Tuesday 28 February 2012

Big Adventure Store Chilly Duathlon

Bournemouth –based triathlete Phil Mosley (Cliff Bar/Scott/Specialized) put his winter training to the test at Castle Coombe. Mosley has enjoyed a good winter and was using this early season “pipe opener” to try out his fitness ahead of somewhat bigger challenges…………………..
The Castle Combe circuit in Wiltshire has seen the likes of Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna grace its two-mile track, but this weekend it was duathlete's who set lap records at The Big Adventure Store Chilly Duathlon. 250 competitors completed a two mile run, a 10 mile cycle and another two mile run, all met with unseasonably warm conditions for February. For many, it was an early season sharpener for the British age-group Duathlon Championships in mid-March, while others used it as an opportunity to see if their winter training had paid off.

The race began at a furious pace, with junior international triathletes Iestyn Harrett and Liam Lloyd scorching around the first 2-mile run in just nine minutes and 52 seconds. Hot on their heels were Welsh student Alex Matchett, age-group silver medal winning triathlete Simon Thornton and ex-GB elite duathlete Phil Mosley.

The two young leaders were soon overhauled on the bike, as Mosley powered his way to the front. Not far behind him were Matchett and Thornton, with Lee Rankin also making up good time with a rapid ride.

By the end of the bike Mosley had established a lead of 40-seconds, which he extended during the second run, breaking the tape in 42 minutes and 13 seconds to win by over a minute. Behind him, a close fought battle was raging as Matchett eventually took second, just four-seconds ahead of Thornton, while Lee Rankin held onto fourth.

The women’s field was also hotly contested, with age-group triathlon World Champion Kate Robson, British age-group triathlon champion Louise Bardsley and elite international duathlete Michelle Parsons all going head to head. Robson set the pace on the first run with an impressive 10:59. Bardsley wasn’t far behind, while bike-specialist Parsons came in almost a minute back from the leader. It didn’t take Parsons long to make up the deficit on the bike, clocking 22 minutes and 49 seconds for the 10-miles. Ultimately it wasn’t enough. A fast-running Robson re-caught Parsons after a mile and turned it into victory by half a minute, while another quick run from Bardlsey saw her just miss out on second place. After the fireworks at Castle Combe, all eyes will turn to Rutland on 10th March, where the Dambuster Duathlon plays host to the British Championships.

After the race the race Mosley spoke to "E D" about his win and plans for the season
“It was nice to win, but I'm not getting carried away. It felt really hard from beginning to end. I spent the whole race thinking "if I ever enter a short race like this again, please shoot me first". In my head I thought everyone was much closer behind me and I didn't realise I had it in the bag until about three minutes from the end, so there was no let up. My target was to win the race in a time that indicated I'd had a good winter. There's still work to be done, but I was happy with the outcome. My target races this year are the British Duathlon championships on 10th March, and then several Ironman 70.3 triathlons throughout the summer including Vienna and Antwerp. I'll also do some local cycle time trials to get in good shape for the bike.”

Overall Men
1 Phil Mosley,Triathlon Plus,42:13.841
2 Alex Matchett Pembrokeshire Triathlon Club, 43:05.768
3 Simon Thornton,BAD Tri,43:09.572

Male Veteran:
1 Ian Cardy,DB Max Tri, 44:17.699

Male Super Veteran:
1 Peter Wheddon,BAD Tri,46:23.871

Male Super Veteran 60:
Stuart Mcgowan, Bike and Run/Hillingdon Triathletes, 51:37.543

Overall Women
1 Kate Robson,BRAT Club,47:53.503
2 Michelle Parsons,unattached, 48:22
3 Louise Bardsley,TORQ, 48:30.086

Female Veteran
1 Maria Powell,PacTri,49:08.265

Female Super Veteran
1 Maggie Bromley,Kingswood Tri, 56:17.264


Sunday 26 February 2012

Ludgershall Circuit Races 25/02/2012

While local testers were in action for the first time at the Poole Wheelers Inter club Time Trial roadies have already been at it for a few weeks. The MOD test circuit at Ludgershall, Wiltshire, has seen some exciting racing in the last few weeks, Dave & Jordan Wade (Poole Wheelers) have been regulars at the winter series, after a difficult start Jordan has shown a huge improvement and confidence is high.

Dave Gilham (Bournemouth Arrow/Hotel Collingwood)& daughter Ellie (VC ST Raphael/Waite’s Contracts) have also been out to Ludgershall. Ellie is quickly learning her road craft and managed to stay out of trouble in an incident packed race. Dave Gilham writes… Ellie Gilham(VC ST Raphael/Waite’s Contracts) rode the penultimate round of the Ludgershall winter series this morning in some very wet and slippery conditions. The women’s event was combined with the 4th cats and run simultaneously, about 30 riders in total. Ellie rode within the first 10 places for the entire race marking her main rival and club mate Adel Tyson-Bloor which proved a wise decision as around half distance a rider slipped on the far corner and brought down half the bunch, resulting in one serious injury. ( Lee Rayfield(Swindon RC) broke his collar bone) After the restart Ellie re-established herself near the front and finally took 2nd place in the women’s event.

