The Wheelers want your news!

If you’ve done anything interesting recently, be it racing, sportive, event, charity ride or anything else newsworthy then please let us know be mailing news@kenilworthwheelers.cc or news@kenilworthwheelers.co.uk . We can then get it published on the website and facebook page. Don’t forget to post it up in the forum > http://www.kenilworthwheelers.co.uk/forum/ yourself.

Wheelers go web 2.0 – now on facebook and twitter

I’m sure many club members are all about the interweb, especially the interweb 2.0. In order to cater to those members and ensure they get their 24/7 fix of the Kenilworth Wheelers we (well I in all honesty) have setup both a proper facebook page along with a twitter account.

The facebook page can be found here > http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kenilworth-Wheelers/190236481040338

And we can be followed on twitter @kenilworthwhlrs.

Dragon Ride 2009

For anyone who has entered the Dragon Ride, I have booked the house that we all stayed in last year and there are still a few places left if you are in need of accommodation. The cost is £30 each including breakfast and if you talk to members who stayed last year, I’m sure that they will confirm that it is probably the best B&B in all of Wales (for £30 anyway). Last year we arrived mid afternoon and sat in glorious sunshine in the walled garden drinking endless cups of tea (all included in the price). There is secure carpeted bike storage in the house next to the harp in the grand entrance hall.

I intend to book the restaurant again in Wick once I have numbers for the accommodation and of course other members who are not staying with us are most welcome. I will circulate the menu once the booking for the meal is confirmed. ItÂ’s pub grub but at least you are with friends!

Please e-mail steve.r.hesketh@ntlworld.com if you are interested in joining us for what has become the annual sportive extravaganza.

Victoria Park Criteriums 2009 – help needed

The Victoria Park Criteriums are due to take place on Saturday 4th and Saturday 18th April. As always these races can only take place if we have enough volunteers to help on each day. In order for me to judge how many people are prepared to help, I should be grateful if you would e-mail me at steve.r.hesketh@ntlworld.com saying if you are able to commit to either or both of the days and also expressing a preference for task allocation if you have one.

Can I also take this opportunity to remind Club members who intend to race that a completed entry form should be sent to me as soon as possible, together with fees (which will be refunded after the race on the assumption that we can cover our expenses through having enough riders take part) as there are no entries on the line.

Wheelers team tackle Cat ‘n’ Fiddle Sportive

A successful trip to the Peak District by a few hardy souls from the Wheelers for the annual Cat ‘n’ Fiddle Sportive (Sun 5th Oct). The starters were Steve Hopkins, Debbie C, Roland Smythe, John McQuire, Dominic H, Dennis W and BMW Dave, who all completed it from start to finish as a single, well formed, badly fit, fully kitted out team (bar Roland who missed the Cat ‘n’ Fiddle cafe stop and finished the route while the rest were on their top up of coffees) . The route took the group from Stoke , north to Macclesfield, the long 7 mile climb to the Cat ‘n’ Piddle, then Buxton and south back to Stoke. The event was made more memorable by the accompaniment of ex-Pro Sean Kelly and Premier Rider Malcolm Elliot (and their hangers-on ) for most of the route.

Good team effort by all. 55ml completed in 3hrs 20. A gentler alternative to the previous year’s Autumn Epic.”

Kenilworth Wheelers track day Newport 12/10/08

Kenilworth Wheelers track day @ Newport Velodrome on Sunday 12th October 2008

We are booked for a 3 hour track training session between
9.00am and 12 noon on the above date!

This outing is suitable for both novices and experienced riders.
It will include an introductory course and gentle training for novices and a training session as previous, plus a club championship including a flying lap and points race (or something similar) for the more competent rider.
Each group has 20 mins riding and 20 mins rest for the three hour period.

Will all those who wish to take part, please send me the following the information as soon as possible.

1.Name and contact number

2.Bike hire required (this may be with toe clips and straps or with look pedals) please state

3.Distance from crank centre to top of saddle

4.Distance from tip of saddle to centre of bars

5.Do you have any previous track experience? Yes or no will be sufficient!

You must take your own Look compatible shoes old design!

You must take your own crash helmet

Travel to be arranged between those taking part

Total cost including bike hire is still only £30.00.

I will require a deposit of £10.00 by the end of Aug…first thirty will get a ride

E-mail Lance Ravenhill ……. val@vravenhill.freeserve.co.uk

Support Chris May!

In his Charity cycle ride to the South Coast.

In spite of hardly riding my bicycle at all at the moment, I am endeavouring to organise a charity cycle ride in aid of the Acorns Children’s Hospice .

I will be very thankful if you are able to offer your financial support to this worthy cause in return for knowing that I will be suffering to keep up with the fitter guys all the way to from Leamington Spa to Shoreham on the South Coast!!

All donations are welcome – preferably via: www.justgiving.com/ricardocharitycycleride

Many thanks for your support!

Chris

Victoria Park – 26.4.08

Another great event – lots of help, good weather, good club results and only one crash ( two riders, both not too badly hurt, bikes damaged).

Our first rider of the day was ‘Charlie’ Hesketh in the U16 event. Charlie did really well in her first ever race, hanging onto the bunch for a long time then keeping with a smaller group – she seemed really pleased with the fact that her computer had registered 28.4mph, but wasn’t too pleased with her aching legs!

The 4ths races had Stephen Hopkins, Andy Webb, John Williams, Tom Blackmore, Dom. Harrison and Nick Bosworth taking part. In the first race Andy Webb took 2nd overall and two primes, John Williams took the other prime. In the second race they were definitely targeted riders, despite this Andy Webb finished 3rd overall and took all three primes!

In the 3rds races were new 3rd category rider Steve Allen, Neil Goodridge, Mac McGready, Lance Ravenhill and James Webster. Just to keep up the clubs clean sweep of primes James took the first and Steve Allen took the next two. Steve made a break from the bunch for about 10 laps, some good blocking by our riders failed to keep him away and with only a few laps to go Steve got swallowed up by the bunch.
The second race looked as if the clean sweep of primes would continue with Lance taking the first and James taking the second, a non club member got the third – oh well, it would have been a little embarrassing to win them all. There were no top three placings for our riders in either event.

The Under 12s races were full again, lots of styles of riding and bikes.

Overall the three events have been a great success, marred only by the theft of a bike at the second event.

Having good numbers of helpers meant that the marshalls could have a break, the park was set up well in advance of the races and everyone could do their job well – many thanks to everyone who helped over the three events (too many names to list).

The main team of organisers will be having a meeting about the races in the next couple of weeks, if any club member has any ideas, suggestions or comments, for discussion at the meeting, please email them to Val :-val@vravenhill.freeserve.co.uk

Found property
Found at start/finish area, girls Next grey coat with pink fleece inner age 3-4.