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Four Wyre Forest CRC riders travelled into South Wales to contest the Cardiff 100 miles RCC 50 miles TT on the R50/1b course at the weekend.  In a race won by Mark Corbett of Worcester St Johns in a time of 1-49-01 Dave Meacham placed 20th from an entry of 89 riders in a time of 1-58-41.  He was followed home by Paul Gibson with 47th place in 2-09-18, Gary Jones 49th at 2-09-47 and Brad Bradley on 2-12-29 for 55th place. 

A poor turnout for the midweek TT championship which was incorporated into the inter club TT gave those riders who turned up the chance to score a high number of points.

Midweek TT championship result:

Jon Howard       22-24 =
Justin Walters    22-24 =
Andy Overton     23-08
Lucy Walters      24-24
David Briggs      26-15

 

Only five riders represented Wyre Forest CRC in the final round of the Inter club TT promoted by VC Sevale so congratulations to those riders who made the effort and secured a successive win in this local competition.

Inter Club TT results.

                                                      Points

J. Millward      WSJ        22-08      24
J. Howard      WFCRC   22-24      23    
J. Walters             "         22-24     23
J. Pile             VCS         22-40     21
S. Garrett        WSJ        22-41     20
R. Nicholls         "            22-58     19
A. Bolton        EW            22-58    19
D. Walker       WSJ          23-06    17
A. Overton     WFCRC     23-08    16
J. Milner         WSJ           23-08    16
M. Lines            "              23-12    14
M. Amery        VCS          23-29    13
W. Davies          "             23-35    12
R. Graham      WSJ          23-36
E. Dursley          "             23-52  
M. Webb          VCS         24-08    11
L. Walters        WFCRC   24-24    10
C. Hibbert        WSJ        24-47 
N. Stinton         VCS        24-48      9
K. Bendelow     WSJ        24-54
S, O'Toole        VCS        25-15      8
S. Barker             "           25-28
B. Davies            "            25-57
M. Staines       WSJ         25-59
J. Bouchet       VCS         26-00
D. Briggs         WFCRC    26-15     7
R. Young         EW           27-46     6

Result:
                     WFCRC    WSJ    VCS    EW
Race 1             128          35       15       17
Race 2               95        115       42       20
Race 3               79        110       74       25
                        ------       ------     -----     -----
 Totals               302       260      131      62



 

This week the club's midweek time trial championship race will be incorporated into the final inter club TT promoted by VC Sevale on Thursday 30th July.  The latest information advises that due to road works this race will now be run on the K47/10G course with riders meeting in Chance Lane just before the junction with Guarlford Road, but check VC Sevale's web site for updates.  For those not familiar with the area Guarlford Road runs Eastward from Malvern towards Upton upon Severn.  WFCRC have a good lead in this competition, but this is not the time to become complacent: the club needs to field as many riders as possible of all abilities.  The event is ours to lose. 

Despite the warm sunny conditions a stiff breeze on the outward leg of Rugby RCC's 10 miles TT on the  K11/10T course ruined any hopes of personal bests for many of the 151 entries.  Jon Howard and Justin Walters continued their private battle from the previous weekend with Jon prevailing on this occasion with a time of 21-19 for 11th place to Justin's 21-22 in 13th place.  Andy Overton finished in 22-37 for 36th place while Lucy Walters recorded another sub 24-00 time while finishing first lady with a time of 23-44 and 64th place overall.  Paul Gibson recorded 23-53 for 69th place.  Race winner was Matthew Bottrill of Drag2zero in 19-03. 
Paul Darby gave another impressive performance in his latest circuit race promoted by the Green Bike Company at Stourport Sports Club.  In another close finish he gained yet another second place, but the eight points were enough to secure his 2nd category licence.  Well done Paul.

 

A poor turnout for the latest round of the midweek TT championship was disappointing considering the effort that had been put into marking the course and providing a post race barbecue by David Prior.  However the low numbers meant that everyone scored high points towards their championship positions.

Midweek TT results:

Steve Vanes        35-20
Jon Howard          36-21
Dave Meacham    37-07
Andy Overton       38-23
David Briggs         41-39
Ken Bradbury       44-41 

Other results:

Oliver Hayward    University of Birmingham   36-48


A great ride by Andy Overton in the www.Realtime.co.uk 25 miles TT on the popular R25/3H course at Rhigos in South Wales.  With an entry of 240 riders split into two races Andy was put in the fast race where he took four minutes off his previous best performance finishing 38th in a time of 53-53.  Kieron Davies of Drag2zero was again the winner with 46-53.  With Andy already setting the best time for 50 miles he is becoming favourite to win the club's Best All Rounder title.
At the Team Echelon-Rotor 10 miles TT on the popular K33/10D course WFCRC were represented by the usual regulars with Jon Howard and Justin Walters tied on 21-14 leading home Lucy Walters on 23-45, Paul Gibson on 24-05 and David Prior with 25-44.  No results are available yet but the event attracted an entry of 113 riders. 
Steve Vanes travelled to the Selby CC promoted 10 miles TT on the fast V718 course and returned home with a 12th place finish from an entry of 129 riders and a personal best and club best time of 19-44.



A stiff breeze on the return leg of the Ryelands Lane midweek TT took the edge off several performances, but the conditions did not seem to affect Lucy Walters and John Smith who posted their fastest times of the year on this course.

Midweek TT championship results:

Steve Vanes       21-33
Justin Walters     22-07
Andy Overton      22-40
Stuart Walker      22-49
Lucy Walters       24-06
Ian Connolly        24-46
David Briggs        25-16
Paul Gibson         25-24
Brad Bradley        25-27
Andy Cooper        25-51
Ken Bradbury       26-21
Bill Haslam           26-26
John Smith           26-27
David Prior           26-45
Norbert Wysocki  40-52  (road bike)

Other results:

Sam Williams    One Pro Cycling   21-07
Dan Cutting       Climb On Bikes    22-49
Andy Knight      Unattached           24-10

Points positions:

Scratch:                       Handicap:                     Vets on standard:           Road Bike:
Andy Overton   549     Stuart Walker   552       Andy Overton    572       Andy Overton      500
Stuart Walker   548     Brad Bradley    512       David Briggs     532        David Hemming   174
David Briggs    504     David Briggs     487       Brad Bradley    466         Ben Carrington    171
Steve Vanes    495     Andy Overton   448       Ken Bradbury    444        Paul Gibson         133
Brad Bradley    418     Steve Vanes    440       Paul Gibson       427        Dave Meacham     87

Not all of these listed riders have done two marshalling duties so will not be eligible for an award.  However there are still several races to go before the end of the season so get your names on the roster and don't leave it too late.


