Monday, 9 April 2012

Stage wins,Bike Builds & Yellow jerseys for Onix Bikes

Well what a week & Bank Holiday weekend for Onix Bikes

Firstly we opened our new office and showroom on Monday and we got our fantastic 1st review of the Onix Black RH in Cycling Plus magazine. We were also excitedly awaiting the 1st shipment of Onix Black RH and RH Pro framesets on Tuesday. Within that shipment were the special team edition orange Onix Black RH/Pro frames for the Mountivation Academy Team that we sponsor. The team were leaving for their first really big race in Ireland on Friday, where they were partaking in the prestigious Gorey 3 Day Stage race where 186 riders were taking to the start line. So plenty of time to get the bikes ready or so we thought.

All of our plans were thrown into turmoil when the courier company were 2 days late with the delivery and they arrived on Thursday afternoon.We also worked like crazy to pull all the components together for the builds but by 5pm on Thursday evening our mechanic Mike Jackson came to the showroom to pick everything up. One thing that we both were very happy with was how the team orange look had come out to match the sponsors colour scheme.
Mountivation Team Edition Onix Black RH/Pro in Fluro Orange

This signalled the start of the mother of all bike builds where Mike had 6 bikes to build in 6hrs so the team could take them to Ireland. Mountivation riders drove to Wigan to help as all hands went to the pump to try and get them ready. After a very hard nights work the bikes were ready and some very excited riders loaded them up to take to Ireland. Massive shout out to Mike Jackson our mechanic for getting the bikes built on time, Mike is an important and committed member of the Onix family.
6 Team Onix RH Pro bikes in mid build.

All hands to the pump on the bike buildathon

So happy in the knowledge that the mission had been accomplished we settled into what was going to be a dream weekend of racing for the teams we are backing in 2012. The Gorey 3 day stage race in Ireland is a very competitive race with past winners including Dan Martin. The Mountivation Academy Team has a mission statement to bring through some of the most promising young talent in the UK and prepare them for a life as a cycling professional. For Onix it is the perfect project to be involved with as it is all about supporting this great sport at grass roots level which is so rewarding. The Gorey stage race was geared to be an important learning experience of going away from home and riding as a team at a high level against riders who are a lot more experienced than our young stars of the future.

On Friday evening our phone and twitter feed lit up as news filtered through that on their very 1st outing on the RH/Pro bikes 16 year old Matt Flynn (below) had won stage one and taken the yellow jersey. We were jumping round the room  in excitement at the news, it means so much to us to support a team and play our part in its success.
Orange O Logo Baby.. The Joy of Victory !! (courtesy of Liam Ruth)

As you know from previous posts we have put in so much work testing with former world champ Rob Hayles on the Black RH range.In our opinion the Mountivation lads are riding on some of the best bikes in the peloton and the feedback from the lads on the bikes performance just gives them extra confidence that their geared for success with their equipment. As Rob Hayles said himself "The RH/Pro makes every watt count whether in a sprint or on a climb"

Matt kicks off in yellow on the stage 2 TT (courtesy of Liam Ruth)

Team Edition RH/Pro in full flow ! (courtesy of Liam Ruth)

On Saturday morning the team rode strong in the TT and on stage 3 in the afternoon where they lost the yellow jersey but there is no shame in that in such a strong field of riders and it is an important part of the learning curve. Then I get a call from Ken Jones that his Onimpex Bioracer team rider Ste Davis had won the Ray Levers Memorial RR on his Onix Aurious Team Bike, surely the weekend cant get any better!!
Proud Winning Team

As we reflected on a great weekends racing for the brand it just got even better when we news came across the Irish sea that Matt Flynn had won the final stage at Gorey with the help of his team mates and taken the points jersey..
Breaking away for victory on the final stage of Gorey 3 day. Love the Onix O Logo overshoes as well ;-)

Obviously you sponsor teams with bikes to help sales & promote how good the bikes perform but the rewarding feeling of playing your part in success far outweighs any other emotions for us at Onix HQ. Were so passionate about our bikes and its just an amazing feeling of pride on weekends like these. 

Also these teams wouldnt race our bikes unless they were top drawer

In closing well done to everyone connected with the teams success this weekend and Onix Black RH bikes are in stock and available to buy right now. You too can feel the Onix Power !!


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