OLD PORTLIANS CYCLING CLUB
Awaiting the TDF Peloton on Mont Ventoux, July 2013
Kev Wolff at the Southwater turn on the G25/45 Course
Paul Cloudsdale on the London Surrey 100
Iain Hawthorn on the Kwaremont - Tour of Flanders Sportif
Riders struggle up the 14% side of Toys Hill on the OPCC Reliability Ride
Reconnoitring the Duo Normand Course - Normandy
Dave Warne , Steve Avery, Peter Gray - Tour of Flanders Sportive
Interclub TT with South East Road Club - Polhill Circuit
Iain Hawthorn charges for the line at the Track Championships
Northern Jon pays homage to Tom on Mont Ventoux
Iain Hawthorn at Kent Cyclopark for SERRL Winter Series Criterium racing
John Mulvaney and Andy Green lead a cohort of Old Ports on Campolongo Pass
Paul Cloudsdale on Box Hill
OPCC End to End ride
Paul Cloudsdale at the bottom of Star Hill
John Mulvaney and Peter Gray cross the finish line in the Duo Normande
OLD PORTLIANS CYCLING CLUB

We are a friendly and long established cycling club based in South London between Croydon, Surrey and Bromley, Kent. Find out more here

Come and ride with us. A good way to get to know the club is to come out on one of our weekend bike rides typically through the lanes of Kent and Surrey. We actively encourage new riders and those returning to cycling who would like to ride with an organised group where the emphasis is on friendship.

On Saturdays we have our 'Social' ride for riders of all abilities. To give you some expecations the average speed on a Saturday is around 12-14 mph and always includes a cafe stop for refreshments, butties and banter with a ride distance of around 25-30 miles. On Sundays we go a little further (50 - 60 miles) and a touch faster, expect an average between 15-16mph, but nobody gets left behind. See the relevant pages for the planned club rides and meeting point.

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS

04 April, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

Web page: [ Click for more details ]


05 April, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:00 for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

[ Click for more details ]


11 April, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

Web page: [ Click for more details ]


12 April, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:00for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

[ Click for more details ]


18 April, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

Web page: [ Click for more details ]


19 April, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:000for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

[ Click for more details ]


25 April, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

Web page: [ Click for more details ]


26 April, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:00 for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

[ Click for more details ]


02 May, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

Web page: [ Click for more details ]


03 May, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:00 for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

[ Click for more details ]


07 May, 19:00

Summer TT Series 2015
Signing on from 19:00 First rider off @ 19:30

Crowhurst Road Race circuit.

Race HQ:
Crowhurst Village Hall
Crowhurst Lane
Crowhurst
Lingfield
RH7 6LR
The start is on the road opposite the entrance to the HQ car park. There is a £4 signing on fee. It is traditional, after the race, for some members to retire to a local hostelry for refreshment and sustenance.

[ Click for more details ]


09 May, 06:00

Club Open 10 Time Trial
Club Open 10 Time Trial on the G10/57. HQ at Broadbridge Heath.

Essential that we put on a good event. Volunteers required for marshalling, push off, catering, sign on etc.


10 May, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:30 for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

[ Click for more details ]


14 May, 19:00

Summer TT Series 2015
Signing on from 19:00 First rider off @ 19:30

Crowhurst Road Race circuit.

Race HQ:
Crowhurst Village Hall
Crowhurst Lane
Crowhurst
Lingfield
RH7 6LR
The start is on the road opposite the entrance to the HQ car park. There is a £4 signing on fee. It is traditional, after the race, for some members to retire to a local hostelry for refreshment and sustenance.

[ Click for more details ]


16 May, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

Web page: [ Click for more details ]


17 May, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:30 for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

[ Click for more details ]


21 May, 19:00

Summer TT Series 2015
Signing on from 19:00 First rider off @ 19:30

Crowhurst Road Race circuit.

Race HQ:
Crowhurst Village Hall
Crowhurst Lane
Crowhurst
Lingfield
RH7 6LR
The start is on the road opposite the entrance to the HQ car park. There is a £4 signing on fee. It is traditional, after the race, for some members to retire to a local hostelry for refreshment and sustenance.

[ Click for more details ]


23 May, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

Web page: [ Click for more details ]


24 May, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:30 for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

[ Click for more details ]


28 May, 19:00

Summer TT Series 2015
Signing on from 19:00 First rider off @ 19:30

Crowhurst Road Race circuit.

Race HQ:
Crowhurst Village Hall
Crowhurst Lane
Crowhurst
Lingfield
RH7 6LR
The start is on the road opposite the entrance to the HQ car park. There is a £4 signing on fee. It is traditional, after the race, for some members to retire to a local hostelry for refreshment and sustenance.

