RTTC National 25 Mile Championship

The weather conditions were a stiff 18mph northerly headwind outward leg made for a very tough and slow first 13miles, despite being downhill. But this was rewarded by a strong tailwind on the way back, which was a welcome relief and made for much higher speeds up the hill.

Traffic on the course was steady but sensible with all vehicles giving riders plenty of space while overtaking.

With such a short TT season in 2020 made for a very strong field of the best amateur riders from across the country, along with professional team Ribble Pro Cycling fielding a large amount of riders and even Alex Dowsett (Israel Startup Nation) taking the start line after finishing 9th at the UCI World Championships just 4 days before.

Nic Fennell was the only Thanet RC rider attending the event. Battling the headwind to the turn averaging 28.1mph, before returning on the fast return leg finding at points that the 58tooth chainring was only just large enough in places when the road levelled out. Crossing the line in a time of 49:27 (30.3mph). Setting a new power PB of 330w NP for the distance in the process, which was good enough for 19th overall.

2nd claim member Chris Fennell also had a very strong ride finishing in a time of 45:46 (32.8mph), good enough for 3rd overall. Just 6 seconds behind 2nd. And 12 seconds faster than Alex Dowsett.

2nd claim member Alex Clay finished 3rd in the women’s event finishing in a time of 53:50, over a minute ahead of the 4th place rider. The women’s field was also stacked with very strong riders.

1st – John Archibald – Ribble Pro Cycling – 44:50

2nd – Dan Bigham – Ribble Pro Cycling – 45:40

3rd – Chris Fennell – Independent Pedlar – 45:46

4the – Alex Dowsett – Israel Startup Nation – 45:58

Post from Nic Fennell

West Kent 25 – Q25/8 Challock – Canterbury – Ashford- Chilham

For the second consecutive week ten 1st claim riders from Thanet Road Club (TRC) signed up for the West Kent Cycling Club’s annual 25 mile TT on Sunday 20th September 2020.

They were joined by three 2nd claim members in a field of 66 riders using the Q25/8 course for the first time 1st time in 12 months (I think).

Once again it was great to see a good field and so many TRC riders.

Thanks to Laurence Toombs at the West Kent, all the helpers and marshals who turned out to run what was yet another well organised event.

It was fairly warm for a September morning but there was a stiff breeze from a mainly NE direction. It was not too noticeable on the leg to Canterbury and certainly helped going to Ashford. Ashford back to the Chilham fork was a challenge. I got caught by no 15. on this leg – he was making a lot better progress than me, although we both saw off 3 other riders.

The course has been re surfaced in several places. I think KCC has been trying to see how many different surfaces they can get on the course! The best part is from around Chartham Station to the turn at Canterbury. From the Chilham fork for about a mile towards Ashford is a new surface that although covers the potholes feels very ‘draggy’ and rough – no doubt waiting for the cars and lorries to smooth this surface.

I was a relatively early starter so traffic was light for me, just missing the ‘help’ of a tractor at the Ashford turn, which looking at the times I needed.

Congratulation to Nic Fennell who won the event with a 51:25, great ride Nic.

Also well done to George Pittock who did a very creditable 58:56. I didn’t see but I am guessing this was on his road bike, what ever a great time George.

This credited him with the prize for second fastest junior.

TRC 1st claim results, start order:

Simon Henderson 58:28

Paul Kirkness 1:03:22

Bill Hawkes DNS (A)

Paul Burrows DNS (A)

Andy Burrows 01:11:15

Rob Milnes 01:01:52

Adrian Hawkins 57:53

Chris Bax 01:05:57

Nic Fennell 51:25

George Pittock 58:56

TRC 2nd claim results, start order:

Danny Frost (Folkstone Velo Club) 01:03:52

Mark Hill (VeloRefined Rule 5) 56:01

Robert Nicholas (Deal Tri) 56:31

Good luck to Nic in the Nationals along with all our other 1st and 2nd claim riders who are competing.

Report based on provisional results.

Apologies for any omissions/ errors.

Simon H.

VTTA 25 – Q25/12 Old Romney- Brooklands – Kingsnorth – Old Romney (revised)

Ten 1st claim riders from Thanet Road Club (TRC) stepped up for what was to be the Veteran Time Trial Association (VTTA) Kent 25 mile TT on Sunday 13th September 2020.

They were joined by four 2nd claim members making up a field just short of 100 riders.

