Branned leader? As we dash towards the new season our sport is enjoying a tremendous boost in popularity, fuelled by the success of Team GB at the Olympics and the subsequent election of Chris Hoy as the BBC Sports Personality. We want to see more people enjoying riding their bikes, whether as competitive cyclists or leisure riders. We do offer a variety of events throughout the year, so if you have friends that have a new found interest in cycling remember to tell them about... Club rides every Sunday. The more riders we have the better we can accommodate the needs of everyone. Get out and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery of Somerset and Dorset. We currently have two groups each weekend, the first will normally cover about 55-60 miles at a steady pace whilst the second does about 45-50 miles at a pace to suit the slowest rider. Both have a coffee stop at a suitable mid point, and if feasible, it is a common stop allowing riders the opportunity to change groups. Time Trials every Thursday evening at Yeovilton. All are welcome, for those that are not YCC members we offer a day membership or there are 2 'Come and Try It' events, which are free and open to non-
members. For more details see page 7. Road Race Training. We continue to be part of the TVCRA and can offer road race training sessions every Tuesday at Ilton. A full update on the seasons schedule will be available in the April issue of the Pedaller. Audax. Arthur Vince organises a local event each year (see page 2), and we do have a number of riders that enjoy Audax rides. If you are interested then it may well be possible to 'club together'. Racing. Both time trials and road races. A full list of all the local races can be found on the club website, www.yeovilcc.com, click on the Calendar link. Enjoy your riding in 2009, but don't be too selfish, share that joy with friends and help them get the benefit too.
Sports Club Membership A reminder that your 2009 subs are now due, please complete the slip on page 8 and send it to Mike Loader. YCC membership includes membership of Yeovil Sports Club. Attached should be you YSC card. The Clubhouse has the following facilities: • Sports Bar • Lounge Bar • Main Function Hall seating for 80+. • Skittle Alley • Second Function Room •
Pool table, Darts, etc. • Barbecue facilities On offer are: • Drinks at Club prices, • Bar Meals, Families welcome • Sports Facilities available include: Three floodlit tennis courts • Three football pitches • Archery range • To contact the organiser: 01935 474433 or [email protected] • Yeovil Sports & Social Club Johnson Park, Coronation Avenue, Yeovil.
The Primrose Path By Arthur Vince Sportive riders pretend that they are racing. Audax riders pretend that they are not racing… Sunday February 8th 2009 A few Yeovil CC riders have done this ride in one of its previous editions. Not all have completed in time; those with a bottom gear of 39x21 have had a tough time not walking. But it’s been done on fixed twice; not to mention the tandems which have recorded fast times. The range of speeds allowed is 12.5 to 25 km/hour; nobody has got near the faster one yet. (The fastest time ever is five hours, which tells you a bit about the hills in its 102km; there are 1955 metres of climbing.) There are controls at the Three Horseshoes in Powerstock at 40km (coffee and cakes) and in Cerne Abbas at 62km (café or village shop); several “Information” controls define the route. I organise the ride under Audax UK regulations: the HQ is Corscombe village hall with a Start at 9am. Free food is provided – drinks and biscuits beforehand, pasta, beans on toast and other food at the whim of the food fairy (Christine) when you finish. Entry must be made on the current AUK entry form (from www.audax.uk.net or me) with two SAEs and costs £5; if you have not got third party insurance from membership of AUK, the CTC or BC then you have to pay an additional £2 to cover this. The event has reached its entry limit (55) in the last two years and it’s strictly first come, first served, so enter without P
delay if you want to ride. All enquiries to me on 01935 863429. Last February the event was interesting because of the wind blasting over Eggardon Hill. The long range weather forecast is not yet available, but it might well be a warm, windless sunny day… In
any case you will get good early season training for one of those expensive fancy sportives much praised by poseurs writing in The Comic, who do not seem to have discovered that many AUK rides – especially when they go 300km or more, like my Somerset Moors 300km next June – are a far harder proposition.
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Club Clothing If you need some new clothing please let me know (see page 7). We have a limited selection of road vests, bibshort, skinsuit - short and long sleeve and training tops. We will be placing a clothing order before the start of the new season, just for a limited amount of tops, so if you need something please let me know so that we can ensure it is included. 2
IN THE NEWS On the weekend of 30-31 May 2009, Britain's new Grand Prix circuit, Donington Park, Derbyshire will host BikeRadar Live, a massive festival of cycling including an expo of the bike industry's best gear, road and mountain bike rides and races, bike demos, and lots more. The details have yet to be announced, but the weekend of riding and racing is planned to include: • A huge expo showcasing all the best bikes and gear from the world's top manufacturers • The biggest ever What Mountain Bike and Cycling Plus Bike Demo Days sessions with test bikes from a vast range of major manufacturers on the Donington
F1 circuit and on a purpose-built mountain bike trail. • The Mountain Biking UK Eight Till Eight, 12-hour mountain bike enduro. • The Cycling Plus Sportive, taking in the glorious scenery of the Peak District (and the hills). • The Mountain Biking UK Eliminator dual slalom and dirt jump contest . Other attractions will include a trials contest; technical seminars; a weekendlong programme of cycling movies and art; plus great food and entertainment. There'll be kids and family events too including a kids' bikes demo, kids' races and a family camping area.
