Welland Valley Cycling Club
It's not often you get to ride around one of your favourite training routes with two World Champions and a double Giro winner, but on Thursday May 5th that's exactly what Mike Smith and a good, fellow, cycling-mad buddy did.
When Matt Plews alerted him to a chance to ride with Mario Cipollini, Alessandro Ballan and Paulo Salvodelli as a promotional event for the new channel 'Bike' (Sky channel 464, Virgin Media channel 552) he pleaded with his boss for an early, extended lunch break and rushed down to Regents Park in London to join approximately 70 other fans. The italian stars where stereotypically late for the midday start but Mario led the group in on his own branded bike wearing a black skin suit emblazoned with the rainbow bands showing off his Michelangelo's David'esque physique followed by Ballan and Salvoldelli in Bike Channel branded kit.
After a few excited selfies were taken with the stars then the ride commenced for two laps at a manageable pace with guys riding up alongside Mario for chats and pictures. Mike rode alongside and chatted to the ex pros and also met Felix Lowe of Eurosport Blazing Saddles fame in his trademark retro Cinzano kit. Then as the third lap started Mario shouted "OK, on this lap we really go for it and then we SPRINT at the end of the lap!", the pace picked up very rapidly and the huge group quickly thinned out to approximately 15 riders (think NCRA race final kilometres...but faster). Mario looked very comfortable at this pace while Mike's Garmin beeped frantically showing he'd achieved a new maximum power output. Mike is unable to tell us if the promised sprint did actually occur at the end as he was seeing stars, but it proved the level of the pro riders (even in retirement).
Cycle 4 Cynthia 2016 - Sunday 25th September at Holdenby House
hope you don't mind my getting in touch again but I just wanted to confirm that this year's Cycle 4 Cynthia is at a new venue - Holdenby House (just north of Northampton) - and indeed we are thrilled to have another beautiful backdrop to our annual fundraising ride which is taking place on Sunday 25th September.
We announced that change of venue at February's launch event, along with the fantastic news that last year's ride raised a record-breaking £76k for Cynthia Spencer Hospice - an incredible total and one which is going to be hard to beat this year...but with your help we can!
I wonder therefore if you would be kind enough to spread the word among your fellow cycling enthusiasts, friends, family, colleagues etc and to that end I have attached a copy of the poster for you to display (as appropriate) in as many places as you think it will attract potential entrants' attention, a copy of the team entry form and the sponsorship form - and indeed, please do send this email on to those whom you think might be interested in joining us.
Also just to let you know that the website has been updated -www.cycle4cynthia.co.uk so please do take a look at that, and we're also on Facebook so please do visit our page and 'like' us!
So thanks as ever for taking the time to read this and I look forward to hearing from you!
Finally a half-decent night for a Club 10.
25 riders rode the '10' round the Rockingham Raceway with Junior riders leading the way.
Myles Foskett was the fastest recording 22mins 23secs ahead of Josh van Nierop 22:47. It was another tight battle for the fastest female honours as Linda Hubbard, 25:44, held off another Junior Amy Garner by 5 seconds.
Fastest juvenile was Fraser Ayears, 27:11 and fastest juvenile female was Sophie Ward 33:12.
Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain encountered on the Tour de France
It is also the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani - whose drug-fuelled race there in 2000 was the greatest cycling had ever seen. Ventoux charts the parallel lives of these champions who overcome great adversity in tandem, and the mountain that cast them in opposing directions.
This production restages the race using breathtaking video accompaniment and a pair of road bikes, asking the question - how far will we go to succeed?
**** The Public Reviews, Broadway Baby, The Scotsman, Fringe Guru
'The performance is a true tour de force'
'Touching and elegantly controlled'
'A devastating study'
You must see this show'
This production is at Curve on 12th & 13th May 2016 at 9.30pm. Tickets are only £8.