[ Click for more details ]


30 May, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

Web page: [ Click for more details ]


31 May, 06:00

Club Open 25 Time Trial
Our Open 25 mile Time Trial is being held on Sunday 31 May this year. 14 helpers for marshalling and various other duties on the day. Volunteers for helping the event gratefully received

Entries have already started to come in on the internet and we anticipate a sizeable field. Last year we had 90 entries and the event was highly appreciated by the riders. So it should be a fun day of sport.

Minimum Support requirement:

8 Marshalls
1 for Catering
1 for result board
1 for signing on and number allocation
1 for pushing off at the start
1 for relaying results from finish


04 June, 19:00

Summer TT Series 2015
Signing on from 19:00 First rider off @ 19:30

Crowhurst Road Race circuit.

Race HQ:
Crowhurst Village Hall
Crowhurst Lane
Crowhurst
Lingfield
RH7 6LR
The start is on the road opposite the entrance to the HQ car park. There is a £4 signing on fee. It is traditional, after the race, for some members to retire to a local hostelry for refreshment and sustenance.

[ Click for more details ]


06 June, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

Web page: [ Click for more details ]


07 June, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:30 for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

[ Click for more details ]


11 June, 19:00

Summer TT Series 2015
Signing on from 19:00 First rider off @ 19:30

Crowhurst Road Race circuit.

Race HQ:
Crowhurst Village Hall
Crowhurst Lane
Crowhurst
Lingfield
RH7 6LR
The start is on the road opposite the entrance to the HQ car park. There is a £4 signing on fee. It is traditional, after the race, for some members to retire to a local hostelry for refreshment and sustenance.

[ Click for more details ]


13 June, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

Web page: [ Click for more details ]


14 June, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:30 for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

[ Click for more details ]


18 June, 19:00

Summer TT Series 2015
Signing on from 19:00 First rider off @ 19:30

Crowhurst Road Race circuit.

Race HQ:
Crowhurst Village Hall
Crowhurst Lane
Crowhurst
Lingfield
RH7 6LR
The start is on the road opposite the entrance to the HQ car park. There is a £4 signing on fee. It is traditional, after the race, for some members to retire to a local hostelry for refreshment and sustenance.

[ Click for more details ]


20 June, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

Web page: [ Click for more details ]


21 June, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:30 for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

[ Click for more details ]


25 June, 19:00

Summer TT Series 2015
Signing on from 19:00 First rider off @ 19:30

Crowhurst Road Race circuit.

Race HQ:
Crowhurst Village Hall
Crowhurst Lane
Crowhurst
Lingfield
RH7 6LR
The start is on the road opposite the entrance to the HQ car park. There is a £4 signing on fee. It is traditional, after the race, for some members to retire to a local hostelry for refreshment and sustenance.

[ Click for more details ]


27 June, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

Web page: [ Click for more details ]


28 June, 06:00

Club 50 mile TT Championship
Club 50 mile Time Trial Championship organised by the SCCU on the G50/10 course.

Enter online here: [ Click for more details ]


28 June, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:30 for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

[ Click for more details ]


01 July, 09:00

Brighton and Back Bash
Annual club ride to Brighton and back. Various groups dependent on size and ability with a variety of assembly points. Check back nearer the date for assembly details.


02 July, 19:00

Summer TT Series 2015
Signing on from 19:00 First rider off @ 19:30

Crowhurst Road Race circuit.

Race HQ:
Crowhurst Village Hall
Crowhurst Lane
Crowhurst
Lingfield
RH7 6LR
The start is on the road opposite the entrance to the HQ car park. There is a £4 signing on fee. It is traditional, after the race, for some members to retire to a local hostelry for refreshment and sustenance.

[ Click for more details ]


04 July, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

Web page: [ Click for more details ]


05 July, 14:00

Club Track Championships
The club track championship will be contested at Herne Hill Velodrome .
The format will be the same as last year - contested over 4 events (sprint, devil take the hindmost, pursuit and points race) all to be ridden on ROAD BIKES ONLY.
We're hoping we can have as good if not an even better turnout than last year (18 riders) and all novices to the track. So don't be put off if you are a first timer - YOU'LL ENJOY IT !

Don't forget to put this in your diaries!


09 July, 19:00

Summer TT Series 2015
Signing on from 19:00 First rider off @ 19:30

Crowhurst Road Race circuit.

Race HQ:
Crowhurst Village Hall
Crowhurst Lane
Crowhurst
Lingfield
RH7 6LR
The start is on the road opposite the entrance to the HQ car park. There is a £4 signing on fee. It is traditional, after the race, for some members to retire to a local hostelry for refreshment and sustenance.

[ Click for more details ]


11 July, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

Web page: [ Click for more details ]


12 July, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:30 for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

[ Click for more details ]


16 July, 19:00

Summer TT Series 2015
Signing on from 19:00 First rider off @ 19:30

Crowhurst Road Race circuit.

Race HQ:
Crowhurst Village Hall
Crowhurst Lane
Crowhurst
Lingfield
RH7 6LR
The start is on the road opposite the entrance to the HQ car park. There is a £4 signing on fee. It is traditional, after the race, for some members to retire to a local hostelry for refreshment and sustenance.

