Sunday looks as though it might be a bit of a white off, so I won't volunteer to bring in any clothing then. I will bring it in to Yeovil on Monday evening. I will aim to be at the Bell pub on Preston Road from 6:30pm to 8pm. If you cannot make that we can arrange an alternative time.
We are only five weeks away from our first road race of the year, Sunday 22 April, based at the Edgar Hall in Somerton. In short, we need a total of 33 helpers to cover a variety of tasks. We already have some but below is a list and short description of what is required.
If you can help that would be fantastic, either contact Bob or Nick via email (see below) or through this link to the club website where there is a little more detail on some of the tasks and you can register your interest.
Ideal for the early risers! There are a lot of signs to put out, and take in. The signs are quite straightforward to put in, most are on plastic poles with a metal spike, and just push into the ground are predetermined points. We need two or three drivers with a vehicle suitable to carry up to 30 signs and a volunteer to accompany them to put the signs out.Lead car and commissaire car driving
You need to be a BC member for the driving as your vehicle will be covered by the BC Insurance. We have two practiced lead car drivers but they need someone to accompany them to use the communication radio. It would also be a good experience for anyone that is thinking of doing the task in the near future. The Commissaire drivers will be instructed what to do by the Commissaire.
Red flag marshal
These marshals are there purely to point the riders in the right direction, and to offer guidance to the public if they are unsure what to do as the race approaches (usually just wait a few moments until the race has passed). You will need to attend the briefing at the HQ prior to the race start, where you can collect your Hi-vis jacket and red flag.
Riders sign on
Making sure riders sign on, collect the correct number and have a valid BC license.
Event safety officer
Ideally this should be someone who has previously organised events themselves or has risk management experience in their workplace.
To check any Junior entrants have the correct maximum gear. A straightforward task done by measuring a set distance on a flat area, and with the bike in it’s highest gear checking it does not travel farther than the specified distance with one pedal rotation.
Pre and post race refreshments
Making the drinks and serving the refreshments to the Officials and riders. The cakes normally come from the WI shop, but if anyone is keen to do some baking...
If you haven't already done so please take a few minutes to fill out the feedback form for the YCC@90 event last month.
Planet X Stealth frameset (small) with Planet X carbon aero bars. Dura Ace Rear mech and 9 spd or friction shifters, Ultegra brakes, pedals, front mech, chainset with Rotor oval chainrings 53/42, Hope ceramic bottom bracket, Fizik Arione Tri 2 saddle – suit someone around 5′5″ to 5′9″ (165-175cm).
£1,050 for the bike with the Zipp clincher disc and Ultegra front wheel or £550 for bike without wheels and £500 for the disc wheel separately. Available to see from either Sherborne (weekdays daytime) or Wimborne, Dorset.
If interested please contact me here.
The clothing has now arrived, both the normal and Anniversary designs. If you are in urgent need then either email me on firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me on 01963 440291. You are welcome to collect it from me a Sparkford otherwise I will try and sort through all the parcels and let each of you know via email, then we can arrange a suitable day/location to meet up.
HSBC UK Go-Ride is British Cycling's development programme for young people. The programme provides a fun and safe way to introduce young riders to the world of cycle sport and provides a platform to improve bike handling skills.
We're aiming this at U12 and below; the idea is to grow the group we currently coach and develop a feeder club for the local senior clubs.
There are two local sessions with a British Cycling Coach on Saturday 17th March and Saturday April 1st at Ham Hill. The cost will be £2 per session, but the first session will be free with this flyer.
Spaces are limited, so if interested you will need to call Sue or Al on 07967 378532 to book a place.
On the 14th and 15th April the Mid Devon CC will organise the 45th edition of the Totnes – Vire 2 day stage race. We are keen that the National B event maintains its position as a quality race and remains aspirational for South West riders.
With a growing National series calendar and with the Chorley GP now taking place on the same date, we would like to extend the invitation to regional clubs to participate in the 2018 event. We believe that with the right mix of regional and national level competitors the event will achieve its goal and provide a platform for South West riders to excel. We have an increased prize fund this year as below.
We are therefore extending an invite to your club to enter a team of 4 – 6 riders in the event.
Stage 1 sees riders tackle the iconic climb of Haytor.
Stage 2 at the Torbay Velopark closed circuit facility . Over 1 hour plus 3 laps.
Stage 3 is the final stage a testing road race over rolling roads at South Brent.
To find out more about the event please visit Totnes Vire 2 Day
Bike is located in Stoke sub Hamdon. If you are interested please contact Dave via E-mail directly here.
This year's Navy Cyclefest has just been announced. Held at Ilton Airfield on Wednesday 14th March, this is a great opportunity to race on traffic free roads against members of the Armed Forces and fellow civilians. Click here for more details and an entry form.
It seems we are double booked at the Bike Barn at Pyrland Farm this Sunday. Georgie reports that she has another large group arriving at the same time as us so I think it would be best if we go to Hestercombe House instead. Please download the updated route here or from the club runs page. See you on Sunday!
If you ordered either an Anniversary top or any of the normal design both will be arriving about 15th March.
Prize winners (l to r): Jason Tipler, Rich Norris, Dave Driver, Nick Young, James Lewis, Chris Martin and Martin Wills.
Congratulations to all our prize winners, with a special mention for the winner of the Webb Shield, Martin Wills.
Martin has done more than any other to make this club a huge success, not just in 2017 but over the last few years. No matter what he is asked to do he will always step up to the mark. He can be found marshalling in the time trials, judging in the road races but more than anything else he has made the Sunday Club runs the corner stone of this club.
