Thursday, December 30, 2010

Vicious Velo Kit has arrived!

The kit showed up, so we thought we'd go and strut our stuff up at Crystal Palace. We own that place, you hear me? We're looking at you Stuart Spies.
And you Ian Paine.
Don't mess with the Vicious Velo.
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Kings-of-Palace (4 of 8)

Kings-of-Palace (6 of 8)

Kings-of-Palace (7 of 8)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Yellow snow and a return to form

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We had quite a good return to racing at the traditional post-Xmas puke-fest at Footscray in Kent. I (Andy, Hi, nice to meet you) came 3rd, Kevin came 7th (and first vet) and Dirty Bird gave up.

It's always heavy going down there as the ground is disconcertingly rough and covered in mole hills (weird) and obviously, with snow still hanging around, it was even harder going. Kevin had a really good start and was up into the front group with Billy-Joe Whenman, Jamie Newall and Paul Schier while I floundered a bit behind. As Jamie and Billy escaped, Kev got dropped whilst I started moving up, first past him, then past Paul.

Next thing, Jamie was sat at the side of the track picking course tape out of his cassette and I was up into second. At that point I got a time check that Billy Beans was only 12 secs ahead and I was catching him, so it occurred to me I might win. Which would have been nice.

Didn't happen though. First Newall flew past, I sat on his wheel for a bit, but got so much filthy yellow snow and slushy shit in my eyes I couldn't actually see any more as we entered a technical bit, so had to slow down to have blinking fit._V5N1878
Then, when he caught Billy, he attacked, with Billy jumping into his wheel and extending his lead.
After the race we hung around for an hour and a half to receive our prize money. I got £10 for coming third, which, as the entry fee was £12 meant I only lost £2 — seriously, what's the point of giving out prize money, especially for a podium, that is less than the entry fee????
They couldn't work out the placings as far down as Kev, who came 7th, so he left empty handed. Hilarious.
And freezing.
Snow's all gone now, so with any luck our kit will be racing to our South London squat/clubhouse unimpeded from Belgium. If you want to see it in action, come along to Foxhall Stadium in Ipswich next Sunday — we'll be there, suited and booted.
Can't wait.
All these EXCELLENT photos are by THISview on Flickr — check out his stream

Friday, December 24, 2010

Not a Christmas carol - UK Subs

Worth persevering through the intro (which is awful) for the classic line, "Hey Santa you cunt, where's my fucking bike?"

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Bilenky Junkyard Cross gets the Vicious seal of approval

Bilenky Junkyard Cyclocross 2010 from In The Crosshairs on Vimeo.

None of it's 3m wide, the obstacles are all about to fall down, the gridding is a mess etc etc etc.
And yet this looks way more fun than most London League races.

Bilenky Junkyard Cross Helmet-Cam from In The Crosshairs on Vimeo.

Merry Fucking Christmas

It looks like Vicious Velo might be making our race debut at the London League on the 27th. Get ready to be shocked, appalled and enthralled.
Oh yeah, get on the comments to persuade Vicious Kevin to get a mohawk in time for the National Champs. Cheers.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Good Cross Look

Andy, you've got the welly look. You just need to take it to the next level and strap a rubber chicken to your head like this dude!!

Vicious winter training

It's not all turbo training and cross racing for us: on Sunday we took Ben and Boom from Condor on a delightful tour of South London's premiere dogging spots, linking up parks and playing fields and little patches of woodland. We never got further than about six miles from home and yet we still managed to ride 2.5hrs without getting cold or bored.
This doesn't really look like much, and on an MTB in the dry, it isn't. On a cross bike though, it's pretty sketchy, just becasue there's shit loads of slick, cambered roots all across the line you want to take.
Good to see Dirty Bird back on his bike — he's third man through. He's a nob isn't he?

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Time for the turbo!


One ride out this week up in the dales, not ideal conditions though! Only came off once. Rest of the week spent in my cellar on the turbo

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Never mind the bibshorts, here comes Vicious Velo kit!

BioRacer has almost got our kit ready to dispatch from Belgium. How bloody good does this look? With any luck we'll have it by Christmas

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Stockpiling


......thats another 50.......much more fun than getting on the Turbo!

My initial image of cross

This is what I thought cross was all about. Will be breaking bones next winter though after seeing Andy and Kevin in action on Sunday.

Vicious Badges

Birdy has been busy making Vicious Velo badges. Gonna put some on my trenchcoat.
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Monday, December 13, 2010

More Peel Park videos

This is the worst music I've ever heard, but the video's pretty funny.


