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VC Bristol Open TT is a Success

Velo Club Bristol Open 10 Mile TT on the U102 Iron Acton 08/04/2018

Having had to cancel two open events on this course last year due to road works, we were delighted that we were finally able to host our annual event on Sunday.  Conditions on the day were dry, with winds of 8/9 mph.  The U102 is an out and back sporting course along a B road.

Jon Gates had the honour of being last man off and he didn’t disappoint, winning the event with a cracking time of 21:39. Nick Livermore came second with a time of 22.21, narrowly pipping third place James Cook by just one second. James finished with a time of 22.22.

We were delighted with the number of female riders, who totalled over 20% of the field.  First female with an impressive time of 24.01 was Elizabeth Bennett, second place Megan Dickerson 24.42 and third place went to Lauren Johnston 25.53.

The Vets competition was based on VTTA standard times which Jon Gates would have won, however we only gave out one prize per person.  First place went to Rick Johnston (-3.30), second Luke Smith (-3.21) and third Mike Cox (-3.05).

The fastest team was Bristol South CC smashing it with a total time of 69.58.

There are some fantastic photos of the event courtesy of Rich Lewton – http://www.richlewtonphotography.co.uk/Photos/2018/VC-Bristol-Open-10-U102/

Preliminary Results (subject to formal CTT approval)

Position
Name
Time
1
Jonathan
Gates
00:21:39
2
Nick
Livermore
00:22:21
3
James
Cook
00:22:22
4
Luke
Smith
00:23:20
5
Alex
Allen
00:23:24
6
Robert
Borek
00:23:43
7
Lee
Francis
00:23:50
8
Peter
Hatt
00:23:52
9
Elizabeth
Bennett
00:24:01
10
Gareth
Jones
00:24:03
11
Steven
Cottington
00:24:05
12
Jon
Steel
00:24:17
13
Mark
Bradley
00:24:24
14
Darren
Pitman
00:24:25
15
Megan
Dickerson
00:24:42
16
MIke
Cox
00:24:46
17
Jim
Beales
00:24:52
18
Rick
johnston
00:25:02
19
Daniel
Kempe
00:25:13
20
Paul
Derrick
00:25:14
21
Chris
johnson
00:25:23
22
Richard
franklin
00:25:26
23
Greg
Lancaster
00:25:29
24
Martin
Howe
00:25:39
25
Kerry
Trigg
00:25:45
26
Lauren
Johnston
00:25:53
27
Hannah
Munday
00:25:56
28
George
Beck
00:26:04
29
Kevin
Garland
00:26:08
30
Nigel
Vuagniaux
00:26:13
31
Michelle
Lee
00:26:21
32
Matt
Dale
00:26:53
33
Richard
Emery
00:27:08
34
Ray
Perkins
00:27:19
35
Stephen
Penman
00:27:37
36
Robert
Latchem
00:27:50
37
Ashley
Dunn
00:27:59
38
John
Critchley
00:28:11
39
Jacqueline
Wadsworth
00:28:15
40
Robert
Hutchinson
00:28:23
41
Claire
Graham
00:28:26
42
Heidi
Blunden
00:28:36
43
James
Keeton
00:29:46
44
Mark
Bishton
00:30:29
45
Mary-Jane
Hutchinson
00:32:08
46
Jo
Ruston
00:33:57
DNS
Robin
Fox
DNS
Will
Munday
DNS
Mark
Collins
DNS
Stefan
Hurst
DNS
Lauren
Dolan
DNS
Andrew
Legge
DNS
Joanna
Knight
DNS
Craig
Hopkins
DNS
Helen
Priest
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March 2018 – Race Results

TT results

24th February

Lee Francis completed the SAS 10M TT @ U102 finishing 9th in a time of 00:24:35, with an average speed of 24.38mph.  Lee advises that it was very cold but well organised and well supported by the SAS guys. Over 15 entries from SAS in their own open TT. Well done.

