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Archer Grand Prix 07 – Bike life


On a hot spring day the classic Archer Grand Prix was run over a tough course
featuring the 1 in 7 Whiteleaf Hill. Before the riders set off for the 115 mile
race we took a walk amongst the teams and their bikes. Report
and pictures.

Russell Downing’s Cannondale basks in the sunlight
held up by Al’s red van
Like Daffodils, the Plowman Pinnacle’s sprung out of
the ground
We like the look of this Basso
It was a very hot spring day & water was a priority.
Many people were looking for sun tan cream, few having packed this item
Ben Pochee’s Tri & Run Look 575, best looking bike?
Rapha/Condor bikes. Rapha’s Richard Wilkinson was for
us the man of the race
Russell Downing usually races in the USA, he & his
brother Dean are really sociable & helpful
Dean Downing’s Condor
Dean’s bike is the best coordinated with it’s pink graphics,
pedals & other nice touches
Kuota KOM
The Pinarello’s of the Recycling team are not even top
of the range models, but who would notice?
Recycling Pinarello’s of Simon Holt & Chris Newton
Corley Cycle’s team used Trek’s & they used them
to win the points with Roy Chamberlain& KOM with Matthew Higgins
Merlin – titanium at it’s best?
A new name, Sumo
Planet X Bikes ready for Wayne Randle & co
Planet X
John Tanner’s white Planet X
Rob Sharman & the KFS team are riding Ti Sunday
bikes in 2007
Sunday’s Silk Road pro
Ti curvy rear stays – surely nothing can beat that shape?
RaceLight 810 Kinesis
James Holland Leaders Viner
The Pinarello bikes of team Pinarello as ridden by Malcolm Elliott & team mates
We were guests of the Arctic/Shorter Rochford Team,
a team consisting of friends, quality riders and enthusiastic supporters
Giancarlo Checchi works his way through the convoy after
taking service
Ace snapper Dennis Sackett was out on his bike joining
many who lined the course… he later required service from the Artcic’s
Simon Gaywood (1st), Matt Talbot (2nd) & Andy Roche
take a rest before the prize presentation
The winning bikes of the top 3
Russell Downing’s Health Net Cannondale System Six
Team graphics show an attention to detail on Russell’s
bike
When Dennis’ cassette stopped working Rob Finch of Arctic/Shorter
Rochford gave him a wheel to get him home

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