Thames Velo - East Berkshire's Cycle Road Racing Club
Thames Velo is a cycling club based in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, with a membership base covering Slough, Bracknell, Windsor, Ascot and Reading as well. Our members take part in road racing, time trials, track racing, cyclosportives and audax. We also have a club run, every Sunday, all year round. Read more about us here.
2014 SPRING ROAD RACE - MAY 11th More details to follow soon over on our road race page, we have confirmed with British Cycling that we will be organising two road race on the ever popular Great Milton circuit on May 11th.
A WIN FOR THE VELO!!
Imperial Winter Series - Race 1 - Saturday 7th December The highs and lows of racing were both witnessed on an eventful first day of racing of the Imperial Winter Series at Hillingdon today.
The 4th Cat race was a full field of racers and Thames Velo had a six man team consisting of Andy Brown, Clark Anderson, Phil Mosley, Laurence Manning, Paul Adams and Nick Silva. The race, heading anti-clockwise, in the early laps saw the Velo take to the front where Nick attempted to set up a break away but didn't attract the help of any riders from other teams and he returned to the bunch.
Throughout the race the Thames Velo team maintained a good position within the bunch but to the front. With five laps to go a well organised train of six London Dynamo took to the front and began to form what looked like a dangerous breakaway. However, with about three laps left they seemed to fade and the bunch were back as one. Laurence had looked comfortable all race and sat in nicely a few wheels back from Clark who held a good spot just off the front in about 5th wheel.
On the final lap the pace quickened for the inevitable bunch sprint and rounding the final bend Laurence turned first and led out the sprint to impressively pull away from the bunch and power his way to the win with at least a few bike lengths ahead of the chasers!
A fantastic display by Thames Velo and a well deserved win for Laurence to gain his 3rd Cat licence.
For the E/1/2/3 race Thames Velo had two riders in Paul Buckley and Michael Metayer, unfortunately Andy Fowkes was unable to race due to illness.
From the start both Paul and Michael looked strong, riding to the front of the bunch and allowing small breakaways to be reeled back in by other teams. About three quarters through the race Mickael attacked as the race passed the club house and a few others jumped across to chase and join him. Paul remained in a good position within the bunch and eventually Mickael was caught.
With a few laps to go Mickael again attacked, this time along the finishing straight and the pace rose to chase and reel him back in. Things were getting a bit twitchy and on the technical bend at the top of the course a rider came down bringing down about six other riders behind him. Unfortunately one of the riders was Paul who was unable to avoid the crash and came down heavily to his right shoulder and dislocated his collar bone. The final lap was finished in a fast sprint with Mickael finishing mid bunch.
A good day for Thames Velo with some excellent team racing, great support and a fantastic win by Laurence, but sadness for Paul, who was looking strong, ending the day with an unplanned trip to A & E.
Full results will be posted here as soon as we have them.
Full results on the Imperial Racing Team website here
Palmer Park Training (Tuesdays/Thursdays) With the Imperial Winter Series looming, a group of twelve Velo arrived at Palmer Park velodrome to get some fine tuning in before the racing starts. Judging by some of the efforts being put in there is some good form being carried over from the summer and into the winter.
Inverse RT Winter Points Grabber Race 2 – Saturday 2nd November Anastasia Welsh 2nd claim member yet again showed the TV boys for the 2nd week running how to race. A marvellous 4th place gave her sufficient points to obtain her 3rd Cat licence. Congratulations, onwards and upwards lass!
As for the men in the 4ths, the 5 man early break was missed; Rob Mosley sensed the danger and tried to bridge, unfortunately he was left in no mans’ land and was soon swallowed up by the pack as the strong headwind took its toll. Once the break was established the headwind down the back straight put paid to any meaningful chase resulting in the break almost catching the field. Both Andy Brown and Clark Anderson had quiet races with the odd foray towards the front. All three TV riders finished comfortably mid bunch in the sprint for the minor points. The final race of what has become a popular late season series is this coming Saturday.
Full results here
RACE FOR LIFE – Friday 25th October
QUESTION: What does it take to get club members onto their Mountain Bikes?
ANSWER: Approximately 900 women in pink T-shirts, tutus, trainers, bunny-ears & all manner of glowing, glittering, illuminated charity wear.
The RACE FOR LIFE returned to Windsor Race Course on the dark evening of the 25th October. Niels, Ian, Mark & Tim dug out their Mountain Bikes to cycle-marshal the event - allegedly to look after the safety of the 840 ladies of all ages, who ran, jogged & walked their way round the 5 kilometre fund-raising circuit. Most definitely the slowest event on the club calender but certainly a most worthy cause.
Chairman's Club Ride – Sunday 27th October Sunday saw the annual Chairman’s ride down to Fanny’s Farm Shop in the Surrey Hills. The weather forecast throughout the week was looking ominous but on the day when the clocks went back, we were treated to a pleasant but very windy day. The route of around 100 miles takes in the climbs of Crocknorth Road a climb used on the Tour of Britain, the iconic Box Hill and on the return leg the 20% climb up Bagdon Hill. After a double helping of cake at Fanny’s we were quickly on our way homeward bound with the weather closing in and chasing us down. As we approached Windsor darkness was creeping in as riders peeled off towards home. Well done to the 8 intrepid riders that made it there and back on what was an enjoyable and memorable ride.
