Monday, 7 April 2014

Get well soon Harvey!

Harvey recuperating back home
Saturdays club ride proved to be a reminder that mountain biking can be a dangerous sport even for the best of us.  After a good dry ride in the sunshine, we were heading back to the car park on our "final run" through Danbury Common, one of our regular riders, Harvey Jennings over jumped the final table top, fell on landing resulting in a broken arm. 
A big thanks must go out to the paramedics who attended the scene for their friendly and  professional service in both treating Harvey at the scene and then getting him safely out of the Common and on to Broomfield where Harvey underwent surgery later that evening.
Get well soon Harvey, we are thinking of you although you might want to mention to you dad that the stand is meant for fixing the bike, hopefully you will benefit from it too!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

2014 Race Season

Harrison Scofield takes 3rd place at Rendlesham
The 2014 race season has got off to a good start for CYCC.  At a schools race organised by Mark Wyer earlier in the month, Alex Steward and Harvey Jennings took 2nd and 3rd place respectively.  Then at Rendlesham, MSG Round 1, Alex Salmon managed to take 3rd in the Youth category successfully managing to convert some hard training over the winter months.  Most encouraging however is as some two of our most successful racers of 2013 have been taken on by local teams (Jo Pitt is riding for Flitch Cycles and Jordan Beighton is riding for Kreek Racing Team / Riverside Cycles ) we have a new generation of riders joining the club and getting results.  well done to Harrison Scofield on his hard fought 3rd in the U12 category and also his brother Harvey who came in 8th in  a field of 26.  We look forward to seeing more results from the Scofield twins and of course Will Smith in the coming weeks and months.
Harvey Scofield

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

MSG Final Round - Hadleigh Farm 29th September

Jordan on Triple Trouble
Sunday saw the final round of MSG take place at the Olympic Course and the results were testimony to the hard work training put in by our racing members.  The Youth races took place on what was only a slightly modified version of the Olympic Course giving some hard techbical racing.  Club results as follows:

Jordan Beighton:  1st (Juvenile Youth Male)
Joe Pitt: 2nd (Youth Male)
Alex Salmon:  3rd (Youth Male)
Danni Rothmann:  3rd (Juvenile Youth Female)

Joe and Alex on the Podium
With this being that final race, the series was also decided on Sunday with Jordan Beighton winning the series and Joe Pitt coming second in the relevant categories. 

Jordan takes the series prize

A big thanks also to Graham and Matt for all their hard work to make this such an enjoyable series.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Springfield Cyclocross

Who bent my bars... Danni Rothmann in the Sprinfield Youth Race

CYCC again hosted a round of the Eastern League Cyclo Cross Series on 16th September.  This race is the main fundraiser for the club (last years race paid for our visits to Newport Velodrome amongst other things) and thanks to the hard work of both youth and adult members is a hugely successful event.  This year was no exception with many of the races selling out and a record number of youth riders competing in the history of the league.  Compliments on the catering, lap counting, sign in desk were received from competitors, league officials and the commissaires.  A big thank you to all who helped in anyway!
On the racing front, CYCC had a few members giving a cx race a go, Jordan managing to take second in the Juvenile Youth Category the best result of the day.
A big thanks also
to Matt for the loan of the stakes again and to Madison for the Laser Race Tape.

Harrison and Harvey Schofield

Olly Ford with the Jennings Marshall Crew behind

Surely I should be riding down these?

Alex cornering at speed.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

MSG Langdon Hills

First Race and First Podium for Danni Rothmann

Congratulations to Danni Rothmann who took second place at MSG Langdon Hills on Sunday, her first attempt at a MTB race.  She just needs to persuade Kurt to buy her a 29'er to fit the tubes she won!  Hannah was also racing and was beaten by a close margin of 8 seconds into 4th place.

There was an excelent turnout from CYCC with 10 racing in total over what in my opinion is the most fun MSG course to ride.  Joe and Alex both suffered in a collision on the the start line, both were able to remount and finish the race although their results suffered because of it.  In the Juvenile catagory, Jordan managed to take 1st place followed by Alex Steward and Harvey in 5th and 7th.

 Harvey at full throttle!

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Hadleigh National XC Race 18/8

Joe Pitt, Alex Salmon and Jordan Beighton all entered their first National XC race last weekend and what a place to start, the Olympic Course at Hadleigh Farm.  Joe had managed to get in a training session during the previous week on the site whilst Alex and Jordan managed to practice on Saturday afternoon.  With some welcome guidances from some of the Aspire coaches on site, they were all riding the A lines on the full Olympic Course.