1st Josh Griffiths, Bristol South CC

2nd Matt Burden, 73degress CC

3rd Fred Carlton, UOBCC

25th February

Lee Francis completed the Severn RC 25M TT @ U17 finishing 8th in a time of 01:04:54 with an average speed of 23.26mph.  Well done Lee, even with your winter weight you can still gurn your way around.

1st Tony Chapman, Frome and District Wheelers

2nd Simon Ward, Bristol Road Club

3rd Pfeiffer Georgi, Liv CC Halo Cycles. Female, junior, 23.8MPH

Road Race Results

1th March

Bristol South RR:  Chris Johnson

With Chris not feeling 100% on the day this was always going to be a tough outing. Chris reports a hilly race, but it was the headwind which he found more challenging considering he wasn’t 100% fit. Chris DNF the race and saved himself from further illness by not completing. A well organised race in fine winter weather. It’s a long season Chris so save yourself for when you’re feeling strong. Well done.

Results

1st   Andrew Kirby, University of Bristol CC

2nd Oliver Bratchell, Velo Club Venta

3rd George Jones, 73Degrees CC

 11th March

Abergavenny RR: Matt Dale

Matt Dale rode well and was enjoying the race until a crash on the last lap 2 miles from home. Matt luckily avoided injury and after some handlebar realignment he found his tyre to be flat with a large rip. Matt was going well until the crash but was relived to be injury free so early in the racing season.

Results

1st Daniel Colman, Pembrokeshire Velo

2nd William Roberts, Wales Racing Academy

3rd Samuel Beckett, Cardiff JIF

24th March

Bush Healthcare Pinvin LVRC road race: David Rutty

(47 mile open road circuit, 6 laps B cat)

First race of the season for David fresh off the back of a winter training program with some extra VCB turbo sessions with Chris Davies at the Batch, Warmly.  On an 8-mile flat circuit with good roads, David worked within the bunch for 5 laps. On the last lap David jumped away on a slight incline bringing with him another rider. They both worked together to extend the gap, when another rider came across the gap and then jumped David with 2.5 miles to the finish. David was then caught by the bunch and they homed in on the solo rider upfront. Luckily the rider managed to stay away and cross the finish line as winner. David finished in 16th place, a good effort for first race of season and a gauge of what’s to come. Well done.

Result

1st Paul Phil Whiteley

2nd Wayne Mckeown

3rd Richard Shimmel

 

25th March,

Bush healthcare Pinvin LVRC road race: Nick Tomkins. 

(40-mile open road circuit, 5 laps, F cat)

With a solid winter training block and warm weather training with World Velo camp in Majorca under his belt, Nick raced in the group F on a bright Sunday morning. Conditions were perfect with light breeze and the spring sun showing herself for the first time this year. Nick rode in the bunch for the first few laps but soon realised the course was a bit too flat for his riding style. Everyone will agree when we say that Nick excels when it comes to climbing, and a few bigger bumps would have suited his racing style. One rider broke away early but the group did not respond and allowed him to ride away. Nick then moved to the front and worked well with another rider but was let down by the group as no one was willing to take a turn to chase the rider down. With 1.5 miles to go, Nick rode away from the group looking to ride into 2nd place.  With 250m to go Nick could hear the bunch coming on fast. Nick buried himself only to be caught at 150m so sat up to roll in with the group.  Finished 13th

Other names to note on the start sheet, Bill Rains, Dennis White, both did not start

Nick was pleased with his race but not the result, but with further LVRC races planned this season and the training plan Nick has worked to, I’m sure success will come. Well done.

Result

1st Dave Capes

2nd Dave Hughes

3rd Ralph Keeler

In the CAT E race was Jonathon Davies from World Velo camp, looking fit after 6 weeks training in Majorca. Jonathon completed some big turns on the front to pull back 2 riders that went away early.   Jonathon was out sprinted in the final 500m to finish down the order with the bunch.

30th March

Castle Coombe Easter Classic: David Rutty

David braved the heavy rain and cold in the Easter classic at Castle Coombe, racing the E/1/2 Cat David finished in the front half of the bunch behind winner Marcin Balolcki.  David reports a very fast race even in those conditions, expect everyone just wanted to finish and get in the club for a coffee and cake.

