Hinckley Club Time Trial - 01/08/17

Despite a couple of earlier rain showers, there was a great attendance at the Hinckley weekly time trial which resulted in plenty of PBs and CPBs.

31 riders took to the road this week, including first timers on the course - both Lewis Gardner and John Ritchie recorded confident times of 29:56 and 27:04 respectively.

The cloudy yet calm weather meant that it was a great evening for new personal records with a total of seven riders beating their previous records including:

  • Karen Lawlor - 34:04 (PB)
  • Ed Tarelli - 22:34 (CPB)
  • Mark Bingley - 27:55 (PB)
  • Michael Johnson - 22:58 (CPB)
  • Ian Rosewarne - 22:31 (CPB)
  • Simon Haywood - 24:40 (PB)
  •  Simon Law - 21:30 (CPB)

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Bonjour Le Tour

After a long absence of a few weeks... The Breakaway Photography blog is back! (Yay for being productive!)

Time has seemed to slip away from me over the past few weeks with preparing for my final degree show and receiving my results for University, but I have finally found some time to write a short update. Last month, I handed in my student card and said goodbye to student life - much fun was had, many tears were shed and many friends were made but now a new chapter has begun...

(Please don't make me adult)

What about right now? Well, right now I am in a van speeding towards Periguoux, France. Yes, France! There is only one reason why I would be France at this time of year and that is the greatest cycle race on earth - The Tour de France. Afters years of watching from a safe distance in the comfort of my own sitting room, we have braved the ferry crossing and set out in search of adventure.

Whilst the tour travelled down the eastern side of the country, we stayed at my auntie's and uncle's holiday let in Pontivy, Brittany. It was there that I had first ever bike ride - by bike ride I mean a Journey that took more that 20 minutes and wasn't to either my grandmother's house or down the shops. I have to say that I am very, very unfit and not that steady on a bike.So I think I'll stay behind a camera instead of on a bike but we have got quite a few rides planned for this week, so check back in a few days to see how much pain I am in.

However, the main event: starting in Periguoux, we will be following 5 stages of the Tour as it runs through the mountains and then loops back to the north - taking in sights
such as the the city of Pau, Foix and the Col d'agnes at 1500ft. Oh, all in a home made campervan. Fun times ahead!

On that note, I'll be updating this blog with images, stories and maybe even some videos of our trip. Most posts will probably be on my instagram (alex_law_photo) but I'll create a daily round up of the best bits and behind the scenes.

Stay tuned and Au revoir.

 

Coventry CC - Diana Cooke Open

Team Drag2Zero had a successful day on the K41/10 today, claiming first place in both the men's and women's races. 

The annual open event, held in memory of Coventry Club rider Diana Cooke, had a fantastic turnout this year attracting nearly 100 riders from across the midlands. 

Conditions on the course were far from ideal with an incredibly strong headwind for the first half of the journey, which made the first leg tough for many of the riders. There was little help on the return with no tail wind until the last 300 metres. 

Only 1 second separated first and second place in the men's category with Jon SImpkins stopping the clock at 20:59 followed closely by Stuart Travis with a time of 21:00. Third place was claimed by Lutterworth Cycles's Andrew Green with a strong time of 21:25. 

Rachael Elliot had a fantastic ride, recording a time of 22:34 - which is just 11 seconds off the course record! Liz Powell and Diana Egerton also had cracking rides, crossing the line with times of 23:32 and 24:44 respectively. With strong rides like this, I'm expecting that we'll see a new course record by the end of the season. 

VTTA K48/10 Time Trial

The VTTA saw an amazing turnout today as 47 riders took to the road on the K48/10 in between Weston and Stone. 

A set of temporary traffic lights at the start of the course meant that the race was delayed by 30 minutes but luckily there were no further setbacks.

A strong headwind and poor road surface made the outward leg incredibly tough going for many competitors and an undulating course meant new PBs seemed unlikely.

However, a number of quick times were still recorded with three riders achieving sub 22 minutes. Considering the conditions, John Lucock had an astonishing ride, stopping the clock at 21:19 and securing him first place - followed closely by David Kiernan at 21:37 and Aaron Ward at 21:55 taking 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Similarly, Susan Semple rode to victory as fastest woman attaining a time of 25:55. AeroCoach's Natasha Cutmore also displayed a strong performance on the course finishing with a time of 28:23.

Although, it wasn't a day for new PBs or course records it was still great to see so many riders taking part!

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Hinckley Club Time Trial (11/04/17)

This week I took a visit up to my local time trial course in Hinckley, the K41/10. It was great to catch up with some of the riders as well as seeing some new faces along the course. I absolutely love this course due to its hilly nature, which poses a real challenge for the riders (and myself).

Conditions on the course were relatively good with a cross tail wind on the way out, which gave the riders a little help on the first leg. This resulted in some fantastic times with a fair few members achieving sub 24 minute rides. Simon Law clinched a fantastic time of 22:31, the fastest on the day! (But, of course, I'm biased)

It was my first visit to the K41/10 this season so I decided to spend some time at the HQ, capturing some candid shots of the riders setting and warming up. I then took up my usual position at the finish line but tried to capture photos from different angles by getting lower to the ground and experimenting with wide angle lens.

Next week, I'm hoping to spend some more time at the HQ to photograph the warm up and possibly capture some portraits!

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World Track Cycling Championship - Day One

Earlier today, Hong Kong's Velodrome opened its doors to riders from around the world on the first day of the UCI World Track Cycling Championship.

Today's events provided viewers with plenty of action including 3 finals, a number of false starts as well as a painful looking crash involving Canada's pursuit team (which is definitely worth a watch!). It also seems that there were several technical faults with the starting gates, which appeared not to release the riders at the start of some races.

Despite these problems, young GB medal hopeful Elinor Barker was part of a nail-biting sprint finish in women's scratch race. She paced the event fantastically staying in the main peloton until she joined a small group breakaway in the second half of the race. With three laps to go, she powered into pole position, where she stay til the last 20 metres when she pipped at the post by Italian, Rachele Barbieri. She collected her first medal in a senior track competition.

However, there was disappointment for the Men's Sprint team, who lost out to the Netherlands by an agonising two-hundredths of a second in round one of the competition.

Despite their disappointment Jack Carlin, Ryan Owens and Joe Truman were all making their senior track debut, so there is still a lot of hope for them in the coming months.

Meanwhile, GB's medal hopes are still up and running in both the men's and women's team pursuit where they groups are in contention for the bronze medal. The women's team recorded a personal best of 4 minutes 21.548 seconds, so they look in good shape for the next round.

Tomorrow looks to be an equally exciting day with finals in the team pursuits, men's keirin, and men's scratch race. More details to follow tomorrow!

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