Normally at this time of year we can meet up on a ride, over a coffee or a beer and have a chance to chat about our plans and goals.  I always find this a fun part of the year an really inspirational to hear what everyone is planning to do, and I am sure adjust my plans and goals to match.  This year we can’t meet up so I thought that I would try and do it virtually, a major Zoom meeting would not work, so I thought that I would create a wall of inspiration.  Thanks to everyone who has contributed and pinned their colours to the mast.  All welcome to contribute whether your goal is to get out on the 25 mile social ride more often or win yet another national champions jersey – please please send me your photo and goals – would be great to have every member of the club on the wall.

Peter Wilson

Me and Janet joined in 81 after moving from Liverpool. I have been Treasurer and President and promoted many TTs for the Club. My proudest achievement for the Club was researching club records and compiling the Record Book followed by the electronic version. There is a VTTA West Memorial Trophy for Janet in recognition of 14 years as their Secretary. Janet won 4 National VTTA BARs and held many National age records. I earned 5 straight BAR Certificates, best place 96th and finished 9th in the National 24. I also have a 100 mile VTTA Champion jersey. I am now really pleased to see how well the Club is doing both as an organisation and for individual performances. My target is to pin a number on and beat evens. If you pass a guy in the old Bath shirt offer him a back wheel.

Photo – Pete in Mallorca wearing Janet’s shirt

 

Janet Wilson wearing the Bath CC “Once” Shirt – this was the Bath CC Club kit from the early 1990s until 2009.

Nigel Sherwen

I joined Bath CC back in 1980 and since then I have joined club runs and eventually was a group leader, with one or two incidents of getting the group lost in the pre-Garmin era!  I also rode time trials, some sportives and enjoyed about six annual club trips to Mallorca, but no racing.  Last April I had a successful operation for suspected lung cancer, but actually it turned out to be lymphoma.  My wife bought me a turbo for my pre operation and recovery.  Paul Dale encouraged me to join Zwift and this has been really enjoyable and helpful in keeping me reasonably fit, particularly in lockdown times.  I have even completed several races, in category D of course!  My wife also uses the turbo as much as me and we managed a holiday in Alicante Province in the autumn where we had great cycling and walking. I do hope to get out on the real road again in April and hopefully another Spanish trip in the autumn if possible.

Aileen Brown – Committee Member

Racing is history for me. My idea of a perfect day out is a sociable ride with club-mates, coming home with tired legs & a good appetite. It’s so much easier to push yourself through the hard bits whether that be burning legs or a block headwind when you’re riding with mates. Normally my goal would be one of the week-long continental ‘Raids’ which average 100 miles & 3000m climbing each day but I’m not banking on a continental holiday being an option any time soon so I’ll settle for club rides, camaraderie, coffee & café.

Andre Mouton

I grew up in a cycling-obsessed home and did my first race when I was 7. 28 years later and the obsession is as bad as ever. My best performances include a 5th place in the U9 South African national road race championships and I once did a week-long UCI stage race (but was mocked by the race announcer over the loudspeaker for finishing so far behind in the first stage). Unfortunately, I have the physiological make-up of an 86 year old woman so I’m well past my prime and these sorts of performances are now only a thing of my dreams. My more recent achievements include a broken femur, 4 pelvic fractures, a crushed vertebra and many uncomfortable hours in the saddle. I’ve temporarily retired from racing but have my eye on a return in 2025, when I can join the masters ranks. My main goals for 2021 are to complain less, listen to my body more and to take time off when I’m injured. On second thoughts, I’ll probably just ride through it.

Andy Hicks – Chairman

I am hoping that COVID restrictions will be lifted enough to make British Masters Cycle Racing events possible at some point in 2021. If events can take place, I will target races within driving distance of Bath, to avoid overnight stays, that include my age group category “H” (75-79). If that is not possible, I will try to do some evening 10 mile Time Trials and a 25 mile TT.

