Welland Valley Cycling Club
Vic Barnett made the short trip across the channel to defend his World Masters Cyclo-Cross title in the sand at Mol, Belgium.
The current World MTB champion arrived back at the scene of his very first World title a decade ago.
Since 2006 Vic has secured 8 World titles (cross & mtb) and as soon as he won the MTB title in August Barnett started to work on ‘Operation Sandcastle’.
Very aware he would need to raise the bar higher in his training and local league events to fight off a stiff challenge from the continent, Vic arrived in Mol in good form after maintaining a 100% victory record in 2016 for his age group, 70 to 74 years.
Vic’s preparation saw him travel early to Mol, this enabled him to dial in the twists and turns, ups and downs, and the man made beach which would see the riders shoulder their bikes and ‘leg it’.
Before the start of the championship his bikes were checked by the World governing body for hidden motors and the tyre width didn’t fall foul of the rules.
In a combined start for riders aged 65 years plus the Welland Valley stalwart only had eyes for those competitors aged 70 to 74 years old.
As the competitors headed into the pine forest Vic was in second place fully aware the race was going to brutal on rider and machinery. Onto the long beach section Vic made his move and took control of his age group. In the deep sand and shouldering his bike he started to ease away from the chasers. At the end of lap one he had a ten second gap, Vic commented he felt in control and was not panicking as concentrated on powering round the course.
As the bell sounded signalling the last lap Barnett came under pressure as a French rider started to make a charge and close the gap.
Vic still had another gear and with great support from the British spectators and his wife Ann he galloped across the beach, used his bike handling skills to tame the steep climbs and descents to enter the finishing straight clear of his nearest challenger.
As the chequered flag came into sight Vic started to savour the feeling of securing his 9th World title, a well-executed performance, a successful ‘operation sandcastle’ and once again completing a unique double of holding two cycling discipline titles.
Chapeau Vic #proud
2016 Masters Cyclocross World Championships Results: Men 70-74 Mol, Belgium
Rank Bib Nat Age Name Team Time
1 31 GBR 72 BARNETT Victor WELLAND VALLEY CC 0:31:51
2 23 FRA 70 SANSONNET Jean-Claude CYCLO RACING CLUB LIMOUSIN 0:32:17
3 22 FRA 70 GOUESBIER Henri ATHLÉTIC CLUB CHAPELAIN 0:33:05
Forget the BAFTAs and the Oscars - the gongs that really matter were handed out at Welland Valley’s annual dinner and awards nighton Saturday.
More than 70 club members and partners assembled at Kilworth Springs Golf Club for some fine food; more than a few beers; the UK’s fastest raffle; and to witness some amazing sights on the dancefloor (with the whole thing brilliantly masterminded by Claire Moore and helpers).
World Cup winner Martin Johnson was guest of honour – presenting the trophies and talking about his passion for road biking with Master of Ceremonies, Dean Barnett.
Non-cyclist Angela Holland received one of the loudest cheers of the evening when she received the Rosemary Barnett Award for Club Supporter of the Year (awarded to a non-rider or non-competitor for outstanding work for WVCC).
Every Tuesday night from April to August, Angela is on hand at assorted village halls to hand out much-needed refreshments to weary TT riders (and, no doubt, to hear their ‘headwind / pothole / heavy legs’ tales of woe).
Other awards were presented as follows:
Club Championship: Overall - 1 Myles Foskett, 2 Matt Plews, 3 Jon Durnin
Veteran - 1 Linda Hubbard, 2 Nev Brooks, 3 Chris Dainty
Juvenile - 1 Isaac Hudson
Junior - 1 Myles Foskett, 2 Max Sillifant
Lady – 1 Linda Hubbard, 2 Claire Waterfield, 3 Jennifer Clegg
Armstrong Cup (fastest 25mTT) - Tim Smith
Hunter Cup (fastest 25mTT handicap) - Nev Brooks
Timson Cup (fastest 25m TT handicap) - Jon Durnin
Benny Foster Medal (best hillclimb performance) - Michael Burke
Hardrider Combined Cup – Matt Plews
Hardrider Combined Cup (Vets) – Andrew Harper
Hardrider Combined Medal (Junior) – Isaac Hudson
Hardrider Combined Cup (Lady) – Linda Hubbard
Freeth Cartwright Awards: Premier Division - 1 Myles Foskett, 2 Matt Plews, 3 Adrian Killworth
1st Division – 1 Jon Durnin, 2 Steve Boat, 3 Jake Hubbard
2nd Division – 1 Linda Hubbard, 2 Matthew Vallins, 3 Rob Hammond
3rd Division – 1 Chris Dainty, 2 Simon Ward, 3 Vic Barnett
4th Division – 1 Stewart Holland, 2 Nev Brooks, 3 John Welsford
Evening 10m TT Championship: Overall for the Barry Marshall Trophy – 1 Myles Foskett, 2 Adrian Killworth, 3 Jon Durnin
Veterans for the Abbey Trophy – 1 Bill Barrie, 2 Linda Hubbard, 3 Chris Dainty
Juvenile – 1 Fraser Ayears, 2 Matt Garner
Juniors – 1 Myles Foskett, 2 Josh van Nierop, 3 Max Sillifant
Ladies – 1 Linda Hubbard, 2 Jennifer Clegg, 3 Amy Garner
Junior Lady – 1 Amy Garner
Club Best Allrounder Cup – Adrian Killworth
Best Veteran Allrounder Cup – Steve Boat
Junior Best Allrounder Cup – Myles Foskett
Junior 10ml Award – Myless Foskett
Wilkinson’s Ladies 10ml Cup – Linda Hubbard
Jeannie Foster Boxing Day Shield – Matt Plews
Selby Cup (highest placed Welland Valley rider in Duncan Murray Road Race) – Michael Burke
AA Brown Road Race Shield – Josh van Nierop
Hyde Trophy (best track results) – Simon Hopkins
Bruntingthorpe Races Medal – Jonathan Unwin
Bruntinghtope Races Medal (under 18) – Millie van Nierop
Awards at the discretion of the club committee included:
Cyclo-cross Cup – Vic Barnett
All-terrain Cycle Trophy – Vic Barnett
Vials Tourist Trophy – Jennifer Clegg
Sybil Cragg Cup (for meritous competitive performance) – Michael Burke
Hyde Award (most improving young rider) – Fraser Ayears
Lee Scampton trophy (most meritorious performance in sportives / audaxes) – Lawrence Cox
Rosemary Barnett Award – Angela Holland.
