Saturday, April 19, 2014

Rawson Shield Update

Firstly, a big congratulations To Helene who won the 'Best Female Novice' award at the recent SCCU25 :winner:

Secondly, the next counting event for the Rawson Shield is the SCCU 10 on the 17th May with the closing date on Tuesday 6th May. We really need one last big push on this event from as many members who can ride it as possible, before we get into the longer events later in the season. Another 10 plus riders would hopefully see us secure this trophy for the KPRC cabinet.
Entry via the CTT website or use the form.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Paris Roubaix - Riding the Route

This ride was another of my discoveries, which mostly consist of my noticing what everyone else has known for ages.  I this case, I noticed that it was possible to ride the course of most of the Classics on the day before the race.  It's very popular to do so, and I expect that it helps the organisers to test their systems before the great day.

Anyway, I chose to ride Paris-Roubaix this year,  one of the great classics which was first run in 1896 and is famous for its long cobbled sections.  It's a hard ride.

For logistics, I chose Sports Tours International, who did a London pick-up, hotel arrangements and ride entries, coupled with viewing the pro race from several points on the following day.  It's a good package, and I thought the price was very reasonable.

Arenberg Trench

The day dawned foggy, which may have contributed to the subsequent cock-up with busses (one got lost, and it was carrying some of the timing chips).  As a result of this it became apparent that I, and a number of others, were not going to be able to get to our start point in time.  Pragmatism ruled, and those of us affected started at a place called Solesmes, which meant that I missed four cobbled sections and did 140 kms rather than the 170 kms of the full ride.  This actually made little difference to me as I was still able to ride 24 other cobbled sections, over 40 kms in all, including all of the famous ones.  Not a problem.

So, off up the road and on to the first cobbles at Haussy.  Three stars (out of five) and as good an introduction as any.  The way to do it, as everyone knows, is to pull a high gear, keep a loose grip on the tops and let the bike kick.  That's the way to do it all right, but when the bike hits the first strip with a bang and seems to jump into the air it takes a little while to get into the groove.  The cobbled sections differ greatly, but the important thing to note is that none of them is as smooth as Guildford High Street and they're all longer - some much longer.

After a few miles I was beginning to get the hang of it - it's rough, tough stuff and very dirty in the dust.  Relaxing was the key - a Vulcan Death Grip gets you no-where, and if you're not careful you can quickly get very tired.  So steady as she goes, but, paradoxically, speed is your friend.  If you can get the bike skipping over the cobbles it smooths out a bit.  By the time I got to the Arenberg Trench I could do it, which is just as well as it's a long, hard section.  By this time I was quite adept at spotting what the cobbles would be like.  If there were lots of camper-vans pulled up, staking out their places for Sunday's race, then it was going to be hard.  Once you started, if there were lots of bidons and loose bits of bike lying around, then it was going to be hard and rough.  Most of them were.

Carrefour de l'Arbre

By the time I had got to the Carrefour de l'Arbre, the last of the hard sections and about 110 kms of riding for me, I was pretty tired, and it was evident that others were, too.  I had seen a number of crashes, mostly due to momentary inattention I suspect.  On the rough stuff you really have to concentrate or a rogue cobble will have you off.  Punctures were becoming more and more frequent - once you've had one it's hard to get the tyre up to pressure with a mini pump, so another tends to be not far behind.  I saw some broken wheels, and a broken (steel) fork, which had led to a nasty tumble. But mostly the bikes - especially modern, light-weight ones - stood up to it well.  It's the riders that were the weak link.

Roubaix Velodrome

Coming in to Roubaix I chummed up with a Dutch rider who seemed to know the ropes.  We rode into town at pace, jumping red lights and bunny-hopping on to pavements until the last piece of easy-peasy cobbles.  (I later found that some of my English companions had been stopped by the Police for much less - I guess that local knowledge helps in these matters.)  Anyway, into the Velodrome, round the track and it was medal time, followed by a welcome packed lunch at the Sports Tours tent.

The bike was filthy, I was filthy, but we were both happy.  I took my old Boardman cyclo-cross bike and, as ever, it was completely trouble free.  Changes I had made, on advice, were to fit 30 mm tyres which I ran at 80 psi, and I changed the bottle cages for stainless steel ones.  No punctures and I kept my bottles all the way.

It was a great ride, and the race the next day was great too.  But that, as they say, is another story.

I'm already thinking about next year ...


Knew Kids on the Block + SCCU 25 TT

It was great to meet two new young ladies to our Horton Park depart on Saturday. Both young riders are very strong with good style and potential for the future! Frank & Alex we should encourage them to start evening 10's this season.

