Darryl Lusardi and I (Alex Pierce) rode the E123 at Hillingdon on Tuesday, my last race for a few weeks while I finish my exams. The pace was pretty erratic for the first 45 minutes, with no one wanting to let a break form after the clean sweeps Pedal Heaven have had the previous few weeks.
With 15 minutes to go, the heavens opened up and sensing their moment of opportunity 5 riders attacked and opened up a gap (including 2 Pedal Heaven and 1 Catford rider). The gap opened up to 20 seconds, and after a brief attempt by myself and a few others to pull them back we all began to look at each other for the sprint. By this point I was seriously regretting leaving my overshoes and rain cape in the club house…
Darryl and I had positioned ourselves well for the last lap, and were both in the top 10 riders coming out of the S bend. However Darryl was forced to launch his sprint a little too early, leading the bunch out around the final corner before fading in the last 200m. This worked well for me as it stretched out the bunch so the sprint wasn’t too crowded. I launched my sprint at 200m to go, just about squeezing into a gap beside Darryl, taking 3rd in the bunch sprint and 8th overall! Also got some cash for finishing second 3rd cat… A nice note to end on before I take my brief sabbatical!
Last weekend the riders who will be helping on the forthcoming “Beast from the East” 600km Audax had a test ride around the full course. If the ride was not hard enough, the helpers also missed out on the comfort of fully supported control stops at Yeovil and Middle Wallop that the riders on the full running of “The Beast” will enjoy.
The Beast from the East starts in Waltham Abbey and heads west to Taunton Dean services for the turn before returning to the start. A full route can be seen here
Amongst the beastly helpers taking part were Mark Brooking (Chief Beast), Jane Moore (on the back of the Beast!), Ray Kelly, Stuart Bernie, Joselyn Chappel and Phil Magnus.
Conditions on the ride were like a fine wine – dry, but spiced with a a nagging headwind. It was served chilled, with night time temperatures as low as 3C!
Following are a few pictures from the ride…… Sorry that there were none of Stuart Bernie as he was already back home in bed after completing the ride in record time!!
If anyone would like to help out at the controls at Waltham Abbey, Yeovil or Middle Wallop this weekend (Sat 23rd and Sun 24th May) then please contact Mark Brooking (Beast Organiser) at firstname.lastname@example.org
A passerby nabs a crafty selfie with a random green mannequin.
Post Script from Mark Brooking : “Passerby is Dave who replaced front bottom bracket and saved the ride for me. 2wheelsbikeshop in Thame deserves honorable mention.”
For Sale – A large green garden ornament (fishing rod required)
Mark Brooking and Jane Moore (mainly eclipsed by Planet Brooking)
Kit-Man Kelly assaults one of the thousands of climbs on the Beast
The Longbarrow progresses (Jane still mostly eclipsed …..)
I’ve no idea who this is, but he’s looking good on this climb.
Kit-Man Kelly starts his jersey sales patter – all credit cards accepted
You may have noticed that the blog posts are not being posted over on Facebook by our trusty “Blog Monkey”
This is because of changes Facebook have made this month to their API relating to groups. We can no longer automatically send blog posts to the group. This means that anyone who posts on the blog will need to also post a link on the FB group manually if they wish to do so. (Any web savvy members who know a work around please let me know)
Nearly 80 riders turned up on the start line for the Willedsen’s 400K Audax, the Severn Across on Saturday 9 May. Entrants from all over the UK, including some cycling celebrities converged on Chalfont St Peter to ride to Chepstow and back.
The Severn Across is one of several audax events run by club members including the epic 600Km Beast from the East which takes place later in the Month. It is one of the qualifying rides for the legendary Paris-Brest-Paris which takes place this August.
As well as a keen group riding in green, the field included world time trial champion Stuart Birnie and solo RAAM hopeful Shushanah Pillinger.
75 audaxers got back in times between 16 and 27 hours having visited Oxford, Tewkesbury, Chepstow, Malmsbury, Membury and Henley.
The event was possible because Willesden members Richard Jennings, Paul Stewart and Pete Kelsey were on hand to support the 6 am start and Marcus Jackson Baker sat up through Saturday night to look after the returning riders. Marcus also rode the course solo the week before to check the route.
Members interested in finding out more about endurance riding might want to take a look at the website for Audax UK.
On Tuesday in the BC West Thames 1/2/3 event Alex Pierce was placed 19th, Sam Grant 22nd and Daryl Lusardi 28th .
Kye Lewis went to Herne Hill Track to ride in the Youth Omnium series finishing 14th out of the 28 riders.
Here is a picture of Alex Pierce wearing the leader’s bib at Welwyn after last week’s results when he won the elimination race.
I am now taking entries for the 25 mile time trial on 24th May Sunday. The course is the usual Gt Missenden course start time is 07.31. Please let me know if you would like to enter along with your PB for a 25. If you wish to be in with a chance to win this year’s Jim Revill trophy this is your last chance to qualify for it. You need to have ridden a club 25 before the Jim Revill race in August.
