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Imperial Winter Series 2015/2016
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.
Series sponsor Neil Wass of tmgpro.cc 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
Welcome again to the imperial winter series 2015/16 now 9 years in - it feels like we just finished so the World must be spinning faster?
We’re convinced that the format over the last few years is the best for everyone – not perfect, accepted but as close to as we can get with three hours of winter light – having said that we have the gantry finish lights this year, may not be much good if you can’t find the finish to sprint!
Entering early is clearly catching on – it was positively febrile with over 500 entries on line in the first afternoon – so everyone is as keen as ever and with a mild October and November – so no lack of training excuses.
This year we’re lucky to retain the support of Stitch-Mi-Lane who will provide prizes to the women’s series; Stephanie’s business is practically made to measure for us – she is passionate about cycling and makes many of her women specific products for the winter. See www.stitchmilane.co.uk for more details.
We are joined this year by a new but familiar face – long-time friend and supporter of the series, Neil Wass of TMG Horizon, is keen to continue raising the profile of his ever increasing range of top quality Italian custom racing kit. They will be clothing winners of each of the 4th’s, 3rd’s and Women’s events with a custom waterproof short sleeved racing jersey – the Burrasca. Neil will have the range on show in the club room so you can talk to him and see it first hand. See tmgpro for more details.
We’re raring to go - see you on 5 December.
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Tmgpro dates back to 2009. Racing for a local Italian Team in Umbria, founder and lifelong cyclist Neil Wass was so taken with the quality of the kit, he sought out the source and started making his own team's kit with the same supplier.
Having spent 25 years in the printing industry, it was a 'home from home'. Neil's experience with graphics and colour meant he found it easy to supply finished artwork to the factory and they found it easier than a typical 'direct' client. Local racers started asking if he could help with their kit too and in 2011, tmgpro was born.
Tmgpro has grown slowly through local word of mouth and now works with 5 different factories in Italy. The quest for the best products and the right 'fit' for a customer means a single factory will not always be the best solution and tmg will be happy to recommend a selection of garments after a good old chin wag about all aspects of a club or team's riding. It's not the easiest way of doing things but for people who spend hundreds of hours a year on their bike, it's well worth the effort in the long run.
Neil rides every day, so he relishes the opportunity to try new things and test them himself. His latest obsession is the Foul Weather Race Jersey, a phenomenon pioneered by Castelli with their Gabba, but he has been seeking out a printable fabric to use as team wear. The result is the Acquaviva - a race-fit, lightweight, breathable, water resistant Jersey which can be sublimated entirely in team colours. Look out for the TMG riders in the Winter Series.
Imperial Racing Team is delighted to announce today a Women’s specific partner for the Imperial Cycles Winter series. Stitch-Mi-Lane was founded by bicycle enthusiast and designer Stephanie Drake. She produces a range of bicycle inspired clothing, apparel and homeware. Included in the collection are The Bike Twist Snood, The Commuter Cowl, The Snug Spectator Hat, and a Bike Wheel Cushion. Most recently added to the range are a couple of hand printed t-shirts and an era inspired women’s Flamme Rouge Jersey.
The collection functions as practical bike wear for the discerning cyclist. The materials are chosen for their hardwearing properties; heat holding merino wool in the Bike Twist Snoods and sweat wicking polar fleece in the Commuter Cowls. The Flamme Rouge jersey is made with nanotech treated wool which is practically impermeable to water, stains and even odours. The Snug Spectator Hat is a big hit amongst cycling devotees, the double thickness woolen structure ensures you stay cosy on the chilliest of days. The bike themed pom-pom hat is the essential addition to the bike buffs cold weather wardrobe – perfect for wearing when warming up on rollers, watching a cold hill climb or muddy CX race, or simply to show your enthusiasm for your two wheeled friend when off the bike too. See www.stitchmilane.co.uk for more details.
"I am a designer with a love for the outdoors, brought up in a family where cycling took the place of religion. With Sunday mornings spent on a climb and pilgrimages to the French Alps - cycling has a firm place in my heart. As such my designs are inspired by cycling culture, the landscape, and the fascinating folk that inhabit it.
Stitch-Mi-Lane products are produced in the heart of Scotland. I believe it is important to buy British products and keep enthusiasm in homegrown design and manufacture. The range uses contemporary patterns whilst utilising high quality materials, resulting in wholesome and original textiles. The garments engage subtle quirky design and complementary colour tones, which adds something different to any cyclists wardrobe.”
Stitch-Mi-Lane is providing podium prizes for the first 3 places in both Women’s series
Again this year, there’s the opportunity to get in some coaching on circuit racing before the racing gets underway for the Summer 2016. Mark 27th February 2016 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.
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