Christmas is just around the corner and the Boxing Day TT is hot on its heels. Liz and Michael Church are promoting the event on behalf of the 45 Road Club
9.4 miles around the Old circuit (NC/15). It will be a 10.30 start, signing on, tea and cakes will be at Walgrave village hall.
Start and finish will be at the green triangle in Old just past the old village hall. So ride through the finish then along the lane back to Walgrave for the perfect warm down.
Of course all this depends on the weather, which for the last two years has been favourable.
It's an excellent way to burn off the excess Christmas pudding or just drop in for a cuppa if you are out for a ride.
Morgan Lewis and James Brackenbury produced fine rides on the F15/10 at Brogborough yesterday to help the club juniors close in on the Junior Team award in the NDCA Time Trial Series.
Having reconnoitered the course the week before, Morgan produced a personal best of 25:59, improving 4:29 on his time of 12 months ago, and James, competing in his first 10 finished in 27:30.
The Hill Climb Championship marks the end of the club racing season and nine hardy souls turned up to tackle the climb to Nevill Holt, once from Drayton and once from Medbourne. The riders were outnumbered by spectators, keen to see the pain etched on the climbers faces as they struggled to the summit. Mark Weathersby was undeterred by the presence of the current champion, John Hardwick, and former multiple winner Rob Barker as he took a 13 second lead in to the second leg. He was fastest on that ascent, too, and emerged the clear winner with a combined time of 4 minutes 20.2 seconds. Rob Barker finished second, maybe regretting his decision not to ride fixed, and Mark Evans came home third.
Timekeepers: Bernard Smith, Tom Bailey
The final event in the Evening Series saw a field of 40 tackle the 9.4 miles Old circuit, the prospect of a long off-season tempting a large number of club riders and a few fast guys from other clubs. Tony Brown took the club honours to underline his superiority in the Evening Points competition, winning in 21:37, his fastest on the course this year. Mark Gray made another of his rare appearances and took second in 21:53, 3 seconds further under 22 minutes than his previous outing. The next closest challenger was Matt Tyrell more than a minute and a quarter back, but three seconds ahead of Chris Duckworth and Mark Evans, who finished joint fourth.
Fastest overall was Tim Smith of Welland Valley in 20:19, which may well be a new course record.
Timekeeper: Gavin Hinxman
Assistants: David Robinson, Michael Prescott
Marshals: Stu Jones, Pat Houghton
Kettering CC junior, Harriet Evans, will be representing our region in the Gordan Herbert Stancer 10 Miles National Schools Championship on Saturday 7th September. The Championship event is hosted by our region on the Husbands Bosworth course and Harriet's start time is 11:05. It would be good to see some support for her out on the course. Good luck, Harriet.
Warm and humid conditions greeted the riders for the penultimate TT in the Evening Series. Tony Brown won again, the only KCC rider under 22 minutes in 21:49, but Chris Duckworth is closing in, knocking 34 seconds off his best for the course to finish in 22:15 and pushing David Robinson down to third place. James Simons-Boswell went under 23 minutes for the first time to finish fourth ahead of Mark Evans who restarted after a mechanical to knock 8 seconds off his PB. Alan Houghton improved his best by more than a minute on his old Raleigh. Personal Bests too for Michael Prescott, George Evans and Harriet Evans.
A reminder that the last evening TT of the year starts at the earlier time of 6:30 and will be followed by the AGM. Please make every effort to attend.
Timekeeper: Adrian Read
Assistant: Chris Brennan, Ken Vatcher
Marshals: Mike O'Connor, Adrian Tilley
With the end of the season rapidly approaching, David Robinson returned from a brief holiday to take top spot in the latest round of the Evening TT Series, matching his time of 22:28 from his last outing on the course. Chris Duckworth was 21 seconds back in second place and Matt Tyrell came home third ahead of Jon Thorne, who knocked 5 seconds of his best for the course. Chris Brennan completed the top five, finishing 6 seconds ahead of his minute man.
Timekeepers: Marcus Buksh, Tony Brown
Assistants: Tom Bailey, Ken Vatcher
Marshals: Mick wood, Mark Parker
22 riders made the start line at the Old 9.4 TT circuit for the fourth visit of the year. It was a close battle for top honours as Mark Gray pushed Tony Brown very close. Tony snatched the victory in 21:53 to Mark’s 21:56. This being Marks first outing on this course. There was an equally close battle for third spot as five riders covered only fourteen seconds, James Cook took it in 23:09. A fine ride for James and a PB by over 4 minutes from last year. Ben Goodman also produced a great ride in his debut to take fourth. Others also found the conditions to their liking as it was PB’s for Mark Evans, Marcus Buksh, Andrew Jones, Michael Prescott, Rachel Jones and Bob Smith.
Timekeepers: Adrian Tilley, Mark Parker
Marshals: Josh Monger, Chris Duckworth, Ken Vatcher
This was the last visit of the year to Broughton for the club 10 mile TT. The general consensus was that conditions were difficult in the blustery wind making for a hard outward leg to the turn at Sywell. Stu Jones made the most of it in the absence of Tony Brown, as he was first club rider home in 23:13. It was a tight battle for second place, Mark Booth 24:04 edged out Dave Robinson 24:09. Mark Evans took fourth in 24:15. Mike Prescott improved his PB for the course by a minute. Prospective member Martin Johnson rode a standard road bike to a pleasing 33:30 on his TT debut event. Fastest overall was Joel Lewis (Arbis Colbert Cycles) in a fine 22:11.
Timekeepers: Paul Ashdown, Dave Lewis
Marshal: Ken Vatcher
For the past couple of years a group of club members and friends have made the trip to Newport for a 3 hour session on the track at the Newport Velodrome. Those that have been before will know what an enjoyable experience it is and for those thinking of giving it a go be assured that it is very much worth the effort.
The next trip takes place on Sunday 15th September. The cost will be between £20 and £30 depending on numbers, and there is an 18-seat minibus available on a first come, first served basis for around £10+fuel.
Please contact James Cook to book your place. There more details on the club forum and Faceboook page.