Dave Wade writes…. yesterday Jordan went to Ludgershall and raced in the Cat 3. He had a good race, it was quite quick and he got himself in a good position to score points but on the last bend before the finish straight, there was a crash which upset the flow of the race. The race finished in two half’s with Jordan in the middle with 11th place. Immediately after this race Jordan went with the E/1/2 and I just expected him to go with the flow at the back and after a few laps come in but no, he was like a man possessed. He got himself settled and then became part of a group of five chasing down two breakaway riders (Felt & Colbourne). I know I am his Dad but I must say I was quite impressed especially as he had just finished a Cat 3 race. You can visibly see him getting stronger as the weeks go by. With two laps of this race to go the pack were all together and then the big guns came to the fore and sprinted in. Jordan came in with them about 12th I think which was a good effort.
Another local rider impressed me yesterday and that was Richard Horton ( BJW). He was in a breakaway of two in the cat 3 race and gave a great account of himself versus a chap called Nick Noble from VC Bristol. Noble has been winning all the Cat 3 Races this year but knew he was in for a race against Richard such so that Noble refused to go to the front to give Richard a break sitting on his tail for the last three laps. Unfortunately Richard was pipped on the line in a very fast exciting sprint. Richard also raced the E/1/2 but I’m not sure what happened with him towards the end.

There was a big crash in the Cat 4 race. One chap got carted off in an ambulance and several others hurt. A local rider in that race was Ellie Gilham who was always on the front or thereabouts but she did not get involved in the finish sprint. Don’t blame her, she is so tiny and the blokes in Cat 4 are like animals and very wayward on the finishing lap, its not for her to get crushed in that battle.

Anyway is was a lovely day yesterday, some great racing. Jordan has gone out again today, he is off to do the CTT Ride for the Pies 80 Miles. No stopping him now. He is gearing up for his first Road Race, The Tom Hawkins RR, promoted by Exeter Wheelers on 11th March.
Both Dave Wade & Dave Gilham raced at Ludgershall but no reports are availlable.
Matt Mildon (PCSC) won the youth event and rode the Poole Wh time trial the following morning.

1st Tom Smith Felt Colbornes RT
2nd George Harper Felt Colbornes RT
3rd Tim Elverson Pedal Heaven RT
4th Justin Hoy Felt Colbornes RT
5th Lee Smith Felt Colbornes RT
6th Robert McCarthy Pedal Heaven RT
7th Nick Allen Pedal Heaven RT
8th Paul Derrick Strada Cycles
9th Jordan Wade Poole Wheelers
10th Chris Wood Wyndymilla / UK Youth
11th Mark Ottaway Wyndymilla UK Youth
12th John Russell Strada Cycles
13th James Wilson supernovacycles.co.uk
14th Phillip Reynolds Peter Hansford Racing
15th David Barnaville Felt Colbornes RT
16th David Hutchinson VC St Raphael / Waite Contracts /Hewitt Cycles
17th Rupert Beale Beeline Cycles RT
18th Stuart Thompson Andover Wheelers
19th Doug Baldock In Gear-Quickvit
20th Paul Carson Performance Cycles RT
21st Will Robbins Cardiff JIF
22nd David Young Fareham Wheelers CC
23rd Mark Barfied MJS Racing
24th Harry Strudley AW Cycles
25th Jamie Streather VC St Raphael
26th Alex Harding Andover Wheelers
27th Gavin Ryan London Dynamo
28th James Ebdon Wightlink Cycles RT
29th Nicholas Beale Beeline Cycles RT
30th Michael Scott Peter Hansford Racing
31st Patrick Martin Wyndymilla / UK Youth
32nd Daniel Stephens Sotonia CC
33rd Simon Brooks VC St Raphael / Waite Contracts /Hewitt Cycles
34th Lee Mead Wyndymilla UK Youth
35th Ian Legg Primera Speclaized
36th John Wager Felt Colbornes RT

Third cat:

1st Nick Noble Bristol Road Club
2nd Richard Horton Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers CC
3rd Joseph Crolla AW Cycles
4th Leigh-Roy MacFarlane Cycleworks.co.uk
5th Tim Benham Wyndymilla UK Youth
6th Michael Kiss BC PM
7th Andy McKay Zappi Cycling Club
8th Paul Jones Army Cycling Union
9th Deacon Cutterham Army Cycling Union
10th Iain Bullar Gannett CC
11th Jordan Wade Poole Wheelers
12th Will Nicklin Kingston Wheelers CC
13th Murray Quiney Southdown Velo
14th Luke Williams Gannet CC
15th Nigel Pratt Andover Wheelers
16th David Hooper MJS Racing
17th Christopher Fletcher Team Axiom
18th James Cotty Cannondale Racing Team
19th Rob Carter BC pm - South
20th Frazier Carr AW Cycles
21st Hugh Knusden University of Bristol CC
22nd Warren Jesse BC PM- south East
23rd David Gilham Bournemouth Arrow CC/Hotel Colli
24th Malcolm Dixon Severn RC
25th Michael Greaves Gannett CC
26th Richard Williamson Gannet CC
27th Chris Hutchings BC PM - South
28th Callum Cross Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club