The ride report is here
St. Crispin’s Day Night Ride – Sunday 27th October Club member Ian Carswell reports... 'Gentlemen in England, now a-bed those shall think themselves accursed they did not ride with us upon this St Crispin’s day' ... "I signed on at 11:45 pm for a unique riding experience, it was dry until about 5 minutes in and then the heavens opened for the next two hours. Riding around Central London in the middle of the night was certainly a unique experience. Greater camaraderie than 'normal' sportives with the challenge of the weather, the darkness, and no sleep and definitely a sense of ‘we're all in this together’. Great feed stations with the added bonus of a bottle of wine at the 70 mile mark in Twyford, along with a hot meat meal. The heavens opened again for another hour and at one point less than 2 miles from my house following the route it was tempting to go straight home. The car was in Chiswick and the group I was in was all working well together. The rain stopped just before dawn and as the sun came up we had just a few miles to go. Through bushy park past the deer and back for bacon rolls and then the drive home to bed. A great well organised event certainly different, and with a great spirit from everyone there; both the riders and those manning the all night feed stations. Once more into the cleats my friends! In total 108 miles (including 4miles extra after going off course!)"
Inverse RT Winter Points Grabber Race 1 – Saturday 26th October Even though winter is fast approaching there are still plenty of people looking to race. This was demonstrated with a bumper turnout of around 50 riders in the 4th Cat race down at Hillingdon in the first race of the series. For the Velo was Paul Adams in his first race, Clark Anderson a regular racer now and there was a welcome return to racing for Andy Brown. The race was interrupted briefly when glass was thrown on the circuit which was quickly cleared. With the weather deteriorating most seemed content to sit in out of the rain and wind. There were a couple of flurries off the front which were short lived. Mid way though the race Clark punctured this was the end of his race. Shortly after the elastic broke for Paul Adams, he dropped off the back and called it a day. Hopefully he’ll be back to give it another go. Finding his racing legs Andy sat in for the duration, deciding not to contest the sprint he finished comfortably mid bunch ready to race another day. The 2nd race of the series is next week. Our 2nd claim member Anastasia Welsh (Maidenhead CC) bagged 6th in her race.
Full results here
APRES September Sessions 2 – Sunday 15th September After frustration with Saturdays result Paul Buckley decided to take the drive down to the outdoor velodrome at Preston Park in Brighton on Sunday. With 20 riders in the 4th Cat field Paul was sufficiently strong enough to take 7th place which meant he needed a further 3 points for 3rd Cat. He therefore duly signed on for the next race with the Vets whereby just finishing meant he was guaranteed sufficient points. A little luck yes, but if you race frequently enough you make your own luck. Three races in 24 hours, well done and well deserved!
Full results here
BC West Thames 24 – Saturday 14th September Just the two riders from the club for the final 4th Cat race of the series at Hillingdon. Paul Buckley stayed towards the front of the race while Clark Anderson in his first race opted to sit towards the rear and monitor proceedings from there. As usual it came down to a last lap gallop where Clark cannily found room to get on the front and really stretch his legs. Unfortunately the pack was queuing up behind him welcoming the lead out. As Clark faded towards the line Paul came through strong but both still finished outside the points. A good effort though.
Full results here
John & Dulcie Walker Road Races – Sunday 1st September The club entered an all 4th Cat team into the Dulcie Walker Cup Road Race for 3rd/4th Cats back at the beginning of September, the race hosted by Willesden CC. For 4 of the riders this was their very first venture into road racing out on the open roads. The race was held on the local Drift Road circuit which we know very well, it’s been our regular chaingang circuit throughout the summer. The race was over 4.5 laps and covered around 45 miles. It was good to see Thames Velo prominent throughout the race. There was great support from the club on the Birdshill roundabout now known as Thames Velo Corner! On the final lap 3 Thames Velo riders lead the peloton up the final climb of Hawthorn Hill with Phil Mosley taking a chance of a long break for home which was ultimately brought back. With the speed high along Drift Road, 3kms from the finish line a crash occurred resulting in a split, unfortunately Thames Velo riders were caught up behind it which meant the sprint for the finish wasn’t contested. Nevertheless it was a superb team performance and a great showing from the club. We’ll be back next year!
The riders were:
Paul Buckley gets his 3rd Cat – Mon 16th September Congratulations to our very own Paul Buckley on gaining sufficient points from the weekend's racing to obtain his 3rd cat racing licence. More details to follow. Well done Paul!
Masters Crit, Hillingdon – Wed 28th August A good showing of veteran racers from Thames Velo this week, Martin Porter added to last week’s trio of Paul Buckley, Nick Silva and Andy Fowkes. No wind again this week which meant little hope of a breakaway. The bunch was simply towed back to any escapees. At times we were prominent and to the fore making ourselves know but eventually it reached the stage of sitting in and waiting for the build up to the sprint. All riders finished comfortably in the bunch. It was great to have 4 riders out and getting noticed. Sadly there's just one more race on Spetember 4th.
Full results here
Beer & Chat – Monday 2nd September This months pub meeting for a "beer and a chat" is at the usual place, the Jack O'Newbury in Binfield from 7.30pm onwards. See you there.
Maidenhead CC 10 Mile TT – Thursday 22nd August This week the TT was back on HCC234 Shurlock Row circuit. Results for the Thames Velo riders were as follows...