We probably turn up each week and never think of the work that has gone in to each ride. Finding that fine balance of roads that are safe but scenic and coffee stops that can cater for the sudden arrival of 50 riders. Ensuring the Garmin routes are up to date and accurate. That the groups are well balanced and organised and that new riders are welcomed, carefully guided into a suitable group and not left stranded in the back of beyond. A huge thank you from all of us.
|Fastest 10 mile TT||Chris Martin||20m 8s, 3s over ML record, NY 20.14|
|Fastest 50 mile TT||Chris Martin||1h 53m 22s|
|Fastest 25 mile TT||Nick Young||52m 31s|
|Michael Loader Memorial Trophy||Awarded for outstanding TT contribution||Nick Young||4 PBs and competing in Albi, France|
|Short Distance BAR||Fastest average speed in 2x10 & 2x25 TTS||Nick Young||28.749 mph|
|Long Distance BAR||Fastest average speed in 2x25 & 1x50 TTS||Dave Driver||22.780 mph|
|Veteran BAR||Best plus time for 2x10 & 2x25 TTS||Dave Driver||+ 45m 21s|
|National Championship||Best performance in a National Championship, age cat included||Dave Driver||3rd in class, RTTC Closed-Circuit Champs, Thruxton|
|Handicap 5 Mile TT||Actual time - handicap allowance||Dave Driver|
|Handicap 10 Mile TT||Actual time - handicap allowance||Not presented||Insufficient events due to rain|
|Eve TT Points Cup||Most points accrued in 20 evening TT||Rich Norris||138 points|
|Ivy Andrews Trophy||Most points accrued in any road race||James Lewis|
|Best Result in a YCC Road Race||James Lewis|
|Hill Climb Champion||Highest placed YCC member in club H/C||Jason Tipler||Rich Norris 2nd, 3s down|
|Webb Shield||Chairman's Award for Service to the Club||Martin Wills|
So far the feedback has all been very positive. When you have recovered enough we would love to here your view on the the location, the food, the entertainment and whether February is a better time than November. There are comments on our facebook page so please add your thoughts too
A huge thank you to the team, and especially Carolene and Sue, for all their hard work organising the event. To Sarah and all the staff at Haynes that ensured it ran so well. To the Wessex Big Band and Mid Life Crisis for entertaining us so well, and to everyone that came along and made it such a great evening
I must say I was impressed that so many made the club run this morning, that cold wind should certainly have cleared a few heads!
I look forward to seeing you on Saturday for the 90th Celebration. Dress is smart casual, or more formal if you like, just no lycra!
The museum is quite straightforward to find if you have not been there before. The Post code: BA22 7LH. It is about half a mile from Sparkford on the Castle Cary road. The entrance is at the far end of the site if you are coming from Sparkford. Reception is clearly marked and more or less midpoint.
You can leave you car there overnight if you need to, just let reception know your registration
It should be a great evening with over 100 guests so far. Tickets are being emailed out to you today.
You need to print off your ticket and bring it with you on the night as it has to be handed in at Reception for your complimentary drink
If you do not get your ticket in the next day or so please let me know, email@example.com or 01963 440291. If you are booked in as part of a group the ticket will go to the person that made the booking.
An accredited marshal is a marshal who has been trained to use the 'Stop! Cycle Race' sign to legally stop and hold traffic to allow the safe passage of a cycle race on the open highway. They are playing a huge role in securing the future of road racing in this country by making road races safer for everyone involved; riders, the race convoy and other road users. Accredited marshals are required to commit to marshalling a minimum of five races a year.
British Cycling will provide you with all the training you need to become an accredited marshal. Firstly, you will be asked to complete an online learning module before attending a practical training session local to you.
Please click on the following links. The first link gives you more detail of what is involved information.The next one takes you to the booking site to give you details of the course, on Wednesday 4th April course details
Monday is the deadline for requesting your tickets for the 90th Celebration. Don't miss out, contact Carolene via the membership link firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have just had the following e-mail from a grateful rider...
Whilst cycling with my friend today I had a puncture which I am embarrassed to say I could not fix (through being an idiot no other reason). So we decided to walk back to Ashcott. Two miles into our walk five members of Yeovil CC (four men and 1 lady) passed us, stopped, fixed my tyre, sorted my brakes which allowed us to cycle the last mile or two home.
I just wanted to say that I am SO grateful and they were so very kind. I have no idea who they are but wanted to inform you that you have absolute stars in your group. Many thanks. Ellie Green x
You know who you are. Well done, your good deed was definitely appreciated.
Best wishes to you all for 2018. Let's hope it is a good one with plenty of pedalling.
The latest edition of the club newsletter will be sent out today. It contains details of the 90th Celebrations, both the Dinner at Haynes and the Limited edition top.
Top available in all styles.
The clothing shops will be open from 3rd to 22 January.
For the normal design: click here, password: yeovil321For the Yeovil CC Anniversary design: click here, password: yeovil321. To apply your £10 discount use the code: YCCDISCOUNT
This coming Sunday sees the annual Christmas run to The Prince of Wales Pub at Ham Hill Country park for a bacon bap and a bit of festive cheer. Santa hats optional but attract extra kudos.
Looks like it might be a little damp, but you are not going to let that stop you - are you?
Meet at the usual time if you are doing the club run or make your own way there for mid morning.
I am pleased to announce that the idea of the 90th Anniversary Celebration at Haynes Motor Museum was really well received and preparations for the event are now well in hand.
We would like to extend the invitation to past club members, fellow cyclists and anyone else that may have an interest in the Club. So if you know anyone that you think may be interested please feel free to pass on the details.
As this is a special occasion (and a practice run for the ‘really’ big party in ten years time!) the club is covering the cost of the venue hire, drinks reception and entertainment which means we are able to offer the tickets at the cost of the meal alone, £25.00 per head.
Deadline is Monday 15th January but there is a maximum number we seat so tickets will be on a first come first served basis. Just download the booking form, fill it in and Email to Carolene Curson. For those of you who have had difficulty opening the form, here it is as an earlier version of Word: booking form old version. If you are still running Word Perfect we can't help you!
I do hope you can join us for this special celebration.
The Velodrome session booked for Sunday 4th March 2018 from 14:00 – 16:00 requires a minimum of 12 people, if you haven't booked but want to go please contact Stuart asap as it will be cancelled if we cannot get enough participants. Deadline is 14th January. Contact Stuart Wroot via email. He will confirm you have a place, at which point you will need to pay a £10 deposit to secure your place, this can be a direct transfer to the club account.
