Today saw the penultimate round of the Central Cyclocross League season with another excellent event at Milton Keynes. It was absolutely freezing with frost on the floor and a thick fog when we arrived today. Conditions did improve slightly as the sun came out but it is still a massive credit to our young people that they drag themselves out of bed at the weekend to compete in this tough sport. Credit also to all of the parents who supported their kids today and to the volunteers who make such an event possible.
The Bowl lends itself naturally to a cyclocross course with continuous slopes on cambers and tricky drops out through the hedges at the top. The frost and ice made it tricky in places but also helped a little at slowing the course from cutting up.
Also impressive was the organisation led by Mark Evans with spare bikes and the pressure washer in the pits. Mark himself benefited later as parents and kids providing vital support and very slick bike swaps.
Star of the day was once again Jake Bird with 1st place in the Under 8 race. There was an element of fortune or indeed misfortune (depending on your perspective,) for Jake as his nearest rider fell on the last lap. There's no telling if that was critical to the outcome as Jake was actually closing fast on him at the time. Charlie Guest also had another good day with a second podium finish in consecutive weeks. My understanding is that Jake now has an unassailable lead at the top of his league and is the 2016/17 Champion! Really well done Jake!
In the under 10 Boys, Ruben Hickman had his race face on with a creditable 11th place. The standard of racing from the kids was again absolutely top notch and in this race Welwyn Wheelers dominated with all three podium places.
The biggest representation from KCC today came in the Under 12 boys. Dominic Bell continued his good season with an 8th place in a race where those scarily good Milton Keynes lads took the first five places. Eddie Hennah was his usual hard working self, he always gives it everything, finishing in 15th. I was especially proud of Sam Lindsley today (yes I know I have to say that as he's my son but this is an objective view.) Sam, like others, is in his first season of Cyclocross and is on a steep learning curve. It's been those steep bits that he's struggled with and today we saw a real improvement in that area.
The Under 14s, 16s and Novices all race together on the full course. It's a staggered start and the Dad's club watched Josh Brown get a great start and then saw his chain come off. As a result it came as quite a shock when suddenly our race started too! Those Welwyn Wheelers were as impressive as they'd been the week before and set a ferocious pace. Watching and reporting on what actually happened in the race is difficult when you're taking part. One of the bits I can tell you is that Bethany Spencer took a very nasty tumble down one of those slippy muddy slopes. To her credit she got right back on and kept going. As the course zig zagged around we were able to encourage each other which was nice as was the support from all in the Cyclones family. Josh, despite his mechanical managed an excellent third place. Bethany finished in 4th, just missing out on a podium for the second week running. Charlie Stockham also go in the top ten with 8th place, no mean feat with those Welwyn speed merchants around.
For Dad's club it was the biggest field we've seen in the Novice race, which is good because it means more people trying the sport. The course was great and the riding, although exhausting was a lot of fun. Ashley got a second again this week and we're trying to encourage him to move into his age group, however he's actually an Under 23 still so that will stop him beating us when we move to Vets 40-49. Of the actual Dad's Andrew Brown did the best with 8th, Chris Barratt was 11th and I got home in 19th.
Many of us stayed around to watch Mark in the Vets 40-49. It's good for the kids to see coach riding as there were some elements of master class especially with his bike changes. However Mark we all saw you stall trying to overtake on the inside and expect you to cover this at the next training session ;)
Well done again to all the riders, parents and supporters today. The final round is next Saturday at Misterton Hall, hosted by our near neighbours, Welland Valley CC. I'm looking forward to another day of a sport which truly is highly addictive!
Under 8 Boys
Jake Bird 1st
Charlie Guest 3rd
Under 10 Boys
Ruben Hickman 11th
Under 12 Boys
Dominic Bell 8th
Edward Hennah 15th
Sam Lindsley 17th
Under 14 Boys
Joshua Brown 3rd
Under 14 Girls
Bethany Spencer 4th
Under 16 Boys
Charlie Stockham 8th
Dad's Club (Novice Men)
Ashley Easton (C&D) 2nd
Andrew Brown (C&D and KCC) 8th
Chris Barratt (C&D) 11th
Richard Lindsley (C&D and KCC) 19th
Mark Evans 20th
report by Richard Lindsley
Round 13 of the Central League Cyclocross was hosted by Rockingham Forest Wheelers at West Glebe Park, Corby. This well organised event saw several of our local young riders and a few enthusiastic Dads' tackle a challenging course in wet conditions.
