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  1. Guy_Watson

    'Mince Pie' Ride

    Team Sponsors Jon and Wendy Belfield again extend a warm welcome to all i-Team members and guests who take part in the 'Mince Pie' club ride, which will be on Saturday 11h of Janurary Both rides will proceed smoothly and everyone should arrive at Jon and Wendy's between 1100 and 1130. Anyone who was on last year's ride will know that almost nothing can go wrong with this plan. Club Kit is requested please for the photos at Jon's The traditional format is for a main group to head out easy from Rowlands to Britian's best Man-Cave at Belfield Towers in Bishop's Waltham. For the last few years the format has been as follows: Cowplain group leaves from Nico's at 09:15 and follows this 48.3km route: https://www.strava.com/routes/1215762 Rowlands group leaves at 09:55 and follows this 34km route: https://www.strava.com/routes/7131848 Jon & Wendy's address is: Little Hoe Lodge, Rareridge Lane, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1DX Jon will be Joining us at Rowlands at 09.30 so please arrive early for a prompt start! After a mandatory mince pie, there will be a photos around Noon and then the ride will depart around 12.15 for what individuals / groups think is the quickest / best route back to rendevous at Nicos Cowplain, then on to Rowlands for cake. Thanks Jon & Wendy Edited November 18, 2018 by Guy_Watson
  2. Hi Everyone Just to confirm the arrangements for our Christmas/New Year do! Let me know if I have missed anything or you need to know anything else. Its quite a long post so scroll down for all the menu choices. When: Saturday 11th January 7.30pm Where: Robin Hood Rowlands Castle Cost: Two courses £21.95. Three courses £25.95 What you need to do: 1) Make your choices 2) Leave a message on the members forum by 2nd Jan: 3) PAY IN FULL by FRIDAY 10th JANUARY LETS PARTY!!!
  3. Guy_Watson

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  4. I really got into my cycling in the 1980's - back then bikes were pretty much the same and you had binary choices when it came to equipment e.g.: Steel or Aluminium Reynolds or Columbus Campagnolo or Campagnolo But even though it would be many years before manufacturing processes developed to make carbon fibre comercially available - that didn't stop some pioneers from trying to come up with something different when seeking marginal gaines. Some ideas were borerline genius / crazy and some were weird - but out of the ashes of failure come the roses of success as the saying goes - so here's a few things that I remember from the good old days: Bottechia Mountain TT Bike: This was specifically built for a Giro Mountain TT stage with 24" rear wheel to save weight and for better accelleration PMP 'L' Shaped Cranks plus oval chainrings The cranks were meant to help eliminate loss of momentum at 'Top Dead Centre' and the chainrings were shaped to spread power over a wider angle of delivery - you don't see cranks like this anymore but the chainring shape looks familiar Cinelli BiValent Hubs The beauty of these was that the cassette / freewheel & chain remained in the frame when the wheel dropped out - and front and rear wheels were interchangeable. At the time they were slower to change than normal QR wheels, so never caught on - but with modern materials / disc wheels - this could have been a glimpse of the future? Cinelli Spinaci Bars So good, they were banned by the UCI for saftey - so now pros adopt the same position with far more risk! Silk Tyres: As well as being lighter than cotton, silk tyres were a lot more supple, could take higher pressures and so rolled like nothing else before or since Intergrating bars into forks: I'll add more stuff as I think of it!
  5. Normally a Race Team is set up around a headline sponsor such as a bike shop, and then riders are recruited from surrounding local cycling clubs. Coach-led club i-Team.cc's innovation is the formation of a Race Team that completes the club development pathway, from our youth section, Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing’ for 8-16 year olds, and then progressing on to our Racing Development Squad for 15+yr olds. A Balanced Approach: Previous to forming The Racing Development Squad, i-Team.cc was like most Go-Ride clubs, in that we would identify and nurture talent, and then pass talented riders on to either the Olympic Development Program. (Dani King, Kate Calvert, Jon Dibben, Joe Truman,) or an Elite Team (Richard Heathcote, Dave Sinclair.) Unfortunately, not all talented and ambitious riders are able to follow the same paths, and that's where the Racing Development Squad comes in to provide the support during the transition from ambitious Club Rider to Elite Sportsman or woman, and so help avoid something that no doubt many club cyclists and coaches will be familiar with: Young rider starts to win some local races, attracts attention of a shop race team or sponsored club, gets offered the chance to ride in a jersey with lots of writing all over it, possibly some help with a bike or equipment and decides to 'move on.' All too often a young rider with ambition (or overly ambitious parents,) will look at where they are now and where they want to be, draw a line between their current club and a professional team, then think that moving to a new team ot club is the logical next step towards their dream. The reality is that all too often, riders learn that moving to a new club does not suddenly make them a better rider, and in fact what they have done is remove themselves from an environment that was one of the reason they started to be successful in the first place. Some riders niavely think they can always have their cake and eat it, i.e. move on to another club and then expect to still be welcomed on club runs etc. Most clubs will be very supportive if a new club offers new opportunities, i.e. access to National or International races, coaching supports, help with bikes and equipment - however, if a rider says they are 'moving on' and on the face of it, they are just satisfying their ego more than anything else, they should not expect their former club mates to always be as supportive, because essentially the leaver is saying 'I'm better than you lot!' Now in terms of talent and ability, that may well be the case - but talent without desire to work hard, or ability without guidance, will mean that for the majority of riders who decide to 'Move on,' the reality usually follows one of these 2 scenarios: A perfect storm of trying to manage the biggest transitions they will ever make, from Youth to Junior, without the support network that got them to there in the first place, then not achieving the results that they (or their parents) were expecting, increased pressure & decreased enjoyment. Rider then either spends a season or 2 in the wilderness, with variable results, or worst case 'moves on' from cycling completely. Rider continues to steadily progress towards their goals without dissruption Unfortunately the last scenario is quite rare and the first scenario is far more common than it should be - so what's the alternative? Riders and parents need to take a reality check and ask themselves: Has anything really held me back yet? - i.e. is the reason that I got a kicking in a National Race, or Overseas Event down to the jersey on my back? How can I get access to better coaching? - i.e. can I stay in the club I'm in and employ my own coach - have I even discussed my training and goals with my club coach yet? What the Racing Development Squad provides for our riders is a clear route to progress. If we can feed you in to an Elite Team, we will - in the interim, we will teach you how to train, push you to be as good as you can be - and most importantly, teach you how to recognise and appretiate those who support you. What the Racing Development Squad Provides: What the Racing Development Squad Expects: Our Racing Development Squad Riders have very clearly defined responsibilities to their club, sponsors and supporters, and are taught how to maintain their bikes and not expect everything to be done for them. Riders are also taught how to be ‘Brand Ambassadors’ for suppliers associated with the team. In short, we want riders to feel that they have some support – but not feel like ‘they’ve made it,’ so we want them to get used to looking after their sponsors and fulfilling obligations to the team, club and supporters. Advantages: The riders already know each other well, including their team mates’ individual strengths and weaknesses The riders are already well bonded as a team, and already motivate, encourage and support each other The riders know their coach and Team Manager, now how to train smart and work hard. The Race Team is being funded by some generous patrons and together with support from Southsea Cycles and some negotiations with suppliers, we have been able to secure an excellent team package that includes: 1-2-1 Coaching Package from PowerCoach Plus, any additional help that can be negotiated with any suppliers & supporters who wish to be associated with our team Riders continue to steadily progress towards their goals without dissruption, with the help of a process combining quality coaching, mentoring and self-reflection Making 'The Grade,' Harnessing Ambition & Managing Transitions : In 1997 Peter Keen studied the sporting careers of Senior World Champions - statistics showed on average it took 8 years of training to get Olympic Medals. Shorter (e.g. Nicole Cooke) or longer (e.g. Joop Zoetemelk) timescales are possible but there will be increased risk of failure though burn-out & injuries. Go-Ride & Talent Team became an important priority for BC, the thinking being that starting the 8 year climb early will result in younger champions. Up to 2008 there was a high drop out rate from talent team because the ‘numbers game’ wasn’t working as well as originally thought, because the 8 year climb can only start when a rider is ready mentally & physically. More emphasis is now being placed on forming club clusters or 'Super Clubs' (ClubMark) to support young riders who start early, or develop late, plus catch any riders who drop off the ODP pathway. This where i-Team.cc sees it's role and how the Racing Development Squad fits in to our development pathway. Who's Next?
  6. We have been very impressed with how the bikes have handled and perfromed in training and races. Unlike 'Sportive' bikes, which give you a relatively unright riding position; race bikes are lower at the front for better aerodynamics. Race bike also feature steeper geometry for quick handling in race conditions - you could easily use a 'Race Bike' in sportive but you would struggle with a 'Sportive Bike' in a race. The Shimano Ultegra 6800 11 Speed Groupset probably offers the most 'Bang for your bucks' of any groupset on the market, offering faultless shifting, light weight and nice asthetics - and the components have proved to be very reliable. The Moda Vivo frame uses a new advanced is a lighter than a lot of carbon frames and our special Team Build bikes tip the scales at just 7.2kg, considerably lighter than a number of similarly priced carbon-fibre bikes. Recent advancements in technology and manufacturing techniques has made aluminium a viable option again — and has afforded Moda the opportunity to rediscover its humle beginnings in the skill of welding tubes. But now, instead of the need to focus on keeping costs low and quality high, the chance to use higher grades of aluminium tubing means it can produce lightweight, race-ready bikes that aren’t just carbon copies of the competition. The Vivo lives up to its name and feels lively. The well-finished frame feels stiff and keen to respond to rider input, whether that’s hard acceleration or enthusiastic cornering. The American Classic wheelset is a generous inclusion at such a low RRP and overall there’s a race-bred feeling to the Vivo that seems unlikely given its material. Full Specification: Frame: LDA Triple Butted Elite Series Aluminum Fork: LDC High Modulus Carbon with Carbon Steerer Groupset: Full Shimano 2016 Ultegra 11 Speed Chainset: Ultegra 6800 11 Speed 52x36 Cassette: Ultegra 6800 11 Speed 14-26 Shifters: Ultegra 6800 11 Speed Rear Mech: Ultegra 6800 11 Speed Front Mech: Ultegra 6800 11 Speed Wheels: American Classic ‘Victory 30’ – 1570g Tubeless Ready Tyres (New): Schwalbe Pro One TEAM BIKES FOR SALE! Like all Race Teams, we sell our team bikes from time to time and at the end of the racing season, offering you the chance to buy a 'Race Ready' team prepared bike at a knock down price!. All machines have been well maintained and come fully serviced. If you are interested in one of our bikes, would like to arrange a viewing or a test ride, please send a message using THIS FORM At the moment we currently have the following Team Bike for sale: BIKE ONE: Spare Team Bike - Size Medium - 54cm Top Tube - £1350 (Reasonable Offers Considered) - As New Condition - NOW SOLD! This bike was built by Moda at their Factory to a custom specification and features 52x14 Junior Gearing – it has been very well maintained and has never been crashed or damaged. As it is the spare bike it has spent most of it's life on the roof of our Team Car and has had very little use - in fact it's virtually new! BIKE TWO: Size Small - 48cm Top Tube - £999 (Offers considered) Very Good Condition This bike was built by Moda at their Factory to a custom specification and features 52x14 Junior Gearing – it has been very well maintained and has never been crashed or damaged. This bike has been fastiduously maintained and looked after by Victoria Lovett and is in very good condition. This is a race winning bike! BIKE THREE: Size Medium - 54cm Top Tube - £849 (Offers considered) Good Condition (Some scuff marks on cranks from shoes and on forks from cables) This bike was built by Moda at their Factory to a custom specification and features 52x14 Junior Gearing – it has been very well maintained and has never been crashed or damaged. This bike has been fastiduously maintained and looked after by Victoria Lovett and is in very good condition. This is a race winning bike!
