Fred Meekcoms Memorial Trophy Open 10 mile TT
1st July 2017

1. Mark Smith Crawley Wheelers 20:04
2. Mark Arnold CC Desiragear 20:18
3. Joe Gorman Stevenage CC 20:23
4. Stephen Morrell Echelon Cycling 20:31
5. Anthony Draper 34 Nomads CC 20:35
6. William Wallace CC London 20:38
7. Daniel Ryan North Road CC 20:54
8. Christopher Wedge Whitewebbs CC 20:58
9. Nicholas Gasson 34 Nomads CC 21:15
10. Colin Lizieri Cambridge CC 21:33

Thought of Food

Carbohydrate replacement, try Spaghetti with shallots, red pepper and red pesto sauce.

Ingredients: serves 4
16 shallots, peeled and halved
2 Large red peppers cored deseeded and finely sliced 1 tbsp olive oil
400g spaghetti
1 tub ready- made chilli and tomato red pesto
Handful of fresh torn basil, to serve

Place the shallots and peppers into a pan with the olive oil and fry over a gentle heat until softened and cooked.
Cook spaghetti according to pack directions and drain
Stir in the pesto sauce, shallots and peppers, season to taste. Serve in bowls sprinkled with the basil.
Takes about 25 minutes

Training Camp: Roy Alexis

I went on my first ever training camp to Lanzarote earlier this year with the South London Club, Team De Ver, (formed by Maurice Burton who also run a cycling shop in Streatham.
Never been on an event such as this, what was l to expect, a nice easy site seeing cycling holiday. No! First day a sharp meeting time of 10 am after a hearty breakfast, straight into a 4 mile ride in 25 degrees heat.

Here we were divided in to ability groups A to D. Having been selected for group B. we were off on a 50 mile ride to meet up with the other groups at a café 1500 ft above sea level,
there was a lot of climbing and the rewards were the fantastic views. Day 2 we covered similar mileage including plenty of climbing. Day 3 did not involve as much climbing but was never flat.

Day 4 was a bit of a rest day a uphill Time Trial in remembrance of a fellow club rider. The remainder of the day spent on the beach sipping rum and playing crazy golf.
Day 5 the whole group are going to climb the famous Femes Mountain. This has been talked about all week with various tales how steep it is in places with some having to walk up sections.

Going through my mind was is my gear ratio right could l make it, with a shrug of my shoulders my mind was set l am not doing any walking on this climb l will ride all the way up.
Our journey to Femes involved a lot of climbing so much so l thought we had done it and not realised it. When we reached the peak we were rewarded with the best descent ever, initially very sharp and then a long 2Km drag down towards the town of Playa Blanka in the distance.
When we arrived and met the other groups in Playa Blanka l then discovered that we had to go back the way we came down.

Wot are you mad.

After refreshments and a 30 minute break we began our slow climb towards Femes that fantastic decent l had on the way down. We had to preserve some of our energy for the "Oh My God" section of the climb. The faster riders were further ahead. I focused on keeping with my team without expelling too much energy.
As we passed the last roundabout the climb became steep. I remained pushing at the same rate focusing on pushing as hard as possible with getting out of my seat whilst making sure l had gears

l could change up to. The person in front of me at this stage said he was stopping as he had enough. I got out of my seat, steadily keeping a controlled cadence.
It began to get difficult to turn the peddles, l had to change up before l fell off, here l accidently went up two cogs but quickly dropped back down one as l needed to save it for the OMG section.

By now the group had split, l felt ok but was sure about my gearing. I gritted my teeth and continued. I had to use my last gear which was only a 28 tooth.
Those with hired bike had a 32. Just before the last switch back l could hear the cheering from those who had made it up the mountain.
That cheering was a massive boost as l could now see the peak, somehow l found the energy to sprint the last 30 metres. I had conquered The Femes.

This has certainly boosted Roy's season, he has improved on his TT times. And has lead him into riding several sportives.
London to Brighton and back. London to Cambridge and back.
London Prudential. Wiggle Surrey>Sussex scramble, each ride close to 100 or more miles.

Well done "Ed"

Segway Experience

Last year's gift for Father's day (you like two wheel transportation). The Segway PT is a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery powered electric vehicle invented by Dean Kamen.
The name Segway is derived from the word segue (l'seg-wei/), meaning smooth transition.

PT is an abbreviation for personal transporter. Computers, sensors, and electric motors in the base of the Segway PT
keep the device upright when powered on with balancing enabled.
The rider commands the PT to go forward or backward by shifting their weight forward or backward on the platform.

The PT uses gyroscopic sensors and accelerometer-based levelling
sensors to detect the resulting changes in its pitch angle and to maintain balance, it drives its wheels forward or backward as needed to return its pitch to upright.
In the process, the rider establishes and then maintains a desired sped by modulating the extent and duration of their fore/aft weight shifts.

