Thursday 31 January 2013

Free Retul Bike Fitting from Primera!

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Wednesday 30 January 2013

Perfs Pedal Race 2013: Preview

Photo ©Larry Hickmott

The 48th Perfs Pedal race on February 10th signals the start of the road racing season in the UK. This traditional curtain raiser in Hampshire always attracts a quality field with riders keen to test their early season fitness. Last year’s victor, Chris Opie returns, hoping to be the first back to back winner since Tim Harris (Willeboro-Van –Peer-Kyso) in 1983/84. Opie will have the support of a strong UK Youth Team including, Ian Wilkinson and Marcin Bialoblocki. UK Youth will no doubt try to boss the race, riders expected to ask questions of the UCI ranked team include Colin Parry & 2010 winner Ben Stockdale (Spin Rotor/Primal Europe) & 2009 winner, Will Bjergfelt (MG Maxifuel Pro Cycling). Doug Dewey (Ingear quickvit trainsharp RT)heads to France the day after the race so will be looking for a good send off. Felt- Colbourne-Hargroves RT will be making their debut, the six man team led by Alex Higham. James Wilson (AW Cycles) a recent winner on the Ludgershall circuit is in good shape and could be one to watch Local hopes may lie with Will Stephenson (Rapha/Condor/JLT). Stephenson will be looking to impress after a solid winters training.A Level studies have kept the 18 year old at home while the rest of his teammates are in Australia.

Rider List
1. Chris OPIE E Team UK Youth
2. Yanto BARKER E Team UK Youth
3. Marcin BIALOBLOCKI E Team UK Youth
4. Jon MOULD E Team UK Youth
5. Rob PARTRIDGE E Team UK Youth
6. Ian WILKINSON E Team UK Youth
7. Cameron CAMPBELL 3 Army Cycling Union
8. Dan DOLAN 2 Army Cycling Union
9. Will HUNT 2 Army Cycling Union
10. Robert WARD 3 Asfra Racing Team
11. James WILSON E Ryder
12. Shane POPE 3 Bayeux CT / GIG / The TriStore
13. Nicholas BEALE 2 Beeline Cycles RT
14. Rupert BEALE 2 Beeline Cycles RT
15. Howell SILVESTER 3 Bike Doctor
16. James CARTRIDGE 2 Cadence RT
17. Adrian LAWSON 2 Cadence RT
18. Tristan ROBBINS J2 Cardiff JIF
19. Robert EDGELL 3 Cheddar Valley Cycling Club
20. John DONOVAN 2 CS Grupetto
21. Ashley MARTIN 1 Equipe CMI
22. Alexander MURISON 1 Equipe CMI
23. Ashley MORRIS 3 Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
24. Andy BETTS E Felt Colbornes Hargroves RT
25. Scot EASTER 2 Felt Colbornes Hargroves RT
26. Andy HARGROVES E Felt Colbornes Hargroves RT
27. Alex HIGHAM E Felt Colbornes Hargroves RT
28. Chris SPENCE 2 Felt Colbornes Hargroves RT
29. Peter WAGER 1 Felt Colbornes Hargroves RT
30. Nigel STEPHENS 2 Finchley Racing Team
31. Alexander KING 1 GPM10cycling
32. Richard SCHOFIELD-PHILLIPS 2 Hantspol CC
33. Douglas DEWEY E In Gear Quickvit Trainsharp RT
34. Gordon KENNEWAY 2 London Dynamo / FGS PCC
35. Sam HUMPHESON 3 Look Mum No Hands
36. Tom SMITH 2 Lumet-VDBG Steenhouwerij Cycling Team
37. William BJERGFELT E MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling
38. Dexter GARDIAS 1 Metaltek Knights of Old Racing Team
39. Gruff LEWIS 1 Metaltek Knights of Old Racing Team
40. Robert ORR 1 Metaltek Knights of Old Racing Team
41. Ben STOCKDALE E Metaltek Knights of Old Racing Team
42. Francis CADE 2 Pedal Heaven RT/ Colbornes /Tiger/Roadwheel/No 10/VW Audi/PSI
43. Alex CAMIER 1 Pedal Heaven RT/ Colbornes /Tiger/Roadwheel/No 10/VW Audi/PSI
44. Dante CARPENTER 2 Pedal Heaven RT/ Colbornes /Tiger/Roadwheel/No 10/VW Audi/PSI
45. Robert McCARTHY 1 Pedal Heaven RT/ Colbornes /Tiger/Roadwheel/No 10/VW Audi/PSI
46. Chris McNAMARA E Pedal Heaven RT/ Colbornes /Tiger/Roadwheel/No 10/VW Audi/PSI
47. Allan RIDLER E Pedal Heaven RT/Colbornes /Tiger/Roadwheel/No 10/VW Audi/PSI
48. Harry BULSTRODE E Peter Hansford Racing
49. Phill REYNOLDS 1 Peter Hansford Racing
50. Jack EDWARDS 2 PMR@Toachim House
51. Harrison FIELDING J2 Poole Wheelers Cycling Club
52. Jerry COLLINGWOOD 2 Portsmouth North End Cycling Club
53. Mitchell WEBBER J2 Primera-Specialized
54. Simon BARNES 2 Procycling Magazine RT
55. Jake COWARD J3 Rapha Condor CC
56. Will STEPHENSON E Rapha Condor JLT
57. Steve ATKINSON 2V Southdown Bikes CC/Southdown Bikes/World of Books
58. Steve CALLAND 2V Southdown Bikes CC/Southdown Bikes/World of Books
59. Simon McNAMARA 2 Southdown Bikes CC/Southdown Bikes/World of Books
60. Roger SMITH 2 Southdown Bikes CC/Southdown Bikes/World of Books
61. Jamie FORD J3 Southdown Velo
62. Colin PARRY E SPIN Rotor Primal Europe C Originals RT
63. Sam REDDING 2 SPIN Rotor Primal Europe C Originals RT
64. James SMITH EV SPIN Rotor Primal Europe C Originals RT
65. Tom STOCKDALE E SPIN Rotor Primal Europe C Originals RT
66. John RUSSELL 2 Strada Cycles
67. Mike AUGER E Strada Sport
68. Ben SIMMONS 1 Team Wiggle
69. Daniel DRAKE 2 VC Deal
70. Dean CORNEY 2 VC Meudon
71. Warren JESSE 2 VC Meudon
72. Gregg SHROSBREE 3 VC Meudon
73. Simon BROOKS 1 VC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles
74. Rowan HORNER E VC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles
75. Phill SYKES 1 VC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles
76. Thomas HAYWARD 2 VC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles
77. Jordan WADE 2 VC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles
78. Alex WISE 2 VC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles
79. Thomas BOWERING 3 VO2 Development Team
80. James LOCKER 3 V Sprint RT
81. Liam GLEN 2
82. Matthew TIBBUTT 2 Wightlink – LCM

