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  1. Team Calendar updated with Chain Gangs etc. - use link on left Menu (Members) or click this http://www.i-team.cc/team/index.php?/calendar/

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    Tour of Flanders Weekend

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    A dozen of us or so are off to ride the Tour of Flanders Sportive and then watch Sunday's Pro Race - see this forum thread for details
  3. Clothing Ordering Window CS Direct 7 Closes Midnight 6th Feb

     

    1. Caitlin_Peters

      Caitlin_Peters

      Cheers Guy. That's great. Now I can get my new racing and training kit. Looking forward to it!

  4. Guy_Watson

    User's Guide - New & Existing Members

    Please take a moment to read this article and get up to speed with how the club member's website works. Once you have joined British Cycling and paid your i-Team.cc annual club subscription, you'll be sent your log-in username and password for the member's website areas. Why don't we just use Facebook? In the old days, a cycling club member would be expected to make some time to attend their weekly club evening at a village hall, scout hut etc. to catch up with team mates, and find out what the club plans were for upcoming events. If they didn't attend the club evening, they would only hear about things second hand and by word of mouth. With i-Team.cc the village hall has been replaced by the Team Hub Website - but the principle is the same - members are expected to make the effort to come to the club to find out information, and not sit around expecting the club to find them. So although i-Team.cc uses various social media feeds to promote the club to the wider world, these posts typically only tell the world what we've been doing recently - we will only use Social Media for member annoucements in an emergency, such as if the club website is down. There are some very good reasons for this: Social media feeds are not private - although that might not matter to you - it might matter to other members We would flood social media feeds with routine announcemnts and dilute the impact of using social media for it's best purpose - does Facebook really need to know that we've bought some new race numbers? Not everyone uses Facebook & Twitter - it would be easy to exclude someone if we formed a Facebook Group - we are about inclusion Emails lists are great if you are on the mailing list in the first place, have remembered to tell everyone your new email address, and the message doesn't end up in a spam box - and providing everyone managed to read the email about the new start venue in time! So nearly all communication between the club and it's members is via the member's website (there's a clue in our club's name Having a degree of privacy enables members to share information, so that the Team Hub website can be a one stop shop for everything i-Team with has some great features: You can search a list of members and look for other members with similar interests, who are near to you You can use a private messaging system to contact other club members and they can get in touch with you Easily share a lot of information that can be accessed in the future using the search tool Everyone finds out about the lastest plans and is asked for their input at the same time, in the same way So, please take a moment to read this article and get up to speed with how the club member's website works. Below you will find some important information about how to get the most out of your i-Team.cc membership, including your unique User Name and Password for the members website areas. I would strongly recommend that you set aside an hour or so when you can, to visit the member’s forums and read through the “Info & Help - Find Club Documents Here” Section and have a good read through the information and documentation there. Afterwards, have a browse of the various forums and check out the ones that interest you the most. Thereafter, please visit the forums at least weekly if you can to keep up to date with what your team mates are up to. We understand that not everyone is completely confident with I.T. skills but we hope that this step-by-step article will help you get started. If you are a new member starting out, you should be prepared to invest some time to read through this article and complete all of the tasks - but this is something you'll only need to do once and the reward will be that you'll feel more part of the club and members will be able to interact with you more easily. Existing members, please note that this article will be revised regularly, so it will be worth revisiting and skimming through for changes and any new features every few months or so. A quick scroll down will reveal lots of screen shots - don't let this put you off working your way through the article, most of these screens just represent a mouse click. Remember, you don't need to learn everything all at once and complete all of the tasks in one go! Your co-operation in completing your membership profile and keeping it up to date is really appretaited. GETTING STARTED - SITE LAYOUT Please look at the image above to familiarise yourself with the member's website layout Signing In: N.B. You cannot create your own account - accounts can only be created by the Administrator, this is done only after you have purchased i-Team membership via British Cycling and you've signed and returned a completed membership application & disclaimer. Once your account has been created be the Administrator, you will be sent your user name and password to the email address you specified on the application form. Your user name and password must not be changed - if you do this by accident, your account will become locked. If you forget your password and/or if your account becomes locked for any reason, just send an email to members@i-team.cc and the administrator will sort this for you. You must not disclose your log in details to anyone else. If you share a computer with another member, remember to log in as yourself. Membership Profiles: Being active on your bike is core to being an i-Team.cc member but you also have many opportunities to contribute to your club and benefit from being a member. No other club provides it's members with such comprehensive facilities for communicating with other members online and this is part of what makes i-Team unique. Once you are logged in, you can get a snap-shot view of one of your team mates by mousing over their Profile Picture in any part of the member's website areas. A pop-up window will show an enlarged profile picture, their real name and contact details. This is great if you've been introduced to someone out on a ride but forgot their name for instance. If you click on the user name in the pop-up window, their full profile can be viewed and you can learn some more about them, including their posts, blogs and interests Accessing & Editing Your Membership Profile: Now you've seen how useful a member profile can be to fellow team mates, it's now time to check and complete your own Membership Profile. If you are starting from scratch, allow 30 minutes or so to work through the instructions below. Access your membership profile by mousing over your name, wait for highlighting and then click your left mouse button. Select 'Profile' Loading / Changing Your Profile Picture: Click on the small grey camera icon Select 'Upload Photo' and Choose Single file Browse to select a suitable photo on your PC (max size is 0.5 MB and you will need to crop and resize your image to 500x500 pixels or smaller, and idealy the image will be in .jpg format. If you don't know how to do this - just send your un-edited picture to members@i-team.cc and it will be done for you N.B. Your Profile Photo must be a head and shoulder shot, so that other members can recognise you. This is a condition of i-Team membership because it fundamental to how i-Team works as an internet based cycling club. Once loaded, the photo will be used various locations, in various sizes, so please use a passport type image, or you can use a cropped photo of you cycling as shown below. Once your photo has uploaded, you can make a few adjustments on position and size and then click save You Profile Photo should now be shown as a circular image like the one above You may want to experiment and repeat the process a few times until you get the best result. Loading / Changing Your Cover Photo (optional): Cover photos are an oportunity to add a bit of personality to your Membership Profile, and are like a Facebook Cover Photo. Cover photos don't have to be to do with your cycling activities, they can be about anything really - as long as they are suitable for our younger members. Mouse over 'Cover Photo' amd click the photo frame and select 'Upload Photo' (maximum size is 2.0 MB) Browse to select a suitable photo on your PC. Ideally it needs to be a 'letter box' shape Once the file has been uploaded, click 'Save' You may need to use the 'Reposition Photo' tool - once selected, you'll be able to drag your image into the best position Once you are happy, click 'Save Photo' Completing Your Membership Profile: Access your membership profile by mousing over your name, wait for highlighting and then click your left mouse button. Select 'Edit Profile' Work down the list and add as much detail as you can into the text fields. As an absolute minimum, you must include your current email address, current town & date of birth (this can only be viewed by other members) N.B. All communication between the club admin and yourself is by email - therefore it is essential that you ensure that your email address is up to date and that you check that any spam settings on your email program are set up so that www.i-team.cc is not classed as span or junk main. A link to your own business or personal website should be fine N.B. Any content or links must be suitable for ages. Please seek permission before displaying any text or links to commercial sites or businesses. This is to avoid conflicts with any Team Sponsors current or future. Account Settings: This is where you can update you email address and signature etc. Select 'Account Settings' from your drop down menu You can change your email address on this tab Password tab above is shown for info only - N.B. if you try to change your password from the one that was originally sent to you when you joined, your account will become locked. If this happens, or if you forget your password, please send an email to members@i-team.cc for it to be reset. You can add a signature to your profile like the one above if you want to, this helps other members get to know a bit more USING THE TEAM WEBSITE DAY TO DAY View New Content: Select 'View New Content' to view the content that has been added since your last visit This is always a good place to start. Click the 'View New Content' button. You may see 'Articles' highlighted in the left hand menu by default. If there are no new articles since your last visit, you will get a 'No new content' message. Highlight and click the 'Topics' tab in the left hand menu to display all of the new forum posts since your last visit - click any topic in the list to go straight there. You can then work your way down the left hand menu to look for new content in the Blog, Calendar etc. Activity Streams Similar to 'View New Content' but this is a list of constant feeds of topics / Articles / Blogs etc. in the order that they were posted e.g. You can look back through a record of all Status Updates Starting a new Topic on a Forum Browse to the forum that you want to post in and select 'Start new topic' Alternatively, you can do this: Use the CREATE tool to start a topic Browse & select the forum that is the best fit for you topic. Browse down and there will be a topic announcing the latest members Always read the post back to yourself - if you need to change anything, use the Edit function N.B. You may want to use the Search System to look for similar topics before posting Replying to a Topic on a Forum Reply to a topic by writing in the blank text box at the bottom of the topic thread Once you've written your reply and attached any files that may be relevant, click 'Submit Reply' Alternatively, you can click on the 'Reply to this Topic' button above the first post in the topic thread You can click on the Quote button to include the original post (or part of it) in your reply Or if you want to quote more than one member, click the + sign against each post that you want to quote in your reply Once you've written your reply and attached any files that may be relevant, click 'Submit Reply' You can allways edit your reply afterwards if you need to (N.B. this won't change any posts where members have already quoted your previous post) Status Udates: Status are intended to be used a bit like a short Facebook update or Twitter message, i.e. how you are feeling or what yu are thinking about in the moment Status Updates are not intended to be used for detailed messages, or to post something that will be usefull to others in future because unlike forum posts, they will get overwritten However, you can cut and paste a link to a forum post though into a Status Update to raise awareness of something that is currently important Use the Create Tool to make a Status Update Forum Guidelines Hopefully you are now ready to post some replies and maybe a status update or two! - Just ome last thing before you do - please read through the Forum Guidelines & Rules If you can spare a few minutes each week to contribute to your club online, your reward will be an increased sense of belonging to your team, it will help you build and maintain friendships and ensure that you get the maximum value from being an i-Team member Thanks for reading - see you online! Guy
  5. We try to organise some of the best club rides in the area. The success of these rides is due to the fact that they staywell structured. These rides are mainly intended for i-Team members only, or for those thinking of joining i-Team. Guests are allways most welcome but please read the notes below about preperation, commitment and ability To manage expectation and to ensure progression, we have 4 main categories for our club rides: 'Green' - Typically 14mph/23KPH Average speed - lots of regrouping at tops of hills etc. - you wont get left behind intentionally - this is the entry level / social ride speed for our official group club rides 'Amber' - Typically 16-18mph/25-30kph average speed - frequent regrouping at tops of hills etc. - if you frequently get dropped perhaps this isn't the ride for you yet - this is the standard level for our official group club rides 'Red' - Typically 18mph/30kph average speed - some planned regrouping at tops of hills etc. - if you frequently get dropped perhaps this isn't the ride for you yet - this is the advanced level for our official group club rides 'Black' - Typically +20mph/35kph average speed - no regrouping (if you get dropped you are on your own or regroup with others - this is the advanced level for our club training rides Purpose of the 'Red' training ride from Cowplain / Rowlands Castle: To provide i-Team Members with a structured, safe and friendly group riding experience for intermediate to advanced club standard ridersTo encourage and support i-Team Members & Guests develop their cycling skills and ability - i.e. to give a progression from the 'Amber' rides and prepare riders for the 'Black' rides and prepare for racing Meeting Time: 09.00 - Outside Nico's Deli 45-47 London Road, Cowplain, Hampshire, PO8 8DH10.00 - On alternate weeks (see forum for details, or post a question in the 'Official Club Rides' Forum if in doubt) - Outside The Village Coffee Shop, 2 The Green, Rowland's Castle PO9 6BNMeeting Place: Meeting Place: Outside The Village Coffee Shop, 2 The Green, Rowland's Castle PO9 6BNN.B. Please keep the entrance to the shop clear for their customers and also keep the pavement clear to maintain our good relationship with the residents of the village. If you are going to use the shop services (tables & chairs, toilet etc.) it goes without saying that you should buy a drink or some food from them and keep the facilities clean. Typical Ride Structure: Around 3-4 hours, typically 18 mph average speedBefore every ride starts, there should be a quick chat about the route, saftey points (which is allways ultimately the responsibility of the individual participants, who take part at their own risk,) and also a quick introduction for any new faces.We allways have a 30 mins steady warm up at 18-20 mph max.Everyone rides with the group and does not up the pace set by the most experienced riders for the first part of the rideAt pre-agreed points, on a hill etc, everyone can press on at their own pace but we will allways regroup at the top of the climb. There will be some regroupings at top of hills etc. - if for some reason you are really struggling, we will chat with you and make sure you are able to get back home OKAbout 15-30 minutes from the finish, the 'red flag' goes down and everyone who want's to can up the pace to the finish (This helps to thin any big bunches out and so helps getting the group back through any Saturday traffic.) How everyone on the ride can help: If this is goiing to be your first time - please contact Guy Watson in advance on info @ i-team.ccEveryone must arrive promtly at the start.Any new faces are introduced and made to feel welcome.The route and aims of the ride are explained to everyone before leaving.Saftey is everyone's responsibility - don't blindly follow - stay alert and be aware of the potential risks to yourself and othersBikes must be fit for purpose & very well maintained.You must have at least 1 spare tube and proper pump and/or CO2 pump and know how to use them.The first 30 mins HAS TO BE STEADY to allow everyone to warm up.The group has to stay compact - front riders do not up the pace or sprint out of corners If you are fit - stay on the front on low gears but for no more than 5 minutes but DO NOT UP THE AVERAGE PACE.. Rear riders should try hard not to let gaps OF MORE THAN ONE BIKE LENGTH open up out of corners - or when riding at a steady pace - NO MORE THAN 1 meter from the wheel in front (This includes descents - just ride to the side of the rider in front - this gives you effectively 3 Meters.)There has to be good communication - if a rider is about to be dropped, or punctures, or has to answer the call of nature - he should shout out 'EASY!' before he looses contact with the group. The exception may be on some hills where we ride up at our individual best pace and regroup at the top - but the group does not start the descent before group has reformed. EVERONE MAKE SURE THE FRONT RIDERS KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING.These rides can be a good training session but they are not the place to show everyone how fit you are, to the extent of splitting the group up on every climb. If you are in good form, gear down and spin. Help other riders by protecting them from the wind, giving the odd helpfull push on a climb.N.B. Everyone punctures from time to time and if it happens to you, don't panic - shout out and everyone should stop and someone will be able to check if you are OK. Assistance will be on hand to help with this but riders should try to be self sufficient and have a spare tube and either full size pump or CO2 pump to minimise time lost. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL HALF WAY THROUGH THE RIDE TO START PRACTISING HOW TO CHANGE A TYRE!!! IMPORTANT NOTES ON ROUTES Etc.: This Club Ride is not meant to be like a Sportive or other organised event, so a rough direction and route only might be announced on the day as part of the pre-ride group breifing, this can then take into account the conditions on the day i.e.: Weather / Traffic / Composition of the Group.No individual rider is ever responsible for the final route taken - a rider can propose a route for the group to take but the final choice is always a unanmous group decision beacuse each rider always makes their own individual dynamic risk assesment throught the ride, based on their best judgement - it is always up to the individual whether to follow another rider or not, or take advice or to ignore it. i-TEAM'S CONSIDERATIONS: To affiliate the organisation to suitable governing bodies such as British CyclingTo set guidelines in the best interests of safety and maintaining a good club imageTo endevour to try to maintain awareness of the guidelinesTo offer facilities that allow members to interact with each other and arrange to meet on rides.To raise awareness of the requirements & responsibilities of individual members and club organisation INDIVIDUAL MEMBER'S / GUESTS'S CONSIDERATIONS: To organise their own appropriate 3rd Party InsuranceTo make themselves and other members aware of the current club rules and guidelines in the interests of safety and club imageAs far as possible to make themselves aware of the nature and format of the ride and to ensure that they are properly preparedAs far as possible to ensure that their bike is serviceable with spare tube / pump / tools (and be proficient their use)Wear official club clothing as far as possible / practicalTo arrive promptly and do their best to ensure that the ride departs at the pre-set time.To become a member of the club after a maximum of 3 guest rides and to keep membership up to dateTo help ensure that no more than 5 non-members ever ride with any club rideRaise awareness as soon as possible of any hazards or difficultiesTry to look out for others in difficultyHelp with positive feedback after each ride using the appropriate forum threadRespect and consider any advice given by more experienced membersTo ride safely, allways following the Highway Code when practical and always riding with consideration for other road users, other club members and your own individual safetyAll participants taking part in our organised club rides must wear a suitable, correctly fitting helmetHeadphones, personal stereos etc. and anything that might unduely affect an individual rider's awareness should be removed while particiapting in club rides - therefore please do not be offended if you are asked by another member to comply with this advice FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: How many take part in these rides? Typically around 20-30 riders. Do you always meet at the same time / place on Saturdays? Yes - this is most important - that way everyone knows the score and the ride leaves promptly - especially important if it is cold. Is it always the same route? The routes are varied as much as possible but the limitations are that with 20 plus riders, we have to try to minimise exposure to heavy traffic, busy junctions, right turns, roundabouts etc and get back to the start within 2 hours. How good does my bike need to be? It doesn't need to be expensive but it really needs to be a road bike and must be reliable - if in doubt, get your bike checked out at a local bike shop in the week BEFORE the ride. How old do I have to be? Typically, for 'Green' and 'Amber' rides the minimum age is 12 if accompanied by a parent - but it depends on your ability - please contact Guy Watson in advance on info@i-team.cc Do you ride in all weather? Everything except ice and fog - we often get more turn up when it's raining! Are non-members allowed to come along on these rides? Absolutely - that's what we are all about! Posted Image - but, to ensure that everyone gets the most enjoyment from it, there are some conditions: ABILITY: We don't wan't to leave anyone behind but there is a minimum ability standard for this ride - please note the average speeds and duration. That's not to say that this ride is beyond the ability of a fit novice, but you will need to be fairly confident riding in a group. To avoid potential dissapointment or embarrasment, the best advise would be to come along on one of the Saturday Morning 'Cafe Club' rides from Rowlands Castle first, and see how that goes.PREPERATION: It is a bit disrespectful to other people if you turm up on a group ride and you haven't checked your bike before hand to see that it is serviceable and well maintained.COMMITMENT: These rides are organised by i-Team members, for i-Team members. Guests are allways very welcome, but after 3 rides, guests will be expected to make a commitment and purchase i-Team Membership.INSURANCE: It is a condition of i-Team membership that members must organise and keep current, their own 3rd party insurance, e.g. British Cycling Silver or Gold membership. N.B. For our British Cycling Club Insurance purposes, no more than 5 guests can be accommodated on any club ride.LIABILITY: All participants of i-Team club rides do so entirely at their own risk. If members bring a guest with them - they are responsible for them (please stay near to them on the ride and look after them as need be.) In no event will i-Team.cc, or any of it's members, be liable for any loss or damage, including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from participating on our club rides. More info for members Essential Information For Riding in a Group
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    'Amber' Club Ride - 10.00am Rowlands Castle

