Wednesday 31 October 2012

Calshot Winter League 2012/13

The Calshot winter track league is back starting this Sunday and running through till next February.
Sun, 4th Nov 2012
Calshot Activities Centre
Calshot Spit,
SOUTHAMPTON, Hampshire, SO45 1BR

Promoted by: Calshot Cycle Racing League ,Event organiser:Mrs Susan Knight
21 Bedhampton Road
North End
Cheques payable to:Calshot CRL
Track League Affiliation Fees - Senior £18.00/Youth 10.00

4 Nov 12 12:45 E/1/2/3/4 Regional C+ Band 4 1st, 2nd, 3rd, £10.00

4 Nov 12 12:45 U8/U10/U12/U14/U16 Youth Only Track League Youth A, B, C, D, E £5.00

Sunday 28 October 2012

Dorset Miles, Bear Cross Sunday Ride!

The start of yet another winters training in Dorset saw 17 riders at Bear Cross. Some old faces and some new faces on this well established group ride. Out to gravel hill, Merley and on to Corfe Mullen, the rain was starting to fall, annoying more than wet. A puncture at Bloxworth was quickly mended before crossing the A35 to Lane End. The lanes through Turners Puddle, Throop, Briantspudddle and Affpuddle were new to most and good fun. The roads were wet now but it was diesel on a corner that brought 3 of us down, typically there was little sympathy and no real damage.Tolpuddle, Athlehampton and Puddletown came and went, the old main road made redundant by the dual carriageway was a joy to ride. Turning south to Tincleton and Moreton Station we made it across the railway tracks at Redbridge, crossing the A352 and the road was starting to rise at Five Marys. Chaldon Herring, Winfrith Newburgh and up to Daggers Gate at Durdle Door. The swift descent to West Lulworth is tempered by the left hander at the church. They were already waiting outside the Castle Inn but there would be no ale for us as we screamed down to East Lulworth. Selections were made on Whiteways hill but the truce at the top allowed regrouping for the drop down to Steeple. A tailwind through Church Knowle to Corfe Castle saw the pace increase and the conversations stop. Fast across Middlebeare Heath and on to Wareham, the traffic increased, the hand gestures and the gunning of throttles suggested people were on important business this Sunday morning. For a change an urban finish to the ride and local knowledge was needed to navigate through Upton, Stanley Green, Oakdale and Rossmore. The group was small now as thoughts turned to cups of tea and roast potatoes, a final sprint for traffic lights on Castle Lane was a solo affair. 4Hrs 22m

Saturday 27 October 2012

British Cycling Gala Dinner

The great and the good were at British Cycling’s Gala Dinner in Manchester. Whilst not on the top table, “Local Riders, Local Races” had a pretty good seat at this rather up-market bun fight. MC Hugh Porter led the deserved congratulations on a truly memorable year for British Cycling!
What was said:
Hugh Porter……. “He did more than live out his own dream this year; he lived out the dreams of all of us”
“I have spent my whole life following cycling and I never ever thought I would see a British winner of the Tour De France”

Bradley Wiggins……… “Next year is going to be different; you can’t do the same thing again”
………. “I do what I am told to do, as we all do”……….
……… “I gotta get back on my bike in a couple of weeks’ time...
……….. “My foundation is nothing like Lance Armstrong’s foundation”..

Sir Chris Hoy……… “The last time I danced was at my wedding, it’s not my cup of tea, good luck to Victoria”..
….. “all those Friday afternoon rolling 500 sessions, all the stuff on the turbo, all the intervals, all the stuff that really hurts, that’s where it all paid off”….
….. “It was not tears on the podium, it was an allergy, I wasn’t crying”…

Lizzie Armitstead ….. “I have watched it back and saw myself get out of the saddle before she(Vos) did and thought come on why didn’t I go?”
….. “I’m kind of a home girl and like my simple things”..
…….. “For me it’s about the freedom I have on the road, I am not sure I could give that up”

Mark Cavendish …….. “Ideally I wanted to stay with Sky..”
“ I think it was one of the biggest honours of my career was to be part of that team with Brad, I think he could have won it last year…”
….. “I want sprint days instead of collecting bottles”….
……. “Unfortunately for me the history of the Tour De France is mostly mountains, hopefully I can start off by wearing the yellow jersey and finish by winning the green jersey….”
…. “I still want to get that points jersey in the Giro…… “
.... "OmegaPharma-Quickstep has the most amazing classics team"...

