Kettering Cycling Club

Upcoming Events

KCC Evening TT - Old 9.4
Timekeeper: Jon Thorne
Assistant: Ken Vatcher
Marshal: Darren Cope
Marshal: Martin Keable

KCC Evening TT - Old 9.4
Timekeeper: Simon Frost
Assistant: Patrick Houghton
Marshal: Alastair Wyldes
Marshal: Gemma Royles

KCC Evening TT Sprint - Flags to Old 3.8
Timekeeper: Michael Church
Timekeeper: Liz Parsons
Assistant: Ken Vatcher

KCC Championship Drayton-Nevill Holt & Medbourne-Nevill Holt
Timekeeper: Jon Thorne
Timekeeper: Liz Parsons
Assistant: Tom Bailey

Frank & Joy Sheppard Open 10 (Promoted by Gavin Hinxman, KCC)
Marshal: Gwyneth Wood
Marshal: Drew Kimbell

'Sunday Special', 16th July - Fineshades Woods, Corby NN17 3BB
Join us for a special Sunday ride at Fineshades which will include some coaching by Mark on the blue skills loops. Meet at the play area at 10.30am for a lap (about 5 miles) followed by coffee break and then decide if anyone is up for a further lap(s).

Monday Nights Coaching Sessions

Spring/Summer 2017

Please can I ask that when attending the coaching sessions on Monday nights to ensure either child or parent checks in with whoever has the clipboard (usually Liz) so that their attendance can be registered.

(Please note venues may be subject to change)
Date (7pm unless specified) Location
Monday 3rd July Rothwell (Coaching + Cyclones summer off road series R1)
Saturday 8th July - 2-4pm Tour de Welland, Leicester Cycle Circuit
Sunday 9th July British Cycling National Youth Circuit Championships, Milton Keynes
Monday 10th July Kettering Rugby Club (tbc)
Sunday 16th July, 11am Sunday Ride Special - Fineshades
Monday 17th July Desborough Leisure Centre
Monday 24th July No session
Monday 31st July No session
Monday 7th August Rothwell
Monday 14th August KBA (Coaching + Cyclones summer off road series R2)
Monday 21st August Kettering Rugby Club (tbc)
Monday 28th August No session - BANK HOLIDAY
Monday 4th September Desborough (Coaching + Cyclones summer off road series R3)
Monday 11th September KBA 'Grass track' evening
Monday 18th September Rothwell (Cyclones Hill Climb event), Recreation Ground
Saturday 2nd December Central League Cyclocross hosted by Kettering Cyclones

Desborough Leisure Centre, Ironwood Avenue, Desborough, NN14 2JJ
Kettering Buccleuch Academy, Weekly Glebe Rd, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN16 9NS
Rothwell Leisure Centre, Well Lane, Rothwell NN14 6DQ
Prologis Park, Rushton Road, Glendon, Kettering NN14 1QF
Kettering Rugby Club, Waverley Rd, Kettering NN15 6NT
Rockingham Speedway, Mitchell Rd, Rockingham, Corby NN17 5AF
Oxford University Press, North Kettering Business Park, Hipwell Road, Kettering NN14 1UA

Social Rides
Anyone is welcome (kids and parents) to come along on a weekend (usually Sunday) for a social ride. We will be meeting at various locations at around 10.30am. Weekly meeting points will be put on Facebook and sent via e-mail.

Derby Velodrome Track Sessions
Rockingham Forest Wheelers coordinates the track sessions at Derby. New track riders are encouraged when there are enough to make a coaching session. Riders need to be old enough to meet insurance requirements of track or BC (9/10) and strong confident cyclists. Track cost, bike hire & shoe hire brings it to about ?30 per rider. Please contact Steve Wickham on
Sessions are normally on Saturday evenings, so 15th July 19.00-21.00, however the August one is on Sunday 13th August 12.00-14.00.

BMCC Silverstone 9up Time Trial 2017 - 9th June 2017
The Bicester 9up team time trial took place on a sunny Friday evening which involved 3 laps of the Silverstone Circuit. The cyclones team consisted of Charlie Stockham, Bethany Spencer, Josh Brown, Naomi Stockham, Dominic Bell, Ameila Cebak, Hannah Brown, Eddie Hennah, Izaak Simons-Boswell and reserve Sam Lindsley.
It was a great event with lots of supporters to cheer the team on who ended up coming third. A great experience and hopefully one to be repeated next year.

Silverstone Running & Cycling Club
If you're after a bit of tarmac (3.66miles) for some traffic free cycling then Silverstone's running & cycling club offer the following dates for cycling (there are dates also for running - see website):
Tuesday 1st August
Weds 30th August
Tuesday 26th September
Cost is ?5 for those over 15.
Access to the circuit is at 5.30pm via National pit lane. Last access is at 7pm, with track closure at 7.30pm.
Before attending please make sure you download and print off the cycling disclaimer form from the website. You will need to bring this with you on the day in exchange for a wristband to access the track. Children under 15 can take part for free but adults will need to complete a disclaimer form for each child when they arrive on the day. Children must be accompanied by adults at all times.

