Wednesday, December 30, 2015

KPRC Reliability Ride. Sunday 17January

Subject: Reliability Rides 17th January 2016
Just to confirm the Reliability Rides will be on SUNDAY 17th JANUARY 2016, starting at 0830 from North Holmwood Village Hall. 

These are the first events of the 80th anniversary year so it would be good if we could get a strong turnout. All you have to do to enter is email me up to a week before the event, registering your interest, then turn up on the day with 3 pounds. For this you will get tea or coffee prior to the start and soup and a roll on return.

Please note this is an "old fashioned" Reliability Ride. You will be sent a route sheet a week before the  event but the route is not marked and completion of the route is a test of your reliability! You are strongly encouraged to ensure you have personal insurance, either through the CTC or BC. 

The two routes on offer are based on an 80/80 - miles and kilometres  - to celebrate our 80th year. They are actually around 76 miles and 78 kilometres but trust me, you'll be glad they are slightly short by the end!

Both start relatively easily, but climb several of the major Surrey Hills later in the ride. (The additional 30 or so miles of the longer ride are not markedly hilly). Time limits are provisionally 3.5 and 5 hours, but the HQ will remain open after these times.

Please try to support the event.
E mail Ian on if you intend to ride. 
Thanks - and a Happy New Year.


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Provisional TT racing Calendar 2016

Use the following link to see the provisional racing calendar for 2016.

Merry Christmas all.


Monday, December 14, 2015

Charlie Griffin's Funeral

Charlie's funeral will be on Friday 18th December at 3pm, at Kingston Crematorium.

Address: Kingston Cemetery and Crematorium - Map here
Bonner Hill Road
Kingston upon Thames

Tel: 020 8546 4462

Monday, December 07, 2015

Charlie Griffin

Sadly, Charlie Griffin died early this morning after (I believe) a battle with cancer.
He had a final rally in recent weeks and it was nice to see him at the sad occasion of Ann Bensberg's funeral last month, but obviously it was not to last.

 Charlie enjoying Majorca in 1986

 Medium Gear 25 in the mid 80s

1983 Kingston to Worthing (stoked by Adrian Sales)

Charlie always loved riding his bike and racing was just one aspect of that. A member of the Phoenix for many, many years (Frank says he's known Charlie for 58 years), racing was just one aspect that Charlie enjoyed as one of the also-rans in club events. He was a member of the Rough Stuff Fellowship and enjoyed touring and off road riding in equal measure. We haven't seen so much of him in recent years, but Charlie always expected to be contacted to do his marshalling stint in the Open 10.
He loved Majorca so much, when we went on our first "training camp" there, that he was inspired to buy a villa and spent many happy hours enjoying the sunshine and the cycling out there.

His wife, Yvonne, died many years ago and our thoughts are with Jean, his companion of the last decade, and his daughter Carole and son Paul.

Details of the funeral to follow when arrangements have been made.


Monday, November 02, 2015

Member Profile : Philip Burgin

Philip competing before he saw the light and joined KPRC
Philip Burgin is a regular TT rider for the Phoenix who has competed regularly in the club 10 events and SCCU Rawson Shield counting events. Philip tells us about his long racing career with the Phoenix and Hillingdon clubs.

What’s your bike ownership history or what do you currently ride?
My first new racing frame was a Mercian Superlight track frame with mudguard clearance (at my Dad’s insistence), so I could also use it for clubruns. How I hated the mudguard clearance as a 14 year old! Many bikes later I currently own a Planet X TT bike, Colnago CLX road bike,  Ambrosio winter bike, Condor Baccari 853 training machine, fixed wheel machine, Decathlon mountain bike with mudguards and a Brompton. In addition to a 1980’s rusty Hirame (for riding to the station), and a SJSC, another winter bike not in use.

How did you start cycling?
My Dad was (and still is) involved in cycling.  I used to go out with him timing Sunday morning TTs from about the age of 5. I was always going to be a cyclist and rode my first 10 when I was 11 and started racing properly when I was 13. The winter before my first season I went out on club runs on fixed, and won the Club Runs Trophy. That was in the last year of the South Ruislip Cycling Club. We amalgamated with the Uxbridge Wheelers to form the Hillingdon the next year. 

What made you join Kingston Phoenix?
Moving south of the river! I was going to stay in the Hillingdon, but one Saturday I was trying to get to the Club Dinner at Uxbridge Golf Club and encountered complete gridlock: Hammersmith Bridge was shut and I had to turn around and miss the Dinner. I needed to find a south London club! I’ve not regretted my choice.

