Aimee Lane was the outstanding performer for Wyre Forest CRC taking victory in the under-12 girls category in the West Midlands Regional Youth Circuit Races, promoted by Solihull CC at Tudor Grange, this was her first regional race.
Charlie Boddice gained valuable experience while finishing midfield in the under-12 boys race, but Ben Laurence crashed out of a leading group in the closing stages when he clipped a rivalís wheel.
Jamie Crump was always in contention for a podium place in the under-14 boys race, but had to settle for sixth place in a sprint finish.
The following day, he scored another sixth place finish at the Sundorne circuit near Shrewsbury with Ben Laurence making up for the previous dayís disappointment finishing third in a sprint finish in his age group.
Race Results w/e 15/03/2015
Wyre Forest CRC riders maintained their good start to the season with some impressive rides over the weekend at both senior and junior levels. In the Port Talbot Wheelers CC promoted 2up 25 miles time trial Justin Walters joined regular partner Jez Pile of VC Sevale to finish 3rd overall and 2nd composite team with a time of 58-59. Andy Overton and Dave Meacham placed 7th overall and 1st team with a veteran with a time of 1-00-28 while Lucy Walters and Paul Gibson recorded 1-06-20 for 23rd place from an entry of 60 teams to win 1st team with a lady. Race winners were professional riders Matt Rowe of NFTO and Dani King of Wiggle Honda in a time of 57-28.
WFCRC time trial championship races.
The following races have been chosen to determine the club's time trial champions at the specified distances.
10 miles K8/10 Ryeland Lane 19/08/2015
25 miles K33/25 VTTA Midlands 22/08/2015
50 miles K33/50 Shirley RC 14/06/2015
100 miles A100/4 BDCA 05/09/2015
Riders entering the Best All Rounder competition should submit times and race details of their best performances in open time trials for 10, 25, 50 and 100 miles to any committee member by the end of October.
Race results w/e 08/03/2015
Several Wyre Forest CRC riders started their Summer season of racing last weekend with a time trial and a road race. In the Worcester St Johns CC promoted 25 miles time trial Andy Convery continued where he left off last year with an excellent 2nd place from an entry of 65 riders in a time of 58-01. Fellow club mate Justin Walters just missed the hour mark finishing 9th in 1-00-15 with Stuart Walker 23rd in 1-04-52. They were followed home by Paul Gibson (36th in 1-06-21), Lucy Walters (40th and 2nd lady in 1-08-06), Paul Darby (41st in 1-08-28) and William Haslam (52nd in 1-15-13).
Veteran Ken Bradbury enjoyed a tough race in windy conditions at the Baines Cycling promoted LVRC race at Towcester. In a break of seven riders for 40 miles he finished 5th overall and 3rd in his age category.
Stourport Sports Club are having an 'Official' switching-on of the lighting at the circuit on the evening of Thursday 19th March 2015.
Dry-ish roads, light winds and the biggest rider entry ever greeted riders for the 2015 WFCRC Reliability Trial from Stourport Sports Club last Sunday. There was a great turn out from the club, with a large number of WFCRC riders in the gold and silver groups. It was a fast ride, despite several sets of temporary traffic lights appearing on the course, which did allow a few riders who had been dropped on the climbs to re-group. Despite every set of traffic lights being on red, the gold group still averaged over 21mph for 56 miles!
Jamie Crump of Wyre Forest CRC continued his early season form with a fantastic third podium finish in the under-14s category at the Woolly Mamil Winter Series of circuit races at the Stourport Sports Club last Saturday.
Riding in near freezing conditions and with a stiff breeze to make conditions tougher, Crump stayed in the leading group for most of the race. When the group split near the end his finishing sprint took him clear of the majority of the field for a well-earned third place.
At the same meeting, WFCRC William Pedersen just missed the early break in a large field of under-16s riders and had to settle for leading home the chasing group for a hard fought 11th place.
You're looking at the new WFCRC website! Take a look around and let us know what you think on the forum :-)
A reminder that WFCRC will be promoting a reliability trial on 15th February starting from Stourport Sports Club. If you are not riding come along and help the organisers: be there by 9-00am.
