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Strong Rides By Josh & Jenson in Scotland

Giant Halifax RT found themselves north of the border last weekend for the Spokes/Limits Kingdom Junior Classic, a tough two-stage race in Fife, north of Edinburgh.

Stage one was a 108km epic of twisting lanes a punchy climbs. The team raced really well with all four riders getting stuck into the key breaks. With still 50km to race, Josh countered a move from Dylan when the bunch brought a break back and his solo attack quickly got up to a minute on the peloton.

Two more riders bridged to Josh after around 10 minutes of chasing and the three were able to gain over 2 mins on the peloton before the final climb of the day. All Josh’s work in initiating the break meant he didn’t have the legs to stay with the climbers up that final climb, but he was able to hold off the main group to get a well-deserved 10th on the stage. Local rider, Alex Dent took the win.

Stage 1 Results
1 Alexander Dent Spokes Racing Team
2 Harry Askew Kilkenny Cycling Club at 01:22
3 Adam Kelly Equiom IOM Junior Cycling Team at 01:55
other
10 Joshua Greenwood Giant Halifax Race Team at 02:21
21 Tom Dussek Giant Halifax Race Team at 02:50
24 Jenson Young Giant Halifax Race Team 03:02
31 Dylan Westley Giant Halifax Race Team 03:20

Stage two was another good race for the team with Jenson third in the uphill bunch sprint, taking 5th on the stage in the process. Josh finished in the bunch to take a great 11th overall on GC and second in the points competition.

The plan for the early part of the race was to lead Josh out for the first intermediate sprint which would have put him in virtual green. However a combination of the sprint coming 6km before the distance in the race manual and the race leader’s Spokes team thinking Josh was attacking and so chasing him down, spoilt the plan. In chasing Josh, Spokes gave the green jersey leader a perfect lead out and he just pipped Josh to the line.

Spokes wanted to keep the yellow jersey and so were not letting any threatening breaks go in the early action on the 100km stage . However, eventually two riders got away and Spokes let them have a minute as that didn’t threaten their yellow jersey.

They continued to shut anything else down. The pace was high and the terrain rolling, so it was a reduced bunch of about 30 riders that entered the last kilometre. Jenson surfed the wheels to great effect and kicked on to get a great 5th place, whilst Josh was just behind and had the bonus of a podium visit (see picture, right) for his second in the Points competition. The team also finished third out of ten in the teams’ competition.

Giant Halifax RT now move on to the Monmouth GP in two weeks’ time … and apparently it’s a hilly one !

Results Stage 2
1 Isaac Peatfield Green Jersey RT
2 Joshua Sandman Team Backstedt Bike Performance at 00:03
3 Owain Roberts Team Backstedt/Hotchillee at 00:28
other
5 Jenson Young Giant Halifax Race Team st
16 Joshua Greenwood Giant Halifax Race Team st
17 Dylan Westley Giant Halifax Race Team st
25 Tom Dussek Giant Halifax Race Team st

General Classification
1 Alexander Dent Spokes Racing Team
2 Harry Askew Kilkenny Cycling Club at 01:27
3 Isaac Peatfield Green Jersey RT at 01:54
other
11 Joshua Greenwood Giant Halifax Race Team at 02:24
20 Tom Dussek Giant Halifax Race Team at 02:53
22 Jenson Young Giant Halifax Race Team at 03:05
31 Dylan Westley Giant Halifax Race Team st

Points Competition
1 Harry Gillett ZeroBC Development Team 8 points
2 Joshua Greenwood Giant Halifax Race Team 6
3 Alexander Dent Spokes Racing Team 4

Team Competition
1 Equiom IOM Junior Cycling Team
2 Spokes Racing Team at 00:05
3 Giant Halifax Race Team at 00:54

Near Miss In Ilkley Stage Race

Giant Halifax RT fielded a three-man team of Dylan Westley, Max Rushby and Josh Greenwood in the Ilkley 2-Day Stage race, held over a couple of beautiful days of late spring sunshine.

