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Club 10 TT #4: 17 July

posted 17 Jul 2021, 04:40 by vcgh chair   [ updated 19 Jul 2021, 03:32 ]

Finally our riders were met with ideal conditions at this morning's club TT, with sunshine and dry roads (I won't talk about the conditions they were met with on the roads as Skiff Lane is still at its rugged worst). It makes a big difference to have some warmth in the air and 11 PBs (amongst 21 riders) is the proof (all of the TT-bike riders got a PB today, if they'd ridden the course before).

Well done to Chris Carroll who continues to shave seconds off each TT he rides, coming home 1st of the (6) TT bikes in 23:58. James Andrews wasn't far behind in 24:12, and Ross Leighton was 3rd in 24:28. Lynda Coggins was first female TT bike home, on her first ever TT, in 29:42.

Re-ordering the TT bike finish times by VTTA Standard Times paints a different picture, with James Andrews first, Simon Williams 2nd (24:33), and Lynda 3rd.

In the road bike category, there was an extremely close battle at the top, with only one second separating 1st-placed Rory O'Neill in 24:30, and 2nd-placed Jon Hughes in 24:31. Ben Brown was 3rd in 25:35. Sarah Hollingworth was 1st female road bike (on her first TT) in 31:31, with Sophie Vallis 2nd in 32:15 and Poppy Porter 3rd in 32:49. 

Re-ordering the road bikes by VTTA Standard Times also changes the order a little, with Jon in 1st, Ben in 2nd, and Lee Hollingworth 3rd (26:15). Well done all, and thanks for supporting the event!
  • Full results are here.
  • Tim Rogers' photos are here.

Thanks to my fabulous team of volunteers who helped run the event so smoothly. This month the team was:

Course setup and takedown: Brian Waters
Start timekeeper: Matt Hurst
Marshals: James Evans, Ali Siddall, Matt Hill, Nick Davison, Brian Waters
Finish timekeeper: Mark Wright
Refreshments & cleanup: Matt Hurst & Ali Siddall

A few polite reminders for next time please:
  • Don't put extra pins in the numbers, as this can end up ripping the numbers which are very expensive to replace. 
  • No black or dark clothing. This is a CTT rule from this year.
  • You must have a working rear light to ride.
  • Don't cross the white lines. You risk a DQ for this.
  • Remember it's your responsibility as the rider to make sure your route is safe. Don't rely on marshals to stop traffic as they are not allowed to do so. Please look for oncoming traffic at junctions, double check that it is safe to proceed, and be prepared to slow or stop if necessary.
Next event is 14 August. I've booked the sunshine again, so hope to see you there! 

Club 10 TT #3: 19 June

posted 19 Jun 2021, 05:16 by vcgh chair   [ updated 19 Jun 2021, 05:16 ]

Great to see 19 riders at this morning's TT, especially given the total disappearance of our recent sunny conditions! I suppose I should just be grateful yesterday's torrential rain stayed away.

Skiff was in its usual awful state (not re-surfaced last month as hoped), and a bit of debris on the roads after the rains added an extra je ne sais quoi, as did the horses moseying through Kirdford mid-TT: Who knew horses were allowed to ride two abreast as well! 

Well done to all riders and thanks for supporting the event. I hope the reappearance of refreshments (albeit outside) made the early start more palatable.

In the TT bike category, Chris Carroll smashed it in 24:15 with a 42-second PB, putting him 8th on the all time club leaderboard. James Andrews was 2nd (1st vet) with a 15-second PB of 24:56, his recent spate of racing clearly paying off; and Elliot Brown was 3rd in 26:14. Helen McClure was first female TT bike in 31:26.

In the road bike category, Jon Hughes was first in 24:34, Ben Brown was second with a 12-second PB of 25:43, and Mark Pritchard was 3rd in 25:54. New PBs also from Andrew McIntosh (equalling his previous), Paul Marsh (53 seconds) and Will St Pier (56 seconds).

In the female road bikes, brand new VCGH member (though still racing for Magspeed Racing), Natalie Creswick, was first (5th overall) in a blistering 26:29. Natalie was also in 2nd vet position - only 8 seconds behind Jon (the VTTA vet standards handicapping system affords men and women over 40 an even playing field). 2nd female RB was Fran Bratt in 27:51, and 3rd was Caroline Julian with a 25-second PB of 31:34. Great to see women making up over 25% of the field today!

