Welland Valley Cycling Club
On Sunday 27th August Welland Valley Cycling Club will be promoting trio of bunch races sponsored by Duncan Murray Wines - www.duncanmurraywines.co.uk
The action starts at 9:30am when 3rd and 4th Category riders head off from Naseby Village Hall to complete 50miles.
Shortly after this start Welland Valley are honoured to be promoting a round of the National Womens Team Series, also over 50 miles.
The Womens Team Series has been growing each year as the participation of women competing increases. Previous rounds this year have been won by Dame Sarah Storey and Katie Archibald. With the Commonwealth Games having an impact on some teams it might give a new name the opportunity to shine.
The following teams will be looking to score high points - Epic Cycles - Scott WRT, Fusion RT Gear Club/Bike Science/Kuota/Nuun, Matrix Vulpine, Pearl Izumi Sports Tour International, RST Racing Team.
From 13:00pm a quality list of competitors will set off to complete 80 miles.
All three events will tackle the roads that encompass the Battle of Naseby, a decisive battle of the first English Civil War.
There are a number of good vantage points around the circuit.
From the start in Naseby the riders head across to A508, left along the A road descending at speed through Kelmarsh onto Great Oxendon.
The route turns left up a short sharp climb which will see the competitors grappling to stay in the wheels as they crest the climb.
The Oxendon climb is a great spot to view the action.
The roads narrows as it winds across to East Farndon, the single track road could see some ‘gutter action’ depending on the wind direction.
Left onto Clipston Road, along a roller coaster road past Rupperts View Point into Clipston.
The race tends to pass through the village at speed.
Next on the horizon is the climb up to Fairfax View Point.
The route drops and climbs before it starts its ascent up to Fairfax View.
As the riders crest the climb they pass though the finish line back to Naseby.
Fairfax Viewpoint offers any spectators a great opportunity to witness the action especially as the battle gathers pace in later stages of each event.
Welland Valley CC riders contesting the 3rd / 4th event are Jonny Unwin, Simon Hopkins and Vic Barnett.
Michael Burke is the lone club member contesting the Elite, 1st , 2nd and 3rd event.
Refereshments will be available from Naseby Village Hall.
Many thanks to Duncan & Megan Murray – Duncan Murray Wines – for their enthusiasm and support.
Vic Barnett returned from the British Mountain Bike Cross-country Championship title race 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#
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.