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By Guy_Watson, in Articles,

Rob Hayles- World Champion & Olympic Medal Winning Professional Bike Rider -
"Since 2004, I have been the President of i-Team. This team has been set up by one of my oldest friends in cycling, Guy Watson. Guy was a member of my first ever cycling club, Portsmouth CC, way back in the late 80's and he helps me today with the Team KLR Elite Team. I like original ideas and i-Team is a unique concept, that works for a hell of a lot of cyclists."

Kevin Knowles - Kendal, Cumbria
"I took up cycling after fell-running took its toll on my body! I tried to follow my previous footsteps on a Mountain Bike, but after a holiday in France I came back a convert to road biking. I was looking for help and support, but not really confident enough in my ability to join a traditional club, so I thought I'd give i-Team a go. After 2 years I am now riding sportives, audax and social rides. I even attacked the Etape du Tour last year. What an experience! (albeit let's just say I have some unfinished business in this event!)
I've gone from complete novice to competent rider in no time at all, thanks to the help, information and support given to me by fellow team members at various events around the country, as well as a few that even traveled up to my local sportive event, The Fred whitton. Plus the members only forum is in my opinion the best forum of its kind in the world.
My partner, having seen my experience and confidence grow since I joined has also now joined the team. Will you be next?"

Phillip Chandler - Portsmouth, Hampshire
"I have been with i-team for nearly a year now and can confidently say that joining the club has been the best move that I have ever made. Prior to this I used to puttle around the back lanes of Purbrook at my own sedate pace in an attempt to lose a bit of body weight and trying to achieve a modicum of fitness. I had always enjoyed cycling but was very sceptical about my own ability level and whether somebody of my age (49) and weight (ex prop forward) would fit in with the numerous club opportunities available – A vision in Lycra I am not! What I really needed was a little bit of 'positive stroking' or a 'kick up the backside', then somebody at work suggested I look at the i-team site – from that point I have never looked back.
You can do as much or as little as you like and there are no pressures or commitments placed upon you. Everybody (and I mean everybody) that I have met through the team has had the time to listen to my probably naive questions with great patience and has proffered me some excellent advice. The camaraderie of the 'team rides' really does have to be experienced. At first I was always at the rear but coached and encouraged by my fellow i-teamers, I can now at least hold my own and thoroughly look forward to these weekly events.
With improved performance, comes confidence. This time last year, if someone had told me I'd be entering 65 mile-plus sportives, I'd have referred them to the nearest psychiatrist. Now, I've invested in a new bike and am looking forward to new challenges. The team is run in a most impressively professional manner. The Team Manager always has time for everyone (where he finds it, I know not) and his coaching advice is of the top drawer.
So, if you're like me and would like to improve but are a little self-conscious and unsure – take the plunge and join the best cycling club in Britain. Trust me, you won't regret it.

Jonnie Woodal M.B.E. - Shrewsbury, Shropshire
"This is just to say thank you and to let you know how much I've enjoyed my first year with i-Team. I have ridden 5168.26 miles since acquiring the Zeppelin and 4680.79 in the 12 months since 1 Jan 04. My weight has gone from something like 110kg down to 97.1kg and my RHR from 53 to 45. I feel about 10 years younger and am no longer knackered at the end of every day. A great deal of this is due to the support and encouragement that membership of i-Team brings and the good advice I have received from our Coach. So I can honestly say that joining i-Team, more than anything else, has had the biggest impact on my cycling."

Kevin Astle - Ibstock, Leicestershire
"Before I joined the i-team in May 2004 I weighed about 15 and a half stone.Since then over the past 7 months I have lost about 10 pounds. Although I still weigh about 14 stone 10 pounds,I feel generally fitter and I am enjoying cycling once again after a 14 year lay off,during which I gained weight and led a mostly sedentary lifestyle. Being part of the i-team has given me some focus and has inspired me to aim for new goals,the usual ones for those on the comeback trail; Get fitter,lose weight,train more,race again etc. Of course when one is middle aged as I am,it is not easy to get fit again after a long lay off.However I have found that age is no barrier to fitness as other members older than me are much fitter and have given me the inspiration and self belief to continue to strive to achieve my goals with determination. I believe that the i-team has been so successful because of it's non-elitist policy towards all comers that are made welcome regardless of age, experience,sex etc.I can easily foresee that in a few short years the i-team could go on to be one of the biggest cycling clubs in the U.K.
Certainly, the clubs website has been the key to it's success.With such ease of access ability and great communication between the club coach and founder Guy Watson,it's president Rob hayles and members it must have one of the best cycling club websites on the internet.Whilst being art of the i-team I have found new avenues of the sport that I have never tried before. This year for the first time I have ridden a number of challenge and endurance rides that have revealed a much loved non-competitive branch of the sport as a way of building up endurance fitness and socialising with other riders from all over the U.K.This has further demonstrated to me that cycling can be enjoyed by anyone at any level regardless of age,sex or fitness. It is my ambition to further develop with the i-team throughout 2005 and to continue to ride challenge and endurance rides. I would also like to race again in road races and time trials as well as perhaps ride on the track for the first time. I look forward to many more years in the sport and with the team as I continue to develop and contribute as a rider and member.
I wish our founder Guy Watson,our president Rob Hayles our sponsors and all of our members every success in the future."

Andy Jones - Winchester, Hampshire
"At the age of 40 years, it is safe to say that I have belonged to a few cycling clubs and sports clubs over the years. I can honestly say that the i-team concept is a master stroke that fits perfectly with my hectic lifestyle. As an amateur racer it is always hard to find the time to train, get good advice on how to improve your performances and hold down that all important job. I used to train very much on my own, the clubs that I belonged to always seem to be unable to organise and co-ordinate training or race meetings etc.. this is something that i-team excels at and the communication between the club members is superb! I don't think I turned up to single race last year to be without a team member at my side, sharing the work, absolutely fantastic. Advice is always available from a huge user group that are always willing to give support at the click of a button. This has saved me countless hours in trial & error experiments on deciding new training routines, type of diet best for me, to the latest bit of kit for the bike. I recommend anyone interested in cycling, whether it be for a bit of fun or to become a serious racer to join i-team, you won't regret it!"

Jon Williams - Alderley Edge, Cheshire
"I found i-team in the winter of 2004 while looking at various web-sites, I could see from the start that this was the team for me and my son, Sean.Why? because it different, modern, up to date, very friendly and most important, is doing all it can to get "Bums on Bikes" to improve them and if they want to help them to race/train better - this as always been one of my main objectives. Up until 2000 we were in a Racing Team that had strong links with the cycling mad people of Ghent in Belgium, due to the death of the co-founder of the team and the winding up of it we were not happy with the "old ways" of our other local clubs and needed more. We found it with i-team..........."

Robert Towers - Gosport, Hampshire
"i-team is more than a club for me, its a chance for people to share their knowledge and experience with others in a friendly environment. Which works very well, the members are first class as is the way the club is run. People are always willing to help others. I look forward to staying a member for a long time and the beauty of i-team is if i move away i can stay a member.
Thanks i-team!"

Steve Smith - Lee On Solent, Hampshire
"I've been with the i-team since September 2004 and during that time have gained in fitness on the bike I used to be in a cycling club about 20 years ago and made some good lifelong friends, only problem was that it was another night a week out of your life, with the i-team web based club you manage to keep more of your free time available for everything else that is just as important having real names and real pictures of members on the bulletin board is something that really helps, also the ability to look back at previous posts means that the information is always available to those questions you need the answer for I would say that for todays pace of life, i-team is the perfect solution for the busy cyclist."

Nick Fitt - Bognor Regis, West Sussex
"i-Team is the only club I have ever seen or heard of that caters pretty extensively for any kind of cycle sport at pretty much any level. Hats off to Guy for creating cycling Nirvana!"

Richard Stephens - Shrewsbury, Shropshire
"I echo all the comments above. I was introduced to the club by Trevor Payne in Portsmouth (spinning instructor and top end biathlete) and have not looked back since. For me the club is ideal; I live in Shrewsbury @ weekends and leave periods and work in Portsmouth. To that end, I train @ weekends with Jonnie Woodall and the boys and during the week meet up with the Portsmouth boys whenever possible (Goodwood racing in particular and hopefully training @ Mountbatten centre during winter on Thursday nights). The strength of the club is the website; this medium enables me to keep in touch wherever I am (once logged on in Canberra Australia while awaiting a flight) and act as a very effective on-line training manual by drawing on the vast array of talent out there, from doctors to coaches, as well as very experienced enthusiasts. I look forward to many more years with the club and would encourage anybody interested in cycling, who wishes to receive a warm welcome and encouragement, whatever their age, sex or ability, join at the earliest opportunity. PS: The team kit is very noticeable as well (my wife thinks I look like Spiderman!)"

John Rogerson - Southsea, Hampshire
"It is now one year since I joined i-team. I initially joined with the sole purpose of getting through the Etape, crossing it off my list of things done and then finding another challenge to get my teeth into with a see you later i-team. Needless to say, I've thoroughly enjoyed the year. I'm signed up for next year's etape and am currently getting my teeth into some racing. I think I'll be sticking around for some time - Cheers"


2007 La Marmotte

By Guy_Watson, in Articles,

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My target for this was Gold, which meant 9 hrs 15 mins, 1 hour faster than last year. I set myself pacing notes based on where I needed to be and by what time, and with them taped to my stem I rode to my own pace rather than hang on to faster groups and risk blowing. Was on schedule at the bottom of Telegraphe, 8 mins down at the top of Galibier...

The 'La Marmotte' is a 174km French Cyclo Sportive event with an Alpine route that takes in the monumental Alpine climbs of Col de la Croix Fer, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier before returning to Bourg d'Oisans and finishes up the 21 hairpin bend climb to the ski station of L'Alpe d'Huez.

This year, 3 i-Teamers completed the test - here are their accounts:

Mark Sterling - Botley, Hampshire:

My target for this was Gold, which meant 9 hrs 15 mins, 1 hour faster than last year. I set myself pacing notes based on where I needed to be and by what time, and with them taped to my stem I rode to my own pace rather than hang on to faster groups and risk blowing. Was on schedule at the bottom of Telegraphe, 8 mins down at the top of Galibier, 15 mins ahead at the bottom of the Alpe and ended up missing Gold by 7 minutes with a finish time of 9 hrs 22 mins (53 mins better than last year). In fact I got to to the 1km to go sign just as my clock ticked over the target time

As ever the organisation, feed stations, marshalling and event atmosphere were excellent. After last year's crash on Glandon there were almost more marshals than riders on the descent this year, which I'd disagree with Paul on, and say I thought was almost the best descent of the day before the link section to Telegraphe, which was boring but provided a chance to rest the legs a bit.

Having struggled (understatement!) up the alpe on the day I went back 4 days later (legs still aching - in fact I have never ached for so long after an event) and kicked it's butt in 59 minutes.

So it looks like the elusive Gold is going to take a 3rd attempt next year.

I'll be back!

Paul Morris - Southampton, HampshireI'm back! - A brief description of the Marmotte> TOUGH!

