The new and slightly improved wheelers forum is back online.
Use it or lose it!
The new and slightly improved wheelers forum is back online.
Use it or lose it!
After a long Christmas holiday the wheelers website is back up!
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 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 Â£30.00.
I will require a deposit of Â£10.00 by the end of Augâ€¦first thirty will get a ride
E-mail Lance Ravenhill â€¦â€¦. firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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 â€˜Charlieâ€™ 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 â€“ she seemed really pleased with the fact that her computer had registered 28.4mph, but wasnâ€™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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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 :-email@example.com
Found at start/finish area, girls Next grey coat with pink fleece inner age 3-4.
Only a few days to the last event, full fields in all categories with many entries returned.
The forecast has changed again today â€“ not for the good, we have got away with it the last two events so lets hope we do again!
Just a reminder about bike theft, as you are aware a competitors bike was stolen last event. If you are at the event please be aware of your personal belongings and watch out for others.
Also a complaint has been received from a resident in Archery Road about congestion, if arriving by car please be aware not to upset the locals.
This event we have 14 senior club riders in the 3rd and 4th category events and 1 rider â€˜Charlieâ€™ Hesketh in the U16 event â€“ come on, lots of support and results!
More offers of help would be good, the extra help we had last event made such a difference.
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 â€“ no rain! Mostly sunny – breezy but not the cold biting wind of two weeks ago.
Firstly the bad news â€“ 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 â€“ 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 Oâ€™Grady plus others was donated by Geoff, raffled at Â£1 per ticket by Andrea, raising Â£70 for the Marie Curie Cancer Charity â€“ 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 â€“ well done and many thanks to everyone.
Specilaised Allez Comp. red/white 52cm as in photo. Stolen from Victoria Park during the races 12.4.08. Thief dumped yellow Apollo road bike and took the Specialised.
Any information to Police or Val.
The Kenilworth Wheelers versus Leamington C&AC inter-club time trials are here again, and they start next week. There’s only six events, starting with a 5, then a 25 and four 10’s later in the year. Just turn up, sign on, get a number and your in. Full details of the dates and courses are on the Leamington’s website here. Points are awarded for the first ten men and first 10 women with every entrant gaining a point for their respective club. The winning club being the one with the most points after all six events. So lets see plenty of people there and hopefully we can win this year.
9th April (5 mile)
30th April (25 mile – men/10 mile – ladies)
15th May (10 mile)
10th July (10 mile)
31st July (10 mile)
20th August (10 mile)
As an added bonus it was agreed at the AGM that the Club will pay the entry fees for Club members entering the Inter-Club time trials this year. The entry fees would in fact be Â£2 per event this year so you will save Â£12 if you enter all the races! No excuses now!