UK-Biking is very pleased to announce that Primera Sports are once again sponsoring the UK-Biking cycling team in 2014.
In addition to this Primera will be providing additional support for a new 12 man sponsored squad within the team, who will be fully kitted out in a newly designed kit. This squad will bring together competitive racers from both the UK-Biking team and the other Primera supported teams that have been run in the past, to produce a unified race team for the shop.
In addition to the sponsored squad, UK-Biking, with the support of Primera, will continue to run their club team, who will continue to train and race in their current white and blue kit.
As a result the whole team will be renamed the Primera UK-Biking Race Team going forward and will also continue to receive support from their other sponsors Hill & Son Ford, IW Price and Partners and Field International.
UK-Biking Team Principal Richard Lang said “The support from Primera over the past 2 years has been excellent, so having increased involvement from them this year to launch the new sponsored squad is fantastic. There has been 2 or 3 different Primera supported teams running along-side each other over the last couple of years, even though many of the riders both train and race together, so it’s going to be great to be able to all race as part of the same team this year.”
Primera Manager Alex Croucher said "We have had an great couple of years working with UK-Biking and we are very much looking forward to building on this with the new sponsored squad".
The sponsored rider lineup is:
Pete Beilby (road)
Ali Bunting (road)
Simon Merritt (road)
Andrew Syme (road)
Jordan Frampton (road)
Ben Keightley (road, tt, tri)
Matt Hill (mtb & road)
Josh Hooper (mtb & road)
Sam Shepherd (mtb & road)
Simon Lesser (mtb)
Chris Walker (mtb)
Ash James (mtb)
Dave Pusey (mtb & road)
Darren Shepherd (mtb)
In addition to the team news, UK-Biking, with the help of DSDG, will be announcing some more local road races very soon, which will also be supported by Primera.
Round 5 of the 2013 Southern XC series saw a visit to another new venue and as with Round 1, the course was again developed by the team at UK-Biking.
However, the hills and gravel trackes couldnt contrast more with the flat and twisty terrain at Avon Tyrell, near Christchurch, Dorset. What it lacked in meters of assending it more than made up with fast wooden singletrack, tricky bridges, leg killing ramps and even a pump track! The original plan was to also include a northshore section but the intermittent showers before and on the day meant that using it wasn't an option as it became very slippery (crossed fingers for next year!).
The week leading up to the races saw the UK-Biking team put in a big effort to try to ensure the track would be ready on time, but that was not helped by Richard Lang walking into a tree root in the dark on the Friday and putting himself out of action! Thanksfully, with some help from SMBC we were ready to race by the Sunday.
Off early in the Juvinile category was Josh Hooper, who repeated his performance from the weekend before at XC Rampage to ride to another excellent 2nd place, taking 2nd overall in the series as a result.
Next up was the Open race featuring a number of UK-Biking Primera riders, including Dave Pusey, putting in another good performance to take 3rd place and securing 3rd overall. Justin Cadman had a good result in 11th, Barry White finished well up the 55 strong field in 18th and Ash Sutton brought home 34th.
After and amazing couple of races in the opening rounds, including a win at Matterley, Ash James was not in attendance today as he was on nappy duties after recently becoming a new dad.
The Vets race saw Garry Taylor, Mike Radburn and Stu Domay fighting it out between them for 15th - 17th, with Garry getting the upper hand at the finish. Impressive considering both Mike and Garry had been course building all week and Stu was on a single speed!
After lunch was the final races of the day, with James Tapp going off in Sport and Matt Hill in Expert. James managed 12th place in a very quality sport category.
In the Expert race Matt stamped on the pedals and got to the front of the pack from the start, to ensure that he was in a good position into the first section of singletrack. He came round to finish the first lap and was miles out in the lead and looked comfortable. Despite suffering from cramp Matt maintained his large lead for the whole race and comfortably took the win. He even managed time to enjoy himself on the pump track and show off some skills for the camera! The result also saw him move up to take 2nd position overall in the series. A good first year in the Experts.
Another fantastic weekend of racing for UK-Biking Primera overall, especially as it was at our own race.
Last weekend saw the first round of the 2013 Rampage XC Series, sponsored by Banjo Cycles.
Series organisers SMBC had laid out the usual flat, twisty and rooty checkendon couse, which never fails to provide fun racing. The races are shorter than normal XC races, meaning riders can allow themselves to go a bit more flat out, making the roots and twists even more of a challenge. Shorter does not mean easier it would seem!
The day started well for UK-Biking Primera with Josh racing in the Juvenille category and putting in an excellent performance to put him on second step of the podium, with a gap of almost 3 minutes over third place in the 30 minute race.
Next up were the senior races, with James Tapp racing for UK-Biking Primera in the Sport race, Garry Taylor in Vets, along with Dave Pusey and Richard Lang in the Open.
Dave was out with somethig to prove in his races as he recently suffered a major dissapointment after leading the national xc open race at the Hadleigh Olympic course by over a minute only to suffer with a puncture on the final lap. Dave put in 4 stunning lap times but due to the way the rampage races are run, with all senior racers ontrack at the same time, he wasn't 100% sure of his result but he looked quietly confident and the podium ceremony soon confirmed that he took the win!
James put in some fantastic lap times in the 5 lap race and again wasn't sure how he did. It turned out he finished in 3rd place to take UK-Biking Primera's third podium of the day!
Full UK-Biking Results:
Dave Pusey - 1st (Open)
Garry Taylor - 8th (Vets)
James Tapp - 3rd (Sport)
Joshua Hooper - 2nd (Juv)
Richard Lang - 12th (Open)
An excellent day's racing for the team. Thanks to SMBC for putting on another excellent rampage.
UK-Biking announces a new two day road race, to be held in September 2013, with sponsorship from Primera Sports.
The Primera Purbeck 2 Day Road Race is open to 2nd, 3rd and 4th category riders (including women and juniors) and will be held under the rules and regulations of British Cycling.
The race comprises 2 stages that take in some of Dorset’s wonderful countryside along the world heritage coastline in Purbeck. The first stage is a rolling 55mile road race over 5.5 laps of the East Lulworth circuit. The second stage is a 50mile lumpy road race over 9.5 laps of the Creech circuit, a circuit used earlier this year in the Local Riders Local Races 2 Day.
Race entry costs £40 and can be entered online at https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/97478/Primera-Purbeck-2-day-Road-Race.
Novice riders without a British Cycling licence can buy a day licence to take part for an additional £10 per day.
Further details on UK-Biking website - http://www.uk-biking.net/purbeck