Archive | April, 2012

Aston Hill Race – 25th March

The 24th and 25th of March saw the first of the summer series at Aston Hill and what a start to the summer series it was, with both days 20 degrees plus the track was dusty and running fast.

The track stared with a sprint into a table top into some fast long sweeping burms which you could pedal in and with the temperature so high you can easily see how people were struggling to get the cranks in. luckily after this section most of the track was rollable with only a few cranks in some sections, this was because most of the rest of the track was made up of switch backs which where a lot more difficult then they sound as they all had steps in which meant grip was to a minimal. Nearer the end of the track there was a new off camber section which was catching most people out dew to the dry conditions hug ruts where forming and roots were showing, however this for me was the most enjoyable part of the track. At the bottom of the track there was a step down into a fast short sprint to the finish.

Sam Marzetti - Aston Hill

Sam Marzetti - Aston Hill

The Bournemouth Cycleworks team got off to a great start with me(Curtis), Sam Marzetti, Keith Saunders all getting 5th in are categories. Sadly Ben Hargreaves crashed and hurt his shoulder which lost him a lot of time which placed him at 48th in his category.

Second runs went even better with everyone making at least another 2 seconds getting higher up on the podium. Sam managed to put in a time of 1.31.74 which put him in 3rd place in the junior category, I was able to put in a time of 1.28.11 which put me in 4th in senior, keith put in a time of 1.36.83 which also put him in 4th in veterans. Ben who had crashed in his first run decided to do his second run even though he had hurt his should and was able to put in a time of 1.43.10 which was a massive 7 seconds quicker which put him in 37th masters.

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Giant XTC Composite 29er 1 Wins What Mountain Bike Test!

Giant XTC Composite 29er

Giant XTC Composite 29er

“The Giant XtC Composite 29er 1 is so smooth and carries so much speed it almost feels like cheating”

What Mountain Bike magazine carried out a £1300 – £1700 ‘Mid-Range Machines’ test in their April issue; pitting full-suss vs hardtail in a no holds barred fight for supremacy. Giant’s XtC Composite 29’er 1 rolled up its sleeves, gritted its teeth and emerged from the melee victorious.

Coming in at the top end of the test budget meant the Giant had a lot to prove, but Giant’s Composite technology was so silky smooth testers soon realised they were riding a best in category winner that was definitely worth it;

“If you want a fast, smooth, mile-eater, look no further. The XtC Composite 29’er is a joy to ride and was the bike that kept popping out for “just one more lap”.'”

What bike is ‘What Mountain Bike Test Winner’, ‘What Mountain Bike Best 29in Wheel Bike’ and ‘What Mountain Bike Best Hardtail’? Giant XtC Composite 29’er!

Give us a call to discuss your 29er needs! 01202 424945

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