What might happen: After a few early attacks a selection will be made on Portsdown Hill, perhaps even on the first lap. Those who miss the move will have to work hard to get back on as the road rises up through the finish line area. If the break sticks, the gap will grow as the lead group work together. The chasers must make contact before the hill or they will probably chase all day. The elite group will build an unassailable lead before fighting out a phoney war on the penultimate lap, sure, legs will be tested but no one will give 100%. The fast descent after the climb offers a chance to get back on and only the supremely confident will try to win the race from here. No, the race winning move will come on the final climb; with only a few left from the original break, the strongest & hungriest will take the win, high above Lord Nelsons Flagship, “HMS Victory” in Portsmouth Dock.

Entries On The Day Will Be Taken At £30•00
Promoted by:
VC St Raphael/Waite Contracts
11:00am D Day Memorial Hall
Priory Road, Southwick, Hampshire, PO17 6EB
This Year’s Perfs is being run as a Memorial event for James Atherton, a member of VC St Raphaël who was killed recently in an accident whilst out training, aged 25.
James Atherton

Start: NEUTRALISED outside Race Hq at Southwick, proceed to RAB on B2177 (M).
DENEUTRALISE Take third exit onto B2177 direction Wickham.
Continue on B2177 to Staple Cross Roads (M), where turn left to South Boarhunt.
Across the small bridge, bear left on bend to climb through South Boarhunt.
Turn left (M) into Swivelton Lane where cross Finish line after 200m.
Continue to junction with Portsdown Hill Road, where left (M),
Continue along Portsdown Hill until RAB (M) to take 2nd exit onto the B2177 to descent the back of Portsdown Hill to RAB at Southwick (complete Circuit)
FINISH: 200m after turn into Swivelton Lane AFTER 5 COMPLETE LAPS (6th time up the hill)

Circuit Distance: 8:5 miles Total Distance: 46 Miles (74km)

Club News: Bournemouth Arrow AGM!

At a well-attended annual meeting of the Bournemouth Arrow at the new Club base in Winton College, members old and new paid tribute to the last 12 months and looked forward to 2013. Writes Alan MaCrae…………….
For his Go Ride work and establishing the Arrow Development Group, Dave Gilham was made a Vice President. Awards were also made to Richard and Emma Wyeth for running the Club 10s together with Pat and Trina Lockyer for their work with the SkyRide and Breeze Programmes.
Every week through summer 2013, Arrow members can look forward to the Tuesday Track League, Wednesday Open Track Training, Thursday Club 10’s and Friday Track Club night.
Open Events will be the Good Friday 10, plus 13th July’s DernyFest and National Women’s Omnium, which will provide the fastest racing yet seen at the new track and reflects the Arrow’s commitment to providing quality racing for women.
The “full house” signs at both the Club’s most recent Calshot Track Sessions and Friday night Wattbike sessions were a positive indicator for the season ahead.
Finally, an enthusiastic reception was given to the club’s new website created by club member Will Stevens. Will has asked that members let him know of anything they would like to see on the website. The site will be moved from .com to during the week ahead.

Tuesday 29 January 2013

Andy Hargroves: Crossing the Road!

Andy Hargroves will hope to put a difficult winter behind him as he starts the 2013 season at the Perfs Pedal race. Better known as a Cyclo-Cross rider, Hargroves will make his debut for new team, Felt-Colbournes-Hargroves RT at the classic season opener in Hampshire. The 20 year old has struggled with illness over the winter but is fully recovered, back on the bike and looking forward to a new challenge this season.

“I’m looking forward to working and helping my new team mates as well as taking my own opportunities when they arise. I will be part of the team that is riding more road races than crits . I will be riding a few of the Premier Calendar races as well as a host of other road races including the RAS Mumhan stage race in Ireland. My first race will be Perfs but I won’t be racing for another 3 weeks after that. I’ve already been on training camp to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands but I was only able to be there for 4 days due to the end of my cross season. I will be going for a big training camp to Tenerife in the middle of February to really get fit and put the final miles in before the season starts properly.”

Hargroves studied Business, Economics & Accounting at Brockenhurst College in the New Forest and works in the family business, Hargroves Cycles. Deciding not to go to university, he took an opportunity to move to Belgium and ride Cyclo-Cross full time. The Hargroves name is synonymous with Cross! What does he prefer? and is there any family pressure?