5th Paul Redman 24:29
7th Paul Stonell 24:45
19th Phil Mosley 26:19
23rd Rob Mosley 27:00
26th Ian Carswell 28:24
Full results here
Masters Crit, Hillingdon – Wed 21st August Three members of Thames Velo raced the penultimate race of the master’s series down at Hillingdon last Wednesday. The race was over 30 miles and with little wind the pace was kept high throughout. Every break attempt was chased down. It was inevitable that the race outcome would be decided on the final lap gallop. The club trio of Andy Fowkes, Nick Silva and Paul Buckley all finished comfortably in the bunch.
Full results here
Thames Velo Chaingang – Tuesdays & Saturdays Throughout the course of the summer our Saturday Chaingang has been going really well. The Saturday challenge is to survive 4 laps of the 8.9mile Drift Road circuit. The distance is around 36.7miles with an average speed of 22-23mph. We start and finish at the entrance to New Lodge meeting at 9.30am. We have recently introduced a second session on a Tuesday evening starting at 7.00pm over the course of 2 laps. That’s around 17 miles with a slightly faster average speed of 23mph+. If you’re interested in joining us and it’s your first time drop us a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com so we know to expect you and don’t leave without you. See you there.
Maidenhead CC 10 Mile TT – Thursday 15th August Just the two riders this week from Thames Velo on the H10/10 Drift Road circuit over 10 miles. Again both were on standard road bikes and finished as follows...
17th Phil Mosley 25:45
18th Rob Mosley 26:06
Full results here
Maidenhead CC 10 Mile TT – Thursday 8th August There were 3 riders this week from Thames Velo on the H10/10 Drift Road circuit over 10 miles. All were on standard road bikes and finished as follows...
15th Tim Brass 25:09 (PB)
19th Phil Mosley 25:50
29th Ian Carswell 28:45
Full results here
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 – Sunday 4th August Members of Thames Velo tackled the inaugural "Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100" sportive on closed roads through London, into the Surrey hills then back. The day was a memorable spectacle, one that will stay with all riders for weeks to come. With huge numbers and closed roads we saw some super fast times. Congratulations to everybody that participated./p>
Surrey League Handicap – Thursday 1st August 5 members of Thames Velo rode down to Kitsmead Lane for the last of the handicap races. It was a very hot evening to say the least. Paul Buckley and Nick Silva were off in the first group, Phil Mosley and Rob Mosley followed in the 2nd and Tim Brass in the 3rd. The race was over the standard 3 mile circuit covering 9 laps. By lap 5 Tim was caught by the chasers and shortly after Phil and Rob were caught, the latter dropping out on lap 6 due to not feeling well. The lead group held on until midway through the last lap when eventually they caught by the chasers resulting in a bunch sprint. That’s it now with the handicaps until next season. Well done everybody. Full results can be found here
Thames Velo South Coast Ride – Friday 26th July This could become an annual pilgrimage. Three TV members decided to ride down to the south coast simply to see the sea. Destination was the Sea Lane Café in Goring-by-Sea, with the aim of eating a hearty full English breakfast before the return leg home. Setting off at 5.30am the trio were tucking into breakfast by 9.30am, at the same time watching and waiting for the sea to come rolling in. By the time we had reached home all 3 riders had ridden well in excess of 100 miles. A great ride in beautiful weather conditions. Roll on next year!
|Paul Buckley||134.8 miles|
|Tim Brass||143 miles|
|Andy Brown||154.9 miles|
Wiggle Magnificat – Sunday 14th July Paul Buckley completed the 126 mile Magnificat sportive on Sunday. Starting at the Newbury race course the route takes in a large chunk of the Hampshire Countryside and the South Downs, with well over 7,000ft of climbing. Paul passed the 100 miles in 5hrs 53mins and sailed through to the finish in 7hrs 20mins taking gold standard in the process. Well done.
Maidenhead CC 10 Mile TT – Thursday 4th July Some 58 riders turned out to ride one of the hottest 10’s on the A4 so far this year. Not only was the temperature high but the wind was strong which made for testing conditions. Even so, it was slightly easier on the return with riders attaining speeds in excess of 30mph. There were three riders from the Velo in attendance:
Paul Stonell 24:07 (minus the TT lid, left at home!)
Ian Carswell 28:17
Russell Smith 30:09
Full results here
Gran Fondo Sportful Dolomiti Race – Sunday 16th June A small Thames Velo team consisting of Martin Porter, Mark Merriman and Paul Todd were amongst 4,000 starters in what is considered the hardest Gran Fondo in Europe. Paul Buckley injured a few days before hand, travelled also to give much needed support. After 135 miles riders return to Feltre with over 17,000 ft of climbing in the legs after riding some of the most picturesque valleys and passes of the majestic Italian Dolomites. Passes include the Croce D’Aune and Passo di Rolle. The highest point of the route comes after 85 miles with the Passo di Valles at 6,666 ft. With unseasonable rain and cold in the lead up to the event, the challenge soon switched when temperatures over the course of the weekend rose to well over 35 degrees. No arm warmers or gillets required for this ride. Paul Todd opted for the shorter but equally tough medio route while Martin and Mark tackled the full route.
