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2018 Club Dinner and Awards

The season was topped off on Friday evening with the annual club dinner and awards night.  Club members were treated to some good food and drink at the Cross Hands in Fishponds.

Chairman David Rutty introduced the awards and handed over to John Backwell, one of VC Bristol’s founding members, to present the cups and medals.


2018 Open TT
1st Lee Francis

Lee Francis – 2018 Open TT Winner

2018 Evening TT Series
1st Lee Francis
2nd Simon Jennings
3rd Matt Dale

Lee Francis Evening TT Series Winner

2018 Hill Climb
1st Rob Sutton
2nd Chris Truman
3rd Matt Dale

Rob Sutton 2018 Hill Climb Winner

2018 Founders Trophy
Mark Bishton

Mark Bishton 2018 Founders Trophy Winner

2018 Road Race Champion
not awarded

2018 Bill Rains Trophy
not awarded

2017 Road Race Champion
Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes 2017 Road Race Champion



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Club Dinner and Awards Evening

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AGM Friday 26th October

This year’s AGM will be held on Friday 26th October at The Batch, Oldland Common BS30 8EB.

If you thought AGM couldn’t get any better, you’re wrong 🙂 because this year we will be providing chips to help make it more of a social event. Licensed bar will also be open.

AGM starts at 7:30pm.

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Winter Turbo Sessions Return

Add a turbo boost to your riding next season with our 8-week structured turbo training series.

What is it?
Two blocks of eight turbo training sessions run by Chris Davis (British Cycling Level 2 coach).  All the sessions will be based on some form of intensity work as riders can do endurance at other times.  Of course, intensity is relevant to each individual and riders can choose how hard to ride!  The first block of sessions is now available to book.

What will I need?
You will need to bring the following.
– You
– Your bike
– A turbo trainer
– Drink
– HR monitor and/or power meter
– cadence sensor
– Towel

Where is it?
The Batch Community Centre, Park Rd, Warmley, Bristol, BS30 8EB

When is it?
Tuesdays from 19:00 to 20:30. The first eight-week block starts on Tuesday 30th October.
Riders need to get to the venue in time to set up and be ready to roll all at the same time. Latecomers will miss the warm-up which will be an integral part of the session.

How much will it cost?
£5 on the night payable by cash or card or SIGN UP to all 8 sessions for only £30 (£3.75 per night).

How do I sign up?
You can sign up on the night or using the booking form here



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Club Hill Climb Champs!

The leaves are falling and a change in season is coming… So it’s time to burn your lungs for the annual hill climb champs up Belmont Hill. Go as hard or as steady as you like 🙂
Full details on the Events page

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Winter Club Kit Order-UPDATED

Following ton from the feedback and AGM, we have revised the winter kit design to more like the existing jacket (see below). This is still the Windstopper Winter Jacket, the Bibtights have been updated to the Sorpasso style. The new bibtights do not allow for as much design due to the panelling, but the item is a better piece of kit. They are infact more exspensive but Castelli will honour the same figure for our order. They have the same Air Pad as the Volo shorts. Again we’ll require min order of 10 per item.

The club committee and Noel Waldron will manage the kit order through and can answer any questions. Size Guide below as well. We are aiming to send off ASP 18.11.18 Latest. Order and payment can be made using the clothing order form HERE.

Castelli Windstopper® Winter Jacket – £135.00

  • Gore® Windstopper® Corsa fabric for full wind protection
  • Silicone gripper elastic at waist keeps jacket from riding up.
  • Anatomic form-fit cut for cycling position
  • Full-length YKK® Vislon® zipper
  • High collar for maximum protection.
  • Three external rear pockets.
  • Side panels in Thermoflex for extra breathability
  • Weight: 370g

Sorpasso Bibtights – £110.00 UPDATED

  • Famous Free bib keeps your chest free to avoid overheating.
  • Anatomic cut for a comfortable, performance fit.
  • Thermoflex fabric provides excellent warmth and comfort
  • Double-layer Thermoflex fabric on knees for extra protection
  • Minimalist stretch mesh straps for improved ventilation and support
  • Minimum seams for maximum comfort
  • Silicone leg grippers with ankle YKK® Camlock reflective zippers
  • Progetto X2 Air seat pad
  • Weight: 311g

Kit Design and Size Guide

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TT Series Round-up

As the days start to shorten, we say farewell to another VCB/KiT TT series and it’s been one of the best in recent years.  The dreaded roadworks only affected one event and we had a good number of riders out each week and excellent support from volunteers from both clubs and others roped in to help.

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VCB Evening TT Series #11

Date: 31st July 2018
: U103
Distance: 12.1miles
Weather: Warm, Dry, Wind 13mph W

Last night saw the final event in what has been a very successful TT series.  This was down to the support of VCB members, KiT members and others who organised and ran the event (plus only one roadworks incident).  Special thanks goes to Mark Bishton for coordinating the events and ensuring sufficient volunteers were available.

Twenty riders competed, three representing VCB.  Top spot on the night went to Lee Aston (Sodbury Cycle Sport) with 27min 01sec, Chris Davis (Giant CC Halo Films) broke 28-minutes to finish second with a time of 27min 57sec and Gaz Poulson (RAF/MoD) came third with a time of 28min 52sec.

