With 2019 now behind us, we can look at back at a successful year on wheels (and sometimes running too). With the team growing in size to its current 25 and in that 25, a great mix of ages with our riders competing in races in the Junior category up to the Vet 60’s. We have competed in events in England, Scotland, Wales, America, Belgium, France and Holland, in a good range of disciplines of the sport from Cyclocross to long distance racing across the French Pyrenees and endurance MTB racing in America.
Its not all about results here at Magspeed, primarily fun…but if you enjoy it, you tend to want to get out there more, ride more, race more and that, in turn has brought us LOTS of amazing results! Its started off with a bang at the 2019 Cyclocross Championships in Gravesend, when Tracey won the V50 Championships to take home the coveted National Champion red, white and blue stripes! From then on we finished the Cyclocross season at the start of February and then it was time for most to have a bit of a much needed break!
Then in March the MTB season started and it was back to the races! The Southern XC and British Cycling National Points Series were mostly on our radar, in amongst plenty of other races such as the Battle On The Beach in Pembrey, Wales. From the off our riders were performing well and having lots of fun on the really exciting courses and that took us into midsummer. Results that stood out included a National Podium for Sam in the National Points Series and Scotty winning the Southern XC Series.
As the summer went on, the MTB races were coming thick and fast as well as groups of the team heading out on camping trips, sleeping under the stars and then some long distance MTB and Gravel events to boot, notably, Nat and Phoebe riding the 200 mile Scotduro and Jamie riding in the Trans Pyrenees! Tomo also headed to America, Colorado infact, to race the Leadville 100, one of the hardest MTB races in the world and our man did good, bringing home a solid result. Becky also got stuck into road racing and came away with lots a decent results and that led to the hillclimb season where a string of podiums followed…her potential is massive!!
With the summer rapidly disappearing, sights were set on the upcoming ‘cross season and with a strengthened team which had slowly grown over the year, it was set to be a great team effort heading into the winter. Right from the start of the season in early September, Team Orange were winning and they never looked back! From racing down in the South West League all the way up to the Yorkshire Points Series, with the Western, Wessex, Notts and Derby, Leicestershire leagues in between and Scot took part in the 3 Peaks Cyclocross once again, this time in mid September! It was soon time for the first National Trophy at Moorways Stadium in Derby and a sudden downpour and VERY wet end to the weekend was a sight the team would get used to as the winter went on! Some very muddy and tough races throughout the season and the team REALLY worked well together. From helping each other get ready, collecting kit at the start line to get in the thick of the muddy action in the pits, it was amazing to see and be part of!
A trip to Belgium/Holland too for some of the gang, with Nick and Tracey both heading to the Masters World Championships (Tracey JUST missing out on a medal), then Nick headed to Holland to race the day after his Worlds race. On the other side of Belgium, Sam, Stu and Scotty were hitting up the local Belgian Cyclocross scene with a floodlit race in Vichte and then a Flemish League race in Moerkerke on the Sunday with the help of Ride For Charlie.
The Cyclocross season is heading into its final phase now, with the National Championships coming up this weekend. But the year ended with the final National Trophy race in York with some great results for the team in the very muddy conditions with Tracey winning her race and with that the green jersey and the overall series whilst Sally came home 2nd and in turn, 2nd in the V60 series, great stuff!
The year was rounded off with a big chunk of the team heading to the Forest of Dean for our second annual ‘Magspeed Does Christmas’. A weekend of food, drink, laughs and getting muddy in the woods! And muddy we did, with the rain coming down on us on top of the heavy recent rain, but LOTS of fun was definitely had! Then before we knew it, it was Christmas and that…was 2019, completed and what a fun year we’ve had!
Time for some of the team to try and hang onto any form for the last remaining Cyclocross races, firstly this weekends National Champs in Shrewsbury and then the final few local races, then a well earned rest for most… So, 2019, its been a pleasure and we would like to thank ALL of the family, friends and sponsors for helping make Magspeed Racing a fun place to be. See you out there, we’ll be the ones with smiles on our faces.