Sunday, May 29, 2011
Saturday morning another great ride devised by Andy Pearce for the 4th Saturday of the month via Ashtead common, Freeman School, Stain St, Bockets Farm, to Polseden Lacey and back via Marden Park, some great climbs, narrow descents a few punctures and a brilliant 3hrs plus of some of the best off-roads in Surrey. Home for me was via Little Switzerland and the track up to Country and Western top of box hill with a viscous final kick to the top.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Well done David Croggon for his great effort on his 1950's vintage bike transported by vintage Rover and looked over by even more vintage sage Pete M.
Congratulations to John Beer not only for second fastest but =4th Hcp & 2nd fastest on VTT standard. Well done Ray good to see you getting back into form 1st on Standard by a mile.
I'm glad to see that Jake is also back on form again after her shock at being pipped by 3 seconds in the SCCU Ten last Sunday. Well done Simon for a storming and a cracking Hcp win! Also well done Lynda 6th on Hcp. Congratulations to Brian who has a hard job handicapping, if you take away fastest & two slowest on Hcp then they are all within a minute!
No Name Time Vets Hcp Hcp/Time Points Awards 20 Ben Pearce 23-50 Scr 23-50 7 / 2 1st Fastest 17 John Beer 24-31 +5:17 1-15 23-16 6 / 4 2nd Fastest 21 Bob Smith 25-34 PTT 14 Steve Hillier 25-49 +2:30 2-30 23-19 5 / 2 5 Phil Todd 26-50 PTT 22 Brian Powney 26-50 +0:17 3-30 23-20 4 / 2 11 Alex Kew 27-12 -1:42 3-45 23-27 3 / 2 19 Simon Trehearn 27-14 5-15 21-59 2 / 7 1st Hcp (PB) 15 Jake Dodd 27-16 +1:50 4-15 23-01 4 / 5 3rd Hcp 8 Philip Burgin 27-23 +2:07 3-45 23-38 2 / 2 6 Mark/Maggie G 28-13 -0:31 Tandem 2 each 12 Mike Morley 28-35 +3:25 4-15 24-20 2 / 2 9 Ray Dare 29-03 +7:00 4-45 24-18 2 / 2 13 Graham Holder 29-14 +0:06 6-15 22-59 2 / 6 2nd Hcp 10 Lynda Gale 30-03 6-45 23-18 3 / 2 2 Rick Opie 30-31 -4:13 7-15 23-16 2 / 4 (PB) 1 David Croggon 30-37 -2:51 6-45 23-52 2 / 2 23 Amanda Pearce 32-47 PTT 3 Ken Williams DNS (Apol) 4 Mark McNamara DNS (Apol) 18 Nick Hostler DNS (Apol) 7 Toni D’Italia DNS
Thanks, as always, to Ron and Doreen for doing the teas, and Judy Margery for helping Frank with the numbers at the finish. A special thankyou to Mark and Maggie who were kind enough to provide cakes for the Phoenix contingent.
Club Event Sec
Monday, May 23, 2011
So, on Thursday morning, I set off for Lincoln to ride up Michaelgate, the first of my climbs. It's a steep cobbled street that is used in the Lincoln Grand Prix, and the book advises that you turn off at the top rather than ride the obvious finish 'Steep Hill', which is also cobbled and even steeper. The feeble excuse given is that Steep Hill is pedestrianised, but once I got going I forgot all about this and the few pedestrians on Steep Hill were happy to stand aside; some even applauded my efforts. A couple of minutes later I was at the top in a fine medieval square.
Next was Rosedale Chimney, but I drove over the Humber Bridge on the way and stopped for a few minutes to ride the bike across - easy riding and grand open views over the estuary. Then on to Hutton-le-Hole, which was my base for the Rosedale Chimney.
Approaching this way you come to the top of the climb and ride down first, passing a couple of discouraging signs. The hill itself is very steep - the road sign shows 33%, or 1 in 3, though the GPS shows rather less, and this makes it difficult to climb. Not for the obvious reason, though that is part of it, but because it is so steep that any major effort on the pedals lifts the front wheel off the road, clearly a bad thing. Equally, failing to make a major effort on the pedals is not much good either ... so I was glad when the slope eased off a bit and the balancing act was over.
After a pleasant night in Durham I drove to St John's Chapel to ride up Chapel Fell, the highest paved road in England. The book says that you will be alone with the wind at the top, and so it was. Plenty of both, really.
Then on to Edinburgh, best bib and tucker and on parade, under the stern eye of Mrs G.
Leaving Edinburgh on Sunday the weather was pleasant enough, but it got rapidly worse as I drove North. I soon abandoned plans to ride up the Lecht, and concentrated on Bealach na Ba, arguably the greatest climb in Britain. Driving towards Lochcarron, my base, the weather was terrible, with a North-Easterly gale and heavy rain. However, the weather forecast was for the wind to swing round to the West, and there was a chance of a break in the worst of it as it did so. So I headed for Bealach na Ba and waited for the wind to change. It would be a shame to come all this way and have to abandon the ride.
