Thursday 28 April 2011

Weekly Round-Up 29/04/2011

Harry Bulstrode (Cannondale) won the 35 mile Sandie Radford Memorial Road Race at Nomansland in the New Forest. Sponsored by Radford Accountants and promoted by Glenn Longland & Antelope racing, the race was originally run under British Cycling rules but is now a League International race. Escaping in a small group that included Bulstrodes teammate Andy Bryson, Poole Mountain Biker, Roland Tilley (, Will Stephenson (Bournemouth Arrow/Hotel Collingwood) and James Astbury (Hargroves Cycles). This elite group built a lead of over two minutes and the race was over for the bunch. Bulstrode attacked on the final climb through the village to win alone, by 30 seconds. Stephenson grabbed 2nd while Tilley had to settle for 4th place, losing out to Bryson in the sprint. A field of 44 rolled away from the start on a hot breezy afternoon and the favourites controlled the race,before setting up the decisive break.
Steve Moss (Bournemouth Arrow/Hotel Collingwood) picked up second place (again) at the Portsmouth Easter Circuit Races at the Mountbatten Centre, Morgan Williams & Andy Betteridge (NFCC)were also in action. The first open track meet at Portsmouth for around seven years saw Rob Jeffries (Poole Wheelers) take 3rd in the Omnium, Rebbecca Hurst and Gordon Skillen were also in action for the Wheelers.

Rob Jeffries (Poole Wh)

• Local riders had to settle for the minor placings as Devon visitor Tom Alliban (Revo Racing) took top spot in the CC Weymouth 10 mile time trial. Recording a time of 21.10 on the Owermoigne-Winfrith course, Alliban was 10 sec clear of Julian Thacker (Vc St Raphael), with Leighton Girling (Poole Wh) snatching a surprise 3rd place in 21.31 Girlings teammates Terry Icke 21.33 & Gary Dighton 21.55 gave Poole Wheelers the Team Prize. Judy Martin, 27.37, also took the ladies award for the Poole club.
• The South Districts ruling of mandatory rear lights in open time trials has been rescinded. The national committee have decided the South DC were “exceeding their powers” This will be the position for the rest of this season. Local clubs can still choose to enforce the ruling in their own club events.

Colin Humm (NFCC) Won the Romsey XPL Research Triathlon on Sunday,Colin made short work of the 400m swim,16.2 mile bike & 3.7 mile run!

Club Events
BDWCA 10 24/04/11 P311 –24/04/11 starters?
1 J Jenkinson (Utag-Yamaha) 21.49
2 S More (Antelope RT) 23.09
3 G Longland (Antelope RT) 24.48

Poole Wheelers 30 P412- 25/04/11- 31 starters
1, J. Jenkinson (utag Yamaha) 1.02.44
2. G Dighton 1.05.38
3, P Matthews (Utag-Yamaha) 1.05.54

CC Weymouth P451- 26/4/11- Hilly 18- 12 starters
1, J Thacker (vc St Raphael) 45.55
2, J Chapman 49.14
3, G Parker 49.48

Bournemouth Jubilee 10 26/04/11 P311-28 Starters
1,W Newbury (Primera) 22.53
2,K King (Sotonia) 22.58
3, M Savage 23.21
Will Newbery

NFCC 10 P164-26/04/11 45 Starters
1, G Allan (GA Cycles) 22.45
2, J Shaw (Drag2Zero) 22.46
3, M.Beale(VC StRaphael) 23.08

Poole Wheelers 10 P412 27/04/11 27 Starters
1, G Dighton 21.19
2,T Icke 21.22
3,L Girling 21.25
Andy Mayfield

Bournemouth Arrow 10 P311 26 Starters
1, W.Stephenson 21.58
2, S Moore (Antelope RT) 23.26
3, A Mayfield 24.09

Wednesday 27 April 2011

Bike Racing returns to Victoria Park in Bath

Bike racing returns to Victoria Park, Bath for four Wednesdays in May. Supported by Bath & North East Somerset Council, British Cycling and with the help of four local clubs, Somer Valley CC, Avonlea-Treasure RT, Velo Club Walcot and Bath cc. A slightly different format, each race will be from 15 to 30 minutes, so expect some action packed racing and with an overall prize fund in excess of £2000 competition will be fierce. Starting at 6.45pm with the first round on Wednesday 4th May there will be separate categories for Youth A/B,3rd & 4th cats,icluding women with the Elite, 1st & 2nd race closing the evening. For further details including entry, visit