The ride itself was manic and very much in keeping with an Etape style ride except no closed roads which quite a few riders seemed to forget. The ride can be broken into 3 main climbs

Col du Glandon

Having climbed this before I found this climb very comfortable. I set a heart rate target and stuck to it with the occasional lapse. One of these being a big chain ring moment which I had to see through! However knowledge of the climb really helps and I found myself doing the overtaking rather then being overtaken. I spent the majority of the climb following two Assos clad ladies who were carving their way through the riders much to the disgust of the surrounding male cyclists clad in team replica kit / works bike etc. The reaction of these guys being passed by the girls brought a tear to my eye on a few occasions.

The descent of the Glandon and run down the valley was very boring. Packs formed after the descent and I found myself in a group of around a 100 riders. I decided to grab a ride but found it frustrating after a while. They started single file but ended up 3 or 4 abreast and I ended up being blocked in. I made my escape on one of the small rises and moved to the outside when gaps opened up. The pace slowed again so I went to the front offered my wheel which wasn't taken so I rode away.

Col du Télégraphe /Col du Galibier

I really loved the Telegraphe section of the climb. The Galibier is another matter! I struggled on the lower slopes of this monster until the the food I had eaten at the food stop prior to the climb kicked in. I stopped at the summit to take on more food and then I noticed I had a problem with my rear wheel.

I have to admit I was hoping for a mechanical on the rear wheel but only when I was closer to my car. I took the descent very gingerly off the Galibier and was praying for a smooth road surface down to Bourg only to be greeted by the roughest French road I've come across in a long time.

I stopped at the foot of the Alpe to take on water prior to starting the climb and calculated that If I could climb the Alpe in 1hr 20mins I could still nick a gold but only just. However hitting the lower slopes I knew I was in trouble and after hairpin 18 I pulled over convinced I would not be able to climb this mountain. Sitting in the shade for a few minutes I decided to consume my last power bar before pressing on.

Again I struggled and all chance of achieving a reasonable time went out of the window. I therefore decided to award myself a stop after hairpin 16 but pressed on by kidding myself that there would be a better spot around the corner. There was and I took it. I had a nice kip in the shade under a tree. After a few minutes of watching cyclists go by with triples I decided I better get on with it and set off and was shortly passed by Sean. Sean's words and seeing the I-team jersey raised my spirits and I started to climb better. The 200 calories provided by the bar however expired on hairpin 2 with a great mushroom cloud and I just about summed up enough energy to tell Sean to keep going. As you can imagine the last 1.5km were the hardest I ever done and whilst I stopped at 3 hairpins on the Alpe I decided I wasn't going to walk until after the finish line.

A big thank you to Mark and his Wife who I bumped into at the Finish who saved me, literally. I've been in a bad way before but this was really bad and I was so depleted of almost everything required for my mind and body to operate that I was concerned that I might black out. Please excuse my mumblings. When I left I tried to cycle but couldn't and found a shady piece of grass to collapse in (again) to consume the apple juice and fruit bar you gave me. (I really struggled with the bar and had to eat it in very VERY small pieces).

Sean Williams - Alderley Edge, Cheshire:

That was the hardest thing I've ever done!

I set off really steady as i had no idea what to expect, i followed no ones wheels up the climbs and just set my own pace. The galibier was a right evil. It seemed to go on forever. Along the main road before the telegraph i got in a group of about 150 riders!!! we were doing about 16mph and i wondered if i should have rode on incase they were going to slow. but i was glad i didn't as the Telegraph and Galibier which was after that road was like a 2 and a half hours of climbing.

on the Telegraph i was caught by Paul Morris and had a chat then told him to push on. Then On Alpe du Huez i caught him up again and passed him, think he had blown. unfortunately i had no gels left to give him. sorry paul ! Felt great on alpe du heuz and was catching a fair amount of people.
I didn't blow all day which was good considering the heat. If anything i think i set off maybe a bit slow as i wasn't sure what to expect.
Next time am going to train for it. previous to this i had only done a maximum of 70 miles this year, around cheshire- ooops. When i hit the bottom of alpe du heuz and had 100 miles on the clock i couldn't believe i still felt good.

Tip for anyone is just keep eating if your doing this. i ate loads, i took a musett so i didn't have to stop as the food stations were crazy, only stopped for water.

Oh and to 34/27 gear combination was perfect. Its has to be compact over here.


2006 I-Team Century Day

By Guy_Watson, in Articles,

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The challenge is to get 100 i-Team members riding 100 miles in the same 24 hour period - wherever they are in the world on that day. It's a loosely organised event - everyone just decides a route and we all a do a ride either solo or in groups. For those of us that met Mark or who knew him from his posts on the member's forums, the purpose will always be to keep Mark's memory alive but for new members etc. you can do it for any reason - just think of something or someone that is/was important to you and do a suitably challenging ride in honour of that purpose.

i-Team Century Day : Remembering Mark Brookes

Bristolian Mark Brookes was one of the very first riders to join i-Team and rode with our first Etape du Tour team in 2004. Mark died a year later from a heart annominality while riding his bike.

Mark was a full-on, sincere character, with many interests - his love for cycling was infectious and inspiring.

As a fitting tribute, I came up with an idea that would unite the club in a special way for one day each year - The i-Team Century Day.

i-Team members are based all over the UK and as far afield as New Zeeland, India, Argentina, Australia and the Middle East - it would be impossible for all of us to get together - but then as an internet cycling club, we don't have to.

The challenge is to get 100 i-Team members riding 100 miles in the same 24 hour period - wherever they are in the world on that day. It's a loosely organised event - everyone just decides a route and we all a do a ride either solo or in groups. For those of us that met Mark or who knew him from his posts on the member's forums, the purpose will always be to keep Mark's memory alive but for new members etc. you can do it for any reason - just think of something or someone that is/was important to you and do a suitably challenging ride in honour of that purpose.

(As an aside, I remember that when Mark did the Etape, he had little stickers on his top tube with the names of people that were special to him and he would pull off each sticker when he got to a predetermined point of the route - Puy Mary would be for his wife and the last 10 km would be for his daughter and so on - it kept him going when he was tiring )

We need challenges to keep us motivated and strong! - I hope all of our exploits on an overcast day in 2006 will encourage new members to make this a target for 2007.

A selection of individual members thoughts on the 2006 i-Team Century Day:

Roger Forrest


A previous engagement prevented me from joining the rest of the lads in today's ride from Swindon so I decided to contribute by making a solo night ride starting on the Saturday afternoon and finishing after midnight on the Sunday. I had 2 criteria for the route:

1. That it should be as flat as possible since this was meant to be a pleasurable event.
2. That it should be easy to navigate, since I would be on my own and it would be dark.

I selected a route that went north from Winchester circling Salisbury Plain linking a number of military towns, Bulford, Tidworth, Netheravon and Upavon which were familiar to me during my youth. I used B roads to avoid traffic and hoped that a full moon would help me, together with some cheap bike lights, to see where I was going! I calculated that the ride would take me about 8 hours, so decided to leave home at 1600. As this was my first solo ride over a long distance I made sure that I was self sufficient, even carrying a mobile phone to contact my dear wife in the event of an emergency; something I did not normally do!

Feeling confident I set off on time and headed north-west in the direction of Salisbury which I by-passed and then headed due north through well known towns and villages. The terrain was gentle and I felt strong reaping the benefits of months of training through the winter. Darkness was beginning to fall, traffic had reduced and I was beginning to enjoy myself, averaging speeds in excess of 25+kph. It was at this time that I made my first mistake and took a wrong turning in Tidworth that was to cost me dearly, adding some 15 kms extra on my total distance. Fortunately, I found a kindly soul out walking his dog who gave me directions that put me back onto my route. My high point was Burbage where I changed direction and headed due south on fast undulating roads. Picking up the ring road which skirted Andover I headed east on the B3400 to Overton where I recognised the route from a previous Watership Down Audax. My spirits were high as I sensed that the end was in sight and I was enjoying the freedom of my own company. I joined the A30 which by now had little traffic and increased my speeds to 30 kph. I was on familiar ground and in no time I was in Winchester and turning into Oliver's Battery, finishing the ride around 0030.

It was an enjoyable ride and one which allowed me to reflect on the tragic death of Mark Brookes at such an early age. I had never met Mark, but I felt I knew him from the contacts we had made on the i-team website. He had a great sense of humour and a zest for life. Interestingly, we were both insomniacs! I would often get up in the early hours of the morning, invariably as a result of dehydration after a long ride, make myself a cup of tea and turn on the computer and log into the i-team website. On several occasions I found that Mark was on line at the same time and recall on one occasion discussing whether he had gout! To give him reassurance, I even phoned my son who is a doctor and on night duty at a hospital in Plymouth for advice, the details of which I passed onto Mark! I am sure my navigational error this evening, which added an extra 15 kms to the ride, would have brought a wry smile to Mark's face!

I enjoyed Mark's company, he was a good man, a staunch member of the i-team and I for one will miss him.

For the statistically minded:

Duration: 175 kms
Duration: 8 hours 13 minutes
Av Speed: 23 kph
Ascent: 1325 m


Steve Smith

I was with the SGS team (that really was the HGH team as we left from Hungerford)

Had a cracking ride, for some reason I have managed to find some fitness and Im loving it! I don't think I had one down point through the whole day which was a fantastic feeling (although Swindon brought me lower!)

My distance recorded was exactly 200Km (after a couple of laps of the car park!)

Everyone did their bit, everyone struggled up Birdlip hill and everyone finished in one piece

Wendy - Thanks for the company in the car
John - Thanks for making me laugh on the way round
Andy and Gerry - Thanks for letting me beat you up Birdlip Hill
Dave - Thanks for the massive pulls on the race for home
Howard - thanks for being the tall guy with the massive hole in the wind following him
Bob - Thanks for the wheel in the through and off
Rob - Thanks for the beans on toast laugh at the cafe
Kent - Thanks for the company in the bunch
Guy - Thanks for sorting the route and everything else, cant believe the amount of work you put in on the bike on so little training!

And the last thing I'll say is thanks to Mark for inspiring the ride

Jonnie Woodall

Hooray, hooray the 1st of May, the MBMR is out of the way. Actually I don't mean that, but the original version is not suitable for a public forum and I'd lose more than my dignity if I tried it in this weather anyway :roll: which is really to say how very lucky we were to have such benign conditions for a day I shall store away in the memory bank and think of with immense pleasure and respect for Mark, who was a great long distance/cyclo sportive rider and embodied all that's best about i-Team - it would be hard to think of a better tribute than yesterday's rides in memoriam.

