Sunday, March 29, 2015

Kingston Phoenix at the London Velodrome



A couple of months ago Andy Pearce floated the idea of a Club event at the London Velodrome.  It turned out to be very popular, and yesterday afternoon 32 of us enjoyed a well run training session on the Olympic track.


We all used the standard-issue Condor Pista track bikes, which were excellent little machines in top condition.  82" gear, fixed, and no brakes of course, which all made sense once you got going.


We rode as two groups of sixteen, the division being on the basis of those who had done very little track riding,  and those who had done none at all.  We all had a very good time and I think that everyone learned something - which, when you consider how long some members have been riding, is quite surprising.


Many thanks to Andy for all of his hard work in organising the event - a great success!

Mark

Sunday, March 22, 2015

SCCU 10 & SCCU 25 Report

SCCU Sporting 10

It was a really busy time trialling weekend for the Phoenix with these two events separated by a little over 12 hours. The 10 yesterday afternoon was a very blustery affair and with the air temperature being on the colder side of what Spring weather should be, made it fairly uncomfortable at the start. We had 11 riders, which although slightly down on last year, was still a brilliant effort and we were by some margin, the best represented club on the start sheet.

It's a quite unusual course, with a quick-ish opening 3 mile loop, before joining the main circuit, however a few sharp left turns required riders to scrub off a considerable amount of speed at times. As the competitors come back past the HQ and then join the main circuit there's a very fast and bumpy descent with basically one long pothole running down the road and gravel absolutely everywhere. It felt a bit like going over a hump on a rollercoaster and I for one bottled it and held on for dear life on the bull horns rather than staying down on the extensions. This led to Stane Street and the long drag up to Ockley Green. Personally I didn't mind this too much but the left turn at the green and the following lumps and bumps along Ockley Road seemed to go on for far too long, with me at one point thinking my rear brake was jammed on (no, just a headwind, a hill and tired legs). However, the riders are rewarded with the fast gradual descent along the Horsham Road before the final left turn to the finish.

So not a particularly quick day, even for this course, but David Watt rode a very good time to take the scratch win. It looks like David is going to be the man to beat this year with some good early season form. I think he may have been doing that thing called 'training'. I was pleased to follow him home in second place and Simon Trehearn rounded out the top three.

Both Jake Dodd and Rachel Watkins were aboard their new TT bikes for the first time. Nothing like picking an easy, non-technical course to ride a tt bike on for the first time, eh ladies!? Both did brilliantly to finish second and third in the women's race overall.

Most impressive however was Grant Pyke's age category win in the 75-79 age group. Well done Grant.

SCCU Sporting 25

So it was back to do exactly the same course for the 25, except it was 3 big laps rather than just the one. I don't know about the other Phoenix riders but it seemed that every obstacle that could be put in the way of a relatively fast and trouble free ride was out this morning. Gravel, pot holes, tractors, horses, mud, headwinds, crosswinds, club riders 4 abreast and to cap it off, a flock of 100 or so sheep that had decided to make a bid for freedom on Ockley Green. That said, the winds were lighter and it was not quite as chilly as the day before, despite it being a considerably earlier start. I think that we now all know this course like the backs of our hand.

It was mixed fortunes for KPRC riders. Joe Bertorelli had to retire after the first lap owing to an injury and David Watt punctured at the beginning of the second lap, the gravel finally claiming a victim. I was able to benefit from David's misfortune (thanks David) to take the scratch win, with Simon Trehearn in second place and Simon Waller taking third. Again, Jake and Rachel took the Women's first and second place. Mike Morley kept up our age group victories for the weekend with a win in the 70-74 age group. Well done Mike.

Thanks should also go to Brian Powney for marshalling on Saturday and Frank for timekeeping as well as  Ron and Doreen Powney and Philip Burgin for supporting.

The next Rawson Shield event is the SCCU 25 on April 19th (closing date is the 7th April) so let's try to get another 13-15 riders out for that one. Hopefully we will be blessed with a faster day and some good times.

SCCU Sporting 10 + 25 mile TT weekend

Firstly I think we should all give Robin Johnson a massive thanks for organising this event again. Each year it gets better though the 3 x 10TT course was monotonous but at least dry and not too windy! It goes without saying that we must also thank all the marshals, tea ladies (men) etc and of course the most important officials on the day, the time keepers, including the resounding and ever present - our own Frank Cubis.

The Phoenix did very well this weekend, particularly the ladies being second and 3rd fastest on both days! Below is a picture of the winner Alice Lethbridge (1:8:57), Jake (1:19:18) and Rachel (1:20:39), in today's 25.


Below Robin Johnson winner of the VETS time 65 to 69 yrs shakes hands with yours truly winner of the 70 to 74 yrs age bracket. We both got a bottle of wine and right now I am sipping a lovely Roja Gran Reserva 2007 - excellent!
I must also mention that in yesterdays 10TT Grant won the age category 75 to 79 yr old so it was a good weekend for the KPRC and also good to see a new contender coming forward to win the H/C trophy this year!