Another excellent performance from Lucy Walters in the latest round of the Midland Women's TT championship where she finished 2nd while recording her best time of 24-27 on the K41/10 Wolvey-Lutterworth 10 miles course.  Good support came from Karen Riley also recording a personal best time of 27-40.
Dave Meacham is showing good mid season form with a time of 55-19 for a 9th place finish from an entry of 77 riders in the Ross-on-Wye & District CC 25 miles time trial on the R25/7 Usk-Monmouth course.  Winner was Kieron Davies of Drag2zero with a time of 48-36.  This is the time of year when riders will be looking for fast times in the longer distances to improve their chances of an award in the Best All Rounder competition and Dave has made an excellent start.      

   

Not known for taking the easy route on his Sunday rides David Prior put his training to good use in a mixed road and off road event at the weekend.  Here is his report.
Last Sunday I rode the LVRC equivalent of Paris Roubaix, the 'Omloop van der dries Dorpen', a road race which has a 3km off road section on each of the 6 laps, a very rough old stone and grass track between fields.  A total of 79 entries covering all veteran age categories from age 40 upwards took part and as you can imagine the farm track bit immediatley took its toll and riders were quickly scattered around the course. The riders also had to contend with strong crosswinds on the exposed roads around the Northamptonshire/Warwickshire border where the race took place. Martin Smith from Bike Chain Ricci won overall and Barrie Mitchell, Team Jewson, was the winner of my age category.  I managed to take 3rd spot, but some way behind Barrie, nevertheless it was a tough event and the last couple of times up the finishing climb into Flecknoe were hard.

The final circuit races in the West Midlands Youth series attracted well over a hundred riders from across the Midlands and Wales to the Stourport Sports Club last Saturday.  Promoted by Wyre Forest CRC under the leadership of Richard Pedersen the well organised races run in gloriously sunny weather produced some exciting racing with WFCRC riders playing their part. 
In the Under 12s girls race Aimee Lane, suffering from a sore throat which took the edge off her performance,  had to settle for 3rd place, but it was enough to take the series winners trophy.  Ben Lawrence placed 10th in the boys race while Sam Cooper and Jamie Crump broke away from the rest of the field in a 15 rider group with the final positions being decided in the uphill sprint finish with Sam taking 5th and Jamie 9th.
In the under 16s boys race Oliver Bill was forced to retire with an injury.
Congratulations to Lichfield CC who won the team trophy. 

Results:

Under 12s girls:       3rd   Aimee Lane

Under 12s boys:     10th  Ben Lawrence
                               21st  Charlie Boddice
                               22nd  Louis Smith

Under 14s girls:        4th   Erin Boddice

Under 14s boys:       5th  Sam Cooper
                                 9th  Jamie Crump 

Traffic lights on the Pearl Lane course caused a change of venue for the latest round of the midweek TT championship, but with a stiff breeze to contend with many riders preferred the Ryelands Lane course.  It was a close finish at the top with Jon Howard closing the gap on Steve Vanes to just two seconds and Andy Overton forsaking his road bike for his TT machine now coming into contention for another award. 

Midweek TT championship results:

Steve Vanes       21-23
Jon Howard        21-25
Andy Overton     22-31
Dave Meacham  22-42
Stuart Walker     23-18
Brad Bradley      25-02
Andy Cooper      25-16
Paul Gibson        25-38   (road bike)
Ken Bradbury      26-10

Other results:

Richard Bussell   RST/Aero Coach        20-28
James Jenkins    successcycling.co.uk  22-38

Points positions:

Scratch                              Handicap                          Vets on Standard               Road Bike
Stuart Walker    508          Stuart Walker     502         Andy Overton     530         Andy Overton       500
Andy Overton    507          Brad Bradley      479         David Briggs       495         David Hemming   174
David Briggs     467           David Briggs      452         Brad Bradley         ?           Ben Carrington    171
Steve Vanes     445           Andy Overton    409          Ken Bradbury       ?           Paul Gibson        133
Brad Bradley     383          Steve Vanes      398          Jon Howard         400         Dave Meacham    87       




  

Due to traffic lights on the Pearl Lane course this evening's midweek TT will be held on the Rylands Lane course.

The hot, humid conditions and holidays reduced the field for the latest round of the midweek championship, but this did not slow down Jon Howard who produced his best time for the Great Witley course finishing well clear of his rivals.

Midweek TT championship results:

Jon Howard         22-21
Dave Meacham   23-25
Stuart Walker      23-39
Paul Gibson        25-48
David Briggs       26-23
Andy Cooper      26-23
Brad Bradley      26-34
Ken Bradbury     27-24
John Smith         28-28

Other results:

Bryn Thomas    Severn Valley Velo  27-15
Joe Rees                        "                 29-49

Points positions:

Scratch                          Handicap                      Vets on standard           Road bike
Stuart Walker     469     Stuart Walker     462     David Briggs      495      Andy Overton       500
David Briggs      467      David Briggs      452     Andy Overton    485      David Hemming    174
Andy Overton     465     Brad Bradley      441     Ken Bradbury    387      Ben Carrington      171
Steve Vanes      395     Andy Overton     364      Brad Bradley     373      Dave Meacham       87
Brad Bradley      345     Paul Gibson       357      Paul Gibson      353      Stuart Walker           84


Another good ride from Paul Darby in the latest round of circuit races at Stourport Sports Club.  Leading a select group of riders going into the final circuit Paul was beaten back to 3rd place on the line by some very fast sprinters.  With a 10th, a 5th, two 2nds, a 4th and now a 3rd Paul has collected 35 points towards his 2nd category.  Perhaps he can make his 40 points target at next Tuesday's circuit races which will be promoted by WFCRC so come along and either help or support our riders.  First race starts at 7-00pm. 
Tuesday was also a busy day for Justin and Lucy Walters who rode the www.realteam.co.uk 10 miles TT on the R10/17 course.  Justin finished 3rd in 21-15 with Stefan Harrison of Lutterworth Cycle CRT taking the win in 20-42.  Lucy placed 37th from an entry of 116 riders in a time of 24-04 just 8 seconds and one place off the leading lady Andrea Parish of Camel Valley C&TC.
Jamie Crump secured an excellent 5th place in the Lichfield Youth races at Curborough at the weekend.  With the final positions being decided in a 14 rider sprint at the end of a frantic last lap Jamie worked his way through the group, but just missed out on a podium finish. 


