Torrential rain is obviously ideal weather for the Cyclones - Kettering CCs youth division, whose impressive form saw podium places in four of the races at round 4 of the cyclocross Central League at Leighton Buzzard.
Jake Bird continued to dominate the boys under 8's race with a fine win, another first place to go with his two seconds means he's currently clear leader in the league. The influence of Kettering hosting the Women's Tour was evident with both of the Cyclones female racers taking third place - with Amelia Cebak seeing off tough competition to finish third in the under 12's and Bethany Spencer recovering from a nasty tumble on a challenging camber to achieve a well earned third in the U14's. Joshua Brown broke the "team MK" domination ofthe boys U14's race to claim second place.
Ten young Cyclones and their coach raced with performances demonstrating their love of the challenging conditions. As well as the mud from the torrential rain the course featured bank climbs, cambers, a sand pit and tight corners. Rub�n Hickman finished 12th in U10 boys. In the hotly contested u12 boys Dominic Bell (10th); Eddie Hennah (15th) and first timer Sam Lindsley (16th) enjoyed some friendly rivalry with Huw Wilson (5th) and Joel Ayears (13th) from Welland Valley CC WhizzKids. Fin Issac continues to improve in U14boys finishing well in 8th place. Charlie Stockham worked well to come in 8th in his first race in U16 boys.
And finally, Cyclones Coach Mark Evans improved his placing to secure a league top 15 place.
Kettering CC with the support of Prologis, are looking forward to hosting Central League CX round 9 races, on November 19th at Prologis Park in Kettering.
A busy weekend for Gavin Hinxman began on Saturday with a visit to Hull for the SSLL RT 10 mile TT on the fast V718 course. Gavin set a new PB by 21 seconds and in the process set a new club 10 record with a 18.38 finishing an impressive 11 place. Overall winner and setting a new competition record beating Alex Dowsett's previous record by 40 seconds was Polish rider Marcin Bialoblocki (One Pro Cycling) with an incredible time of 16.35.
Gavin was joined by Michael Cope and James Cook at the Port Talbot Wheelers 25 mile TT at Hiwaun in Wales. Gavin finished in 7th place overall narrowly missing a PB by 12 seconds with a 49.40. James Cook knocked 47 seconds from his previous PB with a 57.31. Michael Cope also PB'd knocking an amazing 3 minutes and 18 seconds from his previous PB with a 1.02.31. These times combined sets a new KCC club team 25 mile TT record of 2.49.42 beating the previous record by 31 seconds. Completing a fantastic weekend Marcin Bialoblocki (One Pro Cycling) once again took the overall victory with another competition record of 44.04 again beating Alex Dowsett's previous record by 25 seconds.
The final race of the season is the inter-club hill climb challenge, between Kettering Cycling Club and Rockingham Forest Wheelers.
Current cup holders, KCC hosted the event this year and welcomed a strong contingent from RFW to the start line.
Although only approximately one mile long, and split into two efforts, the hill climb is a daunting prospect. Maximum effort is required from the first pedal stroke to the last, and pulling one's most painful race face over the finish line is obligatory.
After the pain was over riders anxiously waited, while the timekeeper counted up, to see who would claim the trophy.
KCC rider Bryan Guest set the fastest time with an impressive 4.08. RFW's Pete Bradshaw came in at 4.23, and third home was KCC's Mark Evans in 4.26.
Kettering's early strength could not continue, however. The opponents clawed back points through the order to win by 16 points. Congratulations to Rockingham Forest Wheelers.
Final scores (top 20 finishers) RFW 113 points, KCC 97 points.
1. Bryan Guest KCC 4.08
2. Pete Bradshaw RFW 4.23
3. Mark Evans KCC 4.26
4. Adrian Read KCC 4.28
5. Julian Freeman RFW 4.32
6. Pete Wilson RFW 4.41
7. Harry Freeman RFW 4.46
8. Jamie Stockham KCC 4.49
9. Chris Fowler RFW 4.57
10. Paul Furnell RFW 4.57
11. Steve Wong KCC 5.04
12. Phil Montero RFW 5.19
13. Mike Castelete KCC 5.24
14. Phil Gray KCC 5.28
15. Peter Nix RFW 5.35
16. Pete Rowbotham RFW 5.36
17. Neil Shorrock RFW 5.40
18. Ian Bird KCC 5.49
19. John Rowlatt RFW 5.57
20. Martin Keable KCC 6.06
21. Andy Parker KCC 6.27
22. Clive Shackleton KCC 7.03
The final race of the club Time Trial series is the 3.8 mile 'Flags to Old' sprint from the war memorial on the Lamport Road to the usual TT finish point just outside of Old.