[ Click for more details ]


18 July, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

Web page: [ Click for more details ]


19 July, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:30 for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

[ Click for more details ]


23 July, 19:00

Summer TT Series 2015
Signing on from 19:00 First rider off @ 19:30

Crowhurst Road Race circuit.

Race HQ:
Crowhurst Village Hall
Crowhurst Lane
Crowhurst
Lingfield
RH7 6LR
The start is on the road opposite the entrance to the HQ car park. There is a £4 signing on fee. It is traditional, after the race, for some members to retire to a local hostelry for refreshment and sustenance.

[ Click for more details ]


25 July, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

Web page: [ Click for more details ]


26 July, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:30 for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

[ Click for more details ]


30 July, 19:00

Summer TT Series 2015
Signing on from 19:00 First rider off @ 19:30

Crowhurst Road Race circuit.

Race HQ:
Crowhurst Village Hall
Crowhurst Lane
Crowhurst
Lingfield
RH7 6LR
The start is on the road opposite the entrance to the HQ car park. There is a £4 signing on fee. It is traditional, after the race, for some members to retire to a local hostelry for refreshment and sustenance.

[ Click for more details ]


01 August, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

Web page: [ Click for more details ]


02 August, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:30 for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

[ Click for more details ]


06 August, 19:00

Summer TT Series 2015
Signing on from 19:00 First rider off @ 19:30

Crowhurst Road Race circuit.

Race HQ:
Crowhurst Village Hall
Crowhurst Lane
Crowhurst
Lingfield
RH7 6LR
The start is on the road opposite the entrance to the HQ car park. There is a £4 signing on fee. It is traditional, after the race, for some members to retire to a local hostelry for refreshment and sustenance.

[ Click for more details ]


08 August, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

Web page: [ Click for more details ]


09 August, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:30 for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

[ Click for more details ]


13 August, 19:00

Summer TT Series 2015
Signing on from 19:00 First rider off @ 19:30

Crowhurst Road Race circuit.

Race HQ:
Crowhurst Village Hall
Crowhurst Lane
Crowhurst
Lingfield
RH7 6LR
The start is on the road opposite the entrance to the HQ car park. There is a £4 signing on fee. It is traditional, after the race, for some members to retire to a local hostelry for refreshment and sustenance.

[ Click for more details ]


15 August, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

Web page: [ Click for more details ]


16 August, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:30 for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

[ Click for more details ]


20 August, 19:00

Summer TT Series 2015
Signing on from 19:00 First rider off @ 19:30

Crowhurst Road Race circuit.

Race HQ:
Crowhurst Village Hall
Crowhurst Lane
Crowhurst
Lingfield
RH7 6LR
The start is on the road opposite the entrance to the HQ car park. There is a £4 signing on fee. It is traditional, after the race, for some members to retire to a local hostelry for refreshment and sustenance.

[ Click for more details ]


22 August, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

Web page: [ Click for more details ]


23 August, 06:00

Club 25 Mile TT Championship
Club 25 mile Time Trial Championship organised by the BEC on the G25/54 course

Enter online here: [ Click for more details ]


23 August, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:30 for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

[ Click for more details ]


29 August, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

Web page: [ Click for more details ]


30 August, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:30 for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

[ Click for more details ]


05 September, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

Web page: [ Click for more details ]


06 September, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:30 for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

[ Click for more details ]


12 September, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

Web page: [ Click for more details ]


13 September, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:30 for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

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19 September, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

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20 September, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:30 for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

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26 September, 10:15

Saturday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 10:15 to 10:30am for a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with cafe stop en route.

Average speed is likely to be 12-14 mph.

Ride open to members and non-members.

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27 September, 09:00

Sunday Club Ride
Meet at the roundabout at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BB at 09:30 for a ride of 50 to 60 miles. This ride is more energetic than Saturday and depends to a great extent on the riders who take part. It is not a fixed route although it generally runs through the lanes of Kent and Surrey borders.

Optional cafe stop en route with average speed likely to be 15-16 MPH.

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RACE RESULTS & NEWS

Race Report - Velofait Circuit Race
22 March

I entered my first Cat 4 race this season having faired pretty well over the last two Sundays with the LVRC & my confidence was reasonably high - the event was at the South of England Showground in Ardingly. Velofait appear to be some brand new club, apart from a twitter account and the race appearing on riderHQ.com you wouldn't know they exist.

The showground was being used for the very first time and, as far as I could tell, this was Velofait's first race. They included an E/1/2/3/4 women's race at 10:30 with a Cat 2/3 at midday. The Cat 4 group was about 40 strong, off at 9:00 a.m (for one hour + five laps) after a very friendly sign on and nice clear briefing from two BC commissaires. The circuit consisted of 5 90 degree left handers with one 90 degree right hander, a little gravel here and there but otherwise no other risks (but you can imagine it has tractors & cows on it at times). Marshalls were on corners and stacks of hay bales covering lamp-posts, fences etc in corners. All very good, apart from no-one really knew where the toilets were but we worked it out.

