18-Dec-14: VCC Annual Dinner: Many thanks to Tom Tichler and Kate Gannon for organising a great night, attended by almost 90 members and partners at the Old Albanion Pavilion with dinner (yum!), awards (hurrah!!) and dancing (oops!!!) and great speeches too from Doug Driscoll and Bill Sibley.

2014 award winners presented on the night were:

Schoolboy Circuit: Adam Robertson
Junior Champion: Luke Houghton
Junior Road Race: Jack Loveman
Ladies 50 Cup: Stephanie Wheatley
Hill Climb Champ: Jared Millar
Ladies 25: Christine Pout
Ladies Seabird Trophy: Christine Pout
2nd Men's Seabird Trophy: Nick Coe
2nd Veteran Road Race: Nick Coe
Stokes Trophy: Nick Coe
Harry Shawer Trophy: Nick Coe
Mick Hall Clubman of the Year: Doug Driscoll
Stan Miles Trophy for outstanding work for the club: Doug Driscoll

30-Nov-14: 15 riders took part in the Club Freewheeling Competition. Mike Sims was declared our 2014 Champion after a closely fought battle with Dave Ashforth. Paul Hirst took the Bronze medal followed by Bob Bone and Nick Siddall. Last but not least was Len Plumb who put it down to his age (75!)

20-Nov-14: Colin Hodges sent in this snap from dinner with some Spanish bloke he met last night...

4-Nov-14: The VCC goes global! Andrew Ackrill was out riding in Northern California (as one does) last weekend: "I just started descending a small road when I saw what looked like a Verulam jersey coming up the road (I had my VCC gilet on). It was Craig Stewart out riding with his son (on a visit) and it was his jersey I saw.". How's that for a coincidence!

28-Oct-14: Andy Digby took an excellent 4th place at Hillingdon on Saturday after forcing a leading break of 5 riders. Seen below launching an early solo move. Congratulations Andy!

27-Oct-14: A VCC team of Nick Coe, Mark Antcliffe, Paul King and Colin Hodges completed the Arbis/Cog Team Time Trial yesterday, finishing mid table with a good time despite an incident packed event and losing two of four riders. The event was great fun and good practice, with many teams suffering punctures, minor accidents, dropped riders and even some disqualifications!

27-Oct-14: Stefan Zakorchemny was one of the top finishers at the Wiggle 'Circuit Breaker' Sportive on Sunday on his shiny new steel winter bike. Who was it that said "It's not about the bike"?

20-Oct-14: 8 of us headed up to Derbyshire for a weekend of Mountain Biking. Shorts & short sleeves up North in late October. Crazy! Big thanks to Andy Rice for all of the organisation. Some great memories :-)

5-Oct-14: Club Hill Climb: Well done to all who completed today's popular event in the sunshine, and Jared Millar who was our winner with a great time of 2.27. Seabird championship Men's title is at last resolved, with Andy Digby piping Nick Coe to the top spot.  Results... Seabird Table...

30-Sep-14: Roger Porter successfully defended his LVRC National Time Trial title at the weekend and now has two National Champion jerseys! He even beat all of the riders in the lower age category, with a great time of 48.40; Chapeau Roger! Nick Coe also competed in his age category with a 48.47.

27-Sep-14: Seabird latest, after today's Norland - Club 25: Nick Coe was fastest (and Keith Loveman 2nd most improved rider), now currently tied in (Men's) first place with Andy Digby, and Steve Kay is confirmed 3rd overall. Christine Pout is now confirmed as our the Ladies winner. Results... Seabird Table...

23-Sep-14: Paul Cackett looks sure to be our Road Man of The Year after taking a fantastic runner-up spot in the season long MSTINA Series. Congratulations Paul. Time for a well earned rest! Matt Pumo and Nick Coe also completed the series, coming 8th and 6th respectively, in their categories.

21-Sep-14: 40 riders enjoyed our first ever Team Pursuit today, and a fantastic (and safe) time was had by all on a glorious day. Some very close times on handicap, and lots of friendly competition. A number of teams ended up together on the road, which was interesting and results reflected the mix of teams overall. A very tough course with some quick times, with some good team riding and camaraderie. Think we will do again for sure!

Big thanks to Nick & Kim Coe for a superbly organised event which wasn't easy to pull together.  Thank you to all the marshals and timekeepers (who certainly had a tough job!), thank you to Rock&Road for the generous prize vouchers and thank you to Emily's Tea Shop for hosting our HQ! Results...

20-Sep-14: First man home from 3,000 starters at the London to Brighton MTB event :-) 75-miles off-road ... and I can feel every one of them!

18-Sep-14: Elaine Garvicon came 3rd in her age group (10:46:46) at IronMan France earlier this year, then last weekend raced at the ETU European Long Course Championships where she won her age group; A lovely gold medal to finish the season! Congratulations Elaine. Full respect!

16-Sep-14: Great to see so many people enjoying the BBQ on Sunday! Many thanks to Tom Tichler for arranging the weather and putting on such a smoothly oiled event, thank you to all the helpers (tossing burgers etc.) and thank you to all those that made kind contributions to the pasta & salads. Some 70 people and enough to go all around!

7-Sep-14: Saturday Club 10 results (Whitwell circuit): Shame only two riders enjoyed perfect conditions on Saturday morning... Results... Seabird Table...

7-Sep-14: Youngsters Adam Roberston and Luke Houghton had a taste of competing at the pointy end of a race at Hillingdon. Keep it coming guys!

7-Sep-14: Paul Cackett and Nick Coe have been flying the Verulam flag in the last two weekends' LVRC road races in Kent, getting great results and prize money on tough courses with strong fields: 2nd place (Paul) and 4th place (Nick) in their respective races, co-incidentally in both this week's and last week's race.

7-Sep-14: Troy Backhouse got to celebrate in full TdF style at the ABF Soldiers’ Charity Ride. "Great ride , nice free hog roast at the end". Nice one Troy!

6-Sep-14: Kate made it all the way from Geneva to Nice ... and now she's riding all the back again!

4-Sep-14: Kate Gannon sent us a "wish you were here" from atop the mighty Col du Galibier (2,642m). [I'm not jealous. I'm perfectly happy here ... in my sad little office]

18-Aug-14: We had a good turnout - including 3 youth members racing for the first time - at the Fete du Velo races in Redbourn. Photos courtesy of Keith Loveman:

16-Aug-14: 11 riders turned out for the VCC Mountain Bike ride out of Ware. A steady spin through beautiful countryside, interspersed with a few punchy climbs, river crossings and views right down to central London. The weather was almost perfect and the trails largely dry, making for an idyllic ride. East of Ware there are so many good bridleways and byways that we were able to complete the vast majority of the route off-road and traffic-free - a rare luxury in Herts! A big 'thank you' to Andrew Rice for organising.

14-Aug-14: We had an amazing number of finishers (40+) at the Pru London Sportive on Sunday - in what can best be described as 'Biblical conditions'. Tom Tichler summed it up rather well by describing it "like going through a car wash … for about 3 hours". Congratulations guys. Steve Maxted was top (and wet) dog with an impressive 3hr 43mins. Full results... Photo courtesy of Graham Ricketts:

14-Aug-14: Paul Cackett very nearly became a National Champion at the LVRC National Road Race. He took off from the start and had a lead of 2 minutes before being reeled in by a group of 5 on the last lap, but still managed 6th across the line. A great effort Paul! Report...

05-Aug-14: Tuesday Club 10 results: Last Tuesday 10 of the season. Results... Seabird Table...

01-Aug-14: Tuesday Club 10 results: Andy Digby was quickest, again!. Results... Seabird Table... Apologies for results delay, due to software gremlins. Note we had timer/data recording problems last Tuesday, so contact Nick if any queries.

29-Jul-14: I was out getting stung by the nettles on Saturday at the Evans North Downs MTB Ride It! Super day (especially up to the tower at Leith Hill).  Top time of the day from 340 riders. The VCC rock :-)

22-Jul-14: Stefan Zakorchemney completed the HotChillee London to Paris for the 2nd year running. Pics on Flickr...

21-Jul-14: Paul Cackett took his first outright win of the season in the Newbury Road Race (MSTINA series). "Attacked near top of climb on last lap after frantically hard race and got a gap and managed to stay away until finish, surprised them all including me. Now sitting 2nd in Mstina league". Congratulations Paul. I hope you had your arms raised high!

20-Jul-14: Our Open 25 TT was a big success today, so well done to all 12 VCC riders who enjoyed the sunshine, and also the great efforts of our marshals and helpers. Roger Porter was quickest VCC (57.15) and 2nd Vet on Std overall, with quite a few other VCC times very close by. Andy Digby would have been quickest with 56.28, but for a late start penalty.

16-Jul-14: Apologies for late reporting of The Battle of Edge Hill Road Race. Matt Pumo undertook 93 grueling miles and lots of steep climbs with some esteemed company. Report...

16-Jul-14: Tuesday Club 10 results: Lovely weather last night; Andy Digby was quickest. Results... Seabird Table...

15-Jul-14: Graham Ricketts, Kate Gannon and Tom Jennings rode the crazy Dunwich Dynamo event at the weekend; 120 miles from London to the Suffolk coast ... at night! Quote from Graham:  "Quite an experience. Rather (actually very) wet and after two punctures with about 30 miles to go and no more spare tubes I spent the next couple of hours crossing fingers and praying (fortunately no more punctures). Quite an event with just a trail of red lights to show you the way". Quote from Kate: "...old ladies with dressing gowns waving us through villages at 3am"

15-Jul-14: We co-ran (with TMG Horizon) the LVRC TOACHIM /MSTINA circuit race series at Hog Hill on Sunday. All went very smoothly despite numerous punctures (due to an early morning downpoor) and no judges turning up (!). Many thanks to Paul Caton for pulling it all together and to all of the helpers that came along on the day. Results coming shortly

8-Jul-14: Paul Wilson, Mike Jubb and John Jones tackled the mighty Marmotte over the weekend. "We rode like demons and all finished in times of 8:49, 8:24 and 7:03 respectively. Next stop, L’Etape!" [Chapeau on that 7:03 John!]

