Friday, 29 May 2009

Bradshaw near to Champion pace...

Yesterdays Cambridge cycling club 10 mile TT saw Douglas Bradshaw finish just 16 seconds behind the race winner, 2009 RTTA national 10 mile champion, Michael Hutchinson (in-Gear Quick VT). Hutchinson , a Cambridge CC lvp, clocked 21mins 14 secs an average speed of 28.26 MPh on the Barton course. Andy Hudson was third 22mins 17 secs. Juila Ertner was fastest female club member followed by Noelle Godfrey and Sarah Nash. A field of 31 cyclists enjoyed fair and dry conditions. Bradshaw gained 20 Morris shield points for his efforts pushing him up to 20th overall in the league. Andy Strickland, James Third and Martin Reynolds are the current top three with Basil Moss very close behind in 4th position.
Thanks to the Helpers: Marshall: Shunsuke Kobayashi. Pushing Off: Andy Strickland. Signs and Safety: Andy Blower. Time Keepers: Mark Smallwood & Ted Wells and Jan Ertner for the figures.

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Thursday, 28 May 2009

Just the tonic for Dr Hutch as club road team in 2nd...

Cambridge CC now sit in second place of the Eastern Road Race league forum after contesting two league events. In the Regional B ranked Whitewebbs CC road race, in Whitwell Hertfordshire, our team attacked aggressively and figured in all the decisive moves of the day. In the end, Glenn Vinnicombe managed fourth whilst Steve Hubbard took 6th.

On the same day at the Regional A ranked CC Ashwell Primavera road race near Old Warden, Digby Symons proved himself once again a strong man of the region, attacking the bunch from the drop of the flag. His efforts eventually secured him a podium position at 3rd place, as he slipped away from the bunch in the last few hundred meters.

These results were sufficient to take Cambridge CC past Finchley RT in the league table, to 2nd overall. Team BMC retained their healthy lead: www.errl.org.uk.

In the Regional B Eagle Road Race near Ugley, Essex, Steve Hubbard and Ralph Keeler both won points in the Eagle CC promotion, with 5th and 9th place respectively.

Cambridge CC TT specialist Douglas Bradshaw finished 14th in the Road time trial council (RTTC) national championship 10 mile TT with 21mins and 4 secs. The event was won by south Cambridgeshire resident and Hon Life vice president of Cambridge cycling club Michael Hutchinson with 19m 34secs.

This weekend brings the Eastern Region road race championship on Sunday the 31st of May, being run this year on a course near Saffron Walden. Cambridge CC will have a strong team to represent us this year, and at 97 miles with a high-quality field, this should live up to its billing to crown the top rider in the East.

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Monday, 25 May 2009

Ike Saul road race, please support your club...




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Bye Bye Wendy...




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Sunday, 24 May 2009



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Friday, 22 May 2009

Handy result grabbed by the Andys

With the weather providing good conditions there was a large field in yesterday's club 10 Mile TT at Bottisham, resulting in some fast times. Top spot was shared by Andy Hudson and Andy Strickland, who both clocked an impressive 22mins and 43 secs with an average speed of 26.43mph. Third fastest Cambridge CC member was Basil Moss with 23mins and 28 secs. Martin Reynolds produced an all-out effort and broke his personal best for the course with 23mins and 49 secs. Heather Williams gained 10 points in the ongoing Morris shield as fastest Cambridge CC female with 27mins and 21secs. Fastest overall female was Lucy Gossase (TFN tri) 26mins 23secs. Despite concerns highlighted earlier in the week by club evening TT marshal delegator Andy Blower that the event would not be able to run due to a lack of members volunteering to help, the crisis was averted by members rallying to his request for help. Thanks to the Helpers: Marshals: Noelle Godfrey & Angela Platts, Pushing Off: Ken Turner,
Signs and Safety: Alan Sparks, Time Keepers: Tim Williams & Ted Wells. Thanks to Jan Ertner for compiling results which are posted on results page.