The wind was going to be a factor, not to say the 90 degree corners - as taking the right line in & out was going to be critical given the bunching and concertina effect that only Cat 4's manage to create chaos in. I decided that one or two of the peloton would probably think like me, so getting towards the front and sitting in seemed the right strategy - having to deal with riders coming up your left & right at the same time didn't seem too attractive, let alone trying to avoid chasing back on each time.

I managed to work my way fairly comfortably into a front position, rotating with a handful of guys but never drifting back more than about 10th. I did a fairly good share of the work on the front, even chasing a lone breakaway down - a young chap from Evans Cycles that was feeling sprightly. My plan developed around watching not only the guy from Evans, but two more - a Kingston Phoenix rider and one in an 'Ale' kit (pronounced Allez). All four of us hung around the front and seemed to be finding life agreeable - one or two from Crawley Wheelers came up, a guy from Bangor University, but the wind overall was neutralising any thoughts of a serious breakaway attempt.

The one hour came, the inevitable upping of the pace and riders you hadn't noticed drifting up and a larger-than-felt-comfortable group amassed at the head of the peloton. My strategy was to maintain position, staying fairly aggressively toward the front and get on the wheel of the Evans & Ale guys and not allow anyone into a gap. With two laps to go I was still in a good position but a Crawley Wheeler guy came up onto my outside shoulder into a tight left hander and I eased slightly - suicide, this then saw me drift back way out of position. God was I pissed off at this, managing to drag myself back into the top 5-10 with one lap left - but it took a heart rate of 180 again to do so.

In the final lap you basically need the right position & wheel, a little left in the tank, but I couldn't find the Evans or Ale man's wheel and was at my limit. I tried to stay in but was slipping - in the sprint I was 20 something and even more pissed off; both these guys were 2nd & 3rd (not sure who won). An average hear rate of 171 says it all, 180 on the last but one lap.

I chatted to the Ale & Kingston Phoenix chap after, all discovering that we had the same thoughts - we should have attempted a breakaway. If it was possible to be even MORE pissed off knowing this, I was.

ANYWAY, I haven't performed or finished in a Cat 4 like that before so I take a lot from it...no points unfortunately (I did fancy myself for one or two) but determination more than anything...onwards to more flat & technical crits or circuits.


Iain Hawthorn

DJP - So Far
22 March
As we are trying to encourage others and promote the club I thought I would submit my race reports so far.

On 8th February I took part in the Kingston Wheelers 14 mile TT on Course GS/292A in Ripley, Surrey. A bitterly cold morning and I probably shouldn't have competed as I was still recovering from a grade 1 groin strain following an off on the ice the previous week and a late night with friends the evening before comprising curry and beer that just wasn't the best prep. However, I took my road bike (Bianchi) and gave it a go. Crikey did I struggle! Two laps of a fairly hilly circuit, I had nothing in the legs and felt extremely fatigued and couldn't wait for it to be over. The result doesn't merit a mention but it wasn't very good and best forgotten. Conditions were not that great and probably a bit too early in the calendar for me to do again.

Following a TT bike fit at Cadence, Crystal Palace I took my new Starley JKST2 TT bike to Richmond Park on 3rd March for a test ride. The wind was blowing a gale and having never ridden a TT bike before I couldn't get to grips with it. Unstable in the wind, I was struggling to reach the gear changers on the tri bars that didn't help, the chain kept slipping off and the rear wheel was misaligned which I didn't realise until after about 10 miles. It was like riding with the brakes on! Dogged off I went home wondering what the hell I'd done and how I could admit to making a huge mistake. However, I took the bike into 'Le Bicycle' and Alex cut the tri bars down, fixed the mechanical issues and returned it to me for another test run. I took it along the Kent Gateway and it flew - I couldn't believe the difference.

On 7th March I took part in the VTTA (Kent Group) 10 mile TT at Harrietsham course Q10/22 - a straight out and back route from Harrietsham to Charing and return. 250ft of climbing and a course that I rode last year in my first TT but on my road bike. A slight problem prior to the off where my inner tube decided to push the front tyre off 5 minutes before my start time. I got lucky, let the tyre down, pushed the inner tube back in and cadged a pump from a passing cyclist. It was windy but the bike was brilliant. I managed to stay in the aero tuck position all the way and eclipsed my last years time by 2 mins 20 seconds and put down a new PB first time out of 25 mins 45 seconds beating my best time from last year by 19 seconds on quite a tough course. On age standard I finished 13th out of 35 so I was really pleased first time out this year on a new TT bike. Winner of the vets was Andrew Meilak from Velorefined.com Aerosmiths in a time of 22.04.

