There is a discrepancy between the South DC and NFCC web sites. I’m hoping that the NFCC is more accurate and that the correct police forms have been submitted. Start time is 19:00, meet at Parc pale HQ and note that there are NO prior signing on facilities as Margaret is not available, just turn up and sign on. The course is now officially the P165/15 as advertised on the SouthDC, however meet at Parc Pale on this occasion.
A busy weekend for racers as well as the well supported Saturday and Sunday rides.
A number of club members raced the Poole Wheelers Gary Dighton Memorial this weekend. Aron Kelly was 7th overall and 3rd Senior male with 20:40, Sonia Laurie was 3rd female with 25:22, Barry Hards was third Vet with 22:46. Bob Jolliffe did a 26:48 and no result yet for Jonathan Hyndman. Aron said that the wind was helpful on the way out but hard on the way back. He was very pleased with a PB and his first sub 21 minute ride. He’s been working on his position so look out for more fast times!
Stuart Peckham and Ray Claridge rode the Blazing Saddles 50. Stuart netted a PB in 1:53:59 and Ray recorded 1:53:30. Stuart said that conditions were cool with a headwind northbound.
Antony Green rode the ECCA 100. After riding too conservatively in his first hundred for 22 years, he decided to ride closer to 50 pace this weekend. A 9% better power output and higher av. HR, and the last 10k ridden at 3-4 beats below max HR resulted in a time of 3:48:31 for a new overall and Vet club record. Conditions were similar to those Stuart mentioned for the 50
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Unfortunately, due to a low turnout and the building rain, it was decided to cancel the P304E championship points event last night. Good to see the riders and volunteers out, but just not practical. Thanks though to Alex Mitchell who still went to do a traffic survey.
A great report and photos from Phil Grant can be found here https://ridewithgps.com/ride_reports/4185-tinat-2019?fbclid=IwAR1L6cjcFGeKiSHwNajnVZuCXoGGZUNnhGck86u9QUaXOjHIaJX-XxSUvfI
Antony Green rode the Cambridge 50 in 1:48:55, a minute off last year but in tougher, windier conditions.
Thanks to Russell Wynn for this report from the Heath Road Race on Tuesday night.
The second of the TLI Heath Series races took place in damp, murky conditions last night. I’m not sure if Elliot Chilton took part in the Seniors, but I was the only NFCC rider amongst the 20 or so starters in the Veterans race.
Gathering at the start saw the usual feelings of “what am I doing here”, especially when the chap next to me appeared to have his name and a GB flag on his bike and helmet! But once we got underway I managed to avoid my mistake of last time and spent most of the first three laps towards the front of the peloton staying out of trouble.
Despite averaging nearly 40 km/hr for the first hour (covering three laps) I was still feeling in good shape, and was surprised to find that every time we hit the ramp approaching Ferny Crofts I was one of the stronger climbers. As we approached the bell I accelerated through the peloton to ensure I was well placed to cover the inevitable attack off the hill. Unfortunately, I stupidly took an inside line and got squeezed onto the roadside gravel by someone going backwards and sideways, and by the time I reconnected with the tarmac the peloton was gone. So another solo final lap, and no chance to engage in my first bunch sprint……
An initial race report is at the link below, and an image attached courtesy of Eamonn Deane (I’m the numpty with a front light – as had to cycle home in the dark afterwards!). The final race of the series is on 02 July.”
8 riders signed on for the second round of the Burley circuit, though one failed to start. Rain threatened, but riders only ended up facing a cold brisk wind.
Notably, 3 riders opted for road bikes and almost filled the top places, Dan Mitchell eventually edging out Stuart Peckham. Phill Brown took his frst NFCC win, beating Ray Claridge, who wins the series overall. Dan Mitchell started the race on an oddly set up pair of tri bars; it turned out that they had dropped down but he was strangely unconcerned! As it has brought about a good result, I’ll be interested to see the next ‘modification’.