This coming Sunday sees the annual Christmas run to The Prince of Wales Pub at Ham Hill Country park for a bacon bap and a bit of festive cheer. Hopefully the weather will be a bit kinder to us than it was on Sunday. Meet at the usual time if you are doing the club run or make your own way there for mid morning.
The Wednesday evening circuit training sessions at the Nuffield Gym have been extended by 15 minutes to one hour. The new start time will be 7:30pm.
Just a reminder that a Velodrome session is booked for Sunday 4th March 2018 from 14:00 – 16:00, the coach will be Jason Streather. Numbers are strictly limited to a maximum of 30 (with 15 allowed on the track at the same time). The cost will be £18.00 plus £10.50 for bike hire if you need it. To reserve your place please contact Stuart Wroot via email. He will confirm you have a place, at which point you will need to pay a £10 deposit to secure your place; this can be a direct transfer to the club account.
TLI Cycling is pleased to announce a new race series for 2018, sponsored by Lapierre Bikes, who currently supply the FDJ Pro-Tour team. The 7 event series will feature a season long competition of 6 road races and a time trial finale which will not only crown an overall winner, but also settle the leader in each age category. On behalf of TLI Cycling, Nigel Harrop, the National Secretary said, “We are pleased that Lapierre Bikes recognise the importance of age category racing in the UK and Graham Weigh has proposed a formula for the awarding of points to riders throughout the season that reflects the riders age category as well as the number of competitors in his/her peer group that they will be riding against. This means that at the season end, not only can we crown a single overall winner, but we can also recognise the winner of each age category.”
In a separate announcement, Lapierre Bikes also detailed that in addition to the sponsorship of the Lapierre Bike Series, they have agreed with Graham Weigh Cycles to offer a 20 to 25% discount (dependent upon model type) to all current TLI Cycling members. Members who are interested should contact Graham Weigh Cycles. TLI Cycling is a voluntary sports organisation, supporting cycling clubs in the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, to organise competitive cycling events for all ages, entrants racing against others in their peer group. It is run on a not-for-profit basis entirely by unpaid volunteer members, any surplus being used to maintain, improve and develop TLI Cycling’s activities.
TLI Cycling has for over 30 years provided grass-roots cycle racing for all ages and abilities, with competition based upon age. The competitors ranging in age from 6 to over 75!
Five cyclists have been hit by an elderly driver in a car, Somerset Live understands. The incident, which took place at around 1pm, resulted in a police chase and arrest, a source has said.
The five cyclists were hit near a crossroads with the A359, just north of Mudford near Yeovil. The source, who wished to remain anonymous, told Somerset Live : "Five cyclists hit by elderly driver in car who then drove off. Lots of broken bones, bodies everywhere, but nobody dead thankfully."
A police van chased the elderly driver and got his number and police have arrested him. The source also said that the three of the cyclists had been taken to Yeovil Hospital, while two were treated at the scene.
I am sorry to have to announce that several of our riders were involved in a serious accident today. A group were brought down on Mudford Road when returning from the club run. They have all been taken to Yeovil Hospital. The extent of their injuries is not yet known, but two have head injuries and another a suspected broken leg. We wish them all a speedy recovery.
If you placed an order when the shop was open in September/October you clothing has now arrived. I will send you an email to confirm I have it and to arrange collection/delivery, or you can give me a call on 01963 440291.
There is one item that has come through with a name of Rouen***, if this is you please can you let me know, you will need to tell me what the three missing digits are.
If you ordered kit when the shop was open in October it will be here in a couple of weeks. I will email each of you when your order is with me. We do have some tops and shorts in stock if you missed out but want something.
Thank you to all of you that have replied to the email about the 90th Anniversary Celebration. If you haven't yet replied it would be very helpful if you could do so by the end of this week.
Spinning and conditioning sessions are now set to go ahead at the Nuffield Health Gym in Yeovil. Spinning will start at 7:45 pm on Tuesday 24 October and Conditioning at 8.15 pm on Wednesday 25 October and weekly thereafter. These are classes just for YCC members, they cost £4 per session, or they are free if you are already a member of the gym, and are designed specifically for cyclists. Remember this will only be a success if you turn up!
The rain held off and the roads were fairly dry for the hill climb this morning. Eight riders attacked the climb with Josh Gray (Team Tor 2000) posting the quickest time of 3 minutes and 0.8 seconds. The battle for Yeovil CC Hill Climb Champion was between Rich Norris and Jason Tipler with Jason coming out the winner by 3 seconds.
|1||Josh Gray||Team Tor 2000||3:00.8|
|2||Aden Wills||Team Tor 2000||3:02.7|
|3||Jason Brown||Yeovil CC (Day)||3:21.9|
|4||Jon James||Mendip CC||3:29.7|
|5||Jason Tipler||Yeovil CC||3:36.6|
|6||Rich Norris||Yeovil CC||3:39.8|
|7||Rob Lewis||Yeovil CC||3:56.6|
|8||Mark Edwards||Yeovil CC||4:15.5|
If you want Santa to bring you some YCC kit for Christmas you need to order it now. The Yeovil Club shop will be open until 15th October. You will receive an e-mail in the next couple of days with the login and password details. If you don't get anything by Sunday let me know.
Provided the weather is alright on Sunday the Hill Climb will take place at High Ham as scheduled. Meet in the old pub car park at the top of the hill (Northern end of the village). The club runs will go directly there.
The event will start about 10:30, you need to have signed on by 10:15. Entry fee will be £2. After the event the club runs will ride to the coffee stops in Langport.
The event is open to anyone, if you are not a member of a CTT affiliated club then you will need to ride as a Yeovil CC day member (an extra £1 on your entry fee).
The schedule for our club runs has been updated to the end of the year. Nuffield Health in Yeovil are again offering YCC members spinning sessions during the winter months the same terms apply as before - £4 per session, free to Nuffield members. There is also the possibility of a conditioning based circuits class aimed specifically at cyclists.
