Steve Peat’s “Won’t Back Down” Kicking of Jayfest 2014!

Steve Peat’s “Won’t Back Down” Kicking of Jayfest 2014!

Steve Peat’s “Won’t Back Down” Kicking of Jayfest 2014!

Steve Peat’s “Won’t Back Down” Kicking of Jayfest 2014!

HUGE NEWS! Jayfest2014 is proud to present the UK’s public premier of Steve Peat’s evocative and hugely powerful feature length film “Won’t Back Down” at Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, Scotland Saturday 22nd March 2014! This is also the official launch date for Jayfest 2014!

So the time has arrived! We said a wee while ago that we were having an exclusive showing of Steve Peats movie “Wont back down” for the launch of Jayfest 2014, well it just got real! You can now buy your ticket for this exclusive event at the paltry price of just £8.00 via the online booking service at the Eastgate Theatre website. Suffice to say that we’re super excited to have this movie showing as part of Jayfest. There will be other activities on the night including a raffle in support of the Jaymie Mart foundation. The Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre is in the heart of Peebles, close to the town’s High Street, with a large, free car park a couple of minutes walk from the front door, but more importantly, there IS a bar!

Demand for this event is sure to be high, so get your tickets quick. Any money made from the movie goes straight to the Jaymie Mart Foundation to fund another 2 promising young downhill racers in 2014-15

Click here to buy your tickets!

So far “Won`t back down,” the Steve Peat story has only been shown in two places, both of which have private showings in the US & in Steve’s hometown of Sheffield for very exclusive audiences. The film is set to shed light on one of the world’s most famous Downhill Mountain Bike champions. 20 years in the business and still going strong, Peaty is one of the most loved and lauded riders on the World Cup. A must see for the seasoned veteran rider & an inspirational tale for those who have recently taken up the sport.

Steve is a well known, highly respected and hugely successful personality on the world DH circuit, and Jayfest is very honoured to be able to present his film, which then goes on tour around the UK. for a sneak preview of the film check out the trailer below or visit


UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup: Valkenburg honoured

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup: Valkenburg honoured

New to the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup calendar in 2013, the Dutch town of Valkenburg has been voted best event of the 2013-2014 season.

New to the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup calendar in 2013, the Dutch town of Valkenburg has been voted best event of the 2013-2014 season.

New to the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup calendar in 2013, the Dutch town of Valkenburg has been voted best event of the 2013-2014 season.

The World Cup awards ceremony took place in Hoogerheide (the Netherlands) on Thursday evening, two days before the start of the World Championships. The Valkenburg organisers took the honours in front of the Belgian hosts Namur and Heusden Zolder.

Composed mainly of riders, the jury was won over by the opening event of the World Cup season last October where the Dutch riders Lars Van der Haar and Marianne Vos were victorious on home ground.  Van der Haar went on to take the overall classification with three victories and four podium spots during the seven-race season.

The ceremony also celebrated the winners of the 2013-2014 season:  Lars Van der Haar (Men), Katherine Compton (Women), Mathieu Van der Poel (Under-23) and Adam Toupalik (Juniors). Around 100 people were at the ceremony, which was only lacking the presence of Mike Plant, President of the UCI Cyclo-cross Commission, who was stranded in Atlanta due to snow.

The calendar for the 2014-2015 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup will be announced after the meeting of the UCI Management Committee on Saturday.

Photo: Winners of the 2013-2014 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup

UCI Track World Cup – Last surprises in Guadalajara

UCI Track World Cup – Last surprises in Guadalajara

UCI Track World Cup – Last surprises in Guadalajara

UCI Track World Cup – Last surprises in Guadalajara

Men’s omnium – McManus on consistency

 Australia’s Tirian McManus had to wait for the very last event to be crowned on the men’s omnium as three riders held the same total of 23 points before the final kilometre. Consistency finally paid off for the Sydney rider, who finished third in this ultimate race. Seventh in the flying lap, winner of the points race, fifth in the elimination race, second in the pursuit and 8th in the scratch race, the 19-year-old all-rounder said: “This after gold in the team’s pursuit, I don’t know what to say. It’s certainly the greatest win in my career.” Belgium’s Jasper de Buyst was second (27 points) while France’s Thomas Boudat was third on 30 points.

 Final standings – De Buyst triumphs

 Winner of the Manchester opener, Jasper De Buyst stayed on the podium by finishing second in Aguascalientes and Guadalajara. He took the overall title on 420 points, becoming the fourth man to win the specialty’s World Cup after Canada’s Zachary Bell, France’s Bryan Coquard and Swiss Loic Perizzolo. Dutchman Tim Veldt was second on 314 points and France’s Thomas Boudat third on 300 points.

 Women’s omnium  – Pawlowska by one point

 After an unimpressive start on the flying lap (7th), Poland’s Katarzyna Pawlowska collected three wins on the points race, the elimination race and the individual pursuit. But the 500 metres nearly cost her victory. Only 7th while Australia’s Isabella King finished fourth, she was finally crowned by the slimmest margin. King finished on 21 points while France’s Laurie Berthon completed the podium on 25 points.

