Medway Velo Roy Enfield Memorial 50.

Medway Velo Roy Enfield Memorial 50.
Only 6 members (including 2nd claims) ventured down to the marsh this morning to battle against the wind down to Camber, but enjoyed a push through to Hammond’s Corner. Times in starting order were:-
Adrian Hawkins 1.53.18
Colin Inett 2.31.16
Chris Bax. 2.08.41
Paul Kirkness. 2.09.59 (PB)
Nic Fennell. 1.46.26
Chris Fennell 1.41.37.
Another triumph for Chris equalling his own course record.
Fastest Woman was Charmaine Pullen (Folkestone Velo) 2.09.15.

Post by Colin Inett.

Thanet RC 4-up TTT Wednesday 15th August 7pm

This coming Wednesday 15th August see the rearranged Thanet RC annual 4-up TTT. Sign on will be at the trackside hut from 5:45pm and first team off at 7pm. The event is over 7 laps so about 14miles and time taken on 3rd rider so teams of 3 can take part. Hope to see lots of teams from different clubs and ages taking part. Helpers on the night much appreciated. Thanks colin

Post by Colin Robinson

Final series standing for Whites Transport Summer Series 2018

Thanks to all helpers during the series and special thanks to Whites Transport for again sponsoring our series

Whites Summer Series Overall
Under 6
Position Name Club Round.1 Round.2 Round.3 Round.4 Round.5 Round.6 Round.7 Overall (Best 4) Girl
1 Alice Tullet Thanet RC 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 8 1
2 Claudia Bates Thanet RC 4 4 4 4 4 16 2
Daniel Latshiner No club 4
Under 8
Position Name Club Round.1 Round.2 Round.3 Round.4 Round.5 Round.6 Round.7 Overall (Best 4) Girl
1 Felix Lopez Thanet RC 2 2 2 2 2 8
2 Finley Lott VC Deal 4 4 5 2 5 6 4 14
3 Pepe Lopez Thanet RC 6 9 6 5 4 2 17
4 Eva Gibson Club Cyclopark 8 7 7 4 8 26 1
5 Blake Fottit No club 10 14 10 6 10 12 13 36
Harriet Butcher Thanet RC 9 8 10 2
William Butcher Thanet RC 11 10 6
Under 10
Position Name Club Round.1 Round.2 Round.3 Round.4 Round.5 Round.6 Round.7 Overall (Best 4) Girl
1 Doug Tulett Thanet RC 3 2 2 2 2 2 8
2 Thorsten Cook Thanet RC 3 7 4 4 9 14
3 Grace Phillpott Thanet RC 7 4 6 7 4 6 6 20 1
4 Ellie Lord VC Deal 7 7 7 6 8 9 27 2
Poppy Dunton Thanet RC 4 3
Under 12
Position Name Club Round.1 Round.2 Round.3 Round.4 Round.5 Round.6 Round.7 Overall (Best 4) Girl
1 Alex Dack Thanet RC 3 4 3 2 12
2 Luke Gibson 4T+ Cyclopark 4 2 2 5 13
3 Max Robinson Thanet RC 5 5 7 4 4 2 15
4 Lughaidh Cook Thanet RC 8 2 8 5 5 20
5 Ferne Pierce Thanet RC 11 4 11 8 9 6 4 22 1
6 Louie Harris VC Deal 14 6 12 8 11 37
7 Ilana Lord VC Deal 15 8 12 14 10 8 38 2
8 Millie Dack Thanet RC 11 13 10 8 42 3
9 Braden Foottit No Club 19 11 16 16 16 14 10 57
10 Arthur Norman Thanet RC 19 11 14
Under 14
Position Name Club Round.1 Round.2 Round.3 Round.4 Round.5 Round.6 Round.7 Overall (Best 4) Girl
1 Finn Dunton Thanet RC 2 2 2 2 8
2 Freya Cook Thanet RC 2 4 4 2 4 12 1
3 Toby Clayson VC Deal 4 6 7 4 4 6 6 18
Will Munday Club Cyclopark 2 4
Shannon Neame Thanet RC 6 7
Under 16
Position Name Club Round.1 Round.2 Round.3 Round.4 Round.5 Round.6 Round.7 Overall (Best 4)
1 George Pittock Thanet RC 2 2 2 2 8
2 Toby Yemm Thanet RC 4 6 2 5 3 2 11
3 Adam Lane Thanet RC 6 6 4 5 3 4 4 15
Jack Hill Thanet RC 6

