It would have been all too easy for ERCC to cancel this event when first hearing that road works would stop us racing on the Halland stretch of the A22, but a new course was planned. The new course was some what 'harder' than the original course, coupled with a 15mph head wind made the 8% climb at Anchor Hill hell! Ignoring the wind the weather stayed dry if overcast.
Anyway out of a field of 100 riders six Old Ports entered:
Hugh Pelling - DNS
Jon Gough - DNS
Ian Bashford - 1:04:06 - avg. 23.4mph placed 29th
Dave Warne - 1:05:02 - avg. 23mph placed 31st
Steve Avery - 1:05:41 - avg. 22.9mph placed 35th
Paul Cloudsdale - 1:08:44 - avg. 21.9mph placed 47th
Well done to all the Old Ports that entered and especially to Bash who so likes those hills - Bash also rode the ERCC 10 on Saturday in a very respectable 24:15.
The winning time was 55:51 by Steve Kane at an avg. of 27mph, a very respectable time on a testy lumpy course in less than ideal conditions.
While others were honing fitness for the Duo by headbanging on the newly created G25/89E, messrs. Hawthorne and Wolff were attempting to put racing miles into the legs on what was a riot of a course that consisted of six laps of an eight mile circuit around the wilds of Essex (the locale of Chelmsford to be a little bit more precise, check out Strava for the course http://www.strava.com/activities/181421990 ).
Upon arrival at Tipps Cross memorial hall the air was filled with jovial banter and the heady aroma of embrocation. These LVRC affairs are much more relaxed then BC events where the modus operandi is to pysche out your opponents while looking focused and ready for business. Our only comment on our fellow riders was their girth (thighs and stomach) and in paticular one chubby fellow in an orange skin suit who looked liked he had to have it painted on.
A brisk day with a strengthing westerly wind that could make a difference in a bunch sprint as the last mile was directly into the wind.
So off we go with a rolling start of six laps. The normal road race behaviour kicked in as soon as the pace car pulled away with the first twenty minutes a manic pace including serious of surges and attacks which saw a two distinct breaks in the peloton. My own complete lack of experience coming to fore as I jumped on the first lap only to be reeled in pretty quickly by the main bunch. After the first lap the pace receeded somewhat with a few surges to make things interesting.
Approaching the end of the second lap a strung out peloton entered a wooded area where myself and Iain were happily wheel sucking towards the end of the bunch and I was sitting just behind and to the left of Iain when I noticed a shadow on the other side of the road in my peripheral vision. I remember thinking it must have been a car but I don't recall hearing or seeing it approaching. That thought was instanty followed by a clatter of metal on tarmac, a sound road racers know can only be a crash in a fast moving peloton. Looking over my shoulder, all the riders behind me had gone down and I could only assume that it was a touch of wheels and the inevitable concertina effect of other riders piling in at 25mph.
A couple of hunderd yards later a ripple went through the peloton that a large Deer had shot across the road into the rider behind me. Iain spotted it before it turned direction out of his path to vector behind him and I can only assume it missed me by a foot at most.
Subsequent laps saw the ambulance on the scene attending to the rider from Luton CC who took the full force of a fast-moving Venison burger. I'm not sure what the final toll on him was but he'll be luckly to get away with just a set of broken ribs.
Back to the race were the OPCC contingent made a few attempts to break away, including our OPCC treasurer coming to the front screaming 'death or glory' and accelerating out of the saddle but his break was rudely interuppted by a tractor. On the last lap the break had gone out to four minutes and the peloton sat up to await the bunch sprint for the minor placings. Iain pushed his way to the pointy end two miles from home, a cunning plan or tactical suicide? The final turn from home into the wind and the pace picked up with one KM to go.
Still a little nervous in a bunch sprint I had decided just to cruise those last few hundred meters but as everyone kicked it seemed safer to go forward then have others coming around you.
Final placings of the OPCC contingent but we both finished in the pack. Rather happy with that result myself.
The lesson learnt yesterday, however, is to never underestimate anyone at an LVRC event because the chubby guy in the orange skin suit won!