Fourth Cat:
1st Pierre Thomas Bath University CC
2nd Benjamin Hall Bristol RC
3rd Philip Wadge BC PM
4th Terence Smith Andover Wheelers
5th Mark Bleakley Bath University CC
6th Darren Edwards Bath CC
7th Kieran Holdstock Worcester St Johns
8th Nicholas Cooper Andover Wheelers
9th Robert Clowes BCPM
10th Gary Hill BC PM
11th Ben Chuilon BC PM
12th Dave Dawkins Team Axiom
13th Ben Boardman New Forest CC
14th Alain Ritchie Kyklos/Edco Race Team
15th Gerald McDermott Gasnnett CC
16th Tony Solon Cadence RT
17th Felix Young Bath University
18th Kevin Jones BC PM
19th Simon Meadwell (Bournemouth Jubilee
20th Jared Linden University of Bristol CC
21st James Chant Gillingham and District Wheelers
22nd Lee King Beeline Cycles
23rd David Hobbs Corinium CC
24th Darren Gardner Cadence RT
25th Jonathan Hodgson BC PM
26th Martin Merryweather Swallowfield Velo Club
27th Sam Barker Wightlink Cycles RT
28th Chris Downham BC PM
29th Paul Boardman Barrow Central Wheelers
30th Jack Elton-Walters Wightlink Cycles RT

1st Adel Tyson Bloor VC St Raphael / Waite Contracts /Hewitt Cycles
2nd Ellie Gilham VC St Raphael / Waite Contracts /Hewitt Cycles
3rd Nikki Wheeler Team Wiggle

1st Matthew MILDON Poole Cycle Speedway Club
2nd Tristan ROBBINS Cardiff JIF
3rd Hugo WALTERS New Forest Cycling Club
4th Joe DONOHUE Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
5th Rob BOLWELL VC St Raphael / Waite Contracts /Hewitt Cycles
6th Jed WEBBER Andover Wheelers
7th Cameron THOMPSON Andover Wheelers
8th Ashley HUTCHISON VC St Raphael / Waite Contracts /Hewitt Cycles
9th Etienne GEORGI Giant CC / Halo Films
10th Shaun CARTER Gloucester City Cycling Club
11th Jamie HUTCHINSON i-team Cyclist's Club
12th Chris BRETTELL Bristol Cycling Development Squad
13th Katie METALLI Bristol Cycling Development Squad
14th Brendan DREWETT Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
15th Ryan WHITE 1st Chard Wheelers
16th William CROFTS Bristol Cycling Development Squad
17th Emily HALL Andover Wheelers

Poole Wheelers 27km TT

Pat Dunn (cc Weymouth) opened his account for the season, with a clear win in the Poole Wheelers 27km TT. Run on the Gallows Hill-Worgret Heath circuit, the event was the first of 6 in an Inter-club hardriders competition. Dunn,with 38.06 was nearly a minute clear of second placed man, Steve Birtwistle (PW) 39.04.

Promising Junior, Harrison Fielding (PW) has spent the winter riding the track at Calshot and has plenty of speed in the legs. His time of 39.24 was good enough for third place, edging out teammate Leighton Girling by just 1 second.

The Gallows Hill circuit has a little of everything, country lanes, wider main roads, a few lumps and a long drag up to the chequered board that never seems to come. Thirty three riders signed on and the the bright sunshine and ever so gentle breeze had thoughts turning to spring.
Provisional Result
1, P DUNN (CCW) 38.06
2, S BIRTWISTLE (PW) 39.04
3,H FIELDING (PW) 39.24
4,L GIRLING (PW) 39.25
5,C LAWSON (CCW) 39.57
6,I DIAPER (BJW) 40.14
7,D LEWIS (PW) 40.27
8,G TUSKIN (PW) 40.43
9,B RIGLAR (CCW) 40.53
10,C ROWE (BJW) 41.00
11, P WILSON (BA) 41.02

12,M BALDOCK (PW) 41.38
13,M ALDRIDGE (PW) 41.48
14,T ICKE(PW) 42.06
15,N BEST(BJW) 42.08
17, J CHAPMAN(CWW) 42.44
18,,P EVANS (BJW) 42.55

19,S PINK(CCW) 43.01
20,M COURAGE(BJW) 43.17
21,W KEEBLE (PW) 44.25
22,M MILDON(PW) 45.05

23,T BELBIN(PW) 45.39
24,J FOSTER (CCW) 45.52
25,N PINCH(PW) 45.53
26,M MERRITT(CCW) 45.54
27,A PRESTON(CCW) 46.58

28, R INNET (PW) 47.53
29, A JACKSON(CCW) 48.37
30,P BOWEN(PW) 52.39
31,B WAKELY(WRC) 55.25
32,R GOULD (PW) 56.30

Saturday 25 February 2012

Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers Club Events 2012

Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers invite members and non-members alike to their club events.The Race of Truth is sport at it's purest and many top British riders have started their careers at the local "club 10".
(click to enlarge)
Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers were formed in 1935, the jubilee year of King George V. The club participate in all aspects of cycling, from road,track,cross,MTB and of course time trials as well as tourist trials & Randonees. (link on right)

Friday 24 February 2012

UK-BIKING Moreton Race Series 2012

UK-Biking Moreton Race Series 2012
UK-Biking is very excited to announce they will be running the 7th instalment of the Moreton evening Kermesse races for 2012.

