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We are now moving into the final few weeks of the club time trial calendar.

Next week, Thursday 31st July, is a Hilly 19 mile event. This is a lumpy ride from Andoversford to Bouton-on-the-Water, finishing with a fast run-in back to the start. A TT bike is definitely still king on this course. However, it is also the last chance to qualify for the Grimpuer Trophy for the best climber before the two hill climbs.

After this we have two more 10 mile TT’s.  Please note the Foxes Saddlery has now changed hands and is due to become a Trucker rest stop / cafe. We have an agreement with the new owner to carry on using the car park, though please take extra care to leave it tidy and as you found it. Please continue to use the toilets at the Teddington Hands pub.

On 21st we are back at Wormington for an 8 mile event. Note the change of HQ – its near the industrial estate near the Black Barns Crossroads.

Finally, we end the season with 2 hill climbs. First up is Salter’s Hill near Hailes Fruit Farm. This is a short climb between the two cattle grids. The gradient is fairly steady, so pick a gear and commit! On 4th September we end with the traditional ascent of Aggs Hill. This is a tricky one to pace, with a super-steep wall followed by a long drag to the line. Dave Roper set the course record in 2013 though it looks beatable – let’s see!  Please stay behind for a drink or two at the Hewlett Arms to celebrate the end of the season.

Unfortunately one of our entrants crashed last night after riding on to the verge. Please remember to concentrate when down on the tri-bars and keep looking ahead! We are also annoyed to hear that one, perhaps two, of the other entrants raced straight past the injured rider while they were still lying alone on the ground. They did not check to see if they were ok. This is simply unacceptable. These are club events, not the Inter Galactic World Championships. Please take care of each other.

On Sunday 17th August Midlands Mountain Bike Orienteers are holding the 1st round in their autumn series at Longdon Village Hall nr Tewkesbury. If you like trail riding come and give this event a try. It’s a 3 hour event, you can enter solo or as a pair, with the idea of visiting as many of the 30 Check Points in your 3 hours. The majority of these CPs are on the off road bridleways and byways in this lovely rural area. It’s an ideal event for newcomers, the terrain is not too demanding, and a suggested route will be marked on your map if you wish to use it. For more details and to enter www.midlandsmbo.co.uk

Dean about to wind up his sprint to win the race. Photo Credit - Matt Davis

Dean about to wind up his sprint to win the race. Photo Credit – Matt Davis

A delighted crowd watched our very own Dean Robson win the club road race at Upper Slaughter today. Dean overhauled Mark Perry (Ride 24/7) in the last 10 metres, showing he can sprint as well as time trial after his very credible placing in the National Time Trial Championships last month.

Major kudos to Joseph Hole, Jake Osborne, Michael Auty and Daniel Cooper for making their racing debuts, particularly since this must be one of the toughest circuits in the region.

Five laps of the challenging course put paid to many of the 70 riders starting the race, with more action at the back of the bunch than the front early on.

Several attempted to establish a winning break as the race settled. Craig Wallduck (Dream) and Daniel Guest (Performance Cycles) perhaps had the best attempt, leading into the penultimate lap with a 25 second gap on the bunch. The pair became a four with a 50 second gap at the bell, though it all came back together at the foot of the 2.5km finish climb up from Bourton. Dean timed his move perfectly, bringing an end to the run of Ride 24/7 victories in the Cotswold League.

Malcolm Prince, past organiser of the legendary Tour of the Cotswolds race, presented the prizes, kindly sponsored by Leisure Lakes of Cheltenham.

Harry offers heartfelt thanks to all from the club who made it happen (in no particular order): Doug Gale, Tim Sluman, Simon Tarrant, Ian Threadgold, Martin McGreary, Laura Finucane, Danny Morgan, Harry Lawrence, Will Swarbrick, Ed Swarbrick, Steve Smith, Jane Charlton, Pat Alexander, Jeff Kapp, Don Muir, Pete Birt, Alex Mackman, David Koryczan, Louise Bish, John Hawes, Simon Coulthard, John Butler, Rob Knight, David Tucker. More debts are owed to Grant Bayton, his army of accredited marshals, and the officials from British Cycling.

Full results – click here to download

1st                           Dean Robson                                     Cheltenham & Country CC

2nd                          Mark Perry                                         Ride 24/7

3rd                           William Corden                                 Lyme RC

4th                           Adrian Lawson                                  Cadence Road Team

5th                           Ben Carty                                            Felt-Colbourne-Hargreaves Road Team

6th                           Simon Coles                                       Norwood Paragon

7th                           Ross Evans                                          Radeon Cycle Coaching

8th                           Richard Bussell                                  Beacon Roads Cycling Club

9th                           Lee Davis                                             Velosure Giordana Road Team

10th                         Philip Mason                                      Climb on Bikes Cycling Club

 

King of the Mountains                                   Daniel Guest, Performance Cycles

1st Under 23                                                        Liam Walsh, VC St Raphael (11th)

1st Cat 4 from the home club                       Daniel Cooper

Next week’s TT is an inter club versus Evesham Wheelers on WEDNESDAY. Evesham are hosts and Wednesday is their usual TT night.

The course is around Bredon Hill on the K39/16 course. More info, including where to meet is at http://www.cheltenhamandcounty.cc/road/time-trialling/courses/

The competition is based on the best 6 riders from each club. Non club members can still enter as per usual. As ever, get there an hour or so early to sign on.

The club’s annual road race is this Sunday on a rolling course near to Bourton on the Water.

The event programme with all the details of the race can be downloaded below.

CCCC Road Race 2014 Programme

Sunday’s club run will call in at the Race HQ for a refreshment stop and to take a bit of the racing. The ride will meet at the pump rooms at 08:30 as usual and will be the same distance as normal Sunday ride.

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