Busy times for Team qoroz

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Busy times for Team qoroz

Story posted April 26, 2010; Team Press Release

The young riders of Team qoroz have been extremely busy over the last few weeks, both racing and fulfilling various other projects. As far as the racing goes, the team continues it’s run of ups and downs, with great results combined with misfortune. At the recent East Mids Cicle Classic, the team was unfortunately down to three starters due to illness and injury. Luke’s broken wrist was not deemed sufficiently healed to tackle this demanding course. Along with 170 riders, Hugh, Matt and Ben took the start in overcast, muggy conditions.

The first hour and a half was one of constant attacks, with an average speed of 27 mph. Then the fun really began as the course took in the lanes and farm tracks that this race is famous for. Matt, coming back from his nasty injury at the Tour of Reservoir Premier calendar race, got to the 100km point and started to feel the effects of cramp and was forced to stop as this began to really set-in. Meanwhile both Hugh and Ben were riding strongly in the main chase group some 1 minute from the leaders. Then unfortunately a rider bounced into Hugh on a gravel sector and damaged his bike, meaning he couldn’t run in the higher gears, something that put paid to a really good performance.

Ben meanwhile was riding comfortably until he punctured a rear tyre on one of the sestors of gravel roads. The slow nature of the following support convoy meant that by the time a new wheel was fitted his race was effectively over as the main group was now a long way up the road-another unfortunate outcome to a strong ride. Eventually a group caught up with Ben and rode well until they were stopped 15km from the finish due to roads being re-opened, but encouraging signs from all three in this toughest of races.

Elsewhere, Hugh has had a good run of solid performances, 3rd at the Abergavenny RR, just missing out in the sprint, and 9th at the Ham Hill RR in a hectic bunch finish at Yeovilton. Luke is continuing his comeback from a broken wrist with an excellent 4th in a hilly time trial near Bristol. It will be good to field a full team for the first time this season at the up-coming Chas Messenger Road Race. The team are also heavily involved with the promotion of Prostate Cancer Charity Tour Ride and as such attended the regional launch in Wellington. The guys will be undertaking a series of school assemblies promoting the Ride as well as the benefits of cycling as a whole and the Tour of Britain as it visits Somerset and Devon in September.

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Alongside this, the team has undertaken the first of a series of youth training sessions and product tests at Castle Combe circuit in conjunction with Chippenham Wheelers and Andy Cook Cycling. These are opportunities for youngsters to train with the team and pick their brains re training and racing; a great chance for the squad to encourage even younger riders to give the sport a real try and see what they can achieve. This also is a great opportunity for anyone to try out the 'qoroz' product around a closed circuit. The next session is planned for Tues 1st June - please contact qorozbikes@googlemail.com

An eventful and busy time, no doubt more to come. Follow the team on www.qoroz.co.uk/team