I left home at 0705 (five minutes late) so arrived well warmed up to meet the rest of the Shrewsbury Squadron, consisting of Phil Freeman and guest rider (but soon to be member) Martin Stephens at Radbrook roundabout. We headed off through Meole Brace and down the A49 to Church Stretton with Martin leading us uphill and me riding tempo on the front going down. Once over the Stretton watershed the pace quickened and we arrived at Brimfield having done 62 km in 1hr 58 - the sort of pace Mark usually managed on his own into a headwind :roll: :twisted:

Dave Clarke was due to join us there, having driven up from London, but was delayed by a flat battery :oops: so after 10 mins Phil and I pressed on, leaving Martin to make his way back to Shrewsbury through Bishop's Castle, as he had to be home by lunchtime. Dave arrived about two minutes after we left and overtook us on the road, parking at Hope under Dinmore to join us for the 51 km run to Gloucester. This involved some lovely undulating road through cider country and past the Three Choirs vineyard. Just before Newent, Guy phoned to say the Southern group was running late, so we stopped at the George for a very welcome cup of coffee and some personal admin

The final run in to Gloucester had the wind behind us and we cruised along at 40 kph to arrive at the Docks after 131 km in 4hr 20 mins @ 30.34 kph. We stayed 10 mins longer than we should have at the George, so it was no surprise to find the Bristol boys already tucking into their lunch. The Southern group arrived about 20 mins later and it was a great get together and one which I personally hope will be an annual event, but it was a shame not to have longer to get to know everyone and do some riding together.

How about we make it a weekend event next time :idea: :?: I'd be happy to organise some hostel accommodation, either in Shropshire or N Wales, and it would make a great pre Gran Fondo training camp :idea:

The return trip started off well, with the same 'tailwind' we had enjoyed in the way down (it was actually a 6 mph Westerly, so in effect neutral). Once we got to the Herefordshire hills the legs started to complain and the pace slowed. Dave decided to call it a day at Hope, so Phil and I rode on towards Ludlow. By Craven Arms his legs had done enough and he wisely opted to catch the train after 130 miles and his longest ever ride - congratulations Phil

I pushed on for Shrewsbury, still feeling strong, and once over the Stretton watershed was able to up the pace to 40+ kph, arriving back at Mytton at 1855.

Distance travelled: 262.95km
Time: 9hrs 8 mins
Average: 28.95kph (18.09mph)
Ascent: 1396m

Thanks to Mark for inspiring such a wonderful day and giving me the legs to do it :twisted: 8) if my dear wife hadn't organised for us to go out to dinner, I would happily have gone on to Oswestry and back to complete my first double century. Instead it was hot and cold treatment whilst I sucked down 800cc of ReGo and trying to stay awake until midnight (failed :oops: )

Kent Thompson

What a great day out on the bike. I was feeling a bit apprehensive as I had been ill all week not to mention the hundred plus miles on the island the previous Sunday, so I decided to take in the Saturday ride just to see if I was up to it. Felt ok so it was an early start Sunday morning with Bob arriving at 6.45am to pick me up for the trip to Hungerford.
After a brief photo opportunity and with pockets stuffed with gels and energy bars we set off and within a hundred yards we made a wrong turn! :oops: , a quick look at the map and we were on our way.
After a few miles we dropped down a long decent which I thought at the time would be a bit of a killer on the way back. This soon led to a flatter terrain and we soon settled into a steady through and off which raised our pace and started to make good time.
With some good navigation from Guy and his map (which was more like the Bayeux Tapestry) the flatter terrain became more lumpy as we approached our destination, it was at this point that although we were going well with no problems it became apparent that we were going to exceed our objective of 50 miles each way and were going to arrive in Gloucester a little later than anticipated.
After some cracking descents we were into Gloucester and down to the docks, our meeting point. It was great to meet up with the other guys who were already well into refueling for the return leg. It was a good to relax a bit and have some lunch, but after a group photo we were on our way again.
A slightly different route out of Gloucester ( avoiding the pedestrian precinct :oops: ) had us heading towards Birdlip. I had been over there a number of times when I was a lad and had remembered it as being a long way up and relatively steep. I was sure that my memory from all those years back had somehow accentuated its severity……..it had not :shock: , you do not remember a hill from some 30 years ago without good reason. I was really pleased that I had a 12-27 cassette fitted a few days before, mainly in preparation for the GFC at the end of the month. I was pleased to get to the top in one piece although a bit on the warm side. Many thanks to Rob and Guy for being slower up than myself, giving me chance to recover before we cracked on .
A slightly different route back required a few more map stops which in such pleasant countryside wasn't such a bad thing with the rolling hills, dry stone walls and bleating newborn lambs reminded me why I enjoyed cycling so much, added to the fact of riding in such good company as well.
Before long we were back onto the flattish stuff and the pace rose to between 22 to 25 mph, although at this point I still felt ok, sitting on the back was the best I could do as I knew there was still more to come.
It came in the shape of Swindon, not my favorite place before yesterday and definitely not today. Navigating in Swindon is fine if you want to go to Cirencester or Wootten Bassett, we did not, so after a sightseeing tour of Swindon ( which there is nothing to see apart from the magic roundabout which was the only thing we didn't see ! ) we left it behind on a long drag up over the M4. After regrouping Guy suggested to run at our own pace back to Hungerford which was now about twenty minutes away. I had at this point used all of my bars, gels, and drink so it was an easy decision to let the guys at front disappear into the distance, leaving myself, Wendy and Rob to bring up the rear. A few miles left to go and an i-team jersey came into view, despite being very tired it was like a red rag to bull, Wendy and I decided to chase it down :twisted: . It was Guy with Wendy catching him first then I did about half a mile out of Hungerford. Wendy and I went on while Guy dropped back for Rob who was just behind.
It was so good to see the sign for Hungerford after a long day in the saddle.

Many thanks to everyone who came along for a great ride on a occasion such as this.
Thanks also Guy for sorting out the route and for getting us there and back.
And well done to everyone else who did their own thing on Sunday.

1908m climb

Total distance may be a bit down on others as the auto-pause function was set at 5mph :oops

Rob Towers

Phew! ok first i think we did Mark proud today, I for one was proud to be a rider today and a member of i-team, and i am certain that mark would be smiling down on us as we struggled up birdslip hill.
second a MASSIVE thanks to everyone who helped me out today, sorry if i slowed the pace towards the end, damn chest :x :x i will get it right one day.
it was an awsome day great company beautiful countryside, shame about the beans on toast.
kent will i am sure give a full account of the distance , meters climbed as he had the garmin thingy.
thank once again everyone
and it was good to meet all the other guys at the cafe
total was 120 miles in the end i think??
thanks all
and a huge thanks to guy for organsising the route, maybe smaller map next time guy.
i think i will leave it to one of the others to give a detailed report.

Stephen Scott

An early start for me, leaving the house at 06:15 to drive to Jon's house in Bristol. I arrived there just after 7:30 but but the time I was setup it wasn't until 7:50 before we setoff.

A gentle 13 miles took us to the foot of the Old Severn Bridge where we were greeted by Matt Zorn and Simon Hendy (there to take a photo and say hello). We then crossed the bridge and went through the Forest of Dean, Matt keeping us going at a nice steady pace. There was some sort of Sportive ride on there today so on certain sections we had other riders for company. This included our biggest climb of the day (looking at Jon's data I'd say about 280m of climbing in about 2.5 miles). We dropped out of the Forest and came into Gloucester from the North. Being first to arrive at the cafe we were able to order hot drinks and food without there being a massive delay.

How nice to see all the faces we've been looking at on the forum arrive. Jonnie and the Central lads arrive about 15 minutes after us, and then Guy and the Southern team arrived about half an hour later on. Good that so many of us got together (17 in total I think).

Our route back to Bristol was straight down the A38, quite easy really if you hadn't already done 55 hilly miles. Matt turned off about 5 miles north of Bristol, and then Jon and I realised we were going to be short of miles (ie wouldn't make it to 100 if we went straight on). So we had to add a loop of about 8 miles, this included the hill Mike Beard has trouble with (Westerly hill?). The road up there has been recently resurfaced and it's a cracking road to ride on. You Western people should go up and down that a couple of times each ride.

By the time we got back to Jon's we'd covered 162.3 km at an average just short of 24 kph.

Thoroughly enjoyed the day, good company, good cycling and not bad weather. Thanks all.

Jon Skidmore

Agree a great day! I'm feeling completely stuffed but walking around the house with a big grin on my face. Steve has summed up our ride well (apart from the fact that it was his and Matts back wheels that got me round).

It was great to meet up with you all at Gloucester, the photoshoot moment with the late arrival with the coffee being the best moment.

My 'Mark' moment of the day was (as Steve mentioned) when we realised we needed to do a few more mile to hit the century. We arrived at a T-Junction and (unknown to Steve) had the choice of going right (easy option) toward home and a few loops round the estate or left (hard option) up Westerleigh Hill and round through the strangely named village of Pucklechurch. As we approached the junction I was working on the right (easy) option but shouted out to Steve "Your choice" and moved over to the left hand side of the road. Steve decided left (good man) so we then took the hard option – as Mark would have done (again and again).

I'm with Rob that today has made me feel proud to have been a rider on this, proud of all of you, and proud of being a member of i-team and all it stands for.

Mark would be smiling and also be proud of us (he'd also be telling me to try harder next time).

Paul Morris

Rob Shannon and I made a late start from Southampton heading out at 9.30ish into the Meon Valley for the local 100 miler.

Having plotted the route before I had warned Rob that the route was tricky with twist and turns, plenty of backroad and more ginger map lines then I care to remember, think they call them contours :wink: .

Indeed it proved very correct with moans galore on the way back from both parties and aching legs or limbs in my case. Not one stretch of road stayed flat for long and if we weren't climbing we was descending. Of course naturally friendly competition got the better of us and the pace was kept high considering all the twist and turns with Rob having a cracking bit around the 110km mark and my legs crying enough with the 39/23 gearing.

Still we both finished strongly bowling into Southampton after some devious loops thrown in to ensure the 100miles was obtained.

Still a good hard days ride, difficult roads with a persistent head wind. (did anyone else notice the wind changing direction during the day??). Only one puncture to boot.

Ride time was 6hr 18min with 1820metres of climbing.

Jerry Dibben

Having worked 2 out of the last 3 nights, and been up at 4.00 to see off the family to the IOM on the other, I didn't manage to make it up in time to get to Hungerfrod for 0800 - sorry guys.

So instead I set off at around 0830 for my days ride.

Headed out from home up thru Romsey, Stockbridge and out to Inkpen Beacon via he Test Valley. Passed within 3 miles of Hungerford ( saved the petrol) before heading south again via the Chute causeway, passing west of Thruxton and back down thru Romsey.

A gentle head wind all the way out, the wind changing direction to give a increasing headwind all the way home!! You were right Paul.

Some lovely quiet lanes, so quiet in fact I struggled for somewhere to refill by bottles.

A great days ride, shame it was so chilly - at least it stayed dry.

6h 30m
Av 25.8 k/h
Ascent 1450m

Ben Shaw

Played the solo card, but ticked the box.

In preparation for the Fred Whitton I chose a nice lumpy route taking in Beacon hill, Old Wichester, Butser, Ditcham Park, Harting Hill, The Trundle, Black Down (only 2nd Ascent for me, short but super hard 3km East of Fenhurst as the crow flies), Selbourne Common, Little Switzerland & Mercury.

3200m Ascent

Tagged a 15mile run to the end and an ice bath (which was harder to get myself to do than the run or the bike!).

Theme for the day - How lucky I was to be out there.

