Last weekend, Ian Field and Nick Barnes made the trip to Heusden-Zolder, Belgium for the UCI Cyclo-cross World championships. It was one of the most exciting and eventful races of season. Ian was planning for a super-fast race but with unprecedented amounts of rain through the weekend conditions were actually a lot tougher and slower than anyone had predicted. The sandy soil handled the rain well and despite the rain the course was still in great condition come race day.
We caught up with Ian after race who had this to say…
"I made one of my best starts of the season and was sitting in 18th after one lap of racing. I felt super strong on the steep climbs and descents but after the first lap quickly realised the aerobic fitness simply wasn't there to hold on to that top 20 position. After a long season of racing almost every weekend my legs were running out of gas. I dug in and rode a smooth mistake free race which was important as others around me made mistakes left, right and centre..."
"...I finished the race with nothing left and in 28th position 4mins and 4secs off the flying Wout van aert. This sort of time gap placed me 21st just twelve months ago in Tabor. This just highlights the ever growing strength in depth and the fierce competition at Elite level cross in Europe."
Ian’s now taking a break from training and racing but is already planning ahead for next season.
“Having defended my trophy series with 5 out of 5 race wins, 27th overall in the World Cup series a top 30 at World Champs and a top 15 at the Koppenberg Cross this season has been a super consistent one."
Ian Field, 28th, Elite Men
Nicholas Barnes, 38th, Under 23
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National Team Champions 2016
The 2nd weekend of January meant the national championships were here, after hard training over the Christmas period all the riders were ready to go. Heavy rain had made sure that it was going to be a tough weekend, the course was very heavy and had lots of running sections meaning the eventual winners would have to really earn their titles!
As expected, the Elite men’s race was hotly contested. Ian Field had a strong start and after dropping the front runner was then locked in to a deadly duel for the rest of the race. It was a gruelling battle at the front with both riders slogging through the sticky mud. Ian finished the race in a very humble 2nd place, having left everything he had to give out there on the course.
"Obviously disappointed with the result but it is only because as a rider and a team we have high expectations and the desire and drive to be the best. On the day my best wasn't good enough but I couldn't have tried any harder to defend my title. I have been in good form since mid September at the opening round of the World Cup series in Las Vegas and I have been super consistent throughout the year...
...With 2 World Cups and a World Championships still left my season is far from over. Motivation is still high and even higher to come back to try and reclaim the stripes next year. I am really proud of winning the British title 4 times in a row an achievement that probably hadn't truly sunk in until today. Massive thanks to all the team sponsors, Hargroves Cycles, Madison, Ridley, Shimano, Lazer, Fast Forward, Elliotts, BHM and Warwick Martel for the continued support. I will be back!" - Ian Field.
Michael Butler finished in 22nd place in the Elite mens category.
"I was looking forward to the weekend with it being the champs. I raced there last season and really enjoyed the course. Having changed my training since Christmas time I was eager to see what difference it might make. However I haven't been doing much running and that definitely showed! I don't think anyone would have expected there to be so much running involved. Next weekend is the last trophy and hopefully not quite so much running, although after this weekend I should be more up to scratch! I have been very impressed with the bikes and equipment I cannot fault it."
Harry Yates, who is a self confessed ‘lover of mud’ finished 2nd in the Junior men’s race. The mud was so thick and deep he almost lost his shoe! Even though Harry narrowly missed out on the win, everyone on the course could clearly see the superhuman effort he was putting in. His determination, grit and passion awarded him ‘ride of the day’.
"Great weekend at Shrewsbury, happy to get silver after a hard race through muddy conditions which meant a lot of running and slippery riding as well as faultless pit changes courtesy of the fantastic Hargroves pit crew. I had a great start and was away with a small group from the gun, as the race progressed the leader pulled a gap out and I set off in pursuit. Changing every half lap meant I was able to change onto a lighter bike which made it easier for the running sections which made a big difference over the four lap race...
...I hope my strong finish securing 2nd will hopefully mean I have a chance of being selected for the World Championships later in January. I'm looking forward to racing the last round of the National Trophy at Milton Keynes next week and will be recovering over the week to make sure I'm ready aiming for another podium position." - Harry Yates
Having led the majority of the race, Nicholas Barnes finished in a very emotional 3rd place in the under 23 men's category.
"It was a bit of a rush in the morning as I don't usually race at 9:30am! When we arrived we unloaded the equipment and I prepped my bikes before the official practice time on the course. Once I was able to get on the course I did a quick lap and returned back to the van to get ready for the most important race of my season.
I was gridded in first and I had a decent start to the race. Coming into the first mucky section I was in third place, moving up to second on the running section. Once we got to the real thick mud near the pits I pressed on and moved into first opening about a 5-10 second gap. I continued to grow the gap, but had a slight spill at the top of the adverse camber which I managed to recovered from without losing much time. With 2 laps to go I got caught up with a wooden stake, unable to get my bike free I panicked. I finally managed to snap the tapes, but the gap was down to around 5 seconds. Just as I was getting back into a rhythm I was caught by the rider chasing me and he started to apply pressure. After that I struggled to string together 2 more clean laps and dropped back into 3rd place.
The bikes, equipment and support from my family, Hargroves Cycles and Lazer has been great all season. I still have a few more races to go so let's hope I can redeem myself and maybe be selected for the World Championships. I’m also planning to come back stronger and faster for my first year in the elites next year." - Nicholas Barnes
Ruby Miller finished 8th in the Elite women’s race.
In the Veteran men's over 50 category Steve Davies led the initial chase and finished in a strong 4th place. Crispin Doyle also rode very well. The course suited his style and he’s a very powerful rider so was able to make up time on the ‘power sections’ of the course. Crispin finished 5th in the Veteran men’s 40-49 category.