Bealach na Ba is quite a serious climb. It starts at sea level and rises to 2050-odd feet. It's in two parts, the first being a series of ramps with a couple of sharp bends, the second is a series of hairpins. It's a bit like Whitedown with Box Hill on top, but bigger. The country is impressive - wild and remote with expansive views.
Well, the wind did change. It wasn't exactly calm, and the squalls were still pretty wild, but I thought I'd go for it. It's a good ride, but pretty hard in the conditions. I had to stop twice to brace myself against squalls, which is a real nuisance as starting again on a steep hill in a strong wind isn't easy. Better than being blown over, though. By the time I had got to the top the wind had made it to the West and was beginning to get up. Time to go down.
Next morning it was obvious that hill climbing was over for the next few days. The view across the loch was entirely obliterated by sheets of rain, driven by the gale. The forecast was for it to get stronger, and this turned out to be right - gusts over 100 mph were recorded later in the day.
So, with a full tank of diesel and 'SM5' on the GPS it was off on the road home, for supper at my own table and a chance to regale Maggie with traveller's tales.
But it was a very good little adventure, and I'll do another when I have the chance.
No Name Hcp VStd Start Time 1 David Croggon 6-45 27-46 19-38-30 2 Rick Opie 7-15 26-18 19-39 3 Ken Williams 8-15 33-02 19-39-30 4 Mark McNamara 9-15 33-02 19-40 5 Phil Todd PTT 19-40-30 6 Mark/Maggie G Tandem 27-42 19-41 7 Tony D’Italia 7-15 32-15 19-41-30 8 Philip Burgin 3-45 29-30 19-42 9 Ray Dare 4-45 36-03 19-42-30 10 Lynda Gale 6-45 19-43 11 Alex Kew 3-45 25-30 19-43-30 12 Mike Morley 4-15 32-00 19-44 13 Graham Holder 6-15 29-20 19-44-30 14 Steve Hillier 2-30 28-12 19-45 15 Jake Dodd 4-15 29-06 19-45-30 16 Oliver Dorman PTT 19-46 17 John Beer 1-15 29-48 19-46-30 18 Nick Hostler 4-15 19-47 19 Simon Trehearn 5-15 19-47-30 20 Ben Pearce Scr 19-48 21 Bob Smith PTT 19-48-30 22 Brian Powney 3-30 27-07 19-49
Don’t miss your allotted start time, there are at least 23 Kingston Wheelers starting immediately after us.
1st, 2nd & 3rd Handicap
1st & 2nd Fastest
Mobile 07811 291 321
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Pictures by Mike Morley
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Pos Name Club/Team Cat Time 1 Karla Boddy High Wycombe 3W 1:50:00 2 Lydia Boylan Look Mum No Hands 2W 3 Lousie Mahe Sutton CC 3W 4 Emma Craddock South Downs Bikes 2W 5 Vikki Filsell Pearson Cycles 3VW 6 Delia Beddis Dulwich Paragon CC 3W 7 Kate Hewet Mule Bar Girls 4W 8 Dyanne Holland Inverse Racing 3W 9 Rachel Przybylski Charlotteville CC 2W 10 Emily Bagnall Kingston Wheelers 2W 11 Catherine Hills Wyndymilla 3VW 12 Astrid Wingler London Phoenix 2VW 13 Helen McKay Look Mum No Hands 2W 15 Kate Scotter VC Norwich 3W 16 Lisa Gunn Kingston Wheelers 4W 17 Lucinda Insall-Jones Private Member 4W 18 Claire Leonard Brighton Mitre 2W 19 Tabitha Rendall Team Larkfield Cycles 4W 20 Pan Fan Fan Look Mum No Hands 3W 21 Collyn Ahart London Dynamo 4W 22 Charlotte Roberge Dulwich Paragon CC 4W @ 1 lap 23 Nikki Engelbach Pearson Cycles 4W 24 Geraldine Glowinski VC de Londres 3VW 25 Rebecca Booth Southdown Velo 4W 26 Lucy Francis London Dynamo 4W dnf Joanne Le Cocq Inverse Racing 3W dnf Jo Munden Team Cycle Kingdom 3W
Monday, May 16, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Four of us met this morning at 9am for our weekly dose of pain no gain and decided to do almost the same route to the one which worked out so well two weeks ago. The route comprises mostly lanes with few main roads and little traffic and the consensus was to do a non-stopper until we were almost back at Epsom before we tucked into our second breakfast of the day. As it happens we were not sure that Nick needed a second filling after the grazing he did the night before at a Eurovision drinking party. Knowing that the training ride was only a few hours later he managed to consume a good mixture of sausage rolls, baked cheese, cheese fondue, pork pies washed down with a selection of European drinks. It sounds like a normal night in for Nick but he does assure me that there were others with him. During the ride his 4th rendition of the Azerbaijan song (they won by the way) simply encouraged us to go faster and leave him at the rear with his favourite tune (ok I made that bit up!).