    Event detailsWe try to organise some of the best club rides in the area. The success of these rides is due to the fact that they staywell structured. These rides are mainly intended for i-Team members only, or for those thinking of joining i-Team. Guests are allways most welcome but please read the notes below about preperation, commitment and ability To manage expectation and to ensure progression, we have 4 main categories for our club rides: 'Green' - Typically 14mph/23KPH Average speed - lots of regrouping at tops of hills etc. - you wont get left behind intentionally - this is the entry level / social ride speed for our official group club rides 'Amber' - Typically 16-18mph/25-30kph average speed - frequent regrouping at tops of hills etc. - if you frequently get dropped perhaps this isn't the ride for you yet - this is the standard level for our official group club rides 'Red' - Typically 18mph/30kph average speed - some planned regrouping at tops of hills etc. - if you frequently get dropped perhaps this isn't the ride for you yet - this is the advanced level for our official group club rides 'Black' - Typically +20mph/35kph average speed - no regrouping (if you get dropped you are on your own or regroup with others - this is the advanced level for our club training rides Purpose of the 'Amber' 10.00am Saturday ride from Rowlands Castle: To provide i-Team Members with a structured, safe and friendly group riding experience for intermediate club standard ridersTo encourage and support i-Team Members & Guests develop their cycling skills and ability - i.e. to give a progression from the 'Green' rides and prepare riders for the 'Red' rides To give experienced riders an easy 'recovery ride' the day before races etc. - and also give them the opportunity to put something back into the club by helping newcommers etc. Meeting Time: Meet at or shortly after 09:45. The ride leaves at 10.00 PROMPT - please do not expect everyone to wait even a couple of minutes for you as this is unfair on those who arrived early. Meeting Place: Outside The Village Coffee Shop, 2 The Green, Rowland's Castle PO9 6BNN.B. Please keep the entrance to the shop clear for their customers and also keep the pavement clear to maintain our good relationship with the residents of the village. If you are going to use the shop services (tables & chairs, toilet etc.) it goes without saying that you should buy a drink or some food from them and keep the facilities clean. Typical Ride Structure: Around 2-3 hours, typically 16 mph average speedBefore every ride starts, there should be a quick chat about the route, saftey points (which is allways ultimately the responsibility of the individual participants, who take part at their own risk,) and also a quick introduction for any new faces.We allways have a 30 mins steady warm up at 16 mph max.Everyone rides with the group and does not up the pace set by the most experienced ridersAt pre-agreed points, on a hill etc, everyone can press on at their own pace but we will allways regroup at the top of the climb. There will be regular regroupings at top of hills etc. - if for some reason you are really struggling, we will chat with you and make sure you are able to get back home OKAbout 15 minutes from the finish, the 'red flag' goes down and everyone who want's to can up the pace to the finish (This helps to thin any big bunches out and so helps getting the group back through any Saturday traffic.) How everyone on the ride can help: If this is goiing to be your first time - please contact Guy Watson in advance on info @ i-team.ccEveryone must arrive promtly at the start.Any new faces are introduced and made to feel welcome.The route and aims of the ride are explained to everyone before leaving.Saftey is everyone's responsibility - don't blindly follow - stay alert and be aware of the potential risks to yourself and othersBikes must be fit for purpose & very well maintained.You must have at least 1 spare tube and proper pump and/or CO2 pump and know how to use them.The first 30 mins HAS TO BE STEADY to allow everyone to warm up.The group has to stay compact - front riders do not up the pace or sprint out of corners If you are fit - stay on the front on low gears but for no more than 5 minutes but DO NOT UP THE AVERAGE PACE.. Rear riders should try hard not to let gaps OF MORE THAN ONE BIKE LENGTH open up out of corners - or when riding at a steady pace - NO MORE THAN 1 meter from the wheel in front (This includes descents - just ride to the side of the rider in front - this gives you effectively 3 Meters.)There has to be good communication - if a rider is about to be dropped, or punctures, or has to answer the call of nature - he should shout out 'EASY!' before he looses contact with the group. The exception may be on some hills where we ride up at our individual best pace and regroup at the top - but the group does not start the descent before group has reformed. EVERONE MAKE SURE THE FRONT RIDERS KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING.These rides can be a good training session but they are not the place to show everyone how fit you are, to the extent of splitting the group up on every climb. If you are in good form, gear down and spin. Help other riders by protecting them from the wind, giving the odd helpfull push on a climb.N.B. Everyone punctures from time to time and if it happens to you, don't panic - shout out and everyone should stop and someone will be able to check if you are OK. Assistance will be on hand to help with this but riders should try to be self sufficient and have a spare tube and either full size pump or CO2 pump to minimise time lost. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL HALF WAY THROUGH THE RIDE TO START PRACTISING HOW TO CHANGE A TYRE!!! IMPORTANT NOTES ON ROUTES Etc.: This Club Ride is not meant to be like a Sportive or other organised event, so a rough direction and route only might be announced on the day as part of the pre-ride group breifing, this can then take into account the conditions on the day i.e.: Weather / Traffic / Composition of the Group.No individual rider is ever responsible for the final route taken - a rider can propose a route for the group to take but the final choice is always a unanmous group decision beacuse each rider always makes their own individual dynamic risk assesment throught the ride, based on their best judgement - it is always up to the individual whether to follow another rider or not, or take advice or to ignore it. i-TEAM'S CONSIDERATIONS: To affiliate the organisation to suitable governing bodies such as British CyclingTo set guidelines in the best interests of safety and maintaining a good club imageTo endevour to try to maintain awareness of the guidelinesTo offer facilities that allow members to interact with each other and arrange to meet on rides.To raise awareness of the requirements & responsibilities of individual members and club organisation INDIVIDUAL MEMBER'S / GUESTS'S CONSIDERATIONS: To organise their own appropriate 3rd Party InsuranceTo make themselves and other members aware of the current club rules and guidelines in the interests of safety and club imageAs far as possible to make themselves aware of the nature and format of the ride and to ensure that they are properly preparedAs far as possible to ensure that their bike is serviceable with spare tube / pump / tools (and be proficient their use)Wear official club clothing as far as possible / practicalTo arrive promptly and do their best to ensure that the ride departs at the pre-set time.To become a member of the club after a maximum of 3 guest rides and to keep membership up to dateTo help ensure that no more than 5 non-members ever ride with any club rideRaise awareness as soon as possible of any hazards or difficultiesTry to look out for others in difficultyHelp with positive feedback after each ride using the appropriate forum threadRespect and consider any advice given by more experienced membersTo ride safely, allways following the Highway Code when practical and always riding with consideration for other road users, other club members and your own individual safetyAll participants taking part in our organised club rides must wear a suitable, correctly fitting helmetHeadphones, personal stereos etc. and anything that might unduely affect an individual rider's awareness should be removed while particiapting in club rides - therefore please do not be offended if you are asked by another member to comply with this advice FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: How many take part in these rides? Typically around 20-30 riders. Do you always meet at the same time / place on Saturdays? Yes - this is most important - that way everyone knows the score and the ride leaves promptly - especially important if it is cold. Is it always the same route? The routes are varied as much as possible but the limitations are that with 20 plus riders, we have to try to minimise exposure to heavy traffic, busy junctions, right turns, roundabouts etc and get back to the start within 2 hours. How good does my bike need to be? It doesn't need to be expensive but it really needs to be a road bike and must be reliable - if in doubt, get your bike checked out at a local bike shop in the week BEFORE the ride. How old do I have to be? Typically, for 'Green' and 'Amber' rides the minimum age is 12 if accompanied by a parent - but it depends on your ability - please contact Guy Watson in advance on info@i-team.cc Do you ride in all weather? Everything except ice and fog - we often get more turn up when it's raining! Are non-members allowed to come along on these rides? Absolutely - that's what we are all about! Posted Image - but, to ensure that everyone gets the most enjoyment from it, there are some conditions: ABILITY: We don't wan't to leave anyone behind but there is a minimum ability standard for this ride - please note the average speeds and duration. That's not to say that this ride is beyond the ability of a fit novice, but you will need to be fairly confident riding in a group. To avoid potential dissapointment or embarrasment, the best advise would be to come along on one of the Saturday Morning 'Cafe Club' rides from Rowlands Castle first, and see how that goes.PREPERATION: It is a bit disrespectful to other people if you turm up on a group ride and you haven't checked your bike before hand to see that it is serviceable and well maintained.COMMITMENT: These rides are organised by i-Team members, for i-Team members. Guests are allways very welcome, but after 3 rides, guests will be expected to make a commitment and purchase i-Team Membership.INSURANCE: It is a condition of i-Team membership that members must organise and keep current, their own 3rd party insurance, e.g. British Cycling Silver or Gold membership. N.B. For our British Cycling Club Insurance purposes, no more than 5 guests can be accommodated on any club ride.LIABILITY: All participants of i-Team club rides do so entirely at their own risk. 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  8. In Janurary 2004 I was asked by The Portsmouth Evening News if I would think about taking over from Chris Davies and write some weekly news columns about local cycling events. I was honoured to be considered, as I had grown up reading Chris's reports in 'The News' and had read about his exploits cycling around the world, having ridden 10,000 miles every year for 50 consequtive years and amassing nearly 1 million miles in his lifetime! Chris was a familiar site at local cycling events and would talk to riders, collect results and write a weekly column for a nominal fee. Chris had kept cycling in the back pages of our local paper, despite Pompey doing well in their first Premiership season. Cycling was then yet to rise anywhere near the level of popularity it has enjoyed post 2012, I was concerned about cycling loosing it's spot, so I agreed to step in on a temporary basis until someone was found to do it permenantly. My main source of information back then was going to be talking to friends and promoters on the phone - there was precious little online to cut and paste in time to meet print deadlines, so most things, including results lists had to be typed in to an email. I was passionate to spread the word to those outside the cycling club community about the number of events that were going on largely under the radar, and so I was happy to volunteer my time for free, as I saw it as a way of putting something back in to the sport that had given my so much pleasure. For just over a year I spent a few hours every Thursday morning and Sunday night, submitting a weekend preview, followed by reports and results. It was a real labour of love, and it was with genuine regret that I had couldn't keep it going any longer than I did. But a young family, busy job, running i-Team, coaching and trying to train enough to keep my 2nd Cat license was taking up more and more time, meant that something had to give, so my preview for the 2005 Perf's Pedal Race, was my last submission. I was glad I did it though because I think it captured something of what the local cycling scene was like back in 2004. A decade later, after finding all my old articles in Word documents on an old laptop, I thought I'd published them as an archive, so that new generations of club cyclist could have a snapshot of the sport in the Portsmouth area as it was in 2004. From my perspective, the main changes from 2004 to 2014 are the number of club Road Races that were being promoted back then - and a distinct lack of sportives on the calendar! Some of my highlights from that year were: 22-03-04: i-Team promoted the then South Coast’s biggest ever cycle race for women, the 75km i-Team Trophy25-07-04: Richard Heathcote finished 18th behind a young Dan Martin & Ian Stannard in the National Junior RR Champs07-08-04: Havant Grand Prix16-08-04: Yours truly winning an 80km Cat3 race at Goodwood from a 6 man break 23-08-04: Junior Richard Heathcote wins 2nd Cat Barnsfield Heath race to land his 1st Cat licenseN.B. Results & Reports in Black below were printed on Monday / Tuesday, while in Blue are the Previews and Event Diaries that were printed on Friday / Saturday This is article 1 of 3 and covers from May back to March 2004Article 2 covers from August back to May 2004Article 3 covers Feburary 2005 back to August 2004Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 22-05-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Instone Mounts Local Challenge Hantspol Cycling Club promote their open 10 mile time trial this evening, on the A3, North of Petersfield, with the first rider starting at 18.01. Starting near Greatham village on the B3006, the riders race to the Liphook roundabout and then return to Greatham. Course record is a 30mph, 19 minutes and a second, set by Michael Hutchinson in May 2001. 64 riders have entered, with top seed, Ray Hughes of Clarence Wheelers off at 19.00. Local fastman, Ben Instone (A3CRG) will be looking to maintain the form that won him the Hampshire Road Club ‘10’ at the beginning of the month. This year has been a breakthrough year for the popular Instone and on his home course; he will be hard for Hughes to beat. The other seeded riders are Simon Berogna (V.C. St. Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles, Tony Harvey & Pete Pickers (Northovers VT,) Brian Molloy (Epsom CC) and Steve Geran (GS Stella.) Instone rides again on Sunday and is top seed in the Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 30 mile event at Lytchett Matravers in the New Forest. Portsmouth riders, Simon Berogna & Aaron Stanton (VC St. Raphael,) plus veteran, Ray Robinson (Velocity/Off The Record) are also riding and are set for high placings. DIARY DATES: SUNDAY 23 MAY: Bournemouth Jubilee Whs Open 30 Mile Time Trial – Lytchett Matravers – 07:30 Sun 23 May Bognor Regis CC Club 30 Mile Time Trial – Fontwell – 07.00 Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides. Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45 & Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 07:30 for 80 mile training ride to Stockbridge and New Forest. Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15 for ride to Liss and Waggoners Wells. TUESDAY 25 MAY Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath, Hurn - U16 - 18:20 E.1.2.3.4.W.J 60Km - 19:00 Goodwood Gallops, Goodwood Motor Circuit - U16 4-16km 18:30 - E.1.2.3.4.J.W 60km 19:00 WEDNESDAY 26 MAY Portsmouth Circuits - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth - U16 - 18:45 E.1.2.3.4 52Km - 19:30 Havant CTC meets Havant Museum for ride to Liss and Farnham. THURSDAY 27 MAY Hampshire RC 10 Mile Club Time Trial - Funtington - 19:30 A3crg 10 Mile Club Time Trial – Liss - 19:00 SATURDAY 29 MAY Hantspol CC 10 Mile Time Trial – Greatham / Liphook - 18:00 i-Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30 for coached training ride. Havant CTC meets Havant Museum for ride to Trotton and Graffam. Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 16-05-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Portsmouth’s elite race team, V.C. St Raphael /Waite Contacts/Hewitt Cycles, continued their dominance of local time trial events, by taking the team prize at Sunday’s ‘Ern Dykes’ memorial 25 mile event, promoted by Portsmouth North End CC. Their team of Steve Walkling, Malcolm Cox & Simon Berogna, rode to a combined time of 3hrs 41 minutes and 02 seconds and with Leslie Anne-Allen, they also took the ladies prize. The individual classification was closely fought affair, with Walkling the victor in 53.19, with Mike Coyle of VC Etoile 2nd in 53.28 and Cox 3rd in 53.36. To the west of the region, Velocity / Off The Record riders, Ray Robinson & Richie Berogna, finished 5th and 8th respectively in the Sotonia CC 25 mile event. Local road race cyclists performed well at Thruxton on Saturday, with Paul Pickup (Liphook Cycles RT) finishing 3rd to GREG SANDY Alcan/Sun Chemical-Alcan/R.G.L Cycles/Sun Chemical/Bianchi in the 56km Elite Event. Chichester super-veteran, Tim Costello (Southdown Velo / MASSS LTD/The Hunter Springs Consultancy,) stayed away from the chasing pack to finish 4th. Andy KIENZLE (Fareham Wheelers CC,) was seventh in the 3 category & juniors event. Time trialists took on road racers at the Portsmouth Mountbatten Centre Circuit Races last Wednesday. Team Axiom’s Luke Myers beat VC St Raphael’s Rowan Horner, Simon Brooks and Steve Walkling in the Principia-sponsored 56km event. Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 15-05-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Portsmouth North End CC promote their annual 25 mile open event on Sunday, on a course between Tangmere and Arundel. Michael Hutchinson holds the course record with a lightning 50 minutes and 59 seconds, set in 1999. Thankfully for local riders, Hutchinson is a rare visitor to the area. Although his record could stay on the shelf for years, quality riders like Steve Walkling (V.C. St Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles) could get close, if the conditions are right and the form is there. With Walkling, Simon Berogna and Malcolm Cox, VC St. Rapheal definitely look set to take the team prize. Although the 3rd team man on paper, Cox has been training for shorter distance events and he hit 542 Watts power output in a recent lab test, so he could be an outside bet for the overall win. Headquarters are at Aldingbourne Community Centre and the first rider starts at 6.56 AM. 75 out of a possible 120 riders have entered the reduced numbers due to a clash with the Sotonia CC ‘25’ to the West. The Sotonia CC event in Dorset starts an hour later and has also attracted 70 riders, including course record holder Ray Hughes. Portsmouth’s Team Velocity/Off The Record riders, Richie Berogna and Ray Robinson will be looking to finish high on the results table and earn more points in the season long South District competition. DIARY DATES: SUNDAY 16 MAY: Portsmouth North End CC 25 Mile Time Trial – Fontwell – 06:56 Sotonia CC 25 Mile Time Trial – Lychett Matravers – 07.30 Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides. Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45 & Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 08:30 for training ride. Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15 MONDAY 17 MAY Team Axiom 10 Mile Time Trial – 19:00 TUESDAY 18 MAY Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath, Hurn - U16 - 18:20 E.1.2.3.4.W.J 60Km - 19:00 Goodwood Gallops, Goodwood Motor Circuit - U16 4-16km 18:30 - E.1.2.3.4.J.W 60km 19:00 WEDNESDAY 19 MAY Portsmouth Circuits - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth - U16 - 18:45 E.1.2.3.4 52Km - 19:30 Hampshire RC 2-up 10 Mile Time Trial - Funtington - 19:15 THURSDAY 20 MAY Portsmouth North End CC 10 Mile Time Trial – Funtington - 19:00 Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Time Trial – Fontwell – 19:00 SATURDAY 22 MAY Hantspol CC 10 Mile Time Trial – Greatham / Liphook - 18:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30 for coached training ride. Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 09-05-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk A full field of 60 riders tackled Sunday’s Hantspol CC 60km Road Race, which included 5 ascents of Portsdown hill, through the village of South Boarhunt. Pre race favourite, Philip Gough (Portswood Cycles RT) tried to escape the pack several times during the early laps but he was not allowed any freedom, as he was chased down by the Velocity/Off the Record and Vectis/Off Shore teams. These early attacks split the field on the 1 in 8 Boarhunt climb but the bunch came together again on lap 3, as the leaders began to mark each other. On the final approach to the finish, Lee Burdon (Bournemouth Arrow/Fircroft Hotel,) made an opportunist attack on the descent before Boarhunt and then powered up the climb to take a 10 second lead with 200m to go. The bunch, lead in earnest by Gough, was rapidly gaining ground on Burdon as he began to fade but he just held out to the line, foiling the sprinters, to take an intelligent, hard fought win. Earlier in the morning, time trialists were competing in 25 and 50 mile events. Team Axiom’s Roy Ludford, a 50 mile novice was the fastest rider in Hampshire Road Club’s Portsdown Time Trial League 50 in a respectable time of 2hr09min44secs. Keith Drew (HRC) finished with a personal best time of 2.12.17 to become Club Champion and winner of the Memorial Shield. Portsmouth North End CC’s Glen Syder was lucky to escape without serious injury after rolling a tubular tyre of his wheel whilst descending at 40mph. In the Bournemouth & Dist WCA 25 Mile Time Trial, Leslie Anne-Allen rode strongly to become the 3rd counter in V.C. St.Rapheal/Waite Contracts team victory with Steve Walkling & Simon Berogna. The individual classification saw local short distance specialists, Steve Walkling, Ben Instone (A3CRG) & Chris Ball (53-12 Multisports,) continue what is becoming an exiting rivalry. On this occasion, it was Chris Ball the victor in a time of 53:45, with Instone 2nd (54:06) & Walkling 3rd (54:38) Veteran Rider, Gary Buckett (Velocity) lead the rest of the field with a time of 56:36. Tuesday May 4, Velocity/Off The Record - Goodwood Gallops #2 - E/1/2/3/4/J; 30 miles 1. Nick Allen VC Meudon 2. Anders Christensen VC Meudon 3. Craig Peter VC Meudon 4. Simon McNamara Team Synergy 5. Liam Terry Southdown Velo 6. Toby Neave Southdown Velo 8. Tim Costello Southdown Velo 11. Shaun Smart Southdown Velo 14. Gyles Wingate Principia RT 15. Justin Hoy Evans Cycles RT 16. James Louter In Gear RT 17. Darrell Pembroke Freerider Cycles 18. Tim Dunfold Hargroves Cycles 19. Graham Wood Team Luciano 20. Richard Heathcote i-team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com 21. Steve Ferguson Team Maestro 22. Mike Paget Hants RC 24. Mario Manelfi Freerider Cycles 32. Gerry McDougal i-team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com Youth - 2 laps 1. Tom Ludford Team Axiom Youth - 4 laps 1. Matt Howard VC Jubilee Y Senior Goodwood Gallops Overall after round 2 1. Simon McNamara Team Synergy 32 2. Anders Christensen VC Meudon 31 3. Tim Costello Southdown 27 Youth Goodwood Gallops Overall after round 2 1= Dan Manelfi Freerider RT 39 1= Matt Howard VC Jubilee 39 3. Joe Ludford Team Axiom 33 Wednesday 5th May 2004 - PORTSMOUTH CIRCUITS Supported by Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth SENIORS 1. Duncan SHERWOOD Hillingdon CC 56km 2. Roy LUDFORD Team Axiom 3. Mick METCALF Team Axiom @ 2 laps 4. Matt COATES VC St Raphaël/Waite Contract 5. Richard PEARMAN Team Axiom 6. Derek LUDFORD Team Axiom 7. Dominic COUGHLIN Vectis Offshore Sports CC 8. Kevin BLANN Team Luciano – Fonderiest YOUTHS 1. Tom BUTT Chapel Tri-Stars Junior Tri Club 20min + 2 laps 2. Ben PLAIN Chapel Tri-Stars Junior Tri Club 3. Charlie WHITE Solent Race Team Thursday 06/05/04 - Portsmouth North End CC 10 Mile Time Trial - Liphook 1 Steve Walkling V.C.St Rapheal/Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles 20.45 2 Tony Harvey Northover RT 21.48 3 Gary Buckett Velocity/Off The Record 21.51 4 Richie Berogna Velocity/Off The Record 22.36 5 Ben Instone a3crg 22.43 6 Jon Coleman i-team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com 22.47 7 Steve Legg Twickenham C.C. 22.53 8 Ben Shaw i-team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com 23.05 9 Keith Drew Hampshire Road Club 23.32 10 Lesley Allen V.C.St Rapheal/Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles 23.52 11 Warren Peters a3crg 24.18 12 Trevor Hillman a3crg 24.34 13 Chris James Portsmouth North End CC 24.43 14 Alan Emmott Hantspol CC 25.15 15 Stan Maidwell Fareham Wheelers 25.45 16 Gareth Peters Fareham Wheelers 26.46 17 Simon Palmer Velocity/Off The Record 29.08 18 Mike Simpson Portsmouth North End CC 29.36 19 John Johnson Portsmouth North End CC 30.58 20 Ken Waller Portsmouth North End CC 43.23 Sunday 09 May - Bournemouth & Dist WCA 25 Mile Time Trial 1 Chris Ball 53-12 Multisports 53:45 2 Ben Instone a3crg 54:06 3 Steve Walkling VC St Raphael 54:38 6 Gary Buckett Off the Record / Velocity V 56:36 9 Simon Berogna VC St Raphael 57:02 12 Glenn Longland Antelope RT V 57:47 13 Mark Ashton Off the Record / Velocity V 58:07 15 Pete Pickers Northovers VT V 58:35 31 Lesley-Anne Allen VC St Raphael W 1:01:18 32 Ben Shaw i-team.co.uk 1:01:26 43 Rob Tutt GS Europa 1:02:56 44 Jonathan Legg Sotonia CC 1:03:07 47 Alan Sharpen Sotonia CC V 1:04:04 60 Barrington Day Fareham Whs V 1:09:47 62 Kaaren May a3crg W 1:09:49 63 David Collard-Berry a3crg V 1:10:22 FASTEST TEAM VC St Raphael (Steve Walkling, Simon Berogna & Lesley-Anne Allen -2:52:58) Portsdown TT League 50 Mile TT – Hampshire Road Club - Funtington 1 Roy Ludford Team Axiom 2.09.44 2 Tony Hart Team Axiom 2.11.32 3 Keith Drew Hampshire Road Club 2.12.17 4 Andrew Wheadon Hampshire Road Club 2.16.19 5 Gary Ferrett Hampshire Road Club 2.19.23 6 Jon Pollard Fareham Whs 2.23.27 7 Scot Ward Hampshire Road Club 2.25.29 8 Peter Knipe Fareham Whs 2.25.40 9 Paul Whitehead Hampshire Road Club 2.27.16 10 Tracey Slade Hampshire Road Club 2.27.48 11 Alan Emmott Hantspol CC 2.27.49 12 Geoff Davis Hampshire Road Club 2.28.30 13 Derek Harris Hampshire Road Club 2.31.25 Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 08-04-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Hantspol CC, the Hampshire Police’s own cycling club, promote their popular 58km Spring Road Race on the tough South Boarhunt / Portsdown Hill Circuit. A full field of 60 riders have entered, including Portswood Cycle’s on-form Junior rider, Philip Gough – winner of last month’s Sheerspire Road Race. Gough must be favourite for this event but Portsmouth’s Velocity / Off the record team of Ray Robinson & Richard Berogna will be determined to put up a strong challenge. Other teams include i-team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com, who’s junior rider, Richard Heathcote has been placing well in rescent events. Bournmouth Arrow/Pimera are sending 6 riders, with Team Velo Vet & Vectis Offshore Sports, teams of 4 & 3 respectively. Club time trialists will be preparing to increase their race distance this weekend, with Hampshire Road Club promoting the first 50 mile time trial of the year. This event is part of the Portsdown Time Trial League and starts from Funtington at 06:30. DIARY DATES: SUNDAY 9 MAY: Hantspol CC 58Km Portsdown Spring Road Race - D-Day Memorial Hall, Southwick, Hants – 10:00 Hampshire RC Portsdown League 50 Mile Time Trial – Funtington – 06:30 Bournemouth & Dist WCA 25 Mile Time Trial - Lytchett Matravers – 07:00 Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides. Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45 & Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 08:30 for training ride. Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15 MONDAY 10 MAY Vectis Offshore Sports CC Sporting 46 Mile Time Trial - I.O.W. 17:00 CC Weymouth 10 Mile Time Trial - 14:00 TUESDAY 11 MAY Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath, Hurn - U16 - 18:20 E.1.2.3.4.W.J 60Km - 19:00 Goodwood Gallops, Goodwood Motor Circuit - U16 4-16km 18:30 - E.1.2.3.4.J.W 60km 19:00 WEDNESDAY 12 MAY Portsmouth Circuits - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth - U16 - 18:45 E.1.2.3.4 52Km - 19:30 Hampshire RC 10 - Funtington - 19:15 Eelmore Criteriums, Aldershot - U16 15km 18.30 - E,1,2 60Km – 19:00 THURSDAY 13 MAY Fareham Wheelers Hilly 14 Mile Time Trial – Hambledon – 19:00 Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Time Trial – Fontwell – 19:00 SATURDAY 15 MAY Omega Circuits - Thruxton Motor Circuit, Andover - U16 10:00 £3.00 W.J 56Km 10:30 Crabwood CC 10 Mile Time Trial – Thruxton – 14:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30 for coached training ride. Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 01-05-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk This season, A3 C.R.G.’s Ben Instone, has consistently finished near the top of the results board in local time trial events. He was recently announced a winner by default, in the Harting Hilly 24 mile Time Trial back in March but in this Saturday’s Hampshire Road Club 10 Mile race at Fontwell, Instone was determined to show his rivals that he could take an outright victory. A strengthening side wind, that was to prevent many riders from getting near to their best times for the distance, proved not to be a problem to the 6ft 6ins Instone, as he powered through, to record 20 min. & 38 secs. - one of the fastest times this year. The visiting In-Gear RT, placed runner up Peter Tadros in 20:37 and with Jon Sharples and James Dear, they took the Team Award in a total time of 1:03:03. Road Race rider, Paul Pickup, of Liphook Cycles R.T. doesn’t ride many races against the clock but when he does, he normally wins. Two months ago, Pickup dominated the Chippenham 24 Mile Time Trial, setting a new course record. This Sunday, in the New Forest CC 32 mile race, he showed local time trial specialists that he had lost none of that form by beating Malcolm Cox and Steve Walkling (V.C. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles,) by over a minute. Weekend Results: Saturday, 1st of May: SUSIES TRACK MEETING ~ BC WOMENS & YOUTH OMNIUMS WOMEN: 500m TIME TRIAL: 1. Jo Tindley VC des Londres 45·30 2. Jacqui Marshall VC St Raphael 46·15 3. Rusine Airstone VC St Raphael 46·24 5. Sarah Farmer Team Axiom 47·25 ELIMINATION RACE: 1. Katie Curtis Cardiff Ajax CC 2. Jacqui Marshall VC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts 9. Sarah Farmer Team Axiom 3Km PURSUIT: 1. Jacqui Marshall VC St Raphael / Waite 4-49·71 2. Michelle Ward Team Fisher Wilson / 4-53·42 9. Sarah Farmer Team Axiom 5-25·64 500m SPRINT: 1. Rusine Airstone VC St Raphael 2. Jacqui Marshall VC St Raphael 3. Jo Tindley Velo Club des Londres 6. Sarah Farmer Team Axiom Hampshire Road Club 10 1 Ben Instone a3crg 20:28 2 Peter Tadros In Gear RT 20:37 3 Jon Sharples In Gear RT 20:50 4 Michael Coyle VC Etoile 21:23 5 Malcolm Cox VC St Raphael 21:28 FASTEST TEAM: In Gear RT Peter Tadros Jon Sharples James Dear 1:03:03 New Forest CC 32 1 Paul Pickup Liphook Cycles RT 1:15:11 2 Malcolm Cox VC St Raphael 1:16:20 3 Steve Walkling VC St Raphael 1:16:40 FASTEST TEAM: VC St Raphael Malcolm Cox Steve Walkling Simon Berogna 3:51:15 Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 01-04-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Cyclists that enjoy racing against the clock have a full program of events over the bank holiday weekend and for the week beyond, starting with this mornings Hampshire Road Club 10 mile event at Fontwell. For many local riders this will be there first event of the season on a fast course and they will be seeking year best or personal best times for 10 miles. Vectis Offshore Sports CC are promoting 3 events over the weekend, starting with a 9 mile hilly event at 5pm this evening and then 24 & 46 mile events on Sunday & Monday. On Sunday, the New Forest CC are again promoting their popular ‘Circuit of the Forest’ 32 mile event. Two Portsmouth sponsored clubs will be going head to head in this event for the team prize. Velocity/Off the Record with Ray Robinson, Richie Berogna & Robert Dawson take on favourites Simon Berogna, Malcolm Cox & Steve Walkling of VC St. Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles. Road Riders will be looking forward to the start of the Tuesday Goodwood Gallops series and the Eelmore Criterium Wednesday Series that start next week. Following on from the popular Ray Martin Series, Wednesday Circuit Racing continues at Portsmouth Mountbatten Centre. Looking back to an earlier event this year, the Harting Hilly 24 mile Time Trial promoted by Hampshire Road Club – it has just been announced that, following a clarification by the Area Governing Body, South D.C. – Ben Instone of A3CRG, has now been re-instated as winner and his time of 1h00m37s now stands as the new course record DIARY DATES: SATURDAY 1 MAY Susie’s Ladies Track Meeting – Mountbatten Centre Portsmouth 10:00 Hampshire RC 10 Mile Time Trial - Fontwell 07:00 Vectis Offshore Sports CC Sporting 9 Mile Time Trial - I.O.W. 17:00 SUNDAY 2 MAY New Forest CC 32 Mile Time Trial, New Milton, Hants – 7am Vectis Offshore Sports CC Sporting 24 Mile Time Trial - I.O.W. 17:00 Old Portliands CC 110Km Road Race – Crowhurst - 13:30 Ladies 80Km Team Series Road Race – Crowhurst - 9:30 Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides. Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45 & Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 08:30 for training ride. Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15 MONDAY 3 MAY Vectis Offshore Sports CC Sporting 46 Mile Time Trial - I.O.W. 17:00 CC Weymouth 10 Mile Time Trial - 14:00 TUESDAY 4 MAY Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath, Hurn - U16 - 18:20 E.1.2.3.4.W.J 60Km - 19:00 Goodwood Gallops, Goodwood Motor Circuit - U16 4-16km 18:30 - E.1.2.3.4.J.W 60km 19:00 WEDNESDAY 5 MAY Portsmouth Circuits - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth - U16 - 18:45 E.1.2.3.4 52Km - 19:30 Hampshire RC 10 - Funtington - 19:15 Eelmore Criteriums, Aldershot - U16 15km 18.30 - E,1,2 60Km – 19:00 THURSDAY 6 MAY Portsmouth North End CC 10 - Petersfield - 19:00 Bognor Regis CC 10 - Tangmere - 19:15 SATURDAY 8 MAY Team Axiom 10 Mile Time Trial - Liss - 18:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30 for coached training ride. Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 24-04-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Portsmouth North End Cycling Club was established in 1900, making it one of the oldest clubs in the country. ‘The Northend’ has an enviable reputation for promoting races and organised rides for local cyclists and a full program of evening and weekend club events is planned for this season. In a new initiative - all new members, are offered free race entries for this season. This Sunday, PNECC promote a 55 mile road race for 3rd & 4th Category riders, starting at Rowlands Castle Green at 09:30. Competitors face 7 laps of a rolling circuit that includes the 1 mile 1:12 climb from Stansted House to Forestside, which is certain to split the pack of riders and be the springboard for a race winning attack. A full field of 60 riders, plus reserves has entered, including a 10 man team from Portsmouth’s i-team.co.uk / www.wheel2wheel4bikes.com. Although mainly a club for introducing riders to the sport and riding the race for experience, their Andrew MacFarlane, just returned from racing in Malaysia may surprise some of the race favourites. These include a strong V.C. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles trio of Malcolm Cox, Simon Berogna and an on form Paul Atkinson. Simon’s brother, Richie, heads a six man Velocity / Off The Record team. Richie was unlucky to be caught 500m from the line in the Dunsfold Road Race in March after leading alone for two laps. This is just the sort of tactic that could pull off the win on Sunday. Tim Costello and Shaun Smart of Southdown Velo / MASSS LTD / The Hunter Springs Consultancy, and Steve Ferguson of Team Maestro, complete the local challenge. DIARY DATES: SATURDAY 24 APRIL South East Surrey League Circuit Races - M.O.D Chertsey 11.30 Andover Wheelers 10 Mile Time Trial – Thruxton – 14:00 Sunday 25 April Bournemouth Arrow CC 25 Mile Time Trial – Oakdale, Dorset 07:28 Bognor Regis CTC meets Walberton Pond, nr Barnham - 10:00 Chichester CTC meets City Cross - 10:00 Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides. Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45 & Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 09:30 for training ride. Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15 Tandem group meets Danbury Court, Emsworth - 10:30 MONDAY 26 APRIL Team Axiom 10 Mile Time Trial – Hundred Acres – 19:00 TUESDAY 27 APRIL South Barnsfield Heath BC 60Km Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath, Hurn - 19:00 U16’s @ 18:20 WEDNESDAY 28 APRIL South Ray Martin 150 Distance League [5:5] - Mountbatten Centre - E.1.2.3.4 48Km 19:00 (U16’s @ 18:30) Hampshire RC 10 Mile Time Trial – Funtington 19:00 THURSDAY 29 APRIL TLI Barnsfield Heath 40 Mile Handicap Races – 19:00 Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Club Time Trial – Fontwell – 19:15 Fareham Wheelers 10 Mile Time Trial – Hundred Acres – 19:00 SATURDAY 1st MAY Hampshire RC 10 Mile Time Trial – Fontwell – 07:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30 Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 18-04-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Spectators at last Wednesday’s RAY MARTIN 150 Distance League were treated to some super fast racing from local Elite Category riders. Liphook Cycles’ Paul Pickup, was the winner in a time of 1h12m45s, beating Bryan Taylor (V.C. Londres.) Pickup’s Team mate, Lee Day, consolidated his overall series lead by beating Rowan Horner (V.C. St. Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles) for 3rd. Saturday’s bright and sunny conditions contrasted heavily with the torrential rain, which affected Sunday’s events. Over 100 riders competed at the Racing Club Omega Circuits, held at Thruxton Motor Circuit. First to race were the youth categories and Team Axiom’s Joe Ludford finished in 2nd place to Torsten Junker (LUK Racing.net) in the Under 12’s category. In the Cat 3 & Juniors race, Pagham junior, Marc Perry (Team Maestro - Maestro/Tim Harries Chairs) was just beaten into 2nd place by senior rider Wayne SMITH (Tri & Run.) Liphook Cycle’s ‘Mr. Consistency,’ Lee Day, continued the excellent run of form that he has been demonstrating at the Mountbatten Centre races on Wednesdays, by beating seasoned campaigner, Rob Hurd. Portsmouth’s Team Axiom had well placed riders at the finish, with Luke Myers 5th, Roy Ludford 11th and Mick Metcalf in 16th. Robin Didymus (Principia RT / Principia A/S) was also up with the leaders in 9th place. Competitors in Sunday’s primera-bournemouth.co.uk 25 Mile Team had to contend with road conditions made treacherous by heavy downpours and took roundabouts at a virtual standstill as they battled to stay upright. In the 2 man event, Portsmouth’s Velocity / Off The Record team of Richie Berogna and Ray Robinson, toughed it out to finish in a creditable 3rd place, in a time of 54m54s. The winners were the composite pairing of Ian Ayliffe (Salisbury RC) & Chris Ball (53-12 Multisports) with 52m56s and runners up were the Andover Wheeler’s Phil Bowley & Jake Prior in 53m42s. In the 3-man event, pre race favourites V.C. St. Raphael saw their hopes of victory slip away when Paul Haggerty punctured. The remaining duo of Steve Walkling & Simon Berogna continued to finish but without a 3rd counting rider, their time was disallowed. This should not detract from a fine win by Antelope RT, who with Glen Longland, Matt Parton & Steve Wood, rode strongly to finish with 54m30s. Competitors at the British Cycling Southern Division Circuit Series at Castle Coombe also had to race in heavy rain. Jonathan DIBBEN dominated the Under 10’s and Ben Plain and Peter Dibben placing 1st and 3rd respectively in the Under 14’s. The Elite race was dominated in similar style, with the Alcan/Sun Chemical-Alcan/R.G.L Cycles team taking the win with Greg Sandy and placing riders in 2nd & 4th place. Lee Day finished in 5th place to round off a successful week for the Liphook RT rider. Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 17-04-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Racing Cyclists will be heading West this weekend for race meetings at Thruxton, on Saturday and at Castle Combe on Sunday. Over 100 competitors, from all categories, are expected at the South Omega promotion at Thruxton, all of whom will be hoping for dry conditions after rain and gales that were features of the previous events held here this year. Sunday’s meeting at Castle Coombe features round 3 of the British Cycling South Division Circuit Race Series and will attract riders from across the South Division, as far as Somerset and Avon. The V.C. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles team of Steve Walkling, Simon Berogna & Paul Haggerty will be looking for a victory in the Primera-bournemouth.co.uk 25 Mile Team Time Trial at Lytchett Matravers. They will face strong opposition from the squads of A3C.R.G. (Ben Instone, Trevor Hillman & Warren Peters) and Antelope RT (Glenn Longland, Matt Parton & Steve Wood.) Paul Pickup (Liphook Cycles RT,) will be defending his Ray Martin Series lead over team mate Lee Day and V.C. St. Raphael’s Rowan Horner, at the Mountbatten Centre on Wednesday. DIARY DATES: SATURDAY 17 APRIL South Omega Thruxton Circuits - Thruxton Motor Circuit, Andover - U16’s 10:00 - 3.W.J 56Km 10:30 - 4.W.J 56Km 10:32 - E.1.2 56Km - 12:30 SUNDAY 18 APRIL South Circuit League [3:7] - Castle Combe Race Circuit U16.U14.U12.U10.U8 10:00 3.W.J 51Km 10:30 4.W.J 51Km 10:30 E.1.2 51Km 12:30 Primera-bournemouth.co.uk 25 Mile Team Time Trial - Lytchett Matravers - 07:30 Bognor Regis CC 25 Mile Club Time Trial - 07:00 Bognor Regis CTC meets Walberton Pond, nr Barnham - 10:00 Chichester CTC meets City Cross - 10:00 Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides. Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45 & Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 09:30 for training ride. Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15 Tandem group meets Danbury Court, Emsworth - 10:30 TUESDAY 20 APRIL South Barnsfield Heath BC 60Km Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath, Hurn - 19:00 U16’s @ 18:20 WEDNESDAY 21 APRIL South Ray Martin 150 Distance League [4:5] - Mountbatten Centre - E.1.2.3.4 48Km 19:00 (U16’s @ 18:30) THURSDAY 22 APRIL TLI Barnsfield Heath 40 Mile Handicap Races – 19:00Portsmouth North End CC 10 Mile Club Time Trial – Wickham – 19:00 Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Club Time Trial – Fontwell – 19:00 SATURDAY 24 APRIL South East Surrey League Circuit Races - M.O.D Chertsey 11.30 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30 Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 10-04-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk This Easter Weekend, over 300 cyclists competed on local roads in various events that included Leisure Rides, Time Trials and Stage Races. Good Friday saw 109 riders chasing a personal best time, at the Bournemouth Arrow CC 10 Mile Time Trial, on the super-fast Upton Bypass course, in Dorset. Unfavourable strong winds didn’t stop Chris Ball (53-12 Multisports) breaking the 20 minute barrier, to win in a time of 19m 39s. Nearly a full minute back, the race for second place was a close fought affair with Richard Marsh (Somer Valley CC,) taking the placing with 20m34s, Steve Walkling(VC St Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles) was 3rd in 20:54 and fast improving Ben Instone, of A3 C.R.G. was 4th with 20m 55s. Portsmouth cycle shop owner and team sponsor, Mike Wickham of Velocity Cycles / Off The Record, demonstrated that the best way to lead is often by example, as he recorded a respectable 22m 09s, to beat the rest of his race squad members! 60 riders contested the 70 mile Surrey League Milland Hill Road Race on Saturday, a race that featured 7 laps of a circuit that included the 25% Milland Hill, which saw plenty of wheels slipping and sliding as riders struggled to maintain traction. The race was won by Londoner, Tom Gardner, with James Scoular of Liphook Cycles RT 3rd and local riders Steve Walkling & Malcolm Cox of VC St Raphael, 7th & 9th respectively. Cowplain’s Richard Berogna (Velocity,) finished 19th in his second ever road race. Hampshire Road Club’s reliability ride on Sunday proved a very popular event with over 50 leisure riders taking part in the 50km & 100km events, set on South Downs courses. At Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit, Lee-on-Solent junior, Richard Heathcote (i-Team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com,) finished a respectable 8th in the senior event, won in fine style by late attacker, Martin Williamson (London Dynamo,)with Team Maestro’s Steve Ferguson in 3rd. As we went in to press, the main event of the weekend, the Surrey League Sigma Sport 380KM 3-Day Stage race, was building up to a thrilling climax. VC St. Raphael’s Rowan Horner, dominated the first stage at Milland, breaking clear of the pack on lap seven to win alone by a minute and a half, gaining him the him the overall leader's and the points competition jerseys. Winchester’s Rob Hurd (No Sponsor,) won the 70 mile second stage at Goodwood, breaking clear with Simon Brooks (VC. St. Raphael,) to win by 24 seconds. As Rowan Horner faded from the overall position, he was replaced by team mate Simon Brooks ,with Rob Hurd also benefiting from the break away tactic, moving up to 2nd overall. Also this weekend, Team Axiom's Luke Myres, was selected to represent Surrey League in the 'Tour of the North' in Ulster, he is lying in 9th place overall after placing 7th on the prologue hill climb stage. Results for Easter Weekend - Reports to follow Guy Watson - cycling@thenews.co.uk Bournemouth Arrow CC 10 Mile Time Trial 1 Chris Ball 53-12 Multisports 19:39 2 Richard Marsh Somer Valley CC 20:34 3 Steve Walkling VC St Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles 20:54 4 Ben Instone a3crg 20:55 5 Glenn Longland Antelope RT 20:59 6 Andrew Cooper Primera-bournemouth.co.uk 21:02 7= Mark Wareham VC St Raphael 21:04 7= Ian Ayliffe Salisbury RC 21:04 9 Nik Bowdler Farnborough & Camberley CC 21:11 10 Jimmy Little LUKracing.net 21:27 Other Local Riders: 23= Mike Wickham Velocity / Off The Record 22:09 23= Gary Buckett Off the Record / Velocity 22:09 26 Pete Pickers Northovers VT 22:14 27 Tony Harvey Northovers VT 22:21 30 Richie Berogna Velocity / Off The Record 22:25 32 Simon Berogna VC St Raphael 22:29 34 Pete Younghusband Tri UK Inc 22:36 FASTEST TEAM VC St Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles (Steve Walkling, Mark Wareham & Simon Berogna) Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 10-04-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Local club cyclists have a busy program for the Easter Holiday period, starting with the 380km Surrey League 3 Day Stage Race. Event H.Q. is at Bohunt School, Liphook and the Elite riders start racing each day 13:00, with daily stages held at Milland, Goodwood and Ockley. This 380KM event has attracted all of the top local road riders and also some strong teams from London and Surrey. There are supporting races on each day for the lower Category 3rd & 4th Cat. riders, starting at 09:30. Tuesday Evening sees the start of the popular Barnsfield Heath Road Race events, near Southampton and Wednesday Evening features round 3 of the Ray Martin Road Bike League at the Mountbatten Centre. Evening time trials are always popular with riders who want to sharpen their speed and both Fareham Wheelers and Hampshire Road Club are promoting events this week. SATURDAY 10 - MONDAY 12 APRIL S.East Surrey League Easter 3-Day - Bohunt School, Liphook 13:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30 SATURDAY 10 APRIL S.East Surrey League Easter Races 1 - Bohunt School, Liphook 0 9:30 SUNDAY 11 APRIL S.East Surrey League Easter Races 2 - Goodwood Motor Circuit 09:30 / 11.30 Bognor Regis CTC meets Walberton Pond, nr Barnham - 10:00 Chichester CTC meets City Cross - 10:00 Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides. Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45 & Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 09:30 for training ride. Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15 Tandem group meets Danbury Court, Emsworth - 10:30 MONDAY 12 APRIL S.East Surrey League Easter Races 3 - Ockley 100Km 09:30 TUESDAY 13 APRIL South Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath - 18:20 WEDNESDAY 14 APRIL Ray Martin 150 Distance League - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth - 18:30 Hampshire RC 10KM Time Trial – Funtington – 19:00 Havant CTC, meet opposite Arts Centre, 9am. THURSDAY 15 APRIL Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Time Trial – Fontwell – 19:00 Fareham Wheelers 10 Mile Time Trial – 100 Acres – 19:00 SATURDAY 17 APRIL South Omega Thruxton Circuits - Thruxton Motor Circuit - Andover - 10:00 Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 28 Mile Time Trial - Blandford - 15:00 Team Axiom’s Luke Myers, was a convincing winner of the 2nd Event of the Southern Circuit Race Series at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth on Saturday. Myres rode strongly at the front of the bunch for most of the race, lapping the field with 5 other riders, including Robin Didymus from Principia RT / RBS. Sensing that his rivals were tiring, Myers put in a big attack 14 laps from the finish and despite a strong headwind in the back straight he held off his chasers to the finish, with Didymus finishing 4th. Myers’ team mate, Mick Metcalf, won the bunch sprint from Toby Neave (Southdown Velo/MASSS Ltd/The Hunter Springs) Sunday’s A3C.R.G Team Time Trial at Rake, attracted 2 & 3 rider teams, from local clubs across the region. The first pair to set off from Rake was the promoting club’s Warren Peters and Trevor Hillman, who managed to complete their first open 25 mile event in a respectable time of 1:04:26. Fastest 2-up team of the day was of Rowan Horner (V. C. St. Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles) and Chris Birch (Evans Road Team), who finished in 54m02s, despite Horner Puncturing, with 5 miles to go. The overall prize for the 2-up event went to Andover Wheelers riders Jake Prior and Phil Bowley for their time of 54:47. They defeated last year’s winners, Paul Flight and Brian Greensmith of Primera-Bournemouth, by only 13 seconds. The a3crg team of Ben Instone and international triathlete, Pete Younghusband, were unlucky to finish just 3 seconds behind Andover Wheelers, after problems at the start. They made a remarkable recovery after Instone got into a tangle with the start line steward and fell over, forcing him to sprint after Younghusband, who was unaware of the situation and had disappeared into the distance! The 3-up time trial, was won by race favourites Zak Carr, Sam Barker, and Stuart Wright of API Resprays in a super fast 52m42s. The V.C.St. Raphael team of Steve Walkling, Paul Haggerty, and Simon Berogna, were definitely going for the win. They started fast and were up on the API squad at half distance but couldn’t maintain the pace and finished in a time of 53m45s. The 3-up event also featured a trio of female triathletes from Primera-Bournemouth. The team, comprised of Katherine Willoughby, Erica Fogg and Penny Gorton, won a bouquet donated by the newly-opened florist Bonica in Petersfield for being the fastest 3-up on target time. The fastest mixed pair was that of Lesley-Anne Allen (V. C. St. Raphael) and Jim Howlett (Northover’s Vets Team), who finished in 1h01m20s. British Summer Time allows the start of evening racing this week, so local riders will have a busy program to leading up to the Easter Weekend. Up to 100 riders of all categories are expected to compete in Portsmouth this Saturday, as British Cycling South Division, promote Round 2 of the Southern Circuit Championship Series, at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth. Racing for all categories starts from 10.30am. Surrey League promotes a new Team Event on Sunday at Goodwood, with a Team Time Trial at 09:00, followed by bunch racing at 11.30. A3 C.R.G. will also be promoting a Team Time Trial on the A3 at Liss, with the V.C. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles Squad taking on Apibikes.com. Portsmouth North End C.C. promotes 2 events this week: A 15KM Portsdown Time Trial League event on Sunday and a 10KM club event on Thursday. Diary Dates: SATURDAY 3 APRIL South Circuit League [2:6] - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth 10.30am i- Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 9.30am for 2 hr activity ride. South Circuit League [2:6] - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth U16.U14.U12.U10.U8 10:00 E/1/2/3/4/W/J 51Km 10:30 Sunday 4 April Goodwood 09:00 - Team Time Trial & E/1/2/3/4 Circuit Race 11:30 A3crg 25 mile Team Time Trial - Liss - 08:00 Portsmouth North End CC Portsdown League 15 Mile Time Trial - 08:30 Club Runs / Training: Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill, 9am for choice of morning rides. Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross, Havant, 8.45am or Scout Hall, Funtington, 9.am i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square, 9.30am for training ride. Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library; 9.15am WEDNESDAY 7 APRIL Ray Martin 150 Distance League [2:5] - Mountbatten Centre 18:30 Thu 8 April Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Time Trial 18:45 Portsmouth North End CC 10 KM Time Trial 19:00 FRIDAY 9 APRIL Chippenham Wheelers Circuit Races - Castle Coombe Race Circuit, 10.00 Havant CTC, meet opposite Arts Centre, 9am. Portsmouth School of Racing coached training sessions, Mountbatten Centre, 19.30 – 20.30 Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 28-03-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Sunday’s highly successful i-Team trophy promotion, the U.K.’s richest women’s road race, which was made possible by a combined effort from local clubs, rounded off what has been a fantastic weekend for Hampshire cycling. First to hit the headlines was Cowplain’s Olympic Medallist, Rob Hayles, who won the 183km 7th Stage of the Tour of Normandy on Friday. This win is sure to boost Hayles confidence after setback from injuries sustained over the winter and shows that he is coming into excellent form, with Athens just months away. An up and coming young rider who is showing signs of the potential to follow in Hayle’s footsteps is Petersfield’s Ian Legg. Legg, who rides for Principia R.T. rode the bunch off his wheel to win the Juniors event at the de Mayo Velosystem’s 3rd Thruxton meeting on Saturday. Southampton’s Chapel Tri-Stars won the under 14, under 12 and under 10 categories. The Elite category event was won by Jody Crawforth (Evans Cycles R.T.) from Winchester’s Danny Axford (Parrott Print-TAL R.T./Endura) and Rob Hurd(No Sponsor.) Portsmouth’s V.C. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt cycles team had a successful Bournemouth Jubilee Whs. 42km Hilly Time Trial, with Rowan Horner placing 2nd to Chris Ball (53-12 Multisports,) in the individual event but with Simon Berogna and Wayne Levet, they secured the Team Prize. Hurd put his Thruxton defeat behind him by winning Sunday’s 135KM Elite Category Hounslow Spring Road Race by riding away with and then out-sprinting Nigel Williams of Python RT. Sundays Main Event, the i-Team Trophy, promoted by Portsmouth’s development club, i-team.co.uk and Sponsored by Wheel2Wheel cycles was won in fine style by the defending Series Champion, Angela Hunter of G.S. Strada. Contrary to predictions, the climb through South Boarhunt did not split the Elite and first category ladies groups. At first, the riders were anxious not to make wasteful efforts, too far out from the finish and then in the closing stages, the riders were just too evenly matched for one of them to escape the pack. It was certainly a tough challenge to the lower category’s who, after the first lap, were riding just to finish the distance. Credit must be given to local riders, Leslie-Anne Allen (V.C. St. Raphael) and Sarah Farmer (Team Axiom) who finished 37th and 39th in their first ever attempts at bunched road racing. Hunter’s win was a result of perfect positioning on the last climb and timing her effort to perfection in the finishing sprint of 15 riders. Using all her experience to fight for the inside line on the final corner, she won in textbook style from Lorna Webb (Recycling.Co.Uk/MG X-power,) Junior, Nikki Harris (Pearce Cycles R.T. and Michele (sic) Ward (Private Member.) Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 22-03-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk This Sunday, 28 March 2004 sees the launch of the South Coast’s biggest ever cycle race for women, the 75km ‘i-Team Trophy,’ which is the first counter in the National Women's Series. A prize list of £600 will make this event one of the richest women’s races ever and this is sure to motivate the riders and with prizes for all categories down to 30th place, each & every rider will have something to go for. Sponsor Tony Childs, of Wheel 2 Wheel cycles says, “We are proud to be supporting the i-team Trophy, we have been working with i-team.co.uk from the beginning and have been really impressed with what they have done for cycling, both locally and nationally... ...when they decide to do something, they don’t hold back! ...this promises to be a great event.” Porchester Cycles sponsor a special ‘Queen of the Mountains’ prize for the best climber, based on first up the hill on each lap and Michelin are providing a pair of special Pro Race tyres to the 1st 3 finishers. Starting from Southwick at 11am, a full field of 60 women will face 5 1/2 laps of the challenging Portsdown Hill circuit, between Wickham, South Boarhunt & Portsdown. The climb through South Boarhunt up onto Portsdown, is expected to have a major influence on the outcome of the race but as Race Director Andy Verrall points out, “It’s the riders that make the race – not the course…” Names to watch out for include an on-form Leda Cox (Team Synergy,) who was an excellent 36th in the Men's 2nd category event at Dunsfold on Sunday. Angela Hunter of G.S. Strada – Rudy Project / Pinarello, the defending Series Champion will face a strong challenge from the Irish National team, lead by Collette Swift. Other riders to watch out for include GB National Squad riders, Lorna Webb & Nina Davies, who have both just returned from International duties. The Current National Road Circuit Champion, Helen Gutteridge (Team Luciano,) Sue Thomas (No Sponsor,) Leda Cox (Team Synergy,) should all feature, along with 7 up and coming juniors – who will be keen to impress National Coach, Marshall Thomas, who will be in attendance, with an eye on the Junior Worlds Team selection. The event finishes in Swivelton Lane, Portsdown Hill at around 1pm and spectators are asked to park cars well away from the finishing area. VC St Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles, field a strong team of Rowan Horner, Wayne Levet and Simon Berogna in Sunday's Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 42km Time Trial in Dorset. Wednesday sees the return of regular road bike racing at Portsmouth's Mountbatten Centre. The Ray Martin 150 lap Distance League will run for the next 5 weeks, with racing for all categories starting at 6.30pm Diary Dates: Saturday 27 MARCH South De Mayo Velosystems Thruxton Circuit Races, Thruxton Motor Circuit, 10am Sunday 28 MARCH i-Team Trophy, Women’s National Road Race Series - Start 11am, Southwick D-Day Memorial Hall – Finish 1pm, Swivelton Lane, South Boarhunt. Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 42km Time Trial, Merley Bognor Regis CC 25 Mile Club Time Trial, Fontwell, 8am Bognor Regis CTC meets Walberton Pond, nr Barnham, 10am. Chichester CTC meets City Cross, 10am Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill, 9am for choice of morning rides. Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross, Havant, 8.45am or Scout Hall, Funtington, 9.am i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square, 9.30am for training ride. Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library, 9.15am Tandem group meets Danbury Court, Emsworth, 10.30am. Wednesday 31 March: Havant CTC, meet opposite Arts Centre, 9am. Saturday 3 April: South Circuit League [2:6] - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth 10.30am i- Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 9.30am for 2 hr activity ride. Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 21-03-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Fareham Wheeler’s Peter Doyle Memorial Road Race again lived up to its reputation as one of the toughest road races in the South, with a top field, a tough course and some aggressive racing. Over 60 riders started from Meonstoke at 11am and headed up the Meon Valley towards the infamous climb of Wheely Down, which was to be climbed 8 times. The race split on the first ascent, with a break of six going clear, including Rowan Horner and Mathew Melville (V.C. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles, Chris Birch (Evans R.T.), Nic (sic)Tilling (AngliaSport/Condor/Campag/Vittoria.) and Jamie Norfolk (Giant RT.) Former event winners, Danny Axford (Parrot Print /TAL Endura / Terry Wright Cycles) and Rob Hurd (No Sponsor,) realised the danger and chased with four other riders. They were closing the gap quickly and came within 20 seconds of the leaders, when a furious Hurd punctured. Axford continued to chase but the momentum had been lost and the group stayed out in no mans land. With 2 laps to go, Rowan Horner and Jamie Norfolk went clear to form the winning break. On the line, Jamie Norfolk just managed to out sprint the hard working Rowan Horner by a tyre’s width, in a time of 2 hours and 29 minutes for the 50 miles. Only 34 competitors mad it to the finish. Saturday’s De Mayo Velo System’s Thruxton Circuit races saw Justin Hoy (Evans Cycles R.T.) take first place in the Elite Race. He was followed over the line by Paul Pickup (Liphook Cycles) and Jody Crawforth (Evans Cycles R.T.) after a break of 5 stayed clear for most of the race. The tough condition split the supporting 3rd category race into 3 separate groups and was won by Dan Smith (Anglia Sport /Condor), Steve Moss (Bournemouth Arrow C.C. / Fircroft Hotel) took third place. The Junior race was won superbly by Simon Holt (Bikes 51 R.T.) who beat all of the 4th category Senior riders in the process. Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 20-03-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Portsmouth and Hampshire cyclists will be competing all across the county this weekend with a full program of Road Races, Time Trials and MTB racing. Today, the V.C. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles squad of Steve Walkling, Simon Berogna and Lesley-Anne Allen will be looking for wins in the Sotonia CC 10 mile event at Shipton Bellinger. They can expect a strong challenge from A3 C.R.G.’s Ben Instone, 2nd in last weekend’s Harting Hilly. De Mayo Velosystems are promoting another of their popular Thruxton Circuit meetings with over 100 competitors expected. All proceeds from this meeting will go to the ‘Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust". Sunday sees Portsmouth’s i-Team.co.uk/Wheel2Wheel field a team of 8 riders in the Surrey League RR at Dunsfold and also their Matt Doe is a seeded rider in the East Dorset CA 27km Time Trial in Bere Regis. This Weekends Premier event is Sunday’s Peter Doyle Memorial Road Race, starting in Meonstoke at 11am. Promoting club, Fareham Wheelers, have assembled a first class field including multi British Champion and last year’s winner, Michael Hutchinson – MDT / Giant / Speedplay / SIS. He will be challenged by 1998 winner, Danny Axford Parrot Print/TAL Endura / Terry Wright Cycles and strong V.C. St Raphael Squad of Matthew Melville, Rowan Horner & Simon Brooks. Rob Hurd (No Team,) is a late entry and the organiser has placed him as first reserve. Hurd, the 2002 winner would have a strong chance of lifting the honours, if a chance to ride becomes available. Diary Dates: Saturday 20 MARCH Sotonia CC 10 Mile Time Trial, Shipton Bellinger Village Hall, 1pm South De Mayo Velosystems Thruxton Circuit Races, Thruxton Motor Circuit, 10am Evans MTB Trail Ride - Kingsclere, Watership Down Sunday 21 March South Peter Doyle Memorial Road Race - Meon Hall, Meonstoke, 11am S.East Surrey League Road Race (Kingston Whls) – Dunsfold, 1:30pm Bognor Regis CTC meets Walberton Pond, nr Barnham, 10am. Chichester CTC meets City Cross, 10am Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill, 9am for choice of morning rides. Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross, Havant, 8.45am or Scout Hall, Funtington, 9.am i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square, 9.30am for training ride. Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library, 9.15am Tandem group meets Danbury Court, Emsworth, 10.30am. Wednesday 24 March: Havant CTC, meet opposite Arts Centre, 9am. Saturday 27 March: South De Mayo Velosystems Thruxton Circuits - Thruxton Motor Circuit – 10am i- Team.co.uk, meet W2W Cowplain Article 2 of 3 covers from August back to May 2004
