It’s racing time

Well I’m feeling very virtuous having raced twice in three days! On Sunday I entered the National Women’s Series Road Race in Weaverham – it was a fantastic race, and was described by Paralympic gold medallist Sarah Storey, who came second, as the best women’s race she’s ever ridden in the UK. For more details have a look at http://new.britishcycling.org.uk/sport/article/roa20100425-Report–Cheshire-Classic-Women-s-Road-Race-0
The elite and first cat riders set off at an incredible pace and it was eyeballs out stuff for the rest of us. After one and a half laps of relentless chasing I found myself with a group of 12 or so who’d been shelled out of the main pack (in the meantime a fast group had ridden off ahead so we were now the third group). I managed to keep up with this group for a couple of laps, but it was flat out through and off-ing and I knew I’d struggle to maintain the pace for ten laps. There was just no let up at all. Anyway to cut a long story short I was dropped from my group after about five laps, rode on my own (a royal tour, waving at all our lovely marshals) for a bit, then got pulled out when I got lapped by the leaders – and was chuffed to bits to find I’d still got placed – 42 out of 44 finishers, but there were over 50 riders so I didn’t come last and given that most of the girls were of the serious athlete variety I was quite happy with my day. As normal, brilliant organisation from Terry and the WVCC team.

Then tonight, back to the TLI series at Lower Withington. Richard M and Gareth rode in the young chaps’ race and both did well, finishing safely in the pack. I rode in the old chaps’ race which was really a “mark Alan Kemp” event – lots of sprinting to close down breaks and then easing up till the next attempt. At one stage I found myself in a well-organised chasing group and I worked hard to do my bit – forgetting the rule that you don’t chase down a leading group if a club member is in the group! Sorry Alan! Alan was completely unperturbed and despite being closely marked all race he still managed to win the sprint – amazing. I had a great time and finished safely in the first half of the pack which I was happy with.

Anyway if anyone’s wondering if they should enter they should go for it – TLI races are well organised, friendly and welcoming. Eleanor.

Club runs are back in the calendar for our members and new riders who are looking to join.

Upcoming Events

May
18
Wed
2022
18:30 Club 10 series
Club 10 series
May 18 @ 18:30 – 20:00
Club 10’s , the Guardian and Scratch Cup Series For new club riders, just come along and have a go. It’s all about you and the clock, and measuring your own performance. It’s therefore open[...]
May
21
Sat
2022
09:00 Training Rides 1 & 2
Training Rides 1 & 2
May 21 @ 09:00 – 13:30
Saturday Training Rides RIDES STARTING AT 09:00 & 09:01 FROM THIS SATURDAY (12th March) Ride 1 – off at 09:00 from Hatchmere . Distance around 80 miles – pace 18mph ish Ride 2 – off[...]
May
25
Wed
2022
18:30 Club 10 series
Club 10 series
May 25 @ 18:30 – 20:00
Club 10’s , the Guardian and Scratch Cup Series For new club riders, just come along and have a go. It’s all about you and the clock, and measuring your own performance. It’s therefore open[...]
May
28
Sat
2022
09:00 Training Rides 1 & 2
Training Rides 1 & 2
May 28 @ 09:00 – 13:30
Saturday Training Rides RIDES STARTING AT 09:00 & 09:01 FROM THIS SATURDAY (12th March) Ride 1 – off at 09:00 from Hatchmere . Distance around 80 miles – pace 18mph ish Ride 2 – off[...]

Club Meeting Times

Sunday runs:

09:30 - Winnington Park Rugby Football Club - see calendar for updated start times (Most runs 10:00 during the winter months)

Tuesday evening (informal - usually a small gathering!)

20:00 onwards - Winnington Park Rugby Football Club

Wednesday runs:

10:00 - Hatchmere

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