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.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Race Results

David McGaw (Photo: - Davy Jones)
Cambridge CC 10
On Saturday 29th of April Cambridge CC successfully ran an open time trial event on the F2d/10 course. The weather was more favourable than in recent years in that there was no hail! However a blustery crosswind meant the conditions should not have been particularly fast. Despite this there were some excellent times.

With £600 in prizes there was a strong field. Cambridge CC did particularly well and ended up taking most of it! David McGaw won the event with a time of 19.44; 7 seconds ahead of Luke Clarke (TMG Horizon Cycling Team). Barnabas Prufrock (Nuun-Sigma Sport-London RT) was the only other rider to dip under 20 mins with a 19.53.

André Dyason (20.48) hoovered up the prize for fastest vet and together with Martin Reynolds (21.17) Cambridge CC took the team prize.

It was difficult for the Club to win the women's event as no Cambridge CC riders had entered. Amy Pritchard (Giant Camden Team Liv) took the honors with 22.31.

Thanks to Chris Dyason for organising an awesome event and for all the Club members who volunteered which enabled the event to run smoothly.

On Saturday the 13th May the ECCA 50 mile champs took place on the E2/50c course. It was another event dominated by Cambridge CC. The conditions were ok; dry with a nice temperature, but a stiff south westerly that meant most of the second half of the course was into a block headwind.

The key to a good time in such conditions is pacing, saving something for the trip back and not getting too carried away at the beginning. The riders who paced it correctly were able to achieve PBs. Riders who got it wrong had less fun. There were a few tales at the HQ of riders throwing up during the event. David McGaw had spent most of the previous week in his shed with a hacksaw working on a new aero position. It seemed to work as he won the event with a staggering 1.38.30! A PB by almost 3 minutes and new club record. To put that time into context it is equivalent to 5 back to back 10 mile efforts each done in 19.42 or back to back 49.15's for 25 miles. David won by a minute from Liam Maybank (Twickenham CC), Daniel Northover (Finsbury Park CC) was 3rd another 3 minutes back.

André Dyason stuck to the task well. Not just because his drinks system exploded before the start, covering him and his bike in syrupy orange juice. André did a sweet ride, pacing it well to do 1.45.50, a PB by nearly 3 minutes and 7th overall.

Colin Lizeri, who loves tough conditions, also did a PB by over 2 minutes with 1.50.34. A great ride by someone who is as aerodynamic as a brick. Colin's ride was good enough for Cambridge CC to take the team prize, just beating Finsbury Park CC. For Cambridge CC this was a team club record, 5.14.54, surpassing the old record by 7 minutes 40 seconds.

Chris Dyason narrowly missed out on a national age record, though not from lack of encouragement (from David who got a bit excited and screamed in Chris's face as he came past). Never mind Chris, why not do some more 50's!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Club Time Trial - Comberton Thursday 18 May

Congregation & Start
Our event on Thursday 18 May is at the Comberton Circuit. This is a 2 lap course totalling just under 14 miles.

To hold this event we are looking for a couple three more marshals and a pusher. If you can help please contact our Time Trial Secretary.

First rider off at 7:01pm. Guest riders, being members of CTT affiliated clubs, pay £3. If you are not a member of any cycling club, you can join CCC as a day member for £5.

A reminder that an active rear facing light is recommended whilst riding our club events; this will be compulsory with effect from Thursday 1 June.

And a warning that competitors must not cross the (middle of the road) white line when exiting corners.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Club Time Trial - Come & Try It Event

Congregation and Start Area
Our Club Time Trial on Thursday 11 May is a Come and Try It event on the Newton circuit.

Unlike our normal club events, you do not have to be a member of a cycling club to enter. No preference is given to CCC members - it is a case of first come first served. Why not give it a go?

There is no charge to ride this event.

You must be at least 12 years old and if under age 18 we require Parental Consent. No special equipment or clothing is necessary but if under 18 you must wear an approved helmet.

We recommend that a working rear light, either flashing or constant, is fitted to your bike in a position visible to following road users and is active whilst riding the event. This will be compulsory for our club time trials with effect from the Hardwick event on Thursday 1 June.

First rider starts at 19:01. Riders can complete either one or two laps (6 or 12 miles approx). You do not have to declare in advance the number of circuits. Should you decide after one circuit enough is enough, be careful not to impede riders who are on their second lap.

Caution: - there are now 3 sets of speed ramps on the approach to the turn in Newton. Over/undertaking slow moving vehicles is not allowed between the 30mph sign entering Newton and the turn at the Queens' Head pub.