Jane took over two minutes off club Trike record for a 10 mile Time Trial on Bank Holiday Monday. Jane was racing at the Tricycle Association’s NE regional “Mike Dixie Memorial 10″ on the fast V718 course near Hull. Jane’s time was 29:03 and she came 2nd on handicap, the only woman in the top 13 finishers! Many of the fast 3-wheeler men were in the race, which makes Jane’s result even the more impressive.
Many thanks to Jane’s Directeur Sportif, Mark Brooking, for providing the results and photo.
On Monday the Hillingdon Slipstreamers promoted events for the young riders. Cormac Nisbet riding in his first ever race finished 3rd in the Under 10 age group whilst Kye Lewis (Under12) and Josh Copley (under 16) won their age groups!
Tuesday night at Hilingdon circuit in the event promoted by BC West Thames the 4th Cat race Graham Simpson finished 14th and Simon Passey 19th. In the Elite 1/2/3 event Alex Pierce was 26th and Daryl Lusardi 28th from a very fast run event. Read the full report here.
Wednesday Alex and Connor Woodford were in action on the Eelmore circuit. Alex finished 6th but Connor unfortuately was behind a crash and finished just outside the top 10. Full report here.
Friday night at Welwyn Track Alex Pierce won the the Scratch,Block Pursuit and Points races in the B events He was joined by Sam Grant and Tom Zittel who both rode well. Connor Woodford moved up a group and finished near the front in the final 10mile event. Read the report.
Saturday in the Cambridge C.C., on a very windy day,it took Pete Cookson 25.06 and Gill Reynolds 27.11 to cover the 10mile time trial.
Yesterday at the Hillingdon circuit the club promoted races in support of the Condor 3 day event. The club was asked to provide marshals for the afternoon event and run some supporting races.
In the U/8/10/12 event Cormac Nisbet was 2nd in every race and 1st for his age group. Kye Lewis finished 4th in the Under 12 race.
In the under 14/16 event Hannah Keating was placed 4th.
Placings in the 3/4 race were James Gray 7th, Daryl Lusardi 8th and Connor Woodford 13th.
In preparation for the Paris/Brest/Paris, which only takes place every 4 years, riders having to have covered several other long rides before they can take part. Richard Jennings, Peter Turnbull and Jocelyn Chappell rode the Audax 400Km from Chepstow to Chalfont St. Giles in wet and windy conditions.
I think I might have a rest today although I know that the youngsters and the time trialists will be out riding events this evening..
On behalf of the committee, I am delighted to announce the date of the next Willesden Cycling Club Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony.
PUT THE DATE IN YOUR DIARIES
You are cordially invited to save the evening of Saturday, 23 January 2016 in your diaries, for a fabulous night of fine dining and celebrating the achievements of our members throughout the year! Festivities will begin from 6:30pm. The dinner will take place at the same venue as this year, the beautiful four-star De Vere Denham Grove Hotel, Denham, Buckinghamshire. Overnight accommodation will be available.
One of the loveliest things about the dinner this year is that it was truly a team effort, so I am calling on your help again. Do you have any skills related to the below, or friends who do? (Or can you think of other ways you can help?) If so please email me at email@example.com
Sourcing a great band
Floristry for the table decorations
Crafting cute favours for the tables
Colour printing and stapling
Hiring (or borrowing) a stage and lectern
Securing high quality raffle prize donations
Shooting photographs on the night
Full details to follow. If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact me.
Alex had a really good night at Welwyn, here is his report:
The second night of Welwyn track league was a very chilly one. However I (Alex) was feeling brave and decided to leave the leg warners at home… As soon as I took my trackies off I regretted this decision, so thanks Connor for being sensible and bringing a spare pair!
Tom, Sam and I rode the senior B events while Connor decided to step up and ride the senior A. I won the Scratch by a whisker and the bloc pursuit by half a whisker, nearly getting pipped to the line in both events. My win in the points was a little more comfortable as I managed to breakaway in the middle, sit up and still win the sprint for the last set of points!
Sam and Tom rode well at their first track league appearance at Welwyn, with several strong attacks which didn’t quite stick in the heavy wind. Now they have a feel for the track I’m expecting a clean sweep from one of them next week!
Meanwhile in the A’s Connor adapted well to the higher pace and the end of the night he was riding very comfortably in the group for the ten mile event. Connor and I were in the leading group for the majority of that race but missed a breakaway in the last few laps that managed to stay away…
All in all another successful night for the Squadra Verde!
Connor and I (Alex) raced at Eelmore last night. It was dusty and boring as per normal. I got 6th/7th (to be confirmed) and Connor got caught up behind a crash in the sprint so slipped just outside the top 10. First points of the year for me, just 37 to go!
This week Connor, Darryl and I decided to join Sam and ride the E123. An early duo escaped (Nuun-Sigma Sport & Pedal Heaven) afterwards the pace was erratic with many riders trying to join the break while Nunn and Pedal Heaven covered the moves. Each of us had go at least once but nothing stuck. I managed to get into a strong group at one point, which I thought would stay away but the wind meant we didn’t work well together.