2-Jul-14: Troy Backhouse demonstrated his climbing skills at the Tour de Essex Sportive at the weekend. "All the villages look good with their TDF flags & dec's"

01-July-14: Tuesday Club 10 results: No rain last night! Roger Porter was quickest Verulam; again with a number of very close times in the 24s. Results... Seabird Table...

30-Jun-14: Keith Loveman completed the BikeBath 'Gladiator Challenge'; two 100 mile sportives around the Mendips. "It sounded like a good idea to 'celebrate' turning 50. Thunderstorms and an encounter with a bramble hedge added to the challenge, as did getting up at 5.30am on the Sunday to do it all again. Some fantastic scenery with rolling hills and a few long tough climbs including Cheddar Gorge where even the Garmin 'auto paused' thinking I was no longer moving! Officially now on the Gladiator roll of honour, but a long way from 'Spartacus' ".

29-Jun-14: Just to keep up with the guys below, Stefan Zakorchemney completed the HotChillee London to Paris for the 2nd year running. Photos coming soon

29-Jun-14: Kirk Alderson, Geoff Perkins, Craig Sears-Black, Jonny Percival and Graham Ricketts completed London to Paris(L2P) last weekend. Read all about it!

29-Jun-14: Paul Wilson put in a last ditch effort at the weekend to train for his first Marmotte in a couple of weeks by completing Wiggle's "The Long One" and the 152-mile "Flat out in the Fens", the latter claiming to be Britain's longest and flattest sportive, achieving a gold standard in each. Congratulations Paul. You might find the hills a bit steeper at the Marmotte though ;-)

21-Jun-14: National 24 hour: 2nd claim member Jonathan Shubert capped his round-the-world cycle epic with an emphatic win at the National 24 hour time trial championships. Former club member (and multiple prize winner) completed an incredible 516 miles, beating the reigning champion by 11 miles. Full report...

18-Jun-14: Tuesday Club 10 results: Back to business as usual last night, dry but difficult wind for 18 riders. Andy Digby was quickest Verulam; with a number of very close times in the 24s and 25s. Results... Seabird Table...

12-Jun-14: Paul Cackett was top dog at the LVRC Milton Keynes Bowl again on Tuesday. 1st in category and 2nd on the road. You'll get to throw those arms up in the air soon Paul! Results...

10-Jun-14: Our thoughts with David Perry who broke his collar bone just prior to tonight's Evening 10; and also thanks to Mick Connell and all those who helped control the situation. The location and traffic situation meant we had to cancel tonight's event. Get well soon David.

8-Jun-14: VCC members Kirk Alderson,  Jonny Percival, Geoff Perkins, Craig Sears-Black, Bernard O’Brian  and Kate Gannon, Hazel Davies, Drew Norton, Troy Backhouse, John Jones, Timoth Ayres, Raffi Jacobs, Martin Jones, Daniel Webb and Steve Payne were all in action at the might Dragon Ride (138 miles for some!). Read all about Kirk's sheep experience and more...

5-Jun-14: Paul Cackett and Paul Caton both won their age categories at the LVRC Milton Keynes Bowl on Tuesday. Congratulations guys! Results...

4-Jun-14: Stefan Zakorchemny (Zak) put in a great ride at the ITU Triathlon at the weekend with an impressive 2:23 personal best performance. Congratulations Zak!

4-Jun-14: Tuesday Club 10 results: Avoided (just) the showers last night, but still damp. Nick Coe was quickest VCC and our two new young riders posted respectable times :) Results... Seabird Table...

2-Jun-14: I think I can safely say that our collaboration with Human Race to run the Chiltern 100 Sportive was a great success! Everybody I have spoken to so far had a great day. A big big thanks to all of the helpers. Signage seemed spot on to me (riding) and the feed stations were a fun place to be - as always :) And an extra special thanks to Andy Flint for the energy he put into getting us all organised. Provisional VCC results... (a very impressive number of sub 6:30 rides!)

p.s. Please send me your photos!

31-May-14: Some amazing times from the Verulam boys (!) today on the E2. A 21:19 from Roger Porter (at 67) and a 22:33 from Colin Hodges ... just 3 months after breaking his hip! Just pipped to the post from some bloke called Alex Dowsett (?) with a mere 17:20 :-o

30-May-14: Sadly Dennis Patience, a club member for over 30 years who was both respected and loved, passed away last week (aged 81). A service is being held on Wednesday 4th June at 2.00pm, St Giles Church, Codicote. Please contact Doug or Bob for further details. RIP Dennis. We'll miss you and your great cartoon videos

28-May-14: Johnnie Hall was in-the-money (£10!) at the Circuit of Princethorpe with 3rd in category. Congratulation BJ .. and don't spend it all on beer!

28-May-14: Nick Coe and I made the long journey up to Yorkshire last weekend for the Etape Dales. A great TdF reception in evidence with old bikes painted up in yellow hanging up outside the pubs & shops. Blessed with sunshine for a change!

26-May-14: Kirk Alderson has his last-ever 'official' club run :( We'll all miss you Kirk. Thank you so much for all of your contributions to the club. We wish you all the best for a happy, healthy and 'hilly' retirement down in Devon!

21-May-14: Tuesday Club 10 results: A good turnout last night, Andy Digby was a new fastest VCC rider.:/ Results... Seabird Table...

19-May-14: Kate Gannon, Andrew Hunt and Andy Flint completed the London Revolution this weekend - 2 days, 192 miles, 11,506 ft, 2,500 riders, 1 iconic city, 2 beers, (and a camping stop-over at Ascot Race Course) - the largest multi-day sportive in the UK.  "It's a lot of cycling with the added interest of a dash of of the Chiltern Hills and a sprinkling of the Surrey Downs!! No walking for us three (although plenty of walkers to avoid)!"

19-May-14: Jonathan Percival, Andy Flint, Kirk Alderson and Mike Large completed the Financial Times 100 through the Surrey hills finishing with a lap of the iconic Herne Hill velodrome last week. "A tough ride in strong winds with a sizable amount of climbing - even though Kirk sold it to us a relatively flat sportive....???  Don’t trust this man!!"

16-May-14: Tuesday Club 10: Managed to avoid worst of heavy showers. Other TT news is a big thanks to Richard Ibbotson and Paul Hart who marshalled the Norland 50 last week, cheering on some of our riders also. :/ Results... Seabird Table...

9-May-14: Allan Hedberg and Jonny Percival rode the Five Boroughs of New York - 30,000 riders on closed roads.  "It was a great experience and a very enjoyable ride with Allan (Big Al) who used to live in St Albans"

9-May-14: The Road Race season kicked off at the Finchley RT / Paul Simon Holmes RR. Matt Pumo, Paul Cackett, Johnnie Hall, Nick Coe and Paul Caton were all in action. Report...


5-May-14: Some great pics from our Majorca trip - courtesy of Geoff Perkins.


30-Apr-14: A very quiet day at the Club 10 on Saturday - what with 70+ riders out in Majorca! There had to be a winner though, and that man was Jonathan Scott with an excellent 24:07 - on the tough Whitwell Circuit. Thank you to all of the helpers. Results... Seabird Table...

13-Apr-14: It was great to see a whole host of Verulam riders taking part in the Tour of Flanders cyclo last week. A great event and we were fortunate to have some great weather for change! Pic of yours truly ... not going quite as fast Fabian did :(

10-Apr-14: Andrew Rice and Hazel Davies have been out doing the the spring classics; the Hell of the Ashdown, the Puncheur and the Spring Onion. Report...

31-Mar-14: Club Hardriders TT: The season begins! 37 riders, and good weather for  a change. Lots of close times, but Nick Coe took the home trophy (... well a virtual one!) with a fine 1:12:08. Many thanks to all helpers and timekeepers that had a real tough job! Looks like being a good TT season :) Results...

18-Mar-14: Shu Pillinger becomes a cover girl!

10-Mar-2014: I'm sorry to report some nasty casualties this weekend: Bob Bone and Colin Hodges have both taken a fall on some diesel spillage - possibly in the same place near South Mymms - and have both managed to fracture their hips. And not surprisingly, they are both in Barnet General together - in adjoining beds! And Stuart Dwight was knocked off his bike last week and has a broken scapula and some ribs. Get well soon guys!

1-Mar-2014: Thursday evening turbo class: We had 4 people all of whom thoroughly enjoyed themselves (once they got their breath back!) and will be coming back for more. But where is everyone else? From L-R: Keith Loveman, Nick Saunders, Geoff Perkins, Tom Tichler

28-Feb-2014: The Socials versus a tree in Sandridge. Courtesy of Rachel McKay:

26-Feb-2014: Shu Pillinger won the 400 mile non-stop Deccan Cliffhanger race in India at the weekend, registering not only the fastest solo female time, but the fastest time overall (beating the 10 male solo riders and all of the relay teams). Amazing stuff Shu!! Report...

20-Jan-2014: Four of our budding young riders put their recent training to the test by racing in the final round of this season's Central Cyclocross League hosted by Welwyn Wheelers. They all enjoyed it immensely, but faced some treacherous conditions and stiff competition. Full report here...

20-Jan-2014: A big well done to the 22 members who entered and completed the Harp Hilly Hundred yesterday, enabling us to retain the trophy, again! Also to Nick Coe,  John Jones, and Sean O'Malley who recorded the 2nd fastest times of 160 riders.

6-Jan-2014: Shu Pillinger makes the headlines once again! St Albans cyclist, Shusanah Pillinger, set to Race Across America in aid of Herts Air Ambulance

23-Dec-2013: Andy Digby survived foul and blustery conditions to nab 4th place at the Apres Hot Recovery Drink Winter League down in Brighton. Andy managed a fine 2nd place in the sprint finish. Congratulations! I hadn't realised that the racing season had started already :/

17-Dec-2013: Many thanks to our new Social secretaries Kate Gannon and Tom Tichler for putting on a great Mince Pies and Mulled Wine evening last night. A great turn out and the first time that we have needed to be kicked out of the club room (at gone 11:00pm!). Keep up the good work guys!

16-Dec-2013: 8 of us headed off-road on Saturday for an MTB ride out around Brickett Wood and over to North Mymms. A stunning morning and the trails were all rideable. In fact, we finished looking far less mucky than the roadies out on the club run yesterday!

