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Gold for Garner

Friday, September 28th, 2012

© Photos coutesy of Rick at www.cyclsportphotos.com

Lucy Garner is having a great year cycling for Node4 Giordana Pro Cycling after retaining the rainbow jersey in Limburg making her double Junior world road champion Garner has taken to the boards in style at the National Track Championships taking gold in the Women’s National individual pursuit finishing with a time of 3.52.414, two and a half seconds clear of her rival! Excellent result for Lucy, everyone is predicting a bright future ahead for this rising star.

More photos here…

ToB Photo Competition

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

We have a winner! Congratulations to Emma Attwood for winning our ToB Photo Competition!

Picking out riders in the peleton can prove really difficult so to get 3 of the team in one shot was a great effort.

We had a good selection of entries some of which can be viewed here.

Thanks to all that sent their photos in, and for those that were unlucky this time keep checking the site for further competitions for another chance to get hold of some team kit.

Competition Winner

Monday, September 17th, 2012

WE HAVE A WINNER!

Congratulations to Lee Fuller from Merseyside for winning our Node4 Pro Cycling team kit Competition!

The prize is on it’s way to Lee and he hopes to be riding in it by the end of the week!

Runners up prizes have also been sent to Andrew Beacham from Gloucester and Gethin Llewelyn of Pembroke.

Thanks to everyone that entered… Keep checking the website for future competitions!

Tour of Britain 2012 stage 8 Final

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Stage 8 today signified the climax to the Tour of Britain, covering 91.9 miles between Reigate to Guildford taking on the stunning route over the Surrey Hills, through streets packed with fan’s and finishing on the renowned cobbled streets of Guildford. Earlier in the stage, along with an unexpected pause at a level crossing Node4-Giordana’s Pete William’s got out again in a break and secured more points nailing the Yodel Sprint competition.

William’s played a key part in the lead group of four for most of the race holding the Peleton off until they were caught by a chasing group led by Tiernan Locke on the Skoda King of the Mountains  super steep Cat 1 climb of Barhatch Lane that split the peleton, resulting in another break led by Sanchez with Dave Clarke of Node4-Giordana clinging on to contention at the front of the peleton.

With lots of riders campaigning for the individual final stage win today’s racing proved exciting with breaks a plenty including a bold move by Jack Bobridge with 30K to go, he was eventually reeled back in at around 13K to go.

At 6K to go the whole field was grouped together with Team Sky leading the Peleton and teams massing behind setting up for a dramatic finish on the Guildford cobbles seeing Mark Cavendish’s impressive finish to take the stage convincingly!

Congratulations to Jonathan Tiernan Locke for taking 1st in the overall General Classification.

A magnificent effort from The Node4-Giordana team throughout the Tour resulted in a 1st place for Pete William’s, a 2nd for Marcin Bialoblocki and 3rd for Matt Cronshaw in the Yodel sprint competition.

The 845, 8 stage event got underway last Sunday in Ipswich before finishing on the 8th stage today.

More information can be found on www.tourofbritain.com, TV coverage on ITV4 with highlights every evening.

Tour of Britain Stage 7

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Stage 7 today covered 106.1 miles between Barnstaple and Dartmouth. The stage took on the heavy and rolling roads of Dartmoor, of which many consider to be the toughest stage of the Tour to date, this follows on from a killer stage yesterday in Wales. The route took in one Cat2 climb and two Cat1 climbs. The toughest being Merrivale after 56 miles followed by Coffin Stone at 65 miles. The undulating roads can only be described as relentless.

Earlier in the stage, Node4-Giordana’s Marcin Bialoblocki formed part of a talented 10 man break, which included both Italy’s Ivan Basso ans Spains Samuel Sanchez. Marcin picked up maximum YODEL Sprint points on two occasions, and in doing so helped team mate Pete Williams retain the lead in the Sprint contest.

The incredibly tough stage took its toll on many including World Champion Mark Cavendish, but the front group worked well and maintained a good gap until the closing stages when it began to split due to the inclines and hard graft of Basso and Sanchez. Marcin lost contact on the final climbs, but Node4′s Dave Clarke once again showed his ability in the hills, to form part of a chasing group which was driven by overall leader Jon Tiernan-Locke on one of the final climbs. They were close to catching the break on the outskirts of Dartmouth, but the stage win went to Sanchez’s team mate, Pablo Urtusan as he beat his fellow escapees on Dartmouth Promenade. The peloton were so fractured, riders were still finishing as the presentations were being made.

The team really are putting on a magnificent show, under the ultra-experienced guidance of team manager, and former winner of the  event back in 1988, the legendary Malcolm Elliot.

The 845 mile, 8 stage event got underway last Sunday in Ipswich, and finishes in Guildford on a cobbled climb tomorrow.

More information can be found on www.tourofbritain.com, TV coverage on ITV4 with highlights every evening. Also, follow the team via Twitter @node4procycling

Tour of Britain Stage 6

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Stage 6 today covered, yet again a very hard going 118.5 miles between the Welsh border of Welshpool to Caerphilly. The stage took in the challenging Epynt Range and, as a final sting, the famous mountain in Caerphilly. Earlier in the stage, Node4-Giordana’s Marcin Bialablocki featured in 6 man break, which has become the norm now, and took two of the three intermediate sprints, helping fellow Node4-Giordana team mate Pete Williams who is the leader in this particular competition.

The brutal terrain in the second half of the stage split the race to pieces, and inevitably the break was caught, as the lead group fractured on the approach to the foot of the Caerphilly Mountain. This gave our own Dave Clarke the opportunity to consolidate his high overall position in the top 15, with roads that suit him perfectly.

The stage was won by Czech rider Leopold Koenig, but the leaders Gold Jersey passed to Endura’s Jonathan Tiernan-Locke.

Pete Williams retains the leaders YODEL Sprint jersey which is a great result for Node4-Giordana.

The 845, 8 stage event got underway on Sunday in Ipswich and finishes in Guildford on Sunday.

More information can be found on www.tourofbritian.com, TV coverage on ITV4 with highlights every evening.

Tour of Britain Stage 5

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Pete Williams Sprint JerseyStage 5 of the 2012 Tour of Britain had the riders cover 91.4 miles starting from Trentham Gardens in Stoke-on-Trent, and finished not too far away in the City Centre, and included an ascent of the locally infamous Gun Hill which is positioned around 19 miles from the finish line in Stoke.

With this being Node4-Giordana’s ‘home’ stage, the team received some incredible support along the whole route, but one of the 2012 Tour of Britain’s big continental superstars, 2010 Giro d’Italia winner Ivan Basso, featured at the business end for much of the stage along with Salzberger of Team Raleigh and Huzarski of NetApp, in a 3 man break but was caught by the peloton with about 55km to go.

The tough terrain played its part in shaping the stage, overall leader & gold jersey wearer Mark Cavendish isn’t best suited to roads that go upwards, and was caught behind in one of the many splits within the field.

One of the main aims for Node4-Giordana today, was to consolidate Pete Williams lead in the Sprint Competition, for which it was mission accomplished!

The stage win was taken by United HealthCare’s Marc De Maar. Orica-GreenEDGE’s Leigh Howard has retaken the leaders Gold Jersey.

The 845 mile, 8 stage event got underway on Sunday in Ipswich and finishes in Guildford on Sunday.

More information can be found on www.tourofbritain.com,TV coverage on ITV4 with highlights every evening.

Tour of Britain Stage 4

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Stage 4 of the 2012 Tour of Britain had the riders cover 97 VERY wet & windy miles between Carlisle and Blackpool, finishing on the famous promenade for the first time since 2005. Earlier in the stage, once again Node4-Giordana played a major part in the stages main breakaway by having Matt Cronshaw at the head of affairs for the majority of the stage, and picking up valuable King of the Mountain and Sprint points.

The lead group was initially made of 6 riders from different teams, but as the last 15 miles approached, this was whittled down to 4, including Node4’s Cronshaw. But as is so often the case, the might of Team Sky along with Orica-GreenEDGE worked hard to neutralise any break that managed to create any significant gap on the peloton, along with this, strong crosswinds caused the race to split in to several groups as the finish grew closer.

Pete Williams, yet again kept Node4-Giordana’s flag flying by making the selection at the front, alongside the likes of Brad Wiggins and Mark Cavendish of Team Sky, but without much of a problem, the victory in Blackpool went to World Champion Mark Cavendish and Node4’s Williams finished a very creditable 11th alongside some star continental riders.

Cavendish is now the new Gold Jersey wearer with 4 stages remaining.

The 845 mile, 8 stage event got underway on Sunday in Ipswich and finishes in Guildford on Sunday 16th.

More information can be found on www.tourofbritain.com,TV coverage on ITV4 with highlights every evening.

Tour of Britain Stage 3

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Stage 3 today covered 94.9 miles of stunning Scottish landscape, between Jedburgh and Dumfries. Earlier in the stage, Node4-Giordana’s Pete Williams was once again a major player in the stages breakaway group, which was caught by the main group with around 20km to go, mainly due to a determined Team Sky. Williams collected Yodel Sprint points throughout the stage, and cemented his reputation as one of the gutsiest riders of the event so far.

Rain towards the end of the stage made the roads treacherous for the riders, but unsurprisingly, the race came down to a bunch sprint which World Champion Mark Cavendish won comfortably, but the leaders Jersey has now passed to Stage 2 winner, Australian Leigh Howard of Orica-GreenEDGE, with Cavendish 2nd overall.

The 845 mile, 8 stage event got underway on Sunday in Ipswich and finishes in Guildford on Sunday.

More information can be found on www.tourofbritain.com, TV coverage on ITV4 with highlights every evening.

Tour of Britain 2012

Monday, September 10th, 2012
© Courtesy of Scott Balfour @ Folk in Photos

© Courtesy of Scott Balfour @ Folk in Photos

Node4-Giordana Pro Cycling Team are currently taking part in the prestigious and high profile Tour of Britain Pro Tour cycle race, and competing against many world class riders, including British superstars Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish who have the opportunity to race on British roads in front of home crowds following their incredible performances in the Tour de France and Olympics this summer.

The 845 mile, 8 stage event got underway yesterday in Ipswich and finishes in Guildford on Sunday.

The team encountered some bad luck on Stage One yesterday, whilst closing in on the Norfolk Showground finish close to Norwich, when the teams sprinter, Rico Rogers was the innocent party in a nasty crash, which spoilt any chances of a strong stage finish.

