TRC TT round up

Plenty of time trial action to report from the past couple of weeks.

Well done to Nic Fennell who came a very creditable 4th in the Redmon CC 10 last weekend in what looked like very challenging conditions. Nic posted a 20:59 on the course in Dorking.

Saturday 15th May 2021- Medway Velo 10 – Q10/6 Chilham.

TRC had a good turnout on Q10/6 at Chilham early on Saturday morning.

Conditions were not the best. It started raining on the way to the event and there was steady rain for most of us. There was a slight southerly breeze, probably a good direction for this course. It was warmer than a few weeks ago- this week ½ hour riding your bike followed by a few hours cleaning it, at least we are riding outside, even if it is wet!

Tallulah Butcher had a good ride smashing her course record by over a minute, finishing with a 28:21, picking up an award as the fastest female junior

Nic Fennell was top of the shop for TRC with a 20:59, only beaten by the event winner and his brother Chris Fennell (The Independent Pedaler – Nopinz) who posted a 20:07.

Apologies in advance for any omissions/incorrect times from these provisional results (start order) for TRC:

Rob Milnes DNS (A)

Colin Newton DNS

Tallulah Butcher 28:21

Mike Perry 32:01

Bill Hawkes DNS (A)

Chris Bax 27:37

Nic Fennell 20:59 (2nd)

Lewis Tompsett DNS (A)

Susan Walbrook 27:38 (3rd woman)

Andy Burrows 29:49

Simon Henderson 23:50 (3rd Vet OAS)

Neil Gerrard (SC) 24:31

Mark Hill (SC) 22:41 (2nd Vet OAS)

Jo Smith DNS (A)

Thanks to Phil Booth and the team a Medway Velo who flawlessly arranged and delivered the event.

Sunday 16th May 2021- Catford CC Q10/19

Result reprint from yesterday? – same top 2 placings and rain (I believe), but some great times.

Nic Fennell finished second with an 18:57.

Event winner was Chris Fennell (The Independent Pedaler – Nopinz) who posted a 18:05.

Apologies in advance for any omissions/incorrect times from these provisional results for TRC:

Nic Fennell 18:57

Paul Burrows 20:58

Neil Gerrard (SC) 21:35

Lance Childs (SC) 20:45

Adrian Stead 22:44

Rob Milnes (DNS)

Chris Bax (DNS)

Ride On!

Youth and Junior Race Coaching Sessions start Monday 17th May

Youth and Junior Race Training – Monday 6:30-7:30pm, Betteshanger Country Park, £2 (plus the Spond fee)

I have now had confirmation that the upper track is booked for us on a Monday evening – YAY!!!

These sessions are for riders aged approximately 12-18 years who are interested in racing. The sessions will involve a variety of skills to help you race more safely and faster, a combination of bike handling skills, training endurance and sprint and race tactics.

For riders under 12 who have raced before, get in touch to see if these sessions will suit you.

To sign up, please complete a parental consent form here (if you have already done this for go-ride this year you don’t need to do it again!):

And then use this link to join Spond where you can sign up and pay for the sessions each week:

For those of you used to racing on a Monday night, don’t panic, these races will be returning later in the summer.

Email me trcgoride at with any questions, I look forward to seeing you all there!

Further info will be sent out to those signed up via Spond on the Sunday before each session.

Posted by Jo

Southern XC MTB – Basingstoke – round 3

Report from yesterday’s mountain bike race.(Tallulah Butcher)

Today the Butcher’s headed on to Basingstoke for round 3 of the Southern XC MTB.

Great to see a huge field of 35 participants in the under 10’s race. Harriet took the win for the girls and William came 8th and with the 2nd biggest jump of the day! 😉

I (Tallulah) came 7th, really tough 6km lap course. The surface was energy sapping but all in all a lot learnt.

Leicestershire Road Club’s 27.2 mile time trial

George Pittock raced at Leicestershire Road Club’s 27.2 mile time trial for road bikes on Sunday 2 May. The event attracted a bumper field of 177, including many UCI Continental riders and a strong contingent from the Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling team who placed seven riders in the top 10.

The course involved a climb straight from the start near Twyford and rolling lanes through the Leicestershire villages.

