George performing well at Full Gas Track league

George Pittock achieved his best result so far on the track with second place in the points race at last night’s Full Gas Track League at the Lee Valley Velopark.

Stepping up this year from youth to junior and adult racing, George is the youngest rider in the competition and has made steady progress throughout the season with eight top 10 finishes before last night.

The points race, over 50 laps or 12.5km, is George’s preferred event on the track. A sprint is held every ten laps, with 5, 3, 2, and 1 point(s) being awarded to the top four finishers in each sprint. The winner of the race is the one to have the most points at the end of the race. In addition to the sprints, any riders managing to lap the main field are awarded an extra 20 points.

Having already scored one point in the first of five sprints (40 laps to go), George saw an opportunity when two riders went off the front just after the second sprint (30 laps to go) to try to gain a lap. He worked hard to bridge the gap and the three riders worked well together, taking further points and eventually gaining the lap with nine to go. At this point George knew he would not finish lower than third, and had enough left to take two points in the final sprint to secure second place.

William and Harriet kick of season with Hillingdon wins

Both William and Harriet Butcher took part in the six rounds of the Hillingdon Slipstreamers Youth Winter series.
Unfortunately round five was cancelled due to bad weather. The last race happened Saturday in really windy conditions.
They both took the under eight titles in each category girls/boys. Great start to the season!

Thanet Race Team 2019

To 2018 Thanet Race Team members and potential 2019 Race Team members

Congratulations on a great year!

I would like to ask if you will be racing for Thanet Race Team in 2019. We have made some amendments to the signup process to make things a little easier. Please follow the below link and fill in the online google form indicating your intentions. Once signed up we will be in touch with race team kit order information

2019 Thanet Race Team Sign up –

If you have any questions please email me at robertmilnes

Best regards

Rob Milnes

Thanet Race Team Manager 2019

Club Wednesday Evening Turbo/Roller Sessions

The club’s winter turbo and roller session start again on Wednesday 9th January at 6:30pm at the Manston Village Hall, Preston Road, Manston, CT12 5BA. It is worth considering trying out the sessions, especially as the winter weather is now with us, and the racing season will be soon be here.

The sessions last about one hour, and the hall will be open from 6:00pm to allow riders to set up their kit.

You will need the following:-
A bike,
Turbo trainer (basic model will be OK) or rollers, depending what you wish to ride, A mat or similar to place beneath the turbo/rollers to protect the flooring, A towel,
A drink,
A computer, heart rate monitor and/or power meter can be useful but not essential.

Cost is £2 for juniors and £4 for seniors. I look forward to seeing you.

Dave Mastin.

Thanet RC New Years Day 10 Mile Time Trial

The new years day 10 mile TT at Betteshanger CP was held in bright but cold and breezy conditions. The turnout included some new bikes and some new riders too. In total, 30 riders took part, made up from 7 juniors and 23 seniors. Taking part for the first time in her own right was Sorcha Goode, who previously rode with either of her twins, William and Harriet Butcher. Alex Murphy was another new rider testing himself against the clock and the Betteshanger wind.

George Pittock topped the time for the juniors on his road bike with 25.06, while Tallulah Butcher was the fastest girl in third place with a time of 29.07. Nick Scott was best of the senior riders with 22.29, just 7 seconds ahead of Nic Fennell (22.36) who was on his road bike. The fastest woman was Jo Smith in a time of 25.51. Jo’s time was good enough to place her 4th overall in the senior field.

Times of all riders can be found in the attached PDF files.

A big thank-you goes to the helpers:- Jenny Fearn, Sue Shields, Nicola Goodban, Paul Kirkness, Scott Meeks, Paul Griffiths, Eddie Brown, Andy McCall and Dave Mastin.

Report by Dave Mastin.
Juniors BCP 1st Jan.pdf
Seniors BCP 1st Jan.pdf

Thanet RC Boxing Day 10 Mile Time Trial

The regular Boxing Day 10 mile TT took place on the Thanet Way course in cool and grey conditions with a light wind. A total of 20 riders took part, and all managed to break the 30 minute barrier. Ken Jones of Adalta was riding his first TT in 2.5 years, and making his debut at a TRC time trial was new club member Felix Lopez.

Top of the times with a very good time of 21.26 was Dan Martin of University of Bath CC. Nick Scott was second and fastest TRC rider with 22.29, whilst 3rd place went Steve Wilkinson of Folkestone VC in a time of 23.43. Charmaine Pullen of Folkestone VC was quickest woman, recording 26.23, coming 10th overall.

Please see the attached PDF file for the times of all riders.

Thanks this year go to our band of helpers: Sue Shields, Andy McCall, Simon Henderson, Lawrence Martin, Malcolm Adams, Michael Friend, Pete Huckstep, Mike Kirkness and Dave Mastin.

Report by Dave Mastin.

Thanet Way Boxing Day 10.pdf