This last CX season I have made a real step up in my racing by completing the majority of my races in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Thanks to the RideForCharlie fund, I was able to go to Belgium over the Christmas period to ride 4 races in 5 days. The races being: Zolder World Cup, Loenhout, Bredene and Diegem Superprestige.
At the end of December, we went out to race cross in Belgium for the first time to experience what true cyclocross racing is like, racing Brico cross Bredene and Superprestigie Diegem thanks to the help of the @rideforcharlie foundation.
A massive thank you to the @rideforcharlie foundation for supporting me on my trips to Belgium this year, it means so much to both me and Jenson riding in memory of an amazing friend who would have loved this weekend especially after @nick1craig won worlds!!
Our team RFC-velocita would like to thank Ride for Charlie for providing us with the opportunity to race the youth European mtb champs.
Firstly our team had a great time and we all enjoyed the racing, we arrived early to try to acclimatise to the altitude which was 1800m.We did this to try to get used to the drop in oxygen so when we raced it wouldn’t feel as severe. On the Monday we rode up to the top as a team and then did a few laps of course practise to get used to what it was like and practised the A lines a lot. We then rode back down some of the hill to our house that we were renting, then had lunch and went into Aosta in the afternoon.
On Tuesday we went up to the course again and practiced the tt course and also did some efforts on it so we knew what the course was like at race pace and how fast we could take the corners and technical sections. This prepared us well for the tt the next day. We then spent the rest of the day up there with the rest of the RFC teams and had lunch up there as well.
Wednesday was the first day of racing where there was the tt. Josie was 5th I was 66th and iwan was 117th, however there was only three seconds separating 30th and 70th and as a team we were placed 22nd out of 87. We rode up there 2 hours before our race and then did a roller warm up closer to the time to make sure we were ready because the tt was only just over two minutes. The next day of racing was the team relay and this was three laps of the course and the rider did one each, there was a crash on the start straight and we were making up places from there. Friday was a rest day so a spin down in the valley because that’s the only flat place around.
Saturday was the day of the xc race iwan, josie and I arrived at the top of the mountain 2 hours before the race to get ready. We arrived on the start line ready to race. The gun went and because of your gridding positions we were stuck in a huge bottle neck at the first technical section so for the rest of the rest we were trying to make up time. On the other hand Josie was gridded at the front and was with the front group for the first lap and then started to tire and finished 15th, an awesome ride!
We would all like to thank ride for Charlie for this opportunity it wouldn’t have been possible without you, the racing was a great experience and we hope we all rode with Charlie’s spirit.
First event was the time trial which was a fast, short course. Anna did a brilliant ride to get 6th in the U17 girls. Then was Rory and who had one small error but ended up in 51st. Jamie had another good ride coming away with 25th.
Then the next event was the team relay which was another great race. It was just one lap each of the XC course. Rory lead off first stating in the second row and came back after his leg in 4th. Then was jamie who had a great start to the lap and got into 2nd. Unfortunately he punctured but still managed to come in 5th. Lastly was Anna who was against a lot of boys in the last leg. She managed to come in, in 8th place.
Lastly was the xc race. Jamie was starting 4th row in the U17 boys and Rory was in the 8th row out of over 20 rows. Jamie had an awesome start and came back after one lap in the top ten. Rory had got caught in all the carnage in the first lap but still came in after one lap in the top 30. Unfortunately Jamie got a punture near the end of the race and finished 63rd. Rory had some mechanical troubles too. With a chain off the chain gard from a crash and a snapped mech near the start of the last lap. He finished in 109th.
Anna had an Amazing ride. She had a front row grid and came in after one lap in the top 5. She had burp in her tyre during the race but still managed to get 10th.
What an amazing time we had out there in Italy. We can’t thank you enough for that. Not our greatest results for some but we still rode in the Charlie spirit and gave it our all.
Recently Rideforcharlie supported 3 teams of young cyclists, helping them to compete in European Youth MTB Championships In Pila, Italy. Well done to all of them riding for Charlie.
The European Youth MTB Championships 2018 was a fantastic opportunity to race in a field of International racers and to compete as a team for Ride For Charlie. As first year Youths, our main goals were to gain experience, improve as riders and, most importantly, enjoy the week of racing. Having never previously raced abroad, the event really helped take our racing up a level. In some of the races, we were on the start line with up to 190 other riders, a big jump up from the 40 or so at British level.
The course was amazing, like nothing we had ever raced in the UK. Not only were the hard climbs and technical descents great fun to ride, they also really pushed our abilities as riders. To make the racing even tougher, we had to cope with the altitude alongside some pretty high temperatures, something that we don’t experience regularly at home.
The event was a great opportunity to meet new people, ride with our friends and get out on our bikes, something that we all love doing. We enjoyed every minute of the trip and, even though we finished exhausted, we knew that we had given it our all, with Charlie in our minds and smiles on our faces.
Well done to Drew Armstrong in his World Enduro series La Thuile Italy.
35km and 2850m climbing. Drew finished 30 th over 4 stages gaining some EWS points. Drew had some health problems but continued his event and rode in the spirit of Charlie.
He will return in September to continue with the series. Well done Drew and good luck with the rest of your season.
Ride for Charlie are really proud to announce 3 teams we are supporting to attend the European youth championships this August, in pila Italy.
The teams will go with Charlie’s love and spirit.
We wish them well and hope most of all they have fun. Xx
We are pleased to announce we will be helping to support Drew Armstrong this summer who is competing in Enduro Racing.
Good luck Drew.
After a great Enduro season last year I decided to focus on this discipline and have entered 3 rounds of the Enduro World Series (EWS) thanks to support from Ride For Charlie. I will travel to Round 5 in La Thuile, Italy in July and then Rounds 7 in Ainsa, Spain and the final Round in Finale Ligure, Italy in September. This will be a huge learning curve with high altitude, heat and longer stages than what I currently race in Ireland. I raced a spring XC series to loosen the legs and managed to take the win and have competed in one round of the Vitus First Tracks Enduro where I managed 3rd in Under 21 and 8th overall, and 1 round of the Vitus Gravity Enduro where I finished 2nd in Under 21 and 4th overall.
One of the positives of living on an island with a border, two separate series to compete in! I have now moved to the Under 21 category which is stacked with talent in Ireland. I am excited about the season ahead but need to get my GCSEs out of the way first and cant wait to attend the upcoming events with the help and support of Ride For Charlie!
Charlie was a special boy who went to sleep on Friday the 20 January and didn’t wake up, he was 15. He left his family and friends in a state of shock and an incredible hole in our hearts. We miss him more every day.
Our aim is to support young off road cyclists,who are or would have been inspired by Charlie to follow in his pedal strokes. Our vision is to allocate funding to self motivated young individuals, who will be appraised for eligibility by the trustees.
We want to hear from young boys and girls age 14 and above who ride off- road bikes and have been inspired by stories of Charlie and his life.