Its proposed to hold spinning on either a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening. If there is sufficient interest in circuits as well then possibly Tuesday and Thursday. If you are interested please go to the Yeovil Cycling Club facebook page and comment on Sandras post, stating whether you are interested in spinning or both spinning and conditioning. Can you please also indicate if you are a Nuffield member as there is a possibility of corporate membership and thus a reduction in your membership fees.
Another Dave Driver veteran Record!
Dave rode in the rain on R25/3H on Sunday, despite taking all the roundabouts cautiously, he managed to be 3rd vet on standard, setting a new club vets record of +17.04.
Twenty one riders entered into the spirit of the final evening TT, all sporting a variety of non-aero bikes. From classic Claud Butlers to training bikes complete with pannier rack! FIrst prize has to go to Dave Driver for a 60 year old vintage top, complete with breast pockets which doubled as two air scoops! Thankfully the heavy shower that hit the Yeovil area around 5:30 missed Yeovilton and the course was dry, the temperature warm but alas the wind was strong, it wasn't just the non aero bikes that made it such hard work.
A huge thank you to Sue Chesterman, and her team of helpers, for all their hard work yet again this year. If it wasn't for their selfless attitude then none of us would be able to enjoy the pleasure of a time trial.
Well done to Rich Norris, he won the Points Cup this year with a total of 138 points.
Results for 5th September. Just the pleasure of the hill climb to look forward to then yet another season draws to a close.
Tonight at 7pm at the Parish Room, the Forum, Abbey Manor, Yeovil. BA21 3TL
We have a members only Strava page for those who want to join. You need to search cycling clubs with a location of Yeovil, a club name Yeovil Cycling Club. We are only allowing paid up YCC members to be join this particular Strava Club.
Normal service was resumed tonight, after a couple of days of warm, still weather it was back to the cool and windy for the penultimate evening TT. Don't forget it is a 6:30 start again next week and it will be a non-aero bikes only event.
Final call for Club trophies. If you were awarded a trophy last year please can you arrange to return it to Dave Driver, he will be at the evening TT next week or bring it to the AGM on Monday.
Results for 29 August.
Congratulations to Dave Driver who won the 5 mile handicap prize tonight. He narrowly beat Rich Norris by one second. The other riders were covered by just a handful of seconds. Results for 22 August. Don't forget it is a 6:30 start next week and the following week, the final event of the year, will also start at 6:30 and will be a non-aero bikes only event.
Club trophies - If you were awarded a trophy last year please can you arrange to return it to Dave Driver, he will be at the evening TTs for the remaining two weeks.
This Sunday is the annual 100 mile ride. Somerset County Council have closed River Road for about 3/4 mile before Burtle. No pedestrian access at all so we can't even push our bikes through. Martin has re-routed the course and it still works out at 100 miles but it means doubling back for three miles on Totney Drove. If you have already loaded your GPS and Garmin devices, you will have to dump what you have got and reload the route.
On Sunday morning the relaxed ride group (regular short route riders) are leaving Mudford Road Recreation Ground at 9am sharp. Not 5 past or 10 past as usual. If you want to ride in this group be there early or be left behind. Usual rules for everyone else. The BBC forecast looks OK at present. A little more of a SW breeze than we hoped for but dry. Keep an eye out and bring a coat if required.
AGM - Just a reminder the Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 4th September.
A warm if slightly breezy final 9 of the year . Fourteen riders competed with the Chard duo of Andrew and John bringing their tandam along. Results for 15 August.
Club trophies - If you were awarded a trophy last year please can you arrange to return it to Dave Driver, he will be at the evening TTs for the remaining three weeks.
Congratulations to all of the riders that completed their Lands End to John O'Groats ride today.
Well there may have been downpours all around us but the Yeovilton area remained dry, with light winds. Rather than risk riders being caught in a storm on the A303 we changed the event to a 5 mile TT. Nine riders enjoyed the conditions with Adrian Lane coming top with 11:09. Results for 8th August.
Tomorrow nights TT is a 6:45 start. Signing on from 6 to 6:30. The weather is, as it has been for so much of the year, not very predictable. If it stays fine we will run a ten, if it is too damp to use the A303 we will revert to a 5. The decision will be made at the last minute unless it is definitely going to be too wet for either distance, in which case we will post notice of a cancellation on the club Facebook page. As we have had to cancel so many 10s this year there will not be a handicap element to the event.
Last Saturday Chris Martin and Dave Driver rode the V718 10, and Chris came within 3 secs of Mike Loader's record, doing 20.08. Dave managed to add a few more secs to the vets plus record for the distance, with a plus of +6.52. On Sunday, Nick Young rode the R25/3H 25, and beat Chris Absolom's record, reducing it to 52.31 for the 25 miles.
The latest issue of the club newsletter should have arrived on your doormat today. If you are looking for past issues of the newsletter they can all be found on the Archive page.
If you ordered kit when the shop was open in late May it will be with me today. I will bring it to the TT tonight so if you read this in time bring your YCC vouchers with you. For those I don't see tonight I will email you tomorrow to arrange collection/delivery.
Lee Frost trounced the competition yesterday when he clocked 51:57 for the 25 miles, nearly three minutes faster than the second man.
Top YCC riders were: 13: Nick Young 00:59:26, 18: Andy Millward 01:00:15 and new club member 22: Mark Bowditch 01:03:10.
|1||Lee Frost||VC Equipe - Flix Oral Hygiene||00:51:56|
|2||Tony Chapman||Frome and District Wheelers||00:54:48|
|3||Greg Parker||Velo Club St Raphael||00:55:21|
|4||Mark Brock||Team Tor 2000 (Kalas)||00:55:36|
|5||Mark Hudson||Bristol South Cycling Club||00:56:38|
|6||Andy Winterbottom||Somerset Road Club||0:56:57|
|7||Joshua Gray||Team Tor 2000 (Kalas)||00:57:13|
|8||Jonney Reay||RLP Racing||00:57:39|
|9||Michael Waterjohns||Somerset Road Club||00:58:06|
|10||Josh Griffiths||Bristol South Cycling Club||00:58:25|
Thanks to our stalwart timekeeper Andy Greatwood assisted by Dennis Davis. To all the marshals Martin Wills, Kim Floyd, Bob Galvin, Rich Norris, Steven Harvey, Stuart Wroot, Chris Martin, Ricky Gibbs and Phil Clementsfor marshalling. To Chris Martin for help with the signage and Nick and Jane for their help.