The first thing to say, if youve never tried Cyclocross is that it really is a hard sport! Its also a lot of fun. What impressed me the most about the riders taking part is that they willingly got up early on a cold, wet January morning to test body and mind through the hills and the mud.
Kettering Cycling Clubs Cyclones arrived very well prepared for a day in the rain and mud led by the ever organised Mark Evans. The club gazebo was erected, spare bikes were on hand and the highly necessary jet wash was set up in the pits. It really was very impressive.
To the riders; One of the stars of this years Cyclocross season is undoubtedly Jake Bird. He just missed out on yet another first place today. Another fantastic effort though and a very well deserved 2nd on a technical course. Another KCC rider, Charlie Guest was third making it two KCC riders on the podium.
The Under 10s raced alongside the Under 8s and there were some excellent riding skills on display. You have to remind yourself at times just how young these kids are as they fearlessly tackle slippery downhills and power through the harder parts of the course. Tamsin Crabtree, KCC, managed 12th place, Ruby Isaac, Fenland Clarion CC was 13th and Ruben Hickman, KCC, was 14th.
The Under 12s raced on the same course but their race was extended to 15 minutes. Thats a long time to slog it out at their age! Again the youngsters tackled the tricky conditions with bravery, skill and perseverance. Typically the very strong Milton Keynes boys lead the way. Their podium domination was however punctuated by Dominic Switzer of Welland Valley CC with a very well deserved 2nd place. KCCs Dominic Bell, 7th, continued with his good season with another top ten finish. There was plenty more local interest with Rudy Kilworth 9th, Michael Carter 12th and Joel Ayers 15th (all Welland Valley.) Then there was the perpetually determined Edward Hennah 17th and Sam Lindsley 18th. All the kids finished with smiles on their faces, rightfully proud of their efforts.
The first race on the full course saw the Under 14s, 16s and Novices race together for 30 minutes. This longer course had all the best aspects of the reduced course and then some. Again credit to the organisers for staging such a good event. The standard of racing, particularly from the Under 16s was exceptional and the Welwyn Wheelers CC boys were the stand out performers. In the Under 14 boys Josh Brown, KCC, continued his good form with a 5th place and Finley Isaac battled through the mud for 17th. Bethany Spencer rode hard just missing out on a podium in 4th place. In the Novice race, Ashley Easton of C&D Cycles CC finished in a superb 2nd place. After that it was the battle of the Dads as KCC Cyclones coach, Andrew Brown, C&D Cycles CC was 4th, Alan Spencer KCC 7th and Chris Barratt, C&D Cycles CC 8th.
The next round of the Central Cyclocross League is only 6 days away in Milton Keynes. I, for one, cannot wait!
Jake Bird 2nd, Charlie Guest 3rd both KCC Cyclones
Tamsin Crabtree KCC Cyclones 12th
Ruby Isaac Fenland Clarion CC 13th
Ruben Hickman KCC Cyclones 14th
Dominic Switzer Welland Valley Whizz Kids 2nd
Dominic Bell KCC Cyclones 7th
Rudy Kilworth Welland Valley Whizz Kids 9th
Michael Carter Welland Valley Whizz Kids 12th
Joel Ayers Welland Valley Whizz Kids 15th
Edward Hennah KCC Cyclones 17th
Sam Lindsley KCC Cyclones 18th
Under 14 Boys
Joshua Brown KCC Cyclones 5th
Finley Isaac KCC Cyclones 17th
Under 14 Girls
Bethany Spencer KCC Cyclones 4th
Ashley Easton C&D Cycles CC 2nd
Andrew Brown C&D Cycles CC 4th
Alan Spencer KCC 7th
Chris Barratt C&D Cycles CC 8th
report by Richard Lindsley
KCC riders Gavin Hinxman and Mike Cope (along with just-left KCC member Darren Cope) joined the Welland Valley Boxing Day 10 mile TT at Kibworth.