“I enjoy them both, each of them have their own merits and parts which I enjoy. I’ve been quite successful in it and have a lot of my riding skills thanks to cross. But for this year I felt like a change I want to see how far I can push myself on the road as I haven’t really raced properly since I was a junior, my season has always been very cross orientated. I am still planning on riding cross next winter but it will be a reduced calendar and will start later. There is no pressure at all from Hargroves; it was actually my dad’s idea to have a look at doing more on the road.”

Coached by Mark Adams of British Cycling, Hargroves enjoys getting the miles in through the winter months, especially out to the New Forest sailing town of Lymington on the edge of the Solent. "A nice 2 hour loop on recovery days!" Longer rides always include climbing some hills; “a weakness” admits Hargroves.

“A typical training week for me is a day off Monday, long ride of some sort on a Tuesday, turbo on a Wednesday as I have to fit training around a full day at work. Thursday will be long ride again, Friday will be a shorter ride with structure. Saturday and Sunday will be long rides if I’m not racing on either day. My winter has been very up and down. The season started really well, but I got tonsillitis at the most important part of the season and had to kiss away riding a world cup for GB, 3 national trophies and regional championships in 5 weeks. I never really recovered fitness and got ill again just after Christmas and was only able to get back on the bike 3 days before nationals so I gave that a miss this year. Saving it all for next year! “

The Southampton-based rider is under no illusions as to how tough cycling is and already appreciates his back up team. Where does he see himself in 5 years?

“Five years is a very long way away and I don’t really know how far I can go in road cycling at the moment. But ideally I would like to be riding full time, the world of professional cycling is a tough one to crack though and at the moment there are more teams folding than starting up!
I have to thank my parents for karting me around the country for the last 5 years! Mark Adams for coaching me throughout that time. There are many people that have given me advice along the line and I’ve tried to listen as much as possible. Finally thanks to Hargroves Cycles, Saddleback, Felt, shimano and specialized for sponsoring me."

Felt-Colbournes-Hargroves RT has entered a 5 man team for the season opening Perfs Pedal Race on February 10th. The 48th edition of Perfs will cover 46 miles on the Portsdown Hill circuit and as always will provide a tough early season test.

Monday 28 January 2013

Ride /Jaguar Velo Events

RIDE are really excited to partner with Jaguar for the upcoming velo events.
WHERE: Westover Jaguar. Westover Road Poole.
WHEN: Saturday 2nd Feb onwards
WHAT: Members of the RIDE team will be leading rides of various ability groups out on an hour loop before returning to chat about various aspects of the sport ie ;nutrition,bike fitting,training,equipment choice among other things.
A chance to view and possibly drive the new XF Sport brake from Jaguar.
Hospitality is being supplied by Westover Jaguar.
All abilities welcome the more the merrier.
Please RSVP via Facebook or direct with the shop on 01202 741744 or,let us know which group you'd like to ride with ie slow,medium or fast. — at Westover Jaguar.

Sunday 27 January 2013

New Forest CC Reliability Trial

New Forest Cycling Club is offering cyclists an opportunity to get in some tough training miles around its “patch” and do others some good by staging a CHARITY RELIABILITY TRIAL on Sunday, February 17th.
While final details have yet to be decided, two scenic routes will be on offer: one of about 50 miles in 4 hours, 3 hours 30 minutes or 3 hours, and one of about 75 miles in 6 hours, 5 hours or, for the real toughies, 4 hours, all starting and finishing at East Boldre Village Hall, East Boldre near Beaulieu.
The entry fee of £5 will go towards sending UK Transplant Sport’s Great Britain & Northern Ireland team to the WORLD TRANSPLANT GAMES in Durban, South Africa at the end of July.
New Forest CC veteran and kidney transplant recipient Bob Jolliffe is a member of that team and will be competing in the 60-plus age group time trial and road race. This follows qualifying with silver medals in the two disciplines (ages 50-59) in the UK Transplant Games in Kent last August.
The cost to each GB&NI team member is in excess of £2,000 when flights, insurance and hotel bills etc are taken into account. More money is required to send team medics and support staff.
In addition to contributing through the entry fee, those taking part in New Forest CC’s Charity Reliability Trial will also be able to raise sponsorship money for their own favourite good causes, or contribute extra to the Transplant Sport UK charity Here .
Link in to that same site for more information about Bob’s quest.
Entries please on a sheet of paper with names and addresses, emergency contact details, club membership, distances/times entered, and cheques for £5 per rider made out to “New Forest Cycling Club”. or enter on the day.
Send them to Bob Jolliffe, Sweetbriar, Vicarage Lane, Hordle, Lymington, Hants SO41 0HS by Wednesday, February 13th. Telephone him on 01425 616525 for more information.
The 75-mile start time is 9am and the 50-mile start time 9.30am
Please allow adequate time for signing on at the headquarters.
The only prize is the warm glow of satisfaction after completing your chosen course, safely, in a given time, and helping others.

Marshals will not be present. This is a “Reliability Trial” after all. Entrants will be provided with a list of place names and OS references at the headquarters before they set out. Ordnance Survey Landranger Sheets 184, 195 and 196 are recommended.
This is not a race. Riders should complete their trials in plus or minus five per cent of their selected time, ie to qualify for 75 miles in five hours (15mph) you should complete the course in between 4hr 45min and 5hr 15min.
Refreshments will be available on completion.
New Forest CC accepts no liability. Entrants are recommended to have insurance with CTC or British Cycling.

Dorset Miles,Bear Cross Sunday Ride, or Not!

