Sunday 11th of January was undoubtedly warmer than the icy conditions of the week before but the cold westerly breeze seemed a lot stiffer and colder than the BBC had predicted
Thankfully the skies were blue and the 10 riders who had turned out were a warming sight. Dave Robinson, Jon Thorne, JSB, Steve Whitby, Roger Reed, Alan Houghton, Jamie Stockham, James the Captain Cook, Andrea Woolcott and Andy Parker were joined by Stu Walters
Stu had travelled back from his race in Abergavenny the day before when he came second in the over 50s category at the vets National cyclocross championship. It might be fair to say that a 46 mile ride with 2000 feet of climbing and Haselbech Hill thrown in towards the end was probably not the recovery ride that he had in mind but, like he said, its all miles in the legs!
The idea of this ride was to build in the opportunity for a short ride for any newcomers and also for people to join us later in the ride. This seemed to work quite well as John Codington and Sue Rust caught up with Dave, JSB, Steve and Jon who were on the faster ride
The ride looped around Pytchley, Broughton, Cransley and Loddington before heading back into Broughton via a pretty single track lane through Thorpe Malsor
From Broughton the ride headed to Old and then took the first right to go along the singletrack lane that goes by Faxton, turned right towards Mawsley and then right again to rejoin the road to Old.
The singletrack lane to Walgrave was then followed from where the riders ventured to Hannington, Holcot and down the very gusty Pitsford Causeway.
The riders passed the seventh century church at Brixworth and descended the hill to go along the picturesque avenue of trees to Cottesbrooke before climbing up Haselbech Hill where they were greeted by a smiling Marcus Buksh travelling downhill
With the wind on their backs the return to Kettering was despatched fairly quickly via Kelmarsh, Harrington and Loddington
Kettering based riders probably covered about 46 miles but those who travelled into Kettering (Andrea, Steve, JSB, Jamie, Dave and Al) did between 55 and 70 miles
Rothwell Recreation Ground was transformed into cycling heaven yesterday for those that love a muddy cycling challenge! Enthusiastic youths and juniors turned up to enjoy a session of cyclo-cross competitions for the more experienced riders and obstacle courses and duathlon competitions (running and cycling) for the juniors.
Positive feedback and support from Borough Councillor, Jim Hakewell (Slade Ward, Kettering Borough Council) and Catherine Ruffley (British Cycling Go-Ride Regional Coach), who attended to observe this session yesterday, helps ensure that these off-road cycling events will continue on a regular basis throughout the year.
The next date in the diary is the Go-Ride Racing Cyclo-cross competition at Misterton Hall on Sunday 18th January starting from 10 am for the under 12's onwards until 12.00pm for the most senior categories. More details for entry on the British Cycling Website.
The dates for our next series of Go-Ride events, where hopefully supervising adults can join in the fun too, will be posted on the Kettering Cycling Club website soon.
Many thanks to all our fantastic parent volunteer helpers, to Bernard Smith for his old coaching materials and invaluable advice and to Ken Vatcher from the club to offer the much needed help we require to get these free community events off the ground.
Photo: Jim Hakewell (Centre) and Catherine Ruffley (2nd from right), KCC coaches (L-R: Evelyn Clawson, Malcolm Jones & Mark Evans).
After the success of the first Pitsford family ride, we are keen to make this a regular event. Future rides may be at different locations, but this one will adopt the same popular format as the first - roughly 7 miles, following the gravel path around the reservoir at a leisurely pace. It is a gentle ride for all to enjoy, and is definitely NOT a competitive event. Of course those with a bit of left-over energy have the option of a second lap.
This will be a designated go-ride event, and we are keen to welcome as many families as possible - the ride is open to non-members and riders of all abilities. You don't even need to have your own bike - Pitsford Cycles have generously offered us half-price bike hire, just mention that you're with Kettering CC. Normal prices are listed on their website: http://pitsfordcycles.co.uk/pages/cycle-hire
Meeting point is the car park at Brixworth Country Park, NN6 9DG, where you will find a cafe and toilet facilities. Please arrive in time for a 10:00am start.
