News: Brodie and Matt leave Orange Monkey

OM LogoThe team unfortunately announce the departure of Brodie and Matt from the team.

Brodie joined the team two years ago and has been a fantastic personality to have within the team. He has been unfortunate with injuries, the most recent of which, have forced him off the bike.

Matt joined the team as our mechanic last year and has been an integral part of the support team over the course of this season. He has now decided to take on a new challenge.

We would like to thank both Brodie and Matt for their dedication to the team and wish them the best of luck for the future.

Race Report: British Series Round 5

Nat Jarvis Podium As a long hard season draws to a close there was just one last race remaining for the team, the final race of the National Series! It was back to the good old venue of Newnham Park, home to some of the best World Cup racing of the past and with a host of International riders descending on the venue and the return of the famous pipeline descent it was bound to be a weekend to remember.

For the team it has been an outstanding season full of podiums, great results and lots of fun regardless of the results in Plymouth, you could even forgive the riders if they struggled after such a hard season of racing... they didn't! In actual fact the team produced their best overall results of the year with a fantastic display right across the team.

Race Report: Midland Series Round 4

OM LogoAnother final series race and this time it was the Midlands series in the National Series venue, Sherwood Pines. With Ben unavailable to race due to illness it was left up to Nat to take on the Junior field without his trusty sidekick in tow. These two have formed a formidable partnership in the Junior category this year and have barely left each others side.

However, Nat was in a class of his own flying through the 4 lap race to take a much deserved second win of the series and leaving himself with the series win, a superb result and a superb series victory from our young star.

Race Report: Southern Series Round 6

Series Podium Getting back from our training camp 2am in the morning and then travelling down to east Sussex is surely a sign of dedication of the highest order, but when two overall series positions are up for grabs it must be worthwhile... surely!

A very tired Ben and Nat took to the start line of the final race in the regional Southern series and with eyes half closed and aching legs still produced a 2nd and 4th place respectively on a course which will now host the National Championships following the change from Alton in Hampshire.

News: Team train in French Pyrenees

Les SorbiersAt the beginning of the 2009 season the team acquired a new sponsor, however, this one was different. Les Sorbiers is a holiday operator in the French Pyrenees specialising in Cycling, Walking and Bird Watching holidays. Mountain Bike holidays has now long been associated with the Alps and whilst hundreds of holiday companies advertise the Alps as the best Mountain Biking in France the Pyrenees has so far gone un-noticed. Les Sorbiers have changed all that and when they offered to sponsor the team with a week in their luxury accomodation half way up the famous Col Du Tormalet we jumped at the chance!

News: Photo Gallery now live!

OM Logo We now have some pictures live on the site, starting with our trip to France training in the Pyrenees with Keep checking back as the gallery will expand over the next few days.

Race Report: Southern Series Round 5 & Southern Championships

OM Logo The penultimate round of the Southern regional series was also the Southern Championships and a good chance to check out the National Championship course for 2010!

The course certainly didnt ride well in practice and left a lot of riders preparing themselves for a hard slogg through the mud but as the gun went and the riders settled into race pace it turned out to be a decent course although arguably not quite up to National Championship standard.

Race Report: Midlands Series Round 3

OM LogoWhile Ben, Nat and Paul were at the Southern regional, Chris was at his home woods of Cannock Chase racing in the third round of the Midlands series.

With British Cycling entering Steve James and Kenta Gallagher into the fray of Elite it was always going to be a tough day and after recent good results Chris was not at his best, however for Chris this just means a good ride, and that he had, finishing in 8th place amongst some extremely tough competition.

Race Report: National MTB Championships

Chris Andrews The big one... The National Championships!

Everyone hopes to have good form as they come into the National Champs and luckily our riders were in the form of their lives as they drove into the small town of Innerleithen in the heart of Scotland. As you would expect in scotland, it was raining but that was not to dampen any spirits within the team, the majority of which, arrived on the Friday afternoon to get settled and prepare for practice on Saturday and race day on Sunday.

After a good nights sleep the team took to the hills and completed two laps of the tough championship course. It started with a gradual climb that turned steeper and technical before some tough sections including roots and rocks before more climbing and then a fast technical descent down to the finish. This really was a championship course!

Race Report: Southern Series Round 4

OM Logo Ben was our only representative at the 4th round of the Southern series but did us all proud with yet another win in the series completeing 3 laps all within a minute of each other showing consistent form and winning the race by nearly 10 minutes over his nearest rival!! Ben is in scorching shape as we head towards the National Championships!

Race Report: Welsh Championships

Ben Roff The majority of the team turned out for the latest round of the Welsh Series which also incorporated the Welsh National Championships and with jerseys and medals up for grabs it was to be an exciting day! The weather was not so kind and gloomy skies told us that there would be ran at some point in the day.

The morning races included the Juniors and as normal our two were there on the start line but with ben qualifying for the Welsh series there was added impotous on the race.

