Dave Robinson and another National Championship Win

LVRC National Road Race Championship 2017 Promoted by GS Europa 25th June 2017

Grimsby based Flex-tech Ettridge Cycles Racing team is celebrating a win by their New Waltham-based rider Dave Robinson who took the title on Sunday afternoon.

The event was the LVRC Category E championship and brings together the best riders in the category from around the Uk. This year’s event was held at Owselbury on the South Downs of Hampshire.

Covering a race distance of 54 miles but including 5000 feet and leg sapping hill climbing the event was set to be a very tough test for all competitors

A full field of 45 riders departed the start line on Sunday morning including many ex-professional riders, the pre-race favourites included Jim Moffatt (Luton CC) and Martin Hulbert (VCM) both riders have been in very good form this year.

The circuit of just of 8 miles included 7 accents of three very steep hills all three coming together in quick succession. For the first three laps, many riders including the pre-event favourites attempted to breakaway but all were brought back by the peloton, who were determined to prevent the pre-race favourites escaping.

As the riders reached the hill section on lap 3 having just brought back a strong breakaway Dave felt that this would be a good time to make a move as one of the favourites jumped away Dave caught him and powering up the first of the three hills this put everyone in the bunch under pressure this started to line everyone out.

As Dave crested the top of the third hill he had established a small break of around 150 meters those in the bunch felt that this would easily be brought back. As the race again reached the hilly section Dave had managed to maintain his advantage and once again make a very determined attack on the hillier section of the lap. This attack was to be the decisive one and the gap to the bunch increased significantly. The peloton was now out of sight but not out of mind with two laps and 6 hills to get over before the end Dave had no idea if he was pulling away or worst being caught slowly, he was now fully committed and with no “plan B” the only course of action and just maintain a full effort for as long as possible.

As Dave started the final lap there was still no information to let him know what his advantage was but he could be sure at this stage the bunch would now be in full pursuit.

As Dave turned into the finish section with 2 miles to go a timekeeper confirmed that his lead was just over two minutes and Dave could now start to enjoy the final 5 minutes of racing knowing that he was going to claim the win. As Dave crossed the line the gap to the chase ground was 2 minutes, at this level of racing a very significant advantage.

The winner of this event also collects the Derek Witt Memorial Trophy

Dave is now in the unique position of being the reigning LVRC National Cyclocross Champion and now also the LVRC National Road Race champion.


1st Dave Robinson                         Flex-tech Ettridge Cycles

2nd Jim Muffat                                     Luton CC

3rd Martin Hulbert                         VCm

Grimsby based Flex-Tech Ettridge, rider wins a National Championship Title

Grimsby based Flex-Tech Ettridge, rider wins a National Championship Title

LVRC National Cyclo- cross championships

Held at; Adventure sports Centre Warwick

28th December 2016 promoted by:

Team Jewson-Mi racing-Polypipe-McCann

Grimsby cycling team Flex-tech Ettridge cycles have another prestigious title of National champion to add there increasing list of successes.

Dave Robinson made the trip to Warwickshire last Wednesday to take part in the LVRC National cyclocross championship event. Dave who was hoping to repeat his form wining ride from three weeks ago, at the Midlands distinct championship was up against some of the best riders in the country at this discipline including the 2015 championship winner who was hoping to have a second year of success.

The off-road event held across various obstacles included three climbs with the bike shouldered in very muddy conditions, however the organisers had also included a section of fast motor cycle dirt track and a wood land section to really put the competitors to the test.

The event was run over several laps of this course for 45 minutes and then the bell is rung to indicate only one lap remaining. With a 1.30pm start the overnight frost was still only just releasing its grip and conditions changed every lap as the ground became boggier, making some of the sections of the course extremely slippery for everyone.

Dave’s race started fast with an immediate three man break group starting to pull away from the rest of the field including in this group with Dave was the 2015 winner and the 2015 third place finisher so no one wanted to give up any ground on their competition, by the end of the first lap all three were locked together but as the second lap started one of the leading trio misjudged an obstacle in first of the increasingly slippery sections and took a hard fall leaving Dave and the 2015 winner to duke it out over the remaining 30 minutes, Dave’s road racing strength played a decisive part early on in the second lap as the pair got onto some slightly harder ground Dave was able to put a gap into his chaser, but once the ground became more technical and the riders had to negotiate a ditch Dave made a error getting back onto his bike and his rival was able to get back on terms with him.

Having sensed where his advantage seemed to fall Dave made a more determined effort on the third lap and this time judged the technical section better and started to put some significant distance between himself and the 2015 winner. As the event moved into the final 15 minutes Dave’s high level fitness following a season of cyclocross racing started to make a real difference and the gap to the second-place rider began to extend significantly.