  

The fine weather over the weekend brought out the best in several WFCRC riders at the Ludlow CC promoted 10 miles TT on the popular R10/6B A49-Brimfield Bypass course.  Jon Howard finished in 2nd place while recording a personal best time of 20-52 with Paul Gibson also recording his best time for the distance with 23-41 for 25th place.  Another good ride from David Prior gave him 39th place in a time of 25-10.
Race winner in 20-15 was Matthew Davies of Paramount CRT.


Race report on the latest regional youth circuit races by Ben Lawrence.

At the Redditch Road and Path promoted Youth regional circuit races held at the Tudor Grange circuit at Solihull on Saturday 27th June our riders did an excellent job once again as ambassadors for the club.
In the Under 12's Aimee Lane again was 1st Girl home.  In the Boys Ben Lawrence finished in 8th, with Charlie Boddice finding himself boxed in and unable to break out, finishing mid pack in this extremely fast race.
In the Under 14's both Jamie Crump and Sam Cooper found themselves in a fast break from the start, leading the Peloton at various stages of the race, but with a strong group of Lichfield riders they were facing a hard slog.  Eventually the sheer number of Lichfield riders began to wear them down and they had to settle with finishing in 8th (Jamie) and 11th (Sam) place. Erin Boddice did well in her first regional coming home a respectable 3rd place in the Girls race.
In all a good day for WFCRC.
The next race of the season is the WFCRC event at Stourport on Saturday 11th July.  Marshals are required to ensure the smooth running of this event so if you have a morning free on the 11th July get in touch with race organiser Richard Pedersen.  



Near perfect conditions for the latest race on the Ryelands Lane course produced several season's and personal best times with Richard Bussell setting the first sub 20 minutes time.    

Midweek TT championship results:

Steve Vanes       21-23
Jon Howard        21-43
Justin Walters     22-08
Andy Overton      23-39   (road bike)
Lucy Walters       24-30
Paul Gibson        24-32
Ian Connolly        24-42
Andy Cooper       24-49
David Briggs        24-57
Ken Bradbury      25-29
David Hemming   25-34   (road bike)
David Prior           26-31
John Smith           26-48

Other results:

Richard Bussell    RST/Aero Coach        19-48
James Jenkins     successcycling.co.uk  22-00
Tom Swingler       Ystwyth CC                 22-22
Andrew Bolton      Evesham Wheelers    22-36
Mark Cooper         RRPCC                      23-19
Dave Fenton         WSJCC                      24-12
Alex Toso              Halesowen ACC        24-51
Martin Syner          Unattached                26-10
Steve Fellows        Unattached                26-57
Rich Young            Evesham Wheelers   27-17
Nick Cartwright      Stockton Wheelers    27-52
Rob Mullett            Unattached                28-18

Points positions:

       Scratch                          Handicap                      Vets on standard             Road bike
       Andy Overton   465       David Briggs     414      Andy Overton    485        Andy Overton        500
       David Briggs    428        Stuart Walker   412       David Briggs     456        David Hemming    174
       Stuart Walker   427        Brad Bradley    405       Ken Bradbury    347       Ben Carrington      171
       Steve Vanes     395       Andy Overton   364       Brad Bradley     335        Dave Meacham      87

These positions do not reflect the actual performance of riders due to the different number of rides taken so far.  With the best twelve performances to count the true positions will start to sort themselves out after the next three races when some riders will have reached their twelve rides and will only make a small improvement on their points totals in subsequent races while others who will not have had twelve rides will make large gains and move up the rankings.  Remember two marshalling duties are required to qualify for any award so do not leave it to the last race to marshal, you may find you are too late.


Two days after his effort in the inter club TT Justin Walters teamed up with Tim Wood and Ian Hemming of Echelon Cycles to ride the Port Talbot Wheelers CC 4up 25 miles team time trial.  Despite being a rider short due to illness the trio finished a creditable 4th overall and 1st composite and veterans teams in a time of 50-33.
To finish off a busy week Justin placed 11th from 77 starters in the Hinckley CRC promoted 25 miles TT with a time of 58-10 while Lucy Walters finished 34th and 2nd lady in a time of 1-04-38.
Away from time trials Paul Darby has enjoyed further success in circuit racing just missing out on victory in the latest race promoted by Beacon RCC at Stourport Sports Club again finishing 2nd in the 3/4 cats race this time beaten by Christian Edwards of GBC Racing Team.  However another 8 points brings his total for the season to 22 so the 2nd cat target is a possibility for this year.

The club's 50 miles TT championship was decided in the Shirley RC promoted event held on the popular K33/50 course near Alcester.  Overall winner was Charles Taylor of South Pennine RC with a time of 1-44-35.  However Andy Overton reverting to his TT bike put in a great ride for 6th place in a time of 1-56-01 to take the WFCRC title.  Next came Dave Meacham (9th in 1-57-14), Paul Gibson (25th in 2-07-46), Ian Connolly (26th in 2-08-15) and Brad Bradley (28th in 2-10-34). 
A great ride from Paul Darby in last week's circuit races promoted by Stourbridge Velo at the Stourport Sports Club.  Leading the sprint up the hill to the finish he was just beaten on the line by Will Perrin of Gannet CC, but 2nd place gives him another 8 points towards his 2nd cat ranking.  

A great effort by all the club's riders who made it to last week's inter club TT promoted by WSJCC.  This was their home event and they turned out in force in an attempt to overcome the large points deficit they incurred in the first race.  Steve Vanes was the fastest for Wyre Forest finishing 2nd overall in a time of 21-35 with Justin Walters 3rd overall in 22-08.  Despite their heavy legs from their efforts in the 50 miles race the previous weekend Andy Overton and Brad Bradley gave good support and with Lucy Walters and Stuart Walker scoring well and despite missing some of their top riders through family and work commitments WFCRC limited their loss on the night to 20 points.

