2016 RAF Coningsby PassPortes Du Soleil team

In late June, team riders from RAF Coningsby approached us and asked our help regarding a  fully custom designed road jersey for their MTB expedition to Morzine.  They were so happy with both the jerseys and their achievement, they scribbled down a few words for us to post.

 

It was great to get the whole team all riding in the same kit (pictured throughout), and it drew attention from lots of people, including former DH World Champ STEVE PEAT who saw we were a military team and came over to chat with us in the bar after the last days riding .

RAF Coningsby Cycle Club recently made their third annual trip to the Porte du Soleil area around Morzine in the French Alps to undertake Adventurous Training Exercise 'Alpine Passport 16'.  Ten riders undertook 6 days riding on a wide variety of terrain from rough and rocky high altitude trails to technical, rooty wooded sections, to fast flowing bike parks on the lower alpine meadows.

The focal point of the expedition was the 100km Pass'Portes du Soleil long distance event from 24-26th of June, which the Coningsby team tackled alongside 6000 other riders.  Following a series of mechanical issues, punctures and steep muddy climbs the team crossed the finish line after a gruelling 11 hours of riding.

Over the last 3 years the Alpine Passport expeditions have proved hugely beneficial in developing not only the riding ability of RAF Coningsby personnel but also their organisational and leadership skills.

The club made a later jersey order for several new members 2 weeks before departure and thecyclejersey.com pulled out all the stops to turn it around in time for the club to all ride in the same kit and stand out from the crowd as a team.

A Coningsby rider on a Mission above Les LindaretsBikes were weighed down with mud on the PassPortes Du Soleil eventEarly morning mist on the PassPortes Du Soleil event