Kettering Cycling Club Junior Championship TT's
06/07/2017 KCC Evening TT - Old 18.8 Club TT 19:00 View

27/07/2017 KCC Evening TT - Old 9.4 Club TT 19:00 View

13/08/2017 KCC TT - Broughton Club TT 08:00 View

31/08/2017 KCC Evening TT Sprint - Flags to Old 3.8 Club TT 18:30 View

N&DCA TT Series
These events need entering in advance, the rider must be a member of KCC (or another registered club) to ride.
The following link is a useful document that shows all local club time trails

Here's some of our cyclones hard at work at the TT held in the last week of June. Charlie, Bethany and Josh have been working hard at improving their times week on week.

Team MK Midweek Youth Races 2017
Kettering cyclones have been participating in the weekly races at Milton Keynes bowl. The last race was held on Wednesday 28th June with trophies going to the following:
U14's - Josh Brown - First
U12's - Ameila Cebak - Second
U10's - Jake Bird - Third

Crown Hills Summer Cross - 17th June
Great summer cross experience for the boys in preparation for the Leicester CX league (see dates below) starting in September. Everyone did really well to survive the heat, but they still loved every second of it.

Welland Valley Grass-track - 24th June
All the Cyclones should be really proud of their performance at the Welland Valley Grass-track event -WE CAME SECOND - every child contributed an AWESOME performance. Balance Bikes Tilly; U 6 -Thomas TB and Sultan; U8 Catherine, Jackson, Harrison, Oliver, Jake; U10 Tasmin, Mollieanne, JJ, Ruby, Ruben, Isaac; U 12 Amelia, Dom, Ethan, Sam; U 14 Finn, Bethany. There were stand out performances by everyone.

British Cycling City Rides 2017
British Cycling, HSBC UK and 13 local authorities, are inviting everyone across the UK to dust down their bikes and get on the saddle as they launch the HSBC UK City Ride programme that will create 13 traffic-free, mass participation rides in cities across the UK in 2017.
The announcement of the new mass participation events is the first step towards British Cycling and HSBC UK's ambition to make cycling the UK's most popular activity and sport of choice. Together they are working towards getting two million people on bikes by 2020.

Register for free
HSBC UK City Ride dates

? Sheffield - 16 July
? Manchester - 23 July
? Cardiff - 6 August
? Leicester - 13 August
? Bristol - 20 August
? Glasgow - 27 August
? Leeds - 10 September
? Coventry - 17 September
? Liverpool - 24 September

Central Cyclo-Cross League 2017-18

Early notice of draft calendar. A couple more dates hopefully to be added in January.
Sept Sat 23rd Welwyn Wheelers @Welwyn
Sat 30th CC Luton MK Bowl
Oct Sun 8th LBRCC Leighton Buzzard
Oct Sun 15th Hemel @ Hemel
Oct Sat 21st Team MK @ MK Bowl
Oct Sun 29th Kingston Wheelers and GS Prestige - Bedfont Lakes near Heathrow
Nov Sun 5th Icknield RC - Shuttleworth College
Nov Sun 12th GS Henley Venue TBA
Nov Sun 19th RAF Halton
Nov Sat 25th Corley Cycles @ MK Bowl
Dec Sat 2nd Kettering CC @ Kettering
Dec Sun 10th Twickenham CC @ Hillingdon
Dec Sun 17th Lovelo @ Berkhampstead.
Rockingham - January

New for 2017/18 is the Leicestershire Cyclo X League.
Published are proposed dates and venues.

League race day format.
Online entries via British Cycling portal to be encouraged - all online entries will be subject to a ?1 charge.

10:15 - U9 - 10 minutes (?4) > ?5 EOL
10:30 - U12 - 15 minutes (?4) > ?5 EOL
11:30 - Jun Women (?10) > ?12 EOL, Sen & Vet Women (?15) > ?20 EOL, Vet Men 50 plus (?15) > ?20 EOL - 40 minutes.
13:00 - Youth (?8) > ?10 EOL, Novice (?8) > ?10 EOL - 30 minutes
14:00 - Jun Men (?10) > ?12 EOL, Vet Men 40 > 49 (?15) > ?20 EOL, Sen Men (?15) > ?20 EOL - 50 minutes.

League Registration
Registration for League will remain open throughout the season - LINKS TO BE SET UP SHORTLY
Under 12's are FREE *
Under 18's ?5
Over 18's ?10
Registration for the league will be via British Cycling portal.
Under 12's - A link to be created and advertised for U12 league registration to ensure ease and nil cost.


