Victoria Park Report 12th April 2008

What a good event! Thanks to everyone who turned out to help, it makes it so much easier when there are so many of you to cover all the jobs.

Great results from our riders. Weather conditions much better than the last event and much better than forecast – no rain! Mostly sunny – breezy but not the cold biting wind of two weeks ago.

Firstly the bad news – one rider had his bike stolen from the races, it seems that a man rode in on a yellow Apollo road bike, dumped it and then went off with the Specialised (details on the website). What a shame that our bikes are not safe at an event, please be aware.

The event had full entries (40) in all categories apart from the U16 (one rider short) and the trikes (10 riding). Lots of entries were turned away for the other events and it looks as if the next event will be as busy with some categories full already.

The U12 races saw the usual mixture of ages and bikes, all trying their hardest and enjoying it, it was good to see local children, not connected to the club, riding – they had read about the event, watched it last time and decided to have a go.

The U16 races saw more competition than last time with more riders fighting it out for the primes and top 3 places.

We had 6 riders in the 4th cat. races, the first race saw Andy Webb 2nd and Tom Blackmore 3rd, in the second event first time racer Steve Allen ( who only had his cycling shoes 3 weeks ago, having ridden for the last year in trainers) won the event with Andy Webb 3rd who also picked up a prime. John Williams and Dom. Harrison were always in close competition but just missed out and Steve Hopkins improved by keeping well in the bunch.

The trike race had two chicanes put into the course, the trike riders love the twists and turns and it is amazing how fast they corner. A small group took control of the race with Geoff Booker winning and Jeff Jones who had just ridden the 3rd cat. event coming 2nd.

More club success came in the 3rd cat. races. In the first race James Webster took two of the primes and Lance Ravenhill took the third. In the second event James took two more primes and Lance came 3rd overall. Mac could only ride the second race, he was not feeling his best. Mark Allen got round with the bunch.

An addition to the days events was a raffle organised by Geoff Layhe. A large (very) poster of Stuart O’Grady plus others was donated by Geoff, raffled at £1 per ticket by Andrea, raising £70 for the Marie Curie Cancer Charity – later this year Geoff is doing a charity ride to raise more funds. Guess who won – Chris Steele!

Lets hope for another successful event on the 26th with good club results – well done and many thanks to everyone.


  1. RichardF says

    “first time racer Steve Allen ( who only had his cycling shoes 3 weeks ago, having ridden for the last year in trainers) won the event”

    Here comes the next Eddy Merckx….;) :)

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