Thirteen of us at Bear Cross this morning only it wasn’t Bear Cross? it was Poole Park! Not quite sure why the late change (apologies to those that did not know) and the ride across town was not much fun either. Through the urban sprawl to Upton and out to Lytchett Minster, the drag up to Lytchett Matravers felt too hard, it was going to be a tough day. A stiff westerly wind annoyed us through Bloxworth, Briantspuddle, Affpuddle, Tolpuddle & Athelhampton. The road to Tincleton was flooded; it was wet feet for all as a couple of Buzzards looked on quizzically. Over the rail tracks at Crossways, Redbridge, Tadnoll and up Five Marys to East Chaldon. At Winfrith Newburgh the numbers were halved as some turned for home, the rest climbed up to Daggers Gate, then the fast descent to West Lulworth, then climbing again up to the army camp. The drop down to East Lulworth is good fun but the fun is spoilt by the sight of Whiteway Hill,rising high into the Purbecks. It is always a tough climb but the wind is on our backs now as we avoid the snow on the edges and drop down to Steeple. Turning left to climb Cocknowle, younger, more talented legs disappeared over the top, no doubt adding a few more miles to the day’s total. The four of us remaining are joined by the man with the hammer; it’s just one of those days! Wareham, East Morden up to Lytchett again, Pardy’s feels like one hill too many as the rain falls. The long miles of winter are nearly done, perhaps just one more morning at Bear Cross? The green shoots of spring signal a change to shorter, faster rides, there is racing in February and February is next week. 4hrs 33.

Friday 25 January 2013

Ludgershall Cancelled Again!

Round 3 of the Ludgershall winter series on Saturday 26th January has been cancelled due to snow on the circuit. Round 2 of the series, the previous week was also cancelled because of snow and ice.

Thursday 24 January 2013

Exciting Season in Prospect on the South Coast

The coming 2013 race season promises to be an exciting time in the south. Local clubs have all noticed an increase in enquiries after the Tour De France and Olympic successes of 2012. Bournemouth track has proved hugely popular with local schools, clubs and the university regularly booking track time. Along with cycling club and coaching sessions the calendar is filling up fast. Bournemouth cycling centre, who run the facility are expecting a very busy year. . The Poole Wheelers have a full programme of track sessions for all abilities at the Bournemouth Velodrome, running from February through to August. The Wheelers will also be running two open events at the track, a round of the national youth Omnium in June & the Rob Jefferies memorial meeting in July. In association with Raymond Brown, the Bournemouth Arrow will once again be running the weekly track league, with 15 rounds, starting in May. In addition the Arrow will promote a woman’s Omnium and “Derny Fest meeting in July. The Slades Farm venue will also host the National Derny Championships in August.

“Tester’s” are also well catered for with club time trials available on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday every week from April. Alongside the sign-on-the-line club events there are over 40 open races in the South District “P” area alone. Perhaps the pick of the time trials being the RTTC National Circuit Championships, promoted by Poole Wheelers in late August. The A3CRG 50 on the fast P885, the week before the Poole event, will appeal to those chasing fast times for the Best All Rounder competition. A field limit of 100 will see this event fill up in no time. While there is a feast of racing on the track and against the clock, disappointingly, there is the usual famine for the roadmen. The season opening Perfs Pedal race in February, is in its 48th year and will attract a top quality field as always. However it is then 3 months till the next open road event, The Tour of the Milburys in May. There is, of course, plenty of circuit action, the Mountbatten test track in Portsmouth offers weekly racing opportunities but seldom inspires. If Hampshire is going hungry, then Dorset is positively starving, with no open road races on the calendar. The Moreton village series on Thursday evening attracts fifty or so riders but is run under TLI rules so no licence points are available. The 30, flat miles at Moreton, like the circuits of Hampshire & Wiltshire, offer nothing for the grimpeur, nothing for the rouleur and nothing for the roadman whose legs need three hours to warm up. Local clubs are either unwilling or unable to promote races. Their history is in time trialling, it’s what they know, while the risk assessed, bureaucratic responsibility of organising a road race is daunting. There are a few crumbs of comfort, the Divisional championship date has still to be announced and in Dorset, Dave Wade is working on The Hardy Tour, a one day race in August. The loss of Barnsfield heath as a racing venue hit the calendar hard. The 3 mile closed road circuit north of Christchurch has a bit of everything, uphill’s, fast flat sections and technical corners. The traffic free venue is the ideal environment to introduce youngsters to the excitement of bunched racing. Perhaps British Cycling or Sport England should underwrite a series of races at Barnsfield. Their negotiating power may prove more persuasive with the tenants of Barnsfield than that of the assistant secretary of the local wobbly wheelers cycling club. There is an opportunity at Barnsfield, an opportunity for legacy, a brave word last year, let us hope it is not a hollow word this year.
Major Race Dates 2013
Perfs Pedal Race 10th (Road)
Raymond Brown Track League 1of15 7th
Tour of the Milburys 11th (Road)
National Youth Omnium 1st (Track)
National Youth Omnium 15th (Track)
Derny Fest & Women’s Omnium 13th (Track)
Rob Jefferies Memorial Meeting 28th (Track)
The Hardy Tour (provisional) 11th (Road)
National Derny Championships 17th (Track)
A3CRG 50 TT 26TH
RTTC National TT Circuit Champs 31st