TRC Evening “10” – 8th August 2018

After the recent hot weather, it was back to more familiar Betteshanger weather, that is, cooler and a fresh breeze to contend with. This weeks field was made up from 5 juniors, 37 seniors and two on a tandem. A few riders improved their times over the previous “10”, but most riders saw their times a bit slower, no doubt as a consequence of the less favourable conditions.

Charlie Burgess was the fastest junior in a very respectable time of 24.38. Catherine Morrell recorded 26.20 for third place and fastest girl.

The senior field saw several new faces taking to the start line, including former club member, Sue Roscoe (was Sue Green). This was Sue’s first time trial for many years. Second claim member Chris Fennell of the Independent Pedaler was quickest with yet another ride under 20 minutes. Chris’s time was 19.37, exactly a minute ahead of brother Nic Fennell, who was second in 20.37, and fastest of the Thanet RC riders. Jo Smith tested out her injured knee after a recent rounders injury, and came in with a time of 25.29 as the quickest woman rider. Finally, the tandem pairing of Sue Shields and Andy McCall went round in 25.59, some way off their best time from a fortnight earlier.

Times for all riders can be found in the PDF files below.

Thanks go to this week band of volunteers, who were Nicola Goodban, Charmaine Pullen, Rob Milnes, Keith Allen, Richard McVey, Simon Henderson and Dave Mastin.

Remember, the next event on 15th August is a 4-up team time trial over 7 laps of the track. It would be great to see as many teams as possible for this popular event.

Report by Dave Mastin.

Juniors BCP 8th August.pdf

Seniors BCP – 8th August.pdf

George experiences international youth stage racing in Assen, Holland

So the biggest cycle race in the world is the Tour de France? Not if you are under 18.

That would be the week-long European Junior Cycling Tour at Assen in the Netherlands. Not many young racers are able to ride a UCI-sanctioned race that has been graced by the likes of Mark Cavendish, Laura Kenny and Marianne Vos, but George Pittock of Thanet Road Club did just that.

The European Junior Cycling Tour is the biggest youth cycle race in the world. It includes coloured jerseys, points systems, motorcycle outriders, course cars and broom wagons, just like the Tour de France. It has some major sponsors including SRAM, Toyota, Rabobank and Shimano, and is the race where many of the world series pro-peloton riders had their first experience of this type of racing.

The 54th edition, from Monday 30 July to Saturday 4 August, attracted riders from the Netherlands, UK, Germany, Norway, Latvia, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Sweden, South Africa, Lithuania, Portugal, Hungary, Australia, USA, Finland and the Czech Republic.

It began on Monday with the Prologue, a 1.7km individual time trial which is used to open the event and decide who wears the coloured jerseys on Stage 1. George’s time of 2:42.61 saw him in 46th place and 14 secs behind the leader, but confident of making up time in the longer stages later in the week.

Stage 1 on Tuesday was a Criterium race with 20 laps of a fast 1.8km circuit to the east of Assen. Unfortunately George was held up behind a crash on the first lap and lost touch with the main bunch. He worked hard in a small second group but could not bridge the gap, finishing in 52nd place and losing further time on the leaders.

Stage 2 on Wednesday was the famous “Klassieker”, 77.8kmfrom Gieten to Assen, the youth equivalent of Paris-Roubaix complete with fast tarmac but also some rough terrain and cobbles. Crashes and mechanical problems are common and often influence the result, and unfortunately for George this was the case. A big crash involving about 30 of the 130 riders at only 8km left 15 unable to continue because of injuries or mechanical problems. George had some deep cuts which were quickly treated by the medical team, but his handlebars were cracked and a buckled front wheel meant that he could not ride any further.

Some overnight repairs at the local bike shop meant that George was able to start on Thursday morning, but the rules state that in such circumstances the riders are given the time of the last finisher on Wednesday’s stage plus five minutes. George lost 18 minutes and what had been a realistic aim of a top 20 finish on general classification was over.