Audax news

24th February

Julian Plummer completed 124miles around Somerset taking in W-S-M, Glastonbury and Bath to name a few locations. Pretty chilly at -5 but warmed up when the sun came through.

25th March

Julian Plummer completed the LVIS Barry’s Ball Buster , 140 mile [215km] Audax with 200 riders taking part. 132 finishers.  Well organised ride with excellent controls. As usual with these rides it is a friendly atmosphere and was nice to chat to old friends and new.

The ‘classic distance’ 200km route (Brevet ‘Randonnée’) circumnavigates the city of Bristol before climbing up on to the Mendip Hills then down to the Somerset Levels and returning to the start point in Long Ashton.

Rob Sutton completed the LVIS Barry’s Bristol Bash [116km] but Strava shows a route of 100miles. Rob either got lost or wanted to ride on. 151 finishers on this route.

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NEW KIT…the best just got better

After extensive research we have chosen Castelli as our new kit supplier and updated our kit design.

We’ve chosen the Maratona Jersey and Volo Bibshorts.  The Maratona Jersey is sold as a Gran Fonda top but is aero enough for racing members whilst having enough flexibility for general club members. Our suggestion is if you’d like a ‘race fit’ then go down one size. It comes with full front zip, 3 pockets at rear (one with zip closure). As a rule with Castelli it is advisable to go up one size; XS, M, L, XL, 3XL…

Kit will be available at cost to club members; Jersey £63.00 and Bibshorts £75.00. We feel this is very competitive for the quality of Kit that Castelli offer.

The kit artwork design is shown below and is currently being proofed with Castelli. We’re taking orders now: payment on order via club Paypal form here.

Order deadline will be 18.03.18

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SALE – Stock Kit

Price Reduction on Club Kit Stock. For anyone thats looking to get some club kit before the summer or training camp, we still have some stock of kit available. We will be putting a new order with new kit supplier soon and are clearing out the existing stock at discount prices. We currently have available to fully paid up members:

Short Sleeve Jersey (Racing cut):
Medium x 2 = £30
Large x 2 = £30

Bib Shorts:
Large x 3 = £40

Skin Suit:
Large x 1 = £60

Arm Warmers:
XL x 1 = £15

Overshoes:
Large x 1 = £20

Black Short Sleeve training jersey racing cut (Training only, not legal for racing):
Medium x 4 = £40

Please contact kit secretary @NoelWaldron if you are interested in any of these items.

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Reminder to renew your membership

It’s only £20 (£10 for juniors) to be a Velo Club Bristol member for 2018.  Just complete the membership application here for another year of racing, time trials, training and much more.

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VC Bristol Open ’10’ TT

**Sun 8th April: Save the Date***

The club Open ’10’ will be held on Sunday 8th April.  Meeting at the Lamb Inn, Iron Acton.

We will be seeking club members to help run the event and of course ensure VCB representation on the road.

Further details to follow…

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VC Bristol Club Dinner and Awards Night

The Club Dinner and Awards details are now available.  Book now to avoid disappointment!
Fill out my online form.

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Sign up now for 2018 turbo sessions

2018 Turbo sessions are here!

£5 per session paid on the night or save and pay £30.00 for complete 8 week course (just £3.75 per session!).  You can save even more money if you sign up for the full 8-week course and your 2018 VC Bristol membership together: full membership and 8-week turbo course for £45 (normal price £50)

Details and booking form below.

Fill out my online form.

If you have any further questions email velolclubbristol@gmail.com or let us know on facebook so we can answer your query.

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Thursday Night Ride

A weekly Thursday night ride is now running.  It’s a 40 mile group ride along a set route, starting and finishing at Warmley station.  Steady 16-17mph average.  This ride is in the dark and includes unlit roads so a good set of lights is a must. Please ensure your bike is road worthy and carry a pump and spares.

See below for the route and links to download the gpx file.

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Winter Turbo Training Series

Our annual series of structured and British Cycling coached turbo training sessions are underway. Every Tuesday at The Batch Centre, Warmley. Also open to non Velo Club members.

See Events pages for full details

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