Above: The team are launched on their way in the Team Time Trial

The team had a strong weekend, not without incident, and came away with third place overall for Dylan. But it took big efforts by all three riders to get Dylan into that position.

The opening individual time trial saw Max squeeze into the top ten, and second Junior, with Dylan and Josh 49th and 45th respectively.

But it wasn’t until the first road stage that things really began to happen for the team, with Dylan escaping with Sam Watson in the closing miles. Sam took the win with Dylan joining him in gaining over thirty seconds on the majority of the field. It had been a rolling stage with a climb to the finish, which had seen several strong attacks, including a lat one involving Max. It was in countering this move that Sam and Dylan got away. The first day ended with Dylan in second place overall.

A very strong team time trial, with Dylan, Max and Josh taking third place despite their restricted junior gears, lifted Dylan into the overall lead and put him in the yellow jersey for the final and decisive stage.

Stage four was a brutal 36 miles, most of which seemed uphill. A two-man break went from the gun, consisting of Holmfirth’s Glen Hale and Freddie Jagger of Team B38 / Underpin Racing. Throughout the stage the main field chased and seemed to be controlling the gap to the leading duo at about 50 seconds. If this had been maintained to the finish, it would have given the overall win to Dylan and all three Giant Halifax RT riders were working hard to achieve this.

Right: Dylan ready for the final stage and wearing yellow

However disaster struck with 15km to go when Dylan punctured. Josh’s quick thinking almost saved the day as he quickly handed his bike over to Dylan. Dylan managed to regain contact with the chasing group, but in the confusion the gap rose to a point where the yellow jersey was in danger. The team chased hard for the last lap and a half but in the end the 2-rider break just held sway, coming in just over a minute clear.

That was enough to push Dylan down into third place overall, though he had the consolation of picking up the blue jersey of the leading Junior rider. There was, of course, a sense of disappointment in this, but overall the team had a great weekend at a fabulous event and again rode really well as a unit. Josh’s selfless act of handing over his bike to Dylan on the final stage typified the spirit within the group.

Below, a rather fatigued trio reflect on a hard but satisfying weekend

We’d like to add a quick mention of the superb organisation by the Ilkley Club and especially the organiser, Tim Gill. And also of our team-mate, Jenson Young, who was guesting for the Yorkshire Junior Team and won the team prize with them!

Giant Halifax RT on the Isle of Man

May’s first race for Giant Halifax RT was the Isle of Man Youth Tour, a regular on the Youth junior race scene for many years and always hotly contested.

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For the Giant Halifax RT quintet of riders it was a frustrating weekend. The race is often won by the smallest of margins and so the racing is tough, nervous and attritional, with small errors likely to be heavily punished.

The short prologue time trial was a case in point with Jenson Young our best performer in 18th place, yet only 4 seconds down on the winner. The course and distance were well suited to Max, but he crashed on a bend and, although up and running quickly and pretty much unhurt, he lost valuable time in the process.

The Second stage, early on the Saturday morning was full of attacking racing but the cards just wouldn’t fall for the Giant-Halifax RT riders as they put in lots of effort and had not a lot to show for it. The team tried hard and got into most of the breaks, only to miss the breaks that eventually proved critical to the result. Even so they chased hard as a unit, to maximise their losses.

Stage three was more of the same, with attacks a break going throughout, only this time the team’s luck changed and Tom Dussek got himself into a small, late break and took third place on the line, a great result and a continuation of Tom’s strong early season. Max and Jenson sprinted well at the head of the bunch to claim 7th and 9th respectively on the stage, some compensation for them and the team as a whole.

Third on that final stage helped Tom to a solid top ten placing and the team, as a whole, can look back with satisfaction on a hard-working weekend where they didn’t always get the best of luck, but where they rode well as a team. Josh, Max and Dylan all recorded their record one hour average power figures over the weekend, some indication of the workload they put themselves through!

