Friday 21 October 2011

Local Cycling News

Poole wheelers brought the local time trial season to a close with the final round of the National Circuit Series. The competition has been run since 1995 in pretty much the same format and was seen as an antidote to dual-carriageway courses. Rudy Project have sponsored the series since 1999, the vets competition was changed to include "target time", an extra round was added in the early noughties making 8 and regional rounds came and went. Over this time entries have remained fairly stable but never spectacular, with riders scoring points in their "best 5 from 8 rides" the final round has often been a dead rubber. This year's overall winer, Matt Bottrill ( had wrapped up the title with two rounds remaining. The same also for Michelle King (Team Jewson MI Racing) in the women's competition.

None of this however is any fault of the Poole Wheelers, who put on an excellent event, with warm autumn sunshine making it an enjoyable afternoonn's sport!In addition, £115 was raised for the Rob Jefferies velo youth fund. Fresh from riding the Tour of Britain, Dutchman Wouter Sybrandy (Sigma Sport-Specialzed) stormed to an emphatic win, clocking 1:05:46. Poole-Based Adam Topham (High Wycombe) was a distant second, 2:21 down. Topham was eligible for the 1 lap veteran race, which he would have won but opted to ride the 2 lap senior event. Veteran Terry Icke and Junior's Harrison Fielding & Ryan Weston won the team prize for the Poole Wheelers.

Talk at the HQ was of British Cycling license points being on offer to increase entries. That remains to be seen but next season's series kicks off in the East Midlands on March 25th.

The Inter-Club hill climb competition reaches its conclusion on Whiteways Hill this Sunday, with CC Weymouth favourites to win the Team Title.

Having won the trophy for the first time last year, the Weymouth club was not going to let it go without a fight. From the very first round at Portland they have been out in force, a tactic that has rewarded them with plenty of points.

Both the Poole Wheelers & the Bournemouth Jubilee have a bigger membership but both have failed to get riders on the start line. Indeed, the Jubilee had more riders watching at last weeks Kingston event than the Poole club had riding! (Myself included), this may well have cost them the title. The individual crown looks destined to go to Simon McLaughlin (BJW), who won the latest round on Kingston Hill.

It’s hard to see anyone beating McLaughlin; he is climbing well and won on Whiteways last year. The daunting Whiteways ascent starts off fairly flat, almost benign but two thirds of the way up, the hill bears its teeth as it dog-legs right toward the coast. The slope ramps up again to the left and with the chequered board in sight riders can see the end of their season. The finish line however, never seems to come and valuable time can be lost on the run-in. High above the lost village of Tyneham in the army ranges, the 2011 title will be decided!

Daniel Lloyd (Garmin-Cervelo) had a disappointing end to his season, breaking his collar bone in a crash in the Tour of Lombardy in Italy.
“We hit this fairly slow corner,I hit a hole in the road both my arms slipped off the bars and that was it” said the Queens Park based professional. Lloyd still does not have a contract for 2012, there is still a chance he may stay with Garmin-Cervelo but with the season over Lloyd is considering his options.

Team UK Youth replica kit available
We have some 2011 Team UK Youth cycling kit left before the new design comes in next season - see
Limited amount so first come first served. They are at around cost price, payment can be done by cash on collection or via paypal to A couple of quid extra if posting needed.
Please help spread the word and forward this on to anyone you think might be interested if you can. Sample pics attached of what it looks like. Great quality Italian made kit.
Contact Louis Bonney,
The Charity, UK YOUTH has a base at the Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre,near Bransgore in the New Forest.
Short sleeve jersey - sell at £30.00 each S x 2
Long sleeve thermopile jersey - sell at £45.00 each XL x 3 L x 1 M x 2 S x 3
Bib shorts - sell at £40.00 each XL x 1 L x 3 S x 4

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