On 14th March I took part in the Farnborough & Camberley CC 10 mile TT - course H10/8 Bentley-by-pass in Hampshire. I wasn't expecting much as I'd been sick with a stomach bug all week but on the day I felt alright and I managed a time of 25 mins 14 seconds which gave me a new PB for the second week running beating my last years time on this course by 1 minute 2 seconds. Might have got below 25 mins but for a strong headwind on the return leg. So it is really looking promising for the later races. Next target is to get below 25 minutes for a 10 and hopefully below 24 before the end of the season.

I'm doing the the Cycling Weekly Surrey Cyclone Sportive next weekend in the Surrey Hills and then the following:-

3rd April - Crawley Wheelers 41 mile TT
11th April - West Kent RC 10 mile TT
25th April - East Sussex 10 mile TT
2nd May - Sussex CA 10 mile TT
10th May - Charlotteville 50 mile TT
23rd May - 25th May London to Bruges (via Calais) and the cobbled climbs of Oudenaarde
7th June - West London CA 25 mile TT
19th - 21st June The Peak District L'Eroica
Then more stuff - yet to be arranged! Oh! - also the Club Eastbourne weekend and London to Paris for the grand finish of the Tour along the Champs Elysee.

Nuff said!

Dave Phillips


SCCU Sporting 25 - Sheep, Sheep Everywhere
22 March
Interesting morning for the testing portlies at Robin Johnsons 'alternative' course for the SCCU 25. Full report to follow, but congrats to Dave Warne for taking his age group prize. I won't say which age group as he might hit me again, but it's safe to say it's younger than Bob Loader who took the 80-85 group.
Andy Green


Lee Valley track accreditation
19 March

A few weeks ago I started on the 4-stage track accreditation programme at Lee Valley Velodrome after trying a taster session (Christmas present from mother-in-law) and was hooked. Riding the (2012 Olympic) indoor track is a great experience (worth doing the first session just for that!) and the coaching is excellent and moves on swiftly so the 1 or 2 hour sessions fly by.

 They hire quality Condor track bikes along with the session so all you need is your usual cycle gear but only Look Keo cleats can be used (otherwise just use the pedals with clips). With the full accreditation you can then cycle at the other UK indoor velodromes in Derby, Manchester, Cardiff and Glasgow, so by taking just the final assessment at each you will be able to enter their track events. (Herne Hill Velodrome is currently working out the possibility of a similar arrangement).

It takes a while to complete all the stages as the session times and days might not be convenient to many, but if you are interested all the details are at

Lee Valley Track Link

But here is what’s involved:

Stage 1 gets you used to a fixed wheel track bike (no brakes) and the basic skills required to safely ride the velodrome track.

For Stage 2 you are coached to:

  • Ride consistently within 1 metre of the wheel in front Effectively control speed to manage space between each other without 'kicking back' or overlapping wheels
  • Display consistent and effective observation and communication at all times
  • Change effectively from the front to the back of a line of riders in a paceline
  • Ride confidently and safely in pairs above the blue line

Stage 3 sees you able to:

Ride consistently within 1/2 metre of the wheel in front ("on the wheel")

  • Change effectively from the front of a line of 16 riders on the black line, completing the entire change within 1 lap
  • Change in pairs effectively from the front of a group of riders above the blue line, completing the entire change within 1 lap
  • Effectively ride closely side by side in a ‘stack’ of five or six riders, changing from the bottom to the top at designated points

Stage 4 is the final accreditation taking 2 hours involving all the above. Once accredited, if you are a British Cycling member, you will receive the endorsement 'UK track accredited' on your membership and can then enter indoor velodrome track leagues or take part in Structured Quality Training sessions.


Michael Fowler

Turbo Time
19 March
The garage is gloomy, draughty and cold. Cobwebs embrace the corners and the wind blows leaves and dirt and twigs beneath the garage door. My bike sits there, clipped to the turbo, taunting me, a damp towel slung over the front wheel , facing the dirty brick wall. Dried pools of sweat spatter the floor and salt patches collect around the handlebars; little dried up tide pools where all of life begins.

I get in from work and hurry to get changed; if I delay too long the moment and the motivation is gone. My head band, wrist band and heart monitor strap are left on the radiator to dry out and warm up after yesterday’s exertions. I grab them and leave the warm house.

My saddle is warm and moulds to my shape; my shoes clip easily into the pedals. I switch on the music and Bruce Springsteen fills the chill room - Dream, baby, dream. I switch on the ipad and find a video on You Tube - a Tour stage or Paris Roubaix - the picture drifts in and out as the wifi struggles to connect. I start to pedal.

I increase the cadence and move through the gears, staring down at the iphone screen. Heart rate starts to climb, breathing becomes shorter. I change gear as sweat starts to flow. 10 minutes, 15, 20, cadence at 110, speed moves over 30mph, the music getting fainter under the noise of the turbo. The brake hoods and handlebar are slippery with sweat, my glasses slide down my nose, salty droplets sting my eyes.