Team Tor 2000 (Kalas) took the team prize with 02:53:30. Results sheet.
No surprise tonight's TT is cancelled, heavy rain is forecast to continue well into the night.
What a difference a week can make, last week sheltering from the 30 degree heat this week sheltering from the rain! The steady rain, poor light and lots of standing water made it inevitable that the evening event would be cancelled. Thanks to the officials and the few optomistic riders that made it as far as the HQ, better luck next week.
Two new club records were set at the Poole Wheelers 10, held on the P415 course. Chris Martin, Nick Young and Dave Driver set a new Vets Team record of +17:59, whilst Dave's individual plus of +6:39 was a new solo vets record.
The roadworks on the A303 have struck our schedule once more. The road is due to close at 8pm so we will not be able to run a 10, instead we will have another 5.
If you intend riding in the Sparkford direction in the next few days they have spread grit from the Motor Museum to the Bruton crossroads at the top of Galhampton Hill. There is so much loose grit it is almost impassible on a bike, definitely worth using the back lanes. It also looks as though the road from Yeovil out through to Marston Magna is going to get the same treatment next week!
The club has two bike boxes which are available for club members to hire at £3.00 per day.
Hire instructions. First off please contact Carolene Curson to confirm the box(es) are available for your required hire period.
Details of how to book the boxes and all the Terms and Conditions can be found on the booking form which is on the Bike Box page.
From Ray Pollard: It is with great sadness to announce that the local cycling legend Peter Sandy has unfortunately died from a heart attack earlier this evening at Musgrove Hospital. Myself & his brother Brian were fortunate to ride with Peter on his last ride this morning on one of Peters many rides to the North Curry coffee stop where we all sat in the sunshine & had a good old chat.
Rest in peace Peter my old mate, we will all miss you so much, you will never be forgotten. When I have further details of the funeral arrangements I will pass them on.
Open 25 mile Time Trial. The Michael Loader Memorial Time Trial takes place on Sunday 16th July. First rider will be off at 07:30, we usually get a field of fifty riders. If you can help I need some marshals for Cartgate, Garador and South Petherton Roundabouts. As soon as the last rider has passed your position you will be free to leave so if you want to join the club run there will be time if you are on Garador you can go in to Yeovil or Cartgate and Petherton marshals can meet the run at Ash (the main run is to Wells). If you can help please either give me a call on 01963 440291 or Email. Thanks, David Notley.
Club Clothing. If you ordered some kit when the shop was open it is now in production. It will be delivered to the club for collection. If you have any club vouchers you can redeem them against the cost of the clothing. Bring the vouchers along when you collect your order and we will exchange them for cash, you can redeem as many vouchers as you like, we have waived the minimum number.
Finally a nice warm night! Which made it a better introduction to Time Trialling for the six riders that came and 'tried it'. We hope you all enjoyed the challenge even if it was only in hindsight! Results for 13 June
Ham Hill Road Race - From the Chairman
Well you have done it again. Congratulations and thank you to all those members of Yeovil Cycling Club who helped out in any way with our running of this year's Ham Hill Road Race. Also this year those thanks are extended to those members of TriUK who also helped us (in both our races). The race was a great success thanks to the way you all played your part, and I have pleasure in copying some particular commendations from the Chief Commissaire to us and the NEG motorcyclists which, when read together, testify to how well you did. It was a bonus that the riders treated us to an attacking race, and a double bonus that it was won by local boy, Lee Frost.
Normally I don't like to single anyone out, particularly as you were all great, but I must just repeat my thanks to Sue Chesterman who stepped in at the last minute to cover for Organiser Nick James who could not be there on race day. From the calm way she went about the job you would never have guessed that she was a first timer. With the extensive regulations and code of practice now associated with putting on a race on the UK's public highway, it has become a major undertaking requiring a lot of help from a lot of volunteers. However, this has made it safer, and done much to protect our right to promote such events. Your contribution helps secure this status. THANK YOU. Nick Armstrong
From the Chief Commissaire I have just sent an email to all the NEG and the Assistant Commissaire (see below) following the comments I received after the race yesterday. Could you please pass on my thanks to all those in your club who were involved in the running of Ham Hill RR. You did a fantastic job in putting on such a good event. Could you also pass on my thanks to all the marshals who did an excellent job and without their hard work and dedication my job would have been really tough so thank you the marshals. One final vote of thanks must go to Sue for stepping in at the last minute she did an outstanding job providing me with all the information I needed without which I could not do my job. Running a cycle race is all about team work and I would like to say that it is always a pleasure to work with such a great team which we had yesterday. Please pass on my thanks to all of the Yeovil CC members for putting on so many road events of such a high standard this season long may it last.
Hi Laurence, Ian, Andy, Andy and Didier Following the Ham Hill yesterday I had a number of riders who came and expressed their thanks for what they all felt was one of the safest races they had ridden so far this season. These were not only riders from our region but some who had travelled down for this event it was a real pleasure to get such positive feedback after such a challenging event. I would like to also add my thanks to all of you for doing such an outstanding job to make this event such a success,this is down to your professionalism and hard work to make sure that we have safe races. Thanks again for a great job Thanks, Andy Walker.
