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Busy Weekend for Team VCGH

posted 9 Dec 2018, 07:00 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 9 Dec 2018, 13:47 ]

Great to see so many VCGH time trialists at the Farnborough and Camberley Festive 10 on Saturday at Bentley. We had 7 riders, which made us the most well-attended team there.

Weather was dry and mild (10 degrees), but notable for a raging south-westerly headwind which made for very hard work on the outbound leg. Despite the welcome reprieve on the return leg, these conditions generally make for slower times overall.

The 59-strong field was won by Ken Buckley from Nuun-Sigma Sport-London RT in an astonishing 19:36.

Our results were:

 Pos  Rider      Time      Speed
 12   Jon Hughes  22:08  27.108 Mph 
 16  David Walters  22:43  26.412 Mph
 22  Richard Moore  23:33  25.478 Mph
 25  Matt Hill (road bike)     23:55  25.087 Mph
 25  Mark Pritchard  23:55  25.087 Mph
 29  Lara Taylor  24:23  24.607 Mph
 48  Ali Walters  26:55  22.291 Mph
Full results

Well done guys!

At the same time, Laura Senior and Dani Forshaw from our ladies' race team were fighting their corner in the Hillingdon winter series. They had a tough field but held the breakaway at bay. All great experience. 

Oh and definitely the most auspicious event of the entire weekend - Elliot got married! So congratulations to him and lovely Michelle.



VCGH Trip to Chicago (theatre show not distant city!)

posted 1 Dec 2018, 02:45 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 1 Dec 2018, 02:46 ]

VCGH Christmas social - Thurs 13th Dec.

Club member, ladies race team captain and all-round babe Laura Senior, currently starring* in Chicago The Musical in the West End, is able to get us £150 tickets for just £30. Plan is to meet for mulled wine & nibbles at the Christmas market on the Southbank before strolling up to the Phoenix Theatre. 

Please let us know if you would like to come by Sunday 2nd by emailing Will Ranoe.

(*violinist in the on-stage band!)

Winter Spin Sessions @ Godalming Leisure Centre

posted 8 Nov 2018, 06:09 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 8 Nov 2018, 06:09 ]

Anybody interested in joining a weekly VCGH club spin session over the winter? 

  • Wednesday evenings at Godalming Leisure Centre at 19:45 (arrive 19:30 for bike setup). 
  • First block will run for 6 weeks after which there'll be an option to renew. 
  • Start date next Weds 12th November running until 19th December. 
  • Cost is £48 for a 6-week block payable in advance to the club. 
  • We need commitment from 12 people to make this work (but there is space for plenty more). 
  • The tech is excellent (Stages stationary bikes with a full range of data including power). Bring your own HRM strap to connect. You can even bring a USB drive to save your ride data onto if you want!
  • Flat pedals with toeclips or Shimano SPD-style cleats. 
  • Shower facilities at the gym
  • Beer option afterwards.

Please would you let me know ASAP if this is of interest by emailing captain@vcgh.co.uk.

Feedback about the trial session run last night was really good ...

Staple Lane TT Season Finale

posted 13 Oct 2018, 08:52 by Lara Taylor

Thanks to so many VCGHers for making it out to our time trial season finale at the VCGH hillclimb on Staple Lane this morning. Great to see so much commitment into that pretty strong headwind too.

Jon Hughes smashed the difficult conditions with an awesome 4:59, proving his status as our hillclimbing expert. Chris Carroll and Charlotteville's Jon Saunders were joint second with an excellent 5:13, with Mark Pritchard setting a new pb hot on their heels in 5:21 (must be the saddle!) Well done to Ali Walters for knocking nearly a minute off her previous time and first lady back in 7:18, and to Callum Hall's very respectable 6:20 in his first season as an espoir (age 18-21).

Thanks to the team who helped out this morning, and made it possible for you all to experience such agony. This month, my excellent volunteers were:

Push-offer: Matt Hurst
Start timekeeping: Frank Edge
Finish timing & results: Marco Burgin

Thanks also to the guys at Allez Mobile Catering's 'The Pitch' who set up early especially for us and catered very nicely with hot drinks and snacks.

Full results are here.

See you next year!