Missing in action for this race were the two main championship protagonists, Tony Brown and David Robinson. Tony has claimed the championship win by 7 points over runner up David. Congratulations Tony.
The battle for third place in the championship went down to the wire and was settled on the night by a single second. Despite starting the race with a worrying looking lump in his front tyre, Jon Thorne took the honours and the position, finishing 3 points clear from Martin Keable.
Outgoing club chairman, Gavin Hinxman was fastest on the night in 7:44, a clear lead over second place Mark Weathersby in 8:25. Third clubman home was Mark Booth in 8:38.
Fastest Lady (and a serious challenger for third overall in the championship all year) was Sue Rust in 9:06. Sue comfortably won the Ladies Championship from Jennifer Moffat in second. Third place was Maria Gent.
John Tilley was victorious in the road bike championship, comfortably beating Charlie Stockham and Bethany Spencer to the runners up positions.
Finally, a huge well done to our juniors who have shown admirable resilience and drive this year. Maria Gent won the championship from Charlie Stockham and Jonah Shrive in third.
Club Riders on the night:
1 Gavin Hinxman 7.44
2 Mark Weathersby 8.25
3 Mark Booth 8.33
4 Stu Plows 8.51 RB
5 Mike Cope 9.00
6 Jon Thorne 9.01
7 Martin Keable 9.02
8 Sue Rust 9.06
9 Dan Bates 9.11 RB
10 Adrian Reed 9.33 RB
11 Jamie Stockham 9.35 RB
12 Philip Gray 9.46
13 Jerome Smith 9.47
14 Drew Kimbell 9.48
15 Robin Bellamy 10.16 RB
16 Jennifer Moffat 10.44
17 Emma Moore 10.58 C&T RB
Graham Dolby 8.10 Equipe Velo
Carl Roberts 8.38 WVCC
Warren Drew 8.51 RFW
Annette Roberts 10.43
The last of this years KCC full length TT's was held on Thursday night around the 9.4 mile course at Old. Conditions were almost perfect with a warm evening and virtually no wind.
Gavin Hinxman took the overall win with the same time as last week a 20.30 still shy of the course record by only 11 seconds. With David Robinson doing time keeping duties the way was clear for Tony Brown to take 2nd with a 21.47. Mark Weathersby made one of his occasional breaks from Triathlons to take 3rd place with a 22.34. Fastest road bike as well as fastest junior in his first ever TT was Josh Brown with a 25.50. With times like that Josh is sure to be making inroads into the seniors next season. Fastest lady was Maria Gent with a 27.17 knocking over a minute from her previous PB in the process. Also PB'n was Alan Spencer making the switch from Road to his shiny new TT bike for only the 2nd time.
Gavin Hinxman (TT) 20.30
Tony Brown (TT) 21.47
Mark Weathersby (TT) 22.34
Mark Booth (TT) 22.56
Stu Plows/Tom Greasley (2Up) 23.02
Jon Thorne (TT) 23.55
Jamie Stockham (TT) 24.37
Adi Clark (TT) 24.38
Marcus Buksh (TT) 25.15
Simon Frost (TT) 25.17
Eddy Clutton (TT) 25.24
Mike Cope (TT) 25.48
Josh Brown (Road, Junior) 25.50
Alan Spencer (TT) 26.09
Jerome Smith (Road) 26.20
Jon Benn (TT) 26.55
Maria Gent (TT, Junior) 27.17
Mike O�Conner (Road) 29.19
Tom Bailey (TT) 29.43
Charlie Stockham (Road, Junior) 29.44
Bernard Smith (Road) 35.33
Mick Hodson (TT, St Ives CC) 21.25
Graham Dolby (TT, Equip Velo) 21.38
Eddie Smith (Road, Baines Racing) 23.03
Tom Medley (Road, Wellingborough Cycles) 23.07
Warren Drew (TT, RFW) 23.21
Stu Wright (Road, Planet-X) 23.47
Duncan Andrews (TT, C&T) 24.24
Richard Drage (TT, HFCC) 25.43
Simon Shaw (Road, HFCC) 25.46
John Warner (Road, HHFC) 25.54
Michael Church (TT, RFW) 26.01
Johnny Wykes (Road, HFCC) 27.19
Neil Burke (Road, HFCC) 27.34
Charles Foster (Road, HFCC) 28.00
Bob Munday (TT, Baines Racing) 28.05
Natasha Wykes (Road, HFCC) 28.08
Lee Tierney (Road, HFCC) 30.00
On Tuesday night 3 KCC riders took part in the 45RC TT around the Old TT course. Although the course is the same the start and finish is slightly further round making for a very difficult finish through the village.