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Sunday, 17 May 2009

Read all about it..


Cambridge cycling club's domination of Eastern Counties Cycling Association festival was considered worthy enough of a page lead on inside back page of Cambridge News  edition May 16th. Which on the eve of  Cambridge United's FC big Wembley promotion match -when  space is short- is wonderful local acknowledgement of  our clubs achievement. Also mentioned were two recent road races and a open TT race result. Added bonus for readers was a large photo of Mr Bradshaw.

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Saturday, 16 May 2009

Turned out nice for lucky 13..


Cambridge Cycling clubs evening TT on the 13.7 mile Comberton course saw a select  field of  just 13 riders turn out to race. The low numbers may have been down to the number of regular club racing members who were marshalling, and also the forcasted rain which didn't materialise over the tough Comberton circuit as it turned out to be a good evening if a little dark.
Those who did come out to play were richly rewarded with high Morris Shield points. Series leader
James Third overcame cycle mechanical problems and claimed another 20 points with 31mins 49secs  (25.84MPH). Matt Chandler of Cambridge TRi club was second with 32Mins 22Sec, Andy Strickland finished third overall helping to secure his 2nd place in the Morris Shield. Fastest Cambridge CC female was Julia Ertner.
Thanks to the Helpers: Marshalls: Martin Reynolds, Ken Miller, Noelle Godfrey, Basil Moss & Jan Ertner. Pushing Off: Andy Blower. Signs and Safety: Alan Sparks. Time Keepers: Mick Draper & Ted Wells. Photos from the evening by Terry D posted on Club Photos.Full results on TT results page.

Photo- Phil Mynott: Andy Strickland secures second place

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

By 'Ecc-a we won..

Roadmen, Testers and Randonneurs combined forces to make Cambridge Cycling Club the top performing cycling club at this years interdisciplinary Eastern Counties Cycling Association Festival. Over sixty clubs from across the Eastern counties and North London are eligible to compete in the festival.

This was the 32nd running of this unique event. The E.C.C.A. Festival includes several time trials, circuit races, road races, a map reading competition and Audax rides. E.C.C.A. member clubs score points for their performances in all these events. The festival serves to bring a variety of interest groups within clubs together in a celebration of cycling with a healthy dose of competitive spirit.

This is the first year Cambridge CC has won the club championship, and probably the first year the club has really targeted the event. Our effort was largely led by Digby & Katie Symons, who rode 8 events between them over the 3 days of the festival; 2 Tandem Time Trials, the Map Reading competition (which they won!), 2 solo time trials, 2 circuit races and one half of the 2-man Team Time Trial. Also worthy of a hearty mention in dispatches is club hard-man Douglas Bradshaw, whose outstanding performances included victory in 2 solo time trials and the 2-up Team Time Trial, and 2nd place in another solo time trial. Another club star was Owen Lake who won the Junior circuit race at Hog Hill , with support from Chris Hughes. Steve Hubbard finished 2nd overall in the 3/4 road race, and Andy Cockburn 2nd overall (+ 1st ECCA rider) in the 3/4 circuit race at Hog Hill.