Matt Zorn

I left home in Nailsworth at 7 to ride down to the Severn Bridge to hook up with Jon and Steve. It was a cold start, but fortunately I had about 200m of steady climbing from the front door to warm up, followed by a brisk descent into Wotton-Under-Edge to get me freezing again. After that it was a steady roll down to the Severn Bridge interrupted by cycling through the remains of a lorry tyre which left some bits of steel wire sticking out of my front tyre. Arriving at the bridge to meet Simon Hendy for a photoshoot, it was clear that I had a puncture, so a quick tube change while waiting for the other two to turn up. A lovely ride up the Wye valley from Chepstow to Monmouth followed, where we found ourselves on the route of a Sportive for 10 miles or so. Steve disappeared up the 2 mile hill from Monmouth like a rat up a drainpipe, chasing the Sportive riders :shock: Jon and I went up more steadily and ground our way to the top. Forest of Dean lumpiness followed followed by a surprisingly fast 8 miles into Gloucester. First there, we got quick service in the Cafe.
It was great to meet up with so many i-teamers in one go on my first i-team ride. It's great to feel a part of something on rides like this.
After an hour or so, the 3 of us headed south down the A38, until I peeled off for the final climb back the Wotton, over the edge and down to Nailsworth. Final distance was 99 miles, so I had to go up and down the road to make the 100. Thanks for a great day out, folks!

Jon & Steve give me a tow down the A38:

Guy Watson

What a day indeed! I'd only completed a total of 30 hours training since Xmas, made up of weekly 2 hour rides, so I thought that I'd be OK for a couple of hours and then hang on as long as I could.

All smiles at the off - from left to right: John Clutterbuck, Rob Towers, Howard Radcliffe, Steve Smith, Kent Thompson, Andy Jones, Guy Watson, Gerry McDougall, Wendy Spruce, Dave Shaw.

To be honest, I wasn't looking forward to what I thought would be an enevitable day of pain and suffering. In the end I only had 2 bad patches lasting around 10 minutes each (the first one just in time for Birdlip Hill - not nice on 39x23 - cheers for waiting guys.)

Wendy Spruce & Steve Smith at the Hungerford Start

We started out from Hungerford a bit late around 08:30. We had some brief sunshine until the sun had risen above the cloudbase and it became overcast. There were some darkening skies ahead - we hoped it wasn't going be a wet afternoon....

After a gentle 30 mins riding in pairs, we started riding 'through and off' - pro-style! (we looked goooood!) changing the direction of rotation as the side wind came from opposite side. We kept Swindon to our left and headed up through The Lambournes to Highworth using the B4000.

Then we crossed over the A419 at Broad Blunsdon and took to the lanes around Cricklade on the way to Cirencester, making a few map-stops to make sure that we didn't end up on the A416 trunk road.

We exited Cirencester on the A417 for a few miles and then turned off on to the yellow and white lanes to Edgeworth and Miserdon. Up to now we had been riding up some gentle escarpments and dropping off on the North facing steep side - nothing to make us get out of the saddle. Then at Edgeworth we got to the Frome Valley - 1:8 to the bottom / 1:6 up the other side. The roads were narrow and technical - I was loving it!

We then headed on towards the Cotswolds proper via Whiteway and Cranham - here we found the best descent of the day - a technical 1:8 drop followed by about 500m of straight road towards Upton St. Leonards at 1:8 - I think a few of us got near to or just over 50mph.

Gloucester was great meeting the guys from the other areas - I recognised Stephen instantly - as he said, the way we try to have a recognisable Avatar on this forum really helps when we meet up at events like this. those of us that had met Mark agreed that he would have liked the fact that this was just a loosely organised day where we just rode our bikes for a challenge.

After a 30 min refueling stop (where I totally OD'd on Caffine and Maple Syrup flapjacks,) we were off again. I knew it would be a lot harder getting out of Gloucester on the right road than it was coming in - we didn't manage it, although we could see the ridge of the Cotswolds to the South, so we knew which direction to head for - we were just looking for the lowest bit to cross!

Paradoxically, all choices lead to the highest / hardest point - Birdlip Hill. I'd heard of this monster from the 80's when it regularly featured on the Tour of Britain 'Milk Race' route. It was more impressive than I expected - not mega steep - about 1:8 / 1:10 - but it went on and on - took me about 20 mins to get up it on 'impulse drive.' I wasn't suffering, I just had no energy and was cramping.

Seeing all the guys were waiting for me at the made me feel good though and after a few miles down hill, I started digesting the food that I had earlier and had my best couple of hours of the day as we headed to Winstone to pick up our outward route and retrace back to Swindon.

Remembering those steep drop-offs to the North East of Swindon on the way out, I opted to go through Swindon and pick up the B4192 that lead straight back to Hungerford.

We lost our sense of direction a bit and ignored signs for 'West Swindon' thinking that would take us away from the town centre. But we were actually quite a way West of Swindon at the time, so riding towards 'West Swindon' would actually have been heading East! Luckily, the M4 was a good marker and we headed East / North East around the bottom of Swindon instead of going straight though it.

Swindon's a big place (although I nearly missed it ) - and I'm sure some guys were thinking that we were going round in circles! - I guess Kent's Garmin download will reveal all! We had to make a few Map-Stops to make sure that we didn't exit Swindon on the wrong road.

Everyone needed to see a sign for Hungerford at this stage and eventually we got on to the B4192 that we needed. There was one climb left back over the M4 and then the last 15 miles was through some great rolling countryside.

Here we all decided to go for home at our own pace and this is where Me, Steve, John, Andy and Bob went to off up the road Team Time Trial Style, with Howard and Gerry just behind.

I dropped off the pace until Kent, Rob and Wendy caught up and after meeting the others refueling outside a shop in the High Street, we all rode back together.

I really got a lot out of today - I think I'd lost a lot of confidence and forgot that I could still pull a ride like this out of the bag - would like to do some training though so that I wouldn't have to spend quite so long on the bike though!

122 miles (199.3 km)in the bag (200k for Steve!)

Great Ride, Great Company, loved the route - Awesome day.

All smiles at the finish. No GPS for us - the 1:1 Map is still in tact and ready to use next year!

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Dave in a break with Sean Yates & Tony Gibb with Ben blocking the bunch. Dave worked himself over a bit - going for every point instead of working with the break a bit more and he had to drop off the break. He had some points but he had to wait for the bunch.

Good Friday Track Meeting Report 2006

Photo © Gavin Percy

After putting in a winter's training at Portsmouth cycle track, our young team of juniors Dave Sinclair, Tom Butt and 1st year senior Ben Heinrich, rode their 1st open track meeting at Herne Hill on Good Friday - proving that with the right preparation you can hack it with the very best club track riders in the country.

Points Race:
The sun came out and what a meeting! Even though half the crowd had stayed away, you still had trouble getting a space on the barriers to watch on the 450m track.

First race of the program and all 3 of our team were there, lined up at the start on the front of a massive 50 rider filed.vAll 3 were instantly in the action, Dave in a break with Sean Yates & Tony Gibb with Ben blocking the bunch. Dave worked himself over a bit - going for every point instead of working with the break a bit more and he had to drop off the break. He had some points but he had to wait for the bunch. The break got caught and the counter break went away, quickly gaining half a lap. Tom Butt flew out of the bunch on a 100% effort to get across - would he do it? - it was touch and go - of course he would! - What a ride! Unfortunately, the bunch were having none of it and it all came together. Our boys were out of the placings but in the points and they definitely made there mark - who are these i-Team guys?

The 'Devil-take-the-hindmost' or Elimination Race, is one of the most exiting races to watch - today's version especially so. 50 riders started and then every lap, the last 2 across the line were eliminated until 10 were left to sprint for the line in the normal way. Dave Sinclair rode a good tactical race - not getting boxed in, near the front but not in it - he crossed the line 3rd and in the money. The judges then disqualified one of the guys for dangerous riding and Dave was 2nd!

1 Mile - Dave Wins!:
Imagine this - 50 riders, 1 mile (4 laps of the track) - this could be a bit of a lottery? Dave was not looking forward to this.

"Come on Dave, this is right up your street" I said.

"Do you think so? - ok I'll go for a long one - 2 laps?" said Dave.

"No, too far out. Get to the back with 3 to go, move round with 1 and a half to go, attack down the home straight as the bell sounds for the last lap."

I went and watched alongside some of our supporters on the banking after the home straight and told them the plan. I could see others in the crowd smiling at what I was saying. Dave then perfectly executed the plan and just held on to win by a bike length - he had time to punch the air.

"S-I-N-C-L-A-I-R!" we all shouted - including half a dozen in the crowd we didn't know!

Golden Wheel:
Dave and Ben rode the Golden Wheel Race alongside riders like Bradley WIGGINS of Cofidis and Luke ROBERTS of CSC. The pace was high but that didn't stop Dave going away in a break for a few laps and Ben was in the action too.

Great Day! Obviously Dave's win was the icing on the cake after what he has been through injury wise but on the way home, we were talking about how much Tom Butt has come on this year. He was one of the youngest in the race and really looked the part. He rode 3 races and featured in all of them. Ben Heinrich, the most laid back rider I've ever met, finally got what racing is all about - this was his first proper track meeting and you could see he couldn't get enough of it! It must have been good for you guys racing but it was great to watch too! Cheers guys!

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NB. A large proportion of the field were affected by a fatal motor cycle event (not connected with the Time Trial) With this in mind, it was agreed by Guy Watson, Don Bullman, Tony Hart & Alan Emmott and the competitors still in attendance at the finish, to award PTTL points based on the times recorded at the 15km intermediate split, (Marshal M6 - see map bekow,) as opposed to abandoning the event.

Portsdown Time Trial League Event 5: CTT Course Code: P822c - Event promoted by i-Team according to CTT regulations & P.T.T.L. Rules (See below)

Sunday 12th August 2007 H.Q. Wickham Square, Hampshire.

Event Pictures Are Now Online - Thanks to Simon Hendy

RESULTS - 35km 12TH August 2007 COURSE P822

NB. A large proportion of the field were affected by a fatal motor cycle event (not connected with the Time Trial) With this in mind, it was agreed by Guy Watson, Don Bullman, Tony Hart & Alan Emmott and the competitors still in attendance at the finish, to award PTTL points based on the times recorded at the 15km intermediate split, (Marshal M6 - see map bekow,) as opposed to abandoning the event.



