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Imperial Winter Series 2016/2017

Haregreaves triumphant twice at High Nuun

Imperial Winter Series 2016/2017 Tom Hargreaves

So it’s the end of an era for the Imperial Winter series, the event that was started 20 years ago by Doug and developed over the last 12 with Lucy and Rich. We’ve thought long and hard and believe that it’s time to handover to someone new who will bring fresh ideas and make it different if not necessarily better! We’re rightly proud of what we have developed particularly the 4th cat races and continuing to support the women’s events when numbers were low. It’s has also provided the platform for sponsors to raise their profile for new products and emerging services: but in most cases it’s just because they love the sport!

The overall series has been a close run thing from the start and was finally secured by Tom Hargreaves (Nuun-Sigma Sport-London RT) who becomes the only rider to win twice; Tom was either the best on the day or rode consistently and intelligently to keep everyone else at bay. Well done Tom, we’re so pleased that you’re our last ever winner!

So back to this year our sponsors have provided some great prizes across the board, particularly Ryders Eyewear ( the Canadian company which put up a pair of their excellent glasses for any rider moving up a category. Check out their website for the full range, technically they’re superb and so cool.

Imperial Cycles ( continues to fight the internet trend with friendly and knowledgeable workshop services and top notch bikes from Scott (

For the women we have had support from Nicole Oh of Peloton Physio ( also team captain of Les Filles RT. New clothing company Queen of the Mountains (www.queenof introduced us to their women specific performance cycling brand. Look Mum No Hands! probably needs no introduction being the most established, original and best of the café cycle shop destinations, now branching out into other areas with on-site events appealing to the changing demographic that is modern cycling.

Rupert Graham Combative Imperial Winter Series 2016/2017

This year our Combativity award is sponsored by La Ferme des Bélugues (www., a small but delightful cycling specific holiday destination in the heart of Provence near Mount Ventoux. The owner is a previous rider in the series and was keen to reciprocate with a super prize for this hard fought out category. This year this is won by Rupert Graham (Sigma Sport) who started as a 4th cat winning both his first two races and then riding strongly in the e123, culminating in a fine solo win in the last round.

Finally but definitely not least Lucy and Rich are indebted to our team of helpers who make these events possible:

All les filles at Les Filles RT for helping at sign on
Doug in the judges hut
Michael ensuring the results are captured
Alan helping the race run smoothly
All the marshalls who have braved the cold
Sally for first aiding
Our various photographers for capturing the best images
The Commissaires who have ensured fair play

We’re not completely disappearing and have a number of ideas for the future so hopefully see you around!

Rich & Lucy

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Imperial Winter Series 2016/2017

Look Mum No Hands!

Imperial Winter Series 2016/2017 Look Mum No Hands! LMNH logo

The original and best London cycle café and workshop based in Old Street EC1, now with a new venue at Whitechapel; not content with a bar serving craft beers and great food now hosts to a series of events including maintenance workshops, jumbles, cycle speed dating plus the odd after show party. You can show your admiration by donning their range of cycle clothing, the bobble hat being a particular favourite of ours.
LMNH has been a long time advocates of women’s cycling and are supporting the races this year with prime prizes for the 2nd/3rd races and a combativity award in each of the 4th cat races.

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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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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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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 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.

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.

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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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