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CØLLECTIVE – THE.ÆIGHT.CØLLECTIVE
#aeightbikeco – In racing, and in training, by working together several riders can be faster than the individual. The Cøllective is a brotherhood of riders on different clubs and teams who race and ride together to improve their results collectively…if you’d like to race with us then get in touch via the details below.
RIDERS – GLEN.WHITTINGTON
#aeightracer – Glen rides for the Southborough & District Wheelers. He races mountain bikes, road bikes, TT and ‘cross at local and national level. He receives personal support from Helly Hansen, Wildside Cycles, and the.æight.bicycle.cømpany. @eightbikeco #aeightracer
RIDERS – PIP.JENKINS
Pip races Road and TT at local and National level. In the last two years she’s developed from a background in Triathlon to one of the best riders in her club, taking three club records and eight Open TT wins along the way. She races all distances including 12-hour (PB 260 miles) and has designs on Stage Racing in the UK.
RIDERS – CAMERON.PREECE
Cameron raced his first season of ‘Cross in 2016/17 and finished 10th overall in the Juniors – he’ll be looking to improve on that in the 2017/18 season. He’s also started gaining experience racing on the road – in 2018 he’s going to be busy balancing school with racing and we’ll be here to help with the latter!
FRAMES – THE.ÆIGHT.MANUFACTØRY
#aeightmanufactory – Glen started building frames in 2008 and says, “I’ve now got to a point at which I feel comfortable saying I know the basics about what I’m doing. There’s still a lot to learn which is why I’m starting to build race frames that can be tested in a closed environment with our own riders. I’ve no interest in selling them yet and that’s what makes them special – they’re race frames that are designed to be pushed to the limit and then improved”.
CLUBS – SOUTHBOROUGH.&.DISTRICT.WHEELERS
Glen, Pip and Cameron’s club, Southborough & District Wheelers is a long established cycling club based in Tunbridge Wells. Members take part in a broad range of cycling activities including time trials, road and circuit racing, sportives, triathlons and cyclo-cross. There are also regular social and training rides around Kent, Sussex and further afield. Southborough is a Go-Ride cycle club where riders of all ages and abilities are very welcome.
SUPPORT – HELLY.HANSEN
Born by the sea. Raised by the mountains. Trusted by professionals. Designed by Scandinavia. Confident when it matters.
We don’t just race – we ride our bikes all over the world in al weathers. Helly Hansen have been with me whilst riding through the Southern Alps of New Zealand, helped me stay warm at three thousand meters whilst in the Rockies and keep me dry on my local trails in #sweetsussex
SUPPORT – WILDSIDE.CYCLES
The workshop caters for all riders from the occasional mountain biker to the hardcore roadie and everything in between. Custom building, wheel building, while-you-wait-tweaks and general services are always available.
The shop has a fine array of stock and custom bikes from the likes of Colnago, Specialized and Cannondale. We also have a BG Fit/Retul bike-fitting service using the latest technology along with years of combined experience to ensure that your bike fits you perfectly.
EQUIPMENT – LAZER.HELMETS
“Sinds 1919”. Lazer started out making leather “hairnets” for Belgian “Hardmen” and is now producing helmets for many of the finest cycling teams. Lazer stays at the forefront of technology by constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.
EQUIPMENT – PRAXIS.WORKS
EQUIPMENT – FOX.SUSPENSIONS
For over three decades, FOX has been an industry leader in the design and development of high performance shock absorbers and racing suspension products. In 1974, Bob Fox started racing his products in motocross and we haven’t stopped racing since.
EQUIPMENT – CERAMICSPEED
EQUIPMENT – FOUR4TH.LIGHTS
EQUIPMENT – VEE.TIRE.CO
Our training tyres… Having built a reputation for creating many of the best tyres out there for other brands one day they asked themselves, “why don’t we make awesome tyres for ourselves?” So they did and we’re helping them develop tyres through training and testing.
EQUIPMENT – SCHWALBE.TIRES
Our race tyres… There is no better tyre on the market at the moment. In terms of grip and speed Schwalbe have it dialled and there is no other choice for off-road, gravel or road. Since we started using them for mountain biking in the early 2000’s no one has come close!
NUTRITION – TORQ.NUTRITION
GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO RACE WITH US?
For 2018 we’re looking for one or two other riders to be on our race team. The Cøllective is about doing things a little differently. We’re looking to kit our riders out with steel race bikes made in Sussex. Whether that’s for ‘cross, road, crit, TT or mountain bike we’re offering the chance to have a custom steel bike made for you to race on – not just put together, but fully bespoke.
The best part is that we’re not asking you to leave your team or club and that includes racing in club/team kit. We’ve got certain brands that we’d like to work with, but we’re open to suggestions and maybe you’ve got a sponsor or support that you could bring to the table?
We have some strict qualifying criteria but don’t be put off by this – if you’re interested in being part of our c ø l l e c t i v e then please get in touch by emailing your racing CV to firstname.lastname@example.org