In any case, I hope to participate in Bath CC Sunday & Mid-Week Club Runs

My “Palmares”:

  • Percy Stallard National Road Race Series Champion 2010 in age group
  • BMCR (formerly LVRC) National Road Race Champion 2013 and 2015 in age group
  • Southern Counties Road Race Series Champion in age group (points awarded over 7 races) in 2006, 2011 & 2015
  • 40 individual Road Race wins in age group since 2005
  • National BMCR (LVRC) Time Trial Champion in age group in 2013 and 2020
  • Fastest “10” 22.14 in 2011, Fastest “25” 59.28 in 2015 (finally getting “under the hour” after a 1 hour 1 minute 1 second time at age 16)
  • Winner of “Redmon Gentleman’s 2-Up” with Colin Parkinson in 2015 (narrowly beaten by Michael Hutchinson & partner in 2014)
  • Winner “On Standard” of Southern Counties Cyclists Union “25” 2016

James Dobbin

 

I enjoyed reading all the posts on the Bath CC wall, so was inspired to write mine. I don’t have a recent photo of me on bike, so this one in a canoe is the next best thing.

I’ve found that the Covid crisis has made me appreciate cycling even more and the amazing countryside that surrounds us. Instead of the majority of my cycling being commuting to Bristol on the cycle track, its been wonderful evening rides on roads that are much quieter than usual. My favourite evening ride goes from where I live in Fairfield Park, out to the south via Lyncombe Hill, Entry Hill, Midford, Norton St Philip, Wingfield, Bradford on Avon, Turleigh, Winsley, Bradford, Sally in the Wood road to Bathford and then home, a 25 mile loop.

In the winter I’ve found myself going out biking quite late in the evenings and after a day working at home its so nice to get outside. I remember a ride one eve last November lockdown, I went out about 10pm (zero traffic!) and it was a bright moon and a starry sky. I was biking up the hill towards Turleigh from Bradford on Avon at what must have been about 11pm, I stopped at the top and there was a tawny own hooting in the tree next to me, the valley looked amazing in the moonlight and I thought to myself how cool it was to be out on bike.

I don’t have any amazing ambitions for 2021, but I very much hope to get out with Bath CC for some Sunday rides and nice cafes! I hope to get my Hollies Lane hill time down from 5:39 (the hill up to Charmy Down from Northend). I’d like to get my Bradford on Avon ride time down from 1:18.

Chris Deane – Communications Officer

Into my 5th year of addiction to cycling. As well as loving Bath CC Saturday and Sunday rides, I’ve dabbled in cyclocross and gravel. I have been an ‘avid’ Zwifter since 2017, clocking up almost 55,000km indoors to date. Now I’m longing for some IRL challenges, having already had to cancel 4 overseas trips since COVID struck. The image here is of Jon Corp and me in The Peak District last July when we should have been in the Cevennes and up Ventoux. My long-term goal is to return to the UCI Gran Fondo worlds now I have gone up an age group (60+). It looks like Italy 2022 will have to be the target now. Other than that I’ll ride my bike for any reason as long as keep enjoying it.

Chris Truman

I’ve always cycled, but only became a cyclist 10 years ago, after I turned 40. My goal initially was to get fit, then this progressed to get faster and have some fun along the way. I love the fact there are so many opportunities to get technical with equipment and training – I can change set-up on my TT bike, I can fuse technology with training on indoor platforms like Zwift, I can analyse a whole load of data and I can devise training plans to combat my many weaknesses. I get far too nervous before any kind of race (including the Saturday pacelines!) and 2020 was going to be the year I addressed this by doing more of them! I also fancied a go at cyclocross, and at some point before I get too old I’d like to do a road race. When the world returns to normal I’d like to get round the paceline route with the ultra talented fast boys by optimising my wheel sucking skills!

Claire Phillips

Right now my priority is to remain fit and to enjoy cycling as a release after/ during a stressful week without looking too hard at statistics.
However I do want to keep up with valued cycling friends at BCC when allowed.
For now I’m ticking along with a combination of rides outside plus trainer road and Zwift indoors ( even been racing- who would have guessed!)
Looking to the future I’m hoping to join in with others – 100 milers and weekends away ; short trips away with Peter and the tent and my new gravel bike and I’d love to dream about a group trip to Mallorca in October (??). Then maybe a Europe touring trip next year .. possibly join the Stoyle’s in SA 2022 when our youngest child will have left home..? Lots to keep fit for !

 

 

Dan Miles

 ..my plans will be to cycle up the Hardknott Pass and Great Dun Fell in the Lake District, (not sure international objectives will be any good for a while), going in the summer. Also to ride a total of 25000km in 2021, that’s Zwift km and actual km combined.