  9. Ten years after they were printed in the Portsmouth Evening News, I found my old articles in Word documents on an old laptop, so I thought I'd publish everything in this online article as an archive. I hope that maybe new generations of club cyclist will get a snapshot of the sport in the Portsmouth area as it was back in 2004. N.B. Results & Reports in Black below were printed on Monday / Tuesday, while in Blue are the Previews and Event Diaries that were printed on Friday / Saturday This is Article 2 of 3 and covers from August back to May 2004Article 1 covers from May back to March 2004Article 3 covers Feburary 2005 back to August 2004Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 07-08-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Cycling fans will be treated to a taste of the Tour de France this Sunday, when the International Havant Grand Prix arrives in South East Hampshire. Spectators will be entertained by the spectacle of 100 professional and elite amateur cyclists from the UK and foreign teams, as they race for 180km along local roads, followed by a full race convoy of back up vehicles. Race organiser, Garth Staden, chairman of the local Southdown Velo cycling team, has again secured full backing from Havant Borough Council, Hampshire Police and The Hunter Springs Consultancy, as well as dozens of volunteers from the local cycling community. The race starts from Havant Market Parade at 10.00am and follows a tough course, seeking out the hardest, most strength sapping roads in the area, namely the climbs of Old Winchester Hill (to be climbed 3 times) and H.M.S. Mercury, North of Clanfield (6 times.) 2003 winner, Malcolm Elliott (Pinarello RT,)who currently leads the U.K. National Premier Calandar Road Race Series, again looks to be the man to beat. Veteran Elliott, who came back to the sport in 2002 after a highly successful career that included a Commonwealth Games Gold, a points victory in the Tour of Spain and numerous British Championships. Of the challengers, Elliot’s team mate, Julian Winn, a Tour of Italy finisher and Welsh Champion, looks the strongest on paper and means that rival teams will have to mark 2 Pinarello men. Of the rest, the ‘Planet X’ team of Mark Lovatt and John Tanner, who revel in tough conditions, are sure to be in the thick of the action. Local interest will be with Danny Axford (Parrot Print TAL RT) from Winchester, Ed Perry (SP Systems / Wightlink,) from the Isle of Wight and Liam Terry (Southdown Velo/MASSS/tHSC,) from Littlehampton. Information for spectators: The best places to watch the Havant International Grand Prix are at the top of the Prize Hills at Old Winchester Hill and HMS Mercury. Also, the race passes the cross-roads by the Bat and Ball public house a total of eight times. Approximate race times: Start at Havant: 10.00am Old Winchester Hill Prime: 10.46am Bat and Ball: 10.59am Old Winchester Hill Prime: 11.29am Bat and Ball: 11.42am Old Winchester Hill Prime: 12.12pm Bat and Ball: 12.31pm HMS Mercury Hill: 12.35pm Bat and Ball: 12.55pm HMS Mercury Hill: 1.00pm Bat and Ball: 1.20pm HMS Mercury Hill: 1.25pm Bat and Ball: 1.45pm HMS Mercury Hill: 1.50pm Bat and Ball: 2.10pm HMS Mercury Hill: 2.15pm Bat and Ball: 2.35pm HMS Mercury Hill: 2.40pm Finish at Market Parade, opposite Havant Park: 2.50pm Notes for spectators: Prize presentation for the top three riders will be made immediately after the finish. All other prizes will be awarded about an hour later If you are planning to watch on Old Winchester Hill, please use the public car park near the top Always park well off the road Previous Results: 2003 1. Malcolm Elliot, Pinarello 2. Mark Lovatt, Life Repair RT/Litespeed 3. Matt Stephens, Sigma Sport 2002 1. John Tanner, Compensation Group RT 2. Mark Lovatt, Compensation Group RT 3. Rob Hurd, Peloton 2001 1 John Tanner, Pro Vision ¬ Ribble 2 Gordon McCauley, Lanbouwkredit-Colnago 3 Mark Lovatt, Pro Vision ¬ Ribble 2000 1. Mark Lovatt, ProVision/Plant-X/Powerbar 2. Brian Keneally, Ireland 3. John Tanner, ProVision/Planet-X 1999 1. Russell Downing, Linda McCartney Pro Cycling Team 2. Wayne Randle, Planet X 3. Danny Axford, Arctic 2000 Full competitor listing: 1. ELLIOT Malcolm, Pinarello RT 2. BIRKS Jules, Alcan - Bianchi 3. COLEMAN Neil, Alcan - Bianchi 4. LACKFORD Graeme, Alcan – Bianchi 5. POLKINGHORNE Nigel, Alcan - Bianchi 6. SANDY Greg, Alcan - Bianchi 7. BAYLEY Tim, Arctic - Shorter Rochford RT 8. BIRD Adrian, Arctic - Shorter Rochford RT 9. DAYUS Jonatha,n Arctic - Shorter Rochford RT 10. DOBBIN James, Arctic - Shorter Rochford RT 11. CHARLESWORTH John, Bannertyne RT 12. KERMER Kay, BH Dessau 13. SCHULER Tilo, BH Dessau 14. VONHOF Mario, BH Dessau 15. WERNICKE Renz,o BH Dessau 16. DAVIS Lee, Bournemouth Arrow/Fircroft Hotel 17. BRUIN Ivor, BRC Kennemerland/Ton Scholten 18. De JAGER Francis, BRC Kennemerland/Ton Scholten 19. DEKKER Nan-Simon, BRC Kennemerland/Ton Scholten 20. ROL Raymond, BRC Kennemerland/Ton Scholten 21. VENELL Jeremy, BRC Kennemerland/Ton Scholten 22. SPENCE Chris, Caesarean CC 23. SHEPPARD Paul, Cwmcarn Paragon 24. CAPPER Jeffrey, cyclestore.co.uk 25. HARRISON Mike, cyclestore.co.uk 26. SEWELL Matthew, cyclestore.co.uk 27. BRIGGS Graham, Doncaster Whs./Don Valley Cycles 28. KENWRIGHT Nick, Energy Cycles RT/Principia 29. BIRCH Chris, Evans Cycle RT 30. COTTY Michael, Evans Cycle RT 31. McCANN David, Giant Asia Racing Team 32. GARDNER Thomas, Glendene CC 33. WHITEHORN Richard, Glendene CC 34. McMURDO Hilton, Glen Parker Cycles 35. DUNFORD Tim, Hargroves Cycles 36. HOLDSWORTH Pau,l Hounslow & District Whs. 37. FLINT Gary, In-Gear RT 38. LOUTER James, In -Gear RT 39. COULSON Dave, JE James RT 40. HEWITT Gareth, JE James RT 41. HIGGINS Steven, JE James RT 42. KISS Mike, JE James RT 43. HOUSE Kristian, Lombarden CT 44. SPENCE Warwick, London Dynamo 45. PERRY Mark, Maestro/Fircroft Hotel 46. PETERS John, Mid Devon CC 47. AXFORD Danny, Parrot Print TAL RT 48. HADDON Keith, Parrot Print TAL RT 49. LYONS Andy, Parrot Print TAL RT 50. MORGAN Roger, Parrot Print TAL RT 51. WARD Stephe,n Pete Read Racing 52. CLARKE David, Pedale Sportiv Creusotine 53. DAWSON Kevin, Planet X - On One 54. LOVATT Mark, Planet X - On One 55. TANNER John, Planet X - On One 56. CROWLEY David, Port Talbot Wheelers 57. BUTLER Paul, Prestige VC.com/Viners 58. DEBENS Chris, Prestige VC.com/Viners 59. ENSLIN Rob, Prestige VC.com/Viners 60. HOLT Ian, Prestige VC.com/Viners 61. LEWIS Richard, Prestige VC.com/Viners 62. RIGG Andrew, Prestige VC.com/Viners 63. URQHART Duncan, Prestige VC.com/Viners 64. WORTHINGTON Dave, Prestige VC.com/Viners 65. EASTHAM Richard, primera-bournemouth.co.uk 66. STEWART Duncan, Private Member 67. FORD Martin, Race Scene CC 68. DOWNING Dean, recycling.co.uk/MG XPower 69. DOWNING Russell, recycling.co.uk/MG XPower 70. GREENWOOD Ben, recycling.co.uk/MG XPower 71. GRIFFIN Paul, recycling.co.uk/MG XPower 72. SHARMAN Robin, recycling.co.uk/MG XPower 73. SNODDEN Shaun, recycling.co.uk/MG XPower 74. COWELL Leigh, Ribble Valley CRC 75. ELLIS Matthew Saey-Deschacht 76. HUNT Dan, Science-In-Sport.com 77. STEPHENS Matthew, Sigma Sport 78. WALLIS Tim, Solihull CC 79. TERRY Liam, Southdown Velo/MASSS/tHSC 80. PERRY Ed, SP Systems/Wightlink 81. THOMSON Adam, Swindon RC/Rudy 82. WOLFER Stepha,n Team Bradgate 83. ROCHE Andrew, Team Maestro 84. CHAMBERLAIN Roy, Team Milton Keynes 85. FLANAGAN James, Team Milton Keynes 86. HENLEY Simon, Team Milton Keynes 87. WILLIAMS James, Team Training FX 88. RICHARDSON Simon, Trek UK 89. POWELL Mark, VC Deal 90. HORNER Rowan, VC St. Raphael/Waite Contracts 91. JONES Gareth, Wales 92. MALARCZYK Anthon,y Wales 93. NORFOLK Jamie, Wales 94. PARTRIDGE Rob, Wales 95. ROACH Steven, Wales 96. WINN Julian, Wales 97. KAY Alastair, York Cycleworks 98. SUTCLIFFE Richard, York Cycleworks DIARY DATES: Sunday: 06:25 – Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 50 Mile Time Trial - Lytchett Matravers 07:00 - Bognor Regis CC 25 Mile Club Time Trial - Fontwell 08:45 - Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - & Scout Hall, Funtington (09:00) 09:00 - Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill. 09:15 - Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library. 10:30 - i-Team.co.uk meet Wickham Square for 3 hour training ride to Goodwood. Tuesday: 18:30 – Goodwood Gallops #16, Goodwood Motor Circuit U16 (seniors 60km 19:00). 18:20 - Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races, U16 (seniors 60km 19:00). Wednesday: 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 18:45 – RBS Portsmouth Circuits, Mountbatten Centre U16 (seniors 60km 19:00). 19:00 - A3crg Club 10 Mile Time Trial, Liss. 19:00 - Hampshire RC 10KM Club Time Trial, Funtington. Thursday: 19:00 – Portsmouth North End CC Club Time Trial – Buriton. 19:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 19:30 - Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Club Time Trial – Fontwell. Friday: 18.30 – Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Road Bikes. 19.30 - Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Track Bikes. Saturday 14/08 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 09.30 - i-Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, coached training ride to Chichester – all welcome. Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 31-07-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Following a break in the local racing calendar last weekend, Road Racing and Time Trial specialists will be returning for action in this weekend’s events. Sunday morning features the Bognor Regis CC 50 Mile TT and East Dorset Cycling Association 10 Mile TT events. Starting at 06:00 from Slindon, the Bognor event has attracted a 60 rider field, featuring many of the best local riders. Top seed is Dave Dent, racing for Isle of Wight club, SP Systems / Wightlink RT. Earlier this season, Dent was out of action due to injury but a string of good rides in the last few months, show that he is fast coming back into top form. Dent will face a tough challenge from the winner of last weekend’s Bournemouth Jubillee 25 mile event, Steve Walkling (V.C. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles)and Chris Birch (Evans Cycles RT.) In Dorset, Ben Instone (A3 CRG,) will be looking to add to his tally of wins this year with the East Dorset CA 10 mile event, starting at 07.30. Sunday afternoon features a full program of racing at Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit, incuding the John Smith Memorial Road Race, which is a round of the National under 23 Espoirs series, which will finish at approximately 14.00. A full program of events for all categories, starts at 13.00. The RBS Portsmouth Circuits at Mountbatten Centre continue to receive increased entries and local clubs are requested to support the remaining events, to secure future use of the Mountbatten Centre track. Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing are offering free use of road and/or track bikes for their coached Friday sessions, starting at 18:30. These sessions are £3/hour for over 18’s / £1 if under, and are an ideal introduction to fast group riding – novices will be welcomed. Places are limited and must be booked – contact guywatson@tiscali.co.uk DIARY DATES: Sunday: 06:00 – Bognor Regis CC 50 Mile Time Trial - Slindon 07:30 – East Dorset Cycling Association 10 Mile Time Trial – Fordingbridge 08:45 - Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - & Scout Hall, Funtington (09:00) 09:00 - Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill. 09:15 - Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library. 10:30 - i-Team.co.uk meet Wickham Square for 3 hour training ride to Goodwood. Monday: 19:00 – Team Axiom 10 Mile Time Trial - Tuesday: 18:30 – Goodwood Gallops #15, Goodwood Motor Circuit U16 (Seniors 60km 19:00). 18:20 - Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races, U16 (Seniors 60km 19:00). Wednesday: 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 18:45 – RBS Portsmouth Circuits, Mountbatten Centre U16 (Seniors 60km 19:00). 19:00 - A3crg Club 10 Mile Time Trial, Liss. 19:00 - Hampshire RC ‘GP des Gentlemen’ 10 Mile Club Time Trial, Funtington. Thursday: 19:00 – Fareham Wheelers 10 Mile Time Trial, - Whickam 19:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 19:30 - Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Club Time Trial – Fontwell. Friday: 18.30 – Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Road Bikes. 19.30 - Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Track Bikes. Saturday 07/08 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 09.30 - i-Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, coached training ride to Chichester – all welcome. 16.00 – Team Axiom 10 & 25 Mile Time Trials, Liss. Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 25-07-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Southern riders aquitted themselves well at National level this weekend. Gosport cyclist, Richard Heathcote, riding for i-team.co.uk / wheel2wheel4bikes.com / Oneleven, placed a respectable 18th in the National Junior Road Race Championships in Warwickshire. The race was won by Daniel Martin, son of former Professional cyclist, Neil Martin. Heathcote lead home a bunch of riders that also contained Ian Legg (Principia RT) and Philip Gough (Portswood Cycles.) In the National Police and Fire Services Road Race Championships, Hantspol CC’s Jason Eastwood rode strongly to finish 8th out of 54 riders. Velocity Cycles Gary Buckett was the winner of the Bognor Regis CC Denis Doughty Memorial 25 Mile Time Trial. Buckett was the only rider to finish with a time inside 60 minutes with a time of 58.50. Hampshire Road Club’s Gary Ferrett was 6th in 1.03.01 and Roy Bailey (Portsmouth North end CC,) was 10th with 1.06.48. Results: British Cycling Junior Road Race Championship - Warwickshire, 109km 1. Daniel Martin C.C. Giro 2.39.25 2. Andrew Hill Science in Sport @1.19 3. Ian Stannard Dataphonics 4. Lewis Atkins PCA Ciclos Uno @2.16 5. Andrew Tennant Bikes 51 6. Ryan Smith Dataphonics 7. Richard Hepworth VS Cycles 8. James Sampson Race Scene @2.18 9. Dale Appleby VC St Raphael 10. Peter Bissell Team Welwyn 18. Richard Heathcote i-Team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com/Oneleven @2.22 21. Phlip Gough Portswood Cycles 26. Ian Legg Principia RT Bognor Regis CC Denis Doughty Memorial 25 Mile Time Trial – Fontwell 1. Gary Buckett Velocity Cycles 58.50 2. Dave Patten Bognor Regis CC 1.01.04 3. Chris White Worthing Excelsior CC 1.01.36 4. Scott Wallis Bognor Regis CC 1.02.23 5. Paul Cook Bognor Regis CC 1.02.45 6. Gary Ferrett Hampshire Road Club 1.03.01 7. Roy Fairchild Bognor Regis CC 1.04.23 8. Edwin Jones Bognor Regis CC 1.06.12 9. Sean Ferrugia Hampshire Road Club 1.06.14 10. Roy Bailey Portsmouth North End CC 1.06.48 BARNSFIELD HEATH BC CIRCUITS Under 8’s 1. David Couch E Bournemouth Arrow CC / Fircroft Hotel Under 14/12’s 1. Luke Gray C Bournemouth Arrow CC / Fircroft Hotel 2. Robert Labuda B Bournemouth Arrow CC / Fircroft Hotel 3. Justyn Roberts B Bournemouth Arrow CC / Fircroft Hotel 4. William Couch C Bournemouth Arrow CC / Fircroft Hotel 5. Patrick Roberts C Bournemouth Arrow CC / Fircroft Hotel Category 3&4 1. Steve Wallington 3V G S Europa 2. Kevin Harris 3 BC PM – South 3. Steve Harris J(A) Bournemouth Jubilee Whlrs 4. Jeff Garner 4V Newbury Road Club 5. Mark Roderick 3 BC PM – South 6. Gordon Skillen 3 Bournemouth Jubilee Whlrs 7. Matt Coates J VC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts 8. Andy Howell 3V Gillingham & District Wheelers CC 9. Steve Staniland 3V Bournemouth Arrow CC 10. Stephen Atfield 4 Bournemouth Jubilee Whlrs 11. Richard Pearman 3 Team Axiom 12. Mark Hardwicke 3V Bournemouth Arrow CC 13. Steve Noyce 3 Team Tor 2000 14. Rod Langley 3V Bournemouth Jubilee Whlrs 15. Gary Timlick 3 GS Helix - Maestro 16. Peter Day 4 Fareham Wheelers CC 17. Trevor Fenwick 4V Bournemouth Jubilee Whlrs 18. Colin Harris 3 BC PM South 19. Paul Hudson 4 Bournemouth Arrow CC 20. Carol Tilley W3V Ride Cycleworks Category E/1/2/3 1. Graeme Lackford 1 Alcan – Sun Chemical 2. Mansour Youssef 3 BC PM - South 3. Barry Clewett 2 Casterbridge Hardy RT 4. Roland Tilley 2V Ride Cycleworks 5. Lee Burden 2 Bournemouth Arrow CC 6. Phil Smith 2 Sotonia CC 7. Martyn Harris 2 Newbury Road Club 8. Simon Brooks 1 VC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts 9. Mark Chadbourne 2 Ride Cycleworks Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 17-07-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Prolific race organiser, David Collard Berry, promotes another A3CRG open event on the popular A3 course near Petersfield today. Riders start near Greatham village hall and head North to Liphook, before returning to the Greatham roundabout. Course record is 51 minutes and 1 second, set by Ray Hughes (Clarence Wheelers), in April this year. The event features separate races for Men, Women, Tandems, as well as a single speed category, which should suit Aran Stanton (VC. St. Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles.) Stanton’s team mates, Simon Berogna and Mike Wareham, should combine to win the team prize and will feature in the battle for the overall win, along with Andrew Cooper (Primera-Bournemouth.co.uk.) 107 riders are down to start Sundays Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 25 Mile event at Ringwood. Seeded riders include: Steve Walkling and Paul Haggerty from VC St. Raphael, Dave Dent from SP Systems/Wightlink, Northover VT’s John Williams and Ray Robinson from Team Velocity / Off The Record. Leslie-Anne Allen in her new Primera-bournemouth.co.uk colours, should feature for the ladies prize. Also on Sunday, course record holder, VC St. Raphael’s Malcolm Cox, will be looking for a win in the Sussex Cycling Association 100 mile event, starting from Liss. DIARY DATES: Today: British Cycling South Circuit League [5:7] - Barnsfield Heath, Nr. Ringwood 1000 Youths all categories various distances 1030 3 / J / W 40 minutes + 1 lap 1030 4 / J / W 40 minutes + 1 lap 1130 E / 1 / 2 1 hour + 1 lap A3crg 10 Mile Time Trial – Greatham, Nr. Liss - 16:00 Sunday: 06:00 - Sussex Cycling Association 100 Mile Time Trial – Liss 06:30 - Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 25 Mile Time Trial – Upton By-Pass 08:30 - i-Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square for 3 hour training ride to Stoner Hill. 08:45 - Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - & Scout Hall, Funtington (09:00) 09:00 - Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill. 09:15 - Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library for ride to Bentworth. Tuesday: 18:30 – Goodwood Gallops #13, Goodwood Motor Circuit U16 (Seniors 60km 19:00). 18:20 - Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races, U16 (Seniors 60km 19:00). Wednesday: 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum for ride to Amberly. 18:45 - Portsmouth Circuits, Mountbatten Centre U16 (Seniors 60km 19:00). 19:00 - A3crg Club 10 Mile Time Trial, Liss. 19:00 - Hampshire RC 10 Mile Club Time Trial, Funtington. Thursday: 19:00 – Fareham Wheelers CC 10 Mile Club Time Trial, - Whickam 19:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum for ride to Southwick. 19:30 - Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Club Time Trial - Fontwell. Friday: 18.30 – Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Road Bikes. 19.30 - Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Track Bikes. Saturday 24/07 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum for ride to Liss. 09.30 - i-Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, coached training ride to Chichester – all welcome. 09:00 - South The Dorset Tour 3 Day - East Burton Village Hall, Dorset 2.3.4.W 408Km Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 04-07-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Team Axiom Southern Electric Road Race League Event 3 – Forestside Circuit: 1 Dominic Coughlin Vectis CC/Offshore Sports 2 Simon Berogna VC St. Raphael/Waite Contracts 3 Ray Robinson Velocity/Off The Record 4 4 Eamon Watson Principia RT 5 John Glaysher BC PM 6 Mark Roderick BC PM 7 Angus MacInnes RAF CC 8 Adrian Green Team Quest/The Bike Shop 9 Richard Burch Sotonia 10 Kevin Blann Luciano Cycles/Fondriest Frames 11 Tim Richardson CC Basingstoke/AW Cycles 12 Richard Pearman Team Axiom 13 Guy Watson i.team.co.uk/www.wheel2wheel4bikes.com/OnEleven 14 Paul Bishop BC PM 15 Richard Berogna Velocity/Off The Record 16 Gerry McDougall i.team.co.uk/www.wheel2wheel4bikes.com/OnEleven 17 Graham Childs i.team.co.uk/www.wheel2wheel4bikes.com/OnEleven 18 Daronn Gardner CC Basingstoke/AW Cycles 19 Andrew Self Pedalon.co.uk 20 Peter Giddings Swindon Wheelers 21 Simon Towner Team Velo Vet/Primera Bournemouth 22 Bob Hatton i.Team.co.uk/www.wheel2wheel4bikes.com/OnEleven Team Axiom Southern Electric Road Race League Final Overall: 1 Eamon Watson Principia RT – 206 Points 2 Simon Berogna VC St. Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles - 205 3 Ray Robinson Velocity/Off The Record - 199 4 Dominic Coughlin Vectis CC/Offshore Sport - 192 5 Angus MacInnes RAF CC - 182 6 Adrian Green Team Quest/The Bike Shop - 168 7 Tim Richardson CC Basingstoke/AW Cycles - 160 8 Richard Berogna Velocity/Off The Record - 141 9 Daron Gardner CC Basingstoke/AW Cycles - 140 10 Kevin Blann Luciano Cycles/Fondriest Frames - 138 11 Simon Towner Team Velo Vet/Primera Bournemouth - 136 12 Richard Pearman Team Axiom - 129 13 Gerry McDougall i.Team.co.uk/www.wheel2wheel4bikes.com/OnEleven – 128 Portsmouth North End CC Club 10 Mile Time Trial - Funtington 1 Andy Keinzle Fareham Wheelers 24.48 2 Bob Oliver Fareham Wheelers 26.21 3 Ross Gilbert Portsmouth North End CC 27.25 4 Chris Morrell Fareham Wheelers 27.27 5 Summer Kennesson Portsmouth North End CC 28.39 6 Mike Simpson Portsmouth North End CC 29.50 7 John Johnson Portsmouth North End CC 29.52 Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 03-07-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk South Coast rivals, Andrew Cooper (primera-bournmouth.co.uk), Ben Instone (A3CRG), Steve Walkling and Aran Stanton (VC St Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles) will be competing in today’s VC. St.Raphael 10 mile time trial on the A3 Liss/Liphook course. On current form it will be a close call to predict the winner as the riders hit their most important period of the 2004 season. This will make for an exiting spectators race. On Sunday, the first 100 mile time trial of the year takes place at Lytchett Matravers, where veteran Glenn Longland (Antelope RT) from Durley, looks favourite. 79 riders will be looking for personal best times on the fast Petersfield/Liphook course. Ben Instone will be looking to get the better of veteran race favourite, Ray Hughes (Clarence Wheelers.) DIARY DATES: Today: 16:00 – VC St Raphael Open 10 Mile Time Trial, incorporating under 16 National Championships, A3 – Greatham/Liss/Liphook. Sunday: 06:30 – Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 100 Mile Time Trial – Lytchett Matravers. 08:30 - i-Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square for training ride. 08:45 - Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - & Scout Hall, Funtington (09:00) 09:00 - Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill. 09:15 - Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library. Monday: 19:00 – A3CRG – 25 mile time trial – Petersfield / Liphook. Tuesday: 18:30 – Goodwood Gallops #11, Goodwood Motor Circuit U16 (Seniors 60km 19:00). 18:20 - Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races, U16 (Seniors 60km 19:00). Wednesday: 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 18:45 - Portsmouth Circuits, Mountbatten Centre U16 (Seniors 60km 19:00). 19:00 - A3crg 10 Mile Club Time Trial, Liss. 19:00 - Hampshire RC 10 Mile Club Time Trial, Funtington. Thursday: 19:00 – Team Axiom Southern Electric RR Series – Rowlands Castle. 19:00 – Fareham Wheelers 25 Mile Club Time Trial - Corhampton 19:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum for ride to Denmead. 19:30 - Bognor Regis CC Sporting 10 Mile Club Time Trial, Benges. Friday: 18.30 – Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Road Bikes. 19.30 - Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Track Bikes. Saturday 10/07 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum for. 09.30 - i-Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, coached training ride to Chichester – all welcome. 12:15 – B.C. South Division Road Circuit Championships - Thruxton Motor Circuit Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 26-06-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Team Axiom are promoting a weekend of time trialing, incorporating the National Inter-Services Championships, on the A3 near Petersfield. The first event, is a 10 mile event on the Liss/Liphook course, starting today at 16:00. Spectators will be keen to see ex Tour de France rider and 10 mile record holder, Sean Yates (In Gear RT,) who starts number 83 at 17:23. Aran Stanton, who normally rides for VC St. Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles, will be representing the Royal Navy & Marines. On Sunday the competitors take part in a 25 mile event, starting at Greatham. Steve Walkling (VC St Raphael,) looks a possible winner and other seeded riders include team mate Simon Berogna, Michael Gowan (Festival RC), Peter Tadros (In Gear RT), Tony Harvey (Northovers RT), Alan Dodkins (Team Velo Vet), Mark Brambleby (Team Luciano) and Liphook Cycles’ Jonathan Hepper. Fresh from her excellent 5th place in last weekend’s National 50 Mile Championships, Leslie Anne-Allen, who now rides for primera-bournemouth.co.uk, will be looking for victory in the women’s events on both days. Also on Sunday, local teams will be competing in the Andover Wheelers 70 KM road race nr Winchester and East Dorset Cycling Association promote a 50 mile event at Lychett Mattravers, where top seed is Dave Dent (SP Systems / Wightlink RT.) On Thursday, Road Racing returns to Rowlands Castle, with round 3 of the Team Axiom Southern Electric Series. DIARY DATES: Today: 16:00 – Team Axiom Open 10 Mile Time Trial, A3 - Liss/Liphook. Sunday: 06.30 - East Dorset CA 50 Mile Open Time Trial - Lychett Matravers. 07:00 – Team Axiom Open 25 Mile Time Trial, A3 – Greatham/Liss/Liphook. 08:30 - i-Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square for training ride. 08:45 - Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - & Scout Hall, Funtington (09:00) 09:00 - Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill. 09:15 - Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library for ride to New Alresford and Bentley. 09.30 - Andover Wheelers Road Race - 2.3.4.W.J 70Km - Wallops Parish Hall, Hants 10:00 – Hantspol CC Summer Road Race – Southwick D-Day Memorial Hall. 11:30 – Wheel2Wheel BikeFest – Gunwharf Quays. Monday: 19:00 - Team Axiom 25 Mile Club Time Trial, Soberton. Tuesday: 18:30 – Goodwood Gallops #10, Goodwood Motor Circuit U16 (Seniors 60km 19:00). 18:20 - Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races, U16 (Seniors 60km 19:00). Wednesday: 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum for ride to Medstead. 18:45 - Portsmouth Circuits, Mountbatten Centre U16 (Seniors 60km 19:00). 19:00 - A3crg 10 Mile Club Time Trial, Liss. 19:00 - Hampshire RC 10 Mile Club Time Trial, Funtington. Thursday: 19:00 – Team Axiom Southern Electric RR Series – Rowlands Castle. 19:00 - Portsmouth North End CC 15 Mile Club Time Trial, Aldsworth. 19:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum for ride to Denmead. 19:30 - Bognor Regis CC Sporting 10 Mile Club Time Trial, Benges. Friday: 18.30 – Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Road Bikes. 19.30 - Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Track Bikes. Saturday 03/07 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum for ride to Littlehampton. 09.30 - i-Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, coached training ride to Chichester – all welcome. 16:00 – VC St Raphael Open 10 Mile Time Trial, incorporating under 16 National Championships, A3 – Greatham/Liss/Liphook. Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 20-06-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Sunday’s Hampshire Police Cycling Club Summer Portsdown Road Race had to be re-routed on to a revised course, due to problems with a newly laid road surface at South Boarhunt. The combination of a shorter lap length and 7 ascents of the 20% climb from Southwick Roundabout to Portsdown meant that this was to be a race for climbers. Several riders tried to break away on the climb on the early laps, including Andy Rivett (Sotonia CC,) Eamon Watson, (Principia RT/RBS) but each time the bunch closed the gap on the descent back to Southwick. On the last lap, junior Richard Heathcote (i-Team.co.uk/Wheel2Wheel/OnEleven,) launched a big attack at the foot of the climb, gaining 50 metres but he was overhauled on the steepest section by Principia’s Ian Legg. Legg, from Petersfield, splits his racing season between road and mountain biking and is an excellent climber with a strong sprint. He used both of these skills to hold off his rivals all the way to the line, beating Jimmy Finch (BC Private Member) in to 2nd place, with Portswood Cycle’s Philip Gough 3rd. In the National 50 Mile Time Trial Championships, V.C. St.Rapheal’s Steve Walkling was only 3 minutes away from a medal, finishing a respectable 14th, in a time of 1 hour 53 minutes and 59 seconds. The second round of the Team Axiom Southern Electric Road Race League, held on the Milbury’s circuit, near Warnford, was won by Eamon Watson (Principia RT), who narrowly beat super-veteran, Ray Robinson (Velocity/Off The Record.) into second place. Simon Berogna, (VC St. Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles was 3rd.) Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 19-06-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Hampshire Police Cycling Club are one of the major race promoters in the area and after last Sunday’s successful 25 mile time trial, they will be promoting this Sunday’s Portsdown Hill Road Race. This event uses the tough Portsdown circuit and is 60kms long, with riders having to tackle the climb through North Boarhunt 5 times. Over 40 3rd & 4th category, male riders, women & juniors have entered and organiser, Steve Wiltshire will be accepting more entries on the day. Expect strong rides from Juniors Phillip Gough (Portswood Cycles RT) Richard Heathcote (i-Team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com/OnEleven),Ian Legg (Principia/RBS) and the Velocity/Off-The-Record Duo of Richie Berogna and Ray Robinson. Veteran Tim Costello (Southdown Velo/MASSS/The Hunter Spring) should also be a contender for a top 10 placing. Also on Sunday, Rother Valley Cycling Club are promoting an open 25 mile time trial on the Greatham/Liss/Liphook course. Ben Instone (A3CRG), will be taking on the VC St.Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles squad of Simon Berogna, Paul Haggerty and Malcolm Cox. Gunwarf Quays is the venue for a Bike Festival organised by Wheel2Wheel Cycles of Cowplain and Lee-on-Solent, in association with Cannons Health Clubs and British Cycling. A full program, for all the family, runs from 11.30 to 16:30. DIARY DATES: Today: 16:00 – Rother Valley Open 10 Mile Time Trial, A3 - Liss/Liphook. Sunday: 07:00 – Rother Valley Open 25 Mile Time Trial, A3 – Greatham/Liss/Liphook. 08:30 - i-Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square for training ride. 08:45 - Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - & Scout Hall, Funtington (09:00) 09:00 - Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill. 09:15 - Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library for ride to West Dean and Fishbourne. 10:00 – Hantspol CC Summer Road Race – Southwick D-Day Memorial Hall. 11:30 – Wheel2Wheel BikeFest – Gunwharf Quays. Monday: 19:00 - Team Axiom 25 Mile Club Time Trial, Soberton. Tuesday: 18:30 – i-Team.co.uk Goodwood Gallops #9, Goodwood Motor Circuit U16 (Seniors 60km 19:00). 18:20 - Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races, U16 (Seniors 60km 19:00). Wednesday: 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum for ride to Wiseborough Green. 18:45 - Portsmouth Circuits, Mountbatten Centre U16 (Seniors 60km 19:00). 19:00 - A3crg 10 Mile Club Time Trial, Liss. 19:00 - Hampshire RC 10 Mile Club Time Trial, Funtington. Thursday: 19:00 - Portsmouth North End CC 15 Mile Club Time Trial, Aldsworth. 19:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum for ride to East Meon. 19:30 - Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Club Time Trial, Fontwell. Friday: 18.30 – Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Road Bikes. 19.30 - Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Track Bikes. Saturday 26/06 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum for ride to Graffam. 09.30 i-Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, coached training ride to Chichester – all welcome. 16:00 – Team Axiom Open 10 Mile Time Trial, A3 – Greatham/Liss/Liphook Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 13-06-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Hampshire Police Cycling Club’s Open 25 mile time trial on Sunday rounded off an excellent weekend of results for riders from the Portsmouth area. In an almost predictable manner, Ben Instone (A3CRG) again looked unbeatable, winning in a time of 53 minutes and 16 seconds. However, 2nd place Steve Walkling (VC St Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles,) was only 34 seconds behind, with 53:50. Compared with Instone’s 1:14 winning margin over Walkling the last they met, in the Border CA event, these times could suggest that Walkling is closing in on his rival as the season progresses. VC St. Raphael were victors in the team category, with Simon Berogna just pipping veteran Alan Dodkins (Team Velo Vet,) for 3rd place and anchorman, Aran Stanton finishing 8th. Rowlands Castle Veteran, Gary Buckett, looks to be have his most consistent seasons to date, the velocity / Off The Record,) rider again finished amongst the leaders, with a 56.47 that was good enough for 6th place. Instone perhaps found some motivation for his win following a 21 second beating by Andrew Cooper (Primera-bournemouth.co.uk) in Saturdays Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 10 mile event. Instone’s near 30 mph time of 20:27 was no match for Cooper, who is coached by sports scientist Joe Beer. Also on Saturday, over 150 competitors, across all categories, lined up at Thruxton Motor Circuit for round 4 of the Southern Circuit League. Toby Neave (Southdown Velo/MASSS Ltd/The Hunter Spring) showed determination and class to finish 4th in the Elite race, behind the experienced Rob Hurd and the dominant Alcan/Sun Chemical-Alcan/R.G.L Cycles duo of Greg Sandy and Neil Coleman. Team Axiom’s Luke Myers continued his dominance of Wednesdays Mountbatten Centre Circuits by lapping the field to win. Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 05-06-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Sunday’s Border Cycling Association 25 mile promotion on the fast Liss/Petersfield Course, features another exiting clash between local fastmen. Cowplain’s Pete Pickers is organising the event as a memorial to his former team mate, Bob Redrup, who died suddenly last September, while training on the course for the Duo Normand event in France. Spectators will be keen to watch Steve Walkling (VC St Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles) and Ben Instone, (A3CRG,) resume their battle to be the South’s leading short distance time trialist. On recent form, Instone may have the edge but in past years, Walkling’s form always improves steadily, as the weather warms up, so it should be a close result. Walkling’s team mates, Mike Wareham and Simon Berogna, plus Ray Robinson (Velocity/Off the Record, are also seeded riders. To the West of the region, Nick Gardiner (TimeTrial.co.uk) is the scratch man in the Wessex Road Club 50 mile event on Sunday, which starts near Bere Regis at 06:30 am. Bunched Circuit Racing Returns to the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth on Wednesday after a weeks break and features racing for all categories from under 8 years through to Elite Amateurs. DIARY DATES: Today: Sotonia CC Middlemarkers 10 Mile Open Time Trial - Shipton Bellinger Village Hall - 15:00 Sunday Wessex RC 50 Mile Open Time Trial - Sturminster Marshall Memorial Hall – 06:30 Border CA 25 Mile Open Time Trial - Liss Village Hall – 07:30 Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides. Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45 & Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 07:00 for 100 mile training ride to Southampton & Isle of Wight. Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15 for ride to Trotton and Bramshot. Tuesday Goodwood Gallops #7 - Goodwood Motor Circuit - U16 - 18:30 / Seniors (60km) – 17:00 Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath, Hurn - U16 - 18:20 / Seniors (60km) – 17:00 Wednesday Portsmouth Circuits - Mountbatten Centre - U16 - 18:45 / Seniors (60km) – 17:00 A3crg 10 Mile Club Time Trial – Liss - 19:00 Hampshire RC 10 Mile Club Time Trial – Funtington - 19:30 Havant CTC meets Havant Museum 09:00 for ride to Liss and Farnham. Thursday Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Club Time Trial – Fontwell 19:30 Fareham Whs 25 Mile Club Time Trial – Corhampton – 19:00 Havant CTC meets Havant Museum 19:00 for ride to West Ashling Saturday 12/06 South Circuit League [4/7] - Thruxton Motor Circuit - U16 – 10:00 / Cat. 3&4 Seniors (51km) – 10.30 / Elite Cat. (51km) – 12:30 Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 10 Mile Open Time Trial – Thruxton – 15:00 i-Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30 for coached training ride to Chichester. Havant CTC Hill Climb & Freewheel - Down Place - 10:30 Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 06-06-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Cycling News Report & Results – Week Ending 06 June 2004 Guy Watson - cycling@thenews.co.uk Team Axiom believe that they have found a successful formula in promoting road racing for lower license categories on midweek evenings. Thursday evening saw 40 3rd and 4th category riders set out from Rowlands Castle Green for 6 laps of the Forestside circuit, with its 2km 1:12 climb. Simon Berogna (VC St Rapheal/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles,) was very active on the climb, winning all of the lap prizes for first up the climb. Tim Costello (Southdown Velo / MAASS / The Hunter Springs Consultancy) was also riding aggressively and chose to attack at the summit of Forestside Hill each lap, in an attempt to break up the field. Despite Costello’s efforts, the main bunch stayed together until the finish and the charge for the line was won by Islander Dominic Coughlin (Vectis Offshore Sports CC,) with Tim Costello 3rd and Veteran Time Trialist, Ray Robinson (Velocity / Off the Record,) showing that he can mix it in the bunch by finishing in 6th place. In the Border Cycling Association 25 mile time trial, Steve Walkling (VC St Raphael,) was a non starter, so it was left to his team mate, Mike Wareham to take on the challenge of an in form Ben Instone (A3GRG.) Instone produced another quality ride, to beat Wareham by 7 seconds with a 28mph 51min 41secs. Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing have announced that they will be organising coached training sessions for all categories, including beginners, at Portsmouth’s Mountbatten Center cycle track every Friday evening. A road bike session will be held from 18.30 to 19.30 and a session for fixed-wheel track bikes will be held from 19.30 to 20.30. Road & Track bikes are available for loan. For more information, contact Guy Watson at cycling@thenews.co.uk Results: Border CA 25 Mile Time Trial - Liphook 1 Ben Instone a3crg 51:41 2 Mark Wareham VC St Raphael 51:48 3 Tony Harvey Northovers VT 53:08 4 Simon Berogna VC St Raphael 53:38 5 Pete Younghusband Tri UK Inc 54:18 6 Dave Dent SP Systems / Wightlink RT 54:19 Team Axiom Southern Electric RR League [1:3] Forestside Circuit 1 Dominic Coughlin - Vectis Offshore Sports CC 2 Adam Roud - C C Basingstoke 3 Tim Costello - Southdown Velo / MAASS / The Hunter Springs Consultancy 4 Angus MacInnes - RAF CC 5 Eamon Watson - Principia RT / Principia A/S 6 Ray Robinson - Velocity / Off the Record Surrey League Goodwood Gallops #6 E/1/2/3/4/J - 30 miles 1 Matthew Starey BC Private Member 2 Liam Terry Southdown Velo 3 Gyles Wingate Principia RT 4 Robin Didymus Principia RT 5 Simon Felmore Dbennett Training RT 6 Rob Fuller Brighton Mitre Youth - 4 laps 1 Daniel Manelfi Freerider Cycles 2 Sophie Terry Maindy Flyers 3 Peter Mitchell VC Jubilee Youth - 3 laps 1 Joe Ludford Team Axiom Youth - 2 laps 1 Sophia Manelfi Freerider RT 2 Tom Ludford Team Axiom 3 Jeremy Costello Southdown Velo Surrey League Goodwood Gallops #5 - E/1/2/3/4/J - 30 miles 1 Lee Day Liphook Cycles RT 2 Matthew Starey Private 3 Nick Allen VC Meudon 4 Andrew Dilkes VC Meudon 5 Mike Debney London Dynamo 6 Justin Hoy Evans Cycles RT Youth - 4 laps 1 Daniel Manelfi Freerider Cycles 2 Matthew Howard VC Jubilee 3 Toby Meadows Beyond MTB Youth - 3 laps 1 Joe Ludford Team Axiom 2 David Ford VC Stella Youth - 2 laps 1 Dante Carpenter Pacific RT 2 Sophie Manelfi Freerider RT 3 Joseph Catchpole Southdown Velo Youth - 1 laps 1 Tomas Atkinson VC St Raphael 2 Joe Palmer Velocity Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 19-06-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Sunday’s Border Cycling Association 25 mile promotion on the fast Liss/Petersfield Course, features another exiting clash between local fastmen. Cowplain’s Pete Pickers is organising the event as a memorial to his former team mate, Bob Redrup, who died suddenly last September, while training on the course for the Duo Normand event in France. Spectators will be keen to watch Steve Walkling (VC St Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles) and Ben Instone, (A3CRG,) resume their battle to be the South’s leading short distance time trialist. On recent form, Instone may have the edge but in past years, Walkling’s form always improves steadily, as the weather warms up, so it should be a close result. Walkling’s team mates, Mike Wareham and Simon Berogna, plus Ray Robinson (Velocity/Off the Record, are also seeded riders. To the West of the region, Nick Gardiner (TimeTrial.co.uk) is the scratch man in the Wessex Road Club 50 mile event on Sunday, which starts near Bere Regis at 06:30 am. Bunched Circuit Racing Returns to the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth on Wednesday after a weeks break and features racing for all categories from under 8 years through to Elite Amateurs. DIARY DATES: Today: Sotonia CC Middlemarkers 10 Mile Open Time Trial - Shipton Bellinger Village Hall - 15:00 Sunday Wessex RC 50 Mile Open Time Trial - Sturminster Marshall Memorial Hall – 06:30 Border CA 25 Mile Open Time Trial - Liss Village Hall – 07:30 Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides. Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45 & Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 07:00 for 100 mile training ride to Southampton & Isle of Wight. Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15 for ride to Trotton and Bramshot. Tuesday Goodwood Gallops #7 - Goodwood Motor Circuit - U16 - 18:30 / Seniors (60km) – 17:00 Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath, Hurn - U16 - 18:20 / Seniors (60km) – 17:00 Wednesday Portsmouth Circuits - Mountbatten Centre - U16 - 18:45 / Seniors (60km) – 17:00 A3crg 10 Mile Club Time Trial – Liss - 19:00 Hampshire RC 10 Mile Club Time Trial – Funtington - 19:30 Havant CTC meets Havant Museum 09:00 for ride to Liss and Farnham. Thursday Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Club Time Trial – Fontwell 19:30 Fareham Whs 25 Mile Club Time Trial – Corhampton – 19:00 Havant CTC meets Havant Museum 19:00 for ride to West Ashling Saturday 12/06 South Circuit League [4/7] - Thruxton Motor Circuit - U16 – 10:00 / Cat. 3&4 Seniors (51km) – 10.30 / Elite Cat. (51km) – 12:30 Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 10 Mile Open Time Trial – Thruxton – 15:00 i-Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30 for coached training ride to Chichester. Havant CTC Hill Climb & Freewheel - Down Place - 10:30 Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 29-05-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Ian Legg Champion Petersfield Cyclist, Ian Legg (Principia Road Team) was a worthy winner of Sunday’s South Division Road Race Championships, held on the Blacklands Triangle Circuit. Legg, who mixes Road and Mountain bike racing in summer, with winter cyclo-cross is a true all rounder and a has a bright future ahead of him. Legg won the race by breaking away from the pack with Richard Tanguy (Velo Sport Jersey,) and winning the final sprint for the line. The winner of the Portsmouth End CC Road Race in April, Phillip Gough (Portswood Cycles Race Team,) finished 50 seconds ahead of the chasing bunch for 3rd place, 1min 35secs behind the leading duo. Three Portsmouth riders battled it out in the bunch sprint for 5th place, with Mathew Coates (VC St Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles,) leading home Izak van Coller (Velocity / Off the Record) and Richard Heathcote (i-team-co.uk/wheel2wheelbikes.com/olympic Fire Protection.) Unfortunately, the Senior Title race had to be cancelled due to a tragic Road Traffic Accident involving a motor cyclist. A date will be announced soon for the re-run. Veteran Gary Buckett (Velocity / Off the Record) found some good form in the VTTA (Wessex) 25 Mile time trial at Thruxton, taking 6th place with a time of 55.23. Team Axiom’s Des Ludford was 9th in 55.57 and Portsmouth North End CC’s Glen Syder rode strongly to finish in 58.12. In the Border CA 25 Mile Time Trial, Paul Pickup (Liphook Cycles) beat Steve Walkling (VC St Rapheal) by 23 seconds, with a near 30mph 51min 2secs. Results: South Division Road Championships - Juniors: Winner: Ian LEGG Principia RT / Principia A/S 83km in 02:02:10 2nd Richard TANGUY Velo Sport Jersey st 3rd 23 Philip GOUGH Portswood Cycles Race Team @ 1:35 4th 27 Tim MORRIS Swindon Road Club / Total Bike/Rudy Project/Bicycle Line @ 1:45 5th 25 Gyles WINGATE Principia RT / Principia A @ 2:25 6th 30 Matthew COATES VC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles st 7th 29 Izak van COLLER Velocity / Off the Record st 8th 22 Richard HEATHCOTE i-team-co.uk/wheel2wheelbikes.com/olympic Fire Protection st 9th 31 Tom BUDD G A Cycles st 10th 21 Scott CHALMERS Chippenham & District Wheelers CC st Women 1st 2 Emma SILVERSIDES Leisure Lakes RT / Leisure Lakes 83km in 02:04:35 2nd 1 Sara DINWOODIE Chippenham & District Wheelers CC @ 2:35 Masters plus 3rd & 4th categories: 1st 51 Dominic COUGHLIN Vectis Offshore Sports CC 83km in 02:04:35 2nd 46 James GRIFFIN Cheltenham & County CC @ 2:35 3rd 42 David LINDSAY British Cycling Private Member – South st 4th Category: 1st 96 Stephen MARCHANT Swindon Road Club / Total Bike/Rudy Project/Bicycle Line 83km in 02:04:08 2nd 93 Chris DAVIS Real Cost Cars.com / Real Cost Car Imports/Lease Direct Finance @ 0:27 3rd 90 Haydn DAVIES Hardly Athletic Cycling Club st Surrey League Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit: 3/4/J/W - 50 miles 1 Martin Markowski Bayeux Landscapes 3 1:58:02 2 Lewis Atkins PCA Ciclos Uno J 3 Tim Costello Southdown Velo 3V 4 Paul Atkinson VC St Raphael 3 @ 0:13 42 Mario Manelfi Freerider Cycles 3V 48 Adam Jewell Solent RT 4 54 Oly Aldridge VC Meudon 3V 4/W - 30 miles 1 Dan Manelfi Freerider Cycles Y 1:16:19 29 Eugene Bardwell Southdown Velo 4V VTTA (Wessex) 25 Mile Time Trial 1 Ray Hughes Clarence Whs V 51:33 2 Jake Prior Andover Whs V 53:01 3 Ray Robinson Velocity / Off The Record V 53:43 4 Colin Wallace Port Talbot Whs V 53:59 5 John Woodburn Maidenhead & Dist CC V 54:38 6 Gary Buckett Velocity / Off The Record V 55:23 7 Steve Wood Antelope RT V 55:40 8 Pete Pickers Northovers VT V 55:56 9 Des Ludford Team Axiom V 55:57 13 Glenn Syder Portsmouth North End CC V 58:12 33 Judith Jones Fareham Whs WV 1:02:47 Border CA 25 Mile Time Trial 1 Paul Pickup Liphook Cycles RT 51:22 2 Steve Walkling VC St Raphael 51:45 3 Peter Kench Liphook Cycles RT 52:01 4 Simon Berogna VC St Raphael 53:43 7 Richie Berogna Velocity / Off The Record 55:29 10 Pete Younghusband Tri UK Inc 56:29 Principia Mountbatten Centre Circuits, Portsmouth Results SENIORS 1st Rowan HORNER VC St Raphaël/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles 56km 2nd Ian LEGG Principia RT / Principia A / S @ 1 lap 3rd Andrew GOUGH Portswood Cycles RT @ 2 laps 4th Simon BROOKS VC St Raphaël/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles st 5th Robin DIDYMUS Principia RT / Principia A / S 6th Philip GOUGH Portswood Cycles RT st 7th Liam SOMERVILLE Vectis Offshore Sports CC st 8th Ian DONOHUE Team Axiom st 9th Roy LUDFORD Team Axiom st 10th Richard PEARMAN Team Axiom st 11th Phil MARSHALL Principia RT / Principia A / S st 12th Mick METCALF Team Axiom st 13th Graham CHILDS i-team.co.uk–wheel2wheel4bikes.com st 14th Derek LUDFORD Team Axiom st YOUTHS 1st Joseph DONOHUE Team Axiom PLEASE NOTE:~ there is no PORTSMOUTH CIRCUITS on Wednesday 2nd June due to the stadium being used for the D-Day 10km Road Running Race. Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 22-05-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Instone Mounts Local Challenge Hantspol Cycling Club promote their open 10 mile time trial this evening, on the A3, North of Petersfield, with the first rider starting at 18.01. Starting near Greatham village on the B3006, the riders race to the Liphook roundabout and then return to Greatham. Course record is a 30mph, 19 minutes and a second, set by Michael Hutchinson in May 2001. 64 riders have entered, with top seed, Ray Hughes of Clarence Wheelers off at 19.00. Local fastman, Ben Instone (A3CRG) will be looking to maintain the form that won him the Hampshire Road Club ‘10’ at the beginning of the month. This year has been a breakthrough year for the popular Instone and on his home course; he will be hard for Hughes to beat. The other seeded riders are Simon Berogna (V.C. St. Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles, Tony Harvey & Pete Pickers (Northovers VT,) Brian Molloy (Epsom CC) and Steve Geran (GS Stella.) Instone rides again on Sunday and is top seed in the Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 30 mile event at Lytchett Matravers in the New Forest. Portsmouth riders, Simon Berogna & Aaron Stanton (VC St. Raphael,) plus veteran, Ray Robinson (Velocity/Off The Record) are also riding and are set for high placings. DIARY DATES: SUNDAY 23 MAY: Bournemouth Jubilee Whs Open 30 Mile Time Trial – Lytchett Matravers – 07:30 Sun 23 May Bognor Regis CC Club 30 Mile Time Trial – Fontwell – 07.00 Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides. Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45 & Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 07:30 for 80 mile training ride to Stockbridge and New Forest. Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15 for ride to Liss and Waggoners Wells. TUESDAY 25 MAY Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath, Hurn - U16 - 18:20 E.1.2.3.4.W.J 60Km - 19:00 Goodwood Gallops, Goodwood Motor Circuit - U16 4-16km 18:30 - E.1.2.3.4.J.W 60km 19:00 WEDNESDAY 26 MAY Portsmouth Circuits - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth - U16 - 18:45 E.1.2.3.4 52Km - 19:30 Havant CTC meets Havant Museum for ride to Liss and Farnham. THURSDAY 27 MAY Hampshire RC 10 Mile Club Time Trial - Funtington - 19:30 A3crg 10 Mile Club Time Trial – Liss - 19:00 SATURDAY 29 MAY Hantspol CC 10 Mile Time Trial – Greatham / Liphook - 18:00 i-Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30 for coached training ride. Havant CTC meets Havant Museum for ride to Trotton and Graffam. Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 23-05-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Instone’s Hat Trick Ben Instone dominated local time trial events this week by scoring 3 open event wins in 5 days, taking some notable scalps in the process. The A3CRG rider managed to sustain the form that won him the Hampshire Road Club 10 mile at the beginning of the month and took his first of 3 wins in the Border C.A. 25 Mile event on Wednesday, with a time of 52m04s to beat Steve Walkling (V.C. St Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles) by over a minute. Walkling’s consolation was leading team mates Malcolm Cox (54:03) and Simon Berogna (55:20) to the team prize. On Saturday, Instone just pipped Ray Hughes by one second, to win the Hantspol CC 10 mile event at Liphook. Tony Harvey (Northovers RT) was 3rd. Ray Robinson (Velocity / Off The Record) was 4th and with team mates Gary Buckett and Richie Berogna, won the team event. The Fareham Wheelers ladies team of Judith Jones 24m53s, Melanie Biggs and Caroline Stiles broke their club’s long standing team record by a minute and 25 seconds. Steve Walkling travelled to the midlands to participate in the 10 Mile National Championships and finished in a creditable 23rd place, with a time of 20m23s. His partner, Leslie Anne-Allen was 9th in the ladies event with 23m29s. On Sunday, Instone showed no signs of fatigue, as he took the Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers New Forest 30 mile, in a time of 1.04.30. Second placed rider, Nicholas Harvey (Brighton Mitre CC,) lost over half a minute on the victor but the result is provisional, following a report of paced riding. Harvey caught Ian Ayliffe (Salisbury RC) around 15 miles and the pair spent the second half of the race trying to distance themselves from one another but still crossed the finish line meters apart. Cowplain Olympian, Rob Hayles, continues his promising build up for Athens this week, by leading Team GB to a Gold Medal in the Sydney World 4000m Team Pursuit. Wednesday 19th May PORTSMOUTH CIRCUITS - Supported by Principia - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth SENIORS 1st Simon BROOKS VC St Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles 56km 2nd Luke MYERS Team Axiom @ 1 lap 3rd Mike PAGET Hampshire Road Club st 4th Andrew GOUGH Portswood Cycles RT st 5th Roy LUDFORD Team Axiom st 6th Mick METCALF Team Axiom st 7th Adrian GREEN Team Quest / The Bike Shop st 8th Robin DIDYMUS Principia RT / Principia A / S st 9th Ian DONOHUE Team Axiom st 10th Phil MARSHALL Principia RT / Principia A / S st 11th Liam SOMERVILLE Vectis Offshore Sports CC st 12th Richard PEARMAN Team Axiom st 13th Michele WARD Team Fraser Wilson st 14th Liam TERRY Southdown Velo / MASSS LTD/The Hunter Springs Consultancy st 15th Dominic COUGHLIN Vectis Offshore Sports CC st 16th Derek LUDFORD Team Axiom st 17th Matthew COATES VC St Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles st 18th Stuart GOUGH Portswood Cycles RT st 19th Rowan HORNER VC St Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles st 20th Mark FITZGERALD British Cycling Private Member – South st YOUTHS 1st Ben PLAIN Chapel Tri-Stars Junior Tri Club 2nd Tom BUTT Chapel Tri-Stars Junior Tri Club 3rd Charlie WHITE Solent Race Team 4th Lucy ATKINSON Chapel Tri-Stars Junior Tri Club 5th Joseph DONOHUE Team Axiom Border CA 25 Mile Time Trial - Liphook 1 Ben Instone a3crg 52:04 2 Steve Walkling VC St Raphael 53:18 3 Steve Geran GS Stella V 53:44 4 Nik Bowdler Farnborough & Camberley CC 54:01 5 Malcolm Cox VC St Raphael 54:03 6 Steve Frame Team Kontour Cycles 55:14 7 Simon Berogna VC St Raphael 55:20 Article 3 covers Feburary 2005 back to August 2004
  10. Ten years after they were printed in the Portsmouth Evening News, I found my old articles in Word documents on an old laptop, so I thought I'd publish everything in this online article as an archive. I hope that maybe new generations of club cyclist will get a snapshot of the sport in the Portsmouth area as it was back in 2004. N.B. Results & Reports in Black below were printed on Monday / Tuesday, while in Blue are the Previews and Event Diaries that were printed on Friday / Saturday This is Article 3 of 3 and covers Feburary 2005 back to August 2004Article 2 covers from August back to May 2004Article 1 covers from May back to March 2004Cycling Events Report –February 2005 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk 2005 Perfs Pedal Preview Olympic Medallist and The News Sports Personality of the year, Rob Hayles, will make a rare appearance on local roads this weekend, when he lines up with his ‘recycling.co.uk/MG Xpower’ team for the annual Perf’s Pedal Race on Sunday, at Rowland’s Castle. This race traditionally heralds the start of the UK road racing season and has been promoted by Mick Waite, VC St. Raphael/Waite Contracts, since 1964, making it one of the longest running events in the country. Hayles has just returned from the Tour of Langkawi, Malaysia, where he gained a 5th place on stage 7, where he was only beaten by 4 of the world’s best road sprinters. Speaking from his base in the Peak District this week, Hayles spoke about his plans for 2005: “Malaysia was excellent training and gave me lots of feedback on how I am going, on one day, my handlebar computer showed 47 degrees C in the sun! – so every day was a real test of endurance. My form is now building on schedule for the World Individual Pursuit Championships in Los Angeles at the end of March. Every training ride has to count now and I will be looking to ride as hard as I can on Sunday. I know that I will be heavily marked by all of the riders but I still think of the Perf’s circuit being on my old training roads and I really would like to win it in front of some of my friends and family.” Hayles has the support of team mates and fellow Olympians Chris Newton and Paul Manning but will face some strong opponents including last year’s winner and former National Champion, Julian Winn (Pinarello RT/Pinarello/Assos/Corima/Rudy Project.) Local riders will be especially motivated to perform in ‘their’ home race, none more so than the promoting clubs Rowan Horner, Jason Streather and Simon Brookes. Other Elite Teams include Cycleurope-Bianchi and also Viner Bikes/Askiso Sports Nutrition/Mar Services with Rob Enslin, Tom Smith and an on-form Duncan Urquhart, who won last Sunday’s GS Stella Time Trial Weekend. One of the features that makes the Perf’s pedal Race so popular with riders and spectators is that it gives ordinary club riders a chance to compare themselves against the country’s best. Portsmouth development squad i-team.co.uk/wheel2wheeel4bikes.com/OnEleven has Rob Hayles as its President and has 5 riders pre-entered for race experience and will be lead by Keith Jarrett, who was 2nd in the 1986 Perfs. Richard Heathcote, from Gosport, who rode with i-Team last year, has now turned senior with a first category license and debuts on Sunday for his Belgian club, Team Rochelle/ Maestro / Ciocc. The race starts from Rowland’s Castle Green at 11am and takes in 6 laps of a 6.5 mile circuit that takes in the climbs of Woodberry Lane and Forestside. The race finishes on the road from Stansted House to Forrest side, shortly before 1pm. Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 25-12-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Hampshire cyclists will be dusting off their racing machines ready for the traditional Boxing Day time trials, with Bognor Regis CC and New Forest CC, each promoting events. Although some riders will be looking to record fast times to compare against rivals, it is usual that many will treat these as fun events and wear fancy dress costumes as part of the weekend’s festivities. The New Forest CC open event starts from Ringwood and heads South on the B3347, to turn at Sopley and retrace. 53 have entered, including Glenn Longland (Antelope RT / RS Holdings,) Malcolm Cox (VC St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles) and Andrew Cooper (primera-bournmouth.co.uk.) The Bognor Regis CC event will accept entries on the day and starts from Fontwell at 11am. DIARY DATES: Xmas Day: 09:30 – i-Team.co.uk meet at The George, Portsdown. Boxing Day: 08:30 – i-Team.co.uk meet Wickham Square 10:00 – New Forest CC 10 Mile Time Trial, Ringwood 11:00 – Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Time Trial, Fontwell Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 01-11-2004 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk With the 2004 Time Trial Season at an end, the South DC points competition results have now been compiled and Portsmouth area clubs have placed riders at the top in each of the categories. Team Velocity / The Exercise Deck beat VC St. Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles into second place in the Team Competition, thanks to consistent placings throughout the year from Ray Robinson, Richie Berogna and Mark Ashton. Out of a total of 44 scoring teams, A3CRG finished 10th, Fareham Wheelers 15th and Hampshire Road Club – 20th. In the individual categories, Top men’s performer for 2004 was veteran Steve Clark (Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers,) who rode 42 events to score 1677 points. A3 CRG’s Ben Instone was 2nd with 1583 points scored from 30 races and rival Steve Walkling clocked up 1403 points from just 25 scoring events. Lesley-Anne Allen (Primera-Bournemouth.co.uk,) scored double the points of 2nd placed Louise Burman (Bournemouth Arrow CC) to win the women’s category with Fareham Wheeler’s finishing 3rd. Top Junior was Principia RT’s Gyles Wingate. In the ‘Best all-rounder’ category, based on times for 25,50 and 100 mile events, VC St. Raphael’s Malcolm Cox was a convincing winner with an impressive 27.133 mph average overall. On Sunday, Hampshire Road Club hosted their Inter-Club Hill climb time trial on the 20% slopes of Knight’s Hill, near Charlton. Toby Neave (Southdown Velo) was the winner by 2 seconds, in a time of 3 minutes and 28 seconds, from Hugh Broadhead (Rother Valley CC,)with Hants RC’s Gary Ferrett finishing in 3rd place with 3m 44secs. After 4 events in the Calshot Track League, Bournemouth Jubilee Wheeler’s John Mariner regained the overall lead by one point from Simon Saunders (SP Systems/Wightlink.) Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 25-10-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk The last open Time Trial of the season featuring local riders, saw Steve Walkling take a fine 3rd place behind his new In-Gear Cycle Sport team mate, Sean Yates. Yates won the Brighton Mitre 25 mile event in a time of 54 min and 40 secs, some 3 minutes off of his course record due to the breezy conditions but nearly a minute faster than the runner up, veteran Ray Hughes (Clarence Wheelers,) who recorded a time of 55.32, just ahead of Walkling’s 56.04. Yates’ younger brother, Christian, finished 4th with 56.19, to ensure an In-Gear win in the team classification. Walkling’s South Coast rival and winner of last week’s New Forest 10 Mile, Julian Jenkinson (primera-bournmouth.co.uk) placed 5th in 56.30. 15 riders went on to record sub 60 minute times including: Malcolm Cox (VC St. Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles – 56.57,) Dave Dent (SP Systems/Wightlink – 57.14) and Simon Berogna (In-Gear, 59.53.) Carol Gandy (San Fairy Ann CC) won the ladies category with a time of 1hr 2 min and 41 secs. The Calshot Indoor Tack League saw some fierce competition, with Simon Saunders (SP Systems/Wightlink) regaining his overall lead from Bournemouth Jubilee’s John Marriner, by winning the 28 lap, Points, Sprint and Distance races. Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 22-10-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk With the local time trial season over, club riders from around the Portsmouth area have targeted Sunday’s Brighton Mitre CC 25 mile event at Steyning. Portsmouth’s elite Time Trial duo, Steve Walkling and Simon Berogna, have chosen this to be the first event that they will be riding for their new team, In Gear Cycle Sport/Seaford Health Food Store/WAS Architects/Siberrys Estate Agents, a squad that includes former Tour de France Yellow Jersey, Sean Yates. Yates, who is the course record holder for this event, will be out for the win and showed that he is still a force to be reckoned with, following a strong ride at the Goodwood circuit last Sunday. Primera-bournmouth.co.uk rider, Julian Jenkinson on recent form,, should be challenging for the victory, along with last year’s winner, Dean Lubin (Birkbeck College CC,) VC. St Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycle’s Malcolm Cox and possibly Steve Walkling, who has been consistent throughout a long season. Also on Sunday, Calshot Track League continues with John Marriner (Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers,) David Sinclair (Fareham Wheelers) and Des Ludford (Team Axiom,) out to defend overall leads in their respective categories. A full program of racing begins at 1.30pm DIARY DATES: Sunday: 08:00 – Brighton Mitre CC 25 Mile Time Trial - Steyning 08:45 - Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - & Scout Hall, Funtington (09:00) 09:00 - Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill. 09:15 - Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library. 13:30 – Calshot Indoor Track Racing, Nr Fawley. Wednesday: 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 19.00 – Road Bike Training – Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth Thursday: 19:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. Friday: 18.30 – Road Bike Coaching, Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth. 19.30 - Track Bike Coaching, Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth. Saturday 30/10 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 09.30 - i-Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, coached road bike group training ride to Chichester. Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 15-10-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Portsmouth’s Elite cycling club, V.C. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles, have taken a haul of medals in the opening days of the National Track Championships at the Manchester Velodrome. The team of David Heald, Barney Storey and Ross Edgar, won the Team Sprint event and the following day, Edgar also won the Individual Title. More medals were to come in the 1km time trial, with Storey taking Silver and Neil Potter the bronze. Jacqui Marshall added to the tally with a bronze in the 15km scratch race. Rob Hayles, who has just taken a month break from training to peak for the World Championships in March, was just beaten by fellow Olympian, Paul Manning in the Individual Pursuit. With Team Persil, Hayles’ took a second silver in the Team Pursuit, with VC St Raphael just out of the medals in 4th place. Also on the track, the first round of the Calshot Winter Track League got underway on Sunday and was dominated by Simon Saunders (SP Systems- Wightlink RT/MCS/The Sign Shop,) who won the 28 lap, unknown distance, hare & hounds and the final distance race. David Sinclair, was just as successful in both of the combined junior/women/veterans races, winning the 2km Scratch and unknown distance events and along with 2nd places in the senior events, this was enough to take the overall lead in League B. Liphook Cycle’s Elite Road Rider, Paul Pickup, was a convincing winner of the 6th and final round of the recent RTTC Rudy Project TT Series. His time of 1hr 2min 19 sec bettered 2nd place Dominic Sweeney (Lutterworth Cycle Centre) by nearly 2 minutes. VC St. Raphael’s Simon Berogna was 8th and his brother, Richie (Team Velocity / The Exercise Deck,) was 11th. Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 16-10-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk The 2004 Racing season will effectively come to an end this weekend for many local Road Racers and Time Trialists and nearly 200 competitors will be taking place in various local events, before starting their winter regimes. Today sees riders from the Portsmouth area clubs competing in the New Forest CC 10 mile event. Favourites for the win include Malcolm Cox (VC St Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles and John Williams (Northover’s VT.) Bognor Regis CC promote the Goodwood Classic Hilly 28 Mile Time Trial on Sunday, a counting event for the Sussex CA, South East Area and National Time Trial Series. This is a unique race and uses the challenging rural roads around the Goodwood Estate that were used for the 1982 World Championship Road Race. 100’s of local cyclist are expected to be at the roadside supporting their club mates and there are several vantage points on the Downs but organisers request that any cars are parked away from the course. A quality field has been lined up, including last years winner, Mike Coyle (VC Etoile.) VC St Raphael’s Simon Berogna, 3rd last year, will be looking to put pressure on Coyle, along with team mates, Malcolm Cox and Steve Walkling. For those riders that are still chasing points for category promotion, Surrey League make their last visit to Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit on Sunday, with a racing program for all categories starting at 09.30. DIARY DATES: Today: 09.00 – Denmead – Midhurst – Denmead 100KM Audax 10.00 – New Forest CC 10 Mile Time Trial - Bisterne Sunday: 08:30 – Bognor Regis CC Goodwood Classic 25 Mile Time Trial - Lavant 08:45 - Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - & Scout Hall, Funtington (09:00) 09:00 - Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill. 09:15 - Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library. Surrey League - Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit: 09.30 4.W.J 50km 11.00 U16 11.30 - E.1.2 3.W.J 80km 13.30 – Calshot Winter Track League Wednesday: 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 19.00 – Road Bike Training – Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth Thursday: 19:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. Friday: 18.30 – Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing, Mountbatten Centre – Road Bikes. 19.30 - Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing, Mountbatten Centre – Track Bikes. Saturday 22/10 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 09.30 - i-Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, coached road bike group training ride to Chichester. Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 09-10-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Forty-Eight 2-man teams will be competing in this Sunday’s Veteran’s Time Trials Association (Wessex) 25 mile event in Dorset. There are 2 competitions within this event: The first is for pairs with one rider aged over 40 years, won last year by Neil Coleman (Teamendurasport.com) and Jake Prior (Andover Wheelers,) in a time of 51 min and 45 secs. The second event is with one rider aged over 50 years, won last year by John Williams (Northovers VT) and Andy Millward (VC Camelot) in 54.59. Local pairings in with a chance of victory include Dave Dent (SP Systems Wightlink) and Simon Berogna (VC St Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles) plus Gay Buckett (Team Velocity/Exercise Deck) and Steve Walkling VC St Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles.) With the time trial season almost at an end, a new season is starting for indoor track racing at the Calshot Velodrome, located at the Calshot Activities Centre near Fawley. Racing for all categories starts at 13.30. Floodlit road bike sessions at Portsmouth Mountbatten Centre are being held every Wednesday night from 19:00. DIARY DATES: Sunday: 08:00 - VTTA (Wessex) 2-up TTT 25 Miles – Lytchett Matravers 08:45 - Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - & Scout Hall, Funtington (09:00) 09:00 - Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill. 09:15 - Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library. 13.30 – Calshot Winter Track League Wednesday: 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 19.00 – Road Bike Training – Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth Thursday: 19:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. Friday: 18.30 – Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Road Bikes. 19.30 - Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Track Bikes. Saturday 16/09 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 09.30 - i-Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, coached training ride to Chichester – beginners on road bikes welcome. Cycling Events Results & Reports 10.00 - New Forest CC 10 Mile Time Trial Vélocity/The Exercise Deck Portsdown T.T League - 25 Miles. 1 Andy Kienzle F.W.C.C. 57.11 2 Mike Merchant Bognor Regis 57.55 3 Gary Bucket Velocity The Exercise Deck 57.58 4 Glenn Syder P.N.E.C.C. 58.46 5 Gary Ferret H.R.C 59.20 6 Andrew Wheadon H.R.C 59.48 7 Keith Drew H.R.C 59.59 8 Ben Heinrich F.W.C.C. 1.1.11 9 Alan Emmott Hantspol 1.2.19 10 Richard Pearman Team Axiom 1.2.54 11 Peter Knipe F.W.C.C. 1.3.31 12 John Snook Hantspol 1.4.52 13 Bob Oliver F.W.C.C. 1.5.57 14 Geoff Bibby F.W.C.C. 1.7.48 15 Chris Peden P.N.E.C.C. 1.7.50 16 Roger De Vere F.W.C.C. 1.8.06 17 Stefan Heinrich F.W.C.C. 1.14.57 18 John Johnson P.N.E.C.C. 1.18.56 19 Ken Waller P.N.E.C.C. 1.19.52 2003-2004 Calshot Winter League SENIOR A LEAGUE: 1. Joe LIVERSIDGE Stevenage CC 103 pts 2. Rob JEFFERIES Brixton Cycles 88 pts 3. Nick O’HARA Hampshire Road Club 60 pts SENIOR B LEAGUE: 1. John MARRINER Bournemouth Jubilee Wh 103 pts 2. Gavin MARTIN Bournemouth Arrow CC 81 pts 3. Izak van COLLER Off the Record / Velocity 71 pts YOUTH U16/U14: 1. Alex ALDHAM-BREARY PCA Ciclos Uno 136 pts YOUTH U12/U10/U8: 1. William COUCH Bournemouth Arrow CC 187 pts VETERANS LEAGUE: 1. John MARRINER Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 54 pts JUNIOR LEAGUE: 1. Joe LIVERSIDGE Stevenage CC 52 pts 11. Alex ALDHAM-BREARY PCA Ciclos Uno 1pt Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 02-10-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Cycle racing returns to Rowlands Castle on Sunday 3rd of October, with Southdown Velo’s ‘JP Memorial’ Road Race, in honour of the late John Pendleton, always better known as JP. JP was a prolific promoter - all of his races included hills and no doubt, this race would have had his approval, as it includes eight hard climbs in the Rowlands Castle and Compton area. The best climber will be awarded the Martin Sparkes King of the Mountains Competition. The race starts from Rowlands Castle green at 09:30 and covers 75 miles before finishing near the top of West Marden hill at around 12:30. Prizes will be presented in Rowlands Castle Hall by John's brother and Martin's widow. Generous donations by individuals and support by the Hunter Springs Consultancy, Liphook Cycles and Midhurst Sports and Cycles will mean that every starter is guaranteed a prize. Entries so far include Duncan Urquhart who rode the recent professional Tour of Britain for the Scotland team. Riders who will be eligible for a special prize for local riders include Simon Brooks (VC St Raphael Waite Contracts), Toby Neave and Liam Terry (Southdown Velo MASSS tHSC High5) and Robin Didymus (Principia RT). DIARY DATES: Today: 10:00 - British Cycling South Division Southern Circuit’s - Thruxton Sunday: 07.00 – VC. St. Raphael 25 mile Time Trial, Liss 08:45 - Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - & Scout Hall, Funtington (09:00) 09:00 - Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill. 09:15 - Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library. Wednesday: 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 18.30 – Ray Martin Winter Finale – Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth Thursday: 19:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. Friday: 18.30 – Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Road Bikes. 