Friday 7 October 2011

Local Cycling News

Bournemouth Track looks to the Future.
After more than 15 years of anticipation and the excitement of the opening Ceremony, the new Bournemouth Cycling track is well and truly open for business! Now that the dust has settled "E D" took the opportunity to have a few words with Bournemouth Cycling Centre's facility manager, Alan McRae;
How do you feel about the future of the track, now it is in use?
"For the Bournemouth Cycling Centre, the next 6 months sees the transition between the initial "Launch Period" to a summer of intense excitement and interest in all things Olympic that London 2012 will bring. To fully realise the Centre's potential there is much to do for both riders and supporters".

Exciting times indeed but the question on most locals minds is "What about racing"
Alan agrees, "This is a huge subject right now".
Obviously a lot of work is going on behind the Scenes to facilitate competitive racing at the track.
Alan goes on,"One of the biggest challenges is to put the competition infrastructure in place in time for next April. British Cycling's Mason Thomas is running a course for officials later in October and urgently needs further volunteers to come forward."

Next April?

"The weekly Track Cycling League from April 2012 means local riders can compete in exactly the same events as will take place in London in August. The next 6 months will provide riders the opportunity to fully adjust to the demands of track riding and a couple of times a month at the Saturday morning BikeFit sessions at the Centre will give all standards of riders that essential base.

Bournemouth Cycling Centre has always been keen to involve the local community it is, after all a "Local Facility" and why not? The next Bradley Wiggins could very well live on one of the nearby housing estates!

McRae is keen to emphasise this;

"Looking ahead to the next generation of cyclists, special cycling sessions for schools have already started. Before April we will strengthen those ties in the build up to the local Youth racing as part of the Track League and the South Region Youth Omnium in May."

The poor summer weather played havoc with training sessions during July And August. Far too many were lost! no one's fault but what about flood lighting to optimise use through the Winter?

"The current lack of Park Lighting at the Centre is a massive limitation on these dark nights. In the meantime, the Saturday morning BikeFit and the Sunday Accreditation provides opportunities for individual riders to "drop in" at the track. In a couple of weeks we welcome the Gillingham Wheelers who have booked their own Club session and this of course remains an option to all clubs and organisations."

Alan is still trying to get the miles in himself although admits his fitness is "Somewhat behind" Sounds like an excuse to us Mr McRae!!

Winter Training is not just long miles out on the road.
A couple of times a month you need:
Radsport Bournemouth BikeFit Training
Saturday 10.00am to 12.00pm
BikeFit does not do too much standing around, it’s winter after all !
BikeFit aims to maximise your riding time and enjoyment.
BikeFit delivers 2 hours of track training that caters for all levels of fitness.
BikeFit sessions are safe and structured appropriate to your current level of fitness
BikeFit allow riders to just drop in and train safely in a group
BikeFit provides an enjoyable and social group training environment.
BikeFit will develop or maintain strength and speed in the legs,
So if you have reached at least Stage 2 in the Accreditation Programme then come along, if you need a bike that is no problem, just arrive by 9.30 so we can fit you up.

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Simon McLaughlin (Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers) broke the course record as he flew up Portland Hill to win round 1 of the Inter-Club Hill Climb series. The course was first used in the old Milk Race back in 1972 and rises up through the village of Fortuneswell to the finish, high above Chesil Beach on the Jurassic Coast. Bournemouth Hospital Doctor, McLaughlin recorded 4mins 40 for the punishing ascent, Paddy Dunn (CC Weymouth) was also inside the old record, clocking 4.56 to take second place with Gary Dighton (Poole Wh) third in 5.05. CC Weymouth was out in force on their “home course” with 17 riders all scoring counting points in the team competition, including Heidi Gould first lady.

The West Dorset club won the title last year and tops the rankings after this opening round. This weekend Poole Wheelers promote round 2, with the riders tackling the punishing climb of Creech Hill, in the Purbecks.