 Final standings

 Third in Manchester, France’s Laurie Berthon had to be content with 7th in Aguascalientes. This new podium in Mexico handed her the discipline’s World Cup. “I really want to thank the whole of the French team who worked really well. Now for a little bit of rest before the worlds in March,” she said. The 22-year-old Frenchwoman totalled 330 points ahead of Spain’s Leire Olaberria on 309 points. Britain’s Laura Trott was third on 285 points.

 Madison – Victory for New-Zealanders Bevin and Scully

 Winners of the first, third and 8th sprints, New Zealand’s Patrick Bevin and Tom Scully won the Madison ahead of Belgians Jasper De Buyst and Kenny De Ketele. Third place went to Switzerland’s Stefen Kueng and Thery Schir.

 Final standings – Belgium crowned

 The Belgians, who managed their season well by twice finishing second, took their first World Cup crown on 270 points. Spain on 232 points and New-Zealand on 199 points took the other podium spots.

 Men’s sprint – Flying Dutchman Haak

 The lessons of the team sprint applied to the individual event. Crowned alongside Matthijs Buchli and Nils Van’t Hoenderdaal, Hugo Haak also took the individual honours. The solid Dutchman won in two legs ahead of Germany’s Max Niederlag. New Zealand’s Sam Webster won the third place final.

Final standings – The title for Dawkins

In the absence of some of the stars of world sprint, New Zealand’s Edward Dawkins stole the limelight, the first rider from his country to win the sprint World Cup. He finished on 292 points ahead of Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer on 255. Trinidad’s Nisjane Nicholas Philip clinched a medal spot on 217 points.

 Women’s keirin – Sze takes all

 Hong Kong’s Lee Wai Sze spent a great weekend in Guadalajara. Third in the 500 metres and in the sprint, she topped her overall performance with victory in the keirin. In Guadalajara, she upstaged Malaysian Fatehah Mustapa (YSD Track Team) and France’s Sandie Clair.

 Final standings – Sze again

 Fourth in Manchester and second in Aguascalientes, Lee Wai Sze progressed steadily to snatch the keirin World Cup for the second year in succession ahead of Fatehah Mustapa and Germany’s Kristina Vogel.

 The UCI Track World championships take place in Cali, Colombia, between February 26 and March 2.

Photo: Victory for New Zealanders Patrick Bevin and Tom Scully in the Madison

Meeusen and Vos win final round in Nommay

Meeusen and Vos win final round in Nommay

Meeusen and Vos win final round in Nommay

Meeusen and Vos win final round in Nommay

The seventh and final round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup was contested in Nommay, in the East of France. Dutchman Lars van der Haar (Rabobank Development Team) racked up the overall win in the Elite Men category with a fourth place on the demanding Brognard course. In the Women category American champion Katherine Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) abandoned the race but she had already secured the overall victory at the penultimate World Cup round in Rome, Italy.

The muddy victories in Nommay on a grey Sunday afternoon were for Belgian rider Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) and world champion Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team).

The trio Francis Mourey (, Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) and Meeusen dominated the race in the Elite Men category. Meeusen already attacked the rest of the field in the first lap. The 25 year-old Belgian created a gap of nearly ten seconds but then German champion Walsleben responded to the attack with Meeusen’s team-mate Corné van Kessel on his wheel. The duo caught up with Meeusen in the second lap.

Meanwhile the rest of the riders were struggling on the muddy course and trailing by nearly twenty seconds. Only home rider Mourey was able to react and he tried to close the gap solo. Two laps later Mourey bridged up with the leaders while Van Kessel fell back. Mourey and Walsleben seemed to have the upper hand as Meeusen always lost touch in the extremely muddy first part of the course. Nevertheless Meeusen managed to hang on and in the final lap he put himself in front of the others in his bad section. Meeusen no longer needed to close a gap and the fast man suddenly had the best card in his hand. Mourey led out the sprint but he was no match for the Belgian rider. Much further back Van der Haar finished in fourth place at a minute from the winner. The Dutchman raised his arms when crossing the line, celebrating the World Cup victory. Czech rider Radomir Simunek (Kwadro-Stannah) made it a very international top-5 by holding off Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games). World champion Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) didn’t take the start in Nommay.

In the Women category the much-anticipated duel between World Cup winner Katherine Compton and world champion Marianne Vos didn’t happen. Compton suffered from asthma due to her pollen allergy. The American rider briefly featured in the front of the race but then faded, pulling out of the race in the second lap. As a result Vos found herself without much opposition. The Dutch cycling star overtook fast starter Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) and sped away. By the end of the first lap Vos already had a half-minute gap on Wyman and Compton. On the muddy and hilly course Vos got into a great rhythm. She ended up being the only rider who was able to clock lap times under nine minutes. Though shifting back a little after that blistering first lap Vos kept increasing her lead and at the finish she had a gap of 1:32 on Wyman. The European champion rode a flawless race and held of Italian champion Eva Lechner (Centro Sportivo Esercito). The latter didn’t get away as fast as Wyman and each lap lost a handful of seconds. Behind her Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) fought her way back into the race after a minor mistake in the first lap. She bridged back up to Nikki Harris (Young Telenet-Fidea) and then left her behind in the final lap. The fifth place from Harris was enough to hold on to her second place in the overall standings of the World Cup. Cant finishes third ahead Vos.

