East & South East Regional Cyclo-Cross Championships

Three Thanet RC riders made the 200 mile round trip to Welwyn Garden City on Sunday for the East & South East Regional Cyclo-Cross Championships hosted by Welwyn Wheelers at Stanborough Park.

The 2.5k course included one long and steep climb, several shorter climbs and numerous hairpins and tight turns. It was muddy and slippery on the climbs but also included some flat and fast grass sections.

George Pittock was best placed in the Youth race at 27th overall and 19th U16 Boy, completing five laps in 39:12. Jack Hill was unfortunately lapped by the leaders and finished 47th overall and 22nd U16 Boy. Both riders were disappointed and felt they could have done better. George lost ground on the technical sections of the course and had to work hard on the flatter and faster sections, and Jack said that lower tyre pressures would have given him more grip.

Welwyn Wheelers took all three podium places in the Youth race, with familiar names Oliver Stockwell, Joe Kiely and Archie Peet first, second and third and the host club also had two other riders in the top eight.

The Junior Men raced with the Vet 40-49 Men. Toby Perry rode a careful but strong race in the slippery conditions and was in contention for a podium finish when he was involved in a collision with a lapped rider on the last lap. This dropped Toby from third to seventh overall and fifth Junior. Toby completed six laps in 39:15 and missed third place by just 18 seconds.

The Junior Men’s race was won by Oliver Howson from the Yorkshire based club PH-MAS/Paul Milnes/Oldfield ERT which is also home to British, European and World junior cyclo-cross champion Tom Pidcock. Pictured left to right are George Pittock and Jack Hill, and action from the U16 Boys race.

70th Anniversary Awards Dinner

87 members attended the annual awards dinner at Smith’s Court Hotel in Cliftonville on Saturday night. Members dusted off their dickie bow ties and party dresses, the food was plentiful and well-cooked and the live band M’Larkiplayed music from Elvis Presley to The Proclaimers to Adele.

Heritage Officer David Robert, enthusiastic as ever, gave a brief summary of the 70th anniversary year before handing over to Colin Robinson who presented the Go-Ride awards for the younger riders.

The decision in 2016 to combine the Go-Ride awards with the senior awards at the same event has been well received and Tansy Martin said on Facebook “So encouraging to see such a large number of youngsters collecting their awards. Thanet RC seems to be in a strong position for the future”.

George Pittock (junior hill climb champion, Go-Ride volunteer of the year, Go-Ride rider of the year) and Lance Childs (junior road race champion, juvenile time trial championship, Pat Baxter trophy for most improved young rider) were the most prolific of the Go-Ride members but, in true Colin style, there was something for everyone and there were lots of smiling faces and proud parents.

Dave Mastin and Andy McCall took centre stage to present the senior awards in the now traditional style, with recipients coming up in turn to receive all of their awards together rather than each award separately.

Chris Fennell would have welcomed one of those trolleys that are now so familiar at circuit and track races as he collected eight awards. As Dave reminded us, Chris broke the club records for 10, 25, 50 and 100 mile time trial distances this year and several course records across the region. Younger brother Nic Fennell scooped seven awards too, which meant that the Fennell brothers won 20% of all the awards presented on the night.

Jenny Fearn (women’s evening points competition) and Nicola Goodban (ladies championship) received awards in the women’s category which now boasts 50 members.

Thanks go to Dave Mastin, Michael Friend, Colin Robinson and all those who checked results, calculated average speeds and decided the award winners.

Thanks also to Locks of Sandwich Cycles and Goody Aleswho supported the awards dinner, and to SP Cycles, Whites Transport Ltd and WW Martin Ltd for their sponsorship this year.

The biggest cheer of the evening, however, went to Helen Hill for organising the awards dinner and other events throughout a memorable year.

A full list of award winners is attached below.

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TRC riders at Cyclo-X Regional Development Day

Thanet RC riders Emily Heasman, Jack Hill, George Pittock (pictured left to right), Hamish Reilly and Luke Hill were among 70 top youth and junior riders from the South East, South, Central and Eastern regions who took part in British Cycling’s first multi-region Cyclo-X Regional Development Day at Cyclopark yesterday (Saturday).

Riders had the opportunity to ride the actual course for the National Trophy to be held at Cyclopark in two weeks’ time, with coaching and feedback from some of the best CX coaches in the four regions. There was also a workshop session covering CX skills and techniques.

“It was good that we were all selected” said George. “Effectively it was a RSR (Regional School of Racing), with a similar format and similar selection criteria, and we all learned a lot from the British Cycling coaches and from the very best riders”..

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Thanet RC – Cyclocross Roundup

At the halfway point in the 2017/18 cyclocross season, Thanet RC has so far been represented by 23 riders in all age groups, locally in the East Kent, London and Eastern Cyclocross leagues and further afield in the National Trophy Series and in Europe.

The highlight of the season so far was undoubtedly Toby Perry at Koppenberg Cross, a long-established race in Belgium that includes eight laps of the steep and cobbled Koppenberg climb that has been used many times in the Belgian Classic the Tour of Flanders. Toby was in the lead group on the first lap, a group that included UK national champion and European bronze medallist Ben Tulett, before dropping back and finishing an excellent 38th. Toby has also competed in the first two rounds of the HSBC UK Cyclo-Cross National Trophy Series at Derby and Abergavenny where he finished 50th and 36th respectively.

Thanet riders have been successful in the East Kent Cyclocross League with Hamish Reilly winning the U16 Boys race at Sandwich in September and Toby Perry second in the Junior Men category at Ramsgate in October.

George Pittock, Hamish Reilly (both U16 Boys), Freya Cook (U14 Girls) and Lughaidh Cook (U12 Boys) have all secured top 10 finishes in London Cyclocross League races across the region.

Best placed of the adult riders has been Shawn Manning (Men V40) with top 10 finishes in each of his three East Kent Cyclocross League races, while Nicola Goodban (Women V40) has been similarly consistent in the women’s races at the same events.

Competition is just as intense for the minor placings, and new Thanet RC member Mick Rendell summed this up when he said “Racing someone is good wherever we finish” after losing out to club-mate Simon Neame in a battle for 40th place in the Men V50 category at East Kent Cyclocross League at Northbourne in November.

Head coach Colin Robinson said “Cyclocross is a great way to stay in shape during the off-season. It is probably the most spectator-friendly form of bike racing, with an incredible variety of terrain, obstacles and weather conditions. Cyclocross is also very accessible, you can show up on almost any bike and just have a go and you might find yourself in a race against guys like Ben Tulett who races in our local races in between competing for Great Britain!”.