As Dave went across the line to start the final lap his main concerns started to change from who was behind him to not picking a puncture or having any kind of mechanical dilemma over the last 2 miles of the race.

Fortunately, the final lap proved straight forward and Dave cruised over the line unopposed to take the win in doing so he also pick up the coveted LVRC Champions winners jersey and title of LVRC National Champion.

Race Results

1st Dave Robinson                   Flex-tech Ettridge cycles RT

2nd Andy Jones                                     Wolverhampton Wheelers

3rd Tom Murton                                    PMRC Toachim Hoost


New Opening Hours

With effect from Monday 9th January 2017, our opening hours will change to:

Monday         Closed

Tuesday         Closed

Wednesday    9.15am – 1pm and 1.30pm – 5.30pm

Thursday        9.15am – 1pm and 1.30pm – 5.30pm

Friday             9.15am – 5.30pm

Saturday         9.15am – 4pm


Two Young Cyclist Destined for Stardom!

Grimsby looks set to become a future hot bed for cycling talent in the years to come.

Craig Keyworth, main sponsor for Flex-Tech Ettridge Cycle team said “I sponsored the team with the understanding that we would promote young and up and coming riders and I am delighted with the progress of Kieran hotson and Joe Laverick” he also stated “we looked for talented young riders who we realized would move on to bigger and better things”

Kieran Hotson, now 17 years old, was first inspired by watching Bradley Wiggins in the London 2012 Olympics. He joined the Lindsey Cycling club in February 2013. In his first year, Kieran cut his teeth in the local cycling scene and made the step up to a harder racing program. In September 2014, he became a member of the Flex-Tech Ettridge Cycle Team. With many wins under his belt in his first year he has shown consistent improvement every season. Kieran then went on in November 2015 to join the London Cycling team Catford CC/Equipe Banks. Steve Ettridge of Ettridge Cycles also a sponsor of Flex-Tech Ettridge Cycle Team commented “I see Kieran Hotson and Joe Laverick as cycling stars of the future”.

Kieran now works, as a tree surgeon, for Jonathan Birtwhistle of Barrow Upon Humber, who have given him their generous support and allowed him full rein to pursue his cycling career. He is now training five days per week 16 hours in total, so he is most appreciative of their help and support.

This year Kieran has raced in England, Wales, Scotland, Isle of Man in the Great Britain National Series, also in Holland in their junior tour. Kieran has now signed for a top-rated cycling team for 2017.

Fifteen-year-old Joe Laverick, who attends Caistor grammar school, started cycling in 2014 with NEL Lindsey GO-Ride. September 2015 saw Joe join Flex-Tech Ettridge cycle team. He now trains 5 times per week,12 hours in total. In September 2016 Joe won the prestigious Schoolboys National Time Trial Championships and joins an elite list of riders such as Alex Dowsett (previous UCI world hour record holder) Steve Cummings (2016 Tour De France stage winner) who previously won the Schoolboy National championship.

Flex-Tech Ettridge Rider progress and recruit new star rider

Continuing our commitment to providing junior riders with a place on the team, Flex-Tech Ettridge Race Team is delighted to add Joe Laverick as its first new rider for 2016.

As we enter a new phase for the team, in which we take a side step away from a traditional team environment and focus our support on helping developing riders realise their potential, Joe was one of the first riders that we considered. Joe Laverick hails from Grimsby, and attends Caistor Grammar school and will continue to race around his school commitments. With various BCF under 16 road races, Time Trials and local road races planned in the UK, already, it will be a busy 2016 but he likes getting away to race – on signing for the team he said, “I love how the team races and trains regularly, I really enjoy racing and it’s definitely something I’d like to pursue in the future. I can’t wait for an exciting 2016 with a team I’ve admired since I first picked up a road bike”.

“Joe is absolutely what we are looking for in a rider,” commented Craig Keyworth (Sponsor: Flex-Tech Ettridge Race Team), “Enthusiastic, talented and someone who simply loves racing”

“Joe Laverick first came to our attention as we considered riders who would fit our future plans and specifically our youth development plans,” team manager Jamie Ward said.

Any rider wishing to join Flex-Tech Ettridge Cycle Club please phone Andy Denniss on 07427 558666   Flex-Tech Ettridge cycles cc (e.mail ftecc.info@gmail.com)


Flex-Tech Ettridge RT rider Dave Robinson picks up cyclocross trophy in his first season

Flex-Tech Ettridge RT rider Dave Robinson picks up Lincolnshire cyclocross trophy in his first full season

Once the cycling road racing season drew to an end in October 2015 Grimsby’s Flex- tech Ettridge RT team member Dave Robinson turned his attention to Cyclocross competing in a number of events around the county.
Cyclocross is often classed as the purist form of cycling racing as it held off road across farm tracks, fields and involves a combination of cycling on tracks, through deep mud and climbing with bike over obstacles such as ditches and embankments. The Lincolnshire series visits locations across Lincolnshire from Binbrook to Grantham and involves up to 95 riders in each race
Races last for around 50 minutes plus 1 lap of the circuit being used, every event presents differing challenges to the rides as no two circuits are the same some are open and require outright speed, others are through woodlands and require greater bike handling skills, the only common factor tends to be as the autumn progress generally conditions deteriorate for the riders.
Dave missed the first events of the season but once he had the right type of bike for these events he took to the challenge with gusto.