Team Standings after round 1
1 CC Weymouth 580 Points
2 2 Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 254
3 3 Poole Wheelers 165

Individual Standings

1 Simon McLaughlin Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 50 Points
2 Patrick Dunn CC Weymouth 49
3 Gary Dighton Poole Wheelers 48
4 Martin Aldridge Poole Wheelers 47
5 Andrew Graham Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 46
6 Bryce Riglar CC Weymouth 45
7 Dave Hicks Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 44
8 Jon Clemas Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 43
9 Jake Murdoch CC Weymouth 42
10 Steven Pink CC Weymouth 41
11 Matthew Merritt CC Weymouth 40
12 Terry Belbin Poole Wheelers 39
13 Julian Foster CC Weymouth 38
14 John Chapman CC Weymouth 37
15 James Fuller Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 36
16 Martyn Fisher Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 35
17 Andrew Stevenson CC Weymouth 34
18 Andrew Jackson CC Weymouth 33
19 Heidi Gould CC Weymouth 32
20 Ian Locock Poole Wheelers 31
21 Andrew Preston CC Weymouth 30
22 William Wilson CC Weymouth 29
23 Paul Stockwell CC Weymouth 28
24 Paul Gale CC Weymouth 27
25 Stuart Carrington CC Weymouth 26
26 Oliver Carrington CC Weymouth 25
27 Rosemary Locock CC Weymouth 24

Inter Club Hill Climb Competition Rules
Eligible Riders Any Rider from Poole Wheelers, CC Weymouth, Wessex RC, Bournemouth Arrow, Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers
Events 4 Hill Climbs - Portland, Creech, Kingston & Whiteways
Winning Criteria Fastest scratch time
Scoring for Individual Event 50 pts for 1st eligible rider, 49 pts for 2nd eligible rider and 1pt for any eligible rider finishing 50th or below
Scoring for Overall Event Total points of all riders from competing clubs.

Paul Jones (BJW) clocked 58.41 for 5th place in the A3crg 40km Time Trial at Fernhurst, West Sussex. Sebastian Ader (A3crg) won the event with 56.35.

Garrett Hill, Kieth Randle, Matt Hill & Shaun Amor were part of a 6 man uk-biking team that enjoyed themselves at the Wiggle Falling Leaves MTB Sportive at the weekend. The Bournemouth -Based team "ripped it up" on Saturdays 40mile mtb stage through the New Forest and again on Sundays 68 mile road stage.

A forest View!

Bob Jolliffe writes....
FOLLOWING her 17th place in the World Women’s Time Trial Championship in Copenhagen, Bramshaw’s Julia Shaw is returning to local roads in New Forest Cycling Club’s 10 on Saturday (OCT 8).

Shaw is among the 49 competitors signed up for the club’s Ringwood Brewery-sponsored event, taking place this year on the Kingston-Sopley-Bransgore-Kingston North loop instead of the out-and-back Ringwood-Sopley road.Other top riders on the start sheet include Poole Wheelers’ super-veteran Terry Icke, High Wycombe CC’s Poole-based Adam Topham,

VC St Raphael’s Simon Berogna, Utag-Yamaha’s John Sibley and event record-holder Ray Hughes of Clarence Wheelers.

New Forest CC’s John Heffernan, who has just clocked personal bests at 10 and 25 miles, will be hoping to make a serious impression, as will second-claim New Forest CC rider Martin Beale (VC St Raphael).Veteran Hughes will first tackle the course with tandem partner Wendy Pails before taking a second shot on a solo machine as last man off at 10.20am.Riding their first “open” time trial on a tandem will be New Forest CC father and daughter pairing of Nick and Laura O’Hara who will be first away from the timekeeper at 9.32am.Other home entrants are juveniles Konnor Bracher-Walsh and Hugo Walters, Patrick Walters and veteran brothers Chris and Bob Jolliffe.Chris Jolliffe, who made a late start to the season, clocked 26-25 in the Norwich ABC 10 at Bungay in a stiflingly-hot 28 degrees Centigrade on Saturday. Winner there was Nino Piccoli (Team Pedal Revolution) with a fast 20-32.On the equally hot Sunday, NFCC all-rounder Martyn Dymond followed up his 35th place in the Preston Park Youth Cycling Club cyclo-cross at Brighton the previous weekend with 26th position in the veteran/junior/women’s race promoted by Southampton-based Hargroves Cycles at Lydiard Park, Swindon.His efforts in the Wessex League event earned him the award for second veteran aged 45-plus. First overall was Dave McMullen of (GWR Team) while Matt Hargroves (Hargroves Cycles) was top junior.

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