Full results:

Position Race No Name Time
Club Ave Speed
1 13 Lee Aston 00:27:01 Sodbury Cycle Sport 26.9
2 19 Chris Davis 00:27:57 Giant CC Halo FIlms 26.0
3 12 Gaz Poulson 00:28:52 RAF/MoD 25.2
4 10 Jeremy Tiley 00:28:55 Sodbury Cycle Sport 25.1
5 8 Jo Jago 00:29:11 Sodbury Cycle Sport 24.9
6 15 George Beck 00:29:39 Bikestrong KTM 24.5
7 18 Simon Jennings 00:29:39 VC Bristol 24.5
8 14 Rich Franklin 00:30:12 VC St Raphael 24.0
9 9 Chris Britten 00:30:18 Sodbury Cycle Sport 24.0
10 20 Max Wigley 00:30:31 unattached 23.8
11 17 Eric Downey 00:30:45 Kingswood Tri 23.6
12 16 Rob Sutton 00:31:00 VC Bristol 23.4
13 2 Mike Hall 00:31:54 VC Bristol 22.8
14 3 Jo Knight 00:32:03 Bristol South RC 22.7
15 6 Tom Miller 00:32:37 unattached 22.3
16 11 Clair Wadden 00:32:47 Bristol RC 22.1
17 7 Matthew Norris 00:34:50 Sodbury Cycle Sport 20.8
18 1 Maggie Bromley 00:34:51 Kingswood Tri 20.8
19 5 Dannie Hayes 00:35:13 Kingswood Tri 20.6
20 4 Sarah Hart 00:35:16 Kingswood Tri 20.6
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VCB Evening TT Series #10

Date: 24th July 2018
: U103
Distance: 12.1miles
Weather: Hot, Wind 13mph WSW

The penultimate event in this year’s series saw a good turnout with 25 riders (seven representing VC Bristol) competing over the rolling 12mile course.  The wind helped somewhat on the outward leg but made things hard for the return.  Top spot went to Lee Aston (Sodbury Cycle Sport) with an impressive time of 26min 54sec.  Lee Francis (VCB/KiT) was second with 27min 44sec and Chris Davis (Giant CC Halo Films) third with a time of 28min 03sec.

Thanks once again to Kingswood Tri for hosting the event.  See you all for the final outing of the year next week.

Full results:

Position Race No Name Time
Club Ave Speed
1 15 Lee Aston 00:26:54 Sodbury Cycle Sport 27.0
2 24 Lee Francis 00:27:44 VC Bristol / Kingswood Tri 26.2
3 18 Chris Davis 00:28:03 Giant CC Halo FIlms 25.9
4 5 Rob Hall 00:28:11 Salt and Sham 25.8
5 23 William Hamilton 00:28:39 unattached 25.3
6 17 Jeremy Tiley 00:29:30 Sodbury Cycle Sport 24.6
7 3 Richard Franklin 00:29:36 St Rafael 24.5
8 13 Chris Britten 00:29:42 Sodbury Cycle Sport 24.4
9 12 Jo Jago 00:29:47 Sodbury Cycle Sport 24.4
10 7 Eric Downey 00:30:33 Kingswood Tri 23.8
11 19 Jamie Evans 00:30:38 Kingswood Tri 23.7
12 16 Rob Sutton 00:30:42 VC Bristol 23.6
13 21 Stu Gardiner 00:30:46 VC Bristol 23.6
14 25 Julian Plummer 00:31:25 VC Bristol 23.1
15 9 Ash Dunn 00:31:39 VC Bristol 22.9
16 14 Ian Sparrow 00:31:58 Sodbury Cycle Sport 22.7
17 20 Matt Dale 00:32:07 VC Bristol 22.6
18 8 Tom Miller 00:33:05 unattached 21.9
19 6 Des Green 00:33:07 Kingswood Tri 21.9
20 10 Leon Baker 00:33:52 SGSBR 21.4
21 11 Claire Lawrence 00:34:07 Sodbury Cycle Sport 21.3
22 4 Mark bishton 00:34:36 VC Bristol 21.0
23 1 Maggie Bromley 00:34:45 Kingswood Tri 20.9
24 22 Hannah Kinloch Haken 00:35:29 unattached 20.5
25 2 Gordon Lewis 00:41:29 Kingswood Tri 17.5


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VCB ‘Versus’ Victory!

We had an excellent turnout from the club, KIT along with other regulars. 36 riders in-total, 12 from VCB, Thank you to everyone who has made the effort to race for your clubs.

Lee Francis taking the win with a PB of 27:27 [26.4MPH] 2nd Phil Stonelake 27:54 [26MPH] 3rd Chris Davis 28:02 [25.9MPH]. We also had our first tandem racing the course this year with Jo Knight and Andy Legge from BSCC posting 28.07 [25.8MPH]. Top woman was Jo Jago, Sodbury cycle sport posting 30:06 [24.1MPH]

Most importantly, the night was won by Velo Club Bristol with the top 8 riders clocking an average speed 23.8MPH. Kingswood Tri clocking 22.9 MPH, Lee Francis representing KIT (Boo!) plus unattached rider Roy Hobbs time included to avoid time penalties.

Finally many thanks to everyone who helped marshal the VCB vs Kit TT last night, Ken Dicker, Phil Derrick, Alex Francis, Kieran Murphy, Eric Downey, Jo Rushton, Chris Truman and Nigel Brown. Also to KIT for making this a fun and sociable evening afterwards in The Lamb 😉🍾 There are two TT’s left in the series with Kingswood Tri hosting next week.

Full results here

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