Run under TLI rules, the 12 race series, running from 10th May to 26th July, will be known as the UK-Biking Moreton Race Series and will continue to run on Thursday evenings.

Races will last 1 hour + 1 lap, with riders setting off in ability related groups, to encourage exciting racing.

UK-Biking has developed a new section on their website, providing the latest news, information and results for the series.

A new feature being looked at for this year is the Moreton Midsummer Championships, held on 21st June. This special race will be a longer format, to celebrate the longest day of the year. The race will carry additional points and an award ceremony will take place afterwards. Further details on this will be published on the Moreton website nearer the start of the series.
Richard Lang from UK-Biking says:

"Myself, Steve Dring and the rest of the UK-Biking crew are very much looking forward organising the Moreton Race Series in 2012. Pete (Washington) has worked so hard over the previous 6 years to keep the series running smoothly and we hope we can do somewhere near as good a job!

The success of Moreton always depends on people turning up to race and the help of riders, friends and family with marshalling and chearing on.

We are going to keep the format pretty much the same as previous years but also try and introduce some new features such as the Moreton Midsummer Champs and the new website facilities. We are also going to do a freindly club league table on the website for a bit of fun."

Also new for 2012, points will be awarded to all riders who attend a race, to recognize consistency throughout the series.

Companies that are interested in sponsoring prizes or supporting the series in general should get in touch with UK-Biking through their website.

You can visit http://www.uk-biking.net/moreton (link at top) for further information. Please help spread the word about the UK-Biking Moreton Race Series. The more the merrier!

Local Riders,Local Races

Ellie Gilham (VC ST Raphael) enjoyed a great start to the season, winning her first race as a junior. Riding at the Mountbatten circuit in Portsmouth, Gilham had escaped with Nikki Wheeler (Wiggle), with just over a lap remaining she jumped Wheeler and quickly got a gap of 6 bike lengths. The Wiggle rider fought hard and closed the gap down the back straight but with 200m to go Ellie kicked again and opened the gap to take her first win in her first race as a junior. Sixteen year old Ferndown-based Gilham has moved up from the youth ranks and switched from Bournemouth Arrow to the VC St Raphael/Waite’s Contracts women’s racing team. The bitterly cold training camp she had been on in Bristol had obviously worked, the two day camp was also a chance for Ellie to get to know her new team. A tough winter training programme involving a mixture of long road rides, turbo & gym work has really brought the youngster on. This coupled with studying for 4 A Levels at Ferndown 6th form means Ellie has a very busy schedule. “I will be racing pretty much every weekend now up till my first objective of the year, the Cheshire Classic in April. ( She could well come up against Great Britain's new Junior World Champion, Lucy Garner). Looking further ahead there is the women’s road race series, the National road champs in May and the Track championships in August”. She says.
Gilham loves track racing, she first rode Calshot aged 9 and has been hooked ever since. Victoria Pendleton & Lizzie Armistead provide the inspiration; “My favourite events are the points & scratch races and I am really looking forward to the track league in Bournemouth this summer”. Having said that, Gilham is also eagerly anticipating her first season on the road and racing over the longer distances. She feels it will play to her endurance strengths and at just 49Kgs she enjoys the hills! There will be harder races ahead for Gilham but that, of course, is part of the attraction, a win is a win and no doubt there will be more to come.

Meanwhile, veteran roadman/sprinter, Steve Moss (Bournemouth Arrow/Hotel Collingwood) took the honours in the overflow 3rd category race at the Portsmouth venue. Moss has been around a long time and raced on the Continent in the early eighties. A stack of miles through the winter and crafty racing nous make Moss a favourite for most early season “Bunch Gallops”. Also in action at the outdoor track were Dave & Jordan Wade (Poole Wheelers) Hugo Walters (New Forest CC) and a first outing for the new Primera-Specialized team with Ian Legg, Jay Eastwood & Will Stephenson. Legg and Stephenson are both entered in the Severn Bridge road race on 4th March. Winner of the elite race was Gregg Mansell (UK Youth), Son of the former Formula 1 World Champion, Nigel Mansell. Gregg gave the UK Youth squad their second win of the season after Chris Opie’s success in the Perfs Pedal race.

