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March 12, 2014

Thetford Winter Series 2013/2014, Races 3 and 4

Filed under: Racing — Jamie @ 08:31

The Revel Outdoors team had some more good results in the 3rd and 4th rounds of the Thetford Winter Series mountain bike races.

Round 3: Brandon Country Park

The 3rd round was wet and muddy, with several riders pulling out due to mechanical failures.  Stephen James began the 4hr race in his usual spot at the front, but was soon stuck in one gear and had to ride the majority of the race single-speed.  He still managed to hold onto 2nd place.

For various reasons (mostly the weather forecast!) Garry Houghton was the only team member in the 2hr Vets category, coming home in a solid 26th place out of 110 riders.  Stephen Heathcock only managed one lap in the Seniors 2hr race before pulling out with mechanical trouble.

(full results)

Round 4: Mayday Meadow

The 4th and final round saw the return of the sunshine and dry weather, making for another fast and flowing course.

Steve James leading the 4hr field

Steve James leading the 4hr field

Showing off his new Revel Outdoors and Cannondale sponsored Renvalt RT kit, Steve James powered away from the rest of the 4hr field to finish a clear 15 minutes ahead of everyone, and take the series win.  Steve’s Strava activity for the race is quite remarkable: 65 miles of mostly twisty singletrack at an average over 15 mph!

In the 2hr seniors race, Revel Outdoors owner, Jamie Wightman, had a close duel with fellow staff member, Dan Collins, with Dan getting the better of him on the last lap to finish 12th.  Jamie came in 40 seconds later in 16th.

In the 2hr vets race, Garry Houghton had a great race, finishing 20th, with Darren Styles coming in 46th.

(full results)

Thanks to Paul and all of the ThefordMTBRacing crew for another great winter of racing!

February 11, 2014

New Revel Outdoors sponsored Elite Mountain Bike Team

Filed under: Racing,Shop News — Tags: , , — Jamie @ 10:59

Renvale Professional Mountain Bike Team
Left to Right: Mike Stoveld (Mechanic), Ian Mockett, Steve James, Simon Ernest, Matt Dennis, Will Cheaney
Front row: Sarah and Jamie Wightman (shop owners)
(Photo credit: John Styles)

A cross-country mountain bike racing team, Renvale RT, has been launched in East Anglia with support from the motor racing industry and Bury St Edmunds performance bike shop Revel Outdoors.  The five-strong team, which has been kitted out with new Cannondale mountain bikes and team clothing from Pactimo, gave the bikes their first test in Thetford Forest on Saturday under the watchful eye of Revel Outdoors owner Jamie Wightman and shop/team mechanic Mike Stoveld.

Testing the new kit

Testing the new kit
(Photo credit: John Styles)

Captained by Steve James, who is also Commercial Director of team sponsor Renvale, the team will compete at National XC level and in the National Championships.  Steve, an Elite XC rider from Diss, is joined by William Cheaney, Matt Dennis, Simon Ernest and Ian Mockett.  Steve said:  “Renvale decided to sponsor a Professional Cross Country Race Team because of the close links between Formula 1 and cycling. The technology coming into cycling now has a great synergy to Renvale’s main business of electrical and electronic parts in F1. Technological advances such as electronic gear shifting, power measuring and wireless systems can all be found on racing cars and are now becoming the norm for top-end bikes either on the road or off-road.”

Team Bikes: Cannondale F29 Carbon Team

Team Bikes: Cannondale F29 Carbon Team

For the 2014 season the team has secured sponsorship from Cannondale UK. The riders will use Cannondale F29 Carbon Team issue bikes with Cannondale’s world renowned Lefty fork. The bikes are equipped with full Sram XX1 groupset, custom manufactured carbon wheels built with Cycleops Power Tap rear hub so no training session is wasted and Schwalbe tyres for sure-footed grip on any terrain in any weather. All the bikes have been professionally built, set-up and fine-tuned at Revel Outdoors, one of Cannondale’s main UK dealers, which will also service the bikes throughout the season.  Revel Outdoors also runs the website, the UK’s leading source of Cannondale spares parts and accessories.  Renvale RT will be wearing custom designed clothing manufactured by Pactimo and selected for quality, performance and style. All team riders will be wearing Kask helmets, which are unrivalled in the marketplace, supplied from Revel Outdoors and chosen for the fit, comfort and weight.

Bike Prep

Bike Prep
(Photo credit: John Styles)

Revel Outdoors owner Jamie Wightman said: “I’m an active XC racer myself and have known and ridden with Steve for many years, so the partnership with the Renvale RT was an exciting opportunity which allows us to showcase some of our high end products, and the technical expertise of the workshop staff.”

New Bikes!

New Bikes!
(Photo credit: John Styles)

The team finished off the launch with a team win in the final Eastern cyclo-cross League race on Sunday with Steve coming in 1st place, Matt in 3rd and Ian in 11th.

Keep up to date with the team on the RenvaleRT Facebook Page.



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Thanks to John and Darren Styles ( for the pictures!


