Velotik Racing: TEAM STATS

TEAM STATS 2019.jpgThree years in, Velotik is coming to the end of another strong season. The North Wales/North West based cycling team is retaining its handful of riders, as well as taking on two new recruits going into 2020. Before we get too ahead of ourselves, lets look at what 2019 brought to the table.

Velotik Racing Team Riders:

David Williams

David Crawley

Toby Williams

Chris Mann

Gareth Sanger

Jack Roberts

Lucy Bulkeley

 

Racing spanning from February to October, Velotik picked up a long list of stats with some of the highlights below:

David Williams

Chris Mann 2019Toby Williams 2019

So with a Welsh Champion and National Hill Climb under their belt, Velotik have already looked ahead to 2020 by recruiting two new riders:

Adam Darby

Darren Maironis

Adam Darby 2019Darren Maironis 2019

Darren previously rode for Velotik in 2017 & 2018, but moved to Transition Race Team for the 2019 season. 2020 sees Darren return to Velotik and is another strong TT rider for the team.

Adam is also coming from Transition Race Team securing great results over the longer distance TT’s. Adam will look to retain his Manchester 100 Mile crown for the third year running.

As Velotik’s only female rider, I’m returning my focus to cycling after a year focussing on the London Marathon and raising money for Cardiac Risk in the Young. Not to forget my involvement with the DSI Skoda Academy that saw me go down to Lee Valley Velodrome for some intense fitness tests off Dame Sarah Storey. That being said, it is also worth highlighting Velotik’s further attempts at raising money for the heart charity, CRY, by organising Crit for CRY.

Velotik would like to send out a big thank you to everyone who has supported the team this year. We hope you all had a great Christmas and are looking forward to the new race season in 2020.

Moving into 2020 Velotik will be carrying the sponsor logo’s of:

Potter Rees Dolan – Serious Injury Solicitors

D.C. Legal – Cycling Solicitor

R.W. Hough & Sons Ltd – Platering Contractors

Ryan Morley Coaching – Cycling Coach

If you’re not already, you can follow the team’s progress over on our Facebook page by following the link below:

Velotik Racing Team

Welsh Climbs in Winter

Cycling in Wales

On my drive across Wales the radio presenter was suggesting anyone planning any sort of outdoor activity today to turn around, and having just defrosted my car I can see where he was coming from. The sun was rising over the Welsh coast with the sea eerily still as I made my way to Llanberis. With a 40 mile route planned, I was joining RAF Cycling as they come to the end of their training camp. I’d never previously been on a group training ride before, so didnt really know what to expect, just that tactical layers suitable for climbing and descending were necessary.

Going out in sub-zero temperature with Raynaud’s Syndrome playing up is always going to be emotional, but I knew once we got to some Welsh climbs my body would soon start generating some heat. Pen-Y-Pass more than delivered on that front and was a climb I weirdly enjoyed. I suppose its easier to climb when theres so much scenery to look at. I’d love to say I got photos to show you, but with it being a training ride I thought it was best to leave my camera at home…ha.

The climb meant a long descent to follow, which I was rubbish at. I felt like a snail. I just couldn’t pick up speed at all, but I was still on a high from the climb.

I can’t actually remember much of the route in between the two climbs. I was in my own little world for most of it I think. The last time I did a ride non-stop like this was Belgium and we all know how that went. So I guess I was wondering how my body was going to react and if my energy levels would drop.

A topic that kept cropping up in conversation was the last climb of the ride. It sounded interesting, but it just depended whether my legs were dead by that point. Once the climbing started I knew it would end up being a case of mind over matter. Once I let my mind give in that would be it.

Was I going the right way? Just keep pedalling.

Would I be able to descend, or was it too icy? Just keep pedalling.

‘Garmin going into power saving mode.’ Please don’t do this to me now.

It’s funny how precious you get about your Garmin when you’re three-quarters of the way up a climb you’ve buried yourself to get to the top of. I’m so close to the top, yet there I am battling to get my glove back on whilst still riding after making sure my Garmin didn’t die on me! I don’t recommend trying to get a glove back on at the top of a long climb…ha!

Eventually my wheels got to the summit of the reservoir climb and dropped to rest my head on my handlebars. Where the hell Ryan found that climb I don’t know. I had no idea where I was, but I’d got to the top. After doing said climb, I can possibly say it topped Sa Calobra. With no traffic on the road you can dig that little bit deeper knowing you’re not going to have to stop at all or get squeezed to the side of the road.

Don’t get me wrong cycling abroad is fab, but Wales is home for me. Most of the time I can just ride from my front door, but then I can make a short drive with minimal stress and ride somewhere like Snowdonia. Maybe I’ll be riding the distance there soon, who knows. Baby steps.