Tour of Cambridgeshire

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.

Matt takes second at Cranbrook Tri

Matt Nunn raced the Cranbrook Sprint triathlon consisting of a 300m pool swim, 22km undulating bike course and a 4.6km off road road, based in the High Weald of Kent.

Claiming second place overall in a time of 1:03:11, Matt remarked “I was happy with my race and had good sensations ahead of my target races at the longer distances later in the season”.

Thanks to velocity events for another well run and friendly event, and well done Matt!

Matt takes third at Wigmore 10

Matt Nunn maintained his strong presence in events this season by taking third place in the Wigmore CC club 10 held on the Iwade course on Wednesday 1st June.

Matt came home in a time of 24:20, in an event won by Wigmore’s Keith Walker.

Thank you to our friends at the Wigmore for putting on this event.

Kent League at Cyclopark

Matt Nunn continued his consistent season by placing 16th in the Kent League Circuit race at the Gravesend Cyclopark.

Racing in a field of 27, and although he missed the winning break of 8 riders, Matt held on in the main bunch.

Open 25 Mile Time Trial

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.

Men’s winner Nic Fennell

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.

Women’s winner Pip Jenkins

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 takes on SERRL

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.

Open 10 time trial

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.

Women’s podium, Martina Ben-Shaul (3rd), Debbie Percival (1st), Sally Smith (2nd)

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.

Velo’s Sally Smith took the women’s road bike category.

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.

1Christopher FennellThe Independent Pedaler – Nopinz19:28Male
2Nicholas FennellThanet RC20:28Male
3Stefan GloynArmy Cycling20:55Male
4Martin KoberAbellio – SFA Racing Team21:09Male
5Alex PearsonWoolwich CC21:26Male
6Paul BurrowsThanet RC21:40Male
7Graeme GarnerEssex Roads CC21:52Male
7Matthew SaundersTeam Vision Racing – Silverhook21:52Male
9Mark HillVeloRefined Rule 521:56Male
10Alexander LuisiBath Cycling Club22:03Male
11Mark DoxeyAbellio – SFA Racing Team22:21Male
12Paul Turner34 Nomads CC22:28Male
13Huseyin VardalGemini BC22:32RBMale
13Pete ElmsVC Deal22:32Male
15Simon HendersonThanet RC22:55Male
16Paul SmithVeloRefined Rule 522:59Male
17Liam McLaughlinArctic Aircon RT23:04Male
18Mark NewtonElite Cycling23:20Male
19Paul TurtonTeam Vision Racing – Silverhook23:55RBMale
20Jamie HarrisWigmore CC24:26Male
21Michael StanleyMedway Velo Club24:52Male
22Cameron CarthewWigmore CC25:07RBMale
23Jeremy ParkerGravesend CC25:17Male
24Daniel HomerLondon Phoenix CC25:30Male
24David HodsmanDulwich Paragon CC25:30Male
26Sam DayCS Grupetto26:10RBMale
27Andrew GrantChelmer CC26:16Male
28David SmithVC de Londres26:36Male
29Debbie PercivalKent Velo Girls/Boys27:16Female
30Anthony WhaleHarlow CC27:23Male
31Sally SmithMedway Velo Club27:31RBFemale
32Mike PerryThanet RC30:11Male
33Martina Ben-ShaulDulwich Paragon CC31:55RBFemale
34Caroline WykeCC Sudbury33:14RBFemale

Social Evenings

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.

Paris Roubaix Challenge

Phil Booth returned once again to Northern France to take on the Paris Roubaix Challenge, ridden over the cobbles of the Hell of the North the on the same day as the Paris Roubaix Femmes Race.

Battling over 19 sectors of fearsome cobble stones, including the three five star sectors of Trouee d’Arenberg, Mons en Pevele and Carrefour de l’arbre, Phil completed his 150km event in six hours.

Having suffered mechanical issues and punctures in previous years, some requiring novel solutions to fix his bike, Phil is pleased to report he suffered no mishaps this year.