I can’t believe the end of the season is here already. …this has been our fullest and funnest to date! We’ve supported over 300 athletes & bikes across 8 triathlon events and I’m proud to say we have seen a lot of you more than once meaning that you’re racing happy, injury free and you’re enjoying your time with us as much as we do with you. Here are just a few highlights from what has been an incredible season with Race Force:
We had the pleasure of supporting Paul Hayward in his very first 70.3 in Mallorca. Race day brought with it possibly the worst racing conditions I have ever endured, 200 athletes DNS and 800 DNF but Paul, myself and 42 other Race Force athletes soldiered on and got it done. Jellyfish stings included!!! Paul wrote an awesome article on his experience with usread hereand Paul is already booked on for his first Ironman experience on one of our favourite courses Klagenfurt, Austria. We can’t wait!!
You can see all our Mallorca pics here. Feel free to tag yourselves.
For the last few years we have supported Pearl & Dean on their sporting achievements and this year was no different where a team of 22 employees & clients joined us in LEGOLAND Billund for an incredible weekend of racing. What makes this venue special is that we hire a street of chalets and we all eat, breath, sleep triathlon together. 6 athletes were racing their first ever long distance course and the run route ran right past our chalets, so as the athletes from the half distance were finishing we created a carnival type atmosphere click here and cheered the 6 to their finish lines. We also had success with our Relay team where Race host Nikki did her first open water swim, I managed a PB on the bike and overall we came 3rd ladies team on a very competitive field!!! We are very excited to be returning to Challenge Denmark next season for the European Champs.
You can see all our Challenge Denmark pics here. Feel free to tag yourselves.
You can book a room in one of our chalets now and book on to our bikebus click here
Not a season goes by when this Race doesn’t feature as a highlight. It really is magical but for us this is our hardest event to operate as the logistics are so tricky. There are only 36 beds in Roth so most athletes get bused out to Nuremberg however we have THE BEST location in a small, cute town closer to Roth with a brilliant hotel full of Brits. It was here we witnessed first hand THAT run down by Joe Skipper for him to take an amazing 2nd place and we were chuffed our athletes got to spend some time with Joe & his family before & after the race click here Joe's dad Ray is now an honorary member of our team after spending days hanging out with the mechanics at the hotel geeking out on kit and helping out where he could. This was also where our Race Host Ross battled through his Achilles pain to bring home a 9.12 in only his second ever Irondistance race.
You can see all our Challenge Roth picsclick here. Feel free to tag yourselves.
This is such a huge event for the Brits. We are lured into a false sense of security with it being a “FLAT’ course but flat really means that you have to pedal hard for your entire bike split and then go run a marathon….not quite as easy as it looks on paper but times are always quick and the atmosphere at this race is incredible. This was a huge event for us. 3 vans, 8 staff and 72 bikes from all over the UK, serviced, cleaned and Race ready before our airport transfer began on Thursday. I was worried we might lose our intimate & personal touch with this kind of volume but in fact what we saw was quite the opposite. With such a large team of crew out there the energy from the Race Hub was magnified and it amplified as the days went on. We connected with all of our athletes a few times every day and our reccies were the busiest we’d ever had them and the feedback after the event was incredible. For me it brought it home what a great working team we have as not only did we travel, sleep, eat and work together, when the hub closed we’d be out in the sea, off for a run, out on bikes and just hang out together. It was a real highlight for Mike & I and a nice way to close the season.
You can see all our Ironman Barcelona pics click here. Feel free to tag yourselves Link to pics on Facebook
Jennifer Tait, Kona Finisher 2016
Now although we didn’t go to Kona ourselves our hearts & minds were there on Race Day as a very special person to me personally and to Race Force, Jennifer Tait, returned to the big Island to finish some unfinished business. Jennifer was one the last people to secure a ballot entry last year but unfortunately was stopped on the bike course and was unable to finish. This year she returned and with the motivation of a £14k+ fundraising campaign already achieved (incredible in itself) she was the very last finisher across the line for 2016.
Jennifer actually made my highlights last year when she was the last finisher across the line at IM Austria 2015 and again in 2014 when she was the last finisher at Challenge Paguera.
Now this is no way to take anything away from the pros and age groupers who achieve amazing results & times but Jennifer endures racing conditions for a full 17 hours and that is just unbelievable, especially Kona racing conditions. Jennifer is an amazing individual, she is my inspiration and I feel privileged to call her a true friend. Can’t wait for our next adventure together. What on earth next?
