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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.

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  

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:

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
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 rivalís wheel.

Jamie Crump was always in contention for a podium place in the under-14 boys race, but had to settle for sixth place in a sprint finish.

The following day, he scored another sixth place finish at the Sundorne circuit near Shrewsbury with Ben Laurence making up for the previous dayís disappointment finishing third in a sprint finish in his age group.

Race Results w/e 15/03/2015

Wyre Forest CRC riders maintained their good start to the season with some impressive rides over the weekend at both senior and junior levels.  In the Port Talbot Wheelers CC promoted 2up 25 miles time trial Justin Walters joined regular partner Jez Pile of VC Sevale to finish 3rd overall and 2nd composite team with a time of 58-59.  Andy Overton and Dave Meacham placed 7th overall and 1st team with a veteran with a time of 1-00-28 while Lucy Walters and Paul Gibson recorded 1-06-20 for 23rd place from an entry of 60 teams to win 1st team with a lady.  Race winners were professional riders Matt Rowe of NFTO and Dani King of Wiggle Honda in a time of 57-28. 

WFCRC time trial championship races.

The following races have been chosen to determine the club's time trial champions at the specified distances.

10 miles   K8/10     Ryeland Lane    19/08/2015
25 miles   K33/25   VTTA Midlands  22/08/2015
50 miles   K33/50   Shirley RC         14/06/2015
100 miles A100/4   BDCA                 05/09/2015

Riders entering the Best All Rounder competition should submit times and race details of their best performances in open time trials for 10, 25, 50 and 100 miles to any committee member by the end of October.

Race results w/e 08/03/2015

Several Wyre Forest CRC riders started their Summer season of racing last weekend with a time trial and a road race.  In the Worcester St Johns CC promoted 25 miles time trial Andy Convery continued where he left off last year with an excellent 2nd place from an entry of 65 riders in a time of 58-01.  Fellow club mate Justin Walters just missed the hour mark finishing 9th in 1-00-15 with Stuart Walker 23rd in 1-04-52.  They were followed home by Paul Gibson (36th in 1-06-21), Lucy Walters (40th and 2nd lady in 1-08-06), Paul Darby (41st in 1-08-28) and William Haslam (52nd in 1-15-13). 
 Veteran Ken Bradbury enjoyed a tough race in windy conditions at the Baines Cycling promoted LVRC race at Towcester.  In a break of seven riders for 40 miles he finished 5th overall and 3rd in his age category. 

Stourport Sports Club are having an 'Official' switching-on of the lighting at the circuit on the evening of Thursday 19th March 2015.

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.

You're looking at the new WFCRC website! Take a look around and let us know what you think on the forum :-)

A reminder that WFCRC will be promoting a reliability trial on 15th February starting from Stourport Sports Club.  If you are not riding come along and help the organisers: be there by 9-00am.

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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