North Hampshire RC - 25 Mile Time Trial on the Bentley course, near Alton in Hampshire.
On a very windy day that generallly depressed, by quite a margin, the times posted, here are the times for OPCC/OPCC(Bigfoot) which I am recalling from memory as did not note down.
Dave Warne - 59.24
Paul King - 1.01.42
Dave Churchill - 1.01.52
Peter Gray - 1.02.22
These times were none too shabby when viewed against the rest of the times.
Winner (demonstrating the wonders of Yoga and Zen when applied to TTing)
Tejvan Pettinger - 51.29 Sri Chinmoy (who goes brilliantly well whatever the weather which separates the top echelon riders from the rest of us)
Last Thursday I entered the 'Dunton Park Series #8' LVRC event, which had been switched from Dunton Park to the new Olympic Park Road Race circuit by the organisers.
I'd been looking for an opportunity to get there and try this circuit, particularly after Kev reported having a great race (a BC Cycling Legacy Supporters League Event a couple of weeks before). I was not disappointed, even with the rain that had closed in and dropping temperature - 45 riders signed on and all categories (A > G) all released together for 45 minutes + 3 laps.
I actually managed to warm up by riding the wrong way around it, so quickly found myself having to learn-as-I-go in terms of corners the opposite way to how I planned to take the lines, not to say where to push on the rises and postions to hold. No matter, this was going down to (a) first Crit after two weeks in the mountains and (b) learn the circuit for next time.
The wet was a huge factor for me, I've never experienced stinging eyes quite like it and needed to drop back a little simply to get some safe space to rub them and try and get what felt like acid out of them. I did manage it OK, stayed in the bunch and very much enjoyed the terrific sweeping corners (with great traction, even in the wet) at 25mph+. The LVRC riders are generally very safe, better than Cat 4's that can change lines and slow up in the wrong places. We had some of the usual monsters with big legs and power to spare, the pace held high and it was just a question of confidence in close-order racing in the wet into the frequent twists & turns.
I decided to stop my eyes stinging by getting on the front, it worked, and then thought I'd have a go with about 5 minutes remaining - got the usual 100 meters before it just become too much to hold (remember point (a) above - legs just not having 'top end'). I drifted back in, waited for 2 laps remaining and decided to go for one mightly attack from the back - went right up the inside up a sweeping climb to the front in about 300 meters and allow a few to come past, but hold better position for the final sprint. Sort of worked (remember point (a) above) and legs faded - ended up a little towards the back but extremely pleased to have held my own and shown the peleton an OP shirt willing to work on the front and attack.
Can't wait for the next one in the dry!
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For the uninitiated team time trials on our domestic scene are either, two up, three up ( time counts on the second man over the line ) and four up ( time counts on the third man over the line )
Todays course was the H25/8 Bentley course.
The Old Ports had one four up team consisting of Andrew Green,Gary Blunt,Hugh Pelling andJohn Mulvaney. which I will call team one (T1).
The two ups were: Ian Bashford/Peter Gray,T2, Dave Churchill ( Bigfoot )/Paul King,T3, Dave Warne/Steve Avery, T4.
T1..........1hr 2min 12sec.........avg 24.12 mph
Winners of four up from Velo Club Godalming & Haslemere in 53min 10sec avg 28.21 mph
Two up results
T2 ..........57min 32 sec.........avg 26.1 mph
T2............1hr 0min 8sec.......avg 24.95 mph
T4............58min 29sec.........avg 25.65 mph
The winning duo being from A3CRG with a 50min 28sec.........avg 29.72 mph
Back at the start of the season I had some fine ambitions of doing a 4.30 in the SCCU 100. Reality had dawned in the recent ESCA 50 when I came in with the 2.15, maybe 4.30 wasn't going to happen, but I nursed dreams of something around the 4.40 mark. Then I saw the course. Hmmm.
