Saturday, December 31, 2011

Membership update and where we all live

As at 31 December 2011 membership of the Kingston Phoenix Road Club stands at 59. To see where we are all based here are two maps I produced using a website called BatchGeo. The first map includes Lisa, Andy and Frank, whilst the second map shows those closest to the Worcester Park clubroom. 

Den Rosendale is one of our life members and he is based in Ross-shire.

The clubroom is the blue marker.
Happy new year to you all.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

New year day ride

It is traditional with The Phoenix to all meet up in Richmond Park Cafe (by the golf course) to wish each other a Happy New year and meet the CTC lot! Edd is leading a ride back to his house for the CTC for cakes and coffee! Look on the Forum to see if Dave B is willing to lead a ride to the Park, I always get lost! Also I always have a hangover! Maybe not this year.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sat Rides Winter Rota for Jan/Feb/March

1st sat/month = Garson's Farm tea rooms - Westend, Esher
2nd sat =       Vineries Garden Centre - Lower Rd, Effingham
3rd sat =       Stoke D'Abernon garden centre
4th sat =       Polesden Lacey NT
5th sat =       West Horsley garden centre

Meet 10am Horton Carpark for on and off road rides

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Christmas from Walton on the Hill

Daveb trying to get to the Corridori Sale on Christmas eve unfortunately they closed at 12noon and not midnight. I think he was expecting a "Mass" start! Hard luck Dave I was hoping to see your new TT bike! While riding back to Walton some of the local pony club were decked out in Christmas harness pity about all the cars. I tried to photo them as they rode across the common but they were too quick for me!

May I wish every one in our club and cyclists every where a wonderful time and a rewarding season in 2012 the year of the "Cav" and London Olympics.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Saturday Ride 24 Dec

Thanks to Jake and Simon for starting the ride at Horton with Mulled wine! It really got us in the Christmas spirit. The plan was to go to Polesden Lacey which most of us did but apparently National Trust properties don't open on Christmas eve day! Did you know that? Nor did I! According to Barbara however a member it's a well known fact. The moral of the story-always tell your wife where you are going (what you must be barmy) it may well save you a wasted journey. The on road group arrived before the off-road MTB group and some told the MTB lot not to come and go to Bockets which is what we all eventually did but it was packed with people including a big MTB group from Redhill.
Only problem was Garry had gone to get some Olives en route and arrived at Polesden on his own to find no one there. (Moral of the story always listen out for mobile phone in case wife is trying to contact you to save a wasted journey). I was looking forward to Garry sharing his Olives with us but alas the mean b.g..r only bought one and it was made of brass and for his hydraulic MTB brake hose.
Daveb & I returned via Corrodori only to find that the shop had closed at 12noon so business must be good but another wasted journey! Henceforth the twenty forth will be known as the "Day of Least Expectations and Achievement" though thoroughly enjoyable in good company and some funny hats!
Will try and add another photo though having downloaded Picasa 3.9 its even a worse nightmare than 3.3 became.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mince Pie 100km Audax Sun 18 Dec

Yesterdays Audax had its compensations despite the ice frost and dodgy roads. The sun shone at the half way stage and Dave and I had some light relief with a charming fellow lass from
Rochdale. (Photo by Boyfriend). See Forum for more details. According to Johnb this event is to be repeated end January 2012 and I can thoroughly recommend the route it is mainly lanes and avoids main roads but does include ascending to Newlands Corner twice on the A25, takes a long hill out of Guildford towards Farnham and on the second leg goes up and over Pitch Hill from Shere to Ewehurst and down to Kingsfold for half a KM on the A29 and then returns via Rudgwick and Ellens Green and back up Pitch Hill.

Friday, December 16, 2011

sat mountain bike ride

A few of the mb riders have booked in for Xmas lunch with The Festival RC at Holmbury St Mary. The start time for the ride is 9.45 Horton Park. You can join us for the ride if you wish and have a bar meal in a different room if you have not booked!
Andy Pearce

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Pictures of Alan

Alan at Wisley on one of the Sunday Rides in March 2009

Alan and Debbie enjoying the Club Dinner

Apologies for the delay in posting any pictures of Alan, it's taken me an age to find something suitable of him - which I have finally found on Pete's computer. (Thanks to Steve, and I believe photographer MikeM, for the Club Dinner pics - but the original pictures were tiny by modern standards).

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Amanda broke her collarbone on slippery bend coming down the Zig Zag on sat! Went to hospital and then back to her party! We wish her a speedy recovery!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Farewell Alan

Alan was finally laid to rest in Epsom Cemetry on the Noth Downs an area where he loved to ride his bike. The family funeral was attended by KPRC members from the MTB group and our tribute is laid near the grave centre piece above.

