After another successful season of racing in 2015, the Madison Saracen Factory Team sees some exciting changes for 2016 that will continue their commitment to developing and supporting British racers on the world scene.
The team is excited to announce that experienced world cup winner and well known British downhill racer Marc Beaumont has signed a two year contract which will see him join forces with Matt Simmonds and Manon Carpenter to make a formidable team on the world cup circuit in 2016.
Marc – “It's amazing to have the opportunity to come back to professional racing after a short break.
“Madison Saracen has one of the most professional setups on the circuit with an amazing team of staff that I respect and trust entirely. In addition to this there are great riders to push me along at every race. With this in mind I will have the best opportunity to fulfill my potential through 2016.”
Alongside them will be Matt Walker, who moves up from the Madison Saracen Development Team and takes on his first year as a junior and his first world cup season, after winning the British Downhill Series and British championships as a youth rider in 2015.
The team will race on the all new Saracen Myst carbon bike which was launched at the world championships in September where Manon Carpenter claimed yet another world championship medal after a testing season which saw her grow in strength from the experience of racing as world champion.
Manon – “I think we'll have a lot of fun in 2016 with the restructured team.
“I'm looking forward to riding alongside Matt and Marc, as well as seeing Matt Walker experience world cups for the first time.
"Considering how some of the races went I was happy with where I finished last year and there are plenty of things that I can improve on, which keeps this off-season interesting for me. I'm excited and training is already well underway, I think it's going to be a great year for the team.”
After a season hiatus where Marc Beaumont competed in only a select few races, he kept the desire and determination to prove he is still one of the fastest racers in the world.
Madison Saracen Factory Team manager, Will Longden recognised that and looked to solidify the team.
Will Longden – “I’ve known Marc for a long time. The opportunity to bring him to the team with all his experience and talent is fantastic.
“There is a lot the other riders can learn from him and I’m sure a lot of fresh enthusiasm he will take from them. Marc has been a great ambassador for British mountain biking, so to have him representing Saracen bikes and Madison Clothing along with all our other sponsors is very positive for everyone.
“2015 had its highs and lows and we needed to strip things back and make the changes to get everybody focused and hungry for it again. I’m confident Marc is going to be pivotal in that and I can’t wait to get the 2016 season under way.”
Madison Saracen Factory Team 2016
In 1939 Tommy Godwin rode the greatest distance covered by a cyclist in a year: 120,805km/75,065 miles.
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In the absence of Wout van Aert, Sven and Lars van der Haar has Mathieu van der Poel his first win of the season won in Overijse. Tim Merlier confirmed his good form in recent weeks with a fourth place.
In this video Tim looks back on the past few weeks and last weekend. From tomorrow our guys stay back in Calpe, where they finish the second part of their internship. Wout van Aert was last night already returned to Spain.
At round 4 of the national trophy series in Ipswich the team had its most successful weekend of the season so far. On an extremely windy day in Ipswich, Ian Field and Nick Barnes both emerged victorious. Ian carried on as he has in the other 3 rounds putting in a big attack and claimed a magnificent solo victory.
Nick fought hard in the following group and although lost contact late on he was still able to take 8th in the main race and 1st in the under 23 category which extended his advantage in the overall competition. Both of the guys were easy to spot thanks to our sponsors Lazer who kindly provided them with the matching helmets for their jerseys. Steve James had another brilliant ride coming home behind Nick to take 9th, Jody Crawforth got 10th despite having a month old baby, Tom Van Den Bosch followed him home in 11th and Michael Butler was 14th. Meaning the team had 6 riders in the top 14.
Earlier in the junior race Harry Yates had one of the rides of the day finishing 3rd on a circuit that certainly didn’t suit his style but with help from team manager Pete he worked out a way to make sure that he won the group sprint. Crispin Doyle came home in 10th place in the V40 race.
Next up is Round 5 of the National Trophy Series ins Bradford, this is Fieldy’s and Nick’s "home" race and both have the chance to wrap up their jersey’s a race early!
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On a cold, wet and windy Sunday afternoon Ian Field and Nick Barnes took to the start line of the Koksijde UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup. Despite the poor weather, plenty of GB supporters turned out to spur the guys on. Battling the leg-burning mixture of mud and sand Ian finished the Elite Mens race in 24th place whilst Nick Barnes finished 37th in the under 23’s category.
In the Notts & Derby Cyclo-cross League at Markeaton (Round 8) Harry Yates won the Men's Junior race, a result mirrored by Jody Crawford who with a huge gap of 1 minute 38 seconds won the Senior Men’s category in round nine of the Cyclefit London and South East Cyclo-cross League.
It was a lonely race for me, occasionally catching Jena’s wheel but failing to pass and getting gapped off again. When I finally caught her with two laps to go, I decided to pit because my front derailleur was still causing issue. Going into the pits I smack the curb suuuuuuper hard. I yell to the crew “not shifting in the front, I think I just flatted the rear”. Knowing I had no other wheels and assuming I had just killed those, I knew I was on my finishing bike. All of a sudden, every root had teeth and they were jumping out to get me. So obviously I stare at them, the enemies waiting to flat me out of the race. And what happens when we stare at things? We hit them. Those last two laps were a mix of hard root slamming and slow, ginger line selections. I finally caught Jena again after my pit, and I yelled to her that Cassie was closing. We exchanged spots a few times, and she always walked away from me in those technical rooty turns, just like the day before. But, luckily for me, I was able to pass her in the last straight-section of the course and hold my lead till the end. It came down to a sprint, and I heard the crowd going wild! I didn’t look back, I just kept the pedals slamming. I held on to 2nd place by a bike length. YES! I had broken the 3rd place curse! Three 3rds and I finally climbed onto the second step. Next stop: Top step.
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Round nine of the Wessex Cyclocross League belonged to Steve James.
Having to start the race way back on the grid Steve moved quickly and efficiently to the front of the pack and in just two laps was ready to make his winning break. Going full gas, Steve powered through the worsening course conditions to take the win with an overall lead of 2 minutes and 27 seconds.
In the Veteran 40 race Crispin Doyle was also victorious. Despite suffering a mechanical failure in the closing stages of the race, Crispin quickly jumped onto his spare bike to take the win by a very slender 4 seconds.
Nick Barnes won the latest round of the Yorkshire points series. For Nick’s next race he’ll be trading in the mud for the sands of Koksijde, Belgium for the next round of the World Cup. He’ll also be be joined by Ian Field. Don’t forget you can catch all of the action on the UCI Youtube channel.
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Ian Field wins in fine style!
Ian Field continued his assault and dominance of the British National Trophy Series this weekend in Durham, after torrential rain the course was very boggy and difficult. However he made light work of conditions, which he thrives in, taking the lead of the race on the second lap and never looking back.
Ian quickly gained an advantage and consistently grew the lead by 10 seconds every lap finishing up with a winning margin of 46 seconds. This makes it 3 from 3 this season in the national trophies!
Steve James was next home in 10th place, having spent most of the week in bed with a virus it made the ride even more impressive!
Nick Barnes followed Steve home in 11th position but importantly 1st U23 and maintained the Green jersey as series leader, Nick now has a 27 point lead going into round 4 in Ipswich! After a crash early crash Michael Butler came home in 28th place.
Ruby Miller finished in 12th place in the elite women’s race, having a solid ride throughout the race in worsening conditions. Crispin Doyle finished 11th in the V40, Steve Davies was ill and unable to race in Durham. We hope he is better soon and back displaying those rainbow bands at Ipswich! In the Wessex league Pete Hargroves finished in 28th place on another muddy but flat course.