Congratulations to Lee Frost, VC Equipe-Flix, victor in todays road race. He finally cracked a group of five riders on the last lap and road to a solo victory. Provisional results are as follows:
|Finish Position||Start No||Name||Club||Cat|
|1||72||Lee Frost||VC Equipe - Flix||Elite|
|2||39||Tristan Robbins||Raleigh GAC||1st|
|3||26||Jack Stanton-Warren||Halesowen A & CC||1st|
|4||73||George Smith||VC Equipe - Flix||1st|
|5||56||Charlie Passfield||Spirit Tifosi Racing Team||1st|
|6||36||William Bjergfelt||Neon-Velo Cycling Team||1st|
|7||60||Peter Haworth||Team Tor 2000 KALAS||1st|
|8||74||Andrew Turner||VC Equipe - Flix||Elite|
|9||79||Liam Walsh||VC St Raphael||1st|
|10||54||Marcus Burnett||Spirit Tifosi Racing Team||1st|
|11||11||George Fowler||Catford CC Equipe/Banks||1st|
|12||18||Richard Harris||Cwmcarn Paragon CC||2nd|
|13||40||Aled Jones||RN & RM CA||2nd|
|14||38||Alexandre Touche||Pro Vision Race Team||2nd|
|15||31||Charlie Quarterman||Leopard Pro Cycling||Elite|
|16||48||Hayden Burton||SIXTYSIX RIISING||1st|
|17||80||Peter Kibble||Zappi Racing Team||1st|
|18||41||Jake Alderman||Saint Piran||2nd|
|19||47||Miles Burton||SIXTYSIX RIISING||2nd|
|20||77||Ashley Hutchison||VC St Raphael||2nd|
|21||9||Hefin Evans||Bynea CC||2nd|
|22||29||Adrian Lawson||Latchem Sunwise Race Team||2nd|
|23||28||Peter Hodson-Thomas||Latchem Sunwise Race Team||2nd|
|24||17||Liam Harris||Cwmcarn Paragon CC||3rd|
|25||13||Ethan Lee||Clay Cross Road Team||2nd|
|26||78||George Jones||VC St Raphael||2nd|
|27||12||Angus Fisk||Clay Cross Road Team||2nd|
|28||37||Samuel Woods||Plymouth Corinthian CC||2nd|
|29||42||Alex Fanshawe||Saint Piran||2nd|
|30||76||James Horton||VC St Raphael||3rd|
|31||66||Charlie Beake||Tri UK||2nd|
|32||15||Ryan Brain||Cwmcarn Paragon CC||2nd|
|33||53||Oliver Barbieri||Spirit Tifosi Racing Team||1st|
|34||58||Graham Collins||Team Tor 2000 KALAS||2nd|
|35||75||Michael Ford||VC St Raphael||2nd|
|37||71||Frederik Scheske||University of Exeter CC||2nd|
|37||14||William Roberts||County Cycles Racing Team||2nd|
|38||20||James Rogers||Cwmcarn Paragon CC||2nd|
|39||51||Ashley Fletcher||Southfork Racing.co.uk||2nd|
|40||34||Ashley Towey||Mid Devon CC||2nd|
|41||7||Jason White||Bristol RC||1st|
|42||43||Duncan Heywood||Saint Piran||2nd|
|43||6||Alex Platt||Bikechain - Ricci||3rd|
A massive thank you to everyone that helped to put on such an exciting and well run race, there are just too many to mention individually but you know who you are so give yourself a hearty congratulation.
If it isn't the roadworks it is the weather, the wind is still gale force out on the course and it is not forecast to drop much. Tonight's TT is Cancelled!
It will be a 5 tomorrow evening.
Near miss? Cyclists (or non-cyclists) can report near misses with vehicles. The main purpose is so the Police can see how safe cycling is, and how they can make it safer. No one will be prosecuted and it is not intended for use if there is injury involved. But it may just help to alert the constabulary to incidents that would otherwise go unreported.
There are roadworks scheduled on the A303 for this coming Tuesday. The road is set to close from 8pm for overnight works, so the 10 will not go ahead, instead we will run either a 5 or 9 If you use the A303 to get to and from the event bear in mind you will have to take an alternative route after 8pm.
Club Cycle Clothing The club shop is now open and will remain available until 8th June. Log in details have been sent my email this morning. Orders placed during this session will be available mid July. All orders are sent to the club for dispatch, not to individual members. There is a price rise on the way so if you are thinking about some club kit now is the time to place your order. You can order any of the kit on the main Kalas website, so if there is something you want that we do not have in the shop please let me know and I will arrange for it to be added in.There is also a size guide, link at bottom of screen. If you have not had an email please check your Junk mail, if it is not there email me and I will send it again (also probably means we have an incorrect email address for you).
Saturday saw a sub-twenty minute ride on the U30/10 by Ryan Perry, Team Raleigh GAC, 19:53 (30.176mph). Which he followed up on Sunday morning with a 50:49 (29.518 mph) for the 25mile course.
Dave Driver rode on Saturday and clocked 25:32. He is pictured below at the turn, crossing the A303 at Tintinhull Forts.
Definitely cancelled tonight. Heavy rain is forecast for 7pm onwards.
Weather is not looking good for a blast on the dual carriageway tomorrow. Not sure if it is a complete wash out, keep your eye on Facebook for an update.
There was an incorrect time on the board, and on the results posted last night, Ian Cardy should have a time of 11:24. Results for 2nd May. Don't forget next week is a two-up so 'grab yourself a partner' and see just how much harder you can ride when there are two of you. If you don't want to ride as a team we will allow solo rides but you will have to wait for the teams to sign on first.
Possibly the best night of the year so far. Some good times from our four Come and Try It riders. We were sorry to disappoint the young rider that came to give it a try, but we will be delighted to see you again as soon as you reach your 12th birthday. Results for 2nd May.
