TRC member are you interested in a day out riding in Northern France staring at Calais riding along the coast to Wimal then inland for a lunch stop in Ardres then back to the Calais port along the canal.

Proposed date …….June 16th Arrive Dover for outward bound ferry.. 7am ish

Route to follow is on Strava so can be downloaded. See above.

Restaurant .. Le Freigate Ardres ( beside the lake)

Return to Calais for return ferry…………5-6pm All times stated are local times.


Lunch as much or as little as you like to pay.

Ferry depending on mode of transport rider numbers by cars/vans or by bike. To review once number booked in.

If successful could become an annual French raid.

Please let me know by facebook message

Email to sissons349

Need to know by end April to finalise arrangements.

Post by colin robinson (on behalf of Robert Sissons)

2018 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 Club Challenge


The club has been awarded two team places for the 2018 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 Club Challenge, which will take place on Sunday 29th July.

We have two teams available – 1 x Women and 1 x Men.

Each rider within the team must pay their own entry fee (£69) and complete their own online entry form; all four riders in the team must have completed and paid for their entry by 17:00 Friday 25 May or the team will not be entered and not score in the club challenge. It is not be possible to merge any incomplete teams.

If you are interested in riding this event please contact me as soon as possible. We would like to have a full complement of TRC Yellow at this event. I have ridden it several times and it is a great event and a fantastic opportunity to ride the closed roads of the capital and Surrey.

Please note:

· A team comprises of four riders.

· Every rider in a team must be a current British Cycling member. You can join before the deadline to be eligible.

· Teams can comprise of four men or four women.

· Riders who hold an Elite or Category 1 British Cycling Race Licence are not eligible to enter the Club Challenge.

· Riders who have already secured an individual place through the original entry ballot or a charity place are not eligible to enter the Club Challenge.

· Once a rider has paid for their entry, they are not able to transfer their entry to another rider. Should riders no longer wish to take part, they can withdraw and defer their place to the 2019 event.

If there are more interested riders we will organise a “raffle” to choose entries.


Michael Friend

Thanet Road Club – weekend round up – 24/25 March 2018

Cyclists from Thanet Road Club were competing across the country at the weekend as the Spring and Summer road racing season gets into full swing after what has seemed like a very long and hard winter.

11 riders made the trip to Lee Valley Velopark in London on Saturday for the March Hare Classic, the iconic season-opener which was originally held in 1975 and ran for almost three decades until the Eastway Cycle Circuit was closed in preparation for the construction of the 2012 Olympic Park. The March Hare returned to the site of its original home in 2017.

The U10s and U12s were first off, racing together in still chilly conditions, and Ben Hutton rode well for 6th place in the U10 Boys with Max Robinson and Lughaidh Cook just off the main bunch 9th and 12th respectively in the U12 Boys.

Tallulah Butcher and Freya Cook were closely matched as they have been recently in the U14 Girls and this time it was Tallulah who came out on top in 5th place with Freya just one place behind in 6th. Tom Hutton was unlucky to be brought down by another rider in the U14 Boys race. Tom himself was unscathed but his bike was damaged and he was unable to continue.

The U16 Boys race was fierce with several moves closed down. Jack Hill attacked bravely with one and a half laps to go but was caught and finished in the bunch in 30th place. George Pittock continued his recent good form with an excellent third place. Catherine Morrell achieved her best result so far with third in the U16 Girls race.

The best was yet to come with Thanet RC Youth Academy coach Jo Smith elated after the success of her riders and still to race herself. The women’s race was handicapped with Category 3/4 riders setting off half a lap ahead of the Elite/1/2 riders. The race was fast and Jo timed her sprint to perfection and just pipped Great Britain Cycling Team senior academy rider Abbie Dentus for the win. Abigail Langley finished in the bunch for a fine 25th place.