Stage 2 today covered 110 miles between Nottingham and Knowsly, covering some demanding terrain through Derbyshire to Cheshire. Earlier in the stage, Node4-Giordana’s Pete Williams was away in a 5 man breakaway group which shortly after the start, and was caught just 25km from the finish.

With the legend that is Malcolm Elliot as team manager, who won the event back in 1988, Node4-Giordana have plenty of valuable experience to call upon.

More information can be found on www.tourofbritain.com, TV coverage on ITV4 with highlights every evening.

Ride with Brad Sportive

Monday, August 20th, 2012
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Bradley Wiggins and Kieran Frend © www.velouk.net

Yesterday the team were represented amongst 1500 riders taking part in the charity event ‘Ride with Brad’ lead by Bradley Wiggins, Tour de France winner and Team GB Olympic time trial gold medallist. The event included 100km and 160km routes on some of Bradley’s favourite training roads, the event’s aim was to promote participation and inspire others to achieve their best in sport.

Read more here: http://www.velouk.net/2012/08/20/news-start-of-new-foundation-at-wiggins-sportive/

GP Pont a Marcq 1.2 FRA Sunday 7th

Monday, July 9th, 2012
© Dominique Becart

© Dominique Becart

Yesterday, in France, our man Philip Lavery produced a terrific performance against top opposition.

Heavy rain meant the course had to be altered at the eleventh hour, and the section of pave at Mons-en-Pevele, incorporated in Paris-Roubaix, was unable to be used.

Instead, 12 laps of a 15.6km circuit were used for 189km. Several heavy showers and crosswinds made for a selective race

Matt Cronshaw made the first front group of 18 riders which went clear at around 25km and maintained their lead of 40-55 seconds for over 100km.

Behind meanwhile, various chases featured Mike Northey and Philip Lavery, and they made the junction to bolster the front group before further re-shuffling saw 4 riders go clear. Philip Lavery then closed a 30 second gap alone to make 5 in front.

At 30km to go, Lavery and Benoit Daeninck (CC Nogent sur Oise) attacked again from this group and took 30 seconds lead on a much diminished but rapidly closing peloton. On the last lap at 10km to go, Daeninck attacked Lavery and soloed away to win. Philip was then caught by a chasing trio, but despite having spent so much energy during his exploits, still had enough left to outsprint them for 2nd place.

http://www.directvelo.com/actualite/20323-gp-de-pont-a-marcq-la-ronde-peveloise-classement.html

James Sampson Update

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

James Sampson Update

We at NODE4 Giordana Racing would like to give everyone an update on James’ current situation, for all those wondering what’s happened to him this season. To recap, James’ winter and 2012 pre season build up had been progressing very well in spite of recurring mystery pain and numbness in his right leg which first came to light late last season. Into 2012 his condition worsened becoming increasingly more difficult to manage as the racing season picked up and the efforts became more intense, prompting James to seek specialist medical advice. After his specialist’s investigations James was then referred to a Vascular surgeon who diagnosed Iliac artery endofibrosis, a condition which was substantially restricting blood flow to the leg. James has just undergone surgery to correct this, and everything appears to have gone well. Recovery will mean one month off, before bike riding can begin again. We are all very hopeful of seeing James return to racing in the later part of this season. We wish him the best of luck, and good wishes for an speedy recovery, and look forward to his return.

Stafford GP National Elite Circuit Series

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Node4’s Rico Rogers impressed with a 2nd place at the Stafford GP on Wednesday night after a close fought sprint with Graham Briggs of Team Raleigh. The pair had spent the entire duration of the race off the front of the bunch working well together and avoiding the action further back in the bunch, which saw a number of crashes on the slippery streets of Stafford, split the field. Having marshalled the bunch throughout Matt Cronshaw won the bunch kick for 3rd securing two steps of the podium for Node4 Giordana Racing Team.

This weekend sees the team split in two. Four riders head to France for the GP Pont a Marcq, managed by Malcolm Elliot. The rest of the team will be racing in the Stockton Elite Circuit Race and Stockton GP this weekend in the North East of England, manager Bill Nickson.

British Circuit Race Championships

Thursday, June 21st, 2012
© Courtesy of Larry Hickmott VeloUK

© Courtesy of Larry Hickmott VeloUK

Node4′s Matt Cronshaw sprinted to a hard fought third position in the mass sprint for the line last night in the British Circuit Race Championships in Yorkshire. The Lancashire rider maintained a place near the front of the race around a tough course at Otley ready for the final dash. But once again it was the dominant Endura team who were calling the shots. In near darkness the riders came round the final bend up to seven abreast and from the gloom local boy Scott Thwaites emerged to take the title. Led by the experience former Sky rider Russell Downing he was led out and Downing made sure Cronshaw was relegated to third step on the podium.

Tour De Beauce update

Monday, June 18th, 2012

After a tough six days of racing in Quebec, it was the ever consistent Dave Clarke who was Node4’s top finisher in the Tour de Beauce. On the final stage Ireland’s Philip Lavery came good taking eighth after 125 km over a ten lap course with two climbs each lap. Clarke placed 17th overall behind American former Pro Tour rider Rory Sutherland of United Healthcare. On the previous stage Clarke had once again been Node4’s leading finisher on another tough circuit with 17th place.

Weekend Racing

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Node4 gave their rivals a racing masterclass dominating from the start and finishing with an impressive one, two three led by Marcin Bialoblocki in the top race of the weekend in the Pro Cycle Hire 97 miles road race at Radwinter, Essex yesterday.

© Courtesy of Lisa Maguire

© Courtesy of Lisa Maguire

Matt Cronshaw started it off attacking from the off and was caught before a lap had been completed by Kiwi Mike Northey and were joined by two local riders two local riders. At the end of lap two Bialoblocki got across with another local. They worked together to build up a five minute lead on the bunch from the 70 man starting field.

Cronshaw attacked again with about two laps to go only to be joined by Northey and Bialoblocki building up a three minute lead by the finish. On the finishing drag Cronshaw paid for his earlier efforts and it was left to Northey to attack with a mile to go only to be eventually overhauled by his Polish colleague who pulled out a three second advantage.

He said after the race:’ Mike put in the hardest turns on the last lap and he told me he thought his legs were better than they were and so I was able to take the win.’

© Courtesy of Lisa Maguire

© Courtesy of Lisa Maguire

Tour Series Final Stage

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Kiwi Mike Northey did of  his best to give Node4 a home win in the final round of the Halford’s Tour Series event around the streets of Stoke on Trent city centre a few miles from the team’s Stone base.

Although he was beaten to the line for the win and had to settle for second personally, he led the team to victory on the night. Northey roared on from the pits by his wife Marina, took off on his own almost from the gun. He was caught before the first sprint by five other riders all from different and top teams which virtually ensured that they would stay away to the finish in front of their delighted boss Phil Griffiths.

As rain began to fall in the last 20 minutes, the six extended their lead to 35 seconds. Then a chasing group prompted by Node4’s Matt Cronshaw broke away knowing that they were not going to catch the leaders but could fight for the team win. Cronshaw took eighth and with Marcin Bialoblocki, the only team member to score on individual win, in Torquay, trying hard to distance the bunch, it looked good for a super motivated Node4. At the line, Bialoblocki took 11th ensuring the team win.

Despite their best team performance of the series, Node4, cursed by crashes and mechanicals over the series, finally finished fifth overall.
In the Johnson HealthTech Women’s Series finale, everyone had to take a back seat to a lone win by Helen Wyman who led almost from the start. At the finish Node4’s Harriet Owen took fourth and World Junior Road Race Championship Lucy Garner was sixth. Overall Corinne Hall took third and the team were runners up, with Garner unable to ride all rounds due to international duty, the team was never in the overall hunt.
Highlights on ITV 4 at 10 pm tonight.

Tour de Beauce update

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Dave Clarke was once again Node4’s top finisher at the end of the 164 km Queen stage of the Tour de Beauce in Quebec yesterday. Going into today’s 20 km time trial, he lies 10th 58 seconds behind Spanish leader Francisco Mancebo. With the stage finishing at the top of Mont Megantic Node4 got a man in the early break. Matt Higgins was in the five man group which went away after 23 kms, after taking the points for first over one of the many mountains on the route, he, like the others dropped back towards the end. At the finish, Clarke was 55 seconds down  on winner Matthew Cooke.

Tour de Beauce

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Experienced campaigner Dave Clarke is Node4′s best placed rider in ninth place after two stages of the Tour de Beauce in Quebec. Once again he finished 12th on the160km stage, run off in strong winds, 29 seconds down on the stage winner. He was in a group also containing Matt Higgins and James Moss and former Tour de France rider Francisco Mancebo who still leads after winning the first stage. Today the 98 riders face a 164 km stage before the time trial on Friday.

Tour Series report Woking

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
© Courtesy Larry Hickmott VeloUK

© Courtesy Larry Hickmott VeloUK

World Junior Road Race Champion Lucy Garner was Node4′s star at the Woking round of the Tour Series. The 17 year old kept herself at the head of the pack in the Johnsons Health Tech women’s race and burst forward to take the win with enough time to put her hands in the air before the line. In the men’s Halford Tour Series race despite attempts by Mike Northey and Matt Cronshaw to getaway, it was once again Torquay winner Marcin Bialoblocki who was Node4′s top finisher in ninth. The team is in fifth place with 20 points on offer in Stoke on Trent tomorrow. They may not be able to win overall but can move up the standings. TV highlights tonight at 8 pm on ITV 4. Meanwhile in Quebec Dave Clarke was the team’s best finisher in the tough first stage with 12th place.

Tour Finale

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

With the final round of the Halford’s Tour Series round the streets of Stoke on Trent city centre tomorrow , only a few miles from their Stone base the Node4 team will be hoping to end the televised series on a high.

In addition to the always exciting Criterium race round the 1.2km circuit being held for the fourth time, the five man teams will career round twice in the afternoon in the Tommy Goodwin Team Time Trial to commemorate the Stoke on Trent mileage record breaker.

There will be the same points available for the ten professional teams giving teams an extra chance to move up the overall rankings. Node4 are in fifth place, two points behind fourth ranked Raleigh. So with their base being so close they will have extra incentive to do well.

So far on the credit side Node4 have one win in the series through Pole Marcin Bialoblocki in Torquay, a second from Mike Northey at Canary Wharf, third for Rico Rogers in the first round at Kirkcaldy and Matt Cronshaw at Peterborough. But on the debit side there have been crashes, wrecked bikes, broken chains, punctures and illness.

Team Manager Malcolm Elliott, himself a former Tour Series round winner said:’  To say we have bad luck this year is an understatement. Even last week it continued with Pete Williams wrecking his bike in Colchester on Thursday.