This one kicks off as did the SCCU 50 with a run out to Bolney, a trip to Henfield and then onto the A24. I had an early start 6.16 and that meant the traffic hadn't built to much by that stage. It the heads down to Washington, before turning back on a lumpy twisty bit of road through Partridge Green and back onto the A24. We had 41/2 laps like that to do. While I had been on reasonable schedule up to the start of the first lap I was losing a couple of minutes each time I went through. I kept a consistent pace, and was doing a reasonable job of maintaining the heart rate and decent position on the big. I just didn't have the power. I held my own on the A24 but found strong guys spinning past of the return.
Other G100 courses use this for a couple of laps, and I have never found it easy, but with the loss of the course after Southwater this was pretty much the only option. Finished with a 4.50.22 that was some way from where I wanted to be, but as they say its the race of truth. Only one other Port entered today, John Mulvaney and faired much better with a 4.42. That said for those who can it isn't that tough a course. The winner Steve Kane of Brighton Excelsior romped home with a 3.54, which is frankly incredible.
Big thanks to Jacqui Champion who was there to encourage and hand me a bottle, and another big thanks to Sam Ramsey of Lewes Wanderers. Sam had been clever enough to park his car near the finish, and generous enough to offer me a lift back to the HQ, sparing me an extra 4 miles I didn't need. Anyway, glad its done, and kind of accepting that this is a season of rebuilding after two fallow years.
Paul C's pix of the afternoon now showing in the gallery
Due to a particularly bad weather forecast for Sunday, the OPCC BBQ has had to be cancelled.
Lots of OPCC in action over the last few days. Individual accounts can be viewed by scrolling down but this weekends roll call of honour.
Dave Warne showing a superfandango performance up at Newmarket with a blistering time of 54:37 at an average of 27.46 MPH over a 25 course
Bash and Duvet in action on the G25/89 Maresfield parcour recording respectable times on a blustery day on my most favourite of courses.
Iain Hawthorn found himself off the front of a road race for a few laps and was obviously savouring the spot light of the solo breakaway until swept up unceremoniously by the pelaton just a few laps from the line.
But we reserve the biggest kudos for Andy Green and Say Leddington who took on the Raid Pyrenean and WON.
This mid-season performance monitoring event took place on course G25/89 on the A22.
2 riders from our club entered, Ian Bashford and Paul King (Bashers and Duvet in OPCC tongue). The course runs south from Maresfield to turn at the Boship RAB about 13 miles due south. It's a mix of narrow and quite broad single carriageway with a not too bad surface, mostly. The terrain rolls but nothing on it to stall you, if you are going OK enough to roll a gear or nick it down one and spin over the crest of the climbs and drags.
Yesterday was quite blowy and hard to tell exactly where it was in your favour, but leaving you under no illusions when it wasn't!! While certainly not a gale, the wind put Duvet in mind of some annoying bloke picking a fight with you by, jabbing, poking and pushing at you, constantly provoking you to push back, which of course Duvet and Bashers duly took pleasure in doing. Bashers was marginally more the pugilist yesterday, but Duvet still had a good dig!
The conditions were reflected in the winner's time which was a short 54.06 by Phil Allen (long 52s and 53s are the usual top times on this course and Peter Tadros has done a 51.02 I think). Behind him were 2 54s and then a bit of a gap to the rest of the field with middling 55s downwards (Christian Yates and Iain Brogden were mid to long 55s).
With that in mind Bashers time of 1.00.20 (16/59) and Duvet's time of 1.01.40 ( 27/59 ) were none too shabby. Quite respectable in fact and a good indicator of more good times to come from the both of them. Duvet's time was a course PB by 2 minutes. To be within 6 minutes of on form riders like Yates and Brogden in a 25 on a course and on a day like that, is a nice place to be at this point in anyone's season.
Next week, the 3 man OPCC TT circus (Bashers, Duvet and Warney 54) is performing down at Molash, near Canterbury, with another dose of single carriageway time racing and local rubbish course PB bagging (we hope).