|Mark Merriman||Gran Fondo||10hrs 22mins|
|Martin Porter||Gran Fondo||11hrs 52mins|
|Paul Todd||Medio Fondo||5hrs 58mins|
Surrey League Handicap Series 8 – Thursday 13th June There were three TV riders in the handicap race down on Accommodation Road, all seeded in the first group. The evening was too much for Nick Silva after the weekends Dragon Ride; he decided to sit it out and watch after the first lap. Rob Mosley was the next to go, swallowed up by the chasing pack with the lead group a little to sharp for him on the day. His brother Phil remained in the mix, the front group being just too strong for the fast closing pack. An 8 rider uphill sprint saw Rob take a great 5th place for Thames Velo. Well done, a great result. Full results can be found here
Surrey League Dunsfold Park Vets Series - Wednesday 12th June Both Martin Porter and Paul Buckley were in the points at the Surrey League race 6 of the Vets series. The hammer went down from the off in atrocious wet and windy conditions. By the time riders came up for air midway round lap two the damage was done. Paul found himself on the back of a reasonably large group which eventually splintered into two smaller groups. The remainder including Martin were swept up as the group gained in size and strength until Paul's group was pulled back on the penultimate lap. A sprint ensued where Paul finished 6th and Martin 7th. Both great rides in very poor conditions. Full results can be found here
Dragon Ride – Sunday 9th June Nick Silva completed the Gran Fondo Dragon Ride over the weekend. The ride is a popular feature on the UK sportive calendar. Popular because the route is not only demanding but because of its beautiful setting in the Brecon Beacons and its iconic climbs through the Welsh Mountains including the category 1 Bwlch and Rhigos climbs. The Gran Fondo is over a long 206 kms with climbing in excess of 3,300 metres. Nick finished in 8 hrs 41 mins. Well done.
Moose.eu Summer Crit Hillingdon - Saturday 7th June Both Phil Wege and Paul Buckley were prominent in the 4th Cat race. A strong tailwind down the back straight and a strong headwind in the opposite direction was always going to make it hard for anybody to get away. For Phil it was his first race for the club and was using it to find his racing legs and was routinely seen pulling strong on the front. Paul was content to sit near the front and wait for the action. Unfortunately Paul was stalled behind a fading rider on the final lap and both riders rolled over the line towards the rear of the bunch. Full results can be found here
Maidenhead CC 10 Mile TT – Thursday 6th June On the H10/2 course this week a strong tailwind to Twyford along the A4 made the first 5 miles very quick, but less easy on the lungs and legs on the return. Four Thames Velo riders this week...
Andy Fowkes 23:52
Paul Stonell 23:59
Paul Redman 24:02
Martin Lambert 28:56
Full results here
Chiltern 100 – Sunday 2nd June A 6 man Thames Velo team rode the local Chiltern 100 Grand Fondo in sparkling sunshine, perfect for riding and riding hard. Covering 105 miles of the toughest terrain the Chilterns has to offer, the team finished with 3 gold’s and 3 silvers leaving the team one point shy of an overall team gold. Well done everybody, a fantastic effort.
|Andy Brown||6hrs 13mins||Gold|
|Tim Brass||6hrs 18mins||Gold|
|Paul Buckley||6hrs 18mins||Gold|
|Matt Fredrickson||6hrs 32mins||Silver|
|Nick Silva||6hrs 36mins||Silver|
|Martin Porter||6hrs 49mins||Silver|
King of the Downs – Sunday 2nd June On the same day the A Team was conquering the Chilterns, fellow TV rider Rob Mosley was tackling the Surrey Hills and the North Downs over a distance of 115 miles. With climbing comparable to the Chiltern 100 Rob managed to finish in a very creditable time of 7hrs 8mins.
Banbury Star Road Race – Sunday 2nd June Club member Mickael Metayer raced in the 3rd/4th Cat support race at Banbury on Sunday. The race is renowned for the climb up ‘The Knowle’, which is a 14% climb leading up to the historic village of Edgehill just north or Banbury. The riders ascend ‘The Knowle’ 3 times to complete the full race distance of 44 miles. Mickael finished in the bunch claiming 30th position out of a full field of over 65 riders. A great effort and well done. Full results can be found here
CC London Crit Series 2 - Saturday 1st June On Saturday Mickael Metayer raced down at the Redbridge Cycling Centre, Essex. Racing the bottom circuit with an uphill finish Mickael crossed the line comfortably mid pack in 25th position. Full results can be found here
Maidenhead CC 10 Mile TT – Thursday 30th May 2013 There were 3 riders this week from Thames Velo, they were:
10th Mickael Metayer 24:35
14th Andy Fowkes 25:49
24th Ian Carswell 28:00
Full results here
Surrey League Dunsfold Park Vets Series Race 4 - Wednesday 29th May Martin Porter managed to avoid the rain in the 4th of the Dunsfold Vets series. Another big turnout, well supported, which this week resulted in a sprint finish with Martin finishing mid pack. Full results can be found here
Maidenhead CC 10 Mile TT – Thursday 23rd May 2013 Andy Fowkes was the club's sole representative this week on the H10/2, A4 Maidenhead Thicket course. Andy finished 11th overall in a time of 26:04
Full results here
Monday 20th May - 2013 Divs RESULT The top 20 placings are now up on the Road Race page
Surrey League Dunsfold Park 4th Cat Series Race 2 - Friday 17th May Thames Velo also hosted the 2nd race of the 4th Cat series; the final race the club was committed to as part of our affiliation to Surrey League. There was only one rider this week representing the Velo... Nick Silva. Nick, new to racing, pretty much sat mid pack for the duration of the race getting the feel of bunch riding; after all this was only his second event and first on the Dunsfold circuit. Mid pack was where Nick finished in the bunch sprint. Well done Nick, another race in the bag. Full results can be found here
Surrey League Dunsfold Park Vets Series Race 2 - Wednesday 15th May Martin Porter raced in the Vets series down at Dunsfold Park, the race being over 30miles. Unfortunately he missed the race winning break when he felt he had the legs. Martin had to be content on this occasion coming in with the bunch. Full results can be found here
Pedal Heaven Eelmore Circuit Series 4 - Wednesday 15th May New racers Rob & Phil Mosley looking to broaden their race experience decided to tackle the short but punchy Eelmore Circuit. On a fast circuit with sprints out of each bend and it being a 3rd/4th Cat race they were always going to be up against it, but all good experience. Rob unfortunately dropped off the back midway through the race but Phil managed to hold on to the tail of the pack finishing with the bunch. Full results can be found here
Fred Whitton - Sunday 12th May This year's event turned into a bit of a slog, strong winds and driving rain made for treacherous riding conditions which made the day not to pleasant and ultra hard. Nevertheless, 4 Thames Velo riders conquered the worst riding conditions in many years finishing with creditable times:
|Paul Buckley||8hrs 3mins|
|Tim Brass||8hrs 18mins|
|Martin Porter||8hrs 48mins|
|Paul Todd||9hrs 46mins|
Surrey League Dunsfold Park 4th Cat Series Race 1 - Friday 10th May Thames Velo hosted the first race of the 4th Cat series, a Surrey League commitment. We had 3 club members riding, Steven Green, and the Mosley brothers Rob & Phil.