Yorkshire for the Tour De France 2016

Monday, June 11th, 2012

“Having trained and raced throughout Yorkshire  I know that it offers an ideal setting for the world’s biggest sporting event.  As a former Tour rider I am proud to Back le Bid” Malcolm Elliott.

www.yorkshire.com/back-the-bid

Keiran Frend Tour de Beauce in Canada

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Having so narrowly missed out on selection for the An Post Ras, Keiran Frend is determined to make the most of his chance with a ride in the six stage Tour de Beauce in Canada. The 756 km race includes a lot of climbing in Quebec Province and will be a tough race for Frend and the rest of the Node 4 squad.

Frend, who spent last year in a mountainous area of France, should be at home in the hills although he was ill while the team was racing in Flanders at the  weekend. He said:’I am very pleased to have been selected for the race. It has been playing on my mind for a long time that I wanted to get the chance to ride.

‘I was bitterly disappointed to miss out on the Ras. But it only made me more determined so I was super motivated when I rode and won the West Midlands Championships. Other than that the racing in Britain has been a bit sparse lately. So although I have been training hard, getting out into the Peak District it is not the same as racing.

‘ So I don’t really know what to expect, you can do all the hard training you like but there is no substitute for racing effort. A UCI race like this is a step up but I can’t wait to get stuck in. I intend to take as much from it as possible snd do what I can to help Node4 get some success. All I want to do is race, I even travelled down to Hillingdon to get a race in but was against the Raleigh team so the outcome was predictable.’

The rest of the team for the race which starts on Tuesday is Dave Clarke, Pete Williams, James Moss and Phil Lavery.

Colchester Tour Series

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Matt Cronshaw was Node4′s top finisher in the Colchester round of the Halford’s Tour Series last night. Cronshaw joined eventual winner Graham Briggs of Raleigh and Endura’s Jonny McEvoy with several others getting across in the last few laps. Cronshaw finished fifth in the six man group to lead Node4 to fifth place overall on the night, their overall position with two rounds to go, culminating in the final round in Stoke on Trent. In the Johnson Health Tech Women’s Series third round, Corrine Hall was leading Node4 rider in fifth while with World Junior Champion Lucy Garner not riding, the team slipped to second overall.

Tour Series WIN

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
© Larry Hickmott, VeloUK

© Larry Hickmott, VeloUK

Node4 Giordana Racing Subaru won the Torquay round of the Halfords Tour Series through Marcin Bialoblocki and with three riders in the top ten the team were top team on the night. It was the big Polish rider’s first Tour Series win and follows his fine performance in the An Post Ras.

He  was in a three man break with Chris Opie of Team UK Youth and Endura’s Scott Thwaites which worked well together.Coming into the last corner in to the final corner and with the bunch closing rapidly, the latter two crashed on the final corner leading on to the seafront leaving Bialoblocki a clear run for the line.

Mike Northey was sixth and with Matt Cronshaw, who had been away in a break earlier in the race, taking ninth the clear winner’s on the night. There other finisher was Pete Williams, Rico Rogers broke his chain and was forced to drop out out. Overall going into Thursday’s round at Colchester.

Bialoblocki said after his win, he narrowly missed out at Oldham last year:’ Yeah it’s great for me after last year, it was a nightmare. Now it is paid back and I fell much better. I am really happy. It is very good to win, I’m in the South West which is my home region, so I have lots of friends around.’ Asked his thoughts on the crash in front of him he said:’ Thank you.’

Highlights of Round eight will be shown on ITV4 tonight at 8pm. Round Three of the women’s Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series will be held at Colchester.

Tour Series Canary Wharf

Monday, June 4th, 2012

© Larry Hickmott VeloUK

© Larry Hickmott VeloUK

Kiwi Mike Northey gave Node4 Giordana Racing Endura their best Halford Tour Series result being only narrowly beaten into second place at Canary Wharf. He was part of a four man break which managed to hold off the main bunch and fight out the win with Enduar’s Zak Dempster taking the win. With fellow Kiwi Rico Rogers in third Node4 managed to take second place in the team competition on the night leaving them only one point off fourth place in the overall standings. The series moves on to Torquay on Tuesday. Highlights of Canary Wharf on ITV 4.

Owen Conquers Peterborough

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
© Courtesy of Larry Hickmott, VeloUK

© Courtesy of Larry Hickmott, VeloUK

Harriet Owen took her first ever Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series victory in Peterborough, winning Round Two of the 2012 Series from a three rider break.

Also in the lead group was Oxford heroine Annie Simpson, who took second on the road to keep her Series lead by just two points over Hannah Barnes, the third member of the victorious escape.

The trio escaped early on in the race, moving clear in response to an attack by Owen’s Node4 – Giordana Racing teammate, Junior World Champion, Lucy Garner.  The three worked well together to build their lead, which was never threatened.

Coming into the finale, Owen outsprinted Simpson and Barnes, with Series leader Simpson full of praise for the winner, admitting afterwards that Owen was the stronger rider and had deserved to win.

“Harriet’s a very deserved winner, she’s so strong and she went at the end and I couldn’t hold her,” said Simpson.  “I knew to keep the overall I had to beat Hannah Barnes and I was just thinking that as I was sprinting.

“That was much harder than Oxford, the course was more demanding than Oxford.  We really had to keep pushing as we went so early  I wasn’t feeling my best at all tonight; in Oxford I felt really good but tonight I was glad I was in a break with some really strong riders.

“I didn’t really enjoy it, but it’s nice to be over and to have kept the jersey.  I kept both jerseys and I couldn’t ask for anything more really.”

Speaking afterwards Harriet Owen was much in demand from the media, including a live appearance on BBC Look East before the start of the men’s Halfords Tour Series event.

“I just went eyeballs out and hoped that someone would come with me, and it stuck.  We all worked really well together so got quite a good lead,” said Owen.

“I knew I felt quite good, but I knew Hannah Barnes had a good sprint and Annie would go for a long one as well, so I had to chance it and go for a long one as if I could get the gap I’d be able to hold it, and it paid off!”

Simpson’s lead is just two points over Barnes, with Node4 – Giordana Racing Lucy Garner and Corrine Hall third and fourth on 32 and 28 points respectively, while defending champion Helen Wyman lies fifth on 26 points.

The Matrix Fitness – Prendas rider keeps hold of the Sprints Jersey, with an extended lead also over Barnes, but her team lost the lead of the team’s standings after Node4 – Giordana put three riders in the top ten for a dominant performance.

Highlights of Round Two can be seen as a part of The Halfords Tour Series on ITV4 at 8pm on Wednesday 29th May.  Round Three of the Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series takes place at 17:30 in Colchester on Thursday 7th June.

Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series , Round Two, Peterborough, Provisional Results

Round Two Individual Result
1)    Harriet Own, Node4 – Giordana Racing
2)    Annie Simpson, Matrix Fitness – Prendas
3)    Hannah Barnes, Team Ibis Cycles
4)    Lucy Garner, Node4 – Giordana Racing
5)    Amy Roberts, Scott Contessa Epic
6)    Lydia Boylan, Look Mum No Hands!
7)    Louise Mahe, Mule Bar Girls
8)    Emily Kay, Scott Contessa Epic
9)    Helen Wyman, Kona Factory Racing
10)    Corrine Hall, Node4 – Giordana Racing

Round Two Team Winners: Node4 – Giordana Racing

Overall Individual Standings, post Round Two
1)    Annie Simpson, Matrix Fitness – Prendas, 39pts
2)    Hannah Barnes, Team Ibis Cycles, 37pts
3)    Lucy Garner, Node4 – Giordana Racing, 32pts
4)    Corrine Hall, Node4 – Giordana Racing, 28pts
5)    Helen Wyman, Kona Factory Racing, 26pts
6)    Harriet Owen, Node4 – Giordana, 25pts
7)    Lydia Boylan, Look Mum No Hands, 25pts
8)    Amy Roberts, Scott Contessa Epic, 22pts
9)    Jo Tindley, VC St Raphael, 18pts
10)    Louise Mahe, Mule Bar Girls, 18pts

Overall Team Standings, post-Round Two
1)    Node4 – Giordana Racing, 85pts
2)    Matrix Fitness – Prendas, 69pts
3)    Look Mum No Hands!, 41pts
4)    Scott Contessa Epic, 40pts
5)    VC St Raphael, 32pts
6)    Mule Bar Girls, 30pts
7)    Abergavenny Road Club, 15pts
8)    Vivelo Bikes/Inverse/Cyclaim RT, 11pts
9)    Team Hope Factory Racing, 9pts
10)    WyndyMilla UK Youth, 6pts

Sprints winner Peterborough: Annie Simpson (Matrix Fitness – Prendas)

Sprints standings, post Round Two:
1)    Annie Simpson, Matrix Fitness – Prendas, 16pts
2)    Harriet Owen, Node4 – Giordana Racing, 8pts
3)    Hannah Barnes, Team Ibis Cycles, 7pts

Johnson Heath GP WIN

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

© Courtesy of Larry Hickmott, VeloUK

Harriett Owen brought success for Node4 in the Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series with victory in Peterborough, winning Round Two of the 2012 Series from a three rider break.

Also in the lead group was Oxford heroine Annie Simpson, who took second on the road to keep her Series lead by just two points over Hannah Barnes, the third member of the victorious escape.

She had escaped with Annie Simpson and Hannah Barnes early on in the race, in response to an attack by Owen’s Node4 – Giordana Racing teammate, Junior World Champion, Lucy Garner.Their lead was never challenged and coming into the finish, Owen outsprinted her companions.
Owen said: “I just went eyeballs out and hoped that someone would come with me, and it stuck.  We all worked really well together so got quite a good lead.I knew I felt quite good, but I knew Hannah Barnes had a good sprint and Annie would go for a long one as well, so I had to chance it and go for a long one as if I could get the gap I’d be able to hold it, and it paid off!”

Simpson’s series lead is just two points over Barnes, with Node4 – Giordana Racing Lucy Garner and Corrine Hall third and fourth on 32 and 28 points respectively. With three riders in the top ten, Node4 Giordana Racing Subaru won the team race on the night and now lead overall. Highlights of Round Two can be seen as a part of The Halfords Tour Series on ITV4 at 8pm on Wednesday 29th May.  Round Three of the Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series takes place at 17:30 in Colchester on Thursday 7th June.

Peterborough Tour Series

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Node4’s Matt Cronshaw took fourth in the Peterborough round of the Halford’s Tour Series last night after getting into a break of six at about halfway, helping the team to fourth place on the night.