Jess Varnish ……. “I don’t think I will ever get over being disqualified from the Olympics, it’s always gonna hurt talking about it, it was a bad day”

Neil Fachie……. “ I achieved my greatest ambition in life, I got to walk on the pitch at Aberdeen Football Club….”

Sarah Storey …… “I love to race, I will race anywhere, anytime, there is life in the old girl yet, there is plenty more to come”……

OnTrackCycling- Winter Training Ideas

Next season starts here! Bournemouth track league champion Adam D'Arcy Wykes is offering some great winter training opportunities!


Thursday 25 October 2012

Cube MountainBike Stolen in Poole!!

Bike was stolen from the Esso petrol station on Ringwood road, Poole at about 4pm this afternoon. (Thursday 25 Oct. 12)
Spec of the bike:
- Fox 36 Van OBR 180m fork
- Fox Van R rear shock
- Stans Flow ztr (white) on Hope pro 2 Evo wheels
- Raceface Atlas Fr bars (Blue)
- Hope Dh 50mm stem (Blue)
- Hope Tech m4 Evo brakes with Blue floating rotor
- Shimano XT rear mech with SLX shifter
- Raceface Evolve cranks
- Renthal 32t chainring
- DMR vault pedals
- Sdg iBeam post with a Sdg Patriot saddle
- Raceface Dh bb
- Hope qr sear clamp (Blue)

Any information please contact Ryan on


National Trophy Cyclo-Cross Round 3 Coming to Southampton

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Event Organiser
Kerie Wallace
Calmore Cottage
Loperwood Lane
SO40 2RL
TEL 07850 172929

Cody's Challenge/Dan Lloyd Sportive 2013 CANCELLED!

Cody’s Challenge heads south!
Join IG Sigma Sport’s Dan Lloyd for a 100km ride through the picturesque New Forest.

Children’s Heartbeat Trust have joined forces with the British Heart Foundation, to bring you Cody’s Challenge Hampshire

Date: Sunday 3rd March, 2013
Location: Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Centre, nr Bransgore, Hampshire
Visit for more information,(link on right) or contact Lorraine Lloyd at or Neil Jarrett at

Check out the route here

Wednesday 24 October 2012

Tour de France 2013

There are a total of 28 passes classified as 2nd, 1st categories or hors cat├ęgorie, including a double Alpe d'Huez climbing > the 21 numbered bends of L’Alpe d’Huez: 21 x 2 = 42! (courtesy of Le Tour de France)

Ben Jones: Cycling Specific Personal Trainer

Hi my name is Ben Jones I am a Level 3 Personal Trainer based in Bournemouth. I’m sure winter training is crossing all cyclists’ minds now that the weathers closing in and the turbo trainers are soon to become very important to your training schedule. As strength and conditioning specialist, from my experience working within the field of sport science, I have seen many crucial areas being avoided in relation to sport specific exercise programs. If I could emphasize anything enough use your winter training to target those weaknesses and get yourself in to peak condition. Winter training is also perfect to concentrate on some strength work. Whether you’re a track or road cyclist, strength training, I can guarantee will benefit you. Improving core strength and your power to weight will make you extremely efficient and will help prepare you for the next season and more importantly will help prepare you for an injury free season.

As well as a personal trainer I work for AFC Bournemouth’s centre of excellence as a Strength and Conditioning coach and am a current Exercise Science Rehabilitation student at the AECC. I have a huge passion for cycling and am offering all club cyclists a free 30 minute 1 to 1 taster session to see if they want to take their performance to the next level. I am based in "The Gym" Bournemouth on Westover Road.

My Details:

Ben Jones

MOB: 07890195241 (link on right)


Tuesday 23 October 2012

Moreton Road Race Series 2013!

The UK-Biking Moreton Race Series is back again in 2013 for some more Thursday evening circuit racing. Promoted under TLI rules, the flat 3 mile circuit provides a good mid-week workout and usually ends in a sprint finish. Jason Eastwood (Primera/Specialized has proved almost unbeatable, winning the last 3 series, including 17 races outright!