After an uncomfortable night, George travelled to the Stage 3 time trial at Lieveren hoping for a better day. He hoped to go under 20 minutes for the 13km distance on a fast and flat “figure of eight” course and was pleased with 19:28.90 and 35th place.

Stage 4 on Friday was the “Omloop”, four laps of a 12kmcourse at Kostvlies which featured a sharp right turn leading into a narrow cobbled section. Despite an astonishing average speed of 43kph (27mph) in 32 degree temperatures, George finished safely in the main bunch in 48th place.

The fifth and final stage on Saturday was another Criteriumrace, six laps of a 3.8km course through the Asserbos forest on the edge of Assen and using part of the prologue course. An early breakaway was chased down and the pelotoncrossed the line together in front of huge crowds and George was safely among them in 46th place.

George’s “nieuwelingen” (under 17) category was won by Oskar Johansson from Norway, with Boris Romers from the Netherlands second and Jack Rootkin-Gray from Solihull third and the best placed British rider. George finished 55thoverall.

“I enjoyed the experience of racing against some of the best riders in Europe and the rest of the world, and in different types of races to the usual closed-circuit races that we have in the UK” said George. “At the same time I am disappointed that the crash on Wednesday, which was not my fault but was unavoidable, cost me so much time and a better finish on GC. But that is bike racing and I will learn from it”.

Post by Colin Robinson and George Pittock.

National 25mile TT championships.

National 25mile TT Championship 5th August 2018

This year’s National 25mile championship was run on the P884c course in Hampshire, which runs on the A3 from Liphook to Petersfield. The road is gently rolling, with no significant climbs to note. With turns at 10miles and 22miles. The road surface is very smooth and was a pleasure to ride on.
The conditions were warm 16 to 20C and the wind which a very gentle and didn’t feel like it helped or hindered in either direction. The event was held and well run by a3crg.

TRC only had one rider at the event Nic Fennell, with a few second claim members also riding. All the club members returned with new Personal Bests and good positions overall.

Finish times in start order:
Nic Fennell – 48:55 – 27th – PB
Dan Martin (second claim) – 49:46 – 36th – PB
Chris Fennell (second claim) – 46:38 – 6th – PB

The event was won by Pro rider Marcin Bialoblocki with a time of 44:22. 2nd place was joint by Matt Langworthy and Chris Bartery with times of 46:13.

Other local riders included:
Tim Kingston (GS Invicta) – 53:16
Matt Kuwertz (Southborough & Did Whl) – 52:25
Andrew Meilak (Velo Refined) – 50:53
Kevin Tye (Velo Refined) – 48:38

The women’s event held on the Saturday, saw local rider Emma Lewis (The Independent Pedaler) finish 2nd in a time of 50:38.
And other local rider Pip Jenkins (Southborough & Did Whl) well positioned with a 55:31.

Post by Nic Fennell

Thanet RC Evening 25 Mile TT – 1st August 2018

This week’s time trial was a 25 mile test held in warm conditions at Betteshanger CP. A total of 32 riders signed on for the event, comprising 22 seniors, 6 juniors and two sets of tandem riders.

Toby Yemm was fastest junior in a good time of 1.04.57, while a special mention goes to 9 year old Douglas Tulett who complete the distance in 1.46.16.

Chris Fennell of the Independent Pedaler warmed up for the National 25 with an impressive ride of 49.22 to head the senior field, while TRC’s Nic Fennell, who is also competing in the National 25, was second in a time of 52.29. Faye Faiers was first woman with 1.07.42.

First tandem in 1.08.28 was Sue Shields and Andy McCall, just under a minute ahead of the Robinson team of Colin and Max, who recorded 1.09.14.

All time can be found in the PDF files below.

Thanks go to this weeks helpers; Charlie Burgess, George Bussey, Malcolm Adams, Roger Dewen, Di Yemm, Simon Henderson Paul Kirkness and Dave Mastin.

Housekeeping Note: A number of gel wrappers were left at the start and were cleared up by one of the riders. If you are unable to use gels without littering, please think twice about riding these events.

Report by Dave Mastin.

Juniors BCP 1st August.pdf

Seniors BCP 1st August.pdf