League Points -
Best 5 rounds out of 6 (you are allowed to drop one event).
Volunteers - Average points for helping on the day - One event only.
Double Points for last event and it will be a County Championship.
Race Results & League Tables
Race Results to be shared by links to D3RaceTec Website.
League Tables to be shared via LCXL Website.

D3RaceTec Timing Chips.
Timing Chips to be distributed by D3RaceTec at each event. To ensure the return of the chip a deposit will be sought (?5) or a racing licence / driving licence.


17th September
Rockingham Forest Whs
West Glebe Park, Corby

1st October
Leicestershire Cyclo X League Committee plus supporting clubs.

29th October
Leicestershire Road Club
Brooksby College, Nr Melton

19th November
Leicester Forest CC
Beaumont Leys, Leicester

31st December
Coalville Whs
Cattows Farm

LCXL ROUND 6 - County Championships / Double Points
21st January
Welland Valley CC
Misterton Hall, Nr Lutterworth

Once the registration is live and the events are on the British Cycling website we will let you know

Cyclones Clothing
If anyone wants to purchase any cyclones tops please let me know and I will bring along to a coaching session. There is currently limited stock of the orange tops but hopefully will have some more sizes and long sleeves tops in the near future.

KCC Club Membership
It would be appreciated if any cyclones that regularly attend coaching sessions, join the main Kettering Cycling Club membership, this is only ?6 for junior or ?20 for family membership (payment can be made in cash or online). Forms are available from Liz at Cyclones sessions. Completed form can either be sent to or can be given to Liz. Thanks.

Please let me know any feedback about this update, anything I've got wrong or anything you would like to see in a future editions. If you have any personal stories / achievements that you think would be of interest please e-mail

Andy Parker - One Day Ahead 2017 challenge

Ladies and Gentlemen

Next month, I am going to be taking part in my biggest ever challenge. I am joining former England footballer, Geoff Thomas and 6 other people to ride the whole of the Tour de France, one day ahead of the peloton of professional riders.
Our cause is dear to Geoff's heart. In 2003, he was diagnosed with Leukaemia and was supported by Professor Charles Craddock at Birmingham's world leading blood cancer centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Since then, Geoff has raised millions of pounds for the charity Cure Leukaemia.
This year, Geoff and 4 others are riding all three of cycling's Grand Tours in the three Tours Challenge. I am just doing one!

I have had to lose weight, and that has been really tough! I have lost a couple of stones from my peak and at least a stone from my good weight. There's more to come off over the next few weeks.
I am training hard. It is intense training. Not the sort of distance I thought I might need to cover (although next Saturday will be 170 - 200 miles), but have to stick to the plan, even in Las Vegas recently!

My ask
I would really, really appreciate any donation you can make to move the whole team forward on its journey - we are targeting raising £1m!
Please, if you can, make a donation to support an amazing charity and help the best scientists and clinicians in the world continue their advance towards finding a cure for Leukaemia.

We have had two brilliant quiz nights so far and I am going to be ritually humiliated at regular intervals in the office with the cake trolley, wearing various fancy dress clothing and getting a soaking, but personal donations would be really fantastic. Please remember to tick the gift aid box.
Many, many thanks.

Kind regards

Andy Parker
+44 (0) 7710 194 107

Round three of the Youth races at Milton Keynes


Round three of the Youth races at Milton Keynes saw an impressive set of results for the Cyclones with 4 podium places: u14 boys Josh Brown took second; u12 girls Hannah Brown took third; u8 boys Jake Bird took first and Charlie Guest took second.

The rest of the team all made great improvements in their race skills having improved week on week, u14s Finn Isaac and Charlie Crabtree; u12s Dominic Bell and u10 Ruby Isaac.
Well done everyone!

Cyclones Spring Dates 2017- (Updated 11/05/2017)

The following dates are also listed on our club calendar with more details of the venues and contact information. Our latest news, photos and any changes to our events will appear on our Cyclones Facebook page.

Mon 15th: 7pm start; Oxford University Press, Kettering
Wed 17th: from 6.30pm Team MK Midweek Youth Races RACE 5
Fri 19th: 6.30pm - Coaching and Go Ride racing as part of Friday Night Summer Series MTB race hosted by KCC at Prologis Park, Glendon
Mon 22nd: session cancelled
Wed 24th: from 6.30pm Team MK Midweek Youth Races RACE 6
Thur 25th: 7pm Rockingham Speedway 9up TTT practice (team only)
Wed 31st: from 6.30pm Team MK Midweek Youth Races RACE 7

Wed 7th: from 6.30pm Team MK Midweek Youth Races RACE 8
Thu 8th: 6.30pm Rockingham Speedway Womens Tour special and final practice for our Silverstone 9up Team (following evening)
Fri 9th: Bicester 9-up, Silverstone (Team only plus supporters!!)
Mon 12th Desborough Green Space ride out (Park and meet at the Leisure Centre)
Wed 14th: from 6.30pm Team MK Midweek Youth Races RACE 9
Sun 18th: 9.30am Official Womens Tour Sportive family ride 10 miles off road (£5 online, £7 on the day), Delapre Abbey
Wed 21st: from 6.30pm Team MK Midweek Youth Races RACE 10
Thur 22nd: 6.30pm Rockingham Raceway (parking for inner circuit). Coaching incorporating some fun racing
Sat 24th: 2pmWelland Valley Go Ride Whizz Kids Grass Track Interclub, Welland Park
Mon 26th: Prologis Park summer ?ride out?

