Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Club TT Hardwick 29 June

Congregation area
Our Club event this week is at Hardwick on the F2a/10

First rider off at 7:16pm. Guest riders (£3 entry fee) can sign on from 6:55pm.

However, we are looking for a couple of volunteer marshals and a pusher.

If you can help, please contact our Time Trial Secretary

Note: an active rear light is required whilst riding this event.

Friday, 23 June 2017

New National Record for Ken Platts

In the ECCA 100 mile time trial on Sunday 18 June, Ken Platts set a new VTTA benchmark for 65-year-olds with a fine 3:52:12.
This ride was less eventful than his existing epic 2015 record for 62-year-olds which included a brief pause for a crash during which Ken broke his pelvis - a fact of which he was heroically unaware until attempting to get off his bike at the finish
Three laps of the A11 course saw rising temperatures and light winds. These conditions produced the first ever three 30mph rides at the distance; the fastest by Adam Duggleby in 3:16:51. The women's competition record also fell, with Alice Lethbridge recording 3:42:37 to take 2:45 off the old record.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Club TT - Haslingfield Thursday 22 June

Sign-On and Start

Our Club event this Thursday is at Haslingfield. First rider off at 7:16pm.

However, we need three members to come forward to marshal, which will then enable us to run the event.

If you can help, please contact the web editor

Update Thursday 09:30

My thanks to the members (three of whom don't actually race) who have come forward so we can run this event.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Andy Wins as Team Comes Unscrewed

Andy Grant

Intent on defending their title from last year, Cambridge CC had a strong team entered on Saturday 10th June for the East Anglian VTTA 50 mile time trial – effectively the East Anglian vets’ championship – with Andy Grant and Colin Lizieri from last year’s team and Martin Reynolds taking the place of Ken Platts, who contrived to miss the closing date. The wheels came off the plan, along with Martin’s cassette lock ring, 20-odd miles into his ride, which at least spared him the 20-mile return slog into a brutal 18-knot headwind, gusting to 30 knots.
In such conditions, it took real moral fibre to ride past the finish to complete the final 10 miles and a number of riders succumbed to temptation. One who didn’t was Colin Lizieri, who normally revels in tough conditions, but even he was battered five minutes back on his best with 1:55:54 and an eventual 12th place on standard.

Andy Grant had a lonely ride; off no.5, he was soon first rider on the road with only his power meter for company, and that wasn’t telling him anything very encouraging. The attempt to get it to produce some more impressive numbers paid off though, with 1:52:35 good enough to win the event on standard and carry off the Syd Parkinson Cup, ensuring that Cambridge CC didn’t go home empty-handed.
Chris Dyason
The previous Wednesday evening, Chris Dyason travelled to the fabled V718 near Hull, for the City RC 10, where he justified the journey with a fine 21:34, an East Anglian VTTA age record. The event produced two 17-minute rides, with professional Dan Bigham running out winner in 17:24 and leading his team, Brother NRG Pro Cycling, to the National Team Competition record three times over with three different combinations of team mates.

Clearly in form, Chris followed this up on Sunday with second place on standard in the Sleaford Wheelers 15, setting a Strava KOM for the outward leg.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017


Photos: Davy Jones
Early on Sunday the 28th of May the ECCA 25 championships were held on the E2/25, which is actually a bit long so it should really be called the E2/25.1. The route starts near Newmarket and heads South West following the other E2 variations. In the past there was a services at the turn and people used to jokingly call the course "Burger King to McDonalds and back".

The E2 is a fickle course; it is very exposed with little tree cover so the wind direction is critical in determining whether there will be quick times. Small changes can be the difference between an ordinary day and a fast one. Apparently the best conditions are a westerly. In the run up to the event TT'ers had turned into amateur meteorologists and were out in force trying to predict the conditions. There were hushed murmurings of a potential super-fast "float day" similar to last year when Alex Dowsett smashed the comp record. They needn't give up their day job though as it was yet another south westerly making it a slog to the turn. 

Although it was nice and warm the wind meant that most of the top riders were 1-2 minutes slower then their PB's, mostly set at the same event last year. Colin Ward won with 48.51 (Essex Roads CC). David McGaw bucked the trend with a PB and club record, finishing second with 49.01. Daniel Northover (Finsbury Park CC) was third in 50.44 and Finsbury Park CC won the team prize.

Andre Dyason was pretty chuffed with his 53.47 for 13th overall. Andy Grant was 19th in 54.30. Colin Lizeri was not happy with his 55.43 and went home to angrily mow his lawn. His time was relatively good though and he finished in 34th well within the top third. The legendary Platts-meister was 46th in 56.19. Jan Ertner did a ride as silky smooth as his freshly shaved legs, 1.01.09 a strong time relative to his LTS PB.

Chris Dyason did a fantastic job organising the event ensuring that it ran smoothly. Chris has also organised the ECCA 10 and Cambridge CC 10 events this year. Great job!

At our Club TT at Hardwick on 1st June David McGaw broke the club 10 record with 19.15. Within the space of 3 weeks, club records have been set for 10, 25 and 50 miles!

Sunday, 4 June 2017

CCC at the Tour of the Highlands

Al, Ramona, Noelle, Eileen Roe, Mike & Kate
Five club members made the trip up to Highlands last weekend for the 3 day, 327 mile sportive. Also taking part was Eileen Roe, current British National Circuit Race Champion, who lined up with at the start with her jersey nicely matching the Cambridge Club kit. The event included plenty of climbing including all the major ski resorts, with glorious Highland scenery and typically variable Scottish weather! A full report will be submitted for the next club newsletter.

Friday, 26 May 2017

ECCA 10 Championships

The ECCA 10 Championships took place on the 20th May and Cambridge Cycling Club was well represented. The event was held on the E2/10 near Six Mile Bottom. It was wet and miserable in Cambridge but this course often seems to have its own micro climate. The race was mostly dry with occasional rain and hail showers.
A strong south westerly meant that riders spent the first five miles banging their head against a wall of wind, making it a day for personal bests in average power rather than average speed. Most riders were over a minute slower than a couple of weeks ago on the same course. The early starters suffered the worst of the weather.

Photos courtesy of Davy Jones

André Dyason rode through hail and back for a hard fought 21.46. Martin Reynolds got a power PB and very wet for 21.16. Colin "the flying brick" Lizeri did another awesome ride in rubbish weather to do a 21.27 or 21.47 (currently subject to some dispute). Chris Dyason achieved excellent power but freaky winds which resulted in 23.33. Jan Ertner hit headwinds and rain and despite his hairy legs creating massive amounts of drag he did a power PB and 24.19. Andy Grant had a bit of a soggy trundle contemplating the lack of vets prizes on offer and the futility of life (it was that sort of day) to achieve 22.20. However the sun was shining for David McGaw, despite nearly throwing up whilst smashing through the headwind to the turn before surfing home in 19.36; a fast ride on a slow day.

David won by 20 seconds from Daniel Northover (Finsbury Park CC). Finsbury Park CC had a very strong team and walked away with the team prize. Verity Smith (Stowmarket & Diss CC) won the women's event in 22.48.