Welland Valley Cycling Club
You may know that one of the trophies awarded by the club each year is the Vialls Tourist Trophy, which is awarded to the “Highest placed Touring Club member at the Committee’s discretion”.
This is typically awarded to a club member who has achieved a particularly noteworthy cycle tour of some sort.
Tickets are now on sale for the WVCC annual awards evening at Killworth Springs.
The evening will be held on Saturday 26th November 2015 and tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis.
Ticket sales will close on Friday 18th November. Tickets cost £25.00 for adults and £15.00 for children.
The evening will include a three course meal, Martin Johnson will be our guest speaker, there will also be a table quiz, sprint raffle and awards presentation.
We will be holding sprint raffle on the evening and we would appreciate the donation of raffle prizes, these can be handed to any committee member.
The proceeds of the raffle will be donated to the local Air Ambulance.
MIchael Burke loves bike racing.
As most road cyclists are starting to finish their racing season Michael continues to look for more challenges and is fast turning into a man for all season's.
Last Saturday Michael travelled south to Hillingdon to race on a closed circuit he was yet to experience.
The 1 mile circuit features fast flowing corners, a climb which comes after a sequence of slower corners. After 40 laps the climb could start to feel like a mountain.
After stressful journey Michael arrived with less than 10 minutes till the start.
Like a superhero Michael was soon changed into his bright yellow racing suit ready for action.
The exposed circuit caused the bunch to remain intact for a majority of the race.
Into the final 10 miles of the race, eight riders had escaped the shackles of the bunch. Unfortunately the normally attentive Burke had missed the move.
The gutsy Welland rider made a brave bid to go from the bunch to the break alone.
On the long finishing straight in a block headwind his effort to catch the head of the race proved a challenge to far for a rider on his own. He made the intelligent decision to sit up and wait for the bunch.
As the break contested the victory, Andrew Disley (Harry Middleton CC) was the fastest.
Michael timed his effort to perfection in the bunch gallop to lunge for a fine 9th place.
Less than 24 hours later, Michael travelled north up the M1 to Matlock to contest a hill climb.
The clubs hill climb champion faced the stiff challenge of Bank Road.
Bank Road starts in the heart of Matlock, with an average gradient of 11% and maxing out at 20% it takes special type of rider to deliver a measured effort up the 1.1km climb.
Riding a fixed geared bike (single speed) Michael powered his way from the start. As the road reared upwards Michaels facial expressions was more appropriate for gurning competition than an individual hill climb effort.
A determined effort say Michael stop the watch in 02 minutes :12 seconds. Joseph Clark (Envelopemaster Giant Sheffield) was the fastest recording 01:48.8
An exciting evening in the Barnett household.
The volunteer draw was conducted at 6pm under the watchful eye of our official adjudicator 'Sarah' the dog.
The winners are .....
Big Bobble Hat - Tim Harris.
SIS Product pack - Nicola Traynor, Matt Garner, Andrew Weatherby and Neil Doherty.
Thanks to Urbanbikes for donating the prizes.
Prizes to be distributed by Dean Barnett
Cyclo-cross is a fantastic sport for the family, in round 6 of the BWA Insurance Brokers West Midlands League there was racing from under six years to over 75 years old in the magnificent Misterton Hall, near Lutterworth, estate.
In a majestic setting all of the events sampled the delights of the ‘Misterton Madness’ with riders having to concentrate as the raced through woodland, across meadows and along shale paths. The flowing course produced outstanding racing in all of the age groups. The event attracted current and former National Champions and a World Masters Champion. Not only from cross but riders with a track, road and mtb background.
The splash of colour from the 600 competitors club jerseys enhanced the multitude of colours from trees in their autumn shading, at one point there was even a rainbow over the course.
From the early morning starts the racing in the entire children’s age groups was exceptional. The organiser Dean Barnett commented ‘the standard of racing was excellent and shows the excellent work volunteers are doing in their clubs to develop skilful bike riders’.
As the older rider contested their relevant age related races they faced a stiffer test than the children as the larger course tested their agility, speed and strength.