Well done to Jimmy Lewis for finishing the race, battling the weather as well as the course! Congratulations to Evan Rouse. More details to follow.
|1||37||Evan Rouse||Propello - Carb Cycles||02:20:17|
|2||66||Max Moyles||University of Exeter Cycling Club||02:20:21|
|3||52||Phillip Collings||Tavistock Whlrs NorthShoreGallery|
|4||48||Daniel Wellings||Somerset RC - The Bicycle Chain|
|5||6||Conor Chandler||Bath Cycling Club|
|6||44||Mathew Lelliott||Severn RC|
|7||21||Grant Leavy||DRK Racing|
|8||18||Charlie McFadzean||Cycle Sport Dynamo|
|9||29||Gareth Bushell||Mid Devon CC|
|10||33||Lovie Pridell||Mid Devon CC|
|11||61||Sean Frost||Tri UK|
|12||11||Andrew Turner||Bristol South CC|
|13||12||Adam Whitehead||Bristol South CC|
|14||57||Aden Wills||Team Tor 2000 KALAS|
|15||67||Igor Cibula||VC Bristol Webbs of Warmley|
|16||32||Steven Jones||Mid Devon CC|
|17||22||Gideon Arussi||Exeter Wheelers|
|18||17||Lee Perrott||Cycle Specific CC|
|19||84||Ben Luckwell||Ride 24/7|
|20||58||Joshua Gray||Team Tor 2000 KALAS|
|21||51||Phil Walter||Tanks Direct Cycling|
|22||47||Darren Webb||Somerset RC - The Bicycle Chain|
|23||88||Nick Anderton||Salt & Sham Cycle Club|
|24||54||Lee Morgan||Team Bottrill - HSS Hire|
|25||16||Morgan Jones||Cwmcarn Paragon Cycle Club|
|26||56||Mark Brock||Team Tor 2000 KALAS|
|27||86||Nick Watson||Ride 24/7|
|28||69||Toby Smith||VC Bristol Webbs of Warmley|
|29||64||Les Thomas||Tri UK|
|30||60||Shaun Reed||Team Tor 2000 KALAS|
|31||26||Charles Rees||Gillingham and District Wheelers|
|32||73||James Lewis||Yeovil CC|
This Sunday the first of our long established road races will be run. The John Andrews Memorial Road Race will start at 10am from Long Sutton village hall. It has a slightly different format this year, to encourage local riders and those of limited experience. We have two YCC riders in the field, and quite a lot of local riders from TriUK, Team Tor 2000 and 1st Chard.
Thank you to all of those that have already volunteered to help, if you would like to give your support then come along to Long Sutton for 9am, or find yourself a good spot on the course and cheer on the riders from 10am. If you are riding out and spectating please do not get in the way of the race, the best thing is to cycle round the course the wrong way if you want to move location during the race, and if you want to see the finish give yourself plenty of time to get there ahead of the field, or ride in from the Somerton direction. Start sheet
Just a reminder there is no club run this Sunday.
The evening events continue to attract a strong field, twenty-six riders for the 9 this week. Please remember that these events can only run if you help with the marshalling or pushing off, so please let Sue know which event you can help with. Results for 18th April. There was a mistake in last week's results, Nick and Ruben Stacey had the same time, which would ruin Nick's handicap! Sheet has now been corrected if you click on the link again.
For children with cancer Children's cancer charity Cyclists Fighting Cancer (CFC) is challenging cyclists from across the UK to collectively ride 1,000,000 miles in 2017 as part of its unique Million Mile Bike Ride.
The money raised will fund specially adapted trikes, static bikes, exercise equipment and advice for twenty-one paediatric oncology units throughout the UK to support children living with and beyond cancer.
CFC has developed a unique fundraising platform with charity software company Blackbaud, using the Everyday Hero system in conjunction with Strava. Rider's miles are automatically uploaded from fitness trackers such as Strava and - in the style of Blue Peter - added to a Million Mile Bike Ride totaliser. To add a bit of competition, riders are asked to pick a region to support in both terms of money and miles. Riders can clock up miles from their commute to work, weekend rides with the family or from longer cycling challenges.
Anyone, whether a club rider or not, can get involved in the Million Mile Bike Ride. All that is needed to take part is a bike and a smartphone to track your miles. Cyclists are encouraged to join individually, as a team or club. You can ride as many miles as you like or create your own personal mileage goal, which can be anything from one mile to one thousand miles and beyond. There are leaderboards on the website where you can see how you are doing compared to your fellow club members and a club team page will also populate miles into the team leaderboard, answering that old question "who is the best club in the country?"
The Million Mile Bike Ride challenge will run all year and new cyclists can sign up at anytime. Miles already ridden this year can manually be added, making every mile count.
This is a free event to join and there is no minimum fundraising amount required, in fact you don't have to fundraise. But, if you chose to do so we have some amazing incentives, which include but are not limited to, free kit, free sportive places, bike draw for a Trek carbon road bike and of course a fantastic t shirt to name but a few!
About Cyclists Fighting Cancer
Since 2005 Cyclists Fighting Cancer (registered charity number 1140017 and in Scotland SCO46355) has enabled over 3,000 children and young people across the UK who have been affected by cancer to regain their physical fitness, strength and confidence by giving them new bikes, adapted trikes and advice.
And if a million miles is a bit too far...
Sponsored Cycle Ride
Somerset Safari. Sunday 21st May. 9am for 9.30am start. £10 entry fee per rider*. Book your place online from Wednesday 19 th April. Prodigal Bikes and AWASA invite YOU to join us on this year's Charity Cycle Ride. All are welcome** on the aptly named: Somerset Safari; which offers a scenic route spanning 60 miles around South Somerset, perfect for both experienced riders and those of you wanting to try something new and challenging! All proceeds raised go towards both Prodigal Bikes and School in a Bag. To reserve your place, visit the British Cycling website and search for "Somerset Safari" in the events section. *suggested additional minimum sponsorship contribution of £25 per rider via attached sponsorship form **all under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
If you downloaded the Garmin route, for the Wells Club run, earlier this week it may be wrong, at some point it has reversed the direction of the route. It should go clockwise, out through Ash, not towards Ilchester.