 

 

 

 

Dan Soltys

After a couple of years joining the darkside and racing Triathlons, I’m motivated to focus all my efforts on cycling this year. I’ve been based in Bath since I started uni here in 2014, but have only started riding seriously with Bath CC in the last 18 months or so.
This year I have been selected onto the Royal Navy road team so my major goal for the season is the inter-services road race in September (where I will be on domestique duty!). Personally, though, my goal is to upgrade to Cat 2 this year. In the short term, I’m finding motivation through e-racing in the Zwift Racing League and I am looking forward to the upcoming inter-services e-racing champs in March. Can’t wait for a good smash-fest on the Saturday paceline when the covid rules allow us to again!

 

 

Darren Gardner

I started my cycling journey in Zimbabwe when the rugby injuries started to take their toll. I immediately fell in love with the sport and especially racing my bike. I had a long break when I moved to the UK I could not imagine going out in the weather 😂 but eventually I bought a bike and started to ride again and my love for cycling grew stronger. I still try to race as much as I can more for the taking part and helping the team than winning (probably because I don’t have the legs) this year I had an opportunity to sign up to do an organised ride of 8 stages of the Tour de France https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DarrenJHGardner something I have always wanted to do and hopefully raise some money for a good cause! It has already been pushed back until September but I am training for it as there are some big days in the saddle. To keep me motivated at the moment I am enjoying our club racing and riding together as a BathCC team on zwift and as often as I can try to get out into the fresh air and beauty of the Spanish countryside and be thankful for being able to ride and enjoy all 12 of my bikes….. yes 12 of them with one more on order 😂😂

 

 

David Oliver – Club Captain

I have two cycling ambitions for 2021 and beyond.

Firstly, I would like BCC to be a broad church providing a wide range of opportunities for all types of riders from young to old, from social to racing and from short to long rides in a wide range of locations.  I have a number of thoughts to build on what we do already.  They include longer rides from Bath on a Sunday, away days on a Sunday where we drive 30 miles or so to a start point to give access to new roads, long weekends to UK destinations and week long trips to some of the fantastic locations around Europe.  Obviously all of this is dependent on COVID restrictions.

My second ambition is entirely personal.  I do not want to ride every day as I have a lot of non cycling interests and ambitions but I do want to do the things above and I want to be fit enough to ride with the people that I want to ride with and be able to talk to them at the same time!

 

 

David Stoyle – Vice Chairman

I would love to be able to repeat photos like this – so want to focus on my form and fitness to be competitive in masters racing.  So as soon as possible I am hoping to compete in BC and BMCR Road Races, if that is not possible I shall enter a few TTs.

I am also going to make enough time to go on some long bike packing and touring trips, would love to say when or where but that is going to have to wait a month or two.   I have a goal to hit 350w for 20 min FTP test, came up 10 w short last year.  Get out riding on the paceline and break the 1 hr 50minute barrier.

But number one goal is to ride IRL with you lot.

Emily Griffiths

Like many, 2020 put a spanner in to all of my plans from races, to socials to time riding abroad.

Little did I know in lockdown 1, that lockdown 2&3 were going to be much more interesting on a riding front. I was inspired by the Bath CC Royals and their stupendous eracing performances. Dominating the women’s league, showing strength and grit week in, week out, I was keen to see how I could be involved. They welcomed me in to the team with open arms and after just two races, I was hooked.

With many uncertainties still ahead, my goals for the first half of 2021 are to focus on working hard and enjoy the process to improve as a novice cyclist. I will be using Zwift racing to develop my fitness and strength but also my ability to sprint. I’ll be trying to learn the tactics of eracing, so I don’t stop moving when pedalling downhill. I hope to find confidence in my ability to reach my top end power and commit to finishing races strong. I am hoping that all of the above will allow me to keep IRL so that when we are allowed to, I can meet more of the Bath CC community.

If normality returns this year, my season will hopefully include my first 500km Audax, 25m TT, 50m TT and Ironman Wales

Gary Sheppard

I used to be an athlete, racing since the age of 8 I was able to build success to ultimately medal at a National level; but the high mileage mantra in the eighties led to 4 knee ops and eventually to the end of my running days. After a number of years of enforced retirement, my wife encouraged me to join Bath CC, probably to get me out of the house! Initially I started with the weekly club run, exploring new parts of our local countryside and villages, and as my fitness grew I would supplement this with the odd ride mid-week. Then came the introduction of the Saturday Paceline – with this came speed, fitness, competitivity and ultimately a common wish to test ourselves in a real race situation. Since that day in early 2012 I have been racing, sometimes 3 times a week – generally where I can against people my own age, where I have more chance to play a part in influencing the outcome. Immediately I realised how much I love to race, in fact I prefer racing to training but also I found the big difference from running, in that cycling is actually a team sport. The pandemic has given the longest break to racing and so my hope is that very soon we will all be back doing what we love the most, and for me it is to go to races with team mates, discussing and executing tactical plans for the race and to ride as a team doing our very best. The thought of those sunny days to come has kept my motivation up, and I am sure if the vaccination program keeps pace so much of our normal life is just around the corner.