Former Lotto Soudal rider James Shaw, aged 24 and now riding for Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, took a fine victory in 59:45. Dan Bigham, who won last year’s National 10 Mile Championship, was left to battle for second with his time of one hour exactly just edging Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling team-mate Matt Gibson into third by five seconds.

The first 20 riders all broke the previous men’s course record of 1:06:14.

George had an excellent race, finishing 33rd overall and 31st in the men’s race in a time of 1:08:45 and an average speed of 23.74mph.

George’s flatmate and training partner Isaac Hudson of UpShift Nutrition Race Team was 40th overall in 1:09:40

Cyclopark 2 day races

Report from Tallulah

Another busy weekend racing, I didn’t have the best weekend, seem to find myself on the wrong side of the attacks!

Please find below race report.

A great turnout of competitors at the 2 day Youth Cyclopark VC Londres race this weekend.

Kicked off in the Under 10’s with Harriet’s purple patch continuing, she won both her stages to take overall GC win. William had a fantastic weekend coming 3rd in the 1st stage and 2nd in the 2nd stage to take 3rd in the overall GC. It was great to see Pepe Lopez on his first road race this year, on his new bike and a really strong 2nd stage race to finish 8th in the GC.

Representing the Under 12’s was Felix Lopez again first time out this year on his new bike in an extremely strong field finishing a creditable GC 14th place.

I (Tallulah) had a tough weekend, lots of attacks, which were very tiring, finishing 10th in the GC.

Our 2nd claim members of Ilana Lord in the Under 14 girls came a creditable 7th and Lance Child’s coming 9th in a very competitive field of Junior’s.

West Kent Road Club Q10/24 Saturday 24th April – Tricycle Association SE Q25/8 Sunday 25th April

West Kent Road Club Q10/24 Saturday 24th April 15:00

Many, fresh from their early morning burn up last week made up more than a dozen TRC testers who ventured to the Isle of Grain to complete in the West Kent Road Club’s regular 10 mile time trial on Saturday afternoon.

Thanks to Laurence Toombs and all the organisers, helper and marshals at West Kent who delivered a safe and efficient event.

Q10/24 is single carriageway road covered in its entirety by 40mph average speed cameras and is normally reasonably quiet on a Saturday afternoon.

For most of us, it’s the first time we have ridden the course since 2019 as the events on it last year were all cancelled, so it was good to be back.

The course is a steady uphill slog to the turn in a roughly easterly direction with the only notable hill being the bridge over the railway line. After the turn can be quite quick depending on the wind direction as the roads are pretty open and unsheltered.

Weather conditions were reasonably warm, compared to last Sunday at a balmy 11 deg C. There was a keen east, north-easterly breeze at about 16mph making for a fast journey for the out leg from Grain to Fenn Street roundabout. Coming back was a different matter cycling into the wind, that tempered the times for some, making us all try hard.

Road conditions were reasonable with a few potholes to avoid, just like a lot of other roads in Kent.

TRC had a great showing from our riders. There were 4 of our riders in the top 6 placings.

Honours went to Ollie Robinson (well done Ollie) finishing 1st with a 19:50. Just a few seconds behind and in 3rd place was Dan Martin (great ride Dan)19:54.

Plaudits again for the second week in a row go to Tallulah Butcher who picked up the prize for 3rd junior with a 26:47.

Great to see our younger riders shining through.

Nic Fennell was in 5th, 20:21 and Lewis Tompsett finished in 6th place overall with a 20:42

Apologies in advance for any omissions/incorrect times from these provisional results (start order):

Lewis Thompsett 20:42

Oliver Robinson 19:50 (1st)

Colin Robinson 25:29

Stephen Wilkinson (SC) 22:50

Chris Bax 26:58

Mike Perry 30:40

Neil Gerrard (SC) 22:47

Tallulah Butcher 26:47

Toby Hammond 23:10

Colin Newton DNS

Dan Martin 19:54 (2nd)

Mark Hill 22:29 (SC)

Andy Burrows 29:36

Simon Henderson 23:02

Shay Giles (SC) 27:46

Nic Fennell 20:21

Tricycle Association SE Q25/8 Sunday 25th April 08:00

Our lone tricycle(ist) Terry Fearn ventured out onto the Molash, Canterbury, Ashford, Chilham 25 course on Sunday.