This is a 25 mile tt that starts in Newmarket, heads south on the A14/A11 to Four Went Ways 12.8 miles then turn and retrace to Newmarket, good road surface, and loads of 70mph lorries to keep you company, no chance of relaxing on this road! It's scary! To say the least, but not a bad day weather wise, the wind was up but it was with me going south, and
not too tough coming back? I think the road is sheltered in places, but saying that I did feel strong and my legs stayed with me to the finish, I'm not going back to this course again this season, I had a couple of hairy moments with the lorries sounding there hooters and they passed me, hmmmm anyway other than that I enjoyed the moment of a new PB by over 3 minutes, and to finish less than one minute behind Lee Turner of Sigma Sport is good for the morale.
One old port entered.
Dave Warne........................54:37 ave speed ......27:4641 mph
Matt Smith.........................48:34.....................30:8853 mph
Another lovely evening welcomed us last night, both clubs struggled to put a full team out, SERC only had two riders out,
this was due to holidays so not really a fair contest as we had six riders on the start line, that aside we all took part and
a good time was had by all, next weeks return meeting with the SERC has been postponed for a couple of weeks due to
holidays so Les Humphrey will advise on a new date next week.
Thanks to Oz and Dave Mercer for doing the timing and pushing off duties, also the old ports team for making this an event.
Gary blunt..................37:18 ...........1
Paul Cloudsdale...........35:13 ...........2
Steve Avery ...............32:29............4
David Churchill ...........32:18............5 Bigfoot
Keith Lea ..................31:10. Addiscombe CC
Thursday evening saw my second visit to the wonderful Newchapel circuit, on a very warm and breezy evening, looking forward to another fast and challenging 30 mile handicap race. The race was put on by the 34 Nomads, so a couple of friendly faces of two ex OP's, Stuart Hourigan & Phil Watkins offered much encouragement for a good ride.
Strangely the handicapping system decided four Cat 4 riders would be set off ahead of a second Cat 4 bunch, with the usual Cat 3 group ahead of the E/1/2's. I was in the four first Cat 4 riders, not quite sure how we would stay out with a bunch able to move so much quicker. Rather 'negatively', two of my four immediately sat up leaving me with an Oxted CC rider making a little headway through-and-off. One and a half laps in, I dropped him as he wasn't willing to dig in and basically make any effort to stay away.
So, in true OP style and sensing an opportunity of my life, I went for it and soloed as hard as I could - fortunately no slowing into corners was helpful and occasional shouts from the spectators added motivation to the pain. Unfortunately coming out of a corner on lap two, the lead car (driven by Stuart Hourigan) was forced to stop by a tractor turning left out of his farm and onto our side of the road. I was therefore also forced to stop, swear my head off, then get going again - at the point the Oxted guy rolled around the corner and once again decided he wouldn't two-up with me - so I set off on my solo effort, part two. Stuart did drop back a little to allow me some time to regain my time advantage, but he obviously wasn't able to provide me with any serious favours.
I think just before lap 5 I was swept up, so I was able to get some recovery in the peloton and sit in waiting for the final lap.
And what a final lap it was - I made the move of my life out of the first corner seeking a particular riders wheel (this guy finished 4th last time and mentioned his tactics to me in the car park). My strategy was to simply get on his wheel out of that corner and hang onto it, he was planning to 'go for it' just by a small bridge and cane it to the line. Just hang onto it, that's all I had to do.
I didn't. The best move of my life rapidly turned into the worst move of my life as the inside line slowed and I basically drifted onto the front of the peloton. Bugger, never EVER the place you want to be as everyone will sit in to store up energy for the sprint at the exact point I'm expending it. I tried switching off the racing line, back onto the racing line, back off it again...to try and force someone into coming past me. Did they hell - I was left to suffer.
So I tried to slow enough to get some recovery myself and then adopt my new friends strategy - go for it at the bridge. I went, promptly had my legs full up with lactic acid and the entire group swept past me and I finished at the back of the bunch. Heart Rate average was 179, peaking at 189 in the final dig, and average speed of 25.3 mph against the peloton average of 26 mph.
For 20 minutes I dreamt I would solo for a win and Cat 3. For 10 seconds I thought my time had come.
It will sometime soon...hopefully on the 10th July, when it's back to Newchapel if anyone would like to come...a great circuit!