Sunday 20 January 2013

Dorset Miles, Bear Cross Sunday Ride

Image by kind permission A Bardsley

It’s not the first time the 75 mile reliability trial has been postponed, nor will it be the last; its place in the calendar decides its fate. A flurry of text messages saw 5 of us at Bear Cross, 3 on MTBs, 2 on road machines. Temperatures were freezing at best and maybe we were taking a risk, Turbo trainer, Sunday Papers, Oprah, there were other options available. Gingerly dropping down to Longham we were cautious of anything on the road with a reflection while the off-roaders took the snowy path alongside us. It looked the better option but those guys were soon forgotten as we headed towards the airport, on, surprisingly ice-free roads. (They were headed to Moors Valley) We took a chance over the Avon Causeway; it’s been flooded for months and could be our undoing. A Kingfisher fished on a lake that should be a field but we had safe passage. Turning right to Sopley, Winkton then left to Holfleet and North Bockhampton and on to Bransgore. Through the village to Shirley, Sandford, North Kingston and Crow; a road ridden a thousand times. Left by the old owl sanctuary and left again onto the B3347 Christchurch road, Kingston, Bisterne, Avon and we are back at Sopley, X3. Yes three laps was going to be boring but it was ice-free, I can report that each lap was much like the one that preceded it, perhaps a little more traffic, perhaps a little more wind. Our Bidons were frozen; energy levels were topped up by Gatorade on the rocks! This ride was not about fun, it was about putting miles in the legs and strangely, therein laid the fun, and it’s something that “civilians” never quite get. Back home via the causeway, Hurn and Jumpers.
Ride Data.
56 miles
3Hrs 8min
Training value = negligible
Morale value = incalculable

Saturday 19 January 2013

Reliability Trial Postponed!

Okeford Hill 11:00 am Saturday, courtesy of Phil Dade

Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers have taken the decision to postponed their 75 mile reliability trial on Sunday 20 Jan. Freezing temperatures forecast for Saturday night/Sunday morning mean a thaw is unlikely and with parts of the course already covered in 4/5 inches of snow the decision to postpone was taken. The Jubilee still hope to run the event so watch this space.

The Rob Jefferies Memorial Track Meeting

The Rob Jeffries Memorial Meeting
Image by kind permission of ©Guy Swarbrick/trackcycling


Poole Wheelers are to promote an open track meeting in memory of former member Rob Jefferies. Jefferies, who loved track racing, was tragically killed in 2011 after being hit by a car while out training. The main event, a 25km points race features cash prizes and is expected to attract a top class field. Local track stars will be keen to do well on home turf and with a track limit of 27, organiser Gordon Skillen expects the race to fill up quickly. Skillen says....

“At the opening of the Bournemouth track, Rob was working on a race of some sort. This is our attempt to run an event worthy of the great man. The main event is a 25km points race, with primes offered for each of the sprint laps. This race is eligible for National Hardtrack League Points. This event is open to all categories of riders. There is also a 'b stream' of events culminating in 'The Eddie Beck Memorial Trophy', a 10km points race with primes/sprints every 5 laps. This race is meant for riders in their first year of racing and riders of lower category. Riders entering the event will be seeded into either the 'a' or 'b' stream at the organisers discretion, depending on a combination of which race they want to do and their previous results and experience.”

The full program, on 28th July, features, for both 'a' and 'b' riders, a 20 lap warm up race of which the first 6 from each race go through to a roadman's/Australian pursuit. There is also an elimination race and the feature, which is either the Rob Jefferies Memorial “Fistful Of Tenner’s” 25km Dash For Cash or the Eddie Beck Memorial. The first event is open to anybody. The latter event is for 3rd cats and below, riders in their first season of racing and juniors. The big money is in the big event but the 'b' stream is something for the newer riders to aim for.

Skillen is also working on an inter-club 4km team pursuit and an invitation sprint. Further details will be found at the event website

Eddie Beck was a long-time member of Poole Wheelers who was always keen to encourage new riders. Eddie passed away in 2011 after losing his battle with cancer.

Entries close Sun, 21st Jul 2013
Event promoted by: Poole Whls CC ( website )
Event organiser:Mr Gordon Skillen
24b St Catherines

Riders entering either race will also be riding a warm up race, a roadman's pursuit and devil-take-the-hindmost for both 'a' and 'b' riders.

Please feel free to contact the organisers for any further explaination.
13:00 E/1/2/3/4 Regional C+ Band 5 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 100 laps / 25km / 16m £15.0
13:00 Hard Track Endurance League Regional C+ Band 3 1st, 2nd, 3rd,
13:00 3/4 Regional C+ Band 5 3rd, 4th 40 laps / 10km / 7m £15.00

Riders Entered as of 18/07/13
Mr William Clark Poole Whls CC
Mr Iain Cook VC Londres
Mr Adam D'arcy-Wykes Poole Whls CC
Mr Martin Dawkins Team Quest - The Bike Shop
Master Harrison Fielding Peter Hansford Racing
Mr Alex Harding Andover Whls
Mr Oliver Hitchings Peter Hansford Racing
Mr Graeme Lackford Team Tor 2000
Master Zak Loney Team LFH
Mr John McClelland Prestige Velo Club
Mr Gavin Mitchell Twickenham CC
Mr Glenn O'Brien CC Luton
Mr Charles Rees Team Tor 2000
Mr Maximilian Stedman AW Cycles
Mr Jamie Streather VC St Raphael
Mr Jason Streather VC St Raphael
Mr Alex Wise VC St Raphael
3/4 CAT

Mr Chris Braiden Bournemouth Arrow CC/Hotel Collingwood
Mr James Brightwell Bournemouth Arrow CC/Hotel Collingwood
Mr Rob Ellis VC St Raphael
Ms Adama Newlove
Mr Daryl Price Poole Whls CC

Master Alistair Fielding Peter Hansford Racing
Master Charley Calvert Bournemouth Arrow CC/Hotel Collingwood
Master Niall Dawkins Hillingdon Slipstreamers
Mr Brendan Drewett Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club
Miss Lucy Edmunds Bournemouth Arrow CC/Hotel Collingwood
Miss Eve Jefferies Poole Whls CC
Miss Rebecca Raybould Poole Whls CC

Full Entry Details here

Friday 18 January 2013

Poole Wheelers Plan a Busy Year in 2013!!

