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Newsletter #2

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St Louis Gateway Cup Race Report

Day 1

Coming off the back of a state championship weekend, where Philip and Taylor both took home their respective category jerseys the team was looking to show their strengths in a more national field.

We were initially scheduled to race at 6 pm but a small storm moving through canceled the race before us and moved ours back an hour. This led to a fully dark and very rainy race. There’s something very interesting about dark, slippy races. In one hand with rim brakes and carbon wheels you have little to no braking, there are parts of the course which are pitch black, maybe somethings there, maybe not. On the other hand, the whole field is in the same boat. So when no one can brake through a corner it tends to keep the pace pretty smooth for the most part.

For about 50 minutes the race was wild. Staring at a rear wheel, just trying to stay upright and eating a lot of street water. The guys all worked hard staying together for the most part, tough enough in any race but when it’s nighttime it’s a whole different thing.

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Turn Cycling - Transcontinental Race, Burgas

 

On the 27th July, Mektrax sponsored rider Niel Copeland took to the start line of the 7th edition of the Transcontinental race in Burgas, Bulgaria. The Transcontinental was conceived by ultra racing legend Mike Hall and in this editions the riders would cover a distance of over 4000km and 40,000m of climbing in a single, self-supported, stage. Considered one of the hardest ultra races in the world, riders are responsible for everything themselves. No outside assistance is allowed and they must only use what is commercially available to every one. 

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Rider Opinion

 

The dynamics of every group are different and the presence of just one rider can change it up very quickly. So know who you are and know the ride, for example, a ‘drop ride’ means attacks will happen so be ready for them and make sure you know the way back !! Is the group a ‘Fast Ride’, ’Steady Ride’ or a "Recovery Ride’ rarely if ever do we use the term slow !!

It takes only a few minutes or miles to see who the leaders are in terms of pace and or organization. The organizer of the ride might not be the organizer during the ride.

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