RIDER INTERVIEWS:

The team reflect on their weekend:

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Meanwhile, in the Youth A boys’ race, Giant Halifax RT’s Bob Donaldson too the win in the prologue and third in the bunch sprint on stage two. Although Bob missed the break in the final stage, our guest rider, Jack Rootkin-Gray cam up trumps to claim second overall – nice work Jack!

Final Overall Results – Junior Men
1. Samuel  Watson PH-MAS/Paul Milnes Cycles 4:40: 16
2. Niel s Nicolaas van Ekeren Sleepwell Hotels Monkey Town Cycling Team 4:40:21
3. Lars Loohuis Sleepwell Hotels Monkey Town Cycling Team 4:40:34
other
9. Tom Dussek Giant Halifax Race Team 4:41:40
23. Jenson Young Giant Halifax Race Team 4:42:01
34. Joshua Greenwood Giant Halifax Race Team 4:42:04
48. Dylan Westley Giant Halifax Race Team 4:42:11
49. Max Rushby Giant Halifax Race Team 4:42:14

Mendips Report & Break for Max

The first full weekend of April saw Giant Halifax RT fielding a three rider team of Josh Greenwood, Dylan Westley and Jenson Young at the International Junior tour of the Mendips, the second round of the British Cycling Junior Road Series. It was a hard weekend of racing during which the team never quite got that bit of luck you need to grab a result.

Saturday 7th April saw a short (4.2km) prologue was followed by a 105km rolling road stage, then on Sunday 8th April the action moved into the Mendip Hills for an 81kms stage with three significant climbs per lap.

Josh, in particular, had a good weekend. In the second stage, he took seventh in the main bunch sprint, which came in just behind five riders who were away and contesting the stage win. That gave Josh 12th on the stage. He continued the good work on the final stage, getting in a couple of promising breaks that were chased down just as they began to look dangerous.

Dylan had hoped to use his climbing skills on the final stage, but found himself on an off day, whilst Jenson also worked well all weekend with not a lot of luck. The trio’s efforts were not entirely in vain as Giant Halifax RT took fourth in the team’s competition.

Tour of the Mendips: Overall Results
1. Alex Haines Leicestershire Road Club 04:48:22:748
2. Ben Barlow Spokes Racing Team 04:48:32:653
3. George Bazley Bristol RC 04:48:34:739
other
22. Jenson Young Giant Halifax Race Team 04:49:21:836
35. Dylan Westley Giant Halifax Race Team 04:50:02:270
36. Joshua Greenwood Giant Halifax Race Team 04:50:13:399

Meanwhile, Max Rushby was racing in GB colours at the Ster Van Zuid Limburg stage race in Belgium. Unfortunately, Max was caught up in a big crash and suffered a small fracture to his elbow. He was rapidly returned to the UK by the GB Team and, although painful, the injury shouldn’t keep him off the bike for too long.

 

Big Hits For Bob and Dylan

It was a successful weekend for Giant Halifax RT, with both Dylan Westley and Bob Donaldson picking up second places as the UK National road racing season got underway, with the opening rounds of both the Junior Men’s Road Series, the Cadence Junior Road Race in the Brecon Beacons, and the Youth Circuit Series, with the Riviera Youth Classic in Torquay.

Podium places for Giant Halifax’s Bob Donaldson (left) and Dylan Westley (right)

Westley’s ride was built around being part of a group of three riders who went away relatively early in the day and chased down and caught an earlier trio of escapees. That group worked well together, though it was whittled down to five with a couple of laps of the hilly circuit to go.

Eventually, Dylan Hughes (Spokes Racing Team) attacked from the leading group and got away, claiming an impressive solo victory. Giant Halifax RT’s Dylan, then continued to work with the remaining three riders. As things got a bit tactical on the final climb it looked like they might be caught by ten pursuing riders, but Dylan held on and sprinted well to take second place.