The Poole Wheelers have been in touch with details of a packed programme of racing & training.
Because there is so much happening within the club this year we have decided to produce the following list as a reminder – we would hate you to miss anything!

1st and 3rd Saturday in every month until the end of April Track sessions for all ages and abilities 1pm to 3pm at Bournemouth Cycle Centre. See Discussion page the week before for any changes/details. Email

2nd and 4th Monday in every month from May until August Track sessions for all ages and abilities 6.30pm to 8.30pm As above

15th June YOUTH OMNIUM, starts 10.30am, help needed from 9am, organiser Graham Hurst. Bournemouth Cycle Centre Lots of help needed for this event all day, please let Graham know what you can do to assist. Email

28th July Open Track Meeting, starts 10.30am, help needed from 9am, organiser Gordon (Zoom) Skillen. Bournemouth Cycle Centre. Lots of help needed for this all day, please let Gordon know what you can do to assist. Riders, of course, are excused! Email Gordon at

Monday nights until the end of March Turbo sessions from 8-9pm at Upton Community Centre run by Adam, there is a big screen and Adam is going to film some of the time trial courses so you can do the event without even getting on the road! Cost £5 per session, turbos provided.

23/24 March
Training camp at Calshot run by Adam. For further details see the website

CLUB RUNS Club runs from Fleetsbridge, 8.30am Saturdays, 9am Sundays organised by Richard and Jude Martin, email
Please ensure that you have a spare tube and/or puncture repair kit.

Wednesdays until 3rd April, restarting 4th September. Club ride from the clubroom at 7pm then coffee and a chat afterwards.

From February onwards Club events as per the list Cost still £3 per ride

Sunday 21st April Open time trial – 27km P433, organiser Mark Dobbs Help will be needed with signs, marshalling, timekeeping and teas – plus, of course, we need riders. Email Mark at

Sunday 23rd June Open 10 mile time trial, P415, organiser Richard Davidson. Help needed as above.
Email Richard @

Wednesday 26th June
GHS South DC Championships on the P459/10 course organised by Graham Hurst. Open to riders between the ages of 12-16. Marshalls and timekeepers will be needed.
Email as above.

Sunday 21st July Harold Cribb 25 incorporating South DC Championships, organised by Paul Hughes. Help will be needed with signs, marshalling, timekeeping and teas – and riders would be good.

Saturday 31st August BRITISH TIME TRIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS ORGANISED BY POOLE WHEELERS – event Secretary Ros Spencer. We will need plenty of marshalls, timekeepers, signs, teas and of course riders. This is a National event and we need to impress.
Email Ros @

Friday evenings Adams’ circuit training at Winton Arts and Media college, Winton Way, Bournemouth (next to Slades Farm Track) From 7pm to 8pm, cost £3.50

British Cycling Any enquiries about British Cycling membership and events to Colin Price. Or speak to Graham Hurst at training sessions. Email
Graham’s email as above

WEBSITE To keep up with what’s happening and any changes visit our website here

Ludgershall Circuit Race Rnd 2 Cancelled

Round 2 of the Ludgershall Winter series has had to be cancelled due to the bad weather. Hopefully normal service will be resumed next week.

"It is with sadness that I have had to cancel the Ludgershall Winter Series #2 race tomorrow. There is already 3 inches of snow and there is more forecast. The coaching that was scheduled will now be pushed back by 1 week so will start at 0900 on 26 Jan and there will not be a postponed race. Once you have registered your car with me there is no need to re-register for the series."
Darren Clarke (Organiser)
Army Cycling Union
For Ludgershall race information

Thursday 17 January 2013

Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 75 Mile Reliability Trial

Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers popular series of reliability trials continues this Sunday (Jan 20) with the 75 event. The course heads north to Cranborne, Rockbourne and Coombe Bissett before climbing up to Shaftesbury. Turning south, the riders will climb the dreaded Okeford Hill after 62 miles before returning to Merley via Blandford & Wimborne All are welcome! Start and finish is at Merley Community Centre (BH21 1XE), Harrier Drive, off Oakley Straight, Merley where parking, toilet facilities and light refreshments are available.
The first riders off are allowed 6 hours to complete the course with the fastest group expected to return in 5.15 hours
Members (First and Second Claim) £1 per Reliability Trial, other riders are required to become Associate Members of the Club and will pay £5 for all four Reliability Trials and all BJW Club Runs for a year. You can join on the day.
The term reliability trial dates back to the early years of the 20th century when cycling equipment was not so reliable, road surfaces were poor, sign-posting was even worse, and mobile telephones had yet to be invented. Reliability trial riders needed to be resilient, able to navigate, capable of dealing with minor mechanical problems, and fit enough to complete the course. Successful completion of all 4 BJW Reliability trials entitles the rider to a medal.

Tour de France' Grand Depart 2014!

Christian Prudhomme, Tour de France Director, said: “Yorkshire is a region of outstanding beauty, with breath-taking landscapes whose terrains offer both sprinters and attackers the opportunity to express themselves.
"Yorkshire is a region of outstanding beauty, with breath-taking landscapes whose terrains offer both sprinters and attackers the opportunity to express themselves.
"We have encountered a phenomenal desire to welcome the Tour de France and no doubt that popular acclaim will be particularly in evidence over there. (GB) The Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2007 in London, the first ever organised in the United Kingdom, will remain unforgettable. We are very glad to return, seven years after, to this magnificent city.”

Monday 14 January 2013

James Atherton

James Atherton was tragically killed while out training in the New Forest on Sunday January 13th.The 25-year-old from Southampton who rode for VC ST Raphael was in a group heading towards Pennington when he was in collision with a Volkswagen Golf near the Hare and Hounds pub on Pitmore Lane, Sway, at around 10.50am.James was taken by the air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.James, who had race at Ludgershall the previous day was studying for a PhD in medicine at Southampton University.
Police said the vehicle was being driven by a 57-year-old man from Evesham, Worcestershire, who was unhurt. Pitmore Lane was closed while police investigated the cause of the crash and arranged for the car and the bicycle to be recovered.Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact the Totton Roads Policing Unit on 101, quoting Operation Baroque.

