As usual its been a busy and exciting year, there were too many events in 2014 for us to reflect on them all so here is a small selection.
We started of our year by providing the competition for the Matrix-Vulpine team launch at ‘Pop Up Bikes’ Manchester, it was a fantastic evening with some fierce racing, but it was Harriet Owen “Baz’ who came out on top.
Next us for us was the Hartford Schools Finals held in conjunction with Sustrans, where over several weeks we traveled the Cheshire area to find the fastest boys and girls and invited them to St Nicholas School for the finals.
We were privileged to be at Paris Roubaix this year in the Arenberg Forest with Oakley, where we witnessed Niki Terpstra winning and dancing girls in front of our rigs “Those crazy Belgians”
May…and we got to put Guy Martins record breaking Rourke bike on our rigs for a special speed bike challenge at Look Mum No Hands. We had sprinter Craig MacLean push the bike to its limits, Craig cranked the bike up to 225kph on the massive 400inch gear on which one revolution would take you 30m, he then became the fastest man over 500m in a time of 11.30 a massive 158kph.
June saw Grant Young of our long time bike sponsors ‘Condor’ awarded the freedom of the City Of London, a fitting award for such an iconic London bike shop and cycling family.
Our Keirin held in Manchester was a great success and was a culmination of a lot of hard work from all involved, we saw a fine display of sprinting in both the women’s and men’s competitions, Sophie Capewell was crowned the women’s winner with Damian Zielinski taking the spoils in the men’s race.
The sun and a new Condor bike saw our top MC ‘Jake’ get back on his bike, and enjoy riding the road again, when he had any spare time, that was!
It was back to Herne Hill for our second Keirin event of the year, again it was a great success and we were also blessed with fine weather and big crowds, for the first time we used electric dernys, something the UCI have implemented now.
It was a big year for Scotland and we were part of it bringing rollapaluzaracing to the Quay as part of the BBC’s ‘Get Inspired’ at the Commonwealth Games
October we were at ‘Parkour Ride’ Tobacco Dock, basically a down hill race in a multistory car park, with road bikes,MTB’s and BMX, it was World Champion Liam Phillips (BMX) and Manon Carpenter (MTB) that came out on top in their respective competitions.
We continued with the BMX theme at Peckham BMX where we premiered our new BMX rigs with ‘Haro bikes’
These are just a small selection of our events, its safe to say we have had a lot of fun travelling around the country this year making lots of new friends, and catching up with some old ones, we are looking forward to a lot more ‘Rollapaluzaracing’ in 2015.
Happy New Year