Winter Kit 2018 Order

posted 18 Sep 2018, 04:20 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 18 Sep 2018, 05:44 ]

At this time of year I usually place an order for those that are looking to ride through the winter and would like some more substantial kit to keep them cosy.

As usual the lead time is 6-8 weeks once the order is in (so we're looking mid November for delivery), and the minimum order quantity is 10 so for special-order garments marked in bold below we will need demand for at least 7-8 in order to justify an order for that garment.

(These custom items represent a saving over retail Castelli kit.)

Please would you let me know by the end of next Friday 28 September if you would like to order any of the below:
  1. Armwarmers. Unisex sizes S, M, L, XL. £26
  2. Omloop thermal bibshorts. Unisex sizes XS-3XL. £88
  3. Thermal bibtights (with pad). Unisex sizes XS- 3XL. £94
  4. Thermal long-sleeve jersey. Athletic fit.  XXS-3XL.  £66
  5. Women's thermal long-sleeve jersey. Athletic fit. XXS - 3XL £66
  6. Skully. Onesize. £14
  7. Head thingy (like a buff). Onesize. £16
  8. Winter jacket.  XXS-3XL. £114
  9. Women's winter jacket. XXS-3XL. £114
  10. Windstopper vest. Unisex sizes XXS-3XL. £66
NB: Prices are ballpark

I have some of the items above in some sizes in stock. I will fulfil demand from existing stock first.

If you are unsure of what the garments are, or what the sizing is like, there is more info on the catalogue linked below. You can also make an appointment with me to have a look / try for size, as this saves disappointment later.

Club TT No. 6

posted 16 Sep 2018, 06:16 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 16 Sep 2018, 06:18 ]

Our final 10-mile TT of the year was run yesterday on the G10/45 from Loxwood Sports but fear not, we still have the hillclimb on Saturday October 13th to look forward to, so put it in your diaries.

We had beautiful conditions yesterday with sunshine and dry roads. Characteristically chilly for the September event which meant, as usual, slightly slower times with only one PB (Tim Powell). First rider back in the road bike category was Jon Hughes in 24:21, followed by Carl Wichman in 26:06. First woman home in the road bike category was Laura Senior in 28:13.

First in the TT category was David Walters who finished in 24:03 followed by Elliot Brown in 26:01. Ali Walters was first woman in the TT category in 28:15.

A big thanks to all the  riders who joined us yesterday and at any of our season's events. I know the early start time isn't appealing, but it ensures quiet empty roads and enables everybody to have plenty of time to get on with their day.

Special thanks to the volunteer crew who this month had to face a bit of abuse from some of the local residents who are sensitised to the proliferation of local cycling events by the inaugural Velo South next Sunday. Thanks for keeping your heads guys!

This month my team was:

Push-offer: Pete Ross
Marshals: Peter Davies, Robin Snook, James Andrews, Chris Carroll, Antonio Silano & Rob Wheeler
Finish Timekeeper: Tim Rogers
Results: Marco Burgin
HQ Teas: Chris Eaton

Full results are here and if you're interested in some wider statistics, the updated Results Summary spreadsheet shows how this year's riders have fared year throughout the season and against their previous year's achievements.

Please come along to the hillclimb in October, and please make a plan to ride as many of the TTs as you can next year. The Club puts these events on for you guys - the riders - and it would be great to get a few more participants (spread the word to the local clubs if you have contacts). Who knows, Skiff Lane might even get resurfaced if we're lucky!


Headshots please!

posted 11 Sep 2018, 08:51 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 11 Sep 2018, 08:52 ]

Our Membership Secretary Andrew Hall is keen to update the The Club > Members section of the website with your lovely mugshots. At the very least this is a useful tool for reminding yourself the names of the people you most recently rode with, and getting to know who's who in the Club. With the proliferation of social media, I don't think anyone can claim that they don't want their picture to be found online!

To which end, please would you email a headshot (or you can use this opportunity to update an old one if you prefer) to membership@vcgh.co.uk and Andrew will publish it onto the website.

Much appreciated!

The Club invites you to join us on our Big Weekend in Exmoor: 7-9 June 2019

posted 5 Sep 2018, 07:13 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 7 Sep 2018, 03:57 ]


The aim of the trip is to relocate a ‘typical’ VCGH weekend to one of the most scenic and challenging parts of the UK. Register your interest by 1st October.