1-Dec-2013: Congratulations to Mike Sims - our new Freewheeling Champion! 18 contestants took part in a fiercely fought competition down the hill from Wheathampsead. Dave Atherton was first loser followed closely by our new ladies champion Veronique Corney, then Ian Gow (on a nice titanium bike. Bad choice Ian!)

14-Nov-2013: Peter Hordern (he of new bike equals new legs) and Andy Flint (he who attracts wasp stings and little else!) ventured south to Maidstone Kent on Sunday 10th November for the latest Wiggle organised Sportive.  84 miles and 4,500 feet of climbing were completed, Hell Fire Corner Epic was done!  A great ride, challenging but certainly do-able (given we did it!) on what can only be described as a perfect day for cycling.

13-Nov-2013: We had a great turnout on Monday (50?) for the Wilier Performance PL Watt Bike Challenge. 16 riders took part in an exciting evening of competition. Oliver Mytton was the top dog with a very impressive 6.94 watts/kilo, with Lucy Cuppleditch taking the ladies honours (and a t-shirt). We also got recognition for having the highest overall score from all of the clubs they have tested so far. Well done guys!

5-Nov-2013: We had a good turnout last night for Mick Connell's presentation on Climbing the Himalyas, Riding up the Highest Pass in the World and Riding the Alps. What a year! Many thanks Mick. We all thoroughly enjoyed it :)

30-Oct-2013: Verulam CC took part in the inaugural Gentlemen's Time Trial last weekend.  This was a 5-man team time trial covering 40 miles in the Chilterns.  It was a great turnout for the club, with three teams entered out of the 11 teams competing.  With those odds we were able to secure a podium spot.  Report... Results...

16-Oct-2013: Latest report on David Reid is that he is making good progress. Even walking about which is great to hear. Now out of the trauma ward and on his way home! May be OK for visitors this weekend, but please check with me first

14-Oct-2013: Shu Pillinger has been pushing the threshold of human endurance yet again - this time attempting the Ride around Ireland challenge - in savage weather conditions: A mere 2,200km - non-stop! Report... Undaunted by this experience, Shu has now officially registered for RAAM (Ride across America) in June 2014 and will be attempting to be the first British woman to complete the race. We wish you the best of luck of Shu. You are an inspiration to us all :)

13-Oct-2013: Ten brave riders endured terrible conditions to do this year's Club Hill Climb Championship, with some very close times. Nick Coe was champion on the day. Thanks to the hardy timekeepers - Harry, Don and Mike. The Seabird season is now finished after a hectic and successful year.. Seabird.. Results... (see page 18), Seabird Standings

9-Oct-2013: Pleased to report that David had a successful 7hr op yesterday and even managed a smile afterwards :) Great news

8-Oct-2013: I'm sorry to report that David Reid was involved in a bad fall on Sunday and is currently in the trauma ward at St Mary's hospital. No visitors at present. Get well soon David. Our thoughts are with you...

29-Sep-2013: VCC has a National Champion! Roger Porter had a super result in the LVRC National TT Champs, winning his class and a winners jersey as well as cash! The course was a very challenging hilly 19m in windy Warwickshire. Other VCC riders Paul Caton, Nick Coe, Steve Maxted, Colin Hodges also did well. Details and photo to follow.

22-Sep-2013: Miles Allen and I have just completed the BHF London to Brighton ... with a twist: All off-road :) 75-miles from Richmond Park, down along the Thames and then up and over the North & South Downs. 3,000 riders! Congratulations to Miles for one of the most spectacular crashes I have ever seen: Flipped over the bars at around 20mph on a road section; Bike and body barrel rolling down the road; And then he just jumped up, got back on his bike and carried on. Chapeau and thank goodness for crash helmets!

15-Sep-2013: 6 Verulam riders completed the Norland 25 (Open) TT today, in cold conditions and a strong wind on return leg. Nick Coe was fastest Verulam rider, winning the Club 25 Harry Shawyer Memorial Trophy. Young Jack Loveman took 3rd place in the handicap results and earned himself a medal! Seabird points mean that Andy Digby is confirmed as third placed mens Seabird rider. We now just have the Club Hill Climb (13th October) to complete this years Seabird champs. Seabird.. Results... (see page 17), Seabird Standings

14-Sep-2013: Nine hardy souls braved the flooded roads, rain and cold to complete the season finale 10 mile TT, on the Whitwell circuit. Many thanks to the stoic marshals and timekeepers, Harry, Tony, Daniel, Paul H, Dave A and Mike G. John Jones is now confirmed runner up in the mens Seabird.. Results... (see page 16), Seabird Standings

11-Sep-2013: I'm pleased to report that our first effort at co-promoting an LVRC Regional Circuit Race Championship with TMG Horizon was a great success. Many thanks to the Caton family, Colin Hodges, Steve Kay, Neil Wass and Matt Pumo for running the event. Good to see the likes of ex pros Bob Downs and Patrick Schills on the start line. Special congratulations to Paul Cackett for an excellent 3rd place in his event!

11-Sep-2013: The Verulam CC took some good placings at the Kentish Road Race last weekend with both Nick Coe and Matt Pumo taking top 6 places. Results...

3-Sep-2013: Kirk Alderson and Graham Ricketts rode The Marlow Red Kite Sportive on Sunday: "Opted for the 100mile route, a kind of Chiltern 100 “Lite”, very pleasant route, not too lumpy,  with excellent food (my usual method of rating a sportive !). We each missed the gold standard by about 20 minutes, despite taking a wrong turn towards the end and reducing the 100 miles to 97 !. Definitely one to do again next year."

3-Sep-2013: Paul Wilson competed in this year's Haute Route Alps sportive from Geneva to Nice in August, climbing 21,000m over seven stages. Unfortunately Paul suffered a high speed crash on the first descent and was hospitalised after being unconscious and suffering a few bits of mostly cosmetic facial damage. His spirits were undampened however and, following a clear MRI (but none of the advice offered!) and borrowing a bike, he completed the remaining six stages.  He placed around half way down the very competitive field, his highlight being the first to complete the time trial up Cime de la Bonette and leading for nearly an hour. Paul's in the market for a new bike!

3-Sep-2013: Peter Mc Dermott completed the Vitruvian Half Iron Man with a time of 4hrs 40mins coming third in his age group and 58th overall out of 800 competitors. Congratulations Peter!

3-Sep-2013: Kevin Blisset and Yen will be aiming to cycle Lands End to John O'Groats from this weekend. You can follow their progress on their blog at http://kevnyen.blogspot.co.uk/. "We are taking 3 weeks as we are aiming to take a scenic route and head all the way up the west coast of Scotland and along the north coast. Weather permitting of course.". Good luck guys!

3-Sep-2013: Keith Loveman and his son Jack completed the Hertfordshire 100 (km) in 4 hours. However, a crash on a tight muddy bend has left Keith with a broken collar bone, with which he rode the last 20 miles. Luckily, as far as known no other breaks but some very bad grazes from the impact. Get well soon Keith!

3-Sep-2013: Colin Hodges and Steve Maxted were in the results at the LVRC race in Towcester last week. Colin was 3rd C and Steve was 6th B. Congratulations guys!

13-Aug-2013: Jack Loveman has a word with Froome Dog about those socks!

10-Aug-2013: Tom Jansson-Wright was mixing it in esteemed company at the Prudential Grand Prix on The Mall last weekend. Sadly Tom had a Jo Rowsell replica crash, t-boning a crashed bike and flipping over the bars. No broken collar bone for Tom, but some severe bruising. Get well soon Tom!

10-Aug-2013: Last Evening 10 of the season had ideal weather conditions, but somewhat marred by lots of fresh gravel after roadworks, making for slower times and tricky riding. Congratulations to Nick Coe who is confirmed as Mens Seabird Champion, and to Bob Bone who is confirmed winner of the Ian Stokes Trophy for best aggregate on standard over fastest 6 evening 10 rides (age handicap). Other placing's are still up for grabs, with 3 qualifying events still to come. Results... (see page 15), Seabird Standings

10-Aug-2013: Craig Sears-Black is still keeping up his crazy adventures; This time from Marrakesh to Oukaimeden. 160km ride with around 2800m of climbing. Read all about it...

9-Aug-2013: A quick congratulations to all those that completed the Prudential RideLondon 100 yesterday (over 30 of us). Some amazing VCC times at what must now be described as one of the best cycling events in the World :) A few descriptions received today: "amazing", "epic", "awesome". It was all of those plus more!

6-Aug-2013: New member Elaine Garvican raced IronMan UK on Sunday (2.4mile swim, 112mile bike, 26.2mile run) in Bolton. "Finished 2nd non-professional woman (6th woman including the pros, 129th overall, including all pro and non-pro men, out of a total of approx 1500 starters) and 2nd in my Age Group, in a time of 10:57:07. In so doing, I qualified for the 2013 World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, on October 12th. I am so excited - and also still very stiff!!". Fantastic achievement Elaine! Wish you all the best in Hawaii...

6-Aug-2013: Troy Backhouse is our latest member to complete the London 2 Paris challenge this year. "4 great days with temps up to 40C". Congratulations Troy! Seems I'll have to put this one on my bucket list :/

5-Aug-2013: Shu Pillinger completed the 40k Prologue from Buckingham Palace and 1420k "once in 4 years" London to Edinburgh to London (LEL) Audax event yesterday. "Got to Edinburgh in 47 hours and then hit the headwind for the return leg. Battled hypothermia descending off the North Pennines in the dark, having been drenched during the day. And in complete contrast, I then fried despite mandatory ice cream stops. Final time around 105 hours. A superbly organised event and a great learning experience for Race Around Ireland coming up in September". Congratulations Shu and good luck in Ireland!

1-Aug-2013: Craig Sears-Black has provided us with some pretty good reports on some pretty crazy adventures over the last year, and he never fails to disappoint. This time it is the Dunwich Dynamo: 120 miles from London to the East-Coast - at night! Report...

