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Imperial Winter Series 2016/2017

Peloton Physiotherapy & Queen of the Mountains

We are happy to announce that the sponsors of the women’s races for the 2017 Imperial Series will be Peloton Physiotherapy and Queen of the Mountains. They will provide prizes for the winners of the 4th Cat/novice and Cat 2/3 women’s races each week, in the form of Physiotherapy and Sports massage sessions and high quality women’s-specific cycling kit.

Peloton Physiotherapy was founded 5 years ago by Nicole Oh, and specialises in the treatment and of cyclists of all abilities, with clinics in Putney and Blackfriars. Nicole has been involved with the Imperial Winter Series for many years, racing in both the men’s and women’s races, and though her team Les Filles RT who assist at the races. She is keen to put something back into the series, as well as encouraging racers to look after their bodies and injuries!

Queen of the Mountains is a women’s performance cycling apparel company, who also aim to build a women’s cycling community to inspire and motivate other women to ride. Alicia Bamford, the owner of Queen of the Mountains, feels the Imperial Winter Series fits this ethos well, as it targets the development of grass-roots women’s racing.

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Imperial Winter Series 2016/2017

Ryders Eyewear

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Ryders Eyewear were founded over 30 years ago when, soon after winning the inaugural Canadian Mountain Bike championships, a young Brent Martin set out to create performance glasses and goggles which would resist the most arduous conditions. Rooted in the damp North Shore Vancouver mountains provided the ideal environment to test products to meet Ryder’s goal both then and now – to provide high quality, performance eyewear using the latest materials and technology. Their veloPolar, antiFOG, tractionPolar and Photochromic options are at the forefront of cycling eyewear technology.

Ryder’s other aim is to give back whenever possible by supporting riders and their local trail societies; they are now keen to break into the UK market which has led to them supporting the Imperial Winter Series. There may be nearly 8,000 kms between us but our aims are remarkably similar!

This year Ryders will be awarding a new pair of either Strider, Seventh or Invert models to any rider moving up a category in the series.

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Imperial Winter Series 2016/2017

La ferme des Bélugues

We are delighted to announce a new partner for the series - Patrick and Karen from La ferme des Belugues - will be welcoming the series winner of the Most Combative rider award at their chalet near Mont Ventoux. Patrick says 'having raced in the Winter Series in previous years it is really nice that we are able to give something back'. Check out the details below and get attacking!

Imperial Winter Series 2016/2017 La Ferm Des Belugues Combative Winner

Located at the bottom of Mont Ventoux La ferme des Bélugues is ideally placed for miles of amazing riding both on Ventoux and around the stunning Provence landscape. La Ferme des Bélugues has been set up for cyclists by cyclists with great facilities to ensure you have the best time on and off the bike. Whether its relaxing by the pool, having a massage from an ex grand tour sognieur or exploring the amazing food and wine of the region we can organise it all for you to ensure you have a great stay. Able to cater for groups or individuals along with cyclists or non cyclists we have something for everyone.

In their 2016 launch year they achieved great reviews for 2016 and was used as a base by grand tour rider and director sportive for their recces of the Mont Ventoux Tour de France stage.

For further information about cycling stays at La ferme des Bélugues please visit

Free two night stay in 2017 for two people (can be a couple or two sharing), breakfast included. Free guided ride in the region, or supported ride up Mont Ventoux.

Patrick and Karen
La ferme des Bélugues

La Ferm Des Belugues Combative Winner
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Imperial Winter Series 2016/2017

Imperial Winter Series 2016/2017 New season begins

So we’re here again, it’s been another busy year for Imperial Racing throughout the Summer in MTB and on the road and then headlong into the cross season. That can only mean one thing - it’s time for us to stand on the other side of the barriers and hand out the numbers for this year’s winter series.

We’re maintaining established principles and keeping things simple - pre-enter on RiderHQ, turn up and sign on with the minimum fuss, do your ride and pick up some points if you’re motivated to do so and then off home before anyone has noticed. Nothing too complex, fun and as hard as you want to make it. We’re keeping to our promise to place every rider so those new to racing have something to gauge their progress. We’ll be having a break over Christmas again but that means that those riding for an overall series position in the E123 (and the super cash prizes that go with it) will be able to score in every round.