What has been your most memorable cycling experience?
There have been a lot but winning the Club Championship and the Junior Championship in the same year just does it. I turned 18 in July and rode a 50, and as well as winning first handicap my time was faster than anybody else in the club. So my Dad said I had to ride a 100, as the Hillingdon club championship is 25, 50 and 100.  The pain in my back from sitting on the drops for over 4 hours for the first time is still memorable! But I hung on to do enough to clinch the club BAR.

What has been your worst cycling experience?
My one and only try at the National 25 Championship in 1979. The omens were good as I’d got a late start (I still do love a late start) and my Dad dropped me off on the course 10 miles from the HQ for me to have a warm up. So I had my racing kit and best wheels with new Clement no 3 tubs in the car. When I got to the HQ…….. no Dad, and I rode around the field looking for him in an increasingly panic stricken manner. A kind sole who had already ridden saw my plight and lent me his wheels and some spare kit he had, but of course the damage had been done and I was psychologically shot and I ended up riding around the course in a daze. My aim was to beat the hour and I did a short 1 01 and to cap it all there was my Dad standing by the side of the road brandishing my wheels and Clement no 3s! As if I was going to stop and change them!

What cycling / sporting achievement are you most proud of?
A Saturday evening club 25 when I was last man off (a late start again) and I caught all the other riders to finish first. The icing on the cake was that I beat the hour as well, on the old Amersham Road that used to go through the centre of Wendover.

What are your plans for the rest of this season or next season?
My plans for next season are to improve on the woeful times I have been doing over the last few years. I have yet to recover psychologically from the closure of the P613, it’s time I did!

Do you have any particular cycling or sporting heroes?
Eddy Merckx must be the best ever cyclist, but in the UK it’s Derek Cottington. He was famous for riding 40 miles each way to work. If you have the physique to be able to cope with those miles you’re going to be fast, and Derek duly did 50:47 in the Oldbury and District 25 on the K16 in 1971 to break Alf Enger’s 1969 comp record. But it was disallowed by the RTTC because he had top roadman Phil Bayton as his minute man. Derek caught him but Phil hung on for dear life to finish two seconds behind in 51 49. So the RTTC deemed that it was incorrect field placing!

Sum yourself up in three words.
Slow fat git.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Certificate of Honour to Frank Cubis

Not sure if this is the highest honour accorded by the RTT (RTTC) but it is certainly well deserved and in my opinion overdue. Frank was awarded this for his years of unstinting service to time trialing for his time keeping which he has been dedicated to for many years. The certificate was awarded on behalf of CTT by Keith Wilkinson as seen below.
Well done Frank you are an amazing man and so dedicated to our sport. We wish you all speed in recovering from your broken leg which you clearly are! It would be great if Brian can represent this certificate to you at our Annual Dinner in Feb 2016 so keep it clean and in a safe place. Maybe the club can have it framed for you!

SCCU Luncheon & Prizes

Copthorn Hotel LGW was the venue presided over by Rod Starmer President ably organised byTony Alston. As last year thanks to the encouragement of Brian P and the dedication of the KPRC riders we were awarded for the second year running the Rawson Shield.

KPRC were on Table 7 and 10 attended as can be seen. Rod Starmer said hello to Jake and encouraged here to ride the SCCU 100 next year and although she was one a many KPRC helpers on that dreadful wet and cold day I hope that Jake will give it a go in 2016. Rod also asked where was Lisa and we explained she had a 99th Birthday party to attend.

While KPRC were only presented with one trophy Dave Watt finished  7th in the mens BAR. Alex Kew finished  11th and  10th in the Vets standard table. Helen Bullimore won the Ladies BAR for the 5th time, an event that Jake has also won in the past.

Friday, October 30, 2015

2015 AGM Notification

Kingston Phoenix Road Club
Hon President: B E Powney, Esq

Notice of the Kingston Phoenix Road Club
2015 Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Kingston Phoenix Road Club will be held on Wednesday December 2nd 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 18th November 2015. All motions shall be in writing and signed by both proposed and seconder. Any advance nominations shall also be signed by the nominee indicating their willingness to stand. Proposals and nominations by email will be accepted.