WFCRC results:

                                         points  

Steve Vanes     21-35       23
Justin Walters   22-08       22
Andy Overton   22-57       14    
Stuart Walker    23-01       13 
Lucy Walters     24-22       12
Brad Bradley     24-46       11
Paul Gibson      25-01
David Briggs     25-03
David Prior        26-04  

Points totals:

                   WFCRC        WSJCC      VCS       EW
Race 1        128                 35             15          17
Race 2          95               115              42         20
Totals          223               150             57         37  

 

With CTT, club race organisers and competing riders unable to provide details of last weekend's races this report by David Prior will suffice until results are available.  For those members who are not interested in competitive cycling note David's final paragraphs showing their are alternatives to racing for those who prefer a more leisurely ride. 


On Saturday 13th June eight Wyre Forest CRC members competed in the Charlie Grieg Memorial Trophy, a 10 mile individual time trial promoted by Worcester St Johns CC and held on the popular Evesham, Alcester course.  In cool, damp, but calm conditions Richard Bussell of RST Sport took top spot with a time of just 19 mins and 45 secs, with an average speed in excess of 30 mph.  Several of the Wyre Forest riders recorded their best ever times, Stephen Vanes 7th in 21.09 just beating Justin Walters 8th in 21.11, with Lucy Walters own best of 23.54 securing her 3rd place in the ladies section behind their winner Liz Powell in 23.00 mins dead. Wyre Forests other lady rider Janet Birkmire was just off the podium with her excellent 24.18. Other club times were Stuart Walker, 20th in 22.25; David Prior, 60th in 25.22; Carl Woodfield, 61st in 25.30; and Mike Boddice, 62nd in 25.31.  There was an excellent entry of 107 male riders while the ladies race attracted 40 riders. 

The following day Mary Prior took part in her first Audax, a cycle touring event, the Cotswold Outing. Around 250 cyclists of all ages enjoyed the quiet lanes and pretty villages during a rather cold, cloudy day and were suitably ‘challenged’ by some of the hills en route. Mary completed the course along with husband David Prior and eldest son Matthew Prior, covering the 69mls in just over 5 hours of riding. Two breaks were taken at the checkpoints at Welford on Avon and Charlecote. 

Next month Matthew is riding the Irish ‘End to End’, again as a solo cycle camper. He has previously completed the UK Lands End to John O’Groats, when it mostly rained; the Coast to Coast going from west to east via the Lake district and the Pennines, when it was freezing cold; and his epic trans Australian ride from Perth to Sydney, when it was pretty hot.


This week's midweek TT championship race will be incorporated into the inter club race promoted by WSJCC to be held on the K46/10 course this Tuesday starting at 7-00pm.  Entry is available on line, but entries can also be made on the evening at the start/finish area which is located on the lane between the Royal Oak pub in Kinnersley and the A38.  Parking is available on the side of the road near the start/finish area.  After great rides by several club members over the weekend showing they are in great form it is important that as many club members as possible attend this event to back up our top performers and help to preserve our lead in this series as much as possible.

Another fine ride by Steve Vanes will move him up the standings in the scratch category.  However he was pushed all the way by former WFCRC member Sam Williams, now riding for One Pro Cycling, who was riding his road bike and finished only a few seconds behind.  Congratulations to Sam Cooper, only 13 years old and already closing on some senior riders.

Midweek TT championship results:

Steve Vanes     33-10
Stuart Walker    34-47
Andy Overton    36-36
Ian Connolly      37-34
Brad Bradley     38-09
David Briggs      38-37
Ken Bradbury    40-45
John Smith        44-40
Sam Cooper      44-43 (junior)

Other results:

Sam Williams    One Pro Cycling      33-23
Phil Blacker       Team Jewson          34-19
Paul Bailey        NFTO                       34-57
Matt Pilkington   CRC ?                      35-27
Oliver Hayward   Uni of Birmingham  35-33
Andy Knight        Unattached              37-50
Mark Allen          WSJCC                    40-17
Rob Mullett         Unattached              43-37

Championship standings:

Scratch                         Handicap                    Vets on standard            Road bike
Stuart Walker   387      Stuart Walker   367     Andy Overton   404        Andy Overton     450
Andy Overton   383      Brad Bradley    366     David Briggs     381        Ben Carrington   171
David Briggs     357      David Briggs    345     Brad Bradley     307        Dave Hemming  129 

Note: WFCRC will not be promoting next week's club TT championship.  WSJCC will be organising the next round of the inter club races next TUESDAY with points being awarded to WFCRC riders as usual.  The club scored a resounding victory in the first race in the series on a home course, but it will be a different story next week when WSJCC will have home advantage so it is important that as many club riders as possible attend this race.  Good luck to all who make the effort.



Another top ten finish for Justin Walters with 7th place from 87 riders in the Redditch Road and Path CC promoted 10 miles TT on the K33/10D finishing with a personal best time for the course of 21-15.  He was followed by Stuart Walker (19th in 22-47), Paul Gibson (39th in 24-01) and Lucy Walters 42nd and 3rd Lady with a time of 24-18.
In the LVRC road race at Solihull Ken Bradbury's chance of a podium was scuppered by cows running onto the road and causing confusion in the bunch which was halfway around the final circuit.  A group of seven riders made a break while the rest of the field were negotiating the loose cattle with Ken giving chase, but as he closed on the leaders they made their final sprint finish and an exhausted Ken had to settle for 9th place.
In the latest round of the West Midlands Youth circuit races promoted by Mid Shropshire Wheelers at Shrewsbury Aimee Lane consolidated her position at the top of the under 12s girls category with 2nd place while Charlie Boddice finished 17th in the boys race.  Sam Cooper finished 17th in the highly competitive under 14s boys race with Jamie Crump just behind in 20th place.

A stiff breeze in the face on the drag to the finish did not seem to affect the fast men in the latest round of the midweek TT championship held on the Great Witley course with Jon Howard setting a PB and Birmingham Uni rider Oliver Hayward also setting a PB on his new low pro bike.  Andy Overton showed he doesn't need a specialist TT bike as he mixed it with the low pro riders to consolidate his position at the top of the road bike category.

