Tribesports represented at London Nocturne
The Tribesports team are no strangers to new Challenges, so when spaces opened up to race in the London Nocturne (a race which draws around 10,000 spectators) we simply had to get involved.
The London Nocturne combines elite cycling teams such as Wiggle Honda, Team Raleigh and Rapha Condor with niche races such as the penny farthing and folding bike races.
Our race in the London Nocturne was the Wiggle Women's Team Challenge; teams of 4 riders must complete 10 laps of the course, first 3 riders from the team to cross the line win! The team we were racing for was Team VeloVixen - an all girls team made up of Cags R & Rose K (aka the Tribesports team), Miranda S (The 5 Mile Cyclist) and Monica P.
The team was put together by VeloVixen's team manager Phil Bingham, he had been interested in getting involved with the event and was offered the chance to enter a team. What's the catch? This was all arranged one week before the race!
The race was awesome! Our team came 4th out of the 6 teams (ok, technically we may have been slower than the other teams but 2 of the other teams didn't complete the 10th lap) though the winning team (Rapha Condor) were absolutely incredible.
The route was hard on first time racers - the short course was just over 1km long and had 6 sharp corners, so it really required good bike handling skills to get round. We caught up with Olympic gold medal winner Jo Rowsell (who raced for Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling team) to get her best tips on cornering:
- Lean your weight onto your outside foot
- Look at the exit, not the crash barriers
Although our team may not have been the fastest on the circuit, it was a great first experience at racing. The girls have now completed the Race in your first cycling road race Challenge!
After our race, they wheeled out the big guns - the women's elite race at the London Nocturne was made up of Olympic champions and course-record holders so we knew it would be an exciting race to watch. The difference in team work, bike handling and general pace compared to our race was, in short, noticeable. There was also the different format of the race; riding for an undisclosed number of laps for 30 minutes and then a 3 lap finish. The short course meant that the less-elite-of-the-elite were lapped and asked to retire from the course, leaving the leaders to have a clear run to the finish line!
The big names in the women's elite race really made it the event of the evening, getting some well-earned excitement around women's cycling. All-in-all it was an awesome event and one which is well worth getting a team together for next year!
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