Just one of the 8 riders in this regular event he recorded a creditable 01:49:39 on what must have been a tough day on 3 wheels.

Well done Terry.

The event was won by Ian Pike from Lincoln Wheelers with a 01:05:24.

Post from Simon Henderson

Southern MTB race round 2

Report by Tallulah Butcher

Been a busy, but enjoyable weekend. Please find race report for today’s MTB.

We set off early this morning to the beautiful New Forest for round 2 MTB race. Harriet continued her winning streak with another win under her belt. William had a strong race coming 7th.

I (Tallulah) took part in my first MTB race, coming third over quite a technical and hilly course, so I was really pleased with my performance.

KCA Time trial event – Sunday 18 April 2021

Many of the regular testers were back out in Kent for the first time since September 2020.

It was great to be back out on the road.

Sunday’s event, scheduled to be a 25 on Q25/8 had to be re arranged to a 10 mile TT due to roadworks just beyond Godmersham.

Well done to Pip Jenkins and here team from KCA who organised and delivered the event, very safely.

Thanks to all those who helped from all of us who rode.

There was a strong Thanet Road Club (TRC) contingent in both the road bike and time trial bike events.

It was a somewhat cold morning, 1.1 deg C for me, slowly warming up for later riders, but it was bright and sunny.

Q10/6 for many of us is a new course within the Q25/8 we are all so familiar with, so a personal best (PB) for me and a few others as it’s the first time we’ve ridden Q10/6.

The event was run, in 2 sections; road bikes and time trial bikes.

There were lots of TRC riders on the start sheet, but a few regulars from previous years conspicuous by their absence.

Well done to Tallulah Butcher, stepping out from Zwift and Cyclopark to the road. This may well have been one of her first open time trials on the road as a junior, she posted a creditable 29:40.

Also, well done to Oliver Robinson who did 20:57 on a road bike coming 4th overall, bettering the times of many of us on TT bikes, including inspirational dad Colin who was riding the TT event!

It was a family affair with Paul Burrows, started by his mum Christine who was start time keeper and followed round the course by his dad Andy.

Nic Fennell came second overall to brother Chris with a very fast 20:49- great ride Nic.

Some riders were unable to start as they didn’t have a fitted and working rear light- reminder to us all when completing in Cycling Time Trial (CTT) events.

The event was won by Chris Fennell (The Independent Pedaler – Nopinz), breaking his own course record (I think)and recording 19:37, averaging over 30mph for the whole course.

Apologies in advance for any omissions/incorrect times from these provisional results (start order):

Road bike event:

Adrian Stead 24:25

Oliver Robinson 20:57 (4th)

Neil Gerrard (SC) 26:00

TT bike event:

Simon Henderson 24:13

Lewis Thompsett 21:31 (6th)

Colin Newton DNS

Chris Bax 28:32

Mike Perry 32:19

Tracy Wilkinson Begg (SC) 28:35

Tallulah Butcher 29:40

Paul Burrows 22:42

Shay Giles (SC) 30:01

Colin Robinson 26:18

Lance Childs (SC) 21:56 (9th)

Stephen Wilkinson (SC) 23:49

Susan Walbrook 27:15

Andy Burrows 31:57

Nic Fennell 20:49 (2nd)

Rob Milnes 28:41

First road racing of the season at Cyclopark.

A great turnout for Thanet RC youth cyclists at the Cyclopark, for the two day stage race.

Kicked off with the under 10’s, Harriet was in great form over the two days taking the win for the girls, followed by Alice Tulett and Claudia Bates taking joint second place. William came 6th for the boys overcoming a mechanical problem on the first day.

Under 12 boy’s saw a very strong field and Dougie Tulett holding his own to come in 16th overall.

Under 14 boy’s saw Alex Dack perform extremely well, again with a high standard field coming in 11th overall over 4 stages.

Under 14 girl’s was represented by Millie Dack, again contesting in 4 stages over two days coming in 8th overall.

Ferne Peirce and myself (Tallulah) competed in the under 16 girls, I came 8th and Ferne came 12th overall.

It was a great weekend of racing after a year off for myself, and great to see so many Thanet youth riders take part.

Post by Tallulah Butcher