and furious from the off, the mens competition was held over three heats with the top six riders from the heats progressing to the final, and for the women semi-finals,minor final and final.

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There were some outstanding performances in the heats, everyone being hard fought with different tactics being played out David Daniel trying every trick in the book to outsmart the more fancied riders,veteran Craig McLean( Dolan Bikes) looked confident and smooth in his heats and was probably seen as a real threat by his younger counterparts and a scalp they wanted, as well as being held in high regard by them.

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Pete Mitchell (Performance Cycle Coaching) John Paul ( City of Edinburgh RC) and local rider Matt Rotherham (Sport City Velo) all looked strong along with Dutchman Michael Veen ( AR&TV de Adelaar ) but undoubtedly it was the rider from Poland Damian Zielinski who was looking the strongest as the heats progressed.
The women’s race looked like it would be between Lauren Bate-Lowe (Sport City Velo) Sophie Capewell (Lichfield CCC) and Rachel James (Abergavenny RC)

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The racing was being soundtracked by none other than Rollapaluza’s resident DJ Alec Briggs, adding to the fantastic atmosphere, the large crowd were giving plenty of encouragement to all riders while enjoying some excellent commentary from Marty MacDonald
The women’s final sponsored by Yellow JerseyUK was a little bit of a shock with Sophie Capewell taking the victory in front of the more fancied Rachel James with Lauren Bate-Lowe in third, it was a well earned cheque for £1000 that Sophie received from Cassie Brady with price money down to eighth place.
Sophie said after ” Its been a fantastic event and I just love racing, we have sprinter leagues but no Keirin and I just love it, It would be great if this was a permanent fixture”

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Sophie Capewell
The mens final was a superb line up of sprint stars making it pretty much impossible to pick the winner until the final ten metres where the in form Damian Zielinski just got his wheel in front of the crowds favourite Matt Rotherham with Pete Mitchell in third to claim his £2000 first prize, then to collapse on the floor with exhaustion, once Damian got his breath back he told me ” I really enjoyed this, you have great spectators in England, I think you train them… they love to come to the cycling, I didn’t arrive here till late so I was a little bit surprised that I felt so good because I had very little sleep after travelling from Germany”

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Damian Zielinski
Craig McLean’s reflection on the event was ” It been such an enjoyable evening certainly for me anyway, theres a lot of new riders so its quite nice to feel the nerves again, specially leading into the Commonwealth Games and its nice to still be in amongst it. I think the the crowd were fantastic tonight and to get this many people along to watch a Keirin is a good sign, if you would have had this event ten years ago there would have been about ten people in the grandstand as opposed to 1300, so its great to see and lets hope Rollapaluza can host it again up here”

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This event wouldn’t have been possible without our presenting sponsors Brake Foods and partners Yellow JerseyUK, Gilby Electrical, Miltag & Marstons.

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GRANT YOUNG, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF CONDOR, AWARDED FREEDOM OF THE CITY OF LONDON

Grant Young, whose father founded Condor Cycles in the late 1940s, has been awarded Freedom of the City of London. Grant became a partner of the British brand in the 1980s and has steered the brand from strength to strength over the last three decades

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The Freedom is the highest honour in the power of the City of London to bestow on someone. It has been awarded to Grant for his services to cycling—more specifically his continual drive to keep the skill and art of building high quality cycle frames by hand alive, and the support he has have provided to young London-based riders in cycle sport; riders that include Sir Bradley Wiggins, Tao Geoghegan Hart (both recent participants in the Amgen Tour of California) and Commonwealth games gold medallist Bob Downs.

“I am very proud to be given the freedom of the City, not least because I can herd sheep and cattle of London’s bridges” quipped Grant. “It is wonderful that, through Condor’s strive to make high quality handmade products, I – and ultimately Condor – has been recognised by the City of London.”

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The freeman system is one of the last vestiges of late 19th Century/early 20th Century local government. Once upon a time becoming a Freeman meant you could herd sheep and cattle over London’s bridges. Traders could take their beasts over the bridge to Smithfield market and save themselves the cost of paying the toll. The traditional freeman role died out after changes to the law in 1835 because of Victorian reform of monopolies and cartels.

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The Freedom ceremony will take place today on the 3rd June in the Chamberlain’s Court at Guildhall and will be conducted by the Clerk of the Court. Freemen and their guests are escorted to the Court by the Beadle, who wears a top hat and frock coat.

