Tour Series Round 3: Stoke-on-Trent - 22/05/13
Kristian House, wearing the IG Sprints jersey, was again in excellent form
Kristian House and Felix English finished 5th and 6th respectively to help Rapha Condor JLT finish third overall in the third round of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series last night in Stoke-on-Trent.
The strong individual performances spearheaded a successful night for the Men in Black, with four riders finishing in the top ten. English in particular was in aggressive form, despite having suffered food poisoning over the weekend.
Tour Series Round 2: Durham - 17/05/13
Proving worthy of his billing as race favourite, Kristian House rode to a brilliant solo victory in the Durham round of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series last night.
After dominating the race and nearly lapping the entire field last year, House once again proved the strongest on the tough Durham circuit, which takes in a sharp cobbled climb and a technical descent that tests the riders to their limits on each of the 1.4km laps.
Tour Series Round 1: Kirkcaldy - 15/05/13
Rapha Condor JLT had a solid start to their Tour Series campaign on the opening night in Kirkcaldy last night.
As always in the fast paced series the action started from the moment the flag was dropped, with the peloton immediately strung out under the impetus of constant attacking. It wasn’t until almost forty minutes of racing had been covered that the winning move four-man move, that included Rapha Condor JLT’s Felix English, managed to escape.
Lincoln GP - 13/05/13
An untimely mechanical problem put paid to Rapha Condor JLT’s best laid plans at the Lincoln Grand Prix on Sunday, when team leader Kristian House was forced to change bikes at decisive moment of the race.
Team manager John Herety had decided that Rapha Condor JLT would go into the race with former winner House, and in-form Richard Handley, as the team’s two leaders, and that the rest of the squad would be solely dedicated to trying to make sure that these riders would be in the right place to make the selection.
Handley wins Totnes-Vire - 06/05/13
A strong team performance netted Richard Handley overall victory in the Totnes–Vire two-day stage race, in Devon on the weekend.
Handley, who has been in great form since the start of the season, winning the Clayton Velo Classic in March, and taking the King of the Mountains title at the Tour of Reservoir last week, founded his victory with a strong second place in the prologue time trial, before finding his way into a four man break on first road stage and gaining enough time to take the overall lead.
Snapshots of Singapore - 02/05/13
Last week Felix English, along with Ed Clancy, Kristian House and James McCallum travelled 14 hours to Singapore to compete in the OCBC criterium.
While it was Clancy who took the podium honours finishing second on the night, for English, the trip to race in Singapore was an eye opening experience. Here are his impressions.