Dates are:

Round 1 - 09/05/2013
Round 2 - 16/05/2013
Round 3 - 23/05/2013
Round 4 - 30/05/2013
Round 5 - 06/06/2013
Round 6 - 13/06/2013
Round 7 - 20/06/2013
Round 8 - 27/06/2013
Round 9 - 04/07/2013
Round 10 - 11/07/2013
Round 11 - 18/07/2013
Round 12 - 25/07/2013

Moreton races start at 7pm on Thursday evenings and are 1 hour + 1 lap long. Race promoter Richard Lang says "There are 5 ability/age groups in the race, allowing us to cater for all, from race beginners to elites.
The self-marshalling system will be used again next year, requiring regulars to provide marshalling for 1 round each."

The successful Midsummer champs will be held again in 2013, which will be held on the 20th June. The race time for this will be 1.5 hours + 1 lap and there will be additional series points on offer and prizes handed out at the end.

UK-BIKING to Host Southern MTB Races in 2013!

UK-Biking is pleased to announce that they will be working with SMBC, to bring two rounds to the Southern XC series in 2013.

The first venue will be the old favourite Crow Hill, located in Ringwood, Hampshire. The woodland singletrack at Crow Hill never fails to deliver a fast and enjoyable course!No firm date is fixed yet but as in previous years early June is likely.

A second venue will be new to mountainbike racing and is central to the southern region. It is currently in the discussion phase, but the land owner is very keen to do a round there. There will be more news on this in the New Year.

Monday 22 October 2012

CycloCross: Luke Gray's World Cup Diary

“Sunday 21st of October was the first round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup at Tabor in the South Bohemian region of the Czech Republic. I was the sole team GB rider wearing team GB kit as it is a requirement for Under 23 riders. There was though one elite man Ian Field and three elite woman GB riders, Helen Wyman, Gabby Day and Nikki Harris.
The last time I rode here was the World Champs in 2010, then it was very icy and snowy, today it was very damp and foggy with heavy dew making the conditions very slippery on this tough hilly course made up of primarily grass. Also on the course there were a couple on hurdles and a flight of steps to run up. My favourite parts of the course were the banks and turns on the lower section of the course and the downhill stretches on the top of the course which lead into slippery corners.
I was ranked on the 4th row and made a good start, but despite an early practise lap found the course too slippery and came into change bike with a different set of tyres. Luckily dad was in the pits and managed to swap the wheels around in time for me. After two days of travelling to get to Tabor I found my body a little rusty and didn't fare so well in the first half of the race. In the second half my legs picked up and went a lot better. I was aiming for a top 30 position but finished 35th, which equalled my best position at a World Cup last year.

I met my team mate Katie Compton for the first time on Sunday and we talked a lot about Trek bikes and how good they are. I also picked up a few tips and inside gossip. Katie came 2nd in a sprint finish for the elite woman.
At the moment I am staying in the Czech Republic until next weekend for the second round of the World Cup which will be held at Plzen. In the meantime I am enjoying staying in a very hilly region with some beautiful countryside where all the trees are turning to golden yellow so training will be quite enjoyable in this very rural location. Whilst training I've encountered, unmanned railway crossings without barriers, stray dogs, many run down crumbling buildings and loads old rusty old Skodas. At the moment there is lots of fog about so all you can see is the road in front with no surroundings. When travelling around through the villages it's like going back in time, the fuel stations are still selling 4star!”

Sunday 21 October 2012

Inter Club Hill Climb.Buddle Best on Whiteway

Andy Buddle (Poole Wheelers) conquered the slopes of Whiteway hill on Dorset’s Jurassic coast to win the final round of the inter-club competition. In a close fought ascent, Buddle edged out club mate Harrison Fielding by just 2 seconds. The gap between Fielding and pre-race favourite Simon McLaughlin (Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers) was even smaller, Fielding getting the verdict by half a second. Better known as a track rider Buddle proved his versatility, coming from behind both Fielding & McLaughlin to end his season on a high!

Starting on the edge of East Lulworth, Whiteway is the longest of the 4 climbs in the series. Initially flat, the big ring start does not last long as the road ramps up into the Purbecks. The right & left handers near the summit give the riders false hope as the chequered flag is some way ahead. It was here that Buddle won the fight as McLaughlin paid for his lack of racing. Fielding wins the individual series outright, with a first, two seconds and a fourth place. The 16 year old moves up to the junior ranks next season and is planning to focus more on road racing. Although talented on the track, Fielding sees his future on the road and will be riding the national junior series. Pressure of work for McLaughlin made it difficult for him to find the consistency of the previous two years. The on-call doctor was forced to pull out of the previous weeks Catford & Bec CC events but he was offering no excuses for his first defeat on Whiteways. Poole Wheelers pushed CC Weymouth hard this time but the west Dorset club won the team award for the third consecutive year. Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers were never in the hunt, lacking the riders to back up McLaughlin’s lead.The Inter club series is proving a great success with numbers increasing every year. Fifty five signed on for the final event,including more than a few youngsters, and with points awarded all the way down the field, everyone can contribute to the team award.