Kristian House, Condor rider and former National Champion, has also been granted Freedom of the City.

We would personally like to add our congratulations and extend our gratitude for Condors long time sponsorship and support of Rollapaluza, and we would love to be part of the first Condor City Of London cattle drive.
Photos; Kristof Ramon & Condor Cycles

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Rourke Speed Bike – Rollapaluza Challenge

We were privileged to have Guy Martins record breaking Rourke/Hope bike for our own record attempt, only this time on rollers – and not being towed behind a truck but in London’s premier cycling cafe Look Mum No Hands, Hackney which was a perfect venue for the event.
Our riders would have 90 seconds to try and set the fastest speed and an opportunity to race our normal 500m.

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Sam Sullivan

First up was Sam Sullivan a previous National Series winner, it was evident from Sam’s first attempt that just turning over the massive gear was a feat in its self, Sam peaked at 172kpm, next up was Jenny Crouch who who became the fastest women reaching 180kph.

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Jenny Crouch

Rollapaluza Racing youngster Atiba reached the dizzy hight’s of 193kph but the old guard Jim Sullivan (Hillbilly) ramped it up to 209kph.

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Atiba Quildan

Then the big two BMX rider Rob Reed who got the speed up to 215kph, finally sprint champion Craig Maclean like the Rourke bike Craig was built for speed his calfs being so big duct tape was needed for protection against the outer chain rings.

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Craig patiently built up speed before putting his all in to the effort, hitting a massive 225kph, putting it into perspective I doubt the average rider would even manage to turn a pedal stroke while this bike was on our rollers, this was a 400inch gear ( don’t know what that means) but basically one revolution would take you 30m.

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Rob Reed

The next test was our conventional 500m race using the Rourke bike, in the women’s race Sam completed the distance in 14.25 but the fastest again was the London Dynamo rider Jenny Crouch becoming the fastest women over 500m with a time of 14.09 that equates to a speed of 127.8kph.

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Craig Maclean

In the men’s competition Jim (Hillbilly) time was 12.50 just pipped by Atiba in a time of 12.06.

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Jim Sullivan (Hillbilly)

Next up were the big two Rob and Craig as all these efforts were from a standing start this is were the difference was made once the wheel was spinning you would be flying but getting it up to speed looked extremely painful, the times were getting progressively faster Rob doing 11.70 but Craig took the spoils again becoming the fastest man over 500m with a time of 11.34 – 158kph.

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Craig Maclean

This bike and the gearing is almost the polar opposite of our normal Condor bikes and obviously suited the powerful rider, the big sprinters,there was no sitting on the saddle and spinning it was more a case of out of the seat getting you weight over the bars and using brute strength to get the bike up to speed, an interesting thought is, how fast could Craig Maclean get this bike up to behind a truck?

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Records Night on Guy Martin’s SPEED bike.

Rollapaluza Records Night

Saturday 24th May, from 6pm

Look Mum No Hands, 125–127 Mare St, London E8 3RH

Rollapaluza have been given special permission, for one night only, to use the famous bike made by Brian Rourke Cycles for Guy Martin‘s successful land speed record attempt from his Channel 4 series.

Currently on display in the Hackney branch of London’s favourite cycling café Look Mum No Hands! Guy’s amazing bike will be as it was when he set his record, with only the tyre and possibly gearing being changed.

Invited Rollapaluza specialists, three men and three women chosen from the 120,000 Rollapaluza participants of the last six years will attempt two records.

Peak speed: A single all out effort to record a maximum speed

Fastest 500m: The fastest time of the standard Rollapaluza distance.

Star attraction on the night will be multiple Olympic, World and Commonwealth medalist Craig MacLean. Craig is familiar with the Rollapaluza experience having previously been the record holder on their standard gear and Condor bikes. Back in 2008 he set a blistering time of 18.94 seconds, equating to a cadence of 240rpm and speed of 95 kph (59.1mph).

Craig’s previous Rollapaluza record:

The evening will also feature a public Rollapaluza competition on the standard bikes, with  prizes supplied by Milltag, Hackney GT , Swrve Brooks, 5 Points Brewery and Look Mum no Hands!

Professional film-makers and photographers will be in attendance to document the evening.
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Rollapaluza Needs You !

