On the 27th July two club members, Eddy Clutton and David Robinson, along with two others, will start riding from Calais towards Alpe d'huez. The plan is to complete the 600 mile trip in six days, finishing on the summit of the iconic mountain on Friday 1st August. Those of you who know Eddy and David will also know that they need little excuse to ride their bikes but this time the trip has another objective, to raise awareness and hopefully some much needed funds for a cancer research charity based at Guy's hospital. A friend of Eddy's was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011 and it is in no small part due to the work done by the team at Guy's that he still around today.
More details and a way to donate can be found on this JustGiving page.
Following two two lap events on the Old circuit, the evening series stays on the same course for the rest of the season but the remainder of the events are over a single lap. 34 riders turned up to enjoy the evening sunshine although it probably felt fairly cool to the eventual winner, Chris Duckworth, having recently returned from 2 months cycling from one side of America to the other. He successfully converted his endurance training into speed, powering round the 9.4 miles in 21:38 to win comfortably from Tony Brown and David Robinson, who came home second and third respectively. James Simons-Boswell retuned to racing after a chest infection to beat Neill Hammond to fourth. Jamie Stockham knocked over 2 minutes from his PB and Mick Prescott lowered his best for the course too.
The event was also one of the qualifying events for the Junior Series, sponsored by Kettering Motorist Centre. After three events the points are as follows:
Morgan Lewis 27 (3 events)
Jonah Shrive 26 (3 events)
Chris Tew 10 (1 event)
George Evans 9 (1 event)
Rachel White 8 (1 event)
Jake Gatehouse 7 (1 event)
Best four to count.
Timekeepers: Michael and Liz Church
Assistant: Ken Vatcher
The second of the two events held over two laps of the Old circuit saw a change in wind direction for the 26 riders but not a change in the winner as David Robinson took top spot for the second week in a row, albeit some way off his best for the course. Mark Weathersby moved up to second by improving 36 seconds as Mark Booth slipped to fourth having cramped on the second lap. Neill Hammond split the two Marks as he went more than a minute quicker than the week before. Jon Thorne broke the 48 minute barrier but dropped a place to fifth. Chris Tew won the battle of the juniors again.
Timekeepers: Adrian Tilley, Chris Duckworth
Assistant: Ken Vatcher
Marshals: Chris Brennan, Alan Houghton
The Evening series moved to Old circuit this week for the first of two 18.8 miles events over 2 laps, although some of the 27 starters opted for a single lap. The WSW breeze made the exposed airfield straight hard going and David Robinson was a minute shy of his best for the course, winning in 46:32. The two Marks, Booth and Weathersby, took the next two positions, both under 48 minutes, with Jon Thorne tantalisingly close to that benchmark again in fourth. Neill Hammond rounded off the top five. The three juniors Chris Tew, Morgan Lewis and Jonah Shrive were all together on the timesheet in that order.
Timekeepers: Michael and Liz Church, Paul Ashdown
Assistant: Ken Vatcher
Marshals: Mark Evans, John Tilley
Twelve club riders and one guest started the Broughton 10 mile club TT event on Sunday. Tony Brown took the win and dipped under 23 minutes to clock 22:58. David Robinson was close behind in 23:07, a PB for the course by more than 30 seconds. Mark Weathersby found the conditions to his liking, knocking 20 seconds off his previous best with a time of 23:37 for third place. Alan Houghton also had a notable ride, slicing over one minute of his time from April on his second visit to this course.
Timekeeper: Jon Thorne
Assistant: Matt Tyrrell
Marshal: Ken vatcher
A good turnout on the last day of Summer for the last of the Evening TT's on the Lamport 10 course. Tony Brown has rediscovered winning ways, taking the win by 10 seconds from Stu Jones who beat the 24 minutes benchmark by 5 seconds. David Robinson was the only rider in the 24's, coming home some distance behind Stu and a similar distance ahead of Neil Hammond, who finished fourth. Mark Weathersby rounded off the top 5. The incentive of staying ahead of his father pushed George Evans to a PB and a hard-earned lesson in how much to eat before a race.
Timekeepers: Mark Booth, Adrian Read
Assistant: Ken Vatcher
Marshal: Jen Moffat
Warm, sunny conditions greeted the 27 riders that turned up for the latest Evening 10 on the Lamport course, many arriving early hoping for a low number that would allow them to get home on time for the England game. Needn't have bothered, really. Tony Brown took top spot, powering his P5 out and back in 23:40 to win by nearly a minute from second place man David Robinson, who in turn pipped the late starting James Simons-Boswell by 3 seconds. Neil Hammond matched his time of 2 weeks ago exactly to come home fourth. The battle between Alan Houghton and Jamie Stockham was won comprehensively by Alan after last week's dead heat.
There was another good turnout by the ladies and it appears that a Cervelo is the bike to beat as Gemma Royles put in another winning performance on her's, keeping Sian Edwards in second place. Another fine performance by Sian, however, as she was the fastest overall on a road bike with no tri-bars. Jen Moffat was third of the five ladies with Sue Davys and Evelyn Clawson fourth and fifth respectively.
Timekeepers: Michael & Liz Church
Assistants: Marcus Buksh, Ken Vatcher
Marshal: Joe Barlow
The KCC junior team, sponsored by Kettering Motorist Centre, took the opportunity to practise for the forthcoming 9-up Team Time Trial as Silverstone at the Rockingham Speedway yesterday evening. With advice and encouragement from the more senior members of the team by the end of the session they were beginning to look pretty slick.
It was an evening of Personal Bests as 20 riders took advantage of the warm favourable conditions to produce some quick times at the Lamport 10 mile Club TT. Mark Gray produced a superb ride and lowered his PB for the course by over a minute to win with 23:22. Tony Brown took second and was the only other rider to break 24 minutes with 23:38. James Simons-Boswell shaved 2 seconds from his PB for third with 24:33 and Jon Thorne edges ever closer to a sub 25 minute ride with a new PB of 25:10. Alan Houghton, Jamie Stockham, Gemma Royles, Bob Smith and Sue Davys were also pleased to lower their best times for the testing Lamport course. Riding tandem, Marcus Buksh & Sian Edwards also recorded a new course best.
The sun shone and the riders flocked to the latest Evening TT on the Lamport 10 course. Thirty four took to the line, 29 from the host club and 5 guests. David Robinson and Tony Brown resumed their battle for top spot and although Tony was 20 seconds faster than the previous week, David managed to eke out another slender advantage and won by 3 seconds. Neil Hammond continued his rapid improvement and dipped well under 25 minutes to take third. A dead heat between Jon Thorne and Mark Booth accounted for fourth and fifth. Despite this event not being included in those counting towards the Tollers Ladies League, 6 ladies made the start. Sian Edwards was fastest, beating 27 minutes by the narrowest margin, and Gemma Royles showed a dramatic improvement from her first TT a week ago to turn a 40 second deficit to Jennifer Moffat into a 1 minute advantage. The battle for top Junior was close, the top three all next to each other on the timesheet and separated by only 26 seconds. Morgan Lewis heading Jonah Shrive and Chris Tew.
Timekeepers: Michael Church, Liz Church
Assistants: Stu Jones, Ken Vatcher
Marshal: James Cook