Unfortunately Steven took a tumble on the first lap so he saw the showers early. Rob & Phil in their first race rode well, coming together at the front on the penultimate lap. Both finished well in the bunch sprint. Welcome to the world of racing! Full results can be found here
2013 Divs UPDATE The Road Race Programme for the event now available HERE
2013 Divs UPDATE Entries for the Central Region Divisional Championships on May 19th 2013 are now CLOSED. However, there are places still currently available and we are considering late entries. Please contact the organiser ASAP about the possibility of a late entry or on-the day ride. Contact details and more can be found on the Road Race page
Team Townend Pushbike Challenge – Saturday 27th April Martin Porter reports: Two Thames Velo riders travelled up to the Lake District to take part in the Team Townend Pushbike Challenge ridden in memory of Christian and Niggy Townend, brothers killed in a double tragedy in December 2010 when a coach was driven into them. In 2012 the coach driver was acquitted of all charges against him, claiming to have had the sun in his eyes and we felt it important to support this ride.
Paul at the hotel overawed by scenery and testing the weather
At the start, nearly ready to go
For the local news report video click here
The ride supports the Charity roadpeace whose sterling work includes lobbying to improve the criminal justice process after vulnerable road users have been killed or harmed. They really do deserve our full support.
Honister Pass looms ahead
Me - in the Lakes (Hardknott – did I mention that after the 40 mile challenge Paul led me a further 60 miles over Cold Fell and other bumps to the top of Harknott?)
It was a real pleasure to meet several members of Christian and Niggy's family. The sun shone almost throughout, and the friendliness and generosity of all involved was quite exceptional. Lovely home made chocolate biscuits alongside the bananas at the feed half way around and an enormous spread of homemade/prepared food to welcome us at the finish. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and am now the proud owner of a Team Townend jersey.
Kitsmead Lane E/1/2/3/4 Handicap Race - Thursday 25th April There was a bumper turnout for the first of the Handicap races on the local Kitsmead Lane circuit. There was a full field of 80 riders with a number of riders disappointed to be turned away. Both Paul Buckley and Nick Silva (who was competing in his debut road race) were seeded into the first group which lead off the race over the 8 laps of the 2.8mile circuit. Both were prominent in the group throughout the race with their efforts contributing to the group staying away. A final lap sprint saw Paul Buckley finish in 13th with Nick rolling over the line in 17th for an excellent result in his very first race. Well done!
Full results here
Maidenhead CC 10 Mile TT – Thursday 25th April There were 3 riders this week from Thames Velo on the H10/10 Drift Road circuit over 10 miles. This weeks finishing positions were:
18th Phillip Mosley 26:25
31st Ian Carswell 29:59
32nd Russell Smith 30:26
Full results here
Maidenhead CC 25 mile TT – Sunday 21st April For somebody not riding much, our Redders pulled out a cracking time of 1:06:14 gaining 9th place over the 25 miles of the HC001 circuit. Hopefully this will spur Paul on to find more time to get out on the bike and start rolling back those glory years.
Full results here
Sportives – Sunday 21st April It was a busy weekend on the Sportive scene, made all the better due to the fabulous sunshine. Three Thames Velo riders took on the full 83 mile route of the Princess Risbrough Sportive over the Chiltern Hills which included 5,904ft of climbing. The results were:
Nick Silva 4hrs 47mins (Gold)
Matt Fredrickson 4hrs 48mins (Gold)
Ian Carswell 5hrs 48mins (Silver)
Also, Mark Merriman rode in the White Horse Challenge Sportive starting in Shrivenham, Wiltshire with the route crossing the Marlborough and Lambourne Downs. Over 90 miles and with 1,400 metres of climbing Mark finished in 6hrs 13mins gaining a Silver.
