Having supported the inaugural Island Race in 2012, Scott revisited Anglesey in North Wales on Sunday to support the second staging of what is becoming a very popular event.
With participation significantly increased from last year, almost 800 runners set off to complete the stunningly scenic route of this iconic half marathon.
With very little wind and pleasant March sunshine, fast times and personal bests were to be the order of the day for many of the runners. As they crossed the finish line, there was an overwhelmingly positive reaction from participants, signalling that this race has now become a firm favourite amongst runners.
Llanberis man, Alun Vaughan romped around the 13.1 mile route in a new course record of 1:09:56, bagging the £150 cash prize in the process. In the women’s race there was a tremendous battle between Oswestry Olympian Ali Lavender and Sarah Caskey, with Lavender eventually going on to take the win.
Runners were required to pick up their race numbers at Saturday’s race registration where Keith Peek of Eureka Cycles was present with a stand showcasing Scott running footwear. Keen for the runners to have an opportunity to see what Scott has to offer, Keith’s stand was also conveniently situated close to the finish line on race day.
I would have liked to have said that World Champs was the cherry on top of a perfect cake, but this cake is cherryless! By cake i am referring to my season of course, just can’t get enough of cake!
I’m not going to bore you with boring boring boring stuff about the race because i will probably make you all depressed but i will tell you a little bit about the world champs experience! Saturday brought the u23 women, elite women and u23 men! i went out to watch abit of all the races just to get in the mood of racing and Non started the event off with GOLD GOLD GOLD! we love a bit of gold. After watching non the absolute legend race i was all ready go go goooo! Woke up on Sunday and the weather was well, just like home which i guess wasn’t going to be a shock to the system but it would have been nice to see just a little bit of sun!
I’m going to try and be positive about the race so I guess I could say that I tried my best and I didnt give up … It wasn’t a complete disaster to be fair. I can still say i’m top 10 in the World which isn’t too shabby! The whole experience of being in Auckland was AMAZING and if someone gave me a free ticket to fly there now I would definitely take it, even if the wind did nearly kill me … but I wouldn’t be too bothered just aslong as I could eat sushi all day everyday.
Now I’m just coming to the end of my break and i can honestly say I haven’t really missed training at all! It’s been really nice to just chill out and get over the jet lag… very slowly! Now it’s time to prepare my body for the shock its life when I start training next week.
Its time to stock up those cupboards with food and let the layering of clothes begin because winter training starts on monday!
p.s. i will try and stay off the turbo as much as i can
Here I am in New Zealand, Hamilton to be exact! We set off on our travels last Tuesday night and arrived here, on the other side of the world, on Thursday morning! I was so excited to fly but then my stupid body decided it was a fantastic time to give me a Tonsillitis! I felt like death and just wanted to sleep!
So, just a 1hour flight to start the travels from Manchester to Heathrow and the flight felt like it lasted forever, the 22hours of flying that I had ahead of me didn’t sound very inviting at all but the doctor gave me some magic pills and I was starting to feel better, plus I met my partner in crime; Sophie Coldwell and now I was ready for flying! We could only share the love through an air hug though, that was upsetting!
We left Heathrow and our first stop was Hong Kong, only for a short while but we had a good stretch in the airport and got the foam roller out, coaches orders! Then we left Hong Kong and it was just 11hours between me and Auckland! So after having noodles for breakfast we finally arrived, I don’t know how many miles we had travelled but we were here, NEW ZEALAND and I was feeling so much better than I did!
Now it’s Tuesday and I’ve settled into my training and just love being here although my shoulders are very sore from gripping on my bike so hard, fearing for my life that I’m going to fly off! The wind is dangerous and most definitely not my friend! We all went to watch the rugby the other night and I’ve decided I need to watch rugby more often, the sights are delightful and I very much enjoyed it! Me and soph are excellent cake bakers so we took one for the team and made a cake, GB style!
We leave for Auckland on Thursday and that’s when we hit the big time and things start getting all about racing, and hills … I really don’t want to see these hills, I’ve heard very scary things!
So, from 12hours ahead of you, that’s all for now!
First blog for me and the topic is… triathlon!
So I made the, not so big move to Leeds about 5 weeks ago and I love training here; the swims are shorter and later in the morning, the rides are along country lanes where you don’t have to stop at about 785732969 traffic lights and the running is through the woods(which isn’t great when you have new trainers).