Ian Field, 2nd Elite men
Jody Crawforth, 13th Elite men
Michael Butler, 22nd Elite men Nicholas Barnes, 3rd Under 23 men
Harry Yates, 2nd Junior men
Ruby Miller, 8th Elite women
Crispin Doyle, 5th Veteran men 40-49
Steven Davies, 4th Veteran men Over 50
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The weekend presented the team with an absolute mud-fest of a cross race, this time hosted at the Southampton Sports Centre. Unphased by the grim racing conditions, three of our riders; Jody Crawford, Crispin Doyle and Steven Davis were on the startline for Round 12 of the Wessex Cyclo-cross League. In the Seniors category Jody Crawford finished strong in 2nd place. Crispin Doyle doyle secured 3rd place in the Vet 40+ category and Stephen Davis was victorious in the Vet 50+ category taking home the win.
Elsewhere in Herrington, Nick Barnes competed in Round 11 of the North East Cyclo-cross League. Conditions were much the same as those down South with riders knee deep in mud. Nonetheless, Nick rode well to secure 2nd place in the Seniors category.
Looking ahead to this weekend, the 2016 Lazer/Ridley British Cyclo-Cross Championships are being hosted on Shrewsbury turf. It’s going to be an exciting race and our very own Ian Field (4x British Champ) is said to be the favourite to win the Senior Men's race. Jody, Stephen, Nick and Harry will also be there racing in their respective categories so expect a cyclo-cross master-class from all involved.
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Watch Telenet-Fidea's Nikki Harris win the Namur round of the 2015-6 UCI Cyclocross World Cup! Lazer is proud to support Nikki and the Telenet-Fidea team!
When I raced I was not a rider that was "big into technology". Power Meters, computers and ceramic bearings. Pah!
In recent years I've become besotted(obsessive) with my kit. In particular clothing. I still remember the days when base-layers were not readily available/affordable, it was a cotton t-shirt for most. I vividly recall the chilling feeling of descending as an early teen as the winter air turned me into Jack Frost. Fast forward 20years and we've now all the creature comforts we need. Except one thing, a solution for the irritable and constricting feel of a chest-strap of a heart rate monitor.
A standard chest-strap and it's accompanying chafing/rubbing and constricting feeling is a reason why I really disliked using a heart rate monitor. So when Lazer and LifeBEAM introduced the DIY kit for the Z1 helmet I jumped at the chance of using it.
The Lazer LifeBEAM pad with its built in sensor installs into the helmet in seconds, simply replace the existing brow padding with the Lazer LifeBEAM pad then run the cable through one of the rear ventilation ports.
Plug the cable into the lightweight USB chargeable transmitter box, which installs snugly into place on the specific MudCap, and it's done.
Pairing up with a Bluetooth or ANT+ device is done with total ease. All devices I've tested the Lazer LifeBEAM DIY kit with have found the signal within seconds. simply turn on the unit, and your device finds it almost instantly! A slow pulsing (no pun) blue light provides visual feedback of the kit in operation.
And after months of using I have to say I am very impressed. The signal has never dropped out and comfort is spot on.
I've introduced this unit to many professional cyclists including Tour de France stage winners and they've been very impressed with just how well it works. You've no excuse!
Making it his second win of the series, Nick Barnes took victory at round 7 of the Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross points series. Having had an exceptional start to the race, Nick led confidently and after just a few laps he dropped the only rider who could get close to him. Nick then powered on to win the race by an impressive margin of 1 minute 25 seconds.
Also at the weekend, Ian Field and Harry Yates travelled to Namur in Belgium to compete in round 4 of the Cyclo-cross World Cup. In the Elite Men’s category Ian Field finished in 32nd place whilst Harry Yates finished 51st in the Junior Men’s category.
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Michael Troy posted the longest ride of the week in the Lazer Helmeteers Strava Club last week! Check out his ride details here.
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Ian Field and Nick Barnes wrap up the series with a race to spare!
Last weekend the riders all headed North for Round 5 of the National Trophy in Bradford. Both Ian Field and Nick Barnes were able to wrap up the series with a race to spare and they both did that in style!
The conditions were absolutely dreadful with a lot of running sections and bike changes required every half lap! Ian started fast and led the elite race for most of the race being caught by Liam Killeen with 2 laps to go, Liam led away with Ian about 10 seconds behind by the finish. However there was a twist as Liam had made an infringement of the rules and was disqualified therefore handing the race to Ian. Although this isn’t the way Ian wanted to win, a win is a win and this meant that Ian has won 5 out of 5 rounds of the series and successfully defended his yellow jersey.
Nick Barnes also had a great start and was in the chase group behind Ian. He maintained a solid position all the way to the end finishing in 7th position and 1st under 23 to snatch the series up and win the green jersey for the first time!
Elsewhere in the race Steve James had another storming ride finishing in 9th position, Steve has shown a great progression of form throughout the season and will be aiming for the nationals! Jody Crawforth finished in 16th place, Tom Van Den Bosch recovered from a big first lap crash to finish in 19th place with Michael Butler not far behind in 21st place.
In other races, Harry Yates had an off day in the difficult conditions finishing in 11th place in the junior race. Having a slightly off day in these conditions is amplified to seem much worse than they actually are. We are sure Harry will be back up the front soon! Crispin Doyle finished in 10th place in the Vet 40 race.
This coming weekend we have 3 riders riding the World Cup in Namur. The Bradford race would have certainly prepared them well. It’s a tough hilly course that is always muddy and brings out the hard riders. Ian Field, Nick Barnes and Harry Yates will all be riding so be sure to watch them on the UCI channel and give our riders lots of support.
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