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Thanks to Paul 'Snapper' Cloudsdale for the camera work
G10/97, not my
favourite 10 course, it's on the A283 Steyning bypass. Steyning to the Shoreham
underpass roundabout, basically 5.35 miles in a south easterly direction and
4.65 miles back. An undulating course I think would be an apt description and
today a reasonably strong south easterly was blowing and to add to things to
think about a lot of standing water! It made for a challenging first 5 miles,
but with the hope of a tail wind coming back, you just dug in! However this did
not seem to materialise, well I didn't notice it anyway
Ian Bashford.................23min 56sec............Avg 25.07mph (
Pipped by a young 55 year old in my age category as well, so dipped out on my
bottle of plonk!!)
The winner was Pete Tadros, In Gear Quickvit in
21min 38sec, avg 27.74mph
Other rider of interest is Dave Churchill,
riding for Bigfoot Bikes ( 2nd claim OPCC ) with a time of 23min 59sec, avg
Well, my second TT and I knew a little of what to expect. Most of you will be
familiar with the course, no doubt, along the A31 Bentley-by-pass near Lower
Foyle in Hampshire. 195ft of climbing, so fairly level and straight up and down
the road. I still had tired legs from the previous weekend's 103 miler Castle
Ride and a bit stressed from the traffic jambs and tailbacks on the M25 on the
way but all I wanted was to better my time last time out and get below the
standard veteran 59 time - both achieved with a +0.36 for me with a time of
26.56. 1.09 better than my previous in West Kent. Not fast by most of the Old
Ports standards but an improvement for me. I'll have another go on Saturday at
the Bec CC 10 and see if I can make some more improvements.
Warne there who was a little unlucky with the weather on his run - it hailed on
him at the roundabout but he achieved a time of 22.56 - 4 whole minutes in front
of me. Very well done Dave
Winner was Russell Hampton -
Team Athlonsport / Cloudnine Telecom with a time of 19.22
Southern Counties Cycling Union 10 miles TT on G10/57 17/5/14
Rusper Road Horsham, then goes A264/A2220 to turn at Broadfield roundabout near
Crawley 4.87miles, then back to finish between Rusper Rd roundabout and Great
Four Old Ports entered, Dave Warne, Ian Bashford, Andrew
Green and Paul King.
Sadly as the event started at 0630, so did Mr
workman, who began coning off all of the inside lane for 800metres of the A264
between Moorhead and Faygate roundabouts, in both directions!!!!
event was abandoned at rider number 42, however two of our four were off at
earlier times, numbers 5 and 16
Warne.....................23min 24sec...........avg 25.64mph
Bashford....................22min 39sec...........avg 26.49mph
as event abandoned!!
High Wycombe CC 25miles TT H25/2
This course is magic, it starts at the top of a hill on the A404,
you descend for a mile, then its undulating to the A4, turn west onto the A4,
single carriageway, more ups and downs to turn at Sonning junction roundabout
then back to finish at the bottom of the first descent. A quick course!!
beautiful sunny morning greeted three Old Ports, although a little chilly I
might add to the really early starters
Anyway results in order of
Ian Bashford...................56min 46sec................avg
Peter Gray.....................58min 52sec................avg
25.48mph. ( first time ever under the hour for a 25, bloody marvellous )
King.......................59min 02sec................avg 25.41mph ( first time
for 20 years to be under the hour, excellent )
To put our results into
perspective the winner Adam Topham, High Wycombe CC did a 48min 47sec, avg
30.75mph and a new course record.
It is such a shame that this course is to
be lost this year
Another race packed Sunday for the OPCC gang. Our Gladiators lined in several different disciplines and locations carrying the flag for the club. Here's the roll call of honour.
Addiscombe CC 25 Mile TT - G25/53
Read Andy's race report here Race Report
Iain Hawthorn wearing the red,black and white in Medway Velo Crits - Kent Cyclopark, unfortunatley unplaced due to a crash in a group in front.
David Phillips took on the challenge of the Wiggles upz and downz sportive covering over 100 miles and climbing nearly 6,000ft in the process
Jonathan Gough was on duty in Wales for the three counties road race.
