Club Track Champs 2016

The Club Track Champs are on Saturday 3rd September at Welwyn start time 2pm. All welcome bike hire available you must have ridden on the track before. Ladies Gents Senior Junior and School boy and Girl champs to be decided. Come along you may become a club track champ.

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Club run 28 August

In a change to our published programme, the club run on 28 August will be to Wokingham Farm cafe.

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Transcontinental Bike Race 2016

Stuart/Hippy has crossed the finish line of the Transcontinental Race* at  00:16:54 AM (CEST) Wednesday 11th August. Total distance was covered was 3562.8 km in 12 days 1 hr 02min.

Chapeau Hippy the Beer Cat!!


* The Transcontinental Race (TCR) is an annual, self-supported, ultra-distance cycling race across Europe. It is one of the world’s toughest ultra-endurance races.

Aside from some short obligatory sections riders are free to choose their own route, which runs from the start in Geraardsbergen, Belgium to Çanakkale, Turkey. However riders have to pass through controls in Clermont-Ferrand, France, the  Furka Pass, Switzerland, Passo di Giau, Italy and the Durmitor Massif, Montenegro.

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Results Round up

The ladies have the headlines this week.
Jayne Paine took the gold medal in the National Women’s Road Race over 4 laps of a 15 mile circuit at Quainton on Sunday (After having been to a wedding and getting only 3hours sleep!)

Gill Reynolds gained the National Vets Age Record over 15 miles when she rode in the CC Breckland 15 mile event recording 38.05 which is also a new club record. In the Shaftesbury 25 her time of 1.03.39 gave her the London Vets Ladies Age record.

Other events ridden this week include the Cronos 10 in which Pete Cookson recorded 23.37,Gill 25.28,London Vets 10 – Pete 24.58,Gill 26.55 and Brian Moon 30.02. On Tuesday evening she rode in the Bicester 10 mile circuit of Weston on the Green Airport and her time of 27.24 placed her as the 2nd fastest lady vet.

Now for the Track results.
Alex Pierce rode at Welwyn on Friday evening finishing 2nd in the 10 lap A scratch race and 4th in the elimination race.

Gladys Joy Purdy

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Audax: Riverside to Riverside 118km – August 17th

Many of you may know this ride, previously organised by Mick Hill and John Tipping. It really does show the best of 3 counties Berkshire, Bucks and Oxfordshire.

Starting at Jenner’s cafe there are a few ups at Marlow and Turville before the great descent down to Watlington. The ride goes through some pretty villages before half way stop at the riverside in Benson. The second half of the ride takes you across open farmland at Ipsden and visits the Maharajah’s Well at Stoke Row. Going through Henley sees you on the home strait back to Maidenhead via Knowl Hill, Fifield and the Fat Duck in Bray.

I will be away the week before the ride so won’t be sending out route sheets then.
Enter soon or I’m happy to take entries on the line.

A cheap day out £4 to Audax/ CTC members.



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Jayne Paine 2016 Master’s Criterium Champion!

Photos by Huw Williams

Jayne Payne rode at Crystal Palace and finished in 4th place.

She then went to the Milton Keynes Bowl on Saturday to take part in the Master’s Criterium Championships.

She took the Gold medal in the combined 30+40+age group and was 2nd in the 40+ race.


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Welwyn Track League

Friday didn’t get off to a great start. Early afternoon it was raining so Chris and Darryl (newly accredited!) decided to ride the club session at Hillingdon instead. Connor, Alex and I got to the track ready to go and it was dry! Alex forgot his pedals so after asking around for anyone who might carry a spare he went home.

In the opening scratch we both missed out and Connor placed 4th in the block pursuit. In the Devil I won with Connor just missing the sprint lap finishing 4th. The 10-mile followed where the “plan” was to try and jump on to the back of the As, no one quite made it but I got another prime!

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Hippy starts PEDAL ED Transcontinental Race No.4

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Stuart Birnie starts the transcontinental race today.
Its a single stage, unsupported 3700km race from Belgium to Turkey.
Bon courage indeed!

You can track him live here (rider 142):

Race info:

Checkpoints, etc:

Twitter Hashtag – #tcrno4

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Willesden become Central Region Champions at Reading GP

We had a strong team sign on for the Reading GP on Saturday. Our primary goal was to do well in the Team Pursuit. (ie. a well paced and clean ride) Darryl Lusardi was our man-one followed by Connor Woodford, Alex Pierce and myself with Chris Kelly as first reserve.

We rode the endurance events; a 12 lap scratch, 12-lap points and 20km scratch. The field was strong and we didnt make the podium in any of them but a load of fun to ride and it was great to have so many friendly wheels to follow.


The team pursuit directly followed the points race so we planned to sit in for that. We faced Twickenham CC in the back straight.

The Central Region Team Pursuit Championships is incorperated in this event so if we came home faster than the Twickenham we would win the title. No pressure then!

Tony Woodford was on hand and gave us a game plan and coach us through the race from the home straight. In the end it was well paced, the four of us stuck together till the very end when Alex dropped off after doing a full lap turn.