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Rollapaluza are getting busier and busier! We have an exciting opportunity for new Team Leaders.

As a Team Leader you will be responsible for running events alongside our staff. Work varies with events in London and across the whole of the UK, but is in general reasonably physical. The ability to engage with members of the public from all ages and backgrounds along with an enthusiasm for cycling and the event helps!

The events themselves range from our extensive community and schools program, club and pub competition events along with corporate (promo and internal usually), many of which will be run by our community interest company “ROLLAPALUZA OUTREACH”.

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Team Leader roles offer a great opportunity to get involved in the heart of what we do at events, leading and working alongside other team members. The role would suit someone who is looking for flexible hours (including some weekend work) or work alongside another full or part-time job. Full training will be provided and immediate start available.

Rates start at £8.55/h during training with a minimum 6 hours per event but rises when taking on the Team Leader Roll. If are 21 or over and have held a full driving license for more than a year this could be the opportunity for you.

If you are interested, we’d love to hear from you! Please email: jacob@rollapaluza.com

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Hartford Schools Finals With Sustrans

Over the past few weeks four schools from the Hartford area in Cheshire have been competing in a Rollapaluza Racing competition. The schools involved were St Nicholas Catholic High School, Hartford School, Grange School and Cloughwood.

The top four riders in each year race off head to head in the finals hosted by St Nicholas, and a mighty fine job they made of it making everyone feel welcome and relaxed. Here you will find a pictorial blog of the first and seconds in each year group.

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Year Seven Boys 250m… Max Hills 13.14 [Grange}
Second Oliver Coleman.

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Year Seven Girls 250m... Amy Ward 14.76 [Harford]
Second Olivia Moynihan

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Year Eight Boys 250m… Mason Chidley 13.10 [Cloughwood] Second James Mundy.

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Year Eight Girls 250m… Emma Robinson 13.80 [St Nicholas] Second Olivia Andrew.

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Year Nine Boys 250m.. Elliot Ashwell 12.18 [Grange] Second Ellis Vickery.

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Year Nine Girls 250m.. Sahana Asokam [Right] 14.40 [St Nicholas] Second Georgie Steele.

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Year Ten Boys 500m… Jack Tolly [Centre] 23.41 [Hartford} Second Matt Gilmore

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Year Ten Girls 500m Byrony Burrows 25.32 [Grange] Second Gemma Martin.

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Year Eleven Boys 500m… Matt 22.33 [Grange] Second Luke Akemen.

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Year Eleven Girls 500m… Alice Doran [left] 27.28 [St Nicholas] Second Katie Hughes.

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Vulpine Matrix Team Launch

As per last year DS Stefan Wyman made an inspired choice of venues for the Matrix Vulpine Team Launch “Pop Up Bikes” a boutique cafe with a bike repair business,nestled in a railway arch just on the edge of Manchester City Centre in Corporation Street by the “School For Ragged Children” one of Manchester’s impressive red brick buildings.

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Rollapaluza were part of the entertainment for the evening along with a Q&A with stefan and the team that was also screened live on Google Hang Out, Rollapaluza went the whole nine yards with the led dials, spotlights and Caspar Hughes providing the soundtrack to the evening, with the decor and surrounding it felt like the early days of the ‘Hacienda’ not that I know how that went but you could imagine this was how it may have been.

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It wasn’t long before the party was in full flow with the qualifying rounds, and there was no shortage of competition in both the men’s and women’s races, we even saw Stefan Wyman and his team spinning the cranks, with all the girls going through to the knockout rounds with team climber Penny Rowson setting the fastest time, There was an abundance of prizes from Vulpine, Restrap Yorkshire,Torq Energy,Pop Up Bikes,Rollapaluza,Pro-Tech and a giant bottle of Primus beer.

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With the first round of qualifying complete it was over to the ‘Boss” Stefan to introduce a short film about the team featuring Jessie Walker,Penny Rowson and Mel Lowther produced by Mat Pennell. Then over to the team for the Q&A, here are just a selection of the questions and answers that came up on the night.

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Who will be the team leader?
[Stef] “It really depends on the conditions and the races that we are in, I think we use Helen a lot as a captain on the road and give instruction to the younger riders to carry out our tactics during a race, we have a lot of experience with Sigrid Jochems she has ridden in some of the biggest races in the world, I think she will pass on a lot of knowledge to the others.

