Tom Zittel: Results are out from last fridays track league.
Alex was once again riding the As while Connor and I were riding the Bs.
We had a load of supporters come down too.
10 Lap scratch – Andrew Perrin Full Gas Racing, Joshua Crow Stewart Hemel Hempstead, Nathan Blackmore Welwyn Wheelers, Connor Woodford Willesden CC
10 Lap Block Pursuit – Nathan Blackmore Welwyn Wheelers, Joshua Crow Stewart Hemel Hempstead, Tom Zittel Willesden Cycling Club, Simon Best Full Gas Racing
Devil – George Georgallides Finchley RT, Nathan Blackmore Welwyn Wheelers, Conor Woodford Willesden CC, Andrew Perrin Full Gas Racing
In the overall standings Connor further distanced himself from the rest in 1st while I am in 2nd.
Hoping the rain passes through before friday night!
Stuart “Hippy” Birnie has beaten Meurig James’s 2009 record of 3:45:48 at the Eastern Counties Cycling Association 100 mile event with a time of 3:42:54.
Hippy now holds the 15, 25, 30, 100, 12hr, and 24hr records!
ECCA 100 result sheet
The only tandem and one of the few machines with zero carbon. The marshalls found that quite refreshing. A certain Mr Culverhouse put in appearance and did pretty well with his useable leg.
Some big mileages for the bikes. We trundled around to bag 215 miles (tbc) which is a 5 mile improvement on Jim and Vera’s national vets record set back in the 90’s.
Last ride in anger before the E2E in three weeks time.
A relief that nothing broke or fell off this time !!!
We still need one male track rider to make up our team. This is for the team champs at Herne Hill on Sunday 10th July. Let me know if you are interested.
Willesden CC is the organising club for the West London Combine 50 mile Time Trial on June 26th. The race is a 50 mile time trial which historically has around 50 riders competing.
I’ll be timekeeping and Mrs Mick will be manning the kitchen on tea, coffee cake duties. Any volunteers to help riders off at the start and marshals for points on the course would be greatly appreciated. Free tea and cakes to those that come along.
The course is Gt Missenden and hopefully we won’t be getting any French rain that day.
Please let me know if you can help out.
Willesden CC TT sec
Ian Oliver: Just a reminder that the Boulters Bash 100K and the Locked and Boulted 50K are running on the 19th June (next Sunday). They start from Jenner’s cafe in Maidenhead at 9:30 and 10:00 respectively.
There’s a pound off for advance booking.
100km Boulters Bash from Maidenhead
50kmLocked and Boulted from Maidenhead, Jenners Cafe
Last week’s prime!
Tom Zittel: Last Friday down at Welwyn track league Alex Pierce joined Connor Woodford and me, Alex’s first race back from a shoulder injury. We also had loads of Willesden supporters making the trip which added to the atmosphere.
First up was the B scratch with me and Connor riding. We both spent nearly the whole race chilling near the back. I was nearly caught out as I heard the bell, a bit boxed in and nowhere near the front! I managed to find some space through the middle of the group and came around everyone at turn three opening up a gap. Connor chased me down and just got around me at the line. First and second respectively!
Next, we had a block pursuit and Alex had a handicap race with the As. Connor and I were on opposite sides. In the first half Connors group was leading, I did a longer turn and did my best to motivate my group and we came back and took a slim lead. It was very close at the end, Connor opened up a gap from the rest of his group while I was on the front of mine giving it everything. Connor won it by a bike length!
Alex rode a really good handicap race and came away with 2nd in the 2 man break after completely burying himself to stay on the wheel of the winner.
The 10 lap points race (points every lap) for me and Connor went well, I won the first few sprints and stayed in the top three as long as I could. Connor took to the front as I faded and got a gap on the group for a while. The last few laps I managed to get a few more points. We don’t have the results yet but hopefully we each made the podium.
The last one of the evening was the mixed 10-mile scratch. The Bs were given a half lap handicap and we were caught within about 5 laps. I spent the early part of the race conserving energy (good plan!). I was on Alex’s wheel for quite a while and Connor was on mine if I remember correctly. When the 2nd prime came up I was 4th wheel and right behind an A rider who was looking like he would give it a nudge. I was ready and stuck to his wheel when he jumped with 200m to go. I did try and come around but have no idea who got it. So much for conserving energy, I fully expected to be dropped from the race but did recover and stick with it till the end. In the closing laps, everyone left was really winding it up. On the bell I was 4th wheel and Alex 5th, I managed to stay with them for the finish but there was no way I could come around! Alex crossed the line behind me in 5th.
Another cracking night for the Willesden!
A new runs list is now available to download here. WCC Club Runs June-Aug 2016
Tom Zittel: Connor and I rode welwyn track league tonight. Connor is in first overall in the B league while I am 4th.
In the opening 10 lap scratch I finished 3rd while Connor rode in the As.
Next up we both rode the B points race, the results haven’t been posted yet but we both were very active, points every lap. Connor was away in a group of three for quite a while. I expect he made the podium.
In the devil we both rode well. With two laps to go I attacked over the top of the group, Connor joined me in the bell lap and led around the final turn. I just managed to get around him at the line. Willesden One-two!
We both started the ten mile as the mist filled the track. Neither of us finished.
Andy Taylor: Yay!! Finally got some points on the board!!
