Archive for January, 2012
Whyte Montpellier @roadcc “All in all it’s an excellent ride”…”well built and enormous fun to ride”.
Here’s a picture of the bike I have been racing in the Western Cyclo-Cross Series this winter.
It’s done 10 CX races in that series, from 6th September 2011 through to 15th January 2012, all over the western area, from Bristol to Cheltenham to Swindon. Courses have varied from fast to technical, wet to dry, hot to cold and in each it’s performed really well over the 55 minutes race duration. Only the final race in Gloucester was marred with a start line puncture caused by a small thorn collected on the warm-up laps beforehand! Other than that the races have gone well with no crashes, thanks to the fine handling and some good results in the Veterans category, gaining enough points to finish 3rd overall in this series. That has been the best result in several years of having done this type of cycle racing and much of that can be attributed to having ridden such a great bike for cyclo-cross competition.
- Pat Alexander, Whyte R & D
I raced the Human Race Wildman duathlon yesterday and was pleasantly surprised with an easy win, almost 3 minutes ahead of multiple (aquathlon) world champ and elite triathlete Richard Stannard. The success was built on the 1st run as I had a 2 min lead entering T1, but I also I did the best bike split on my Whyte E-120XT, despite a stuck chain that cost me a good minute, and despite the guys behind riding 29ers, which on a rolling course like that was a massive advantage. But yesterday was one of those days when you never get tired and you feel invicible. I kept on waiting to blow up but instead felt powerful and always in control. One to savour, and a fantastic way to kick off 2012!
- Cedric Lassonde
It’s back! One year on, the instant hit of 2011, the Woodcote CX Sportive returns THIS SUNDAY January 29th! Featuring 80, 60 & 40k routes, this is a fast and firm circuit, perfect for the depths of winter!
The rugged Chilterns lanes combine with metalled farm tracks and the choice of the areas best tracks and trails to produce an excellent and highly ride-able winter treat! The backbone of the ride is on tarmac and hardpack, with just enough rough stuff and technical spice to keep it interesting. The varied route never lingers too long on one surface; there’s always something around the next corner to liven up your ride! And as ever, the ride will feature full and comprehensive route marking, feed and support stations and electronic rider timing, and there will be hot and cold food, drinks and snacks, plus free SIS energy drink.
CX Sportive returns to the Chilterns for January
A year on from it’s inaugural event, CX Sportive returns to Woodcote in the Chilterns on Sunday January 29th. An instant hit in 2011, this years Woodcote even is set to be even bigger, with places filling up fast.
CX Sportive is an exciting new format for the winter season, and the Woodcote in the Chilterns, north of Reading is an ideal combination of surfaces for the event. The course mixes winding back roads with byways, tracks and a few short tougher and more technical off road links that will certainly bring the heat! CX Sportive will suit the weapon of choice from your bike stable. It’s ideal for your cross bike, but equally suitable for your XC MTB, 29er or even road winter training bike, tweaked for a little rough stuff…
Check out all the latest from The London Bike Show, including the Whyte 146 X and Whyte 29 C.
Continuing the series about our bikes and why we ride them…this is Pat’s Whyte Caledonian set up for his daily commute to the Whyte R & D facility.
What a work horse, design and function in the ideal commuting package.
“I got it to test ride a non-spec sample front fork, then went back to the standard fork and carried on riding around town. Just added mudguards and a rear rack and it’s been a very reliable steed. The disc brakes work great, ideal for quick stops when carrying a lot of luggage around. Tyres have had very few punctures (glass chips mostly). Still on original brake pads and chain, after 18 months continual use and just some extra chain oil now and again. It still feels nearly as “tight” as a brand new bike”.
All the latest news with Trail Break in association with Whyte…
Following on from the success of our summer 100k and 65k rides, we’re extending our enduro rides to our full, year round calendar! For the winter months, in associaton with Whyte Bikes, we are proud to present the Whyte Winter 50s!