Midweek championship results:

Jon Howard        22-44
Andy Overton     24-26  (road bike)
Ian Connolly       25-07
Brad Bradley       25-50
Paul Gibson        25-50
Ben Carrington   26-14  (road bike)
David Briggs       26-18
Andy Cooper      27-04
Ken Bradbury     27-28
Bill Haslam         28-02
John Smith         28-30

Other results:

Stuart Skidmore    Worc Cycle Centre   23-30
Oliver Hayward     Uni of Birmingham    23-55
Peter Bonham      Team Jewson            24-00
Richard Bussell     RST/Aero Coach      24-30
Dave Fenton         WSJCC                     24-50
Andy Knight          Unattached               25-54
Joe Rees               Sev Val Velo            29-27
Rob Mullett            Unattached              30-21
Steve Sollom         Sev Val Velo            31-11

Despite cool and breezy conditions several riders posted PBs or SBs for the Ryland Lane course.  With Steve Vanes again opting for marshalling duty several fancied riders consolidated their positions in the championship.  Andy Overton is well in control of the road bike category with no one willing or able to take him on.

Midweek championship results:

Jon Howard     22-23
Stuart Walker   23-15
Andy Overton  23-47  (road bike)
Paul Gibson    24-35
Brad Bradley   24-51
David Briggs   25-23
Bill Haslam      26-08
Ken Bradbury  26-20
John Smith      28-27

Other results:

Richard Bussell     RST Sport/Aero   22-51
Peter Banham       Team Jewson      23-21
Dave Fenton          WSJCC               24-22
John Poole            Saracen               25-05
Aaron McCulloch   WSJCC               26-54
Joe Rees                Sev Val Velo      28-29
Rich Allen                       "                 28-42

Championship positions:

Scratch:                     Handicap:                Vets on standard:          Road bike:
Stuart Walker   342    Stuart Walker  325   Andy Overton  309       Andy Overton     350
Andy Overton   296    Brad Bradley   287   David Briggs    305      Dave Hemming   129
David Briggs     282    David Briggs   272   Ken Bradbury   231      Dave Meacham    87





At the midweek circuit races promoted by Gannet CC at the Stourport Sports Club Paul Darby gained more points towards elevating his race category with a hard fought 5th place in a bunch sprint finish.  Ken Bradbury repeated his success of the previous weekend with a 3rd place finish in a bunch sprint at the Bush Health Care promoted veterans circuit race at Stourport.
In the Walsall RCC promoted 10 miles time trial Justin Walters placed 10th from 68 finishers in a time of 22-20 while Lucy Walters finished 28th and 3rd lady with a time of 24-34.
In the latest round of the West Midlands Youth circuit series promoted by Severn Valley Velo at the Stourport Sports Club Aimee Lane continued her great form finishing 7th overall in the combined boys and girls under 12s race, but a clear winner of the girls category.  One place behind came Ben Lawrence with Charlie Boddice showing improved form in 10th place overall.  In the under 14s boys category Sam Cooper finished 6th with Jamie Crump following him home in 9th place.  In the under 16s boys race Oliver Bill found himself in a hard fast race, but managed a mid pack finish.  

With the current leaders in the scratch and road bike categories taking the evening off for marshalling duty riders hoping for a high finish at the end of the season took their chance to gain valuable points.  Stuart Walker was fastest for the club with Ben Carrington taking maximum points in the road bike category.  Fastest overall was Richard Bussell on his road bike.  

Midweek TT championship results:

Stuart Walker      35-23
Ian Connolly        38-10
Brad Bradley       38-18
Oliver Rolinson   38-30
Ben Carrington   38-32  (road bike)
David Briggs       38-57
Paul Gibson        39-13  (road bike)
David Hemming  39-20  (road bike)
Andy Cooper      40-54
Bill Haslam         41-10
Ken Bradbury     42-36  (road bike)
Mike Haddon      43-30  (road bike)
John Smith         45-44

Other results:

Richard Bussell   Aero/RST Sport       34-03
Stuart Skidmore  Worc Cycle Centre  35-17
Marcus Walker    WSJCC                   37-57
Rob Mullett          Unattached             43-54  

Championship positions:

Scratch:                      Handicap:                   Vets on standard:         Road bike:
Stuart Walker  297     Stuart Walker   283     David Briggs    267       Andy Overton     300
Andy Overton  254     Paul Gibson     256     Andy Overton   264       Dave Hemming  129
Steve Vanes   245      Brad Bradley   248      Ken Bradbury  192        Dave Meacham   87  

Several Wyre Forest CRC riders set personal best times for 10 miles in the Royal Sutton CC promoted event with Justin Walters recording 20-52 for 9th place, Jon Howard 21-24 for 22nd  and Lucy Walters 23-20 for 52nd place overall and 4th lady.  Race winner from a field of 97 riders was Matt Clinton in a time of 19-17 while Rachel Elliott set a ladies course record of 21-41. 
In the Beacon RCC event Steve Vanes placed 10th from 76 finishers with a time of 21-41 followed by Andy Overton (16th in 22-17), Stuart Walker (21st in 22-44) and Paul Darby (32nd in 23-14).  In the ladies race Janet Birkmyre recorded 24-20 for 3rd place and most improved rider with Karen Riley 9th in a time of 27-23.
Justin teamed up with Jez Pile of VC Sevale to finish 3rd in 21-33 at a very windy 2up promoted by VTTA South Wales.  Race winners were Internationals Dani King and Matt Rowe with a time of 20-43. 
Paul gained his first points of the year finishing 10th in a bunch sprint in the latest round of midweek circuit races promoted by Gannet CC at Stourport Sports Club while Ken Bradbury placed 3rd in his age category in a six man break in a forty minutes plus three laps vets race promoted by Bush Health Care at the same venue at the weekend. 

The latest round of the midweek TT championship produced a close finish with Steve Vanes edging Jon Howard by two seconds.  Andy Overton made it six wins from six races in the road bike category.  Unfortunately the evening was marred by the blatant disregard for the high way code by some riders who were seen to cross the central white line on approaching a corner and crossing the line on the exit from the corner resulting in an infuriated motorist venting his fury on the unfortunate marshal who was in the vicinity.  Such riding will not be tolerated and any rider(s) reported by the marshals for this infringement of the rules of the road will be disqualified.