December 10, 2013

Thetford Winter Series 2013/2014, Races 1 and 2

Filed under: Racing — Tags: , — Jamie @ 12:09

This year, the first two of the Thetford Winter Series mountain bike races have both been dry and fast, with manageable numbers of competitors and a good atmosphere all round.

Round 1: Brandon Country Park

Jamie, Thetford Winter Series 2013/2014 Round 1

Thetford WS 2013/2014 Round 1
(photo credit: John Styles)

The first round was on the “dry side” at Brandon Country Park, where the course was surprisingly hilly, catching a few riders out with fatigue on the last couple of laps.  9 riders from the Revel Outdoors Race Team participated in the race, with mixed results.  Good results where achieved by Stephen James who got the win in the 4hr Seniors race, while Richard Muchmore put in a strong performance in the 2hr Vets to finish 7th.

Full team results:

  • Jamie Wightman: 22nd, 2hr seniors
  • Will Mitcham: 110th, 2hr seniors (retired)
  • Stehen James: 1st, 4hr seniors
  • Ian Mockett: 28th, 4hr seniors
  • Richard Muchmore: 7th, 2hr vets
  • Garry Houghton: 33rd, 2hr vets
  • Mike Stoveld: 40th, 2hr vets
  • Mark Barton: 53rd, 2hr vets
  • Darren Styles: 133rd, 2hr vets (retired)

See the full results from Timelaps.  Photos from Dale Batchelor Photography and Steve Wells.

Round 2: Santon Downham

The Revel Train

The Revel Train
(photo credit: Steve Wells)

The second round saw a welcome return to Santon Downham, which hasn’t been used by the organisers for a while.  Once again the course was fast and dry, with only the bumpy surface to slow down and beat up the riders’ legs.

6 riders from the Revel Outdoors team took part, with Darren Davis pulling off a 6th place in the 2hr vets despite falling off twice, and Jamie Wightman moving up several places to finish 9th in the 2hr seniors’ race.

Full team results:

  • Jamie Wightman: 9th, 2hr seniors
  • Ian Mockett: 17th, 2hr seniors
  • Will Mitcham: 39th, 2hr seniors
  • Darren Davis: 6th, 2hr vets
  • Garry Houghton: 29th, 2hr vets
  • Mark Barton: 52nd, 2hr vets

See the full results from Timelaps.  Photos from Steve Wells and John Styles.


There’s now a gap for Christmas, until the next two rounds at the end of January and February.



December 2, 2013

Cannondale Scalpel 29er – so, so good!

Filed under: Product News,Racing — Jamie @ 14:51

I’ve ridden a lot of bikes around Thetford Forest over the years, but nothing rides as well as the Cannondale Scalpel 29er – I can’t get over how good this bike is.  I haven’t made any mods to my 2013 Scalpel 29er Carbon 2 – I just pulled the tubes out of the tyres, set up the suspension and rode off.  There’s plenty of scope for making it lighter and faster…

Cannondale Scalpel Carbon 2

Cannondale Scalpel Carbon 2: Effortlessly Efficient

Last Sunday’s Thetford Winter Series race was a bumpy one.  It was also relatively flat and fast, although some sections were a bit draggy.  In this environment the Scalpel is unbelievably good.  The combination of the 29er wheels and short travel suspension means it rolls effortlessly and efficiently.  There’s no way I should be finishing up in 9th in my current state of fitness!  There were several sections of the course where I was passing people without putting in any effort, sitting in the saddle and gliding past.  Suffering from Thetford back?  Not me!

On a hilly course, a lighter hardtail might have the edge, but for most of what we do around Thetford, I don’t think there’s a better bike out there.

October 8, 2013

Dusk til Dawn 2013 – Revel Outdoors Race Teams

Two podiums and two top ten finishes for the Revel Outdoors teams at the 2013 Dusk til Dawn mountain bike night race in Thetford Forest.

Bury bike shop Revel Outdoors was represented by 4 teams in the 2013 Dusk til Dawn 12-hour mountain bike night race, held in Thetford forest on Saturday night 5th October.  Conditions were dry and quick, and with a relatively flat course the pace was fast and furious.

The Revel Outdoors team had a superbly organised pit this year, keeping us warm, comfortable, well-fuelled and entertained all evening.



The 4-man elite team of Stephen James, Matt Dennis, Ian Mockett and Callum Riley (on loan from Newdales Cycles Race Team) left the rest of the field behind right from the start, winning the race over a lap ahead of 2nd place.  The team completed 20 laps, over a distance of 177 miles.

4-man Team Podium

1st place for the 4-man Revel Outdoors Team


The 4-man shop team of Darren Styles, Rob Balaam, Justin Sanderson and Will Mitcham finished in a highly respectable 8th place, completing 17 laps.


The 3-man team of Revel Outdoors owner Jamie Wightman, Steve Heathcock and Darren Davis finished 3rd in their race, completing 18 laps after a long and close fight with both 2nd and 4th places.

3-man Team Podium

3rd place for the Revel Outdoors 3-man Team


And finally James Deane completed 14 solo laps – 124 miles! – to finish in 9th place.


A fantastic evening was had by all the team and our thanks goes out to the organisers and all our fellow competitors.

