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A Riders Insight

Bike Racing in Northamptonshire a riders insight

Imagine finding a group of people who have the same passion and enthusiasm for cycling that you have. The cycling community built in recent years around the Nene Valley and East Northants are incredibly supportive and ambitious. This is no provincial backwater; we might not have the prestige of the Alps and Pyrenees or Northern France and Belgium, but we do have an affinity to give it our all every time we climb on our bikes. With riders of all ages and experiences coming together and pulling turns for each other, enjoying copious amounts of coffee and cake and sharing stories and advice, it’s like one big family.

The race team had a great year in 2017 winning the inaugural Red Bull Timelaps 25hr race, BMCC Silverstone 9-up TTT and several road races and crits. These events were won on the strength of our friendships (and our legs). When your teammates are real mates it’s so much easier to bury yourself and lay everything out on the road to see one of you get that hands in the air moment. When your confidence takes a knock your mates will always be around to pick you back up, tow you back to the bunch and work for you to win.

James Woodfield