1-Aug-2013: Nearly forgot to mention that Miles Allen and I rode the South Downs Way Challenge last week. Yet another 100-miler, but this time off-road! We had a nice breeze to keep us cool, but unfortunately it was head-on all the way :( We were broken men by the finish. 13,000ft of climbing, 10hrs in the saddle over some pretty bumpy terrain. Can't wait till next year :)

1-Aug-2013: Evening 10: Results... (see page 14), Seabird Standings

24-Jul-2013: Evening 10: 4 riders in under 24 mins last night. Standards are rising! Results... (see page 13), Seabird Standings

22-Jul-2013: Open 25: We had a great event today, 90 entries, including 18 Verulam riders, many of whom were doing their first 25. Well done to all participants. Mike Jubb was our fastest rider, and John Jones looks a likely candidate for our novice 25 trophy). Big thanks to all helpers and marshals for making the event a success and getting up so early! Results... Prize Winners... VCC Rider Times...

22-Jul-2013: Paul Wilson was back 'oop north' this weekend for the Wiggle Peak District Punisher sportive. Paul missed gold by five minutes, finishing 28th of 134 finishers. A tough gold standard!

17-Jul-2013: Evening 10: Some great times posted with Roger Porter fastest in 23:45. Just goes to show that you are never too old! New lady member Elaine Garvican also clocked an impressive 25:26 on only her 2nd outing. Better watch out girls! And congratulations to Christine Pout who is confirmed ladies Seabird champion. Results... (see page 12), Seabird Standings

17-Jul-2013: Graham Ricketts was back in action at the Wiggle Magnificat, starting from Newbury racecourse, did it in a touch over 5 hours in rather warm conditions. Magnifique Graham!

16-Jul-2013: New member Mike Cattermole has completed the Deloitte RAB (Ride Across Britain - aka Land's End to John O'Groats). Congratulations Mike!

11-Jul-2013: Four VCC members (Andrew Cole, Mark Russell, Bob Bone and Andrew Ackrill) recently completed a coast-to-coast with a difference, riding the 802 miles between St Malo and Nice in 8 days as part of a 12-man peleton. Total ascent came to just under 15,500 metres, a total helped by Mont Ventoux

Our thanks to Don Andrews and John Miller for invaluable routing advice. Coincidentally we bumped into the Raid Alps guys at Nice airport as had same homeward flight booked!

10-Jul-2013: Evening 10: Lots of fun was had at our 2-up TT with Nick Coe and Gavin Bench taking the honours on the night. Results... (see page 11), Seabird Standings

10-Jul-2013: Forgot to mention that 17 of us returned from our own version of Vuelta a Espana last week around Picos de Europa. A stunning part of the world and a cycling paradise. Click on the photo (Angliru - aka "Angry Lu") to see the pics on our Flickr site...

9-Jul-2013: Graham Ricketts completed a London to Paris ride on Saturday

"I’m in this shot somewhere. Weather was rather cooler and wetter than in the UK and would disagree with comments that the first day was the hardest, cycling over the Somme in drizzle and consistent side/headwinds was pretty knackering !, I did it in support of The Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted and have raised about £2450". Please give generously at www.virginmoneygiving.com/grahamricketts

9-Jul-2013: Stephanie Wheatley finished the Etape du Tour in 6.45 and came 156th out of 2,000 women. Great result Stephanie!!

9-July-2013: Miles Allen has just finished the Raid Alps with Nigel Gillespie, Jim Phillips, Tim Lowcock, Carl Miller, Paul Hammond and Toby Francis and a few others. 6 days / 720km. "Good week, everyone back safe and sound".

9-July-2013: Hazel Davies has just returned after successful completion of the famous Maratona sportive. She added in the Gavia & Stelvio passes for a bit of fun en route - despite the 12ft wall of snow at the side of the road :-o

8-Jul-2013: New member Paul Wilson completed two Sportives recently. The first was the Peak Endurance Fuel Sportive on 23rd June in the Peak District into strong winds and heavy rain for all but the last 40km. The stunning and grueling ride involved cycling 103miles, climbing over 13,500ft, and Paul achieved the silver standard, ending with the 16th fastest time of 86 finishers, with almost half of entrants dropping out. A week later Paul completed Wiggle's "The Long One" sportive, 125 miles from Fontwell Racecourse near Chichester. In idyllic conditions, Paul achieved the gold standard this time and enjoyed a much drier drive home

3-Jul-2013: Club Talk - Events. The presentation from Monday's club room talk on "Events, putting it all together" are now on this website. Log in first, then go to Coach's Corner and select Better Cycling Series.

3-Jul-2013: Evening 10: I'm back! 2 weeks of results here (see pages 9&10). Results... (see pages 9&10), Seabird Standings

3-Jul-2013: Stefan Zakorchemney with some bloke he met on London-Paris 2013:

3-Jul-2013: Graham Ricketts rode a Sportive last week through work, sponsored by Segro, over parts of the Olympic course, starting and finishing at Rosslyn FC and taking in Box Hill.  It should have been 73 miles, but I took a wrong turn at Leatherhead and did 77 !, I also missed the feed station at the top of Box Hill (lord knows how) so did the whole thing non-stop on 3 cereal bars !! . Great weather and what a super smooth road surface on Box Hill, there’s a surprise !

19-Jun-2013: Gavin Bench has made a successful transition from our Seabird Trophy to Crit racing this year. An excellent bronze medal in category at the LVRC Region 7 Crit Champs followed by a 2nd in category at the Milton Keynes Bowl Crits. What's next Gavin?

19-Jun-2013: Alan Swain has just got back from two full days of cycling in Italy.  The highlight was a route that took in the main climbs of the penultimate stage of this years Giro, the one that finished with the climb to Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the Dolomites.  Last 4 ks are all over 10%!  Snow now gone temperatures now in the 30's

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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: 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!

16-Dec-2011: Pics from Afan now in courtesy of Andy Rice

13-Dec-2011: Read all about it! Richard Marriott has put together a great article (1.2MB) summing up our experience at Afan Forest last weekend.

31-Oct-2011: Congratulations to 2nd claim rider Luke Clarke on a stunning ride at the National Hill Climb Championship. 13th place, just ahead of Olympic medallist Rob Hayles - and many other top pros. Jon Schubert also did a great ride coming in 26th - well in the mix!

7-Oct-2011: Our new cyclo-cross star Conrad Wild kicked off the season at the weekend at the Central Cyclo-Cross League - in the scorching sunshine. Aren't these events supposed to be mud baths? 37th out of 61 finishers. Good luck for the rest of the season Conrad!

2-Oct-2011: Sunday’s Hill Climb was enjoyed by 25 riders (including a number of first timers) on another sunny and warm morning, followed by coffee stop at Vanstone. And as to our new Club Champion: Some say that he drinks 13-pints of Ale the night before a race, and that some of his clothes are made from old newspapers. All we know is: he's called Johnnie Hall!

A special mention for Jonathan Schubert on a National Standard worthy 2:11.

This was the last Seabird event of this season, and it’s been a record year for riders participating, with plenty of new riders, and personal best times being set - and through the field there have been a number of close points battles. Final top three placing’s are:


Shu Pillinger 228
Stephanie Wheatley 225
Christine Pout 216


Gavin Bench 230
Richard Marriott 209
Nick Coe 201

Well done to all riders this year, and big thanks to all those who have helped with marshalling and timekeeping – let’s look forward to a great season in 2012. Results Seabird standings

19-Sep-2011: From Nick Coe: 13 VCC riders rode the Norland Combine 25 TT on Sunday, in chilly conditions. Some very good times posted, including a sub hour from Steve Maxted in his first 25, and improvements from a number of other riders. Christine Pout was first Lady, and 3rd overall on handicap.

This result also confirms Richard Marriott in second Seabird position, and puts Gavin Bench in lead position for Jubilee Cup (fastest 25), and Steve Maxted for Evans Cup (novice 25). Results Seabird standings

18-Sep-2011: Some pics just in from Richard Marriott from my MTB ride last week across the North Downs. Article

3-Sep-2011: From Nick Coe: A dry and warm morning was enjoyed by a strong turnout for the last 10 of the season, this time on the Whitwell circuit. After a very close battle, Shu Pillinger has claimed the ladies Seabird Trophy (Gavin Bench had already won the mens), whilst the Stokes Trophy (best aggregate 6 evening 10s on Standard) also goes to Gavin (Stephanie Wheatley was the fastest Lady). Congratulations to all three. Results Seabird standings

Well done to all riders in this record year, especially those who have stuck at it all season, enjoying some light competition and improving their performance. Also a big thanks again to all marshals and helpers, we could not do this without them.

The Seabird championship for the season will be rounded off with the Norland 25 on 18th September, and the Hill Climb on 2nd October, although these will not change the overall winners

3-Sep-2011: The tandem is dead (RIP). Suzannah and I tried to follow our Rideway Trail ride up with the South Downs Way epic this weekend. Unfortunately it all ended in tears on a 30mph gritty descent. Report


29-Aug-2011: Suzannah Driscoll and I rode the full length of The Ridgeway Trail yesterday (87m off-road) - on my MTB tandem. Started at sunrise and finished just after sunset 14-hours later. A stroll in the park? Find out here


21-Aug-2011: Young Frazer Harper made a successful debut to Track Racing at Welwyn Velodrome with a fine win in the 10-lap scratch - on a £3 hire bike. Keep it up Frazer ... still another 12 months till the Olympics!

20-Aug-2011: 9 of us headed off around Bramfield this morning on my MTB ride. A lovely morning and not too many stinging nettles. Pic below of Jim, Suzannah & Hazel riding up from the Welwyn Viaduct. Shame I wasn't ready to snap Justin as he blasted through the Ford nr Codicote at around 30mph though!

17-Aug-2011: Results from the Bedford Road CC - Charity 25m TT on the F1B/25 at the weekend: Graham Pepperdine: 01:02:29; Shusanah Pillinger: 01:05:35 (4th Lady); James O'Neill: 01:11:12

15-Aug-2011: The VCC TT bretheren were out celebrating the end-of-season last week. Photo courtesy of Shusanah Pillinger

3-Aug-2011: Some fun photos from Tuesday's final Evening 10 - courtesy of Andrew Rice. The regulars were clearly getting demob happy judging from the general jollity, although the Mann father and son marshalling duo seemed rather apprehensive about their duties...

