Sunday update: Ride London and LVRC Circuit Champs

The last Sunday in July has become the regular date for the Ride London activities and a number of Velo members completed the 100 mile course which takes them from the Olympic Park, into Surrey and back to finish in Central London on the Mall.

Those who rode in velo colours were: Mark Cornford, Karen Florey, Dave Gaylor, Debbie Pyart and Shaun Robinson.

Elsewhere Rich Stokoe competed in his third race of the week at the LVRC Circuit Race Championships at the Redbridge Cycle Circuit; Rich battled hard in the race but was hampered by a lack of a real warm up.

Well done to everyone who rode in club colours this weekend.

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Midweek racing: North Weald, Isle of Grain and Dunton

The height of holiday season saw Medway Velo’s members continue to make an impact with the racing with three members in midweek racing action.

Lee Kingston was time trialling in the Gravesend evening ten, and came home with a best time for the event of 24:17.

Elsewhere Rich and Matty Stokoe made their regular trip to North Weald to compete in the TLI series where they faced another lovely evening with surprisingly little wind, and once again they had the additional bonus of racing against Movistar pro and Essex lad Alex Dowsett.

Matty started in his usual group and had his usual battle for the two primes with older more experienced riders coming second both times. He consolidated his position in his group and won the Sprint at the finish

Rich decided to try his luck with the fast boys this week, and although he was a little apprehensive before the start, the pace was high but manageable sitting in the wheels . The bunch was lined out a few times but Rich managed to stay in touch, even spent half a lap on Alex Dowsett’s wheel before he shot off to chase a breakaway.

Rich demonstrated his strength by remaining with the scratch group for the entire race and rolled home safely with the bunch.

After the race Rich was deservedly pleased with his performance, remarking “Scratch another achievement for this year to finish a race at North Weald in the fast group . Looking to consolidate that now and get a few more fast group finishes under my belt. Best average to date at North Weald too tonight: 25.8 mph.”

Thursday night saw Rich competing in the LVRC series at Dunton. This time Rich had a dig with two laps to go, holding on until the last bend when he was caught, but still rolled in with the main bunch.


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Weekend racing update: Crits in the Park and on the track

A busy weekend saw Medway Velo once again promoting races, although members still found time to race too.

Saturday saw the velo promoting its second set of Crits in the Park at the Gravesend Cyclopark.

In the womens 2/3/4 race Kimberley Ashton broke clear to take the win from Claire Hammond and Hannah Graveney, with Sally Smith riding well for the velo. Whilst in the third cat race Sean Dunlea claimed first place ahead of Richard Seabrook and Alfie Kennard, with Tom Kennison finishing safely in the bunch for the velo.

The fourth cat race saw Matt Hardcastle take the win from Liam Hobbins and Jonathan Rennick, whilst the 2/3/4 race Saw Marcel Six come home first ahead of Tyler Lemmon
and Adam Cotterell.

Race organiser Tom Knight would like to thank the following members who helped to make the day run smoothly: Barbara Kennison, Karen Florey, Nigel Wharton, 
Steven Melia-Chamberlain, Tom Kennison, Jill Day, Malcom Day, Michael Stockbridge, David Gaylor, Neil Ord, Paul Daniel, Tracy Daniel, Mike Florey, Amanda Cash, David Mayes, Roberto Kennison, Rich Stokoe, Matty Stokoe and Sally Smith.

Elsewhere on Saturday Keith Johnson raced in the LVRC event at Derby Arena against riders in preparation for the World Masters in Los Angeles. Keith rode strongly to finish in the top 3 in each of his Keirin events, and paired up with Chris Childs from the Thanet RC to compete in the madison.

Sunday saw the velo’s track riders in action at the prestigious Herne Hill Velodrome team championships where the quartet of Steven Smith, Alex Cook, Tom Kennison and Rob Kennison claimed sixth place overall, including an excellent ride in the team pursuit where they finished fourth after catching their opponents from Willesden CC.

Well done and thank you to everyone who represented the velo over the weekend.

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Tuesday night racing: Dowsett dropped by Matty

Rich and Matty Stokoe made their weekly visit to the Aerodrome at North Weald on Tuesday evening; conditions were warm but with a 15mph cross wind blowing across the circuit . Due to the circus coming to town the riders were using the old circuit tonight.

