Medway Velo Annual Awards night

The 50th annual awards ceremony of the Medway Velo Club took place at Gillingham Golf Club on Saturday, 10 November.

The event brings club-mates together to award those who have represented the Medway Velo  over the year.

This year’s guest of honour was ‘The Lion of Flanders’ Johan Museeuw a former world champion cyclist who has won the Paris Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders three times.

After a fantastic address to the club Johan handed out trophies and medals to members of the team who have had success in a number of disciplines throughout the year.

2018 Award Winners

10 mile TT – Rob Kennison 23.47
15 mile TT – Lee Kingston 34.10
15 mile TT – Lady Sally Smith 40.28
25 mile TT – Rob Kennison 59.19
30 mile TT – Lee Kingston 1.16.05
50 mile TT – Steve Smith 1.57..55


100 mile TT – Lee Kingston 4.36..16

Hill Climb Men – Jacob Kennison


Hill Climb Lady – Jill Day

Hilly TT Men – Jacob Kennison

Hilly TT Lady Karen Florey



2-up TTT – Jacob and Rob Kennison


3-up TTT – Tom Knight, Steve Melia-Chamberlain and Keiran Lawlor

Evening series TT men – Rob Kennison
Evening series TT women – Sally Smith

Road race champs – Jon Graciano
Track Champs – Alex Cook

Sportive – Andrew Collyer

School boys trophy – Matthew Stokoe
School girls trophy – Safiya Smith

Clubman of the year – Neil Ord

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Sunday racing: Team Duathlon Champs

Sally Smith teamed up with her friends Ellie Hynes and Liz Weeks in the South East Team Duathlon Championships held at Cyclopark on Sunday, 4 November.

The event involved a 3km run followed by a 12.5km bike leg before running a further 3km.

The ladies had tough competition from numerous specialist multi-sport teams but each team member carried their own strengths to put to use on the course.

Sally was off first, she ran the first leg in a personal best time and made up two places on the bike to see the team sitting in 2nd. She lost a place on the run leaving them looking at 3rd in a time of 55mins.

Liz Was next, she cruised the run putting the team into 2nd by several minutes. She extended the lead again by a minute on the bike and pulled away more in the run to finish in 50 mins.

Ellie, a strong all rounder, again made more time on 3rd in both the run and bike trying so hard she was almost sick on the final run. However her efforts and a time of 54mins secured the team a strong 2nd overall in the standings.

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Ben deploys his arsenal of skills

Milton Creek Duathlon

Two multi-sporters took part in Swale Tri Club’s Milton Creek Duathlon held at Milton Country Park on Sunday 28 October.

First up in the Tri-stars event was 9-year-old Medway Velo Ben Smith. Ben had to complete a 550m run 2km bike ride and anther 550m run.

Ben did exceptionally well in his first ever duathlon with a smooth transition and great even pacing in his run. Despite tough weather conditions Ben soldiered on finishing in 14mins.

Next up for the red, white and green was Ben’s mum Sally Smith. In the adults event she had to run 2.5km bike 10km off road before completing anther 2.5km circuit.

The first run went smoothly and it was onto the bike during which the heavens opened leaving Sally’s hands so cold she was unable to change gear. Thankfully it was over pretty quickly and she maintained form on the run to take 2nd place in the ladies race in a time of 50mins.

After she said: ‘It was a fantastic event and I was so proud watching Ben. Despite never having entered an event like this before, in my eyes, he raced like a pro. Even more importantly he was beaming from ear to ear at the finish – exactly how racing for children should be.

‘High praise to Swale Tri Club who put on a welcoming event for children to enjoy.

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Club dinner and end of season TT rankings

Medway Annual awards dinner

The 50th anniversary celebration club dinner for the Medway Velo will welcome the 1996 World Champion Johann Museeuw as its special guest. He has won the ‘hell of the North’ Paris-Roubaix three times and the Ronde Van Vlaanderen. He is known as the ‘Flemish Lion’ and tickets are selling fast. Those interested in attending are can email

Time trial rankings

With the conclusion of the time trial season the club can reflect on the Cycling Time Trial rider rankings.

The highest placed rider in the rankings was Lee Kingston, who has had a strong season. He also takes the win for the highest placed veteran rider. He was closely followed by Rob Kennison with Steve Smith nipping at his heels for 3rd.