At his first event held around a farm parkland course near Alford he came 2nd in his class and as the season has progressed Dave has been in the top 2 placing in his class with three first place results in the last 3 events.
The series has a number of categories and Dave’s consistency at the events during the late autumn and winter when these events take place has brought him overall victory in the Lincolnshire trophy day series by just two points.
Dave’s consistency prompted the team to encourage him to take part in the national LVRC championship held near Warwick in late December, this event draws rides in from the whole of the UK and Dave’s performance on the day saw him finish in 5th place in the event and with the experience gained from this year’s events he has already decide to enter next year’s national championship.
With the cyclocross season almost at an end Dave can but the cyclocross bike away and start concentrating on training for the road racing season again which starts in early spring.
2015/16 Lincolnshire Trophy day series overall results
1st Dave Robinson Flex-tech Ettridge RT
2nd Stephen Walker Trent Valley CRC
3rd Eddie Loftus Lincoln Wheelers

Dave in action during December 2015

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Dave Robinson wins once more…

Road Cycling Race

Event: LVRC 9th August , Flintham. Newark.


One of the strongest field of competitors entered this prestigious race on the LVRC calendar with Grimsby based Dave Robinson and John Strachan represented the Flex-tech Ettridge race team.

Over 50 riders lined up for the start of the race on Sunday morning with a neutralised section through the village of Flintham.

However once clear of the village as the flag dropped the race exploded into action with an instant increase in pace by one of the early favourites. It was clear to all that the race was going to break up as the fastest riders took control early on.

After 2 miles of initial skirmishing between the competitors the peloton eased back and Flex-tech rider Robinson took his opportunity to make his attack accelerating away from the group. This attack from Robinson was anticipated drew an immediate response from the strongest riders in the peloton and a very powerful alliance of 11 riders started to pull away from the peloton.

However the chase from the peloton was far from over and furious pace had to be adopted by the breakaway with all 11 riders in the breakaway suffering to maintain their initial advantage, but by the half way point at 30 miles the breakaway group had made a one and half minute gap to the main bunch. As the breakaway crossed the line to starts its last lap some of the riders were beginning to suffer from a combination of high pace and the warm weather this was sensed by Robinson and he made a bid to get away from the lead group they were not going to allow this without a response and the chase was on. As the group caught Robinson and with just three miles to go he immediately attacked again this time it turned out to be decisive as the chase group were unable to make the effort to catch Robinson and he managed to stay away from the group to take first place in the D category race.


1st Dave Robinson                  Flex-tech Ettridge cycles RT

2nd John Hopper                   Cottingham Coureurs RT

3rd Keith Middleton                   Velo club Lincoln

Robinson breaks the 30mph barrier

Dave Robinson (1)

City of Hull road club promoted 10-mile time trial.

Flex-tech Ettridge cycles RT rider Dave Robinson took a weekend off from road racing to compete in the Hull City road club promoted 10-mile time trial.

Time trialling is a very different discipline to road racing as each competitor sets off at 1 minute intervals and has to complete the course distance on an individual basis, also known as the race of truth as the entire effort is solo.

In time trialling circles the Holy Grail is the capability to ride at or just above 30mph for the race distance. For a 10-mile time trial this means a time quicker than 20 minutes. Dave has been close this time on a number of occasions over the last two seasons with a tantalising 20 minutes and 3 seconds recorded last year.

However, conditions where favourable last Sunday at this event with light winds and cool conditions prevailing as Dave Robinson left the starting line. At the half way point Dave realised that a sub 20-minute run was looking highly likely but a slight climb on the home leg is always the point that slows riders down. Dave began to dig deep for the extra few watts needed to power his bike up the slope and onto the home straight. As Dave crossed the line the official timers recorded a time of 19 minutes and 32 seconds giving an average speed of over 30mph.

Dave is the first member of the Flex-tech Ettridge RT team to break through the 30mph barrier in this discipline and at 19m 32 seconds this time also now stands as one of the fastest 10 mile times of any rider in the region.

Dave Robinson cruises to victory

Sunday May 31 2015

Bridlington Cycling club Mayflower road race.