Mon 3rd: Rothwell (Coaching + Cyclones summer off road series R1)
Mon 10th: Kettering Rugby Club (tbc)
Mon 17th: Desborough Leisure Centre
Mon 24th: No session
Mon 31st: No session

Mon 7th: Rothwell
Mon 14th: KBA (Coaching + Cyclones summer off road series R2)
Mon 21st: Kettering Rugby Club (tbc)
Mon 28th: No session - BANK HOLIDAY

Mon 4th: Desborough (Coaching + Cyclones summer off road series R3)
Mon 11th: KBA Grass track evening
Mon 18th: Rothwell (Cyclones Hill Climb event), Recreation Ground
Sat 24th: Central League Cyclocross, Prologis Park

Desborough Leisure Centre, Ironwood Avenue, Desborough, NN14 2JJ
Kettering Buccleuch Academy, Weekly Glebe Rd, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN16 9NS
Rothwell Leisure Centre, Well Lane, Rothwell NN14 6DQ
Prologis Park, Rushton Road, Glendon, Kettering NN14 1QF
Kettering Rugby Club, Waverley Rd, Kettering NN15 6NT
Rockingham Speedway, Mitchell Rd, Rockingham, Corby NN17 5AF

Please can I ask that when attending the coaching sessions on Monday nights to ensure either child or parent checks in with whoever has the clipboard (usually Liz) so that their attendance can be registered.

Social Rides
Anyone is welcome (kids and parents) to come along on a weekend (usually Sunday) for a social ride. We will be meeting at various locations at around 10.30am. Weekly meeting points will be put on facebook and sent via e-mail.

Friday Night Summer Series - MTB
Mark attended the FNSS AGM and managed to secure half price entry of £5 for u16. The minimum age for this is 12 and over. Please note KCC’s date is on 19th May 2017, please save the date, marshalls needed but also great to come along and watch. More details to follow in the near future.

9up TT
The Bicester 9up team time trial has been announced as taking place on the evening of Friday 9th June which involves 3 laps of the Silverstone Circuit. Prices and details to be advised, minimum age is 10 years.

Road Racing
Sat 25th March MK Bowl March Circuit Series MK Bowl British Cycling/Team Milton Keynes Youth races from 2-4pm

Weekly from Tuesday 11th April Mallory Park 2017 Youth League Mallory Park British Cycling From 6.45pm (entry on the day)

From Wednesday 19th April for ten weeks Team MK Midweek Youth Races 2017 MK Bowl British Cycling/Team Milton Keynes From 6.30pm

10 race series of races for all youth riders and includes a go ride race for the very young.

2017 British Cycling National Youth Circuit Race Championships
British Cycling is delighted to confirm that the 2017 British Cycling National Youth Circuit Race Championships will be promoted by Team Milton Keynes and be held on a city-centre criterium course in Central Milton Keynes on Sunday 9 July.
It will form part of Milton Keynes’ 50th birthday celebrations, and Team Milton Keynes is also pleased to welcome Milton Keynes Council under its ‘MK 50’ and ‘Amazing MK’ banners as key partners.
Races will be held on a new, extended route which will increase the overall course length to 2.3km, designed to produce tight racing and an exciting spectacle for viewers.
The championship races are for girls and boys within under-14 and under-16 categories, which should attract a full field of the most talented young riders the country has to offer. Events on the day will consist of the championship races plus a full programme of support races for younger riders and senior men and women.

This family event was great fun last year, at Silverstone for the whole family, expensive (but for a good cause) worth every penny. NOT racing just a great surface to ride on with lots of other people having fun. Worth putting in your diary!

Round 15 Central League Cyclocross - Misterton Madness - Welland Valley CC

The final round of the Central League Cyclocross Season, hosted by our near neighbours Welland Valley CC, was held today in the picturesque surroundings of Misterton Hall.

Again there was a good KCC showing with Cyclones, parents and coaches taking part on an excellent course.

In the Under 8's our very own League Champion, Jake Bird suffered a mechanical and had a rare race away from the podium. He ran most of the way with his bike and finished in 16th. Jake took this well and was in a very jolly mood following his 'victory lap!' There was a much better result for Charlie Guest who, with his 3rd place made the podium for the third week running! Jake I think you have some serious club competition next year!