We’re continuing with something for the Ladies, alternating each week between 4ths/Novices and 2nd/3rds and, as usual owing to the time constraints on the day, they will share the circuit with the 4th cat race . If you’ve not been to the circuit since the last series - we find it difficult to understand how anyone could stay away - you’ll now see the changes to the top part of the track; this can allow us to divert one group of riders about to converge with another, making the closing laps easier to manage and safer for everyone.

Race registration and entries

We can’t control the weather but the last few years have been mild with virtually no rain which probably means we’ll have 3 inches of snow or horizontal hail in the first day but we’re looking forward to seeing you then – go sign on!

For all race information click on Race Dates tab.

Rich & Lucy
26th October 2016

Prime Coaching
Click here for coaching info Again this year, there’s the opportunity to get in some coaching on circuit racing before the Summer racing season gets underway. Mark 4th March 2017 and 15th April 2017 in your diary, as Prime Coaching will come to the Hillingdon Circuit for a four-hour (1-5pm) training session on the do’s and don’ts and probably a few ‘cunning tricks to have up your sleeve’ that’ll be sure to have you ready in every way for when the action kicks off. No question, circuit racing can be intense and riding in a fast moving peloton around a technical undulating circuit calls for an understanding of racing etiquette. If circuit racing is new to you, this is a must-attend. Counts towards Surrey League 4th Cat Accreditation. Don't forget to register to avoid disappointment.

Imperial Winter Series 2015/2016

Imperial Winter Series 2015/2016 Jo Skelton Look Mum No Hands!

He’s No Ordinary Jo

Imperial’s series is very much a family and team effort and Lucy and Rich are indebted to its band of (mostly!) willing helpers; in no particular order Isabel (photo finish), Doug (judge and report writer), Sally (patch em up), Alan (finish line support), Tracey (all round back up), Harry (refreshments), the Les Filles (signon desk) and all the Comms who officiated.

Our sponsors are a key part of the success of our events and we remain ever grateful for their support – George of Imperial Cycles, Neil of tmgpro, Caz of Scott Bikes and Stephanie of Stitch-Mi-Lane.

Clearly it’s the riders who make the event so our thanks go to them, as well as their supporters who brave the often unpleasant winter weather. The series roundup saw the clubhouse full with anticipation for the overall results and first up was the series Combative rider prize, this year awarded by Imperial Cycles George Kirkin to his Imperial team mate Tim O’Rourke.

Imperial Winter Series 2015/2016 Imperial Racing Team Tim O'Rourke Combative Series Winner Imperial Winter Series 2015/2016 Neil Wass tmgpro

Series sponsor Neil Wass of took the opportunity to thank the organising team and gave everyone a heads up of the new Central Road Race League of which he is the principal initiator; this is a momentous task and it deserves our full support. This year’s 3rd, 4th cat and women’s winners will be sporting tmg’s new Acquaviva Foul Weather Jersey.

The overall women’s 123 series was won by Jennifer Couch (Les Filles), Detta Guerrini (Team footon-Velosport) and Alicia Speake (CC London), each was presented with prizes from sponsor Stitch-Mi-Lane.

Jo Skelton (Look Mum No Hands!) took the overall series after seven years of trying and being runner up in 2009/2010 standing on the top of the podium alongside other seasoned campaigners Peter Cole (Handsling RT) and Jerzy Kuzminski (London Bicycle Workshop).

Enjoy the Spring and Summer – safe riding - see you in December!

Lucy and Rich

Imperial Winter Series 2015/2016 Imperial Racing Team Hillingdon Cycle Circuit Imperial Cycles
Imperial Winter Series 2015/2016 Imperial Racing Team Hillingdon Cycle Circuit Imperial Cycles
Imperial Winter Series 2015/2016 Imperial Racing Team Hillingdon Cycle Circuit Imperial Cycles
Imperial Winter Series 2015/2016 Imperial Racing Team Hillingdon Cycle Circuit Imperial Cycles
Imperial Winter Series 2015/2016 Imperial Racing Team Hillingdon Cycle Circuit Imperial Cycles Tim O'Rourke George Kirkin

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A very short video (just 3 minutes) rounding up the feel of the
2009/2010 Imperial Winter Series. Includes out takes.

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