To celebrate our new look, we're offering people who Like our new site a chance to win £250 towards the price of a Fossa frame (or alternatively £150 towards the cost of a pair of Ronde wheels). Check out the revamped shop and choose what you'll buy if you win!
Many thanks are due to Gavin Hardwicke and Sarah Naylor, who have worked hard on the design of the new site.
Summer season wrap-up
Summer may be coming to a close but the results continue. Ellie notched up a fine 2nd place at the British Cycling Castle Criterium in Lincoln before finishing 10th at the U14 National Youth Circuit Race Championships, an event which saw Libby on the podium with a fantastic ride to take the Silver medal in the under 12's. Both girls then put in great performances at the National Youth Omnium Championships, Libby finishing 9th & Ellie 11th, before heading to Holland to bank some hard miles riding the Assen Youth tour. Sarah & Andy rode their final two 50k Marathon Series events, showing great form: Sarah took a 2nd & 5th with Andy 16th & 25th. Between rounds they squeezed in a few weeks in France watching Le Tour and getting in some quality Alpine miles. That's the summer over, which can only mean one thing - bring on the 'cross season!
On track & off the beaten track
Ellie and Libby continue to add to their already impressive palmares as they both wrapped up overall victories on the track in the West Midlands Youth Omnium event. With the mountain bike season in full flow Lee, Andy, Sarah & Gav took the Team Relay win at the Midlands Championships in Mansfield. Great individual rides also saw Sarah finish 3rd & Andy 7th in the Sport races with Lee 6th Expert. The next round of the Midlands Series in Eckington saw both Lee & Andy making visits to the podium after excellent rides to take 2nd Expert & 3rd Sport. The podium finishes kept coming, this time on the top step as the Scott Marathon Series continued at Rhayader, Wales, with Andy coming home first in the 50k event and Sarah taking the 25k win.
Congratulations to Gav on the birth of his son Oliver Jack Hardwicke. At a healthy 9lbs 5oz we suspect he may be more of a sprinter than a climber so we should see him terrorising the under 9’s starts before too long! We wish Gav, Jo & Oli all the best and look forward to seeing the latest addition cheering on his daddy and the rest of the team from the side lines soon.
Off season? What off season?
After a short end of season break, which included a team trip to Manchester Velodrome to watch some exciting racing in the final of the Revolution series, the team were soon back in action again. Ellie opened up the spring with a 2nd place before heading north to gain valuable experience riding the Youth Tour of Scotland, taking a strong 13th in the bunch finish on stage 1. Coming out of this with great form she took wins in the opening round of the U14 National Youth Circuit Series at Hetton and the Omnium event at Derby Velodrome. A strong start to the road season also saw Libby take a hat trick of early season victories and an excellent 4th place at the opening round of the U12 National Youth Circuit Series. Sarah & Andy started their summer off at the Scott Marathon Series in Builth Wells, finishing in the top 10 and top 20 of the 50k event respectively.
Fossa Racing links with new partners
At Fossa Racing we are very particular about the kit we use and recommend which is why we are delighted to announce some exciting new partnerships for the coming seasons.
Moore Large and Todays Cyclist will be supplying the team with a range of top quality Lake shoes and high performance Kenda mountain bike tyres. Look out for this excellent kit adorning team bikes soon and come and have a chat with us about why we use what we do.
Meet our new team mascot!
Fossa Racing have adopted a real live fossa as their team mascot. Ikongo, a 9-year old male fossa, lives at the Port Lympne Reserve in Kent and even has his own rider page on our site. In adopting Ikongo, Fossa Bikes will be making an annual contribution to support the Aspinall Foundation's work to protect endangered animals such as the fossa.
Budding talent Libby Smith joins Fossa Racing
Fossa Racing are proud to welcome new rider Libby Smith to the team. This young rider has bags of potential both on and off road and we can't wait to see her showing off our team colours. She recently won the U12 Notts & derby Cyclocross League title (riding for Matlock CC) and is looking forward to entering national competitions next year in her first U14 season. Why not take a look at her rider page.
Shunburne qualifies as National Commissaire
Congratulations to Fossa Racing's Lee Shunburne who recently passed his National Cyclocross Commissaire exam with flying colours. After a baptism of fire with his first national experience gained at the MK World Cup (where he had to call the exciting photo-finish sprint in the women's race), he completed his training by travelling up to British Cycling HQ for a written and verbal grilling. Teammates have presented him with a giant golden whistle to celebrate his newly-acquired powers of office.
Ellie Smith ranked UK #1
Ellie Smith has rounded off a tremendous first season riding for Fossa Racing by finishing the season as number one in the UK U14 Cyclocross National Rankings. Ellie has been on the podium for every round of the National Trophy Series, and took her first victory in a national cyclocross event in Milton Keynes. Ellie is a tough rider who has worked hard for her success this season and the Fossa team are extremely proud to be supporting her.
NDCXL standings seal a successful season
The final standings in the Notts & Derby Cyclocross League have been announced - and it's been a great season for Fossa Racing. Ellie Smith takes the U14 title with a comfortable margin following her stunning 6 victories, while Matt Crouch takes second place in the V40 competition, having taken three race wins along the way. After another close-fought competition in the senior men's league, Lee Shunburne and Andy Naylor take 2nd and 3rd places respectively, adding to the string of NDCXL podium finishes they both already have. Gavin Hardwicke takes 6th place overall, and, as the third placed member of Fossa Racing, seals a convincing team victory in the Men's Team competition. Congratulations all round, and thanks to all the pit crew for their fantastic efforts this season.
Fossa Racing booms at Broxtowe
The Fossa Racing team finished the NDCXL season in style at the final event in Broxtowe. The riders loved the course designed by Beeston CC, powering through the muddy conditions to take a hatful of top placings. Leading the charge was Lee Shunburne, with a comfortable victory in the senior men's race. Second was Gavin Hardwicke with a thrilling sprint finish that saw him edge over the line just in front of Gareth Whittall. Matt Crouch put on a superb performance to hold off Mike Young in another nail biting finish and take the win in the V40 event. And finally Ellie Smith finished second in the U14 race, behind National Champion Poppy Wildman, both with a large lead over the rest of the field. Top marks to the pit crews for keeping up with everything the mud threw at our riders. Read the full race report.
Fossa Racing brings NDCXL to Chetwynd
Fossa Racing hosted the NDCXL at Chetwynd Barracks today, supported by Ashfield RC. It was a fantastic day of racing for all ages and abilities. Catering was provided by the Army Wives to raise funds for Teddies Nursery - and things went so well they had to keep nipping over the road to buy more sausages! Thanks to the British Army for use of the venue, and to all the volunteers who put so much time and effort into making the event run smoothly. Proceeds from the event will be invested in further improvements for next year.
Gavin Hardwicke surprised us all by bringing along some new team members to join us on a recent ride - Fossa men! These well-dressed biscuits went down a treat, keeping us going till lunch. Given how obsessive Gav is about coordinating kit, it should hardly come as a surprise that he even expects his snacks to match his outfit. Now that he's revealed his true colours a champion baker we'll be expecting catering on all future team outings….