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The Cyclones Create An Action Packed Storm!

Thank you to all supporting an action packed day of off-road cycling at the John Lowther Centre on Prologis Park, Kettering yesterday which proved to be a very enjoyable event for all involved.

A fantastic wooded venue for the young cyclists to practise their skills with British Cycling regional coach, Catherine Ruffley, and a larger challenging field for racing for the competitive. More than 300 cyclists of all ages turned up from all over the region to support this Round 14 of the British Cycling Cyclo Cross league event.

For reports and more details of this event and photos see the Facebook sites of Central League Cyclocross League and KCC & KCC Cyclones.

The Cyclones welcome all riders from 7 to 17 years to their FREE weekly training, from beginners to confident riders, we have a growing number of coaches to cater for all abilities. For more details see the club calendar. It's not too late to join as some spaces are still available.

Club Run 17th January 2016

Just checked the bbc and met office forecasts and both predict frost and so there will not be a club run from Sainsburys tomorrow 17th January

VC10 New Year's Day 10m TT

Gavin Hinxman measured his winter time trial form on the F11 course at Tring. On a calm but cold (2 degrees) morning, Gavin completed the course in 21 mins & 14 secs for 3rd place on the day.

2016 Membership Renewals

All current KCC members should have received an email or letter in the last week or two regarding 2016 membership fees. I've already received payment from many of you - this is a shout out to those who may not have seen the request for one reason or another.

If you're among that group, please get in touch as I'd like to make sure our membership records are as complete and up to date as possible.

Thanks, Marcus Buksh

Venue Change for our first Central league Cyclo-Cross Race 14/11/15

Dear all, this is to notify you that there is a venue change for round 8 Central CX league on Saturday 14th November and that the Rothwell event has now been switched to a fantastic new facility at the nearby Desborough Leisure Centre, Ironwood Avenue, Desborough, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14 2JJ.

The new site offers varied interesting terrain including cambers, mud, woodland trails and singletrack as well as fast flat grass sections. Kids will be offered some Go-ride coaching after racing utilising a superb BMX track!! Main parking at the Leisure Center with any overflow further down Ironwood avenue with a shortcut through to sign on from there.

The facility is brand new with excellent changing and toilets. There will be food and drink available from ANS catering.

This is a really excellent venue and I hope you will support the first of Kettering CC's two quality events since being newly affiliated to Central Cyclocross League.

Please sign on via the British Cycling Website and enjoy the day!

Winter Cyclones

The Kettering Cyclone training sessions are still going strong despite the darker nights thanks to our new portable floodlights! 31 enthusiastic riders of all ages joined the atmospheric training session at Kettering Buccleuch Academy, 7.00-8.00 pm.

Our next session is at Rothwell Recreation Ground at 7.00-8.00pm on Monday 2nd November where we will be preparing for and looking forward to our Regional Go-Ride Cyclo Cross on Saturday 14th November. Please note that signing on for this event online is much cheaper than on the day so please get your child's name down. It will be suitable for all age groups. More details on

See the club calendar for more details of the times and venues. If you would like to join in or volunteer your support to help with our CX race or with training sessions please contact lead coach Mark Evans through our Cyclones Facebook page

Kettering CC and the Cyclones (youth section) showing strong in Cyclo-cross thus far this season.

Cyclo-cross season is in full swing with Kettering CC being affiliated to Central League who have their own website and Facebook pages (with lots of pics from the 6 rounds thus far). This is a KCC summary from the first 6 rounds. Anyone wishing to try CX skills are welcome to join the free Cyclones training on a Monday night 7pm. See our Kids calendar for details.

Today was at Letchworth where a bumpy grass course in super warm 20 degree conditions proved a challenge for many traveling KCC and Cyclones including Ruby Isaac (6), Charlie Crabtree and Finlay Isaac (U12's), Jonny Crabtree (U14's), George Evans (U16's) and Robbie Brightman Junior cat. Mark Evans represented KCC in the Vet 40-49 class. U16's series leader George took a 4th and Robbie took second in Juniors.

25th /26th October 15
Fantastic weekend Cross Racing with George Evans achieving 2 podiums in two different leagues. On Saturday round 8 West Mids CX league at Misterton, 2nd by 9 seconds to an Elite BC rider and 2.30 ahead of the next rider. Great to see Stuart Walters return after injury in the Vets.

George then finished third in round 5 Central CX League at Didcot having been forced to ride on a loan bike after a puncture just before the start. Mark Evans finished mid table in vets 40-49 on a fantastic sunny day.

