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.
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.
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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:
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)
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
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).
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.