Ten Minutes of Hell, subterranean speed.
Dorset Photo-Journalist Phil Gale reports......
New Forest-based Julia Shaw made the long journey to Liverpool on Sunday to take part in a new and different event. Organised by Liverpool bike shop Vita Cycles, in conjunction with Mersey Travel, the Ten Minutes of Hell saw riders do an out-and-back time trial through the Queensway Road Mersey tunnel. Normally a toll tunnel, open to cars, it was closed for the event so that riders could enjoy the fast descent followed by a long drag when riding through in either direction.
A total of 60 riders took part in the 7 kilometre event going off at 2 minute intervals. As the afternoon passed the “hitters” were sent off, with National Time Trial Champion and Team Sky rider Alex Dowsett the final rider to take on Hell in the tunnel.
He clocked the fastest time of the day taking the first place prize of £1000 pounds as well as a spot £500 prize and £3000 Tag Heuer SLR watch for the fastest split. Shaw won the women’s event also winning £1000 for her efforts as well as a Swift Carbon bike frame; she had a time which put her as one of the ten fastest riders of the day.
Shaw “This was my first event of the year so it was a real lung opener. Not knowing how to pace myself, I went off flat out and then hung on. What an incredible event, riding in a tunnel on closed roads with prizes equal to the men was definitely worth the trip.”
Doswett “That was horrible! I went off harder than planned and just hung on. I would ride this again any day just to hear the sound of the disc wheels echoing in the tunnel. Plus with a couple more races with prizes like this I could retire for the season!”
1. Alex Dowsett Team Sky 08:28 (Halfway split) 04:08
2. Ryan Mullen Planet X 09:12 (Halfway split) 04:20
3. James Ratcliffe Fred Williams Cycles 09:13 (Halfway split) 04:30
4. Andrew Wilkinson Port Sunlight Wheelers 09:16 (Halfway split) 04:33
5. Ken Buckley Reading Cycling Club 09:20 (Halfway split) 04:35
6. Liam Stones Team Corley Cycles Blue 09:28 (Halfway split) 04:41
7. James Coleman Witham Wheelers CC 09:35 (Halfway split) 04:45
8. Stuart Wells Scunthorpe Poly CC 09:59 (Halfway split) 04:53
9. Julia Shaw Drag2Zero 09:59 (Halfway split) 04:56
10. Roy Sumner Port Sunlight Wheelers 10:03 (Halfway split) 05:01

Thanks to Sportful, Swift Carbon, DHW Enterprises and Mersey Travel for their assistance with Vita Cycles, without whom this event would not have happened.

Raymond Brown Track Cycling League
Bournemouth Cycling Centre has announced their plans for the summer track league. Sponsored by the track builders, Raymond Brown and run by Bournemouth Arrow CC, the league will run every Tuesday at 18.30, from 1st May to 31st July. Events will include sprint, scratch, elimination and point’s races, racing will be split into A&B groups, to ensure competition at all levels. All riders must hold BCC accreditation and pre-register to be allocated a number which they will keep for the series. Race entry fee on the day will be £10 for seniors/youth and £3 for youth.

2012 Track Cycling League Team

Key to the success of Bournemouth’s first Track Cycling League is the organisational Team.

Drawing valued assistance from local Clubs, Organisations and Individuals the Arrow are delighted to have on board;

Alan McRae - Overall Programme

Graham Hurst – Youth Programme

Jackie Storey – Entry and Signing on Administration

Steve Staniland – Competition Equipment Set up

Dave Maclean – Track Security and Rider Safety

Gerry Gray – Track Centre Race Officials and support Team

Gerry Gray – Results and League Tables Administration

Roger Papp – Facility Operation and Rider Accreditation

All these volunteers will require additional assistance every Tuesday evening so anyone able to join the rota of their helpers should contact the above or info@bournemouth.cc (Link on Right)

The time trial season gets underway this weekend with the Poole Wheelers/Wessex RC 27km event. Held on the sporting Gallows Hill-Moreton circuit, the race is the first of six in an inter club series. Entry is on the line with the first rider off at 10:00.

A few images from the UCI Track World Cup at the London Olympic Veodrome.


From Tracy Edwards, Community Fund Raising Manager for Action Medical Research

“Starting from Bath Racecourse the Bath 100 offers a great opportunity to put your winter training to the test, with some lung busting hills and breath-taking descents.
The Bath 100 offers a choice of a 100 mile or 100 km through scenic Somerset & Wiltshire and is perfect for anyone who wants to set themselves a real challenge. The ride passes through many famous landmarks including Stourhead, King Alfreds Tower, Bratton, Westbury White Horse & Lacock.
The Bath 100 is fully supported with great route signs, marshalls, bike mechanics, back-up vehicles, regular refreshment stops, a fantastic lunch stop & chip timing. (Link on right for more info)

On the 06th March as the schools all ride and scoot in as part of The Big Pedal 2012,(link on right) local Sustrans officer, Jason Falconer, is planning an epic ride on the track.
Jason will ride 84 miles.
This equals 134 Kilometres / 537 laps and Jason reckons it will take him 4 and half hours starting at 9.30 a.m.
I am sure he will appreciate your support if you are in the area!