Due to the unavailability of enough event marshals and the closure of the level crossing down to Brooklands the course was shortened to around 21 miles, missing out the Brooklands leg and the part from Bridgefield RAB to Kingsnorth.

Once again it was great to see a good field and so many TRC riders and helpers.

Thanks to Bob Giles and all the helpers from VTTA Kent and marshals who turned out early on a Sunday to run a well organised event on the course- particularly managing the crossing closure that appeared on Sunday morning.

Christine Burrows was start timekeeper and I saw Andy McCall and Sue Shields at Brenzett RAB (Thanks TRC helpers)

Conditions were similar to a few weeks ago, except a little bit less breeze. It was dry and warm with a breeze from the south west. Again the help appeared variable on the leg to Ashford and the return. The only place I noticed a head wind was from 2nd to last bend to the last bend in the road as you approach Brenzett RAB.

Traffic was fairly busy, although I was a reasonably late starter.

This all produced some very respectable times for the club.

Nic Fennell was our fastest finisher with a 42:51, coming home 4th – well done Nic.

Brother, Chris Fennell (Independent Pedlars- Nopinz) was the fastest on scratch with a 39:44, averaging over 31mph!

In this veterans event Andrew Meilak (VeloRefined Rule 5) took the honours as the fastest vet with a 44:14 (+12:06)

Second claim member Mark Hill (VeloRefined Rule 5) was 3rd fastest vet and picked up the fastest vet team prize with Andrew.

TRC 1st claim results, start order:

Mike Perry 01:06:31

Rob Milnes 50:36

Chris Bax 54:21

Colin Newton DNS

Andy Burrows 59:05

Paul Burrows 46:11

Susan Walbrook DNS

Simon Henderson 47:41

Paul Kirkness DNS

Nic Fennell 42:51

TRC 2nd claim results, start order:

Neil Gerrard (Folkstone Velo Club) 50:04

Stephen Wilkinson (TWB – On Time Race Team ) DNS

Robert Nicholas (Deal Tri) 45:55

Mark Hill (VeloRefined Rule 5) 46:06

Chris Fennell (Independent Pedlars- Nopinz) 39:44

Report based on provisional results.

Apologies for any omissions/ errors.

Simon H.

British Cycling South East AGM 2020 — Agenda issued

FYI – in case anyone wants to attend

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British Cycling South East Annual General Meeting
Further to our email in August calling for Agenda items, please see below for the link to download the final Agenda with nominations and proposals.

The AGM will take place on Monday the 14th of September 2020 starting at 7.30pm via Zoom conference call.


To facilitate the virtual meeting on Monday 14th of September, we ask that all who plan to attend fill out a Google Form indicating their intention via the link below. The deadline to register to attend is 10pm on Saturday 12th of September to give regional officials enough time to verify club and British Cycling membership. If you have already registered to attend, you will receive an email next week with details of how to confirm your attendance and log into the meeting.

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Thanet RC Evening “10” – 2nd September 2020

After the fine weather of the previous week, it was a return to more typical Betteshanger conditions for the final evening time trial of the 2020 season. It was grey, cool and rather windy for the 37 riders who signed on.

As a result of the poorer conditions, most riders’ times were slower than those of last week. I made a late debut for 2020, and I was over-optomistic about my fitness and abilities. Too few miles and too many kilograms didn’t help my cause!

This week we had 11 juniors take part, and heading the times was George Pittock with a course PB of 22.28. This was George’s first event after three weeks off due to a crash. Third place went to our fastest girl, Ferne Peirce, with a time of 29.15.

As expected, Nic Fennell took top spot in the senior section. Nic’s time was 20.07. Susan Wallbrook recorded a time of 26.03 for fastest woman rider.

Times can be found in the PDF files below.

A big thank you to Ian Ferrell of VC Deal, who swept the track the previous day and cleared a lot of dirt and dust from the surface.

Thanks as always to this week’s helpers, who were Sue Shields, Terry Fearn, Simon Charles, Mike Kirkness, Simon Henderson and Andy McCall.

In summary, I think that the 6 events that we held in these strange times were a great success. It was good to see so many old familiar faces, and some new ones too. I was a bit apprehensive at first, but with help and suggestions from the club committee and members, we came up with a plan on how we could hold events within the Covid-19 guidelines. The way we ran the events seemed to work well, and there has been a lot of positive feedback from riders and their families. Of course, the facility at Betteshanger has been an ideal venue to run events, with plenty of open space to ensure social distancing. This year has been a learning experience on how to run events in the wake of a pandemic. I’m sure this will help us in 2021, should we still be restricted in how we run our activities.