Jonathan Grant was visiting Chaucer country putting in 65 miles around the Kentish countryside on the KM Cycle Challenge Sportive
Part of the De Ver training camp includes a short TT which goes up a Cat 4 climb, the stats for the hill does not justify just how hard you have to work. FJ went out in the morning to examine the course and reported back strong head\side winds all the way up, the wind strength being reported at 30MPH. FJ decided not to ride the course and took his family on site seeing excursion.
So it was left to Rosie, Pete, Sally and myself to represent the OPCC, this being Sally maiden TT she was suffering from the jitters at the start, Rosie being a more experience cyclist was ready for the off. Pete and myself talked about the best option (pushing a gear or high cadence), and that the road surface reminded us of the Flanders cobbles, we both agreed it was going to be painful.
Provisional Result 4th place Rosie, 5th place Sally (12 women entered) Steve 5th Pete 6th (20 Men entered) times to follow
Now off to the beach to rest and prepare for the next two days
OPCC team reporting back from Lanzorate
This course has everything! Bash and myself did this last year and promised
never to return! The start and HQ are in a tiny village named Kirdford, the 1st
five miles are up and down with shocking road surface, then there is a short
decent leading to what looks like a flat road which then turns into a 1.2 mile
accent of fox hill which has a killing 10 percent gradient in the last 200
metres! It's funny how you always seem to get a crowd of sick people waiting to
see you die at the top of the climb, the run in to the finish is more pleasing
with a 48 mph descent and smooth Tarmac all the way to the line.
Dave Warne 25:48
Ian Bashford. 26:39
With British Summer time now locked in, its
goodbye to post 9am start times for us Testers, and a return to leaving home
while loved ones are still tucked up in bed. I recall a TT in Horsham a few
years back when during my warm up I found myself racing an owl. In truth I
didn't mind the early get away today, it meant I would be safely on my way
before my fellow City dwellers started storming towards the coast for bank
holiday fun and games.
Anyway, this course, the GS/196 was a new one on
me. When I mentioned it to James Stone of Brighton Excelsior (something of a
Guru on all things cycling as far as I am concerned) I got a laugh and a wry
smile. The main benefit of doing a 41 mile time trial is that it makes 25 mile
TT's feel shorter, and 'sporting' designation for this one told me I was not in
for a moral boosting fast time. Despite the sun, it was a chilly start, with
envious glances being cast towards those with the foresight to pack full finger
gloves and knee warmers.
Starting from Handcross it opens with a long
section with a fast downhill bias, building lots of baseless confidence. It
levels out, but while there a few sections where on can push a big gear and get
a nice rhythm this are the exception. Lots of short rises to stop you getting to
comfortable. But the real sting is in the tail, and the tail is about 8 miles
long and very stingy. As Dave Churchill of Bigfoot said, 'I was on hour pace
after 40km.' Erm yes. Because all that lovely fast descent at the start has to
be paid for with a long drag uphill into a headwind at the end. That chequered
flag just never seemed to what to appear and time ticked by.
I came in
with at 1.57.48, which I was pretty happy with as had been able to go the
distance without dropping off in the final 10 . Dave C wasn't thrilled with his
1.50.09, noting dryly that if he had done a personal best he'd have an excuse to
never come back. But as he as entered a lumpy little TT around Devil's Dyke on
Monday, I suspect he is made of sterner stuff.
The winner was the ever
marvellous Steve Dennis with a 1.37.12, an excellent performance on genuinely
testing sporting course. Have to say a big that you to Stuart Nisbett and his
team from Crawley Wheelers for putting on a fine event. It is a tricky course
and the marshalling was universally excellent.
Time trials on a decent day can be very rewarding, today was a very pleasant day, sunshine, fairly warm, and what seemed to be very little in the way of wind, hmmm I know what your thinking, he is
about to open the excuses log book and say there was a strange headwind all the way around the course , as you know
there are roundabouts on this course that need to be tackled approx 18 times! And yes it was a nagging crosswind that
Had the the fast fellas saying what a difficult morning it was, honestly! Anyway , it was my 1st flat 25 tt of the season
and getting back into the swing of pushing a big gear for 25 miles made my arse ache for the rest of the day!