Wednesday 22 February 2012

Inter Club Time Trial Series

The local time trial season gets underway in Dorset this weekend with the Poole Wheelers/Wessex RC 27km event on Sunday 26th. Entry is on the line with the first rider off at 10:00. Held on the Gallows Hill-Moreton circuit, the race is the first of six in an inter club series,with all of the events held on sporting courses. Points will be allocated in the same way as the popular end of season hill climbs. Participating clubs are Poole Whs, Bournemouth Jubilee Whs, CC Weymouth and Wessex RC. Of course these events are not limited to just these clubs and all are welcome. The idea is to add a bit of interest to these testing, early season club events and hopefully increase entries. Paul Hughes of Poole Wheelers describes the courses:
Sun 26th Feb 10:00. Poole Whs 27 km Gallows Hill-Moreton Circuit P433. A rolling course that starts at Gallows Hill then goes via Clouds Hill, B3390, Moreton, Wool, Worgret and finally along the 7km drag up Puddletown Road to the finish at Gallows Hill.
Sun 4th Mar 10:00. Poole Whs 15 miles Purbeck Hilly Circuit. A rolling start and finish with Whiteways Hill in the middle. Start in Holme Lane near the Springfield Hotel then via West Holme, East Lulworth, climb Whiteways Hill, descend Steeple, Church Knowle, Corfe Castle, Wareham bypass to finish in West Lane near the Springfield Hotel.

Sat 10th Mar 15:00. Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 20 miles Furzehill Circuit P472A (2 laps). An undulating course that starts at Furzehill and goes via Pig Oak, Horton, Horton Inn and B3078 to finish at Furzehill.
Sun 11th Mar 09:00 Poole Whs 15 miles Wareham-Gallows Hill Circuit P414. This is the same testing circuit that was used for the 2011 Rudy Project. Start at Wareham Station then past Silent Woman pub to Lane End then via Gallows Hill, Wool and Wareham bypass to finish at Wareham Station.
Sat 24th Mar 10:00 CC Weymouth 22 miles Moreton-Gallows Hill Circuit P436 (2 laps). This is the same course (but different start) proposed by Poole Whs for the CTT National Circuit Championships in 2013. A sporting course with a 2 mile drag up Gallows Hill from Wool. Start at Moreton, then via East Burton, Wool, Gallows Hill, Clouds Hill and B3390 to finish at Moreton.
Sun 25th Mar 09:00 Poole Whs 28 miles Round the Harbour P461. This is the revised edition of the old classic open event that used to start at Sandbanks and finish on the ferry approach at Studland. Due to traffic lights in the town and at Sandford, the new course starts at the Creekmoor Park and Ride and goes via Bakers Arms, A35, Woodbury, past the Silent Woman pub, Wareham Bypass, Corfe Castle, B3351 past the Purbeck Golf Club and through Studland to finish on the ferry approach. Note that transport will be provided to take kit from the start across to the finish.

Friday 17 February 2012

Local Riders,Local Races

Darren Kenny OBE, retained his 1 KM time trial title on day 3 at the world championships in Los Angeles. Verwood- based Kenny clocked 1:12.496 in his four lap effort, more than a second faster than David Nicholas (Australia). Great Britain team mate Shaun McKeown also made the podium, picking up the bronze medal. Kenny had bounced back well after the disappointment of losing his 3km pursuit title to Nicholas on day 2. The multiple world & Paralympic champion had been caught by the Australian in the final ride and had to settle for silver. Another Silver followed in the team sprint final as Kenny, along with Sarah Storey and Jody Cundy lost out to the Chinese trio. Meanwhile Barney Storey had to settle for silver for the second consecutive year in the tandem kilo. Storey and visually impaired stoker Neil Fachie came agonisingly close to gold, finishing just 0.0099 seconds behind teammates Anthony Kappes & Craig MacLean. Storey and Fachie were on course for a final showdown with their GB rivals after beating Canada in the quarter finals. However the Corfe Mullen rider was taken ill and had to withdraw from the semi-final with the Netherlands. Kappes & Maclean went on to win the title comfortably beating the Dutch pairing 2-0.Once again GB topped the medal table but it had been a challenging week for the whole squad. The jet lag from the long flight hung around longer than expected. Shaun McKeown spent most of one night in the hospital after suffering an allergic reaction to something he ate.

Rising star, Mark Colbournes father had passed away on the opening day of the championships. His gold medal winning ride in the C1 pursuit was fuelled by emotion. Barney Storeys illness and subsequent withdrawal from the tandem sprint undoubtedly cost him & Neil Fachie a medal. Instead of riding against the Netherlands in the semi-final, Storey was forced to return to the team hotel. “That’s bike racing” was his disappointed response. Perhaps this had been on Sarah Storeys mind as the sprint team surrendered their world title to the Chinese.
Lead Coach Chris Furber offered no excuses however and remains positive, Furber told “E D” “I’m satisfied with the performance at the Worlds, to be in gold or silver medal position in 14 events puts us in a great place for the games. The next month is about reviewing performance and formulating detailed plans for the run-in to London." After a few days rest for the squad thoughts will turn to the road. An endurance camp in Majorca in March will be followed by world cup events in Italy and Spain. The track events at the Paralympic games will be held in the Velodrome at the Olympic park, while the road events will take place at Brands Hatch.

