VeloRefined - Rule 5 Aerosmiths Cycling Team
Welcome to the VeloRefined Rule 5 Aerosmiths Cycling Team Page. Rule 5 Solutions is proud to support amateur competitive cycling and acts as one of the key sponsors of VeloRefined Rule 5 Aerosmiths. The team is based in Kent and specialises in Time Trials in the UK, but also competes internationally. Visit the Team's Facebook page which includes an extensive history of our results, social chatter and race photos. Use #Rule5 and #VeloRefined when interacting with the team on social media channels.
VeloRefined Rule 5 - The Riders
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Kevin Tye, affectionately known in the team as El Jefe is an enigma. Four Masters' World TT Champ golds, two silvers and a bronze, crown a great palmares full of open event wins on scratch and even more as vet standard. Add to that multiple national titles the title Jefe makes total sense!
Andrew Meilak has a long racing history in road races as well as TTs. A heritage passed from his also legendary father. He has multiple national titles and is a bit of a distance specialist being the only team member that actually likes a 100TT! Dominant in Kent's veteran standard results he's still not far behind the county young guns.
Mark has a road racing history as a bit of a domestique having ridden for Arctic cycling team before racing with various incarnations of what is now VeloRefined Rule 5. His TT abilities have improved considerably and this has helped ensure multiple team wins as well as a healthy bank of top 3 results on scratch and wins on age standard in recent years.
Paul Smith has been racing for several years and joined VeloRefined Rule 5 Aerosmiths following a long stint with the famous Catford CC.
Paul like Mark is a consistent rider in the team supporting them to several team results each season as well as a number of his own vet standard results. Paul is also famous for riding Mt Teide with a 42 chainring!
Stuart has joined the team for 2022 and we are really excited about his capabilities and what he will add to the team in terms of firepower. This rider has some top tier results over the years and we know this will be his best year ever in the super blues! Last year saw some top 3 results and 2022 will certainly be rich in pickings individually and as a team consolidation.
News & 2022 Season Races / Results
03 May 2022
Bank Holiday Bonanza for VRA!
The bank holiday weekend saw some fine results for the team. Kevin and Stuart raced the VTTA National 10TT Champs on Saturday in the West Country coming in 5th and 6th just a few seconds apart. This was enough for Kevin to win silver on vet standard with a 20:58 on a hard course. The winner was Richard Oakes with an impressive 19:27!
Back in Kent Mark raced the Wigmore CC Bill Philbrook Memorial 25TT on Sunday, taking a rare overall win and the vet win in a small field with a 55:45 on the gnarly Q25/8. With a few big names missing it provided a good opportunity to add to this seasons good results so far! MH photo: Mike Savage Photography
25 April 2022
Hill Takes VTTA Champ Win!
Second race of the season for Mark Hill saw him complete in the VTTA 30 mile champs. The event ultimately was reduced to just under 25 miles due to closure of the level crossing on the course.
However, Mark managed to finish 3rd overall behind Chris and Nic Fennel. Third on scratch in the VTTA event meant a solid win on age standard for Mark plus being fastest veteran of any age on scratch. The VTTA win secured.
Conditions were very windy outbound to Ashford hitting times slightly with Mark recording a 55:38.
01 March 2022 (Updated 19 April)
Stuart Hourigan Joins VRAR5
We are pleased to confirm that Stuart Hourigan has joined the team for the 2022 season. Stuart adds some major fire power to the team. He also makes us slightly younger!
(Update) - so confident were the team in Stuart that we took him to Teide and he promptly returned to score a 10 mile PB on the P881 on Good Friday with a 19:37!
Stuart replaces Mike Piper who will leave the team for 2022. Mike was not able to compete for the team in 2021 with work and a house move taking too much time. We are looking forward to Mike enjoying return to his usual form in coming seasons.
19 April 2022
2022 Debuts Hit The Mark
VeloRefined enjoyed a good set of season openers over the Easter period. The first races included the classic Farnborough & Camberley CC H25/8. Stuart's debut was excellent with a 9th overall with 53:59 on a heavy day. Kevin also rode well for 11th with 54:21 making a vets age record at the same time.
Easter weekend saw more action with Mark and Paul also racing. Mark placed 5th overall and first age band vet in the KCA 25TT on the Q25/12 with 55:07. Paul raced the H10/8 in March with a great 22:53 for 18th overall. On 9th April he took 15th on the G10/7 with 24:37.
Meanwhile Kevin blitzed the Cambridge CC F2/15 for 8th overall with a super 30:47 on what was clearly a Good Friday!
Medway Velo Q10/24 Grain
9th + 1st Vet
Medway Velo Q10/24 Grain
VTTA London & Home C's F11/10 10TT
VTTA London & Home C's F11/10 10TT
F2A/25 ECCA Champs
Nat VTTA 10TT
5th / +2nd Vet Std
Nat VTTA 10TT
Wigmore Bill Philbrook Mml 25TT Q25/8
1st /+1st Vet
VTTA 30TT Q30/3 Redux
3rd / 1st Vet
KCA 25TT / Q25/12
5th / 2nd Vet
VeloRefined Nutrition & Technology
The Team's success, is in part driven by our long standing associations with Tim Lawson for nutrition through Secret Training, and for technology through Simon Smart of Smart AeroTech and Drag2Zero. The Team also benefits from Simon's links with Endura who supply our custom TT suits and from 2019 our custom made training kit and TT helmets.
The Secret Training range of products is amongst the best available as used by the Tinkoff Team and by Mitchelton Scott to great effect! VeloRefined riders especially use the Stealth range of products to support their training, racing and active recovery.
Our association with Simon Smart has mainly developed through Kevin Tye's work with him to support aerodynamic gains in the wind-tunnel, especially for his highly successful World Champion title bids. Simon has unrivalled knowledge and experience as an aerodynamicist stemming from his F1 past and close involvement with the development of many of the top-end TT bikes, TT suits and equipment used today.
The latest weapon deployed by the team is the Endura Drag2Zero Aeroswitch TT helmet, which not only helps us go faster, but also ensures we have a clear view of the road ahead.
Click on the logos above to go straight to the Endura, Secret Training and Drag2Zero websites...Meanwhile, it is for us as a team to thank our nutrition and technical advisers for their friendship and on-going support #Rule 5 #VeloRefined.
VeloRefined - Rule 5 Amigos
The VeloRefined - Rule 5 Team is supported by Rule 5 Solutions and FT Investors. A special acknowledgement goes to the various photographers that frequently take pictures of the the TT events and have captured many great photos of the team's members, some of which are included in the gallery on this page and on our FaceBook page. Regularly featured photographers include David Collard-Berry, Mike Savage Photography and Dave 'Digi-Dave' Hayward. If you want us to a link to your site let us know by contacting us here.
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