I know you'll all join me in thanking the great team of volunteers who made it possible to run the event today, and kept plying you with refreshments from inside the clubhouse. This month that team was:

Course setup: Brian Waters
Marshals: Laura Senior, Ali Siddall, Frank Eisenhower, Pete Ross and Brian Waters
Start Timekeeper: Matt Hurst
Finish Timekeeper: Mark Wright
Refreshments: Matt Hurst, Brian Waters, Pete Ross

Full results are here.
Next event is 17th July. Hope to see you there!

Club 10 TT #2: 15 May

posted 15 May 2021, 03:34 by vcgh chair   [ updated 19 Jun 2021, 05:19 ]

Thanks to the 18 riders who turned up in this morning's cold drizzle to pit their wits and wheels against the Skiff Beast. Apparently conditions weren't as bad as they looked, and everyone returned unscathed, so it can only be called a success! On Monday, long-overdue patching begins on Skiff Lane and surrounding roads (including the hideous holey road between Dunsfold and Plaistow). I can't promise European-style tarmac but it will definitely be better!

Only two riders in the TT category: Chris Carroll was first across the line in 25:14, with James Andrews in 25:38.

In the road category Jon Hughes was first rider home in 24:41, with new club member Rory O'Neill second in 25:08, and Will Ranoe third in 25:53.  First woman was Jackie Johnson in 31:02.

Jon Hughes was first on vet standard time, with Lee Hollingworth in 2nd and Simon Williams in 3rd (Lee and Simon also got PBs, by 48 and 43 seconds respectively). You can read more about how VTTA vet standard times work here.

Well done to all riders, and especially those who braved their first TT today. Hopefully everyone's happy with their benchmark times for the season and will be back to knock seconds off in June with the sunshine (hopefully) and the new smooth(ish) surfaces.

And thanks on behalf of all riders and myself to all the fab volunteers who froze on junctions this morning to enable the event to go ahead. This month that team was:

Course Setup: Brian Waters
Marshals: Elliot Brown, Ali Siddall, Sarah Hollingworth, Nick Davison and Brian Waters
Start Timekeeper: Matt Hurst
Finish Timekeeper: Mark Wright

Full results are here.

Just a quick word to all riders before next time: 
  1. Stay on the LH side of the road; unlike in road racing, you risk a DQ if you cross the white line at junctions etc. 
  2. Bear in mind that it's the rider's responsibility to check their path is clear at junctions. Our marshals are not allowed to stop traffic and are simply there to make sure you go the right way, and that traffic is aware of an event taking place, so please ensure you look for oncoming traffic at all junctions, and prepare to slow or stop if necessary.
  3. A few stealth riders today! CTT regs now require no dark clothing to be worn at open or club TTs so please ensure you wear visible clothing next time. I have some good blue and orange kit in stock if you're lacking!

Group Riding Rules from 17 May 2021

posted 14 May 2021, 10:18 by vcgh chair   [ updated 14 May 2021, 10:19 ]

In accordance with British Cycling, Government Guidance, and our own club rules, VCGH group rides:

  1. Can now expand to a maximum of 8. Two groups of 8 can be organised at the same time if a second leader volunteers, provided that a few minutes is maintained between groups on the road.
  2. At cafe stops, groups can sit together outside up to a maximum of 30. However, only one set of 6 is allowed to sit inside, so in groups larger than 6, everyone should remain outside.
  3. Ride leaders may prefer to stick to groups of 6, and will say so in their ride posting. Please respect this decision.
  4. Waiting lists will be in operation after max numbers are reached on ride sign-ups. Please don’t just turn up expecting to get a ride.
  5. For chain-gang rides etc., there is no longer a limit on total participants, but groups on the road must still adhere to the club’s maximum of 8, with clear space between groups.
  6. The official Merry Harriers ride will restart from Wednesday with a max total number of 30. Please use the sign-up sheet for purposes of track & trace until the restrictions are lifted completely.

These rules will be under regular review as the national situation changes.


posted 5 Apr 2021, 08:24 by vcgh chair   [ updated 15 Apr 2021, 14:35 ]

The 2021 VCGH AGM will be held on Zoom at 20:00 on Monday 26 April. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. We will run through the official business of accounts and appointments, and will have various short presentations on what the different sections of the club have planned for the year. This is your chance to participate and influence the future business of the club.

