SERRL Road Race

matta-feb21Today I took part in a road race in Kent around the Tenterden - Appledore circuit, run by the South East Road Race League. It was my first road race in nearly 13 years so I was a little nervous and the strong winds buffeting the riders as we waited for the go didn't help my frame of mind! The circuit was 12ish miles long and was to be completed 3 and a bit times with a tough little hill approximately halfway round the course and plenty of exposed sections for the wind to do its damage. Sure enough, the bunch was soon under pressure in the crosswinds with a break of 6 bludgeoning themselves clear just after the first lap. With the gap at just under a minute I made an attempt with a Thanet RC rider to bridge to the leaders but the strong headwind made life difficult and we were brought to heel at the foot of the hill. Fortunately, the bunch didn't go full gas up it this time and I was able to stay in despite my earlier effort.
With the breakaway quickly gaining two minutes the bunch lost a bit of enthusiasm and the next lap went by without too many problems. However, all hell broke loose on the final time up the hill and on the next difficult crosswind section but by this point I was feeling pretty good and thinking about the finish.
Into the final mile I began moving up the outside of the bunch and then got carried away, going for a flyer with about 450 metres to go in what I like to imagine was Cancellara-esque fashion but was more likely as stylish as the floundering of a drowning man. Unfortunately the bunch reacted quickly and with 150m to go I was dying on the nasty drag to the finish line and the remains of the peloton came thundering past me (Attached Picture).

Regardless of the result it was great fun and there's the next event to look forward to at Cyclopark in early March. Would be great to see a few other Horsham riders there so please get in touch if you want details or a lift to the circuit.

Matt Andrews

 

Forthcoming Open Time Trial Events

The following events are local and may be of interest for members looking for an early season challenge. All can be entered on-line at the CTT website (http://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/), entry closes about ten days before each event.

Early season Time Trials tend to be on hilly (sporting) courses. Let me know if you need any further details on the tt's below or the course routes.

21/02/2016 Redhill CC. 18 miles, course GS/478

06/03/2016 Sussex CA. 23 miles, course GS/194

13/03/2016 East Surrey RC. 29.9 miles, course GS/491

20/03/2016 SCCU 21 miles, courses GS/334

25/03/2016 Crawley Whlrs 41.9 miles, course GS/196

26/03/2016 Brighton Mitre 10 miles, course G10/44

Jon Fry

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Time Trial Race Report - 07/02/2016

This weekend was the first time trials of the new season with 10.5 miles on Saturday and 21 miles today (organised by South Downs Bikes. Both were run on a hilly course from Storrington, out to Whiteways Lodge and back. Today had an additional loop to Fontwell and Arundel. The high winds made for a tough outward leg and the high speed descent back through Amberley on the return tested riders bike handling skills.

Myself and Matt Twelvetrees rode on the Saturday with Matt recording an impressive 30:41 for 20th place and 32:14 for me (27th). While I wimped out on the second day, Matt rode the longer course today and again recorded a fine time of 59:23 for 19th spot.

In a high class field the top 3 were surprisingly identical on both days with 1st Pat Wright (Paceline), 2nd Pete Tadros (Ingear Quickvit) and 3rd Chris McNamara (Nuun Sigma Sport). Seconds separated them on both days.

There are a number of early season Open TT's for February and March, I shall outline those that members may be interested in soon on the club website.

Jon Fry

 

Horsham CX Team Race Sunday 7th February 2016

cyclocrossfeb16The London Cyclocross Association season officially ended today with the Team race. It was held in the grounds of the Great Walstead School in Lindfield and the course was a nice mix of single track through the forest, some off camber grass and farm tracks. Lots of mud but not too deep or claggy.

Alex Palmer, Steve Copeland, Matt Andrews and myself made up the required four riders and took to the start line with around 230 others. The huge field was sent off in four waves but even so the sheer number of riders trying to squeeze into the narrow course made for a rather chaotic first lap. Things soon settled down into a sort of rhythm and we counted off the laps. An hour later the pain eased as we crossed the line. We have no idea until later in the week how we did, with that many riders going around at different speeds it takes some effort and a very good timing system to work it all. I can however say that we all had a smile on our face afterwards and much banter about what happened during the race was exchanged. Thanks to the boys for a great day.

At the end of my first season of 'cross I can say that I have only one regret, that I didn't try this sooner. It really is as friendly as everyone says, and as fast/slow/difficult as you want to make it. You don't even need a special bike, many are riding everyday mountain bikes, the sort that you probably have gathering dust in the shed. If any of these race reports have tempted you to give cyclocross a go then do come and talk to me, or visit: http://www.londonxleague.co.uk/

Tim Peters

 

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