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Hello and welcome to the British Conti CC!
I’m really excited to launch our very first newsletter here at The British Continental – the Communiqué! It has been a long time coming. But we know how draining it can be, constantly scrolling social media for the latest domestic cycling news. So we thought it was about time we gathered up all the key events from the past week or so in one neat email, to give your eyes – and brain – a rest.
We’ll also round up what’s been happening on The British Continental, and occasionally let you know about special offers too.
And by signing up, you are now part of the exclusive British Conti CC, our cosy club for fans of the domestic racing scene. More on that in future editions.
I hope you enjoy it – do send us your feedback if you think we can do things better. We’re sure there is plenty of scope for some finessing! Equally, we’re happy to hear from you if have some news you think might suit a future Communiqué.
Thanks again for joining us!
Denny Gray, Founder & Editor, The British Continental
Saint Piran dominated the opening national road race of 2023 on Sunday, the Perfs Pedal road race, with Jack Rootkin-Gray leading home a 1-2-3 at the Perfs Pedal road race. Our in-depth race report has reaction from Rootkin-Gray, and highlights a few under-the-radar performances. Read more.
“If you do see two or three guys go up the road that you know are capable of winning the race, then it’ll just be over if they get working together”Damien Clayton
UCI road races
- Second-year neo-pro Ben Turner (INEOS Grenadiers) took the first UCI road race win of his career, with a storming finish at the Vuelta Ciclista a la Región de Murcia Costa Cálida (1.1). He then backed it up two days later with 2nd place at the Jaén Paraiso Interior (1.1) behind none other than Tadej Pogačar.
- DAS-Handsling (formerly CAMS-Basso) became the first domestic team to compete in a UCI road race of 2023 at the Clásica de Almería (1.1). New signing Monica Greenwood was the team’s best-placed finisher in 20th.
Amateur road races
- Oliver Knight (AVC Aix-en-Provence), a stagiaire with UAE Emirates last season, took his first two wins of the season in quick succession. First he won the 48th Tour de Basse Navarre (the 4th stage of the Boucles de l’Essor) on Friday, and then two days later he was the victor at the Trophée de l’Essor.
- Knight hasn’t been the only British rider making hay in the early season French amateur races. Knight’s new teammate Oscar Nilsson-Julien was 4th at the Boucles du Haut Var II on Monday before Charlie Paige (Bourg-en-Bresse Ain Cyclisme) was also 4th the following day at the Boucles du Haut Var III.
- And, as we’ve already highlighted, Jack Rootkin-Gray won the opening race of the British road racing season at the Perfs Pedal road race (National B).
- The Lifeplus-Wahoo team has revealed its new kit, a departure from the blue and pink of last year, but eye-catching nonetheless. Check it out here.
- On the same day, TRINITY Racing also released the team’s 2023 colours. Vibrant, chequered, different. It might split opinion but it’s thumbs up from us.
- The Racing Chance Foundation has announced it is working with organisers of women’s races across British Cycling North East, British Cycling North West and Yorkshire and bringing them together in a women’s league called Women Race North. Joining the league will earn you reduced race entry fees. You can enter the league for £5. Find out more here.
On The British Continental in the last week…
- Perfs Pedal road race preview
- Damien Clayton interview, part one: how to win the Perfs Pedal road race
- Perfs Pedal road race report
- Perfs Pedal road race: gallery
- DAS-Handsling start the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana on Thursday (2.Pro, 16-19 Feb).
- A youthful Great Britain team will take on the Tour of Rwanda from this Sunday (2.1, 19-26 Feb) with a squad of future stars including Jack Brough, Josh Charlton and Dylan Hicks.
There is still a limited number of Rapha x The British Continental jerseys and gilets available. If you would like to get your hands on them before they go, feel free to use the code 40OFF to get 40% off your order.