19.30 - Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Track Bikes. Saturday 11/09 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 09.30 - i-Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, coached training ride to Chichester – beginners on road bikes welcome. Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 28-09-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Horndean based Hampshire Road Club were celebrating on Sunday night as 2 of their members set a new place 2 place record. Former club secretary, Alan Jones, aged 63 and his son Oliver, 31, set a new Southern Road Records Association Tandem Trike record for the Winchester to Canterbury route. The duo had a target of 6 hours and 30 mins for the 119m miles, which started and finished outside each city's cathedrals, via The Hog's Back and A25. Alan, who previously set a solo record for this route back in 1962, reported after the ride that the traffic was heavy and road works were a constant problem and at one point, they had to take a detour which added to the official distance. Despite these problems, the father and son pairing powered to a new record of 5 hours 56 minutes and 6 seconds. SRRA Winch - Canterbury The last race of the Autumn Finale Circuit Races, promoted by Sue Knight over the last three Wednesday nights, brought an exciting end to a successful season of races on Portsmouth's 535 meter velodrome. Most local clubs fielded riders for the Series, which is fast giving the Portsmouth Cycle Track a reputation for being the home of fast, attacking racing; so much so that Elite riders like Bryan Taylor, from London club VC Londres, were to take the trip down the A3 to compete. Liphook Cycles dominated Wednesday's race, with Paul Pickup and Lee Day taking first and 3rd places in an attempt to take points from rivals, VC St.Rapael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles. Portsmouth's St.Raphael squad won the overall honours with their Simon Brooks, who proved the most consistent rider over the 3 events, with a comfortable six point lead over runner up, Bryan Taylor. After the cancellation of Saturday's Andover Wheeler's 10 Mile event, due to poor visability in the wet conditions, VC St. Raphael took a further win in Sunday's 25 mile event. Their Steve Walkling was victorious in a time of 51min 29 seconds, to beat his A3CRG rival, Ben Instone, by 52 seconds and with team mates Paul Haggerty and Simon Berogna, they took the team prize. Dave Dent, SP Systems / Wightlink RT, won the Poole Wheeler's 25 mile event, recording a time of 55 min 03 secs. RESULTS: Vélocity - The Exercise Deck, Portsdown T.T League 35 Mile TT 1 Andy Kienzle F.W.C.C. 57-11 2 Mike Merchant Bognor Regis 57-55 3 Gary Bucket Velocity The Exercise Deck 57-58 4 Glenn Syder P.N.E.C.C. 58-46 5 Gary Ferret H.R.C 59-20 6 Andrew Wheadon H.R.C 59-48 7 Keith Drew H.R.C 59-59 8 Ben Heinrich F.W.C.C. 1.1.11 9 Alan Emmott Hantspol 1.2.19 10 Richard Pearman Team Axiom 1.2.54 11 Peter Knipe F.W.C.C. 1.3.31 12 John Snook Hantspol 1.4.52 13 Bob Oliver F.W.C.C. 1.5.57 14 Geoff Bibby F.W.C.C. 1.7.48 15 Chris Peden P.N.E.C.C. 1.7.50 16 Roger De Vere F.W.C.C. 1.8.06 17 Stefan Heinrich F.W.C.C. 1.14.57 18 John Johnson P.N.E.C.C. 1.18.56 19 Ken Waller P.N.E.C.C. 1.19.52 Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 18-09-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk The Summer Racing Season come s to a close this weekend, with over 300 cyclists competing in Road Races and Time Trials. Today, the last Thruxton road race meeting takes place, with the ‘Susie’s Circuits’ event, which features 3rd and 4th Categories racing at 10.30 and E/1/2 Categories at 12.30. In the afternoon, there’s a 120 rider entry for the first event of the Andover Wheelers Weekend of Time Trialing, a 10 mile time trial on the fast A303 course. Leslie-Anne Allen (primera-bournemouth.co.uk) heads a 26 strong women’s entry and she will be looking to round her season off with another ride approaching her 22min 20secs best for this course, which was set in 2002. The men’s race features nearly all of the area’s event winners for 2004, including Paul Haggerty (VC St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles,) Andrew Cooper (primera-bournemouth.co.uk,) Ben Instone (A3crg,) Steve Walkling (VC St Raphael,) Steve Frame (Team Kontour Cycles) as well as Commonwealth Games rider, Ceri Pritchard (LukRacing.net.) Battle resumes on Sunday with a 25 mile event on a similar course and there will be prizes for the best aggregate times. Also on Sunday, Poole Wheelers promote a 25 mile event, with a 100 rider field that include Ceri Pritchard’s father, John, as well as Terry Icke, from the promoting club and John Williams (Northovers VT.) DIARY DATES: Today: 10:30 – Susie’s Circuits – Thruxton Motor Racing Circuit – U16 – 10:00. 3 / J / W - 56 km – 10:30 4 / J / W - 56 km 10.32 E / 1 / 2 - 56 km 1230 13:30 – Andover Wheeler’s 10 Mile Time Trial – Thruxton. Sunday: 07.20 – Andover Wheeler’s 25 Mile Time Trial – Thruxton. 07.30 – Poole Wheeler’s 25 Mile Time Trial – Holton Heath. 08.00 - Velocity / Off the Record Portsdown League 35km 08:45 - Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - & Scout Hall, Funtington (09:00) 09:00 - Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill. 09:15 - Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library. Wednesday: 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 19.00 – Group Training Session - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth Thursday: 19:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. Friday: 18.30 – Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing, Mountbatten Centre – Road Bikes. 19.30 - Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing, Mountbatten Centre – Track Bikes. Saturday 25/09 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 09.30 - i-Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, coached training ride to Chichester – beginners on road bikes welcome. Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 11-09-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Local time trial stars, Ben Instone (A3CRG,) Simon Berogna (VC St. Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles) and Michael Coyle (VC Etoile,) go head to head in the ‘Battle of Britain’ 25 mile time trial at Fontwell on Sunday. 75 riders have entered the Bognor Regis CC promotion, which starts at 7am. Berogna, who was 4th in this event last year will be looking to repeat his 2002 win and his confidence will be boosted following last weeks Duo Normand win, with team mate Walkling. To the West, the Women’s Cycle Racing Association are promoting their National Road Race Championship race at Beaulieu. This has a 56 rider field and will also include the British Cycling Women’s Under 23 & Junior National Championships. Starting from Beaulieu Village Hall at 11am, riders face 45 Miles over 6 ½ Laps of a flat open circuit around the heath land of the New Forest. Anglia Sport RT’s Leda Cox looks favourite for the Senior Championship and on current form, Lorna Webb (Recycling.co.uk/MG Power/Schwinn) is looking good for the Espoirs event. DIARY DATES: Today: 10:00 – Surrey League Team Championships – Chertsey Sunday: 07.00 – Bognor Regis CC ‘Battle of Britain’ Time Trial 08:45 - Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - & Scout Hall, Funtington (09:00) 09:00 - Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill. 09:15 - Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library. Wednesday: 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 18.30 – Ray Martin Winter Finale 3/3 – Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth Thursday: 19:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. Friday: 18.30 – Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Road Bikes. 19.30 - Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Track Bikes. Saturday 18/09 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 09.30 - i-Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, coached training ride to Chichester – beginners on road bikes welcome. Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 05-10-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Over 30 competitors from the Southern Region made the annual pilgrimage to Maringey in Normandy this weekend, to take part in Sundays Duo Normand Event. Ever since the first edition of this 53 km road time trial for teams of 2 riders, the British have made their presence felt and this year’s edition was no exception. Portsmouth duo, Steve Walkling and Simon Berogna (VC St. Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles) won the ‘Regionale’ category by a massive 5 minute margin in a time of 1h 16m 55s. This completed a hat-trick of wins for the duo from of 5 attempts. Ben Instone (A3CRG) and Mike Clutton (Charlotteville CC) won the ‘Unlicensed’ category for novices, in a record time of 1.17.21 And the 3rd win for local riders came from the mixed category pairing of Leslie-Anne Allen and Brice Dier (primera-bournemouth.co.uk.) who finished with 1.26.34. In the Veteran’s category, Jersey pair, Mike Harris & Steve Greig (Ceasarean CC) were the winner’s in a time of 1.20.05, with Ray Robinson (Team Velocity,) and Alan Dodkins (Team Velo Vet,) 3rd, with 1.21.10. On local roads, in the VC St.Raphael 25 Mile Time Trial at Liss, the race promoter Malcolm Cox, managed to finish 4th in his own event, out of 60 finishers. After the start was delayed to allow for mist to clear, the race was won by primera-bournemouth.co.uk’s Julian Jenkinson in a time of 51.31. Jenkinson crossed the line with a flat tire after puncturing with 100 meters to go but his time bettered Rowan Horner’s year old course record by 5 seconds. It is with great sadness that we report on the passing of Norman Halewood who was Chairman of the Portsmouth North End CC. Norman will be remembered by local cyclists for his organisational skills as a race promoter and one of the real characters of local cycling. Results: RAY MARTIN AUTUMN FINALE LEAGUE – Mountbatten Centre SENIORS 1. Bryan TAYLOR Velo Club des Londres 30 miles in 1-10-00 2. Mark CREABY VC Meudon/ Evolution/Cycle Kingdom 3. Graham CHILDS i-team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com 4. Ian DONOHUE Team Axiom 5. Russell PAGE SP Systems WIGHTLINK RT / MCS RT / Th 6. Toby NEAVE Southdown Velo/MASSS Ltd/The Hunter S 7. Dan MANELFI Freerider Cycles RT / Freerider Cycle 8. David SINCLAIR Fareham Wheelers CC 9. Mark SCOULAR Liphook Cycles RT / Liphook Cycles 10. Mike PAGET i-team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com/on 11. Liam SOMERVILLE Vectis Offshore Sports CC 12. Roy LUDFORD Team Axiom 13. Mick METCALF Team Axiom 14. Ian GREENSTREET Newbury Road Club 15. Matt COATES VC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts / Hew 16. Ben HEINRICH Fareham Wheelers CC 17. Ashley MORRIS i-team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com/o 22 STARTERS Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 04-09-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Steve Walkling (VC St. Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles) again demonstrated his dominance in local 50 mile events when he won the A3CRG 50 on Bank Holiday Monday. Walkiling’s sub 1 hour 50 minute ride beat A3CRG’s Ben Instone and Julian Jenkinson (Primera-bournemouth.co.uk)in to 2nd and 3rd places respectively. Jenkinson’s team mate, Lesley-Anne Allen was fastest lady with a time of 2:02:51 British Cycling South Division promote round 7 of the Southern Circuit at Thruxton today, with racing for all categories starting at 10.00. VC St Raphael’s Malcolm Cox promotes his club’s open 25 Mile Time Trial on Sunday, on the Liss – Liphook A3 course, with first rider starting at 07.00. Also, on Sunday, Bournemouth & District Women’s Cycling Association hold their annual 10 mile event for teams of 1 man & 1 lady. 28 teams have entered, including Glen & Sue Longland (Antelope RT,) and Alan & Sue Dawson (Northovers RT.) In the absence of last year’s winners Elizabeth Gilmour & Neil Woodgate from Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers, the runners-up Jill Bartlett & Brent Skinner (Hounslow & District CC) look favourites. DIARY DATES: Today: 10:00 - British Cycling South Division Southern Circuit’s - Thruxton Sunday: 07.00 – VC. St. Raphael 25 mile Time Trial, Liss 08:45 - Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - & Scout Hall, Funtington (09:00) 09:00 - Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill. 09:15 - Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library. Wednesday: 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 18.30 – Ray Martin Winter Finale – Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth Thursday: 19:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. Friday: 18.30 – Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Road Bikes. 19.30 - Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Track Bikes. Saturday 11/09 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 09.30 - i-Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, coached training ride to Chichester – beginners on road bikes welcome. Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 28-08-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk British Cycling South Division host their rescheduled Divisional Road Race Championships this Sunday, after the original event, scheduled for May was cancelled. Defending champion, Rowan Horner (VC St Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt cycles) again looks a strong challenger and has six team mates to call upon for the 93 mile race North Salisbury. But with 9 other Elite category riders in the 60 rider field, including Team Maestro’s Mark Perry & Ben Luckwell, Horner will have to remain alert. Local clubs feature in the entry with Team Axiom’s 1st category rider, Luke Myers and i-Team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com/OnEleven newly promoted 2nd category riders, Graham Childs & Guy Watson. A tough course and a nail biting finish ensured that this year’s South Division Road Race Championships will be remembered as one of the most exciting editions of this event in recent times. Only 17 competitors finished from 38 starters, out of the original entry of 62 riders. This was as much due to the aggressive racing of the riders, as it was to the 80 plus miles distance and strength sapping nature of the excellent new Chittern Triangle circuit, North West of Salisbury. The 12 mile circuit included 2 climbs, a 1 mile 10% drag from the start HQ in Chittern and a shorter, steeper ascent on the scarp side of West Lavington Down, which was used for the feed area and finish. At the last minute, the race distance had cut by a lap from the original 93 miles, at the request of some local residents but few could argue that it had any effect on the outcome of the race. Defending champion, Rowan Horner, from Portsmouth’s elite team, (VC. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles,) didn’t waste any time to get down to business. Riding with aggression at the front of the bunch, Horner’s tactic appeared simply to be to ride the other riders off of his wheel, without regard to the energy he was expending. For the first 2 laps, Horner was dominant at the front and the fast pace left the lower category riders struggling to maintain contact. With 5 laps to go, Horner broke away and built a lead of 10 seconds by the top of the finish hill. The chasing bunch split into two groups, with Lee Davis (Bournemouth Arrow CC – Fircroft Hotel,) looking in control at the front of the lead group, as he set a pace to limit Horner’s lead. The race came back together on the next lap, when Horner was caught on a long 3 mile straight. Davis was the first to counter attack, going clear with Charles Zanettacci (Leisure Lakes RT.) Horner took a moment to recover before breaking clear with Mark Perry (Clevedon & District Road Club,) to chase the leading duo. With 3 laps to go, the two duos lead the race by 1m 09 secs and 30 secs respectively. Horner’s team mate, Matt Melville, looked strong on the climbs but team tactics meant that he could not chase after Davis and Zanettacci, in case he jeopardised Horner’s break away. All was to change dramatically on the penultimate lap. A strong reaction from the bunch, initiated by Pat Fowey (BC Private Member,) enabled Mat Melville to break clear and join Horner and Mark Perry. The new injection of pace was too much for Perry and he cracked and latter abandoned. At the front of the race, Zanettacci was struggling to stay with Davis, who at that point, took a strong tactical decision, to drop his break away partner in an attempt to stay clear of the new trio of chasers. Davis pressed on for home and used all of his remaining strength to stay clear and win the title by an impressive 41 seconds. On the last ascent of West Lavington Down, Zanettacci was swept up by Horner, Melville and Fowey and had to settle for 5th place. The sprint for the Silver Medal was won by Rowan Horner from Matt Melville. RESULTS: 1. Lee DAVIS Bournemouth Arrow CC – Fircroft Hotel 135 km in 3-26-34 2. Rowan HORNER VC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts @ 0-41 3. Matt MELVILLE VC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts 4. Pat FOLEY British Cycling Private Member - 5. Charles ZANETTACCI Leisure Lakes RT / Leisure Lakes 6. James HOLLAND-LEADER Principia RT / Principia A/S @ 1-38 7. Ross ADAMS Red Kite Cycles 8. Chris SPENCE Cæsarean CC – Jersey 9. Alan GRIFFITHS Severn Road Club 10. Simon BROOKS VC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts / 11. Paul STANDEN Comedy Super Team / Eddie Griffin 12. Adam THOMSON Swindon Road Club / Total Bike/Rud @ 4-00 13. Roland TILLEY Ride Cycleworks 14. Jim AVENS Somer Valley CC @ 7-47 15. Phil GALE G A Cycles @10-30 16. Adam RADFORD Bournemouth Arrow CC – Fircroft H @ 28-00 17. Mike FLATTERS primera_bournemouth.co.uk @32-23 Earlier in the morning, a full field of 120 veteran riders is entered for the VTTA (Wessex) 25 mile time trial at Fontwell. On the Bank Holiday, A3CRG promote their 50 mile Time Trial on the Rake/Petersfield/Liphook course. 85 riders will be competing in this event, which counts towards the National ‘British Best All Rounder’ competition, including Steve Walkling and Malcolm Cox(VC St. Raphael,) Ben Instone (A3CRG) and Nick Gardiner (timetrial.co.uk RT.) The course record stands at 1 hr 44m 16s to Rowan Horner in September last year. Local supporters will be cheering for Leslie-Anne Allen (primera-bournmouth.co.uk) who would dearly love to break the 2 hour barrier for this distance after coming close on numerous occasions. Circuit racing returns to the Mountbatten centre on Wednesday with the Ray Martin Autumn Finale League, which starts at 19.00. DIARY DATES: Sunday: 07.00 – VTTA (Wessex) 25 mile time trial - Fontwell. 08:00 - Hampshire RC Portsdown League 15 Mile Time Trial – Funtington. 08:45 - Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - & Scout Hall, Funtington (09:00) 09:00 - Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill. 09:15 - Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library. 09:30 – BC South Division RR Championships - 93 miles - Chittern, Nr Salisbury. Monday: 07:00 - A3CRG 50 mile Time Trial on the Rake/Petersfield/Liphook Wednesday: 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. Thursday: 19:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. Friday: 18.30 – Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Road Bikes. 19.30 - Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Track Bikes. Saturday 04/09 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 09.30 - i-Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, coached training ride to Chichester – beginners on road bikes welcome. 14:00 - Bournemouth & District WCA 2-up TTT 10 Mile TT Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 23-08-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk One of the hardest obstacles for a young athlete to overcome is the transition from Junior to Senior. The races are longer, there are more rivals and teams are more experienced. None of this seems to phase Gosport’s up and coming Richard Heathcote, who at just 17, is already taking on and beating Senior riders in local races. Riding for the cycling development club, i-Team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com/OnEleven, he has twice won against 3rd and 4th category Seniors at Barnsfield Heath this summer but this weekend, he took on the 2nd category riders at Goodwood this weekend and took his best win to date. Heathcote rode strongly with Steve Fergusson (Team Meastro,) to bridge the gap from the bunch to a 5 man break away, which was started by one of his team mates. All of the break away members had to work in turn at the front to keep the chasing bunch at bay but Toby Neave (Southdown Velo/The Hunter Springs/M.A.S.S.S) was definitely the strongman of the break, taking long powerful turns into the wind, although he was unable to go clear on his own. At the finish, Heatcote, who had been suffering to hang on to the other riders on the last few laps, somehow found the strength to come past Fergusson to take his best win to date and ensure that he starts 2005 as a senior with a First Category racing license. Earlier in the day, Steve Walkling (VC. St. Rapheal/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles) took a convincing win in the Elm Tree Wheelers 25 mile time trial in Dorset. He recorded a time of 52m 12s in the blustery conditions, to beat Julian Jenkinson (primera-bournemouth.co.uk) by 23 seconds. Walkling’s team mates, Rowan Horner and Paul Haggerty, placed 3rd and 5th respectively to ensure another VC. St Rapheal team victory. Fastest lady was Leslie-Anne Allen (primera-bournmouth.co.uk) in a time of 58m 33s. The event also incorporated the South DC Veteran’s Championship, was won by Ray Hughes (Clarence Wheelers) who recorded an impressive time of 51m 50s. Antelope RT’s Glenn Longland was 2nd in 54.08 and Dave Dent (SP Systems Wightlink) 3rd in 54.37. Results: Elm Tree Wheelers 25 - (<40 years) 1 Steve Walkling VC St Raphael 52:12 2 Julian Jenkinson Primera-bournemouth.co.uk 52:35 3 Rowan Horner VC St Raphael 52:36 4 Ben Instone a3crg 52:44 5 Paul Haggerty VC St Raphael 53:15 6 Ian Ayliffe Salisbury RC 53:22 7 Nik Bowdler Farnborough & Camberley CC 54:28 8 Paul Foxwell Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 55:00 9 Jason Streather VC St Raphael 55:05 10 Steve Legg Twickenham CC 55:20 13 Richie Berogna Team Velocity 56:39 18 Lesley-Anne Allen Primera-bournemouth.co.uk W 58:33 25 Jamie Streather VC St Raphael 59:50 39 Kaaren May a3crg W 1:06:23 FASTEST TEAM VC St Raphael Steve Walkling Rowan Horner Paul Haggerty 2:38:03 South DC Veterans 25 mile Championship: 1 Ray Hughes Clarence Whs V 51:50 2 Glenn Longland Antelope RT V 54:08 3 Dave Dent SP Systems / Wightlink RT V 54:37 4 Tony Harvey Northovers VT V 54:46 5 Ray Robinson Team Velocity V 54:54 6 Michael Loader Yeovil CC V 55:17 7 Paul Barratt 1st Chard Whs V 55:31 8 Gary Buckett Team Velocity V 55:40 9 Alan Dodkins Team Velo Vet V 56:05 10 Pete Pickers Northovers VT V 56:25 12 John Williams Northovers VT V 56:33 20 Jack Brown Northovers VT V 59:21 34 Roy Fairchild Bognor Regis CC V 1:01:36 41 Richard Parker Hampshire RC V 1:02:39 42 Graham Jones Fareham Whs V 1:03:13 54 Barrington Day Fareham Whs V 1:06:30 55 Alan Davy Prestige VC V 1:07:00 66 Cyril Cawte Fareham Whs V 1:17:52 FASTEST TEAM Northovers VT Tony Harvey Pete Pickers John Williams 2:47:44 Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 21-08-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk All of the areas top time trial specialists go head to head, in this Sunday’s Elm Tree Wheelers 25 Miler, for what could be the last time this season. The event is being held on the fast Upton Bypass road near Poole, where the course record is a 51 minute 1 second, set by Ray Hughes (Clarence Wheelers,) in April this year. Hughes starts as top seed in the separate, 80 rider Veteran’s District Championship Competition, that includes Team Velocity’s Ray Robinson and a Northover’s VT squad of John Williams, Jack Brown, Peter Pickers and Tony Harvey. Whightlink’s Dave Dent also rides. The main event is headed by Portsmouth’s on form Steve Walkling (VC St. Rapheal / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles,) who has the ability to get the win and course record if conditions are favourable. He will be facing tough competition with A3CRG’s Ben Instone, Julian Jenkinson (primera-bournmouth.co.uk) and several of his own team mates, including Rowan Horner and Paul Haggerty. The event is preceeded by a tandem competition, with 6 pairs entered, starting at 06.30. A full program of road racing is being held at Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit, starting with the Elite category race at 09.30. DIARY DATES: Sunday: 06.30 – Elm Tree Wheelers 25 Mile Time Trial 08:45 - Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - & Scout Hall, Funtington (09:00) 09:00 - Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill. 09:15 - Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library. 09:30 – Surrey League Goodwood Races – Category E/1/2 10:30 - i-Team.co.uk meet ‘The George’ for training ride to Goodwood Events. 12:00 - U16.U14.U12.U10.U8 12:30 – Category 4 13.30 – Category 2/3/4/W/J Monday: 18.45 - Portsmouth North End CC 10km Time Trial – Boarhunt/Southwick Wednesday: 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. Thursday: 19:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. Friday: 18.30 – Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Road Bikes. 19.30 - Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Track Bikes. Saturday 28/08 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 09.30 - i-Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, coached training ride to Chichester – all welcome. Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 16-08-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Steve Walkling (VC St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles,) took on former Tour de France Yellow Jersey, Sean Yates (In Gear RT), in the Antelope RT 10 Mile Time Trial on Sunday and lost out by just 9 seconds. Yates was on crushing form and broke the course record by 4 seconds with a 30 mph plus performance, in a time of 19min 12 secs – despite the breezy conditions. Walkling's narrow defeat was eased no doubt, by the fact that he beat local rivals Ben Instone (A3CRG – 19 min 45 secs,) who tied for third with Julian Jenkinson and Andrew Cooper (primera-bournmouth.co.uk – 19min 53secs.) Leslie-Anne Allen took another win in the women’s category and her primera-bournmouth.co.uk team took the team prize. In the Surrey League 5 day Road Race, consistency, rather than attacking racing, has so far enabled Neil Coleman (Alcan Bianchi,) to maintain his grip on the yellow jersey. Coleman took the lead by placing 3rd on stages 1 & 2, then 2nd on Sunday’s 2.4 mile stage 3a and in the afternoon, he managed to limit his losses to just over 1 minute, when a 14 rider break away, including Antony Malaczlk (Team Wales) went clear. Malaczlk is just 7 seconds in arrears, with the dangerous Team Munster pairing of Paul Griffin and Tim Barry within a minute of the lead. Today’s stage in East Sussex, followed by a tough finale in Ashdown Forest, West Sussex, will be the biggest test for the riders and should produce large time gaps as the strong men start to force the pace. Matt Melville (VC St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles,) currently lies in 8th place and Winchester’s Danny Axford (Parrot Print RT) is 22nd. In the supporting events at Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit, the i-team.co.uk / wheel2wheel4bikes.com / OnEleven squad placed their Andy Jones 3rd in the 40km and Guy Watson won the 80km Category 3 race from a six man break away. Antelope RT Top 10 Results: 1 Sean Yates (In-Gear RT) 19.12 (Course Record) 2 Steve Walkling (VC St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles,) 19.21 3= Ben Instone (A3CRG) 19.45 3= Julian Jenkinson (primera-bournmouth.co.uk) 19.45 5 Andrew Cooper (primera-bournmouth.co.uk) 19.53 6 Ray Hughes (Clarence Wheelers) 19.54 7 Brian Greensmith (primera-bournmouth.co.uk) 20.08 8 Paul Haggerty (VC St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles,) 20.12 9 Jon Wynn (Somerset RC) 20.19 10 John Limpus (GS Stella) 20.39 Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 14-08-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk A gruelling 5 days of road racing faces some of the South’s top road riders, who started the Surrey League Stage race yesterday. The race finishes on Tuesday at Crowborough, in West Sussex after 458 miles of racing but one of the most decisive days will be on Sunday, where competitors first face a 1 lap time trial of the 2.4 mile Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit in the morning, followed by an 84 mile road race in the South Downs. The short time trial could be a springboard for Winchester’s Danny Axford (Parrot Print / TAL) to take the leaders yellow jersey. Axford demonstrated excellent form in last weekend’s Havant International Grand Prix, making several attacks but missed getting into the winning break because of a puncture. He will be backed by his team mate Roger Morgan, who has previously been a top 10 finisher in this event. The Parrott Print / TAL team will face a tough challenge from a late entering squad, Team Munster, which boast’s last year’s winner Paul Griffin, Brian Kenneally and Timmy Barry. Other challengers include Justin Hoy (Evans RT) and Matt Melville from the Portsmouth VC St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles team. A full program of supporting races for all categories starts at 9.3-am. Also on Sunday, to the West of the area, a full field of 120 competitors, including former Tour de France Yellow Jersey, Sean Yates (In Gear RT) will be riding the Antelope RT 10 Mile Time Trial. Local interest will be with VC St. Raphael’s Steve Walkling, who recently went inside 20 minutes for 10 miles in a club event. Northovers RT / Rudy Project have entered Pete Pickers and Tony Harvey. For many riders, this event will be one of the last occasions this year to record a personal best, including Lesley-Anne Allen (primera-bournemouth.co.uk) who will be looking to beat her best time of 22.20. DIARY DATES: Sunday: 06.30 – Hampshire Road Club ‘Bob Kemp Cup’ 30 mile club time trial - Funtington 07.00 – Antelope RT 10 Mile Time Trial, Canford Heath. 08:45 - Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - & Scout Hall, Funtington (09:00) 09:00 - Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill. 09:15 - Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library. 09:15 - i-Team.co.uk meet ‘The George’ for 2 hour training ride to Goodwood Events. 09:30 – Surrey League Goodwood Races – Category 4 10:30 - U16.U14.U12.U10.U8 11:30 – Category 3/W/J 13.35 – Category E/1/2 Wednesday: 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. Thursday: 19:00 – Fareham Wheelers Hill Climb - Southwick 19:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. Friday: 18.30 – Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Road Bikes. 19.30 - Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaching, Mountbatten Centre – Track Bikes. Saturday 14/08 09:00 - Havant CTC meets Havant Museum. 09.30 - i-Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, coached training ride to Chichester – all welcome. Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 08-08-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Sunday’s 5th edition of the Havant Grand Prix International, again lived up to it’s reputation as being one of the toughest races on the U.K. Premier League Road Race Calendar and the riders put on an excellent display of fast, attacking racing. The results were headed by a one-two from the Downing brothers, Russell and Dean, (recycling.co.uk/MG,) who battled out the final sprint in Market Parade in Havant but for most of the race it looked like the winner was going to come from one of the many break-aways. 100 Elite Category racing cyclists from the U.K. Ireland, Holland and Germany, had set out from Havant at 10am on a 180km course based on 2 circuits that included Old Winchester Hill and the climb up to HMS Mercury from The Bat & Ball crossroads. Whilst these climbs might not have the altitude of the Penines or Peak District, used on earlier rounds of the Premier Calandar, the unrelenting nature of the course meant that there were few places to recover from big efforts. The first ascent of Old Winchester Hill saw 6 1riders go clear including Dean Downing and Winchester’s Danny Axford (Parrot Print/TAL. They quickly built a lead of over a minute on the main bunch at the 27 mile point. By 39 miles, the gap had increased to nearly 3 minutes as the attackers were joined by Rob Enslin ( Prestige VC.com/Viners.) In the main pack, there wasn’t one sole team that could control the race and organise a concerted chase to bring the break-away back. This resulted in lots of attempts by individuals and small groups of riders trying to bridge the gap, many failed to make it remained in no-man’s land, wasting energy before being caught and then dropped by the pack. At 1.40pm, a group of 8 riders surged away from the pack and over the next lap, managed to get across to the leaders. Almost as soon as they made the junction, Danny Axford attacked twice on his own, in an effort to form a smaller, more effective break. The tactic eventually worked but it was a group containing not containing Axford that succeeded. David McCann (Giant Asia Racing Team,) Robin Sharman (recycling.co.uk/MG) and Dean Downing rode to a lead of 12 seconds and then Russell Downing made a classy move to join his brother at the front, taking Germany’s Tilo Schuler (BH Dessau) across with him. This was to be the race winning break and with only an hours racing left, it could have been anyone’s race.
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    Why Join A Cycling Club