Maidenhead CC 10 Mile TT – Thursday 18th April On an extremely windy evening 4 riders braved the elements over the 10 mile distance on the H10/10 Drift Road course. On standard road bikes the results were:
11th Phillip Mosley 27:29
18th Nick Silva 29:52
20th Ian Carswell 30:39
23rd Russell Smith 32:53
Full results here
Hillingdon Duathlon Race Series – Monday 15th April Mickael Metayer was victorious in the first race of the Monday evening Duathlon Series run by Hillingdon Triathletes down at the Hillingdon Cycle circuit. The first race of the series was 'relay', that's two people doing an equal share of both riding and running. To even out the field the teams weren't selected until on the night. The race was 1 lap running the 1 mile circuit then handing over for a riding leg of 5 laps, another handover for a further 5 laps on the bike before a final 1 mile sprint. Paired with Chris of Hillingdon Triathletes, Mickael opted to run first and flew round the circuit in 5.06 minutes handing over to Chris in 3rd position. Chris then rode hard for 5 laps, by the time he'd handed over to Mickael they were still holding 3rd. Mickael once on the bike then applied the power like we know he can, by the end of the first of 5 laps he was in the lead, eventually handing over a comfortable buffer for Chris to finish the last leg with 20 seconds to spare. What a victory, well done!
Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100 Club Challenge Thames Velo has registered two teams into what is probably the most prestigious Sportive event on this years UK calendar. The RideLondon Surrey 100 Club Challenge, held in August later this year, is on closed roads and follows the Olympic Road Race Route, the event being part of London’s festival of cycling celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. The weekends cycling activities will be broadcast live on TV both in the UK and internationally. The club challenge is for teams of 4 to complete the course in the best possible team time. We will be informed on the 26th April if our entries have been successful. Fingers crossed everybody!
Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive – Saturday 13th April Club member Nick Silva - in atrocious wet weather gained a 'gold' award in the Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive on Saturday. Starting in Brockenhurst Hampshire, the epic route of 86 miles with an elevation gain of 3,040ft followed the quiet forest roads of the New Forest National Park. Nick had to be on his best behaviour as cyclists are becoming an increasingly controversial sight in the New Forest. Nick finished in a steady 5hrs 24mins. Well done Nick.
Maidenhead CC 10 Mile TT – Thursday 11th April There was a good Thames Velo presence down at the HCC234 (Shurlock Row) circuit for the 2nd Maidenhead CC 10 mile TT last night. Improved times were seen across the board for all riders after last weeks dismal weather. Mark Wade joined in on the fun too for his debut TT. On the support front we had the presence of Coach Lambourne, Redders was doing his turn with the starters watch and we also had Ian Carswell out on the bike giving much needed mobile support. A slick operation run by Maidenhead CC with results up on their website same night... great stuff!
9th Paul Stonell 25:11
17th Paul Buckley 27:07
23rd Mark Wade 28:52
30th Russell Smith 32:09
Also Phil Mosley (Robs brother) finished in 16th with a time of 26.55mins. It's the Drift Road circuit next week. Full results here
Surrey League – Longcross Test Track, Sunday 7th April There were 3 Thames Velo racers at Sundays Surrey League races at Longcross. Paul Buckley was riding the 4th event but unfortunately punctured 30 minutes into the race. The circuit is too long for a lap out and no neutral service so a puncture results in a walk. Martin Porter and Mickael Metayer were in the 3rds so Paul stayed on to support. Unfortunately a number of crashes marred the race. The first was in lap 3 on the technical section at the back of the circuit. Martin wasn't able to get back on and ended up in a group of 10 until they were duly lapped. A few more laps and Martin fell off the back again then called it a day. Mickael was pretty active at the sharp end of the race but wisely kept out of the final sprint on what had been a very twitchy day.
Maidenhead CC 10 Mile TT – Thursday 4th April Unfettered by the extremely cold weather and driving 14mph headwind down Howe Lane, 3 members of Thames Velo on standard road bikes gave it there all on their maiden TT. On the HCC234 circuit over 2 laps 22 hardy riders braved the elements.
8th Paul Buckley 28:38
14th Robert Moseley 30:23
15th Phillip Moseley (Roberts brother under 'come and try') 30:41
21st Russell Smith 34:31
With less wind and a little more experience we should see those times tumble. So well done everybody! Full results here
Beyond Spring Crits 2 Hillingdon – Sat 30 March With the weather marginally letting up over the Easter weekend Paul Buckley once again ventured down to Hillingdon for the 4th Cat race, this time with team mate Steve Green in tow testing out his new bike. The improved weather saw a larger field than the previous week with over 30 riders on the start line. Sharing the circuit with the ladies and with the speed at 30mph + down the back straight due to a strong tailwind, it was impossible for anybody to get a gap of any sort and hold it, turning into the headwind the front riders simply stalled which lead to tight bunching. This was the pattern of the race with everything staying together for a final and very nervy last lap. Again opting for safety Paul rolled in at the back. Steve caught out by the speed of the run in just dropped off the back and rolled in shortly after.
Beyond Spring Crits 1 Hillingdon – Sat 23 March With temperatures barely above freezing and an icy wind chill club member Paul Buckley undeterred raced down at Hillingdon in the 4th Cat race. Due to the poor weather the race was reduced to just 30 minutes. Nonetheless the race was keenly contested mostly in an effort to stay warm. The race stayed together until the last bend with Paul opting for safety finishing in a creditable 13th place. There were many that dropped out with one serious case of hypothermia in the 2nd race demonstrating how cold and challenging the conditions were.