As for the Rawson Trophy our weekend turnout must be encouraging. There were also some exceptional rides, like Russel Williams who pushed Simon T into second fastest KPRC  member. Joe also did a commendable ride. Finally it looks like we shall have a much more competitive Scratch & H/C points competition in 2014

SCCU 25 - 13th Apr - Result

Southern Counties Cycling Union
25 Mile Club Event
Sunday 13th April 2014
No  NAME               TIME      Hcp     HcpTime    Plus   Scr/Hcp  Awards
74  Russell Williams  1-01-48    1-30    1-00-18   + 8:47   7 / 7   1st/1st Hcp
94  Simon Trehearn    1-02-07    Scr     1-02-07   + 3:53   6 / 4
21  Joe Bertorelli    1-05-26    5-00    1-00-26   + 6:45   5 / 6   2nd Hcp
89  Simon Waller      1-07-11    5-00    1-02-11            4 / 3
43  Alex Kew          1-08-55    2-30    1-06-25   - 1:25   3 / 2
47  Brian Powney      1-11-20    8-30    1-02-50   + 0:19   2 / 2
58  Mike Morley       1-12-09   11-00    1-01-09   +11:35   2 / 5
32  Jake Dodd         1-13-01    9-45    1-03-16   + 3:36   5 / 2   1st Woman
48  Grant Pyke        1-21-31   17-30    1-04-01   + 5:25   2 / 2
26  Helene Grinsted   1-29-26   25-00    1-04-26   - 7:33   4 / 2   pb
38  Deborah Hurst       DNS     21-30                       0 / 0

+ Good
- Not so good

Joe: Fastest 25 for 7 years
Helene: 1st 25 (pb)
Mike: Fastest for years
Russell: 5min 52sec improvement (pb)

Very Many Thanks to Florence & Ken as our Phoenix member’s commitment for this event.


Sunday, April 13, 2014


It was another great turnout for the Phoenix today, with 11 riders on the start sheet for this one. A special mention to Brian and Jake who were apparently out partying until late and were feeling a little delicate; not your usual pre-cursor to a 25 mile time trial.

We were back on the G25/53 course with it's dizzyingly large number of roundabouts. The conditions seemed pretty good at the start, but then a stiff northerly headwind seemed to pick up towards the end, which made the final sections towards Southwater roundabout via Hop Oast a real grind over the last few miles (or was that just me!?)

There were some great results today, which are making the Club Championships very interesting. Russell Williams proved that his last result was no fluke with a very impressive 1:01, taking the scratch win by 19 seconds from Simon Trehearn and pipping Joe Bertorelli to the handicap win, with Joe riding his fastest 25 for 7 years. Russell's improvement of almost 6 minutes must also put him into early contention for the George Crouch Trophy?

A big congratulations to Helene Grinsted for riding her first 25. In these days of aero-efficiency, carbon everything and bikes designed using computational fluid dynamics, Helene bucked the trend with a bike shod with mudguards and panniers to earn us another valuable Rawson Shield point. Well done Helene.  Grant and Mike achieved great results against the vets tables and it was good to see Simon Waller back on the start line after his adventures in Scotland. Second claim rider, Simon Tootle was also riding again today for the Festival Club, finishing in 1:11.

Thanks to the organisers, Frank for timekeeping and publishing the results and Florence and Ken for marshalling on behalf of the Phoenix.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Member Profile - Simon Trehearn

Simon competing in last year's SCCU 25
This month, it's the turn of Kingston Phoenix's current Club Champion, Simon Trehearn to tell us a little about his triathlon, cycling and time trialling exploits. An Ironman and 12 hour TT finisher, Simon has been our most prolific tester over the last few seasons and he is continuing his good form into 2014 where he will be taking on the National 24 hour tt and the Embrunman Triathlon later in the season.

What’s your bike ownership history or what do you currently ride?
I started out on a Specialised Allez and that got me through my first season of time trials and numerous triathlons, including an Ironman. I’m now lucky enough to have a Cervelo P3 for racing and a Cervelo S2 for training and weekend rides. The Allez now gets me to work and back.

How did you start cycling?

My midlife crisis got me in to triathlon and that highlighted my need to improve my cycling. It also encouraged me to get on my bike; living in Surrey I am so lucky to have beautiful countryside to be able to explore and enjoy.

 What made you join Kingston Phoenix?
I was introduced to one of my wife’s colleagues who was a fellow triathlete. He (Alex) introduced me to the club and encouraged me to get involved.

What has been your most memorable cycling experience?
Last summer I took part in the Alpe d’Huez triathlon – the memories of riding in such stunning scenery will stay with me forever.

What has been your worst cycling experience?

I’ve been lucky never to have had any injury or serious incident on the bike. Hearing of, or witnessing any serious accident is always upsetting. I’ll take a million punctures, mechanicals or going off course over anyone having an accident any day of the week.

What cycling / sporting achievement are you most proud of?