Report by Dave Mastin.

Juniors BCP 2nd Sept.pdf

Seniors BCP 2nd Sept.pdf

Thanet RC Evening “10” – 26th August 2020

The penultimate evening 10 mile time trial of the season at Betteshanger was held in fine conditions, which was somewhat surprising as just a few hours earlier, the wind was very strong. We had a total of 412 riders sign on to enjoy some warmth and light winds. Although we had reached our limit of 50 riders, there were a number of late withdrawals on the day. The conditions helped a number of riders to produce some good times and a few PB’s as well.

This week, we started riders off at 30 second intervals, which made it more of a challenge for the time keepers regarding both the starting of riders and the subsequent calculations of the finishing times. Hopefully, the times posted in the PDFs below are correct.

A healthy field of 13 junior riders took to the track and this week top spot went to Samuel Hodge, who recorded a good time of 23.36. Fourth place went to Ferne Peirce, our fastest girl with a time of 29.01.

Fastest senior was Nic Fennell who just got under 20 minutes with a fine 19.56. The fastest woman rider was Susan Wallbrook, whose time was 25.51.

Thanks to this week’s helpers, Terry Fearn, Mike Kirkness, Pete Huckstep, Andy McCall and Dave Mastin.

Next week is the final evening "10" of this rather strange season. It will be interesting to see what 2021 brings.

Report by Dave Mastin.

Seniors BCP 26th August.pdf

Juniors BCP 26th August.pdf

Catford CC 25 – Q25/12 Old Romney- Brooklands – Kingsnorth – Old Romney

Report based on provisional results only.

Apologies for any omissions/ errors.

10 1st claim riders from Thanet Road Club were entered in the first 25 mile open time trial in Kent this year.

They were joined by several 2nd claim members making up a field of 115 riders.

Great that we had so many riders well spread across the field.

Thanks to Le Anh Luong, Catford CC and all the helpers and marshals who turned out to run a well organised event.

Conditions were variable. It was dry and slightly warm with a stiff breeze from the south west. I thought the leg up to Kingsnorth would be assisted by the wind and harder on the way back. As it turned out the wind did not seem to give much assistance to Ashford but was not as hard as expected on the way back except where you approached Brenzett RAB.

We had a family affair with Paul Burrows, riding in his first competitive 25 for a while, started by his mum Christine who was start time keeper, chasing dad Andy.

New dad Rob Milnes took the day off, no doubt a busy time at home.

Fastest Thanet rider was Nic Fennell with a very fast 50:57 picking up 2nd place behind his brother Chris Fennell (Independent Pedalers Nopinz) who took 1st with 47:10, taking nearly 3 minutes off his previous course record – fantastic times.

Our very own Sophie Driscoll was 5th with a 01:06:09.

Second claim rider Emma Lewis (Independent Pedalers- Nopinz) was the fastest with 54:23, taking the course record as well by more than 4 minutes (I think) – epic.

As a very late starter, I didn’t manage to catch anyone after the event to find out their views except Andy Burrows and discuss our usual excuses:

Andy -it was windy coming from everywhere

Simon- too many combine harvesters taking up the whole road

Adrian – It’s been a ‘wurd’ year

TRC 1st claim results, start order:

Colin Inett 01:14:14

Andy Burrows 01:13:03

Paul Burrows 55:17

Adrian Hawkins 57:47

Rob Milnes DNS

Chris Bax 01:04:56

Bill Hawkes DNS

Sophie Driscoll 01:06:09

Nick Fennell 50:57

Simon Henderson 57:28

TRC 2nd claim results, start order:

Mark Hill (VeloRefined Rule 5) DNS

Alex Clay (Independent Pedalers- Nopinz) 01:07:05

Stephen Wilkinson (TWB – On Time Race Team ) 57:14

Danny Frost (Folkestone Velo Club) 01: 04:00

Colin Newton (Deal Tri) 57:30

Robert Nicholas (Deal Tri) 54:52

Emma Lewis (Independent Pedalers- Nopinz) 54:23

Tracy Wilkinson Begg (TWB – On Time Race Team)DNS

Chris Fennell (Independent Pedlars- Nopinz) 47:10

Simon H.