Friday, May 13, 2011
Thursday, May 12, 2011
No Name Time Vets Hcp Hcp/Time Points Awards 25 Ben Pearce 23-45 Scr 23-45 7 / 2 1st Fastest 10 Mark Bixley 24-21 PTT 20 Tony Raynor 24-21 PTT 5 John Beer 24-35 +5-13 2-00 22-35 6 / 2 2nd Fastest 26 Bob Smith 25-19 PTT 22 Steve Hillier 25-35 +2-37 3-45 21-50 5 / 5 3rd Pl/3rd Hcp 6 Alex Kew 26-54 3-30 23-24 4 / 2 14 Philip Burgin 27-07 +2-13 5-45 21-22 3 / 7 1st Hcp 16 Phil Todd 27-12 PTT 17 Brian Powney 27-19 -0-12 4-00 23-19 2 / 2 21 Richard Addis 27-23 3-00 24-23 2 / 2 23 Nick Hostler 27-34 5-00 22-34 2 / 2 12 Jake Dodd 27-43 -0-23 4-15 23-28 4 / 2 18 Mike Morley 28-23 +3-37 6-00 22-23 2 / 2 13 Mark/Maggie G 28-26 +2-06 Tandem 2 Each 7 Heather Mackay 28-29 PTT 8 Simon Trehearn 28-58 6-00 22-58 2 / 2 9 Graham Holder 29-15 +0-05 7-30 21-45 2 / 6 2nd Hcp 24 Aimee Billington 29-29 PTT 3 Rick Opie 30-51 8-45 22-06 2 / 4 19 Toni D'Italia 30-59 +1-31 7-00 23-59 2 / 2 2 Ann Bath 31-30 +0-45 8-30 23-00 3 / 2 4 Ken Williams 31-51 +0-55 9-45 22-06 2 / 3
D.N.S. David Croggon & apologize from Joe Bertorelli, Joe Cromwell & Oliver Dorman.
Club Event Sec
Monday, May 09, 2011
Sunday, May 08, 2011
No Name Hcp Start Time 1 David Croggon 7-00 19-36-30 2 Ann Bath 8-30 19-37 3 Rick Opie 8-45 4 Ken Williams 9-45 19-38 5 John Beer 2-00 6 Alex Kew 3-30 19-39 7 Heather Mackay P.T.T. 8 Simon Trehearn 6-00 19-40 9 Graham Holder 7-30 10 Joe Cromwell P.T.T. 19-41 11 Joe Bertorelli 3-15 12 Jake Dodd 4-15 19-42 13 Mark & Margaret Tandem 14 Philip Burgin 5-45 19-43 15 Oliver Dorman P.T.T. 16 Phil Todd P.T.T. 19-44 17 Brian Powney 4-00 18 Mike Morley 6-00 19-45 19 Toni D'Italia 7-00 20 Tony Raynor P.T.T. 19-46 21 Richard Addis 3-00 22 Steve Hillier 3-45 19-47 23 Nick Hostler 5-00 24 Aimee Billington P.T.T. 19-48 25 Ben Pearce Scr 26 Bob Smith P.T.T. 19-49
Don’t miss your allotted start time, there are at least 26 Kingston Wheelers starting immediately after us.
If you will not be riding email or text me to let me know that your slot is available.
1st 2nd & 3rd Handicap
1st 2nd & 3rd Fastest
Club Event Sec
Mobile: 07811 291 321
Result on CTT Website
Saturday, May 07, 2011
The best service the most wonderful helpers doing their bit to make the end of the event so pleasurable not to say filling with the most amazing cakes. Thanks to all who provided them!
Organising team well at least three of them, well done and thanks to all the Marshall's, helpers and timekeepers for putting on a very well organised event.
P.S. Thanks also to our oldest Vet for not riding and allowing me to borrow his Tri-Bars (ex Mark) and demonstrate an apparent improvement of 2 mins on last weeks club ten and some almost 4mins better than VTT Standard but still slower than the wonder man Ray ! (who Dares wins)
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Monday, May 02, 2011
Sunday, May 01, 2011
A six-year road maintenance contract has been agreed in Surrey including a fresh target for repairing potholes across the county.
Surrey County Council said a deal had been agreed with contractor May Gurney.
As part of the agreement, May Gurney will repair 30,000 potholes each year within 24 hours of them being reported, the local authority said.