Jack has done a great job to get the new website into its 'test' version. It looks great, and will now be trialled for a short while to make sure we can't break it!
For a full list of upcoming reliability trials in the area please follow the link below. Thanks to David Prior for putting this together for everyone!
Wyre Forest CRC rider Steve Vanes found his last race in the West Midlands Cyclo Cross League a muddy slog. Promoted by Rugby Velo at the Mallory Park racing circuit the overnight frost had been thawed out by several races before the Senior race started. Preferring fast undulating courses Steve found the conditions tough from the start although he managed to keep in touch with the early pace setters for half the race before the conditions and fatigue from racing nearly every week for the last eight months began to tell and he slipped back a few places eventually finishing 9th in the Senior event. Steve will now take a well earned break resuming his training after Christmas more motivated than ever after a successful time trial season in the Summer and success in his cyclo cross races over the last few months.
After his efforts the previous weekend in the West Midlands Cyclo Cross league race at Top Barn Farm it would have been understandable if Steve Vanes had taken a weekend off from racing, but instead he decided to make good use of his current form and contested round 10 of the Western League held at Chedworth near Cheltenham. Making his usual conservative start Steve was boxed in at the first 180 degree corner and was shuffled back to 10th place. However he moved steadily through the pack and was up to 4th place within two laps, but just as he was about to make a challenge for a podium place he suffered a rear wheel puncture. Despite this handicap Steve maintained his 4th place position to the finish which also placed him 3rd in the Senior category. Steve is now preparing for the penultimate round of the WMCCL at Mallory Park next Sunday. We wish him good luck.
Despite the muddy conditions not suited to his style of riding Steve Vanes of Wyre Forest CRC had his best result this season in last weekend's West Midlands Cyclo Cross League. Organised by Malvern CC the predominantly flat grass land course at Holt Heath had been badly cut up by previous races by the time the Senior event started. The mud and a few short climbs including wooden steps towards the end of each lap soon sapped the strength of many of the 110 competitors who eventually finished. Steve made a good start and was well placed in the top ten when he was brought down at half distance by a falling rider. However he was soon back in the saddle and spurred on by several club mates who were giving vocal support he worked his way back through the field to finish 8th overall and 7th in the Senior category. Steve's next event will be on December 6th at the Mallory Park race circuit.
The annual club Dinner and Presentation was held at the Gainsborough House Hotel last Saturday evening where the members who had raced hard throughout the season were rewarded for their efforts. Thanks to Andy Overton for organising an enjoyable evening and Dave Meacham and Paul Darby who shared the Master of Ceremonies duties.
Awards and Trophy winners were as follows:
Hill Climb: 1st Steve Vanes
2nd Andy Overton
3rd Oliver Rolinson
Handicap club TT: 1st Brad Bradley
2nd Steve Vanes
3rd Justin Walters
Vets on Std club TT: 1st Justin Walters
2nd Jon Howard
Equal 3rd Brad Bradley & David Briggs
Ladies club TT: 1st Lucy Walters
Dean Harrison shield: Sam Cooper
Scratch club TT: 1st Justin Walters
2nd Steve Vanes
3rd Jon Howard
Vets road race: 1st Ken Bradbury
Road race Championship: 1st Shaun Hickinbottom
2nd Oliver Rolinson
3rd Ken Bradbury
10 miles Championship: 1st Steve Vanes
2nd Justin Walters
3rd Jon Howard
25 miles Championship: 1st Justin Walters
2nd Jon Howard
3rd Paul Gibson
50 miles Championship: 1st Andy Convery
2nd Dave Meacham
100 miles Championship: 1st Dave Meacham
2nd Brad Bradley
3rd Paul Gibson
Best All Rounder: 1st Dave Meacham
2nd Paul Gibson
Mike Nicol Shield: Brian Clarke
Congratulations to you all and we hope to see you again next year. If you did not win anything this year put in a hard Winter's training and you could be in the awards next year.