See you next year!

August 21, 2011

Competition: Win a Day at the Tour of Britain with the Endura Racing Team!

Enter our competition for a chance to win a day in the Endura Racing Pro Cycling Team car at the Tour of Britain, 11th – 18th September 2011.

Endura Racing Team Car

Endura Racing Team Car

Endura Racing Team Rider

Endura Racing Team Rider

Endura Racing Team Rider

Endura Racing Team Rider


Being in the team car offers a unique opportunity to see a top level road race, right in the middle of the action. You’ll also get a chance to meet the team and win a full Endura Racing Team cycling kit.*

Endura Racing Team Jersey

Endura Racing Team Jersey

Endura Racing Team Bib

Endura Racing Team Bib


For your chance to win, simply buy an Endura branded item from Revel Outdoors Bury St. Edmunds or Newmarket, by September 3rd 2011 to have your name included in the prize draw.

Good luck!

*Terms & conditions apply

Terms and Conditions:

  • Entry is open to UK residents over the age of 18, except employees of Revel Outdoors and of Endura Ltd..
  • This prize has no monetary value. No other alternatives to the prize will be offered and the prize is not transferable.
  • To get entered into the prize draw, an Endura branded item has to be ordered from Revel Outdoors by September 3rd 2011. No entries will be accepted after this date.
  • The winning entry will be randomly selected on September 5th 2011.
  • The winner will be notified by email and/ or by telephone before September 10th 2011.
  • The winner agrees to the publishing of their name and photograph for the purpose of publicity.
  • The first entrant drawn will win: A day in one of the Endura Racing Team support cars at one of the stages of the Tour of Britain 2011, a “meet the team” intro, AND a full Endura Racing Team kit comprising:
    • Team issue custom made jersey with winner’s name printed across the back of the jersey, nickname on collar and national flag on collar just like the Endura Racing pro riders have
    • Team issue bibshorts
    • Team issue race mitts
    • Team issue merino race socks
    • Team cap
    • Team issue T-shirt
  • The winner is responsible himself/ herself for getting to/ from the stage of the Tour of Britain.

Endura Racing

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May 19, 2011

Road Racing Results

Filed under: Racing — Tags: — Jamie @ 12:38

Revel Outdoors Newmarket mechanic, Dave Miller, has been racking up some good road racing results, on his way back into the sport after a bit of time off.  Dave races in the colours of the Bury St. Edmunds based West Suffolk Wheelers.

Fleche Welwyn (Welwyn Wheelers Road Race), 3/4 cat, 3rd April 2011

- Dave Miller, 2nd

(Race Photos)


Glade CC Spring Road Race (E1/2/3), 10th April, 2011

- Dave Miller, 34th

(Race Photos)


Norwood Paragon CC – Les Ingman Memorial Road Race (E1/2/3), 17th April 2011

- Dave Miller, 18th

(Race Photos)


ECCA Festival, Radwinter, 3/4 cat, 1 May 2011

- Dave Miller, 2nd

Race Results Roundup

Race results roundup for Revel Outdoors Race Team riders:

Mud, Sweat and Gears Eastern Region MTB Round 2 (Thetford), 8 May 2011:

(Racer – Senior category)

  • Jason Bouttell 1st
  • Mike Stoveld 36th
  • Darren Styles 41st
  • Will Mitcham 90th

(Racer – Vets category)

  • Garry Houghton 13th

(full results)

Garry at Round 2 of the 2011 Mud Sweat and Gears

Garry at Round 2 of the 2011 Mud Sweat and Gears

Stovey at Round 2 of the 2011 Mud Sweat and Gears

Stovey at Round 2 of the 2011 Mud Sweat and Gears

(more photos)

Jason Bouttell has continued his winning streak in the Sport category, including:

  • British Mountain Bike Series, Round 2, Dalby Forest: 1st
  • Midlands XC Series, Round 2: 1st


Richard Bettaney has been competing in the Masters category of the Southern XC series:

  • Southern XC Series, Round 1: 15th
  • Southern XC Series, Round 2: 39th (Retired lap 3)

March 28, 2011

Team Results from the British National Points Series Round 1

Filed under: Racing — Tags: , , — Jamie @ 22:03

Two members of the Revel Outdoors Race Team competed in the first of the British National Points Series mountain bike races at Sherwood Pines last weekend.

Jason Bouttell carried on where he finished last week, with a win in the Sport category.

Richard Bettaney raced in the highly competitive Masters category, finishing in 31st.

(full results)

March 24, 2011

Jason Wins Easily at Cannock

Filed under: Racing — Tags: , , , — Jamie @ 21:50

New Revel Race team member, Jason Bouttell, left the field for dust at the first of the Midlands XC races at Cannock chase on Sunday.  Jason was racing in the Sport category – his first British Cycling sanctioned mountain bike race.  He led from start to finish, leaving 2nd place a distant 4 minutes behind.

There’s a video of the race (with Jason in it, at 0:55) here.

(full race results)

This weekend Jason will be competing in the first of the National Points Series races in Sherwood Forest.

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