Also on Saturday, Dan Martin, riding for the University of Bath, was fastest in the University of Bristol CC Open 10 mile time trial in a time of 21:28; and Nic Fennell was fastest at the VTTA Kent Open 10 mile time trial at Harrietsham which was unfortunately shortened to 6.6 miles by emergency gas works. Nic’s winning time was 13:49 (see Dave Mastin report)

Tallulah Butcher and Emily Heasman made the long trip to Devon on Sunday for the Riviera Youth Classic and the first round of the British Cycling Youth Circuit Series in Torquay.

Zoe Backstedt, youngest daughter of Tour de France stage winner and 2004 Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt, won the U14 Girls race by more than three minutes, but Thanet’s Tallulah can be very satisfied with 26th place at her first national and after racing in London the day before.

Emily, still recovering from a bout of tonsillitis and also at her first national, was 36th in the U16 Girls.

The British Cycling Junior Men’s Road Series also began on Sunday with the Cadence Junior Road Race in South Wales. Current Team Sky riders Geraint Thomas, Jonathan Dibben and Tao Geoghan Hart have all won this prestigious race and Thanet’s Toby Perry finished an excellent 43rd over a hilly 112km (70 miles) course at Brecon.

The Wally Gimber Trophy is the longest continuously-running road race in the UK, having been held every year since 1960. Raced over seven laps of a 20km course (90 miles in total) at Bells Yew Green near Tunbridge Wells and open to Seniormale Elite, 1st and 2nd category riders only, it is the first top-classified race of the year and is often described as the UK’s own Spring Classic. Past winners have included Sir Bradley Wiggins and former Thanet RC member Oliver Robinson, now riding for Team Wiggins, achieved a superb 15th place in the best field assembled anywhere in the UK so far this year.

Hamish Reilly, a member of the British Triathlon South East Academy and training and cycle racing with Thanet RC, won bronze in the Men’s Youth category at the British Duathlon Championships at Bedford. The event comprised a 2.5kmrun/10km bike/1.25km run and Hamish clocked the fastest bike split for a total time of 27:52.

Report by Colin Robinson

George Pittock – London Youth Track League

George Pittock – London Youth Track League

George Pittock finished a second successful season at the London Youth Track League (LYTL) last night Thursday 22 March.

Selection for the four groups is based on age and ability and last year (2016/17) George finished 13th out of 32 riders in Group 2. This year (2017/18) George was in Group 1, which included two national champions and numerous Olympic Development Apprentice (ODA) riders. He set himself a goal to finish in the middle third of the group.

Each of the 10 events fortnightly from October to March included 24 lap scratch, 1k dash, elimination and 50 lap pointsraces. George’s favourite event is the points race, where he achieved his best result of sixth on the very first night, and his least favourite event is the elimination.

George finished 22nd out 42 riders in Group 1. He achieved his goal for this year’s competition and has established himself as an accomplished track rider.

Post by Colin Robinson

VTTA Kent 10 Mile Time Trial – Reduced to 6.6 Miles – 24/03/18

Due to emergency roadworks to fix a gas leak, the VTTA Kent 10 mile time trial on the A20 Harrietsham-Charing course was shortened to 6.6 miles. Conditions were cool and grey, with damp roads after overnight rain. The wind was from an easterly direction, leading to a hard ride to the turn, but a tailwind on the return leg.

The fastest ride overall was by the club’s Nic Fennell with a fine 13.49. There were several other club riders taking part. Times of all club riders as follows in starting order:-

Martin Russell: 17.16
Nick Scott: 16.13
Andy Burrows: 20.31
Dave Mastin: 19.05
Nic Fennell: 13.49
Chris Bax (2nd claim): 16.33
Simon Charles: 18.17
Andy McCall: DNS.

Report by Dave Mastin.

Funding Officer wanted

The committee wish to appoint a dedicated Funding Officer who will help the club apply for funding from various sources and also assist individuals with their funding applications.

The remuneration package is the same as for all committee members i.e. nothing except feeling good in giving up a bit of your time to help others in the Thanet Road Club community.

David Robert has been filling in for this role for some time in addition to his other projects so there will be a full hand over explaining what is required.

If you think you could help with this please contact club sec. Andy McCall.

Posted by Rick Perkins