Click here for Jennifers facebook page where you will see all these finish line moments.
Team Race Force
This season our team of Race Hosts we’re at events all over the UK offering their advice and support at registration and check in. Our mechanics were on hand offering free bike safety checks and the team would then line up on the start lines amongst you and race with you. Team members were not chosen for sporting prowess but for their kind and enthusiastic personalities. We had a training weekend in March where we brought the lifestyle of Race Force into their lives. The team learnt about their roles as Race Hosts and the races they would be helping at, completed some team activities, we cooked & baked together, and then all raced at Oulton Park Duathlon where our relay teams came in at 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th …… We all had such a great weekend together and this was just where the magic started. Our team spirit throughout the year has been overwhelming and has led to Team Race Force hitting up the the podiums at pretty much every race we were at. Click here to see the pictures
Here is a summary of our achievements this season:
What makes this even more special is that most had no idea they would or could podium so it really was amazing and we hope to keep this up next season
Pros we’ve supported…..
If you hang out with us at the Race Hub for more than a few minutes you will see, meet and chat to the many Pros we support from all nationalities. They know the quality of our mechanics and will always come by for tweaks, adjustments and hugs & smiles. They’re such an amazing and inspiring bunch of individuals and we’re lucky in our sport to have such access. We’re proud to have supported Brits like Emma Pallant, Joe Skipper, Oli Simon, Catherine Jameson and many more. Click here to see who pops in to say hi and take a mandatory selfie…..Click here
We have unfortunately had to increase our prices but we are still competitive amongst other providers on both BikeBus & Race Tour services however it’s worth pointing out again how we do offer a very different service from other providers. We keep our operation smaller meaning we know you & your bike personally, we do less events so there is less opportunity for things to go wrong (like your bike being taken to the wrong event or not being collected in the first place), we offer more flexibility than the larger operations can and you feel much more supported. Our racking is still unique in the fact that we guarantee your bike does not touch another bike during transit. No other provider can make this statement. We have a 100% success rate on no damage and bikes arriving on time and in the right place so when choosing a bike transport company always ask how they secure their bikes.
We are already starting to fill up on some events so book on at early bird pricing before the end of October:
Our team will be at the following events:
Red – Almost full Amber – Half Full Green – Less than half full
We are also taking group bookings for any other events so please send us an enquiry and we hope we can support you.
Next season we will continue the great work we do with our corporate clients & Charities. We cater for all sizes of groups and individual requirements creating training, racing and general cycling experiences for groups no matter the purpose whether it be fund raising, client entertaining, leadership development training and so on. Please keep us in mind should or anyone else you know need this type of service.
We don’t really stop over winter, we just wear more clothes, do more washing and get muddier and wetter as the days get darker so you’ll find Team Race Force all over the UK taking on various challenges and we’d love you to join us so check out our winter program below:
29th Oct - CycloX Bebington (Nr Liverpool)
27th Nov - CycloX Liverpool
3rd Dec - Iceman Duathlon 10k/18k/5k Individual and relays (Surrey)
11th Dec CycloX Addington London
22nd Jan - CycloX Leyton London
11th March - Mudman 7.5k/15k/7.5k Individual and relays (Surrey)
Get in touch if you would like to join us at any of these events. We have discounts on Race entries and can offer transportation packages where available.
One final thing from me…….
I think that’s about enough words but one last thing I’d like to mention is how thankful I am to everyone who has supported me over the last few months as I have had to come to terms with the loss one of the most incredible human beings I will ever have the privilege of knowing.. My Dad.
Taken so suddenly & unexpectedly it has been a very difficult & emotional time as he was everything to me and my family and he is missed in so many ways every hour of every single day.
Mike & Paula and Team Race Force have been amazing to me, I have felt supported and loved and can’t thank them enough for picking up the slack when I was finding it difficult to even make a conversation. My Dad was instrumental in our operation, and how we worked and I know the Team has struggled with his loss too. He would have been so proud of what we have achieved this season thank you again for being the amazing, awesome people you are! Thank you also to all of our extended Race Force family who have given us an endless supply of hugs, smiles & laughs and lovely thoughtful words to get us through… I am so grateful and privilege to know such lovely people. Enjoy the #offseason and I look forward to sharing some more racing experiences with you all next year!
Happy Anniversary Jennifer! 52 weeks!
April 2, 2015
I am really quite surprised that it's been over 10 weeks since Paguera. How did that happen?
I vaguely remember doing some training soon after; cruisi...