Midweek racing update – Inter club and TLI series

Medway Velo retained the inter club time trial trophy following a tight contest on a warm evening on the Isle of Grain course. Their margin of victory of 90 seconds showed the strength in depth of both the velo and Wigmore teams.

With the first six riders from each club counting towards a cumulative time, velo were able to turn out ten riders to compete, while six Wigmore riders took to the start line to represent their club.

Steve Smith, making a rare midweek competitive outing, took first place and lead the velo home with an impressive 21:29, catching his minute man, and first Wigmore rider Rodney Smith on the finish line.

Rodney Smith was the first in a group of four fast Wigmore riders, Keith Walker, Dave Bishop and Richard Masters, who all came home in under 24 minutes, with Alex Cook separating this group with his time of 23:41.

Lee Kingston and Rob Kennison were the two other velos who also rode sub 24 minute times, whilst fastest junior was Sam Painter of the Wigmore, who was their fifth counting rider.

Race organiser Phil Booth was velo’s fifth rider, whilst Fraser Blandford rode a 25 minute ten to be the final velo counting towards the team result, whilst Nick Howlett’s 27 minute ride completed the Wigmore team’s time.

Keiran Lawler, Karl Ford, Neil Ord and Sally Smith also all rode strongly to contribute to a great evening, Sally in particular broke 20mph for the first time since returning to racing.

After the race velo Time trial secretary Phil Booth commented “thanks to everyone who rode the event this evening, and also to all of those from the velo and Wigmore who assisted with the smooth running of the race. It was a sign of the great team spirit in the velo that we all shared in each other successes, and everyone who rode contributed to the overall result.”

Results of the event can be seen in the post below.

 

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Inter club evening 10 result

Result of the inter club 10 with our friends from Wigmore CC.

Name Club Time
Steve Smith Medway Velo 21:29
Rodney Smith Wigmore CC 22:32
Keith Walker Wigmore CC 22:43
Alex Cook Medway Velo 23:41
Dave Bishop Wigmore CC 23:47
Richard Masters Wigmore CC 23:48
Lee Kingston Medway Velo 23:55
Rob Kennison Medway Velo 23:57
Sam Painter Wigmore CC 24:18
Phil Booth Medway Velo 24:30
Dean Painter Medway Tri 25:07
Fraser Blandford Medway Velo 25:18
Kieran Lawlor Medway Velo 25:40
Karl Ford Medway Velo 26:24
Nick Howlett Wigmore CC 27:08
Neil Ord Medway Velo 27:12
Annie Rebindaine Larkfield AC 27:49
Sally Smith Medway Velo 29:05

Provisional times for first six riders from each club:

Medway Velo: 2:22:50

Wigmore CC: 2:24:16

Thanks to Vic Williams, Ernie Mackey (timekeeping), Rodney and Barbara Kennison (marshalling), and to Clin Maisey and his colleagues from Wigmore who all ensured the smooth running of the event.

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Weekend racing

Four Medway Velo members were in action over the hot weekend.

On Saturday Rob Kennison and Phil Booth travelled around the South Circular to compete in the Exodus Travels Veterans League at Herne Hill velodrome.

Both riders were combative throughout the evening, with Rob being particularly aggressive, taking top a six finish in the scratch race along the way. Sadly both riders had their fair share of unfortunate moments though.

Sunday saw the Oysterman triathlon in Whitstable. Matt Nunn won his age group and took seventh place overall, whilst Sally, competing in her first triathlon in over ten years, rode strongly to finish midway through the standings.

Well done all!

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Midweek Racing Update

Rich and Matty Stokoe made their Tuesday evening journey to North Weald to race in the latest round of the TLI series.

On a bright and warm, but breezy, evening, Matty has his usual good race, narrowly missing out on the first prime and jumping in with the faster groups as they came round the circuit.

Rich started with the second group and made into a breakaway group which stayed out for a lap and a half before being reeled in.

The faster group finally caught Rich with four laps to go, but Rich stayed with them until the end of the race.

After the race Rich commented “it was a good race, finally it all seems to be coming together, felt like I was racing, not just hanging on”.

Great to hear such positive words.

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Steve breaks 4 hour mark and sets new club record

Steve Smith broke the four hour mark on his way to setting a new club record and taking 8th place overall in the KCA 100 mile time trial, recording a time of 3 hours 57 minutes 42 seconds.

The previous record had been set in 1977 by Ron Dicelife, who also passed on his congratulations to Steve.

Steve’s performance is all the more impressive that he managed this on only two mouthfuls of fluid after having a malfunction with his water bottle in the first five miles.

After the event Steve commented that he only felt cramp in the final five miles, although the last twenty were definitely a case of mind over matter.

Photo courtesy of Dave Stocker (SFA RT)

The event also saw Smith crowned club 100 mile champion, his third club championship in three weeks.

Winner of the event was Chris Fennell (Thanet RC) in a new course record time of 3:34:49.

 

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Midweek Racing Update

Wednesday saw 10 velo members gather at Iwade for the June club time trial.

