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18-Jun-2013: Evening 10: Best conditions of the season so far saw a number of PBs and close times (28 riders). Andy Digby was again quickest on the night, and was good to see some more ladies and juniors competing. Unfortunately, despite our recent briefing on the topic, we have had to disqualify 5 riders for crossing the white lines at finish turn, so can we all please remember this in future. Note: Next weeks results will be a bit late, as Nick is collecting cols in Spain. Results... (see page 8), Seabird Standings
11-Jun-2013: Evening 10: 22 riders joined in our first Athletes 10 last night, just riding their normal bikes. Some were also sporting some classic retro jerseys! A tough wind on return leg also made for slower times, but with very close racing within small groupings. Winner on the night was John Jones, riding the same road bike as usual, showing what can be done with practice, and not spending loads of cash on fancy equipment! Results... (see page 7), Seabird Standings
11-Jun-2013: Several of us were blessed with glorious weather out at The Dragon this weekend. 132 miles, 3350m climbing, 4,000 riders. Has to be the UK's nbr 2 sportive - after the C100 that is! I got some chain suck and lost my front mech. Rode the last 115 miles on the 34 ring. Great cadence training :)
11-Jun-2013: Please note that Steve Clarke is now at home. Visitors are welcome, but please arrange through
5-Jun-2013: Evening 10: Mr Bench is back to his winning ways leading yet another 1-2 with Nick Coe for Rock&Road employees. Good to see Luke Clarke back in action after a long time out. Another 22 min ride in pretty windy conditions. Results... (see page 6), Seabird Standings
5-Jun-2013: Shu Pillinger has just become the ladies GB National Ultra Triathlon Champion! Basically a double Enduroman triathlon (4.8 mile open water swim, 232 mile bike and 52.4 mile trail run). Totally mad, but total respect! Congratulations Shu
5-Jun-2013: Latest update on Steve Clarke from Ross. I even got to see him myself today. Feel free to contact me for an update
5-Jun-2013: Verulam CC rider times for the Chiltern 100 (over 60 of us on the day!) can be found here (separate worksheets for Gran/Medio/Corto). A great ride by Steve Kay ... right up there with the top boys!
2-Jun-2013: Chiltern 100 Sportive. What a day! Has to be one of the top 3 Sportives in the country. Eddie Spriggs, Lucy Cuppleditch, James O'Neill and Peter Tarry and the many many helpers over the last 2 weeks have done the club proud. 1,400 riders and goodness knows how many bananas! They even fixed the weather for us :) A big thank you to everybody for making this event such a great success...
29-May-2013: Miles Allen completed the epic 3-day Tour of Wessex. "Great weather and a well organised sportive. Highly recommended". Chapeau Miles!
29-May-2013: Evening 10: Not bad conditions considering the earlier rain, but only 9 hardy riders. Nick Coe on top yet again! Is he allowed to ride and run the events? Results... (see page 5), Seabird Standings
29-May-2013: Paul Cackett took 3rd place at the Milton Keynes Bowl last night after getting away with a break of 4. That elusive win can't be far away Paul!
24-May-2013: Latest update on Steve Clarke...
22-May-2013: Evening 10 results are in: 25 riders in decent conditions again (after last weeks cancellation), albeit a headwind on outward leg. Nick Coe was quickest this week, now heading the mens leader-board, with Paul Williams 2nd Verulam, thus making a one-two for Rock&Road staffers! Results... (see page 4), Seabird Standings
20-May-2013: Mark Antcliffe, Nick Coe, Paul Moody and I had a long journey up to the North Yorkshire Dales for the Etape Dales on Sunday. No wind, no rain and 17c at the finish! Unheard of :-o We all came in under the magic 7hr barrier hence went home proud owners of Gold certificates
20-May-2013: Paul Cackett got a 4th place in category at the LVRC road race at Hog Hill last week. "Break went from the off before l had even got my feet clipped in!". C'est la vie :)
18-May-2013: Clive Dyball has been keeping himself busy charting our Verulam CC TT Records since 1927! Some interesting names here. I'll get this into a web format when I get a chance...
18-May-2013: Lucy Cuppleditch & James O'Neill rode the Jurrasic Beast at the weekend along Dorset's historic coastline. "It was a lovely ride, very up and down and pretty"
14-May-2013: Paul Cackett took 3rd place at the Milton Keynes Bowl crits last week. Won by some bloke called Paul Caton evidently...