Starting in fresh but sunny conditions, riders enjoyed a cross tailwind on the out leg, and battled the wind on the return.
To add to the festive spirit some riders rode in fancy dress. A Santa (Phil Rayner) was spotted on the course as well as one of his Elves (Ed Tarelli) - and one rider (Stewart Holland) competed in full suit and tie - maybe he was just late for the office.
Fastest overall was Kettering CC rider Gavin Hinxman in 21:25.
Mike completed the course in 26:12 and Darren in 26:05.
The annual Kettering Cyling Club awards were held on Saturday 19th November at The Gurkhas restaurant in Desborough.
The awards ceremony was headed by welcoming sponsors Duncan & Karen of Tollers Solicitors & to Neil & Teresa from George Halls Cycle Centre. Also welcomed were Albert Bell & family for coming along again to present the special Mark Bell Trophy.
Adrian Read was thanked for his work in preparing the trophies and awards.
Club Chairman Gavin Hinxman signed off his final year as chairman with an impressive haul of records and trophies in 2016. Following last year's best-ever season, he did the same again and more.
Gavin set PBs & club records for 10, 15, 25, 50 & 100 miles including two 18min 10s, two 49 min 25s & a 3hr 38 min '100'.
He also borrowed a trike & beat the club 10 miles trike record in 22:36
Gavin Hinxman also collected:
The impressive Mark Bell Memorial Trophy
Brian Charouneau Memorial Trophy (Best Northants club rider in the KCC hilly)
Butterworth Cup - 10m Time Trial Champion. 18:59
Championship Cup - 25m Time Trial Champion. 49:28
Ellingworth Cup - 50m Time Trial Champion. 1:43:01
Cedric Ellingworth Century Shield - Fastest 100mile Time Trial. 3:38:02
Challenge Trophy - Senior Best All Rounder, 29.816 mph over 10, 25 & 50miles
The 2016 Time Trial series winner, Tony Brown, has represented GB in his age group at the European Triathlon Union Championships middle distance, (half ironman distance), in Austria this year as well as club and local events too. By his own admission it has been a quieter season!
Tony collects the season long win in the time trial series, picking up:
Jim Aveling Trophy (The Wicksteed trophy) Points Series winner
Ray Panter Memorial Trophy Veterans Points Series winner
2nd 25m TT Championship
3rd 10m TT Championship
3rd 50m TT Championship
Senior 25 & 50 miles team records
Sue Rust has had a great season, and it must be noted that Sue is only in her 3rd season of racing.
Her accolades this year included:
Evening Telegraph Trophy for the Ladies Best All Rounder, best average speed over 10, 25 & 50miles with an average speed of 23.455 mph.
The Loveder Memorial Trophy as the Ladies Points Series winner.
The Hankins Ladies 10m TT championship Trophy.
Ladies club records at 10 miles (24:31) & 50 miles (2:13:38). Sue is determined to return in 2017 to claim the 25 mile record.
Ladies club team record at 10 miles.
Maria Gent enjoyed her last year in the junior ranks with a number of PB?s, records & a great year.
Maria collected the following awards in recognition of her efforts:
Marsh Racing Club Trophy for the Junior Best All Rounder, best average speed over 10 & 25miles with an average speed of 20.150 mph.
Ian Bailey Memorial Trophy for the Junior Evening Points Series winner.
Junior TT League, winner.
John Tilley won the 2016. Road Bike TT series.
James Cook won the Frank Sheppard Cup, for most improved KCC rider in the Sheppard Memorial Open TT.
The Sheppard Track Trophy for the Best Velodrome performance by a KCC rider was awarded to Andrea Woolcott.
James Simons-Boswell was this year's Senior Road Race Champion awarded the Lesley Smart Cup.
Bryan Guest won the annual Hill Climb and collected the Chris Clutton Memorial Hill Climb Trophy.
Stuart Walters became the LRVC National champion and was awarded the Off Road Cup for the Off Road Bike Rider of the year.
