Alex Bosley, our sponsored rider, has just successfully completed the Tour de L’Orne in Brittany.
Overall, it was a fantastic weekend. Alex had two strong peloton finishes in the road race stages, and the racing was really brutal. Loads were dropped, and the standard was extremely high.
Alex’s is doing rather well compared to his UK Cat 1 team mate with two years extra experience. He finished only a few seconds behind in the TT race, while riding on his road bike.
The French riders in the team got dropped on the first stage. Alex was well in the running all the way to the end. During stage 3 he tried to bridge to the break, he got around 10 seconds, but then there was a counter attack, and 12 riders swept past him, and past the break, to become the new break, and Alex was swallowed up in the peloton again. He still came in 35th out of maybe 100 odd finishers (155 had started on the day).
So it looks like CC Plancoet will be his team for next year. They are a feeder team for the Cotes d’Armor DN1 team, who are themselves a feeder team for Israel Startup Nation Academy. The coach things he’s got a fantastic physiological base, and loads of potential. We can see we just need to work with his efficiency, his time trialing, and his tactics (the attack he made was ill advised and at the wrong time).
Good luck in for the rest of the season Alex! Allez, allez!
Alex Bosley, the young and talented rider sponsored by Fulcycle is now in Europe taking part in numerous races and sportives.
Before heading off, Alex popped into our workshop to say hello and collect his bike after the last service. He was looking forward to the trip and ready to give it the best he’s got.
The first race of the season for Alex was hill climb trial Le Revard. It has around 1,350 of vertical ascent over 22.4km. This hill climb is actually the final and toughest stage of the Tour de Savoie and amateurs are allowed to ride it just before the professionals do it. After the race, Alex was a bit disappointed as he finished roughly mid field, though the majority of athletes who beat him were either pro triathletes, or elite racers. He did beat one of the pro tour riders who came up after the amateurs.
The day after finishing his hill climb trail, Alex took part in France’s toughest sportive – Cyclosportive De La Madeleine. It’s 120 km, with 3,300 meters of ascent, including the notorious HC cols of Croix de Fer, and La Madeleine.
This race was a different story. By half way, Alex was only a few minutes behind the winner. By the end, we were delighted to learn that he placed second overall and first Junior. Fantastic result after the grueling hill climb the day before and the 30C heatwave during the sportive!
Alex will be staying for an extra couple of weeks in France. He’s joining the local junior team and getting a new French race license and will be competing in a French national race on the 22nd and 23rd August. He also has a German National Climbing race championship in September, and the Philippe Gilbert UCI 2.1 race in October.
Good luck Alex with all the races and hope your bike is running smoothly and trouble free all the way to the finish line! We will be watching and cheering for you from our workshop.