Friday, 15 August 2008

Early morning mist at Mule HQ

Thursday, 14 August 2008

South Downs Way

5 Mules completed the South Downs Way in 20 hours over 2 days even with a Force 7 wind in their faces some of the way. Well done guys!

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

L'Hexagonal - The Final stage

So, the final stage in this slightly bizarre epic multi stager: Joan Llordella now a confirmed "Mule", came romping in as we've come to expect, up there in 13th and only 7 minuntes off a stunning lead set by the French olympian. David Lozano was next at 20th 10 minutes off the lead and I think he even forced a smile. David is an inpetuous 19 year old whose talent looks set to make a serious impact on the MTB world. (See MSC team) and last but never least, the "rower" David Peña 28th and 14 minutes on.
We're still waiting for the general and will update you shortly.
Vive la France and all that and Ride On!

Monday, 11 August 2008

L'Hexagonal latest...

Well, the Mules aren't entirely happy because the stage was a bit "rouleur" and these lads like their hills, their climbs and their technical mountainbiking. It was a stage for the power boys and the World Champion Christoph Sauser, whose favourite MuleBar incidentally is Pinacolada, took it pretty comfortably.
Three 19km laps took just over 2 hours. Going was dry and Joan "firefighter" Llordella came in 16th today in 2:09:09. David "Probike" Pena came in next with David Lozano just behind.
The Team GBR riders were all looking fresh although one lost his front wheel coming into the final straight.
It is pretty incredible to see the intensity of these national team riders, Under 23 future Olympic hopes and the big teams like Trek Dolphin and Giant Swiss with the likes of Silvio Bundi. Another great team is the South American/Italian Team Lee Cougan Cycles with La Ruta de los Conquistadores past winner Pablo Montoya riding.
Good day in all, we're waiting for official results but are pretty sure we've moved up again in the field.
See ya tomorrow. Cheers. Alex (wants to ride and stop managing!)

Nice one for British cycling, Nicole!

Stop Press - Team Mulebar Pinacolada comes 2nd at muddy and kicking Sleepless in the Saddle

More news and pics coming...

L'Hexagonal Stage 4

Yesterday's 4th stage of L'Hexagonal took place in one of the most unbelievable settings: Montmatre, Paris. A 5km loop around the ancient streets of the "Butte", uncomfortably combining absent-minded tourists with supercharged bikers. At about 150 metres above Paris, with incredible views at all times, the stage was one to savour, not least of all because our young (19) MuleBar ProBike rider, David Lozano led the field until the last 6 riders went. No mean feat and showing awesome skills on the extremely dangerous "slippy when wet" stairs and cobble stoned avenues.
David is Under 23 Champion of Spain in Cyclo-Cross and showed why with the stamina to punch up the staircases with the skill of a trials rider.
Both Joan Llordella and David "let's row" Pena put in great times too. With a drop in team placings from Friday's muddy stage in Vittel, to 15th, the Montmartre stage has enabled us to climb back up to 13th and the boys are chomping at the bit to put in some solid runs today.
Todays stage is at Ferte Gauche with 3 laps of a 58.8km course. Race begins at 14.00 French time.

Muddy Mules

This was what the Mules looked like after 52km of Stage 3 of L'Heaxagonal with 4 laps around
the Vittel area. A technical course with very slippery mud, no hail mind you, making a welcome respite and the Catalans were loving it! Joan and David, totally mudded up.

Next stop Montmartre for an unbelievable 5km route around Sacre Couer.
L'Heaxagonal Tour de France VTT.