Eastern clubs East London Velo, A.P.I. Metrow and Essex Roads gave Cambridge a healthy run for the title, and it wasn’t until the 2nd day of the festival that we started to pull clear on cumulative points. Events with Cambridge Results: Hog Hill 10 Mile TT 2nd (Digby Symons, Andy Hudson, Eric Gowland). Women’s Circuit Race: 2nd Overall, 1st E.C.C.A. Rider (Katie Symons). Master’s Circuit Race 16th Overall, 6th E.C.C.A. Rider (Rob Jackson). National B (E/1/2/3) Circuit Race: 12th Overall, 2nd E.C.C.A. Rider (Digby Symons). Regional B (3/4) Circuit Race: 2nd Overall, 1st E.C.C.A. Rider (Andrew Cockburn). Regional A Junior Circuit Race: 1st Overall, E.C.C.A. Junior Champ (Owen Lake). National B (E/1/2/3) RoadRace: Finished (Tim Williams). Regional B (3/4) Road Race: 2nd Overall, 2nd E.C.C.A. Rider (Steven Hubbard). Map Reading: 1st Overall (Digby & Katie Symons). 25 Mile Tandem Time Trial: 3rd E.C.C.A. Club (Digby & Katie Symons). 25 Mile Solo Time Trial: 4th E.C.C.A. Club (Douglas Bradshaw, Andrew Strickland, Matthew Carr). 2-Up 25 Mile Team Time Trial:1st Overall (Digby Symons & Douglas Bradshaw). 7Km Circuit Solo Time Trial: 2nd E.C.C.A. Club (Douglas Bradshaw, Digby Symons, Duncan Murphy). 10 Mile Tandem Time Trial: 4th E.C.C.A. Club (Katie & Digby Symons). 10 Mile Solo Time Trial: 1st Overall (Douglas Bradshaw, Duncan Murphy, Nick Jackson). 100 Km Audax: (Nigel Hobday, Alex Eberlin, ANO, Rob Jackson). 200 Km Audax: (Terry Dickerson, Malcolm Stennant, Phil Mynott, Malcolm Kitchen, Nigel Mould).

Special Mention to the person who really won it for the club , team manager Eric Gowland and his expert organising and encouragement of the club members who took part. Photo shows 100Km team at Checkpoint.

Monday, 11 May 2009

Vinnicombe on top after breaking away on climb..


The Anglo Polymer's Road Race served to provide Cambridge CC with its 3rd road race win of the season. Glenn Vinnicombe brought home the honours. Steve Hubbard was also in the points at 6th. Owen Lake, Nigel Hobday and Chris Hughes all rode for the club as well.

In the final lap of the race Glenn Vinnicombe and another rider jumped the gap to join the 2 race leaders (who had been clocked at over 27mph!) creating a gap between them and the chasing peleton. Vinnicombe and the other three leaders worked hard to stay away. There was a crash in the main field, which may have slowed up the chase a little. Around the 1KM to go Vinnicombe jumped again at the top of the climb in the village before the finish and managed to stay clear. With that the other three in the leading break were swept up, with Cambridge CC member Steve Hubbard taking 5th in the subsequent bunch sprint. The Cambridge squad demonstrated that they worked well as a team (under Hubbard’s expert direction!) to help bring back a dangerous looking break of 6 that stayed away for a couple of laps or so. Chris and Owen both rode very strongly, and Nigel had a solid race.

In the 40th Anniversary Lea Valley road race, a strong, hungry bunch and the distance (140Km!) brought back all the early moves. A few late attacks stayed ahead of the main bunch. We finished in the points with Digby Symons at 8th (after a brave late solo attack), Eric Gowland at 12th (best placed 3rd Cat) and Oliver Caddy at 20th. Tim Williams and Basil Moss finished further back in the main bunch.

Cambridge Cycling Club’s Duncan Murphy won 2nd place in the Godric CC 10 mile TT on the Bungay Bypass with a time of 22 min 9 seconds. The event was held on a relatively new variant of the course which has a slightly longer outward leg and turns at the first roundabout. It also provided a strong South west wind for Murphy to battle with. Winner was James Eman with 21:34.

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Saturday, 9 May 2009

Saddle bag sale is recycle success..

Todays saddle bag sale at Hauxton was well attended by club members looking for a bargain. Many members took the chance to buy some -new- club kit from club clothiers Mr and Mrs Alan Sparks, whilst other members were able to sell unwanted items, in an attempt to clear out their bike sheds, to other members ,who took it home to no doubt store in their sheds untouched until the next club saddle bag sale! Thanks to Social secretary Wendy De Graaf and Gen Sec Chris Adams for making it all happen. Big thanks to Gill for being tea lady and to all those who baked the cakes!