  7. Official i-Team.cc CTT Standard Distance Club Records: Senior Male - Ben Williams : 18:59 : P881R : 14 September 2019 Senior Female - TBE Junior Male - David Sinclair : 21:42 : P881/10 : 29 April 2006 Junior Female - Caitlin Peters : 22:00 : P883 : 7 August 2018 Juvenile Male - Matt Hickman : 21:19 : P883 : 14 August 2018 Juvenile Female - Caitlin Peters : 22:48 : P883 : 16 August 2017 Veteran Male - Warren Hannington : 22:06 : P901 : 9 July 2017 Veteran Female - TBE 25 Miles: Senior Male - Ben Williams : 49:54 : P884/25 : 3rd July 2019 Junior Female - Caitlin Peters : 56:16 : R25/3H : 2018 Youth Female - Caitlin Peters : 57:15 : R25/3H : 27 June 2016 Veteran Male - Mark Sterling : 59:03 P881/25 : 23 July 2017 To be established / claimed: Youth Male / Junior Male / Junior Female / Veteran Female / Senior Female 50 Miles Senior Male - Dan Cole : 2:00:02 : G50/50 : 29 June 2014 Veteran Male - Mark Sterling : 2:06:31 : P417 : 17 May 2016 To be established / claimed: Youth Female / Youth Male / Junior Male / Junior Female / Senior Female / Veteran Female Please send a PM to Guy Watson if you have beaten any of the above times or have established a new club record in a CTT Event. Interested in Riding a TT? CTT time trials offer all abilities an easily accessible way of measuring your performance against others and against your previous performances - with a bit of research on the internet, you'll find that there are a suprising amount of events availble for you to take part in: Links: Link For CTT South DC course and events, including all local club events Link for National CTT Open Events Training for Time Trials What are CTT Time Trials? CTT Time Trials are a uniquly British institution, the events began when racing on British roads was illegal. Staggered starts at 1 minutes intervals meant that those competing could claim to be “just going about their business” and participants often wore all black clothing to be as inconspicuous as possible. What does 'P901 or G50/50' mean? Because racing on a public highway was illegal until 1960, courses were given codes, such as “G50/50” to maintain a secretive nature, so only those 'in the know' would know where the event was taking place. Because the codes were never changed to be more user friendly, (e.g. 'A3 - Liss - Liphook - Liss') - an element of mystery still exists around where CTT events take place. Thankfully the courses are now listed and easily discoverable on the main CTT website and the excellent CTT South website Where do I Start? Many clubs organise a weekly evening club time trial during summer months. Club events are open to all including non-club members and are a gateway into the sport of cycling. Events vary offering something for every rider, from courses on quiet country lanes to busy dual carriageways. Weekly courses are often 10 miles long, riders just arrive at the agreed time, pay £3, before being given a number which signifies what time they will start their race. The day and time is usually stated on the promoting cycling club’s website - so do a google search of cycling clubs in your area. If you want to specialise in CTT Time Trails, there are also 'Open' events. For Open events. you need to be a member of a club that is affiliated to Cycling Time Trials and enter the event about 10 days in advance. Do I Need a Special Bike or Special Equipment? All you need to start with is a serviceable bike and a helmet. In it's purest form, a Time Trial is about beating your previous personal best time, or beating a rival, with an effort that was better what you have managed perviously. However, for the same effort, a rider can go faster with a more aerodynamic bike - so you will see riders with expensive bikes who are on a mission to see how much time they can save with aero lightweight equipment. What's it Like to Ride a CTT Time Trial? It’s best to arrive at the event HQ about 1 hour before your event – giving you time to change, get your number, and use the toilet (multiple times) – then get to the start. which may be a few miles from the actual H.Q. MAke sure you have a chat to the organiser and other riders - tell them you are new to the sport - everyone should be more than wiling to help. Once the rider before you has been set off, you’ll be called forward and given the option of either being held up, with your feet in the pedals ready to go, or you can choose to start yourself. A time keeper, (probably a rather elderly individual, who was once a lot faster than you are!) will tell you when you have 30 seconds before your start, then 10, then 5, 4, 3, 2, 1: GO! At this point – you’ll either push on the pedals, and go, or clip in and go. For about 30 seconds you will be full of adreneline and will probably be going a lot faster than you can sustain for the distance - this is normal for most people! You may get caught by someone who started behind you, or you may catch someone who started in front of you - whatever happens you must not draft behind another rider - that's cheating - this sport is all be about unassisted individual effort. Make sure you keep your head up and look ahead, obey the highway code, and don't take risks on corners etc. that your skills cant match. Once you’ve completed the course, try and shout your number out as you pass the finish the time keeper, then roll back to the event HQ – where, you'll have quite a bit in common with about 50 others who will have taken part. You'll soon learn that Time Trials are all about pace judgement and maintaining as high a constant power output that you can over the distance - it takes practise! CTT time trials are similar to the Olympic Time Trial discipline in many ways, but unlike being the 'Race of Truth,' you will discover that sometimes, the biggest factor in how fast a competitor goes is how busy the course is with traffic! Each car or lorry that passes a rider disturbs the air that the rider is trying to push through, this results in the rider going faster than they would if the road was traffic free. Some competitors will actually travel many miles to seek out the busiest courses to set a 'traffic assisted' personal best time - this is a long way from the spirit with which the sport was founded, when legends like Frank Southall and Ray Booty set the standards - but it's an option open for you to explore if you like that sort of thing! The key thing to remember, if you discover that other riders finished an event with a PB that's faster than yours, it could be that they finished a long way down on the winner in a very fast 'traffic assisted' event.
  8. As a parent, you will want to ensure that your child is safe whenever they undertake any type of sports activity without your supervision. You will no doubt be reassured that for your child's saftey. Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing is organised by i-Team.cc, which is accredited with British Cycling's Go-Ride & Sport England's Clubmark Accreditation, which require clubs to operate to the highest standards of organisation. As part of i-Team.cc's ClubMark Accreditaion, Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing is administrated by a dedicated committee that consists of coaches, parents and helpers: All P.S.o.C.R. committee members, coaches and helpers are members of i-Team.cc, individual members of British Cycling and have passed a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check P.S.o.C.R. has two Club Welfare Officers, who are required to attend a Child Protection Course P.S.o.C.R. has Go-Ride sessions for under 16's are delivered by British Cycling qualified coaches, who are also required to attend courses on Child Protection & Equity, follow British Cycling's Code of Conduct, and hold a current First Aid certificate P.S.o.C.R. operates under the i-Team.cc Child Protection Policy, which follows British Cycling guidelines for Safeguarding & Protecting Children Quality coaching in traffic free, controlled environments: P.S.o.C.R. delivesr coaching activities in traffic-free environments. For most sessions, any type of bike can be used, so long as it is not to big or small for your child, in good condition and well maintained. Suitable clothing and a cycling helmet must be worn. The sessions teach the necessary skills to make riders more competent, safer cyclists and be able to progress on to racing, should they so desire. What will my child gain from this? The Go-Ride programme of cycling activities promotes good health and includes fun activities that are easy to learn. As obesity levels in young people rise, cycling can be seen as a very enjoyable way of getting exercise and countering a sedentary lifestyle. We also enforce good behaviour and promote good social skills. We have experience with children on the Autistic spectrum and ADHD. Will my child be safe? All Go-Ride clubs have a commitment to ongoing training for their volunteers, coaches and officials, to have a sound structure, to be fair and equitable and to undertake training to support British Cycling's Policies and Guidelines for child protection and best practice. All parents are required to sign a disclaimer before their child takes part in our sessions. P.S.o.C.R. coaches and/or helpers may take suitable photographs of participants to use for promotion of our coaching sessions. Parents may also take photographs of their children with other participants. If you do not want pictures of your child to be used for these purposes, just let one of our coaches or helpers know. What are the risks of cycling / cycle racing? Like any sport, Cycling does have its inherent risks, which all riders and parents must accept - especially when new skills are being learnt. Even the best professional riders still fall off occasionally. To mitigate these risks, all coaching sessions are risk assessed and i-Team.cc / P.S.o.C.R. takes all relevant actions to reduce risks to what coaches decide to be a tollerable level. P.S.o.C.R. follows British Cycling's strict limits on coach/rider ratios, which is specific to the coaching facility, coaching activity, coach qualifications and the ability mix of the group. As such, we do everything in our power to provide a safe environment in which your child can cycle and can learn the skills that will ultimately make their cycling safer. What qualifications do our cycling coaches have? All P.S.o.C.R. coaches are British Cycling qualified or coaches or coaches in training. All British Cycling coaching awards include sports coach UK's Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop, which helps to ensure that our club provides a safe and welcoming environments for young people of all backgrounds. Coaches are also encouraged to broaden their knowledge to suit their particular requirements, for example, attending the sports coach UK workshop How to Coach Disabled People in Sport. Usefull Links: For more detailed information, see >>>British Cycling Safeguarding
  9. 30 years before British Cycling started their Go-Ride initiative, Jack went in to Portsmouth Schools and invited them to use the Cycle Track at the Mountbatten Centre, for their P.E. lessons. Jack would volunteer his time to organise the track sessions and provide coaching, and thanks to a grant from Portsmouth City Council, he was able to provide the young riders with track bikes to use, and in doing so, removed a major barrier to taking up the sport. Very quickly, a core group of very talented riders emerged from a place on the South Coast that was well off the radar for National Squad selectors (sound familiar?) Jack founded the Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing in the early 1970's, which was eventually absorbed into the Portsmouth Cycling Club. Working with John Hayles, he organised coaching sessions every Friday Evening and Sunday morning - all year round. Jack would usually arive an hour before the session to sweep the leaves and debris off of the track, before spending many an hour in all weathers coaching the riders. Jack was 'Old School' even back then - but in the best possible way! He saw opportunity in risks that most others today would filter out as just a risk - such as using his big Triumph pacing motor on the slightly banked track at Portsmouth, to pace youths up to 40mph to see if they could sprint past on the line (there weren't may in the club who couldn't sprint!) Jack (seen here above on the right,) wasn't at all reckless though and had years of experience from pacing with big motors during the 1960's, up to the end of the era for this particular branch of the sport. "If you can ride behing a motor, you can ride anything," was his saying - and most of what he said turned out to be true. Another thing which couldn't really happen today was he'd borrow a minibus from a school and take us all away for a weekend to race at Liecester on the Saturday and Nottingham on the Sunday, giving so many of us the opportunity to race against the best riders in the country. Looking back, there was a real method to everything he did for us. Below is a great article from Cycling Weekly - it's from another era, but a lot of Jack's innovative spirit lives on today with the approch taken by the Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaches. R.i.P. Jack & thanks for the inspiration - Guy Watson