 

 

 

Guy Evans

I am a newbie to the Club joining recently to help push my cycling on. I have enjoyed thrashing round the Zwift races with Bath CC Lansdown and hope to join some IRL group rides as lockdown lifts. I’ll be aiming to join some ‘pacelines’ and long rides with the Club and looking for some cycling specific challenges to push me through the Spring and Summer. Admittedly my cycling goals are closely related to improving my triathlon performances with a view to log a sub 4hr 50m Ironman bike split as part of a sub 9 hr Ironman time and race again this year at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.

Emma Evans

I still consider myself as a fairly new club member and am yet to meet many of the members ‘IRL!’ However, despite Covid and lock downs I have had a wonderfully warm welcome from everyone at Bath CC, even though I am one ‘those’ triathletes! I was lucky enough to join a few IRL rides just before lock down hit and have gone on to really enjoy Zwift racing with the Royals. I never thought I’d be an avid Zwifter but the online racing has been a lockdown highlight for me, providing my first taste of TTT and a weekly reminder of what suffering really feels like! In terms of goals, becoming an ‘uber biker’ is always the aim, although perhaps not terribly quantifiable! So, this year I’m hoping to build my strength to comfortably keep up on the fast Sunday rides (rather than bringing up the rear!) and nudge a little closer to ‘A’ rider status on Zwift. The carrot has been dangled for the Saturday paceline too – something I’d like to try this year – all with one eye on a podium spot at my next Ironman Triathlon and maybe even Kona one day…

Hilary Oliver – Kit Officer

I was at my fittest, since moving to Bath, in 2018 the year we moved – no responsibilities rented house and no dog! My goals for 2021 are: to post decent times (for me) on the Club’s Strava segments hill climb and sprint; to enter the Club’s hill climb, if held; and to be fit enough to ride with the Ladies group which includes the Ladies Captain including a long distance ride over 3 days and a 100 miler or so. To be fit I need to ride 3 times a week, a “paceline” and 2 other rides of at least 100kms along with running twice a week and weights. Unfortunately, I don’t always achieve this. Another goal, though now 2022, is to ride the “Chase the Sun” (330kms Isle of Sheppey to Burnham on Sea). To be ready I will need to go on the Winter Sun camp in February and to keep up the distance cycling over the following months until midsummer. Can’t wait to get back to group cycling again……..Covid and injuries permitting!

James Plumstead

I’m hoping to do the South Downs Way Double this summer. Will need to start riding big miles again when the weather starts to improve + could probs do with a new mountain bike for the job. Other than that looking forward to getting out of Bath to so done more road / mountain biking further afield with mates (Wales, Exmoor etc) and can’t wait to get out riding with the club again. Fingers crossed things return to normal soon!

John Witty – President

 

My inspiration for two wheels stems from admiration of the Badgers exploits in the TdF during my childhood, when media coverage was a mere shadow of it’s current level. Cemented in ’82, when ‘camped out’ in a prime position to witness him win the sprint on the Elysees, as well as the overall, to a rapturous Parisian crowd. All this seeded a deep routed craving for the high mountains.
So goals for 2021(22) are clearly to get back to some heady heights, whether tarmac’ed {or even ‘gravelled’}, before age and ailments temper those childhood dreams. In the meantime, I’ve ‘discovered’ Zwift, which is so ideal for training in a winter lockdown, especially with the Beast for the East showing its face. I’ve always hated turbo’s with a passion, but find I’m now developing a worrying addiction. So if you’re tempted to ride virtually, do..even those with a FTP as feeble as mine!
But ultimately I’m looking forward to the bliss of cresting an HC col, again, with some sense of style!