Full Time Trial Series winners are listed below:
Mens Senior Points series:
1st. Tony Brown
2nd. David Robinson
3rd. Jon Thorne
Ladies Senior Points series, sponsored by Tollers Solicitors:
1st. Sue Rust
2nd. Jennifer Moffatt
3rd. Maria Gent
4th. Sue Davys
5th. Harriet Evans
Road Bike Points series:
1st John Tilley
2nd Charlie Stockham
3rd. Bethany Spencer
1st. Maria Gent
2nd. Charlie Stockham
3rd. Jonah Shrive
Kettering Time Trial Championship races:
10 mile: 1st Gavin Hinxman, 2nd, David Robinson, 3rd Tony Brown
25 mile: 1st Gavin Hinxman, 2nd Tony Brown, 3rd Rob Barker
50 mile: 1st Gavin Hinxman, 2nd David Robinson, 3rd Tony Brown
Several other new club records were set this year, including:
25 mile team record: 2:49:02. Gavin Hinxman, James Cook, Mike Cope
50 mile team record: 5:38:56. Gavin Hinxman, Tony Brown, David Robinson
10 mile men's tandem record: 23:08. Adrian Gorham, Jason McClean
25 mile mixed tandem record: 1:01:03. Marcus Buksh, Sian Edwards.
72" medium gear record: 23:15. Gavin Hinxman.
10 mile ladies team record: 1:21:06. Sue Rust, Jenny Moffatt, Maria Gent.
10 mile junior girls: 27:26. Maria Gent.
15 mile junior girls: 47:28. Maria Gent.
25 mile junior girls: 1:16:47. Maria Gent.
50 mile junior girls: 2:40:11. Maria Gent.
10 mile juvenile girls: 32:43. Bethany Spencer.
The Kettering Cyclones youth division is seriously making its mark this year and is proving to be a valuable feeder system into both social and competition areas of KCC. Our younger members are making themselves known in Track, Road, MTB, CX and Time Trial events. Mark Evans presented the following awards:
Services to Kettering Cyclones: Tom Jones, Roland Bell, Nicola Cebak.
Cyclones Dedication Award: Charlie Stockham.
Away from competition, the club has been excellently represented by some dedicated people. The following awards were collected:
The Merit Trophy. This award is voted for by the committee to a member who has contributed to the club throughout the year: Jon Thorne.
Services to Kettering Cycling Club. A new award introduced this year: Ken Vatcher.
Rodney Hyde Memorial Trophy for best attendance on club runs from October to March: Ian Bird.
Another new award this year is the impressive Sportive Trophy. This award is in recognition of the Greatest Distances/number of Sportives/Charity Rides etc: Paul Mellon.
The funeral is planned for December 19th, Monday, at the new Wellingborough crematorium (between Wellingborough and Great Doddington) at 12 noon, and afterwards at the Grange Sports field on Northampton Road, Earls Barton for refreshments, all welcome.
KETTERING CC is mourning the loss of club president Bob Hill, a stalwart of the local time trial community.
Joining Kettering Friendly CC back in 1947, Bob timed his first event, a club hill climb at Rockingham, that year to begin a lifetime of service to Kettering and local cycling clubs.
He became club secretary in 1948 and, always prepared to step in if there was a shortage of someone to fill a role, over the years served as racing secretary, time trial secretary, treasurer, chairman and, from 2006, president
When the Kettering club promoted its first track meeting at Wicksteed Park in 1949, Hill acted as commentator, a job he made his own throughout the life of the track, and as an organiser he ran the GHS national schoolboys time trial championship in 2000 in which a certain Mark Cavendish finished eighth.
He was also a member of the South East Midlands District committee for several years, and will be remembered by many as a prolific timekeeper - holding the watch for both the men's and women's 50-mile championships in, respectively, 1995 - marking Kettering Friendly's 50th anniversary - and 1998.
A winner of the Merit Award for services to the club, Bob was timekeeper at nearly all of Kettering CC's time trials from its inception in 2000 up until suffering health issues a couple of years ago, and he remained an ever-present at club functions.
Away from cycling, Bob's other sporting passion was snooker - where he served as a referee - and he was also a keen model railway enthusiast.
Condolences are extended to Bob's wife Brenda, Bev and all of his family.
With 300 riders racing in near perfect conditions, sunshine above and a little bit of mud on the ground, Kettering Cycling Club hosted a great day of racing on Saturday at Prologis Park, Kettering, in a round of the Central Cyclocross League series.
