Welland Valley Cycling Club
Vic Barnett returned from the British Mountain Bike Cross-country Championship title on Sunday at Hopton Woods, Shorpshire.
In the 60 yrs plus category Vic Barnett, a previous World and National Champion, faced a titanic battle to secure a place on the podium as he was one of the oldest competitors in the championship.
Barnett, a renowned battler, set off up the starting hill at a furious pace as he fought to stay at the head of the pack.
The challenging course was treacherous in the woodland sections following torrential race the day before.
Exposed tree roots caught the best riders out forcing them to dab a foot down or crash. In his haste to stay at the front Vic was one victim of the roots as his front wheel slipped and Vic went tumbling to the deck.
Vic was soon back up and chasing as a couple of his fellow competitors also crashed.
Vic seized his opportunity to dig deep and force an opening. Going into the last lap of four Vic was lying in third place with a strong number of riders charging behind. With Gold and Silver in the distance Barnett worked double hard on the ascents and concentrated on the descents to maintain his positioned.
The Welland Valley CC rider entered the finishing area he started to relax and enjoy adding another medal to his vast collection. Roy Hunt made a spectacular debut in the category, winning by almost seven minutes from Ian Petherbridge, with Vic Barnett third, just 90 seconds further back.
Image by Andy Whitehouse https://www.flickr.com/photos/britishcyclingphotos/14688301356/in/set-72157645387738119#
A message to ALL club members.
The Duncan Murray Wines Road Races take place this Sunday, 27th July on the Naseby - Haselbech - Oxendon - Clipston course. The day starts at 9.30am with the cat.3/4 mens race which will feature many local riders including Jonny Unwin, Simon Hopkins and Vic Barnett of Welland Valley CC. The Women's Team Series Elite/1/2/3/4 cat. race starts shortly after and is on the same circuit and at the same time as the men's race. The distance for these races is 50 miles and should be over by midday. In the afternoon the Elite/1/2/3 men's race takes place over 80 miles and on the same course. Starting at 1.00pm and finishing at approximately 4.30pm. In this race Michael Burke of Welland Valley CC will compete. All our riders would welcome support from family, club members and friends as they race around this local circuit.We can support them and the club in many ways but on this occassion it's marshals, drivers, and assistants that are needed.If you could help out in any of the roles stated below, the riders and myself would be most appreciative.These races require:
2 lead drivers per race
15 marshals out on the course during the morning and afternoon sessions
assitance at the HQ/Finish Line Judges
Welland Valley CC host many high profile events in a number of disciplines and this day of road racing is one of them. We are recognised as being a pro-active club, very well organised with very positive feedback from riders who enter our events.
About The Club
Welland Valley Cycling Club has over 150 senior members and Welland Valley Whizz Kids, which caters for young persons aged from 5 to 14 has over 150 members.
Based in Market Harborough, our membership is drawn mainly from South and West Leicestershre and North Northamptonshire.
The club caters for leisure and racing cyclists, both male and female, young and old.
Our road and circuit racers, time triallists, mountain bikers and cyclocross riders compete successfully all over the country.
Many members participate in sportives and audax events.
For the leisure rider there are regular group rides throughout the year.
Welland Valley Cycling Club is a Clubmark accredited club. We have qualified coaches specializing in particular areas of cycling. An important part of our Whizz Kids programme is the development of cycling skills, as well as giving young people an opportunity to sample cycle racing.