Perfs Pedal Race

Chris Opie (Team UK Youth) won the season opening, Perfs Pedal race on Portsdown Hill. The race went ahead, although reduced from 5 laps to four, after the VC ST Raphael organising team had worked hard to clear ice from the course.
Team UK Youth had controlled the race from the start, strength in numbers and a race plan ensured no one was allowed to escape the bunch.Doug Dewey(Terra Footwear-Bicycle line)lead a small group clear on the final climb before Opie attacked to take a comfortable win.
Perfs Pedal images courtesy of www.velouk.net
Top Ten
1 Chris OPIE Team UK Youth
2 Marcin BIALOBLOCKI Node4 Giordana
3 Jonathan McEVOY Endura Racing
4 David McGOWAN Team UK Youth
5 Erick ROWSELL Endura Racing
6 Jon DIBBEN Hargroves Cycles-Specialized-Trant-Next-Elliott's
7 Freddy JOHANSSON Team UK Youth
8 Ben SIMMONS Team Wiggle
9 Yanto BARKER Team UK Youth
10 Douglas DEWEY Terra Footwear- Bicycle Line

Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 100 mile Reliability Trial
Bournemouth Jubilee Wheeler, Mike Walsh, organiser of the clubs hugely successful reliability trial series reports on the 100 mile event. The four tourist trials across the winter months have proved very popular.
"54 riders started, 27 on the 100 in 8 and also 27 on the 100 km. 24 finished the 100 in 8 and 26 the 100 km.
A fantastic finish ratio. The fastest group finished in just over 6 hours whereas there was a couple on the 100 km who returned just before 4 p.m. Although a cold start to the day the roads were dry and any water draining from the fields could be identified and thus the ice patches avoided. The weather became less cold through the day and the riders experienced minimal wind. All riders seemed happy upon their return and tucked into the tea and cakes provided under the guidance of Aimée Barber. (Other helpers were Dave Langley, Mike and Jo Gordon, Reg Haskins, Aimée, Matt, Sue [Barber family], Jacky and Clive). I had a large glass of wine in the evening."

Racing Club Omega has a packed calendar of circuit & track events in the south in 2012. Next Sunday (19th) is the start of the Mountbatten Circuits at the Mountbatten Centre at North End in Portsmouth.
Starting at 10am, there are races for Category 4/Women/category 3 and finally a race for Elite 1/2 category riders.
The 4th category race is on for 10am followed by the women’s race and category 3 event at 11.30. The E/1/2 race is at 1pm.
Follow M275 direction Continental Ferry Port. Take slip direction North End, at RAB take first slip up Twyford Avenue to mini RAB, Follow route,’Out of City’ up Northern Parade, where left at signpost Cannons Sports Club / Alexandra Bowls. Follow road down to back of the Mountbatten Centre. Cycle Track is out the back. PLEASE NOTE THE SPEED RESTRICTIONS ON THE M275
Sunday 11th March 2012
OMEGA PORTSMOUTH CIRCUITS CD: 14/03/11 Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth
YOUTH U16/U14/U12/U10/U8 3.00 5.00 Var 0945
REGIONAL C+ 4 / J4 8.00 10.00 40 km 1030
REGIONAL A WOMEN 8.00 10.00 40 km 1030
REGIONAL B 3 / J3 8.00 10.00 56 km 1130
NATIONAL B E / 1 / 2 8.00 10.00 56 km 1300

Sunday 18th March 2012
OMEGA THRUXTON CIRCUITS CD: 05/03/11 Thruxton Motor Circuit, Andover
YOUTH U16/U14/U12/U10/U8 3.00 5.00 Var 0930

REGIONAL C+ 4 / J4 10.00 15.00 40 km 1015
REGIONAL A WOMEN 10.00 15.00 40 km 1015
REGIONAL B 3 / J3 10.00 15.00 56 km 1130
NATIONAL B E / 1 / 2 10.00 15.00 56 km 1300
Sunday 25th March 2012
OMEGA THRUXTON CIRCUITS CD: 12/03/11 Thruxton Motor Circuit, Andover
YOUTH U16/U14/U12/U10/U8 3.00 5.00 Var 0930
REGIONAL C+ 4 / J4 10.00 15.00 40 km 1015
REGIONAL A WOMEN 10.00 15.00 40 km 1015
REGIONAL B 3 / J3 10.00 15.00 56 km 1130
NATIONAL B E / 1 / 2 10.00 15.00 56 km 1300
Wednesdays 4th 11th 18th 25th April 2nd MAY 2012

RAY MARTIN MEMORIAL 150 DISTANCE LEAGUE Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth
CD: 23/03/11 for the series price of YOUTH 15.00 SENIORS E/1/2/3/4/W/J 32.00

