Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Intermediate riders take the rough with the smooth

Sunday 13th September saw a large group of riders in the Intermediate Clubrun group which was heading for Finchingfield. As ride leader I decided to get a bit roughy-tufty with the group - some sections of rough stuff or off-road were planned into the route.

Actually the amount of off-road was quite small and not too rough at all and so it was not too much of a problem to those with road bikes. The excursions did make a talking point - and no complaints. However a faster splinter group did form just after the first off-road section so mabe they voted with their pedals! I thought it was quite fun but not as much fun as the smooth!

In Finchingfield we headed for the (relatively) newly opened Finchingfield Tea Rooms. Now, everybody knows I have a liking for cake and I chose a chocolate cake, see visual description opposite. Anyway the smooth came in the form of excellent butter icing. Delicious. I can heartily recommend the Finchingfield Tea Rooms for both the food and friendly service.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Cambridge stay on track to retain title for fourth year...

Cambridge Cycling club have successfully defended their Eastern Region Team Pursuit title for the 4th year running at the 2009 Eastern Region Track Championships.

This years team kept strongmen Douglas Bradshaw & Rob Cox (pictured), with Digby Symons returning briefly from sabbatical in Copenhagen to take his place at the front of the formation once again. Eric Gowland stepped forward as the 4th man, describing himself as "a rookie amongst grizzled veterans".

Digby did a stellar job of winding up to speed from out of the starting blocks, and Douglas anchored once more with his double turns on the front. Cambridge CC finishing time was 3:24, only 2 seconds slower than last year which was impressive given the limited rehearsals the new line up have had and Douglas' lack of sleep over the past 7 weeks owing to his newborn son.

Other highlights of the day include Bradshaw finishing 4th in a hotly contested Individual Pursuit, Cox 3rd by mere inches in the senior sprint competition, Katie Symons giving an impressive showing in the Ladies Omnium (sorry Katie, haven't seen results yet!).

Thanks to Eric Gowland for detail.

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Wednesday, 9 September 2009

One hundred and not out...

A select group of Cambridge cycling members completed this years century ride. The ride which has become an annual fixture on the club calendar, which took place on the first Sunday in September , took in the cafe stops at Grafham water and Danish camps (near Bedford) was completed in an average speed of 14.8mph. In the photo (clockwise from front left) are Kevin Robertson , Sue Armstrong, Grant Armstrong and Keith Bullock enjoying a well earned rest and energy top up at Danish Camps.

Photo By Jon Schneider.

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Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Pooleys Cambridge connection...

Any fan of cycling who follows the sport on the world stage will know the name of Emma Pooley- Womens world Champion. Most members will know that she has past connections with Cambridge and our club .. but what are they? To help bring clarity to the subject Club member Tim Williams , who has known Emma since she first took up cycling, has kindly written the following.
'The gist of Emma's background is that she was in Cambridge as a student (Civil Engineering) and took up triathlon following a running injury.
I got to know her through the triathlon club (in 2003).
She was pretty good but not quite in the same league as Heather, Rachel Horn or Rosie Clarke. She was better at duathlon than triathlon (no swimming!) but still good enough to qualify for age-group world championships at both.
Her cycling improved substantially when she bought a bike that fitted her (her first bike was miles too big). That was the summer of 2004 I think.
Her cycling career really took off in 2005. She went to the Alps with the University CC in the spring and discovered that she could climb mountains better than most of the guys. When she got back to Cambridge she started riding the chain gang and was not only able to hang on, but to join in and do turns.
She tried road racing and made an instant impact. Her second or third race was the National Champs where she got into the break with Nicole Cooke and three other continental based riders. By the end of the year she'd raced for GB at the Newport World Cup (where she did very well) and the World Champs in Madrid (where she crashed and ended up in hospital).
That was all in her final year at University. Since then she's been living in Zurich and combining her cycling with a PhD in soil engineering. She's been able to combine the two largely because her professor is one Sarah Springman. Her performances during the last two years have been particularly remarkable given that she was a part-time amateur on a small amateur team competing against full-time professionals. She finished her post graduate contract in January and is now a full-time professional cyclist with the Cervelo Test Team.
So, though she was never a member of Cambridge CC she does consider the chain gang a significant part of her cycling education and was quite excited about coming to Cambridge to ride it the other day!'
Thanks to Tim Williams for the words and to Richard Wyatt for the exclusive photo of Emma.