The Puncheur and V02 Sportive - Sunday 10th March On Sunday, club members Ian Carswell and Paul Buckley each tackled their first sportive of the 2013 season. Ian did the Puncheur with its hilltop finish on Ditchling Beacon in East Sussex. Over a challenging course of 65 miles which included climbing 5,600 feet Ian finished in 5hrs 1min claiming a merit award. On the same day in Hildenborough, Kent, on an equally challenging course Paul tackled the V02 Sportive. Over 70 miles with 5,900ft of climbing Paul finished in 4hrs 12mins, the 14th fastest time claiming a Platinum award. Well done guys.
Thames Velo Training Camp, Spain, Sun 24th Feb – Sat 2 March Eleven members of the club escaped the cold British winter weather courtesy of British Airways in late February. Destination was Javea, Spain for the annual Thames Velo Cycling Camp. Although the weather wasn’t quite as friendly as it could have been, the locale more than delivered. After 3 days of excellent riding poor weather resulted in an enforced rest day which unfortunately ran into the following day but the results of our efforts still showed almost 20 hours in the saddle, an accumulated distance of 300 miles with 25,000ft of it upwards. Perhaps the best part of the training camp was the simplicity of it – maximize on-the-bike gains, time spent not riding resting, recovering and eating. If an army fights on its stomach, we certainly trained on it. We ate like kings every night, from Italian to Spanish to the good old curry house! Overall the experience was great, the company splendid and the training excellent. Our thanks go to Big Al, an incredibly helpful guide who made life so much easier for us (apart from those ramps!) and to Keith for the shuttle service from and to the airport. So roll on next year says everybody!
2013 Road Race We've updated our page with more details of the forthcoming Central Region Road Race Championships that we're hosting on May 19th 2013. Look here
Annual Club Dinner – Saturday 19th January Last weekend the club held its annual dinner at the Bird in Hand Country Inn, Reading. A three course meal was on the menu as was the annual prize giving and our now traditional charity raffle - this year in aid of SportsAble, which by the way resulted in a cheque in the post for £94. The venue, the ambiance, the chat and banter were all perfect and it was a triumphant evening too with the deserving members scooping up all the prizes. Congratulations to all the winners. Huge thanks go to our dinner organisers Betty and Dave Lambourne for doing such an amazing job. That now brings down the curtain on the 2012 season. With the snow due to disappear shortly... roll on 2013.
Don’t forget, if this shindig wasn't enough, we meet each month for a "beer and a chat" at the Jack O'Newbury Pub in Binfield from 7.30pm onwards. You’ll find us next to the log fire! Next one is Monday 4th February.
Fred Whitton 2013 - UPDATE As is always the case, this event is quickly oversubscribed and entries end up having to go through a random draw process. The good news is that all the entries from Thames Velo have been accepted. A huge thank you goes once again to Mike Mills for co-ordinating the clubs entries and getting us all in. The riders are: Martin Lambert, Martin Porter, Paul Buckley, Mark Merriman, Andy Fowkes, Tim Brass and Paul Todd. Good luck everybody... now get some hills in!!
Imperial Winter Series Race 8 - 12th January Once again Martin Porter was the clubs sole representative down at Hillingdon this week. A strong easterly wind played havoc with all races making it difficult and testing racing conditions. Martin found himself towards the rear when splits started to develop in the 3rd Cat race. Caught on the wrong side of one he lost touch. Despite being part of a small chasing group they couldn't quite get back on. A race I'm sure Martin will wish to forget.
Andy Brown Lanzarote Club La Santa Training Camp - 3rd January Club run organiser Andy Brown took an early January break and headed out to Lanzarote Club la Santa for some training in the winter sun. The week coincided with Andy Cook’s bike week, so plenty of cycling, as well as some running, swimming coaching and sessions in the gym. Andy's climbing prowess seeded him into the top cycling group led by Magnus Backstedt, famed for winning the cobbled classic Paris-Roubaix back in 2004. By the end of the week Andy had cycled near 400 miles, climbed in excess of 30,000 feet, ran around 30 miles and completed numerous lengths of the pool. Andy returned hugely inspired and motivated... so watch out on the club runs!!
Imperial Winter Series Race 7 - 5th January Martin Porter and Andy Fowkes were once again representing the Velo in the 3rd Cat race. Unfortunately this week was quite a negative race with nothing being allowed to get away. A bunch sprint always looked on the cards. There was a coming together of the Elite race and the 3rds on the final bends which lead to confusion and ultimately indifferent performances with self preservation the order of the day. Oh well, there’s always next week!
Imperial Winter Series Race 5 and 6 - 29th December 2012 and 1st January 2013 Race 5 had riders contesting strong gusty winds and squally rain making it difficult racing conditions. With the early start for the 4th Cat riders they unfortunately bore the brunt of the poor conditions. Paul Buckley was the only Thames Velo rider who braved it, finishing in a creditable 16th position. The following week, Race 6 saw Andy Fowkes claim an excellent 10th position in the 3rd Cat race. Club Chairman Martin Porter said "first point of the year on the first day of the year bodes well." Keep up the good work guys!
Imperial Winter Series Race 3 - Saturday 15th December 2012 It was good to see Club Chairman Martin Porter back racing this weekend after recovering from a bad crash during the John & Dulcie Walker Road Race, one of the final road races of the 2012 season back in September. The wounds heal quickly but the mental ones take a little longer. With around 30 riders in the 3rd Cat race Martin chose to sit safe towards the back with the aim of finishing unscathed and regaining some race confidence. Even so Martin still managed to finish just behind the bunch, at the same time avoiding those sprint situations that get the butterflies going! Well done Martin. Results can be found here
Fred Whitton Sunday 12th May 2013 – Last call It's still not too late to join the Thames Velo team but time is quickly running out. At the moment we have a team of 4. Mike Mills is doing a sterling job co-ordinating all the entries so if you’re interested in joining the team at this late stage then you need to move sharpish. Speak with Mike ASAP.