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Today - everything must go- Final reminder

Weather outlook for Today is looking good for the Cambridge cycling club  saddle bag sale this afternoon (9th May). The venue is Hauxton Village Hall from 2pm until 5pm. Hauxton village hall is located on the main road through Hauxton slightly West of the main T junction in the village. There is some parking outside the hall. Please note that this is a different location from last year's saddle bag sale! A saddle bag sale is a bring and buy sale for cyclists. Please bring your unwanted cycle stuff!  See you there.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Cycling round and round in circle.....

A strong Westerly wind providing a gruelling introduction to the Come and try evening time trial on the Newton Circuit. Cambridge Cycling Club's James Third powered his way around in 26min 32secs at average 26.88MPH to win the 11.8 mile race. Second place was Andy Hudson 27M 11S and third place was clocked by Andy Strickland with 27m 44s. Third retains his top ranking in the on going Morris shield. Six of the field of twenty six  were females, Sue Fenwick fastest with 32m 43s. Most senior competitor was sprightly club member Ken Turner aged 78 , riding his first TT of the season. Special mention to the two non-club members who braved the elements and took up the come and try challange - Flip Tolley and Fed Jakobson.

Photo: Phil Mynott: James Third ...Powers around the Newton circuit.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Come and try time trial racing tonight

It's the Cambridge Cycling Club "Come & Try" event this evening, a great opportunity to introduce your cycling friends to the fast growing sport of competitive cycling. The event is on the Newton course, 2 laps of a 5.9 mile circuit. First rider starts at 7PM sharp. If someone doesn't fancy the full distance then it's OK to finish after the first lap. See club calendar for more detail.

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Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Saddle up for a bargain..

Cambridge cycling club is holding a club saddle bag sale this coming Saturday (9th May). The venue is Hauxton Village Hall from 2pm until 5pm. Hauxton village hall is located on the main road through Hauxton slightly West of the main T junction in the village. There is some parking outside the hall. Please note that this is a different location from last year's saddle bag sale! A saddle bag sale is a bring and buy sale for cyclists. Please bring your unwanted cycle stuff! Tea, coffee and goodies served. Please inform club secretary Chris Adams if you plan to attend, so that he can "get enough old tea bags to re-use" See you there.

Club open on the F2.10 is taster for Nationals

Cambridge CC member Andrew Strickland finished 9th in the clubs open promotion TT event which provided a pretaste of the VTTA National Championships coming up on 30th May. Same course - Cambourne to Madingley and back but using a much larger HQ based in Cambourne. Perhaps this explains why only 2 of the 90 entrants failed to start. Beauty of a day with a temperature of 17°C and a drift of a head wind on the return leg. The road surface remains excellent to the extent that some riders may contemplate using track tyres for the championship. Michael Hutchinson stormed around the course in 19.22. Ian Cammish (riding a modern albeit fixed wheel bike) was over a minute in arrears in 20.39 just 5 seconds in hand over Sam Barker, 20.44. Stuart Wright was in 4th place with a 20.51. Other rides included 5th= for Andre Dyason and Stuart Tarry, 21.19, 7th Robert Gilmour, 21.35, 8th Alan Newark, 21.41, 9th Andrew Strickland, 21.49, and 10th, Graham Dolby 21.58. Top lady was Avril Swan, 22.31, followed home by Sue Fenwick, 23.25 and Jennifer Hewitt, 23.46. Planet X, with 2nd, 3rd and 8th placings, carried off the team prize. Cambridge Cycling club members competing were Nick Jackson, Jan Ertner, Julia Ertner,Andy Blower,Peter Baumber,Richard Glover, Martin reynolds, Andrew strickland and Colin Davies. Photo shows event promoter Jan Ertner competing in the club's open TT. Words and Photo by Davey Jones.

Friday, 1 May 2009

Committee Meeting and Club Social

Note the next meetings in the Cambridge Blue will be on the 11th May. This is due to the 4th being a Bank Holiday, which we traditionally skip over.

7pm Committee Meeting

8pm Social and ECCA reunion celebration or commiseration.

http://www.the-cambridgeblue.co.uk/

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