1 Andy Buddle Poole Wheelers 7:26.2
2 Harrison Fielding Poole Wheelers 7:28.1
3 Simon McLaughlin Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 7:28.5
4 James Horton Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 7:43.3
5 Ryan Hasler Poole Wheelers (day) 7:50.8
6 Ben Davis CC Weymouth 7:58.1
7 Ian Cardy CC Weymouth 8:03.8
8 John Vinson Poole Wheelers 8:04.8
9 Bryce Riglar CC Weymouth 8:05.3
10 John Chapman CC Weymouth 8:07.7
11 Steve Pink CC Weymouth 8:08.6
12 Greg Parker CC Weymouth 8:10.0
13 Martin Kumm Poole Wheelers 8:19.6
14 Jordan Wade VC St Raphael 8:22.0
15 Andrew Graham Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 8:23.1
16 Darren Matthews CC Weymouth 8:27.6
17 Andrew Leach Mud Sweat N Gears 8:29.8
18 William Clark Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 8:33.2
19 Martin Aldridge Poole Wheelers 8:38.1
20 Nick Best Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 8:47.0
21 Steven Pye Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 8:49.8
22 Terry Belbin Poole Wheelers 8:51.3
23 Callum Charlton Unattached 9:00.4
24 James Berry Poole Wheelers 9:01.3
25 Andrew Jardine Poole Wheelers (day) 9:16.2
26 Ryan Weston Poole Wheelers 9:18.8
27 Jeremy Guy CC Weymouth 9:19.2
28 John Rivett Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 9:20.2
29 Craig Weston Poole Wheelers 9:26.9
30 Mark Valentine Poole Wheelers 9:27.2
31 Dave Gardner Poole Wheelers 9:28.2
32 Chris Ormensher Bournemouth Arrow CC 9:30.4
33 Heidi Gould CC Weymouth 9:36.5
34 Mark Singleton Poole Wheelers (day) 9:39:2
35 Les Pick Poole Wheelers 9:41.4
36 William Wilson CC Weymouth 9:56.1
37 Gary Tuskin Poole Wheelers 9:58.1
38 Cliff Free Poole Wheelers 9:58.4
39 Rob Haycock Bournemouth Arrow CC 10:05.5
40 Alistair Fielding Poole Wheelers 10:14.9
41 Andrew Jackson CC Weymouth 10:16.4
42 Philip Clive CC Weymouth 10:17.9
43 Lee Marsden Poole Wheelers 10:33.2
44 Andrew Preston CC Weymouth 10:35.2
45 Howard Pankhurst Poole Wheelers 10:37.2
46 Jamie Haycock Bournemouth Arrow CC 10:44.5
47 Stuart Carrington CC Weymouth 10:51.6
48 Jonathan Terry Poole Wheelers 10:57.4
49 Sandra Charlton Unattached
50 Colin Deuchars CC Weymouth 11:04.9
51 Luke Dighton Poole Wheelers 11:15.5
52 Brian Sands CC Weymouth 11:24.4
53 Jack Ormensher Bournemouth Arrow CC 12:22.0
54 Eve Jefferies Poole Wheelers 12:34.1
55 Colin Price Poole Wheelers 12:49.8
56 Richard Gould CC Weymouth 12:52.4
1 CC Weymouth 1834
2 Poole Wheelers 1812
3 Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 759
4 - Bournemouth Arrow CC 221

Thursday 18 October 2012

Shaw Sidelined by Shoulder Injury

A training accident has robbed Julia Shaw of the opportunity of riding for Great Britain at the Grand Prix De Nations in France this weekend. The forty six year old sustained Shoulder ligament damage that may require surgery. The New Forest based commomwealth games bronze medalist is already back on the turbo but the injury will take time to heal so racing is out of the question. A disappointed Shaw said “ I am so sad to be missing my final race of the season, the Grand Prix de Nations is my favourite race of all time, Riding for GB would have been a bit of consolation for not going to the worlds. I was really keen to give it one last blast”

