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  • Alan Kemp
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    in reply to: craig knocked off #39756 |

    Hi Craig,
    Really sorry to hear you have had such a bad accident , had not realised it was so bad until it was talked about tonight at the club dinner and seeing Sarahs post above.. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery.
    Alan

    Alan Kemp
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    in reply to: Llanberis 2012 #39597 |

    By heck, all this modern technology just for a bike ride!

    I remember when !!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!

    Ps Hope I don`t get lost on the way now!

    Alan Kemp
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    Thanks Andy,
    I will try posting some pictures onto the forum some time in the future.
    Alan

    Alan Kemp
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    Hi Garry and Mary. Great news, congratulations to you both on your marriage !

    Alan Kemp
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    That`s great, thanks Al.

    Alan Kemp
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    Oh that will be great Jim, thanks.

    Alan Kemp
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    Yes thanks, will pass on your good wishes etc.

    Alan Kemp
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    in reply to: Dave Astles #39527 |

    Lost a great friend, a friendship of nearly 50 years!. Please see Jim Goldens report on the LVRC web site link.

    http://lvrc.org/latest_news.asp

    Had some great times together .

    RIP Dave. Deepest sympathy to Dave`s wife Margaret, their daughter, and son Mark with partner Lynsey.

    Alan Kemp
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    in reply to: National 12 Hour 2011 #39156 |

    Congratulations on your ride in the “12” Dave, excellent performance. In fact well done on all your rides this year.I think Jack must be bringing out the best in you and vice versa.

    Alan Kemp
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    in reply to: Back from Germany! #39062 |

    Congratulations on a great result result Giles .It would be really interesting to here more about this race and other mountain bike races you have been doing. Also
    great pictures.

    Alan Kemp
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    in reply to: The Legend lives on! #38995 |

    Andy Wilkinson was an absolute legend in my eyes long before this latest epic in the 24 hour and if what you say is correct Dave then I am completely dumbstruck at the ability of the man . If he ever writes a book on his cycling exploits then I will be the first in the queue to buy it . Not only is he a brilliant time trial rider , he is a former Tour of Britain rider ( Milk Race ) and also famed for his touring exploits in this country and the continent as well as being so modest about his achievements. Great idea to book him for the club dinner asap.

    Alan Kemp
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    @Jules wrote:

    Didn’t get in 😥

    Jules , most races are fully subscribed well before the official closing date for entries. Race organisers only have limited places available and that number has to include riders in each age category so the number of riders in each category is quite small. Try and enter about six weeks in advance.
    The Macclesfield Wheelers TLI evening race is on in about a month and is always a good race Why not give the organiser a ring ( see TLI website or handbook) ask if spaces are available and if so get an entry in quick.Also a TLI race is the Seamons rr in June, another good evening race. Again get an entry in soon.
    Oulton Park races you can enter in advance or pay a bit extra on the night but i do not think there is any restriction on numbers. There are also TLI races on Darley Moor and Seighford near Stafford which you can , I think just turn up for .
    Good luck .
    Alan.

    Alan Kemp
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    Not sure of Dylan`s exact age but a great pity it seems he is forbidden to ride on the WVCC Saturday training ride because he is under 18 .How about reviewing this age barrier or is it not a hard and fast rule? A time of year for steady state riding not burnups ,where I thought the idea was to gently ease people back into training before picking up the intensity.Dylan and the other young lads are the future of our club . Lets not bash their enthusiasm .At this time of year before the intensity picks up and people presumably do their own thing re. intervals ,then it is a great time for these youngsters to ride with ,listen to and learn from the people who are going to race.The WVCC has had a number of riders in years gone by who reached international standard before leaving the junior ranks, which used to be 18 years old.Who has not marvelled at the skill and speed of those 14 to 16 year old boys and girls at the Revolution track meetings each winter .Us on our training ride would not live with most of them.I wonder what Sherwen, Ewart, Nigel Soens, Sue Thompson etc would have done if denied access to the club training ride when they were Dylan`s age. I could give a few clues which I am sure you could guess!
    Dylan, you can get married or join the armed forces at 16 but without a chaperone you cannot do the WVCC training ride until 18.
    Just spoke to Ewart who intends to be there on Saturday. He will look after you . ( hope it does not pour with rain or he may not be there – big softy?). Hope someone else will then look after you.

    good luck,
    Alan 😀

    Alan Kemp
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    Hi Kris ,

    Great to hear that you want to take the first steps into road racing as do one or two other club members.