2-Aug-2011: Evening 10: Perhaps fitting that our last Evening 10 of the season should be in rare perfect conditions, with a number of personal best times being set. The Ladies championship still remains very tight for the remaining events of the year. We are also suggesting a pub social for the TT riders and helpers next Tuesday evening. Results Seabird standings

28-Jul-2011: Latest news from Stephanie Wheatley: Unfortunately the BC regional Championships got cancelled due to the lack of entries. The organisers decided they couldnt run the event with only 6 entries. However, on a more positive front: I did the 70.3 Ironman Antwerp at the weekend. I finished in 5.55 (thats 5 hours and 55 minutes). A PB by 13 minutes and came 10th which is even better :)

26-July-2011: Evening 10: Well done to Gavin who has secured first place in the Mens Championship. Lots still to play for in ladies, and other placings. Results Seabird standings

24-Jul-2011: VCC Open 25 Time Trial: A successful event with a full field of 120 riders. Eleven VCC members completed the course in somewhat tricky winds, including some first timers. Well done to all, and a big thanks to the number of helpers and marshals, without whom we could not have run such a prestige event.

Times of VCC riders:

Gavin Bench 00:57:49
Ian Brazier 00:58:50
Mike Jubb
Richard Marriott 01:01:10
Matt Reader 01:01:46
Mark Drinkwater 01:01:52
Nick Coe
Paul Williams 01:03:18
Stefan Weidman 01:09:06
James O'Neill 01:09:11
Christine Pout 01:12:45

19-July-2011: Evening 10: A wet evening but everybody managed to avoid the heavy showers. Results Seabird standings

18-Jul-2011: I (Doug) took a trip up North on Saturday to ride the Velo 29 Endeavour Sportive around the North Yorshire Moors. A real brutal circuit which wasn't helped by heavy rain and strong winds from start to finish. This is the 3rd Sportive I've reported on this year in which I have finished like a drowned rat! What happened to the summer :(

p.s. I was up at 03:00am on Sunday to drive down from Stockton to meet up with Don Andrews for marshalling duties near St Neots. A lovely morning spent standing on a cold & windy roundabout for 2.5hrs! I heard that Don rode the Raid Pyrenees a couple of weeks ago, so hopefully we'll have a short report and some photos soon

15-July-2011: Several VCC riders made the journey down to the Alps last week for the daddy Sportive of them all: La Marmotte. See a brief report & photos courtesy of Andrew Rice

12-July-2011: Evening 10: Another good turnout in blustery conditions. Gavin Bench takes over the lead of Mens Seabird, having only dropped one point from a perfect score so far.  Competition for other top places is still close with a number of riders now on countback of best 10 rides.

The Ladies competition is still headed by Hazel Davies, but with close times and rides in hand, the competition is still wide open. Results Seabird standings

7-July-2011: 14 riders (12 VCC) headed off to the Alps at the end of June for their annual pilgrimage across the mountains - dubbed this year as Raid Switzerland. Report Photos

5-July-2011: Evening 10: Another tricky night weather wise, but riders were lucky to find a gap in the heavy rain of the day. Nick Coe is the new leader the mens Seabird points race, although others will soon catch up with riders having to drop points after 10 events. We are hoping that Steve Kay's back improves soon to enable a resumption of the close battle with Gavin Bench for top spot, and also that Paul Williams recovers quickly after feeling unwell last night.. Results Seabird standings

4-July-2011: Christine Pout completed the Ironman France last weekend. For those not familiar with the Ironman, this is 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run. 14hrs 48mins, 35C heat, 2,700 competitors. Chapeau Christine! Full report

3-July-2011: Good to see all of our testers coming in 'under the hour' at the Icknield 25: Graham Pepperdine: 58:48, Matt Reader: 58:54, Ian Brazier: 59:07


2-July-2011: Good conditions led to some top times from our 2nd claim members Ross & Luke Clarke. Ross clocking a super 50:01 in the Belper BC 25 and Luke a 19:48 at the Whitewebbs 10. Roger Porter also showed he isn't past it just yet with a cool 21:58 and Graham Pepperdine a 23:05.

1-July-2011: Stephanie Wheatley will be flying the flag for VCC at the British Cycling Womens Regional Road Road Championships on 17th July 2011, and at the 70.3 Ironman Antwerp on 24th July. Good luck Stephanie!

28-Jun-2011: Evening 10: Apologies for the delayed results - again. Have been away on business in sunny (not) Belgrade this time. Our first wet ride of the season, but still a reasonable turnout. Results Seabird standings

26-Jun-2011: A beautiful sunny day graced the VCC Ride4aReason event on Sunday. Congratulations to Dave Yorke for the super organisation and fantastic choices of routes. Some photos available courtesy of Andrew Rice

26-Jun-2011: Many congratulations go to Shu Pillinger having just completed the Deloitte Ride Across Britain, John O'Groats to Land's End, 958 miles over 9 days, crossing the line in 69h 05m 22s. Shu reported: Although it wasn't a race - try telling that to some very competitive people - I was placed 3rd woman, 38th overall, out of over 600 participants. 1st was Sarah Storey, Olympic gold medalist in individual pursuit and road time trial.

I was raising money for ParalympicsGB (many of the cycle team were riding with us) and a small charity called Magic Breakfast, so if any club members would like to, any donations are welcome on my fundraising site -> http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Shu-JoGLE

I'll be missing from the TT again this week - a small matter of recovery required!

21-Jun-2011: Evening 10: Apologies for the delayed results. Have been away in the Alps with a bunch of VCC riders - hence the reduced turn out this week. Results Seabird standings

Doug Driscoll

14-Jun-2011: Evening 10: Some very close times last night and some PBs despite a difficult wind on the return leg. Both the mens and ladies champs are looking to be hard fought. Pic right of Richard Marriot in action. Please see important notice from the organiser on the Bulletin Board. Note that I will be away for the next 2 weeks hence there will be a delay until the next results are published. Results Seabird standings Photos (courtesy of Mike Moore)

12-Jun-2011: Report from Richard Marriot: The Verulam CC 50 trio of Steve Kay, Richard Marriott and Graham Pepperdine were in action again in the Finsbury Park 50 on the F1/50. Steve Kay came in quickest at 2:02:27, Richard Marriott clocked 2:03:22 (a personal best) and Graham Pepperdine came in at 2:09:19, also a personal best. Conditions for early starters were good, with very little wind but, as is often the case, later starters were blessed with a brisk southwesterly breeze. I didn't stay for all the results but when I left Ian Cammish, the Time Lord, was winning with a time of 1:44:56. I don't expect him to have been beaten (doesn't he get bored with winning?)

Doug Driscoll

9-Jun-2011: Chiltern 100: A quick thanks to all that came out to help on yet another epic day of riding. Congratulations to Eddie Spriggs on running one of the best Sportives in the UK - despite it being a non-profit event.  I've collated the VCC rider times here. Steve Kay deserves a special mention for an impressive 4th best time - just 3 mins off of the fastest time of the day! Pic here of me racing to the front when I saw the camera man :) Have you downloaded your photos? If so, do please pass them on for the website

7-Jun-2011: Evening 10: Some close times in tricky conditions. Note; could riders please take extra care when turning at the roundabout, traffic does not expect a U turn. Results Seabird standings

Steve Kay

31-May-2011: Evening 10: Another record turnout last night in blustery conditions. Some distracting hedge cutting at the start point. Some good times posted again with some closely fought places. Results Seabird standings Photos (courtesy of Mike Moore)

24-May-2011: Evening 10: Another record attendance last night (27 riders) with some very close times, good times from newer riders and improved times for others. Results

Gavin Bench & Matt Pumo

22-May-2011: A great day was had by all at our Circuit Racing adventure at Hog Hill. 23 riders took part on a blustery day that made for some tough racing. Steve Kay took most of the spoils in the A category whilst Richard Marriot & Nick Coe shared the honours in the B category. Will Laughton held off all challengers for a close win in the Handicap race. A quick thanks to all those that came out to help on the day and to Dave Korson for bringing the event together. Results Photos (courtesy of Andy Rice)

21-May-2011: Richard Marriott clocked a personal best of 59:48 on the ECCA 25 on the E2/25

17-May-2011: Another record entry for last nights Evening 10. 27 riders and a close battle for the top 5 spots. Some improved times for new riders also. The Seabird competition looks like being very hard fought this season, both for the mens as well as ladies. Results

15-May-2011: Paul Cackett took 3rd place in his category at the MSTINA series RR and is now sitting in joint 2nd overall in the league.

15-May-2011: Steve Kay came top of the Verulam CC trio competing in the Norlond Combine 50m TT on the F1/50 course on the 15th of May. On a blustery day which made bike handling difficult, Steve Kay clocked 2:02:01 (31st), Richard Marriott clocked 2:06:27 (42nd) and Graham Pepperdine clocked 2:12:10 (48th). There were 65 finishers. The perennial Ian Cammish (nick named the 'Time Lord' on some internet fora) won the event in 1:45:23

Team Clarke were also in action with 4th & 5th places from Luke & Ross (1:51:26 & 1:51:48) and 11th for Steve in 1:56:24.

Doug & Hazel

15-May-2011: Andrew Rice, Hazel Davies, Adrian Chamberlain & I had a tough day oop North in the Etape du Dales. 108-miles of which 100-miles seemed to be into a brutal headwind + freezing rain. You have to love the Dales! The feeds were packed with people shivering away and we saw many "soft Northerners" calling it a day. 9hrs 43mins of that for myself & Hazel and 8hrs 22mins for Adrian surely qualifies us for an "ard as nails" award. Fantastic scenery (what we could see of it) and a superbly organized event.