Even more pics of 75th

75th More Pictures

Sunday, November 20, 2011

KPRC 75th birthday pics

See some pictures from yesterday's lunch attached.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Trophy Winners 2011

Club Championship:       Brian Powney    20.860 mph
Ladies' Championship:    Jake Dodd       22.462 mph
Men's Championship:      John Beer       23.250 mph
Junior B.A.R.:           No candidates
Veteran's Championship:  John Beer       + 5.154 mph
Pentney Memorial:        Stuart Pearce     58:27
50 Miles:                John Beer       2:06:35
100 Miles:               John Beer       4:42:26
12 Hour:                 Brian Powney    214.598 miles
Derek Mason Memorial:    Stuart Pearce   1:55:29
Consolation:             Andy Avis       1:19:42
Road Race Championship:  None
Men's Club Events:       Steve Hillier     80 pts
Women's Club Events:     Jake Dodd         63 pts
Dare Trophy:             Mike Morley       63 pts
George Crouch Memorial:  Simon Trehearn   + 6:00
Tudor Cup:               Jake Dodd       1:05:30
Pete Mitchell Memorial:  Steve Hillier
Brass Monkey:            Simon Mitchell  1:11:08

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Anniversary Lunch - location

For anyone unsure about the location of the Banstead Community Centre, click here for it's location on google maps.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Track World Cup at the London Velodrome

Tony has notified me that BC are offering early access to tickets for the Track World Cup at London to their members from 15th November, so if you are a BC member and want to be present at this event it seems a good idea to log in and avail yourself of this offer.


Tuesday, November 08, 2011

AGM Notification 2011

Kingston Phoenix Road Club
Hon President: R T Powney, Esq

Notice of the Kingston Phoenix Road Club
2011 Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the 2011 Annual General Meeting of the Kingston Phoenix Road Club will be held on Thursday 15th December 2011 at the Worcester Park Athletic Club, Green Lane, Worcester Park, Surrey; commencing at 8pm sharp.

All motions for inclusion on the agenda, and any early nominations for Officers or Committee Members, must be lodged with the Honorary General Secretary at least 14 days prior to the AGM - no later than 1st December 2011. All motions shall be in writing and signed by both proposer and seconder. Any nominations shall also be signed by the nominee indicating their willingness to stand. Proposals/nominations by email will be accepted.

Annual Reports, Agenda and other information will follow closer to the date of the AGM.

Lisa Colombo
Honorary General Secretary

Current Committee                    Other
Hon President:     Ron Powney        Wishes to stand down, but remain on committee
Hon Gen Secretary: Lisa Colombo
Hon TT Secretary:  Jake Dodd         
Hon RR Secretary:  Simon Mitchell    Holder of club clothing
Hon Treasurer:     Steve Hillier
Committee Member:  Eric Briffa         
Committee Member:  Brian Powney
Committee Member:  Doreen Powney     Wishes to stand down from the committee
Committee Member:  Grant Pyke
Frank Cubis acting as "Club Events Sec" was co-opted to the committee in 2011

Press Secretary:   Dave Brentnall

Auditors:          Ray Dare, Jen Mitchell

Club subs for 2012 are due as of 1st November 2011 – ie Now!

See Steve at the 75th Anniversary Reunion or pay at the AGM – don’t forget wallet or cheque book!
Senior, 1st Claim membership is £15: Cheques payable to Kingston Phoenix RC

Sunday, November 06, 2011

KPRC members rides list for 2012

Here is the link for those interested in recording their planned rides for December and the new year. This is a great way to encourage other riders to attend the same event so please keep it up to date.

I have created access rights for most members to access this document which will enable you to edit and add new entries. I have left last year's  rides on the sheet but without dates, so feel free to up date those details when they are available.

Let me know if you have any problems to steve @ (without the spaces)

Friday, November 04, 2011

Mike Fricker - injured

I would have posted this on Saturday, but I didn't want to immediately overshadow the shocking news about Alan Roodenburgh.

Jo phoned me the other day to tell me that Mike had an accident on his bike recently - no one else was involved, and he thinks he slipped on an expansion joint.

Jo was relaying what Mike had told her, and I was having a little trouble visualising exactly what happened, but the gist of it is that in landing Mike hit a barrier with his hand and did some serious damage in dislocating the ring and pinky finger of his right hand.

He has had one operation at St Georges already and was waiting to see if another was necessary. He has also been signed off work for several weeks, and as he is unable to drive, they could well have trouble getting to the Anniversary Lunch on the 19th.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Alan Roodenburgh

I have just received a call from Alan's wife, Debbie, to say that Alan passed away in his sleep this afternoon.