Eventually a chase with several strong riders got away, and the pace went up to over 30mph! Darryl and I came to the front to try and pull them back. This jump in the pace unfortunately led to Connor and Sam getting dropped after their earlier efforts.
In the last laps the chasing group pulled away and took the majority of the top places behind the winning duo. The bunch sprint was a little shaky, Darryl and I almost ended up on the grass coming out of the hair pin and lost position… However we both felt strong enough and hopefully there will be a better result next week!
Alex Pierce 26th
Darryl Lusardi 28th
Connor Woodford DNF
Sam Grant DNF
Two riders quickly gain a 30 second advantage
Alex sticking with the chasers
Leading duo with a healthy advantage
lack of commitment from the main group
leaders working well together
Alex trying to get a gap
The early move succeeds!
Simon’s Race Report:
The race started off at a nice comfortable pace. After a short while it soon picked up. One or two attempted breakaways were closed down towards the end of the race.
Graham and I were nice and comfortable in the group and managed to stay in till the very end for the fast sprint! I was very pleased with my performance!
Ray Kelly has a very limited number of FREE“Access all Areas” passes for the Hillingdon stage of the three day Condor stage race to be held this weekend on Sunday 3rd May 2015!!!
As well as a superb track side viewing position ahead of all other spectators, you will also have access to all areas during the race day. This will give you a close up view of all the racing machines plus the chance to mingle with the riders.
Corporate hospitality will also be laid on, though this is limited to drinks only.
See full terms and conditions below
Please contact Ray Kelly immediately to secure your free pass!
Terms and Conditions
1. You will be required to be at the circuit for 9:00am on Sunday 3rd May
2. The “Access all Areas” pass will be in the form of a tabard (supplied), which is to be sported at all times.
3. The tabard will contain the word “Marshal” written upon it in large letters.
4. You will be required to wave a flags of certain colours (including chequered). May also involve pointing and talking.
5. Your grandstand viewing location will require you to assist riders where required and help manage the throng(s) of adoring spectators.
6. The rolling out and reeling in of red and white tape might be required. Chairs and tables may need to be stacked/unstacked.
7. At least one cup of tea/coffee is included in your pass courtesy of “Julie May Catering”
8. It will be a fun day and a chance to meet up with your other clubmates.
9. A warm fuzzy feeling is freely available as you realise you are helping Ray Kelly run one of the most important road races of our year.
10. Ray can be contacted on 07563 539 637 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Willesden have been very busy this week as well as taking part in events we have been responsible for organising three of them!
On Wednesday Ian & Pauline Why ran the 110 Km Audax event from Boullters Lock with over 40 riders taking part. Sunday the club organised the West London Combine 25 mile time trial with 63 entries on the Amersham Road while Ray Kelly ran the 2nd Go Ride event at Malorees School in which 21 children took part.
On the Racing front Alex Pierce, supported by a good backup team, won the 4th cat race at Hillingdon on Tuesday evening. Connor Woodford was 4th and Daryl Lusardi 6th with Simon Passy and Graham Simpson (10th) finishing in the main bunch. Sam Grant rode in the E/1/2/3 event and finished in the top 20 in the bunch sprint.
Jayne Paine went down to the Gravesend Cyclo Park to ride in a 40 mile event for 1st cat riders only to find she was the only female so she rode round with a young 3rd Cat rider giving her coaching tips!
Gill Reynolds rode the Banjo C.C. 10 mile timetrial at Maidenhaed on Saturday afternoon recording 26.46 and Brian Moon finishing in 29.19. She returned to the same course on Sunday morning to ride the Westerley C.C. event and although the weather was much colder returned in 26.23.
Yesterday was the second and final part of the Willesden CC’s Spring Go-Ride racing at Malorees school.
The forecast rain did not appear and the grass track was in good shape for the day’s racing. A hallmark of this mini-series has been good turnouts and very competitive racing by the local young riders. Yesterday we had 22 riders ranging between 4 and 12 years old, with the youngest still sporting a natty pair of stabilizers. I must say that bike handling skills were very impressive, with not one faller or collision throughout the day. Well done all to all racers and well done to Ray Kelly and Paul Kaffel for coaching the children so well and for making the whole day possible.
We managed to cram 10 races and an “All-Stars” prize presentation into a couple of hours. All the children were fantastic, giving a great show to all the adults who loudly cheered from the “Grandstands”.
Thanks to Vyv Baker and Janice Kelly who ably managed a last minute rush of entries as well as keeping everyone supplied in tea and cake. A special treat for Ray and me was that Rod and Roger Woodford took down the course and packed every thing away whilst we were sorting out the prizes – thank you guys, you’re up for a medal next time! Defo!
So here is the bit you been waiting for…… the full results covered from every possible angle. Just click here to download the results (PDF Format) —> 2015-04-26 Malorees Results
All the children and adults enjoyed the day, so there is a real demand for more races in the summer, so watch this blog for more details on possible dates.