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The annual Gloucester vs Cheltenham interclub time trial was held yesterday over two laps of the Pendock circuit.

11 riders from each club started the event, which counts as an excellent turnout from each club and the highest for a few years.

Andrew Shipton of Gloucester was the fastest rider, with John Gould the fastest for CCCC in second. Ross Holland (age 17) was a maginificent third. Cheltenham won the overall by 9 points. Well done and congratulations to all the riders!

Download the Results and take a look at the Circuit.




Having spoken to Revills at Defford they will not be able to deal with all the riders we can expect on the longer rides this Saturday. For this week we will split these groups with the 16s going to Defford as planned and the 18s and 20s going to nearby Croome Park. Here is the modified route for that.

Enjoyed the rides this weekend. Saturday 16s group to Northleach was an excellent example of how a group can work together. Could do with a few new leaders, so that the regular leaders can have a break; remember that leaders go into the monthly £20 LL voucher draw.
Sunday rides led by Gary and Chris to Kemble AV8 café were again very sociable rides catering for a range of capable riders. DG will tell you where the hole is on Lecky descent to avoid scarey double blowouts.

Nigel Woodcock continues to lead the popular Sunday sport rides, which went to Chipping Norton.


A massive thanks to John Hawes and his team for putting on another cracking event. Here is John’s report:

We had an excellent sunny warm evening for hosting Round 1 of the Ridley Western Cyclocross League summer series. CBC had mown the course and the previous day’s rain soaked in like a sponge leaving the track riding fast, but technique still being needed to get round the corners fast. Of course fast still means hard, a trace on this course is always unrelenting effort.

It was also the first time we ran chip timing for a summer event and a very good thing that was too as 70 riders rode the main event yet the full results were up on-line by the time many got home.

Ben Davies (Cheltenham Cycles) shot into an early lead on the first lap. But by the time riders were competing their second lap a pattern formed. There was no particular group and the first half dozen were equally strung out. Johnathan Pugh (the Bulls), who had traveled from mid Wales for the event opened a sizeable gap of a couple of hundred meters from local Scott Chalmers (Felt Carbones) with Ben Davies chasing hard about the same back again. From there Johnathan just gained odd seconds per lap from Scott, but Ben noticeably was coming back a few yards a lap at a time, but not enough to close before the finish so this ended as the podium positions.

Anthony White (XCRacer/Mt Zoom/Royal Dean Forest CC) was first Veteran 40+ and Tony Davies (Dream CC) first over 50.

Jayne Cheslin in CC-CC colours won the prize for first woman home. Rachel Dale (CC-CC) was second in her first CX (and could have won “happy face” )

Oliver Hayward (Glos City) won the junior prize in a creditable 17th.

First youth was a U14 from Cortswold Veldrijden called Ella Shaftoe. A name to watch?

Leading CC-CC senior rider was Ian Alexander. Ian’s tweet is worth repeating “Said it before, say it again; Summer CX is t “he future. Tracks running really fast, corners railed and proper hard racing up & down the field” Very true. Charlie Williams was second senior CC-CC rider in and his tweet comment is also notable: “this was meant to be easier than winter Cx?”

Graham Willson was first CC-CC Veteran home.

Full results at: http://www.racetecresults.com/results.aspx?CId=27&RId=30286

Photos are on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CheltenhamCycling

A big thank you to Cheltenham Borough Council for delivering a track in great shape for us, The GWR steam railway for permission to use the old track bed, and all the volunteers who helped make this a successful race.

Just to confirm, the time trial tonight will be a 10 mile event with the HQ at Teddington Village Hall. It will not be a 25m as originally planned due to roadworks. The club calendar has been updated though it takes a little while for the changes to apply – please ignore!

It will probably be windy and rainy later, but that won’t bother you because you aren’t a big softy, are you?

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