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Imperial / im’pIerIal / a. majestic : derived from imperiale (Fr.), a great cyclist: for example Laurent Jalabert ; not to be confused with imperial rule.
Imperial Winter Series 2014/2015
Dates for your racing calendar
Saturday 6th, 13th & 20th (followed by Chritmas break)
Saturday 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st
Saturday 7th & 14th
Race enteries will be open on 1st November 2014
Again this year, there’s the opportunity to get in some coaching on circuit racing before the racing gets underway. Mark 22nd November 2014 (it’s a Saturday) 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. Don't forget to register to avoid disappointment.
National Vets Criterium champs Hillingdon circuit
A funny old race this one; a surprisingly poor entry affected by another race apparently more important than a British Champion’s jersey? Bill Butterworth soldiered on regardless in inimitable fashion.
I wasn’t entirely sure that I should be there, given that Tom was in his first week in hospital and my attention span was a matter of seconds – that’ll help with watching the breaks going!
Anyway it was nice to line up with some familiar faces plus some new ones from further afield but we weren’t going 10 minutes before they stopped both races; we had the temerity to hold the other race as they passed us! It settled down a bit after that but gradually we were whittled down to what appeared to be a handful – a few had gone up the road and were uncatchable – some others chose to get mixed with the group passing (again!?) and were subsequently disqualified. Ended with 11th place and some points – yeah!
National Vets Criterium photos by David Reed www.davidreedphoto.com/crit.php
15th June 2014
Imperial Winter Series 2013/2014
Vinnie, Vidi, Vici
Lucy produced and directed her ‘how to race at Hillingdon’ film which seemed to go down well both with new comers and the more experienced.
New venture Imperial Cycles has stepped up as principal sponsor providing 3rd (posting soon!) and 4th cat prizes. We have also enjoyed continued support from WyndyMilla – both founders now racing – and long termers Sigma Sport. Thanks to you all.
On a sombre note we had the air ambulance land on the circuit which was slightly bizarre and led to us having to abandon the race. Fortunately the Thames Velo rider is now OK and recovering well.
We introduced a Women’s Go-Race event and the support from the riders has been great and certainly looks good for the future; we will do more if we can fit them into the ridiculously tight schedule.
Apart from a few minor blips the 4ths raced without crashing the whole series and produced some great rides; anyone doubting the standard of riding needs to step up and give it a try!
It was fitting that we wrap up the series at the prize presentation with Lewis Atkins (Pedal Heaven) as guest of honour and as a recent series winner. Absent Jake Martin received the most combative rider award – when he was there he shredded everyone – so it was fortunate he was in Mallorca!
Overall winner Vince Halpern (Handsling racing) has supported us over the years and is no doubt a deserving winner – his first outright race win and overall series win after 14 years of trying just a week after Monica gave birth to their first child. He was flanked on the podium by relative newcomers James Norris (High Wycombe CC) and Josh Jones (Cambridge Uni CC).
Finally chapeau again to all our team both immediate family and extended Imperial Series crew – Doug, Maureen, Isabel, Harry, JB, Tracey, Maisy, Sally, Dan, John Mulineaux and Barry Hollis.
And I guess that’s pretty much what keeps us coming back – meeting the challenges we create and managing those that are presented to us – we hoped you enjoyed it – we did. See you next year – if we don’t catch you at the London Bike Show crits at Excel!!
The London Bike Show Crit 2014 by Imperial Cycles
The Imperial Racing Team's focus switches rapidly in mid February as the innovative race organisers bring to a conclusion their highly successful West London based winter race series before hot-footing across the Capital to bring together The London Bike Show Crit in the indoor confines of the London Docklands.
The hard-working Imperial team, who only recently launched their West London race workshop, 'Imperial Cycles', will be managing the criterium races being held as part of The London Bike Show (February 13th to 16th).
Lucy Collins, Imperial Racing's race manager: "We're both honoured and excited to have been asked by The London Bike Show to manage these races. Competitive cycling in the UK is enjoying an all-time high and our intent is that over the course of the four days of the show we'll be able to showcase the vibrant state of UK cycling, both professional and amateur, to an increasingly interested public.
"With tickets for the show almost sold out this is looking to be an excellent opportunity for teams and riders to present their 2014 line-ups and colours to an enthusiastic audience ahead of the season. Riders need to act fast though, we're limited to a field of just 25 riders per category, so riders are encouraged to enter immediately: the final line up will published within 7 days of the event."
Imperial Winter Series 2013/2014
IMPERIAL WINTER SERIES RETURNS
The Imperial Winter Series returns on Saturday 7 December 2013 with for an 11 week run at West London’s favourite Hillingdon circuit. Imperial Cycles, the exciting new West London race oriented shop, is the title sponsor of this classic series now in its 15th year, the last seven run under the Imperial Racing Team banner.
The series now comprises three races each day, starting with the ever popular 4th category men – and with a full field of 65 riders already entered for the first race this promises to be as hard fought as ever. Places are obviously going to be limited so early entry is recommended. There’s also the opportunity every week for 4th cats with enough points to move up to take their chances in the Elite race!
There’s huge excitement around the explosion in women’s cycling and Imperial are committed to recognising this demand so running alongside 4th cat race will be a new event – a Women’s Go-Race - an opportunity for novice and 4th cat female riders to try their hand at racing without the need for a license or pressure of gaining points. There will be an overall mini series for this event with points being awarded to the top 10 finishers in each race. Equal final points will be decided by the number of finishes. So that they’re not left out the experienced women riders are encouraged to ride in the men’s events (down a category if they wish) and there will also be an all-category one-off Women’s Championship race on New Year’s Day.
The main event is also re-vamped with the E12’s being joined by the 3rds for a single series race of 1 hour : acknowledging that the 3rds will have their work cut out to get points against the E12’s Imperial have agreed a special dispensation with British Cycling for 3rds to secure their own points. Imperial are expecting big fields for this; this race was the founding event for the series and remains extremely popular both with a hard core of riders returning year after year and those newcomers who focus on it for a season.
The success of Imperial Racing Team and its winter series provided the catalyst for the formation of Imperial Cycles www.imperialcycles.co.uk the shop is based in Isleworth and opened its doors in August. Primarily aimed at the sporting rider it clearly has a very strong link to the winter series. The shop itself is first and foremost a workshop but also offers racing frames and bikes from Sarto, one of the only remaining truly handmade frame sets from Italy. Imperial Cycles becomes the principal sponsor of the series, sponsoring the 4th cat with a weekly prize draw of a free full bike service worth £120 and a weekly winner’s prize for the 3rd Cat race - £20 voucher to spend in the shop
Imperial Cycles workshop
We will update you regularly via the Imperial Cycles website www.imperialcycles.co.uk
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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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