Alex comes down Deans Drop
The start line for the race was situated at the bottom of the hill leaving the lads with a very tough climb at the start of the race.  Joe had a good start but was soon left trailing after being held iup in a first lap accident on Deans Drop.  Alex managed to avoid the carnage by taking the B line and in the process overtook a good number of riders.  Joes bad luck sadly did not end there, after battling to make up time, he came off in the rock garden on the second lap forcing a retirement.

 Joe Climbs Snake Hill

Jordan was in the Youth catagory in which there was a smaller field and started a couple of minutes behind Joe and Alex.  It was clear in both classes that, as you might expect, there was some very stiff competition on a very demanding course.  Jordan was achieving his targeted lap time of 20 minutes but was trailing off the very fast pace of the leaders ending up 15th place overall and proud of the fact he had ridden the complete course and knowing that some more training is required to get up to speed.

Triple Trouble for Jordan in practice

Meantime, Alex was managing to achieve a fantastic ride with 18 minute lap times.  Sadly fate was to strike again on his 4th and final lap as he puntured on his rear wheel and was forced to limp home loosing a good number of places in the process, his 29th overall not really representative of his times in the first three laps.
Well done to all three, a fantastic experience to have enjoyed, looking forward to next year already.

Monday, 3 June 2013

CYCC go mad in Wales

9 families from CYCC headed west for the recent bank holiday weekend for a full on weekend of riding.  After a typically British bank holiday Friday journey through horrendous traffic in the rain, we met up at Cwmcarn Campsite at the foot of the Twrch trail.  As we were arriving, the clouds were clearing leaving us with blue skies (and chilly nights) for the weekend.
Rider Briefing at Newport
As part of the weekend, we had arranged two club only coached sessions at the Newport Velodrome to give everyone a taste of what it is like to be a Chris Hoy or Victoria Pendleton.  The sessions were arranged for early on the Saturday and Sunday mornings leaving the rest of the days available for the more traditional CYCC fare of mountain biking.  Upon arrival at Newport, we were all fitted to a bike and then walked out into the arena.  As we walked in, the steepness of the banked corners was striking and I have to say a little daunting, the television certainly levels out the track.  After an initial safety briefing , we were out onto the track, slowly at first to get used to a fixed wheel and no brakes, but soon venturing up the boards with growing confidence.  By the end of the first morning, we were venturing up to the to of the corners with relative confidence following one of the Newport Team riders.

Go Rothmanns!

After the first session we returned to Cwmcarn and after a brief brunch stop, we headed out together to tackle the Twrch trail under beautiful blue skies.  Some of our members knew the trail from previous visits, for others it was a first taste of Welsh trail riding with some "proper" hills and rocks after the flats of Essex.  Everyone put in a real effort particularly during "that climb" and it was great to see how the skills of our young riders improved over the course of the ride.  This was followed by a second lap at pace for any of the more experienced riders who wanted more.
A chilly Saturday evening was spent around Steve Murphy's "barbecue" before heading off for some well earned sleep.
Sunday morning again started early at the velodrome, now a less daunting place.  We were soon out riding between the blue and red line in formation with the lead rider having to drop down and sprint to the back of the pack.  Did the legs hurt after this!  This was followed by individual timed two lap sprints, always good to get a bit of competion going.  Nick Watt was the fastest adult with a sub 40 second time closely followed by Joe Pitt and Jordan Beighton who came in at 40:00 seconds and 40:03 respectively (Jordan had the ache!).  A big thank you to our coach for both sessions, Steve Miller who made it a hugely enjoyable experience.

CYCC rides the boards

After the Sunday session, most of us headed over to Glyncorwyg.  After a swift brunch in the cafe, we split into two groups, one riding on the low level tramway over to the Afan centre taking in the various skills areas on route.  The second headed up the hill to ride Whites Level, lovely technical adrenaline fuelled trail.

Afan under blue skies

The Beighton contigent stayed on for a third day to allow Jordan to ride some Downhill.  We booked onto the efficient Cwmdown service which shuttled us up to the very top of the hill after which we raced the vans back down the hill.  You can ride down with Jordan by clicking on the attached link.

A fantastic weekend!