Monday, 16 February 2015

2015 Team Launch at The London Bike Show

Yesterday saw the 2015 Velosure Starley Primal team launch which was held at the London Bike Show. A really great, well supported event hosted by Sky Sport's cycling guru Ant McCrossan.

I'm really looking forward to racing hard for this team and in final preparation for the seasons' racing we are all off to the team training camp today.

Two weeks of hard work in the spanish sunshine - bring it the dream!

Friday, 6 February 2015

A day of filming with the BBC

Good times yesterday....despite the bitterly cold weather!

Spent the day filming at Brentor on Dartmoor with BBC South West for a piece on the team which is being broadcast today (Friday 6th Feb) at 6:30pm on Spotlight - make sure you tune in and check it out!

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

2015 Race Bike - Starley JKS-R1

Just had my 2015 Velosure Starly Primal race bike build completed and it's looking sweet - Cheers Paul!

Out filming with BBC South West and the some of the team tomorrow and then 1st race of the season on Sunday to test out the legs - gonna be good!

Monday, 19 January 2015

2015 Race Kit Swag

Super excited to have received my 2015 Velosure Starley Primal race kit - it's hands down the best looking race kit on the UK circuit....

All topped off with the highest quality Giro accessories - it doesn't get any better than that! Can't wait for the 2015 season to kick off :)

Huge thanks to team sponsors Primal Europe for the clothing and Ziro for all the Giro products :)

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Velosure Starley Primal Announces 2015 Men's Team Roster

The full Velosure Starley Primal 2015 mens team roster has been announced today in conjunction with the new website it out!

Going to be a strong team this year I'm sure, and I can't wait to get stuck into the racing - lots of preparation work to do over the winter and then roll on 2015!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

25deg C in November

Just back from a fabulous few days riding in Spain with Starley Primal. Great to meet new spanish team mate Adria Moreno and ride some stunning countryside in balmy 25deg sunshine with the Controlpack Ciclismo team. Thanks for the awesome hospitality!

Thursday, 13 November 2014


Just getting packed up for a long weekend of (hopefully) warm and sunny riding - mini training camp/social in Spain with Starley Primal...woahooo - bring it on!

Arrived....and oh yeah, it's warm and sunny alright :)

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Next Season - Starley Primal Pro Cycling

As my first season of road racing has come to an end I'd like to thank my coaches Mark Dolan at EPiC Cycle Coaching, James Marshall at Excelsior and everyone at Mid Devon Cycling Club, especially Andrew Parker, for all the help, support and opportunities they have given me throughout 2014.

Moving forward, I'm super proud to be riding for the Starley Primal Pro Cycling team for the 2015 season!

Really looking forward to the opportunity of stepping it up and racing at the UK's top level.

Some hard winter training ahead and then bring on 2015....!

Monday, 6 October 2014

South West Cyclo-X Series, Round 4, West Buckland School

Having completed a hectic first season of road racing followed by a strict end-of-season break it was time to dust off the cross bike for Round 4 of the 2014 South West Cyclo Cross Series at West Buckland School....

Returning to cycling, after having a solid three weeks off the bike, I knew my form was going to have dropped off significantly so I approached the race with fun in mind and without setting any expectations of producing a decent result.

A couple of laps of the course provided an ad-hoc warmup and at 1:30pm a stacked field of 80 riders assembled on the start line.

The sunny weather and dry short grass meant the race was pacy from the off and pretty soon I was feeling the burn, hanging on to the leaders as we pushed on to quickly establish a gap. Soon enough the lead group of 4 of us (three from MDCC) were away and settled into a good rhythm.

A couple of laps from the end I began to lose touch with the lead group as my lack of form vs the pace began to take it's toll. I let the wheel go and cruised the remaining couple of laps to come home in 4th place overall and 1st in Senior.

Was pretty tired out at the end but not a bad result considering...

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Colin Lewis Cycles Grand Prix, Torbay Velopark

Saturday saw the Colin Lewis Cycles Grand Prix at the Torbay Velopark. This promised a busy programme of races throughout the day, starting with kids’ competitions and building up to a high-quality hour-long E/1/2 race in the evening.

The E/1/2 race started at a quick pace with various riders attacking right from the start. With a field of high caliber riders I decided to follow any moves that looked strong, keeping my options open.

Several attacks early on looked quite promising and at times began splitting up the field as some riders struggled to stay on in the windy conditions.

Just when it start to settle down, I heard George Pym (Starley Primal Pro Cycling) changing up the gears behind me...I sensed the attack and jumped straight on his wheel and before we knew it we had a fairly decent gap on the bunch.

We worked together to increase the gap as 3 other riders formed a chasing group that started to close us down for a while. We continued to press on regardless, digging deep, to maintain our advantage.

After some time the gap remained constant and with 5 laps to go the chasers realised that they weren't going to catch us so backed off in order to contest 3rd place.

George and I continued to lap at a fairly high pace until the final lap when we knew we would be fighting for the win.

Out of the final hairpin and things had slowed to a track style standoff with neither of us wanting to take it up too early. Halfway down the penultimate straight George really backed it off so I thought it was my best opportunity to attack so I opened up my sprint, catching him off guard and in the wrong gear, as I opened up a gap into the final bend.

Giving it my all I wasn't quite strong enough to hold him off, coming in a strong second.

Was a great evening's racing and I was pleased with the result - shows I've come a long way since starting as a cat 4 just 5 months ago!

Monday, 4 August 2014

Brentor Road Race

Yesterday saw one of the last remaining road races of the season - the Okehamption CC E/1/2/3 Brentor Road Race. Not really one of my favourite circuits if I'm honest, but never the less one I felt I could do well on.

There was a pretty strong field of riders which I was hoping would make for some good racing. However, the race was pretty uneventful at first with no major attacks until 2 riders got a gap around 2 laps in. This was soon brought back and then the real attacking began...

I followed all the main moves but nothing was sticking and although the race was pacy, with riders continually being shelled out the back, it was looking like it was going to be all together at the base of the final climb.

Around half way around the final lap a couple of riders clipped of the front of the bunch and everyone started looking around, wondering who was going to commit, but none of the stronger/well represented teams were prepared to chase this move down. Rounding the final corner it all kicked off with everyone going full gas up the final climb and splitting up the race into small groups.


I was in the front group of around 10 riders and we were closing rapidly on the 2 man break. It was obviously going to be a dash for the line so I positioned myself well in anticipation of the sprint. With just under 200m to go I came off the wheel of a BH Solidor and opened up my sprint, flashing past riders as I galloped to the line - 3rd in the bunch sprint taking 5th place overall, not quite catching the break.