Sunday, June 12, 2011

IG Markets Nocturne Criterium & Paul Smith!

The event held yesterday down at Smithfield markets yesterday was quite a large event. Going by the organisers website it was record crowd. For me it was the first criterium event I've been to and also first race in London.

What I liked about the event was the relaxed atmosphere and what it means for a country to have it's own UCI Professional team in Team Sky. What I would love to see eventually happen in Australia with GreenEDGE cycling. Also a night time criterium would always be a welcome novelty

The event's day started with support races with Penny Farthing bikes, folding bikes, fixie skids and the womens criterium. The womens criterium was 30 minutes plus 5 minutes of a 1.1km track. Eventual winner Hannah Barnes riding for Motorpoint was all class leading many of the laps before taking out the sprint finish ahead of teammate Lucy Garner and Helen Wyman for the Horizon Fitness team. The three riders stormed away from the peleton and was never caught again

1. Hannah Barnes         Motorpoint
2. Lucy Garner              Motorpoint
3. Helen Wyman            Horizon Fitness
4. Annie Simpson          Horizon Fitness
5. Amy Roberts             For Vioned Brookvex 
For the Elite Mens Criterium, the course consisted of 60 minutes plus 5 laps. It was a 70 strong field with riders from the UCI Pro teams Garmin Cervelo, HTC Highroad and Team Sky.
HTC Highroad Irish road champion Matt Brammeier
From the outset the pace was frantic and by 15 minutes in, Alex Dowsett from Team Sky had set the pace so high he was lapping the back of the field. He continued this pace and there was nothing that the chase group could do to react. An excellent ride!

My timekeeper friend
Rapha Condor Sharp sporting Paul Smith design

Leigh Howard HTC Highroad

The photos I took during this night haven't turned out as well as I had hoped however flickr user bluetrainatlondon has a great set that he has taken.
With race winner Alex Dowsett

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Nice sunny day in London. Time for a Crit!

Hi avid readers, I am back in London now from where I'm based. It is a rare sunny day and I'm headed to smithfield markets (nearest tube station Farringdon) for the IG Markets criterium.

If you are around London drop by as it is a free event. Cycling stars Cameron Meyer, Matt Wilson, Leigh Howard, Alex Dowsett and Russell Downing will be racing.

Cam Meyer is the Australian time trial champion coming off good form from the Giro and won the Tour Down Under earlier this year. Leigh Howard comes off winning a stage in the Tour of California whilst supporting Milan-San Remo winner and team mate Matt Goss in team HTC Highroad.

Alex Dowsett and Russell Downing represent British stars from UCI professional Team Sky. This event highlights Team Rapha Condor Sharp, Team Raleigh as well as local stars from London cafe Look Mum No Hands - where you can catch good coffee and lots of spring classics & grand tour coverage

Event photos to come shortly from the 10 lap 1.1km criterium. Looks to be a great race in store today


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