Cronshaw had crashed in the two previous rounds and with the rule change preventing riders taking a lap out after crashes or mechanicals had not figured. This had caused the whole team problems in the Aberystwth round on Friday.

This time Cronshaw made no mistake but at the finish Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy of Rapha Condor who had sat on the back and contributed little work to the break was able to take the win. Node4 now lie fifth overall in the team standings.

The series moves on to London’s Canary Wharf on Thursday. Highlights of Peterbrough are on ITV 4 at 8pm tonight.

An Post …Bill Nickson, Team Manager’s verdict

Monday, May 28th, 2012

The best weather in the 60 year old history of the Ras some hard racing littered with crashes and bad luck for Node4’s Marcin Bialoblocki who narrowly failed to win the points jersey despite the last day efforts of the team. That is the 2012 An Post Ras in short.

Nickson said today:’ There was a tremendous international field, most of them unknown to us and the Frenchman who won Nicholas Baldo got a deserved victory. He was a strong rider the field could not get near him on the last day but one when he slipped off the front in the last couple of kms and stole 10 seconds.

‘By and large the team had a good race. I was disappointed for Marcin, he ended up two places behind Gediminas Bagdonas on the penultimate day and that cost him the points jersey. On the last day I asked the team to ride for Marcin which they did but he was unable to get the necessary points.Still he finished sixth overall Clarkey (Dave Clarke) rode strongly on the toughest day, got in the break and that gave him the King of the Mountains.

‘On that day, he dropped off the break having got away from the yellow jersey, to help Marcin, he sat up and waited but the yellow jersey managed to claw his way back as Marcin did not quite have enough to gap him. But overall it was a fantastic race. Matt Higgins felt he was sickening for a cold towards the end, it may have been hay fever, which he has never had. But it never materialised.

‘They are off to ride a race in Belgium this weekend, when Keiran Frend will be riding.’

Hillingdon GP WIN

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Lucy Hillingdon GP WIN

World and National Junior Road Race Champion Garner used her powerful sprint to take the Hillingdon Grand Prix in West London. Finding herself heavily marked by her senior rivals, she finally got across to the winning break with GB colleague Elinor Barker and after they almost lapped the field, Garner took the sprint.

Ras Final

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Node4’s Marcin Bialoblocki cemented his sixth place overall in the An Post Ras with third place in the mass sprint on the final 139 km into Skerries. His place in the 72 up sprint also helped him to runner up in the points classification after a consistent ride throughout the week. After suffering illness earlier in the week, Dave Clarke was rewarded with the King of the Mountains title after hill breakaway exploits in the event won overall by Frenchman Nicholas Baldo with Bialoblocki 21 seconds down.

RAS Stage 4

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

A puncture robbed Node4’s Tour of the North winner James Moss of a chance to don the race leader’s yellow jersey at the end of a frantic fourth stage of the An Post Ras less than two km from the finish of a stage which, with a cross tailwind was run off at an incredible 28 mph. Under  the rules riders puncturing or crashing in the final three kms are awarded the same time as the leading riders.

Team manager Bill Nickson reckoned this could have put Moss in yellow, but when the General Classification was published Moss was in third place in the same time as the leader with former leader Marcin Bialoblocki in third place three seconds down after finishing second  in a front group which Moss had been part of until his puncture.

Nickson spent several hours trying to track down the commissaries to see whether they would award Moss the leader’s jersey but with it having been presented to Swiss rider Pirmin Lang who has led from Monday, old hand Nickson was not hopeful of changing the situation and so it proved.

But he reckons that today’s 149 km stage from Bundoran to Buncrana with 50 km of climbing including the infamous Mamore Gap could be the one which decides this year’s Ras.

Nickson said after yesterday’s stage:’ It is a real tough stage with lots of climbing this is the stage where the yellow jersey could change for real. We have high hopes of Dave Clarke who lost ten minutes today, he has been sick for a couple of days. But he said in tonight’s team meeting that he would have a go out front to try and draw the other teams out.

‘Perhaps someone like IG Sigma’s Simon Richardson (a former Ras winner) might lend a hand as he has lost a lot of time so would be keen to win a stage.The weather looks good for tomorrow. The team are really looking forward to it. We have a number of cards to play and Marcin, despite his size will have no problem getting over the climbs.’

Nickson, a former Milk Race winner and Tour de France rider added:’ Halfway through the race it is fair to say the team have all performed well and morale is high with Marcin the points leaders jersey. So far there has been a tail or crosstail wind which is why the speed has been so high.’

Node4 lead the team classification.

Tour Series update

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Ever consistent Kiwi Mike Northey was Node4′s best placed rider in sixth place in the third round of the Halford Tour Series round in Oxford last night. But with the race once again dominated by the Endura team, with Kirkcaldy winner Scott Thwaites once again first across the line. Node4 dropped to fifth in the overall standings after Rico Rogers was 13th and the third counter was outside the top twenty. The Oxford round also saw the opening round of the Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix when the Node4 girls finished in second place with Corrine Hall top placed in fourth. Overall winner was Annie Simpson who led her Matrix Fitness – Prendas squad to top spot with an attack on the last lap. She had got away from a select group which included World Junior Road Champion Lucy Garner in addition to team mate Hall. Garner led the chasers after Simpson and almost caught her in the final metres finally taking sixth spot.Highlights of Round One can be seen as a part of The Halfords Tour Series on ITV4 at 8pm tonight. The men ride at Redditch, Worcestershire on Thursday.  Round Two of the Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series takes place at 17:00 in Peterborough on Tuesday 29th May.

Ras results day 3

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
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© Courtesy of Sportfile

Despite a hectic stage in Connemara, littered with crashes little changed overall after Stage Three of the An Post Ras. Node4’s Stage One winner Marcin Bialoblocki was narrowly beaten in the finishing sprint by last years overall winner An Post Sean Kelly’s Gediminas Bagdonas at the end of the 145 km stage to Westport County Mayo after Philip Lavery mde a late bid for victory. Going clear three kilometres out and dangling off the front before being swamped by the bunch. Bialoblocki remains eighth at 12 seconds with James Moss still in third. Lavery has dropped to third in the Under 23 category.

An Post Ras Second Day

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Node4 Giordana Racing Subaru surrendered the lead on the second day of the An Post Ras to Gort. A break of eight riders got away after 40 km of the 158 km of the stage, including Node4′s James Moss. The break lost one rider and despite efforts by the bunch towards the end managed to stay with Moss taking third. This put him into third place overall on the same time as the leader Switzerland’s Pirmin Lang. Previous yellow jersey Marcin Bialoblocki is now eighth 12 seconds down with Philip Lavery 13th at 25 seconds. While the Node4 lead the team standings. The team will be happy as they do not have to defend their lead over the next few days. Tonight the other half of the Node4 team will be contesting round three of the Halfords Tour Series at Oxford.

Weekend results

Monday, May 21st, 2012
© Courtesy of Stephen McNally

© Courtesy of Stephen McNally

Node 4 Giordana Racing Subaru enjoyed another good weekend with Marcin Bialoblocki’s sprint win in the first stage of the An Post Ras in Ireland the pick of the team’s four victories.

Following his runners up spot in the Lincoln Grand Prix, the giant Pole was head and shoulders above the 120 strong bunch at the end of the 147 km stage down to Kilkenny. He took the sprint from a four man breakaway group which was seconds up on the majority of the field.

The team were in the action from early on with Philip Lavery  who took the first hot spot sprint after getting in a break which went after about 50 km. They were caught a few kilometers down the road. After about 100 km another group containing Dave Clarke got away for a short time.  Clarke will wear the climbers jersey today (Monday) after taking first and second on the stage’s two climbs. Lavery will don the U 23 jersey when the riders head 158 km to Gort.

This side of the water, it was Divisional Championships day up and down the country with Kieran Frend, Matt Cronshaw and Pete Williams taking their respective titles on contrasting courses.

Frend took the 136 km West Midlands race on a tough course based on Bridgnorth. After a number of attacks, Frend and Matt Clinton of Mike Vaughan Cycles made the decisive move on lap four up a steep climb with another rider hanging on to them. By the bell lap the two were on their own with a 90 second lead over a lone chaser. Frend made his move in the final 200 metres leaving his former team mate for the win. At the finish they were four minutes up.

Despite being outnumbered by the Vanilla Bikes team, Matt Cronshaw took the North West Championship on an almost flat course near Preston. Each time Vanilla Bikes riders attacked, Cronshaw was expected to do the chasing. When their Ben Greenwood attacked on the last lap, Cronshaw jumped across and despite leading out the sprint took the title.

Williams scored a lone win by more than a minute in the Yorkshire Championships over a 130 km course at Sherrif Hutton near York.

Ras Preview

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Looking at the route for the 2012 An Post Ras, team manager Bill Nickson said:’ The Ras is always a difficult race, but this year the route looks particularly hard.  There are a lot of foreign teams with names we have never heard of. Names that a couple of years down the road are household names on the pro scene in Europe. I remember John Degenkolb two years ago, he has been winning regularly in Europe and at the weekend won the Tour of Picardie. So all you know what to expect is hard racing on hard roads often in bad weather. But that is what makes it a good race.’

Nickson ought to know, he won the Tour of Britain and then rode the Tour de France for the TI Raleigh team in the seventies.

The race covers 11,68 km over eight stages with 28 categorised climbs. Three of them are First Category. There will be more than 170 riders riding the 60th edition. The Ras has a reputation for being a gruelling challenge in the elite international calendar which allows amateur riders to pit themselves against domestic and international professionals.

‘We will be hoping for a stage win and we could be on for a top ten place overall. We have a strong all round team. Marcin is obviously going well after his performance at Lincoln. Philip knew he needed a good result in the Shay Elliott to book his place after dropping out of the stage races he has ridden this year and he produced it.He will e riding on home territory and looking to show well. Matt Higgins has been very impressive in the races I have been involved with this year. He is a good hard rider.’

The team is completed by the experienced and hard working Dave Clarke and James Moss who won the Tour of the North at Easter where his manager was also Nickson. Node4 will face teams from Switzerland, Denmark, Norway and Morocco. Also back to defend his title in the colour of the An Post Sean Kelly team is Lithuanian Gediminas Bagdonas.

Node4 Team: Marcin Bialoblocki, Matt Higgins, Philip Lavery, James Moss all winners this year and Dave Clarke.

Stage 1, Sunday 20th May, DUNBOYNE – KILKENNY 147 Kms.

Stage 2, Monday 21st May, KILKENNY – GORT 158 Kms.