What impact will Marriane Vos have on the Women’s Tour? and how do you think you can handle her?
[Helen} "Small pins in her tyres"

{Stefan} "Vos is amazing for the sport and she has been for about eight years now, she has really raised the level of our sport, but there are others like Emma Johanson, Lizzie Armitstead and Lucy Garner who will go very well in the tour so I don't think it will be a one women show, she will try and get wins for her team as much as for herself.
We wont be going there to just make up the numbers if I thought that I would have politely rejected the offer , we go there with real ambition, so its realistic for us to score top tens in stages which will be incredible for a team of our size, we are not just going to celebrate just finishing we want to achieve and at this standard its about one member of the team getting a result, its not a massively challenging parcour but the speeds will be very high"

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Mel Lowther

Are there any stage of the Tour that you feel good about?
[Stefan} " Well the second stage is going to finish in Bedford which is only a few miles from my UK home, so I'm expecting at least four people to come just to see me, I think the first stage is going to be very nervous and busy so we just need to stay in good positions, and the final stage will be very controlled. The very best riders in the world are going to be there, but will will give it a go, do or die attitude"

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From left to right...Libby,Lora Turnham,Corrine Hall,Mel Lowther,Jessie Walker,Sigrid Jochems,Louise Bothwick,Bethany Haywood,Helen Wyman,Harriet Owen and Jo Tindley

The Rollapaluza Racing soon hit the knock out stages with Penny Rowson and Harriet Owen looking strong, Joe Tindley was sent through to the semi-finals by default with Helen gifting her the race, or what is commonly know as stitching her up to race again, Helen fervently denied these allegations but we know the truth.

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Penny Rowson

The mens competition was producing some fast times and close matches but another Rowson this time Tim proved to have the strength to last the knockout stages to take the win

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Harriet Owen

The Women's final was between Rowson and Owen and it was a no holds barred final with Baz [Harriet] holding onto a slender lead from the start to take the spoilt, and most of all the huge bottle of Primus.
Vulpine Matrix

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A Year At Rollapaluza

2013 has been one of our busiest years and most productive, with a few disappointments thrown in to keep us on our toes, plus a couple of weddings and a new addition to the Rollapaluza family, but all in all its been one fantastic and exciting year for us, we have picked out just a few of our highlights below.

The year kicked off with our National Series over 300 competitors from seven qualifying rounds held from Glasgow to Bristol and between, with the main aim of making it to the finals held at the Truman Brewery in London’s Brick Lane. The result was a double for Scotland with John Paul and Ishbel Taromsara taking the spoils on a night that was hosted by Sophie Smith with tunes from Alec Briggs.

Ishbel Taromsari

Ishbel Taromsari

John Paul

 

The Good Friday Meeting at Herne Hill Velodrome saw John Paul take on the legendary  German sprinter Robert Forstermann and beat him, but not in thigh size…  Follow the link below to the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9yKqm0KRvc

 

It was also a busy start to the year for our engineers working on new rigs to accommodate our ever growing popularity and the move from the lock ups at Herne Hill Velodrome to our new Hub certainly assisted in this but our hearts will always be with Herne Hill, to add to this a newly sign written van and an additional vehicle.

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The Kierin Festival at Herne Hill was yet again a great success and also blessed with good weather even Mr Paul (Winston) Churchill didn’t bring the storm clouds with him from Germany for a change, the level of competition and racing in all categories was superb, in the elite category the shear power of John Paul proved too much for his rivals, there was a local winner in the women’s race Brixton Cycles, Sarah Connell.

James Sullivan mixing it with the big boys

James Sullivan mixing it with the big boys

It was also good to see Rollapaluza legend James Sullivan back on the track and Herne Hill favorite Jim Robertson receiving some of the loudest cheers of the day, for one of his death defying breakaway attempts.

Rollapaluza Patron and European Cyclo Cross Champion Helen Wyman wore this amusing T-Shirt on the Cycle Show after beating Hannah Barnes in Sheffield, but Hannah got her revenge on the rollers, this was just one of many high profile races featured in the successful TV series.

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As well as starring in the Rollapaluza Sprint Challenge on the Cycle Show we followed the Tour of Britain and set up our rigs at the finish towns where Paul (Winston) Churchill took every opportunity to sample the local food on offer.