    So what do cycling clubs have to offer? There's no denying that there is a lot of pleasure to be found in riding alone or with a few friends on quiet roads - in fact it's how most cyclists start out and how most clubs started - so why do clubs exist and what do they offer? Types of cycling club: Traditional local club affiliated to (British Cycling & CTT) - Nearly all local traditional clubs have changed massively in the last 10 years, and as a result are now much easier to find and are better equiped to support new members. Try to make contact with the membership secratary and ask if you can join the club for a few try out rides. Remember that these types of clubs are run by volunteers, who may have full time jobs, so it may take a few days for your email to be answered. When you join a local club, you become part of the history of the club and this can mean that as well as being part of group, you'll experience being part of a real cycling culture.Traditional clubs will tend to focus on a main cycling activity and you'll get clubs that specialise in Road, Track and Time Trial Races or just ride for pleasure.Amatuer Race Team - These are often run by stalwarts who put their time and money into something that they love. Often a shop owner will have been a bike racer who wants to start their own team to support local talented riders and promote the shop. Joining will normally be by invitation only i.e. you'll be aproached following a good performance. What you get with these teams can vary from a bit of shop discount, or maybe some free clothing and a race license - all the way up to an Elite teams with everything included: bikes, clothing, expenses, coaching etc. With race teams what you get out will be generally in proportion to how you perform in competition - but atitude is also very important - always respect your sponsor and think about how many products they have to sell to pay for your sponsorship package.National Cycling Clubs - Since 2010, there have been a number of organisations that have started to offer access to a national online club - but there have been clubs that have been providing this facility for decades, such as the Cyclists' Touring Club and National Clarion Cycling Club. More recently there have been a number of commercially owned clubs that have offered a form of cycling club membership via the internet, that link together riders who own or enjoy a particular brand. Some Reasons to Join a Cycling Club: To gain more cycling knowledge - None of us can know it all - fellow club members will become a wealth of information on topics like where to ride, how to train - or maybe even how to enter your first race. Often, cyclists that have been riding the same roads for years, find a new favorite road when they ride out with a club. Probably the best reason to join a club is so that you can find out what is happening in your area. If you are a newcomer to the sport, you will probably be shocked to learn that it is normally possible to race 2 or 3 times a week! Many events are low key and are only heard about through word of mouth. So whether it's mountain biking, track cycling, or road riding, there's a bike club to fit your interest. A good club will have a qualified coach that can help you with specific problems and help you to continually improve as a rider.A sense of belonging to something - Joining a cycling club should be fun, whether it be to pound out the miles in preparation for a challenge event, practicing pace making for races, or just a summer evening ride to a country pub. A good all-round community club should be inclusive of all abilities and have a membership made up from a wide cross section of society. Moral Support & Motivation - Can you think of occasions when you have set goals but things drift due to outside commitments, like work and family? - sometimes a quick phone call or e-mail from a team mate, can keep you focused.An opportunity to give something back - The longer you spend cycling, the more you learn. You might have once been a racer in your youth or have experience of following travel, belonging to a club allows you to pass your knowledge on to younger or less experienced cyclists. Just because we learnt the hard way doesn't mean that the newcomers to our sport have to. Even if you are not as active as you once were, you might wish to be a valuable part of a team by helping with events etc. A good beginner club will be non-elitist and have a structure that allows an easy flow of information from it's most experienced riders through to the novices.To train and race as a team - With the exception of individual Time Trials, cycling is a team sport at elite level. You may have watched how riders in the pro teams in the Tour de France use team tactics? A well drilled team of average riders can often beat a disorganised team of fitter riders. The value of the whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts as the saying goes. To meet new friends - Bike clubs should offer oportunities to meet up off the bike socially - often that's when you really get to know other members - and even properly recognise them when they are out of their cycling gear! Once you make the decision to make contact with a club, you'll find that they are very welcoming and they should really want you to become a memberSome More Reasons: Being able to wear club clothing that is not available in shops is a really cool thing to do - you are making a statement that you have moved up a level in your cycling interest and have become part of something a bit more exclusiveRiding with more experienced riders will improve your technique for sportives or racing. Learning how to draft on a wheel, do through-and-off, bit and bit, climb, sprint for village signs etc. can only be practised safely with a group of experianced ridersYou will be able to see how you measure up against experienced riders in terms of skills and bike handling, as well as fitnessThere can be safety in numbers - riding on the roads in a well drilled group or peloton can be safer than solo riding - if you do have an accident - you will not be left aloneCan you fix a broken chain? Can you fix your gears if they need indexing? Are you confident changing an inner tube in under 5 minutes? - One thing is for sure, you'll never run out of spare tubes on a group club ride! - other members will be happy to help you become more self sufficient in bike craftWan't to read more? - here's a great Daily Telegraph article on joining a bike clubHow much will it cost me? - The cost of joining a bicycle club averages to be about £20 per person and depending on quality, you will normally pay around £30- £70 for a cycling jersey in club colours. Many clubs factor in additional savings with the discounts offered at local area bike shops and various cycling associated businesses.If you are new to the sport, the best club for you will generally offer the following: Be able to demonstrate a history doing what it says it's going to do - it's relatively easy to start a new club, it's a lot harder to keep one going for more than 5 years or so!Achieved ClubMark Status - has met Sport England enhanced requirements regarding constitution, links with communityAffilation to British Cycing - The National Governing Body in the UKAcheved Go-Ride Status - Suitible for young people under 18 - i.e. Child Protection Policy, Welfare OfficerAffiliation to Cyclists' Touring Club - The National Campaigning body in the U.K.Access to British Cycling Level 1, 2 & 3 qualified coaches - who use the same coaching principles used by the sucessful olympic teamsOf course, i-Team.cc offers all of the above and,if you are near our base in Portsmouth, a lot more too, including weekly rides for different abilities and member groups Our honest recommendation is that if you are interested in joining a cycling club, you should first check out a few local clubs in your area and see what they offer and how they fit in with your needs. Of course, if you wanted to join i-Team today - you'd be very welcome! Frequently Asked Questions: A lot of the things that experienced cyclists take for granted can be a complete mystery for newcommers to the sport. And with the advent of the internet, there is so much advice out there, it can be hard to know who's opinion is right. Of couse the final decision will be yours but fellow experienced club members can be a great help to you by filtering the information and channelling what is appropriate for you as an individual - something that no website can really do.At i-Team we remember that we were all beginners once and that a newcomer might feel embarrassed to ask some of the basic questions. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions that we get:Equipment Questions: What kind of bikes do you use on club rides? Depends. When the weather is great, some of us will ride our best road bikes that cost a lot of money. A lot of the better riders will keep their best bike for racing and will ride a relatively cheap bike. The important thing is not how much the bike costs, it is does the bike fit you properly, can you ride it safely and is it the bike is well maintained. I only have a mountain bike, will that do? Mountain bikes fitted with slick road tyres shouldn't be a problem on club runs. We also have 2 BC Level 2 Mountain Bike Coaches who organise weekly coaching sessions in Summer at our own private Mountain Bike circuit near Clanfield in Hampshire. My bike is only cheap, does that matter? Not if it does the job and is properly maintained - here's a guide on what to check for Do you all do your own bike maintenance? Some of us build our own bikes from scratch, others need help from. Most experienced members can sort most problems that happen out on the road and also have tools at home for most maintenance jobs. Becomming more mechanically minded definitely helps you get more from your cycling. Do I have to wear lycra? No - but a million cyclists can't be wrong! Although Lycra can be a bit ‘revealing’ it is the most comfortable material for long rides. Proper cycle shorts have a seat pad that is designed to be worn against the skin for comfort, so your shorts will move over the sadlle, rather than your skin chafing against your underwear. I really just want some advice on buying a bike. Can you help? Of course! And potentially our qualified coaches and experienced members could save you a fortune if they have the opportunity to help you with unbiased advice, before you buy the wrong size bike or equipment that isn't appropriate to your needs - in return we would welcome you becoming a member of course. Riding Questions: How old do you have to be to join in the club's activities? There is no minimum age for membership. We organise weekly coaching sessions for 8-16 year olds and regular sessions for all other age groups. The minimum age for riding with the club on the open road is 14 (with a parental consent form signed) and 12 if accompanied by a parent or familiy member over 18. I don’t like riding near cars or on busy roads. Same as us then - we generally avoid busy roads as much as possible and choose routes using quiet minor roads and rural lanes. How fit do I need to be to be able to come riding with you? If you can ride solo for 1 hour at 14mph average, you'll be fine but you also need to be able to ride comfortably in a group. At first this may take some getting used to, cornering with other riders by your side, in front and behind - but this is the place to learn these skils, it's what the rides are for - so don't be intimidated, you will be encoraged and given advice. Do I need to be in the club to come on a club run? Yes - apart from prospective members who are very welcome to come along for up to 3 try out rides before deciding if they want to join us. The reason for this rule is twofold: 1) By making the ride exclusive it adds value to the ride because everyone has the same agenda - i.e. to keep the ride together, not show off how fit they are. 2) Our British Cycling club insurance places limits on how many non-members can be on the ride. Why do you ride so close together in a group on clubruns? Riding close saves energy, meaning we can cover a lot of ground in less time - and it's sociable and can actually be less inconvenience to other road users (compared to the same nuber of cyclists spread out along the road randomly in pairs and solo. Once you have the skils, riding in a bunch of riders is much safer than it looks because the riders are in fact behaving as one unit - everyone accellerates, manouvers and brakes together - see our guide to riding in a peleton I’m just not good enough to come out with you yet... OK, but why not ride out to where our rides start, say hello and maybe ride with us for 1 mile? Then each week you can aim to ride further and further. Riding with better riders tends to have the effect of making you improve very quickly. Keep at it and within a year, you could be one of the members of the group that beginners are envious of! Your club runs will be too slow for me... Every structured training plan will require you to include active recovery sessions, this is what our racing members use the Saturday club run for - i.e. they train hard on Friday and Sunday - or do a couple of hours before and after the club ride. Anything else that we haven't covered? - Please get in touch and we will do our best to help
  13. Guy_Watson