Joe Lund

Growing up in the hills of Mid Wales, I became an avid road cyclist at the age of 16. Starting racing at 22, best results included 3rd at Hillingdon and 19th in the Regional Race Championships in Clitheroe. Having made my come back in 2019, I primarily targeted crit races and the hill climb season. Now, I’m thoroughly hooked in the hill climb scene!
2020, as for everyone was a right- off! However, Zwift racing reeled me in and I raced regularly in A events. The Bath Lansdown TTT events were the highlight though and we had real team spirit!

I look forward to competing in 2021 in whatever capacity we can!

Jon Corp

Joined Bath CC in 2012 following having major kidney surgery and realising that my best 🏃‍♂️ days were behind me. It’s been a fun journey and the club is a great foil for developing my love of cycling whilst meeting plenty of other like minded folk. Like most of you, I thoroughly enjoy extending myself whether it’s a Sunday fast group or a paceline workout.

Despite covid, 2020 still turned out well; plenty of sunshine, local solo riding and later trips to Yorkshire Peak District, Mid Wales and Exmoor. BCC group rides worked out really well and it was refreshing to ride with new faces each week.

Plans for me are to keep building and perhaps do some masters racing should the opportunity arise. Hoping to do more cycle trips and would be great to do some team events along the lines of the Wales Velothon…long and hilly. Perhaps I’ll blow off the cobwebs of my unused TT bike ??

 

Jon Hunt

I’ve never done races until we were all locked under house arrest and found Zwift. Now I participate and do very badly. I have two goals: 1) try to not get dropped at the start of most races and 2) a virtual Everest to get that shiny Tron bike everyone nails me with.

Julia Adamson – Ladies Captain

Hopefully before Summer we will get to a place where we can ride in some sort of groups again, and the weather will be kind to us. With this in mind my first goal is to turn around my current pattern of riding which is 3 or 4 times a week on the turbo and once on the road to 3 or 4 times a week on the road and once to not at all on the turbo!

Thinking positively about the Summer I hope I can help to promote a number of activities for the ladies’ section of the club. Some of our old favourites like the 100-mile rides, the Rapha 100, Majorca in October and maybe some new ideas?

On a personal level I hope to get cycle touring over the Summer at least around Britain and develop a more positive attitude to hills!

Julian Broad

I’ll be 58 in July. I started racing as a schoolboy for Bath CC in 1976. I last raced in 1993 then, started riding Audax events up to 2000. My longest ride being a 400k in Wales. I started riding again regularly in Jan 2018. I’ve been living abroad for the last 20 years and I’m currently back in Bath due to Covid19. I can’t see myself racing again as I have a heart condition. However, I do like a bash from time to time. I did the paceline route by myself last November and averaged 31.5kmph. This year, I’d like to get my weight down, improve my paceline time and enjoy some longer rides with the Tuesday and Wednesday groups.

Kai Rüsch

I just moved to the UK a few months ago and joined the club right before the January lockdown, so unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to ride with many of you, though I have started recognizing a lot of names on Strava. I started riding a lot last summer (as I’m sure many did), and have continued here as it’s given a good opportunity to get to know the beautiful countryside around Bath.

The area I’m from is relatively flat, so it’s been a fun, though painful time getting used to all the climbs Somerset has to offer. I’m excited for when travel becomes easier so I can tackle some of the even harder climbs of the UK.

My goals this year are to ride consistently throughout, get experience with group riding (hopefully soon), complete at least a half Everesting and to compete in my first race.

Kim Barfoot-Brace

Here’s a summary of my 2021…

The first part of the year I’m focusing on short distance TTs which is completely out of my comfort zone! I’ve got my eye on Gillian’s records but we’ll have to see if Wales opens up (it didn’t last year) as that’s where the fastest short courses are.

Having just turned 40 I’m now a member of the VTTA and have my sights set on a new national veterans record for 12hr TT in August (I just need to do 274 miles, one more than last year!). I’d like to go for the national title too, but that event is a bit close to another goal (see below!). Hopefully I’ll pick up some 50m and 100m TT PBs/new club records in the run up.

In September I’m representing GBR in my age group at the ITU Long Distance World Championship in Almere. This year it’s unusually a full ironman distance, with a greater proportion of cycling and running to what it typically has…which definitely plays to my strengths. 6 weeks later I’m doing Ironman Portugal, postponed from last year it’s not ideal racing so soon so I’ve got no expectations other than having a special family holiday (my little sister Sophie is doing her first half Ironman the next day).