In miserable conditions and I guess what you would call an attritional race I managed to finish 8/9th; photo finish. Great race, smaller field than Hillingdon, I think there were 23 signed on, just a shame about the weather!!
All sizes of club bib shorts (£55) are back in stock.
Get in touch with Raymond or see me at Pro Music in Ickenham for a pair.
Jayne has had a busy time (pictured above). She was placed 4th in a 40 mile race near Cranfield Airport and 4th in an evening event at Crystal Palace, 3rd in the Women’s Omnium at Herne Hill. Finally she won the hour long race at the Cyclopark in Gravesend.
Tom Zittel, who is Colorado on holiday ,rode at the Boulder Valley Velodrome Season Opener found the elevation(1600m),heat and dry air took a toll by the end of the day. Nevertheless he took 2nd place in the Points Race.
Gill Reynolds rode in the London Vets time trial at Maidenhead recording 26.31 finishing in 6th place.
Jocelyn Chappell ,who hopes to ride in the forthcoming 12 hours, returned a time of 4.55.40 in the Houndslow @ District Wheelers in which Jane Swain and Mark Brooking ,riding a tandem trike,had 3 punctures and did not record a time.
All for now,
I rode the season opener at Boulder Valley Velodrome yesterday. It started with time trials in every imaginable distance and ended with scratch, tempo and points races.
The racing is a different than I am used to but the mainly the elevation (1600m), heat and dry air took a toll by the end of the day.
In the flying 200m I posted a 13sec which was near the end of the field
I rode a horribly paced 2km for 6th place with 2:45:19, I was going well till the last 3 laps. What a horrible event!
In the scratch I attacked the field with 5 laps to go gaining a large gap but couldn’t hold it to the line.
The tempo race (points for 1st & 2nd over the line every other lap) I missed a break of two who mopped up all the points.
The final event was a points race. I kept near the front picking up 2nd and 3rd place points, coming into the final 4 laps I attacked and got half a lap solo and barely held it to the line! I got 2nd after all the points were calculated.
It was a cracking day and well organised
Club monthly meeting will take place after Friday night training at 8.00 p.m in the Club House of Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, Minet Park on Friday 3 June.
I will not be at the meeting, but Club officers who are unable to attend please send me your apologies and a report if you have one, and I will pass it on.
On Tuesday night at Crystal Palace, Jayne Paine finished 4th after a hard fought event the winner being Bella Leach Irvine(winner of the Tour of Sardina)and ex pro riders taking 2nd and 3rd.
In fine weather,although very windy, Gill Reynolds recorded her fastest time of the year returning in 24.49 in the Bossard Wheelers 10 mile at Tring.
Stuart Birne rode in the Lea Valley 10 miles finishing in 20.20.
all for now
A fine picture of the Kensal Rise CC taken sometime when. What ever happened to the KRCC? Anyone?
Tom Zittel: Yesterday Connor and I rode the second round of Welwyn Track League, both of us in the B’s.
It was a lovely warm and clear evening with larger fields than last week.
In the opening 10 lap scratch I finished 3rd and Connor just behind in 4/5th.
The block pursuit followed with each of us in opposite teams. I found the pace in my group variable and did a few full lap turns or more. Connor had a similar situation in the back straight. In the end Connor took a well earned 2nd as his group won the event.
In the devil Connor rode near the front while I sat on the back of the group. We both made it to the last 4 riders when I attacked hard thinking it was the last lap. As I crossed the line with a sizeable gap they were ringing the bell! I had to really dig in and crossed the line a few meters ahead of Connor who took 2nd.
Neither of us made it to the end of the 10 mile scratch. there were some really handy A riders this week. Only 9 made the finish after 21 minutes.
Another great night for the Willesden!
Mark Brooking has sent in this link to Mark and Jane’s recent Longbarrow outing on the Green & Yellow Fields 300km Audax.
They also feature in the link’s video at 3′:00″ thundering towards a bacon sarny
Tom Zittel: Alex Pierce, Connor and I rode the first Welwyn Track League meet of the season all of us in the B category. Alex had come all the way down from Manchester but forgot an 8mm allen key to put pedals on his bike. Eventually, one was borrowed just in time for the opening 10lap scratch.
The group wasn’t very disciplined and after only a few laps Alex was off the front while Connor and I did our best to discourage the chase. With a few laps to go Connor put in a dig to join Alex but was brought back. On the bell lap, it was clear Alex was out of reach. I found myself in the chase group of three and finished 3rd overall. Great teamwork and Alex was promoted to the As.
In the B points race, I managed to get away solo for a few laps and bank some points. After I was caught Connor slipped away with another rider. In the end, I think we both made the podium pending official results. Alex was pushing hard in the A race grabbing a handful of points.
Connor rode the devil very well as usual. He was near the front when I was caught sleeping and boxed in early in the race. Connor went on the win!
The last race was the A/B 10 mile scratch, everyone started together instead of the Bs getting a handicap. There were three prime laps and on the final one I had the opportunity to get on a handy A rider’s wheel as he wound up for the sprint. When we crossed the line I just managed to overtake him. I was sure I would be dropped after the effort but when we joined the main group I recovered and sat in for the rest of the race. With two laps to go, I was on the front when Michael Skipsey went for a late break. I did my best to stay on his wheel knowing everyone else had sat up looking at each other. In the end, he rode me off his wheel and I finished 2nd just ahead of the main group! My best result at Welwyn for sure.
Great teamwork and a brilliant night of racing all round.