New Website

Dear All,

Welcome to our new website.

We apologise for the inadvertent discontinuation of our old site which was due to the untimely death of Martin Gelder. Martin did so much for the team in the background and we miss him very much.

So, going forward, we are about to populate this new site, created by Lida’s son Jim Woodall, and will give priority to a news update, an updated sales page and backfilling the information about the end of 2018.

We are currently working hard on the 2019 calendar and in the workshop preparing both the endurance project and the new ICGP bikes for early season testing.

Our continued thanks for the support of our long term sponsors and team friends, without whom it would not be possible.

2019, here we come!

16th Classic Bol

IMG_8172Phase One scored a credible 9th place at the 16th Classic Bol, in a race dominated by Post Classic RC30s and ZXR Kawasaki’s. Peter Linden and Hugh Brasher rode a textbook race in very warm dry conditions.
Congratulations must go to James Hillier on his fantastic 6th position in his debut classic race.

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Commiserations go to Team Neate, Roadrunner, Team Bike and Team Force who fell by the wayside, mostly victims of engine failure.
Grip from Continental’s Road Attack 3 tyres with the multi grip technology proved itself on the Mistral straight and in the challenging Double Droit du Beausset corner.
Thanks to all our sponsors for their support – what a great way to end the season. Roll on 2019.

Classic Bol – 13/14 September

This year’s Classic Bol d’Or will take place on Friday and Saturday, 13th/14th September, as part of the EWC Bol d’Or Paul Ricard event.

The Team will comprise of 2018 European Endurance Legends Superbike Cup winners, Peter Lindén and Hugh Brasher.

Preparations on the P&M GSXR1100 Suzuki are well underway and with only 4 weeks to go we hope to be ready to load by the end of the month.

The Team also compete at the ICGP race at Hockenheim on 8th/9th September, for the first time with the new BSR/Phase One TZ350’s.

It’s busy in the workshop….

See you at the Bol.

RB

Martin’s funeral arrangements

The funeral will be held at 12 noon on Thursday the 19th of July at Risby Crematorium (West Suffolk, just outside Bury St. Edmunds, IP28 6RR, tel 01284 755118)

All welcome – no flowers or dress code

Bikes very welcome to gather at the Harley Shop in Black Bear Lane, Newmarket to form a cortege from Linda’s house to the crematorium, to leave at 11.30. (CB8 0JT, tel 01638 445796)

Venue of the wake is the Krazy Horse Cafe, Empire House, Lamdin Road, Bury St.Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 6NU (tel. 01284 749645).

It will be a Triumph Thunderbird funeral vehicle.

Humanist celebrant will officiate.

Regards, Russell

Martin Gelder died 2nd July 2018

Martin Gelder died of stomach cancer today.

We understand that Martin had recently sufferred with stomach pain whilst on a Morini outing in Spain. On his return he cancelled several engagements including the Oschersleben WEC / 4 hrs classic weekend. After persistant pain, he sought medical advice but died shortly afterwards.

We last saw Martin at Donington Park at the 4hrs classic weekend in early May. He was then in good spirits and enjoyed some high quality time with a lot of old friends.

Martin will be fondly remembered by hundreds of Phase One Endurance team members, riders, friends and supporters alike.

Martin started his support for our team by helping in the workshop in the early 1990s, quickly progressing to handling the team’s PR, via the Phase One Endurance website and Race 24.
He will be remembered by most for being ever present at all of the World Endurance Events for a ten year period and providing in depth reportage and high quality images, from Suzuka to Le Mans, where no others were available. More recently Martin gave his support to the growing band of classic endurance race followers.

Martin’s genuine enthusiasm for motorcycle endurance racing (proper racing as he would say), combined with his photography and IT skills, brought this branch of motorsport to thousands who would otherwise have been unconnected, particularly after each event.

Martin’s legacy, via Race24 and its blog, includes the near single -handed creation and nurturing of a whole community that was previously unconnected and for that we thank him.

At Phase One Endurance we shall remember him as a superb motorcycle photo journalist, a true friend of the team and most importantly, a genuinely nice chap.

Our sympathies are with Martin’s family and friends.

Russell Benney

We shall publish funeral details when we become aware of them.       

Pictures by Lida van Ham

Spa Francorchamps, race report

The team entered Hugh Brasher and Peter Linden for the two by two hours race at Spa Francorchamps over the weeked 30th June/1st July.

Due to the EELC regulations not being adopted by the DG Sports, the team’s 2015 GSX1230 bike had to be used to be compliant. Qualifying was predictably difficult and was topped by the RC30s of the new Evo class. 

Peter Linden started both legs, quickly settling into top six positions in both. Leg one went fairly well, with the Linden/Brasher pairing finishing a creditable fifth, behind team Kaiser, who narrowly beat Linden to the flag on the Kaiser Kawasaki.

Leg two was a disaster for many teams including our own. We went out of 7th place with a set of split inlet rubbers, which led to further problems, which forced retirement with just 20 mins to go. Mertens went out with RC30 engine trouble, as did Team Edge on the Harris Suzuki. Roadrunner followed with a blown engine on their Bakker Suzuki and so did Walo/Tosolini on the Italian Honda 1000. But Perhaps the prize for the worst weekend went to Patrick Banfield and Cormac Conroy, who first retired the P&M Kawasaki with engine trouble and then went on to crash their RC30 and send Cormac to hospital with 9 broken ribs, plus a broken wrist and ankle. (He was however back in the paddock by Sunday afternoon, sporting his normal cheeky smile.despite the obvious pain).

In short, an unremarkable meeting, much diminished from its peak 3 or 4 years ago. Lets hope its back to proper endurance with a 4hrs race next year, as part of a championship, with Estoril and Italy joining the fray.

Thanks to all our team, sponsors and friends; sorry we could not deliver this time out.

Get well soon Cormac.

RB