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A miss is as good as a mile

A miss is as good as a mile

After spending weeks watching back wheels, chewing bar tape and breathing out his bum in Premier calendar races, Planet X's super VET Ian Cooper, came back down to earth with a bang at the weekend narrowly missing out at Darley Moor.

At a ripe old age of 40 Coops has spent many a training ride dreaming of racing against the VETs in LVRC. Only to find the 2010 season his hardest yet with a step up to 1st Cat and entries into races he had only had nightmares about riding.

Following his exploits at the Cicle Classic, where is managed to get round 120km of racing before they pulled him for looking to "old" Coops finally took to the Grid in his much awaited LVRC debut. In a strong VETs field, including ex-pro Phil Raynor (the proud owner of a Planet X SL Pro Carbon Ultegra bike) Coops dream of double handed crowd salutes came crashing down as he got turned over.

A handicapped start meant Coops and the A class VETs had to chase down the rest of the field and with the help of Oli Davies Dinnington RC, it all came back together as planned. A few moves later, some strong attacks and turns at the front and the lead group was down to the final selection of around 6 riders.

Coming into the sprint and it looked like Super Coops was on for his first victory of 2010. With the words of team manager Frank Campbell ringing in his ears, go hard or go home, he couldn't quite get round Raynor and had to settle for a glorified 2nd place.

The spoils to the victory and Coops had to trade his Nanolight for the SL Pro Carbon...only fair considering Phil took the Win!!

Hope you like the bike Phil! Ian, you may have only lost by half a wheel, but a miss is as good as a the words of Alan Sugar YOUR FIRED!!


11 May 2010


  • ianc

    EX PRO... thats the last time I go easy on him in a sprint... ahem... :-)

  • philr

    Best bike I ever owned !!(must be to beat the coops :) ) Would highly recommend the SL Pro Carbon to anyone. Cheers Phil Rayner

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