13-May-2013: Andrew Rice organized a great weekend of mountain biking at a B&B owned by some friends up by Matlock Bath. We got a bit wet on Saturday (OK, we got soaked!) but that didn't dampen our weekend one little bit :)
13-May-2013: Latest update on Steve Clarke, courtesy of Neil Wass
9-May-2013: A record turnout (32 riders!) for our first Evening 10 in sunny and dry conditions; A marked contrast to the floods of this event last season. Lots of close times, improvements on last year and good to see a number of newcomers trying their hand and enjoying the challenge. Report... Results... (see page 3), Seabird Standings
6-May-2013: Apologies that I haven't had time to write a report on our amazing trip to Majorca last month. 43 members were blessed with glorious sunshine and super week of cycling around the island. Photos now on-line - to make you jealous!
6-May-2013: We all had a great time at the Hog Hill Experience Day. 22 riders signed up and we spent 2 hours focused on coaching - from basic skills (braking, cornering etc.) to tight group riding. Then an hour of fun races. Many thanks to Kim Coe, Dick Morgan, David Yorke and Innis Yorke (club commentator - at 9!) for coming out to help. Report...
5-May-2013: A brief note to pass all of our thoughts & hopes for Steve Clarke who was involved in a crash with his son Ross on Wednesday evening. Please contact me (link above) for further information as I receive it
5-May-2013: Steve Maxted was the surprise Silver Medalist at LVRC Region 9 Championships. A superb result in only his second season on the road. Paul Caton, Colin Hodges, Steve Kay and Matt Pumo were also in the thick of the action for the various age categories. Report...
3-May-2013: Jonathan Schubert is about to set off on a "Round the World" bike ride to raise charity for World bicycle relief and Charity Water. You can read more about this once in a lifetime adventure at www.cycling-c2b.org. Please give generously. Good luck Jonathan!!
29-Apr-2013: Alex Balbi was top dog at our Roller Racing Competition tonight. Nick Saunders gave him a close run before running out of legs with just 1/4 lap-to-go. Sam Skuce went home with the bronze medal
29-Apr-2013: Good to see that the Verulam CC are really starting to make a mark on the masters road racing scene: Nick Coe took an excellent 4th place in the Finchley Road Race and was King of the "Molehills" :) Paul Cackett, Paul Caton, Matt Pumo, Steve Kay, Steve Maxted were also in the thick of the action. Report...
28-Apr-2013: Shu Pillinger completed the Mallorca 312 (k that is) yesterday - a loop of the island in just over 13 hours (12:38 cycling time). "Weather conditions: the usual for me - non-stop rain and wind. I'm beginning to take it personally - one day I hope to have an event in sunshine! A scan of the results seems to show three faster women, so I'll happily settle for a 4th place." Congratulations Shu!
28-Apr-2013: Saturday 10-mile TT: A great turnout of 20 riders, in very cold and windy/showery conditions. Apologies, but we had problems with timings, so some data missing, and times subject to confirmation. Results... (see page 2) Seabird Standings
25-Apr-2013: Verulam CC was out in force this weekend with a strong field of riders racing in the first MSTina race of the year – the Ciclisti Vecchi RR on a hilly course in Herriard. Paul Caton (first claim TMG Horizon), Gavin Bench, Nick Coe and Paul Cackett were on in the C/D race early in the morning. Steve Maxted and Matt Pumo raced the A/B race later in the day. Overall a great few races for Verulam with nearly every rider placing and picking up prize money. Report...
24-Apr-2013: The Verulam CC has safely (well almost) returned from their week in Majorca. We were blessed with a stunning week of sunshine and quality riding with 3-4 groups out every day (43 of us in all!). A very popular adventure which is sure to be repeated next year. Report to come. Photos...
9-Apr-2013: Steve Maxted was top dog at our Hardriders TT with a super turnout of 30 riders. Note from Nick:"Well done to all those who rode the Hardriders TT on Sunday, in cold but sunny conditions, including a number of brave newcomers.Thanks to all marshals and timekeepers also". Results Seabird Standings
8-Apr-2013: Troy Backhouse rode the Wiggle Spring Saddle Sportive 100 miles on Sunday. "Great ride & great weather :)"
8-Apr-2013: I too was in action in "The Joker" Sportive down between Salisbury & Shaftesbury. Plenty of 20% brutes to climb, including the 25% cobbled climb of Gold Hill - as used in the Hovis advert. Joy :)
2-Apr-2013: Graham Ricketts rode the London Phoenix Easter Classic yesterday. Quote: "Not a bad run out today, dry and bright (ish), although the organisers failed in their guarantee of a tailwind, seemed like head/cross winds pretty much the whole way round !. Good turnout though and great cakes at the food stop, although I was hoping for more than a single Cadbury’s Creme egg at the end!" http://connect.garmin.com/activity/291788027
1-Apr-2013: Good to see that we had 13 riders down for the Welwyn Wheelers Hilly TT. Nick Coe has summed up our results...