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

Frank Cubis
Honorary General Secretary

Current Committee                             Other
Hon President:             Brian Powney
Hon General Secretary:     Frank Cubis
Hon Time Trials Secretary: Alex Kew
Hon Road Race Secretary:   Simon Mitchell
Hon Treasurer:             Steve Hillier      Holder of Club Clothing
Committee Member:          Dave Brentnall
Committee Member:          Jake Dodd
Committee Member:          Andy Pearce        MTB Sec
Committee Member:          Simon Waller

Press Secretary:           Dave Brentnall

Auditors:                  John Bellamy, Ken Williams


Club Subs for 2016 are due as of 1st November 2015 --- ie Now!
See Steve Hillier to pay at the AGM—don’t forget wallet or cheque book
Senior, 1st claim membership is £15: Cheques payable to Kingston Phoenix RC

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Frank is Back

Hi all it was great to see Frank is back on his bike - amazing and he is truly that! Due to his fitness and a very remarkable man he was out on his bike today with the CTC MWW at Ellery Hall Teddington and he rode there on his bike  to greet along with Ron and Doreen, Ray Dare and all his CTC mates. Judy also made it on her bike and thanks to Ron Pat Mathews and others went to lunch. Pat phoned me this evening to say thank you for the cake etc which it was my pleasure to provide to celebrate my B'Day on 29 Oct., a memorable date as it was 4 years ago when a former KPRC club member Allen Roodenburgh passed away!
Its unlike me but I do not have a photo to show but Frank who has been without a computer for some time told me that the KPRC AGM will be on first Wednesday of December and he will put out a notification to this effect. So put it in your diary and do try to attend!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Sunday Rides Winter 2015

As clocks change tonight we get into the winter rides which start at 9.30 to avoid frosty mornings. Horton Park carpark by toilets. I cant lead every week so we wont have a ride every sunday unless someone steps forward once in a while. One extra leader a month would be great. This sunday 25th Oct we doing leisurely run to Rudgwick brickworks cafe 45 easy paced miles. Next week is The Southern Counties dinner so im not out. I will post my rides every week on this blog so you know if there is one.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Redmon 2-up from a H/C perpective

Well done Simon & Dale based on Vet Standard you were the clear winners and well deserved! As for the rest there was 8 seconds between difference on Vet Standard - now that is very close from a H/C point of view. Now then Brian a challenge for 2016. It was a great event and I enjoyed it immensely! I understand that the Vet standard was based on a 15 mile TT with no correction for the 18 mile event i.e. the Vet standard was not 15 divide by 15 X 18 corrected which explains why so many were negative!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Redmon 2-up

Well done Wheezy for great photo's. As special thanks from me to James "Tim" Roberts for pacing me you were perfect and much gentler that son Tim. James I have a certificate for you (in Tim's name) but maybe we can Doctor that you deserve it (even though I paid for it! Joke). I took quite a lot of photo's including the winners as I stayed for the presentation but I will just publish a few.

First one is of Sean Yates signing a book for a lady! Second is a sneak pre-view of the result sheet. Mike Morley was accredited fastest Old Fart on an Old bike on standard time. It seems that I was expected to ride an old bike which I have but I had not got it ready. So I had to be honest (what me!) and decline the award as I rode my new BMC. You will need to magnify this photo to see result.

One more photo the even more evergreen Ray Dare

Redmon CC Grand Prix Des Gentlemen

A great event this morning with 7 KPRC riders out taking part in this 2 up TT. It got a bit windy later on but conditions not too bad. Another great ride by Dale and Simon T to be the 7th fastest team overall. Dave Watt did a great job towing me round for 20th, with James 'Tim' Roberts pacing the evergreen Mike Morley. Rachel Watkins was riding with her brother Steve, ably supported by Joe B.

GS/483 - 18.46 miles

Scr Position Riders Time Vets Std
7 Dale Lush and Simon trehearn 42:23 -3:05
20 Alex Kew and David Watt 45:06 -5:26
36 Steve Watkins and Rachel Watkins 49:49 -5:34
37 Mike Morley and James Roberts 50:18 -5:31

Redmon GP photos

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Saturday Morning Stops

It's well known that service can be a bit slow at the garden centres we go to on Saturdays. But spare a thought for poor Patrick, he'd had no breakfast so he was peckish and ordered an egg and bacon roll. Over 45 minutes and a false fire alarm later he was served with an egg and bacon sandwich! It's usual to wash down your food with a drink but as you can see Patrick 's cup has long been empty. So Horsley beats the Vineries for the slow service prize.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Frank Cubis Update

I spoke to Frank this morning and apart from the weather he is in good spirits! The good news is that he will have his plaster removed Monday, some 3 weeks earlier than expected and with a bit of luck maybe home by end next week.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Club Forum

Someone reported that there is a problem with the forum, so I've been looking into it.