This trip will be setup to follow planned routes with different paced groups in the way that we operated the Big Ride this year. The intent would be to include all capabilities in the club (although this will depend on rider leader commitment) and to enjoy some good socialising too!

The Plan

The trip will follow a simple plan;

Friday 7 June AM - Travel to Minehead, on the Somerset coast to arrive for 11:00 AM

Friday PM - 50-70k ride aiming to finish by 5-6pm - Dinner

Saturday 8 June - ‘Queen Stage’ ride 120-180k (options to be considered, with different distances) including a coffee stop, probably a seaside lunch and afternoon tea stop – Dinner

Sunday 9 June AM - 70-90k ride aiming to finish around 13:00 for travel back to Surrey

The Riding

All routes will be fully rec'ed ahead of time and published. We will be aiming to take in some of the Exmoor Beast Sportive route and include;
  • The Valley of the Rocks
  • Countisbury
  • Porlock Hill Climb route (via the Toll Road)
  • Dunkery

Expect it to be great riding across the National Park and dropping down onto the coast. If you want to enjoy some different scenery and maybe get in great shape for a bigger summer event, then it should be perfect.

Costs - What’s included

Accommodation has been reserved and the budget is £100.00 per night which includes: room, dinner and breakfast - so the total maximum commitment is £200.00 per person for the weekend. This is based on room sharing. Single occupancy will attract a surcharge. We will calculate actuals at the end of trip and re-distribute any surplus

You will need to separately fund lunches, coffee stops and hotel drinks yourself.

Travel to and from Exmoor is NOT included. We will aim to facilitate car sharing etc. and encourage those who can drive to pull together – although ultimately, it’s your responsibility to get yourself there and back.

The Legal Stuff

Anyone joining the trip does so on the understanding that it is a group event organised by a private individual (in this case Brian Waters) with the support of the VCGH Exec Team. By joining the trip, you will be accepting responsibility for your own safety and security and insurance of your property etc. Bikes will be stored in the hotel meeting room

The trip will only be open to members of VCGH at the point of sign-up and who continue to be members until the trip has finished.

How do I sign up?

In the first instance register your interest by using the event sign-up form by 1st October 2018.

In the next few weeks you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £50.00 to secure your place. Should you subsequently not be able to attend the trip the organiser will try to re-sell your place to another rider but if this is not possible then your deposit will not be returned.

The balance of payment will need to be made closer to the trip.

Any questions to brianwaters02@gmail.com.
     


August Club TT

posted 18 Aug 2018, 08:00 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 18 Aug 2018, 08:01 ]

Well done to all 19 riders who turned up to participate in this month's club TT on the G10/45. It was a slightly cooler day, but dry and still. Hard to believe the season's nearly over.

First rider home in the road category was Jon Hughes in 24:33, followed by Chris Carroll in 25:37. Laura Senior was first woman home in this category with a fantastic time of 27:29 for her third ever time trial, making her the fastest VCGH lady on a road bike to ride this course. Definitely one to watch!

In the TT category, Elliot was first man home in 25:31, followed by Carl Wichman in 25:50.

Thanks to my brilliant team of volunteers, who this month were:

Push-offer: Matt Hurst
Marshals: James Evans, Nick Davison, Chris Eaton, Frank Eisenhower, Andrew Hall and Duncan Robertson
Finish timekeeper: Brian Waters
Results: Marco Burgin
HQ teas & yummy cake creation: Judy Goodall

Full results are here.

Our final 10 miler of the season will be on September 15th, with only the hillclimb to follow in October.


Ride Sign-ups

posted 8 Aug 2018, 07:50 by Lara Taylor

Guys, can I encourage people to make more use of the sign-up sheet for rides please? It's quite difficult for those who put time and effort into planning rides to find that there's no correlation between sign-ups and show-ups. And when there are no sign-ups at all (as has happened for the Merry Harriers ride tonight), there's a danger the ride will be cancelled altogether, even though the likelihood is that plenty of people are intending to ride.

Remember there's an option to change your mind later, but signing up in the first place is *always* helpful. Thanks!

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