1 Dave Sinclair i.TEAM 0:19:35 0:58:00
2 Nick Andrews 10 VET PORTS.N.E. 0:19:40 0:53:13
3 Geoff Loveman 30 SEN FAREHAM WH. 0:19:50 ABDN
4 Simon Tout 34 SEN HANTS R.C. 0:20:01 0:54:19
5 Glenn Syder 20 VET PORTS.N.E. 0:20:52 0:58:06
6 Stephen Tallyn 1 VET i.TEAM 0:21:02 1:02:06
7 Keith Drew 15 S.VET HANTS R.C. 0:21:20 0:58:33
8 Tony Hart 5 VET T.AXIOM 0:21:57 1:00:10
9 David Dalton 8 VET FAREHAM WH. 0:22:03 1:00:12
10 Chris Bairstow 29 SEN i-TEAM 0:22:11 1:00:30
11 Dave Turner 17 SEN HANTS R.C. 0:22:20 1:00:49
12 Tim Smallshaw 19 VET i-TEAM 0:22:20 1:13:00
13 Pete Rogers 18 VET T.AXIOM 0:22:26 1:01:10
14 Alan Emmott 25 G.VET HANTSPOL 0:22:26 1:02:32
15 Kent Thompson 24 VET i-TEAM 0:23:01 ABDN
16 Bob Hatton 16 VET i-TEAM 0:23:20 1:14:58
17 Andy West 22 SEN T.AXIOM 0:23:28 0:59:03
18 Paul Capper 4 VET i.TEAM 0:23:39 1:09:47
19 Stuart Laughton 3 SEN FAREHAM WH. 0:23:40 1:05:53
20 Dave Trevena 13 SEN T.AXIOM 0:23:47 1:05:19
21 Peter Knipe 26 S.VET FAREHAM WH. 0:24:01 1:00:32
22 Stephen Burrows 9 VET i.TEAM 0:24:22 1:07:28
23 Sarah Farmer 7 LADY T.AXIOM 0:24:28 1:07:12
24 Stan Maidwell 23 G.VET FAREHAM WH. 0:25:00 1:02:40
25 Bob Brown 28 G.VET PORTS.N.E. 0:25:19 1:07:06
26 Angus Fileman 11 VET FAREHAM WH. 0:25:20 1:20:27
27 Bob Oliver 14 G.VET FAREHAM WH. 0:25:26 1:05:33
28 Phil Chandler 6 S.VET i.TEAM 0:26:14 1:13:02
29 Graham Edwards 33 SEN T.AXIOM 0:26:53

Private Rides

1 Sam Redding 39 JUN i.TEAM 0:20:01 0:49:59
2 Jeremy Lamming 38 SEN CLARENCE WHEELERS 0:20:17 0:50:50
3 Ben Shaw 41 SEN i.TEAM 0:22:10 ABDN
4 Ian Duffy 37 SEN LONDON DYNAMO 0:22:33 1:00:10
5 Jon Spencer 36 SEN T.AXIOM 0:23:01 ABDN
6 Terry Evans 40 G.VET PORTS.N.E. 0:23:24 ABDN
7 Mike Goodman 42 SEN i.TEAM 0:23:30 ABDN


2006 Award Winners

1st Luke Myers Team Axiom 480 2nd Geoff Loveman Fareham Wheelers CC 476 3rd Eamon Watson Velocity/the Exercise Deck 474 1st V Nick Andrews Portsmouth North End CC 472 1st SV Keith Drew Hampshire Road Club 458 1st GV Bob Oliver Fareham Wheelers CC 409 1st Lady Nikki Wheeler Velocity/the Exercise Deck 441

2005 Award Winners

1st Ray Robinson Velocity/the Exercise Deck 480 2nd Eamon Watson Velocity/the Exercise Deck 478 3rd Andy Kenzile Fareham Wheelers CC 474 1st V Gary Ferret Hampshire RC 470 1st SV Keith Drew Hampshire RC 469 1st GV Bob Oliver Fareham Wheelers CC 397 1st Lady Nikki Wheeler Velocity/the Exercise Deck 435

2004 Award Winners

1st Gary Buckett Velocity/the Exercise Deck 478 2nd Andy Kenzile Fareham Wheelers CC 474 2nd Glenn Syder Portsmouth North End CC 474 1st V Tony Hart Team Axiom 468 1st SV Keith Drew Hampshire RC 467 1st GV Bob Oliver Fareham Wheelers CC 418 1st Lady Sarah Farmer Team Axiom 405 1st Jun Julian Hudson Team Axiom 396

2003 Award Winners

1st Andrew Walker Hampshire RC 480 2nd Phil Marshall Fareham Wheelers CC 476 3rd Glenn syder Portsmouth North End CC 471 1st V Phil Marshall Fareham Wheelers CC 476 1st SV Mike Norman Hampshire RC 465 1st Lady Tracy Slade Hampshire RC 411

2002 Award Winners

1st Richie Berogna Portsmouth North End CC 480 2nd Andrew Walker Hampshire RC 474 3rd Des Ludford Portsmouth North End CC 470 1st V Alan Cockram Portsmouth North End CC 431 1st SV Richard Parker Hampshire RC 444 1st Lady Nikki Wheeler Portsmouth North End CC 416 1st Jun Alan Slade Hantspol CC 437

2001 Award Winners

1st Dave Dent Portsmouth North End CC 478 2nd Mark Ashton Fareham Wheelers CC 473 3rd Andrew Walker Hampshire RC 470 1st V Mark Ashton Fareham Wheelers CC 473 1st SV Terry Evans Portsmouth North End CC 457 1st Lady Tina Turner Portsmouth North End CC 380 1st Jun Jeffrey Atkin Portsmouth North End CC 391

2000 Award Winners

1st Steve Walkling Portsmouth North End CC 480 2nd Dave Dent Portsmouth North End CC ? 3rd Simon Berogna Portsmouth North End CC ? 1st V Ian Donohue Portsmouth North End CC ? 1st SV Richard Parker Hampshire RC ? 1st Lady Nikki Wheeler Portsmouth North End CC ? 1st Jun Adam Slade Hantspol CC ?

1999 Award Winners

1st Dave Dent Portsmouth North End CC 479 2nd Mick Metcalf Hampshire RC 475 3rd Mike White Portsmouth North End CC 466 1st V Mick Metcalf Hampshire RC 475 1st SV Richard Parker Hampshire RC 449 1st Lady Nikki Wheeler Portsmouth North End CC 408 1st Jun Duncan Watt Hampshire RC 222

1998 Award Winners

1st Dave Dent Portsmouth North End CC 479 2nd Alan Dodkins Fareham Wheelers CC 473 3rd Tony Hart Portsmouth North End CC 472 1st V Alan Dodkins Fareham Wheelers CC 473 1st SV Bob Oliver Fareham Wheelers CC 420 1st Lady Nikki Wheeler Portsmouth North End CC 388 1st Jun Roy Ludford Portsmouth North End CC NA

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The course was a difficult one, with three ascents of the demanding 'Blue Mountain Road' climb on a 25km loop and 5 ascents of the 'Wallaceville' climb on a 17km loop. Total 160km. It was predicted that major splits would occur on the Blue Mountains climb. At 2.7km the road rose to just under 300m and with an average gradient of 8.1% the climb required a rider of my ability to be at max every time we went up, this in order to just stay with the group.

Andrew MacFarlane joined i-Team in 2003 when he arrived from Singapore to study at Southampton University. When his degree finished in 2006, he returned to his Kiwi roots and is training hard and hoping to break in to Elite Racing in New Zeeland. Here's his account of his ride in the New Zealand National Road Championships.

On Saturday (January 13th) I raced in the New Zealand Elite Nationals. The course was a half hour drive from my home and was run on roads that I regularly include on my training rides.

In all honesty I was quite relaxed leading up to the event. I knew my physical capabilities and the limitations they would place on my performance. I didn't expect much. The fact that I would be racing the country's best and, in one case, one of the best sprinters in the world, hadn't quite sunk in yet.

However, the nerves started to build the day before. Opening the Dominion Posts' sports section compounded this with a significant amount of press coverage on the event, a two page spread that would rival the coverage of a Super 14 rugby match. Names like; Julian Dean, Heath Blackgrove, Gordon McCauley, Tim Gudsell, Jeremy Vennell and others dotted the page. It was a whose who of the big guns of New Zealand cycling. Sh!t! I thought to myself...... My liaise fair attitude towards the event turned to one of self doubt. Mentally I was beating myself before I'd even slipped into my Lycra's. I was setting myself up for failure.

My emotions changed once again on Saturday morning. Local roads. Being a member of the local club's team. Riding in their colours. Local supporters. Racing against the top New Zealand riders in the world. Plus a few tunes from Eminem, MUSE and Aerosmith. A nervous anticipation crept over me and I was no longer thinking of failure but rather of means to prolong my survival.

The course was a difficult one, with three ascents of the demanding 'Blue Mountain Road' climb on a 25km loop and 5 ascents of the 'Wallaceville' climb on a 17km loop. Total 160km. It was predicted that major splits would occur on the Blue Mountains climb. At 2.7km the road rose to just under 300m and with an average gradient of 8.1% the climb required a rider of my ability to be at max every time we went up, this in order to just stay with the group. The second smaller loop was predicted to slowly grind the remaining riders down with one main climb and several sections of rolling road.

The start was fast with Gordon McCauley putting in his customary early attack....a theatrical trailer for what was going to happen later on....The pace settled as everyone prepared for the first ascent of the Blue Mountain Road. The pace was smooth but fast. 20kph. The fastest I normally go was 16kph....on a good day......my heart rate climbed......95%.......96%......97%.....98%.....99%.......99%......100%.....100%.....101%..... 102%.....103%......2 hairpins to go.....and I held on.......recovered and life was good......

On the flats the pace went up again, hitting 65kph, the further back in the bunch you were the more difficult it was to keep up with the strength sapping concertina of accelerations and decelerations moving through the peloton. At least at a local race you know the hurt is only going to be on for a few minutes at a time as few people are able to keep the constant attacks going. Here it was continuous.

This time we hit the base of Blue Mountains at pace, my heart rate was already at 95% and climbing as fast as the road, although one flattened out before the other!! I was climbing next to Julian Dean, here was I riding at maximum, there was Julian looking cool, calm and collected.....and he's a sprinter!!!!! Needless to say I wasn't riding next to him for very long as he snaked his way to the front of the bunch with a calm, effortless finesse.

Slowly I dropped from the front of the bunch.....to the back....to off the back....and there was bugger all i could do about it! It was comforting to see several others in the same predicament, including New Zealand track pursuiter Hayden Godfrey slipping off the back....he would be useful in the chase I thought to myself! Having been in this situation before I thought it best not to let him drop behind too far, just to make the jump onto his wheel at the top a little easier....but also to relieve a bit of stress off my already screaming body!

At the top a bunch formed. There were five of us together with a further five, ten seconds up the road and the main bunch a further 45 seconds beyond. It was going to be a long chase! The chase took ten minutes and we were on! After a few minutes recovering I moved to the front end of the bunch, just far enough back so that I didn't have to to any work.

Soon the pace lifted as we approached the descent, most people seemed to want the front, understandably! I think I went down about fifth or sixth wheel. Touching over 70kph the pace didn't let up as we hit the flats, we were constantly and consistently between 55 and 60kph. I was on the rivet on the flats, with only a 12 sprocket I can't power along much above 55kph and even then only for a short period of time....I'd been to my physical limit going up and was pretty much at it on the flats......we were spread out in a pace line wheel on wheel on wheel....

Luckily as we approach Blue Mountains for the last time the pace eased but my heart rate was still at 95%....this would be a tough one! I managed to stay in contact until about a third of the way up but then I started to loose ground only to be encouraged and cheered on by the local crowed. I managed to dig into the trusty 'Suitcase of Courage" (I had to use it at least once Guy!) and regain contact, but I couldn't hang on. I had picked up a small fridge (mini-bar size) and had begun to slow......But boy did I look good doing it! A smooth pedal stroke, an emotionless face, relaxed and steady upper body...... I was told later that I looked like I was cruising..... little did they know that my lungs were screaming out for more air, my legs felt like lead and my heart was about to explode out of my chest at 207 beats per minute!!!! Who cares? I looked good!