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Monday, 7 September 2009

Lake bursts on to podium in Autumnal opener...


Congratulations to Owen Lake (pictured below right) for taking 2nd in this weekend's Falling Leaves road race with a well timed finishing sprint. He wasn't too far off the win!

It was a 'sticky' race - There were numerous attacks, which Cambridge CC managed to always be represented in, but no break managed to form of more than 2-3 riders, and this lacked the horsepower to escape from several motivated and well-represented teams in the bunch.

The final attempts being caught with half a lap to go, it came down to a bunch gallop up the finishing climb. A Shaftsbury rider managed to hang on for the win out of the lead group on the climb; Owen followed a late jump up the right hand side, climbing past his inadvertent lead-out man to make a strong bid for the win.

Honourable mention to Chris Hughes (pictured top left) for riding himself into the ground in a daring 1st lap 2-up breakaway attempt. All the boys did a good job of covering the moves and initiating a few of our own.


Words by Eric Gowland.

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Cambridge win team prize in Norland 25...

The Norlond 25 on September 5th embraced 2 laps of the sporting Guilden Morden circuit. Cambridge cycling Club member Nick Jackson was one of 4 riders inside the hour with 59.39. Good support from Angus Wilson, 1.02.04, and Thomas Platts, 1.03.00, (pictured) gave CCC the team prize by 4 minutes. Richard Glover recorded 1.05.03 and our sole lady entrant, Julia Ertner, was well pleased with her 1.14.46. The event was won by Jon Shubert in 57.33 and organised on behalf of the Norlond Combine by the North Road CC.
For more event photos, of Club members, by Dave Jones please visit Club Photos.
Words and photos by Dave Jones.

Hit and run driver jailed ...

A businessman who admitted driving into a cyclist and leaving him for dead has been jailed for seven and a half years.

Brian Williams, 35, of Chester Avenue, Urmston, knocked down 21-year-old Billy Harrison in Urmston and failed to stop, in the early hours of 3 May.

When he returned to the scene later a Greater Manchester Police officer spotted human tissue on his clothing.

Williams tried to convince the officer it was tree sap, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

The court was told he was twice the legal limit for drinking while driving and had no insurance.

Williams pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Junior Tour of Wales August 29-31.

Owen Lake (top picture) and Chris Hughes (bottom) of Cambridge CC along with another rider (Adam French) made up the the Eastern Region Development Squad in the Junior Tour of Wales. It was the first stage race for both CCC riders and was a real baptism of fire. Five stages in 3 days over the tough Welsh terrain was bad enough; add terrible weather conditions and competing against a field of predominantly second year juniors at the highest level and you get some idea of what the lads put themselves through. They both did a fantastic job in completing the Tour with respectable times - indeed finishing such a hard race can be considered a great success.
One of the real highlights of the three days was when Owen, Chris and George Pearl (Southend Wheelers) formed an alliance with the Isle of Man Squad to chase down a breakaway. Isle of Man's Tim Kenaugh eventually took the Yellow Jersey and the team showed their gratitude by loaning Owen a wheel when he punctured on the final stage,
Overall it was a great experience for the lads who enjoyed 3 days of hard racing thanks to the Eastern Region Squad run by Alan Rosner and funded by the Chris Negus Memorial Fund. They made some good friends in the Squad and as far afield as Team Scotland and the Isle of Man.

A full report and pictures can be found on the British Cycling website, a short cut is HERE. Both Chris and Owen should be proud of themselves and I hope the rest of the club is too. Why not tell them next time you see them.

Words Steve Lake and Terry Dickerson and photos by Steve Lake.

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Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Victoria 10.2 mile Time Trial on the E1

A chilly Saturday morning on 29th August greeted riders on the E1 on Saturday morning. It was noted by many riders that the leaves were already adopting an autumn hue. CCC had 5 riders. Ken Platts (top picture) came home in 3rd place in 22m 23s, just 18 seconds behind the winner. Martin Reynolds did a 23m 14s followed home by Nick Jackson, 23m 55s, Colin Davies, 26m 56s and Peter Baumber (bottom picture) 28m 08s. Angus Wilson teamed up with Malcolm Steer of the Finsbury Park and did a 24m 29s which I think was 6th in the 2-up grouping.
Words and pictures by David Jones.