What a fantastic start at Kettering Buccleuch Academy, with 15 riders of all ages taking part in a sunny session on a perfect site. KBA is working out as a great venue with lots of coaching options.
The older group started up with an initial oval which tightened up to look at cornering techniques before ramping it up around a small Cyclocross circuit. Tight twisty corners and cambered slopes challenged the enthusiastic group who coped very well.
The younger riders enjoyed learning and exploring gears they never knew they had, tested out the advanced group's circuit then finished off with a Duathlon and limbo challenge, Several members of the group amazed us with their extreme flexibilty by acheiving limbo heights of around 50cm - that was without their bike!
Thanks to all our loyal helpers and to Jason McLean for the great photography to capture the action!
We all look forward to more biking skills and fun next week at Rothwell.
25 riders took part in the first of the Kettering Cycling Club's Grafton Underwood Evening Time Trials. The 13.2 mile course starts just north of Grafton Underwood on the Brigstock Road. The course goes through the village before it turns left at the crossroad's heading through the tricky section at Slipton on towards Islip where it turns left onto the A6116. The course continues through Brigstock before heading back towards Grafton over the infamous "Brigstock Bumps".
The weather was as near to perfect as possible for the time of year and the times demonstrated this.
Stalwart winner Tony Brown was time keeping and as such was a perfect opportunity for other riders to take the win.
Fastest rider of the night was Chris Duckworth with an impressive 31.40 beating Dave Bucknall into second place by over 2 minutes. Fastest Road bike of the night was John Hardwick with a 34.52.
Also starting was the Kettering Cycling Club Junior and Ladies leagues.
Fastest Junior was George Evans with 35.13 and fastest lady was Jen Moffat with a 37.48 just pipping Gemma Royles by 8 seconds. Both of these leagues look like they will lead to some great racing as the season progresses.
The full results are as follows:
1) Chris Duckworth (Time Trial Bike) 31.40
2) Dave Bucknall (TT Bike) 33.45
3) Daniel Bates (TT) 34.03
4) Dave Robinson (TT) 34.08
5) Neill Hammond (TT) 34.30
6) John Hardwick (Road Bike) 34.52
7) George Evans (TT, Junior) 35.13
8) Eddie Clutton (TT) 35.20
9) Chris Brennan (TT) 36.23
10) Adrian Tilley (TT) 36.35
11) John Thorne (Road) 36.51
12) Simon Frost (Road) 37.10
13) Jonah Shrive (TT) 37.33
14) Jen Moffat (TT) 37.48
15) Gemma Royles (TT) 37.56
16) Sue Rust (Road) 39.18
17) Jake Gatehouse (TT Junior) 40.03
18) Noel Toone (Road) 40.27
19) Stuart Attrill (Road, Come and Try) 40.58
20) Tom Bailey (TT) 43.15
21) Hugh Shrive (Road) 43.41
22) Mick Wood (TT) 43.58
23) Martin Keable (TT, Come and Try) 44.13
24) Maria Gent (TT Junior) 44.31
25) John Tilley (Road) 54.18
The first round of the Northants & District Cycling Association TT league took place on Saturday afternoon. In very windy conditions 8 KCC riders took part. The event was run on Rockingham Wheelers Valley course. The course started at the bottom of the very steep Bringhurst hill, before going through Bringhurst, Drayton, skirted around the bottom of Neville Holt, Medbourne, Ashley and Middleton. It continues back to the start where the riders completed a second lap finishing opposite the Rockingham Wheelers club house in Medbourne.
The overall winner was Scott Walker from MG Decor Carbon Bike Technics with a 41.36.
Great result for our Juniors with Jonah Shrive finishing 2nd and Jake Gatehouse finishing 3rd in the Junior category.
Kettering CC riders finished as follows:
Chris Duckworth 45.45
James Cook 50.26
Michael Wood 65.34
Jonah Shrive 57.10
Jake Gatehouse 57.30
Tom Bailey 62.29
Mike O'Connor 63.00
Maria Gent 72.37
As a club we have been allocated places for three teams of four riders for this event which takes place on 2nd August 2015. It's a great opportunity to represent the club and to ride this heavily over-subscribed sportive.
We still have a couple of places available - if you're interested in riding please let me know by 13th April.
For more details see the website: http://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/The_Events/100.htm
The warm Spring sunshine helped make the conditions perfect at Rothwell Recreation Ground for the club's first British Cycling Go-Ride session of the season.
It was great to welcome 6 new enthusiastic riders into our group who soon made a very good impression on us all with their speed, hill climbing stamina, limbo bar and weaving skills!