Friend and teammate, Adel Tyson-Bloor paid this moving tribute to her very good friend….
James was one of life's genuine characters. He was instantly likeable and this made him very popular with anyone who crossed his path. He was kind and considerate and showed genuine interest in others. It was my pleasure to know James I never once saw him without a cheeky smile or laughing and I never heard him utter a single grumble. James seemed to thoroughly enjoy life. Due to injury, change of sports and lack of funds I don't think James really got to show everyone how strong he was in racing I am sure anyone who rode with him will agree with me. I think he will leave a hole in many people's life's and I am certain when he is remembered or talked about smiles will instantly appear. He was full of fun and my heart will sink whenever I go to races or rides where he would normally be. A tragic waste of one of life's good ones.

My team mate, James Atherton, died at the age of 25 on Saturday doing what he loved; riding his bike. My thoughts are with his loved ones. Tragic. May he rest in peace. Be careful out there on your bicycles, friends.” Simon Brooks

“Whilst I have only known James for a couple of years since he moved from triathlon and joined VC to concentrate on cycle racing, he proved a valuable member of the team progressing up to 2nd category for 2013.
James was well liked by other riders and this is reflected by the number of people from within triathlon and cycling community who I have been contacted by since the tragic accident.
The thoughts of all our club members go to his family and girlfriend.”
Mick Waite

“A wonderfully friendly guy. We always had a nice chat when we saw each other at training or races. He's riding in the clouds now. God bless you and may you forever rest in peace”. Sam

“James was a bright, energetic person with a fabulous sense of humour. A true ‘Lancashire lad’ with a passion for hard bicycle racing, and possibly even tougher training rides. James raced for us with gusto at the British University champs, and we thoroughly enjoyed his company on training rides. A dedicated athlete, talented academic and loyal friend, he will be sadly missed.
We wish to express our deepest condolences to James’ family and friends.”

From his friends at Southampton University Road Club

“I'm not sure I ever met someone so full of life. We are devastated, James. You will be sorely missed” Em

If you would like to add your own tribute to James on this page, just email me or text or call. 07977985933 or message me on facebook

Children's Track Bikes from Feria Sport!

Many parents have been frustrated by the limited number of small-wheeled track bikes available at the Bournemouth velodrome. Right now, there is only access to three small-wheeled track bikes yet there is high demand for track bikes of this size. Richard Eastham of Feria Sport has therefore made links with Hillbrick Racing of Australia, suppliers of high quality track bikes specifically designed for younger riders. If Feria Sport can secure a minimum of 10 orders, buyers will qualify for a 25% discount on the list prices. Feria Sport will need to arrange shipping and carriage and cover the necessary costs for this but it should be reasonable when shared between 10 or more buyers. The bikes are expected to have good residual value and have a ready market for resale in the Bournemouth area once children grow up and need a full-sized bike. Feria Sport have been informed by Hillbrick Racing an order can be placed as soon a minimum of 10 buyers are confirmed.

See the page on the Feria Sport website for more details:

If you are interested in this offer, please contact Richard Eastham on or on 07816 299 909.

New Forest CC get the Wiggo Effect!

THE “Wiggo Effect” has led to an upsurge of interest in cycle racing across the UK from people of all ages and now New Forest Cycling Club wants to help youngsters get out on the road. Writes Bob Jolliffe………………..
Bradley Wiggins’ Tour de France and Olympic successes have been the spur for many adults dusting off old bikes or buying new ones in a bid to get pedalling and boost fitness.
Now, to cater for the number of school-agers who have contacted the club, New Forest Cycling Club is to stage regular Sunday morning rides of about 30 miles, and wants to extend the invitation to other young would-be Bradleys, Cavs or Chris Hoys.
Led by Patrick Walters, the two to two-and-a-half-hour rides which are designed for those aged 13 to 18 years, will start at 10am from Brockenhurst either once or twice a month depending on the level of interest.
Club secretary Peter Weaver said the ride will follow the same circular route each time and “parents and older siblings are very welcome to join in”.
The club is also in the process of setting up Go-Ride events for less confident riders.
Email Peter in the first instance at Checkout the club’s website HERE

Sunday 13 January 2013

Off Camber XC Winter Series 4

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Paul Hopkins (Merida UK) won round 4 of the Off-Camber XC winter series with predictable ease. After shaking off the challenge of training partner Kim Little (Gillingham & Dist.), Hopkins could enjoy himself on the 4.9 mile circuit at Inside Park near Blandford Forum in Dorset. Back in the day the holiday park was once a venue for a round of the national series sponsored by the local brewery and is popular with the riders. A mix of woodland trails, singletrack, field edges and concrete road asks questions of technique but with plenty of opportunity for overtaking. Stumps and roots demand concentration and the notorious “Bomb Hole” allows the more confident to get some “air”.

Neutralized for the first 600 metres on a smooth, concrete pathway, the route then heads out into the country on the first of 3 laps and it was here that Hopkins hit the front. Powering away through deep puddles and thick mud, only Little could respond to the former national 40+ champion. The Gillingham rider even took the lead as, uncharacteristically, Hopkins got his line wrong through the mud. Normal service however was quickly resumed and Little started to lose ground as the trail started to rise. Barring mishap the race was Hopkins and Little, who won round 3 in December, was clear in second place. Marcus Williams held third spot after the first lap but could not hold off the charge of Alex Day (Off-Camber). Day had helped set up the course and was busy dismantling it as the prize giving went ahead.

