Monday, 29 June 2009

Come and have a go, to see if your fast enough!

Are you new to the fast growing sport of Cycling ? do you fancy your chances as a future Tour de France winner? or if you just fancy testing your cycling speed against the clock then you are more than welcome to take part in Cambridge Cycling Club's 'Come and Try'evening Time Trial. Two laps of a 7 mile circuit start and finish in the Village of Newton
All you need to do is turn up at Newton, with a road safe bicycle, at approx 6.45pm in time for the first riders start at 7.15pm - Don't worry it's not a group race! each rider starts at minute intervals.
There will be a friendly member of Cambridge Cycling club on each turn of the course to ensure you know which way to go. Please note each cyclist is responsible for their own actions and safety at all times whilst on the public highway. Photo by Terry Dickerson - participant in a recent come and try event.

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Friday, 26 June 2009

no Bad Thriller as Speed Demon Platts Beat it ..

Yesterday saw a fine warm evening on the Sawston course with only a light easterly breeze making the outward leg a bit "sticky".
Ken Platts took another convincing win, 22 sec ahead of Morris Shield leader Andy Strickland.
Well done to Martin Reynolds and Felix Barker who both recorded a PB. A field of twenty nine riders started the event with all finishers clocking under thirty minutes - despite progress being slowed for a few by traffic at on route. Alan sparks was DNF.
Big Thank you to helpers: Signs/Safety – Andy Blower, Timekeeping – Mick Draper/Kevin J,Pusher – Owen Lake, Finish Line – Steven Lake, Marshal’s – George Crammond, Nick Jarvis.
All Results on Club TT result courtesy of Jan Ertner.
Photo by Dave Jones shows Ken Platts.   

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Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Dave, don't stop Jackson till you got enough..

Cambridge Cycling Club member Nick Jackson proved he was almost invincible when he clocked an off the wall one hour 52 Minutes and 40 Seconds in the Shaftesbury 50 mile time trial. 

Club member Dave Jones was there to capture this great photo of Jackson pushing himself in to the Zone. 

Another Cambridge CC member enjoying a good season is Duncan Murphy who was  2nd in the East District 30 mile TT with 1Hr 11Mins 23Secs.

Dave Jones was also with his camera at the Veteran's Time Trial Association 25 mile were he recorded a trio of club members - Ken Platts, Martin Reynolds and Peter Baumber. 

You can view view Dave's VTTA event 
photographs by visiting club photos.

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Monday, 22 June 2009

Cambridge MTB podium in off road mayhem...



Cambridge Cycling club hardy mountain bike racing squad made it on to the podium at the end of 'Mountain Mayhem 24 hour race'. The Cambridge squad were 2nd in the Mixed team of 5 category.Cambridge CC MTB team members were Andy Cockburn, Henry Gomersall, Gordon Hollingworth, Digby Symons and Katie Symons

Conditions throughout the 24 hours were very good with only a couple of showers of light rain.

Cambridge CC shared the podium with an RAF team (1st) and South Downs Bikes (3rd).

Out of a total of 450 teams in all categories Cambridge CC were only beaten by 12 other teams. Overall winners were the Scott team in the Mixed Expert category who managed 34 laps in the 24 hours.

The Cambridge team were very consistent in lap times. Andrew was the driving force with 7 laps, his fastest a blistering 41:02 and his average a very quick 43:21. Digby also completed 7 laps with an average split of 48:55, although slightly hampered by a puncture on his first lap.Henry was a last minute call up to the team but did us proud with 6 laps averaging 49:58.Gordon rode 5 laps with a mean split of 54:24, also somewhat slowed by a mechanical problem on his first circuit.In an attempt to optimise we frustrated our single female rider Katie by only letting her ride 4 laps, but she was certainly no slouch with an average lap time of 56:37.

Katie won the spot prize for fastest ascent of the main climb on the course and was the fastest girl in our category. The problems for Digby and Gordon on their first laps were frustrating, but lost the team a maximum of 15 minutes in total and so did not cost us the win. A very tiring but extremely satisfying day out.