A good turn out for the second TT, despite the rather cool weather. Twenty-six riders tackled the 5 course.The points columns on the results are for the Points Cup, which is awarded at the end of the season for the rider with the highest number of points from a maximum of twenty rides. Results for 4th April
Well it has started, not with quite the warm weather we were hoping for but most riders got round in the dry. This is where we discover who has done their winter training and who didn't! Results for 28th March
Dear Club Members, If you want to read something about the exciting world of cycling then skip this item. I couldn't let the occasion of my leaving Somerset for northern climes/climbs go however without saying thank you to the Club as a whole and to the hard working group who keep it going and make it such a friendly, accessible and supportive environment in which to cycle.
Attending the funeral of a cycling/work colleague (David Kiddell) in 2012, I met Shaun Walsh who said "if you want to join a proper cycling club go to Yeovil CC". It was typical of the Club to show a representative and supportive presence at the funeral and later that year I took Shaun's advice, joined and turned out for a time trial at Yeovilton. I didn't set any records but the Sunday club rides, and latterly the Thursday 'outings', became a staple of my weekend whatever the weather. I generally tag along with the group who like a long but slower ride and defy the adage about old dogs and new tricks.
I'm heading north to Holmfirth where a thriving club exists. If any of you head up this way for events, hillclimbs, sportives et al, look me up. (Carolene will have my new address since I intend to stay a distant member of YCC) and I'd be happy to put you up. In the meantime stay safe on the road, best wishes, Ralph Wright.
The first of the seasons evening events is next Tuesday, 28 March. We start with a series of three 5 mile event, the first two commence at 6:30pm, you need to be signed on by 6:15 at the latest. HQ is the Nuffield Sports Pavilion, opposite the Museum entrance, at RNAS Yeovilton.
If you want to see some amazing film covering just about every activity you can think of, and some you wouldn't dream of, then the world's most prestigious mountain film festival is coming to The Octagon Theatre, on Tuesday 25 April.. Featuring a brand new collection of the most exhilarating mountain and adventure films on the planet, witness phenomenal landscapes, inspirational characters and a whole heap of adrenaline coming at you from the big screen! Celebrating the mountains and the great outdoors, the screenings have a real community feel - and there are fabulous prize giveaways too! A great social night out.The event starts at 19.30, with doors and the bar opening an hour before. There is a discount on tickets for groups of six and more.
After last week's little hiccup the Spinning classes are back on and will run to the end of March, except for next week (Thursday 16 March) when there is not a class.
Early Season Circuit Racing The Royal Navy, Royal Marines Cycling Association is holding a series of races at Merryfield Aerodrome near Ilminster on Thursday 16th March. They have extended an invitation to any club member that would like to take part. Entries need to be in by 3rd March. Full details of the events and an entry form can be found on their website.
Spinning again tomorrow Nuffield Health,at 8pm. The cost of this will be free to members of Nuffield and £4.00 to non-members. It is a very good workout, concentrating on your whole body not just your legs. Well worth £4, so come along and give it a try.
On Thursday 3rd February at 8pm. The cost of this will be free to members of Nuffield and £4.00 to non-members.
2017 Membership. And talking of non-members have you paid your subs for 2017? If you have not paid by the end of January you will be deemed to have lapsed. It will still cost you the same to rejoin and in the meanwhile you will not be able to enjoy any of the club benefits! Membership cards have now been printed and will be available as soon as they have been laminated.
Nuffield Health have confirmed they are willing to offer a weekly spin class for us, starting on Thursday 3rd February at 8pm and will run until the end of March. The cost of this will be free to members of Nuffield and £4.00 to non-members.
For those that attended the spin class last week we are hoping there will be another this week but at the moment we are waiting for Nuffield Health to confirm availability and cost. More as soon as we hear.
Just a reminder that the session is at 8 pm tomorrow, Thursday. Please try to arrive by 7.40 pm so that you can fill in a health questionnaire and set up your bike. Bring a small towel and a drink. If you have SPD cleats in your cycle shoes you will be able to clip in, otherwise wear trainers. Gym facilities, showers etc are available afterwards. There is also a cafe area (no bar) if you need refreshments. There are a couple of free spaces if you haven't already said you are coming, but these will be on a first come first served basis.
If you have been frustrated trying to log on to the site since Wednesday. A major problem at the company which hosts the site meant it has been offline. There is no personal data stored on the website so no information has been accessed.
Evening TTs, Open events and Road Races. The Calendar page now has the 2017 dates
The funeral service will be at Taunton Crematorium on Wenesday 18th January at 2:30, and afterwards at The Shrubbery Hotel in Ilminster. If you are attending either event please can you let Carolene know so she can advise the family of potential numbers, either through her club email or via the Event on the Yeovil Cycling Club Facebook page.
Our first taster spinning session at Nuffield Health will be on Thursday 19 January at 8 pm. Please can you let Sandra Wills know if you intend coming along. You don't need to reply if you have already answered via Facebook. We will post further details closer to the time.
From Martin Wills. "Dave was discovered at his home after apparently suffering a fall. We have no more information on this at present. Dave had an illustrious career in cycling, which saw him ride as a semi pro on the continent during the 1970's. He also came second in the National Hill Climb Championships on two occasions, 1975 and 1979 and closer to home, he won our John Andrews road race in the same period. He loved cycling and was still covering over 8000 miles a year. Dave suffered a fractured skull when he hit a badger on the way to work one morning, about 8 years ago. He was lucky to survive and spent several weeks in intensive care but happily he made a full recovery and was back on his bike at the first opportunity. Just a couple of years ago a group of us were climbing Bulbarrow the easy way and some of the younger members started to pull away. Then an old chap on a steel bike with a rack on it glided by them and set off into the distance. That was Dave, doing what he did best. He will be sadly missed by those who rode with him."
Details of the funeral will be published when they are available.
The sad news has just come through that Dave Pitman has died at home. His family are keen to trace Dave's last movements and if anyone saw him during the period from 27th to 31st December they would really like to know.
If you can email Carolene (email@example.com) she will forward the details on.
Happy New Year! The latest newsletter is in the post, complete with your membership renewal form. If you do not receive a copy then please let me know, especially if you have moved which may mean we do not have your current address.
All the previous News pages and Newsletters can now be accessed via the Archive page.