Race Report: English Marathon Championships

Orange Monkey Team The second day of the weekend at Crow Hill saw the hosting of the English Marathon Championships. Our guys were feeling the effects of yesterdays racing but still with determined attitude took to the start line for a second day of racing.

Today saw Chris in the 50km senior mens category and Alex, Nat and Ben in the 50km Junior category. The riders initially started the 12.5km loop together, helping each other to stay focused and get to the front of the race but as the race progressed they eventually splintered leaving just Ben and Alex riding together.

Race Report: British Series Round 4

Chris Andrews Round 4 of the National series took the team to Crow Hill in the New Forest, set amongst some beautiful scenery and wild horses. The course had been used the previous year for the National Championships and so our riders knew it well. This time it was to go the opposite way around but it kept the same theme of rolling singletrack and short sharp climbs, and although not technically difficult, with no time for rest we were in for a tough day!

Race Report: Midland Series Round 2

Ben RoffA good chunk of the team made their way up to Hanchurch Woods, near Stoke for the 2nd round of the Midlands series, which also doubled up as the Midlands championships and with one of our riders (Chris Andrews) eledgible the team were upbeat about their chances of success.

After a morning of pre-riding the course the riders had only positive things to say about a good course with a mixture of short sharp climbs and technical root filled decents and singletrack.

Race Report: Southern Series Round 3

Our two Junior rider took themselves to Pippingford for the latest round of the Southern series. The boys have longed for a one, two in the results this season and had another go today, however it was not to be with ben getting cramp in the closing stages of the race and dropping down to 4th. Nat kept his end of the bargain though and took a superb 2nd as he carries on his good form.

Race Report: British Marathon Championships

Ben Roff After such a hard days racing the day before the team refuelled and got an early night ready for the British Marathon Champs. With the sun out again and even stronger thean the day before it was going to be a tough task for some tired legs to have a go and especially tough for Chris, Brodie and Will who were diving into the 100km Championship event around the very hilly and unforgiving Margam Park circuit.

As the gun went to signal the start of the 100km race it was clear that Chris had every intention of getting a good place as he comfortably sat within the leading group among which was Olympian Oli Beckingsale, Dave Collins, Paul Oldham, Nick Craig and many other top riders. However the heat and the efforts of the previous day took hold at the 50km mark and Chris was no longer able to carry on suffering from exhaustion and dehydration on what was a scorching day in Wales.

Race Report: BMBS Round 3

Chris Andrews The team travelled to a sun kissed Margam park in Wales for the third round of the British MTB Series on the back of some good form and in high spirits. The weekend included the British Marathon championships which the majority of the team had committed to so it was sure to be a long weekend especially with temperatures forecast at around 25 degrees.

As the team woke up to sweltering heat Alex prepared for his early start in the Youth category on a course very different to previous years with new sections and constant climbing on varied terrain. Alex set off at his usual blistering pace getting a good start and settling into the front group of the race.

Race Report: Southern Round 2

Ben Roff A lot of people have a soft spot for Crow Hill and it is easy to see why. A well set up course with a great arena that the riders visit 3 or 4 times each lap adds to spectator interest, while the lack of any real hills for climbing or descending means full on, no respite effort for the full race.

A good draining course, even if the rain was torrential it wouldn't affect conditions at Crow......... and so as we drove through torrential rain that might have come straight from the film Bladerunner we hoped that the course really was as good draining as had been said. Nat and Ben were both looking forward to a race around last years National Champs course, and this year it was in reverse!

Race Report: BMBS Round 2

Alex Baker The team went into round 2 of the National Series almost at full strength and after a disappointing round 1 had a lot to prove! The event was set up as a world cup test event as they look to host a round of the series in 2010. The course had only just been finished literally days before but that didnt seem to matter as a true mountain bikers race awaited!

Alex showed that he is now back to full fitness with a terrific display of determination to finish 4th after narrowly losing in a sprint for 3rd. After working his way up the technical course suited him and as a first year Youth he gave the older guys a real challenge...

Race Report: Dragon Round 2

Ben Roff It has been 2 years since the Dragon Series visited the Rhondda Heritage Park, then it was for the Welsh National Championships, this time the 2nd round of the 2009 Welsh Dragon XC Series visited the legendary South Wales course. In the words of many who rode it, the Heritage Park offers 'Proper mountain biking' with hard climbs, tough singletrack and even tougher descending. Some people even found it too much and after pre-riding the course decided against racing. A shame, but this is mountain biking and it should be more than a test of physical fitness, the riders technical ability should also be tested...

Race Report: Southern Round 1

Ben Roff The first race of the 2009 Southern series was held under blue skies and bright sunshine, defying the weather forecast which all week had predicted rain. Bordon is a very popular course with riders, whilst not hilly it more than makes up for it with tight, fast and flowing singletrack with berms, doubles, drops and jumps, its great fun and 550 riders turned up to enjoy it...

