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Weekend Race Report: 10/11th May, 2014

Weekend Race Report: 10/11th May, 2014

Our Planet X athletes have been doing us proud this weekend, with fantastic results across the board. We're not ones to take credit for the success of others but no doubt our bikes had something to do with it (we hope!), and a good number of were putting on a good show, such as the Codeine, Exocet and Stealth. With such a god showing across a range of discipline this weekend, it goes to show our efforts in supporting new talent is paying dividends, and with bigger and better races and results surely to come as the season progresses through the summer.

First up is bews of the first victories of the year for the Christina Watches pro continental team. In fact, not just one win, but two, in consecutive days no less. Classed as a 2.1 in the UCI Europe Tour, the Szlakiem Grodow Piastowskich in Poland, is hotly contested and features some serious categorised climbs and strong winds throughout. Stage 2 saw Asbjorn Kragh Andersen comes away with a sprint victory, neatly followed up by a 30.2km ITT victory from Stefen Schumacher on the Sunday. Unfortunately the gradients on Stage 1 largely put the team out of contention from the offset, but the two stage victories are a good showing of current form that the team will look to build upon. CCC Polsat Polkowice pairing Mateusz Taciak and Marek Rutkiewicz took the first two steps of the podium, with Silvio Herklotz (Team Stolting) rounding things off.

Eimear Mullen's run of form continued with a win at Challenge Rimini in Italy, coming hot on the heels of her win at Triathlon de Portocolom in Mallorca, a matter of weeks ago. Once again Eimear managed to neutralise the deficit from the swim and found herself two minutes off the lead going into the run. New Zealand pro Gina Crawford was the last to get caught,m before Eimear managed to extend it to 3 minutes over Tine Deckers of Belgium before crossing the line first. Ritchie Nicholls is also on fine form finishing 3rd this time around after a fine run that pulled him firmly back into contention. The same event also saw the return to racing for Planet X founder, Dave Loughran. After a 10 year absence from competition, Dave, put in a good showing, especially as always in the water, which will undoubtedly set himself up nicely for coming races this year.

Check out this highlights video from Challenge Rimini

The Codeine is still turning heads all over, but one place it's probably never been seen before, and perhaps not likely to again, is at an XC race. However, that's exactly what happened on the weekend when Rachael Gurney took it out for a few laps at Sunday's Wareham Forest XC. We'll leave it up to her to fill in the gaps here:

"Took the #ononebike #codeine XC racing today, pleased to report it fared very well bringing me in in 4th place against all those carbon fibre hardtail machines! Good but hard race, the only one where you have to cows as trail features! It was muddy as usual so made full use of my supporters kit!"

Watch out for Rachael's full length write up of the event later in the week.

Elsewhere, Dean Kirkham finished 3rd in the Grantham sprint tri, but most importantly got the fastest bike split - naturally. Also, a final shout out to Hollie Cradduck, although not bike related, Hollie, put in some last minute prep for IM Lanzarote with a marathon in Milton keynes.

Stay tuned for further developments in the coming weeks, including our very own Team Codeine getting their teeth, and wheels, into round two of the UK Gravity Enduro series.

13 May 2014

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