My race was pretty much down hill from there. I got in a group at the top, this time six of us, all familiar faces from the last lap..... Flat roads.... smooth surface.....nice tempo.....and TWAG! A spoke failed. I hit the brakes, put my hand stopped and removed my front wheel only to see one of the chase cars drive straight past - Ba$tar*s!

Julian Dean is a very worthy winner of the jersey. He is regarded as one of the best lead out men in the business, looking after Thor Hushovd in the final kilometres of a flat stage. At least now he might stand out a bit more at the Tour de France!

My key stats from the day:

Total Distance I Raced: 75.2km
Average Speed: 38.5kph
Max Speed: 71.6kph
Average Heart Rate: 183bpm
Max Heart Rate: 207bpm
Time above 200bpm: 7:00mins
Time above 190bpm: 30:00mins
Time above 180bpm: 31:45mins

So, I guess it was a pretty tough race then.

Andrew MacFARLANE DNF. Over and Out.

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The Gran Fondo Campagnolotakes place each May in the Southern Dolomite region of Italy. The event starts and finishes in the small town of Feltre, and is mountainous, 208km route traversing 4 mountain passes including the Cima Campo, Passo Manghen, Passo di Rolle and the Passo Croce d'Aune.

The Gran Fondo Campagnolo takes place each May in the Southern Dolomite region of Italy. The event starts and finishes in the small town of Feltre, and is mountainous, 208km route traversing 4 mountain passes including the Cima Campo, Passo Manghen, Passo di Rolle and the Passo Croce d'Aune.

i-Team's Jonnie Woodall makes an pilgrimage to this event with a group of members. In 2005, one of those members was John Clutterbuck, formerly of London, now cruising the Pampas in Argentina on his Scott CR1. John is from a mountain biking background and has MTB'd all over the world (check out his entry in our Guestbook on page 1!.) 2005 saw him try his hand on the road with some racing and The Gran Fondo Campag - here's his account.

"The sound of 10000 cleats engaging pedals and we started to move forwards, slowly at first and then gaining momentum like a runaway train!"


Looking back my preparation for this event (some say it the equal of the Etape du Tour in terms of difficulty) - my preparations had been 'last minute' to say the least.

I'd been feeling ok about my fitness for the event a month before, until I went out for a long hard ride in the South Downs with Guy Watson & Keith Jarrett – my legs were killing me towards the end! They told me not to panic but that as I was going really well, and that I should do some races to improve my recovery and endurance. They then convinced me that I should ride down from London, compete in the 50 mile Surrey League race near Milford, the following Sunday morning and then ride home – a 120 mile day! I wasn't at my best on the Sunday race (and the circuit happened to be the hardest in the Surrey League) - I was well glad when I finished about 30 seconds behind the bunch.

One week to go before the trip to Italy I became a little nervous at the prospect of enduring a high level of suffering; "Had I really trained enough?"

I had a pain in my right-knee and I concluded i must have strained a ligament joining the inside thy muscle to the knee. Guy had previously said that a flat 30 mile race at Goodwood would have been a good as part of taper the week before but I was worried about the knee and told him. He had a look at it and got me to do some tests and said I could to do the race with the aim of just achieving an aerobic work-out by sitting-in the bunch and just sticking-it-out for the duration on the flat circuit then a rest the following day. It worked a treat; I just cruised in the bunch and then had a go in the sprint.

I felt a little more quiet confidence that I was going to be ok for the Fondo.

In Italy

As planned, we all arrived at and met at Treviso Airport, Venice, Italy on schedule on Thursday afternoon. All went smoothly as our host arrived from his hotel with his Landrover and loaded our bike-bags and hand luggage, while we assembled our bikes for the ride of two hours to the hotel in good time for dinner.

The road was wide and easily rideable in a bunch and I'm sure the drivers were far more respectful towards us as riders - as opposed to being treated as on level with hedge hogs back home! We started a gradual ascent on the approach to the Dolomites, barely noticeable, at first. It was late afternoon and the temperature was warm as the corn-fields broadened in front of us with the 'back-bone of Italy in the distance.

As the hazy sun light became a cooler, yellowy hue we caught a few large drops of rain. We were on the edge of what looked like a thunder storm coming at us from the North, where the jagged outline of the Mountains started looking like the frontier of Mordor!

2 days to go…

The aim for the following day was simple: to ride into Feltre to the Start / Finish and then to the final stage of the Gran Fondo, complete the climb, then descend back into Feltre – good recce in other words. I found the ride a little more intense than I expected but with the pasta from dinner the previous night was set in the glycogen stores kicking in, I was soon in a relatively relaxed state.

The unrelenting climbs were certainly a reality check though! (You know what I mean, "Oh God, there's another climb!"

At the top of the last climb, we found Jonnie had led us to the perfect spot for some pasta and ice cream, right next to a bronze relief sculpture in honor of the great inventor, Tulio Campagnolo himself. Jonnie interpreted that the cyclist has come-up with the idea of the first derailleur gears after climbing to this very spot.

A swift decent back into Feltre to sign-on for the event, free massage, a browse of the bike-kit stalls and on to another cafe for coffees and ice cream and watching the girls go by, rounded off the day nicely.

That evening, I decided it was necessary to put my vegetarian tendencies to

one side and adopt the philosophy of, "When in Rome..." for some large-scale carnivorous activity! I needed the protein and my God, it tasted really good!

The banter was up with our expectations at a high and wine and beer were a-plenty for those who dared. The weather was forecast to be good and the sun set red.

One to go…

After a long lay in, we took a stroll into town for lunch-time, where we all ate together at a good local restaurant that buzzed with many other groups of cyclists. Then a stroll back to the registration point and another mosey around the stalls where I received a highly therapeutic shiatsu (full-body holistic massage,) I floated back to the Villa Rosa!

I found the hotel a relatively quiet place to relax compared to previous days. I suspect people were probably be spending time to themselves on the eve of the big day. I took a deep breath and lay back listening to the crickets while I visualised what the Fondo would be like.

The Big Day

Our group started stirring about 5:30am. Many said they didn't rest very well

In the night and I could already feel the general stir of edginess as everyone got into their 'zone'. It became clear that we all just wanted to get on with what was probably going to be a 12 hour day in the saddle.

We descended into Feltre in twos and threes. The starting line up was quite something to behold. The commentator's typical Italian enthusiasm over the tinny loud-speakers was so over-the-top, even the local riders were finding it amusing and comedy effect was a diffusion of tensions all round.

I could hear our Ian Haliwell making the Brits laugh with his jesting shouts of encouragement at other members of our company. He was interrupted, (not easy to do,) with three minutes to go, as 'The Ride Of The Valkyries' came across the low budget Public Address making a sound that probably had Wagner whirring in his grave.

The Off!

The sound of 10000 cleats engaging pedals and we started to move forwards, slowly at first and then gaining momentum like a runaway train!

Our small group stayed together in true i-Team style – we weren't't in a panic and we knew what was coming up – 'up' being the key word! We got a good tempo going as soon as the bottle-necks became fewer and the peleton strung out.

I found the first climbs hard, as is usual for me and I found it hard to ride at threshold but I knew from experience that it would take me an hour or to get going. Then as the climbs became steeper, I found my pace was similar to Steve Walker's but my cadence was a lot faster (maybe from all that racing Guy got me to do? – I could hear him saying – 'Ride within yourself for the first 2 hours…') But it was hard to resist the temptation to get stuck in – I felt like 'Rocky' when he has to fight with his best arm behind his back for the first few rounds.

On the Cima Campo climb I really got into a good rhythm, so much so that I managed to block out all pain and went off on one a bit. I was awakened from my trance by Big Steve - "Yer... you just keep bl**dy peddling!"

I looked at my watch – 2 hours up – time to get into the groove…

As I slowly upped the power, I started to get hot, even though the air was getting thinner with the altitude. Guy came in to my head again: 'DRINK!' I started to focus on hydration. I always sweat a lot and I have had experience with dealing with the heat on my extensive voyages in the warmer climes of the world and I knew that at the rate I was working I may start to get cramp.

I was alternating 1 bottle of water with 1 bottle of carbo drink every 20-30 mins. Then my personal tell-tale sign for when i need to take the electrolytes kicked in - I began to feel the subtlest of a headache. I then swapped to solid food and electrolyte drink - water and added a sachet of 'Dioralyte.')

By Noon the temperature was 42 degrees in the valleys and about 32 degrees half-way up most of the climbs – riders who had passed me early on started to drop like flies,

Steve and I rode together for the whole of Cima Campo climb and reached the cooler temperature at the summit and to the feed stop! I was buzzing with endorphins and wanted to consume every consumable in sight but I resisted and instead calculated how many calories I needed to get to the next feed. I stuffed 3 bananas into my pockets, plus cake, apple, more cake.

We put on our i-Team gillets for the decent and proceeded with caution as the grit was quite heavy in places but avoidable if you took it steady – unlike some who were soon mending punctures. Lower down, the tarmac soon became very smooth and we tooled-it!

The junctions through the villages were a joy to take as there was no worry of traffic and we usually had sight of convex mirror before committing to the racing line. The locals watched some open-mouthed as we rushed past their fore-court gates and the odd Italia mama waved and smiled.

I ate half of the food on the descent. Bananas were the key slow-burning of the ride for me. I kept it in mind that I was eating for the benefit of roughly 4-5 hours time and was aware of the liquid wash-out factor on digestion efficiency: Once you go onto solid food - don't drink too much water! This dilutes digestive enzymes resulting in food remaining a dead-weight in the stomach, doing little to get fuel to the muscles.

I think this good reason to keep hydration maintained BEFORE the ride, avoiding caffeine and alcohol the day before a big ride - Result:

A higher yield of energy from food over time + you can eat more!!

On a weaving road astride the next mountain we continued to descend with yet more speed, with the sight of a narrow flood-plain approaching, about 200m below and then more mountains. This view was literally breath-taking – I think my mouth dried-up more on that decent than any other from the drop-jaw views.

Too soon we were ascending again. River crossings became stream crossings – then I remembered where we were - this would be the biggest climb of the Fondo:

"Milka-cows" grazed openly upon the lush green where families of riders were picnicking.

I looked around for the milk-maid but she wasn't there.

Around the next right-bend I was greeted to a different type of vista, local club cyclists and their families were running along-side the riders and tipping bottles of icy mountain water over the baking riders. I could see kids running back down to the stream to re-fill and rush back to their Papa's amidst all of this was a rider flaked-out sun-bathing, obviously in bliss – it was me!

I closed my eyes and spent a moment with my legs in the stream and the pain to drain out into the water as I listened to a continuous ting-a-ling of the cow-bells. Totally entrancing.

Open eyes, breathe, "Nuff of this - onward and upward!"

'The Mangahen.'

Half way up the climb of the Mangahen I caught wind of something brewing inside me. I found myself wanting to up the pace – the training was kicking in. Steve saw it and I caught something like, "Carry-on John."

