Sunday, 15 September 2013

1-2 for Ross and Luke

Brothers Take It To The Wire as Season nears end

Ross and Luke Clarke both put their early season difficulties behind them as they posted the fastest times at the Stevenage Cycling Club Time Trial yesterday.
just 3 seconds in it, but Ross took the win

Held on the F14 course, the 12 mile event was especially challenging in windy conditions, but the idea of a head-to-head seemed to motivate the brothers and they finished within 3 seconds of each other.

Ross took the win: "It's great to finish the season with this," he said. "We've had a lot to deal with this year and we haven't really had a single point where you could say we were at our best."

Luke continues: "It feels good to come back from where we were and you can see that next year there's more in the pipeline."

Stevenage Cycling Club Time Trial Result 14/09/13 F14/12
1 Ross Clarke TMG Horizon CT 26.00
2 Luke Clarke TMG Horizon CT 26.03
3 Simon Cannings 26.26

Saturday, 14 September 2013

2-2 takes Mick to 2nd Cat

A regular at the Hillingdon Masters Series this season, Michael Skipsey has worked hard on both his fitness and his 'crit craft'.

tenuous pun on a gun calibre
He was the team's fastest finisher at the Paul Simon Homes Masters Meeting on March 2nd, which boded well for the coming season, and after a minor dip in form dip, proved to be prophetic.

"I messed around a bit last year. Joining TMG this year gave me a bit more focus and motivation, so I've tried to be as consistent as possible," he explains.

Having raced most of the Wednesday Evening Masters Series at Hillingdon this year, he has enjoyed mixing with top category riders and experimenting with varied strategies.

in the group, and in the zone

"I targeted the Masters Series, mainly because there's usually a selection of faster, more experienced riders which tends to make the whole thing a lot safer than some of the younger 3rd cat races."

Having built up a library of experience and a background knowledge of the key protagonists, he started to finish consistently nearer the front as the series wore on through the summer.

"It's been great to have a gradual improvement," he says. "Really, it's about adding speed onto speed for the finale, timing it right, but also being able to keep pushing when you're already in the red. And I always am!"

With 2nd places on both the August 7th and August 21st rounds, Mick finally took delivery of his 2nd category licence. "That was my main objective for the year," he concludes. "Now I need to prepare for some longer races next year!"

Monday, 9 September 2013

TMG Verulam Criterium Report & Results

TMG Horizon Cycling Team and Verulam CC joined forces to put on their first LVRC race which was held at Hog Hill on the 7th September using the lower circuit. Fortunately, although there was a keen westerly wind, the afternoon stayed dry and bright.

Race 1 saw some early skirmishes but ti was not long before Bob Downs and Dominique Gabellini broke clear building a healthy advantage. A chase group formed between these two and the bunch comprising Keeler/Schils/ Cackett who seemed to be working together well although they split up towards the end. Unfortunately Gabellini touched a pedal which caused him to fall heavily resulting in a trip to A&E with a suspected broken collar bone. Downs continued on alone lapping the field twice before taking a well deserved win.

The Race 2 report could have almost have been written before the start, with Anthony Wallis soloing to victory although the strengthening wind perhaps stopped him from gaining more than 30 seconds. The TMG duo of Neil Wass and Michael Skipsey responded to his initial acceleration and did all they could to bring him back but, despite a recent layoff due to injury, Wallis remains a force to be reckoned with. The peloton stayed together until the last few laps when the combination of a modest field, strong wind and high pace took its toll. Having cleverly conserved resources in the closing laps, Robin Parker took the sprint for second ahead of Neil Wass.

Huge thanks to Pete Wilson and Knocker Shields for their help with the day.

We think Paul Brown took some pics but we don't have them yet


Race 1 for CDEF Riders

1 Bob Downs  Condor Team D
2 Patrick Schills Velo Schills D
3 Ralph Keeler Wheels in Wheels E
4 Paul Cackett Verulam CC D
5  David Brown LBRCC F
6 Terry Divine Braintree Velo F
7 Steve Barnsley GS Vecchi D
8 Chris Edwards 4T+ Velo Club D
9 Wayne Thomas GS Henley E
10 Richard Frazer Essex Roads CC E
11 Peter Jones Hillingdon CC F
12 Oli Mc Pherson Planet Velo E
13 Colin Smith West Kent C
14  John Leitch Redhill CC F
15 John Duckworth Kingsnorth F
16 Andy Grant GS Vecchi D

Race 2 for ABC Riders thanks to Jackie Irvine for her pics here

1 Anthony Wallis Ciclos Uno A
2 Robin Parker East Grinstead B
3 Neil Wass TMG Horizon CT A
4 Barry Neal Ciclos Uno B
5 Andrew Macey Ashford Wheelers C
6 Martin Meades Ciclos Uno C
7 Toks Adessanya Addiscombe CC B
8 Raun Forsyth
9 Andrew Elderfield VC Revolution B
10 Michael Skipsey TMG Horizon CT B
11 Savasil Aniba Private B
12 Craig Stevens Ciclos Uno C
13 Sean Bolton Eagle RC C
14 Andrew Tebutt Private B