It appears that the people that host the forum have had some sort of catastrophic failure, although I can't actually find anything that tells me what exactly it was.

The forums themselves are backed up, so nothing prior to the incident should be lost although if it has been possible to post anything "during" the incident - if the board has reappeared briefly - then that might be at risk.

These people run paid-for forums, as well as free ones like ours (paid for from advertisments that appear on it) so they know what they are doing, but the free forums are at the back of the queue for being fixed!

I don't know the exact details of server repair, but if you have ever defragmented a hard disk you know that it can take hours and the same principle applies here - but for servers with multiple hard disks and loads and loads of data!

I'm not sure exactly how long things have been off-line, but it seems to have been over 24 hours already and the tech staff are hopeful that things will be repaired and running again soonish...

How many members are on facebook? I've been wondering if there is any value in creating a private facebook group for members. What does anyone think?


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Bec HC - A few more pictures courtesy of Ray

Mike M at the top, looking good.
Simon T on his way to 2nd KPRC rider at the top.

Alex needed something to cheer him up after coming last!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Bec Hill Climb - KPRC Result

A lovely day with lots of support. Thanks to the many KPRC members who took the trouble to cycle or drive over and cheer the Phoenix riders. Dale was quickest once again, with Simon just nabbing second spot in front of David. Mike had a good ride, but the less said about my effort the better. Hopefully this event will still be on next year for me to have another crack at it.

Position Name Time SCR Points
52 Dale Lush 2:23:8 7
78 Simon Trehearn 2:39:5 6
80 David Watt 2:41:7 5
109 Mike Morley 4:44:7 4
110 Alex Kew 6:17:2 3

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Friday, October 09, 2015

Bec Hill Climb - Start Sheet

This weekend, it's the last event in the club calendar, with the Bec Hill Climb. It's our first team entry in this event in a few years and we've got a few other members out to support. It should be a good afternoon.

There's only scratch points available with no handicap points for this event.

Bec Hill Climb - 11th October 2015
White Lane - 'Titsey'
Course GH/31
Start time
Mike Morley
Simon Trehearn
Alex Kew
David Watt
Dale Lush

Sunday, October 04, 2015

BEC Hill Climb Sunday 11 Oct 2015 start 2pm

Well KPRC riders we are lucky (well at least me!) to get on the start sheet as there is a reserve list of 10 riders. Our rider positions are:
No. 4 Mike M.
No. 9 Simon T
No. 16 Alex K
No. 27 David W
No. 34 Dale L

The start is 2pm after the Catford in the morning on York Hill. One reason I believe that we got on the start sheet is because KPRC members have always supported the event even over the lean early years when the event did not attract full fields. We have always had many members act as spectators and that is recognized by the organizer. So Please members turn out in full as much as you can to support our five riders. Not sure if that's a record entry for KPRC. I know that Gary Dodd has won this event more than once but maybe not as KPRC.
The weather forecast is favourable at the moment thank goodness. I remember riding out some years ago when I was a member of SRCC and we had snow and horrendous cold rain!

Well Dale after your Triathlon in Barcelona you should be screaming fit - well done we at KPRC are proud of you and happy to have such a fast rider developing our club capabilities and profile - keep it up!
Best of luck to all!

Novel Hill Climb Event Redhill/Dorking CC

Last year Frank Cubis timed this very interesting hill climb event which takes place on the newly surfaced track behind Denbies. Franks enforced absence was missed by the organizers Dorking CC and Reedhill CC but the event went off very smoothly with generous sponsorship and good prizes.
The event started at 8.30am with the first round of 66 riders including sadly only 4 ladies. Jake maybe you should have a go next year. There were a number of DNS including last years lady winner Maryka Sennema along with about 10 men.
The event starts off with two riders setting off together and riding an elimination. The first over the line goes forward to the next knock out round and so on the the Final and Semi Final.
Last years second lady Alice Lethbridge was the winner of the ladies and the winner of the men's was rider number 1 (not sure name as start sheet I have is smudged). Photo however below with partner at the finish!

Dale Lush at Ironman Barcelona

As if tearing up the TT courses of Surrey was not enough, Dale Lush took part in Ironman Barcelona today and absolutely smashed it with a time of 9:43:40, which included a 4:41 bike leg followed by a 3:41 marathon. Dale was aiming for a sub 10hour time having recently raced 10:02, so to take over 18 minutes off shows how fast he's going at the moment.