As an added attraction Rich and Matty were joined by local boy and Movistar Pro Alex Dowsett just to add to the excitement and no doubt the presence of Dowsett brings a few extra mph out of all of the riders. After a fractured start where the A group started and some of B group decided to go as well, leaving a bunch on the line, everyone went off together. Unfortunately Rich was in the second B group which had a mad chase to try and get on the back of the first group.

Rich in time trial mode

Rich’s group splintered quickly and left riders scattered all over the circuit so Rich joined forces with a Met Police Rider and they time trialed together for about 40 mins until they were caught by the main bunch. Rich sat in with this bunch until the elastic snapped and ended finishing the last 8 laps with a dropped pair from the fast group .

After the race Rich remarked “It was a hard night and I felt it afterwards”.

Matty had faired better in his group sitting in as two riders rode off the front one lap before the prime. Matty chased off after the pair who had about half a lap hoping he would get some help in the chase but none arrived so he bridged on his own catching the pair 30m before the finish line and collecting £10 for his trouble .

Not long after the prime Matty was joined by Alex Dowsett and a few junior riders he was pacing round and Matty jumped in with this group. Matty rode with Dowsett for a lap and decided to attack, dropping the other two juniors and Dowsett; gaining about a quarter of a lap before being brought back by the Dowsett group . Matty rode to finish strongly with the juniors averaging 20 mph for his efforts .

Well done to both Matty and Rich.

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Sunday racing: another PB for Lee

In form time trialist Lee Kingston achieved another personal best, and the final of his season’s main goals, with a time of 2:09:46 in the VTTA 50 held on Romney Marsh.

Lee has now achieved PB’s this season over 10, 25 and now 50 miles, and cements his place as one of the velo’s most consistent time trialists.

Well done Lee!

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Thursday racing update: LVRC Dunton series

Rich Stokoe made his fortnightly trip to LVRC race series at the Ford Test Track, Dunton on Thursday night.

A warm evening with not too much wind made for a fast race with lots of attacks and at times, a lined out bunch; the race starting reasonably steady, however the attacks soon came. None of these really got more than half a lap, including the one Rich initiated when he rode off the front with another rider, but they were all soon pulled back .

The race looked destined to be a bunch sprint, although when the race came together things got a bit messy  as Rich was in a bunch of riders who went through the older group, when in hindsight he felt he should have gone round them. The final bend and hill were frantic with people jostling for position, and Rich ended up mid bunch.

Well done Rich on a combative evening’s racing.


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Midweek update: North Weald and club tens

Rich and Matty Stokoe braved the inclement weather and travelled to North Weald to race in the latest round of the TLI series on Tuesday evening. Twenty of so hardy riders turned out and so the racing went ahead, with the race reduced to 10 laps of the flat circuit.

The race started together although it soon split into 3 groups; Matty was in second group but fell back to the 3rd group, suffering with the wet and windy conditions,  but he did well and finished strongly . Rich rode round with the second group contesting the second prime, where he took third spot. The group stayed together to the end of the race with Rich coming in second in his group.

Wednesday evening saw Sally Smith travelling to Harrietsham to compete in the San Fairy Ann / Wigmore 10.

Sally maintained her compsoure, dealing well with the delayed start due to traffic congestion on the A20 / M20, and achieved a good time of 29:10, in line with her expectations.

Neil Ord opted to ride the CC Bexley club event and recorded a time of 30:27.

Thank you to all of the clubs who let our riders take part in their events each week.

Well done all!


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KSS Air ambulance sportive 2017

Medway Velo’s popular sportive in aid of the KSS Air Ambulance will be happening once again this September.

Full details of the event and how to enter can be found on the dedicated event page here.

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Shaun at Velothon Wales

Shaun Robinson travelled across the Severn crossing to Wales to take part in the 88 mile Velothon Wales ride.

On a warm summers day the riders had two significant hills to deal with; the Tumble and Caerphilly mountain, both of which have been included in the Tour of Britain in recent years.

Shaun gets underway at Velothon Wales

Shaun completed the ride in under four hours, which he was pleased with, even if he did comment that the smile he had on his face at the start of the event didn’t last long.

Well done Shaun!

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Saunday racing: Gravesend CC Ramsey Cup 25

Steve Smith rode another fine race at the Gravesend CC Ramsey Cup 25 mile time trial on the Molash Circuit to come home in 56:41, a beating of his veterans age standard time of more than 4 minutes.

David Mackey also continued his return to time trialling to complete the couse in 1:11:37.

Well done both.

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