A brisk wind blew the riders down the long straight of the Sheppey Way, however they also had to contend with an equally strong headwind on the raspberry hill section of the course.

Lee Kingston led the way with a time of 25:11, whilst Andy Smith, riding the course for the first time, took second place only thirty seconds behind.

1 Lee Kingston Medway Velo 25:11
2 Andy Smith Medway Velo 25:42
3 Rob Sapp Medway Velo 25:49
4 Matt Nunn Medway Velo 26:01
5 Alex Cook Medway Velo 26:17
6 Karl Ford Medway Velo 26:21
7 Tom Knight Medway Velo 26:50
8 Tom Kennison Medway Velo 26:54
9 Fraser Blandford Medway Velo 26:58
10 Malcolm Day Medway Velo 27:14

The following members also helped to ensure the smooth running of the ten: Vic Williams & Ernie Mackey (timekeeping), Rodney Kennison & Mark Barton (marhsalling).

Friday evening saw Matty Stokoe racing in his first race at the cyclopark in the U16 Summer Series. The race started steady with a few attacks which were quickly pulled back, and Matty was well positioned in the bunch . The race came down to a Sprint and despite being forced into the grass on the last lap Matty finished in the bunch . A good ride for his first race at cyclopark averaging 23.5mph.

 

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Evening ten result

Result of the evening ten held on 7th June on the Q10/20 Iwade course:

Lee Kingston Medway Velo 25:11
Andy Smith Medway Velo 25:42
Rob Sapp Medway Velo 25:49
Matt Nunn Medway Velo 26:01
Alex Cook Medway Velo 26:17
Karl Ford Medway Velo 26:21
Tom Knight Medway Velo 26:50
Tom Kennison Medway Velo 26:54
Fraser Blandford Medway Velo 26:58
Malcolm Day Medway Velo 27:14

Thank you to the following who helped: Vic Williams & Ernie Mackey (timekeeping), Mark Barton and Rodney Kennison (marshalling).

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Eastbourne Cycling Festival

Matty and Rich Stokoe traveled to Sunny Eastbourne on Sunday for the town’s cycling festival.

Rich was off first in the first race of the day: the 4th cat Criterium. Rich started in the third row of the grid. The race set off at a frantic pace, after the race Rich commented that his heart race was well over 200 bpm on the first lap, and the front row of riders pulled out a sizeable gap in the first corner, leaving everyone else to negotiate the first corner and chase the leaders down. Unfortunately there was a crash in the first lap in Wellington square with about 5 riders coming down, which slowed the chase and left two riders up the road. Rich settled in with a group of 4 which dwindled to 2  although his group picked up a dropped rider and rode round to finish just outside the top ten.

Matty in action at Eastbourne

 

The end of the day saw Matty’s race, and Matty started in the middle of the bunch, again  not ideal as the leading riders were away before the rest came round the first corner . Matty rode well working with other riders . There was an accident in his race and the race was stopped and restarted with the leaders being started at 5 sec intervals . Then they started the last 3 groups all together and Matty and his companion lost the advantage they had built up . Matty was lapped by the leaders although he finished well.

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Smith is club champ again.

Steve Smith claimed his second club championship in the space of a week, and took a fine second place overall in the De Laune CC 10 held on the Isle of Grain.

Coming home in 21:38 Steve was runner up to winner Robert Moore (Nuun Sigma Sport London RT) , who broke the course record to finish in 20:12.

Rob Kennison also finished in the top ten overall, and was second in the club champs, riding precisely to his predicted time of exactly 24 minutes, whilst Phil Booth was third velo and fifteenth overall in 24:43.

Shaun Robinson and Fraser Blandford came home within a couple of seconds of each other, with Shaun recording 26:08 and Fraser 26:10. Matt Nunn made it a trio of velos in the overall standings with 26:21. Karl Ford and Keith Johnson were only a couple of places behind them with times of 26:27 for Karl and 27:10 for Keith.

After the event time trial secretary Phil Booth commented “thanks to our friends at the De Laune for promoting the event, and we are grateful to the various officials and marshals for giving up their time. It was excellent to see so many velo riders competing in the same open event, and a sign of the strong team spirit and mutual support that exists within the club”.

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Thursday night racing: LVRC Dunton series

A warm evening with not too much of a breeze greeted Rich Stokoe who raced in the LVRC series at Dunton on Thursday evening which saw a good turn out with more than 50 riders taking to the start line .The race started off steady there were a few attacks in the first thirty minutes but nothing stuck until about halfway when a group of 3 slipped off the front and were never seen again.

That left the rest of the filed racing for fourth place, however the pace stayed high averaging 25 mph. With three laps to go Steve Murrell (Momentum cycles) attacked and stayed away until the last 50 metres or so before being swallowed up by the bunch. Rich was active in the bunch gallop, finishing safely inside the top twenty.

Rich and Matty are both in action this weekend at the circuit races at the Eastbourne Festival.

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