After missing out on Spin Up In A Brewery last year due to making final arrangement ahead of our US tour we were both determined to join to party this time around!
For those of you who don’t know or can’t guess by the name Spin Up In A Brewery is a bike day put on at Dark Star Brewery just above Brighton in the South Downs each year and hosts live music, award winning food, lots of real ale and of course a huge spin off competition.
Despite the apocalyptic weather warnings a hardy group of us set out from Southsea in the morning to ride the 54 miles up to the party.
The ride was beautiful and took in many of the scenic roads we have recenty discovered out to the east of Portsmouth.
Amazingly the weather held off as well although we did pick up 3 punchers between us.
Being the South Downs the route soon got into some rolling hills and included a few particularly steep but short sections.
We eventually made it and met up with a old friend who had headed down from London for the event as well. There were loads of other riders there both mountain and road and lots of bike porn including a fat bike, penny farthing, vintage but immaculate orange clockwork and Ti CX bikes and so much more!
The spin off pits two riders against each other and the clock over a 250m static sprint. It runs all day with the top 8 male and female riders going through to finals.
To our disappointment we were told the spin up competition was full and we had mist our chance 🙁 Alex was having none of this though and soon had herself booked in as the final competitor!
After sinking a few well earnt pints we headed over to watch Alex compete. As it happened and due to being last on she had no one to race against … I soon found myself sat on the bike next to her with the crowd counting us down.
Legs going like the clappers and the alcohol rushing to my thighs I just pipped her to the win and was able to save some pride.
However it turned out Lex had smashed it and went 5th overall in the womens competition! That’s my girl 🙂
For the start of the finals everyone cramed into the brewery where not only the top riders would compete, but where a lot if free stuff was being given away/thrown into the crowed by the event sponsers Morvelo and Lezyne!
Alex won her quarter final by the closest margin of the day and was through to the semi’s.
Here despite putting up a good fight she was unfortunately beaten by the eventual winner.
The men’s event got more crazy with the distance upped to 500 meters then 1km for the final. The chap who one absolutely smashed it averaging over 70kmph for the 1km race and riding off with a huge prize pile including a bike frame set, wheels, and loads over other stuff!
By the end of the day our own prize stash was also looking prity good, in fact I was unable to fit it all in my bag and had to carry some on my bars 🙂
It had been a fab day and one I would highly recommend you try and get along to next year!