In the Under 10's Ruben Hickman once again performed strongly for his 7th place finish. In the girls Aimee Brooks braved a tricky course to come in 5th. Ruben finishes the league in 11th place.Final league positions see Ruby Isaac (Fenland Clarion CC,) finish 4th, Tasmin Crabtree 7th and Aimee Brooks 14th.

In one of the most hotly contested age groups, the Under 12s, there was once again a really good showing from the Cyclones. Dominic Bell finished in 6th place, his strength down the finishing straight was really impressive. Edward Hennah worked very hard for his 10th place. For the girls Amelia Cebak made a return this week with another strong ride fro 4th place. That leaves Dominic in a fantastic 9th place in the league, with Edward Hennah 17th and Sam Lindsley 18th. There were 36 registered riders so that really is a great result for the Cyclones. The girl who never gives up, Amelia Cebak, achieved a brilliant 4th place in the U12 girls League with Heidi Crabtree 13th and Hannah Brown 14th.

As usual the Under 14s, 16s and Novices raced together on the full course. Before the ride there was a minutes silence for the incredibly talented Charlie Craig who tragically died last weekend. Charlie was a very gifted rider like his father, Nick Craig. It was a fitting tribute.

This was a very good course to ride. Slippy and challenging in places with a tree obstacle to negotiate. Congratulations to Welland Valley CC for creating a very worthy final round.

For the Under 14 boys, Josh Brown, who lapped me like I was stuck in glue, just missed out on a podium in 4th place. In the Under 16s Charlie Stockham also had a good ride, finishing 5th. Another great final league placing sees Josh Brown in 4th place, Finley Isaac 9th and Charlie Crabtree 16th. In the girls the Cyclones have yet another 4th place with Bethany Spencer. In the U16 boys Charlie Stockham finished the league in 10th place and Jonny Crabtree 14th.

For Dad's club, the lad who isn't a Dad, Ashley Easton managed a magnificent first place. We'd like to encourage Ashley to come and help out at Cyclones as an inspiration to the kids. Cyclones coach Andy Brown managed a superb 4th, Chris Barratt (who will be bringing his son Ellis to Cyclones in the future,) was 11th and some bloke called Richard Lindsley was 14th. Dad's club are absolutely hooked on this magnificent sport and intend to enter next year in our age groups.

This week in the vet 40-49 age group we not only had head coach Mark Evans, there was also another of the Dads, Jamie Stockham. Mark finished in 19th place and Jamie came in at 35th. There are some serious riders in this class and it really is good racing to watch. In a league with 153 registered riders Mark finished in a fantastic 24th place. Great season coach!

That's it, the Cyclocross season is over! It's been brilliant. Well done to everyone involved and I'm sure we're already looking forward to more fun in the mud next year.

The Cyclones Winter Dates 2017 - ammended 30th Jan 2017

The following dates are also listed on our club calendar with more details of the venues and contact information. Our latest news, photos and any changes to our events will appear on our Cyclones Facebook page.

The dates for Winter Cyclones fun skills and activity sessions are on a Monday at 7.00-8.00pm, alternating on a rota between Rothwell and Kettering with a few in Desborough too;

January 2017

2nd (No event Bank Holiday)
9th : Kettering Buccleuch Academy
16th: Desborough Leisure Centre, Ironwood Avenue, Desborough, NN14 2JJ
23rd: Kettering Buccleuch Academy
30th - Desborough Leisure Centre, Ironwood Avenue, Desborough, NN14 2JJ


6th: Desborough Leisure Centre, Ironwood Avenue, Desborough, NN14 2JJ
13th: (No Cyclones - School Half-Term Holiday)
20th: Desborough Leisure Centre, Ironwood Avenue, Desborough, NN14 2JJ
27th: Kettering Buccleuch Academy

6th: Desborough Leisure Centre, Ironwood Avenue, Desborough, NN14 2JJ
13th: Kettering Buccleuch Academy
20th: Desborough Leisure Centre, Ironwood Avenue, Desborough, NN14 2JJ
27th: Kettering Buccleuch Academy

Round 14 Central Cyclocross League - Corley Cycles - MK Bowl

Today saw the penultimate round of the Central Cyclocross League season with another excellent event at Milton Keynes. It was absolutely freezing with frost on the floor and a thick fog when we arrived today. Conditions did improve slightly as the sun came out but it is still a massive credit to our young people that they drag themselves out of bed at the weekend to compete in this tough sport. Credit also to all of the parents who supported their kids today and to the volunteers who make such an event possible.

The Bowl lends itself naturally to a cyclocross course with continuous slopes on cambers and tricky drops out through the hedges at the top. The frost and ice made it tricky in places but also helped a little at slowing the course from cutting up.

Also impressive was the organisation led by Mark Evans with spare bikes and the pressure washer in the pits. Mark himself benefited later as parents and kids providing vital support and very slick bike swaps.

