We've been building up to this, this is the first report from the 65 Roses Holme Moss Classic on the weekend.
The date was set last Sunday for the 65 Roses Holme Moss Classic, a sportive event starting and ending right in our neck of the woods (right next door to be exact). You may have heard about it, and if you didn’t, get your name down on our mailing list sharpish. The route was to take in many of the roads soon to be legendary by the Tour de France’s Grand Depart in Yorkshire next year, with the main focal point being the Holme Moss climb. A tough slog at the best of times, let alone when it rises up ominously before your eyes about half way through the 65 mile route.
As the day drew nearer, we luckily got a break from the horrible weather that’s been gripping us of late. The sun was out, the mercury nudging the early 20’s and the bib shorts were getting one final airing before being tucked up for hibernation. Our own grand depart pulled in over 300 riders, from all backgrounds all getting their climbing legs on in the name of a very worthy cause, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
We pulled out all the stops for this one, sponsoring the event on the one hand but also bringing some of our best riders along for the ride too; ex- Tour pro Jamie Burrow, 3 times Tour of the Peaks winner (and our head mechanic) Mark Lovatt and tri athlete Luke Dragstra, who came all the way from Sweden to represent us in the best way possible. Luke doesn’t win the award for the most travelled Planet X rider though, that prize is firmly bestowed our Planet X USA head honcho Michael Golinski, coming a mere 5,000 odd miles from Portland, Oregon!
For every mile that Michael travelled he matched in the climbs, 5,000ft of climbing over the course of the day. Needless to say there were some very, very tired people rolling into the office on Monday morning. Our own Mark Lovatt came home first in a time of 3hr 18mins, some of us were much slower. When you're at your limit, it's hard to really remember much of what happened, but many gel's were consumed and many legs were burning.
The event was a huge success and hopefully raised large sums for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. We'd like to say a huge thank you to them for putting the event together, and hope it will next year, further installing the Holme Moss Classic as a late season regular.
We'd love to hear your stories from the day and see your photo's too. Especially if you're riding and representing Planet X!
24 September 2013