Latest Results - 2012/13
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
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
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
Sunday 18th November 2012 - Inverse RT Winter Points Grabber 3
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
24th April 2012 - Tuesday Criteriums (3/4 category) Hillingdon
Paul Buckley reports: "Enjoyed it tonight and for me possibly one of the safest races I've ridden in. I felt pretty good in comparison to last weeks dismal performance, just got to get my positioning sorted towards the end. As I was feeling good decided to get right up front and get involved quite early on which was pretty cool. Reacted to most efforts when in a position to do so, if anybody was going to get away I wanted to be with them...but nothing did! With 3 to go I was inside the first 20 and holding position well. On the last few laps we had to slow for the elites passing and then the next lap we slowed for a rider on the deck from the other race so it was a bunch gallop for the line on the final lap. I had my eye on a Kingston Wheeler who looked strong and was glued to his wheel for those last couple of laps, I lost it on the final bend and the guy who took it faded and I just couldn't get round him to get right in the mix so had to just consolidate what I had. I think I was either just inside/outside the first 20. Well chuffed.
I made the stats 18.32miles, 41.43 mins, av speed 26.4mph, max speed 34.2mph."
21st April 2012 - Archer Spring Criteriums, Hillingdon
This report from Paul Buckley: "I ventured down to Hillingdon today for the 3rd/4th Cat race over 25miles after Tuesdays dismal showing. I was feeling much fresher after giving myself 2 days of easy recovery before racing today. On Tues I felt a little jaded, hoped a few days of very light training would pick me up, I just wasn't at the races that day and left a little disapointed as well as cold & wet. Between 70-80 riders today. The main aim 'stay with the pack at all costs' and this I did, in fact it felt much more comfortable than I thought it would. With 12 laps to go I even managed a sortie up to the front and stayed up there for 2 or 3 laps to get a feel and then dropped back into the shelter nuff done. With 5 laps to go I was confident I had enough left in me to not get dropped. Last lap going round the bends for some reason a rider in front ran out onto the grass and the rider in front of me had to brake hard which completely stalled my momentum. This resulted in me being further towards the rear than I would have liked at the finish. Job done though, and just cruised over the line towards the back of the pack...very pleased!
My fastest ever race (so far!) with a time of 1:00:05, average speed 25.9mph and a top speed of 32.8mph."