It’s done. I ease off, slow down, stop. Unclip from the pedals, leave the garage and head into the welcoming warmth of the house. I upload the work-out to Strava and wait for the kudos and disbelieving comments.
Julian Hutchings


SCCU Hardriders Bletchingly - In it to win it
15 March
If there was a TT course you wanted to skip on a cold, wet, breezy morning, this is probably it. 21 miles of sharp climbs and sketchy descents on roads that have more than their share of gravel, holes and mud. But the Ports are made of stern stuff and the 4 who had entered all presented themselves, Dave W, Steve A, Say, and me. Plus our fellow traveller, Dave Churchill. Last year this event launched the SEWTT's series of women's TT events. This year the series is waiting till the warmer months to get going, but it was good to see a hardy contingent of women riders has entered all the same.

Say got the pleasure of going off number 13, and had no truck with superstition, no turning numbers upside down nonsense. Just got on with it. Dave was riding on an 0 number on a course that would normally showcase his talents to good effect. Once warmed up, I didn't feel too bad but much of the success on this course is around giving it everything on the climbs but also showing off large ones on the descents, and to be honest discretion was the better part of valour for me. Had high hopes for this after the ESHR last week, but that was another day, when spring was all around us. Today was a throwback to darker months. I came home with a short 1.05. Dave W was top Port with shortish 00, and Steve (with a dodgy chest) did a highly creditable 1.03.

Say on her Road bike plugged away for 1.22 and had the pleasure of catching her minute man (who by his own admission tried to jump on her wheel). Dave C put in a cracking ride given the conditions for a 59. Portlie friend Katie Crowe from Dulwich P continued her strong start to the campaign with a 1.04 and took second place overall for women. But the top guys are the top guys. Steve Dennis won on scratch with a 53, and took the Vets prize. Alice Lethbridge took the women's prize with an 00.

However, a number of the clubs were short of numbers for the team prize, with their members choosing the duvet rather than face the race of truth. So in a shoot out with Kingston Wheelers, OPCC walked off with the team prize. Photos were taken, hands shaken, none of has prepared a speech, but that's probably a good thing.

Its done, its over. On the SCCU sporting next weekend!
Andy Green


Race Report - LVRC Crit, Hog Hill (10th!)
15 March
This was my second race on consecutive Sundays, back at the lower circuit at Hog Hill (which is otherwise known as the Redbridge Cycling Centre) in Ilford, Essex. It was the first in a four series group of one hour + 5 lap crit-style races, looping around a 1.1km flat & fairly wide purpose built road circuit.

The weather forecast on Saturday was shocking with heavy rain forecast, but nothing was going to stop me - I quite like this event as it demands a good constant pace with sprinting out of corners - unlike the Gravesend Cyclopark that has lumps & sweeping descents that never seem to quite build to a rhythm that I find here. Hog Hill suits me a little better, so rain was never going to be a problem.

As I reported last week, before and after an LVRC race appears as a quite relaxed affair - it's just the bit in the middle that is fiercely contested by experienced riders who respect each other, but give no quarter. Sign on was only £10, your licence receives a small round coloured sticker for a reason I've never quite fathomed. There was no rain to speak of, just a damp road that started to dry in the wind after a warm up that showed legs weren't too bad.

I hadn't picked up on an alteration to the circuit over the winter - there was a tight left hander just after the start line that has now been replaced with a drag up to the finish line with a cut-through created with a steeper downhill left hander - it adds probably another 0.3km to the circuit, but nothing too challenging other than confidence as you sweep out and back down onto the circuit as it tightens slightly at the apex.

I think 40 riders or so signed on - including ex-GB rider Antony Wallis who rides off into the distance and everyone lets get on with it. He did it again. I missed it (I had a plan to get on his wheel and hang on for dear life), so the race was only left for second place at best. The peleton maintained a decent pace with a fair amount of caution in the new left hander - once the grip was confidently established you could get power out of the corner earlier and built it on the slight downhill & gain a little recovery as you sweep round a long right hander before a tight left hand turn took you back to the start line into a headwind.

I learned last year on this circuit that the better riders are able to get out of the corners a fraction of a second earlier than I realised - so I applied this methodology and stayed with the bunch for the entire hour. I even had a little dig with a Genco rider but we couldn't establish a gap and sat up, mentioning we'd try that again. He did anyway, I wasn't so sure. This momentary lapse in concentration saw us both drift back through the bunch and then having to fight to stay on - but we did and found ourselves recovered and back in the top 5 or so riders. There was the odd attack, but I supported the shut down in a similar fashion to mine & I decided to try and stay aware & alert for those momentary gaps in the wind that can catch you recovering just at the wrong time.

After the hour we saw six guys drift ahead, followed by two lone guys, I thought about chasing but sat in thinking I should save myself for the last couple of mental laps and that the attack would ultimately fade. The six-followed-by-two managed to keep an approximate 30/40 yard gap and our decent effort to chase never quite got there (closed > expanded > closed > expanded). The last lap saw two riders from the Eagle Road Club get on the front of my group and I sat fourth wheel, thinking I just needed to wait wait wait. First Eagle man peeled off, obviously trying to lead out his fellow team mate. I was third wheel, expecting the group to come firing past. The remaining Eagle man started to fade, drifted right and I found myself second wheel - still no bunch firing past. The moment of death or glory came so I went left and put over a bike length into my combatant.