I turned up the gas and found myself over revving and having to put it into a bigger gear. Before I knew it, I was into a pace I was hardly able to control but I didn't blow up. This was my absolute maximum performance of the year so far – it hurt like hell but when I realised that I was going to keep it going to the top - awesome. It was touch and go though, the slightest increase of output would have been too much. I kept the pace going for an hour, like I was doing a 25 mile time trial on the tops.

At one point, I stood up on a hair-pin turn and BANG! No I didn't't blow - flaming knee-pain! For a few seconds I eased and thought about what damage I'd done but not for long – the adrenaline kicked in and I just went for it again.

"God, I wish I fitted a compact" I thought as I grinded past super-lean Italians on my 39x27, while they were seemingly gliding up with grace and efficiency. "Keep peddling John." I said to myself.

The knee problem subsided on the descent but I now knew the amount of pressure the knee could take. I was going to take this mountano matter what. "Bring it on!" 15 km to the summit sign, so what? I Over-take some Brits I last saw 3 hours ago... 8km to summit sign.

The summit of that climb I can truly say, was literally the pinnacle

of all my cycling experience to date. On down to the feed and got stuck-in to the scrum!

After a 10 min rest and some stretching it was time to get back on the bike:

Bananaman at the ready….check.

Right cleat engaged….check.

Left cleat……what's this? - not engaging the pedal

I scrape-out some dirt and my shoe just goes in. Ok, fine. (I think)

Descend... Cool Down... Danger.. Focus... Speed... Wind...

Here comes the tree-line, it's like a strobe light as I speed into a pine forest at 60 KPH.

I was on my own for some time after this decent, then I caught a bunch of Italians and started doing through-and-off – "Just like Guy's i-Team club-runs." I thought to myself.

Back to the pan-flat flood plains & cornfields, the heat felt intense with the increased humidity.

"How far's it to the next water fill?" someone says to me.

English rider, same pace, cool.

At the next feed I was pleased to see Ian, then Peter, and the other Peter, and Rob. Yes! – 'Back with the boys!'

We feed well and exchanged stories, how we found it etc. I think we all wanted a bit of extra time at this stop. Rob wisely went on ahead earlier than the rest of us though.

On the bike and more 'Kodak Moments' that I will be able to pull out of my mind when I am an old man and unable to do this cycling lark anymore:

Pacing along with Ian Haliwell and chatting with the jagged snowy tops Passe Rollo up above us will be a favorite, I'm sure.

Then there was through-and-off with the lads on the 37km decent off Rollo on the smoothest tarmac one could wish for.

Entering black holes in mountainsides - fully committed at speed. The road completely disappears from view as we stick to the middle of the road and prey that the curve has a constant radius – then back out into the sunlight before your eyes have adjusted.

Then my flaming cleat disintegrates and my foot flies off the pedal. I momentary loose balance and the, rear wheel locks as my hands slip forward off the top of the hoods (so that's why Guy always nags me to use the drops.)

Oops! – I pull it back though – all that mountain biking must have done me some good.

Ian: (Playfully catching me out: "John! Yer cleet's f*****!

Me:" I knooooow (laughing.)"

Croce d'Aune - the last push.

Thank goodness we did that recce a few days ago – I know what's coming and I know how high it is. Time to go for it with what I had left. I managed to keep Ian's cousin, Steve in sight for the first few bends but his pace was just too good for me.

I get out of the saddle – nothing there, my legs buckle – stay in the saddle and rev.

"I don't remember it being this long!"

Keep the power maintained.

Pass Rob - "Alright Rob?"

Keep going. Just this pass to go...

Keep peddling John.


Out the saddle for a hair pin – just manage to keep the momentum going.

Hot now - very hot!

Oh my God! 'don't remember this being quite so far…

Then an overwhelming sense of achievement as around the next bend, the sculpture of Tulio Campagnolo appears. I now had a much better understanding of why he'd come up with his gears!

Gillet on for the last descent. What a buzz. Overtaking cars as we approach town - there's rob! Past Rob - nod of acknowledgement.

Last hairpin and on to the flat stuff again. Cheering spectators give some motivation to up the speed and all pain is forgotten. Not much power left in legs though! On to the piazza cobbles, big MTB style skid over the finish line draws gasps from bemused Italian roadies!

There's Steve...Hand-Shake - Yesss!!! JOB DONE!

2005 Gran Fond Campagnolo Profile:


Easter Training Camp 2006

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The following motley bunch of i-teamers assembled on 7 April 2006, for a weeks training based on my house in France:

The following motley bunch of i-teamers assembled on 7 April 2006, for a weeks training based on my house in France:

Wendy Spruce
Steve Smith
Stanley Peters
Roger Forrest

The house is located in Burgundy, central France about 200 kms due south of Paris and reached after a motorway journey, of either, 4 hours from Dieppe or 6 hours from Calais or Caen. The property is 200 years old and has been converted over a number of years and provides a 2 star level of comfort, but more importantly is situated in rolling countryside and surrounded by a network of roads in pristine condition which are ideal for cycling. The aim of the training was to provide individual riders with a means of acquiring a good base mileage in relatively gentle countryside, similar to Hampshire. One can never guarantee the weather at Easter but generally it is overcast with patches of sunshine and occasional showers. Fortunately this is precisely what we experienced and apart from the few occasions when we had wind on the nose and where Wendy was encouraged to take the lead, weather conditions were perfect!

In addition to the 4 cyclists my sister, Alison had agreed to join us as chief cook and bottle washer together with her friend Diane, so the domestic arrangements were well catered for and all the cyclists had to do was to get on their bikes! The Camp Commandant (Roger) established a daily routine which consisted of breakfast at 0800 and a prompt departure at 0900. Initially, there was some resistance to the early starts due entirely on the previous evening's entertainment but as fitness levels improved and individuals acclimatised to the routine this became less of a problem.

Six circular routes were planned which covered the surrounding countryside heading in the direction of St Fargeaux to the north, Sancerre (white wine country) to the west, La Charite to the south and Toucy in the east. Since the River Loire dominated the area and ran roughly north south routes in this region tended to be flattish. Navigation was achieved using local knowledge and a series of waypoints which assisted route finding and included the 'Nurse's house', 6 Tonne Road sign and the nuclear power station at Bonny-sur-Loire. Unfortunately, our house was situated on high ground, so departure in the morning was easy, with the return trip being less so and the 6 Tonne road sign was always a welcome sight!

On the first ride when no protocol had been established there was a request for a coffee and cake stop around 1100 which was vetoed by Roger but then this decision was subsequently over-ruled by the silent majority and this then became the standard practice. On one occasion we planned a lunch stop but on most others this became another coffee and cake break and on return to the house around 1530, the refrigerator was raided for both food and fluid replenishment; diet coke for Wendy, Stanley, Steve and beer for Roger. The rest of the day was taken up with servicing the bikes for the next day, enjoying dinner in the evening followed by several hands of poker. Everyone was generally tucked up in their scratchers listening to the dulcet tones of Stanley's snores by 2230!

All too soon the week had passed and I think everyone was well satisfied with their achievements. Some days were harder than others, not because of the distance covered but due to the terrain and weather conditions. We completed almost 600 kms in the 7 days and all agreed that this was a useful base mileage on which to build for the Etape in July. For me, I discovered the pleasure of being able to judge gradients and then using the big ring to power down hills, gaining sufficient momentum to climb the other side. It was an enjoyable experience, since I have never mastered the technique of spinning, but one I am sure Guy would not approve?
For the statistically minded:

Distance Av Speed Ascent Duration (Hrs)
Day 1 24 23 335 1.03
Day 2 49 24 470 2.14
Day 3 100 23 685 6.08
Day 4 117 22 1190 6.2
Day 5 75 22 730 5.5
Day 6 114 22 1100 6.21
Day 7 87 25 890 4.04

After much deliberation the following awards were made:

Most embarrassing moment goes to Wendy for falling off her bike in Donzy square.

Best bluffer at poker and all round good egg, goes to Steve.

Most innovative equipment goes to Roger for his carbon fibre helmet.

The award for man of the match for someone, who has made the greatest progress despite leaving his lunch in the French countryside, goes to Stanley.

I am already planning on a repeat trip next year since I will be doing a big ride in Norway and based on this years experience we can cater for:

a. Maximum of 6 riders.
b. The week before Easter.
c. Individual costs around £150.



News Archive

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01-01-08 : New Club Name & New Sponsors

From 1st Janurary 2008, i-Team will no longer be registered under the address of our old website (i-Team.co.uk) - our new registered name is:

"i-Team Cyclists' Club / InTandem / Trek / Quality-Carpentry.co.uk"

We would like to thank Trek Bikes for their continued sponsorship and we are also very please to announce our new headline sponsor InTandem Systems Limited and Quality-Carpentry.co.uk - for more details, please check out the 'Sponsors' article on this site.

16-09-07 : Pete Dibben 2nd in Youth Het Volk

Pete Dibben must be feeling just a bit of pressure from his younger brother these days! He's obviously using the pressure to get the best out of himself though, and on Sunday, he produced what I think to be the ride of his life to finish 2nd in the Youth version of the Het Volk semi-classic race in Belgium.

Six British riders lined up with the 100 man field at Wetteren, East Flanders, for a 53km loop plus a 17km finishing circuit in nearby Massemen:

See report on BC Website

MASSEMEN (O) Nieuwelingen 1.17 NAT - 70KM (110 starters 80 finished.)

2. DIBBEN Peter i-Team: @01

11-09-07 : Jon Dibben in the Headlines

i-Team's Wundrekid Jon Dibben impressed both spactators and the press in the way he dominated the feild in the Tour of Britain supporting events at Crystal Palace.

"The junior and youth categories also culminated in sprint finishes, with I-team.cc's Jonathan Dibben taking the honours in the latter event. It was one of the most assured performances I've seen in many years. And that's not surprising...." Check out the report in The Daily Peleton

24-08-07 : Matt Zorn Finishes 1200km Brest-Paris-Brest

i-Team's Matt Zorn, from Stroud in Gloucestershire, has just completed the ultra long distance cycling event, known as PBP.

Since 1891 the 1200km PBP, has been a grueling test of human endurance and cycling ability. Organized every four years by the host Audax Club Parisien , the Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneurs is the oldest cycling event still run on a regular basis on the open road. Beginning on the southern side of the French capital, it travels west 600 kilometers to the port city of Brest on the Atlantic Ocean and returns along the same route.

Matt faced rough weather, endless hills, and pedaling around the clock to finish inside the 90-hour time limit with a very respectable time of 86h 14m for a recorded 1225 km.