First senior rider in the rankings was Steve Melia-Chamberlain with 4th overall. Mention must go to Dave Mackey who had strong events earning him 5th highest place rider in the club.

First lady was Sally Smith, with Jill Day taking the highest placed veteran rider and 2nd place. Karen Florey was 3rd.

1) Lee Kingston
2) Rob Kennison
3) Steven Smith
4) Steven Melia-Chamberlain
5) David Mackey
6) Jacob Kennison
7) Matt Nunn
8) Tom Knight
9) Phil Booth
10) Keith Johnson
11) Sally Smith
12) John Wills
13) Neil Ord
14) Jill Day
15) Ben Murphy
16) Karen Florey

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Sunday racing VTTA 15 and East Kent Cyclo Cross

Four Medway Velos pinned on their race numbers for the final Kent time trial of 2018 held in Brenzett, Ashford on Sunday, 14 October.


The 15-mile time trial, run by the Veteran Time Trial Association but open to riders of all ages involved the racers competing on the A2070 starting at Hamstreet, heading to Kingsnorth before turning towards Brooklands to finish within a mile of Hamstreet,

Lee Kingston was joined by Steve Smith, Rob Kennison and Sally Smith for the early start event. Despite the forecast threatening high winds and rain, the day actually returned favourable conditions and the event looked like it would prove to be a fast one.

First home for the club was Lee who recorded a time of 34.10. Rob was next back in 35.28 with Sally 3rd club member to finish in 40.28. This was an improvement of 3-mins to the previous year and good enough for 3rd lady overall in the competition.

However the Velo 1-2-3 did not follow the form book and the trio were left scratching their heads as to where the normally stealthy Steve Smith was. It transpired, like several other riders, he went off course adding on some extra miles. Undeterred by this he still finished in a very credible 42.08. Commenting afterwards 15-miles was too easy and he fancied more of a challenge.

Everyone enjoyed by the event which was won by Chris Fennell of the Independent Pedaler in a staggering 28.52.

Thanks to Bob Giles of the VTTA and all of the marshals and volunteers for running another fun and safe event.

Elsewhere, Rob Sapp raced the Velo colours at the East Kent Cyclocross event in Ramsgate on Sunday.

Racing in the vets category Rob put in a fine effort over the hurdles and zig zag lines to finish mid field in a race he described as one if the toughest 45 minutes of his life.

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His son Ali Sapp raced in the under 12s event. He really enjoyed the experience and finished strongly.

Race secretary Tom Knight joined his work colleagues to raise funds for the charity virtual doctors at the Royal Parks Half Marathon.

He’s done some excellent racing on his bike this season but today he laced up his trainers and ran a great race to finish the 13.1 miles in 1.34.33.

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Weekly update – Sunday 7th September

Crits in the Park

On Saturday The Medway Velo Club hosted four races at Cyclopark, Gravesend.

The conditions were difficult with rain making the course slippery and played into the hands of the riders with the best technical ability.

First up was the women’s race. The majority of the field staying together until the final few laps when the race was split by some strong attacks. The victory went to Kathryn Gohl of Nice Brew Cycling who sprinted away from Marta Coll of Spokes BPC racing in 2nd. The final step on the podium was filled by Orla Shields of Islington Racing.

The 4th Cat men’s race was an interesting affair with a convincing win by Stuart Jordan of Woolwhich CC who rode away from the field. 2nd was Tommy Aylmer of Islington CC with Fraser Duff Moray of Firth Cycling Club in 3rd.

The Velo had some local interest in this race with Jonathan Graciano riding in the red, white and green of the Medway Velo CC. He did not disappoint spectators and took a good 8th place earning some BC points.

Next up was the 3rd Cat men’s race which was won by William Hunnam of Islington CC. Local rider Neil Harrigan of Gravesend CC took 2nd with Matt Noble of Octave in 3rd.

The final race of the day was the 2/3/4 Cat men’s race had one of the fuller fields of the day and the men raced through deluge, cheered on by the many volunteers from the Medway Velo. It was won by Adam Cotterell of Project 51 with Richmond Rogers of Artic TACX taking 2nd and Jongs Rooze of CCL 3rd.

The event was organised by Tom Knight with many members of the club giving up their day to marshal, run sign on and line judge. After the event Tom said: ‘It was a smashing effort by the club. I would like to thank everyone who supported the club, without the volunteers the event wouldn’t be possible.’