Tuesday 26 April 2011

The Lights go out in the South DC

Rear Lights will no longer be mandatory in South DC events. The national committee has decided that the South District Committe are "exceeding their powers by insisting on the use of rear lights in open events" The use of lights can be strongly reccommended but not insisted upon, unless special conditions have been applied for. (they haven't) This will be the position for the rest of this season. The ruling can still be enforced by clubs for club events. "As there is no easily recognised standard for rear LED's it is felt by the national committee to be unrealistic to specify the quality of light which must be used at present"

Monday 25 April 2011

Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race

Its not cycling i know but a long standing commitment to help two good mates attempt the Devises-Westminster Canoe marathon took me away from two wheels over Easter. "DW",as those in the know refer to the race, is a 125 mile adventure, starting in the English market town of Devizes in rural Wiltshire and following a route along the Kennet & Avon canal and the River Thames to the finish at Westminster, opposite the Houses of Parliament. First run in 1948, early unsupported crews were taking over 75 hours to reach the capital. Modern day crews, with back up teams can complete the distance in under 20 hours with the current record standing at 15 hours 34 mins,set in 1979. This truly is a test of Stamina, Endurance, tenacity and skill.

I have known Phil Dade & Tony Richards for well over 20 years. Both are well experienced in endurance sport, Marathons, long distance triathlons, Cycling, trekking, canoeing, between them they have done it all and this pair do not lie down easily. Our job as the support team (there were 6 of us in 2 cars) was to provide food,fluid, mechanical, basic medical and moral support. With 77 portages (locks & weirs) to negotiate,we had plenty of opportunity to cheer Phil & Tony on as they pulled their kayak from the water onto the towpath, shouldered it and jogged over the obstacle to re-enter the water on the other side.
The warm dry Spring had led to lower than usual water levels and conditions were looking very good, at least on the canal section, (the later river section would be slower because of this), (literally, a float day!), perhaps even too hot. Starting at 10am on Saturday morning, things went very well for Phil & Tony early on, both support teams reporting trouble free portages, feeding well, up on schedule and good morale.

As nightfall came, then inevitably, the pace slowed. Lights had been fitted to the boat before the last of the sun had disappeared and a compulsory portage, at dreadnought,Reading, some 11 hours in, afforded time for some more substantial rations. This also saw the end of the canal and the start of the Thames section.
Racing through the dark hours proved as much of a challenge for the support teams as the paddlers,as navigating our way to the different locks and weirs presented its own problems.However the night was unseasonably mild, some light rain and,later, thunder & lighning in the distance to illuminate us. Phil had started to suffer with back problems. Some massage and first aid from daughter Lisa kept him on the water though and as Sunday dawned we started to grow in confidence that we were on our way to town. The 145 other crews in the race would, no doubt, all have their own story to tell on Westminster Bridge.
Somewhere between Widsor Castle and Chertsey Lock, Tony developed an ache in his left shoulder which quickly became too debilitating to continue. After over 20 hours of paddling, and more than 90 miles covered, the duo had to take the agonising decision to Abandon Stopping under a road bridge, they dragged the kayak up the bank onto the hard shoulder of the A30 and we took the depressing call from their emergency phone.
Not many words were spoken as we quickly got them into dry clothes and loaded up the cars. A couple of hours later we were unloading at Tonys place in Blandford, Dorset, the eight of us had been up for over 30 hours and there were a few tired eyes. However, i know these two well and DNF does not sit comfortably alongside their names. I have a feeling they will be back next year and despite the support teams already claiming to have prior engagements i guess we will too! For the record, University pair, Richard Hendron & James King won the race with a time of 18.08.00 nearly 3 hours off the record set over 30 years ago, so, not such a float day after all!