…all of the above is based on staying healthy and injury free, which is the number one priority 🙂

A real blessing to arise from the carnage of 2020 is the new friendships formed from the Royal Zwift ladies racing team. It’s felt so good to welcome new women to the club, and watch them grow in strength and confidence. We all support and inspire each other equally, and I’m really looking forward to spending more time with them in both the virtual and real world.

Lucie Parsons

I’m still pretty new to cycling having started to ride a couple of years ago, so I guess my main goal for the year is to keep building confidence, particularly riding in groups, and just to continue enjoying getting out on my bike. I’ve only been living in Bath a year or so, so there’s plenty more to explore!

I feel really lucky to have started racing with the Bath CC Royals last year – aside from the fun and challenge of the racing, it’s been great to meet like-minded ladies and get out for rides with them in real life when restrictions have allowed. They’ve also inspired me to take up running again so maybe a shot at a triathlon is also in the pipeline!

I’ve particularly enjoyed pushing myself over longer distance rides and would love to tick off a 300k this year – but hopefully not leaving it as late as my 2020 goal of 200k which I finished on a very chilly New Years Eve! Finally I’m hoping that all being well we can get abroad later in the year, with a plan to cycle tour across to the Alps, possibly to catch the TdF stage up to Tignes.

Luke Belton

I started cycling in 2016 after giving up swimming – and definitely don’t miss the long hours staring at a pool floor when I’m out on the bike! I’ve been hooked on cycling since day one and enjoy the exploring element (and improving the Strava heatmap!) as much as I do pushing myself further and harder. I’ve done a couple of crits and some cross racing, as well as the Zwift racing leagues since joining Bath CC last Autumn – hopefully there might be some more racing in the future although I don’t have any plans at the moment! I’ve done some riding in the Alps/Pyrenees and would love to get back to the mountains this year – possibly as part of a cycle touring trip

Maddi Aldam

Before Covid-19, I was a keen swimmer training for around 12 hours per week. With the closure of pools, I knew I’d have to find something else to keep me fit and occupied, and turned to cycling. I soon realised the physical and emotional benefits of getting out (or staying in!) on the bike, and it has certainly been a sort of refuge during this time of isolation!

At the moment, I do 5-6 bike sessions a week, and have enjoyed a bit of cross training as I get back into running.

Over the last 2 years, I’ve learnt to use cleats (with the occasional topple), survive a 3-hour bike ride (with the occasional flapjack break…) and ride a paceline (with the occasional wrong turn!)

This year, I look forward to entering my first time trials, maybe some races too, but most of all, I look forward to training hard and getting fitter and faster!

Malcolm Treby

I’ve enjoyed spending much of the winter Zwift racing, particularly the events we’ve entered as a team which have brought a real sense of competition. Once we’re into some warmer weather I hope to take those improvements to the paceline and into some racing. In particular I’d like to compete in some duathlons in the summer (I’ve come to cycling from an athletics background) but also find out more about the real world racing scene in general, of which I know little.

I enjoyed finding some new places on the Sunday club rides last summer and hope to be able to continue that too.I’ve enjoyed spending much of the winter Zwift racing, particularly the events we’ve entered as a team which have brought a real sense of competition. Once we’re into some warmer weather I hope to take those improvements to the paceline and into some racing. In particular I’d like to compete in some duathlons in the summer (I’ve come to cycling from an athletics background) but also find out more about the real world racing scene in general, of which I know little.
I enjoyed finding some new places on the Sunday club rides last summer and hope to be able to continue that too.

Luke Buxton

In 2015 I joined the club with a view to getting fitter following a heart attack. And, 26,000 miles later, it seems I may have got the bug.

 

For me the club is about enjoying riding my bike with friends. So no great stretch goals for 2021 – I would just love to get back to club rides and be quick enough to ride with the usual suspects. The lockdown has seen some excess ‘quaffing and gorging’ and the inevitable consequences, despite turbo sessions suffering The Sufferfest. One measurable goal then…. I’d like to see 80kg again by the summer!

 

Martin Aldam

What with one think and another I didn’t race at all in 2020. Very disappointing, not least for me as I was going to make the most of being the ‘youngest’ in my new age category!!! I just hope that skin suit I bought back in 2019 (and never worn) is still going to fit!!