Gavin Bench

10-May-2011: Second Evening 10 TT of the season produced a record entry of 25 riders with a new course record by Luke Clarke of 21:55 and close times for the next few places. Riders are reminded to keep the road clear at the start point, and to arrive in good time for the start. Results Photos (courtesy of Roger Porter)

9-May-2011: May Flyer & Chiltern Big Dipper Sportive report from Steve Kay: I did this sportive as it is only 1hr drive away and good route, lots of leafy lanes and up and downs. When everyone else was at the White Horse I was getting lost 3 times on the Chiltern big dipper thanks to signs going missing one motorist caught in the act and carrying my bike through hedges due to an audi and horse trailer getting stuck in a narrow lane I was in no mood for getting lost again so bought a Garmin. I did not get lost on the May Flyer and got back first in a time of 4:50:28 fastest time no one else cracked the 5hrs. Good sportive but shambolic start and after a gloomy start lovely day. 94 hilly miles with two feed stations on route.

New joiner Shu Pillinger also went dipping: I was the 4th woman (not such a great time, 06:36:53, after getting lost for all the same reasons Steve mentioned!). I managed a quicker time in the Wiggle Ups and Downs Epic Sportive (1st May) but had 2 punctures on potholed Surrey roads... hopefully the roads will be improved in time for the Olympics!

Doug Driscoll

8-May-2011: Sam Skuce and I (Doug) made the long journey up to the Lake District this weekend for the classic Fred Whitton Sportive. Absolutely horrid conditions (hailstones, gale force winds and a good 2 hours of solid downpour) - but this somehow added to the challenge :) Without question the top UK sportive (after Eddie's of course). In fact, I can't think of any sportive in the world that can match the severity of those climbs (33% on Hardnott - after 100 miles). Tempted?? You can see how much I enjoyed it ...

7-May-2011: Roger Porter clocked in a season's best 57:12 in the Newmarket VTTA 25 - and on a nice breezy day. Please see here for a report of other results from Roger so far this season

3-May-2011: Last nights first Evening 10 TT of the season was well attended with 21 riders, including a number of first timers putting in decent times, despite the cool and windy weather. The Ladies points were particularly hotly contested, but remember there is a long way to go with 19 qualifying events this season (best of ten). Results

30-Apr-2011: Gavin Bench had a close call in the Saturday Club TT beating Steve Kay by just 2 seconds. How many "if only" thoughts have you had Steve? Results

Doug Driscoll

25-Apr-2011: I (Doug) rode the Cotswold Spring Classic sportive. Highly recommend this one for the beautiful route, challenging climbs and great organisation. And I got an Easter egg in my goody bag! Top that Eddie :)


23-Apr-2011: VCC riders were out in force at the Welwyn Hilly TT. Congratulations to Luke & Ross Clarke for an excellent 1-2!

1 Luke Clark Team Milton Keynes 01:02:12 S 25.50
2 Ross Clark Team Milton Keynes 01:02:48 S 25.26
8 Paul Caton Welwyn Wheelers CC 01:05:35 V 24.19
13 Steve Clark Team Milton Keynes 01:07:15 V 23.59
17 Gavin Bench Verulam CC 01:07:42 V 23.43
22 Steven Kay Verulam CC 01:08:40 V 23.10
36 John Hall Verulam CC 01:11:30 V 22.19
48 Roger Porter Verulam CC 01:13:06 V 21.70
50 Colin Hodges Welwyn Wheelers CC 01:13:22 V 21.62
54 Samuel Skuce Verulam CC 01:14:23 S 21.33
64 Richard Marriot Verulam CC 01:15:43 V 20.95
77 Nicholas Coe Verulam CC 01:20:07 V 19.80

17-Apr-2011: The VCC showed a strong presence at the White Horse Challenge sportive. Special congratulations to Matt & Gavin who came in 4th & 5th out of 425 riders. Tip for Gavin: Make sure you are the last rider to cross the timing mat at the start!

Matt Reader: 4hr24'56"
Gavin Bench 4hr24'59"
Mark Antcliffe 4hr40'50"
Richard Marriott 4hr45'32"
Paul Roberts 4hr57'30"
Russell Jones 5hr03'27"
Don Andrews 5hr39'01"
Sam Skuce 5hr39'01"
Peter Tarry 5hr 42'00"
Jim Phillips (lookalike) 6hr06'15"
Doug & Suzannah Driscoll (on a tandem) 6hr25'26"

16-Apr-2011: The VCC MTB squad headed out to Princes Risborough on Saturday for the Trailbreak Enduro event. Congratulations to Frazer Harper for blasting around the 40k circuit in the fastest time - and on a singlespeed! This was despite us all keeping quiet when he went straight ahead at the first left turn thus gaining us a 10mins head start :)

15-Apr-2011: Belated congratulations to Andy & Barbara Chisholm for completing the end-to-end (LE2JOG) - on a tandem - and camping!

10-Apr-2011: Paul Cackett was in the results again at the weekend ... 3rd place in the MSTINA series RR

10-Apr-2011: Club Hardriders TT (Whitwell Circuit). Congratulations to Luke Clarke for smashing the course record in an incredible 1.4.39. Over 7 minutes ahead of his nearest rival (his dad!)

Tour of Flanders2-Apr-2011: Paul Cackett, Paul Caton, Doug Driscoll and Plunkett McGreevy were on International Duty at the Tour of Flanders. Pic of Paul Caton being closely marked by Paul Cackett & Doug Driscoll:



Paul Cackett

22-Mar-2011: Paul Cackett won his age category and finished 2nd on the road at the Glendene March Madness Road Race





Harp Hill Hundred Shield23-Jan-2011: Verulam CC wins the Harp Hilly Hundred Shield this year for the 2nd consecutive year




10-Oct-2010: Club Hill Climb Championship (nr Preston)

18-Dec-2012: A great time was had by all (40?) at the club Christmas Party last night. Dave & Val Korson laid on a fantastic spread - well in keeping with the needs of greedy cyclists :) There was also some serious competition going on in the "musical hats" games - with vintage bottles of wines from Dave's personal cellar at stake. Many thanks to Dave & Val

17-Dec-2012: 4 of us (including myself) had a little tumble on the club run yesterday whilst riding up to Gaddesden Row. Black ice ... and it was at least 7C! I'm pleased to report however that none of our bikes were damaged ;)

12-Dec-2012: Rachel McKay gave a great presentation on Mechanics at the clubroom on Monday. A much needed education on how to mend a puncture - amongst other things. Mike Graves and Sam Skuce had a close run in the pucture mending competition: Sam was first over the line in a super 1' 24" ... but foul play was being called when Mike's tyre appeared to have a better pressure. The matter will be taken up at the next committee meeting ...

4-Dec-2012: Many thanks to Shu Pillinger for an entertaining account of her unsupported London 2 Paris ride and 24-hour Goodwood event last night. Congratulations on qualifying for Ride Across America (RAAM) and good luck with your Double (!?) IronMan (Swim: 4.8 miles | Bike: 224 miles | Run: 52 miles) and Race Around Ireland. I'll look forward to reading all about them with my feet up in front of the fire :)

1-Dec-2012: A great time was had by all at the 85th Annual Dinner & Dance. Super grub and good to see so many up on the dance floor! Many thanks to David Korson for yet another superbly organized evening. p.s. loved the dress Ellie!

1-Dec-2012: 11 riders joined me on a cold and crispy morning for an MTB ride out along the Colne Valley and up the Grand Union Canal. Good news was that the ground was firm and none too muddy (till it started to melt!)

20-Nov-2012: We had another good turnout last night for Rachel McKay's presentation on Bike Handling Skills & Techniques. Loved the videos! Thanks Rachel ... The presentation is now on this web site, under Coach's Corner, "Better Cycling Series".

16-Nov-2012: We had 8 people show up for the pub night yesterday. Not a great turnout out given that we have over 270 members :( Should we try something different? All suggestion to Doug please

12-Nov-2012: A group of us went to Wales at the weekend to ride the MTB trails at Nant y Arian. Unfortunately Richard Marriott had a bad accident and ended up in hospital. We all wish you a speedy recovery Richard. Please contact me if you need further information

12-Nov-2012: We had a great presentation from Nick Siddall this evening on his Ride across the Himalayas. 45 people in the audience. Guess we're going to need a bigger club room soon! Photos...

8-Nov-2012: Many thanks to Dave & Caroline Kirkham for a great presentation on Monday. Have Wok Will Cycle - Cockham to Istanbul. Let the house out for 6 months, pack your panniers and ride off into the sunset. I'm not too sure my wife will buy into the idea though!

3-Nov-2012: Craig Sears-Black has just sent in a report on his London to Paris (L2P) ride last month where he raised over £1,500 to support the work of Transaid in their projects to improve lives in the developing world through improving transport. Congratulations Craig!

3-Nov-2012: I forgot to mention what a great evening we all had at Tony Brazier's 300,000 Miles & Counting film (by John Templeton) and interview (hosted by Dave Korson). It was good to hear that Tony hasn't stopped just yet and is even talking about a LEJOG attempt next year! See the movie...

3-Nov-2012: We had 12 riders out on my MTB ride this morning. Some nice deep puddles but all very rideable. We couldn't get into Emily's Cafe at the end though. That dastardly North Road CC lot beat us in there :(

31-Oct-2012: Troy Backhouse took part in the Emitremmus out to Saffron Walden at the weekend. "A great 101km ride very chilly with the wind but the rain stayed off"



26-Oct-2012: Andrew Ackrill, Doug Driscoll, Richard Marriott and Justin Neville-Rolfe went mountain biking in the Peak District a couple of weeks back. Photos now on-line courtesy of Richard


23-Oct-2012: Sam's latest blog from the 'Mad Englishmen' adventure across Spain: Report (day 7)...

23-Oct-2012: We had a great turnout at the clubroom last night (standing room only!) for a talk on 'Bike Fit' by special geuest speaker James Hewitt from SJ Cycles. Many thanks to Rachel McKay for arranging everything

22-Oct-2012: A big thank you to Lucy Cuppleditch and Lucy Peacock for organising a great 'Helpers Thank You' buffet & drink event yesterday. Hopefully everybody staggered home safely :) Photos from Richard Marriott now on-line

21-Oct-2012: We had a dozen riders out for my MTB ride on Saturday morning - getting very muddy on the trails out around Brickett Wood and then across to North Mymms (figure of 8). All rideable though. Some very nice carbon fiber full suspension exotica out. Didn't look so flash by the end though :)

17-Oct-2012: Paul Browning, Mark Bunting, Paul Small, Richard Marchand & Sam Skuce have just started their St Albans to Marbella (Spain) 1200km charity cycle ride as part of the "Los Loco Ingleses" - otherwise known as "The Mad Englishmen" cycling team !!

