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Club news 2017

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.

David Notley

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.

David Notley

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.

David Notley

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 – 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.

Josh Gray

Jason Tipler

1Josh GrayTeam Tor 20003:00.8
2Aden WillsTeam Tor 20003:02.7
3Jason BrownYeovil CC (Day)3:21.9
4Jon JamesMendip CC3:29.7
5Jason TiplerYeovil CC3:36.6
6Rich NorrisYeovil CC3:39.8
7Rob LewisYeovil CC3:56.6
8Mark EdwardsYeovil CC4:15.5

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.

David Notley

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. It's 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 the the Yeovil Cycling Club facebook page and comment on Sandra's 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, and 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. Results for 29 August. 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

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 handfull 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.

For those who wish to accompany the riders doing the Hundred but don't want to do the whole lot, here are two shorter routes. Back after the first feed station: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/16120875 Back after Sweets: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/16121018

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.

LEJOG finish

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.

A new month but not much change in the weather. The riders had to contend with a bit of rain on the way to the start but thankfully the ride was dry. Results for 1st August.

Open 10 mile Time Trial.

Sadly there were so few entries for the Open 10, scheduled for Sunday week, that we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel the event. We did notify all the riders last night in the hope that they may be able to enter an alternative event.

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.

We were lucky again tonight, whilst they were showers around, some as close as Martock, we stayed dry. Results for 25th July

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. David Notley

Despite the doom and gloom of the weather forecast it turned out to be a nice evening. We were pleased to welcome several riders that joined us for the first time this year. Results for 18 July.

Lee Frost trounced the competition yesterday when he clocked 51:57 for the 25 miles, nearly three minutes faster than the second man.

PositionNameTeamTime (h:m:s)
1Lee FrostVC Equipe - Flix Oral Hygiene00:51:56
2Tony ChapmanFrome and District Wheelers00:54:48
3Greg ParkerVelo Club St Raphael00:55:21
4Mark BrockTeam Tor 2000 (Kalas)00:55:36
5Mark HudsonBristol South Cycling Club00:56:38
6Andy WinterbottomSomerset Road Club0:56:57
7Joshua GrayTeam Tor 2000 (Kalas)00:57:13
8Jonney ReayRLP Racing00:57:39
9Michael WaterjohnsSomerset Road Club00:58:06
10Josh GriffithsBristol South Cycling Club00:58:25

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.

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.

Evening TT Series. Well we finally got a 10 in, the roadworks and weather were in our favour at last. Results for 4 July.

Michael Loader Memorial Time Trial. A rather disappointing entry this year, just 33 riders will contest the 25 mile TT this coming Sunday morning. Start Sheet.

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 trreatment 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.

Definitely a hot one. Thanks to all the helpers. Results for 20 June

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 PositionStart NoNameClubCat
172Lee FrostVC Equipe - FlixElite
239Tristan RobbinsRaleigh GAC1st
326Jack Stanton-WarrenHalesowen A & CC1st
473George SmithVC Equipe - Flix1st
556Charlie PassfieldSpirit Tifosi Racing Team1st
636William BjergfeltNeon-Velo Cycling Team1st
760Peter HaworthTeam Tor 2000 KALAS1st
874Andrew TurnerVC Equipe - FlixElite
979Liam WalshVC St Raphael1st
1054Marcus BurnettSpirit Tifosi Racing Team1st
1111George FowlerCatford CC Equipe/Banks1st
1218Richard HarrisCwmcarn Paragon CC2nd
1340Aled JonesRN & RM CA2nd
1438Alexandre TouchePro Vision Race Team2nd
1531Charlie QuartermanLeopard Pro CyclingElite
1648Hayden BurtonSIXTYSIX RIISING1st
1780Peter KibbleZappi Racing Team1st
1841Jake AldermanSaint Piran2nd
1947Miles BurtonSIXTYSIX RIISING2nd
2077Ashley HutchisonVC St Raphael2nd
219Hefin EvansBynea CC2nd
2229Adrian LawsonLatchem Sunwise Race Team2nd
2328Peter Hodson-ThomasLatchem Sunwise Race Team2nd
2417Liam HarrisCwmcarn Paragon CC3rd
2513Ethan LeeClay Cross Road Team2nd
2678George JonesVC St Raphael2nd
2712Angus FiskClay Cross Road Team2nd
2837Samuel WoodsPlymouth Corinthian CC2nd
2942Alex FanshaweSaint Piran2nd
3076James HortonVC St Raphael3rd
3166Charlie BeakeTri UK2nd
3215Ryan BrainCwmcarn Paragon CC2nd
3353Oliver BarbieriSpirit Tifosi Racing Team1st
3458Graham CollinsTeam Tor 2000 KALAS2nd
3575Michael FordVC St Raphael2nd
3771Frederik ScheskeUniversity of Exeter CC2nd
3714William RobertsCounty Cycles Racing Team2nd
3820James RogersCwmcarn Paragon CC2nd
3951Ashley FletcherSouthfork Racing.co.uk2nd
4034Ashley ToweyMid Devon CC2nd
417Jason WhiteBristol RC1st
4243Duncan HeywoodSaint Piran2nd
436Alex PlattBikechain - Ricci3rd