Wednesday 17 October 2012

Offcamber XC Series 2012/13

A reminder, Offcamber XC Series 1st round on Sunday 21st October Race at 10 am sign on opens at 9am - REMEMBER NO HELMET - NO RIDE any questions telephone Offcamber 01258 458677

Tuesday 16 October 2012

Natiinal Trophy Cyclo-Cross Rnd 1

Luke Gray(Trek cross collective) rides & writes……Abergavenny Leisure Centre in Wales was the venue for the first round of Cyclo-Cross National Trophy Series. The day before the event the rain had given the course a good soaking so the first few races of the day had quite a muddy course to ride. But by the start of the Senior race the course had dry quite a bit but was still very slippery and there was one really muddy section which was removed when it got to our race.

I was ranked 5th so I had a front row griding which always helps. The raced started on the public highway then lead onto a long section of tarmac that went into a series of tight bends and an off cambered slippery hill. More than half the riders trying to ride this in practice slipped off left right and centre. I was about 5 and didn't get caught behind and idiots, however there was one that passed me on the tarmac but I passed him before the corner.

I stayed with the lead group of 5 or 6 for the first 3 plus laps then Ian Field put the boot in and I started to struggle and dropped back a bit. At that time I was in 4th place, then Olie Beckingsale (Endura MTB) Racing) came passed and I hooked up on his wheel, and we dropped the other two I was with. I rode for nearly 3 laps with Oli Beckingsale but I was tearing my legs off just to stay on his wheel, I shouldn't have been trying that hard to stay there, he was riding like he was still on his mountain bike, but was quite slow round the corners and over the planks.
With 20 minutes to go I was suffering for my efforts with Oli and was dropped. Then I was caught and passed by 3 under 23 riders (I was riding in the under 23's leaders green jersey position till that point). I carried on and tried to lose as little time as possible.

At two laps to go I was still having trouble up the steep banks trying to limit my losses. Then on the last lap I was passed yet again before the finish straight where the guy had about 4 seconds lead over me but I nearly caught him as I sprinted to finish 10th overall and 5th u23. I paid for my efforts with Oil but hopefully it will pay dividends late. Stu Bowers rode also rode also Mike Cotty

This week I have been given selection to ride for Team GB at the first round of the Cyclocross World Cup at Tabor in the Czech Republic. I last rode there at the World Cyclocross Champs more than a couple of years ago in the snow. Then the following week I stay in Czech for the second round of the World Series at Pilsen.

1 Ian Field Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant Elite 0 57 39 0 0
2 Paul Oldham Team Hope Factory Racing Elite 0 58 6 0 27
3 Jody Crawforth Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant Elite 0 58 34 0 55
4 Oli Beckingsale Endura MTB Racing Elite 0 58 51 1 12
5 Hugo Robinson X RT/Elmy Cycles Under 23 0 59 2 1 23
6 Steven James Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant Under 23 0 59 7 1 28
7 Adam Martin Cestria Cycles RT Under 23 0 59 20 1 41
8 Lewis Craven Elite 0 59 40 2 1
9 Ben Sumner Beeline Bicycles RT Under 23 0 59 44 2 5
10 Luke Gray Trek Cross Collective Under 23 0 59 47 2 8
11 Tony Fawcett Team Scott UK Elite 1 0 0 2 21
12 Robert Jebb Team Hope Factory Racing Elite 1 0 22 2 43
13 Dave Collins Team Hope Factory Racing Elite 1 0 40 3 1
14 Andrew Hargroves Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant Under 23 1 0 50 3 11
15 Joe Fox Rapha Condor CC Under 23 1 1 13 3 34
16 Stuart Bowers Hargroves Cycles/Specialized/Trant Elite 1 1 15 3 36
17 Nicholas Barnes RT/Kuota/GSG Under 23 1 1 25 3 46
18 William Bjergfelt Cycle Premier - Kovert Elite 1 1 25 3 46
19 Robert Watson Ditrwheels Cycles Under 23 1 1 50 4 11
20 Daniel Booth Team Hope Factory Racing Elite 1 2 2 4 23
21 Michael Cotty Cannondale Racing Elite 1 2 4 4 25
(Thanks to Rob Gray for pictures)