Stage 3, Tuesday 22nd May, GORT – WESTPORT 145 Kms.

Stage 4, Wednesday 23rd May, WESTPORT – BUNDORAN 135 Kms.

Stage 5, Thursday 24th May, BUNDORAN – BUNCRANA 149 Kms.

Stage 6, Friday 25th May, BUNCRANA – KILLYBEGS 134 Kms.

Stage 7, Saturday 26th May, DONEGAL – COOTEHILL 161 Kms.

Stage 8, Sunday 27th May, COOTEHILL – SKERRIES 139 Kms.

Tour Series Round Two

Friday, May 18th, 2012

© Larry Hickmott Velo UK

Node4 Giordana Racing Subaru moved up to second overall after two rounds of the Halford Tour Series on the very wet, tough and technical Durham circuit. The race was marred by a number of crashes which split the field apart. After Matt Higgins had tried his luck on the cobbled climb early on, Rapha Condor Sharp’s Kristian House broke away, briefly joined by Node4′s Pete Williams. Eventually House won alone helping Rapha into joint second place overall behind Endura. Williams went on to finish eight in the depleted bunch to be Node4′s leading finisher and backed by Mike Northey in 11th and Higgins in 16th moving them up in the overall standings.The series moves on to Oxford on Tuesday.  Highlights on ITV 4 at 8pm tonight.

Tour Series First Round

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Kiwi sprinter Rico Rogers produced his best performance so far in Node4 Giordana Racing Subaru colours with third place in the first round of the Halford Tour Series on a circuit in Kircaldy Scotland. The racing on the tough 1.4 km course by the sea was fast and furious for the first criterium of the season for many of the riders.

With the series being a team race with packing riders as near the front of possible Node4 will be fourth going into the second event at Durham on Thursday evening after another Kiwi Mike Northey was only 17th at the finish of the one hour race. Matt Cronshaw was 14th.

Leading team are Endura whose Scott Thwaites was winner on the night while last year’s team champions Rapha Condor Sharp were fifth. Highlights can be seen on ITV 4 tonight at 10pm.

Managers weekend reaction

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Team manager Malcolm Elliott said:“Yes in the end it was a good weekend for the Node4 team. But during a race like Lincoln you can get full of doom and gloom because things do not seem to be going right but the climb of Michaelgate can change everything particularly in the last few laps. With five laps to go everything was going well we had Marcin, Pete Williams, Mike Northey and Matt Cronshaw in the brake of about 20. This got whittled down with two to go until there were five riders left including Marcin. It was always going to be a difficult job to beat Russell Downing. With a lap to go he attacked from what with four riders chasing seemed a long way out. But then Marcin got clear and chased him down. He was very strong on the flat and pulled him back with five miles to go and they worked well together. I was wracking my brains to think of how we were going to get the win, but on the final climb Russell rode away, but Marcin had put up a good performance. The Irish result was a good one which I will be analysing with Bill before finalising the Ras team.”


Keiran Frend said of the Shay Elliott Memorial:“Phil went away fairly early on. There was a lot of headwinds round the circuit and there were a few attempts to catch Phil but these broke down. When we came to a steep climb well into the race, I looked around and there were about ten riders there and then Ryan Sherlock got away and I went with him. I thought the guy who won the Tour of Ulster was between us and Phil but Bill came up and said he had dropped out and told me not to ride so I was able to sit in and take a tow. I was feeling strong, particularly on the climbs. As we were catching Phil near the end, even though I was not contributing, I was convinced that I could have won if we had overhauled him. I certainly had the legs to win but that is what teamwork was about. With a little knowledge and better placing in the bunch near the start myself and James Sampson may have made the break which went through a series of roundabouts. But this was a good result for the team. Now I hope I get in the team for the Ras!”

A great weekend

Monday, May 14th, 2012

© Courtesy Andrew Kennedy

What a weekend for Node4 Giordana Racing Subaru… Lucy Garner added the National Junior Road Championship to her World Championship rainbow jersey, Philip Lavery led a Node4 one two in Irelands top single day road race while Marcin Bialoblocki was second in the classic Lincoln Grand Prix.

Seventeen year old Garner was one second ahead of fellow GB riders Elinor Barker and Amy Roberts at the end of the 80 km title race on the edge of the Brecon Beacons in South Wales. The race was combined with a senior race but the three leading juniors kept close to one another with Garner having the edge on the line.

After being ruled out of the Tour of Ulster last weekend, Philip Lavery came back with a stunning victory in the Shay Elliott Memorial Road Race after 140 km over tough, hilly roads north of Dublin. The 21 year old finally crossed the line just four seconds in front of team mate Kieran Frend.

Lavery was part of a four man group which went clear early in the race with 30 km still to go, he took off on the climb up Glenmalure. Behind Ryan Sherlock went after Lavery with Frend in tow while his former breakaway companions were absorbed by what was let of the bunch.

© Courtesy Ian McIlvany

The gap closed considerably towards the finish despite Frend doing no work. As Lavery crossed the line Frend came round Sherlock to claim second. The win will boost Lavery’s confidence with the An Post Ras only a week away.

At the 57th Lincoln Grand Prix Bialoblocki had been in a five man group which went clear with four of the 13 laps to go. Former Sky rider Russell Downing, a three time winner of the 160 km race took off on the final lap, Bialoblocki caught him halfway round the the circuit, but was dropped at the bottom of the fearsome 1-6 cobbled Michaelgate climb and came in 15 seconds down. Node4’s Pete Williams came in sixth two and a half minutes down.

Tour series Preview

Monday, May 14th, 2012

The Pedal go round that is the Halford’s Tour Series of exciting go all the way no quarter given town centre races starts tomorrow (Tuesday) with its first venture in Scotland at Kirkcaldy and as one of the top teams in the country, Node4 Giordana Racing Subaru will be in the thick of it.

Representing Node4 in Scotland and two days later in Durham will be Mike Northey, Rico Rogers, Pete Williams, and the two Matts Cronshaw and Higgins. They are likely to be the nucleus of the team for the series which continues until the final round in Hanley, Stoke on Trent close to the team’s Stone headquarters on June 14th.

The Kirkcaldy circuit has been studied on Google by team Manager Malcolm Elliott who says that it includes a short hill which might during the hour long race stretch the field of 10 five man teams although he points out the long straight along the seafront is likely to bring it all back together.

The Tour Series is unique in cycling in that it is a team event where the position of the third team member across the line is crucial in the points scoring. Round Two in Durham is well known to Elliott who won there two years ago while a member of the Motorpoint team.

Of the series, Elliott said:’ I feel we will do well. We have a very strong team, there may be bigger teams but at the end of the day they can only field five riders with the third over the line being crucial. I tend to disagree with those who say that the team format encourages negative riding.

‘Ideally you can pack your first three as high as possible but the team have to work to make sure that the third man is up there at the end. Bear in mind there can get mishaps but it may be possible to designate one member of the team as the worker. Riders have to finish as high as possible. It is a different way of racing.

‘As for the first circuits, I have only looked at Kirkcaldy on Google street maps  but we will have a good look as the circuit when we get there. It may well be that with it being beside the seas that the winds play a part.

‘At Durham with its cobbled section it is a bit of a bunfight. On the sharp descent to the cobbled corner you need to brake as late as possible to get position then it funnels so it is very tight and if it is wet…. well!’

Aiming for a good weekend

Friday, May 11th, 2012

The big aim for the Node4 team this weekend is the 57th Lincoln Grand Prix, the latest Premier Calendar event. This event includes the infamous 1 in 6 climb of the cobbled Michaelgate a dozen times through the heart of the city leading up to the finish close to the Cathedral. The race 102 miles this year has been won by some of Britain’s top riders over the years  The team is Marcin Bialoblocki, Mike Northey, Rico Rogers, Matt Higgins, Dave Clarke, James Moss, Pete Williams and Matt Cronshaw.

Irishman Philip Lavery will lead the team riding the classic Shay Elliott Memorial race along with Keiran Frend and James Sampson. This is a race won in the past by Node4 team manager Malcolm Elliott.

Good Weekend for the Womens Team

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Good weekend for Node4 Women’s team at the Bedford 2 day event. At the last minute Sarah King asked if her friend from Uni Ciara Horne could guest on the team, so as we were a rider down, we said ok. It turned out to be a very good decision as she won!!
On the first day we won the Team Time Trial by just 1 second. Then in the 80km road race, Ciara came 2nd, Lucy 3rd, Corrine 5th and Harriet 10th. The following day started with an individual TT, Ciara came 3rd, Lucy 5th, Corrine 11th, Sarah 21st & Harriet 24th. The last event was a road race round the Millbrook Proving Ground, Ciara came 2nd, Lucy 3rd, Harriet 11th, Corrine 16th and Sarah 51st. So overall Node4 won by 25 points. Lucy also won the Sprint Competition and the Hill Competition!

Weekend report

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

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Node4’s Ciara Horne used her pursuiting ability to score a one second win in the Bedford Two Day women’s race. She had set off in pursuit of Elinor Barker to protect her team leader World Junior Road Champ Lucy Garner. Her lone chase was not enough to catch Barker but it narrowed down enough for her to snatch victory. It left Lucy in third overall.

© Courtesy of Larry Hickmott, VeloUK

The foundation for victory had been laid when the Node4 youngsters won the opening Team Time Trial by one second from the For Viored squad led by multi paraolmpic medallist Sarah Storey. Then in the Node4 took second, third and fifth places through Garner, Horne and Corrinne Hall. This gave Garner the leader’s jersey with Horne four seconds behind laying the foundations for the epic final day.

Despite his undoubted good form, Node4’s Pete Williams had to settle for sixth place in the Tour of the Reservoirs Premier Calendar race in Northumberland on Sunday. After being in a number of breaks, but with one of the other major teams controlling the race, every attempt to get away was thwarted. Williams was in the final escape but his companion sat up leaving Williams to get caught and at the finish he was five seconds behind Endura’s Scott Thwaites.

Meanwhile Matt Higgins, who had gone into the final stage of the Tour of Ulster in the leader’s yellow jersey, dropped to third overall at the end after faultering when two local riders broke away and finished with a lead of almost six minutes. Higgins who had taken the lead after finishing fourth in a breakaway group. On day two he took over the lead after finishing second in another break and defended it with a win in the short evening time trial. James Moss already a winner in Ulster this year finished eighth overall.

