Wednesday, 30 March 2011
• Bournemouth based, Bryce Dyer (VC ST Raphael) picked up his second win of the season after a busy weekend of racing. First up for Dyer was the Sotonia 10 mile time trial in the New Forest, the Bournemouth University lecturer recorded a time of 22.29 to finish in 5th place behind winner Harry Bulstrode (Southampton RC). Fast improving Nick Spencer (BJW) just got inside the top ten in 23.13. Dyer then moved onto Swindon for the Corinium CC 2 day race and despite his efforts in the Sotonia event he placed third in the opening 2.4km prologue time trial. A 30 mile circuit race followed, Dyer avoided the crashes to finish safely in the bunch to leave himself 3rd on GC after day 1. Dyer teamed up with Neil Rutter (Swindon RC) for the third stage, a Two up 10 mile time trial. The pair rode strongly to win the stage by 24 secs, with a time of 23.10 and Dyer took the overall by 6 seconds.
• Gary Dighton (Poole Wheelers) took the honors in his own clubs Circuit of Poole Harbour race. The former Olympic Games rider got the better of Paul Jones (BJW) on the testing course,the Poole man finished behind Jones a week earlier in the BJW 42KM, Dighton’s time of 1.05 08 was 33 seconds quicker than Jones, the pair were well clear of Steve Birtwhistle (PW) in third. All three are in action this weekend in the East Dorset 24 on the Badbury Rings course. Adam Topham (High Wycombe cc) will start as favorite and will hope to avoid the punctures that have given him two DNFs already this year.
• Mountain Bikers, Mark Chadbourne and Roland Tilley (Ridebike.co.uk) were both in action at Sherwood Pines, Nottinghamshire. The opening round of the British cross country series saw the two Poole based riders struggling for form with Chadbourne salvaging 6th place and Tilley finishing in an uncustomary 16th position.
• Cambridge University student Dan Ahearn from Brockenhurst won the New Forest cc 16 mile time trial on the Beaulieu course. A clear winner the previous week, Ahearn did not have so easy this time, his time of 39.14 was only 38 secs up on the promoting clubs Colin Humm in 2nd place with Tony Green (GA Cycles) in 3rd with 40.19. Commonwealth Games Bronze Medalist Julia Shaw (drag2zero) finished in 4th with 40.20.
Experienced roadman/sprinter, Steve Moss (Bournemouth Arrow/Hotel Collingwood) grabbed second place in the 3rd cat race at Thruxton Motor Racing circuit, Moss's young teammate, Will Stephenson salvaged 11th in the sprint with old campaigner, Pete Wilson in the bunch. Other locals in action included, Richard Horton (Bournemouth Jubilee Wh)in the E12s, Steve Crutcher (Off Camber) and Poole Wheelers, Gordon Skillen and Jordan Wade in the 3s. Richard Stephenson came 12th in the 4th cats event.
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
• Paul Jones (Bournemouth Jubilee Wh) clocked up his 4th win in 6 attempts in his own clubs 42km Hilly Time Trial. A tough south westerly breeze made the going hard on the long climb up from Wool village and Jones’s time of 1.04.21 was 4 minutes slower than his winning ride last year. Poole based, Adam Topham who rides for High Wycombe CC, was 30 secs up on the Jubilee rider at the hill prime after 5 miles but punctured on the descent to Lulworth. Former winner, Dave Dent (wightlink/offshore) finished 15 seconds down with Julian Thacker (VC St Raphael) a further 6 secs back in third place. “ I have only just started doing some speed work, in previous years I have been training hard in November and have felt burnt out by June” said Jones after his narrow victory. Dave Pickering, 5th in 1.06.36 and Les Pick, 6th in 1.06.47, backed up Jones to win the team award for the promoting club. Pick is making a comeback this season after a few years lay off and looked strong on the testing circuit. Chris Birch (East St Cycles) finished 4th after riding the Oxonian Hilly 30 the previous day, coming 5th.
• Racing on the motor circuit at Thruxton, Bournemouth Arrow youngster Ellie Gilham won the Under 16 girls race, mixing in with the boy’s race, Ellie rode strongly on the uphill home straight to win the girls event and even managed to finish 12th overall. Father David and promising junior Will Stephenson finished safely in the bunch in the main race.
• Sandbanks Mountain biker Gregg Shrosbree (Merida) has spent the winter training in Switzerland. The 19 yr old showed good form winning the sport category of the Gorrick Spring series at Porridge Pot Hill in Surrey
• Riding for Cambridge University, Dan Ahearn from Brockenhurst was nearly 3 minutes clear of the field in the New Forest cc Spring Time Trial. Ahearn covered the 12.8 mile sporting course at Holmsley in 29.52 well clear of Colin Humm (New Forest) 32.42 with Martin Leferve (BJW) 34.39, third.
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Paul Jones (Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers) won his own clubs 42km Time Trial for the
4th time narrowly beating Dave Dent (Wight link) with Julian Thacker (vc ST Raphael)in third. Conditions looked good but most riders were down on last years time, as a nagging south westerly wind made the long climb out of the village of Wool even harder. This year the South DC has introduced compulsory rear lights for all events in the area and all riders were happy to comply. Jones, along with teammates Dave Pickering and Les Pick won the team award with a combined time of 3.17.44.
