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Posted by: Mike
We're proud to announce that the 9Bar/PaleoRacing Team has now officially launched for the 2014/15 season.

We are a six person strong cross-country mountain bike XC race team, with support from a range of brilliant sponsors. We have riders across both sexes and across most of the age categories too:



The team is captained by Mike Moore, an Expert category XCE specialist. Mike has successfully won the Midlands XC Series in the 2013/14 season and hopes to do the same next year!



Kim Marsh is the eldest member of the team, racing in the Grand Vet category. With over 25 years of racing experience, he can happily show any member of the team a clean pair of heels when the trail gets twisty!



Jodie is our female Sport category racer and has never been off (or very far away from) the podium throughout her race season this year. She is hoping to carry on collecting prizes throughout the winter and next season.


Jed is our Sport category marathon and endurance specialist. He has his sights set on the National Marathon races next year, with thoughts towards the Langkawi International MTB Challenge in the next few years too...



Tony is fairly new to MTB racing, having made the step up to the Sport category last year. He is planning to step out of his comfort zone and try racing some of the National rounds next year.



Dave is the newest member of the team in the Sport category, but is no stranger to racing! With roots in DH, he has a mean turn of speed when the courses get technical.



The team had the launch at Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, where they were able to air out the new kit, made in Poland by Vitesse Sportswear and has been given the seal of approval by every member of the team.


The team is planning to represent at the National XC Series, the Eastern (Mud Sweat and Gears) series as well as the Midlands XC Series, along with various Winter races (Thetford Winter Series and the Gorrick Brass Monkeys).

For the 2015 season the team has secured title sponsorship from 9Bar who provide the team with nutrition in the form of their seed bars. The best thing is that they not only work, but actually taste really good (and they're healthy and Paleo-friendly too!).
Other support comes in the form of Chain-L, makers of the best (bar none) chain lubrication. If you grab a team member at a race they will be happy to share out trial bottles too! Beet It provide the team with their concentrated beetroot shots - which help to improve stamina with their dietary nitrates.
LV help out with insurance for both bikes and cars, while Mike's Bikes support the team in keeping the bikes running sweetly and looking good!
Sussed Out Suspension help by keeping all the bouncy bits working properly with excellent advice and suspension servicing while ESIgrips stop hands getting tired. They're highly rated and used by many of the world's top pro XC racers, so they must be doing something right!
We also have support from TrainerRoad - quite probably the best way to improve your fitness and stave off boredom on the turbo over winter and Rotor UK have sorted us out with some truly great drivetrain parts. Asymmetric chainrings really work for us!


Keep an eye on what the team are doing either on the website - www.paleoracing.co.uk, on Twitter (/9BarPaleoRacing) or on Facebook (/9BarPaleoRacing).




Posted by: Mike
I will admit from the very start that this was my first ever triathlon and my only real goal was to finish.

That said, this was HARD. Not just tiring, but emotionally and physically taxing. It is only today that I have mentioned to walk up and down stairs without grimacing and wincing. It was fun though, and something I will try and do again next year!

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Posted by: Tony
This was going to be a special race for me as it was my first race in the new team kit and my first race on my new bike! After missing the last 3 races of the MSG series due to illness and holidays I knew it was going to be hard to pick up where I left off, especially after such a good result in my last race. Still, Shouldham was a good 2 hours drive, so that left plenty of time to talk tactics and work out a game plan on the way.

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Posted by: Mike
What an absolutely cracking day out. The race was held in Dudmaston Wood all the way down in Shropshire. This was an important race for me as prior to this I was leading the Midlands XC overall series by 12 points clear of Chris Bailey of Swinnerton Cycles. Having only raced three rounds though, I needed to race to be eligible to win and I needed to keep any deficit under 12 points.

I'll admit to being somewhat worried going into the race, mainly as I have been concentrating on training for the Helvellyn Triathlon I have on Sunday! Long steady state TT style training is something of an antithesis of the short sharp accelerations and climbing found in a typical XC race!

However, despite not having the best race I still walked away with the Series win!


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