Matrix Fitness and Pearl Izumi Tour Series Cycle Races – Motherwell 17.05.2016

On Tuesday 17th May, the Matrix Fitness and Pearl Izumi Tour Series Cycle Races were held in Motherwell town centre. This was the second year the town had held these events. I took the day off work to savour the action and also catch a glimpse of the preparation required before a large cycle race.

Photographs of the race can be seen here.

Behind the Scenes

The backroom staff were hard at work during the day getting the riders ready for the race. The bikes are checked out and worn parts replaced. They are then washed ready for the riders to start their race.

JLT Condor 

 The JLT Condor bikes were being prepared. I had a close look at the and the frame was made from carbon fibre with Campagnolo components. The saddle was a Fizik Arione which is a fairly narrow saddle. 

Madison Genesis
Raleigh GAC

North Lanarkshire Pipe Band was also in attendance and entertained the crowds with some lovely music.

Nikki Juniper of Team Ford Ecoboost
North Lanarkshire Pipe Band

Ladies Matrix Fitness Race

There was action in the afternoon with races organised by Scottish Cycling. The Ladies Matrix Fitness race started at 17.30 and was won by Eileen Roe of Lares-Waowdeals. Near the end of the race, there was a terrible crash with one of the riders falling so badly she had to be taken to hospital.  



Pearl Izumi Tour Series Cycle Race

The men’s race started at 19.30. The dark skies suggested rain would fall during the day but thankfully it stayed off until about 15 minutes before the men’s race finish. The winner of this race was Jon Mould of JLT Condor. Second was Albert Torres of Raleigh GAC, with Ed Clancy of JLC Condor third.

The crowds were out in force and everyone was having a great time. This was the second year the event has been held and it was well organised. Hopefully there will be more events like this in the town.
Further Information:

Tour Series
North Lanarkshire Council

In Praise of Cycling Musettes

Small Musette
Small Musette

At present I am confined to the house after an ankle operation. To get around I have to use crutches. Anyone who has used crutches will know how difficult it is to carry even the most basic of items. My solution to this is to use my two cycling musettes to carry things for me.

A musette is used by cyclists to carry food and water bottles and is usually made from cotton. In professional races such as the Tour de France there will be a feed zone about halfway through the stage.

The video below shows the feed zone action in the Tour de France from a Garmin Transitions team perspective.

One of my musettes is large enough for magazines and the smaller one is used for carrying food and drinks. Carrying a cup of tea is not possible when using crutches, so I fill a flask with tea and carry it in my musette to my chair. Sandwiches are also hard to carry so I place them in a plastic sandwich container with a lid and also carry them in the musette to my chair.

My musettes are useful to enable me to carry everything in one journey without having to go back and forth. There are expensive musettes on the market, but the cotton ones are good enough for me. When at work, I use them to carry my sandwiches every day for lunch. Then I fold it up and carry the empty musette home with me.