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Probably the Rollapaluza Racing rider of 2013 was Atiba Quildan who seemed to pop up at an amazing amount of events to the other competitors annoyance, but his crowning glory was beating Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas at the GNC store in Covent Garden.

 

These are merely just a few of the highlights and I’m sure we have missed plenty of peoples favorites out like the Sustrans Pedal On events and Sky Rides, plus the countless festivals. Some of the most rewarding events are our Outreach Project events and in particular the work we do in schools, the Schools League was an fantastically successful competition with the finals being attended by Olympic Champion Steven Burke.

Lets hope for more of the same in 2014.

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Rollapaluza Needs You

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Rollapaluza has an exciting opportunity for new Team Leaders.

As a Team Leader you will be responsible for running events alongside our staff.  Work varies with events in London and across the whole of the UK, but is in general reasonably physical. The ability to engage with members of the public from all ages and backgrounds along with an enthusiasm for cycling and the event helps!

The events themselves range from our extensive community and schools program, club and pub competition events along with corporate (promo and internal usually), many of which will be run by our community interest company “ROLLAPALUZA OUTREACH”.

Team Leader roles offer a great opportunity to get involved in the heart of what we do at events, leading and working alongside other team members. The role would suit someone who is looking for flexible hours (including some weekend work) or work alongside another full or part-time job. Full training will be provided and immediate start available.

Rates start at £8.55/h during training with a minimum 6 hours per event but rises when taking on the Team Leader Roll. If you are 21 or over and have held a full driving license for more than a year this could be the opportunity for you.

If you are interested, we’d love to hear from you! Please email: jacob@rollapaluza.com

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Keirin Festival 2013

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Even Germany’s ‘God of thunder’  Paul (Winston) Churchill couldn’t stop the sun shining on Herne Hill Velodrome despite the day before being the wettest of the year, by the time the racing started the sun was out and the track … Continue reading

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ITU Triathlon World Championship

Rollapaluza crew member Emily Chong will be representing Hong Kong in the Triathlon Championships held in London on the 13th of September  a very proud moment for Emily  her family and us as we will be one of Emily’s official sponsors.

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Emily has spent the past twenty years sprinting up and down a lacrosse field, but needed something to keep her occupied in the off season, Emily decided to choose assault course style adventure racing (Why?), but after a countless injuries and a few operations later she decide that it was taking too heavier toll on her body so she switched to triathlon, this had a new set of problems by her own admittance Emily couldn’t swim too well and only learnt to ride a bike when she was 21 years old, but after countless hours in the Alps and in swimming pools things began to improve and after four years of hard work she began to win races including two Rollapaluza titles.

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Emily’s biggest claim to fame so far was beating ‘Sporty Spice’ to the finishing line by over ten minutes ( you would have thought this was the pinnacle of her career). The World Champs are a massive challenge for Emily and we would like to wish her the best of luck and it would be fantastic if we could get as many people as possible in London to go and support her in the race.

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Skyride Plymouth With Jonathan Tiernan-Locke

 

Yet again we had a top professional cyclist grace our roller rigs, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke was our guest at the Plymouth Skyride, Jonathan was born in Plymouth and his first club was the Mid Devon Cycling Club so he learnt his trade on the country roads around the South West.

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke

In 2012 after winning the Tour of the Med early season he followed it up with overall wins in the Tour du Haut Var and Tour of Britain then followed that up with a team leader’s role in the World Championship Road Race in Limburg, having an outstanding ride along with his team mate at Sky and Rollapaluza friend Ian Stannard.

Jonathan and Conor

Jonathan and Conor

While his Sky Pro-Cycling team mates are battling away in the Giro d’Italia Jonathan is preparing for his next race in Germany, Bayern-Rundfahrt, but he took time out of his busy schedule to visit the Skyride and us.

Jonathan and Paul

Jonathan and Paul

It was a pretty miserable day but didn’t dampen the spirits of the people of Plymouth who turned out in force, we experienced a very busy day with over 120 participants, including Jonathan who went up against a previous winner of our London League Conor Bunn. It’s great for us and the public to see the professionals on our rigs. at the moment Ian Stannard leads the Team Sky Pro-Cycling roller race league with a time of 24.01 (we won’t mention JLT’s time)

 

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