The Cambridge CC team shared a base camp with the "Renegade MTB" team built around fellow Cambridge CC riders Ben Freeman and Ben Biggs. The Renegades were taking a slightly more relaxed approach to their racing which allowed them to provide much appreciated support. However, despite not riding at all for four hours during the night they still finished as 73rd mixed team.

The event is held in the stunning grounds of Eastnor Castle Deer Park in the heart of the Malvern Hills, with an approximately 9 mile long course designed to be testing and rewarding for a wide range of abilities, from plucky have-a-go riders through to National Champions and Olympians.

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Gowland second out to Platts and counting...

There was just one second between the first and second fastest rides in the most recent Cambridge Cycling club evening time trial. The 10 mile event on the Barton F16/10 was won by Tom Platts with an average speed of 23.97MPH. Eric Gowland who conceded just one second to Platts is better known for his road race exploits rather than Time Trials. A field of 22 competed in not very ideal racing conditions . With most of the current leaders in this years Morris shield league staying away the top placings remained unchanged at the end of the evening. New Club member Estelle Howard was one of three females who braved the 'unseasonal' weather. More details can be found on the club results page.

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Sunday, 21 June 2009

Kiwi Phil getting abreast of London to Cambridge...

Cambridge Cycling member Phil Skogstad has taken a leaf out of Lance Armstrongs book and is aiming to help do his bit to fight Cancer . Skogstad is going to ride this years London to Cambridge on Sunday July 25th.

Phil is a very a new recruit to the club and has already given the nick name of 'Kiwi Phil'. He is a regular face on the Sunday club runs. He has already tackled a few of the evening club time trials.

"I know it's not a cycling feat, but it's more that it is for a good and worthy cause, so any donations much appreciated!" said Mr Skogstad.

For any cyclists who ride the event each year without signing on here's our chance to give a little something back.*

For more details on how you can help your club mate to help others fight Breast Cancer please visit here
*Hand's up this blogger is as guilty as the next cyclist.

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Friday, 19 June 2009

Gt group for Sunday cyclists...

Due to the success of the recent GT ‘Gran Turismo’ run to Finchingfield it has been proposed to continue the 'GT' concept on each Sunday throughout this Summer on a trial basis. This Sunday June 21st we're going in the direction of St Neots and beyond – using a route not unlike the one used by Chris James leading the intermediate group earlier this year (see club photos - 22nd March 2009).

The aim is to keep the speed at the lower end of intermediates to provide an easier steping stone for those wanting to jump from Touring to Intermediates , or indeed are thinking of tackling an Audax or sportives. Smaller numbers make café stops faster and with the large numbers which are now turning out on a Sunday morning for the other groups it may prove a useful alternative for the other groups.

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Thursday, 18 June 2009

Blistering ride ignites club 25...

“Phew, cracking ride from Andy there!” “That man's on fire! “ just some of the things written about the 27.06MPH performance of Cambridge CC member Andy Hudson in the clubs recent 25mile TT on the E33 which starts near Bottisham. Hudson was followed home by Ken Platts who also finished within 56 minutes.

Andre Dysan (PCS Ciclos Uno)who was third commented “It wasn't a particularly good night, Andy was my minute man and I was quietly confident of hauling him in over 25 miles but instead got a kicking from him and caught by Ken...ouch!!!

Top Ten placings..

1 Andy Hudson CCC 0:55:26

2 Ken Platts CCC 0:55:58

3 Andre Dyason PCS Ciclos Uno 0:58:05

4 Matt Chandler CTC 0:59:11

5 Nick Jackson CCC 0:59:22

6 Robert Cox CCC 0:59:28

7 G Vinnicombe CCC 1:00:56

8 Basil Moss CCC 1:01:43

9 Nathan Thompson CCC 1:01:48

10 Steve Cotton CCC 1:02:52

Thank you to the helpers: Mick/Ted – Timekeepers,

Phil Bullen – Marshal, Andy Blower – Marshal,

Karen Purdy – Pusher, Signs/Safety - Alan Sparks.