James Cook finished 4th overall with a 23.00. Sue Rust finished with a 24.40. Maria Gent recorded an un-official course PB with a 28.22. Overall winner was Fabos Young with a 22.04
On Sunday Gavin Hinxman took another trip to Hull but this time James Cook also made the trip for his first attempt at the fastest course in the country V718. Both had entered the Team Swift Charity 10 mile TT although Gavin was in the under 22 minute category whilst James was in the over 22.
Conditions were warm and stayed dry although there was a head wind on the longer final leg making the return hard going.
Gavin went into the 18's for the first time with a 18.59 setting a new PB and a new KCC club 10 record.
James went into the 21's for the first time knocking 39 seconds from his previous PB with a 21.50.
The penultimate visit to the 9.4 mile Old TT course was held on Thursday night. 27 riders which is one of the best entries of the year were greeted with a very low easterly wing, giving a slight push along the Mawsley to Foxhall section.
Gavin Hinxman took the overall win with a 20.30 a new course PB and only 11 seconds from the course record, fingers crossed for next week. The battle for second was only split by 5 seconds with David Robinson finishing with a 22.05 beating Tony Brown into 3rd with a 22.10. Fastest road bike was Will Philips with a 23.44. Sue Rust was fastest lady with a 24.18 setting a new course PB in the process, Sue narrowly beat 3rd place championship rivals Martin Keable and Jon Thorne, Martin with a 24.24 whilst Jon recorded a 24.30. Fastest junior was Maria Gent with a 28.55. Also recording course PB's were Adrian Gorham with a 25.28 and James Cook who achieved his target of dipping into the 22's knocking 21 seconds of his previous PB with a 22.45.
Gavin Hinxman (TT) 20.30
David Robinson (TT) 22.05
Tony Brown (TT) 22.10
James Cook (TT) 22.45
Andy Fairley (TT) 23.03
Will Philips (Road) 23.44
Adi Clark (TT) 24.10
Sue Rust (TT) 24.18
Martin Keable (TT) 24.24
Jon Thorne (TT) 24.30
Chris Old (TT) 25.07
Tim Cooke (TT) 25.18
Paul Sturgess (Road) 25.25
Adrian Gorham (TT) 25.28
Marcus Buksh (TT) 25.30
Eddy Clutton (TT) 25.38
Jerome Smith (Road) 26.34
Alan Spencer (TT) 26.46
Sue Davys (TT) 28.05
Maria Gent (TT, Junior) 28.55
Mike O�Conner (Road) 29.13
Mick Wood (TT) 32.45
Bernard Smith (TT) 37.03
Mick Hodson (TT, St Ives CC) 21.02
Graham Dolby (TT, Equip Velo) 21.55
Kev Hardwick (TT, Arbis) 22.38
Eddie Smith (Road, Baines Racing) 24.20
4 KCC rider took part in the Plant X / Autism Concern 20 mile 2 Up TT at Duston on Sunday Morning. The undulating sporting course takes in 2 laps of a 10 mile course between Duston, The Bringtons and Nobottle.
Daniel Bates and James Cook formed a repeat of the team from 2 years ago but unfortunately had to retire due to James having a puncture at the end of the first lap. At this point they were 43 seconds up from James's PB of last year and over minute up from there last pairing 2 years ago.
Maria gent and Harriet Evans who were both riding road bikes recorded a time of 72.17, 8 minutes faster than there effort last year, well done ladies!
Overall winner was Ryan Kenworthy of Leisure Lakes Bikes.com and Craig McKee of Rugby Racing CC with a time of 46.56 a new course and event record.