February Social Evening and Time Keeping

The next club social evening is on Tuesday 4th February at the Wheel Alehouse, Birchington, from 7:30pm.

I will be running a short session on the ins and outs of timekeeping time trials. This will include:- 1) The equipment used.
2) Operation of the watches.
3) Setting off riders at the start.
4) Recording the finishing of each rider.
5) Calculating the times.
6) Any other bits and pieces.

All are welcome and hope to see you on Tuesday.

Dave Mastin.

Thanet Road Club’s70th Anniversary Film Gets 2000 Views

TRC’s award-winning 70th anniversary documentary has now had 2000 views!

Do watch our fascinating film again and send the link to a friend:


You will also find short films and presentations made during The Young Biographers’ Project, as well information on the club’s history, history of jerseys, records and trophies. Additionally, there is a link to an archive of fascinating photos.

For club members only: you are permitted to view the raw, unedited interviews with our club founders and a couple of key veterans. Please do not share beyond club membership.

https://vimeo.com/154026153/b378d3d5fc Ernie (Abby) Abdella 33.5mins

https://vimeo.com/153714137/9a78cbe009 Frank Randell 1.16.5mins

https://vimeo.com/153230144/ec0f81d670 Ronnie Winters 12.5mins

https://vimeo.com/154040309/604d9db898 Alice Haller 46mins

https://vimeo.com/153780622/0bddf4c0e5 Morris Crow 49mins

If anybody would like a copy of Dave Saffery’s history of the club 1947-97 do get in touch. (See below.)

We hope you enjoy the club’s wonderful history. Feedback and comments encouraged: davealexrob(at)yahoo.com

David Robert (TRC’s Heritage and Sponsorship Officer)

Thanet RC New Year’s Day 10 Mile Time Trial – 2020

There was a small turnout of riders at Betteshanger CP for the first time trial of 2020. Just 17 riders signed on, which included 7 juniors. Conditions were cold and grey, but there was no wind which was very unusual, as regular riders will testify.

Tallulah Butcher was both fastest junior and fastest girl in a time of 28.26, with Ferne Peirce second in 32.43. Third place went to the fastest boy, which was Toby Clayson of VC Deal with a time of 33.26. William Tulett was fastest TRC boy finishing with 39.15 and a puncture too.

Senior honours went to Seb Dickson with a very respectable time of 22.47, with new club member Gary Pullen in second at 25.26. Charmaine Pullen of Folkestone VC was fastest woman in 3rd place in a time of 26.34, whilst Jenny Fearn was fastest club woman in 35.27. Michael Friend made a rare appearance on a TT bike but punctured late on and was a DNF.

Times for all riders to be found in the PDF documents.

As always, we must not forget the helpers; this time they were Sue Shields, Nicola Goodban, Paul Kirkness, David Redmond, Paul Griffiths, Andy McCall and Dave Mastin.

Report by Dave Mastin.

Juniors BCP 1st Jan.pdf

Seniors BCP 1st Jan.pdf

Thanet RC Boxing Day Time Trial – 26/12/19

The club’s annual Boxing Day time trial was held in less than perfect conditions on the Thanet Way course. In fact, it was cold, drizzly and with a stiff south easterly wind!

In total, just seven riders signed on, which is one of the smallest fields for quite a few years for this regular event. No doubt that the weather was a significant factor for many potential riders.

The fastest ride of the day was by Steve Wilkinson, in his new team colours of TWB-OnTime RT. Steve’s time was a respectable 24.17, some 12 seconds ahead of Colin Newton (24.29) of Folkestone VC in second place. Third place, and fastest Thanet RC rider was Colin Robinson with 26.07. Times of all riders as follows.

1) Steve Wilkinson TWB OnTime RT 24.17
2) Colin Newton Folkestone VC 24.29
3) Colin Robinson Thanet RC 26.07
4) Danny Frost Folkestone VC 27.35
5) Chris Bax Thanet RC 27.50
6) Andy Burrows Thanet RC 29.35
7) Colin Inett Thanet RC 32.16

Thanks go out to the group of helpers who braved the elements; Jan Robey, Shay Giles, Simon Henderson, Pete Huckstep, Michael Friend and Dave Mastin.

Report by Dave Mastin.

Winter Turbo / Roller Sessions

A few weeks ago, I sent out a message about running some turbo / roller sessions at Manston Village Hall starting in the new year. The evenings available to us are Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

So far, I have only had a couple of responses. If you would be interested in these sessions, please do let me know in the next few days with your preferred day. If there is sufficient interest, I will get the hall booked.

Any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thanks, and best wishes for Christmas and New Year.

Dave Mastin.