Photo: Phil Mynott

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Monday, 15 June 2009

Photo finish

Sunday, 14 June 2009

It's Symons party and he'll win if he wants to...

Earlier Today Digby Symons , a member of Cambridge CC the promoting club , won the Ike Saul memorial 2009 100km road race in a hotly contested sprint finish. Symons who broke away with the other leaders during the opening lap of the South Cambs based race was the race organiser of the event which had a field of 60.
The race action started on the first lap, before the race had even turned on to the A1198 for the first time. Owen Lake (Cambridge CC) was the first attacker but he was quickly joined by Graham Galvin (East London Velo) and Tom Crouch (Felt Racing). These three were shortly joined by Digby Symons (Cambridge CC), Will Hedden (Glade CC), Daniel Scott (Shaftebury) and a St. Ives rider while Lake decided he would return to the bunch. Galvin and Crouch were the core of the remaining break and drove the pace hard. An attack by Symons on lap 3 left just Galvin, Crouch and Symons out front but later that lap they were joined by a chasing group containing David Staff, Hugo Hocknell (VC Revolution), Ian Randall (Essex Roads) and Hedden, who refused to give up and kept returning to the front of the race. Although the bunch was never far behind, and some chase efforts did close the gap, most of this break contested the finish in a 6 up sprint. Symons got the better of Galvin and Hocknell by one length.

1 Digby Symons Cambridge CC       2 Graham Galvin East London Velo

3 Hugo Hocknell VC Revolution      4 Ian Randall Essex Roads

5 Will Hedden Glade Cycling Club   6 David Staff Private Member

7 George Olive VC St Raphael         8 Gordon Cobb Stowmarket & District

9 Tom Castle Ipswich BC                 10 Lee Desborough Ely & District CC


11 Alan Moules St. Ives CC

12 Maksymilyan Tarczynski API-Metrow

13 Richard Ostler St. Neots CC

14 Matt Nockolds St. Ives CC

15 Gavin Moore Stowmarket & District CC

16 Paul Fielding St. Ives CC

17 Dermot Kealey Finchley Racing Team

18 Spencer Wilson East London Velo

19 Ben Preston Eagle RC

20 Gray Turnock Finsbury Park


Photos by Phil Mynott and Keith Tyler. 
Symons in the breakaway and taking victory in final sprint.

Big thank you to all the club members and friends of the Cambridge CC who made it all happen by giving up a Sunday morning.

Also to John Morley of Tuskstore.com who kindly donated the prizes.

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Thursday, 11 June 2009

Club trio tackle Irish sportive.

Club members Nigel Mould , Malcolm Kitchen and Phil Mynott took on the agony of Irelands 2009 premier cycling sportive challange the Wicklow 200KM, which started and finished in Dublin. Along with 2197 other cyclists ,they tackled a total ascent of 2,603M over a painful selection of Mountains.
The rain held off for the duration, Sunday just past, although a sharp NE wind made some of the climbing tricky. Among the many climbs tackled were Slieve Mann and Glenmalure , which contributed heavily to the estimated 7,500 calories plus burned up by each rider. Downhill speeds were clocked at over 43MPH with large number of fellow cyclists all sharing the same hairpin bends!
All three of the Cambridge team finished well within the 14 Hrs allowed to complete the challenge earning an Irish Veteran Cyclists association medal. Mould clocked just over 8hrs, Kitchen and I finishing in 10 Hours.
Photo Shows the water stop on top of Slieve Maan Mountain. More in Club photos.