Carlton Reid and Tim Grahl's Bike to Work Book is out soon online and on paper, and to whet your appetites, they've released a 50 page online sampler. The book is (you guessed it) all about cycling to work, dispelling the myths, chasing away the anti-cycling bogeymen, giving practical advice on how to do it and what you'll need, as well as looking at the bigger picture of bike commuting and the planet. The virtual book looks great, to have a look for yourself, or better still encourage some of your car bound friends to visit the websiote, go to www.biketoworkbook.com.
Dave went home on 14 November, obviously he still has some way to go with further rehabilitation and outpatient appointments and has restrictions at the moment - including, unfortunately no alcohol, no cycling and no driving! This is the start of another stage in David's recovery which is just as concerning and will include at some point, the replacement of the bone plate, to rectify the dent in his forehead. Thanks to everyone who has visited and sent messages. No doubt Dave will be grateful for continued contact with his friends. It is good to see you back at home Dave (Ed).
'Bike There' Option Google Maps is a great way of researching routes, getting directions and wasting hours of valuable time. However, one very large chink in it's route finding armory is a lack of a Bike There option for directions, which would allow cyclists to plan journeys using quiet roads and recognised cycling facilities. There is now an online petition to persuade Google to add such a facility. To find out more and sign the online petition go to www. petitiononline.com/bikether/petition.html. P
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TOUR OF BRITAIN 1955 By Tony Taylor The withdrawal of sponsorship by the Daily Express newspaper for a fifth Tour of Britain stage race in 1955, was due to the ongoing dispute between the British League of Racing Cyclists (BLRC) and the National Cyclists Union (NCU). The NCU, which for so long had been opposed to road racing, saw an opportunity to take advantage of the situation, by having the audacity to try to promote a national Tour themselves! They tried to get sponsorship from the cycle trade, but this failed to materialise early on. The BLRC was naturally anxious to see the continuation of what had become a vital part of the success of road racing in Britain. With comparatively little time to prepare for such an event, the BLRC went ahead and organised a 990 mile, 8-Day Tour of Britain in September of that year, with various small sponsors from the cycle industry, plus Butlins, the owners of four holiday camps that each hosted a stage finish. The field was comprised of a Belgium and an International team, five British trade teams - Viking Cycles, Hercules Cycles, Wearwell Cycles, Russel/Wilson Cycles and The Leaguer (magazine of the BLRC), all of whose riders were now holding professional licences. There were two additional teams, made up of Aspirants, a class that was designed as a stepping stone from the amateur ranks, whereby they could compete against professional riders in certain races. These two teams were representing London and Sheffield. The race produced quite a few surprising results. The ten man Hercules Cycles team, which had been racing on the Continent for most of the season, including participating in some of the Classics, was split into two teams in order to try and restrict their numerical superiority. P
Both teams failed to make any real impression however. They had just one stage win - stage 4, Tony Hoar, and Bernard Pusey was their highest finisher on general classification in 12th place. The biggest surprise was the performance of two of the Sheffield Aspirants - Tony Hewson and Dick Bartrop, who were 1st and 3rd in the final overall classification. Although the trade teams were closely marking each other, Hewson's and Bartrop's performances were achieved almost entirely on merit. Although the race did not enter Scotland, it was a Scot Joe Christison (Viking Cycles) who won the first stage from London (Islington Town Hall) to Clacton-onSea, as well as the 37 mile Time Trial stage from Hull to Filey. He led the Viking team to victory in the team event, finishing 5th overall, with Ian Steel 6th and Doug Booker 9th. Booker won the King of the Mountains title, as well as taking the last stage from Bournemouth to London (Hampstead Heath). Ken Mitchell (Wearwell Cycles) was 2nd overall. Stages 5 and 6, Sheffield to Pwllheli (Butlins Holiday Camp), and Pwllheli to Cheltenham, were 168 and 162 miles respectively, keeping the riders in the saddle for well over seven hours each day. Tony Hewson went to race on the Continent, with 'Jock' Andrews, a member of the London Aspirants team, who was 7th overall, plus a Yorkshire amateur rider Vic Sutton. They travelled and lived in a converted ambulance. All three eventually joined the professional ranks in different teams, but were members of an International team in the 1959 Tour de France. Dick Bartrop signed for Viking Cycles. In 1956 and 1957 there was no Tour of Britain but in 1958 the race was re-introduced under the sponsorship of the Milk Marketing Board.
