Strong Start for Willesden Track Team

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.

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Results round up


Jayne Paine finished 2nd in the hour long race at Gravesend Cyclopark after making a break and finished just an inch behind the winner.

13087209_10153794016195000_3280202017430475637_oGill Reynolds rode in the Cambridge 10 recording 26.39 in winter conditions and

Pavel Zarovskiy managed to complete the 300km Green and Yellow Fields Audax event encountering snow and heavy rain.

All for now,

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Monthly Club Meeting – Friday 6 May

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 6 May.  

Club officers who are unable to attend please send me your apologies and a report if you have one.  

See you there – Wendy Mears  

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BC West Thames Race 4 – 26/4/16

Tony Lusardi: Two riders for Willesden raced Tuesday night. Connor Woodford made a welcome return to the team taking on the E123. Darryl Lusardi rode both races after a rather shambolic 3/4’s which resulted in few riders crashing into a pedestrian who wandered onto the track forcing the race to be shortened to the annoyance of most riders. both rode well but without the results of late.


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Cotswolds 16 April 2016: Shades of the Donner party

Jane Moore: I went to Cirencester with a former Chelmer club mate, Chris Regan, to get in a long ride on the usually benign Heart of England 300. Unusually I was on two wheels. It would have been my fourth outing on this event but nothing prepared us for what followed…..

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Gill rides a TT in the snow

Gill Reynolds rode in the Westerley C.C. 10 mile event at Marlow yesterday . It was bitterly cold and snowing when she started . Nevertheless she returned in 26 mins 11seconds gaining 3rd fastest lady and 4th Vets places.


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Jayne on the Podium at Lee Valley


Jayne Paine: I got a 2nd place in the CC Hackney Primavera E1234 race at Lee Valley Circuit Saturday, beaten on the line by Maddie Gammon.

Funny race – terribly slow. Only me and Detta Guerrini having an attack or keeping the pace up. Lazy lot. I attacked and then there was a wee crash behind me which I took full advantage of 🙂 . I was out on my own for 4 laps with 2 to go (nasty cold wind). I eased up when I saw the bunch catching. I did another half lap with a girl who had been chasing, then as the bunch shot past us, with surprising speed I jumped in with them. Should have gone to Specsavers – the girls were actually men so I swung out milliseconds later. Continue reading

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Club Track Champs 2016

The Club Track Champs 2016 are on Saturday 3rd September 2pm to 4pm at Welwyn. All are welcome you can hire track bikes or bring your own. All ages can take part but you must have ridden the track before.

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Willesden Bidon: We want your design ideas!

I have spoken to Ray and he is happy there is enough interest to get some Willesden bidons made up.  Now we need a design so get your crayons out!

We will be going with the Specialized Purist 22oz bottle with MoFlo cap which comes in a range of colours and cap options which I have included below. Continue reading

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New ‘Bovingdon Bomber’ Cycle Circuit


The Hemel Hempstead Cycling Club are pleased to announce the ‘Bovingdon Bomber’ Cycle Circuit! Courtesy of Drift Limits, Hemel now have the use of a new 1km traffic-free circuit for criterium racing and training events at Bovingdon Airfield, Hertfordshire. Continue reading

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Pierce tests new 1x gearing at Tameside

Alex Pierce: I raced at Tameside circuit yesterday evening in the 2/3/4.

Was a little surprised at how hard I was finding the race and my power data was way higher than it usually is in the e/1/2. I just couldn’t seem to move up in the sprint and ended up in 11th place. However afterwards it was pointed out to me that everyone was having a laugh at me as I somehow hadn’t realised that I had ridden in the little ring the whole race.

Taking spin-to-win to a whole new level. Hopefully some better results in the next few weeks!

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Blinder at Hillingdon – two top 10s

Tony Lusardi’s Race Update: BCWT 3 at Hillingdon 19 April we had the Squadra Verde grab some excellent results, the team rode very strong throughout the race, two riders broke away and just kept it until the line when the bunch sprint came charging in, Darryl Lusardi’s powerful sprint got him 3rd, Sam Grant rode a blinder earning him his best ever result 10th followed a little later by new team member Andy Taylor. Well done guys, really proud! 👍🏻

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Cormac Nisbet not only smashed it up PB on Sa Calobra while in Majorca last week it was featured on yesterday’s GCN Show. Nice work Maccy!