  10. This web page has been made to remind the world that Portsmouth Cycling Club has a proud history, and although it is currently closed to new members, it is still alive and well, and also in memory of Jim Lanmead and Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing founder Jack Smith. Jim and Jack typify what made Portsmouth Cycling Club such a great group to be a part of and why it was so succesfull in the 1970's and 1980's. In many ways, some of the spirit of Portsmouth CC lives on in i-Team.cc, especially because the club founder and main sponsor are also both PCC members, and like PCC, i-Team.cc is based at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth, and organises the Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing. Above National 2000m Tandem Sprint Track Championships 1987, Brian Fudge steers with stoker Jon Belfield (Director and Owner of i-Team.cc main sposor, InTandem Systems) Jack Smith: Jack Smith (seen here with Commonwealth Games Medalist Tony Mayer,) was the engine behind Portsmouth CC's success on the track. 30 years before British Cycling started their Go-Ride initiative, to encourage youth participation by working with schools and youth groups, Jack contacted Portsmouth Schools and invited them to use the Cycle Track at the Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, Portsmouth, for their P.E. lessons. Jack volunteered his time to organise the sessions and provide coaching, and thanks to a gract from Portsmouth City Council, was able to provide the young riders with track bikes to use - removing a major barrier to taking up the sport. Very quickly, a core group of very talented riders emerged from a place on the South Coast that was well of the radar for National Squad selectors (sound familiar?) Jim Langmead: Jim Langmead competed as an able-bodied athlete because there was no alternative - it would be decades before ParaSport and the ParaOlympics would provide a rider like Jim with the opportunity to compete at a World Class level. Above: Herne Hill 1978 representing Great Britain left to right Russell Williams, Brad Thurell, Jim Langmead RIP Portsmouth Cycling Club, David Akam and Gordon Wooldridge. Despite having one leg that was dissproportionally several inches shorter, with hardly any calf muscle and a foot several sizes shorter than his 'normal' side, Jim went on to win the National Sprint Championship, Medal in the NAtional Junior Sprint Championship and be selected to represent Great Britian. Peter McGowan Long before the World the World Class Performance Plan, Pete got 8th in the 1979 World Junior 1km champs in Argentina when his training consisted of some work behind the motorbike once a week at The Mountbatten Centre, and training on his road bike doing intervals up Portsdown Hill! With a determination to succeed that truley sets the bechmark for dedication, at 19, Pete found a way to be one of the only Westerners to be alowed to train behing the Iron Curtain with the then dominant East German team, where he gained the respect of the East German, Russian and Checkslovakian squads. Tony Mayer: Accompanying Jim at the 1979 World's was Tony Mayer.... Tony was unbeatable on his day and a real all-rounder, competitive at all distances from 1kmTT to 100km TT and Road Racing. Tony (bottom left above) was a hugely talented rider who won the National Championship (and set the National Record for) the 3000m Junior Team Pursuit. Tony went on to win several National tiles and represent Great Britian and medal at World Championships and Commonwealth Games. Above: 1983 Worlds Zurich GB Team Pursuit — with Paul Curran, Tony Mayer, Shaun Wallace and Adrian Timmis. As a measure of his talent, Tony rocked up at the Etape du Tour a few years ago, after a good decade or so away from the bike and finsihed in the top 200! Another story in the Tony legend was when he was training for the 1983 National 25 mile TT Champs. He'd been out training doing intervals and rode past the start of a Fareham Wheelers evening 10 mile TT on the P812 Hipley Course. Good riders would normally win this with a short '24' - Tony entered on the line and won the club event with a long '21'! - I don't think any rider has come close since - and Tony was riding a standard road bike without Tri-Bars. 4 days later, Tony rode that same road bike in the National 25 and was just beaten into 2nd place by the great Dave Lloyd. Above: Pete & Tony - joint National Champions! As well as the above riders, who went on to represent their country, riders such as Brian Fudge, Paul Gatenby, Nigel Powell, Paul McGuiness etc. would win National Medals and win National Races. Above: Double World Champion, Olympic medalist and i-Team.cc Club President Rob Hayles (holding bike) with i-Team.cc founder Guy Watson (Far Right) Above: Cristchurch Town Centre Races Mid 80's
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    A dozen of us or so are off to ride the Tour of Flanders Sportive and then watch Sunday's Pro Race - see this forum thread for details
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    The days are getting longer, which can only mean one thing - time to start the club chaingang sessions! These sessions are open to all i-Team.cc members and are designed to give everyone a chance to push themselves a bit harder than they might normally do on a solo ride or normal club ride. We will use local road circuits, so that anybody who wants to take a bit of a rest can turn round and meet up with the group elsewhere on the circuit. These are relatively short and intense training sessions so the group will not normally be expected to wait for dropped riders or to assist with punctures. Please ensure you come properly equipped. First session will be on the Forestside circuit - meet at Rowlands for a prompt 6:30 departure. Keep an eye on the forum thread on this link for any venue or ride changes and if bad weather might force a cancellation To manage expectation and to ensure progression, we have 4 main categories for our club rides: 'Green' - Typically 14mph/23KPH Average speed - lots of regrouping at tops of hills etc. - you wont get left behind intentionally - this is the entry level / social ride speed for our official group club rides 'Amber' - Typically 16-18mph/25-30kph average speed - frequent regrouping at tops of hills etc. - if you frequently get dropped perhaps this isn't the ride for you yet - this is the standard level for our official group club rides 'Red' - Typically 18mph/30kph average speed - some planned regrouping at tops of hills etc. - if you frequently get dropped perhaps this isn't the ride for you yet - this is the advanced level for our official group club rides 'Black' - Typically +20mph/35kph average speed - no regrouping (if you get dropped you are on your own or regroup with others - this is the advanced level for our club training rides More Info Essential Information For Riding in a Group Group Riding Video More info for members
  13. We try to organise some of the best club rides in the area. The success of these rides is due to the fact that they staywell structured. These rides are mainly intended for i-Team members only, or for those thinking of joining i-Team. Guests are allways most welcome but please read the notes below about preperation, commitment and ability To manage expectation and to ensure progression, we have 4 main categories for our club rides: 'Green' - Typically 14mph/23KPH Average speed - lots of regrouping at tops of hills etc. - you wont get left behind intentionally - this is the entry level / social ride speed for our official group club rides 'Amber' - Typically 16-18mph/25-30kph average speed - frequent regrouping at tops of hills etc. - if you frequently get dropped perhaps this isn't the ride for you yet - this is the standard level for our official group club rides 'Red' - Typically 18mph/30kph average speed - some planned regrouping at tops of hills etc. - if you frequently get dropped perhaps this isn't the ride for you yet - this is the advanced level for our official group club rides 'Black' - Typically +20mph/35kph average speed - no regrouping (if you get dropped you are on your own or regroup with others - this is the advanced level for our club training rides Purpose of the 'Red' training ride from Cowplain / Rowlands Castle: To provide i-Team Members with a structured, safe and friendly group riding experience for intermediate to advanced club standard ridersTo encourage and support i-Team Members & Guests develop their cycling skills and ability - i.e. to give a progression from the 'Amber' rides and prepare riders for the 'Black' rides and prepare for racing Meeting Time: 09.00 - Outside Nico's Deli 45-47 London Road, Cowplain, Hampshire, PO8 8DH10.00 - On alternate weeks (see forum for details, or post a question in the 'Official Club Rides' Forum if in doubt) - Outside The Village Coffee Shop, 2 The Green, Rowland's Castle PO9 6BNMeeting Place: Meeting Place: Outside The Village Coffee Shop, 2 The Green, Rowland's Castle PO9 6BNN.B. Please keep the entrance to the shop clear for their customers and also keep the pavement clear to maintain our good relationship with the residents of the village. If you are going to use the shop services (tables & chairs, toilet etc.) it goes without saying that you should buy a drink or some food from them and keep the facilities clean. Typical Ride Structure: Around 3-4 hours, typically 18 mph average speedBefore every ride starts, there should be a quick chat about the route, saftey points (which is allways ultimately the responsibility of the individual participants, who take part at their own risk,) and also a quick introduction for any new faces.We allways have a 30 mins steady warm up at 18-20 mph max.Everyone rides with the group and does not up the pace set by the most experienced riders for the first part of the rideAt pre-agreed points, on a hill etc, everyone can press on at their own pace but we will allways regroup at the top of the climb. There will be some regroupings at top of hills etc. - if for some reason you are really struggling, we will chat with you and make sure you are able to get back home OKAbout 15-30 minutes from the finish, the 'red flag' goes down and everyone who want's to can up the pace to the finish (This helps to thin any big bunches out and so helps getting the group back through any Saturday traffic.) How everyone on the ride can help: If this is goiing to be your first time - please contact Guy Watson in advance on info @ i-team.ccEveryone must arrive promtly at the start.Any new faces are introduced and made to feel welcome.The route and aims of the ride are explained to everyone before leaving.Saftey is everyone's responsibility - don't blindly follow - stay alert and be aware of the potential risks to yourself and othersBikes must be fit for purpose & very well maintained.You must have at least 1 spare tube and proper pump and/or CO2 pump and know how to use them.The first 30 mins HAS TO BE STEADY to allow everyone to warm up.The group has to stay compact - front riders do not up the pace or sprint out of corners If you are fit - stay on the front on low gears but for no more than 5 minutes but DO NOT UP THE AVERAGE PACE.. Rear riders should try hard not to let gaps OF MORE THAN ONE BIKE LENGTH open up out of corners - or when riding at a steady pace - NO MORE THAN 1 meter from the wheel in front (This includes descents - just ride to the side of the rider in front - this gives you effectively 3 Meters.)There has to be good communication - if a rider is about to be dropped, or punctures, or has to answer the call of nature - he should shout out 'EASY!' before he looses contact with the group. The exception may be on some hills where we ride up at our individual best pace and regroup at the top - but the group does not start the descent before group has reformed. EVERONE MAKE SURE THE FRONT RIDERS KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING.These rides can be a good training session but they are not the place to show everyone how fit you are, to the extent of splitting the group up on every climb. If you are in good form, gear down and spin. Help other riders by protecting them from the wind, giving the odd helpfull push on a climb.N.B. Everyone punctures from time to time and if it happens to you, don't panic - shout out and everyone should stop and someone will be able to check if you are OK. Assistance will be on hand to help with this but riders should try to be self sufficient and have a spare tube and either full size pump or CO2 pump to minimise time lost. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL HALF WAY THROUGH THE RIDE TO START PRACTISING HOW TO CHANGE A TYRE!!! IMPORTANT NOTES ON ROUTES Etc.: This Club Ride is not meant to be like a Sportive or other organised event, so a rough direction and route only might be announced on the day as part of the pre-ride group breifing, this can then take into account the conditions on the day i.e.: Weather / Traffic / Composition of the Group.No individual rider is ever responsible for the final route taken - a rider can propose a route for the group to take but the final choice is always a unanmous group decision beacuse each rider always makes their own individual dynamic risk assesment throught the ride, based on their best judgement - it is always up to the individual whether to follow another rider or not, or take advice or to ignore it. i-TEAM'S CONSIDERATIONS: To affiliate the organisation to suitable governing bodies such as British CyclingTo set guidelines in the best interests of safety and maintaining a good club imageTo endevour to try to maintain awareness of the guidelinesTo offer facilities that allow members to interact with each other and arrange to meet on rides.To raise awareness of the requirements & responsibilities of individual members and club organisation INDIVIDUAL MEMBER'S / GUESTS'S CONSIDERATIONS: To organise their own appropriate 3rd Party InsuranceTo make themselves and other members aware of the current club rules and guidelines in the interests of safety and club imageAs far as possible to make themselves aware of the nature and format of the ride and to ensure that they are properly preparedAs far as possible to ensure that their bike is serviceable with spare tube / pump / tools (and be proficient their use)Wear official club clothing as far as possible / practicalTo arrive promptly and do their best to ensure that the ride departs at the pre-set time.To become a member of the club after a maximum of 3 guest rides and to keep membership up to dateTo help ensure that no more than 5 non-members ever ride with any club rideRaise awareness as soon as possible of any hazards or difficultiesTry to look out for others in difficultyHelp with positive feedback after each ride using the appropriate forum threadRespect and consider any advice given by more experienced membersTo ride safely, allways following the Highway Code when practical