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Sportive News Highclere. On Sunday 7th June 2009, for the fourth year running, the UCI Highclere Castle sportive has a brand new "Cat" theme. Event organisers are delighted to confirm that the inter-linked courses will remain unchanged for 2009. You can choose from: 126 mile/202 km MagnifiCat - 3000m ascent 77 mile/123 km Route77Cat - 1700m ascent 46 mile/73 km CommuniCat - 900m ascent and for your kids / family the new 1 mile KiddiCat - a multi-lap 'adult' sportive in a small package. Enjoy the experience of a sportive within the traffic-free safety of Highclere Castle grounds and then compare notes and times with your Dad and Mum! Online entries are now live and full details of all the rides and support information can be found at www.cyclegb.co.uk Reading. The inaugural Anthony Maynard Sportive, promoted by Reading CC, will provide a challenging ride through the Berkshire Downs on Sunday 19th July 2009. "This will be a special event, a fitting cycling tribute to Anthony" said Reading CC's Chairman. "He was a very talented rider and sportives were one of his greatest loves. The event is being organised by his clubmates and will keep Anthony's memory alive in the best possible way." Anthony, aged 25, tragically lost his life in July 2008 when struck by a vehicle whilst on an evening club ride. Starting from Theale, looping westward taking in the Valley of the Racehorse and the Vale of the White Horse, riders will have the option of 105km or 190km routes. The shorter course will include 1700 metres of ascent while the 20 climbs of the 190km route will provide a testing 2900 metres of ascent. More details can be found at www.anthonymaynardsportive.org P
Dave Lloyd, whose North Wales based Mega Challenge was such a sportive rite of passage last year, has just released the date for this year's event plus two more. The Dave Lloyd Prep Camp. A 5 day Training Camp based in Ruthin (North Wales) between the 13th and 17th of April 2009. This will be for Sportivers with Training Rides over parts of the Mega Challenge route and evening talks and tips for the riders.. Ideal prep for the Mega.. The Dave Lloyd Mega Challenge Three distances of 70 miles, 100 miles and the "BIG" 150 miler with 6,000 metres of climbing ! This is on the 21st June 2009 ... The Dave Lloyd Cumbrian Killer A new event to be held on the 20th September with a fantastic route devised by Terry Bell that is 100 miles long and takes in the Hardknott, Wrynose, Kirkstone passes and many other hard climbs for a total of 5,000 metres of ascent! For more info go to www.davelloydmegachallenge.com Dartmoor. A date change – Dartmoor Classic The Mid-Devon C.C./Colin Lewis Cycles promotion will be run on Sunday 28 June to avoid a clash with the Ten Tors hiking challenge. The potential of the emergency services being compromised in the event of a serious problem came to light this year when both events were held in near tropical conditions and the authorities became fully aware of the volume of cyclists using the moorland roads at the same time as the hundreds of walkers. In 2007 the Ten Tors was abandoned due to torrential rain and the army became engaged in a major evacuation of walkers. “To be honest, we would have preferred to stick with the May date because” said the promoter Ron Keegan. “However, we have to agree with the concerns of the police and there are some pluses to come out of the date change. We can now accept a bigger field, the organisers and riders have an extra six weeks to prepare as it will be a long summer day.” he added. www.dartmoorclassic.co.uk
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The committee meets on the second Monday of every month at the Sports Club. Minutes from the Committee meetings: October Matters Arising DN reported that he was still investigating alternative clothing suppliers. General Secretary Organisations contacted regarding the change of secretary: CTT National, CTT West District, WTTA, British Cycling, CTC Membership Department, CTC National Office, RoadPeace Treasurer Income: Clothing £76; Open 10 £81.90; Race Catering £8.53; Evening 10 / Hill Climb £244.76; Membership £36. Expenditure: Stationary £27.98: CTT £30; Yeovil Sports Club £387; New Trophy (Ivy Andrews) £135. Time Trial Secretary DN reported that over the 26 events held this year there had been a total of 406 riders! That’s an average of over 15 riders per time trial. Due to the popularity of the 5 course this year, it was agreed that the 10 and 5 mile time trials should be alternated weekly from May to mid August. All time trials outside these times will be 5 mile time trials. Actual dates are to be circulated and agreed. It was suggested that the club should organise a 5 mile time trial, specifically for younger riders, in order to encourage them into the sport. Road Race Secretary Not present. It was reported that Graham Morgan (British Cycling) had contacted Shaun Walsh informing him that the Police had concerns over the Ham Hill and Pittards road race courses. Graham had suggested that alternative courses should be created in case any problems were encountered arranging these events next year. It was agreed that Graham Morgan should contact the Police in order to determine exactly what the concerns are so that the committee can begin to address these issues. Membership Secretary membership now stands at 59. New members are: Roddy Payne, James Scott, Andrew Parsons. Runs Secretary Not present. However, it was reported that there seem to be a good group of regulars turning up each Sunday and also lately some younger riders coming through. Records Secretary Not present. Newsletter Editor (Website) the latest Newsletter is about to be circulated. P
