Betteshanger Country Park was the venue for the BMCR promotion for Masters riders. Sally Smith was the first Velo to line up in the E,F,G,H race which was contested over an hour plus 3 laps for the 2 mile circuit. As usual the wind blew across the circuit adding to the challenge or racing in a field predominantly made up of men on a day where temperatures passed the 30c mark. For 3/4 of the race Sal managed to hold a good position towards the front, but eventually the difficulty of responding to a flurry of attacks became too much and the field split. Not to be downhearted Sally dug in to keep on chasing with one of the men, eventually taking a fantastic 9th place overall and second woman.
In the A,B,C,D race, which took the same format, Velo was represented by a strong trio of Mike Stanley, Jonny Graciano and Rob Kennison. The first attack came straight off the line and the pattern of the race was established, attack after attack was thrown down but each and every time the peloton clawed their way back. Jonny was very active at the front whilst Rob patrolled the back of the group in the hope of a bunch sprint. Unfortunately Mike found the pace a little too hot and dropped back from the group. After 45 minutes of racing a moment’s inattention resulted in a nasty crash which nearly claimed Rob who used his cyclocross skills to ride right over a fallen rider’s back wheel. Everything looked set for Rob’s preferred sprint finish when with 3 laps to go Jonny struck out for glory and miraculously began to draw away from the peloton, 5 seconds soon became 10 and still the bunch did not react. Unfortunately at 2 laps to go Jonny and the rest of the chasing peloton were stopped by a red flag and the race was abandoned to allow the Air Ambulance to land and treat one of the fallen riders.
The Velo riders were philosophical about losing the likely win and the club and all involved wish the rider involved a speedy recovery.
Big thanks to Ollie McPherson and his band of helpers for putting on such a well organised event.
Rob had already had the opportunity to exercise his cyclocross skills on Friday evening at round 2 of the Beastway London Summer Cross Series at Herne Hill. Despite a strong start Rob punctured after two laps and withdrew from the race.
Velo’s Michael Stanley rode the VTTA 50 on the fast Romney Marsh course, taking in two laps of the area between Brenzett, Camber Sands, and Lydd, recording a great time of 2 hours 11 minutes 21 seconds for an average speed of 22.84 mph.
Club chair Rob Kennison took 7th place overall at the KCA ten mile time trial at Betteshanger on Saturday.
Rob decided to race a fixed gear for the event, however he beat a number of geared riders, finishing in a time of 24:43. He also coped well with the usual blustery conditions found at the track.
Many thanks to Mark Hill and the KCA for putting on the event.
Elsewhere Alex Cook opened his grass track racing account at the Plomesgate CC event in Suffolk. Racing in the 8km national championship Alex finished in mid pack, and performed well in the unknown distance event.
Many thanks to Pete Whelan and his club for putting on the event.
One Medway Velo member 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.
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.