and always riding with consideration for other road users, other club members and your own individual safetyAll participants taking part in our organised club rides must wear a suitable, correctly fitting helmetHeadphones, personal stereos etc. and anything that might unduely affect an individual rider's awareness should be removed while particiapting in club rides - therefore please do not be offended if you are asked by another member to comply with this advice FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: How many take part in these rides? Typically around 20-30 riders. Do you always meet at the same time / place on Saturdays? Yes - this is most important - that way everyone knows the score and the ride leaves promptly - especially important if it is cold. Is it always the same route? The routes are varied as much as possible but the limitations are that with 20 plus riders, we have to try to minimise exposure to heavy traffic, busy junctions, right turns, roundabouts etc and get back to the start within 2 hours. How good does my bike need to be? It doesn't need to be expensive but it really needs to be a road bike and must be reliable - if in doubt, get your bike checked out at a local bike shop in the week BEFORE the ride. How old do I have to be? Typically, for 'Green' and 'Amber' rides the minimum age is 12 if accompanied by a parent - but it depends on your ability - please contact Guy Watson in advance on info@i-team.cc Do you ride in all weather? Everything except ice and fog - we often get more turn up when it's raining! Are non-members allowed to come along on these rides? Absolutely - that's what we are all about! Posted Image - but, to ensure that everyone gets the most enjoyment from it, there are some conditions: ABILITY: We don't wan't to leave anyone behind but there is a minimum ability standard for this ride - please note the average speeds and duration. That's not to say that this ride is beyond the ability of a fit novice, but you will need to be fairly confident riding in a group. To avoid potential dissapointment or embarrasment, the best advise would be to come along on one of the Saturday Morning 'Cafe Club' rides from Rowlands Castle first, and see how that goes.PREPERATION: It is a bit disrespectful to other people if you turm up on a group ride and you haven't checked your bike before hand to see that it is serviceable and well maintained.COMMITMENT: These rides are organised by i-Team members, for i-Team members. Guests are allways very welcome, but after 3 rides, guests will be expected to make a commitment and purchase i-Team Membership.INSURANCE: It is a condition of i-Team membership that members must organise and keep current, their own 3rd party insurance, e.g. British Cycling Silver or Gold membership. N.B. For our British Cycling Club Insurance purposes, no more than 5 guests can be accommodated on any club ride.LIABILITY: All participants of i-Team club rides do so entirely at their own risk. If members bring a guest with them - they are responsible for them (please stay near to them on the ride and look after them as need be.) In no event will i-Team.cc, or any of it's members, be liable for any loss or damage, including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from participating on our club rides. More info for members Essential Information For Riding in a Group
  14. Event detailsWe try to organise some of the best club rides in the area. The success of these rides is due to the fact that they staywell structured. These rides are mainly intended for i-Team members only, or for those thinking of joining i-Team. Guests are allways most welcome but please read the notes below about preperation, commitment and ability To manage expectation and to ensure progression, we have 4 main categories for our club rides: 'Green' - Typically 14mph/23KPH Average speed - lots of regrouping at tops of hills etc. - you wont get left behind intentionally - this is the entry level / social ride speed for our official group club rides 'Amber' - Typically 16-18mph/25-30kph average speed - frequent regrouping at tops of hills etc. - if you frequently get dropped perhaps this isn't the ride for you yet - this is the standard level for our official group club rides 'Red' - Typically 18mph/30kph average speed - some planned regrouping at tops of hills etc. - if you frequently get dropped perhaps this isn't the ride for you yet - this is the advanced level for our official group club rides 'Black' - Typically +20mph/35kph average speed - no regrouping (if you get dropped you are on your own or regroup with others - this is the advanced level for our club training rides Purpose of the 'Amber' 10.00am Saturday ride from Rowlands Castle: To provide i-Team Members with a structured, safe and friendly group riding experience for intermediate club standard ridersTo encourage and support i-Team Members & Guests develop their cycling skills and ability - i.e. to give a progression from the 'Green' rides and prepare riders for the 'Red' rides To give experienced riders an easy 'recovery ride' the day before races etc. - and also give them the opportunity to put something back into the club by helping newcommers etc. Meeting Time: Meet at or shortly after 09:45. The ride leaves at 10.00 PROMPT - please do not expect everyone to wait even a couple of minutes for you as this is unfair on those who arrived early. Meeting Place: Outside The Village Coffee Shop, 2 The Green, Rowland's Castle PO9 6BNN.B. Please keep the entrance to the shop clear for their customers and also keep the pavement clear to maintain our good relationship with the residents of the village. If you are going to use the shop services (tables & chairs, toilet etc.) it goes without saying that you should buy a drink or some food from them and keep the facilities clean. Typical Ride Structure: Around 2-3 hours, typically 16 mph average speedBefore every ride starts, there should be a quick chat about the route, saftey points (which is allways ultimately the responsibility of the individual participants, who take part at their own risk,) and also a quick introduction for any new faces.We allways have a 30 mins steady warm up at 16 mph max.Everyone rides with the group and does not up the pace set by the most experienced ridersAt pre-agreed points, on a hill etc, everyone can press on at their own pace but we will allways regroup at the top of the climb. There will be regular regroupings at top of hills etc. - if for some reason you are really struggling, we will chat with you and make sure you are able to get back home OKAbout 15 minutes from the finish, the 'red flag' goes down and everyone who want's to can up the pace to the finish (This helps to thin any big bunches out and so helps getting the group back through any Saturday traffic.) How everyone on the ride can help: If this is goiing to be your first time - please contact Guy Watson in advance on info @ i-team.ccEveryone must arrive promtly at the start.Any new faces are introduced and made to feel welcome.The route and aims of the ride are explained to everyone before leaving.Saftey is everyone's responsibility - don't blindly follow - stay alert and be aware of the potential risks to yourself and othersBikes must be fit for purpose & very well maintained.You must have at least 1 spare tube and proper pump and/or CO2 pump and know how to use them.The first 30 mins HAS TO BE STEADY to allow everyone to warm up.The group has to stay compact - front riders do not up the pace or sprint out of corners If you are fit - stay on the front on low gears but for no more than 5 minutes but DO NOT UP THE AVERAGE PACE.. Rear riders should try hard not to let gaps OF MORE THAN ONE BIKE LENGTH open up out of corners - or when riding at a steady pace - NO MORE THAN 1 meter from the wheel in front (This includes descents - just ride to the side of the rider in front - this gives you effectively 3 Meters.)There has to be good communication - if a rider is about to be dropped, or punctures, or has to answer the call of nature - he should shout out 'EASY!' before he looses contact with the group. The exception may be on some hills where we ride up at our individual best pace and regroup at the top - but the group does not start the descent before group has reformed. EVERONE MAKE SURE THE FRONT RIDERS KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING.These rides can be a good training session but they are not the place to show everyone how fit you are, to the extent of splitting the group up on every climb. If you are in good form, gear down and spin. Help other riders by protecting them from the wind, giving the odd helpfull push on a climb.N.B. Everyone punctures from time to time and if it happens to you, don't panic - shout out and everyone should stop and someone will be able to check if you are OK. Assistance will be on hand to help with this but riders should try to be self sufficient and have a spare tube and either full size pump or CO2 pump to minimise time lost. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL HALF WAY THROUGH THE RIDE TO START PRACTISING HOW TO CHANGE A TYRE!!! IMPORTANT NOTES ON ROUTES Etc.: This Club Ride is not meant to be like a Sportive or other organised event, so a rough direction and route only might be announced on the day as part of the pre-ride group breifing, this can then take into account the conditions on the day i.e.: Weather / Traffic / Composition of the Group.No individual rider is ever responsible for the final route taken - a rider can propose a route for the group to take but the final choice is always a unanmous group decision beacuse each rider always makes their own individual dynamic risk assesment throught the ride, based on their best judgement - it is always up to the individual whether to follow another rider or not, or take advice or to ignore it. i-TEAM'S CONSIDERATIONS: To affiliate the organisation to suitable governing bodies such as British CyclingTo set guidelines in the best interests of safety and maintaining a good club imageTo endevour to try to maintain awareness of the guidelinesTo offer facilities that allow members to interact with each other and arrange to meet on rides.To raise awareness of the requirements & responsibilities of individual members and club organisation INDIVIDUAL MEMBER'S / GUESTS'S CONSIDERATIONS: To organise their own appropriate 3rd Party InsuranceTo make themselves and other members aware of the current club rules and guidelines in the interests of safety and club imageAs far as possible to make themselves aware of the nature and format of the ride and to ensure that they are properly preparedAs far as possible to ensure that their bike is serviceable with spare tube / pump / tools (and be proficient their use)Wear official club clothing as far as possible / practicalTo arrive promptly and do their best to ensure that the ride departs at the pre-set time.To become a member of the club after a maximum of 3 guest rides and to keep membership up to dateTo help ensure that no more than 5 non-members ever ride with any club rideRaise awareness as soon as possible of any hazards or difficultiesTry to look out for others in difficultyHelp with positive feedback after each ride using the appropriate forum threadRespect and consider any advice given by more experienced membersTo ride safely, allways following the Highway Code when practical and always riding with consideration for other road users, other club members and your own individual safetyAll participants taking part in our organised club rides must wear a suitable, correctly fitting helmetHeadphones, personal stereos etc. and anything that might unduely affect an individual rider's awareness should be removed while particiapting in club rides - therefore please do not be offended if you are asked by another member to comply with this advice FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: How many take part in these rides? Typically around 20-30 riders. Do you always meet at the same time / place on Saturdays? Yes - this is most important - that way everyone knows the score and the ride leaves promptly - especially important if it is cold. Is it always the same route? The routes are varied as much as possible but the limitations are that with 20 plus riders, we have to try to minimise exposure to heavy traffic, busy junctions, right turns, roundabouts etc and get back to the start within 2 hours. How good does my bike need to be? It doesn't need to be expensive but it really needs to be a road bike and must be reliable - if in doubt, get your bike checked out at a local bike shop in the week BEFORE the ride. How old do I have to be? Typically, for 'Green' and 'Amber' rides the minimum age is 12 if accompanied by a parent - but it depends on your ability - please contact Guy Watson in advance on info@i-team.cc Do you ride in all weather? Everything except ice and fog - we often get more turn up when it's raining! Are non-members allowed to come along on these rides? Absolutely - that's what we are all about! Posted Image - but, to ensure that everyone gets the most enjoyment from it, there are some conditions: ABILITY: We don't wan't to leave anyone behind but there is a minimum ability standard for this ride - please note the average speeds and duration. That's not to say that this ride is beyond the ability of a fit novice, but you will need to be fairly confident riding in a group. To avoid potential dissapointment or embarrasment, the best advise would be to come along on one of the Saturday Morning 'Cafe Club' rides from Rowlands Castle first, and see how that goes.PREPERATION: It is a bit disrespectful to other people if you turm up on a group ride and you haven't checked your bike before hand to see that it is serviceable and well maintained.COMMITMENT: These rides are organised by i-Team members, for i-Team members. Guests are allways very welcome, but after 3 rides, guests will be expected to make a commitment and purchase i-Team Membership.INSURANCE: It is a condition of i-Team membership that members must organise and keep current, their own 3rd party insurance, e.g. British Cycling Silver or Gold membership. N.B. For our British Cycling Club Insurance purposes, no more than 5 guests can be accommodated on any club ride.LIABILITY: All participants of i-Team club rides do so entirely at their own risk. If members bring a guest with them - they are responsible for them (please stay near to them on the ride and look after them as need be.) In no event will i-Team.cc, or any of it's members, be liable for any loss or damage, including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from participating on our club rides. More info for members Essential Information For Riding in a Group