More to Come........
Friday, 18 March 2011
• Verwoods Darren Kenny came away with three gold medals from the Para-Cycling World track championships held in Montichiari, Italy over the weekend. Kenny lead a British 1-2-3 in the 3km Individual pursuit, successfully defending his title ahead of teammates Shaun McKeon & Rik Waddon. Waddon had to settle for silver in the 1Kilometre TT as Kenny again proved too fast. On the final day of competition the Paralympic champion made it a hatrick of gold’s, breaking the world record to win the men’s team sprint. Former Bournemouth Jubilee Wheeler, Barney Storey picked up two silver medals, originally from Corfe Mullen, Storey was riding as Tandem Pilot for visually impaired stoker Anthony Kappes. Missing gold by 200ths of a second to GB pair Craig MacLean & Neil Fachie in the Kilo, Storey and Kappes won the first of the three leg match sprint final. The second leg went to Fachie & MacLean to set up a thrilling decider with the two British tandems nearly colliding before Fachie & MacLean stole it on the line. Barney’s wife, Sarah won gold in the 500m TT and the Individual pursuit, a 2nd claim member of Bournemouth Jubilee, she is aiming to become the first women to compete in both the Olympics and Paralympics. Born with no left hand, Storey was the first disabled athlete to compete for England at the Commonwealth Games after switching from swimming 5 years ago.
• Gary Dighton (Poole Wheelers) posted a super fast time of 56.09 to win the club 25 mile time trial. The former national record holder for the distance is getting back to his best form and will start favourite for this weekends Bournemouth Jubilee hilly 42km time trial. Riders expected to challenge Dighton on the testing Lulworth Cove course will be Adam Topham (High Wycombe CC), Paul Jones and Dave Pickering ((BJW).
• Bournemouth Arrow junior, Will Stephenson outsprinted experienced club mate Steve Moss to take 3rd place at the Mountbatten circuit in Portsmouth.
Thursday, 17 March 2011
A few pictures from the UCI Para-cycling track world champs in Italy, alas none of the racing though. Working as a "swanny" (soigneur) with the team i am only able to snatch a few shots now and then. Competition days are full on for 12 to 14 hours with a few stolen moments for a coffee and a sit down. Whilst the team flew down to Italy the Monday before the champs, i left the UK on the Saturday morning, driving a team car down through France with Performance Manager, Gareth Shepherd. The motorways are traffic free compared to home but the 80Euros in tolls add to the cost. We meet up with Martin & John, two mechanics and Mark, another swanny driving two vans, just south of Geneva and spend the first night on the French border, no athletes around so we are allowed a beer!. Through the Mont Blanc tunnel the following morning,the snow capped alpine peaks and clear blue sky welcome us to Italy. Its a straightforward trip along the motorway for 3 hours or so and we are checking into the hotel in Montichiarri. Gareth and me even manage 2 hours on the bikes in the warm spring sunshine, things will change tommorrow as the team flies in. Three days of easy road miles and some track work before the opening day on Friday. My day will include shopping, making lunch (the riders are full board but not the staff, so its sandwiches for us), massage, driving, i have been known to take the odd wrong turning but i usually arrive safely, anything really to keep the riders happy. We are on duty all the time but manage to watch the football on the tele in the mechanics room. With the racing underway things are a a little more stressed but it is all about the riders, carrying their helmets and bikes onto the track apron we are really in the thick of the action and part of the team. Glamorous, probably not but its better than working for a living. Mark and the mechanics leave Sunday night, Gareth and me drive back Monday midday, we take a toll free route through Switzerland & Germany, before heading back into France and an overnight stop at Metz. By tuesday lunchtime we are at the Eurotunnel in Calais (the riders flew back and are already home) but traffic is light and Gareth guns the engine on the Alpha Romeo BC car, drops me off at Chievely Services on the M4 and heads home to Cardiff. I have an hour to kill before the wife picks me up, so i write up my report for the Bournemouth Echo on my laptop and i am indoors at 5pm.
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
The long drive down to Montichiarri in Italy for the UCI Para-Cycling World Track Championships was well worth it as the GB team came away with 9 gold medals. Inspirational performances from the likes of Jody Cundy, Sarah Storey and Battle Back heroes, Tel Bryne & Jon-Allan Butterworth, made for an exciting and emotional 3 days of competition. Tandem pairings, Barney Storey, Anthony Kappes, & Craig Maclean, Neil Fachie went head to head in the Kilo and the Match Sprint, Maclean & Fachie came out on top both times but were made to work really hard by Storey& Kappes, as one famous cyclist once said "No Gifts". Jody Cundy, Tel Bryne & Darren Kenny broke the world record winning the team sprint, it was kennys third gold adding to the two in the Kilo and the 3km Pursuit, where he lead a British 1-2-3 with Sean Mckeon and Rik Waddon. Cundy also went home with 3 medals, gold in the Kilo in world record time and silver in the 4km pursuit along with the team sprint. Ex-service men Tel Bryne and Jon -Allan Butterworth, have certainly faced tougher challenges and both excelled, Tel winning silver in the Kilo and Gold in the team sprint and Jon, holding back the tears on the podium as he picked up the gold medal after his Record breaking ride in the kilo. Fiona Duncan piloted Lora Turnham to a fine silver medal in the pursuit, there is undoubtedly more in the tank and Helen Scott and Aileen Mcglyn went agonisingly close, having to settle for silver. Sarah Storey was imperious, taking gold in the 500m time trial and the 3km pursuit, Sarah has missed selection for the able bodied worlds later this month but few would bet against her being at both the Olympics and Paralympics in London next year. The GB team dominated these championships and secured precious qualification points for London 2012, something to think about on the long drive home.