Midweek TT championship results:

Steve Vanes                 23-02
Jon Howard                  23-04
Stuart Walker               24-27
Andy Overton               24-59   (road Bike)
Andy Preece                25-05
Shawn Hickinbottom    25-22   (road bike)
Oliver Rolinson            25-51
Brad Bradley                26-00
Paul Gibson                 26-01
David Briggs                 26-09
Ian Connolly                 26-11
Ken Bradbury               27-46
Mark Phillips                 28-15   (road bike)
Luke Mason                  29-00   (road bike)
Mark Turner                  29-56   (road bike)
John Smith                   30-35
Sam Cooper                 31-10    (junior)
 
Other results:

Peter Banham            Jewson                  24-02
Karl Moseley              Stourbridge Velo    24-06
Richard Bussell          RST Sport/Aero     24-26
Marcus Walker           Bush Health Care  25-40
Jonty Davis                Unattached             26-07
Joe Rees                    Sev Val Velo          29-43
Rob Mullett                 Unattached            30-41
Graziano  Abbatiello   VC Sevale             31-33
 




Another busy week for Wyre Forest CRC started with the midweek TT championship which incorporated the first of three inter club races between WFCRC, WSJCC, VC Sevale and Evesham Wheelers.  The club's championship saw a resurgent Justin Walters take the win from Steve Vanes with Andy Overton keeping a firm grip on the road bike category with his 5th win from five races.
In the Stratford CC promoted 10 miles time trial Justin recorded 21-53 for 9th place from an entry of 84 riders with Jon Howard 14th in 22-09 closely followed by Steve having his first open TT in 15th place with a time of 22-20.  Lucy Walters gave another strong performance placing 44th overall and 3rd lady in 24-29.
The junior riders were also in action over the weekend contesting the West Midlands Youth series with Aimee Lane securing 2nd place in the under12 girls race at Curborough near Lichfield despite being baulked by several crashed riders.  Charlie Boddice was not so lucky in the boys race finishing 13th after getting caught up in one of the crashes.  The following day at the Sundorne circuit near Shrewsbury it was business as usual for Aimee with another victory while Ben Lawrence just missed out on a podium with 4th place in a sprint finish and Oliver Bill finished mid pack in a very fast under16 boys race.

Wyre Forest CRC made a good start in this year's inter club time trial series with a resounding victory in our home event no doubt helped by the weather conditions which must have contributed to the other clubs fielding under strength teams.  This situation will no doubt change when WSJCC and VC Sevale promote their own events later in the year when weather conditions will have improved.  However those riders who made it to the start faced dry though cool and breezy conditions which although not producing any course records provided some close racing with 15 seconds covering the top four finishers..

Inter club TT results:
                                                                                     Points

Stuart Skidmore       Worc Cycle Centre     22-20
Justin Walters          WFCRC                      22-28          24
James Jenkins         successcycling.co.uk  22-31
Steve Vanes            WFCRC                      22-35          23
Phil Blacker              Team Jewson             22-57
Richard Bussell        Aero/RST sport          23-21
Stuart Walker            WFCRC                     23-29          22
Paul Darby                      "                           23-35          21
Andy Overton                  "                           23-45          20
Mark Allen                WSJCC                      23-56          19
Oliver Rolinson         WFCRC                     24-21          18
Warren King             Unattached                24-48
Andy Knight                     "                          25-00
Lucy Walters           WFCRC                       25-04
Andrew Milner          Evesham Wheelers    25-11          17
Brad Bradley            WFCRC                      25-26
Rhys Richard           Beacon RCC               25-40
Martin Staines          WSJCC                       26-02          16
David Briggs             WFCRC                      26-05
Phil Gameson           Beacon RCC              26-34
Dave Hughes                   "                           26-46
Nick Shenton                   "                           26-51
John Smith                WFCRC                     29-23
Graziano Abbattello  VC Sevale                  29-41          15

Scores:     Wyre Forest CRC          128
                 Worcester St Johns CC   35
                 Evesham Wheelers         17
                 VC Sevale                       15


                                                                                     


Fortunately the rain stopped by the time the latest round of the midweek championship on the Ryeland Lane course started and riders enjoyed a dry but breezy ride.  Steve Vanes consolidated his position at the top of the rankings, but is now being threatened by a late starting Justin Walters with Andy Overton taking a firm grasp on the road bike title.

Midweek TT championship results:

Justin Walters     22-28
Steve Vanes       22-35
Stuart Walker     23-29
Paul Darby         23-35
Andy Overton     23-45  (road bike)
Oliver Rolinson   24-21
Lucy Walters      25-04
Brad Bradley      25-26
David Briggs       26-05
John Smith         29-23 


Wyre Forest CRC's top female rider was in fine form in the latest round of the Midland Women's time trial series which was incorporated into the Coventry CC open 10 miles race.  Riding in damp and windy conditions Lucy Walters finished with a time of 25-18 for 5th place overall (4th in the Midland's series) from an entry of 63 riders with team mate Karen Riley riding her first race in a respectable 37th place (24th in the Midland series) with a time of 29-01.  In the men's race Justin Walters placed 23rd from 120 riders in 22-41 with  Jon Howard recording 22-43 for 24th place.  Race winner was Matt Sinclair with a time of 20-27.

The latest round of the midweek TT championship was held on the Pearl Lane course in chilly conditions with a head wind on the opening stretch to Great Witley.  Steve Vanes was fastest on the night, but good performances were recorded by Andy Overton and Team Jewson's Phil Blacker on their road bikes.  Next week's event will be the inter club on the Ryedale Lane course: riders and marshals needed.