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Audax “10 Bridges” and “Kaf to Kaf”

WCC   Audax   Day 

Sunday 15th May 2016

Anne Mograby is organising these two special Audax rides, catering for all tastes and fitnesses. They are –

“10 Bridges” 100km Audax
9:00 am start from Jenners Cafe, Maidenhead
Featuring, one ride, two cafes, one river and TEN (yes, count them) Thames bridges

Many of you may know this ride, which was previously organised by Mick Hill and John Tipping. It was last run by Ian Oliver who has revamped the route sheets.

It really does show the best of the river Thames. Starting at Jenner’s cafe there are a few ups to Marlow, then to Hambleden, Henley and Sonning. The ride goes through some pretty villages before half way stop at Dinton Pastures. The second half of the ride takes towards Ascot and through the Great Park. On the home strait back to Maidenhead you visit Datchet, Eton and the Fat Duck in Bray.

*** Enter on-line here ***

“Kaf to Kaf” 62km Audax 
10:00 am from Jenners Cafe, Maidenhead
Featuring one ride, two cafes and an extra hour in bed.

If you fancy doing something a bit shorter then the 62km Kaf to Kaf is the one for you. Many of you may know this ride, previously organised by Mick Hill and John Tipping and last run by Ian Oliver who has revamped the route.

Starting at Jenner’s cafe then it is up to Pinkneys Green. The ride goes through some pretty villages before half way stop at Dinton Pastures. The second half of the ride takes towards Ascot and back to Maidenhead via Fifield and Bray.

*** Enter on-line here ***


I am happy to take entries on the day. It is a cheap day out at only £4 to Audax/ CTC members.


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New club record on Amersham road


Josh Copley rode in the West London Combine event on the Amersham rode . This was his first ride at 25 miles and he took the Junior club record with time of 1.00.13

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Another New Club Record! – Results round up

Stuart Birnie broke the club’s 25-mile record on Saturday. He rode in the Lea Valley CC event and recorded a time of 50:02. The previous record of 50:37 was set by Meurig James in 2009.

Karen Pardoe took the 1st lady award in the 45 to 49 category in the recent Bedford Autodrome Duathlon finishing in 66 mins 28 secs.

Gill Reynolds was very unlucky in her choice of events. One was cancelled because of Roadworks and the other because of flooding.

All for now

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Would you like a Willesden CC Bidon?

Would you be interested in custom Willesden bidon? (more info here)

There is a minimum order so there needs to be a reasonable amount of interest. If you would want one, or two please choose which models you would prefer in the Facebook poll in the link below. (you can choose more than one)

Cast a vote

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Lusardi Solos to 4th at Hillingdon after Grant softens the bunch

WDMB Hillingdon Circuit 02/04/2016.

Tony Lusardi: Good result for Willesden CC today, Darryl Lusardi made a solo break with 6 laps to go and managed to keep away from the main bunch for 4th place. Sam Grant made a great effort earlier in the race and made a breakaway with another rider but was sadly reeled in, both guys rode fantastic today, Willesden looked strong, challenging the group constantly thoughout the race.

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Battle Mountain: the Graeme Obree Story ​with a live Q&A with Obree


Image from film’s website – click here

You may remember we had a Willesden CC afternoon out at the at the wonderful Lexi Cinema in Willesden to watch a film about the life of Marco Pantani.

Well, the Lexi have very thoughtfully contacted me to give me the heads up that Graeme OBree will be there in person this weekend to host a Q&A session after his film “Battle Mountain:  the Graeme Obree Story”. The Q&A will be chaired by the BBC’s Countryfile presenter, Charlotte Smith.  And they are bringing along “The Beastie”, which is the bike Graeme used in his speed attempts.

The screening is on Sunday, 3 April, at 5:45. The Lexi is a superb little cinema of about 50 seats based in Kensal Rise, which is right in the heart of Willesden. The cinema is run as a charity donating 100% of its profits to charity and is staffed by local volunteers. It also has a very well stocked bar too, so it couldn’t be better.

Nearest tube station is Kensal Green (Bakerloo and Overground lines) and Kensal Rise (Overground line). There is Bus stop right outsie the cinema for routes 187, 52, 6 and 302. Free parking available in nearby streets too.

There is more info/booking link here:

John Davies

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This Friday: Training at Hillingdon

Friday training is back at 5:30pm this week! Ray Kelly will be once again be running training sessions at Hillingdon Circuit.

Everyone is welcome to join in.

Adults £3 – Youths £1
Refreshments Available

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