SiS growth supported by opening of new facility

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Node4′s World Junior Road Race Champion and 2011 BBC Junior Sports Personality of the Year Lucy Garner and her team mate Pete Williams, along with top time triallist Michael Hutchinon, all user of the products were on hand for the official opening of the new Science in Sport, SIS, factory at Nelson, Lancs yesterday. Lucy will be using SIS products when she tackles the National Junior Road Race Championships on Sunday and Pete tries to win the Premier Calendar Tour of the Reservoirs.

Science in Sport (SiS) sports nutrition business in Nelson, Lancashire. The opening, held yesterday, was attended by Junior World Road Champion and 2011 Junior BBC Sports Personality of the Year nominee, Lucy Garner, and the UK’s top amateur cyclist and Time Trial champion, Michael Hutchinson. The manufacturing facility, known as ‘The Innovation Centre’, is approximately 38,000 square feet, and more than 50 people are employed at the site. Already delivering reduced costs and improved margins, the new factory is accredited to the Informed Sport quality assurance programme.
Informed Sport is a quality assurance programme for sports nutrition products, suppliers to the sports nutrition industry and supplement manufacturing facilities. The programme certifies that all nutritional supplements, ingredients and sites that bear the Informed Sport logo have been tested for banned substances by the world class sports anti-doping laboratory, HFL Sport Science.

Stephen Moon, CEO Provexis, said “Since acquiring SiS in 2011, we have focused our attention on the further development of the science behind the sports nutrition products and building on the brand’s excellent reputation in endurance sports. Today’s opening follows strong monthly growth in SiS sales since the acquisition and reinforces our market leading position in sports nutrition for endurance athletes. The brand relaunch and significant increase in marketing support will help us build on the momentum we’ve generated.”

Weekend Preview

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Node4 Giordana Racing Subaru’s Marcin Bialoblocki will be hoping to go one better in Sunday’s Tour of the Reservoirs in Northumberland. Last year the giant Polish rider was runner to his then team mate Ian Bibby at the end of the tough Premier Calendar event.

This year Node4′s team of Bialoblocki, David Clarke, Matt Cronshaw,Kieran Frend, Mike Northey, James Sampson and Pete Williams will face tough opposition from Team Endura and Raleigh. But with Northey and Williams both in form and others who have been showing well so far Team Manager Malcolm Elliott will be confident of a good result from his team.

Atrocious weather conditions

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Node4 Giordana Racing Subaru’s Pete Williams survived the atrocious weather conditions to finish sixth in a truncated Melton Cicle Classic race in Rutland yesty. Out of a field of more than 100 riders, 25 year old Williams was a member of the key break but suffered in the cold and torrential rain of the event billed as the UK’s Paris – Roubaix with its off road sections and eventually finished sixth out of the 22 finishers. Due to the flooded roads the route was cut by about 14 miles to 100.

Rutland CiCLE Classic Preview

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

So impressive has been his arrival in the UK that Node4’s Kiwi Mike Northey starts the Melon International C ICLE Classic in Rutland on Sunday as one of the favourites for the 114 mile race around Rutland and through the rough tracks which make it Britain’s version of the notorious Paris Roubaix classic.
The tough route of Britain’s only UCI ranked single day race should suit the 25 year old from Auckland. This year’s event starting in Oakham and sponsored by Mountivation will be the longest of the seventh running of the race which was won in 2007 by Node4 team manager Malcolm Elliott.
The event is held on closed roads but with so much rough track on the route luck in the form of nor puncturing or crashing at the wrong time plays a big part in the prestigious race. The Node4 team for the race is Northey, Marcin Bialoblocki, James Moss, Matt Higgins, David Clarke and Pete Williams. All except David Clarke are already winners this year and it surely wont be long before Clarke crosses the line arms aloft.
The race will be the team’s toughest test yet this season with not only all the top UK teams fielding strongs but a number of continental squads making up the huge field.

Pete Williams talks about winning

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Not to be left out of the wins among the Node4 Giordana Subaru riders, which have been coming thick and fast, Pete Williams the longest serving member of Phil Griffiths’ team took the honours at the Drummond Trophy Race in Scotland and hopes it will be first of many for him this season.

The 25 year old from Skipton said:’ I have been going well all year, you just have to get in the right move. Basically of us managed to get away fairly early with myself Mike Northey and Dave Clarke in. It went down to eight and Mike took off with about 30 miles to go which meant Raleigh had to chase give me and Dave a free ride.

‘They could not catch him and with 15 miles to go, I jumped across to Mike who was about a minute up the road and then we basically rode across the line together, with me just in front. We did not really want to sprint against each other but I had done a lot for Mike in France so I suppose he was repaying me.

‘I had good legs in France but worked for Mike after he won Stage 1. He had the form, for someone to hold off a group of ten for the stage win meant he was going well so obviously I had to help him keep the jersey. The form is starting to come. I know that my form is coming when I start to climb well and I am climbing well.

‘I hope I will be riding at Melton on Sunday I have not ridden since 2009 when I punctured. I think it is a race where I can get up there. I just want to get the results in the next big races. At the moment everyone in the team is going well. Mike is particularly strong and a great addition to the team and hopefully he is going to win some races.

‘Yes we have the Ras in about a month. It is a race I have gone well in. It can be unpredictable, but I seem to manage to get in the breaks. I think I would rather get a stage win there than say fourth on GC. I seem to have good form early season, I just want to win as many races as possible. I want to be able to ride my bike as long as possible and earn my living from it.”

Battling against the elements

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Node4 Giordana Subaru World Junior Road Champion Lucy Garner, riding for Great Britain finished fifth with a stage win in the Omloop van Borsele a 3day stage race, competing against 112 juniors. On Friday she did a 13.2km TT and finished 10th with a time of 19:54 which was 0:53 seconds down of the leader (Olympic Development Programme team mate Elinor Barker from Wales won). She was relatively happy with this as time trials are not her favorite discipline.

Then on Saturday and Sunday they had 72.4 km road races each day. The conditions were appalling, thunder and lightning, hailstorms, cold winds the lot, and too many crashes to mention, however Lucy never minds battling against the elements and had a great race, finishing in 3rd position. Two girls broke away and took 1st and 2nd positions, then Lucy won the bunch sprint to take 3rd. Yesterday, the conditions were much the same and someone described the scene like ‘The Battle of the Somme!’. However, once again Lucy had a great race and managed to take the win (with the help of a fabulous lead-out by team mate Emily Kay) which she was thrilled with, as her plan for the weekend was to try and win a stage. Overall she finished 5th, 34 secs behind Elinor Barker who managed to retain her lead with her fabulous TT time.

Tour Series Launch

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Good news for Node4 Giordana Subaru, the final event of the Halfords Tour Series will be a home race with the course round the city centre in Stoke on Trent just down the road from the team’s Stone, Staffordshire base, it was announced today.

Two of the key Node4 riders for the 11 town televised series run over 31 days in May and June will be Kiwi’s Rico Rogers and Mike Northey attended today’s series launch close to the tough little circuit round the Hanley shopping centre.

The races shown the following night on ITV 4 begin on Tuesday May 15th in Kirkcaldy in Scotland and continue every Tuesday and Thursday to June 14th apart from the Aberystwth round which is on Friday May 25th.

There are also five women’s races called the Johnson Healthtech Tour Series with the final being before the elite men in Hanley. These will be a big target for Junior World Champion Lucy Garner and the rest of the Node4 women’s team.

An innovation this year, the fourth year the series has been run, will be that the ten selected five man team’s will ride a two lap team time trial a couple of hours before their criterium race with the first three across the line to count for the special Tommy Godwin trophy.

It is to mark the 100th anniversary of local hero Tommy who in 1940 set an unbelievable record of pedalling 100,000 miles in 500 days and won 200 time trial races and a man who was a friend of Node4 team boss Phil Griffiths late father Bill.

There will also be events for local children to encourage them into the sport just like Phil was by legendary local Les West, twice a winner of the Tour of Britain in the 1960’s.

Phil said today:’ We are delighted that the Tour Series finale will be our local race. The series is one of our important targets for the season as it is such a great showcase for the team and our sponsors with it being on television. It is series we have won in the past and we riders like Rico and Mike, the New Zealand national criterium champion who could really light up the races.’

Rico said:’ I have come here to win races for Node4 and this series of events will be a great stage to show what I can do in the sprints against all the top riders in this country.’

Sixth over all

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Kiwi Mike Northey finally finished sixth overall in the Tour de Loire et Cher yesterday after suffering the coldest day of his cycling life Kiwi Mike Northey on Saturday. He lost the lead on Saturday’s stage on what developed into a horrendous 191km stage based on Ange. After 60 km the race hit hail and rain and strong winds. Two of the Node4 riders crashed and then Northey himself was caught behind a crash. He and the remainder of the team was forced to chase as the field split to bits in the crosswinds and by the finish he had lost his lead and was sixth 1.42 down. He held on to his placing with the help of Pete Williams and Marcin Bialoblocki. The team finished sixth in the team race.
There was better news at home with Kieran Frend scoring his second win in Node4 colours in the latest round of the CDNW series in Lancashire, taking the two up sprint. Women’s Junior Road Champion Lucy Garner won the bunch sprint to take second place in the first round of ShuttVR Women’s Series.

Mike Northey maintains lead

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Node4 newboy Mike Northey maintained his overall lead in the Tour Loire et Cher by finishing safely in the lead group on stage two between Villebarou to Chailles. His overall lead is now ten seconds.

Kiwi Mike Northey on Fire

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Kiwi Mike Northey showed he was on fire winning the first stage of the Tour of Loire et Cher in France. He took the 186 kms from Blois to Nouan le Fuzelier by nine seconds. The 26 year old’s success comes only days after his fine performance in the Tour Doon Hame in Scotland. The group behind Northey included Matt Cronshaw who finished third.

Tour of the North WIN

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Node4 Giordana Subaru scored their biggest success of the season so far at the weekend with James Moss winning for the four stage Tour of the North in Ulster. After finishing second in the short prologue at Stormont, he took the leader’s yellow jersey on the first road stage by a slender one second after taking thir place on the stage with team mates Matt Higgins and Keiran Frend fourth and fifth.

Moss once again made the winning break on the 71 miles third stage finishing fourth 36 seconds up on the chasing bunch to consolidate his lead. So he went into the final stage with a 13 second lead. At the end of the final 71 miles, Moss was marshalled home by his team mates one second down on the lone winner. Moss took the race by 18 seconds with Higgins, Frend and Sampson all in the top ten, Node4 took the team award as well. Frend was runner up in the King of the Hills.

In the Premier Calendar Tour Doon Hame two day in the Scottish borders new Kiwi arrival Mike Northey made his mark finished fifth overall. He had made the winning groups in both the first and final stages. He placed third on stage one while fellow Kiwi Rico Rogers showed his renowned sprint to win the bunch finish for fourth place.