Also, this clip is an instant classic and makes me look like a total rockstar — Tim Downing's video

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Bradford Trophy 2010

Not a great day for us. Kev's still ill so pulled out of the Vets and I kept it rubber side down to come home in 24th, just getting lapped at the bell. I was pretty happy about that.
The descent was carnage.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Dead Kennedys - Riot (for the students)

South East Champs — Hog Hill

"Andy Waterman led out the Elite Men's race at a speed that would have astounded any Hoggenberg road riders there to witness the event."
Not my words, the words of www.cross-crazy.com
 
I came 6th, Kevin didn't ride as he was ill. Good day all round though. This weekend we're up to Bradford for the national trophy. Bring it on.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Vicious Velo guide to Rotten Racing #1a — MORE Violence

Thanks to some readers we've got even more examples of bike racing violence for your delectation.
First up is Karate Kid Bart Wellens who, like our friend Richard Groenendaal, is pissed off with a lippy spectator. Unlike Groenendaal, Wellens doesn't slow down for his act of Viciousness, preferring the high speed karate kick approach. Bravo Bartje!

Tom "Hard As" Steels is another hero — imagine having the presence of mind to reach down, pick up your bottle, then launch it at another rider, all at 60kph (or more) in a bunch sprint! We mortals can but dream.

Last, and in this case, least, are Carlos Barredo and Rui Costa at the 2010 Tour. These boys just look like angry queens, bitch fighting over some guy they fancy. Fighting in road shoes is not cool. If you're going to incorporate violence into your racing repertoire, do it before the finish line — anytime after that is just lame.


UPDATE How did I forget to put Mark Renshaw's awesome headbutt in here? This is ideal bike racing violence that would never be picked up on at anything below televised international races. Renshaw is another hero.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Vicious Velo guide to Rotten Racing #1 — Violence

Violence is nothing to shy away from; in fact, you can use it to your advantage. Physical intimidation is just as useful in cycle racing as it is in real life, be it a kick at an annoyingly superior competitor in a bike race, or a punch to someone who's flicked you in a sprint. Give 'em a black eye and they won't do it again!

Richard Groenendaal = VICIOUS!
Giving a good exampe above of using violence against other riders (lapped losers) and below, to spectators is Richard Groenendaal, legendary Dutch hardman and now owner of the Dugast tubular company. Follow Richard's lead and don't be put off attacking spectators — if you've got a number on your back, you've got a free reign to be as wild as you like. Roll with it.

The Vicious Velo guide to Rotten Racing will aim to share tips with you on just how you too can get better results from less effort, skill and talent, simply by being a horrible little bastard on the bike. Got any tips or tricks? Share them in the comments!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Health Fanatic

I don't know what John Cooper Clarke would make of a anti-establishment cycling team. He'd probably think we're a bunch of twats.
He'd probably be right.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Boredom


Dunno if you noticed but the weather's thrown a shit fit and outside is covered in snow. BORING! I'm sitting at home avoiding the turbo, watching old MTB vids and wishing someone with style, taste, and attitude would make something like Kev's old Dead Kennedy's newspaper but about cyclocross. Now who could do something like that...
Oh yeah.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Another race thwarted by illness...

Final lap sprint for the line. Photo courtesy of Phil Jones

No sleep on Friday night sitting in the paediatric ward at our local hospital with my daughter wearing an oxygen mask isn't the best race preparation but with a decent night's sleep on Saturday night I felt like it was worth giving it a go. But by Sunday morning the tell tale signs of a cold were there, sore throat and dried up nose.

Racing a bike in frozen playing field at -5°C and dressed in not much more than a lycra skinsuit is probably not the best way to keep the cold at bay but it was too late to pull out now. Still the course was good and not too technical, by the time the racing started I'd be bound to warm up.

Like Andy I had a good start and was in the front group chasing Darren Atkins as he started to stretch out his lead. By the second lap I was kidding no-one, my lungs weren't working and I had gone into the red. It became a case of damage limitation by trying to give away as few places as possible. I passed Matt Denby who was running after suffering a mechanical which was good for me as it looked like his race was over. Then as I settled in to seeing out the last 3 laps I slipped out on one of the relatively easy corners, the frozen surface has polished up and I'd leaned the bike a little too much.

As the race entered the final stages Matt Denby passed me, in fact I'd lost the plot and let him pass without a fight. My hands had turned numb and I couldn't feel a thing. I even started to worry that I'd broken a finger in my fall as it felt floppy and not a part of my body... I'd totally given up. The only thing to rouse any sense of competitiveness was on the final lap when I had a battle for 9th place which I managed to win.

By the time we got back to the car I had the full-on screaming pukeys as the feeling returned to my fingers. Sitting in the car for five minutes on the verge of crying, rocking backwards and forwards trying to get my hands back to life sorted me out though. Think it may have been a bit disturbing for any bystanders though!