TVCRA Representative Not present. Press Secretary the Athletes 10 TT results were not recorded in the Western Gazette. AOB Money has been made available for new trophies. Namely the Ivy Andrews trophy and the 5 Handicap trophy. November General Secretary BC affiliation fee is due. It is £60 this year. Not heard from CTC as yet. Treasurer Expenditure: BC Road Race permit £96; BC Affiliation £60 Time Trial Secretary DN has produced the new timetable for 2009 (see page 7). The fees for the U30/5 and U30/10 time trials are to be the same as 2008 and the HQ will be at the Nuffield Sports Pavillion. The club Hill Climb event is scheduled for the 4th October at 10:30 am. (Week later if weather is bad). Road Race Secretary the Long Sutton Hall is booked for the 14th June (John Andrews Memorial Road Race). The Nuffield Sports Pavillion will be booked for the 29th March (Pittards and Ham Hill Road Race). All 3 races are registered and paid for: the fee was £96 for the 3 races. Race permits have been applied for. All risk assessments are up to date and Graham Morgan, BC, has endorsed them. Membership Secretary no new membership applications this month. This was quite unexpected as any membership fees paid now run to the end of 2009. Runs Secretary Not present Records Secretary Not present. Newsletter Editor (Website) Latest newsletter was circulated in October. TVCRA Representative Not present. There is a TVCRA meeting on 4th December 2008. Press Secretary Nothing to report. AOB A trophy is required for the 5 mile time trial handicap. Trophy similar to the 10 mile time trial handicap to be purchased. December General Secretary BC/CTC affiliations paid. Treasurer Income Membership £33. Expenditure: CTC Affiliation £50. Time Trial Secretary, Road Race Secretary, Runs Secretary, Records Secretary, Newsletter Editor (Website) Not present. Membership Secretary 1 new member (60). TVCRA Representative Mark Plummer reported that he had attended the TVCRA
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meeting on 4th December 2008. The minutes are in draft and are due for circulation. Press Secretary Nothing to report. AOB The committee would like to thank David Notley for organising the Awards buffet evening: it was a big success.
Club Coaching As part of British Cycling's Go-Ride initiative we would like to ask if there are any members who would be interested in coaching young riders (around 8 - 14 year olds) in any cycling discipline. BC will provide any necessary support to help the Club to become Clubmark Accredited. Further information can be found on www.britishcycling.org.uk and follow the Go Ride and Young People link in the left hand panel. If anyone is interested then please either contact Garry or one of the committee members.
Secretary John Williams 18 Forde Park, Yeovil BA21 3QR [email protected] 0777 573 4134 MEMBERSHIP Mike Loader 01935 410790 3 Poppy Close, Brympton, Yeovil, BA22 8US records Mike Northcott
TVCRA Mark Plummer
Road race Shaun Walsh
Newsletter & Clothing & Time Trials David Notley 01963 440291 Date
April 2 9 16 23 30 May 7 14 21 28 June 4 11 18 25 July 2 9 16 23 30 August 6 13 20 27 Sept'ber 3 10 17
The five mile course proved very popular with club members in 2008, particularly as it is a quiet and safe route. The committee has tried to find a longer route that was equally safe but without success. For 2009 we have, therefore, increased the number of five mile TTs. Which will give new riders, and especially the younger ones, more opportunity to participate, and to enable more riders to qualify for the new 5 mile handicap. There will be the usual rota of helpers required for the season and that will be published on the website nearer the start of the series. HQ for all events remains the Sports Pavillion at RNAS Yeovilton (entrance opposite Museum). Note: if weather conditions affect visibility on the dual carriageway then the 10 mile time trial events will be substituted by a 5 mile time trial on the U30/5 course. If you are able to help with either the pushing off, time-keeping or marshalling please contact either David, Derek or Garry. a g e
Every one a winner We could not match the Knighthood of Chris Hoy but... the annual prizegiving and buffet was moved to a Friday evening this year and proved a popular move with more members attending than we have seen for a number of years. The trophy presentation followed the usual excellent buffet with some familiar faces, as well as some refreshingly younger ones, picking up the silverware. The full results are listed on the club website. Winners from top left to bottom right are: Andy Gaylard, Shaun Walsh, Ashley and Adele Martin, Mike Loader, Ricky Gibbs, Dave Driver, Hugo Baldacchino, and Christine Vince.
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THE Yeovil Cycling Club
Branned leader? As we dash towards the new season our sport is enjoying a tremendous boost in popularity, fuel...