Race Report: Midlands Round 1

Nat Jarvis It was nearly a full turn out in Rugby for the first Midlands regional race of 2009. The team were pitched in the arena and with good weather and a great event put on in some stunning grounds it was sure to be a good day!

The Juniors and Youth riders were first off in a full day of racing and it was Alex who showed he is gradually coming back to form after a long lay off at the start of the year. he took a well deserved 2nd place in the Youth field and notched up some more ranking points in the process...

Race Report: BMBS Round 1

Nat Jarvis The team had a mixed first National race of the season. With Brodie and Paul out with injury and illness respectively the team were already short on the ground but with an impressive pitch in the arena and a bright orange gazebo (which doubled up as a sun tanning booth if you spent too long inside)it was an exciting time for the team...

Race Report: Dragon Round 1

Chris Andrews While Nat was at the Gorrick series picking up a great 2nd place, three of the team took a long trip to Wales for the first round of the new Welsh Dragon series.

Ben had a great start and found himself with one for company as they passed the start/finish for the first time. He was unable to hold his companions wheel though, but after slipping back to second place rode a comfortable race to finish second and pick up some National Ranking Points...

Race Report: Gorrick Round 4

Nat Jarvis Nat joined Orange Monkey shortly after it was formed five years ago and has been steadily progressing over recent years. The step up to Junior is a big one and after the disappointment of the last round of the Gorrick series, Nat was out for a result...

Race Report: Sunshine Cup Stage Race 2009

Cyprus 2009 For the fourth year in a row Orange Monkey sent some riders to Cyprus to take part in the Sunshine Cup and for the third year running they chose the Afxentia stage race in the Macheras mountains, just outside Larnaca.

Unlike previous years the riders were greeted with poor weather, experiencing cloud, rain and even hail throughout the three day race. Paul, Chris and Ben flew to Larnaca accompanied by Will and Matt who provided exceptional support throughout the week as the guys looked to get some early season international racing in...

Race Report: Gorrick Round 3

Nat JarvisWhile some of the team were away in Cyprus Nat and Alex went to get some early season racing in at round three of the Gorrick series. For Nat it was some more racing as he builds towards his first season as a Junior and for Alex it marked a return to racing after an operation to remove his appendix on New Years day...

Race Report: Thetford Winter Series Round 4

Chris AndrewsThe final round of the thetford winter series saw a big turnout of monkeys, for some of who this was there first race of the new season. paul started his first race since June after recovering from a knee injury and Chris started his first race for Orange Monkey so it was an exciting day all round for the team.

Ben took another podium in the 2 hour Junior race as he gets some valuable racing in before the start of the NPS in April. It was another impressive display from Ben who this year steps into the Junior ranks...

Race Report: Gorrick Round 2

Nat Jarvis Our two first year Juinor riders took themselves off to the latest round of the Gorrick series at Tunnel Hill for some quality racing in preperation for the jump up in category this year.

Both riders have made the transition from Youth to Junior, which not only carries an extra lap of racing but has the pace of the Elite field to go with it...

Race News: Orange Monkey Team Launch 2009

Ben Roff Orange Monkey Cycling Team is delighted to introduce their all new line up for 2009!

The team have re-launched with a host of new riders, new faces and a real change of look for the new season. Orange Monkey started in 2004 and has grown from strength to strength and is now one of the most recognised MTB teams in the UK. We believe the time is now right to move up to the next level and as such have re-launched for 2009 with new sponsors, new kit and new bikes and will now look to move forward with the goal of regular International racing in the not too distant future...

News: Orange Monkey Welcome Chris Andrews

Chris Andrews We are absolutely delighted to introduce the latest addition to our team, Chris Andrews.

Chris joins us from Kinesis where he had many years of success including a high 7th place finish in the overall Expert rankings last year amongst a tough quality field of riders. Chris also managed a 3rd place finish at the final round of the National points Series and finished no lower than 5th in the same competition all season.

Not only does Chris have obvious natural talent which has seen the team monitor Chris for the last 18 months but he also has the hunger and appetite to succeed at the highest level...

News: Team say goodbye to two popular characters

The team unfortunately announce the departure of Graham and Matt from the team...

News: Team announce exciting new Sponsors for 2009

Cannondale logoOrange Monkey can today announce that they will begin a host of new and exciting partnerships in 2009.

The team will ride Cannondale bikes next season supplied through Heales Cycles in the most exciting sponsorship deal that Orange Monkey have had since starting back in 2004. Heales Cycles will now become our primary sponsor and we look forward to working with both them and Cannondale over future years to come.

As well as this we have exciting deals in place with a new cycling website, a fantastic Pyrenean Holiday company, as well as some great products from Jim Walker distribution...

News: New Website... New Logo... New Look!

Orange Monkey logo To compliment the fresh look, Orange Monkey is proud to introduce a new look website. The new webiste is designed to provide further information into the team, improve functionality and to increase exposure for our sponsors.

We have also changed our team logo, to the new funky design pictured left and are delighted to have these new designs going into the 2009 season...