Picking up the Club Champion Trophy was obviously a very proud moment – especially considering those that have gone before me.
Finishing any endurance event is the culmination of hours and hours of training – for this reason completing two 12 hour time trials and the Ironman distance triathlons I’ve done  are achievements I’m proud of.

What are your plans for the rest of this season or next season?
I’ve somehow been talked in to doing a 24 hour time trial and intend doing that in June. I’m also back of to the French Alps to do another triathlon and will get in as much riding and racing this season as possible.

Sum yourself up in three words.
Happy when cycling

Simon on his way to 231miles in last year's ECCA 12hr TT


SCCU 25 - 13 Apr - start

Southern Counties Cycling Union
25 Mile Club Event
Sunday 13th April 2014
Start Sheet

No  NAME                 HCP     VetsStd   START
21   Joe Bertorelli      5-00    1-12-11   7-21
26   Helene Grinsted    25-00    1-21-53   7-26
32   Jake Dodd           9-45    1-16-37   7-32
38   Deborah Hurst      21-30    1-16-03   7-38
43   Alex Kew            2-30    1-07-30   7-43
47   Brian Powney        8-30    1-11-39   7-47
48   Grant Pyke         17-30    1-26-56   7-48
58   Mike Morley        11-00    1-23-44   7-58
74   Russell Williams    1-30    1-10-35   8-14
89   Simon Waller        5-00              8-29
94   Simon Trehearn      Scr     1-06-00   8-34

Just as last year I have added the Vets standard to our club events as an added bit of interest that we all try to better, and as agreed by the club have used the Vets original standards.

1st & 2nd Hcp
1st Fastest
1st Woman

Monday, April 07, 2014

Paul Smith Paraplegic Emirates Challenge 100

Well club mates sorry I missed the Wet Worthing Bash but I had an equally wet day at the Emirtates doing a boring 100 miles 209 laps of the Arsenal Stadium to raise money for Children in Need. I met Paul and his support van at Wisley on A3 and we started at 9am around periphery road of stadium finish at 4pm.

I see that Jake is planning a re-run of Worthing on 11th May so I'm up for that

Sunday, March 30, 2014

SCCU Sporting weekend KPRC Team

 Well KPRC team you all did a fantastic job this weekend! As ever Frank time keeping both the 10 on Saturday and the 25 on Sunday. Frank you are a complete credit to KPRC & our sport. Thanks to Brian & Alex we had a large team in the 10 and should be building up a good points score in the Rawson Trophy!
 Well Jake you are amazing, not only did you win the KPRC H/C in  the 25 you were also fastest lady! A hearty well done from us all!
It would  not be appropriate to give no mention of the fastest rider in both the 10 & 25. Personally I had never heard of Elliot Porter until this weekend - what an amazing rider and so young! His expertise is apparently Road Racing but clearly he can time trial! I was  No.19 in the 25 & Elliot No. 20 he came  by me like a train almost  before I got off the start line. His very attractive girl friend can be seen in the doorway above (red coat) and his mum in white top. Clearly he has good family support which is nice to see!

Points Tables

Points Tables after 4 events:
(Until I get the website sorted so that I can update it again...)

Handicap |||||  Men
Mike Morley172726Simon Trehearn277767
Jake Dodd142327Alex Kew226556
Simon Trehearn132524Brian Powney152445
Alex Kew123225Mike Morley113224
Joe Bertorelli117400Joe Bertorelli104600
Rick Opie86020Russell Williams770
Chrystal Sheldon82600Simon Waller55000
Grant Pyke82060Steve Hillier5320
Deborah Hurst770Rick Opie42020
Brian Powney70223Grant Pyke42020
Simon Waller55000Gavin Hughes330
Russell Williams550Ray Dare22000
Ray Dare44000Kenneth Williams000
Steve Hillier4220Philip Burgin00
Gavin Hughes440Women
Angie Launder330NameTotalMG21S10S25
Helene Grinsted220Jake Dodd174463
Ken Williams000Chrystal Sheldon63300
Philip Burgin00Deborah Hurst550
Angie Launder440
Helene Grinsted330

SCCU Sporting 25 - 30 March - result

Southern Counties Cycling Union
Sporting 25 Mile (Club Event)
Sunday 30th March 2014

No  NAME             TIME     HCP    HcpTime   Scr/Hcp     AWARD
 3  Simon Trehearn  1-05-48   Scr    1-05-48    7 / 4
18  Alex Kew        1-08-05   3-00   1-05-05    6 / 5
48  Jake Dodd       1-13-45  13-00   1-00-45    3 / 7      1st Hcp
29  Brian Powney    1-17-09  10-00   1-07-09    5 / 3
19  Mike Morley     1-18-07  15-00   1-03-07    4 / 6
23  Philip Burgin     DNS    13-00