Star of the day was once again Jake Bird with 1st place in the Under 8 race. There was an element of fortune or indeed misfortune (depending on your perspective,) for Jake as his nearest rider fell on the last lap. There's no telling if that was critical to the outcome as Jake was actually closing fast on him at the time. Charlie Guest also had another good day with a second podium finish in consecutive weeks. My understanding is that Jake now has an unassailable lead at the top of his league and is the 2016/17 Champion! Really well done Jake!

In the under 10 Boys, Ruben Hickman had his race face on with a creditable 11th place. The standard of racing from the kids was again absolutely top notch and in this race Welwyn Wheelers dominated with all three podium places.

The biggest representation from KCC today came in the Under 12 boys. Dominic Bell continued his good season with an 8th place in a race where those scarily good Milton Keynes lads took the first five places. Eddie Hennah was his usual hard working self, he always gives it everything, finishing in 15th. I was especially proud of Sam Lindsley today (yes I know I have to say that as he's my son but this is an objective view.) Sam, like others, is in his first season of Cyclocross and is on a steep learning curve. It's been those steep bits that he's struggled with and today we saw a real improvement in that area.

The Under 14s, 16s and Novices all race together on the full course. It's a staggered start and the Dad's club watched Josh Brown get a great start and then saw his chain come off. As a result it came as quite a shock when suddenly our race started too! Those Welwyn Wheelers were as impressive as they'd been the week before and set a ferocious pace. Watching and reporting on what actually happened in the race is difficult when you're taking part. One of the bits I can tell you is that Bethany Spencer took a very nasty tumble down one of those slippy muddy slopes. To her credit she got right back on and kept going. As the course zig zagged around we were able to encourage each other which was nice as was the support from all in the Cyclones family. Josh, despite his mechanical managed an excellent third place. Bethany finished in 4th, just missing out on a podium for the second week running. Charlie Stockham also go in the top ten with 8th place, no mean feat with those Welwyn speed merchants around.

For Dad's club it was the biggest field we've seen in the Novice race, which is good because it means more people trying the sport. The course was great and the riding, although exhausting was a lot of fun. Ashley got a second again this week and we're trying to encourage him to move into his age group, however he's actually an Under 23 still so that will stop him beating us when we move to Vets 40-49. Of the actual Dad's Andrew Brown did the best with 8th, Chris Barratt was 11th and I got home in 19th.

Many of us stayed around to watch Mark in the Vets 40-49. It's good for the kids to see coach riding as there were some elements of master class especially with his bike changes. However Mark we all saw you stall trying to overtake on the inside and expect you to cover this at the next training session ;)

Well done again to all the riders, parents and supporters today. The final round is next Saturday at Misterton Hall, hosted by our near neighbours, Welland Valley CC. I'm looking forward to another day of a sport which truly is highly addictive!


Under 8 Boys
Jake Bird 1st
Charlie Guest 3rd

Under 10 Boys
Ruben Hickman 11th

Under 12 Boys
Dominic Bell 8th
Edward Hennah 15th
Sam Lindsley 17th

Under 14 Boys
Joshua Brown 3rd

Under 14 Girls
Bethany Spencer 4th

Under 16 Boys
Charlie Stockham 8th

Dad's Club (Novice Men)
Ashley Easton (C&D) 2nd
Andrew Brown (C&D and KCC) 8th
Chris Barratt (C&D) 11th
Richard Lindsley (C&D and KCC) 19th