Two old ports entered.
Ian Bashford........ 59:20
Dave Warne........ 59:29
Pete Tadros......... 51:54. Winner
In my way of dividing up the racing season, the Redmon 25 is the start of Time Trialing proper. January and Feb kicks things off with the Reliabilty Trials (that didn't really happen this year tbh), March is all about the sporting courses, Hardriders and the like.
Today was also the 3rd round of SEWTTS, with another strong field of women riders. They enjoyed the dubious pleasure of going off first. Rebecca Slack, the mastermind behind SEWTTS earned the Michael Fish award for optimistic and inaccurate weather forecasts, with an early tweet suggesting that the women riders would miss the rain. Hmmm, as I arrived the first salvo of women riders were on their way. Their grim faces, and the work my windscreen wipers were having to do, suggested that whatever she turns her hand to a glittering career in the met office doesn't await.
The course was a new one on me, and a change from previous years, the G25/46. On a first acquaintance I can't say I liked it much. But the combo of wet, nagging cross winds, and headwinds probably did not let me see it at its best. I was the only Old Port in this one. The other Testers either in deepest Kent or applying salvon to their cobbled parts in Flanders. It was a day to get through, and I managed a less than sparkling 1.08.09
For the Men, it was Conal Yates who I think came out on top, with a 54.44. At the start he was my minute man, at the end, my 15 minute man. With the outstanding rider of SEWTTS round 1, Natalie Cresswick a DNS, there was a well fought battle for the women's prize. However looked like Jasmijn Muller had good minute on the rest to finish with a 1.01.06 . Great rides by both the winners on a tough morning.
A smaller field of Old Ports pinned numbers to their backs this weekend in the pursuit of honour and glory for the club in time trials and Sportives.
SCCU 10 Sporting Time Trial - G10/46
Dave Churchill...................00:25:24 (Riding for Bigfoot CC)
SCCU 25 Sporting Time Trial - G25/44
Here's the write up
Both races where won by Elliot Porter of Rapha Condor (00:21:28 & 00:53: 50) who seems to be one to watch for the future.
Cycling Weekly Spring Cyclone Sportive
Epic Distance (88 Miles)
David Phillips ...............05:37:44 (Silver)
Dave Tyler....................05:42:26 (Silver)
Standard Distance (61 Miles)
Another packed weekend of racing for the Old Ports who were active in BC road races and the SCCU Don Glover Memorial Sporting Time Trial
SCCU Don Glover Memorial Sporting TT
Dave Warne ..........................00:59:32
Dave Churchill.......................00:59:12 (Riding for Bigfoot CC)
Race Report Here
Preston Park Circuit Race #2
Race Report Here
SERRL 3rd/4th Cat Road Race 23/3 - Brenchley Circuit
Race Report Here
Plenty of racing action this weekend for Old Ports. This is the round up and links to any write ups in the forum.
Farnborough & Camberley CC Time Trial
10 miles H10/8
Read Dave's write up here
East Sussex Hard Riders Sporting Time Trial
15 miles GS/895
Read John's write up here
PMR Toachim House Time Trial
25 Miles Q25/50
Preston Park Criterium - BC Cat 4
Read Iain's write up here
... there is room for considerable improvement.
Having hopefully put winter behind us, today was the first chance to open our Time Trialling account for 2014. Most of us had rocked up to the Redhill a couple of weeks back only for that to be cancelled due to ice.
In a month or so the fast courses on A roads will start opening up but this is the part of the season when the Sporting Time Trial holds sway. The course for today earned its 'Hardriders' sobriquet. A 22.6 mile loop starting near Handcross' it sets out its stall early with a half mile climb straight from the start. Nice.
For today's event the field was full of members of time trialling's royal family, the Yates' including the legend that is Sean Yates.
There were four members of the Old Ports lined up for this baby. Sadly Peter Gray had to pull out with a knee injury, apparently caused by over zealous intervals on the turbo trainer. So it was left to Ian Bashford, Dave Warne and myself. A cold damp morning, Bashers cold damp expression when I pulled up told me all I needed to know about his frame of mind. But signed on there would be no turning back.