And finally, Clubman of the Year was awarded to Dean Barnett for his huge contribution to Welland Valley; and in particular junior coaching.
Congratulations to all prize winners!
Welland Valley CC’s Vic Barnett is aiming to land his fifth UCI World Masters Cyclo-cross Championship on Friday (2nd Dec).
He will be battling it out with competitors from around the globe in the 70-74 age group category.
This year’s championships are being held at Mol, in Belgium – the scene of Vic’s first world cyclo-cross win back in 2006.
Since then, the 71-year-old has won two cyclo-cross titles in America and another in Switzerland. He has also won four world mountain bike championships.
Vic and his wife Ann will travel to Belgium on Tuesday and will recce the course on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning before the championship race at 1pm.
Challenges on the circuit, which is based around a lake and pine forest, include a man-made beach with deep sand.
Ahead of the race, Vic will have his traditional meal of porridge with cranberries and toast. He will also be carrying his lucky blue socks in his kitbag – a present given to him by a spectator after winning his first world mountain bike title in Montreal back in 2000.
Vic said: “My form is okay and I have been trying to peak for this event. I will be disappointed if I don’t make the podium. I am unbeaten this year in my age category.”
Vic’s penultimate warm-up ahead of the Worlds saw him in action in the Central Cyclo-cross League Round 10 fixture at Welwyn Garden City on Saturday, where he finished 13th in the 50+ veterans.The rolling parkland course featured difficult off-camber turns and short sharp climbs which quickly became slippery.
Other Welland Valley riders in action at Welwyn included Elana-Rose Fereday in the U10 girls. Elana led from the start and was put under pressure all the way, but came home in first spot just 10 seconds ahead of the next rider.
In the U12 boys, Huw Wilson pushed from the start and just missed out in a sprint to come 9th. Joel Ayears followed up riding strongly for 14th.
In the junior men, Fraser Ayears had a good start, but eventually had to settle for 5th place.
The vet 40s saw a large field take to the start line. Hans Van Neirop fought well for 16th, while further back David Wilson rode strongly for 50th. Andrew Ayear showed his power in 63rd, while Adrian Killworth struggled to maintain form after crashing in training the previous day, to come 70th.
Vic’s final warm up came on Sunday in the Western Cyclo-cross League Round 10 event at Cheltenham, where he finished 13th 50+ vet for the second day running.
Ten of us set out on Sunday's 9.30am club run. My plan was for it to be 30 miler, and fairly leisurely. In the event it turned out to be a forty miler and while most of it was fairly leisurely, bits of it certainly weren't. Toiling up through Gumley, followed by the drag up into Saddington were followed by much rolling terrain which we handled with ease. Downtown Hill, between South Kilworth and Welford was new to some and pretty taxing for all. The last leg, from Naseby back to Market Harborough was, of course 'all downhill', so was 'pretty easy'. Coffee and cake at the Welland Park cafe went down without touching the sides.
Three hardy souls braved the stormy elements for the second of the new 'steady' club runs on Sunday.
A rain-sodden (but nevertheless enjoyable) tour of the Welland Valley was followed by a pit stop at Café Ventoux, where we discovered FIFTEEN members of Kettering CC regaling each other with tales of winter-riding and derring-do. Chapeau. (Although their higher turnout likely had something to do with their photo shoot with Cycling Weekly!)
Anyway, we'll be having another go at the steady ride this Sunday. Setting off from The Square in Harborough at 9.30am, we'll be riding at c14-15mph pace for a couple of hours, before returning for coffee and cake. All welcome.