Stourport 7th July

Ladies and gentlemen tonight’s event at Stourport will be run as 2 races.

E123 starting 7pm

3/4 starting 8pm.

This is slightly different to the norm as the races are usually the other way round. Please DONT BE LATE for your race!!

Both races will still be handicapped with a staggered start.

Please spread the word as we don’t want people missing start times.

Penkeridge course

Tonights event, 31st May we start on the car park of the local school. Turn right outside the HQ – Penkridge Cricket Club. About 500 yards and the school is on the left.
Go to the car park at the bottom of the school, turn left, we start behind the school.
This is the school that banned us for riders relieving themselves in front of parents, children and visitors to the Leisure Centre
THERE ARE TOILETS IN THE LEISURE CENTRE – USE THESE  PLEASE
Race brief is before each group sets off to,,,,, gives riders and officials more time to prepare, so no excuse not to attend.

Race Briefing

To enable riders and officials more time to prepare the Race Briefing will be held at the start line before each group starts. Not as one big bunch. You must attend as you will be informed of anything we deem important and race accordingly to the BC Race Smart Policy.
2 years ago we were banned from using the school at Penkridge and the Exit of the Penkridge Cricket Club because of riders relieving themselves following complaints. Therefore we are strictly applying penalties to any rider seen or whom we receive complaints about.
This Thursday there are temporary traffic lights on the bridge at Stapleford. however we have paid £450 to contractors for the 3 events this year and they will control the lights to allow groups through but if it shows red you must stop.
It has been another good start to the series with good racing.
Thank you you for your cooperation.
Mike Jackson BC Comm – League Co-ordinator
John Ireson Chairman

Race Marshals and the procedure when groups come together

We have a shortage of marshals for the 17th of May Race at Allscott Cricket Club. If you are coming with a Friend Parent or Partner can you ask them if they can assist, as the last thing we want to do is cancel.
Also we had 2 accidents last week, we believe this was when chasing groups came together.
Just to clarify to everyone especially riders  new to the league the policy is:
When a chasing group catches you move over to the left and let them pass. You then go to the join the back of their group. When you catch a group they will let you through to go to the front. take care “RIDE SMART”
THIS IS A STRICT PROCEDURE AIMED AT REDUCING CONFUSION AND INJURIES
Thanks
Mike Jackson BC Comm

Vickers solos to victory in opening round of Shropshire & South Staffs Road Race League

KIRK Vickers took his opportunity and soloed to a fine victory in the opening round of the Shropshire & South Staffs Road Race League around the lanes of Knighton near Newport.

The 24-year-old from Whitchurch attacked in the closing stages of the 38 miles race along undulating roads to take victory.

The handicap format of the event meant that the first group of 4th category riders had an eight minutes and 45 seconds head start on the fourth group to start containing 2nd and 1st category riders.

With the group in between joining the head of the race by the closing lap it was down to the scratch group to catch 45 seconds off their rivals in the closing seven miles.

The catch was made within the last mile and Vickers made his move in the rolling and narrow roads leading into the finish winning by three seconds.

The opening round was organised by the riders and members of Newport Shropshire Cycling Club

“It was good and we were chasing pretty hard for the first few laps and the paced eased off as we knew it was going to come together before the last kilometre,” said Vickers.

“We caught them with a kilometre to go and I always planned to go for more of a longer effort as opposed waiting for the sprint as you have people like Ben Joughin and Chris Pook and I knew that I wouldn’t beat them in the sprint.

“So I went for a long one and it payed off. The race lulled as soon as we caught the front of the race so I went, got the gap and put my head down.

“I knew that if I was going hard then they would have to go hard to catch me. I tried the same move last year and got caught and thought I probably would again but I kept my head down and looked behind a few times and the gap was getting bigger.

“As soon as I hit the downhill run in I knew I was going to get it.”

There was a close battle behind for the remaining places and category leading jerseys with veteran rider Philip Glaze (Fishface Cycles RT) leading the charge for second on the night and category victory.

Reigning series winner Ben Joughin (Pro Vision Race Team) took third place on the night to open his series points tally ahead of rival Chris Pook (Rhino Velo Race Team).

Junior rider George Mills-Keeling, from Bridgnorth, had worked hard all night in the third group to keep the scratch group riders behind.

Despite his effort the 16-year-old still had enough energy left for fifth place on the night and the winner of the junior category leader’s jersey.

He will have stiff competition for the overall series as Pro Vision Race Team team-mate Sam Beeston and Farley Barber also finished in the top-10 along with Jamieson Blain (Zappi Racing Team).

In the women’s category Annie Stanford (Paramount CRT) finished a second ahead of Amanda Whitehouse (Stourbridge CC) to take the category leader’s jersey.

Vickers hopes that he can keep the overall leader’s yellow jersey as the series take on the flat and fast roads around Charlton next Thursday.

“It’s my first win of the season and first yellow jersey on my shoulders,” added Vickers.

“It’s Charlton next week which is a sprinters course, it’s not going to suit me but hopefully if I finish in the top-5 it will keep the points up.”

Results

1 Kirk Vickers (Rhino Velo Race Team)
2 Philip Glaze (Fishface Cycles RT) 1st veteran
3 Ben Joughin (Pro Vision Race Team)
4 Chris Pook (Rhino Velo Race Team)
5 George Mills-Keeling (Pro Vision Race Team) 1st junior
6 Sam Beeston (Pro Vision Race Team)
7 Farley Barber (Pro Vision Race Team)
8 Jamieson Blain (Zappi Racing Team)
9 Daniel Butlin (EvoVelo Karbona)
10 Tom Pook (Rhino Velo Race Team)
1st woman- Annie Stanford (Paramount CRT)

Rejected Entries – Please Note

Unfortunately I’ve had to reject a few riders this week for various reasons. Before entering can I ask that you check the following:
The card details used for entry will be valid on 31st March 2018.
Your primary club is an affiliated club to the league.
Your licence category is correct and emergency contact details are up to date.
Please note: to enter the league your primary club has to be affiliated to the league. Acceptance to pre enter is based on the primary club only.

Thanks
John

Just a few words

“Alongside racing, I hope to break down barriers for racers around the world. My performance on the bike, as well as my work off the bike, have given me a position of responsibility in the sport where I need to set standards. If I’m not going to do things right, new riders to the sport aren’t going to grow up doing it right either.”
Helen Wyman