We caught Twickenham with a few laps remaining and won the Regional Title!

We are awaiting our time and full results, will update when they come through.

Nice work Willesden!

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Stuart Birnie Breaks 50 Mile Club Record!

Stuart has broken Pete Cookson’s 1995 50 mile record of 1:50:13!

Hippy came home in 1:47:18 taking nearly 3 minutes off the record that stood for over ten years. The time placed him 21st in the BCDA event.

This leaves just the 10-mile record for Hippy to crack and he will have the full set!

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Weekend TT Results

In spite of the heat and sometimes windy conditions as well,the club’s time trialists were in action last week.

Gill Reynolds recorded 26.01 in the London Vets 10 at Tring on Wednesday. Brian Moon also rode in the event and finished in 29.08.

On Saturday in the CC Islington 10 at Broughboro Pete Cookson finished in 25.10 and Brian Moon in 29.14

Gill didn’t ride at Newbury as heavy traffic made it too difficult to reach the start

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Garmin Open Day

Paul from the Bike Shop in North Harrow will be hosting a Garmin Open Day on Wednesday 27 July 2016 at 6.30 – 8.30 p.m.

Numbers are limited so you will need to contact Paul to reserve a place.

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Product recall – Kinesis Racelight T Forks

Product recall – Kinesis Racelight T Forks

The distributor for Kinesis UK bikes and accessories, have issued a recall on three models of their “Racelight T” carbon fibre forks which were sold between 2003 and 2009. The fork models affected are: Full carbon Racelight T; 12K Racelight T; Racelight T Full Carbon.

The reason for the recall is due to bonding issues between the fork crown and fork steerer tube on Racelight T carbon forks sold between 2003-2009.

If you have one of these forks, fitted to a bike or otherwise, you’re advised to stop riding immediately and contact the retailer you bought the fork from. Alternatively contact Upgrade Bikes (Kinesis UK) direct on 01403 711 611 opt 4, or Your fork will be replaced with the new Kinesis DC07 model fork.


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Track Team at Welwyn

Great night at Welwyn last night. We had a big team and loads of fun. (Tom, Connor, Chris and Alex)

B league

10 lap scratch
1st Tom
2nd Connor

10 lap points
2nd Tom

1st Tom
4th Connor
6th Chris

Chris had his best night yet and Connor and I extended our lead in the overall standings.

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The End to End Record attempt is underway!!

After 18 months’ preparation and thousands of miles training together Mark Brooking and Jane Moore set off from Land’s End at 3am this morning (Mon 11th July) to attempt to become the set a record from Lands End to John O’Groats. To get the End-to-End record, they will have to get to John ‘o Groats within 3 days and 7 hours.

Once they reach John O’Groats they may not stop!! If all is going well then they may carry on for the 1000 mile record, which has a limit of four days.

You can follow their progress on the Tricycle Association Blog.

Their route and profile here and their target schedule is here

Mark is hoping to raise money for the TOTT (Turn on the Tap) charity supplying clean water to the Sudan. To sponsor him log on to

The attempt is sponsored by Longstaff Cycles.

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Another Welwyn Track League Report

Tom Zittel: Last Friday Chris Kelly and I rode Welwyn track.
In the 10 lap it stayed together till 3 laps to go when a couple of FullGas riders went over the top. I jumped on the wheel and we were joined by another rider. One of the FullGas lads went early and no one wanted to chase. In the end I won the bunch sprint for 2nd.
Next we had 2lap sprint heats followed by a final. Chris and I were in the same heat and he opened things up from turn two on the bell lap which allowed me to take 2nd and get through to the final.

In the final a Colchester rider went from the gun and after some hesitation we chased. I ended up on the front on the final lap and chased down the lone leader. Andrew perry who was sat on my wheel came around in the home straight I had nothing left. 2nd place

In the final, a Colchester rider went from the gun and after some hesitation we chased. I ended up on the front on the final lap and chased down the lone leader. Andrew perry who was sat on my wheel came around in the home straight I had nothing left. 2nd place
Chris shot a short video too!

Only two riders finished the 10mile, I tried for both primes and got 2nd both times. First to Perry (again!) and then Frank Longstaff.

Cracking night! Harriet Mellor was down getting ready for Herne Hill team champs in a couple weeks. She is riding with Marianne Harding and Jayne Paine

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Photos: Funday Sunday 3rd July 2016


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Fun Day This Sunday 3rd July

Fun Day this Sunday 3rd July at Hillingdon Circuit arrive at 1.30 for a 2.00 start. Fun races for all the family.  Bring a picnic.

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Monthly Club Meeting – Friday 1 July

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 1 July.  

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

Wendy Mears  

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Chris Returns to the Track!


Tom Zittel: After a 20 year absence, Chris Kelly returned to racing at Welwyn last Friday! We were both in the B category.

Chris was involved and finished all the races but slightly under geared. I finished 5th in the scratch, 3rd in the hare and hounds and 2nd in the points race.

The ten mile was run in 21:06 and only 4 riders finished. (Not us)
Looking forward to the next one!

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