Monday, 28 March 2011

Spring has sprung...

There was a full field of 100 for both of the recent Cambridge CC Audax events. The End of Hibernation was 200km in distance, while the End of Snooze was 100km. Participants rode a defined route which they had to complete within a maximum and minimum time limit. Organiser of the event Terry D baked cakes for the finishers to enjoy on arrival back at event HQ in Hauxton. An Audax is semi-competitive cycling event. Cambridge 300km Audax is on April 30th 2011 - it starts at 6.30am.
Photo by Simon Proven.

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Wednesday, 16 March 2011

GT ...this Sunday

The onset of Spring has seen a growing number of members turning out for Cambridge Cycling Club’s Sunday club rides.

Over the past years, the Gran Turismo group has been organised on an ad-hoc basis as and when numbers demand.

The GT group will span the gap between Touring and Intermediate groups – ideal for those wishing to target cycling events such as Audax and sportives.

GT will launch with an inaugural pedal to Great Dunmow this Sunday March 27th - led by Phil Hague.

GT group leaders will be co-ordinated by club member Malcolm Kitchen, who is looking for members to volunteer as leaders to get the group up and running.

Chris James, Club Runs Secretary for Cambridge CC, commented: “GT club runs on a regular basis it’s what the club needs, I’ll volunteer to lead one, it’s a good time of year to get it started.”

Photo by Phil O'Connor shows: GT group leader Malcolm Kitchen ‘enjoying’ climbing Star Hill during the 2011 edition of 100km Hell of the Ashdown sportive, which he competed in with fellow club members Phil Hague and Phil Skogstad.

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Monday, 14 March 2011

Punrnell and Moss target the Sky...

Two Cambridge cycling club members had a very exciting day's racing when they competed against a World class professional Cyclist Team Sky rider, and Commonwealth games medal holder, Alex Dowsett. Racing solo for 25 miles against the clock , in the Lea Valley cycling Club promoted event, Cambridge cyclist Basil Moss, riding his heavy duty winter bike, finished 4th in 58mins 09sec while his club mate Anthony Purnell finished just 20 seconds over the hour. Dowsett , who as a professional had been given honorary membership of Eastern Counties Cycling Association in order to do so, delivered by recording a 49.40 on the classic road course near Saffron Walden the magnitude of which can be judged by the fact that he broke the course record by 3 and a half minutes, there are unconfirmed reports that Shortly after the start the 2010 British U23 TT champion triggered the 30mph "please slow down" sign!

Photo by David Jones shows : Anthony Purnell in action on the E1.

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Sunday, 6 March 2011

Lake crests across the line in season opener...

Cambridge cycling club member Owen Lake had a great performance in today's Crest Road Race, finishing 2nd. This season starter 115Km race held on roads near to Saffron Walden race is considered one of the most difficult races in the Eastern league road race calendar.
After an early breakaway from the main field went up the road Owen Lake and Jamie Caldwell (St Ives CC) attacked after 35km and bridged across to them - 10km later the duo broke away from the leading group and stayed ahead for the rest of the race. Half way through the race Lake and Caldwell had established a lead of over 2 minutes and held on to finish almost a minute ahead of the bunch after 80km on our own. In the sprint to the line, Jamie's experience and age (21) showed as he edged Owen (18) out into second place.