George At British Cycling Youth National Circuit Series at Pembrey in West Wales

George Pittock’s mixed fortunes continued with frustration and worry at the latest round of the British Cycling Youth National Circuit Series at Pembrey in West Wales on Sunday.

The brand new circuit, which hosted the Tour of Britain grand depart only six days earlier, is 1.7km long, fast and flowing with a short, sharp climb and fast descent, and George made the 250 mile trip full of confidence.

Blustery conditions made it difficult for any rider to make a clean and convincing break but Oscar Nilsson-Julien of VC Londres always looked the most likely and went on the offensive several times. George looked comfortable in the bunch and started to move up with 10 of the 28 laps remaining.

With four laps left, George was in seventh place and looking good for a top 10 finish and his best ever result at a “national”, but then his race ended suddenly.

George was taken to hospital with concussion and some memory loss. He was given the all clear several hours later after a CT scan and a thorough check but he still cannot remember anything about the crash itself. Friends told him afterwards that two riders went down in front of George and he went over the top, flew through the air and landed on his head.

“The last thing I remember was looking at some of the other boys around me and feeling quite good” said George “I don’t remember going down or how the crash happened or anything at all until I woke up in the ambulance”.

Oscar Nilsson-Julien of VC Londres had enough left to take the win ahead of Oscar Onley of Squadra Scozzese (Scotland) and Adam Mitchell of Sportcity Velo (Manchester), but the main priority for George, his family and Thanet RC is that he is OK and we hope to see him train

Thanet RC Evening “10”, 5th September 2018

The final evening time trial of the season was a 10 mile event at Betteshanger CP. Conditions were typical of Betteshanger, in that it was windy, cool and rather grey. In total, 40 riders signed on, which was encouraging, considering the weather earlier in the day had been poor. There was 8 juniors, 28 solo seniors, a 2-up pair and a tandem taking part.

As expected, the times recorded were affected by the conditions, with most riders somewhat slower than in previous weeks. George Pittock was the quickest of the juniors with 24.24, with Catherine Morrell taking third place and fastest girl in a time of 25.50.

Nick Scott topped the times for the senior riders with 22.05, with Simon Henderson in second place in 22.57. Our fastest woman rider was Faye Faiers in a time of 27.45. Nic Fennell rode a 2-up with Sophie Driscoll and they finished in 26.29, while the tandem team of Sue Shields and Andy McCall recorded 26.00.

All times can be found in the PDF files below.

This week’s group of helpers included Di Yemm, Terry Fearn, Paul Kirkness, Michael Friend, Martin Hendy, Shawn Manning, Keith Allen, Andrew Morrell and Dave Mastin.

Report by Dave Mastin.

Juniors BCP 5th Sept.pdf

Seniors BCP – 5th Sept.pdf

Thanet RC Open 10 Mile TT – 2/09/18

Thanet RC 10mile TT Open 10 Q10/30 – 2nd Sept 2018 (Report)
A chilly start to the morning gave way to warm and still conditions, some say ideal for time trialling. 69 of the 74 riders on the start sheet “braved” the conditions with only one DNF as Nick Howlett unfortunately snapped his chain at the start. Results seemed to be mixed with a Thanet Club Record and PBs set by many riders, whereas others found the July VTTA event on the same Q10/30 course quicker even though the conditions were cooler and the wind brisk.
Very many thanks to the time keepers, marshalls and helpers, who made the event a success and without who we could all not keep up the sport we seem to spend so many early mornings chasing.
Thanks to: Christine Burrows, Andy McCall, Rick Perkins, Brett Dennis, Tony Keneally, Peter Sayer, Richard Hull, Sue Shields, Mark Huckstep, Simon Henderson, John Sepple and Rebecca Friend. Apologies if I missed anyone.
Cracking rides by Jo Smith and Nic Fennell from Thanet RC to take top honours. Jo setting a new Women’s Club Record. Full Results attached.
Women (Scratch)
1st Jo Smith 23:10 Thanet RC (Club Record)
2nd Charmaine Pullen 24:37 FVC
3rd Annette Nixon 24:47 FVC
Men (Scratch)
1st Nic Fennell 19:29 (PB) Thanet RC
2nd Dean Chittdention 20:23 Abelllio SFA
3rd Tom Rowing 20:28 Abelio SFA
1st Cameron Kemp 23:12 Quick Release CC
2nd Catherine Morrell 25:30 Thanet RC
3rd Toby Yemm 26:43 Thanet RC
1st Peter Elms +6:09 (20:41) Aerosmiths
2nd Anthony Bee +6:05 (20:59) Wigmore CC
3rd Martin Jones +5:50 (20:46) Gemini BC
Team Prize
Abellio SFA 61:33 (Dean Chiddention, Tom Rowing, John Cockrill)
Very close team competition, Abellio pipped Thanet RC by only 2 seconds!
Report by Michael Friend

RESULTS -Thanet-RC 02-09-18.pdf

Thanet RC Open 10 Mile Time Trial – 2nd Sept. 2018

The club’s second open 10 mile time trial of the season, organised by Michael Friend, was held on the Q10/30 Thanet Way course in good conditions. The wind was light from an easterly direction, and after a cool start, the temperature picked up nicely.

