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