Per meeting

YOUTH U16/U14/U12/U10/U8 4.00 4.00 Var 1815

REGIONAL B 3/4/J/W 8.00 10.00 40 mins+ 1845

NATIONAL B E/1/2/3 8.00 10.00 50 mins+ 1945
Saturday 7th April 2012

PORTSMOUTH EASTER CIRCUITS Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth
REGIONAL C+ 4 / J4 £8.00 (£10.00) 40 mins 0900
REGIONAL A WOMEN £8.00 (£10.00) 50 mins 1000
REGIONAL B 3 / J3 £8.00 (£10.00) 50 mins 1000
NATIONAL B E / 1 / 2 / J1 / J2 £8.00 (£10.00) 1 hour 1100

Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth
TRACK SM / W / J 10.00 15.00 1300

TRACK U16 / U14 /U12 Fixed 5.00 8.00

U12/U10/U8 Free wheel 5.00 8.00
Wednesday 16th May – 19th September 2012

PORTSMOUTH CIRCUITS Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth

YOUTH U16/U14/U12/U10/U8 4.00 4.00 Var 1815

REGIONAL B 3/4/J/W 10.00 10.00 52 km 1845

NATIONAL B E/1/2/3 10.00 10.00 52 km 1930
Sunday 20th May 2012
NATIONAL B E/1/2/3 130 km+ £15.00 (£20.00 ) 1030
REGIONAL A JUNIORS ONLY 80 km+ £15.00 (£20.00 ) 1040
REGIONAL A WOMEN ONLY 80 km+ £15.00 (£20.00 ) 1040
REGIONAL B 4/ over 40 3rd cats 80 km+ £15.00 (£20.00 ) 1040
Saturday 23rd JUNE 2012


NATIONAL HILL CLIMB CHAMPIONSHIPS Inc Southern Regional Championships CD: 09/04/12 Ditcham Park School, Petersfield
U8 / U10 / U12 / U14 / U16 / O16 NATIONAL 6.00 tbc

No entry on the day NATIONAL & REGIONAL 8.00

Sunday 24th JUNE 2012

NATIONAL HARD TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS Inc Southern Regional Championships CD: 09/04/12 Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth
U8 / U10 / U12 / U14 / U16 / O16 NATIONAL 6.00 1100

No entry on the day NATIONAL & REGIONAL 8.00

U8 / U10 / U12 use a free wheel machine U14 / U16 / O16 used a fixed wheel machine
Sunday 10th June 2012

SUSIES YOUTH TRACK MEETING inc Youth Omniums ~ Southern Area Heat CD: 05/04/10 Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth
TRACK U16 / U14 / U12 8.00 10.00 1000

YOUTH U10 / U8 5.00 8.00

Saturday 18th June 2011
OMEGA STAGE RACE: (TT & CIRCUITS) Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth REGIONAL C+ 4 / J4 £10.00 (£15.00) 0900

REGIONAL A WOMEN £10.00 (£15.00) 0945
REGIONAL B 3 / J3 £10.00 (£15.00) 1030
NATIONAL B E / 1 / 2 / J1 / J2 £10.00 (£15.00) 1100
YOUTH CIRCUITS Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth

YOUTH U16/U14/U12/U10/U8 £3.00 (£5.00) Var 1200
Sunday 15th JULY 2012
SOUTH OPEN CIRCUITS- open to non south region riders only Thruxton
REGIONAL B 3/4/J/W 40 mins+ 3 laps £10.00 (£15.00) 0900
REGIONAL A E/1/2 50 mins+ 3 laps £10.00 (£15.00) 1040
YOUTH U10 / U8 Var £3.00 (£5.00) 1115
YOUTH U16 / U14 / U12 Var £3.00 (£5.00) 1130

YOUTH U10 / U8 Var £3.00 (£5.00) 1115
YOUTH U16 / U14 / U12 Var £3.00 (£5.00) 1130

REGIONAL A JUNIORS ONLY 40 mins+ 3 laps £10.00 (£15.00) 1200
REGIONAL A WOMEN ONLY 40 mins+ 3 laps £10.00 (£15.00) 1200

REGIONAL B 4/ over 40 3rd cats 40 mins+ 3 laps £10.00 (£15.00) 1200

NATIONAL B E/1/2/3 80 mins+ 3 laps £10.00 (£15.00) 1300

ALL ENTRIES TO: Mrs Susan KNIGHT 21 Bedhampton Road North End PORTSMOUTH
PO2 7JX 023 9264 2226
Thruxton’s/Open Track/ Sat Portsmouth’s Cheques to: Racing Club Omega

Wednesdays nights at Portsmouth Track Cheques to: Portsmouth Cycle Track League

Daniel Lloyd (Team I G Markets-Sigma Sport) is currently commentating on the Tour of the Algarve for Eurosport. The I G Markets-Sigma team will be officially launched in London today before heading out to Tuscany for some warm weather training. As well as racing, Lloyd revealed on Eurosport that he will be working at the Giro d'Italia in a commentary role for the channel.