First Lady, Julie Crane finished ahead of Yeovil CC juniors, Patsy Caine & Evie Lane. While another Yeovil youngster, Kris Caine was first junior. A field of 58 started, the biggest of the series so far and a sign that the new season is on the horizon. Round 5 is on 17th February with the final round a month later on 17th March.
Full Result
1 Paul Hopkins 0:23:49 0:26:23 0:26:11 01:16:23
2 Kim Little 0:24:18 0:26:47 0:27:39 01:18:44
3 Alex Day 0:25:44 0:27:03 0:29:12 01:21:59
4 Marcus Williams 0:26:10 0:28:43 0:29:29 01:24:27
5 Mark Green 0:26:15 0:29:18 0:30:34 01:26:07
6 Steve Gordon 0:27:20 0:30:34 0:29:46 01:27:40
6= Robert Koppenhol 0:28:15 0:29:55 0:29:30 01:27:40
8 Dave Goddard 0:27:26 0:30:17 0:31:00 01:28:43
9 Simon Andrews 0:27:36 0:30:21 0:31:22 01:29:29
10 Darren Bunce 0:27:36 0:31:24 0:30:44 01:29:44
11 Simon Cross 0:28:49 0:30:19 0:31:49 01:30:57
12 Darren Caines 0:28:39 0:30:56 0:32:49 01:31:04
13 Kris Caines 0:28:18 0:31:06 0:33:37 01:33:01 1st Junior
14 Stuart Inman 0:29:31 0:32:17 0:31:35 01:33:24
15 Mark Whittaker 0:28:55 0:31:36 0:33:36 01:34:07
16 Dean Frost 0:28:27 0:31:52 0:34:21 01:34:40
17 Ed Thomas 0:28:59 0:31:58 0:33:52 01:34:49
18 Andy Parsons 0:33:11 0:30:07 0:33:09 01:36:27
19 Garry Taylor 0:29:44 0:33:53 0:32:58 01:36:35
20 John Williams 0:29:31 0:35:34 0:34:07 01:39:12
21 Hamish McPherson0:30:52 0:34:26 0:34:12 01:39:30
22 James Chant 0:31:01 0:33:56 0:35:48 01:40:45
23 Jay Hookins 0:31:47 0:34:04 0:35:56 01:41:47
24 David Sharpe 0:31:37 0:34:42 0:35:36 01:41:55
25 Brian Stephen 0:32:22 0:35:06 0:36:03 01:43:41
26 Tim Hoskinson 0:31:37 0:35:00 0:37:33 01:44:10
27 Ben Day 0:31:47 0:37:43 0:34:51 01:44:21
28 Liam Teesdale 0:31:06 0:32:34 0:41:02 01:44:42 2nd Junior
29 RaySamways 0:32:35 0:36:55 0:41:06 01:45:06 1stVeteran
30 Chris Kelly 0:33:14 0:36:16 0:36:57 01:46:27
31 Scott Jones 0:32:41 0:36:49 0:37:55 01:47:25
32 Ashley Green 0:32:14 0:38:15 0:39:30 01:49:59
33 Vince Hounsome 0:27:04 0:28:29 0:55:33
34 Julian Rudek 0:27:30 0:30:13 0:57:43
35 Chris Wills 0:28:43 0:36:10 1:04:53
36 Matthew Pike 0:34:16 0:40:39 1:14:55
37 Scawn Roberts 0:35:44 0:40:21 1:16:05
38 Matt Gleed 0:35:13 0:41:22 1:16:35
39 Simon Clarke 0:37:26 0:41:27 1:18:53
40 Conal Grier 0:38:32 0:42:37 1:21:09 (CrossBike)

41 Philip Wareham 0:39:36 0:44:15 1:23:51
42 Gary Wilkins 0:40:04 0:45:17 1:25:21
43 Matthew Rice 0:40:15 0:46:29 1:26:44
44 Kevin Craig 0:44:08 0:49:06 1:33:14
45 Ian Asher 0:38:57 0:54:43 1:33:50
46 Gary Watson 0:45:11 0:53:14 1:38:25 2nd Veteran
47 Dean Curwen 0:45:14 0:53:17 1:38:31
48 Neil Bond 0:45:18 0:58:02 1:43:20
49 Matthew Tucker 0:46:58
50 Trevor Bridle 0:51:00
51 Barry White 0:29:23
1 Julie Crane 0:35:53 0:39:40 01:15:33
2 Patsy Caines 0:37:05 0:44:04 01:21:09
3 Sue Latham 0:39:56 0:44:15 01:23:51 (SingleSpeed)
4 Evie Lane 0:39:15 0:44:37 01:23:52
5 Julia Rice 0:46:49 0:58:01 01:44:50
Josh Day 0:00:00
David Lane 0:00:00




4, MARCUS WILLIAMS (DB Max Triathlon Club)









After riding a warm down lap Hopkins spoke to “Local Riders” about the race and his plans for the season.

"I wanted to race today because Off-Camber have helped me out a lot over the years, I train a lot with Kim, he is very strong and a good climber, certainly worth worrying about. He overtook me on the first lap but through the draggy sections I managed to pull away. I was on a new bike today, the Big 29 Carbon,which is 29" wheels and a hard tail which is a little bit different to what I am used to, I have been riding a full suspension 26 for ten years, I must admit I do like it, it seems very fast. It was good training, I don’t want to sharpen up to soon, I want to keep a lid on it a little longer. I will start some harder stuff next month, I want to hit the first national running! I plan to do all the points’ series and the national championships and hopefully regain my title after coming second last year. I will also be part of the new Merida team specialising in marathon events.