Ray Claridge, Stuart Peckham and Catherine Pascoe rode the BJW open 10 on the P415 on Sunday. Ray rode to 10th place with a 21:06, (his second fastest ever 10) and Stuart to 19th just under a minute slower with 22:06. Catherine Pascoe did her fastest time this year with a 28:22 on what she described as a good morning for a time trial, the wind having dropped from the previous day.
Antony Green rode the VTTA national 25 near Newmarket to 19th on actual time, and 21st adjusted on Vet Standard for age and sex, with a plus of 16:36 from 132 finishers and 30 DNF/DNS.
For those over 40, if you belong to the VTTA you are given a ‘plus’ time for every year over. The faster you are compared with an average time triallist of your age (worked out based on figures compiled over many years) the better your plus. The event was won with a plus of 19:48 by a 57 year old male, with an 89 year old male (actual time 01:13:02 but his age predicts 1:31:55) in third with a plus of 18:53. This also meant that 9th overall was a 50 year old female with a plus of 17:59.
It may be that the club considers a version of this for male and female competitors next year, so all to race for by the older members!
A great field on an evening that again threatened rain, but it had passed through earlier in the afternoon; a not entirely helpful wind faced the riders instead. Aron Kelly was just beaten to the win by Antony Green, Aron had been altering his bar set-up the previous day and wasn’t entirely happy with it; Ray Claridge rounded out the podium. Alex Hawkes posted a very good time (one to watch!), Richard Parker and Graham Lenton also putting in 23 minute rides.
Sonia Laurie is putting in some fast times and will highly likely go up a division next year. Work commitments mean Tuesday is a difficult day but she’s taking days off to get her minimum rides in. At the other end of the field Peter Hawker was again pleased to be beating a few younger members. George Weller may not have been among them in different circumstances, but took Dad Geoff’s advice on pacing for two laps and crossed the finish line leisurely to start another lap!
Good times were also posted by long distance specialists Phil Grant and Phil Harris, perhaps proving that getting the miles in doesn’t harm speed.
The first in the Heath RR series took place on the same night. Four NFCC riders entered across two events. The Veterans event was raced over 4 laps and the senior over 5 of the familiar P164 loop.
A report on the Senior race from Stewart Ward –
“Heath Race (Seniors) went a bit like this for me: Race started, got dropped as soon as we turned into a crosswind. Rode round with two others that got dropped. Finished 3rd from last I think. Too much too soon after Sunday….. will try again in 2 weeks with fresher legs!” Worth noting that Elliot Chilton finished 8th in the event.
A report on the Vet race from Russell Wynn –
” I was the only NFCC rider in the veterans, and placed 25th. Like Stewart, I lost contact with the lead pack early on, primarily by being too conservative and sitting too far back. By the time I realised the pack had split in the middle when hitting the headwind section it was too late to bridge, despite working at >90% of MHR for a while! I then carried on to the finish with a ‘chase’ group of Sotonia and Niuew Bos riders (see photo). Nearly everyone else who got dropped in the initial surge pulled out (I think the same happened in the seniors). So a tough workout, but only my second bike race and I learnt some useful lessons for next time!
The second in the series is on 18 June and unfortunately also clashes with a NFCC TT, but it would be good to have a few more club mates for company!”
Follow this link NFCC 2019 Events Calendar for all this year’s events. The PDF download includes details of all the club time trials and contact details for Margaret in order to ring up on the day and reserve a start slot (NFCC members before midday, non members after midday). The cost to race is now £4. […]
P341 10m TT 11/06/2019
P128 10m TT 10 series no. 6
P164 15m TT 28/05/2019 Championship Points
Ten Series Results Tables after 5 Events
P170 10m TT 21/05/2019 Ten Series No5
Ten Series Results Tables after 4 Events
P164 10m TT 07/05/2019 Ten Series No4 & interclub Sotonia CC
P341 10m TT 30/04/2019
P170 10m TT 16/04/2019 Ten Series No2
P335 25m TT 07/04/2019