In the Over 50’s race the top three riders were covered by only 12 seconds after 40 minutes racing with Ian Wright taking a fine win ahead of Roy Chamberlain (Team Corley Cycles) and Peter Harris (Pearce Cvcles). World 70 years plus was 1st Over 60 year olds.
Jules Toone was in full control in the ladies race ahead of Melissa Brand (Team Ford Ecoboost) and multi-talented Grace Garner (Podium Ambition) 3rd.
Matthew Kingston dominated the Youth Under 16 race and Taylor Carr rode to victory in the Under 14’s. Lucy Hart was pure class in the under 16 Girls race as she flowed round the course, in the under 14 girls race Amelia Southall looked strong through-out the 35 minute race.
As the senior mens race exploded away from the start by the mid-way point of the first lap it was clear to the spectators they were in for a cracking race as Richard Jones (Renvale RT), Dan Booth (Hope FR) and James Hyde (Renvale RT) forged ahead of a third Renvale RT rider Matt Dennis.
As the leading trio started attacking and counter attacking each other it was Booth who made the first decisive move only to see his advantage disappear as he crashed bunny hopping the only possible dismount on the course, as Dan gathered his composure Jones was back on his wheel. Dan was dealt another blow as he suffered a puncture a distance from the pits. Jones seized his opportunity to forge on to take a fine win, Hyde made it one, two for Renvale as Booth slipped to third. Dennis held onto 4th as Ryan Henry made up from a poor grid position to finish 5th. His lap times would have challenged the leading trio.
Darren Atkins (Ride Coventry) returned to one of his favourite course’s, the former National League Champion headed the Vets 40 riders away from the start. Glued to his back wheel was Matt Barrett (Renvale RT), who earlier in the day had finished 3rd in the Vets National Trophy in Abergavenny. As Darren increased the tempo it wasn’t until lap four of eight that Matt started to suffer and Atkins eased away. Darren took the Veterans victory with Matt an impressive 2nd and former National Champion Steve Knight (MI Racing) 3rd .
There was a fantastic showing from 35 Welland Valley members, some riders enjoying their first ever cross race.
Great racing by all.
Under 6. – 2nd Boy – Andrew Deathridge, 2nd Girl - Mimi Fereday
Under 8 – 7th Girl – Holly Clark
Under 10 – 31st Boy – Jamie Kershaw, 34th George Clark, 3rd Gilr -Elana-Rose Fereday, 9th Brooke Traynor.
Under 12 – 6th Boy – Dominic Swizer, 10th Huw Wilson, 15th Rudy Kilworth, 22nd Dan Henderson, 37th Joel Ayears, 3rd Girl – Fay Garner, 12th Mia Hopkins, 13th Evie Lou Fereday
Under 14 – 11th Boy – Edward Hopkins, 18th Matt Garner, 19th Thomas Danvers, 22nd Kian Traynor, 4th Girl – Eleanor Partridge, 7th Ella-Mae Fereday
Under 16 – 4th Girl Holly Barnett
Vet 70 – 1st Vic Barnett
Vet 50 – 34th Jake Jakobson, 42nd Marc Henderson, 45th Kevin Mills.
Vet 40 Female – 3rd Nicola Traynor, 8th Claire Clark
Vet 45 Female – 5th Sarah Vigrow
Senior – 68th Tim Crone
Junior – 6th Fraser Ayears
Vet 40 – 10th Hans van Nierop, 27th David Wilson, 33rd Chris Lydall
Vet 45 – 26th Adrian Killworth.
At the end of the final race senior winner Richard Smith presented Mrs Heather Craven, the owner of Misterton Hall. Richard also said a few words of thanks on behalf of the competitors. The annual event is one of Welland Valley Cycling Clubs major promotion and a strong group of members and friends ensured the events ran smoothly with no major hiccups.
Dean Barnett would like to thank everyone – marshals, catering, course clearing, judges, parking officials, signing on stewards, cake baker, first aid, BC Officials, chip timing, great group of volunteers for their efforts and special thanks to Mrs Heather Craven for her continued fantastic support.
A massive team effort – well done.