31-Mar-2013: Paul Cackett, Paul Caton, Paul Moody (the 3 Pauls!) and me (Doug) rode the Ronde Van Vlaanderen (aka Tour of Flanders) cyclo on Saturday. A nightmare journey down on Friday with the traffic & Eurotunnel, but it was all worth it. A dry day in biting cold conditions and a late start because some Muppet forgot their shoes! Fortunately a shop opened at 8:30 (start was at 7) and it was incident free from there on. Chips & mayo at the finish were as good as ever :)
25-Mar-2013: I had 7 hardy souls out mountain biking with me yesterday. Sub-zero all day and our 2-hour ride ended up taking 4-hours! Slush & mud; Horrid conditions :( Also saw Matt Pumo out with the racers (8 of them?) at the half way point. They looked as exhausted as we were :/
18-Mar-2013: Shu Pillinger completed the Wiggle No Excuses Sportive in the Gold standard on Saturday, recording the second fastest ladies' time for the second year running. The Epic distance was cancelled by the organisers because of the weather, so thankfully they only had to battle the wind and drizzle for 40 miles! A great start to the season. Congratulations Shu
15-Mar-2013: The season begins! Our club colours were on display at the Ciclos Uno Spring Road Race today on a wet morning at Tipps Cross, Blackmore. Paul Cackett, Nick Coe, Colin Hodges, Steve Kay and Steve Maxted were in action. Brief report from Steve Maxted...
13-Mar-2013: Dave Atherton took the honors at our Bike de Elegance evening on Monday with his trusty steel James Fothergill track bike (1958). This bike 'has some history' (see the last club mag) having being stolen and then rediscovered nearly 40 years later at a tip! Nick Coe was a close 2nd with his flashy new Trek Madone with the very latest 11-speed Dura Ace Di2 kit. Many thanks to all that made the effort to bring their precious pride & joys along!
12-Mar-2013: Victoria Williams surprised everybody with a win (!) on her first weekend of road racing at the Mid-Shropshire Wheelers Circuit Race plus a fine 8th place on Saturday in the Wolverhampton Wheelers Circuit Race. Both of them were at the Sundorne Circuit in Shrewsbury. Congratulations Victoria!
12-Mar-2013: Mark Antcliffe, Hazel Davies and Andrew Rice braved the conditions on Sunday to ride the Puncheur Sportive - around Ditchling Beacon and the Ashdown Forest. Mark clocked an excellent 3hrs 45' and was one of the top riders on the day. Andy managed to break his gear cable just before the climb up to the Beacon. Some ingenious bodging saved the day though!
6-Mar-2013: Congratulations to the 20 or so riders who completed the Harp Hilly Hundred on Sunday, winning VCC the trophy for another year. A good ride in reasonable conditions for a change, despite some bad road surfaces. At least there was no ice like we had on the Luton event the previous week.
28-Feb-2013: Hazel Davies and Andrew Rice were in action at the Hell of the Ashdown on Sunday. A bitter cold day meant cold tootsies and a hell of a day! Evidently nice hot cuppas at the refreshment stops helped get them through though :)
26-Feb-2013: Good fun was had by all at the Roller Competition last night. Gavin Bench eventually came through with the honors despite a flying start from Mr Samuel Skuce. Many thanks to Tony Brazier for pulling everything together!
6-Feb-2013: A quick thank you to Lucy Cuppleditch for a thoroughly entertaining account of her ride from Land's End to John O'Groats at the club room. Some 40 people came along to see what is clearly a subject of interest to many. Photos...
23-Jan-2013: The Wednesday "shirkers" out having fun. Spot the new member!
20-Jan-2013: Snow snow snow! This didn't put some of us hardy souls off though. Around 20 turned up for my MTB ride today. Veeery slippery out there. Several falls, but nothing too serious thank goodness. Photo courtesy of Andy Rice ...
14-Jan-2013: No club run on Sunday :( but this did at least give many of us an excuse to go out for some fun on our mountain bikes. Around 16 in my group and maybe 10 with Matt Pumo - travelling on the same route but in reverse. There were a few gloopy sections that caused a few embarrassing moments for some :) but it was all rideable. You should give it a try sometime!
10-Jan-2013: We had a full house at the club room on Monday to enjoy the mince pies and mulled wine put on by Dave & Val Korson. Thank you both. We definitely do need a bigger club room!
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