Alan was a colleague of mine for many years and when he left the firm a few years ago we kept in touch and we became good friends. I introduced him to our Saturday morning club rides and over the past couple of years Alan would ride with the off-road group, as he did this morning. I have spoken to Andy Pearce this evening to learn that Alan had an enjoyable ride and appeared in good health. The ride was shorter than normal and Alan did not fall. When he got home he saw Debbie and his daughter, took a bath, and had a nap on his bed from which he never returned. He was 54.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Me 'n G at the Velodrome

Today's ride happened entirely by chance. A couple of weeks ago I was glancing at and saw a couple of lines offering the last few tickets at the Geraint Thomas track day at a discount. I'm always up for a bargain, but, together with others, I might well have paid full price if they'd been advertised a bit better. But there you go.

Anyway, the time-table was to turn up at Newport Velodrome at 0830 to be fitted for a bike, ready for the off at 0900. Arrangements were good - bikes and mechanics were ready, and at 0900 the man himself arrived. 'Hello', he said, 'I'm Geraint'. I think most of us knew that, but it was polite of him.

The event was in four parts; a session on the 'Wattbikes' used by the GB squad to train; a track session; lunch in the centre of the Velodrome with the Mayor and Mayoress as guests and then an auction of cycling memorabilia such as signed shirts (and a new Trek Madone).

The WattBikes were interesting - they certainly gather a lot of data, and a coach would be able to make good use of it to train an athlete to deliver consistent performance and increased power. I don't think my performance will be transformed - though it did illustrate that I can deliver more power out of the saddle, but in a pretty inconsistent way. I sort-of knew that, but it's good to get the data to back up your hunch.

The track session was the highlight, and the reason for being there. I was pretty confident of a strong performance, having been coached by no less than Frank Cubis. 'Set off down the straight', he had told me, 'and then turn left'. Nothing to it. Well, not exactly - I've never ridden a fixie before, neither have I ridden on a banked track, but the organisation and coaching were excellent and within an hour or so I was proficient enough to do timed laps against the clock. Not the fastest, but not the slowest, either.

Once we had all had enough, G and some of his Sky chums showed us how it should be done, and just how quickly you could go with a motorbike pacing you. Impressive stuff.

Lunch was good - and eating in the centre of the Velodrome is quite a novelty. I skipped the auction as I've already got a lot of old cycle shirts. For the best, really - some bids started at £250.

Good fun all round - and instructive too. If you haven't tried it, it's worth a shot, though I don't think I have much of a future in Track Cycling.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sunday club run to watch 2 Upp riders,

Sunday rides are now on winter mode, which means a bit slower . We want you to try them so any ride will be taylored to the slowest rider! This sundays run will go to Warnham Nature Reserve, which is really pretty in the autumn.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Grand Prix des Gentlemen - Pictures

Hi all, see attached some pictures from today. It was a lovely but cold and partially very foggy morning, that is why I gave up taking more pictures after Andy and Grant were through the finish - it was simply too cold! Sorry Mike and Phil.... The tea stop afterwards was more to my taste then. See you, Mel

Flying the Phoenix colours in India!

I've just returned from a 4 day cycle ride in Rajasthan! We flew to Delhi, caught the sleeper train to Jodhpur, where we picked up local single gear bikes and proceeded to ride to a small village that my company supports in Udaihpur, called Udawad!

We donated the bikes to the local children who will find it easier (and much more fun) to reach the school that we've helped them build.

The total mileage of our cycle was 260km, across some truly awful terrain: potholes like you wouldn't believe (there really was no point in signaling to the cyclist behind), stream crossings, crazy traffic and cow dodging!

There were 64 riders plus a support crew. We were given 2 branded cycle jerseys to wear on various days, but I couldn't resist flying the Phoenix colours on the 2nd day (see attached), which were most admired by all. Felt very proud :) happy

Many pics were taken on 63 other cameras, so will send through any more snaps of the Phoenix colours in India as and when I see them.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cavendish joins Sky great surprise there then having done so well with the Sky GB team recently.

Monday, October 10, 2011

In Further Memory of Pete

Two pictures from Dieppe Raid 2009

The picture below was taken on the way home from Easter Tour to Colchester 2008 at Malden
having visited the Jam factory at Tiptree.

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Sunday, October 09, 2011

Pete's memorial

Further to the magnificent send off for Pete if you would like to make a donation towards a perpetual trophy may I offer you the option to make an electronic payment direct into the club's bank account.

Contact Lisa - lisa @ (without the spaces!), with your name, for the bank account details - because she knows who you all  are!

Alternatively cheques can be posted to Jake Dodd - address on the club address list or again email Lisa for details.