On Sunday morning World Cup winner Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) was beaten by Wout van Aert (Belgium) in the Men Under 23 category after a race-long duel. Van der Poel was already certain of the overall victory before the start of the race. Adam Toupalik (Czech Republic) finished as runner-up behind Thijs Aerts (Belgium) but ahead of his direct rival Yannick Peeters (Belgium) in the Junior Men category. It was more than enough to grab the overall win in the World Cup.

Next week the UCI Cyclo-cross world championships are held in Hoogerheide, Netherlands.

UCI Track Cycling World Cup – The Dutch conquer Guadalajara

UCI Track Cycling World Cup – The Dutch conquer Guadalajara

UCI Track Cycling World Cup – The Dutch conquer Guadalajara

UCI Track Cycling World Cup – The Dutch conquer Guadalajara

With the victories of Jenning Huizenga in the pursuit and Matthijs Buchli in the keirin, but also with the podium places of Hugo Haak on the kilometre, the Dutch stole the show on second day of racing on the Mexican track.

 Men’s kilometre – Sunderland under the minute

 Scott Sunderland will not leave Mexico empty-handed. After his victory in the team pursuit, he became the first Australian inside the minute on the kilometre, winning the event in 59.675. The previous Australian record was held by Shane Kelly. Poland’s Krzysztof Maksel (59.820) and Dutchman Hugo Haak (59.976) took the other podium spots in that order.

 Final standings –  A first for Poland

 On 225 points, Krzysztof Maksel became the first Pole to bag the kilometre World Cup trophy. The 22-year-old rider from Paczkow finished level on points with Hugo Haak but was crowned thanks to his higher placing in the last race.

Simon Van Velthooven lies third on 195 points. In spite of his absence in Guadalajara, French world record holder Francois Pervis finished fourth.overall.

 Men’s pursuit –  Huizenga takes all

 Jenning Huizenga continued the Dutch haul on Saturday by dominating the individual pursuit. Fastest in the qualifications, the Dutchman won in the final in 4:21.931 ahead of Argentine Mauro Agostini (4:25.708). In the third place final, Swiss Stefan Kueng clocked an excellent 4:19.542.

 Final standings – Huizenga crowned

 Fifth in the Manchester opener, Jenning Huizenga took the overall title on 255 points. It was the first UCI World Cup title for a Dutchman since Jens Mouris in 2006. Winner of the fist leg but only 5th in Mexico, Italy’s Marco Coledan had to be content with the runner-up spot, level on points with Huizenga. Argentina’s Mauro Agostini finished third on 209 points.

 Women’s 500 metres – Voinova takes over

 In the absence of Australia’s Anna Meares, who became the first woman under 33 seconds in the previous World cup leg in Aguascalientes, the half-kilometre was wide open and laurels finally went to Russia’s Anastasia Voinova in 33.645. Germany’s Miriam Welte finished second once again in 33.736 while third place went to Hong Kong’s Lee Wai Sze in 33.928.

 Final standings – Consistency pays off for Welte

 Consistency was rewarded for Germany’s Miriam Welte. Second in each stage of the World Cup, she finished top of the final standings on 270 points and became the first German crowned in the discipline. Anastasiia Voinova finished second with 255 points ahead of Lee Wai Sze on 240 points.

 Men’s keirin – Buchli finishes in style

Guadalajara inspired the Dutch and especially Matthijs Buchli. After a disastrous start to the season, he won the keirin in style on the Mexican ring: “I won each of my rounds. What a great way to start 2014,” he said after his victory ahead of Colombia’s Santiago Ramirez and Welshman Lewis Alexander Oliva.

 Final standings – Buchli retains his crown

 Only 25th in the Manchester opening leg of the World Cup and fourth in Aguascalientes, the 21-year-old Buchli finished strong to retain his crown on 264 points ahead of Germany’s Tobias Waechter and Britain’s Lewis Alexander Oliva.

 Women’s sprint – Triumph for Max Success Pro Cycling

 With two girls in the final, Max Success Pro Cycling confirmed their domination in the women’s sprint, Lin Junhong winning ahead of team-mate Tianshi Zhong. The podium was entirely Asian since third place went to Hong Kong’s Lee Wai Sze.

 Final – Sze crowned again

 On the podium of the three World Cup stages, Lee Wai Sze retained her UCI World Cup title on 375 points ahead of Germany’s Kristina Vogel who missed the Guadalajara meet. Australia’s Anna Meares, who also shunned the last event to prepare for the world in Cali, finished third on 248 points.

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Photo: Victorious in the keirin, Matthijs Buchli takes one of the Netherlands’ two victories.