    Our 10 Tips on How to Ride in a Peloton

    Cycling as part of an organised group, (known as a 'peloton') has many advantages for both the individual riders and other road users: Riding alongside others is sociableRiding behind others is very efficient because you are using up to 30% less energyOther road users often find it easier & safer to pass one bunch of cyclists that is cohesive and behaving predictably, rather than trying to pass the same number of cyclists riding as a succession of uncoordinated individuals, pairs or small groups.By sharing a common awareness, the same number of cyclists in well drilled bunch, can stop or manoeuvre quicker and more safely, than if the cyclists were riding individually or in disorganised groupsInexperienced riders in a peloton can be danger to themselves and to others - so to stay safe, they need to get 'up to speed' not just with the pace of the more experienced rides - but also with the level of skill needed. You can start the learning process to become a better bunch rider by reading this article, which has gathered together tips & advice from our experienced members and qualified coaches. There's quite a bit of information to take in if you are a beginner - but try not to be put off - you are not expected to know it all from the off. It takes many, many miles of group riding for the points below to become instinctive - and even then everyone can make mistakes. All that is expected of you is to try to ride safe and try your best to improve in your own time. Our 10 Tips For Riding in a Peloton: Riding solo or on the wheel of a friend will help you to develop and improve your general bike-handling skills but it is just not possible to learn to ride safely and efficiently in a peloton unless you train as part of an organised group. Of course everyone has to start somewhere, but rocking up to a race or mass participation event such as a cyclo-sportive, with little or no bunch riding skills, is not really ideal. So start by finding a good group of helpful & experienced riders (i.e. your local cycling club,)who will remember what it was like for them when they started out and will be patient - providing you are well prepared and ready to listen and learn - so read on! 1 - FAIL TO PLAN / PLAN TO FAIL Everyone punctures and everyone suffers a mechanical now and again - but if it happens too often on a ride, it detracts from the fun. So always check your tyres for cuts and embeded flints before a ride.Make sure your bike is well maintained and is serviceableAlways carry a spare tube, puncture repair kit, tyres levers, CO2 pumps, a spare cannister and conventionalk pump - and know haw to use them. A puncture stop should never take longer than 5 minutes!2 - SAY HELLO & GOODBYE! Introduce yourself to the group so they know who you are and can look out for you on the ride. Ask any questions you might have about the ride, such as any intended route, speed etc.If you intend to leave the ride early - let someone knowIf you decide at any point to turn off or turn back - say Goodbye in case a search party is organised!3 - BE PREDICTABLE From a safety point of view, if there had to be only one rule – this would be it!When you turn up to ride with a group, it may have been a week or more since you last rode with others – you have to make sure your head is switched on to Group Riding Mode.From the moment the group sets off, all of your actions will affect the group as a whole, so unpredictable riding can be very dangerous to everyone.Unexpected or unpredictable actions are the single biggest cause of crashes in a bunch of riders.All obvious enough but the following rules explain some of the finer points...4 - FOLLOW SMOOTH The wheel in front is your wheel - ride behind it!Don't ride wide to the side of the wheel in front and try to look around the rider in front of you - Look 'through' the wheel in front of you to one or two riders ahead - this will help you hold a smooth, straight line so that others can easily follow you.For ordinary club run speeds, an appropriate gap between your front wheel and the wheel in front of you is around 0.5 - 1.0m - no more than a wheel's diameter.Keep your hands close to the brakes but not on the brakes in case of sudden slowing - remember, if you run out of braking room, you can normally just drift to the side of the rider in front. Sometimes people who are not used to riding in a bunch will feel too nervous at this close range - riding on the right side (in the U.K.) is generally less nerve-racking for such people as they feel less hemmed in.If you are really struggling to ride close to the wheel in front of you, practice on the back and soon you will be able to move up the line with a partner.5 - KEEP IT TOGETHER You should generally try to ride with your handlebars, shoulders and elbows parallel to the rider alongside you as this will make it easy for the riders behind to remain in 2 abreast formation.This will also reduce the chances of getting hooked on the other rider’s bars or knocked by the other rider’s knees.If you do accidently get too close to another rider, try to ensure that your handlebars do not touch by keeping your bike upright and leaning so that you rub shoulders rather than rubbing handlebars - but hold your line.If you are in the bunch and there is no one beside the person in front of you, you should move up to fill the gapIf no one is alongside you and no-one moves into a gap beside you, move to the back of the bunch, so that the next pair can move up the line.Don't overlap wheels - a slight direction change or gust of wind could easily cause you to touch wheels with the rider in front, which could cause you too crash.Look ahead - do not become obsessed with the rear wheel directly in front of you. Try to focus four or five riders up the line so that any 'problem' will not suddenly affect you.Keep your upper body relaxed to absorb any road bumps - but always keep a thumb hooked under the bars or brake levers so that any bump doesn't cause your hand or hands to fly off the bars.Do not get lulled into a false sense of security when riding in the bunch - your safety and that of others depends on you staying vigilant.Always make your own call at roundabouts, cross roads and T junctions - never blindly follow a bunch through a give way sign without looking for approaching traffic yourself. If the group does become split, make sure those in front are aware – they should then pull over in a safe spot such as a lay-by, so that the bunch can re-form. For this reason, it’s pointless for riders on the front to run an amber traffic lightNever take your hands of the bars in the middle of the bunch to sit up to stretch your back, put a cape on or remove clothing etc. when you have riders on your wheel relying on you. Go to the back first, if you hit a stone and fall off, at least it's only you and your bike that's hurt.When drinking, always hold a bottle to the side of your mouth so that you can see where you are going while you drink - the other hand should be lightly covering a brake.Don’t prop - manybeginners, freewheel momentarily when they first get out of the saddle to go over a rise or a hill. When doing this, the bike is forced backwards. For the rider behind, it looks like you've deliberately forced your back wheel towards them. Try to keep forward pressure on the pedals when you get out of the saddle to avoid this situation. When climbing hills, avoid following a wheel too closely many riders often lose their momentum when rising out of the saddle on a hill which can cause a sudden deceleration.Experienced riders should always politely point out any mistakes made by less experienced riders. This must be done diplomatically of course, try to be positive - but it is important to make people aware of unsafe riding and help them learn the right behaviour.6 – BRAKE CARFULLY If you unexpectadly brake too much and too hard, it causes a chain reaction through the bunch behind you - and it takes only one rider to not be ready and the slowing down could cause an accident.Rather than braking all of the time, try to use subtle changes in body position to sit up and catch more wind to slow down, or perhaps gradually moving slightly out into the wind from behind a rider in front and then slot back into position in the bunch.Riding with your hands on the brake lever hoods or on the drops while in the bunch, with two fingers resting lightly on the brakes ready in case of the unexpected.Sitting up with your hands on the brake lever hoods gives the riders behind a clear advance indication that you might be about to brake.Often it helps your balance and smoothes your braking if you carry on pedalling during braking.7 – CONSTANT EFFORT vs. CONSTANT SPEED Constant speed means pedalling smoothly when you’re within the bunch, and hold a consistent speed rather than surging forward when you’re moving up to take your turn at the front. Surges cause gaps further back in the bunch which in turn creates a 'whiplash' effect as riders at the back have to continually chase to stay with the bunch. This is particularly evident in larger bunches when cornering or taking off from standing starts at traffic lights where the front of the bunch can be up to speed before the back of the bunch is moving. When you are trying to keep a group together on a club ride, you don't sprint out of corners like you do in a race.Constant effort means pedalling downhill when at the front of the bunch to compensate for having more wind drag than those on your wheel - otherwise the whole bunch is on the brakes even though you are just coasting.If riders in the bunch unavoidably speeding up and slowing down, give them some 'elasticity' by allowing them to surge forward and then fall back in line.8 - COMMUNICATION IS KING Speaking clearly and loudly so people can hear and quickly understand what you are doing can give the split second warning the riders behind need - E.G.: "Braking" "Stopping" “Car Up” (If there is parked car or car pulling out that may represent risk coming up, sometimes the bunch swing out of the way and an unsuspecting rider is left with nowhere to go.) “Car Back” (If a car is coming from behind and the bunch have to move in to allow room for it to pass,) “Rider/s” if the bunch is passing slower riders, or a cyclist is approaching from the other direction.Point out obstacles such as loose gravel, broken glass, holes, rocks or debris on the road and calling out "hole" etc.in case someone misses your signal.Signals should be in proportion to the amount of obstacles / severity of the pot holes etc. If the road is really pot holed or muddy, the bunch will know soon enough once you shout out "Take care gravel!" (etc.) so there is no need to over do the signals and shouts.Never drop a hand to point if it prevents you from being able to control your bike.On hearing or seeing a command, everyone should let a bigger gap open between riders and take care. When you do get past an obstacle, don't put the power on until the back of the bunch has left the bad road behind.Remember, all this communication is wasted unless everyone passes the message on, all the way to the back of the peloton, not just letting those close to the front know.9 - TAKING A TURN ON THE FRONT The most common way to take a turn on the front of the group is for each pair just to stay together until the reach the front after other riders have taken their turn at the front.When you make it to the front, don't up the pace or 'half wheel'. This means keeping half a wheel in front of your partner. This automatically makes your partner speed up slightly to pull back alongside you. Often half wheelers will also speed up, so the pace of the bunch invariably speeds up as the riders behind try to catch up. This is the very annoying symptom usually of somebody who is a bit nervous and excited. Not wanting the rest of the group to end up not being next to each other in their pairs, (or not wanting the other guy to think that he's better than you), you speed up to match his pace. But, he still needs to be that little bit in front so he speeds up - again, until everyone in the bunch has gone up two or three gears and 10km/hr and no one is particularly happy.Lead when it's your turn on the front - remember when you are on the front, you are not only responsible for yourself but have a duty of care to consider how your actions can affect everyone in the group behind you. When you are leading the bunch, try to monitor potential problems and give plenty of warning of impending stops or changes of pace. Scan the road ahead for potential problems, pedestrians, horses, oncoming vehicles, red lights etc. and be ready to signal to others what's coming up.Sprinting out of corners is hard-wired in to all racers but it will cause a mixed ability group to really string out and eventaully break up - try not to do it!After having a turn on the front (generally about the same amount of time as everyone else is taking - about 2 miles is right), the front pair separates and moves apart, allowing the riders behind to come through the middle to the front.Plan when to come off the front - you and your partner need to do some planning when you get on the front so that when you roll through you come off at a place where the road is wide enough for the group to be four-wide for a short time. With some planning, it is often possible to come off the front a few hundred metres earlier or later to avoid a dangerous situation.Always retire to the back of the bunch - if riders push in somewhere in the middle of the bunch rather than retiring to the back after taking a turn, cyclists at the back will not be able to move forward and take a turn of their own. This will make them a bit miffed and colourful language may ensue! No one wants to be stuck at the back of the bunch for the entire ride and subjected to the "whiplash" effect. Remember that riding in a bunch is about all riders sharing the workload, unless you are struggling, or learning the ropes.To get to the back, stop pedalling for a while to slow down, keep an eye out for the end of the bunch and fall back into line there. It is safer for everyone if you get to the back as quickly as possible as the group is effectively riding four-abreast until you and your partner slot in at the back of the bunch.If a car does come up from behind, or if the road narrows, indicate that you want to slot into the group and someone will ease and let you in temporarily. As soon as it is safe, move out again and get to where you should be at the back of the bunch.10 - OBEY THE RULES OF THE ROAD Stopping at stop signs and red lights, slow down for give way signs, indicating before you turn, sticking to the bike lanes wherever practical and riding with consideration and courtesy to other road users.Not following road rules is confusing for drivers and other cyclists around you, and dangerous because it makes your riding seem erratic and unpredictable Cyclists have every right to share the road, they do not have the right to ride inconsiderably and obstruct other traffic for mile after mile.Take care when overtaking other road users including cyclists, horse riders and pedestrians - give them a friendly shout to let them know you are approaching and give them as wide a birth as possible, as road and traffic conditions allow. If in doubt about safety, i.e. if there is approaching traffic, or if a horse appears nevous for instance, slow down and prepare to stop, giving as much notice as possible to everyone behind.There are not many instances when it is appropriate to ride more than 2 abreast on the open road - so if riding in pairs, stay directly behind the wheels in front - don't drift to the side as from behind, this will look like everyone is riding 2 or 3 abreast.Examples of where riding more than 2 abreast is unavoidable would be where riders are moving from the front to that back of the bunch, or if the group has to overtake a slower vehicle. Cars overtake using both lanes all the time - but it has to be done safely - look behind and in front and signal to the rest of the group before overtaking.On a hill, you must only overtake slower riders after you have checked that there is no vehicle overtaking, or about to overtake from behind.There will be times when there is not enough room for a car to pass even if the bunch (or individual) were to drop into single file. In that situation, making room for a car to pass is giving the car an invitation to come through which may put riders or on-coming traffic at risk.Cyclists have been riding in groups on the open roads for over 100 years and most the time they can share with other road users safely, without a problem. A certain amount of give and take is needed on all sides of course and It's a fact of life that due to the sheer number of people using the roads, sometimes you will encounter other road users who are impatient, ignorant, or even negligent or agressive in a way that can endanger your life, as well as theirs and other road users. Always try to remain passive whilst you are on your bike - you simply will not win an arguement with an automobile for instance! Try to let poor behaviour go if you can - one day they will meet their match.However, if you encounter behaviour that endangers life, or could cause injury, take a note of the number plate and as many details as you can about the vehicle and driver AND ALLWAYS REPORT IT TO THE POLICE.Of course, cyclists, horse riders and walkers are nearly always drivers themselves and so understand that if the peloton is perceived to be obstructing any traffic behind, it could cause annoyance and give the club a bad reputation.But providing a group rides appropriately, it should not be seen as obstructing the traffic, it should be seen as part of the traffic.
  14. Guy_Watson

    2011 InTandem Skot Lewis I.o.W. Ride

    John Belfield writes: The 2011 event was held in memory of our great friend and colleague Skot Lewis, (pic below) who was tragically killed in April in a road traffic accident. Skot was a familiar and unforgettable sight on our previous bike rides and we thought it a fitting tribute to rename the ride after him, especially given that he had been planning to ride Lands End to John O'Groats this year to raise money for Prostate Cancer. Raising the money is important as is raising the awareness of Prostate Cancer, InTandem Systems Ltd operate in a predominantly male industry (Building Management Systems) and nine of the guys and gals are riding with one pair on a tandem! Riders Reports: The day was great fun and the riders were never more than 15 miles from a water station, with homemade flapjacks and encouragement! plus we have a couple of vans floating around to mop up anyone who wanted rescuing (or taking to within 1/2 a mile of the finish!) POST RIDE REPORTS: Guy Watson writes: I'd just like to say a massive thankyou to everybody who was able to get across to do this event today - I think we all did the club and our sponsor proud. I'm sure that you would all agree that Jon & Wendy and his InTandem support team put on a really nice event - thanks Jon. As for the ride itself, we were blessed with good weather for the time of year - ideal conditions for riding really. I know we lost a few at a junction near the start but I was pleasantly surprised how large our finishing group was - it stayed together really well considering the terrain and twisty roads. Some really good rides by our young riders too - some talent there for sure. Trevor Stokes writes: Fantastic day in the saddle, and the fastest I have managed around the Island to date Many thanks Jon, Wendy and the crew for putting on such a great event. I was hanging out the back a few times, but those flapjacks eventually kicked in and I was feeling pretty good towards the end - the Southdowns Challenge prep last week must have done me some good too. Well done on a great team performance with a group of 16 of us staying together, and a special mention for the youngsters. How do you manage to make it look so easy? ...Oh and I suppose if I was going to have a puncture I chose the best possible moment - half way up the A3 with the bike in the back of the car! I thought there was some interference on the radio for a few seconds, but it turned out to be the air hissing out of my rear tyre - bizarre! Pete Lyons writes: Really enjoyed the ride today. It was great to be out with the club again and riding our bikes for a good cause. Thanks to Jon, Wendy and the team for a well organised ride . Andy Redding writes: Great day out on the island and a really good turnout from the club. Thanks to Jon and Wendy plus all the helpers for organising it all so well - the feed stops were excellent and in all the right places for when we needed some of that lovely flapjack! Here's hoping you raise plenty for a good cause. Matt Bone writes: Brilliant ride today! Really enjoyed it! Good to see a lot of I-Teamers out! Thanks to the organisers for putting on such a good day and the feed stations get a 10/10! Dave Shaw writes: Many thanks to the organizers and volunteers for putting on such a splendid event for such a worthy cause and thanks to everybody who sheltered me from the wind,i found it quite tough today. Roger Forrest writes: Apologies for missing the team photograph but I arrived early at the Terminal, met Paul E, collected my tickets and just walked onto the ferry which was waiting. It was only after we had left harbour and I could not find any other cyclists did I realise that I was on the wrong boat! My wife is forever complaining of my absent-mindedness and thinks I am in my dotage;(I have missed aeroplanes in the past!) I had also decided to ride the short route, on the grounds that I needed to be home early afternoon to please my wife who had visitors, but unofficially, I just wanted to get home in time to watch the highlights of today's World Cup rugby!! I set off at 0815, however, 30 minutes later found I was off route and heading in the wrong direction! After seeking advice from locals I managed to get back en route only to see the Red Train passing me at high speed traveling in the opposite direction......ho hum! On arrival at Alverstone and the first feed station I again set off in the wrong direction and it was only after receiving excellent directions from a young rider in i-team colours (forgive me but I do not know his name but a belated thank you) did I get back on the correct route! Navigating through a busy Newport was frantic and next year if I am still around and there is no World Cup rugby I will return to the long route. I arrived at the start/finish around 1130, enjoyed a pleasant cup of tea and chat with the ladies manning the control and caught the 1330 ferry. My thoughts on the day are: 1. It was good to be able to support the company,(In Tandem) who have loyally been our sponsor over a number of years, in their quest to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer. 2. As one who has suffered from the disease I applaud our sponsors desire to make the world more aware of the risks involved. The facts are that if it is caught EARLY it can be cured; I have just been told that I have a 98% chance of beating the disease. The later it is diagnosed the more survival rates decline. Currently, 35K men are diagnosed with Prostate cancer annually, of which 10 K die. Having been through the process my advice to anyone approaching 50 is twofold: a. Insist on having an annual PSA test (Prostate Specific Antigen). It is a simple blood test which costs £10; it is not a perfect test (there maybe be better tests in the future) but at the moment it is the only way of measuring the risk to the individual. b. Like all professional people, engineers, architects and doctors some are better than others. It is your life that is on the line and you should seek out the best man and not just accept what your GP tells you. IMHO Professor Stephen Langley at the Royal Guildford is the best man in the country for Prostate cancer and his hospital is a center of excellence, with an international reputation. 3. The weather was perfect (a far cry from last weekend) and the IOW is an attractive place and one I should explore more fully. Rob Capel writes: would just like to say many thanks toojon and wendy bayfield and there support team for a brilliant day today and for a really good cause feed stations were first class those flapjacks very very nice it was great to see so many i teamers out today and well done to the youngsters on there efforts today great ride by everyone and great company and the weather played its part too Clinton Castaller writes: Thanks to all involved, both riders and organisers, for what turned out to be a truly fantastic day! This was to be the longest ride I have done this side of the Marmotte so I'm sure the legs will be feeling it in the morning! Of special mention, top effort by the youngsters that decided to do the full distance, and to the all of ladies at the feed stations for being so friendly and welcoming!!!! Ps: Cheers to Peter for the lift, it was much appreciated. Not sure if I could have pedaled home to Petersfield after going around the island! Sam Sayner writes: My first ride on the Island! After hearing Andy's views after his rides over there I was a bit nervous. I chose to do the 50k with Steve and Young James, and so glad I did. The hills were bearable. The worst part of the short route was the Nature Trail, very gritty and I picked up two punctures. I want to say a huge thank you to Steve Saunders for fixing them seeing as my mechanic was doing the long route!I also got another one just as we were leaving to get the ferry, oops! I think I clocked up 62 miles in total today which is the most for me in one day, very pleased. Thank you all i-teamers for making me , the only girlie, feel part of the team, and a big well done to the organisers, good day. Gerry McDougall writes: That was a great day with great company. A solid demonstration of team work and good old fashioned club riding. I hope Team GB demonstrate the same today when they unleash Hell! Jon great organisation and a special thanks to all your helpers at the feed stations. The Flapjacks were fantastic but a special mention to the lady on the cycle path who provided the alternative (I think date) flapjack and the lady at the finish for her shortbread and not forgetting whoever it was who had the foresight to book the weather The youngsters were brilliant and they displayed an abundance of tenacity and cheerfulness in adversity. Jon, I am sure that Scott would have been very proud. You have certainly honored his name in a great cause which affects many of us men and women directly and indirectly. Steve Gillet writes: WOW ...How good a day was that! I can only echo the sentiments re the Organisers , the Feeds , the helpers and the weather..it just couldn't have worked out any better....sorry to hear sam came unstuck in the 'cross section' ('bout time they marked a road alternative ). Nice to put a few more names and faces to avatars....don't think i've ever met a friendlier bunch ! The ride was finished off nicely by falling asleep in the sun , on the crossing back to lymy ! Happy days ...see some of you next sun in the Wiggle New Forest. Richard Shuker writes: I can only agree with all the praise for the day and a great worthy cause. Brilliant day. This was the furthest I've ever cycled in a day also - 75 miles door to door. Many thanks to everyone sticking with me & especially Andy & Roger for their encouragement. I really was running on fumes at the end, but very determined not to stop on any climbs and I managed not to. Yeah! Out of interest I entered the route 67 into memory map on the PC. The route involves 1,442m of ascent and descent. That's 100m more than ben nevis - no wonder my legs are aching today. David Stokes writes: Can I add yet another thanks to Jon, Wendy and all the support crew for a fantastic day out, and what a great way to remember someone very dear to them. It was also very sobering to be riding with two members who are affected by the cause being made aware by the ride - I have put the word about to my friends this morning at a dive boat work party to put a PSA test on their agenda. I caught the same ferry as the main red train bunch, but went to the back of the queue at registration because two people I knew had missed the boat. We followed on at a steady pace due to injuries. We did, however, meet up with some of the team at freshwater and rode the remaining miles as a group in weather that got better and better. A great day to look back on during the grey winter months. Alex Green writes: Fantastic day on the Island, great turn out of I-Team. Really well organised day & would like to say Thanks to everybody who helped support the event I would personally like to Thank my riding buddies who helped me through my cramp - Cheers to Andy, Rich, Roger, & Andy James Saunders writes: Great ride furthest I've rode on my bike so far but by far the best club ride I've done since I joined the club. Hope to do 66 mile next year but not as fast as this years group. Thanks From InTandem Hi Everyone A big thank-you to everyone who made it onto and round the Isle of Wight, we had 139 riders in total and the weather was extremely kind to us! (It has to be as there is no Plan B ) It was an emotional day for us as we were riding in memory of Scott Lewis who was a great friend and colleague. Your friendship and sense of fun had a very positive impact on all of us who are still coming to terms his loss especially his Girlfriend and Mum who were at the start/finish. For Wendy and me, we each managed to get round the 100km and we can only do this because of all the Water Station helpers - they are the ones that made it such a great day. See you all again in 2012! Jon, Wendy & all at InTandem
  15. Just booked Rob Hayles as our guest speaker and presenter for our end of season bash! http://www.i-team.cc/team/index.php/topic/11869-end-of-season-bash-281115/page-2

  16. Still full of head cold so poughing on with re-arranging the Forum today and making it simpler to use (hopefully)

    1. Guy_Watson

      Guy_Watson

      That's it for now. In the next few week or so there will be some down time while the forum software gets upgraded

  17. Went out to play with some bigger boys today and they beat me up - but I'll be out to play again :)

  18. Kept up on a Sunday ride for the first time in many a year Wahoo! :)

  19. Another 125m mile / 200km ride needed to stay in the challenge - only tomorrow left - looks like rain all day - can't wait!

    1. Tim_Powell

      Tim_Powell

      All the same you smashed it, chapeau!

    2. Guy_Watson

      Guy_Watson

      Hehe - best ride of the year from me - did 8 1/2 laps of a 12.5 mile circuit and was never more than 20km from my door! The headwind from Walderton to Compton each lap was a bit of a grind at the end I can tell ye! - definitely character building :)

    3. Jon_Belfield

      Jon_Belfield

      Never one to take the easy path!! Nice one Guy - thought we'd lost a trusty soldier from the ranks for a moment!

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  20. Looks like another 200km ride is going to be required this month to keep in the challenge!

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