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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.



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