  15. In Janurary 2004 I was asked by The Portsmouth Evening News if I would think about taking over from Chris Davies and write some weekly news columns about local cycling events. I was honoured to be considered, as I had grown up reading Chris's reports in 'The News' and had read about his exploits cycling around the world, having ridden 10,000 miles every year for 50 consequtive years and amassing nearly 1 million miles in his lifetime! Chris was a familiar site at local cycling events and would talk to riders, collect results and write a weekly column for a nominal fee. Chris had kept cycling in the back pages of our local paper, despite Pompey doing well in their first Premiership season. Cycling was then yet to rise anywhere near the level of popularity it has enjoyed post 2012, I was concerned about cycling loosing it's spot, so I agreed to step in on a temporary basis until someone was found to do it permenantly. My main source of information back then was going to be talking to friends and promoters on the phone - there was precious little online to cut and paste in time to meet print deadlines, so most things, including results lists had to be typed in to an email. I was passionate to spread the word to those outside the cycling club community about the number of events that were going on largely under the radar, and so I was happy to volunteer my time for free, as I saw it as a way of putting something back in to the sport that had given my so much pleasure. For just over a year I spent a few hours every Thursday morning and Sunday night, submitting a weekend preview, followed by reports and results. It was a real labour of love, and it was with genuine regret that I had couldn't keep it going any longer than I did. But a young family, busy job, running i-Team, coaching and trying to train enough to keep my 2nd Cat license was taking up more and more time, meant that something had to give, so my preview for the 2005 Perf's Pedal Race, was my last submission. I was glad I did it though because I think it captured something of what the local cycling scene was like back in 2004. A decade later, after finding all my old articles in Word documents on an old laptop, I thought I'd published them as an archive, so that new generations of club cyclist could have a snapshot of the sport in the Portsmouth area as it was in 2004. From my perspective, the main changes from 2004 to 2014 are the number of club Road Races that were being promoted back then - and a distinct lack of sportives on the calendar! Some of my highlights from that year were: 22-03-04: i-Team promoted the then South Coast’s biggest ever cycle race for women, the 75km i-Team Trophy25-07-04: Richard Heathcote finished 18th behind a young Dan Martin & Ian Stannard in the National Junior RR Champs07-08-04: Havant Grand Prix16-08-04: Yours truly winning an 80km Cat3 race at Goodwood from a 6 man break 23-08-04: Junior Richard Heathcote wins 2nd Cat Barnsfield Heath race to land his 1st Cat licenseN.B. Results & Reports in Black below were printed on Monday / Tuesday, while in Blue are the Previews and Event Diaries that were printed on Friday / Saturday This is article 1 of 3 and covers from May back to March 2004Article 2 covers from August back to May 2004Article 3 covers Feburary 2005 back to August 2004Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 22-05-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Instone Mounts Local Challenge Hantspol Cycling Club promote their open 10 mile time trial this evening, on the A3, North of Petersfield, with the first rider starting at 18.01. Starting near Greatham village on the B3006, the riders race to the Liphook roundabout and then return to Greatham. Course record is a 30mph, 19 minutes and a second, set by Michael Hutchinson in May 2001. 64 riders have entered, with top seed, Ray Hughes of Clarence Wheelers off at 19.00. Local fastman, Ben Instone (A3CRG) will be looking to maintain the form that won him the Hampshire Road Club ‘10’ at the beginning of the month. This year has been a breakthrough year for the popular Instone and on his home course; he will be hard for Hughes to beat. The other seeded riders are Simon Berogna (V.C. St. Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles, Tony Harvey & Pete Pickers (Northovers VT,) Brian Molloy (Epsom CC) and Steve Geran (GS Stella.) Instone rides again on Sunday and is top seed in the Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 30 mile event at Lytchett Matravers in the New Forest. Portsmouth riders, Simon Berogna & Aaron Stanton (VC St. Raphael,) plus veteran, Ray Robinson (Velocity/Off The Record) are also riding and are set for high placings. DIARY DATES: SUNDAY 23 MAY: Bournemouth Jubilee Whs Open 30 Mile Time Trial – Lytchett Matravers – 07:30 Sun 23 May Bognor Regis CC Club 30 Mile Time Trial – Fontwell – 07.00 Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides. Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45 & Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 07:30 for 80 mile training ride to Stockbridge and New Forest. Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15 for ride to Liss and Waggoners Wells. TUESDAY 25 MAY Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath, Hurn - U16 - 18:20 E.1.2.3.4.W.J 60Km - 19:00 Goodwood Gallops, Goodwood Motor Circuit - U16 4-16km 18:30 - E.1.2.3.4.J.W 60km 19:00 WEDNESDAY 26 MAY Portsmouth Circuits - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth - U16 - 18:45 E.1.2.3.4 52Km - 19:30 Havant CTC meets Havant Museum for ride to Liss and Farnham. THURSDAY 27 MAY Hampshire RC 10 Mile Club Time Trial - Funtington - 19:30 A3crg 10 Mile Club Time Trial – Liss - 19:00 SATURDAY 29 MAY Hantspol CC 10 Mile Time Trial – Greatham / Liphook - 18:00 i-Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30 for coached training ride. Havant CTC meets Havant Museum for ride to Trotton and Graffam. Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 16-05-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Portsmouth’s elite race team, V.C. St Raphael /Waite Contacts/Hewitt Cycles, continued their dominance of local time trial events, by taking the team prize at Sunday’s ‘Ern Dykes’ memorial 25 mile event, promoted by Portsmouth North End CC. Their team of Steve Walkling, Malcolm Cox & Simon Berogna, rode to a combined time of 3hrs 41 minutes and 02 seconds and with Leslie Anne-Allen, they also took the ladies prize. The individual classification was closely fought affair, with Walkling the victor in 53.19, with Mike Coyle of VC Etoile 2nd in 53.28 and Cox 3rd in 53.36. To the west of the region, Velocity / Off The Record riders, Ray Robinson & Richie Berogna, finished 5th and 8th respectively in the Sotonia CC 25 mile event. Local road race cyclists performed well at Thruxton on Saturday, with Paul Pickup (Liphook Cycles RT) finishing 3rd to GREG SANDY Alcan/Sun Chemical-Alcan/R.G.L Cycles/Sun Chemical/Bianchi in the 56km Elite Event. Chichester super-veteran, Tim Costello (Southdown Velo / MASSS LTD/The Hunter Springs Consultancy,) stayed away from the chasing pack to finish 4th. Andy KIENZLE (Fareham Wheelers CC,) was seventh in the 3 category & juniors event. Time trialists took on road racers at the Portsmouth Mountbatten Centre Circuit Races last Wednesday. Team Axiom’s Luke Myers beat VC St Raphael’s Rowan Horner, Simon Brooks and Steve Walkling in the Principia-sponsored 56km event. Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 15-05-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Portsmouth North End CC promote their annual 25 mile open event on Sunday, on a course between Tangmere and Arundel. Michael Hutchinson holds the course record with a lightning 50 minutes and 59 seconds, set in 1999. Thankfully for local riders, Hutchinson is a rare visitor to the area. Although his record could stay on the shelf for years, quality riders like Steve Walkling (V.C. St Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles) could get close, if the conditions are right and the form is there. With Walkling, Simon Berogna and Malcolm Cox, VC St. Rapheal definitely look set to take the team prize. Although the 3rd team man on paper, Cox has been training for shorter distance events and he hit 542 Watts power output in a recent lab test, so he could be an outside bet for the overall win. Headquarters are at Aldingbourne Community Centre and the first rider starts at 6.56 AM. 75 out of a possible 120 riders have entered the reduced numbers due to a clash with the Sotonia CC ‘25’ to the West. The Sotonia CC event in Dorset starts an hour later and has also attracted 70 riders, including course record holder Ray Hughes. Portsmouth’s Team Velocity/Off The Record riders, Richie Berogna and Ray Robinson will be looking to finish high on the results table and earn more points in the season long South District competition. DIARY DATES: SUNDAY 16 MAY: Portsmouth North End CC 25 Mile Time Trial – Fontwell – 06:56 Sotonia CC 25 Mile Time Trial – Lychett Matravers – 07.30 Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides. Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45 & Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 08:30 for training ride. Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15 MONDAY 17 MAY Team Axiom 10 Mile Time Trial – 19:00 TUESDAY 18 MAY Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath, Hurn - U16 - 18:20 E.1.2.3.4.W.J 60Km - 19:00 Goodwood Gallops, Goodwood Motor Circuit - U16 4-16km 18:30 - E.1.2.3.4.J.W 60km 19:00 WEDNESDAY 19 MAY Portsmouth Circuits - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth - U16 - 18:45 E.1.2.3.4 52Km - 19:30 Hampshire RC 2-up 10 Mile Time Trial - Funtington - 19:15 THURSDAY 20 MAY Portsmouth North End CC 10 Mile Time Trial – Funtington - 19:00 Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Time Trial – Fontwell – 19:00 SATURDAY 22 MAY Hantspol CC 10 Mile Time Trial – Greatham / Liphook - 18:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30 for coached training ride. Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 09-05-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk A full field of 60 riders tackled Sunday’s Hantspol CC 60km Road Race, which included 5 ascents of Portsdown hill, through the village of South Boarhunt. Pre race favourite, Philip Gough (Portswood Cycles RT) tried to escape the pack several times during the early laps but he was not allowed any freedom, as he was chased down by the Velocity/Off the Record and Vectis/Off Shore teams. These early attacks split the field on the 1 in 8 Boarhunt climb but the bunch came together again on lap 3, as the leaders began to mark each other. On the final approach to the finish, Lee Burdon (Bournemouth Arrow/Fircroft Hotel,) made an opportunist attack on the descent before Boarhunt and then powered up the climb to take a 10 second lead with 200m to go. The bunch, lead in earnest by Gough, was rapidly gaining ground on Burdon as he began to fade but he just held out to the line, foiling the sprinters, to take an intelligent, hard fought win. Earlier in the morning, time trialists were competing in 25 and 50 mile events. Team Axiom’s Roy Ludford, a 50 mile novice was the fastest rider in Hampshire Road Club’s Portsdown Time Trial League 50 in a respectable time of 2hr09min44secs. Keith Drew (HRC) finished with a personal best time of 2.12.17 to become Club Champion and winner of the Memorial Shield. Portsmouth North End CC’s Glen Syder was lucky to escape without serious injury after rolling a tubular tyre of his wheel whilst descending at 40mph. In the Bournemouth & Dist WCA 25 Mile Time Trial, Leslie Anne-Allen rode strongly to become the 3rd counter in V.C. St.Rapheal/Waite Contracts team victory with Steve Walkling & Simon Berogna. The individual classification saw local short distance specialists, Steve Walkling, Ben Instone (A3CRG) & Chris Ball (53-12 Multisports,) continue what is becoming an exiting rivalry. On this occasion, it was Chris Ball the victor in a time of 53:45, with Instone 2nd (54:06) & Walkling 3rd (54:38) Veteran Rider, Gary Buckett (Velocity) lead the rest of the field with a time of 56:36. Tuesday May 4, Velocity/Off The Record - Goodwood Gallops #2 - E/1/2/3/4/J; 30 miles 1. Nick Allen VC Meudon 2. Anders Christensen VC Meudon 3. Craig Peter VC Meudon 4. Simon McNamara Team Synergy 5. Liam Terry Southdown Velo 6. Toby Neave Southdown Velo 8. Tim Costello Southdown Velo 11. Shaun Smart Southdown Velo 14. Gyles Wingate Principia RT 15. Justin Hoy Evans Cycles RT 16. James Louter In Gear RT 17. Darrell Pembroke Freerider Cycles 18. Tim Dunfold Hargroves Cycles 19. Graham Wood Team Luciano 20. Richard Heathcote i-team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com 21. Steve Ferguson Team Maestro 22. Mike Paget Hants RC 24. Mario Manelfi Freerider Cycles 32. Gerry McDougal i-team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com Youth - 2 laps 1. Tom Ludford Team Axiom Youth - 4 laps 1. Matt Howard VC Jubilee Y Senior Goodwood Gallops Overall after round 2 1. Simon McNamara Team Synergy 32 2. Anders Christensen VC Meudon 31 3. Tim Costello Southdown 27 Youth Goodwood Gallops Overall after round 2 1= Dan Manelfi Freerider RT 39 1= Matt Howard VC Jubilee 39 3. Joe Ludford Team Axiom 33 Wednesday 5th May 2004 - PORTSMOUTH CIRCUITS Supported by Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth SENIORS 1. Duncan SHERWOOD Hillingdon CC 56km 2. Roy LUDFORD Team