Midweek TT championship results:

Steve Vanes          34-56
Stuart Walker         36-29
Andy Overton         37-01   (road bike)
Ian Connolly           39-30
Brad Bradley          40-02
Dave Hemming      40-18   (road bike)
Dave Brown           40-30
David Briggs          40-43
Mark Turner           46-09   (road bike)

Other results:

Phil Blacker        Team Jewson              36-04
Oliver Hayward   Uni of B/ham CC         37-21
Chris Bragg         Kidsgrove Wheelers   38-49
Dave Fenton       WSJCC                       39-20
Mark Reeves       Kidsgrove Wheelers   40-14

Championship positions:

Scratch                            Handicap                     Vets on standard         Road bike
Stuart Walker    199        Stuart Walker    154     Andy Overton  184      Andy Overton    200
Andy Overton    173        Andy Overton    148     David Briggs   149       Dave Meacham  87
Oliver Rolinson  158        Steve Vanes     134     Ken Bradbury  118       Dave Hemming  80
 


    



 

It was a busy week for Wyre Forest CRC riders as the Summer season of time trial races gathers pace.  Lucy Walters registered her fastest time of the year with 24-28 while placing 48th and 2nd lady from a field of 92 riders in the Warwickshire RC promoted 10 miles time trial.  The race was won by Jon Simpkins of trade team Drag2zero in 20-21 with Justin Walters finishing 14th with a time of 21-46, but Andy Convery, suffering from a bad cough, struggled to a 19th place finish in a time of 22-11.  The following day several WFCRC riders took on the challenging Beacon RCC 39 miles time trial which included climbs over Abberley and Ankerdine.  In a race won by Matt Bottrill of Drag2zero in a course record time of 1-32-29 Andy Overton was the fastest Wyre Forest rider finishing 27th from an entry of 134 riders in a time of 1-51-13.  He was followed home by Ian Connolly (61st in 2-00-10), Stuart Walker (63rd in 2-00-39), Paul Gibson (76th in 2-05-59) and Brad Bradley (94th in 2-10-51).  


Steve Vanes             23-10
Jon Howard              23-48
Andy Overton           24-47  (road bike)
Oliver Rolinson         25-24
Stuart Walker           26-06  (road bike)
David Briggs             26-25
Mark Phillips             26-51
Ken Bradbury           27-43
Jason Lloyd              28-04  (road bike)

Other results:

Stuart Skidmore  Worcs Cycle Centre  23-58
Phil Blacker         Team Jewson            24-00
Peter Banham                "                      24-37
Martin Staines    WSJCC                       25-39
Matt Smith          Stourbridge Velo         26-01
Dave Bennett      TRiKS                         26-33
Jonti Davis          Unattached                 26-41
Janet Birkmyre    TORQ                         26-49
Aaron McCulloch WSJCC                      29-39

Points positions after two events:

Scratch                                   Handicap                                Vets on standard
Steve Vanes     100                Steve Vanes      89                 Jon Howard    100
Jon Howard        90                Oliver Rolinson  87                  Andy Overton  87
Andy Overton     81                Stuart Walker     77                  Ken Bradbury  79

A new TT marshaling rota can now be found in the Time Trialing section of the website (Time Trials > TT Marshal Rota) or by clicking HERE.

All club members wishing to take part in the WFCRC Club Time Trial Championships mush marshal or time keep at a minimum of two events throughout the season. Please post in the "TT Marshal Rota" page on the WFCRC forum if you can marshal at any of the events detailed (A website administrator will update the rota ASAP).

Thanks for your help and support.

WFCRC midweek TT championship results:

Steve Vanes         22-42
Jon Howard          23-13
Andrew Preece     23-58
Stuart Walker        24-05
Andy Overton        24-12
Oliver Rolinson     24-33
Dave Meacham     24-43
Paul Gibson           25-32
David Brown          25-43
Andy Cooper         25-59
Lucy Walters         26-02
David Briggs          26-15
Dave Hemming      26-17
Ben Carrington      26-21
Ken Bradbury        26-34
David Prior            27-05
Mark Phillips         27-08
Jacqui Phillips       27-53
Kelvin Lye             31-23
Bill Haslam            32-06

Other results:

Phil Blacker          Team Jewson       22-51
David Mole           Stourbridge Velo   23-15
Paul Bailey           NFTO                    23-23
Rob Grimes          Fred Williams        24-23
Paul Hughes         Unattached           24-36
Matt Smith            Stourbridge Velo   25-01
Alister Brown        TRiKS                    25-11
Janet Birkmyre      TORQ                   26-18
Marius Jaskolsk    Stourbridge Velo   26-35
James Thompson Unattached            27-58



It has been a busy week for Wyre Forest CRC riders at both senior and junior level.  The midweek time trial championship started with a race for road bikes with in form Andy Overton taking the win with a time of 23-28 from Team Jewson's Phil Blacker on 23-42.  Following a 10 miles time trial on Tuesday and the midweek race on Wednesday Jon Howard completed his week with victory in the Ludlow CC promoted 25 miles time trial in a time of 59-29 with club mate Ian Connolly finishing 8th with 1-06-07.  In the realteam.co.uk promoted 25 miles time trial on the popular Glynneath circuit Dave Meacham was the top rider for Wyre Forest finishing 14th from an entry of 105 riders in a time of 57-13.  Close behind came Andy Overton in 23rd place with 58-12 then Paul Gibson 55th on 1-04-08.
In last weekend's West Midlands Youth series of circuit races promoted by Wyre Forest CRC at the Stourport Sports Club riders had to contend with a strong cold wind throughout the races, but this did not slow Aimee Lane who sped to victory in the under12 girls race with Ben Lawrence 5th and Charlie Boddice 23rd in the boys race.  In the under14 boys race Jamie Crump was always well placed in the leading group, but was just edged out of a podium place in a sprint finish crossing the line in 5th place.  The under16 boys race was run at a fast pace from the start, but William Pedersen paced himself well picking off several riders in the closing laps to take 17th place with Oliver Bill finishing 22nd.  The following day Ben and Jamie repeated their performances with 5th place finishes in their respective events at the Shropshire Wheelers promoted circuit races at Sundourne near Shrewsbury. 

Andy Overton             WFCRC           23-28
Phil Blacker                Team Jewson  23-42
Mark Cooper               RRPCC           23-46
Justin Walters              WFCRC         23-50
Dave Meacham                  "               24-09
Oliver Rolinson                   "               24-42
Stuart Walker                     "               24-54
Jonty Davis                  Unattached    25-22
Paul Gibson                 WFCRC         25-30
Paul Guy                      RRPCC         25-33
Ian Connolly                 WFCRC        25-34
Ben Carrington                  "               25-45
Matt Smith          Stour bridge Velo   25-55
Andy Cooper                WFCRC        26-19
Ken Bradbury                     "              26-27
Lucy Walters                      "              26-40
Mike Dalton                 V Sprint         26-40
David Briggs                WFCRC        26-54
Bill Haslam                        "               27-14
Jon & Sandra Howard      "                28-55
(tandem)
Ruth Blacker               Unattached    29-48
Kelvin Lye                   WFCRC         30-58
Norbert Wysocki               "                37-59  

Competitors in last Wednesday's TT may have noticed there were no marshals present and but for the assistance of Oliver Rolinson's father there would have been just one person to carry out starting and finishing duties.  At the moment there is no duty roster available for members to volunteer there services as marshals or assistant time keepers (pusher off) so any one wishing to carry out these duties should contact any committee member with the date they are available. 