This is a brilliant achievement and saw Dale ending up being 58th in his very competitive age group  and 224th overall. Chapeau Dale.

Lush, DaleGBR5822401:14:1704:41:1003:41:1609:43:40

Sunday, September 20, 2015

KPRC Zeppelin

Thanks to Steve for organizing a great night at the Epsom Playhouse preceded by a pint before and after at the Albion. Garry was not as impressed by this tribute group as much as he was by another group seen two years ago. I was thoroughly impressed by the lead guitarist Mark who was amazing, the lead singer had such a high pitched voice it was unreal and out of this world, in fact he sounded like a cat being castrated. Talking of which there are some very good offers on items a Robert Dias at moment. I bought a liquidizer and non stick pans which our cat Daisey took a liking to hence the last picture. Strange creatures cat's perhaps that why my wife likes them!

Monday, September 14, 2015

The importance of marshals

Watch all the way to the end...


Tour of Britain Finish in London

Having competed in the Interclub I ducked out of Tanhouse Farm and went up to London to see the finish of the T de Brit. Riding my Raleigh Randonneur I met with C&M at the Spoons Whitehall near Trafalgar Sq. a good vantage point but the riders came through so fast they were just a blurr. Ed was there along with Andy Coxhill & Paul Day.
Once the riders had flashed past on the opposite side could be seen Jen & Simon so I took a tele-photo. After the proceedings I just went and had some fun with Mark Cavendish's team and got arrested not by the police put by paramedics on Bikes. I'd like to be one of them!
Finally I went to China Town for a slap up Buffet for £8.50 and stuffed myself silly with as much as you like including loads of Chilly Prawns in shells and lots of crispy duck, noodles, rice, chickens wings etc etc.
As a night cap I went to Molly Moggs near Stringfellows for the most outrageous performance by a regular drag artist with the most amazing voice and provocative style. Having ridden out 29 miles I caught the 9pm train home from London Bridge.

Here are some photos.

Redmon/Phoenix Interclub KPRC Team

Well hard luck the "Phoenix" as Alex says one to take back next year, Below are the vanquished but not the extinguished!

Looking at the link of the results on the Redmon Blog it seems that Simon T and I DNS! Well I accept that Simon pulled his wheel over at the start but he did finish. I was 10 secs late on the line and if I recall did a 1:15: 27 or something what a horrible return leg up the A24 from Great Dau R.B. through Kingsfold etc. It was good to see Ron waiting at a Bus Stop while cheering us on and well done Brian for shooting down to Broadbridge after pushing off and marshal at the trading estate R.B.

I look forward the comparison handicapping of yours, Jake, me and anyone else. I must say Marcus I expected you to go well under the hour! Non the less when I spoke to Frank this morning he tells me you broke the KPRC 10 record recently not quite doing a 19 minutes! Well done

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Consolation 25m TT and Inter-Club event Vs Redmon CC.

Full results can be found here.

Afraid it wasn't our day today, despite both Dale and Marcus blitzing the course and going under the hour. That said, I'm pretty certain we can get this one back next year. :-)

Will put up a report  and consolation results soon.


Message from Frank

Frank phoned me to say that he has broken his leg (assisted by the dog) and will be stuck in Suffolk for a while! The only consolation for this is that at least he is in the right environment with a bungalow and someone to look after him...

He has no computer or internet access, so if anyone needs to get hold of him they need to phone him on his mobile - or, if you need to get hold of him and can't get through I have the number for the bungalow.


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Consolation 25m TT and Inter-club event Vs Redmon CC

Kingston Phoenix Road Club Vs Redmon CC
Consolation 25m TT
Sunday 13th September 2015

Thanks to Frank for sending out the course directions. Please find a link here to view the course as well. The start is the same as our evening 10 course.

Thanks to Brian for organising the start sheet.

 The timekeepers for this event will be Clive Walton at the start and Roger Griffiths at the finish.

 Good luck to all our riders in the defence of this trophy.





Vets +



Simon Trehearn





John McGlasham




Mike Morley





Clare Elms





David Watt




Tony Tuohy




Jake Dodd





Adrian Feasby





Doug Conroy




Dale Lush




David Eccles




Rachel Watkins





Peter Horsfield




Ken Williams





Eddie Allen




Alex Kew





Steve Jordan




Steve Smythe




Rick Opie





Marcus Edwards





Alistair Lang




John Allen




Steve Hillier





Philip Burgin





Mick Dean




John Frost