The club had a large number of riders competing, and several riders posted PB’s. There was success for club riders, taking the top spots in both the men’s and women’s awards. Nic Fennell was fastest overall with a new PB of 19.29, while Jo Smith was fastest woman in a time of 23.10. This was also a PB for Jo, and a new club record for a woman over 10 miles Our two junior riders also picked up junior awards with Catherine Morrell 2nd in a time of 25.30, while 3rd place went to Toby Yemm who posted a time of 26.43.

Nic Fennell (19.29), Shawn Manning (21.03) and Nick Scott (21.03) came close to picking up the team award, but were just edged out by 2 seconds by a trio of Abellio SFA RT riders.

Club times in starting order:-
Terry Fearn (trike): 34.45,
Paul Griffiths: 26.30,
Pete Huckstep: 26.01,
Eddie Brown: 25.42,
Catherine Morrell: 25.30 (second junior),
Dave Holmes: 27.07,
Jenny Fearn: 31.53,
Colin Inett: 27.08,
Dave Moffat: 23.13,
Malcolm Adams (2nd claim): 27.38,
Chris Bax (2nd claim): 23.24,
Andy Burrows: 26.45,
Colin Robinson: 23.12,
Toby Yemm: 26.43 (3rd junior),
Simon Charles: 26.35,
Steve Perriss: 23.37,
Paul Kelk: 24.17,
Ollie Robinson (2nd claim): 20.36,
Dave Mastin: 25.14,
Mark Palmer: 21.54 (PB),
Matt Hall: 23.40,
Paul Kirkness: 23.34 (Comeback PB),
Nic Fennell: 19.29 (1st overall, PB),
Mike Kirkness: 21.46,
Nick Scott: 21.03 (PB),
Shawn Manning: 21.03 (PB),
Jo Smith: 23.10 (1st woman, PB),
Rob Milnes: 22.18 (PB).

Report by Dave Mastin.

Thanet RC Evening 2-Up 10 Mile Time Trial – 29th August 2018

The penultimate evening time trial of the 2018 season was a 10 mile 2-up team time trial at Betteshanger CP. Conditions were breezy but warm, and there was a good turnout of 21 pairs taking part, along with 5 solo riders.

There was a variety of 2-up teams from juniors, mixed, parent/(grand)children, husband and wife, through to veteran pairs. Fastest overall was the Thanet RC pair of Shawn Manning and Nick Scott in a time of 21.30, with the VC Deal pair of Toby Anderton and Andy Hill in second place with 22.00. Toby Yemm and Catherine Morrell were the quickest all junior team in 6th place with a time of 24.46. The fastest all female pair was TRC’s Jo Smith and Abby Langley, whose time of 25.54 put them at 9th overall. The father and daughter team of Adrian and Talullah Butcher came in 8th in 25.24 to be the fastest senior and junior pair.

Only 4 of the 5 solo riders finished, with top spot going to Jamie Stokes.

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

As usual, our thanks got to the volunteers who helped at the event. This week, thy were Nicola Goodban, Di Yemm, Andrew Morrell, Keith Allen, Lawrence and Dan Martin, Michael Friend, Simon Henderson and Andy McCall.

The final evening event takes place on 5th September and is over 10 miles.

Report by Dave Mastin.

2-Up 29th August.pdf

George racing Screentek International North West Youth and Junior Tour

Screentek International North West Youth and Junior Tour

Lancashire – 25 to 27 August 2018

Just three weeks after the European Junior Cycling Tour in the Netherlands, the biggest youth cycling race in the world, George Pittock of Thanet RC headed to Lancashire at the weekend for the Screentek International North West Youth and Junior Tour, the biggest youth cycling race in the UK.

Stage 1 on Saturday was a 2.4km out and back prologue held on Morecambe Promenade. George was in 16th place at the turn but lost time coming out of the turn and his time of 3:31 left him 74th, 25 secs behind the leader but only 10 secs off the top 30.

Stage 2 on Sunday was 12 laps of a 3.3km course in Lancaster and 12 ascents and a summit finish at the infamous “Col du Daisy Bank”, a full 1km at 7%. Weather conditions were more like late November than late August with the heavy rain and strong winds described by the organisers as “biblical” and in complete contrast to the sweltering heat of the Netherlands. The pace was brutal from the start and the race split very quickly into several groups. George finished in a group of seven, the fourth group on the road, in 55th place and some 8:34 behind the stage winner who averaged 32.6kmh(20.3mph) for the 40km stage distance.

Stage 3 on Monday was different again but equally tough, 13 laps of a 4km course at Treales near Preston with no significant climbs but using narrow, sometimes single track, roads with sharp turns and loose gravel in places. Again the pace was ferocious from the start and George did well to stay in the second group for three laps before dropping back to the third group on the road and finishing 58th at 4:32 back.

The U16 Boys (Youth A) final general classification saw Oliver Stockwell of Welwyn Wheelers, former national road race champion and cyclo-cross national trophy series winner, in first place overall ahead of Jack Rootkin-Gray of Solihull, currently third in the national rankings, and Max Poole of Yorkshire club Bike Box Alan in third. George finished 56thoverall at 14:05 back.

“It was really tough” said George. “The climb on Stage 2 was really hard in the wet and cold and Stage 3 was just so fast. I don’t think I could have done any better on either day. 56th in the North West Youth Tour is not bad and I did OK compared to the other South East based riders who I race against every week”.

George now turns his attention to the penultimate round of the British Cycling Youth National Series at Pembrey in South Wales on Sunday 9 September.

Post by Colin Robinson