Sam is providing me with a daily report on their progress Report (day 7)...

14-Oct-2012: Gavin Bench, Paul Cackett, Johnnie Hall and Matt Pumo finished their seasons with the final round of the MSTina Jersey Series down in Surrey. An excellent 5th place in the overall series by Matt. Report...

7-Oct 2012: Hill Climb Championship. Results now on-line. A good turnout today with some impressive times, including a number of new riders. First timer Jonathan Scott was top rider, with a great time of 2.34. Results (see page 20) Seabird Standings

Well done to all those competing. Note that we will have a new set of race numbers for next season and will make these available in the New Year. This means you can discard those you may still hold.

2-Oct-2012: Craig Sears-Black steals the headlines once again after taking part in the Ride-Around-London sportive at the weekend. 900+ riders rode out from Herne Hill to Box Hill, Windsor and all the way up to Kings Langley / Bricket Wood before heading back via Shenley. Good training for Craig's next adventure: London to Paris - leaving on Friday. Good luck!

25-Sep-2012: New joiner Craig Sears-Black has gone straight into action with a ride in the Spirit Cycles Sportive at the weekend. More...

23-Sep-2012: Big congratulations to Lucy Cuppleditch, James O'Neill and Peter Tarry for completing the Deloitte 'Ride Across Britain' (Lands End to John O'Groats) ! More...

17-Sep-2012: VCC riders made up almost 20% of the field at the Norlond TT Combine 25 on another ride with difficult windly conditions. Results (see page 19) Seabird Standings

17-Sep-2012: Johnny Hall took 4th place (in category) at the Hoggenberg Classic at Redbridge

17-Sep-2012: Paul Caton (of Caton's Blog) took a fine win in the Percy Stellard RR at the weekend, which also secured a 2nd place in the overall series. Nice ride Paul! More...

11-Sep-2012: Hazel Davies, Russell Jones, Andrew Whittaker and Nigel Williams completed a 6-day Geneva to Nice epic ride across the French Alps. All the major climbs included. Chapeau!

10-Sep-2012: Nick Coe and Paul Moody completed the Etape Cymru (closed roads Sportive around Snowdownia) yesterday in a super time of 5hrs 42'. More...

9-Sep-2012: Lucy Cuppleditch, James O'Neill and Peter Tarry are all on route from Lands End to John O'Groats (LEJOG). Good luck guys!

3-Sep-2012: I hear through the grapevine that Paul Cackett took 2nd place at the LVRC RR yesterday - won by 2nd claim member Paul Caton. Report to follow...

1-Sep-2012: Matt Reader, Ian Brazier, Graham Pepperdine and Daniel Aarons were in action at the Bossard Wheelers 10. Top 20 placings for both Matt (23:11) and Ian (23:16).

1-Sep-2012: Saturday 10 TT: A pleasant calm morning and some good times given the course. VCC top dog was Nick Coe who just keeps going faster! Also good to see Luke Clarke with a number on his back again after some recent health scares. Results (see page 18) Seabird Standings Photos courtesy of moi

29-Aug-2012: The VCC Racing Team were back in action at the North Bucks RR at the weekend where Nick Coe managed a great result in the C,D race. More...

20-Aug-2012: Adrian Spender went for a "Ride With Brad" yesterday. 3,000m of climbing and 50 miles of rain :( More...


20-Aug-2012: I see some of our riders showed up on the top of the leaderboard at the Hemel Hempstead Club 10 last week (now that our series has reached a close). Nice ride guys!

20-Aug-2012: I completed the Southern 100 MTB Endurance event along the Thames Valley yesterday. Oh, how I hate stinging nettles!

15-Aug-2012: Just spotted some VCC results at the Beds RCC 25: Ian Brazier 57:39, Matt Reader 58:30 and Graham Pepperdine 1:01:11. 2nd claim rider Ross Clarke was 4th with a 53:15

15-Aug-2012: ... also spotted Roger Porter continuing to clock under the hour at the Coventry CC 25 with a 59:02

13-Aug-2012: Shusanah Pillinger completed the IRONMAN Copenhagen yesterday with a stunning 11:18:52. First British Woman! More...

9-Aug-2012: Ian Stokes TT trophy: This award is for best aggregate times against an age related standard, over 6 evening 10 TT times.

Ladies winner for this year is Christine Pout
Mens winner for this year is Bob Bone.

both wins were by a big margin, so well done to both.

8-Aug-2012: VCC TT championship: Congratulations to Gavin Bench, who is confirmed as Mens Seabird winner (Olympic Gold), Steve Maxted (Silver) and Steve Kay (Bronze), and to Lucy Cuppleditch who is Ladies champion, Christine Pout second, then Stephanie Wheatley. Other placings are still to play for with three Seabird events left, next being the Saturday 10 on 1st September, now that Evening 10s completed. Results (see page 17) Seabird Standings

29-Jul-2012: Big congratulations to Adrian Broekman for completing Land's End to John O'Groats (LEJOG) last week - fully unsupported. More...

23-Jul-2012: Our Peter McDermott completed the IRONMAN Switzerland last week in a very respectable 12hrs 3mins. I understand this is all thanks to the excellent training provided through our Sunday club runs :)

22-Jul-2012: Was first in at the BHF 100 mile South Down Way event yesterday. All thanks to my shiny (well it was at the start) new 29er :-)

p.s. I'm fed up with putting pics of me on the website. SEND ME YOUR PHOTOS!!

18-Jul-2012: Evening 10:A decent night for a change producing some good times. When did we ever have the slowest time under 29 mins?? Some very close times in the 24s, and the championship is still all to play for. ...Results (see page 14) Seabird Standings

16-Jul-2012: Steve Maxted notched up a super 53-35 yesterday on the E2/25 with Graham Pepperdine also notching a PB with 57-49. Great rides guys!

16-Jul-2012: I rode the Tour of the Black Mountains yesterday. 4,000m of climbing / great roads. Better than the Dragon! Another tin medal for the bottom drawer :)





13-Jul-2012: Matt Pumo took an excellent 8th place at the LVRC Road Race Championship defying the horrendous weather conditions at the weekend. Report...

13-Jul-2012: Hazel Davies took a long journey down to Italy at the weekend to ride the infamous Maratona cyclosportive. "I really enjoyed the whole atmosphere - great day out on closed roads with 9,000 other cyclists. And so nice to see the sun - it was a really hot day. Quite a few crashes."

11-Jul-2012: Well done to the hardy souls who braved the elements at last nights first VCC 2-Up TT, and thanks to the steadfast marshals also. Conditions were truly awful, but we had a safe race. Congratulations to Nick Coe and Steve Kay for being our first ever winners, and to James O'Neill and Lucy Cuppleditch for being first mixed pair. Pairs riders surprise special prize is double Seabird points for this event only. Results (see page 13) Seabird Standings

5-Jul-2012: More crazy adventures from Shusanah Pillinger with completion of an unsupported London to Paris cycle (261 miles) More...

5-Jul-2012: Shusanah Pillinger took 1st place in the solo female category (and 3rd overall) at the Ride24 event around Goodwood. I guess you know the route pretty well now eh Shu? More...

4-Jul-2012: Evening 10 (3-Jul): Results (see page 12) Seabird Standings

3-Jul-2012: Evening 10 (26-Jun): Results (see page 11) Seabird Standings

3-Jul-2012: Icknield 25 results

2-Jul-2012: I'm back! Just had 6 days of riding across the Dolomites with a group of 15 Verulam hard men. A stunning week and lovely weather to boot! Will catch up on the latest news & results soon ...

20-Jun-2012: Evening 10: Probably the best conditions this season producing a number of PB's. I see Nick clocked a super 24:36 - just 5 secs behind Steve K. Watch your backs guys! Note from Nick. ...Results (see page 10) Seabird Standings

Note: Nick and I will be struggling over the Dolomites next week, so no updates till July now :-(

18-Jun-2012: Have just spotted some of our members in the results for the Hemel Hempstead 25 at the weekend. A very windy day, but some good results from Ian Brazier (13th), Steve Kay (15th), Matt Reader (16th) and Ross Clarke (2nd claim rider) an excellent 3rd place

18-Jun-2012: Also spotted Roger Porter clocking a super 21:46 in the Hemel Hempstead 10 on Saturday. At 65 this will hopefully convince you that age is no excuse!

13-Jun-2012: Evening 10: A special thanks to Martyn Skinner and Vince Parkes who filled in at last minute as we were again let down by two marshals on the rota, otherwise would have cancelled the event. Someone left behind an aero helmet and overshoes. If they're yours, please contact Nick. .Results (see page 9) Seabird Standings

11-Jun-2012: Adrian Chamberlain, Hazel Davis, Juan Montoya, Paul Moody, Steven Payne, Shu Pillinger, Matt Reader and Andrew Rice all completed the Wiggle Dragon Ride yesterday. 131 miles and 3,563m of climbing (according to 2 riders Garmins). Chapeau! Some finisher pics by Andy Rice

10-Jun-2012: Evening 10 (5-Jun): Just 7 hardy riders on what turned out to be yet another miserable evening. Sorry for the late results. Results (see page 8) Seabird Standings

7-Jun-2012: Shu Pillinger placed 2nd female in the Wiggle Magnificat. 127 Miles in the glorious British summer of wind and rain on yet more gravel-strewn roads. Cyclosport's review http://www.cyclosport.org/04-Jun-2012/news/wiggle-uci-magnificat-review.html gives a pretty accurate representation of the conditions

6-Jun-2012: MSTina Jersey Series Round 5 report from our man in the peleton: Matt Pumo

5-Jun-2012: Paul Moody, Philip Mann and I had a great ride out on the mountain bikes on Monday. Despite all the rain the day before, the trails were actually fine. Just a few rather large puddles to negotiate :/ You missed out!

4-Jun-2012: I managed to stay dry at the Tour of Wessex Sportive at the weekend. A beautiful 105 mile route out around Glastonbury Tor, Cheddar Gorge, Longleat, Stourbridge, Coombe Hill and the Deverills. Good event!

