Sunday, 27 April 2014

Two Top Tens again

Finchley RT Paul Simon Homes LVRC Road Race

Paul, Neil and Ian nipped over to Essex this morning. It was Baynesy's first LVRC race having recently graduated to the club of a 'certain age'.  Following one of Neil's long rambling monologues about how great, relaxed, civilised and friendly an LVRC race was compared to the BC variety, the break blasted away after half a lap. And stayed away for the duration.

Fortunately, Neil had taken no notice of his own 'overview' and he was alert as Vince Divine, last year's winner, took off. This was quite an achievement following a rather late night involving red wine, cheese and easter eggs, but he held on and put in some big efforts with half a lap to go when Vince put in a pretty nasty attack: "I couldn't go with him though," he admitted. Rather than sit in and wait for the sprint, he seemingly decided to burn himself out a bit more: "I suppose I just wanted to see what I could manage," but the efforts were fruitless. Leading out the sprint for 2nd place, he launched a touch early, but took 4th.

attempts to cheer Ian up were not going well

Paul, meanwhile, was playing a typically canny game and, having saved himself, took the bunch sprint and 9th place.

Ian was disappointed last week at Hog Hill, having had to pull out after 5 laps due to gear trouble. Unfortunately, the ill fortune continued today with a pinch flat on one of the many potholes on an otherwise good circuit. "Surely, I must be due some good luck next week," he sighed.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Welwyn Hilly 2014

Podium for Ross and 2nd in team competition

Ross empties the tank

Having been beaten by Richard Wood at the Sid Latchford TT in March, Ross and Luke returned to more familiar roads this morning.

With clear but chilly conditions, they hit back to take 3rd and 4th respectively; tucked just in in front of Richard.

Tony came in a  bit further down, but was grateful for the dry weather after his slippery corner incident in Essex a couple of weeks ago.

"The form seems to be coming," said Ross. "No doubt that week training in Spain last week helped." 

1. Ashley Cox CC Luton 01:10:57
2. Danny Axford Arctic Tacx RT 01:15:19
3. Ross Clarke TMG Horizon Cycling Team 01:16:09
4. Luke Clarke TMG Horizon Cycling Team 01:16:37
5. Richard Wood Arbis/Colbert Cycles RT 01:16:48
6. Douglas Coleman CC Luton 01:17:35
7. Tim Davies Icknield RC 01:19:17
8. Adam Laycock Team Trisports 01:20:21
9. Anthony Morris CC Ashwell 01:20:32
10. Mike Wragg Arbis-Colbert Cycles RT 01:20:39

26. Tony May TMG Horizon 01:26:17

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Icknield Hilly - Podium & Team Prize

A quick note to report on today's local crono around Cheddington, Mentmore and Wingrave. We had 8 entries, but unfortunately only 5 starters. Maybe the wet & windy weather didn't help Tony, Matt and Steve...

Local Strongmen Roy Chamberlain and Richard Wood crashed the party for Ross & Luke but that still meant that that Ross made it to the podium with 45:19, and with Neil making a mini comeback on his 12 year old TT bike, the trio took the team prize by a comfortable margin.

Icknield Hilly Result 29km

1st Roy Chamberlain, Corley Cycles
2nd Richard Wood, Arbis Racing Team
3rd Ross Clarke 45:19
5th Luke Clarke 45:48
Neil Wass 47:55
Steve Clarke 50:09
Darren Powell 51:03