17th October 15
Round 4 at Milton Keynes Bowl hosted by Luton CC. Another good Cyclones turn out with riders in all categories again and this time joined by KCC new seniors Daniel Bates and Mike Wheeler.

11th October 15
Kettering CC did well at Round 3 Central Cyclo-cross League at Hemel Hempstead.
A really hilly dry course on grass in unseasonably warm conditions. Traveling Cyclones Charlie Crabtree and Dominic Bell put in a fantastic effort in the under 12's showing great technique. Robbie Brightman bravely finished 6th in the juniors despite a cold and riding a mountain bike on a course clearly suited to thinner tyres. George Evans moved up one place on the podium after a spectacular ride, mixing it up with last weeks MK Bowl winner. Similar progress up the order was made by our Vet 40-49 representative Mark Evans who took advantage of the hilly conditions in what was in essence a hill interval session on grass!!

3rd October 15
Milton Keynes Bowl was the scene for the 2nd round with a tremendous 9 Cyclones putting in a great novice effort in the junior classes - Under 10's, Ruby Isaac, Christopher Keeble and Corben Chattaway, Under 12's Charlie Crabtree and Dominic Bell, Under 14's Johnny Crabtree and Izaac Simons-Bosworth, Under 16's George Evans (with his second third spot podium in a row making him series leader!!), Youth Robbie Brightman taking 6th in his class. Novice dad Martin Keeble and Cyclones coach Mark Evans rode in the vets 40-49 race between parenting and coaching duties.

27th September 15
Four riders from Kettering CC traveled to the first Central League Cyclo-Cross race of the season at RAF Halton just south of Aylesbury. It was a really impressive technical course in warm conditions. The Kettering CC new junior club 'The Cyclones' entered their first rider Ruby Isaac taking part in U10's. Robbie Brightman rode well to finish 8th despite being on a mountain bike. George Evans took 3rd place on the podium in the junior class. Cyclones coach Mark Evans took part in the vets 40-49 finishing mid field out of 80 starters.

26-09-15 Frank and Joy Sheppard Memorial TT Broughton

The last KCC organised TT of the year took place on Saturday at Broughton. The Frank and Joy Sheppard Memorial TT takes place on a slightly longer modified version of the 9.4 mile Old sporting TT circuit. The start is on the Mawsley road meaning that the last section is the steep hill up through Old and the long hill up towards the finish. The conditions where fantastic with a sunny and warm day and a tail wind along the Mawsley and Draughton Airfield sections.
It was a record breaking turn out with 170 riders taking to the start covering 20 different classes.
with 45 riders from KCC taking part.
Fastest KCC rider of the day was event organiser Gavin Hinxman with a 22.38. Fastest overall was Felix Barker of Cambridge University CC with a 21.20.
Sue Rust won the ladies TT event with a 26.40.
George Evans won the Junior TT with a 24.48 with Jake Gatehouse taking third with a 30.21.
Martin Rouse took the Novice road bike win with a 25.26.
The Evans family completed the double with Harriet Evans winning the Road Bike junior class with a 33.47.
Andy Marlow took the win in the MTB/Hybrid class with a 33.16.
The F&J Sheppard Trophy for most improved KCC rider went to Maria Gent for improving on last years time by 5.09.
John Hardwick with Jamie Scott of Corley Cycles won the Tandem with a 22.08.
Neil Key with his 11 year daughter Emily took second in the Tandem class and first in the tandem containing a junior with a 30.44.
In the Mercedes F1 Championship Mercedes-AMG-HPP Brixworth took the cup with 98 points narrowly beating Mercedes-AMG Brackley into second with 93 points.
Josh Wilkins and Andrea Woolcott took the win in both the Mixed pair 2 Up and the Fastest containing a junior with a 25.33.
James Cook had been challenge by friend of the club Carl Roberts to ride a Cyclocross bike James had built for �4.50 out of rubbish in a time of less than 30 minutes. If this was achieved Carl would donate �30 to Gavin's selected charity. Unfortunately James did a 30.50 but Carl still donated the money to the charity and also presented a Johnny Handlebar T- Shirt to James for giving it a go.
And finally the Lanterne Rouge for slowest rider of the day went to P. G. Tripps with a time of 47.42 on a classic 3 speed bike whilst wearing a dress and wig.
Here are all the KCC results:

