ToB and WVCC

It’s been a great week thus far (and it’s only Wednesday) for the 2019 ToB, with the Green Jersey (for the overall leader of the race), swapping and changing.

Facebook was busy with some vague plans for some who were interested to go and watch somewhere. I had plans just to cycle out to the Yeld and watch from there and grab a couple of shots.

This plan somewhat expanded as it was just fortunate that I had planned to be in Newcastle on Sunday 8th for the Great North Run. So, the plan hatched to take a couple more days off work and go and see the event in Newcastle and Gateshead, and maybe grab a view on the way home as well.

A thrilling day transpired on Monday, with a superb finish from Dylan Groenewegen up the long drag of Grey Street in the city centre. Matteo Trentin fighting also to maintain his lead.

The sprint and ease that the winner seemed to have in pulling up the hill and taking a 2 bike gap to the line.

Groenewegen celebrates

The day after saw the riders in Gateshead for the start.

Rory Townsend, Matteo Trentin, Davide Cimolai and Jacob Scott line up.

After the start getting away, I left for home, but hoped to grab the Tour on the way if I could drive fast enough to catch them!

Luckily, I managed to get a few metres from where the riders were due in 20 minutes from me stopping, so I hopped out and waited near the sign from Kirby Stephen for them to exit onto the main road.

That sneaky looking guy hiding next to the sign is me…

Eddie Dunbar, Alex Domont and Dylan Van Baarle made the breakaway.

 

Haven’t quite mastered eating these gel things yet..

The day was won by Mathieu van der Poel, who took the overall lead and the Green Jersey by mere one second.

So, Wednesday started with wind and rain, which didn’t look like it would go off. I thus checked Facebook again to see who was where, and left it as late as I could (around 11:00), dressed in a long sleeve shirt, cap, leggings, overshoes and a rain cape in my sawn off plastic bottle and my camera gear in my saddlebag and set off. By the time that I was halfway up the Yeld, I was overheating and pouring with sweat as the sun made itself known.

No one was there as I arrived, but soon enough, blue and yellow appeared from the top, then the bottom of the road, and converged just a bit lower than the top of the hill.

The rabble took over…

The race neared, and soon, the breakaway hit the slope after the usual noisy introduction of cars, Police and NEG outriders – and a loud hailer shout out from course commentator Carl Lawrenson for WVCC.

Jacob Scott, KoM leader romped up first, hardly out of breath, and a minute or two later, the peloton, with  Mathieu van der Poel seemingly the only one out of the saddle.

They make it look so easy.

And then they were gone, leaving a gaggle of Weaver Valley jerseys. The only thing left was for a group photograph, obviously, so here they are.

Dylan Groenewegen managed to win the stage – again – his hat-trick, it seemed with relative ease with a powerful push from legs spinning at a lower cadence than others in the sprint.

The most interesting result was that of Matreo Trentin, claiming the Green Jersey back after sneaking over the line to get some bonus seconds. The gap only 3 seconds though, with a time-trial tomorrow..

Given our dominance on the hill, we did manage to get on the telly.

As a club, we’d like to wish Andrew Simpson @simmo_on_sport all the best for the future, with a heartfelt thanks for supporting WVCC all these years....

Upcoming Events

Sep
25
Wed
2019
10:00 Wrinklies Ride Out
Wrinklies Ride Out
Sep 25 @ 10:00 – 14:30
A 10:00 for a 10:10 depart.. an easy, no one gets left behind run. Usually head out into the wind so we have a tail wind home.
Sep
28
Sat
2019
09:00 Training Rides
Training Rides
Sep 28 @ 09:00 – 12:00
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Tue
2019
19:30 AGM – all members welcome.
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This is your chance to catch up on what the club has been up to in the last year, and what we are going to do in the coming year. Also your chance to get[...]
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2
Wed
2019
10:00 Wrinklies Ride Out
Wrinklies Ride Out
Oct 2 @ 10:00 – 14:30
A 10:00 for a 10:10 depart.. an easy, no one gets left behind run. Usually head out into the wind so we have a tail wind home.
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5
Sat
2019
09:00 Training Rides
Training Rides
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“Both Saturday Rides” 1 & 2 Meet 9:00 at Hatchmere Ride 1 – Training ride – off first at 09:00. Bangor on Dee with a cafe stop at Cleopatras. Through and off, average 20-21mph Ride[...]

Club Meeting Times

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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

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10:00 - Hatchmere

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