Starley-Primal Pro Cycling encourages riders of all abilities

Northwich Guardian: Nick Fountain, from Starley-Primal Pro Cycling. Nick Fountain, from Starley-Primal Pro Cycling.

AN ELITE cycling team with big ambitions is celebrating success so far in its first year while still being a team for the people.

Starley-Primal Pro Cycling, which is the UK’s only professional male and female team, is a project driven by Altrincham shop Starley Bikes, including its marketing director, Davenham man Nick Fountain.

The team’s latest success is rider Eileen Roe who won the 2014 Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series in June and will compete in the Commonwealth Games representing Team Scotland this summer.

Nick said: “We’re one of the only UK teams that has professional male and female riders but run and managed by the same team of people.

“It’s quite exciting times.

“This is our first year and it was a bit of a last minute decision – we came to the table quite late with the team but they’re doing well.

“We’ve got two riders in the Commonwealth Games as well and we’re just doing the custom bikes at the moment.”

Nick, who is often spotted driving the Starley car in and around Northwich, said the team was looking for more sponsors to help it step up a level next year to a pro continental UCI team but that it was keen to maintain its accessibility.

“I don’t like the way cycling is becoming like football in that high profile riders are kept separate from the fans,” he said.

“We encourage people to talk to our riders and walk around the pits.

“We’ve been around to lots of schools giving talks while doing the Tour Series and I think the riders enjoy it more as well because of that.

“The riders have a real passion for what they do and it’s a shame to keep them away from people because of their level of riding ability.

“We want to make sure that we’re a team accessible to everyone.”

The team calls itself the people’s team and hopes to inspire people to race bikes as well as ride them.

Starley Bikes has a similar ethos in that it is a bike manufacturer that builds each of its cycles around the rider, with every bike custom made and all of the bikes using the same components as the team bikes.

“We can use the team as the test bed for the business,” Nick said.

“We can test something out and if it works it’s easy to give access to the consumer.

“We also encourage people to learn – people can come in and ask questions and we will show them how to do things like adjust their gears.”

He added: “I think a lot of bike shops these days can be quite intimidating but for me it’s a memory of childhood – you should be really excited.”

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8:51pm Thu 3 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

When riding on the road, as some cyclists occasionally do, always ensure that you have working bell and that your reflector is polished.

Always look round before making a manoeuvre, you never know who is creeping up behind you.

REMEMBER traffic lights apply to cyclists as well as proper road users.

Always wear a glowing garment after dark, this will enable you to be observed from a great distance.

Enjoy your cycling but stay safe as you go.

HECTOR
When riding on the road, as some cyclists occasionally do, always ensure that you have working bell and that your reflector is polished. Always look round before making a manoeuvre, you never know who is creeping up behind you. REMEMBER traffic lights apply to cyclists as well as proper road users. Always wear a glowing garment after dark, this will enable you to be observed from a great distance. Enjoy your cycling but stay safe as you go. HECTOR hectorplain
  • Score: 17

8:53pm Thu 3 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

I've noticed that modern bikes don't have proper chain guards.

If you cover the chain in oil it will get everywhere.

A fully enclosed chain guard would prevent this.
I've noticed that modern bikes don't have proper chain guards. If you cover the chain in oil it will get everywhere. A fully enclosed chain guard would prevent this. hectorplain
  • Score: 19

8:56pm Thu 3 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

Hi Nick,

You said:
He added: “I think a lot of bike shops these days can be quite intimidating but for me it’s a memory of childhood – you should be really excited.”

The fellows in Halfords are really helpful, they won't make you feel insecure.

Also, they won't make you buy anything you don't need.
Hi Nick, You said: He added: “I think a lot of bike shops these days can be quite intimidating but for me it’s a memory of childhood – you should be really excited.” The fellows in Halfords are really helpful, they won't make you feel insecure. Also, they won't make you buy anything you don't need. hectorplain
  • Score: 22

9:01pm Thu 3 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

It's difficult to find a bike that's suitable for shopping and also competitive on the racing circuit.

A quickly detachable basket would be an advantage as it could be quickly detached when not required.

I would prefer battery powered electrical lighting (for riding after dust or in thick fog).

It's worth paying a few pounds for batteries rather than getting flattened by a lorry.

Dynamo lighting can be a false economy.
It's difficult to find a bike that's suitable for shopping and also competitive on the racing circuit. A quickly detachable basket would be an advantage as it could be quickly detached when not required. I would prefer battery powered electrical lighting (for riding after dust or in thick fog). It's worth paying a few pounds for batteries rather than getting flattened by a lorry. Dynamo lighting can be a false economy. hectorplain
  • Score: 20

9:04pm Thu 3 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

This story is really getting a lot of comments, this shows that cycling is making a renaissance as well as coming back into fashion.
This story is really getting a lot of comments, this shows that cycling is making a renaissance as well as coming back into fashion. hectorplain
  • Score: 25

8:52am Fri 4 Jul 14

MrT1976 says...

Talking to yourself again .........
Talking to yourself again ......... MrT1976
  • Score: -21

9:21am Fri 4 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

Hardly any of the cycles in my local cycle shop are fitted with saddle bags and mud guards as original equipment.

The locating lugs for the tyre inflator (pump) also seem to have been omitted.

I my view these items are essential to the serious cyclist, I bitterly mourn their passing.

The cynical side of me thinks that the vendor's of modern machinery (not Halfords) have done this just to attract additional coffers to the till.


The price of mud guards is shocking, as is inner tubes and tyres.

Hector
Hardly any of the cycles in my local cycle shop are fitted with saddle bags and mud guards as original equipment. The locating lugs for the tyre inflator (pump) also seem to have been omitted. I my view these items are essential to the serious cyclist, I bitterly mourn their passing. The cynical side of me thinks that the vendor's of modern machinery (not Halfords) have done this just to attract additional coffers to the till. The price of mud guards is shocking, as is inner tubes and tyres. Hector hectorplain
  • Score: 15

11:25am Fri 4 Jul 14

MrT1976 says...

Yawn.....
Yawn..... MrT1976
  • Score: -18
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