It's Wednesday now and I'm still ill. Things aren't looking good for the weekend's regional champs. It's going to take a serious dose of good luck to hold on to the regional champs title that I won in Ipswich last year.


Just about holding it together on the 2nd lap. Photo courtesy of Phil Jones

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Out of the freezer, into the fire: Southampton National Trophy

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I had perhaps my best ever start in Southampton on Sunday. Starting from the fourth row, I somehow snuck my way through a whole heap of riders to find myself up in the top 20 at the end of the first lap. Unbelievable. Kevin was stood trackside yelling at me about how great the situation was, and I believed him. I was up with the strong guys, I just had to keep it going.
One lap later, things started to go pear shaped. I was getting knackered; I'd been punching above my weight, and I was starting to get hit back. Billy Whenman and Darren Barclay got across to me on the only real descent of the circuit, and as I tried to get round the hairpin at the bottom of the hill, I caught my STI on the course marking post and knocked myself off.
The group rode away as I untangled myself.
I sprinted off, but with the foresight that I needed to relax for a bit and recover if I wanted to avoid making mistakes. The errors kept coming though, and I crashed twice more on the next lap before I pulled my finger out and started riding well again. The whole race, I was up and down like a yo-yo — literally and figuratively.
I found myself riding round with Andrew Nichols, and together we caught Mike Cotty with about three laps to go. Things were looking good for a while and I took the lead. Nothing much happened from there on, except first, Cotty rode away — fair enough, he's a very good athlete — and then on the last lap, Nichols dropped me. He's a skinny little under 23 who goes up hills somewhat easier than me. Oh well. I came home in 31st, outside the points, so technically no better than a DNF. What a load of bollocks.
Realistically, it was quite a positive ride as I had an amazing start and I was mixing it with some good riders all race. Negatives were the lapses of concentration and the lack of strength in the final. Lessons learned — more miles needed, more skills required.
Two weeks till Bradford, scene of my first decent ride at this level when I came top 30 at the 2009 National Champs. At last year's Trophy however, I had a thoroughly shitty ride, so who knows how I'll go. One thing — my fingers are crossed that fewer than 10 Belgians turn up in Yorkshire. They're taking all the points scoring placings and ruining my ranking!
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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Ipswich National Trophy Video

National Trophy Cyclo-Cross Round 2 - Ipswich from Kevin Knox on Vimeo.

That's what I'm talking about


FMB with Rhino tread, originally uploaded by Kevin Knox.

I sent off my rotten Dugast Rhino to FMB last week, and then this arrived by UPS this morning. Totally unexpected to get it so soon, and an amazing service as I was really expecting everything to be done on a French time scale. It wasn't cheap, in fact it would have been less costly to buy a new Dugast Rhino or new FMB by the time you've factored in postage costs and the bank charges for money transfer (they don't take credit cards on the FMB website). It's worth it though as the FMB comes with the carcass pre treated to prevent rotting so it should be more durable than the Dugast one. Money well spent I hope.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Skronglite Industries: New Product Thursdays: 2011 Skrong Tapes

Skronglite Industries: New Product Thursdays: 2011 Skrong Tapes: "It's 'cross season now, off-season training is coming up, and road season is just around the corner. You've got that 'really pretty nice..."

Vicious Dune Cross

What do you think? Isle of Sheppey, next autumn — are you riding or hiding?

Let's see if we can get the venue first eh. Looks like a decent place to put a course though.

Birthday Present - 2nd overall, 1st veteran



After a very sick beginning to the week and doing no training for the second part of the week I had low expectations for Sunday's London League at Gunpowder Park. It was a lowly Cat C race and my motivation was similarly low even though it was my birthday. To top things off Phil Roach, one of the top veterans in the country had turned up which was a real surprise. My arch rival in the London League Jon Lyons lined up next to me with his Rhinos on for the mud and wet so I reckoned that I was going to take a real battering in the vets race. But I had to pull something out of the bag as Andy couldn't race having ripped his rear mech off his only bike warming up, he was relegated to keeping Geoff company on the drums. Check out the posting below.