Well done to all the KPRC riders some excellent times. Alex did a fantastic ride today to take first H/C.Poor Dave Watt puncture and DNF. Simon W you must be pleased with your weekend and Steve H, it seems you eclipsed Jake today so you must be pleased with that, I know I would be! As for me well I am pleased I survived this weekend though clearly a long way to go to get my fitness back. Yesterday I beat Geraldine ( I was heart broken - no not really she just breaks my heart being such a lovely person!). However today she got her own back and took 2 minutes out of me and I was not heart broken but so glad for her! 



Friday, March 20, 2015

A Thank you from SCCU for entering Sporting 21

I expect all who rode got one of these but it was nice of Colin Derek to send out pictures under cover of this email:

Dear Mike

Just a quick thank you for your entry to the above event.

Attached is an image of your gallant effort in quite disappointing weather conditions.

Regards 

SCCU




Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sporting 10 and 25 Start details and Handicaps

Apologies, my e-mail has been playing up. Please find here the handicaps for the weekend's racing.

That's 28 rides in the Rawson Trophy after 3 events, compared to 28 last year. :-) 

Sporting 10 21st March 2015
 
Name
Number
Time off
H’cap
Steve Hillier
7
14.07
5.30
Rachel Watkins
13
14.13
7.00
Joe Bertorelli
17
14.17
2.00
Simon Waller
18
14.18
2.45
Alex Kew
32
14.32
1.30
Jake Dodd
37
14.37
5.00
David Watt
47
14.47
SCR
Mike Morley
53
14.53
7.00
Gavin Hughes
68
15.08
4.00
Simon Trehearn
72
15.12
1.00
Grant Pyke
78
15.18
8.30

Sporting 25 22nd March 2015


Name
Number
Time off
H’cap
Simon Trehearn
12
9.12
2.00
Jake Dodd
18
9.18
10.00
Simon Waller
19
9.19
5.30
Mike Morley
24
9.24
15.00
Rachel Watkins
28
9.28
14.00
David Watt
53
9.53
SCR
Alex Kew
63
10.03
3.00
Steve Hillier
64
10.04
11.00
Joe Bertorelli
68
10.08
4.30

 



Monday, March 16, 2015

SCCU 21




Well done KPRC. We got 2nd place team award (last picture) but unfortunately our fastest riders had gone so Steve H and me stood in. The fastest rider and also fastest on standard was the amazing Steve Dennis East Grinstead CC – well done Steve, not that you will read this but it is published for the who wide word to see it  if they wish!

In order to celebrate our massive total points so far towards the Rawson Trophy we gathered for a picture. While assembling we were asked by the officials what song were we going to sing, so we spontaneously sang “We are the Kingston Phoenix happy girls and boys were here today to start our Rawson Trophy Campaign” Ok the words don’t gel but I had to think quick on my feet.

Bryn Tully permitted me to make an announcement to the gathered SCCU clubs that remained for the prize presentation, simply to point out that the Rawson Trophy does exist and all member clubs can compete and make a real competition, would they please do so as we do not want this to become simply another “attendance Trophy” i.e. you just turn up and ride (or even don’t ride but simply enter!). Interesting to note that Addiscombe only had one rider.

The comment was appreciated and applauded!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

SCCU Sporting 21 Result

Pos  Name            Time   ScrPts   Hcp    HcpTime  HcpPos  HcpPts
1   David Watt      1:05:32   7      2:00    1:03:32   #4      4
2   Alex Kew        1:07:11   6      4:00    1:03:11   #3      5
3   Simon Trehearn  1:07:56   5      Scr     1:07:56   #7      2
4   Joe Bertorelli  1:09:52   4      5:30    1:04:22   #5      3
5   Simon Waller    1:10:52   3      8:00    1:02:52   #2      6
6   Steve Hillier   1:14:28   2     12:00    1:02:28   #1      7
7   Rick Opie       1:21:20   2     14:30    1:06:50   #6      2
8   Mike Morley     1:28:35   2     12:00    1:16:35   #8      2

A cold morning and a nasty northerly wind made this event even harder than usual, especially in the second half of the lap as the riders had to plug back uphill towards the start-finish point. It took all my willpower to leave my car with the heated seats turned up to full and get out onto the bike. Simon T had got himself a little confused by not only having his number upside down, but also the wrong way round. There were quite a few DNS riders as a result but all the  8 hardy souls started for KPRC and all finished, with David Watt starting the season well with a clear victory in the scratch event. Well done David.  Steve Hillier was the penultimate rider off but that didn't stop him taking the top handicap points today.

We are looking forward to a (hopefully) warmer weekend next week.

Thanks to Jake and Ray for coming out to support.