Tom swaps his cleats for running shoes

After a busy day of organising the Crits in the Part on Saturday, Tom Knight found himself on the start line of the Sittingbourne 10-mile running race on Sunday.

The event, which is hosted by The Sittingbourne Striders, involves around 200 runners taking in a hilly countryside loop of Sittingbourne which takes the athletes up Stockers Hill before heading towards Kingsdown and back to the finish at Highstead School.

Tom showed he is more than pure pedal power putting in a very strong performance completing the course in 1hr 10mins 35secs. This time saw him take 13th place overall in a hotly contested event and was also a personal best time for the distance.

Afterwards he said: ‘I really enjoyed the event, it was a personal best time for me both over 10km and 10-miles. It really helped that I have cycled the course a lot so I knew the roads, what was coming and how to prepare for it.’

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Sunday update – Wigmore CC Hill Climb

Seven Medway Velos were amongst 74 riders taking on what is considered the season finale of time trials by racing in the Hollingbourne Hill Climb. The event, which is hosted by neighbouring club The Wigmore, took place on Sunday, 30 September.

The race involves the riders trying to complete the long steep climb as quickly as possible, with the rider cresting the beast in the quickest time, taking the trophy.

It has been a few years since the club has seen a rider in the top end of the results, let alone taking some silverware, however supporters were thrilled to see young Velo Jacob Kennison do both.

Despite a busy work schedule that has seen him travelling the globe, not leaving much time for training, Jacob demonstrated his class by taking 12th place in 3mins 29secs. The time was good enough to see him lift the Medway Trophy, awarded to the fastest rider competing for a Medway club.


Next up the climb was Tom Knight in 4mins 48secs, a time that will see him crowned Medway Velo Veteran Champ and finishes off what has been a successful season.

Rob Kennison, who has not pedalled a bike very much in the last few months due to his work on the Tour of Britain still pulled a sub-5 climb out the bag with 4mins 50secs. Next was Matt Nunn with 5mins 3secs and Jill Day will take the Medway Club ladies title with 5mins 54secs.


Steve Smith and his 10-year-old daughter Safiya showed what the Medway Velo is all about, racing a tandem up the climb.

Doubters suggested that this may not even be possible to get such a heavy bike with two people on it up the leg screaming ascent, but Team Smith gritted their teeth, pedalled hard and cruised the climb in 6mins 58secs.

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The overall winner was Seb Dickson of Cambridge University in 3mins 3secs. James Hayward of Woolwich CC took 2nd in 3mins 5secs and Joshua Aiken of Pedal Power Cycles Ipswich was 3rd in 3mins 7secs.

Congratulations and thanks to the Wigmore CC for another well organised and fun event.

Photos courtesy of Dave Hayward

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Weekly round up – 23rd September

On Saturday Matthew Bull took part in his first off road sportive. The Medway Velo rode the 75-mile London2Brighton off road sportive in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

After finishing he said: “A slow and steady pace got me to the finsh safely.”

“I got a medal for our efforts and raised funds for a good cause.”


Meanwhile Jon Gracino took on the 4th Category race at the cyclopark. The velo battled through the deluge to take 16th place.

Over 10 riders didn’t finish in the tough conditions so staying upright and crossing the line was a great achievement.

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Weekly update – 16th September

David Mackey took to Brands Hatch with his bike to see how far he could ride in 24hrs this weekend.

David rode through the night to complete 134 laps of the racing circuit. In doing so he covered 326 miles.

This saw him placed 14th in his age group and 68th male in a field of seasoned endurance athletes.

The club would like to forward their congratulations to David on this epic achievement.



Lee Kingston took part in the VTTA 25 mile time trial on Brenzett, Ashford. It rather blustery conditions, Lee kept his usual stealthy form to take 21st place in 58.47. His third ride under 59mins this year. The event was won by Nic Fennell in an impressive 52.02.

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Weekly Round up – 9th September

Lee Kingston took part in the last local 25 mile Time Trial on Sunday, 9 September. Taking place on the Thanet Way course it was the final opportunity of the season for riders to record a best time for the season.

Conditions were quite windy making it a challenge for the racers.

Medway’s Lee Kingston recorded his 2nd fastest time over the distance passing the chequered flag in 58.52.

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