The next four '1 hour (ish!)' KCC Go-ride coaching sessions are on the following dates-
Saturday 22nd November 10.00am at Brambleside Primary school, Cleveland Ave, Kettering
Sunday 7th December 10.00am at Rothwell Community Centre (please note this is a change of date)
Sunday 14th December 13.30pm at Brambleside
Saturday 10th January 2015 10.00am at Rothwell
There will be at least two coaches present so we can cater for ages 6 - 18 and all abilities. These sessions will focus on cycling skills and techniques with a bit of fun fitness thrown in! Just bring a well maintained mountain or cyclo-cross bike, helmet and gloves with appropriate clothing. Remember to bring a drink!!
See the Go-ride pages for more information or contact lead coach Mark Evans on firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place!
KCC Turbo session, or just bring some cake!?
Just a reminder that the club are now holding Turbo sessions / KCC club nights at Rothwell Community Centre on Tuesday evenings from 7-8.30pm. This will now be a permanent fixture every Tuesday until end of February.
Get some structured base training in their legs or just turn up for a chat. This is not just for youth, all welcome! Plenty of room, just bring you and your turbo set up or just yourself and some tea and cake! (There is a small kitchen and kettle). £2-3 to cover the hire cost of the hall depending on numbers.
See you there!! Mark
Kettering CC and British Cycling are joining forces to offer a 2 day youth cycle coaching course in Rothwell during the October half-term holiday.
The course aims to develop your bike skills for road and Cyclo-Cross.
Age: 9yrs to 16yrs.
Rothwell Community Centre,
27th & 28th October 2014.
10am till 2.00pm
Online British Cycling members £7.50 per day,
Non-members £12.50 per day Payment on the day £15
MTBs and helmets available on loan or bring own bike
To book your place please visit the website
www.britishcycling.org.uk - events - young people (select relevant dates)
For further information - Catherine Ruffley, Regional Go-Ride Coach 07940738285
See the official flyer here
Here are the final standings in the Toller's Ladies League for 2014.
Close tussle all the way to the end of the series with Jenny holding on to the lead over Gemma.
Evelyn picked up the final podium position followed by Sue in 4th.
Thank you to Toller's for supporting this series.
Its great to see more ladies riding our events, where in the past we just had one or occasionally two riders each week.
The prizes will be awarded at the annual KCC lunch & prize presentation in November
2014 Toller's Ladies TT series League
The final event in this year's evening series was a short sprint from the memorial on the airfield straight to the usual finish on the outskirts of Old. 26 riders fancied having a go at the prologue-type event and many discovered that pacing is just as important as ever. Mark Weathersby continued his fine end to the season to take the win in 8:25, 8 seconds ahead of series runner-up David Robinson. Neill Hammond, Eddy Clutton and Jon Thorne all went under 9 minutes and finished in that order to complete the top five. Matt Tyrrell was 10 second ahead of a 3-way tie for 7th and Gemma Royles came home 10th to take the scalps of Mark Booth and Mark Evans, who had opted for road bikes. Stu Walters put in a rare appearance and showed a few of the juniors the way home with only Jonah Shrive and Morgan Lewis managing to sneak ahead of the, errr... more experienced rider.
Timekeepers: Bernard Smith, Adrian Tilley
Assistant: Ken Vatcher
The penultimate TT of the season and the last on the Old circuit saw Tony Brown take the win at the head of a large field and, in doing so, secure an unassailable lead in the points series. David Robinson, the only rider in with a chance of catching the recently crowned British Triathlon champion in the 55-59 age group, could only finish third behind second placed Mark Weathersby. Paul Ashdown continued his comeback with another solid performance to finish fourth, a second ahead of Eddy Clutton, who is seeing the benefits of some high mileage over recent months and a substantial investment in new kit. Mark Booth suffered a puncture on the way to the start but borrowed a wheel from the early starting David Robinson and recovered to finish sixth.
Gemma Royles slipped back to her usual time in the less favourable conditions but was still the fastest lady and was looking good for an overall win in the Tollers Solicitors League until Jen Moffat put in her customary late appearance. Her second place was enough to secure the overall win by 10 points having competed in 1 extra event.
Timekeepers: David Robinson, Christina Robinson, Jon Thorne
Assistant: Ken Vatcher
Marshals: Chris Duckworth, Andrew Jones