Prologis have been an enormous support. The site team cut the grass and cleared weeds which allowed KCC's Mark Evans and his team to create a technically challenging course, with natural obstacles, hurdles and a challenging drop for the Senior racers.
For KCC this was an opportunity for their young team, The Cyclones, to demonstrate their skills. But with 3 coaches and 4 parents also entering races, many in the same race as the youngsters, it was a chance to demonstrate their competitiveness. None of the adults beat the Cyclones - this week. Watch this space though because there was much talk of training for future events.
Under 8 Boys
Jake Bird goes from strength to strength with a determined ride to secure first place (his third win of the series) to the delight of the local crowd. A Great showing from the youngest members of KCC's youth group The Cyclones meant the field was dominated by the boys in orange.
1st Jake Bird (KCC)
5th Oliver Cebak (KCC)
7th Coen Clark (KCC)
10th Kyan Chattaway (KCC)
11th Harrison Jones (KCC)
Under 10 Boys
13th Ruben Hickman (KCC)
Under 10 Girls
The under 10 girls race was dominated by local talent, with another storming race from Elena-Rose Fereday taking her 8th win of the season, Kettering's Ruby Isaac's racing for Fenland Clarion came in 2nd and Tasmin Crabtree from KCC took fourth.
Under 12 Boys
The dominant Team MK once again took the first 5 places in the U 12 Boys with Dominic Bell from KCC winning a tough battle to finish 6th.
6th Dominic Bell (KCC)
14 th Eddie Hennah (KCC)
16th Sam Lindsley (KCC)
17th Corben Chattaway (KCC)
19th Jack Cuthbert (KCC)
Under 12 Girls
Another podium finish for Amelia Cebak means she is currently sitting third overall in the league. Hannah Brown showed strength and determination in her first ever race to achieve 5th.
3rd Amelia Cebak (KCC)
5th Hannah Brown (KCC)
Under 14 Boys
Josh Brown was having the battle of the season against his biggest rival when a fall followed by a complicated mechanical lost him two and a half minutes. He showed courage and determination to battle from the back of the field through to finish fifth. The result has cost him the top of the league table in week 9 of 15, so the challenge is on to stay in the race for the league championship. With twenty of his team mates from KCC Cyclones watching his progress, Josh's ability to focus and fight on will be seen by them as the behaviour they should all aspire to.
5th Josh Brown (KCC)
12th Finn Isaac (KCC)
13th Charlie Crabtree (KCC)
Under 14 Girls
Another good race gave Bethany her second third place of the season, although she struggled to hold off the challenge from her father, who was competing for the first time in the novice race.
Under 16 Boys
7th Johnny Crabtree (KCC)
C and D Cycles, supplier of the KCC Cyclones Club bikes and sponsors of the prize packs for the 18 podium finishers in the first races, put out a team for the Novice Men's race.
6 Andrew Brown
8 Ashley Eaton
12 Chris Barratt
13 Richard Lindsley
15 Alan Spencer
Cara Brooks has recently qualified as a coach for KCC Cyclones and she certainly showed the kids how to race today with first place in the novice women's race.
43 Stuart Walters (KCC)
Maria Gent returned from University, where she is studying a specialist cycling degree, to race in her first cross race as a senior woman. Maria finished a credible 17th, demonstrating some key skills to the KCC cyclones who she has coached for the last two years.
This sunday (20/11/16) we will be having Cycling Weekly join us for the club run. In celebration of this we are heading out to Cafe Vontoux at Tugby for coffee and cake.
The ride will leave sainsburys car park rather than the usual bus stop at 9.00am due to the quantity of people we hope to attract. It would be great to see as many of you as possible and preferably dressed in KCC kit so please turn up.
The route for this is https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17661096.
Any questions please email me (email@example.com)
Looking forward to seeing you all there
Torrential rain is obviously ideal weather for the Cyclones - Kettering CCs youth division, whose impressive form saw podium places in four of the races at round 4 of the cyclocross Central League at Leighton Buzzard.