SCCU Sporting 10 - 29 March - result

Southern Counties Cycling Union
Sporting 10 Mile Club Event
Saturday 29th March 2014

No  NAME               TIME    HCPT     SCR/HCP   AWARDS
17  Russell Williams   26-04   24-04     7 / 5    1st Fastest
22  Simon Trehearn     26-13   26-13     6 / 2    2nd Fastest
57  Alex Kew           28-32   27-32     5 / 2
38  Brian Powney       29-06   25-36     4 / 2
93  Gavin Hughes       29-16   24-16     3 / 4
28  Jake Dodd          29-53   24-53     6 / 2    1st Woman
34  Mike Morley        30-40   25-40     2 / 2
33  Steve Hillier      30-49   26-49     2 / 2
49  Grant Pyke         33-14   23-44     2 / 6    2nd Hcp
14  Deborah Hurst      36-38   23-38     5 / 7    1st Hcp
24  Angie Launder      37-43   24-43     4 / 3
84  Helene Grinsted    38-51   24-51     3 / 2
68  Rick Opie          47-44   41-44     2 / 2    Puncture*
29  Ken Williams        DNS

*Rick had to keep stopping to pump his tyre up to get to the finish.


SCCU Sporting 10 & 25

Sporting 10 Saturday 29th March

It was a record turn out for the Phoenix yesterday for an Open event, with 14 riders on the start sheet and to help things along the sun decided to make an appearance. After last week's grim conditions yesterday was much more tt friendly although there was still a healthy wind at times which made bike handling interesting. It was a great sight to see so many Phoenix cycle tops around and a hearty thank you to everyone that entered this event. There is no doubt that we are in the driving seat for the Rawson Trophy now, and it is up to us to keep our noses in front for the rest of the season. A particular well done to all those members who have competed in their first Open event and helped us to achieve a great team result.

Opinions on the course varied. It was not as hilly as last week's 21 but there were a lot of turns which required care and some very bumpy sections. The dash along Staine Street which I thought would allow some time to be made up was pretty tough, being a steady rise along its length and a tricky crosswind to contend with.

An early contender for this year's Adversity Trophy has to be Rick Opie. Suffering two punctures before even starting which left him having to find another start slot, only to then puncture again at 8 miles and have to top up the inner tube over the last two miles. The fact that Rick was still smiling at the end and hadn't thrown his bike into the nearest skip was quite remarkable. Well done Rick.

It was interesting at the pointy end for the Phoenix. Russell Williams achieved a low 26 to pip Simon Trehearn for the scratch win by 9 seconds. Russell has been training on his Wattbike and commuting over the winter and this has obviously paid off and hopefully we'll see more of Russell over the season. There were also age group wins for both Mike Morley and Grant. Well done gents. Steve Hillier and Brian Powney had solid rides with Brian just pipping Gavin Hughes, in his first Open event by a few seconds.

It was so encouraging to see more of our ladies out riding with Jake, a stalwart for the Phoenix at tt events, being joined by Helene, Angie and Deborah and hopefully we can build on this over the coming season.

Sporting 25 Sunday 30th March

Another lovely morning with no wind for a change. The major issue for this event was the two sets of road works; the A29 contraflow which is still in position from the Medium Gear 3 weeks ago and a new set on the A24 which appeared overnight, meaning that on this two lap course riders would encounter these four times! At least it gave us a chance to have a breather. Four Phoenix riders took the start and it was back to normal as far as club results go with Simon Trehearn taking the club win and myself in second 1 minute 17 seconds back, but I did get caught by the traffic lights for 1 minute  18 seconds. ;-)  Jake Dodd took the handicap win with Brian Powney and Mike Morley earning another two valuable Rawson points. This course was considerably flatter and faster than last week's Sporting 21 and there were some decidedly quick times at the sharp end.

This weekend has been great for our Rawson Trophy campaign. If we can get 10 riders out for the next 25 then I think that would be a pretty unassailable lead. Come on, lets do it. We can all ride 25 miles so let's get our club colours on and smash it.

Preliminary Result SCCU Sporting 10

Pos No  Name               Time 
1   30  Elliott Porter     21:28 Rapha Condor JLT
28  17  Russell Williams   26:04
29  22  Simon Trehearn     26:13
47  57  Alex Kew           28:32
51  38  Brian Powney       29:06
52  93  Gavin Hughes       29:16
57  28  Jackie Dodd        29:53
64  34  Mike Morley        30:40
65  33  Steve Hillier      30:49
73  49  Grant Pyke         33:14
77  14  Deborah Hurst      36:38
78  24  Angie Launder      37:43
79  84  Helene Grinsted    38:51
81  68  Rick Opie          47:44 Puncture
    29  Kenneth Williams    DNS