Friday 22 April 2011

Steve Way Marathon Runner

I must congratulate Steve Way (Bournemouth AC)on his performance at the London Marathon last weekend. An injury back in December delayed Steve's preparation by some three weeks and he was not as fit as he would have liked. However he showed some real character and was in the "Zone" from 18 miles onwards "I had to focus or i would have lost 30 secs a mile" Steve comes for a massage every week so i know him very well and i know how hard he trains, i tell him not to do 140 mile weeks but he does them anyway! Steve finished in 22nd place, 5th Brit and on the back of this performance is confident of being selected for England later in the season. Amazingly, Steve's time was exactly the same as last years time, down to the second!!

Bournemouth Track

Andrew Mayfield (Bournemouth Arrow)
Gerrish Gray DCDG
Eamonn Deane (BJW)
Steve Staniland (Radsport) Equipment Manager
Roger Papp BCC
John & Rosalie Hayter Wessex CTT

As the new cycling track in Bournemouth nears completion, the Bournemouth Cycling Centre took the opportunity to thank local organisations who have donated funds to support the new facility. In excess of £25000 has been raised and will be used to buy bikes and competition equipment.

Local clubs, Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers, Bournemouth Arrow/Hotel Collingwood and the Wessex branch of the CTC all made donations of £1000 and had representatives at the track as the first of the facilities bikes were delivered. Alan Mcrae, the centres manager said “It is important that all our donors are recognised, it’s great that the Jubilee, Arrow & CTT have people here today but we must also thank other funding agencies, Awards for All, Grass Roots, Community Goals and of course our own Dorset Cycling Development Group (DCDG) who all gave generously. In addition, Over £3500 came from individual donations, including one of £1000, many other individuals and organisations made smaller donations, some going back to our Winton days (the original plan, thrown out at the planning stage ,was to redevelop the old Winton track). We can be proud of the total raised and this is the Bournemouth Cycling Centres opportunity to record its thanks to all these donors. Without them BCC would not be so well equipped”

Technical problems with the sophisticated equipment used to lay the final track surface have delayed the opening of the new centre. Operations Manager, Roger Papp is hopeful of an official opening ceremony around mid June and the track available for use in early July.

Weekly Round up

• Bryce Dyer (VC ST Raphael) picked up his third win of the season in the EDCA 27KM time trial. Bournemouth based Dyer proved to strong for the opposition on the undulating course around Bovington. His winning time of 37.10 put him 18secs ahead of teammate and former CC Weymouth rider, Julian Thacker. Poole Wheelers veteran Terry Icke snatched third place in 37.51 just 3 secs ahead of race favourite Gary Dighton. With Andy Buddle, 38.57 in 5th place the Poole club were clear winners of the team award Louise Burman (AC3RG) won the ladies event her time of 43.52 putting her well ahead of Claire Fraser (Army Cycling Union), 47.07. Icke, Dighton and Rob Jeffries had ridden the Yeovil 10 the day before and come away with the team prize, making it a good weekend for the Wheelers. Paul Jones (Bournemouth Jubilee) opted for the super fast Acme Wheelers 25 course in Wales and finished 10th with a time of 52.20. National champion, Michael Hutchinson won the event with a blistering 47.00.
• Bournemouth Arrow/Hotel Collingwood, youngsters, Will Stephenson and Ellie Gilham continue to impress. Stephenson came second at the Fareham Wheelers Spring road race, Stephenson and eventual winner Jonathon Dibben (Hargroves Cycles) had attacked and ridden clear of the bunch, building a lead of over a minute. Dibben proved to strong for his younger rival on the final climb to the finish but it was an impressive result for the 16 year old Stephenson.

• Meanwhile Ellie Gilham traveled to Kent for the Herne Hill spring omnium track meeting. Ellie rode the Scratch race, the 3 lap dash, devil and the point’s race and her combined results gave her 2nd place. She then went on to ride the 20km scratch race at the end of the meeting, finishing third lady.
. Mountain bikers were in action last weekend at Dalby Forest in Yorkshire. The second round of the British Cross country series saw plenty of local riders in the thick of the action. Mike Cotty,Garrett Hill,Sam Shepherd,Kim Little, Simon Lesser,Stuart King, Jon Hayes & Carol Tilley had all made the journey north to race. Paul Hopkins(Merida) won the Vets race, chased by Darren Shepherd (Primera), Mark Chadbourne & Roland Tilley ( Steve Moors.