Read the report on British Cycling’s website

Meanwhile, down on the seafront in Torbay, Giant Halifax RT’s Bob Donaldson took a very impressive second place at the Youth Circuit Series opener, the Riviera Youth Classic. Despite being run off at a frenetic pace and a couple of early crashes, the race largely stayed together and, in the end, it came down to a big bunch sprint, with  Oliver Stockwell, of Welwyn Wheelers just holding off Bob by the tiny margin of 0.045 seconds. It was a great result for Bob and the team and we’re expecting more of the same from him as the season goes on. There was also a good result for Giant Halifax RT’s Nick Jackson who was ninth, with the top thirty riders covered by just a few bike lengths.

Read The Report on British Cycling’s Website

Finally, Giant Halifax RT’s Max Rushby was over in Belgium at the Junior Gent-Wevelgem race. It marked Max’s official debut in GB colours and the GB Academy rider responded with strong ride in a supporting role. He did a lot of work at the front of the main bunch bringing back escapees in support of his GB team-mates. Understandably drained by his efforts, Max briefly lost touch with the field towards the end of the race, only to recover and regain a place in the main bunch, where he stayed to the finish.

 

Report: Nokere Koerse Weekend

Giant Halifax RT made its second early-season visit to the continent for two days of racing, starting with the UCI 1.1. Junior Nokere Koerse race on Saturday 10 March.

The weather was typically Belgian, with rain and wind and the riders faced a 122km course, including some cobbled sections, centred on the town of Deinze, just to the west of Ghent.

With Max on GB duty and Josh resting an injured knee, Dylan, Jenson and Tom were joined by guest rider, Joe Burns.

Once again, with 150 riders on the start, total concentration on positioning and a good dose of luck were required to make progress in the race. Tom showed he had learnt well from his experiences at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne and kept himself out of trouble and near the front throughout to finish an excellent 15th, whilst Jenson was 58th, after a few hold-ups. Joe and Dylan absorbed most of the team’s bad luck and didn’t make it to the finish.

Day two saw the riders tackling a kermesse near Calais on the way home. Riding well, Jenson bridged across to the winning  break and was 12th at the finish, a really good result. Behind him, Dylan and Tom then managed to position Joe well for the sprint at the front of the main bunch, when they came in a little later and he was really pleased to come away with 2rd across the line.

 

Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

The Giant Halifax RT made its road racing debut as a team at the Junior Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne spring “classic” on Sunday 25 February.

It was the first time the full team of five Juniors raced together, with the full support team and team-car. The race is just over 120km in length and is run like the senior race, with a full race convoy, closed roads and famous cobbled climbs, the only difference being the shorter race distance.

For the riders it was always going to be a challenging day in the saddle as they faced not only some of Europe’s best Juniors, many of them a crucial 12 months older, but also the longer race distance. As youths, they rarely raced for more than an hour and a half, but here they were in the saddle for the best part of four hours.

Check out the video for the riders’ individual reactions to the race.

Overall, the team came away happy with their performances. Inevitably there were crashes in the opening kilometers, especially on the narrow funnels at the foot of the cobbled climbs and all five Giant-Halifax RT riders got caught behind at least one pile up. The key is to get moving as quickly as possible and re-join the main field with minimum delay.

Positioning is a key component of any road race, but with the narrow roads, cobbled climbs, crashes and the early-season enthusiasm of all the riders, it was all the more important in this race and all the riders reflected on lessons learnt.

For the support team the race was also a good workout, with a last minute puncture on the team car testing them just before the race. However, the team’s Giant bikes stood up to the pounding of the cobbles really well with no mechanicals and no punctures.

Finally, a word about our team photographer, Stephen Smith, who came along to capture Giant-Halifax RT’s first European adventure and came away with an amazing gallery of shots from the weekend!

Results
25/02/2018 KUURNE-BRUSSEL-KUURNE – UCI – Men Juniors 1.1 – UCI
1 EVENEPOEL Remco (Bel) ACROG-PAUWELS SAUZEN – BALEN BC 3H7´0S
2 HINDSGAUL MADSEN Jacob (Den) TEAM HERNING CK  @37S
3 CALVERT Charley (Gbr) TEAM BACKSTEDT HOTCHILLEE @43S
other
42 RUSHBY Max GIANT HALIFAX RACING TEAM
56 DUSSEK Tom GIANT HALIFAX RACING TEAM
66 WESTLEY Dylan GIANT HALIFAX RACING TEAM
DNF GREENWOOD Josh GIANT HALIFAX RACING TEAM
DNF YOUNG Jenson GIANT HALIFAX RACING TEAM

 

Team Colours & Sponsors Announced

As preparation for the 2018 season gathers momentum, we are now able to reveal Giant Halifax RT’s team colours and introduce our main sponsors.


