VTTA Kent 15 Mile Time Trial – 13/10/19

The last local open time trial of 2019 was the VTTA Kent 15 mile event held on the Hamstreet bypass. Conditions were challenging, with a stiff headwind on the leg from Ashford to the roundabout at Brenzett. It was fairly mild, and dry, although the roads were damp from overnight rain.

Despite the less than ideal conditions, second member Chris Fennell (The Independent Pedaler) recorded an impressive time of 28.16 to win by more than two minutes. Second place went to club rider Nic Fennell with a time of 30.28.

I had a rather poor ride after the recent crash on the tandem trike. I had a high heart rate but low power; apparently it is better the other way round!

Club riders times in start order:-

Paul Kirkness: 38.07,
Dave Mastin: 42.54,
Simon Henderson: 34.17,
Nic Fennell: 30.28,
Andy Burrows: 41.35,
Chris Bax (2nd claim): 36.36,
Chris Fennell (2nd claim): 28.16.

Report by Dave Mastin.

2019 Dinner & Presentation Night.

This year’s dinner, once again, will be held at Smiths Court Hotel, 21-27 Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville, CT9 2HL on Friday 22nd November.
There will be the usual prize giving. The cost is £25 per adult and £15 per child. Children are welcome and they can choose from a smaller version of the adult menu. The dress code is smart casual.
The menu consists of 3 courses; find out all the details and buy your tickets via the below link: http://thanetrc.org/2019-dinner.shtml

New TRC Club Kit Competition

At the last AGM (2018) the committee was given the go-ahead to explore the option of a new club kit.

This history of TRC jerseys can be seen here: http://www.thanetrc.org/club-history-jerseys.shtml

The adoption of a new design is not certain and will be subject to a member vote at this year’s AGM.

The possibility of a new club kit will follow this process:

1. Any member may submit a proposed new jersey (and shorts) design * Deadline: Noon 15/10/19

i. The design may be submitted in any format

* Digitally by email to thanetrc@gmail.com
* On paper to: TRC Kit Competition, 1 Millbank Cottages, Millbank, Canterbury, CT3 4LP

ii. Designs must be done in the current club colours which are red/yellow/black.

iii. Submissions will also be accepted including blue which was a club colour previously

1. The committee will select a shortlist of 3 designs which will then be submitted to an on-line member vote to see which is most popular; the vote will conclude before the AGM.(15/11/19)
2. Then, at the AGM the members will have a vote to either adopt the winning new design OR to not change the club kit and stick with the existing design shown here: http://www.thanetrc.org/club-kit.shtml

Note: This does not affect the Race Team kit which will remain as is.

Any questions please contact thanetrc@gmail.com

VTTA Kent 25 Mile Time Trial – 15/09/19

A handful of club members made the trip down to Brenzett on Romney Marsh for the VTTA Kent Group 25 mile time trial. This was run by Aaron of The Independent Pedaler and his team of helpers, with guidance from Bob Giles.

It looked as if the conditions were favourable for some good times, with light winds and sunny skies. However, it seemed a bit “dead” to me, and a number of riders back at the HQ commented that it was a hard day. It was difficult to determine if there was any wind assistance anywhere on the course.

The club had some success and also a DNF, when Adrian Hawkins punctured before he reached the first roundabout. Nic Fennell was the fastest rider overall with a fine 50.51. Simon Henderson and Scott Meeks claimed the second place team prize on age standard. Paul Kirkness used his form from last week’s 12 hour ride to record his comeback PB.

Club times in starting order:-
Scott Meeks: 59.17,
Chris Bax (2nd claim): 1.02.40,
Andy Burrows: 1.10.12,
Paul Kelk: 1.07.25,
Paul Kirkness: 1.03.37,
Simon Henderson: 58.38,
Dave Mastin: 1.10.36,
Nic Fennell: 50.51,
Adrian Hawkins: DNF (puncture)
Natasha Jarman (2nd claim): DNS (A).

Report by Dave Mastin.


As the country gears up to host the world’s most prestigious road cycling competition for the first time in 37 years this September, Thanet RC is getting behind a national drive to Own the Ride and inspire people from all walks of life to get on their bikes.

The nationwide campaign – supported by British Cycling and Sport England – aims to create a lasting legacy from the UCI Road World Championships by reaching people of all ages through its communities, inspiring the next generation of cyclists, as well as harnessing the inspiration of the once-in-a-generation championships.

HSBC UK Go-Ride Racing Weekender Thanet RC

Saturday 21st September

Discovery Park, Sandwich


Join us for a morning of fun races on a tarmac circuit for all children aged 14 and younger, including balance bike riders.

View our event info here

The right to host the UCI Road World Championships (22 – 29 September) – which is set to be the most inclusive road world championships in the history of the UCI – followed a successful bid by British Cycling, UK Sport and Welcome to Yorkshire, which pledged to use this opportunity to help transform Britain into a great cycling nation.

For the first time since 1982, the world’s best cyclists will compete in the pinnacle event in Britain, which will include a range of men’s and women’s races across age groups and will include, for the first time, para-cycling. The full route was revealed during a handover ceremony at the 2018 championships in Innsbruck, Austria, where Harrogate was named as the main competition town to host every race finish.

To find out more about Own the Ride and the 2019 UCI Road World Championships, visit www.owntheride.org.uk


Posted by Jo

East Kent CX round 1 at Sandwich Tech.

Thanet had 6 riders at Round 1 of The East Kent Cyclocross League held at Sandwich Technology School on Sunday 8th September. The sunny and dry conditions made for some fast racing on a technical course. In the Elite and U23 race Rupert Walls- Bruck came 41st in a race won by 5 time national champion Ian Field. In the Junior men’s race George Pittock was an unfortunate DNF with a puncture, the race was won by Luke Hazell of Panagua CC. Shannon Neame was 34th in the Youth A&B race in a race won by Piers Higginson of Team Darenth. We had 3 riders in the V40,V50 & V60 race which saw a huge field of 92 riders. Shawn Manning came an impressive 10th, Nick Austin was 45th and Simon Neame 64th the race was won by Matt Homles of Arctic Aircon RT. Well done to all our riders, the next round is at Northbourne Park on the 20th October.

Post by Nick Austin

Thanet RC Evening “10” – 4th September 2019

The weather for the final evening 10 mile TT at Betteshanger CP was dry, bright, but breezy. Nine juniors and thirty two seniors made up a good field of 41 riders in total. Most riders were a bit slower than the previous week, although a few managed to improve by a few seconds.

This week’s fastest junior was also our fastest girl rider, with Tallulah Butcher recording a time of 27.48. In second place was the quickest boy, which was Alex Dack with a time of 28.03.

For the second week in a row, Dan Martin of the University of Bath CC was top of the times for the seniors with 20.45. This was comfortably ahead of Steve Wilkinson (Folkestone VC) in second place in a time of 22.25. Rob Milnes came 4th with 22.58 and was quickest Thanet RC rider. Folkestone VC’s Susan Wallbrook claimed the best time for a woman with 26.20, while Abby Langley’s time of 28.02 was good enough for the honour of top Thanet RC woman.

Times of all riders are to be found in the attached PDF documents.

A big thanks to all our riders in 2019, and in particular to the band of helpers, without whom, these events would not happen. This week, they were Terry Fearn, David Redmond, Lawrence Martin, Michael Friend, Malcolm Adams, Mike Kirkness and Dave Mastin.

Report by Dave Mastin.

Juniors BCP 4th Sept.pdf

Seniors BCP 4th Sept.pdf