Due to growing demand and great enthusiasm from all 3 coaches after the Winter Go-Ride Sessions (held at Rothwell Recreation Ground and Brambleside School in Kettering) the arrangement for the rest of the year will be as follows:
Kettering CC Go-ride club sessions will be on Tuesdays (4 per month) from April onwards (hopefully running through to the end of August depending on take up). All ages welcome 7-17 inclusive.
Our sessions will be designed for fun and fitness and will focus on cycling skills with all abilities catered for.
These will be totally FREE and held between 7 and 8 pm at the following sites:
1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at Rothwell Community Centre (Recreation Ground).
2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at Buccleach Academy Sports Pavilion, Kettering.
The first session will be held at Rothwell Recreation Ground on the 7th April.
All riders must bring a serviceable mountain or CX bike (that fits), a helmet, suitable clothing and a drink. Parents will be asked to sign a consent form also outlining any medical considerations.
Please note that the purpose of our sessions is to develop fitness, bike handling skills and above all enjoyment of cycling in a safe traffic free environment.
Booking details to follow shortly.
The first time trial of the year organised by KCC takes place on Sunday 1st March. The Mark Bell Memorial 20 Miles Time Trial, also know as the Kettering Hilly, is an Open event held on the NC1A course, which starts on the A6116 just outside Islip and loops through Stanion, Geddington, Weekley, Warkton and Slipton before returning to the A6116.
The event is held in memory of Mark Bell, a member of the Kettering Amateur CC and up and coming racing man. He died tragically whilst competing in a time-trial in 1994. The Mark Bell Memorial Trophy was presented by has family and is awarded to 'The fastest rider living in Northamptonshire' along with a complimentary ticket to the Club Dinner to collect the award.
For those that are unaware, an Open event is slightly different to the club events, where riders can just turn up and ride. Open events have to be entered in advance, either by sending a completed entry form to the organiser or via the internet. All the Open events are listed on the Cycling Time Trials website, http://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/Events-List
There are some very quick riders entered already this year so get your entry in and test yourself against some of the best.
Remember, entries close on 17th February.
The Womens Tour is once again set to grace our beautiful county with its presence this year. But this time it could be even better, with Stage 3 is finishing in Kettering on Friday 19th June, giving us a great opportunity to showcase the club and publicise what we do - who knows, we might even attract a few new members.
With that in mind, I know many members of the club will have fantastic ideas about how we can present ourselves; I've already seen some great suggestions on the Facebook page. There will be a meeting on Tuesday 3rd Feb, to be held at our unofficial 'HQ' at the Rothwell recreation centre in Well Lane. We have a representative from Kettering Borough Council joining us from 7pm, so if you want to have your say about how we can put on a great show please come along. Don't worry, the club not being asked to provide marshalls or officials and you're not going to get press-ganged into helping out when you don't want to, we just want to hear your ideas.
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