Vet 40-49
Mark Evans 20th

report by Richard Lindsley

Round 13 - Central League Cyclocross

Round 13 of the Central League Cyclocross was hosted by Rockingham Forest Wheelers at West Glebe Park, Corby. This well organised event saw several of our local young riders and a few enthusiastic Dads' tackle a challenging course in wet conditions.
The first thing to say, if youve never tried Cyclocross is that it really is a hard sport! Its also a lot of fun. What impressed me the most about the riders taking part is that they willingly got up early on a cold, wet January morning to test body and mind through the hills and the mud.
Kettering Cycling Clubs Cyclones arrived very well prepared for a day in the rain and mud led by the ever organised Mark Evans. The club gazebo was erected, spare bikes were on hand and the highly necessary jet wash was set up in the pits. It really was very impressive.
To the riders; One of the stars of this years Cyclocross season is undoubtedly Jake Bird. He just missed out on yet another first place today. Another fantastic effort though and a very well deserved 2nd on a technical course. Another KCC rider, Charlie Guest was third making it two KCC riders on the podium.
The Under 10s raced alongside the Under 8s and there were some excellent riding skills on display. You have to remind yourself at times just how young these kids are as they fearlessly tackle slippery downhills and power through the harder parts of the course. Tamsin Crabtree, KCC, managed 12th place, Ruby Isaac, Fenland Clarion CC was 13th and Ruben Hickman, KCC, was 14th.
The Under 12s raced on the same course but their race was extended to 15 minutes. Thats a long time to slog it out at their age! Again the youngsters tackled the tricky conditions with bravery, skill and perseverance. Typically the very strong Milton Keynes boys lead the way. Their podium domination was however punctuated by Dominic Switzer of Welland Valley CC with a very well deserved 2nd place. KCCs Dominic Bell, 7th, continued with his good season with another top ten finish. There was plenty more local interest with Rudy Kilworth 9th, Michael Carter 12th and Joel Ayers 15th (all Welland Valley.) Then there was the perpetually determined Edward Hennah 17th and Sam Lindsley 18th. All the kids finished with smiles on their faces, rightfully proud of their efforts.
The first race on the full course saw the Under 14s, 16s and Novices race together for 30 minutes. This longer course had all the best aspects of the reduced course and then some. Again credit to the organisers for staging such a good event. The standard of racing, particularly from the Under 16s was exceptional and the Welwyn Wheelers CC boys were the stand out performers. In the Under 14 boys Josh Brown, KCC, continued his good form with a 5th place and Finley Isaac battled through the mud for 17th. Bethany Spencer rode hard just missing out on a podium in 4th place. In the Novice race, Ashley Easton of C&D Cycles CC finished in a superb 2nd place. After that it was the battle of the Dads as KCC Cyclones coach, Andrew Brown, C&D Cycles CC was 4th, Alan Spencer KCC 7th and Chris Barratt, C&D Cycles CC 8th.
The next round of the Central Cyclocross League is only 6 days away in Milton Keynes. I, for one, cannot wait!

Under 8
Jake Bird 2nd, Charlie Guest 3rd both KCC Cyclones
Under 10
Tamsin Crabtree KCC Cyclones 12th
Ruby Isaac Fenland Clarion CC 13th
Ruben Hickman KCC Cyclones 14th
Under 12
Dominic Switzer Welland Valley Whizz Kids 2nd
Dominic Bell KCC Cyclones 7th
Rudy Kilworth Welland Valley Whizz Kids 9th
Michael Carter Welland Valley Whizz Kids 12th
Joel Ayers Welland Valley Whizz Kids 15th
Edward Hennah KCC Cyclones 17th
Sam Lindsley KCC Cyclones 18th
Under 14 Boys
Joshua Brown KCC Cyclones 5th
Finley Isaac KCC Cyclones 17th
Under 14 Girls
Bethany Spencer KCC Cyclones 4th
Novice Men
Ashley Easton C&D Cycles CC 2nd
Andrew Brown C&D Cycles CC 4th
Alan Spencer KCC 7th
Chris Barratt C&D Cycles CC 8th

report by Richard Lindsley

Welland Valley CC Boxing Day TT

KCC riders Gavin Hinxman and Mike Cope (along with just-left KCC member Darren Cope) joined the Welland Valley Boxing Day 10 mile TT at Kibworth.

Starting in fresh but sunny conditions, riders enjoyed a cross tailwind on the out leg, and battled the wind on the return.

To add to the festive spirit some riders rode in fancy dress. A Santa (Phil Rayner) was spotted on the course as well as one of his Elves (Ed Tarelli) - and one rider (Stewart Holland) competed in full suit and tie - maybe he was just late for the office.

Fastest overall was Kettering CC rider Gavin Hinxman in 21:25.
Mike completed the course in 26:12 and Darren in 26:05.

2016 Kettering CC Awards dinner.

The annual Kettering Cyling Club awards were held on Saturday 19th November at The Gurkhas restaurant in Desborough.

The awards ceremony was headed by welcoming sponsors Duncan & Karen of Tollers Solicitors & to Neil & Teresa from George Halls Cycle Centre. Also welcomed were Albert Bell & family for coming along again to present the special Mark Bell Trophy.

Adrian Read was thanked for his work in preparing the trophies and awards.

Club Chairman Gavin Hinxman signed off his final year as chairman with an impressive haul of records and trophies in 2016. Following last year's best-ever season, he did the same again and more.
Gavin set PBs & club records for 10, 15, 25, 50 & 100 miles including two 18min 10s, two 49 min 25s & a 3hr 38 min '100'.
He also borrowed a trike & beat the club 10 miles trike record in 22:36

Gavin Hinxman also collected:

The impressive Mark Bell Memorial Trophy
Brian Charouneau Memorial Trophy (Best Northants club rider in the KCC hilly)
Butterworth Cup - 10m Time Trial Champion. 18:59
Championship Cup - 25m Time Trial Champion. 49:28
Ellingworth Cup - 50m Time Trial Champion. 1:43:01
Cedric Ellingworth Century Shield - Fastest 100mile Time Trial. 3:38:02
Challenge Trophy - Senior Best All Rounder, 29.816 mph over 10, 25 & 50miles

The 2016 Time Trial series winner, Tony Brown, has represented GB in his age group at the European Triathlon Union Championships middle distance, (half ironman distance), in Austria this year as well as club and local events too. By his own admission it has been a quieter season!
Tony collects the season long win in the time trial series, picking up:

Jim Aveling Trophy (The Wicksteed trophy) Points Series winner
Ray Panter Memorial Trophy Veterans Points Series winner
2nd 25m TT Championship
3rd 10m TT Championship
3rd 50m TT Championship
Senior 25 & 50 miles team records

Sue Rust has had a great season, and it must be noted that Sue is only in her 3rd season of racing.
Her accolades this year included:

Evening Telegraph Trophy for the Ladies Best All Rounder, best average speed over 10, 25 & 50miles with an average speed of 23.455 mph.
The Loveder Memorial Trophy as the Ladies Points Series winner.
The Hankins Ladies 10m TT championship Trophy.
Ladies club records at 10 miles (24:31) & 50 miles (2:13:38). Sue is determined to return in 2017 to claim the 25 mile record.
Ladies club team record at 10 miles.

Maria Gent enjoyed her last year in the junior ranks with a number of PB?s, records & a great year.
Maria collected the following awards in recognition of her efforts:

Marsh Racing Club Trophy for the Junior Best All Rounder, best average speed over 10 & 25miles with an average speed of 20.150 mph.
Ian Bailey Memorial Trophy for the Junior Evening Points Series winner.
Junior TT League, winner.

John Tilley won the 2016. Road Bike TT series.

James Cook won the Frank Sheppard Cup, for most improved KCC rider in the Sheppard Memorial Open TT.

The Sheppard Track Trophy for the Best Velodrome performance by a KCC rider was awarded to Andrea Woolcott.

James Simons-Boswell was this year's Senior Road Race Champion awarded the Lesley Smart Cup.

Bryan Guest won the annual Hill Climb and collected the Chris Clutton Memorial Hill Climb Trophy.

Stuart Walters became the LRVC National champion and was awarded the Off Road Cup for the Off Road Bike Rider of the year.

Full Time Trial Series winners are listed below:

Mens Senior Points series:
1st. Tony Brown
2nd. David Robinson
3rd. Jon Thorne

Ladies Senior Points series, sponsored by Tollers Solicitors:
1st. Sue Rust
2nd. Jennifer Moffatt
3rd. Maria Gent
4th. Sue Davys
5th. Harriet Evans

Road Bike Points series:
1st John Tilley
2nd Charlie Stockham
3rd. Bethany Spencer

Junior Championship
1st. Maria Gent
2nd. Charlie Stockham
3rd. Jonah Shrive

Kettering Time Trial Championship races:
10 mile: 1st Gavin Hinxman, 2nd, David Robinson, 3rd Tony Brown
25 mile: 1st Gavin Hinxman, 2nd Tony Brown, 3rd Rob Barker
50 mile: 1st Gavin Hinxman, 2nd David Robinson, 3rd Tony Brown

Several other new club records were set this year, including:

25 mile team record: 2:49:02. Gavin Hinxman, James Cook, Mike Cope
50 mile team record: 5:38:56. Gavin Hinxman, Tony Brown, David Robinson
10 mile men's tandem record: 23:08. Adrian Gorham, Jason McClean
25 mile mixed tandem record: 1:01:03. Marcus Buksh, Sian Edwards.
72" medium gear record: 23:15. Gavin Hinxman.
10 mile ladies team record: 1:21:06. Sue Rust, Jenny Moffatt, Maria Gent.
10 mile junior girls: 27:26. Maria Gent.
15 mile junior girls: 47:28. Maria Gent.
25 mile junior girls: 1:16:47. Maria Gent.
50 mile junior girls: 2:40:11. Maria Gent.
10 mile juvenile girls: 32:43. Bethany Spencer.

The Kettering Cyclones youth division is seriously making its mark this year and is proving to be a valuable feeder system into both social and competition areas of KCC. Our younger members are making themselves known in Track, Road, MTB, CX and Time Trial events. Mark Evans presented the following awards:

Services to Kettering Cyclones: Tom Jones, Roland Bell, Nicola Cebak.

Cyclones Dedication Award: Charlie Stockham.

Away from competition, the club has been excellently represented by some dedicated people. The following awards were collected:

The Merit Trophy. This award is voted for by the committee to a member who has contributed to the club throughout the year: Jon Thorne.

Services to Kettering Cycling Club. A new award introduced this year: Ken Vatcher.

Rodney Hyde Memorial Trophy for best attendance on club runs from October to March: Ian Bird.

Another new award this year is the impressive Sportive Trophy. This award is in recognition of the Greatest Distances/number of Sportives/Charity Rides etc: Paul Mellon.

Bob's Funeral

The funeral is planned for December 19th, Monday, at the new Wellingborough crematorium (between Wellingborough and Great Doddington) at 12 noon, and afterwards at the Grange Sports field on Northampton Road, Earls Barton for refreshments, all welcome.