Racing begins in Earnest

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Racing begins in earnest this weekend for the Node4 Giordana Subaru team with squad racing in both Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Socttish event is the second Premier Calendar of the season and includes Matt Cronshaw who was third last weekend.

Team for 8-9th Tour Doon Hame, Scotland  Marcin Bialoblocki, Pete Williams, Cronshaw, Mike Northey, Rico Rogers, Philip Lavery, DaveClarke.
In Ulster, James Moss, James Sampson, Kieran Frend and Matt Higgins will be riding the Tour of the North from 6th – 9th.
The team riding in Scotland will travel straight to France  for the Tour du Loir and Cher which runs from 11th to 15th.

Halfway around the world

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Larry Hickmott, VeloUk.net

Diminutive Rico Rogers has come halfway round the world to win races for Node4 Giordana Subaru… and do it on a Pinarello which he maintains makes a self confessed non climber able to go up hills better.

At 34, the New Zealand born rider, now a Melbourne resident is a re-born cyclist who enjoys bursting from a bustling, jostling bunch to hurl his machine across the line very very fast for victory.

In 2010 he won 29 races and some more last year inc stages of the Tour of China while riding for Giant Asia. This year with the help of his new Node4 team mates including fellow Kiwi Mike Northey, he plans to win even more.

Like so many cyclists from Down Under he is prepared to go anywhere to ride a bike and win races. Having no firm contract for 2012 he spoke to his friend Dave Clarke, another Node4 rider, and contacted team principal Phil Griffiths. Two conversations and one Google search, and Rico had been made an offer which brought him to England two weeks ago.

Cycling as a hobby, then a profession and now a lifestyle, began with downhill mountain biking which Rico reckons helped him develop those twitch muscles so important to a sprinter.

Mike Northey - Curtesy of Larry Hickmott, VeloUk.net

But then there was a career, six years away from the sport and personal problems which finally put him back on a bike. ‘ Almost immediately I was riding 800 to 1,000 km a week I enjoyed riding I found it easy an enjoyable. I was 28 and never seemed to struggle whoever I rode with.

“Almost immediately I took third place in the Auckland Championships. I decided to go to Belgium, the home of cycle racing, to make up for lost time and got a second place almost immediately. I spent eight months there, the best place to learn to be a cyclist. I was offered a place on a team which did not materialise.

So I went to Morzine in the Alps, I thought I might learn to be able to climb. I love living in France learned the language, hung out with the local, but still did not learn to climb hills! I went across to see the UCI in Aigle and asked them for some advice.

I rode for a team in Chambery, plenty of hills, but I still could not do it! Eventually I went back to Australia with the intent of going to university and settling down. But while I was sorting out entrance I saw a race advertise with a 1,000 dollar first prize. I won it and then won almost everything I rode.

After I got a guest spot with Giant Asia and won two stages at the Tour of China and then got a contract with them. For this year I got in touch with Dave Clarke who I lived and trained with in Belgium. I am really excited with riding for Node4 and particularly with doing it on a Pinarello. I just want to start winning races… the sooner the better.”

Tour of Dengies

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Matt Cronshaw got on the podium yesterday in the Tour of Dengies, the first Premier Calendar race of the season. Matt got into the decisive break of the race which was whittled down to five on the rough tracks which are the feature of the race and took third at the finish after taking up the sprint too early at the end of the 100 mile race. Marcin Biabolocki was sixth. Matt had placed second in the Wolverhampton Whs circuit race at Stourport on Severn on his way down to the race in Essex.

Matt Cronshaw, third in the race and a Premier Calendar winner at Blackpool two years ago said:

‘It was an interesting race, a lot of teams  were a bit nervous to show themselves in the first Premier. We raced really well and other than a few punctures for Phil Lavery  and Dave Clarke preventing them hitting the sections at the front, we all placed ourselves well for the rough sections.

It was quite a slow start and then myself and Marcin got into the 15 man group that got away. We did quite a bit of work with Endura to get away as quite a few people in the group weren’t pulling their weight.

The dirt sections didn’t really make any real selections until the last 3 with tired legs. Marcin made some huge efforts to try and get to Ian Wilkinson before the penultimate section which enabled me to go with Alexander Blain when he hit the last section hard, splitting the group into the final 5.

The last few miles were hard work as the group behind was very close but slowed right down in the last km. It was like a track sprint and I was at the back so tried to catch everyone out. I got a good jump but was cramping and got passed with 50m to go by Blain and Ben Grenda.

Quite happy overall, but a little disapointed not to get the win. Marcin mopped up the sprint behind, so being the best overall team is a good sign.’

Stafford GP 2012 Press Release

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Courtesy of AbandonedBicycle Photography

Stafford GP 2012 Unveiled:
Mayor drops the flag to begin countdown to this years town centre pro cycle race Stafford GP returns July 4th 2012 Representatives of some of the top British professional cycling teams gathered today along with sponsors, supporters and a few stars of years gone by to get the countdown underway to the 2012 Stafford GP, the third running of the event started in 2010 as part of the British Cycling Elite Circuit Series.
Last year’s race brought good weather and a great crowd to the town to witness a dominant performance from the Rapha Condor Sharp team with three out of the group of four who dominated the race coming from the team known as ‘The Men in Black’ This years race however, looks to be a much more open affair as organiser Paul Rowlands of Leadout Cycling Ltd explained:
“ Rapha Condor Sharp have lost national champ Graham Briggs to Raleigh and last years winner Dean Windsor has gone to Endura, so it’ll be a much more open race on paper at least. That said, Dean Downing has to be wondering if it’ll be third time lucky as he’s been on the podium both years but missed out on the win on each occasion.”
Amongst the teams who were present for the launch today were Raleigh, Endura, Cycle Premier and Rapha Condor Sharp, all of whom have promised to send strong teams to the race this July. Both the schedule and the course for the event this year are changed slightly this year with hand cycling making its debut in the programme of racing alongside the schools racing and under 16 race that all form part of the build up to the main event when the professionals take to the streets. Meanwhile the course for the event, whilst largely the same with its start finish in the market square now sees the riders race along mill bank instead of mill street before turning into the finish straight along Greengate Street. A full map of the circuit can be viewed by clicking here: For the town of Stafford the Stafford GP has now become an important cultural as well as

sporting occasion, making an important contribution to the profile and economy of the town as the The Worshipful the Mayor of Stafford Borough, Councillor Stan Highfield explained: Mayor of Stafford Borough, Councillor Stan Highfield, said:

“Having the bike race in Stafford brings new faces to the town and helps to show a wider audience what a lovely and vibrant place it is. As well as being a brilliant evening of top quality bike racing, the event is good for our economy as the spectators, cyclists, and members of the teams who stay in the town will be using the shops, cafes and other facilities. It has become a welcome feature on the annual sporting calendar in StaffordBorough.”

For the first time, this years Stafford GP has secured a title sponsor. Claremont Hospital works with a number of primary care trusts in the region and through its sports medicine and performance centre (csmapc.com) is already a sponsor of the sport. Jane Davidson of

Claremont hospital explained why they chose to support the race:

“Stafford GP is a great community event and as a business we wanted to show the people of Stafford what a great place we think it is and show how much we value our relationship with the town. Having seen over 350 patients and performed around 180 neuro-spinal operations on patients from Stafford, its nice as a business to be able to put something back into the local community as well as raising the profile of the specific services we provide to athletes like the ones you’ll see here in July.”

As well as the real launch of the event in the Market Square, today also saw the new Stafford GP website launched, head to staffordgp.co.uk to find all the latest on the event, and follow via Twitter and Facebook at the same time to ensure you have access to all the news as it happens.

Team Update

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

The Node4 Giordana Subaru professional cycling team get their first real test of 2012  this coming Sunday at the Tour of Dengies in Essex, the first Premier Calendar series race of the season. The whole team have been entered, but under the rules only eight can ride the 104 miles starting and finishing in Maldon on the day. A feature of the race is that there are sections of off road surfaces for the field to negotiate.
Meanwhile the early season successes have continued with Pete Williams winning another hilly time trial, his third of the season. This time he was almost two minutes faster that the second rider in the West Pennine Hilly. Another three time winner was Matt Cronshaw, who has dominated the Salt Ayre series in Lancaster. While in the south of the country James Moss was placed fifth and second rider in the chasing group at the classic Wally Gimber event in Kent over more than 80 miles.
The rest of the team including new arrival from Australia, Rico Rogers have been training on the road of Majorca. Along with hundreds of other British cyclists, they have been ‘getting in the miles’ on some of the island’s mountain roads. This week, the final member of the Node4 team, Mike Northey will arrive from New Zealand.

Lucy Garner Second in Holland

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Omloop Van Strijen

Lucy Garner made a successful return to Road Racing, claiming an impressive second place in the Omloop Van Strijen, a 52km Dutch junior women’s race, where she came up against some top continental opposition.

The Olympic Development Programme team for the event was Lucy Garner, Amy Roberts, Elinor Barker, Emily Kay, Jessie Walker and Hannah Layland, with Matt Winston the team manager for the race.

In very windy conditions, the ODP team went to front early to set a brisk pace and they were vindicated tactically when the race began to split up on the second lap.

On the third lap Amy Roberts launched an attack and although she never got no more than 15 seconds lead, she nontheless stayed away for 7km before she was joined by a group of fourteen, including Lucy Garner and Elinor Barker. Also in there was Belgian world silver medallist Jessy Druyts, who was showing good form despite recovering from a recent operation.

Five kilometres from finish there was an attack from Nicky Zijlaard, but the ODP riders worked hard to bring her back and caught her 500 meters from the line. Amy Roberts then attempted to lead Lucy Garner out, but an early jump from Dutch champion Ashlynn Van Baarle and Silvie Haakman saw Lucy have to react.

In the end Haakman won the sprint with Lucy Garner happy with second in her first race in the World Champion’s jersey. Ashlynn Van Baarle was 3rd and Jessy Druyts fourth.

The Olympic Talent Team also had a team of riders racing at the event and for most of the riders it was their first race abroad. In their race, a group of three got away, but Kim English, Mel Lowther and Beth Haywood all finished safely in the lead chase group. Grace Garner and Megan Barker finished just off the back of the bunch and Emily Nelson, who is carrying a bit of an illness, finished in a big group at the back.