Things couldn't really have turned out more differently to my expectations. By the end of the first lap I was in second place just 10 seconds behind Darren Barclay whose wheel I couldn't hold when he accelerated on a draggy uphill section - that was the last we all saw of him as he soloed away to win race convincingly. But with such a good position this early on my confidence grew and I knew that I was in contention for a good placing as I was comfortably able to ride with the others in my group of Matt Holmes, Billy Jo Whenman and Phil Roach. Over the next few laps our group was whittled down to just myself and Phil but with three laps to go Gareth Montgomerie had bridged to us and then put some pressure on forcing Phil out the back. By now I was on for the podium but really wanted to get 2nd so rather than gamble on a sprint I attacked as we passed the bell ringing for the final lap. My attack failed as Gareth started pulling himself back, I decided to sit up and then hit him again before the line. The second time it worked and I held a gap of a few seconds as I passed Geoff on drums and into the final stretch to beat the Gareth to the line. It was my best overall league result this year and topped off my birthday nicely.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Winning a sprint (for 10th!)


A luckluster race at the National Trophy last weekend was saved by sneaking a sprint finish for tenth place, a small victory in and otherwise poor race for me. Although starting well from the front row of the grid and keeping it together through the first few turns I lost motivation in my legs, but more importantly in my head, and was unable to keep up with the leaders. By the end of the first lap any hope of another top 5 had vanished along with any fight that I had left in me.

All became clear on the long drive back south to London, I felt worse and worse during the journey and was barely able to unpack the car. By the evening I felt terrible and was sick all night. I've only just started to feel better two days later. At least I know that it wasn't my lack of race fitness causing me to feel so unmotivated and weak, when you get ill, that's it, nothing you can do but to sit it out. Bring on Southampton in a fortnight, I've got unfinished business.



Andy Jones's photo here on cycling weekly illustrates my mood after the race perfectly

On a more positive note I'm really excited about getting Vicious Velo off the ground for 2011 and hoping we can get the new kit sorted out in time for Nationals in January. We're bound to get noticed...

Monday, November 15, 2010

Mallory Park National Trophy, Senior Race

National Trophy Cyclocross, Mallory Park
Mallory Park has an unenviable reputation as a venue that eats bikes, riders, and the enthusiasm of all who step over the threshold. I'm glad to say that I, my bikes and most of my enthusiasm for cyclocross are still intact, despite a completely mediocre result.
I ended up coming 28th yesterday, which on paper is my second best result at a National race, but I still feel a bit disappointed. I never really got going in the race — a lack of traction and enthusiasm being the main culprits. The Vittoria XM tubs I'm using have no central ridge to them, unlike the hallowed Dugast Rhinos I borrowed from Kevin to use in Ipswich, so I was finding that I had very little cornering grip on the greasy, flat grass corners and cambered straights that made up much of the Mallory course. That lack of confidence meant there were only a few places on the course where I was able to really push on the pedals without fear of crashing. Excuses excuses...
Next round is Southampton in two weeks time. I'm hoping for a return to the top 25.
Photos are all by Dave Haygarth, who came fifth in the vets. Loads more on his Flickr
National Trophy Cyclocross, Mallory Park
National Trophy Cyclocross, Mallory Park

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Vicious Media Empire swings into action

Here's a video from Vicious Enterprises. Filmed at the Rollapaluza Halloween CX race at Herne Hill the night before the National Trophy at Ipswich.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

More videos

Why aren't any of you lot making videos like this at the London League or National Trophies? Come on, pull your fingers out!
In all seriousness though, Vicious Velo supports the notion of splitting up senior racing at local south-east league events. Lapping people after 10mins of racing is not fun for anyone. Let the racers race and let the newbies learn in a cheap-to-promote and cheap-to-ride Go Cross. It's good for everyone, and would grow the whole cross scene too. Two races means more time, less aggro* means more photo opportunities means a cooler looking sport. Everyone's a winner, barring the organiser who has to hang around all day.
*don't get me wrong, we love aggro, but pushing first timers into the bushes is just bullying

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Stybie is a punk


If you're not styling it up over the jumps, hopping the barriers and headbutting your bars out of every corner, you're not doing it right.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Flicking the Vicious V's

Expect to see the Vicious V victory salute popping up at a race near you soon!
BTW, Cav's riding for us next season, you heard it here first.

This is a stick-up

WE WANT YOUR MONEY
Vicious Velo needs sponsors. We're currently two of the top ranked cyclocross riders in the country, and as a bonus, we're handsome, creative and we pwn the internet (at least, the south-east England cyclocross bit of the internet).
If you want to see your logo on the Vicious Velo skinsuits in 2011, give us a shout! We're particularly interested in sponsors from the world of coffee, beer and tubular tyres (what else is there in life?).

Vicious Veldrijden

We race cyclocross. It's the only form of cycle racing that's worth getting excited about, either as a racer or a spectator, this is why.

Lars Boom — Vicious cross racer, now exiled to the road. Shame.
Lars Boom

Inspiration — Dead Kennedys




A mission statement





“I'm not vicious really. I consider myself to be kindhearted. I love my mum.”
Sid Vicious