To turn and steer, the rider shifts the handlebar to the left or right. The PT responds by adjusting the speeds of the wheels in opposite directions causing the PT to yaw and, if not traveling forward or backward, turn in place. With the batteries fully charged, the Segway PT can travel at 12.5 mph and is capable of covering 24 miles, depending on terrain and riding style.

Anyway back to the trial.
We (12 in party) first had to sign a waiver that we understand that this thing could kill us if miss-handled. After a very brief instructors demonstration of do's and don'ts, and in turn had to step on and off PT correctly, then we were each given a PT to go and play with on a grassed area. After 5 minutes two teams of 6 were lined up to participate in team relay of zig zagging out and back through a cone course (two handed, one handed, squatting, then no hands (nobody came off).

We then formed a single line behind our instructor for a short parade around a circuit over smooth and bumpy ground then onto a segregated wooded area to be let loose on our own to play for among the trees, this is where the clever one started to come off their machines some falling quite heavily.
Suddenly it was round up and back to base (Trial over).

Once overcoming the getting on and how to move the PT it was a lot of fun would l do it again (yes please).

Club Evening Event 2017

Due to road works on the A10 both North and South at Hertford.
This has wiped out two of our courses for much of the season.
We are therefore using the Cole Green course, (far side of Hertford A414). This is handy for the time keeper as the start and finish line are in the same spot they just have to count the riders through 3 times.

April 19th Cole Green
Chris Wedge 23:35
Stu Levene 27:08
David Solomon 28:02
Roy Alexis 28:06
Bill Caton 30:47

May 3rd Cole Green
Chris Wedge 23:05
Roy Alexis 26:53
Stu Levene 27:24
David Solomon 28:05

May 31st Cole Green
Chris Wedge 22:21
Roy Alexis 26:17
David Solomon 27:24

June 14th Rush Green
Chris Wedge 22:13
David Solomon 27:37
Bill Caton 30:26

June 28th Rush Green
Chris Wedge 21:07
Stu Levene 25:07
Roy Alexis 25:52
Bill Caton 28:57

July 5th Championship 25
Stu Levene 01:07:06
Roy Alexis 01:07:10

July 12th Cole Green
Chris Wedge 21:49
Stu Levene 25:49
Roy Alexis 25:54
David Solomon 26:40
Bill Caton 30:13

July 26th Ware- Puckeridge
Chris Wedge 22:12
Roy Alexis 26:47
David Solomon 27:16
Bill Caton 30:31

August 16th Hill Climb
Chris Wedge 4m 1.1s
Roy Alexis 4m 50.7s
Stu Levene 4m 53.0s

Aug 23rd Cole Green
Chris Wedge 22:11
Roy Alexis 26:46
Stu Levene 26:50
Bill Caton 30:59

Chris Wedge has lost none of his last years speed and has done some terrific rides.

Social Events 2017

A Christmas Lunch on 19th November (a little earlier this year)

Week End Away

The Royal Beach Hotel at Southsea was hosts to 17 Whitewebb CC members for the weekend 21st-23rd April.
We all arrived at some point on the Friday afternoon to a prearranged location (The Bar),
while some sample the Hotels hospitalities others had a quick reccy of area, (promenade, boating lake ,beach, sea, ships, seagulls, bus stop location/time table).
With so much choice of things to see small group formed to take in their pleasures, The Spinnaker Tower giving a 360 degree view of Portsmouth area, the Naval dock yards, holding the Mary Rose, the Victory, the Warrior (1st metal war ship), Sub-Marine Museum, trip around harbour.

The Club BBQ on June 17th at 25 Netherby Gardens

23 members enjoyed one of the sunniest and warmest days of 2017 and with Phil acting as chief Chef on the BBQ we all had nothing to do except eat, drink and chat!
This went on from about 4pm until 10pm, although it was still warm outside, it did get dark. Looking forward to the same again in 2018.

Members Racing Results

Bill Caton Results
Open TT 17.04.17
Bishops Stortford Hilly
25 miles 01:31:55 17.06.17 Victoria CC
10 miles 31:24 29.07.17 Victoria CC
10 miles 31:13 16.08.17 Spoco SC
10 miles 29:43

Roy Alexis Results
Open TT 17.04.17
Bishops Stortford Hilly
25 miles 01:21:44
Edís Results
Open TT 15.04.17
VTTA (East Anglia) 25 miles 01:14:41
17.04.17 Bishops Stortford Hilly
25 miles 01:21:08 13.05.17 ECCA 50 miles 02:17:02
03.06.17 Shaftesbury CC 25 miles 01:05:52 23.07.17 Verulam CC 25 miles 01:06:09
30.07.17 Bourne Wheelers 50 miles 02:23:50 13.08.17 Finsbury Park 25 miles 01:07:16

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See you up the Road "Ed"