Results

Junior Race

  • 1 Haakman, Silvie RRC de Pedaalridders
  • 2 Garner, Lucy Great Britain CT
  • 3 van Baarle, Ashlynn Restore Cycling
  • 4 Druyts, Jessy Topsport Vlaanderen
  • 5 Kuijpers, Evy RTC Buitenlust

other

  • 9 Roberts, Amy Great Britain CT
  • 13 Barker, Elinor Great Britain CT
  • 15 Kay, Emily Great Britain CT
  • 46 Walker, Jessie Great Britain CT

Lucy Garner 3rd Place in Holland

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Race: Ronde Van Woensdrecht

On lap three of fourteen, Elinor attacked with Garner and the GB pair got away. For seven laps they worked together but were unable to extend their lead beyond 20 seconds over the chasing bunch.

With four laps to go, Elinor gapped Lucy on a short climb and whilst Garner was forced to drop back to the chasing bunch, Barker seemed to draw strength from going it alone and she duly soloed to an impressive win.

Olympic Talent Team rider Melissa Lowther also had a good day when she got into a group of 3 chasing Elinor with lap and a half to go. And whilst Elinor won, Melissa came over the line to claim 2nd but first youth.

Lucy stayed in the bunch to the end before winning the sprint for 5th. She joined Barker on the podium as the 3rd placed junior in the race.

Pic of the day!

A good weekend all round

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Within a few days of the Node4 – Giordana -Subaru photo launch the riders are celebrating a successful racing weekend with four wins, a second and a third place!!! On Saturday Irishman Philip Lavery took the long headwind sprint to take the 110 km Roy Thame Cup as part of a three man break.

While at Salt Ayre near Lancaster Matt Cronshaw took the first of the Salt Ayre Criterium Series over one hour plus five laps. Across the Pennines  near his Skipton home, Pete Williams won the Circuit of Ingleborough time trial by three and a half minutes. Had the race not been cut to 20 miles at the last minute due to traffic lights on the course, he may have broken the longstanding course record.

On Sunday Williams triumphed again taking the uphill finish at round two of the CDNW League at Saighton near Chester, team mates James Sampson and Cronshaw finished fifth and ninth respectively. Down in Essex in the top road race of the day, Marcin Bialobocki took second place in the sprint after catching the break late in the 130 km Jock Wadley Memorial event with teammate Matt Higgins third.

Node4 Giordana Racing Team Launch 2012

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

The Node4 Giordana racing team will be holding their official team launch next week at Trentham Gardens in Stoke-on-Trent next Wednesday 7th March.

The team have already begun the season successfully with 6th and 7th in the OCBC Crit in Singapore. With racing in the UK kicking off this weekend at the Eddie Soens in Liverpool, Wednesday will be a great opportunity to get some photos of both the mens and womens team with their new Pinarello bikes and kit as well as thanking all our sponsors for whom the team could not run without. On show in the gardens will also be the five Subaru vehicles that will provide four wheeled support to the team in 2012.

The launch will begin at 11am with photos beside Trentham Lake and lunch held at mid-day at Totally Delicious Tea Rooms inside the Gardens.

Arrival of the Team Bikes and First Build

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

This week saw the arrival of the team bikes straight from Pinarello in Italy. The Node4 Giordana Racing Team will spend the season riding Pinarello Dogma2 race bikes painted in their distinctive orange black and white colour scheme, sure to catch an eye or two in the peleton. Built up with the very best; Campagnolo Super Record 11spd groupsets, MOst carbon one-piece bars and Corima Aero+ Carbon wheelsets these bikes really are the equipment of choice to ride to success in 2012.

It shouldn’t take long for the riders to get used to their bikes and with racing less than a month away the excitement is certainly building. First glance photos of the bikes to follow.

Andy Magnier

Lanzarote Training Camp

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

The Node4 Giordana Racing Team have now returned from 10 days in Lanzarote where we held our first team training camp. This was our first real chance to get to know one another and begin to gel as a team. Pleased to say we’re all back in one piece and apart from some very sore legs, (mine in particular) no mishaps.

The team all took their Pinarello FPDue training bikes, and apart from just a couple of punctures, all performed faultlessly. It was also our first chance to try out the new Node4 Giordana Bodyclone kit, and get a few shots in the sunshine and stunning Lanzarote landscapes. The new DMT Prisma 2 shoes arrived just before we departed so the guys were also getting these dialled in during our stay.

We enjoyed perfect weather, dry and sunny, 20-22C every day, allowing us to get a solid training block done. Averaging around 5.5hrs/170km everyday, and 6hrs45/200km was a big day, there wasn’t a road left uncovered in Lanzarote by us. Those who know this volcanic island will know how tough the terrain is there, the heavy roads and constant climbing making it really effective for power building, ideal for pre-season.

Everyone in the team is very motivated, and judging by the terrific shape some of the guys are in, this bodes well for the tough season ahead.

I was pleased too at how the new guys are settling in, and interested to see their different characteristics beginning to emerge. There never seems to be a shortage of banter, essential at times when the legs and bodies are as tired as ours were.

We shall be holding another training camp, most likely in Mallorca, during February, when we’ll be increasing the intensity and working on speed, before our first races in late Feb and March.

Malcolm Elliot, Team Manager

New Team for 2012

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Just when people thought Yellow boss Phil Griffiths’ name might disappear from the British peleton, the longest serving team boss has once again pulled a rabbit from the hat and will predictably again be a leading mover and shaker on the home scene with his Node4 – Giordana Racing Team supported by Subaru.

And in typical Griffo manner, the team was put together at the last minute after the loss of his major sponsor of the last two years with a number of impressive signings attracted by Phil’s legendary passion for the sport and his reputation for looking after his riders.

That and the presence of Tour of Spain points winner Malcolm Elliot and Tour of Britain winner and Tour de France rider Bill Nickson directing from the team car were enough of an incentive for top young Irish rider Phil Lavery to move across from An Post.

And he has pulled another rabbit from the hat with the signing of 34 year old New Zealander Rico Rogers, who you might ask? Phil explained:’ It was a shame that Russell Downing could not have waited to sign a contract, we would have loved to have him back. But for Russ read Rico, he will be our sprinter, he has a formidable record including a stage win in the Tour of China.’

He will make his debut for the team next month in the Australian Criterium Championships in which he came fourth last year. Closer to home, the team’s current World Champion Lucy Garner will be riding for Node 4 Giordana Racing Team in omnium events at the Rotterdam and Bremen Sixes in early January.

It was Phil’s passion and at 62, still boyish enthusiasm for being a force in cycle racing which persuaded Andrew Gilbert of Node 4 Data Centre Solutions to step into the breach left by the decision of Motorpoint to pull out of sponsorship after two years.

Gilbert said: “I personally love cycling. It can be an addictive sport. But I particularly love Phil Griffiths’ passion for the sport and his total commitment to developing the sport and the team. His zest and enthusiasm after so many years involvement to cycling where enough for us to put our name to his team and I am sure it will be a mutually successful partnership.”

Phil himself, who has been running teams for more than 30 years puts it like this: “Enthusiasm, at 62 I am still a kid, I have never grown up. I still feel I owe a debt to cycling without it I would never have become a successful businessman… Cycling has given me everything. Supporting a team helps my business and I still enjoy the buzz of being involved in cycle racing at the top level.

It is great to have Node4 as our main sponsor as their management are genuinely cycling supporters. We are also excited to have Subaru on board as our vehicle provider with their long previous involvements with the sport.”

It is no coincidence that Phil chose Trentham Gardens in Stoke on Trent with his backdrop of Perseus slaying Medusa as the photoshoot backdrop for his latest team. As he put it: “He will be out to slay some of the other teams with our results in 2012.”

Philip Lavery, who has spent most of the past two years racing in Belgium, most recently with Sean Kelly’s An Post said: “I felt that An Post was not the right team for me. I wanted to go somewhere with a tighter team spirit. Phil has a good reputation for treating his riders well, everyone knows how he helped Russ Downing.

The kind of race programme like the Ras, Tour of Britain, Tour of  Norway and stage races in France, Spain and Portugal suit me more than a lot of the Belgian races. There are also the Premiers and I will be released to ride the midweek Nation’s Cup under 23 races for Ireland. At the start I plan to remain in Dublin but will move across during the season.

Another big motivation to sign was having a rider like Malcolm Elliot in the team car. I met him several years ago when he rode the Ras and my mother was a masseur on the race. Just seeing how he looked after his bike was an inspiration to me as a young rider.

A young rider can learn so much from a man with his background and experience, he is the kind of leader riders can respect. It is such a confidence boost have someone like that in the car and you just want to win his approval. I still have plenty of international ambitions and would like to get on a Pro Tour team in the next couple of years.I know I have the ability, it is a question of showing the confidence and getting the right results.”

Matt Cronshaw, who has joined from Raleigh said: “I am looking forward to the programme we have and stepping up to show what I can do. We have a well organised team with ambitions and having a manager like Malcolm who everyone respects means it will be a good year.

I tend to go well early in the season so will hope to repeat my stage win the Tour of Doon Hame if I get picked and do the Lincoln and East Midlands as they are races which suit me. At this level you want to ride good races and push yourself. I am not being given a bike and nice kit just for me to have a laugh. I have to justify my place but I have plenty of belief.”

Elliot, who has still not definitely drawn a line under his riding career said: “We have signed an interesting blend of riders. We are not obviously a super team, so it is teams like Endura, who have upped the anti, and will have the pressure on them.

‘The scene is constantly shifting on Rapha have changed their emphasis as have Raleigh. There are now six UCI teams competing on home roads. Every year the competition steps up. Some of our riders have unfulfilled ambitions. Hopefully I can pass on as much knowledge as I can.

A rider like Dave Clarke is unstoppable when he gets going. I have experienced this at first hand. I have seen what he is capable of. He did an immense amount of work for Endura this year at times he went to the front and did the work of five or six men!

Pete Williams had a season to forget due to his early training crash he can be a winner you only have go back to his performance on 2010 Ras. As for Matt Cronshaw we have been watching him for sometime. We would have liked him on board last season but he signed for Raleigh. He can be a winner for us. It will be my job to improve the whole package.”

After a desperately unfortunate season wrecked by a crash in the Tour of the Dengies Marshes, Andrew Magnier is hoping to make his comeback to racing during the season. Now working in Phil’s company he will finally have the metal plates out of his elbow in the New Year.

Riders:

  • Peter Williams
  • James Sampson
  • Marcin Bialoblocki
  • Andrew Magnier
  • Lee Davis
  • New signing:
  • Philip Lavery
  • James Moss
  • Kieran Frend
  • Matt Higgins
  • Dave Clarke
  • Matt Cronshaw
  • Rico Rogers

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