John Hardwick/Jamie Scott (Tandem) 22.08
Gavin Hinxman (TT) 22.38
Tony Brown (TT) 23.31
George Evans (TT Junior) 24.48
Daniel Bates (TT) 25.10
Mark Booth (TT) 25.16
Martin Rouse (Road Novice) 25.26
Josh Wilkins/Andrea Woolcott (2 Up) 25.33
Elliott Steed (Road) 26.04
Robert Barker (Road) 26.13
Sue Rust (TT) 26.40
Mark Hancock (Road Novice) 26.43
David Bucknall (TT) 26.50
Carl Roberts/Wayne Hodson (2 Up) 27.02
Mark Broster (Road) 27.07
Dan De Banke (Road) 27.35
Charlie Blackwell (Road) 27.46
Joe Burnell (Road Novice) 27.47
Adrian Reed (Road) 27.59
Barton Crewes (Road) 27.59
Matthew Packham (Road) 28.43
Nick Davies (Road) 28.44
Adrian Gorham (TT) 28.48
Nigel Steed (Road) 28.50
Martin Keable (TT) 28.51
Simon Barnett (Road) 29.38
Imi Harris (Road Novice) 29.45
John Bell (Road Novice) 29.57
Robert Tomerson (Road Novice) 30.05
Jake Gatehouse (TT Junior) 30.21
Neil Key/Emily Key (Tandem) 30.44
James Cook (TT) 30.50
T. J. Steed (Road Novice) 30.58
Paul Smith (Road) 31.08
Neil Strangward (Road) 31.12
Chris Kneller (Road) 31.15
Tim Harrop (Road) 31.32
Chris Roberts (Road Novice) 31.33
James Maskell (Road Novice) 31.44
Maria Gent (TT Junior) 31.50
Mick Wood (TT) 31.58
Natalie Sharp (Road) 32.31
Andy Marlow (Hybrid Novice) 33.16
Andy Hewitt (Road Novice) 33.17
Harriet Evans (Road Junior) 33.47
Tom Bailey (TT) 34.41
Annette Roberts/Bernard Smith (2 Up) 35.22
Anna Davis (Road) 39.53

19-09-15 Park 9 Criterium, CycloPark, Kent

In his first season, Kettering Cycle Club's Bryan Guest won Crits in the Park 9, at CycloPark, Kent on Saturday (19 September). The victory earned him promotion to 3rd Category status plus prizes and �50 cash. In a field of 42 riders from across London and the south-east, Bryan saw off strong final lap challenges from riders from Dulwich Paragon CC and Pretorius Bikes to win comfortably on the uphill finish by two bike lengths.

N&DCA Round 10 Brogborough 10 mile TT

Round 10 of the N&DCA TT championship was held on Saturday with a good contingent of KCC riders. The 10 mile event was held on the Brogborough course which after descending a large hill continues along the old A421 before turning at a roundabout and finishing at the bottom of the hill. This course is one of the fastest in the area and a favorite for people hunting a PB.
Tony Brown was the fastest KCC rider with a 21.50. Maria Gent and Daniel Bates both recorded PB's with a 28.31 for Maria and a 22.58 for Daniel. The fastest rider overall was Justin Layne of CC Ashwell with a 19.39.
Here are the other KCC results:
Tony Brown 21.50
Mark Weathersby 22.26
Daniel Bates 22.58
George Evans 24.03 (took a wrong turn at one of the roundabouts)
James Cook 24.15 (puncture in the last 2 miles)
Adrian Gorham 26.20
Tom Bailey 28.30
Maria Gent 28.31
Michael Wood 29.22
Bernard Smith 31.09

Freewheeling Championship Cransley

The KCC Freewheeling Championship made it's return at Cransley on Sunday morning. Here's a report from KCC Club Ride Secretary Roger Reed.:

A bright and breeze free Sunday morning saw Kettering cycling club reinstate their club freewheel competition rolling from Broughton Hill Cransley towards Broughton
Despite bringing out the heaviest bike from his garage and adopting the lowest and most unusual of aerodynamic positions James Cook could not quite roll far enough to deny Adrian Gorham this year's trophy
The final positions were
Adrian Gorham
James Cook
Mark Parker
David Robinson
David Hodgson
Stuart Walters
Roger Reed
Tom Bailey
Ken Vatcher

Bynea CC 25 TT at Cefn Rhigos

Gavin Hinxman and Stu Jones rode the Bynea CC 25 at Cefn Rhigos in South Wales.
Weather was looking very promising as they were warming up but the wind did get up a little by the time Stu & Gavin set off at mid day..
This was Stu's first visit to the course and he managed to take 30 seconds off his PB with 56.23. Gavin was 1 min 21 sec down on my PB from earlier in the year with 52.30