Jake Bird continued to dominate the boys under 8's race with a fine win, another first place to go with his two seconds means he's currently clear leader in the league. The influence of Kettering hosting the Women's Tour was evident with both of the Cyclones female racers taking third place - with Amelia Cebak seeing off tough competition to finish third in the under 12's and Bethany Spencer recovering from a nasty tumble on a challenging camber to achieve a well earned third in the U14's. Joshua Brown broke the "team MK" domination ofthe boys U14's race to claim second place.
Ten young Cyclones and their coach raced with performances demonstrating their love of the challenging conditions. As well as the mud from the torrential rain the course featured bank climbs, cambers, a sand pit and tight corners. Rub�n Hickman finished 12th in U10 boys. In the hotly contested u12 boys Dominic Bell (10th); Eddie Hennah (15th) and first timer Sam Lindsley (16th) enjoyed some friendly rivalry with Huw Wilson (5th) and Joel Ayears (13th) from Welland Valley CC WhizzKids. Fin Issac continues to improve in U14boys finishing well in 8th place. Charlie Stockham worked well to come in 8th in his first race in U16 boys.
And finally, Cyclones Coach Mark Evans improved his placing to secure a league top 15 place.
Kettering CC with the support of Prologis, are looking forward to hosting Central League CX round 9 races, on November 19th at Prologis Park in Kettering.
A busy weekend for Gavin Hinxman began on Saturday with a visit to Hull for the SSLL RT 10 mile TT on the fast V718 course. Gavin set a new PB by 21 seconds and in the process set a new club 10 record with a 18.38 finishing an impressive 11 place. Overall winner and setting a new competition record beating Alex Dowsett's previous record by 40 seconds was Polish rider Marcin Bialoblocki (One Pro Cycling) with an incredible time of 16.35.
Gavin was joined by Michael Cope and James Cook at the Port Talbot Wheelers 25 mile TT at Hiwaun in Wales. Gavin finished in 7th place overall narrowly missing a PB by 12 seconds with a 49.40. James Cook knocked 47 seconds from his previous PB with a 57.31. Michael Cope also PB'd knocking an amazing 3 minutes and 18 seconds from his previous PB with a 1.02.31. These times combined sets a new KCC club team 25 mile TT record of 2.49.42 beating the previous record by 31 seconds. Completing a fantastic weekend Marcin Bialoblocki (One Pro Cycling) once again took the overall victory with another competition record of 44.04 again beating Alex Dowsett's previous record by 25 seconds.
The final race of the season is the inter-club hill climb challenge, between Kettering Cycling Club and Rockingham Forest Wheelers.
Current cup holders, KCC hosted the event this year and welcomed a strong contingent from RFW to the start line.
Although only approximately one mile long, and split into two efforts, the hill climb is a daunting prospect. Maximum effort is required from the first pedal stroke to the last, and pulling one's most painful race face over the finish line is obligatory.
After the pain was over riders anxiously waited, while the timekeeper counted up, to see who would claim the trophy.
KCC rider Bryan Guest set the fastest time with an impressive 4.08. RFW's Pete Bradshaw came in at 4.23, and third home was KCC's Mark Evans in 4.26.
Kettering's early strength could not continue, however. The opponents clawed back points through the order to win by 16 points. Congratulations to Rockingham Forest Wheelers.
Final scores (top 20 finishers) RFW 113 points, KCC 97 points.
1. Bryan Guest KCC 4.08
2. Pete Bradshaw RFW 4.23
3. Mark Evans KCC 4.26
4. Adrian Read KCC 4.28
5. Julian Freeman RFW 4.32
6. Pete Wilson RFW 4.41
7. Harry Freeman RFW 4.46
8. Jamie Stockham KCC 4.49
9. Chris Fowler RFW 4.57
10. Paul Furnell RFW 4.57
11. Steve Wong KCC 5.04
12. Phil Montero RFW 5.19
13. Mike Castelete KCC 5.24
14. Phil Gray KCC 5.28
15. Peter Nix RFW 5.35
16. Pete Rowbotham RFW 5.36
17. Neil Shorrock RFW 5.40
18. Ian Bird KCC 5.49
19. John Rowlatt RFW 5.57
20. Martin Keable KCC 6.06
21. Andy Parker KCC 6.27
22. Clive Shackleton KCC 7.03