I crossed the line 10th, not quite sure that I'd just finished ahead of a reasonable bunch and sprinted for it. I was unbelievable happy, feeling I should go and ask everybody if they just saw me come 10th. 10th I tell you. 10th.

Actually a couple of guys did come up and say well done, for the general 'having a dig' and beating them in the group sprint.

Damn that was good, my best ever finish actually and against guys that I struggled to sit with all last year. It counts for nothing, no BC points, but a massive confidence boost and hopefully the strength I've been looking for across the last 18 months might just now be going in.

Onto a BC Cat 4 Race in Sussex next Sunday, a new country estate circuit put on by a new club called Velofait. It's on riderHQ.com if anyone wants to come and have a crack with me, 9:00 a.m start.

Iain Hawthorn


Saturday Club Run
14 March
It was colder than Jeremy Clarkson's cold meat platter and there was an icy wind but that didn't stop 14 Old Ports gathering at Corks this morning. Bash, Lucky, Oz, Clive, Tom, Jo, Michael F, Julian, Vino, new member Ted on his first ride, Russ (not seen for awhile) Alan, Iain and Anthony (who was late). Heading up Jackass we were passed by a rider being paced behind a motorbike - the curse of Strava segments. Through Downe and out again, we followed the (new) usual route through Halstead and down Pol Hill, along the Filston rollers, through Shoreham, up Chelsfield Lane and re-grouped at High Elms cafe. It was busy inside so we sat outside and ate athlete's food and shivered. Soon it was time to go so it was up High Elms Road and back through Downe and home in time to watch Richie Porte fall off and Tony Gallopin gallop to a fine wet win on the Promenade des Anglais in Paris-Nice. The Saturday group is friendly and social and accommodates all levels of abilities - a fine introduction to the club for anyone thinking of joining us. See us next Saturday at 10.30 at the base of Corkscrew Hill in West Wickham.
Julian


Saturday club ride
10 March
The biggest turnout of the year so far saw 15 (count 'em) Old Ports join this the Saturday club ride (7th Mar) - Bash, Julian, Vino, Lucky, Michael F, Michael H, Alan, Clive, Tom, Jo, George, Sonny, Elliott, new man James and the return of Oz. We followed the usual Saturday route through Downe towards the Shampan. An altercation with a driver almost spoiled the mood (but didn't) and a puncture for Tom broke up the group a bit - but we soon got back together. Down Pol Hill and a race along the Filston rollers produced some throughing and offing led by Julian who was soon caught by Bash and the youth section. We all met up at Lullingstone to commandeer a table for the usual bacon butties. Back up Bodens, there was some confusion at the High Elms,North End road turn-off but everyone found their way eventually. Beautiful warm spring weather, the usual fabulous Kent countryside and a friendly group supporting each other showed off the best of the Old Ports. - all welcome. Julian
Julian Hutchings


Race Report - LVRC Circuit Race(SFACC, Cyclopark)
07 March

I entered my first race of the season on Saturday, back at the ubiquitous Cyclopark that holds many awful memories for me last year - wind, rain, crashes, the nemesis first tight right-hander up over the ridge into a force 9 gale etc etc. One hour plus 5 laps of deep joy that involves technical corners, lumpy little rises and what seems like an ever-present wind.

The event was hosted by the very professional San Fairy Ann CC, who also had a E/1/2 Race, Womens 3/4 race, Mens 3rds & 4ths all over the course of the same day. If you are going to put a series of road races in the calendar, holding them all in the same place on the same day makes utter sense. It was a warm day (16 degrees) and you always find with an LVRC race a chatty bunch of guys, nothing (appearing anyway) to be taken too seriously at the start. It doesn't appear to be taken too seriously at the end either - it's just the middle bit that obviously matters as the racing is strong and hotly contested across a very experienced bunch of racers.

My legs the day before were awful - Mrs H even massaged my legs Friday night, first time ever(!) with me applying muscle pain relief gel overnight to try and get them into some sort of condition for the morning. Lots of carb loading & fuilds intake, with fairly large quantities of caffeine in the morning to provide a little fortitude for the afternoon.

Warm up felt OK, the wind coming straight from the south - on the left side on the way down, right side on the way up. This was clearly going to impact the day, beyond creating a split in the peloton it can be hard to close even small gaps if you don't get out of corners well. I was in the AB group (40-49 age group) with the CD group one minute behind and then the EFHG group one minute behind that. The off was 12:00 and three guys shot off at a rate of knots and immediately the peloton left them to it - no-one willing to either chase or simply drive the bunch to limit the gap. To be honest I never saw these three guys again, apart from about 50 minutes later when 2 of them rolled past grinding out a big tempo & gear impervious to the wind.