15-08-07 : 3rd & 4th Cats do their team proud!

i-Team's Southern crew supported their local race league with a fantastic turn out this season and their efforts were rewarded with the overall wins in the 3rd Category and 4th category - Well done Andy & Kent and everyone that made the effort to findo out what their road bike is really for! PORTSMOUTH -VELOCITYBIKES.co.uk CIRCUITS - PROMOTED BY PORTSMOUTH CYCLE TRACK LEAGUE - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth

2007 Overall Results:
SENIORS~ 3/4/J3/J4
1st Andy ROWLAND i-team.co.uk /OnEleven / Trek 327
2nd Norman MELLORS Hantspol CC 292
3rd Shaun SMART Southdown Velo 240
4th Phil BURTON Fareham Wheelers CC 224
5th Richard PEARMAN Velocity - The Exercise Deck 224
10th Peter DIBBEN i-team.co.uk /OnEleven / Trek 158
15th Kent THOMPSON i-team.co.uk /OnEleven / Trek 136
16th Steve ELMS i-team.co.uk /OnEleven / Trek 135
30th Ryan HOWLETT i-team.co.uk /OnEleven / Trek 88
31st Howard RADCLIFFE i-team.co.uk /OnEleven / Trek 83
35th Jerry DIBBEN i-team.co.uk /OnEleven / Trek 73
40th Paul MORRIS i-team.co.uk /OnEleven / Trek 53
49th Philip PETERS i-team.co.uk /OnEleven / Trek 37, Steve FULLER i-team.co.uk /OnEleven / Trek 32
57th Bob HATTON i-team.co.uk /OnEleven / Trek 25
62nd Tim SMALLSHAW i-team.co.uk 15
69th David SHAW i-team.co.uk /OnEleven / Trek 8
76th Richard BROADRIBB i-team.co.uk /OnEleven / Trek 1, Andy REDDING i-team.co.uk /OnEleven / Trek 1

Kate breaks through in National Youth Omnium Seriesi-Team's under 18 riders continue to impress and produced some strong perfomances at the Youth National Track Omnium Series round in Manchester. 15 year old Kate Calvert, from Curdridge, Hampshire, (pic above courtesy of Larry Hickmont ) continued to impress and challenge the boys with some strong results.UNDER 16 BOYS

Time Trial Kilo: 2nd Peter Dibben 1.10.58
Points Race: 4th Peter Dibben
Match Sprint: 5th Peter Dibben
Time Trial Kilo: 1st Kate Calvert 1.17.40
Points Race: 3rd Kate Calvert
Devil (Elimination Race):3rd Kate Calvert
Match Sprint: 2nd Kate Calvert
Scratch Races: 3rd Kate Calvert
Time Trial : 3rd Jonathon Dibben, 1.15.27
Points Race: 3rd Jonathon Dibben
Devil (Elimination Race): 1st. Jonathon Dibben
Match Sprint: 3rd Jonathon Dibben
Scratch Races: 3rd Jonathon Dibben
UNDER 16 GIRLS: 2nd Kate Calvert
UNDER 14 BOYS:3rd Jonathon Dibben
For report and photo's at British Cycling

06-08-07 : Jon Dibben wins Assen Youth Tour

Jonathan Dibben from Totton, Hampshire beat 58 of Europe's best 14 year olds to win the International Youth Tour Stage Race in Assen, Netherlands. Jon is currently ranked 3rd Nationally.

20-07-07 : Restructure and New Sponsors

2007 has been a transitional year for i-Team - at the beginning of the year, a change of jobs meant that I wasn't able to put as much time into club admin and I've seen our long term sposnor W2W withdraw, following the sale of their businesses and this has all had an influence on i-Team's development plan. Effectively some of the things that I wanted to do, like promote more events and add to the area hubs, have been put on hold this year, while I let the dust settle and negotiate with new sponsors and re-design club clothing etc. It's great to have things on track again and I'm looking forward to the rest of 2007 and on towards 2008.

Further announcement about new sponsor for 2008 soon.

19-07-07 : New Look to the www.i-Team.cc Website

www.i-Team.cc continues to lead where others follow!

12-06-07 : Dani King 9th in European Track Championships

Dani King has justified her selection for GB with a fine 9th place in the Sprint Event at the European Championships. Report from British Cycling website. Preview from British Cyclin Website.

02-07-07 : GFC 2007 DVD available
Cyclefilm have now finished production of their excellent DVD of the i-Team GFC 2007. Click Here for a preview.

12-06-07 : Dani King Selected for European Track Championships

Dani King has been selected to represent her country in all of the sprint events at UEC European Track Championships Cottbus, Germany on 11/15 July. It's a massive step for the 16 year old i-Team member from Hamble in Hampshire but it shows the confidence that British Cycling have in her and she is really looking forward to the big occasion. It is great to be associated in some small way with Dani's progress Dani - an inspiration for all ages and abilities

11-06-07 : GFC 2007 Results updated with Splits for Gran Fondo & Super Challenge Routes

The 'Grand Fondo Cymru' is promoted by i-Team Central Hub Team Manager, Jonnie Woodall MBE, and is one of the UK's most challenging and popular cyclosportives, staged within the Snowdonia National Park and modeled on the Gran Fondo Campagnolo. We promised that "Up to 1000 riders are guaranteed an experience they will never forget..." - we wanted you to remember Wales for the scenery and terrain but this year, riders faced some seriously unseasonably bad weather (even by Bank Holiday standards!) - check out the main article in the 'What We Do' section.

03-06-07 : 4 Top 10 finishes in Regional Road Race Championships

North West Regional Junior Championship 100km
Six miles south of Scotland !

1 Johnny McEvoy Kinesis UK 02:22:48
2 Jack Pullar Kinesis UK at 1"
3 Ashley Finn Lune RCC at 5"
4 Sean Williams I-Team.co.uk at 43"

Southern SeniorRegional Road Race Championships
3rd June 2007 – Owlsebury, Hants1. Lee Davis (Pinarello RT) 89-miles in 3-40-00
2. Simon Brooks (VC St Raphael) @ 6 sec
3. John Pain (GWR Team Red Planet) @ 4-18
4. Andy Rivett (Sotonia CC) @ 4-30
5. Tobyn Horton (Guernsey VC) @ 5-20
6. Justin Hoy (Felt RT) @ 5-25
7. James Taylor (Plowman Craven / Evans Cycles) @ 5-37
8. Ben Luckwell (GWR Team Red Planet) @ 9-40
9. David Sinclair (i-team.co.uk) s.t.

Southern Junior Regional Road Race Championships
3rd June 2007 – Owlsebury, Hants1. Sam Patrick (i-team.co.uk)
2. Sam Redding (i-team.co.uk)

2007 Junior Regional Champion Sam Patrick writes: "It was a pretty good race for us. On the first lap no one was willing to take the race on ,so me and Sam Redding attacked pretty much every climb and then eventually made a move and got away with two Seniors. We really put it on for 2 laps and managed to get around a 2 minute lead and then just rode tempo with efforts on the climbs. We then played a bit of cat and mmouse for the final sprint and i got past Sam on the line,"

21-05-07 : 2 wins for i-Team Youth Riders!

Congratulations to this weekend's road race winners! Even if members don't race, it is great to be associated with these guys and belong to a club that is currently ranked 33rd in the UK. With such strength in depth, it's looking good for the future! Nice one Jon (13) & Sam (16)

Sunday, 20th of May, 2007, Cheltenham & County CC Road Race - 3/4 Category

1 Sam Allen i-team.co.uk Junior 3rd 15
2 Stuart Salmon Sodbury Cycle Sport Over 23 3rd 12
3 Jason White Bristol RC Junior 3rd 10
4 Peter Hutchinson Corinium CC Over 23 4th 8
5 Daniel Loxton Cycle Club Basingstoke Over 23 3rd 6
6 Tony Gray Team Quest - The Bike Shop Over 23 3rd 5
7 James Peckham De Laune CC Over 23 3rd 4
8 Timothy Cadd Leamington C & AC Over 23 3rd 3
9 Michael Carty Over 23 3rd 2
10 Neil White Bristol RC Over 23 3rd 1

(48 finishers)

Sunday, 20th of May, 2007, Crawley Town Centre, Under 14's

1. Jonathan Dibben, I-Team.co.uk
2. Jim Lewis, Lea Valley Youth CC
3. Oliver Rossi,
4. Hugo Humphreys,
5. Stephen Bradbury, Palmer Park Velo
6. Harriot ?, ?
7. Sam Lowe, Merlin RT
8. Jess Wiekowski, Halesowen CC
9. Hannah Manly, Cardiff Ajax
10. Nick Smith, VC Jubilee

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Portsmouth City Council and British Cycling have asked i-Team.cc to promote a race for Youth A and B riders, as part of a supporting events program that will lead up to the evening's televised professional race. This will provide a fantastic opportunity for local youth club cyclists on their Half Term break, to race on some of the same roads that the professionals will be using.

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i-Team.cc is committed to developing youth talent and was one of the first clubs to achieve British Cycling's Go-Ride status. Since 2003, i-Team youth boys and girls have won events at the highest level, including National Championship Gold, Silver & Bronze Medals and the international Assen Youth Tour in The Netherlands.
In the Portsmouth Area we provide the following opportunities and support:
One of the largest youth racing squad in the area, with members competing in all Youth categories from 7 to 16 years.

Stop Press! - i-Team.cc Promote 'Future Stars' race - part of the support program for the 01/06/2010 Portsmouth round of the Halfords Tour Series!
Portsmouth City Council and British Cycling have asked i-Team.cc to promote a race for Youth A and B riders, as part of a supporting events program that will lead up to the evening's televised professional race. This will provide a fantastic opportunity for local youth club cyclists on their Half Term break, to race on some of the same roads that the professionals will be using.
01/06/2010 Provisional Details for Supporting Events Program:
The following times are an indication only and are to be confirmed by the Halford's Tour Series organisers: 15.00 - Under 12's Go-Ride Racing event for all abilities, organised by British Cycling
15.20 - Under 14's and 16's Go-Ride Racing event for all abilities,
15.45 - Go-Ride Racing Two lap handicap open to all, organised by British Cycling 16.00 - 25 minutes plus 3 laps 'Future Stars' road race for Youth A and Youth B cyclists, organised by i-Team.cc under British Cycling N.B. We understand that the Go-Ride Racing events will use the Avenue de Cean only. N.B. The actual course for the 'Future Stars' race is to be confirmed by the Halford's Tour Series organisers, but we understand that Portsmouth City Council have requested that we have use of the full pro circuit. However, in the event that the race is restricted to the Avenue de Cean only, the feild will be restricted to 30 riders. How to Enter the Go-Ride Racing Events:
Download the entry form for the Go-Ride Racing events HERE - print out the form and take it along with your entry fee on 01/06/2010 and report to the British Cycling Event Team in the Avenue de Cean in good time. For more information about the Go-Ride Racing events - please contact Mason Thomas: masonthomas@britishcycling.org.uk How to Enter the i-Team.cc 'Future Stars' Event:
Download the entry form for the i-Team.cc event HERE - print out the form and post along with the entry fee to the event organiser, as detailed on the form, or you will be able to enter on the line, subject to field restrictions (-please make cheques payable to 'i-team.co.uk') N.B. This event is being organised under normal British Cycling Rules and you will need to either have a racing license (requires British Cycling Gold or Silver membership) - or alternatively you can purchase a day license On the day of the event, please report to the i-Team Event Team in the Avenue de Cean in good time to complete any forms, sign on and collect numbers. For more information about the i-Team Future Stars Race - please contact Guy Watson: events@i-team.cc Prize Fund Donated by InTandem Systems Limited
Ist Youth A - £25
2nd Youth A - £15
3rd Youth A - £10
Ist Youth B - £25
2nd Youth B - £15
3rd Youth B - £10

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