Two Medway Velo members travelled to Peterborough to take part in the Tour of Cambridgeshire events.
Jon Graciano took 23rd place in the 50 – 54 age group in the Tour of Cambridgeshire Road Race.
The Tour of Cambridgeshire Men’s Road Race takes on a high-speed 100-mile route through Cambridgeshire, with riders being split into UCI Masters age groups, each group having a separate, start and with closed road to give a professional racing experience.
Jon almost crashed three times but managed to keep the bike upright, and he worked hard to regain the bunch each time.
Rita Williams opted for the Gran Fondo event, covering 70 miles. Despite also facing problems with crashes resulting from the strong winds, Rita completed her event in just over five hours.
Nic Fennell (Thanet RC) took a two minute victory in the Medway Velo Open 25 mile time trial held on the Hamstreet bypass.
In warm and sunny conditions that saw two thirds of the field beat the hour mark, the Thanet team claimed first and second place with Fennell recording 51:36 and Paul Burrows covering the course in 53:53. Evergreen Mark Hill (Velorefined) took third place and the prize for best veteran with a time of 54:57. Local rider Antony Bee of the Wigmore CC finished in 9th place 57:10.
The women’s race was closely contested, with Pip Jenkins recording a time of 1:00:42, just failing to beat the hour mark. Kate Thomas (Lewes Wanderers) and Natasha Jarman (Southborough Wheelers) filled the spots on the podium.
Medway Velo also ran a general classification prize combining the time from their open 10 held the previous week. Fennell, Burrows and Hill taking home the prizes having ridden strongly in both events.
Organiser Steve Smith thanked all of the riders for competing, and thanked the club members for giving up their time to marshal.
Jon Graciano took on the SERRL Cat 2/3 race at Laughton in Sussex.
Describing the circuit as a quick course, unfortunately got dropped around 28km in. Jon chased hard and at one point Jon almost got back on just 30m off the back of the main bunch. Sadly at this point Jon got stuck behind a car at the roundabout, however he still kept pushing to the end, coming in 31st out of 57.
National champion Chris Fennell (The Independent Pedaller-No Pinz) added another win at the Medway Velo Open 10 to his palmares.
After a couple of years at different courses due to covid, the race returned to its traditional home on the Isle of Grain course, with riders having to deal with a deceptive headwind on the return leg to the finish.
Fennell came home in 19-28, a full one minute ahead of his brother Nic, who claimed second place. Army Cycling’s Stefan Gloyn was the only other rider in the 20 minute bracket, recording a time of 20-55.
Medway Velo Michael Stanley continued his strong season with a time of 24:52, just ahead of Wigmore rider Jamie Harris.
First woman overall was Debbie Percival (Kent Velo Girls/boys) who rode her time trial bike in 27:16.
With the increasing popularity of riding traditional road bikes in time trials, a number riders opted for the road bike event, with Huseyin Vardal of the Gemini winning the category in 22:32 ahead of Paul Turton (23:55) and Cameron Carthew of the Wigmore in 25:07.
Medway Velo’s Sally Smith was first placed woman in the women’s road bike event, ahead of Martina Ben-Shaul and Caroline Wyke. Smith and Ben-Shaul also being placed second and third woman overall.
Organiser Matt Nunn thanked all riders for taking part remarking “the first of our open time trials bought out the fine weather and a number of riders recorded personal best times, coping well with the windy conditions you usually find on the Isle of Grain. I would thank all of the riders who entered as well as the club members who gave up their time to marshal, and assist at the event.”
The club’s second open event is a 25 mile event on the Hamstreet by pass next Sunday, 22nd May.
It’s been a while since we’ve had a regular social get together, so starting this Friday we’re introducing Pub Night! This week 6th May we’ll be gathering at The Fruiterers Arms in Rodmersham from 7.30. 13th May The Three Sisters Otterham Quay Lane, Rainham. Please let Rob Kennison if you have a favourite pub in the local area, and he’ll add it to the schedule.