The midweek time trial championship started with a race for road bikes.  This series will give riders who do not have a time trial machine the chance to compete for an award.  This one race also gave riders with time trial machinery the opportunity to record a time as a reference for comparison between their different machines.  Overall winner was Andy Overton with Team Jewson's Phil Blacker 2nd and RRPCC rider Mark Cooper in 3rd place.  In the club championship Justin Walters came 2nd to Andy with Dave Meacham in 3rd place.

Despite a stiff breeze hampering their progress Wyre Forest CRC riders Andy Convery and Andy Overton recorded excellent early season times in the VTTA Midlands 10 miles time trial on the K11/10t course.  In a tightly contested race with 125 entries Andy C secured 16th place in a time of 22-26 while his club mate Andy O placed 30th with 23-00.  Race winner was James Middleton of trade team Media Velo who was timed at 20-58.
Wyre Forest CRC will be hosting the next round of the West Midland Youth series of circuit races at Stourport Sports Club this Saturday morning.  With over 150 confirmed entries competition promises to be fast and furious among some of the best young riders in the midlands so if any members are free this Saturday morning come down to the circuit and help out, Richard will appreciate it.

The WFCRC midweek time trial championship starts this Wednesday at 7-00pm with a race for road bikes on the Ryeland Lane course.  Will any members wishing to race in club colours please ensure their membership fees for 2015 have been paid: if not then contact Paul Gibson who will be happy to relieve them of some cash.   

Several Wyre Forest CRC riders continued their early season preparation with a ride in the VC Sevale promoted 10 miles time trial on the K46/10 Severn Stoke course last weekend.  Fastest for the club was Jon Howard in his first race of the year finishing 13th from 68 competitors in a time of 22-42.  He was closely followed by Andy Overton in 15th place with a time of 22-54 then Dave Meacham 22nd in 23-15 and Paul Gibson 40th in 24-48.
The previous weekend junior members of the club competed in the first round of the West Midlands Youth series of circuit races promoted by Stratford CC on the Victoria Park circuit in Leamington Spa.  Despite bigger fields and tougher competition than their previous circuit races the juniors put in some respectable performances.  In the under12 girls Aimee Lane finished in 6th place while Ben Lawrence was 7th in the boys race with Charlie Boddice finishing 26th.  In the under14 boys Jamie Crump placed 10th with Sam Cooper 16th and in the under 16 boys William Pedersen finished 15th with Oliver Bill in 28th place.  


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 rival’s 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 day’s 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.


People will be arriving at 6.30pm for refreshments of tea/coffee and cake (that's got to be a good reason!) and join us for the lights switch-on at 7.00pm. 
The regular British Cycling training and coaching session will follow, so you are invited to watch if it's not too cold! (or take part if that is what you fancy! Details of that circuit session are here BC Circuit Coaching Sessions)

It would be great to see as many club members as possible at the club, and we can use it as a great excuse for a good catch-up as well!

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!


Thanks must go to Dave Prior for organising the event, as well as Mary Prior and Brian Clarke for helping with sign on and time keeping.


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.


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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.

The new time trials season may seem some way off, but it will come sooner than you think so here are the dates and venues of the 2015 midweek TT championships.  This year we are including a championship for road bikes which will be as the name suggests just for road racing machinery so no very deep section rims, disc wheels or tri bars and no aero helmets: you and your bike must be legal for a road race.  As usual points will be scored as last year for Scratch, Handicap, Vets on standard and Road with the twelve best performances counting for the various championships.
Members should note that to be eligible for any award they must officiate at two events: details of how to book your slots will be posted on the new web site when it is up and running.  Due to problems with road works last year this year's calendar includes an alternative venue if the first one is not available

Date                 Venue                    Alternative

8th    April         Ryeland Lane        Great Witley             Road bikes only
15th    "             Ryeland Lane        Great Witley
22nd   "             Great Witley           Ryeland Lane
29th    "             Pearl Lane             Ryeland Lane
6th    May          Ryeland Lane        Great Witley             Inter club event
13th    "              Great Witley          Ryeland Lane
20th    "              Pearl Lane             Ryeland Lane
27th    "              Ryeland Lane        Great Witley
3rd   June          Great Witley           Ryeland Lane
10th    "              Pearl Lane             Ryeland Lane 
16th    "              Severn Stoke                                          Inter club promoted by WSJCC
24th    "              Ryeland Lane        Great Witley
1st    July           Great Witley           Ryeland lane
8th      "              Pearl Lane             Ryeland Lane
15th    "              Ryeland Lane        Great Witley
22nd   "              Callow Hill                                               Social
30th    "              Castle Morton                                          Inter club promoted by VC Sevale
5th   August       Great Witley           Ryeland Lane
12th    "              Pearl Lane              Ryeland Lane
19th    "              Ryeland Lane         Great Witley              Club 10 miles Championship 
26th    "              Kingswood                                               Club Hill Climb Championship 

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!


Reliability Trials Calendar 2015

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.


Steve Vanes        21-23
Jon Howard          21-43
Justin Walters       22-08
Andy Overton        23-39   (road bike)
Lucy Walters         24-30
Paul Gibson          24-32
Ian Connolly          24-42
Andy Cooper         24-49
David Briggs          24-57
Ken Bradbury         25-29
David Hemming      25-34   (road bike)
David Prior              26-31
John Smith              26-48


Other results:

Richard Bussell    RST/Aero Coach       19-48
James Jenkins     successcycling.co.uk 22-00
Tom Swingler       Ystwyth CC                22-22
Andrew Bolton      Evesham Wheelers    22-36
Mark Cooper         RRPCC                      23-19
Dave Fenton         WSJCC                      24-12
Alex Toso              Halesowen ACC        24-51
Martin Syner           Unattached               26-10
Steve Fellows          Unattached               26-57
Rich Young              Evesham Wheelers  27-17
Nick Cartwright        Stockton Wheelers   27-52
Rob Mullett              Unattached               28-18




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