If there is any business you would like to include, or if you have any questions, please email execteam@vcgh.co.uk by 22 April, or speak to Lara, Mark, Pete or Frank individually.

All the best,
VCGH Exec Team

Group Riding Rules from 29 March 2021

posted 2 Apr 2021, 06:52 by vcgh chair   [ updated 2 Apr 2021, 06:52 ]

In accordance with British Cycling, Government Guidance, and our own club rules, VCGH group rides:

  1. Must adhere to a maximum of 6 if a coffee stop is scheduled (per Gov guidelines). As before, 2 x groups of 6 can be organised at the same time if a second leader volunteers, provided that a few minutes is maintained between groups on the road, and the 2 groups remain separate at cafe stops.
  2. Can expand to a total maximum of 15 (per BC guidelines) ONLY if no coffee stops are made. Groups on the road should not exceed the VCGH maximum ride leader to rider ratio of 1:7 (i.e. riding as 2 separate groups of 8 and 7 with adequate space in-between).
  3. Must maintain social distancing of 1m+.
  4. Should respect the ride leader’s decision on whether or not to ride 2-abreast.

These rules will be under regular review as the national situation changes.

Suspension of Group Rides during Lockdown

posted 1 Nov 2020, 00:17 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 1 Nov 2020, 00:21 ]

Due to Government lockdown restrictions coming into play again from Thursday 5 November, including the instruction that "You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with the people you live with, your support bubble, or 1 person from another household." the Exec Team has agreed that group rides will have to be suspended during this time.

We will double check the British Cycling response to lockdown (their statements are usually released on Thursdays), but at the moment see no way that group rides will be allowed to continue.

Please feel free to post Zwift Meet-ups, and keep fingers crossed that rides can recommence after 2 December.

Questions to captain@vcgh.co.uk

Club Hillclimb 2020

posted 17 Oct 2020, 07:43 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 17 Oct 2020, 07:43 ]

Well done to the 27 riders who made it to this morning's hillclimb on the GH/44 Staple Lane. It was wet on the roads and around 10 degrees, so a very typical October morning!

Great riding from all, with a fast and very tightly packed results sheet. Impressive to see a few PBs in there, even though there was no pushing-off today, which must have cost everybody a few seconds.

First rider was Jon Hughes in 5:08 - only 9 seconds off his all-time PB. He was closely followed by Seb Morton in 5:10, and Chris Carroll in 5:16. Mark Pritchard (5:29) and Ross Ovens (5:30) were 2nd and 3rd vet behind Jon.

Laura Senior was first female and 17th overall in 6:06 - setting a new VCGH women's record. Charlie Payne was first junior and a very strong 7th= overall in 5:34, for his first ever hillclimb event. Tom Cockle (2 years younger than Charlie) was our second under-18 in an excellent 6:31 - also his first hillclimb event.

Big thanks to Will Ranoe for timekeeping, flexibility and mechanical assistance at the start line, and to Mark Wright for helping me with finish timekeeping.

That's it for our 2020 season folks. Thanks for all your support this year - it's always great to see how many of you enjoy (?) the events. Make the most of winter training and hopefully see you next April for (maybe a more normal) 2021 series.


Big Bobble Hats

posted 2 Oct 2020, 05:14 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 2 Oct 2020, 05:15 ]

Simon Williams has suggested we might like to order some Big Bobble Hats in VCGH colours. Please use this form to let us know if you’d be interested.

Winter Club Kit 2020

posted 20 Sept 2020, 03:56 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 20 Sept 2020, 03:57 ]

Deadline Wednesday 30 September

There is no winter club kit in stock, due to lack of demand over the past 2 years. However, I can order the following items if the minimum order quantity of 10 per item can be met (5 for women's items, although this attracts a small surcharge).

  • Thermal longsleeve jersey (insulated, not windproof) £74

  • Sorpasso bibtight £112

  • Omloop bibshort £98

  • Windstopper winter jacket (insulated softshell) £130

  • Gabba Team (softshell short sleeves) £120 (based on the commercially available Gabba 3)

  • Perfetto Team (softshell long sleeves) £140

Please use this form to submit your request. You will receive confirmation in the form of a PayPal invoice for 50% deposit in early October. Order lead time is 6-8 weeks.

If minimum order quantities cannot be met, you will be notified.

If you would like to order any standard club kit not on this list, please check the stock list and get in touch with shop@vcgh.co.uk.

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