    For riders under the age of 40 wanting to race at weekends on a regular basis you will need to ride British Cycling road races on the open road or short circuit races.Provided you are prepared to travel around the North West you will be able to compete most weekends from end of February until September. I would advise you take out British Cycling Silver membership, plus a full racing licence and purchase a handbook at the same time .This will have all race rules and a list of events so you can plan your season. This can be done now. If you can persuade someone else to start racing with you it will be even better as you can share travel expenses and experiences. You will be a 4th category licence holder and this group will contain a wide range of ages and abilities. Some potential stars will rapidly gain points and move on into a higher category and some riders may never progress beyond this group.

    The League International (TLI) as Jules referred to , is open to all age groups .The TLI is age related racing which is what is needed as riders get older . If 60 year olds had to ride against 20 year olds there would be very few older riders racing. Riders are grouped in 5 year age bands, very often with prizes for each age group. Locally we have a great opportunity to try road racing in these TLI races, with a number of races throughout the season , usually on evenings during the week.Compared To British Cycling , membership and entry fees are much cheaper at about £16 membership and £6 to £8 entry fee. The TLI website ( Northwest Mainland) has a provisional list of races for the coming season.

    For riders over 40 who fancy road racing but do not want to get their heads kicked in by riders half their age, and want to have a full season of racing,then the LVRC is the answer. An excellent organisation which categorizes riders in 5 year age bands similar to the TLI. In most races two age categories will usually compete together as one race, with separate prizes for each age group. In these races you can compete against riders of about the same age as yourself and still get your head kicked in! 140 races were promoted last year under LVRC rules and is another great example of the success of age related sport. These races can sometimes require a fair amount of travelling but for the serious and not so serious rider these are THE races for the over 40s. The LVRC also promote the season long Percy Stallard Road Race Series based on points gained in a selection of races during the season and the LVRC has now taken over from British Cycling as the main source of road racing for veteran cyclists. Each of the three cycling organisations has it`s own National road race championships , both the BC and LVRC have a track championships and all three have a cyclo cross championship, so plenty to target! As with TLI, in LVRC races if you are not confident or fit enough to compete amongst your own age group you can always ride with an older age group! Hope this has given you a bit of an insight.Riders over 40 years of age can still ride British Cycling races if they wish to. Many riders affilliate to all three organisations.

    Plan your season well in advance .Set yourself realistic short and longer term targets or aims. Join the BC, TLI or LVRC as required , this month, and download race entry forms from the relevant websites and take note of the closing dates for entries in order to get your entry in with plenty of time to spare.

    I know from experience that particularly in road racing whether it is training or tactics , gearing , positioning, timing ,it can take a long time to get the hang of things without a bit of help, so below I have included a link to some training pages written quite some time ago by former international Ray Minovi but which I think are still excellent advice and particularly if new to racing.

    http://www.theleagueinternational.com/northwestmainland.htm
    http://lvrc.org/ ,
    http://lvrc.org/coaching.asp
    http://new.britishcycling.org.uk/

    Just in the hope that it may wet your appetite, I have included a link to a report (hopefully not too biased) which I did on the LVRC National Road Race Championships of 2010 http://lvrc.org/race_results.asp?r=393&y=2010
    Alan
    😀

    Alan Kemp
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    Great link Tim, Have just watched some of “Sunday in Hell” and am still awestruck by watching Merkxc the greatest rider ever in my opinion , not that I am opinionated , plus seeing such classy riders as Hennie Kuiper, Moser and De Vlaeminck in the thick of it . It is so captivating and motivating to me and has revived some great personal memories .A favourite is of seeing Eddy beat Gimondi to the World road race title in Mendrisio in the early 70s after the 2 had dropped Guimard on the last lap. With thousands of rival supporters split into 2 camps screaming their favourites name ( I was for Eddie, and deafened everyone)) the atmosphere was electrified as Eddie lead all the way down the straight for a brilliant win. Quick as a flash i crawled under the grandstand onto the circuit as Eddie came to a stop , ran up to him , putting one hand on his bike saddle to steady the bike and the other hand patting him on his back as I emotionally congratulated him before he was swamped by a mass of fans and press photographers.
    Only 2 or 3 years later Weaver Valley`s Paul Sherwen ( Ewarts big rival previously) was mixing it with a lot of the big names of “Sunday in Hell” ( Gives an idea of how tough our clubruns were then). Great picture of Paul in Graham Watson`s ” Visions of Cycling” taken at the finish of 1983 Paris -Roubaix where Paul looks in agony and the caption is “even his mother cried after seeing this picture of her son”

    Alan

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