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.
Phil Booth took on the Amstel Gold Toerversie, the sportive version of the Dutch spring classic based in Valkenburg in the south of country and taken on by over 30,000 participants.
Having previously ridden the 165km event in warm spring sunshine, this year Phil took one of the different routes heading north around Maastricht and faced very different weather conditions; with the temperature little more than a few degrees above freezing he faced several hailstorms and rain, strong winds, with only odd breaks of sunny and dry weather.
11 climbs were included this year, including the one cobbled climb, the most difficult and well know climb is the Cauberg which is the final climb and with a gradient of 13% one which reduces many participants to walking, however Phil successfully took on all of the climbs, and completed the event in a little over 5 hours, good going given the poor weather.
Phil goes again next Saturday in the Paris Roubaix Challenge in northern France.
Father and son duo Rob and Tom Kennison took the ferry across the channel to take part in the Gent Wevelgem sportive which tackles 220km of the spring classic route.
Passing by many sites associated with the Ieper Salient of the Western Front of World War I, the Kennisons took on gravel roads, and several cobbled climbs, including the Kemmelberg with its gradients close to 20%.