Robinson cruises to victory

The Grimsby based Flex-tech Ettridge cycle’s race team continued their busy schedule with two of the team, Andy Johnson and Dave Robinson involved in the Bridlington cycling clubs inaugural road race.Dave Robinson

Held around Burton Fleming on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds the event was always going to be a tough hilly event but conditions on the day insured this was the case with heavy rain accompanied by a gale force westerly wind.

As the competitors head off from Burton Fleming village the rain eased but with wet roads conditions were tricky, the first attempt to break the race up was made by the flex-tech rider Andy Johnson who was joined by one other rider from the peloton, Johnson began to open up a gap on lap 1 but the peloton who have now become accustom to flex-tech riders getting away decided to give chase.

With a number of riders putting in a determined effort the bunch eventually made it onto the back of the breakaway pair as the race started up the main hill of the course, flex-tech rider Dave Robinson who had sat in the peloton whilst the chase was on knew that with everyone trying to recover from the effort of chasing Johnson down it was the time to make his move, instantly launching a strong attack up the hill, with several riders still trying to recover Robinson pulled out a significant gap.

As he turned left at the top of the hill, the reality of the strong head wind became apparent, meanwhile two riders had made a break from the main peloton and were attempting to bridge across to Robinson.

The chase was now with three riders away from the main bunch so early in the race, the breakaway riders were going to pursued hard, the Grimsby teams strong race record usually means they are watch closely are not often given much room to get away but Robinsons attack had been perfectly timed.

Robinson knowing the difficulty of holding on alone in such difficult conditions eased his pace back slightly knowing the help of two other riders was essential to stay away from the chasing peloton.

The tough conditions resulted in only one rider making the gap across to Robinson; however, the new paring worked well and managed to increase their advantage to the main bunch of riders holding onto their advantage for over 35 miles.

Robinson had already picked up a sprint preem on lap 3 because of being the first rider to past the start finish line at the half waypoint of the race. It was now a case of concentrating over the last few miles to hold off the peloton who had one final attempted to close the gap but the distance already secured was sufficient to give Robinson the victory and his second win of the season in the LVRC road race.

Flex-tech Ettridge take top spots in time trial competition.

Flex-tech Ettridge team take top spots in Local time trial competition.

A trio of the Grimsby based cycle race team Flex-tech Ettridge cycles competed in the Lindsey roads organised hilly time trial cycling event on Tuesday evening.

The event one of a series run by the local club was on the renowned 9.5 mile lung busting course taking in several steep climbs around Swallow, Rothwell and Beelsby.

Dave RobinsonA fine warm but windy evening brought out a good field of riders looking to give their fitness an early season test.

First off around the course was Flex Ettridge tech rider Dave Robinson who set a blistering pace and set down what turned out to be an unbeatable marker for the rest of the field by completing the difficult course in 23minutes and 56 seconds and was the only rider on the night able to get around the course in under 24 minutes.

Second place on the night was another Flex-tech rider and local fire fighter Andy Dennis who completed the test in 24mins 55secs.

Flex tech rider Graham Briggs who has just returned following a week cycling in southern Spain powered his way around in 25minutes 49 seconds to take fourth place in the event.

The local Flex-tech team have been working hard on the bikes during the winter to get fit with regular training sessions of over 70 miles; results so far look like this training has been worthwhile.

Full results

Event Lindsey roads Hilly time trial 14th April

1st Dave Robinson                             Flex-tech Ettridge cycles RT                                    23m 56

2nd Andy Dennis                                     Flex-tech Ettridge cycles RT                                              24m 55

3rd Shaun Robinson                                Lindsey roads                                                                       25m 23

4th Graham Briggs                                   Flex-tech Ettridge cycles RT                                              25m 49

5th Michael Carpenter                             Lindsey roads                                                                        25m 56

6th Paul Wakefield                                   Lindsey roads                                                                        26m 32

7th Dave Briggs                                         Lindsey roads                                                                        27m 05

8th Troy Chalkley                                     Lindsey roads                                                                        27m 59

9th Martin Rushby                                   Lindsey roads                                                                        28m

10th Ian Gower                                          Lindsey roads                                                                        28m 52

11th Paul Jones                                          Guest rider                                                                            29m 15

12th Steve Wakefield                                Lindsey roads                                                                        29m18

13th Steve Cole                                           Lindsey roads                                                                        29m 35

14th Mark Staples                                      Lindsey roads                                                                        29m 38

15th Steve Lammin                                    Lindsey roads                                                                        29m 43

16th Ian Smalley                                         Lindsey roads                                                                        29m 50

17th Mark Clark                                           Lindsey roads                                                                        31m 49

18th Andy Taylor                                        Guest rider                                                                             32m 11

19th Steve Walster                                      Lindsey roads                                                                        32m 46

20th Jon North                                            Guest rider                                                                            33m 42

21st John Emmerson                                  Lindsey roads                                                                        35m 26

22nd Katrina Walster                                  Lindsey roads                                                                        37m