It all started ok, I had set my sights low for this loosener. As Bash and I agreed this was a course for Warnie, quick on the climbs and fearless on the descents. The rain held off but there was a fair breeze taking the edge off the downhill bias of the first half.
I last rode this event in 2009, and had largely forgotten it, so I the pleasure of rediscovery. It was after 8 miles I noticed that I was feeling a bit lob sided. At first I dismissed it as some product of the cross wind. But when I look down the gear changer was at a very odd angle. My right tri bar had come loose. I thought about stopping to fix it. At that point I decided to crack on and ride on the tops, but I couldn't leave it alone because I needed to change gear. The bar was getting looser and looser, rattling away until at about 17 miles there was nothing for it but to stop and set about it will my allen key. It only cost me a couple of minutes but I kind of lost heart and limped home in what was a personal worst time of 1.15.32, narrowly avoiding the wooden spoon.
While I doubt Bash and Dave exactly enjoyed it they had a more profitable morning. Bash using his power to weight ratio to good effect on the downhill sections to romp home with a respectable 1.7.23. However the king of the castle was Dave with an excellent 1.4.22. Needless to say the Ports were not about to trouble the team prize.
The overall winner, was one of the Yates. Conall Yates to the win with an incredible 52.22. But nearly has impressive, Jesse Yates riding as a Junior completed the event inside an hour.
So, it was a start, not the one I hoped for but a start all the same. Next week I will get another, slighty larger helping at the East Surrey Hardriders.
Well, what a very civilised time to start a race. Three pm to be precise on the first day of spring with mild temperatures and just a little headwind down the back straight.
Seventy starters wasn't so civilised. A field this large can be read as a lot of adrenaline and nerves on the tarmac. Staying near the front would be critical to avoid the inevitable crash and carnage that was expected.
The first couple of laps were very nervy but Plan 'A' kept me out of harm's way. A London Dynamo rider made a break from the off and set himself up with a thirty second break.
A lack of concentration on the bottom 180 degree bend caused me to clip a pedal on the tarmac (if you've ever wondered what it feels like doing this it's like being woken up by having a bucket of icy water thrown over you). However, managed to survive that little incident to battle on. Kept moving forward and managed to get in a break with four other riders which saw us gain about 20 seconds on the following pack of twenty riders but no all of my follow escapees seemed committed to the break and the escape was limited to four laps at most.
There was the inevitable build up to the bell before the fizz went out of it as the bunch kept their powder dry for the bunch sprint and I found myself at the front of the peloton on the final lap, right where I didn't want to be.
I came around the final bend in about fifth place and survived the furore of a bit of wheel touching before lighting the touch paper but simply going to soon. Lost three places in the sprint to come in ninth overall. The London Dynamo chap stuck the break, chapeau.
A damp morning greeted myself, Iain H, John Gough and Alex LeBicycle on the Kent Cyclopark for the final installement of the SERRL winter crit series. A blustery sou-westerly rapidly dried out the tarmac but would bring other problems during the course of events. Close to eighty riders kicked off proceedings in the usual handicap format but with equal amounts in each cat. (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th) no one was expecting the 4ths to stay away for long.
And then we were off. The crosswind was not much off of gale force occasionally pushing riders off of line by a couple of feet at at time. Th circuit runs north west to south east and a wind out of the south-west pretty much causes issues for 80% of the circuit. So it was inevitable that the groups where split to shreds within a few laps. I managed to stay away in a small bunch until lapped by two 1st cat riders. Then I was reduced to a group of three and then two before succumbing to a bunch of 2nd cats and then with two laps to go a large bunch of 3rd cats swallowed the two of us up.
Kevin Wolff.................+ 1:15 (31st)
Alex Le Bicycle.............+ 1:41 (33rd)
Iain Hawthorn..............+ 3:43 (61st)
John Gough.................+ 4:47 (65th)
Winner was Alex Paton of Pedal Heaven RT (2nd Cat)