Axiom 3. Mick METCALF Team Axiom @ 2 laps 4. Matt COATES VC St Raphaël/Waite Contract 5. Richard PEARMAN Team Axiom 6. Derek LUDFORD Team Axiom 7. Dominic COUGHLIN Vectis Offshore Sports CC 8. Kevin BLANN Team Luciano – Fonderiest YOUTHS 1. Tom BUTT Chapel Tri-Stars Junior Tri Club 20min + 2 laps 2. Ben PLAIN Chapel Tri-Stars Junior Tri Club 3. Charlie WHITE Solent Race Team Thursday 06/05/04 - Portsmouth North End CC 10 Mile Time Trial - Liphook 1 Steve Walkling V.C.St Rapheal/Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles 20.45 2 Tony Harvey Northover RT 21.48 3 Gary Buckett Velocity/Off The Record 21.51 4 Richie Berogna Velocity/Off The Record 22.36 5 Ben Instone a3crg 22.43 6 Jon Coleman i-team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com 22.47 7 Steve Legg Twickenham C.C. 22.53 8 Ben Shaw i-team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com 23.05 9 Keith Drew Hampshire Road Club 23.32 10 Lesley Allen V.C.St Rapheal/Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles 23.52 11 Warren Peters a3crg 24.18 12 Trevor Hillman a3crg 24.34 13 Chris James Portsmouth North End CC 24.43 14 Alan Emmott Hantspol CC 25.15 15 Stan Maidwell Fareham Wheelers 25.45 16 Gareth Peters Fareham Wheelers 26.46 17 Simon Palmer Velocity/Off The Record 29.08 18 Mike Simpson Portsmouth North End CC 29.36 19 John Johnson Portsmouth North End CC 30.58 20 Ken Waller Portsmouth North End CC 43.23 Sunday 09 May - Bournemouth & Dist WCA 25 Mile Time Trial 1 Chris Ball 53-12 Multisports 53:45 2 Ben Instone a3crg 54:06 3 Steve Walkling VC St Raphael 54:38 6 Gary Buckett Off the Record / Velocity V 56:36 9 Simon Berogna VC St Raphael 57:02 12 Glenn Longland Antelope RT V 57:47 13 Mark Ashton Off the Record / Velocity V 58:07 15 Pete Pickers Northovers VT V 58:35 31 Lesley-Anne Allen VC St Raphael W 1:01:18 32 Ben Shaw i-team.co.uk 1:01:26 43 Rob Tutt GS Europa 1:02:56 44 Jonathan Legg Sotonia CC 1:03:07 47 Alan Sharpen Sotonia CC V 1:04:04 60 Barrington Day Fareham Whs V 1:09:47 62 Kaaren May a3crg W 1:09:49 63 David Collard-Berry a3crg V 1:10:22 FASTEST TEAM VC St Raphael (Steve Walkling, Simon Berogna & Lesley-Anne Allen -2:52:58) Portsdown TT League 50 Mile TT – Hampshire Road Club - Funtington 1 Roy Ludford Team Axiom 2.09.44 2 Tony Hart Team Axiom 2.11.32 3 Keith Drew Hampshire Road Club 2.12.17 4 Andrew Wheadon Hampshire Road Club 2.16.19 5 Gary Ferrett Hampshire Road Club 2.19.23 6 Jon Pollard Fareham Whs 2.23.27 7 Scot Ward Hampshire Road Club 2.25.29 8 Peter Knipe Fareham Whs 2.25.40 9 Paul Whitehead Hampshire Road Club 2.27.16 10 Tracey Slade Hampshire Road Club 2.27.48 11 Alan Emmott Hantspol CC 2.27.49 12 Geoff Davis Hampshire Road Club 2.28.30 13 Derek Harris Hampshire Road Club 2.31.25 Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 08-04-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Hantspol CC, the Hampshire Police’s own cycling club, promote their popular 58km Spring Road Race on the tough South Boarhunt / Portsdown Hill Circuit. A full field of 60 riders have entered, including Portswood Cycle’s on-form Junior rider, Philip Gough – winner of last month’s Sheerspire Road Race. Gough must be favourite for this event but Portsmouth’s Velocity / Off the record team of Ray Robinson & Richard Berogna will be determined to put up a strong challenge. Other teams include i-team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com, who’s junior rider, Richard Heathcote has been placing well in rescent events. Bournmouth Arrow/Pimera are sending 6 riders, with Team Velo Vet & Vectis Offshore Sports, teams of 4 & 3 respectively. Club time trialists will be preparing to increase their race distance this weekend, with Hampshire Road Club promoting the first 50 mile time trial of the year. This event is part of the Portsdown Time Trial League and starts from Funtington at 06:30. DIARY DATES: SUNDAY 9 MAY: Hantspol CC 58Km Portsdown Spring Road Race - D-Day Memorial Hall, Southwick, Hants – 10:00 Hampshire RC Portsdown League 50 Mile Time Trial – Funtington – 06:30 Bournemouth & Dist WCA 25 Mile Time Trial - Lytchett Matravers – 07:00 Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides. Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45 & Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 08:30 for training ride. Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15 MONDAY 10 MAY Vectis Offshore Sports CC Sporting 46 Mile Time Trial - I.O.W. 17:00 CC Weymouth 10 Mile Time Trial - 14:00 TUESDAY 11 MAY Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath, Hurn - U16 - 18:20 E.1.2.3.4.W.J 60Km - 19:00 Goodwood Gallops, Goodwood Motor Circuit - U16 4-16km 18:30 - E.1.2.3.4.J.W 60km 19:00 WEDNESDAY 12 MAY Portsmouth Circuits - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth - U16 - 18:45 E.1.2.3.4 52Km - 19:30 Hampshire RC 10 - Funtington - 19:15 Eelmore Criteriums, Aldershot - U16 15km 18.30 - E,1,2 60Km – 19:00 THURSDAY 13 MAY Fareham Wheelers Hilly 14 Mile Time Trial – Hambledon – 19:00 Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Time Trial – Fontwell – 19:00 SATURDAY 15 MAY Omega Circuits - Thruxton Motor Circuit, Andover - U16 10:00 £3.00 W.J 56Km 10:30 Crabwood CC 10 Mile Time Trial – Thruxton – 14:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30 for coached training ride. Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 01-05-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk This season, A3 C.R.G.’s Ben Instone, has consistently finished near the top of the results board in local time trial events. He was recently announced a winner by default, in the Harting Hilly 24 mile Time Trial back in March but in this Saturday’s Hampshire Road Club 10 Mile race at Fontwell, Instone was determined to show his rivals that he could take an outright victory. A strengthening side wind, that was to prevent many riders from getting near to their best times for the distance, proved not to be a problem to the 6ft 6ins Instone, as he powered through, to record 20 min. & 38 secs. - one of the fastest times this year. The visiting In-Gear RT, placed runner up Peter Tadros in 20:37 and with Jon Sharples and James Dear, they took the Team Award in a total time of 1:03:03. Road Race rider, Paul Pickup, of Liphook Cycles R.T. doesn’t ride many races against the clock but when he does, he normally wins. Two months ago, Pickup dominated the Chippenham 24 Mile Time Trial, setting a new course record. This Sunday, in the New Forest CC 32 mile race, he showed local time trial specialists that he had lost none of that form by beating Malcolm Cox and Steve Walkling (V.C. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles,) by over a minute. Weekend Results: Saturday, 1st of May: SUSIES TRACK MEETING ~ BC WOMENS & YOUTH OMNIUMS WOMEN: 500m TIME TRIAL: 1. Jo Tindley VC des Londres 45·30 2. Jacqui Marshall VC St Raphael 46·15 3. Rusine Airstone VC St Raphael 46·24 5. Sarah Farmer Team Axiom 47·25 ELIMINATION RACE: 1. Katie Curtis Cardiff Ajax CC 2. Jacqui Marshall VC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts 9. Sarah Farmer Team Axiom 3Km PURSUIT: 1. Jacqui Marshall VC St Raphael / Waite 4-49·71 2. Michelle Ward Team Fisher Wilson / 4-53·42 9. Sarah Farmer Team Axiom 5-25·64 500m SPRINT: 1. Rusine Airstone VC St Raphael 2. Jacqui Marshall VC St Raphael 3. Jo Tindley Velo Club des Londres 6. Sarah Farmer Team Axiom Hampshire Road Club 10 1 Ben Instone a3crg 20:28 2 Peter Tadros In Gear RT 20:37 3 Jon Sharples In Gear RT 20:50 4 Michael Coyle VC Etoile 21:23 5 Malcolm Cox VC St Raphael 21:28 FASTEST TEAM: In Gear RT Peter Tadros Jon Sharples James Dear 1:03:03 New Forest CC 32 1 Paul Pickup Liphook Cycles RT 1:15:11 2 Malcolm Cox VC St Raphael 1:16:20 3 Steve Walkling VC St Raphael 1:16:40 FASTEST TEAM: VC St Raphael Malcolm Cox Steve Walkling Simon Berogna 3:51:15 Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 01-04-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Cyclists that enjoy racing against the clock have a full program of events over the bank holiday weekend and for the week beyond, starting with this mornings Hampshire Road Club 10 mile event at Fontwell. For many local riders this will be there first event of the season on a fast course and they will be seeking year best or personal best times for 10 miles. Vectis Offshore Sports CC are promoting 3 events over the weekend, starting with a 9 mile hilly event at 5pm this evening and then 24 & 46 mile events on Sunday & Monday. On Sunday, the New Forest CC are again promoting their popular ‘Circuit of the Forest’ 32 mile event. Two Portsmouth sponsored clubs will be going head to head in this event for the team prize. Velocity/Off the Record with Ray Robinson, Richie Berogna & Robert Dawson take on favourites Simon Berogna, Malcolm Cox & Steve Walkling of VC St. Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles. Road Riders will be looking forward to the start of the Tuesday Goodwood Gallops series and the Eelmore Criterium Wednesday Series that start next week. Following on from the popular Ray Martin Series, Wednesday Circuit Racing continues at Portsmouth Mountbatten Centre. Looking back to an earlier event this year, the Harting Hilly 24 mile Time Trial promoted by Hampshire Road Club – it has just been announced that, following a clarification by the Area Governing Body, South D.C. – Ben Instone of A3CRG, has now been re-instated as winner and his time of 1h00m37s now stands as the new course record DIARY DATES: SATURDAY 1 MAY Susie’s Ladies Track Meeting – Mountbatten Centre Portsmouth 10:00 Hampshire RC 10 Mile Time Trial - Fontwell 07:00 Vectis Offshore Sports CC Sporting 9 Mile Time Trial - I.O.W. 17:00 SUNDAY 2 MAY New Forest CC 32 Mile Time Trial, New Milton, Hants – 7am Vectis Offshore Sports CC Sporting 24 Mile Time Trial - I.O.W. 17:00 Old Portliands CC 110Km Road Race – Crowhurst - 13:30 Ladies 80Km Team Series Road Race – Crowhurst - 9:30 Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides. Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45 & Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 08:30 for training ride. Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15 MONDAY 3 MAY Vectis Offshore Sports CC Sporting 46 Mile Time Trial - I.O.W. 17:00 CC Weymouth 10 Mile Time Trial - 14:00 TUESDAY 4 MAY Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath, Hurn - U16 - 18:20 E.1.2.3.4.W.J 60Km - 19:00 Goodwood Gallops, Goodwood Motor Circuit - U16 4-16km 18:30 - E.1.2.3.4.J.W 60km 19:00 WEDNESDAY 5 MAY Portsmouth Circuits - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth - U16 - 18:45 E.1.2.3.4 52Km - 19:30 Hampshire RC 10 - Funtington - 19:15 Eelmore Criteriums, Aldershot - U16 15km 18.30 - E,1,2 60Km – 19:00 THURSDAY 6 MAY Portsmouth North End CC 10 - Petersfield - 19:00 Bognor Regis CC 10 - Tangmere - 19:15 SATURDAY 8 MAY Team Axiom 10 Mile Time Trial - Liss - 18:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30 for coached training ride. Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 24-04-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Portsmouth North End Cycling Club was established in 1900, making it one of the oldest clubs in the country. ‘The Northend’ has an enviable reputation for promoting races and organised rides for local cyclists and a full program of evening and weekend club events is planned for this season. In a new initiative - all new members, are offered free race entries for this season. This Sunday, PNECC promote a 55 mile road race for 3rd & 4th Category riders, starting at Rowlands Castle Green at 09:30. Competitors face 7 laps of a rolling circuit that includes the 1 mile 1:12 climb from Stansted House to Forestside, which is certain to split the pack of riders and be the springboard for a race winning attack. A full field of 60 riders, plus reserves has entered, including a 10 man team from Portsmouth’s i-team.co.uk / www.wheel2wheel4bikes.com. Although mainly a club for introducing riders to the sport and riding the race for experience, their Andrew MacFarlane, just returned from racing in Malaysia may surprise some of the race favourites. These include a strong V.C. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles trio of Malcolm Cox, Simon Berogna and an on form Paul Atkinson. Simon’s brother, Richie, heads a six man Velocity / Off The Record team. Richie was unlucky to be caught 500m from the line in the Dunsfold Road Race in March after leading alone for two laps. This is just the sort of tactic that could pull off the win on Sunday. Tim Costello and Shaun Smart of Southdown Velo / MASSS LTD / The Hunter Springs Consultancy, and Steve Ferguson of Team Maestro, complete the local challenge. DIARY DATES: SATURDAY 24 APRIL South East Surrey League Circuit Races - M.O.D Chertsey 11.30 Andover Wheelers 10 Mile Time Trial – Thruxton – 14:00 Sunday 25 April Bournemouth Arrow CC 25 Mile Time Trial – Oakdale, Dorset 07:28 Bognor Regis CTC meets Walberton Pond, nr Barnham - 10:00 Chichester CTC meets City Cross - 10:00 Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides. Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45 & Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 09:30 for training ride. Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15 Tandem group meets Danbury Court, Emsworth - 10:30 MONDAY 26 APRIL Team Axiom 10 Mile Time Trial – Hundred Acres – 19:00 TUESDAY 27 APRIL South Barnsfield Heath BC 60Km Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath, Hurn - 19:00 U16’s @ 18:20 WEDNESDAY 28 APRIL South Ray Martin 150 Distance League [5:5] - Mountbatten Centre - E.1.2.3.4 48Km 19:00 (U16’s @ 18:30) Hampshire RC 10 Mile Time Trial – Funtington 19:00 THURSDAY 29 APRIL TLI Barnsfield Heath 40 Mile Handicap Races – 19:00 Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Club Time Trial – Fontwell – 19:15 Fareham Wheelers 10 Mile Time Trial – Hundred Acres – 19:00 SATURDAY 1st MAY Hampshire RC 10 Mile Time Trial – Fontwell – 07:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30 Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 18-04-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Spectators at last Wednesday’s RAY MARTIN 150 Distance League were treated to some super fast racing from local Elite Category riders. Liphook Cycles’ Paul Pickup, was the winner in a time of 1h12m45s, beating Bryan Taylor (V.C. Londres.) Pickup’s Team mate, Lee Day, consolidated his overall series lead by beating Rowan Horner (V.C. St. Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles) for 3rd. Saturday’s bright and sunny conditions contrasted heavily with the torrential rain, which affected Sunday’s events. Over 100 riders competed at the Racing Club Omega Circuits, held at Thruxton Motor Circuit. First to race were the youth categories and Team Axiom’s Joe Ludford finished in 2nd place to Torsten Junker (LUK Racing.net) in the Under 12’s category. In the Cat 3 & Juniors race, Pagham junior, Marc Perry (Team Maestro - Maestro/Tim Harries Chairs) was just beaten into 2nd place by senior rider Wayne SMITH (Tri & Run.) Liphook Cycle’s ‘Mr. Consistency,’ Lee Day, continued the excellent run of form that he has been demonstrating at the Mountbatten Centre races on Wednesdays, by beating seasoned campaigner, Rob Hurd. Portsmouth’s Team Axiom had well placed riders at the finish, with Luke Myers 5th, Roy Ludford 11th and Mick Metcalf in 16th. Robin Didymus (Principia RT / Principia A/S) was also up with the leaders in 9th place. Competitors in Sunday’s primera-bournemouth.co.uk 25 Mile Team had to contend with road conditions made treacherous by heavy downpours and took roundabouts at a virtual standstill as they battled to stay upright. In the 2 man event, Portsmouth’s Velocity / Off The Record team of Richie Berogna and Ray Robinson, toughed it out to finish in a creditable 3rd place, in a time of 54m54s. The winners were the composite pairing of Ian Ayliffe (Salisbury RC) & Chris Ball (53-12 Multisports) with 52m56s and runners up were the Andover Wheeler’s Phil Bowley & Jake Prior in 53m42s. In the 3-man event, pre race favourites V.C. St. Raphael saw their hopes of victory slip away when Paul Haggerty punctured. The remaining duo of Steve Walkling & Simon Berogna continued to finish but without a 3rd counting rider, their time was disallowed. This should not detract from a fine win by Antelope RT, who with Glen Longland, Matt Parton & Steve Wood, rode strongly to finish with 54m30s. Competitors at the British Cycling Southern Division Circuit Series at Castle Coombe also had to race in heavy rain. Jonathan DIBBEN dominated the Under 10’s and Ben Plain and Peter Dibben placing 1st and 3rd respectively in the Under 14’s. The Elite race was dominated in similar style, with the Alcan/Sun Chemical-Alcan/R.G.L Cycles team taking the win with Greg Sandy and placing riders in 2nd & 4th place. Lee Day finished in 5th place to round off a successful week for the Liphook RT rider. Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 17-04-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Racing Cyclists will be heading West this weekend for race meetings at Thruxton, on Saturday and at Castle Combe on Sunday. Over 100 competitors, from all categories, are expected at the South Omega promotion at Thruxton, all of whom will be hoping for dry conditions after rain and gales that were features of the previous events held here this year. Sunday’s meeting at Castle Coombe features round 3 of the British Cycling South Division Circuit Race Series and will attract riders from across the South Division, as far as Somerset and Avon. The V.C. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles team of Steve Walkling, Simon Berogna & Paul Haggerty will be looking for a victory in the Primera-bournemouth.co.uk 25 Mile Team Time Trial at Lytchett Matravers. They will face strong opposition from the squads of A3C.R.G. (Ben Instone, Trevor Hillman & Warren Peters) and Antelope RT (Glenn Longland, Matt Parton & Steve Wood.) Paul Pickup (Liphook Cycles RT,) will be defending his Ray Martin Series lead over team mate Lee Day and V.C. St. Raphael’s Rowan Horner, at the Mountbatten Centre on Wednesday. DIARY DATES: SATURDAY 17 APRIL South Omega Thruxton Circuits - Thruxton Motor Circuit, Andover - U16’s 10:00 - 3.W.J 56Km 10:30 - 4.W.J 56Km 10:32 - E.1.2 56Km - 12:30 SUNDAY 18 APRIL South Circuit League [3:7] - Castle Combe Race Circuit U16.U14.U12.U10.U8 10:00 3.W.J 51Km 10:30 4.W.J 51Km 10:30 E.1.2 51Km 12:30 Primera-bournemouth.co.uk 25 Mile Team Time Trial - Lytchett Matravers - 07:30 Bognor Regis CC 25 Mile Club Time Trial - 07:00 Bognor Regis CTC meets Walberton Pond, nr Barnham - 10:00 Chichester CTC meets City Cross - 10:00 Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides. Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45 & Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 09:30 for training ride. Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15 Tandem group meets Danbury Court, Emsworth - 10:30 TUESDAY 20 APRIL South Barnsfield Heath BC 60Km Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath, Hurn - 19:00 U16’s @ 18:20 WEDNESDAY 21 APRIL South Ray Martin 150 Distance League [4:5] - Mountbatten Centre - E.1.2.3.4 48Km 19:00 (U16’s @ 18:30) THURSDAY 22 APRIL TLI Barnsfield Heath 40 Mile Handicap Races – 19:00Portsmouth North End CC 10 Mile Club Time Trial – Wickham – 19:00 Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Club Time Trial – Fontwell – 19:00 SATURDAY 24 APRIL South East Surrey League Circuit Races - M.O.D Chertsey 11.30 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30 Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 10-04-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk This Easter Weekend, over 300 cyclists competed on local roads in various events that included Leisure Rides, Time Trials and Stage Races. Good Friday saw 109 riders chasing a personal best time, at the Bournemouth Arrow CC 10 Mile Time Trial, on the super-fast Upton Bypass course, in Dorset. Unfavourable strong winds didn’t stop Chris Ball (53-12 Multisports) breaking the 20 minute barrier, to win in a time of 19m 39s. Nearly a full minute back, the race for second place was a close fought affair with Richard Marsh (Somer Valley CC,) taking the placing with 20m34s, Steve Walkling(VC St Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles) was 3rd in 20:54 and fast improving Ben Instone, of A3 C.R.G. was 4th with 20m 55s. Portsmouth cycle shop owner and team sponsor, Mike Wickham of Velocity Cycles / Off The Record, demonstrated that the best way to lead is often by example, as he recorded a respectable 22m 09s, to beat the rest of his race squad members! 60 riders contested the 70 mile Surrey League Milland Hill Road Race on Saturday, a race that featured 7 laps of a circuit that included the 25% Milland Hill, which saw plenty of wheels slipping and sliding as riders struggled to maintain traction. The race was won by Londoner, Tom Gardner, with James Scoular of Liphook Cycles RT 3rd and local riders Steve Walkling & Malcolm Cox of VC St Raphael, 7th & 9th respectively. Cowplain’s Richard Berogna (Velocity,) finished 19th in his second ever road race. Hampshire Road Club’s reliability ride on Sunday proved a very popular event with over 50 leisure riders taking part in the 50km & 100km events, set on South Downs courses. At Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit, Lee-on-Solent junior, Richard Heathcote (i-Team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com,) finished a respectable 8th in the senior event, won in fine style by late attacker, Martin Williamson (London Dynamo,)with Team Maestro’s Steve Ferguson in 3rd. As we went in to press, the main event of the weekend, the Surrey League Sigma Sport 380KM 3-Day Stage race, was building up to a thrilling climax. VC St. Raphael’s Rowan Horner, dominated the first stage at Milland, breaking clear of the pack on lap seven to win alone by a minute and a half, gaining him the him the overall leader's and the points competition jerseys. Winchester’s Rob Hurd (No Sponsor,) won the 70 mile second stage at Goodwood, breaking clear with Simon Brooks (VC. St. Raphael,) to win by 24 seconds. As Rowan Horner faded from the overall position, he was replaced by team mate Simon Brooks ,with Rob Hurd also benefiting from the break away tactic, moving up to 2nd overall. Also this weekend, Team Axiom's Luke Myres, was selected to represent Surrey League in the 'Tour of the North' in Ulster, he is lying in 9th place overall after placing 7th on the prologue hill climb stage. Results for Easter Weekend - Reports to follow Guy Watson - cycling@thenews.co.uk Bournemouth Arrow CC 10 Mile Time Trial 1 Chris Ball 53-12 Multisports 19:39 2 Richard Marsh Somer Valley CC 20:34 3 Steve Walkling VC St Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles 20:54 4 Ben Instone a3crg 20:55 5 Glenn Longland Antelope RT 20:59 6 Andrew Cooper Primera-bournemouth.co.uk 21:02 7= Mark Wareham VC St Raphael 21:04 7= Ian Ayliffe Salisbury RC 21:04 9 Nik Bowdler Farnborough & Camberley CC 21:11 10 Jimmy Little LUKracing.net 21:27 Other Local Riders: 23= Mike Wickham Velocity / Off The Record 22:09 23= Gary Buckett Off the Record / Velocity 22:09 26 Pete Pickers Northovers VT 22:14 27 Tony Harvey Northovers VT 22:21 30 Richie Berogna Velocity / Off The Record 22:25 32 Simon Berogna VC St Raphael 22:29 34 Pete Younghusband Tri UK Inc 22:36 FASTEST TEAM VC St Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles (Steve Walkling, Mark Wareham & Simon Berogna) Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 10-04-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Local club cyclists have a busy program for the Easter Holiday period, starting with the 380km Surrey League 3 Day Stage Race. Event H.Q. is at Bohunt School, Liphook and the Elite riders start racing each day 13:00, with daily stages held at Milland, Goodwood and Ockley. This 380KM event has attracted all of the top local road riders and also some strong teams from London and Surrey. There are supporting races on each day for the lower Category 3rd & 4th Cat. riders, starting at 09:30. Tuesday Evening sees the start of the popular Barnsfield Heath Road Race events, near Southampton and Wednesday Evening features round 3 of the Ray Martin Road Bike League at the Mountbatten Centre. Evening time trials are always popular with riders who want to sharpen their speed and both Fareham Wheelers and Hampshire Road Club are promoting events this week. SATURDAY 10 - MONDAY 12 APRIL S.East Surrey League Easter 3-Day - Bohunt School, Liphook 13:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30 SATURDAY 10 APRIL S.East Surrey League Easter Races 1 - Bohunt School, Liphook 0 9:30 SUNDAY 11 APRIL S.East Surrey League Easter Races 2 - Goodwood Motor Circuit 09:30 / 11.30 Bognor Regis CTC meets Walberton Pond, nr Barnham - 10:00 Chichester CTC meets City Cross - 10:00 Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides. Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45 & Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00 i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 09:30 for training ride. Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15 Tandem group meets Danbury Court, Emsworth - 10:30 MONDAY 12 APRIL S.East Surrey League Easter Races 3 - Ockley 100Km 09:30 TUESDAY 13 APRIL South Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath - 18:20 WEDNESDAY 14 APRIL Ray Martin 150 Distance League - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth - 18:30 Hampshire RC 10KM Time Trial – Funtington – 19:00 Havant CTC, meet opposite Arts Centre, 9am. THURSDAY 15 APRIL Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Time Trial – Fontwell – 19:00 Fareham Wheelers 10 Mile Time Trial – 100 Acres – 19:00 SATURDAY 17 APRIL South Omega Thruxton Circuits - Thruxton Motor Circuit - Andover - 10:00 Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 28 Mile Time Trial - Blandford - 15:00 Team Axiom’s Luke Myers, was a convincing winner of the 2nd Event of the Southern Circuit Race Series at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth on Saturday. Myres rode strongly at the front of the bunch for most of the race, lapping the field with 5 other riders, including Robin Didymus from Principia RT / RBS. Sensing that his rivals were tiring, Myers put in a big attack 14 laps from the finish and despite a strong headwind in the back straight he held off his chasers to the finish, with Didymus finishing 4th. Myers’ team mate, Mick Metcalf, won the bunch sprint from Toby Neave (Southdown Velo/MASSS Ltd/The Hunter Springs) Sunday’s A3C.R.G Team Time Trial at Rake, attracted 2 & 3 rider teams, from local clubs across the region. The first pair to set off from Rake was the promoting club’s Warren Peters and Trevor Hillman, who managed to complete their first open 25 mile event in a respectable time of 1:04:26. Fastest 2-up team of the day was of Rowan Horner (V. C. St. Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles) and Chris Birch (Evans Road Team), who finished in 54m02s, despite Horner Puncturing, with 5 miles to go. The overall prize for the 2-up event went to Andover Wheelers riders Jake Prior and Phil Bowley for their time of 54:47. They defeated last year’s winners, Paul Flight and Brian Greensmith of Primera-Bournemouth, by only 13 seconds. The a3crg team of Ben Instone and international triathlete, Pete Younghusband, were unlucky to finish just 3 seconds behind Andover Wheelers, after problems at the start. They made a remarkable recovery after Instone got into a tangle with the start line steward and fell over, forcing him to sprint after Younghusband, who was unaware of the situation and had disappeared into the distance! The 3-up time trial, was won by race favourites Zak Carr, Sam Barker, and Stuart Wright of API Resprays in a super fast 52m42s. The V.C.St. Raphael team of Steve Walkling, Paul Haggerty, and Simon Berogna, were definitely going for the win. They started fast and were up on the API squad at half distance but couldn’t maintain the pace and finished in a time of 53m45s. The 3-up event also featured a trio of female triathletes from Primera-Bournemouth. The team, comprised of Katherine Willoughby, Erica Fogg and Penny Gorton, won a bouquet donated by the newly-opened florist Bonica in Petersfield for being the fastest 3-up on target time. The fastest mixed pair was that of Lesley-Anne Allen (V. C. St. Raphael) and Jim Howlett (Northover’s Vets Team), who finished in 1h01m20s. British Summer Time allows the start of evening racing this week, so local riders will have a busy program to leading up to the Easter Weekend. Up to 100 riders of all categories are expected to compete in Portsmouth this Saturday, as British Cycling South Division, promote Round 2 of the Southern Circuit Championship Series, at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth. Racing for all categories starts from 10.30am. Surrey League promotes a new Team Event on Sunday at Goodwood, with a Team Time Trial at 09:00, followed by bunch racing at 11.30. A3 C.R.G. will also be promoting a Team Time Trial on the A3 at Liss, with the V.C. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles Squad taking on Apibikes.com. Portsmouth North End C.C. promotes 2 events this week: A 15KM Portsdown Time Trial League event on Sunday and a 10KM club event on Thursday. Diary Dates: SATURDAY 3 APRIL South Circuit League [2:6] - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth 10.30am i- Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 9.30am for 2 hr activity ride. South Circuit League [2:6] - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth U16.U14.U12.U10.U8 10:00 E/1/2/3/4/W/J 51Km 10:30 Sunday 4 April Goodwood 09:00 - Team Time Trial & E/1/2/3/4 Circuit Race 11:30 A3crg 25 mile Team Time Trial - Liss - 08:00 Portsmouth North End CC Portsdown League 15 Mile Time Trial - 08:30 Club Runs / Training: Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill, 9am for choice of morning rides. Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross, Havant, 8.45am or Scout Hall, Funtington, 9.am i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square, 9.30am for training ride. Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library; 9.15am WEDNESDAY 7 APRIL Ray Martin 150 Distance League [2:5] - Mountbatten Centre 18:30 Thu 8 April Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Time Trial 18:45 Portsmouth North End CC 10 KM Time Trial 19:00 FRIDAY 9 APRIL Chippenham Wheelers Circuit Races - Castle Coombe Race Circuit, 10.00 Havant CTC, meet opposite Arts Centre, 9am. Portsmouth School of Racing coached training sessions, Mountbatten Centre, 19.30 – 20.30 Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 28-03-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Sunday’s highly successful i-Team trophy promotion, the U.K.’s richest women’s road race, which was made possible by a combined effort from local clubs, rounded off what has been a fantastic weekend for Hampshire cycling. First to hit the headlines was Cowplain’s Olympic Medallist, Rob Hayles, who won the 183km 7th Stage of the Tour of Normandy on Friday. This win is sure to boost Hayles confidence after setback from injuries sustained over the winter and shows that he is coming into excellent form, with Athens just months away. An up and coming young rider who is showing signs of the potential to follow in Hayle’s footsteps is Petersfield’s Ian Legg. Legg, who rides for Principia R.T. rode the bunch off his wheel to win the Juniors event at the de Mayo Velosystem’s 3rd Thruxton meeting on Saturday. Southampton’s Chapel Tri-Stars won the under 14, under 12 and under 10 categories. The Elite category event was won by Jody Crawforth (Evans Cycles R.T.) from Winchester’s Danny Axford (Parrott Print-TAL R.T./Endura) and Rob Hurd(No Sponsor.) Portsmouth’s V.C. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt cycles team had a successful Bournemouth Jubilee Whs. 42km Hilly Time Trial, with Rowan Horner placing 2nd to Chris Ball (53-12 Multisports,) in the individual event but with Simon Berogna and Wayne Levet, they secured the Team Prize. Hurd put his Thruxton defeat behind him by winning Sunday’s 135KM Elite Category Hounslow Spring Road Race by riding away with and then out-sprinting Nigel Williams of Python RT. Sundays Main Event, the i-Team Trophy, promoted by Portsmouth’s development club, i-team.co.uk and Sponsored by Wheel2Wheel cycles was won in fine style by the defending Series Champion, Angela Hunter of G.S. Strada. Contrary to predictions, the climb through South Boarhunt did not split the Elite and first category ladies groups. At first, the riders were anxious not to make wasteful efforts, too far out from the finish and then in the closing stages, the riders were just too evenly matched for one of them to escape the pack. It was certainly a tough challenge to the lower category’s who, after the first lap, were riding just to finish the distance. Credit must be given to local riders, Leslie-Anne Allen (V.C. St. Raphael) and Sarah Farmer (Team Axiom) who finished 37th and 39th in their first ever attempts at bunched road racing. Hunter’s win was a result of perfect positioning on the last climb and timing her effort to perfection in the finishing sprint of 15 riders. Using all her experience to fight for the inside line on the final corner, she won in textbook style from Lorna Webb (Recycling.Co.Uk/MG X-power,) Junior, Nikki Harris (Pearce Cycles R.T. and Michele (sic) Ward (Private Member.) Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 22-03-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk This Sunday, 28 March 2004 sees the launch of the South Coast’s biggest ever cycle race for women, the 75km ‘i-Team Trophy,’ which is the first counter in the National Women's Series. A prize list of £600 will make this event one of the richest women’s races ever and this is sure to motivate the riders and with prizes for all categories down to 30th place, each & every rider will have something to go for. Sponsor Tony Childs, of Wheel 2 Wheel cycles says, “We are proud to be supporting the i-team Trophy, we have been working with i-team.co.uk from the beginning and have been really impressed with what they have done for cycling, both locally and nationally... ...when they decide to do something, they don’t hold back! ...this promises to be a great event.” Porchester Cycles sponsor a special ‘Queen of the Mountains’ prize for the best climber, based on first up the hill on each lap and Michelin are providing a pair of special Pro Race tyres to the 1st 3 finishers. Starting from Southwick at 11am, a full field of 60 women will face 5 1/2 laps of the challenging Portsdown Hill circuit, between Wickham, South Boarhunt & Portsdown. The climb through South Boarhunt up onto Portsdown, is expected to have a major influence on the outcome of the race but as Race Director Andy Verrall points out, “It’s the riders that make the race – not the course…” Names to watch out for include an on-form Leda Cox (Team Synergy,) who was an excellent 36th in the Men's 2nd category event at Dunsfold on Sunday. Angela Hunter of G.S. Strada – Rudy Project / Pinarello, the defending Series Champion will face a strong challenge from the Irish National team, lead by Collette Swift. Other riders to watch out for include GB National Squad riders, Lorna Webb & Nina Davies, who have both just returned from International duties. The Current National Road Circuit Champion, Helen Gutteridge (Team Luciano,) Sue Thomas (No Sponsor,) Leda Cox (Team Synergy,) should all feature, along with 7 up and coming juniors – who will be keen to impress National Coach, Marshall Thomas, who will be in attendance, with an eye on the Junior Worlds Team selection. The event finishes in Swivelton Lane, Portsdown Hill at around 1pm and spectators are asked to park cars well away from the finishing area. VC St Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles, field a strong team of Rowan Horner, Wayne Levet and Simon Berogna in Sunday's Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 42km Time Trial in Dorset. Wednesday sees the return of regular road bike racing at Portsmouth's Mountbatten Centre. The Ray Martin 150 lap Distance League will run for the next 5 weeks, with racing for all categories starting at 6.30pm Diary Dates: Saturday 27 MARCH South De Mayo Velosystems Thruxton Circuit Races, Thruxton Motor Circuit, 10am Sunday 28 MARCH i-Team Trophy, Women’s National Road Race Series - Start 11am, Southwick D-Day Memorial Hall – Finish 1pm, Swivelton Lane, South Boarhunt. Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 42km Time Trial, Merley Bognor Regis CC 25 Mile Club Time Trial, Fontwell, 8am Bognor Regis CTC meets Walberton Pond, nr Barnham, 10am. Chichester CTC meets City Cross, 10am Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill, 9am for choice of morning rides. Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross, Havant, 8.45am or Scout Hall, Funtington, 9.am i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square, 9.30am for training ride. Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library, 9.15am Tandem group meets Danbury Court, Emsworth, 10.30am. Wednesday 31 March: Havant CTC, meet opposite Arts Centre, 9am. Saturday 3 April: South Circuit League [2:6] - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth 10.30am i- Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 9.30am for 2 hr activity ride. Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 21-03-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Fareham Wheeler’s Peter Doyle Memorial Road Race again lived up to its reputation as one of the toughest road races in the South, with a top field, a tough course and some aggressive racing. Over 60 riders started from Meonstoke at 11am and headed up the Meon Valley towards the infamous climb of Wheely Down, which was to be climbed 8 times. The race split on the first ascent, with a break of six going clear, including Rowan Horner and Mathew Melville (V.C. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles, Chris Birch (Evans R.T.), Nic (sic)Tilling (AngliaSport/Condor/Campag/Vittoria.) and Jamie Norfolk (Giant RT.) Former event winners, Danny Axford (Parrot Print /TAL Endura / Terry Wright Cycles) and Rob Hurd (No Sponsor,) realised the danger and chased with four other riders. They were closing the gap quickly and came within 20 seconds of the leaders, when a furious Hurd punctured. Axford continued to chase but the momentum had been lost and the group stayed out in no mans land. With 2 laps to go, Rowan Horner and Jamie Norfolk went clear to form the winning break. On the line, Jamie Norfolk just managed to out sprint the hard working Rowan Horner by a tyre’s width, in a time of 2 hours and 29 minutes for the 50 miles. Only 34 competitors mad it to the finish. Saturday’s De Mayo Velo System’s Thruxton Circuit races saw Justin Hoy (Evans Cycles R.T.) take first place in the Elite Race. He was followed over the line by Paul Pickup (Liphook Cycles) and Jody Crawforth (Evans Cycles R.T.) after a break of 5 stayed clear for most of the race. The tough condition split the supporting 3rd category race into 3 separate groups and was won by Dan Smith (Anglia Sport /Condor), Steve Moss (Bournemouth Arrow C.C. / Fircroft Hotel) took third place. The Junior race was won superbly by Simon Holt (Bikes 51 R.T.) who beat all of the 4th category Senior riders in the process. Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 20-03-04 Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk Portsmouth and Hampshire cyclists will be competing all across the county this weekend with a full program of Road Races, Time Trials and MTB racing. Today, the V.C. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles squad of Steve Walkling, Simon Berogna and Lesley-Anne Allen will be looking for wins in the Sotonia CC 10 mile event at Shipton Bellinger. They can expect a strong challenge from A3 C.R.G.’s Ben Instone, 2nd in last weekend’s Harting Hilly. De Mayo Velosystems are promoting another of their popular Thruxton Circuit meetings with over 100 competitors expected. All proceeds from this meeting will go to the ‘Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust". Sunday sees Portsmouth’s i-Team.co.uk/Wheel2Wheel field a team of 8 riders in the Surrey League RR at Dunsfold and also their Matt Doe is a seeded rider in the East Dorset CA 27km Time Trial in Bere Regis. This Weekends Premier event is Sunday’s Peter Doyle Memorial Road Race, starting in Meonstoke at 11am. Promoting club, Fareham Wheelers, have assembled a first class field including multi British Champion and last year’s winner, Michael Hutchinson – MDT / Giant / Speedplay / SIS. He will be challenged by 1998 winner, Danny Axford Parrot Print/TAL Endura / Terry Wright Cycles and strong V.C. St Raphael Squad of Matthew Melville, Rowan Horner & Simon Brooks. Rob Hurd (No Team,) is a late entry and the organiser has placed him as first reserve. Hurd, the 2002 winner would have a strong chance of lifting the honours, if a chance to ride becomes available. Diary Dates: Saturday 20 MARCH Sotonia CC 10 Mile Time Trial, Shipton Bellinger Village Hall, 1pm South De Mayo Velosystems Thruxton Circuit Races, Thruxton Motor Circuit, 10am Evans MTB Trail Ride - Kingsclere, Watership Down Sunday 21 March South Peter Doyle Memorial Road Race - Meon Hall, Meonstoke, 11am S.East Surrey League Road Race (Kingston Whls) – Dunsfold, 1:30pm Bognor Regis CTC meets Walberton Pond, nr Barnham, 10am. Chichester CTC meets City Cross, 10am Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill, 9am for choice of morning rides. Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross, Havant, 8.45am or Scout Hall, Funtington, 9.am i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square, 9.30am for training ride. Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library, 9.15am Tandem group meets Danbury Court, Emsworth, 10.30am. Wednesday 24 March: Havant CTC, meet opposite Arts Centre, 9am. Saturday 27 March: South De Mayo Velosystems Thruxton Circuits - Thruxton Motor Circuit – 10am i- Team.co.uk, meet W2W Cowplain Article 2 of 3 covers from August back to May 2004
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