Skills taught included weaving and cornering on flat ground progressing to a mini dual slalom race up and down the muddy slope. The fun limbo event at the end of the night was more of a challenge than first expected when a well positioned puddle was soon discovered by a few riders first hand!
A huge thanks to Steve Edwards from Kettering Borough Council for the promotion and support and Ken Vatcher, Diana and Maria Gent for their invaluable assistance on the night to make these free voluntary sessions possible.
Next Tuesday's session will be held at Kettering Buccleuch Academy where more riders will join us.
There will be different terrain and more great stuff lined up!
11 riders took part in Kettering Cycling Clubs second Sunday morning TT of the season.
Conditions were very wet and windy.
The course with a length of 20.8 miles includes 2 of KCC's courses.
First the riders complete the Lamport 10, starting at Lamport , past Harrington Airfield to the A14 roundabout at Rothwell before returning to Lamport. The riders then continue to Old where they complete the Old TT course, past Mawsley and Foxhall before returning to Lamport and finishing up the hill into Old.
Fastest KCC rider was Tony Brown with 53.00.
Fastest overall rider was Graham Dolby of Equip Velo with a time of 52.27.
This year the results are split to encourage riders who do not have a specific Time Trial bike and are riding on a non TT road bike. The fastest of these riders today was Jon Thorne with a 1.01.39.
The full results are as follows:
Graham Dolby 52.27 (Equip Velo, Time Trial Bike)
Tony Brown 53.00 (KCC, TT Bike)
Neil Barford 53.17 (45 Road Club, TT Bike)
David Bucknall 54.46 (KCC, TT Bike)
Neill Hammond 55.24 (KCC, TT)
Mark Weathersby 59.42 (KCC, TT)
Jon Thorne 1.01.39 (KCC, Road Bike)
Jonah Shrive 1.03.10 (KCC, TT, Junior)
Simon Frost 1.08.36 (KCC, Road)
Martin Keable 1.17.00 (Come and Try, Road)
Maria Gent 1.21.26 (KCC, Road, Junior)
Thank you to all helpers.
Sunday 8th March
Course NC10/24 Weekley - Stanion RBT - Weekley
Kettering CC kicked off their time trail season on Sunday with the Weekly � Stanion 10m TT.
Weather was favourable temperature-wise with temperature nearing double figures but a stiff south westerly made the return leg from Stanion very taxing with riders wishing that hadn�t used up all their energy going out with the wind on their backs.
The event was marred with 3 riders slipping on the final roundabout, all got up an carried on but all looking worse for wear afterwards & would definitely be feeling the results the next day.
Gavin Hinxman was the fastest on the morning with 23.18.
David Bucknall showing that the new focus & training regime is paying off collecting 2nd position just over 2 mins down with 25.28, a handful of seconds ahead of 3rd placed rider Chris Duckworth (25.43).
All the fallers carried on to complete the event as did John Tilley, a puncture victim.
Junior Jake Gatehouse completed the distance in 31.05, missing his pb by just 2 seconds on a far from perfect morning.
Helen Hinxman rode her debut club event, recording 46.56 on a road bike
Gavin Hinxman 23.18
David Bucknall 25.28
Chris Duckworth 25.43
Neill Hammond 26.12 (incl fall)
Davis Robinson 26.17
Daniel Bates 26.33
Jamie Stockham 26.52
Alan Houghton 27.19
Richard Morson 27.44
Eddy Clutton 27.50
James Cook 27.52 (incl fall)
Jon Thorne 28.32 (incl fall)
Jake Gatehouse (Jun) 31.05
Mick Wood 34.23
Helen Hinxman 46.56
John Tilley 56.31 (incl puncture)
Due to growing demand following the success of the club Winter Go-Ride series delivered at Rothwell Recreation Ground and Brambleside Community Primary School the club coaches are very keen to plan and deliver more youth cycling sessions regularly throughout the year.
These sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings alternating weekly between Rothwell Recreation Ground and Kettering Buccleuch Academy Sports Pavilion, Kettering.
These sessions will be totally FREE and booking in advance to reserve your place is essential. The first session will begin on Tuesday 7th April at 7 - 8pm in Rothwell.
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.
1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at Rothwell Recreation Ground, Well Lane, Rothwell.
2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at Kettering Buccleuch Academy, Weekly Glebe, Kettering.
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.
Due to time constraints we are operating an email booking only service via the club Youth Development Officer Mark Evans. (For those without an email service see booking details below).
Book your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For those with no email service please send your name and contact details to the Eco-Schools Coordinator at Brambleside Community Primary School, Cleveland Avenue, Kettering NN16 9NZ
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.