30-May-2012: A quick thank you to the many helpers out at the Chiltern 100 on Sunday. Superb organization by Eddie Spriggs (as usual) and what a squeltering day! Matt Pumo was our top dog on the day closely followed by Gavin Bench and Frazer Harper. VCC results Full results

30-May-2012: Evening 10: A record turnout last night - 31 riders including some first timers. Decent conditions helped some good times with a fastest for the season from Ross Clarke (Team MK) of 22.12.

With 7 events held this season, Stephanie Wheatley leads the Ladies championship, and Gavin Bench takes over the lead of the Men's from Nick Coe. Results (see page 7) Seabird Standings

23-May-2012: Christine Pout has just returned from completing the Lanzarote Ironman in an overall time of 13:50. "Thankfully on race day the weather was kind with a high of 29oC and only moderate winds and this time I had a full range of gears to play with. Just as well with 2,550 m of climbing over 180km sandwiched between a 3.8k swim and marathon." Race report to follow

23-May-2012: Evening 10: After appaling weather of last few weeks, last nights TT was in balmy sunshine, albeit a headwind on outward leg.  -Nick.. IMPORTANT NOTICE Results (see page 6) Seabird Standings

Nick Coe

21-May-2012: Mark Antcliffe, Nick Coe and Paul Moody completed the Etape du Dales at the weekend. Report...

21-May-2012: Spotted that Roger Porter took an excellent 15th place in the North Road 25 on Saturday. 2nd claim riders Ross & Luke Clarke ran away with the honours though with 1st & 2nd places. Congratulations guys!

Big Wight Enduro21-May-2012: I completed the Big Wight Enduro on Saturday - on the MTB tandem with my daughter Suzannah. 90k off-road with some surprisingly difficult climbs. Stunning scenery; Highly recommend it for any of you mountain bikers out there

16-May-2012: Evening 10: Will this rubbish weather never end? Last night we kind of got away with it though - very heavy rain till 7.20, so may have cancelled but a road inspection proved acceptable so we went ahead on very wet roads. Did not expect many riders, but 13 hardy souls turned up expecting a ride. Results seemed somewhat affected by the conditions but a good ride was had nonetheless. -Nick.. Results (see page 5) Seabird Standings ** with corrections

13-May-2012: A great time was had by all yesterday at our private circuit racing day at Hog Hill. But only 11 riders turned up. Where were you all? Thank you to all of the helpers involved. Results...

13-May-2012: Steve Maxted was in action at the latest MStina series event on the new Cyclopark circuit in Gravesend. Report...

13-May-2012: Have just spotted that Hazel Davies and Stefan Weidmann completed the killer Fred Whitton Challenge in the Lake District yesterday. Has to be the toughest Sportive in the UK, so congratulations you guys!

11-May-2012: Our VCC Road Team are well represented in the MStina Jersey Series. Report from Round 3 by Matt Pumo

9-May-2012: Evening 10: A better night last night with dry roads and quite warm. We had another big turnout (27) and this makes it doubly important for riders to use a rear light (consider a front light even) and also not to crowd the finish area and obstruct the view of the timekeepers or the finish line for other riders. Nick Results (see page 4) Seabird Standings

3-May-2012: An exciting first Evening 10 of the season with a big turnout of 26 riders, including some welcome first-timers enduring tough conditions on wet roads. Results Seabird Standings

We had to start further up the road to the usual spot as that was very waterlogged and muddy. The conditions led to two riders having punctures (Gavin and Steve), who were rescued by helpful drivers.

nb: Thanks to those who pointed out errors with the timing results from last Saturday, which will be corrected shortly, after struggling with a very wet sheet.

Also, did anyone find a mislaid minipump last night? If so please contact Martin Jones

28-Apr-2012: A hardy 13 riders endured really horrible conditions at this morning's Saturday 10 TT. Times were compromised accordingly. Many thanks to the marshals who also suffered in the wind and rain. IMPORTANT NOTICE... Results Seabird Standings

23-Apr-2012: VCC had yet another good turnout at the White Horse Challenge yesterday. Some great performances by Steve Maxted and Christine Pout (riding with just 2 gears!) More...

21-Apr-2012: Verulam CC have 3 riders on the GC leaderboard after two rounds of the South East England MStina Jersey points competition. Matt Pumo in 2nd place in Category A, and Johnnie Hall and Paul Cackett in 7th and 9th place respectively in Category D. Category ABC Race Report, Category DEF Race Report, MStina Jersey Series Standings

8-Apr-2012: VCC had a good turnout at the Welwyn Wheelers Hilly on Friday with Gavin Bench up in the top 20 and Ross Clarke (2nd claim VCC) taking an excellent 3rd spot. Results

7-Apr-2012: Richard Marriott took an excellent 2nd place in his first ever mass start event: the Ciclos Uno Hog Hill Spring Series More...

1-Apr-2012: Club trip to Mallorca 2012

1-Apr-2012: The VCC team were in action again at the weekend in the MStina Jersey Series. Matt Pumo took 2nd in class and Steve Maxted managed an excellent 6th in class in his first ever mass start event. Report Results

1-Apr-2012: I rode the Tour of Flanders cyclo yesterday. 140k - on a tandem with my daughter Suzannah. I do like a challenge! A nasty cold day, but we loved it. A shame they have taken out 'the wall', but I thought the 2 new climbs at the end were great

26-Mar-2012: Club Hardriders TT: Report Results Seabird Standings

26-Mar-2012: 3 races in one weekend! Shu Pillinger reports on her activities last weekend plus an article on the Wiggle No Excuses sportive - also ridden by Jim Phillips and Pete Tarry

26-Mar-2012: Richard Marriott reports from the Finchley RT 2-up 25 TT with Shu Pillinger & Stephanie Wheatley, Steve Maxted & Richard Marriott and Victoria Gunn & Christine Pout

26-Mar-2012: The all new Verulam Racing Team were in action for the first time this season at the Ciclos Uno Spring Road Race. See report from Matt "Le Puncheur" Pumo

11-Mar-2012: The season begins! Nick Coe and Steve Maxted took an excellent 2nd place in the 2-up Maidenhead Hilly 30. Read all about it here

6-Mar-2012: I think special congratulations are in order for Andy Rice & Hazel Davies for battling with the elements on Sunday to finish the Puncheur Sportive - finishing at the top of Ditchling Beacon. 5hrs26mins of freezing rain which eventually turned to snow! I was also down to ride. Am I a man or a mouse? Eek eek

27-Feb-2012: Several VCC riders were in action (along with 1,500 other riders) at the Hell of the Ashdown yesterday. And yes, I can confirm that it was indeed Hell! A very tough circuit for this time of the year, but what a day. Blue skies, perfect conditions plus superb organization. Well done Catford CC!

27-Feb-2012: A good contingent of members also rode the Luton CC reliability ride yesterday, enjoying good weather on the re-designed signposted route, which seemed to most riders liking. There were some sizeable groups doing a fast pace, so felt like a race at times, but good fun was had by all.

23-Jan-2012: We had a great turnout at the Harp Hilly Hundred yesterday. It was great to see the wave of VCC jerseys in the peleton! Unfortunately record numbers turning up meant that many of our club riders rolled up just before 9:00am to discover that the event was sold out already. So, despite us definitely having the best turnout, we might not win the HHH Shield this year :-( ... Doug

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15-Jun-15: Andy Flint reports on his adventures at the Wiggle Dragon sportive with friends from the VCC: Report...

14-Jun-15: Evening 10 results: Last Tuesday night, windy again Results... Seabird Table...

13-Jun-15: Road Race update - the racing season is now well underway with a number of events being held over the last two weeks.  Read about the Ciclos Uno and Hertfordshire Summer of Cycling series races. Report...

12-Jun-15: Russell Jones completed the 150km Four Counties Herts Wheelers Audax event last week - out over the Dunstable Downs with a short loop into Essex. "Great weather and spotted a couple of other VCC riders on the route"

10-Jun-15: Sadly Lenny Plumb has passed away after a very short illness - aged 75. We will really miss him on the social rides and send our sincere condolences to his family. Funeral details...

9-Jun-15: Have just heard that John Jones recorded the fastest time at The Dragon on Sunday - from 6,000 entrants. 143-miles in 7:30:18. Next stop: Lands End to St Albans in 24 hours - this Saturday. Good luck John, and congratulations on an already epic result!

8-Jun-15: What a great weekend for British cycling! Wiggo smashes The Hour, Kennaugh wins at the Dauphine, 6,000 riders at the Tour of Cambridgeshire, 6,000 riders at The Dragon and Doug Driscoll rides up a hill! ... well it was the steepest climb in Britain (max 45%) at the Chesire Cobbled Classic :-)

3-Jun-15: A BIG THANK YOU to all the helpers that braved the elements to support a bunch of very soggy cyclists on Sunday at the Chiltern 100. Having ridden myself, I can vouch for the warmth and encouragement received at the feed stations run by our very own members. And a very special thank you to Andy Flint who has worked tirelessly to organise and manage our contribution to the event. How he found time to ride I don't know, but here is a great summary of the day from the man himself: Report...

3-June-15: Evening 10 results: Last nights results, still very windy, but dry and bright..... Results... Seabird Table...

27-May-15: Evening 10 results: A reasonable night at last.... Results... Seabird Table...

24-May-15: LVRC National Road Race Championships: Jared Millar, Matt Pumo and John Jones were in action again on Sunday on a hilly course near Worcester. Report...

21-May-15: Evening 10 results: Last two weeks results, good turnout despite awful conditions (again!)   Results... Seabird Table...

20-May-15: Great pic from Tom Tichler with Andy Flint, Kirk Alderson, Andrew Hunt and Dayle Guy at the London Revolution. Report...

19-May-15: Andy Flint reports on a beautiful day riding the London Cycle Sportive on Sunday. Report...

15-May-15: The Verulam CC are in the news on the Cyclosport website today with an article on the Chiltern 100 Sportive

15-May-15: Gavin Bench continues to make improvements with a fine 3rd place at the Milton Keynes Bowl on Tuesday evening. Two more steps to go Gavin!

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