The only bad thing about being in Leeds is that we live about 5minutes from a Starbucks and a frozen yoghurt shop so I don’t think my bank card loves living here …
Last weekend I raced in Nancy in France for the World Duathlon Champs! This was never a race I was planning on doing at the start of the season but since I wasn’t going to be racing much before World Triathlon Champs I decided to throw another tough race in! The whole aim of the race was to work really hard on the bike and I think I pretty much did that since I was shuffling around the next day. Even some chocolate milk and 4 ice cream scoops later I was still walking like I had just done an ironman, pathetic junior athlete’s ay! But back to the race; I worked really hard on the bike with George Schwiening (GB athlete)and we got around a 45 second lead going into t2 so it was just a 2.5k flat run to decide who got gold! I wasn’t sure how my legs were going to feel but they were feeling surprisingly ok and I ended up crossing the line as world champ
I couldn’t have been happier with that performance and its give me that little kick I needed to keep me motivated for these last few weeks of training leading into World Champs.
The Eureka Café celebrated its 83rd year in business as a cyclists café this weekend with two anniversary rides; A social 50 mile around the lanes of Cheshire and a more challenging 83 mile in the hills of North Wales.
Over 200 riders had a marvellous day out in the sunshine, the social riders were treated to beans on toast at just over halfway at Holt whereas the 83mile had a stop at the café near Llyn Brenig.
There was a surprise reception for the 83 milers on Moel Arthur. After tackling gradients of 21% on the pass, the riders were met with cheering support from Eureka Café, who were handing out musettes full of ZipVit goodies.
Both rides started and finished at the Eureka café with cake and coffee for all the cyclists.
was full of positive comments for both rides and planning for next year has already began.
Click here to see photos from the day on our Facebook page.
Eureka Cycle Sports recent sponsorship of Junior European Champion Georgia Taylor-Brown has got off to a great start. She was the first Junior home at 2012 GE Strathclyde Park Triathlon on 2nd September.
Georgia is a member of the BTA World Class performance talent squad and is ranked number one junior triathlete in Europe. She has just started her first year of studies at Leeds University, with top coaches, facilities and the Brownlee Brothers all at Leeds, Georgia has the best environment for training and inspiration.
Her next big event is The ITU World Duathlon Championships in France, then on to her first Triathlon World Championships in New Zealand in October.
Channel 4 has confirmed it will screen highlights of the Strathclyde Park Event in an hour show on Sunday 16 September so you can catch up on all the action from the day and see our young triathletes in action.
Each year we organise a ride from the Eureka Cycle cafe to celebrate its birthday. This year on Sunday 9th September we will be celebrating 83 years! We have two bike rides on the 9th September, an easy 50 mile flat ride around the lanes of Cheshire & North Wales and a much more challenging hilly 83 mile ride around North Wales. Cost of entry is £12.00 and this includes lunch break, sports nutrition, and to finish a cake & drink. We would love to have as many people take part as we can and if you would like to join in, please print a copy of the application form, complete and send to the address provided!
Eureka Cycle Sports was formed on 27 Feb 2007. It was formed due to a redundancy, a
passion for cycling and to complement our café, the world famous Eureka Café, a cyclists
café for over 80 years. We have seen a steady increase in business over the last 5 years
and this year we decided to get serious online, in order to increase our reach.
As a starter I thought I’d write a little about our ethos. I am a firm believer that a good
business is formed on a solid foundation of good customer service, great products and
giving the very best advice. This doesn’t come overnight and takes years to build and I
am happy to say that after 5 years in business our reputation is now standing proud. When
people come into the shop and tell you they are there through a recommendation you know
you are doing something right.
We are your local bike shop (LBS) with a love for all things cycling and aim to keep that
ethos online. So, whether you’re popping into the shop in person or visiting our facebook
page, emailing, tweeting or ordering online, it’s the same people giving good, honest advice,
no matter what type of bike you ride.
Whether you’re a national champ or a newbie, a weekend competitor or a commuter, you
are all cyclists/triathletes and will get the same attention to detail and service from us. We
never sell second rate products, grey imports or reconditioned products and all our products
are backed up with great customer service and full U.K. warranty.
So there you have it, Eureka Cycle Sports, the ‘virtual LBS’.
We hope to post regular blogs about products, racing and news in the cycling and Tri world.
A flavour of the conversations that are going on in the shop, on the road or over a coffee and
cake in the café. So pop in online and let us know what you want to hear about or what’s
caught your attention recently.
Keith, Owner of Eureka Cycle Sports Shop & Café.