Welland Valley Cycling Club
Weekends off-road action.
Dean Barnett and Marc Henderson contested the 54th 3 Peaks Cyclo-cross, a 38 mile challenge with 5000ft of climbing. Starting from Helwith Bridge 600 riders crested Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-Y-Ghent in showery windy conditions. Dean produced another consistent performance in his 14th outing to finish 133rd in a time of 3hrs 57 minutes, Marc riding his very first 'peaks' finished in 5hrs 10 mins (457th). This was a great achievement for Marc as he only took up cyclo-cross less than a year ago.
RAF Halton hosted round 1 of the Central Cyclo-cross League. Fraser Ayears has joined the junior ranks and wasted no time mixing it with older more experienced riders to finish 6th on a greasy course. Hi brother Joel was 14th in the Under 12's boys race. World Masters champion Vic Barnett rode well from the back of the pack to finish 9th in the over 50's race.
Round 4 of the West Mids league was staged at the Heart of England conference centre. The Solihull CC promotion was staged on an excellent course.
Elana-Rose Fereday found the course to her likening as she finished 2nd girl in the Under 10's. Fay Garner also rode a strong race to finish 4th girl and Evie-Louise Fereday was 11th in under 12 girls race. Huw Wilson sprinted to 17th in the under 12's boys race. Nicola Traynor and Sarah Vigrow both finished 3rd in their respective age groups after 50 minutes of tough racing.
In the under 14's boys race Matt Garner produced an excellent performance to finish 12th. He was backed by Kian Traynor and Thomas Danvers who sprinted it out for 28th & 29th. Eleanor Partridge & Ella-Mae Fereday finished 11th and 14th in the under 14's girls race. Both raced extremely hard in the 30 minute race.
David Wilson was the lone veteran rider from Welland Valley CC, undeterred he finished a superb 18th in the Vet 40 age group.
Marc & Dean
The VTTA ( Nottingham & East Midlands) 25 TT (open to all ages) saw our WV riders out in force.
The course East Stoke-Stragglethorpe -Fardon with its long uphill drags and into a strong headwind made the outward leg very hard. The return leg was fast with many riders running out of gears. Linda Hubbard was the first WV rider off at No. 12 and did a superb time of 1.03.15, Myles Foskett the youngest rider in the field off at No. 15 did an excellent time of 54.19 proving that he is capable of fast results even on hard days, and ready next season to move into the senior ranks competing as more than an equal. This was 4 mins faster than he did on the same course earlier in the season. Next came Simon Ward at No. 18 with a good time of 1.07.05, taking seconds off his previous time. The next rider off at No. 83 was Steve Boat producing a very good time of 1.00.06, which was 6 mins faster than earlier in the season. Jon Durnin was off at the back of the field at No. 118 & did a good ride in 58.21. Unfortunately Matt Plews and Phil Rayner were unable to start, Matt having a chesty cold & Phil nursing injuries from a crash in the track league earlier in the week. Congratulations to all of our riders.
Strong winds made riding conditions difficult in the Frank and Joy Sheppard Memorial Ten Mile time trial on the N3/10C course at Broughton on Saturday.
Julian Twynham & Dave Birch rode the event for time trial bikes, Julian recorded a superb 25:12 to finish 25th overall and finished in a snail-like 29.36.
Vic Barnett had an excellent ride in the event for road bikes, finishing in 28.16, giving him second place on veteran standard.
Simon Barnett, also on a standard road bike completed in 28.44.
Loz Cox and Richard Mortimer, riding in the 'two-up' section, finished in a creditable 24.51.
Crazy, crazy fun weekend coming up.
Lots of racing, riding and coaching for the Welland Valley CC riders and friends.
On Saturday the cycling club will be delivering the following excellent opportunities to get involved in cycling across the age groups.
Saturday 24th September
50miles & 100miles
WHIZZ KIDS SKILLS
Saturday 24th September
Newark and Kettering take centre stage on Saturday as members contest local time-trials over 25 or 10 miles. At the Frank & Joy Sheppard Memorial 10 mile TT volunteers will be assisting with this prestigious event.
The cyclo-cross leagues hot up over the weekend with a majority of regions hosting events. Most Welland riders will be in one of three leagues this winter, the Notts & Derby, West Mids and Central.
On Sunday morning a club run will leave The Square, Market Harborough at 9am. The controlled group ride will stop mid ride for ‘cake’.
Have a wonderful weekend, race hard, be safe and don’t forget to wave.
Please note for your diaries that the Annual General Meeting of Welland Valley Cycling Club will be held at 7.30pm on Monday 7 November 2016, at Harborough Town Football club. I will be sending the formal notification and paperwork out in due course, but thought it worth circulating the date well in advance.
As usual, the AGM will approve the club’s officers for the next year. The Committee is always pleased to hear from people who would like to take a role in how the club is run. In particular this year, we will be looking for a person, or persons, to take over the roles of Press Secretary, Webmaster and Off-Road Secretary. It is possible that the Webmaster and Press Secretary role could be combined. All three roles are currently done by Dean Barnett, who has indicated a wish to step down from them. Dean has – amongst many other things - been outstanding at ensuring that there are clear and exciting communications on the website, the facebook page and in the media about all aspects of the club’s activities.
You can find a full list of the officer roles for the club on the website.
Welland Wonders 2016
Welland Wonders - 50k, 110k & 160k Bike Rides
Saturday 24th September 2016
Three bike rides with start and finish at the Husbands Bosworth Sports Pavilion, on the left, 300 metres west of Husbands Bosworth (towards Lutterworth).
The rides, on quiet country roads, are intended to be leisurely - certainly not races. They are organised under the umbrella of audax uk, a long-distance cycling club which provides insurance, documentation and advice.
All proceeds go to charity.
Start times: 160k - 08.00 110k - 08.30 50k - 09.00 Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the start.
Route map files: on the link below.
To enter online:
(Sorry, 18 and over only. Under 18's can be entered by responsible adult. Bring completed consent form to event).
To enter on the day:
Just show up at least half an hour before the start with your entry fee. (Entry fee £1 extra on the day).
If possible, give me a call at 07787 402 306 to check arrangements and give me some notice.