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, subject to the weather of course!

Ham Hill Road Race. We have a full field for the event on Sunday, thank you in advance to all those that have come forward to help. Start Sheet.

The heavy rain eased up just as the first rider was setting off. It was still wet on the road and everyone had to excercise caution on the roundabout. Still 13 riders competed and our thanks to the helpers that turned out in the wet. Results 30 May.

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).

A clean sweep for Tor 2000 this week, with three riders occupying the top three places. Results 23 May.

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.

Definitely the best 10 of the year so far. Four pairs of riders contested the two-up with Jonney Reay and Duncan Hermer coming out top. Fastest solo ride was Ian Cardy, off at number 22 and clocking 22:22!. Results for 9th May.

There was an incorrect time on the board, and on the reults 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.

Jimmy Lewis YCC
PositionStart NoNameClubTime
137Evan RousePropello - Carb Cycles02:20:17
266Max MoylesUniversity of Exeter Cycling Club02:20:21
352Phillip CollingsTavistock Whlrs NorthShoreGallery
448Daniel WellingsSomerset RC - The Bicycle Chain
56Conor ChandlerBath Cycling Club
644Mathew LelliottSevern RC
721Grant LeavyDRK Racing
818Charlie McFadzeanCycle Sport Dynamo
929Gareth BushellMid Devon CC
1033Lovie PridellMid Devon CC
1161Sean FrostTri UK
1211Andrew TurnerBristol South CC
1312Adam WhiteheadBristol South CC
1457Aden WillsTeam Tor 2000 KALAS
1567Igor CibulaVC Bristol Webbs of Warmley
1632Steven JonesMid Devon CC
1722Gideon ArussiExeter Wheelers
1817Lee PerrottCycle Specific CC
1984Ben LuckwellRide 24/7
2058Joshua GrayTeam Tor 2000 KALAS
2151Phil WalterTanks Direct Cycling
2247Darren WebbSomerset RC - The Bicycle Chain
2388Nick AndertonSalt & Sham Cycle Club
2454Lee MorganTeam Bottrill - HSS Hire
2516Morgan JonesCwmcarn Paragon Cycle Club
2656Mark BrockTeam Tor 2000 KALAS
2786Nick WatsonRide 24/7
2869Toby SmithVC Bristol Webbs of Warmley
2964Les ThomasTri UK
3060Shaun ReedTeam Tor 2000 KALAS
3126Charles ReesGillingham and District Wheelers
3273James LewisYeovil 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 16’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

A great turn out for the third TT, despite the rather cool breeze, thirty-three riders. Results for 11th April

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.

BANFF film

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.

RN circuits

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 availabilty 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.

Dave Pitman 1976

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 (membership@yeovilcc.com) she will forward the details on.

YCC Newsletter Jan 2017

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.