Thanet Road Club Film at The Ramsgate Film Festival

A chance to see The Thanet Road Club Documentary on the big screen at The Ramsgate Film and TV Festival. Showing with The Alley Cat (+ Q&A)

Sunday 26 March 4.30-6.15 at The Granville Theatre

The Alley Cat: A road movie on a bike that takes place over one night, Jasper leaves an underground bike messenger race and goes on a physical and spiritual journey, through Chicago’s nighttime streets, to an emotion-filled destination.

YDS riders work hard in the Full Gas March Hare

Three of our YDS riders travelled to Lee Valley Velo Park yesterday for the Full Gas March Hare road circuit races.

Lance was first up, lone Thanet RC rider in the March Hare U14 race. A little apprehensive pre-race as this was his first race back after a nasty viral infection and chest infection stopped him being able to ride at all for 2 weeks. Lance warmed up and felt pretty good, just happy to be able to ride without coughing. The conditions were challenging with a strong wind blowing around the outdoor circuit.

The race started and Lance was riding well in the front group, a crash early on caused a split in the field with 3 strong riders (Innes (VCL), Rahul & Freddie (PPYCC)) pushing on after the crash and getting a gap on the front group leaving Lance leading the chasing group with him, Kaine (Wyndymilla) & Billy (VCL) doing the majority of the work to close the gap on the riders up the road. This resulted in Lance having little left in the tank for the final sprint, finishing 9th overall. Lance was pleased to get through the race and get a top 10 and his first BC points of the season despite his race preparation being hampered by illness.

He is looking forward to a big weekend next weekend with the 3rd and Final Icebreaker race in Newport, Wales on Saturday 25th March and the LVYCC National Youth circuit race at Redbridge on Sunday 26th March.

Next up were George Pittock & Josh Chivilo in the U16 race and conditions were tough with the wind still blowing strongly, both riders worked hard and despite 3 riders also leaving the bunch behind in their race, the Thanet YDS riders finished the final sprint in the mid of the bunch with Joshua Chivilo finishing 21st and George Pittock 22nd overall. George is also heading to the LVYCC National Youth circuit race next week, (Joshua is waiting to see if as a reserve he will get a space in the fully subscribed U16) Jack Hill is also going to be riding the national next week in the U14 race

Well done to all three riders, and thanks to Full Gas Cycling especially Pippa Leith and Tony Gibb for organising the event and all the Commissaires for giving up their time to officiate. Photograph credit to Keith Johnson for the couple of action shots of Lance.

Report by Teresa Childs

VTTA (Kent) 30 Mile Time Trial

The club was well represented at the VTTA 30 mile time trial, ably promoted by Tom Morton. It was held on the Hamstreet by-pass between Ashford and Brookland. Conditions were mild and dry but with a stiff westerly breeze, leading to a head/cross wind on the leg heading south from Ashford. Nic Fennell was the fastest club rider, and was 2nd fastest overall and fastest of the non-vets, beating Simon Henderson by just 3 seconds. Simon was 3rd fastest overall, and Huck Garip was 4th fastest overall. Fastest ride of the day was by Nick Wilson of Rye Wheelers with 1.07.00.

Club times in start order:-
Robert Sissons: 1.24.19
Colin Inett: 1.33.11
Huck Garip: 1.10.05
Chris Bax (2nd claim): 1.17.32
Dave Mastin: 1.24.42
Nic Fennell: 1.08.49 – fastest non vet.
Mike Kirkness: 1.11.40
Paul Kirkness: 1.22.00
Adrian Hawkins: 1.12.55
Rick Perkins: 1.11.57
Simon Henderson: 1.08.52 (PB)

Report by Dave Mastin.

KCA 3-Up Team Time Trial – 5th March

Four club teams took to the start line for what is in effect the first local time trial of the season, unless you count the New Years Day 10 mile event.

This was held on the Hamstreet by pass course, starting at Old Romney, and going up to Ashford, then returning to finish near Brenzett. To put it mildly, conditions were “interesting”! The early riders enjoyed a dry start to their rides, but had to contend with rain and a rising wind on the return leg. Later riders had both the heavy rain and winds of up to around 40 mph to deal with. The crosswinds on the start and finish legs on the A259 were particularly tricky, even with shallow section wheels. A sign of the deteriorating conditions was that none of the final 6 teams started! The last club team to start was Martin Russell, Paul Kelk and Dave Mastin, who were in two minds whether to ride, but they bit the bullet and rode. Martin was by far the strongest rider, doing long turns on the front, while Paul and Dave, both recovering from chest infections, held on as best they could.

The team of Chris and Nic Fennell and Seb Dickson were expected to be challenging for top spot, but unfortunately, Chris was a DNS, and so with only two finishers, their time does not count for the results. However, the team of Simon Henderson, Rick Perkins and Huck Garip had a good ride and got 2nd place overall behind a trio of PMR riders.

Club times in start order:-

Paul and Mike Kirkness and Scott Meeks: 1.04.39
Simon Henderson, Rick Perkins and Huck Garip: 57.37 (2nd overall) 

Nic Fennel and Seb Dickson: 58.12

Martin Russell, Paul Kelk and Dave Mastin: 1.11.23

Report by Dave Mastin