Easter Saturday sees the Sandie Radford Memorial Road Race at Nomansland,Hampshire. Run under TLI rules handicap format,the 35 mile race starts at 1430 and entry on the line is available. HQ is at the Reading Rooms,Nomansland.
CC Weymouth promote their open 10 mile time trial on the same afternoon on the P451, Owermoigne-Winfrith course. Local favourites, Bryce Dyer,Julian Thacker,Gary Dighton,Terry Icke & Les Pick will not have it all their own way,expect the challenge to come from Geoff Loveman (Fareham wh), Tom Alliban (Revo Racing) & Michael Loader (Yeovil cc)

Club Time trials this week.
CC Weymouth 10 -22 starters
1.J Thacker (vc st Raphael) 21.53
2.G Dighton (poole wh) 22.09
3. J Chapman 22.57

Bournemouth Jubilee 10 -19 starters
1. J Clemas 24.44
2.W Clark 25.01
3.D Hicks 25.21
New Forest cc - 10 P303 41 Starters, (25 NFCC)
1. M.Beale(vc st Raphael) 23.13
2.C Humm 23.23
3.J Sibley (Utag Yamaha) 23.34

Julia Shaw (drag2zero) 23.43
Julian Jenkinson/Stephen Whitewick (utag-Yamaha) 2 up 21.02

Poole Wh 26 starters P402c
1,G Dighton 21.27
2,L Girling 21.29
3,T Icke 21.31

Bournemouth Arrow P311 21 Starters
1,W. Stephenson 21.47
2,K King (Sotonia)22.32
3,B Boardman (NFCC) 22.55

Tuesday 19 April 2011

Congratulations to Daniel & Lorraine

Dan Lloyd (Garmin-Cervelo) Lorraine & Jude

Congratulations to Daniel & Lorraine Lloyd on the birth of son, Jude, a brother for Ralph. Jude weighed in at 6.9lbs, Dans first reaction,"He's a climber!" Mother and baby are doing well. Dan flew home this morning and will now miss Fleche-Wallone but may have to go back for Liege-Bastogne-Liege following Dan Martins crash at Fleche- Wallone.

Sunday 17 April 2011

Fareham Wheelers Spring RR

Will Stephenson (Bournemouth Arrow/Hotel Collingwood) 2nd in Fareham Wheelers Spring Road Race. A great result for Will in this 2/3 Race. Will escaped with fellow junior Jonathon Dibben (Hargroves Cycles), working well together they built a lead of over a minute, Dibben proved to strong for Stephenson on the final climb to the finish but a great result for the Arrow youngster and some payback for some solid winter miles.

EDCA 27KM TT: A few images

Sorry Richard of course that should be DNF

East Dorset Cycling Association 27km

An all local affair saw Bryce Dyer (VC ST Raphael) come out on top with a time of 37.10, ahead of teammate Julian Thacker 37.28 with veteran Terry Icke (Poole Wheelers) 3rd in 37.51. Starting at Gallows Hill, south of Bere Regis, the course followed undulating, rural Dorset lanes, through the sleepy village of Moreton, past Wool to finish up on Worgret Heath. Warm spring sunshine with

a gentle breeze made it a good day to be out on the bike. Icke, backed up by former Olympic Games team time trial rider, Gary Dighton 37.54 and Andy Buddle 38.57 lead Poole Wh to the team award. Louise Burman (AC3RG) won the ladies event with a time 43.52 from Claire Fraser (Army Cycling Union)47.07.

TOP 10
1, Bryce Dyer (VC ST Raphael)) 37.10
2, Julian Thacker (VC ST Raphael) 37.28
3, Terry Icke (Poole WH) 37.51
4, Gary Dighton (Poole WH) 37.54
5, Andy Buddle (Poole WH) 38.57
6, Gary Tuskin (Poole WH) 39.04
7, Nick Spencer (Bournemouth Jubilee WH) 39.41
8, Shaun Green (Army Cycling Union) 39.53.
9, John Chapman (CC Weymouth) 40.19
10, Vincent Hounsome (Gillingham & Dist WH) 40.39