Saturday, 12 March 2011
Darren Kenny and Barney Storey hit the medal trail on the first day of the Para-Cycling World Track Championships in Montichiarri, Italy. Kenny defended his 3KM Pursuit title in an all British affair that saw Rik Waddon pick up the silver before Kenny beat teammate, Shaun Mckeon to to the top spot on the podium. Tandem Pilot Barney Storey and Stoker Anthony Kappes had to settle for siver in the 1km time trial as fellow Brits, Neil Fachie & Craig Mclean took the Gold by 200ths second. More to come from the next two days racing.
Thursday, 10 March 2011
• At a celebration lunch at Bournemouth's Hotel Collingwood, club treasurer Anne Stevens presented Steve Staniland with a donation of £1000 from the Bournemouth Arrow Cycling Club to the new Bournemouth Cycling Centre. Currently under construction at Slades Farm and due to open in May, the Centre will provide an outdoor cycle track for use by both the community and competitive cyclists and will host a variety of activities, ranging from taster sessions, instruction and coaching for beginners and advanced riders and weekly competition. On behalf of the Centre, Staniland is assembling a fleet of 21 hire bikes together with a full set of equipment to run coaching sessions and competition, Steve said, "With the track nearing completion, the pressure is on to raise money and get it spent quickly so we are sufficiently equipped on the opening day. With this generous donation we are nearly there and need only one final fund raising push. Other cycling organisations who have already made donations are the Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers, CTC Bournemouth, Dorset Cycling Development Group and the New Forest CC.
• Gary Dighton (Poole WH) was a clear winner of the clubs hilly time trial on the Lulworth circuit. Recording a time of 42.13 for the testing 12 mile course, Dighton beat club champion Terry Icke, 43.47, into second place, with Richard Davidson 3 minutes adrift in third place. Meanwhile Dave Pickering (Bournemouth Jubilee) took his first win of the season in the club Mountain bike 10, Pickering’s time of 27.15 was well clear of Rupert Silman,29.10, in second. Former triathlete, Nick Spencer, riding a road bike set the fastest time with 25.37.. Paul Jones (BJW) was disappointed to finish in 19th place, at the East Surrey hardriders, 30 mile time trial, Jones time of 1.15.43 was nearly 10 minutes slower than winner, Wouter Sybrandy (Sigma Sport).
• The World Para-Cycling track championships take place this weekend at Montichiarri, Italy. Darren Kenny OBE from Verwood will be out to defend his titles in the individual pursuit, 1 KM Time Trial and the mens team sprint.
Thursday, 3 March 2011
BOURNEMOUTH DAILY ECHO 04/03/11 CYCLESPORT
• Bournemouth based Bryce Dyer got his season off to a flying start with victory in the Andover WH 10.2 mile hilly time trial. Riding for his new team, VC St Raphael, Dyer recorded a time of 27.27 for the technical course beating team mate Jake Prior into second place by 50secs. Former New Forest rider, Martin Beale backed up Dyer and Prior in 5th place with 28.51 to give the Raphael trio the team award. Dyer, who is a senior lecturer in engineering at Bournemouth University, is better suited to flatter roads but road strongly in the cold conditions “It’s the only time you will see me win a hilly race this year” Joked Dyer after the race.
• Paul Jones (Bournemouth Jubilee) opened his account for the time trial season with a win in the Poole Wheelers Hardriders event at Clouds Hill. Jones clocked 38.42 for the 27km course, beating the promoting clubs Leighton Girling by just 16 secs. Jones will be riding the East Surrey 30 mile event this weekend and as a former winner, will be hoping for a share of the £1,000 prize fund on offer. Meanwhile, ex triathlete Nick Spencer (Bournemouth Jubilee) finished in 13th place behind former British Best All Rounder, Nik Bowdler (Team Pedal) in the A3CRG 10 mile event at Petersfield. Spencer recorded a time of 27.14 nearly 4 minutes adrift of the winner but picked up the Target Time award.
• This Saturday sees Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers open their season with their 10 mile mountain bike event at Furzehill. Club points are on offer for those who ride the “on- road” course on “off- road” bikes. Signing on is at 15.00 at the council offices, Furzehill and the Jubilee would remind all competitors that the new rear light ruling will apply. All machines must be fitted with a working rear light that must be switched on.