At about 20 minutes a split formed in the bunch on the upward leg back to the start (the key moment when the wind behind is an opportunity) and I missed it - I was about 6 riders back and drove hard to try and close it (heart rate data shows it peaked at about that time) but the others just sat in and I couldn't gain any support to do anything about it, so after a few more laps of them sitting out there (only about 75/100 yards away), the fatigue was setting in. Amazingly, I only got caught by the CD riders at 46 minutes (these guys usually catch the AB's) and that made be feel pretty good. I couldn't sit in with the CD's too long and worked with a Dulwich Paragon guy & someone in a kit I'd never seen before to get to the finish.

Average Heart Rate was 171, average speed was 21.3 mph and my legs held up. No idea where I came, but I felt good and think I am in a better position than this time in 2014 - the winter miles have paid off and I know I will improve on the one hour races across the first half of 2015, with longer ones to come in the second half.

Onto Hog Hill on Sunday 15th March, for one hour + 5 laps of flat crit.

Iain Hawthorn

OPCC Reliability Trial
08 February
First set of pix now on Facebook  here
Kev


OPCC Reliability Trial
28 January

Our Reliability Trial GPS maps can be downloaded from the links below in either TCX or GPX format (we would suggest TCX)

100K http://ridewithgps.com/routes/852422
60K http://ridewithgps.com/routes/852449


See the following page for more details OPCC RT Web page


Kev Wolff

Club Hill Climb and Downhill Championships
09 November

Hill climb results:

1st Kevin Wolff............................2.21
2nd Iain Hawthorn.........................2.22
3rd John Wynne............................2.37
3rd Peter Gray.............................2.37
5th Andy Green............................2.45
6th Nigel Waterfall........................2.53
7th Dave Churchill.........................3.01
8th Mike Fowler............................3.05

Downhill results:

1st Iain Hawthorn
2nd Peter Gray
3rd Kevin Wolff
4th Dave Churchill
5th Mike Fowler
6th Nigel Waterfall
7th Ian Bashford
8th John Wynne
9th Andy Green
10th Dave Osborn

Combined up/downhill results:
Worked out on points awarded for both events added together.
1st Iain Hawthorn.................17 pts
2nd Kevin Wolff...................16 pts
3rd Peter Gray....................15 pts
4th John Wynne...................9 pts
4th Dave Churchill................9 pts
6th Nigel Waterfall...............8 pts
7th Mike Fowler...................7 pts
8th Andy Green................... 6 pts

There we have it ladies and gentleman, a fine display of cycling athleticism by all on a fine and sunny sunday...........WELL DONE ALL.

Bashers

Autumn Eastbourne, the result
12 October

Well it was a great weekend. Sadly due to various circumstances a couple of the chaps could not make it.
However Friday morning arrived and six Old Ports arrived for the off, Alan, Vino, Deon, big J, Joe and me. Off we set via Crowhurst, Dormandsland, Holtye, Hartfield and the Ashdown. Where we had a bite to eat. We then headed off down to Maresfield, then through a little lumpy section via Waldron to Horam, then Hartfield, across the Pevensey levels to Eastbourne.................job done...........all in the dry!!
Now we had a absentee in the morning, Terry who was suffering from a possible bout of flu and post tattoo trauma managed after a good old sleep and the sun coming out to drive in his cab, in atrocious weather down to meet us...........good man!!

After an evening of complex carbohydrates and many protein rich foods we gathered outside the hotel on Saturday morning. 10.30am came for us to depart and at the same time torrential rain arrived!! Off we went, but by the time we got to the top of Beachy Head it had stopped. Coffee was had. Off we went again with the glorious but tricky descent. We arrived at Jevington quite early.........it isn't very far you see, this will be altered for future weekends. Grub was had and we were joined by Andy and Gary ( with his mankiny rear mudguard ), who had ridden up from home that morning. We left Jevington with basically more rain all over Beachy Head into Eastbourne.
After visiting the pier and poundshop more complex carbohydrates were consumed with grub, however the previous nights late night was replaced with a 21.30hrs bedtime retreat.

Sunday morning was dry, the group gathered for the obligatory photos, Terry took the bags....good man!! The wind however had totally turned around from Friday. Same route was undertaken, other than a couple of misunderstandings and three punctures we all got home ok, just infront of the rain.

I must mention a couple of outstanding efforts, that of Michael Howe who struggled up the hills going out and back but persevered. Joe Chittock was outstanding, I would suggest he has not ridden as many miles or climbs, ever!! Very well done young man, you did well!!

Spookily more complex carbohydrates were consumed and much more protein rich foods, however after Friday nights late bedtime, most people headed back to the hotel at 21.30 hrs.
Sunday morning eight OPs left, Terry ch more complex carbohydrates was consumed after visiting the pound shop of course, then more high protein foods.


Bashers