2013 Membership renewals Believe it or not, 12 months has passed as we have furiously or sedately in some cases, peddled our way through 2012. Thank you for the support shown by all of our members this year, we very much hope you will be renewing and joining us for another year. Renewals are due by the 31st Dec 2012, it’s not to far away - so get your skates on. The process of renewal has been made as easy as possible, that means no forms to fill in! Payment can either be by bank transfer (our preferred method) to Thames Velo, Lloyds Bank, Sort Code 30-97-73, and Account Number 02072916 or by sending a cheque made payable to "Thames Velo" direct to Dave Lambourne. Prices held over from last year at £13 for first and £8 second claim. Don’t delay, renew today!
Assistant Road Race Commissaries Training - 8th December 2012 On Saturday 8th December 2012 one of our club members Steven Green, attended an Assistant Road Race Commissaries course which was held at Hillingdon cycle circuit and run by British Cycling. Attending this course now gives Steven the necessary skills to help at any region level road race and sends him on the path towards becoming a Regional Commissaire. Steven now has to follow a structured process of gaining experience with set criteria over a series of 6 or more races. Once qualified Steven will be our second Regional Commissaire in the club, which demonstrates the Thames Velo ethos and commitment to putting something back into cycling. Good luck on your journey Steven.
Imperial Winter Series Race 2 - Saturday 8th December 2012 Andy Fowkes was the club's sole representative across all race categories at the 2nd race of the Imperial Winter series held down at Hillingdon. Once again Andy finished mid pack in a sprint finish in the 3rd Cat race. A race report and results can be found here
Annual Club Dinner and Awards 19th January 2013 - Update Invites to the club dinner have now been emailed to all members. YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU! We now need to know whether you're coming or not? Please send names, numbers and whether you require a vegetarian option to Betty and David Lambourne ASAP. Payment can be made by cheque or bank transfer. A full menu is to follow. Any questions speak to Betty or Dave, our organisers and a damn fine job they do too!
Imperial Winter Series Race 1 - Saturday 1st December 2012 On a cold and breezy day (well, it is December!) a full field of 78 riders lined up in the 4th Cat race; this gives an indication of the popularity of the series. In the 4th Cats Richard Willis was representing the club in his first ever road race and Andy Fowkes was flying the Velo flag in the 3rd Cats. For Richard it was a voyage into the unknown, but alas this race wasn't to be - with Richard running up short after 30 minutes struggling to handle the frequent accelerations. Stick with it Richard, get a few more races under your belt and eventually we'll hear a success storey. As for the 3rd Cats, Andy employed his wily race craft which left him sitting comfortably in the bunch in the gallop up to the finish line. Well done Andy. For the full report go to the UKCycleSport site here
Inverse RT Winter Points Grabber 3 - Sunday 18th November 2012 Mickael Metayer raced in the 3rd of 4 events of the (very!) late season Inverse Winter Points Grabber Series held at Hillingdon on Sunday. After a season long break from racing Mickael decided to use this particular race as an exercise to gauge his current level of fitness. On a bright and crisp winter day Mickael managed to finish in a creditable 13th place in the 3rd Cat race. Well done, we look forward to seeing you back racing again in 2013. For the full result go here
The Fred Whitton Challenge 12th May 2013 Are you interested in joining the Thames Velo team in 2013? The Fred Whitton is a classic on the UK sportive calendar and is widely believed to be Britain's toughest sportive. It follows a challenging 112 mile route around the Lake District taking in all the major mountain passes and in the process racking up almost 13,000 feet of climbing. Frighteningly technical descents follow climb after climb with some gradients in excess of 30%. If you're a glutton for punishment then this is the ride for you. Names to Mike Mills ASAP. Further information here Fred Whitton. We are there every year, testomonials can be found here.
Granfondo Sportful 2013 Plans are underfoot to send a Thames Velo team to ride the Dolomites in the Granfondo Sportful in June 2013, the last time we sent a team was way back in 2008. If you fancy a trip out to Venice more details can be found on the forum here.
Winter Training Camp - Spain 2013 The dates for this years training camp have been set for Sun. 24th February 2013 to Sat. 2nd March 2013 in Javea Spain. Why not join us and use it to shorten those winter blues, more details can be found on the forum here.
Race Skills Training day Club Coach Dave Lambourne is running a race skills training day down at Hillingdon under Prime Coaching on Saturday 17th November 2012. New members Robert Mosley and Ceri Rees will be there, good luck to them and we hope the day goes well and you learn loads. We look forward to seeing you out racing in the Thames Velo colours soon.
Annual Club Dinner and Awards The dates for the annual club dinner have been announced and set for Saturday 19th January 2013 at the Bird in Hand, Maidenhead. Get the date in your diaries now and confirm with Betty (our organiser) that you're coming, more information to follow shortly.
2013 Road Race Promotions Thames Velo to promote the Central Region Divisional Championships on May 19th 2013. More details as they become available will be posted on the Road Race page
2012 AGM New club officers were voted in at the recent AGM here. Members will be receiving the minutes in all their gory detail soon!
Photographs courtesy of Dennis Sackett www.cyclingphotos.org.uk