Giant Halifax’s 2018 Kit

Blue and red will be the colour way for the team’s 2018 kit: the blue is drawn from the Giant brand and the red stripes from Stelram, our lead sponsor.


Giant Halifax RT’s 2018 Sponsors

For 2018 we have been able to secure financial help as well as equipment and transport for the season from our five jersey sponsors:

  • Giant Halifax  – Mark Rushby the team manager is also the owner of Giant-Halifax, the Giant bicycles brand store for West Yorkshire.
  • Stelram Engineering design and deliver leading robotic and automation technologies to the food and automotive industry to reduce manufacturing costs and improve quality, safety and productivity.
  • Kinetic Systems – building and control solutions company that provide clients with bespoke energy surveys, energy monitoring and targeting solutions, utility metering analysis, tariff consultation and government energy initiative advise. This includes the climatic control of Manchester Velodrome.
  • Jelf Group Insurance – Jelf is an award-winning independent insurance broker and financial consultancy. They provide expert advice to both businesses and individuals on matters relating to insurance, healthcare, employee benefits and financial planning.
  • Lister Horsfall, Jewellers – strong supporters of cycling in the area, Lister Horsfall have shops in Halifax and Ilkley. They are also lead sponsor of the popular Ilkley town centre cycle races.

Visit our sponsors’ page

Giant Halifax Open Race Training Sessions

Our sponsors, Giant Halifax, are running weekly Road/Circuit race training sessions at Brooksbank Cycle Circuit from 2 November, through the winter into early Spring.

Giant-Halifax RT riders will be attending and we’re lookig forward to sharing our training.

The session basics are as follows:

THURSDAYS (from 2 Nov 2017)
Giant Halifax 
Adult/Youth A Road-Training (7pm-8.30pm).
Open session for Adult & Youth A riders from all clubs. Participants must already have raced road/circuit races and be intending to race road/circuit in 2018. At Brooksbank Cycle Circuit, Elland. Session cost £2.50. Good lights compulsory Sept-April inclusive.
Basics: This is a coached session aimed at experienced Road Race/Circuit Race adults & Youth A (season 2018) only. You should attend with the aim of preparing for races: fitness and technique/skills drills/Chaingang/tempo/mock racing
Venue: Sessions are at at Brooksbank Cycle Circuit, adjacent to Elland Golf Club, Elland, HX5 0TA

Giant Halifax RT 2018 Riders Announced

Date: 18th October 2017

Giant Halifax Race Team has announced its riders for the 2018 race season.

Junior Team

James Bunting Pedalsport
Tom Dussek Nottingham Clarion
Josh Greenwood Pedalsport
Max Rushby Pedalsport
Dylan Westley Pedalsport
Jenson Young Pedalsport

The Junior team is made up of five Pedalsport riders who have just finished their second seasons in the Youth A category and who will be embarking on their first year in the Junior ranks in 2018, plus Tom Dussek who will bring to the team the experience of 12 months in the Junior ranks during 2017 and who will be a second year Junior in 2018.

The Youth riders include four who will compete as the Youth A team, plus three less experienced Youths who will compete for the team as development riders. The Youth A team will race the Youth National series as well as the Track omniums and National Track championships. Development riders will be racing the local crit and town centre series

The Youth A riders for 2018 are:

John Culpan Pedalsport
Bob Donaldson Mossley RT
Junior Jackson Mossley RT
Billy Lazenby Pedalsport

Development Riders

Marcus Hiley Pedalsport
Tom Sheard Pedalsport
Oliver Walton Pedalsport