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Friday, 5 June 2009

Platts takes his first victory of '09 club series

Seeing as it now June, You wouldn't have got great odds on a punt that Ken Platts was going to take his first victory of the season in the Club evening series any week soon. For the record, it was  yesterday evening when Platts  clocked 21Mins 35 secs (27.8MPH average) on the Sawston based E33/10a. Andy Hudson finished the 10 mile TT in second place just 7 sec behind Platts.  Andy Strickland who sits at the top of the morris shield league -Platts is in 9th- finished in 22 mins 21 secs. Sandwiched between Hudson and Strickland was Andre Dyason (PCA Ciclos Uno) 21mins 46 secs.
Fastest female was Rachel Fenton (CUCC) 26mins 22 secs with Barbara Leverett ( CtriC) in 2nd with 27mins 46 seconds. Phil Skogstad a new member riding his first time trial for a good many years clocked 28mins 4 secs.Junior member Felix Barker put in a great effort to clock 27mins 20 secs. For more results please click on  club TT result section on the top right. Thanks to Jan Ertner for statistics ,
 Mick/Ted - Timekeepers, Phil Bullen - Marshal, Duncan Murphy  Marshal, Nick Jackson Pusher, Finish Line  Nick Jarvis, Signs/Safety  Andy Blower.
Photo by Phil Mynott : Ken Platts gears up his Summer TT campaign.


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Cambridge CC Ike Saul 2009 road race start sheet published...

















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Thursday, 4 June 2009

Pooley goes solo in style...

This "exclusive" photo of a fresh faced Emma Pooley (Cervelo Test Team) was taken just minutes after her spectacular solo world cup win in the Montreal World Cup. Emma, who finished the race with almost  90 seconds lead , was a regular on the Cambridge Cycling scene during her years as a University of Cambridge undergraduate and a member of Cambridge Tri club. Despite an energy sapping 110Km solo break Pooley looks amazingly fresh faced and relaxed in the photo taken by Richard Wyatt (a friend of Cambridge CC  member Nigel Mould). The truth is that most of us look more dishevelled in the space of  time it takes to cycle from home to the start of the Sunday club run!   
Photo by  Richard Wyatt : Emma Pooley Just after victory in the Montreal World Cup.

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Monday, 1 June 2009

Top of the pops, Baumber is riding high at ten

The National Veterans 10 Mile Time Trial Championship was held in Cambridgeshire on the F2D/10 course (A428, Cambourne). Six riders from Cambridge CC were out enjoying the warm sunshine. Peter Baumber (78) did a super ride in the windy conditions, his 26.09 gave him a standard time of +8.13 making him the 10th best vet in the country! The event was won by 81 year old Dennis Milsom (Mid Shropshire Whs.) his 25.07! gave him a winning standard time of +10.05. Martin Reynolds transformation to top tester is ongoing and he set a new personal best of 22.19. Cambridge CC riders: Martin Reynolds 22.19 (PB). Neil McGann 23.34 (PB). Jan Ertner 23.56 . Colin Davis 24.32. Peter Baumber 26.09. Julia Ertner 27.37 (PB).

 Photo by David Jones. Peter Baumber outstanding performance was high on standard.

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Recover the fire in your legs with Rob...

Tonight Rob Jackson launches weekly Monday night recovery rides. Departing from the Green Dragon bridge at 6:30pm on Monday nights. Aiming to be back in Cambridge well before 8pm / sunset. Head out Fen Ditton and loop round via Burwell, Dullingham, back through Fulbourn.

Pace will be easy and steady – sprinting for signs and attacking up hills not allowed! For anyone not familiar with the concept of active recovery, it’s based around the idea that an easy ride can be more effective than simply taking a day off the bike. It has to be an easy ride though – can’t stress that enough.

Intended as an active recovery session for the racing guys and gals, but also an opportunity for non-racers to hook-up for a pleasant and sociable group ride. Hope to see some of you tonight. Green Dragon bridge Chesterton, Cambridge located between Water street and Stourbridge common - meet on the common side.

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Please sign up to help...

To make it easier for all club members to volunteer their help to ensure club evening time trials (and other club related TT's) can continue in a safe and friendly way Andy Blower has created an online helpers rota table. click here for table
to see which dates you can volunteer your services. If you are one of the sixty or so individual club members who has ridden in this years series and have not yet taken on a race duty please consider doing so now. Historically all participants are expected to volunteer for at least two evening duties each season. Thank You.

Photo shows.. club member James Ward helping the club tick.

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