Spurred on by not wanting to get beat by my daughter Maddi, and to justify the endless hours on the turbo this winter, my 2021 racing aims are twofold:

Participate in the TCC monthly segment competition. A great way to push yourself once a month to the limit and afterwards realising, that usually, Mr Pears is still faster!…..but not always!! https://www.strava.com/clubs/TCCSegment
Time Trialling at Castle Combe – 23 event series on the motor circuit, 10 mile TT starting Wednesday 31st March. The aim will be to do one a month.
https://www.dbmax.co.uk/events/kinetic-one-tt-series-race-1-2021/

Paul Dale

For me, Bath CC provides the opportunity to meet people from so many walks of life and to make lasting friendships, all while doing something we love. My goal for 2021 is to be able to be in pictures like this (Majorca) to enjoy that companionship more closely again.

Martin Langley – Mountain Goat and Avid Zwift Racer

No goals as such for me beyond trying to stay fit in the hope that when restrictions ease I can tear up and down some mountains again.

Martin Croxford

My first goal is to ride with others again – really looking forward to a Bath CC Sunday club run, and Audax group riding again.

With the London-Edinburgh-London Audax being postponed to 2022 due to the pandemic, my main goal of the year (lockdown restrictions permitting) will be to complete the Audax Ultra Randonneur award: ten Super Randonneur series of 200, 300, 400 and 600km events in ten different years (I have nine so far).  I discovered the fun and challenge of Fixed Wheel riding during the first lockdown, completing a Super Randonneur series on Fixed in August/September 2020 when restrictions eased.  So my plan is to ride Fixed to achieve the Ultra, with a stretch target of riding the Coast to Coast 600 in Ireland as the final event (if it is on, of course).

The photo is taken at John O’Groats – I’m so pleased I rode LEJOG in 2019 instead of waiting until 2020 (my original plan).  One thing I’ve learned during the pandemic is to make the most of health, motivation and fitness to ride today, don’t wait for tomorrow.

Odette Colyer

I have been a commuter cyclist for many years, but 2 years ago I became really passionate about cycling when, recently after my father passed away, I decided to take on cycling challenge to raise funds for the Alzheimers Research UK. With the significant support of friends, a merry band of cyclists I dubbed the ‘Bath Buns of Steel’, we raised over £7,000 and made it to the top of the national fundraising leaderboard at the time.

Cycling has given me so many opportunities to learn, grow and meet inspiring people. Last year, @KimmyGoGo gave me the opportunity to take part in Zwift races with the Royals. It has been nothing short of a white knuckle learning curve from a technical, tactical and physical point of view and definitely the best distraction from everything else that has been going on. Triathletes, record holders, national and world championship athletes, these ladies are incredibly strong and I have felt so lucky to be have the chance to ride with them.

As for goals this year, I’m a very new member of Bath CC so I’m mostly looking to meeting and riding with other members IRL. I’m keen to train hard and progress enough to try the club’s pace line, and I’m also looking forward to taking on my first races. I completed a 500km challenge last year and I’d like to do that again too. Finally, while travel feels like a bit of a luxury right now, I am also hoping I can persuade some the Royals to go on tour with me for a training camp some time!

 

Matt Brooke

For this season I’m planning to get back into racing after having a few difficult years off the bike. Planning to focus on TTs and maybe the odd crit race. Don’t think I will set PBs this year but hoping to improve throughout the year

Matthew Turner

My goals are pretty simple this year. I want to spend time getting more air on the mountain bike honing the off road skills. I also want to keep having fun with my youngest at the bmx track, run at least one 10km each week and hopefully squeeze in a couple of bikepacking adventures.

Also when we are finally allowed I can’t wait to ride with the good people of Bath CC, I’ve really missed it.

Matthew Smith

Michael Taylor – Off Road Captain

My cycling plans for 2021 started in Oct 2020 with a move out to Austria to work from home and ride big hills. But it got (very) cold and I stopped riding outdoors and started Zwifting (just like everyone else in Bath). I just moved back to the Highlands in Scotland, for the next couple of months, while I’m still working from home. Amazingly, it is much warmer here so I’m looking forward to riding outside again.
I plan on making the most of the opportunities available. To that end, I’ve been converting a van into a COVID-holiday-cancellation-proof cycling van, and I am planning on taking time out to do mega-rides with lots of climbing in France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain this year.
I’ve bought a gravel bike, just like everyone else in Bath, and I am planning to get back to my XC MTB roots with it with some big rides in the UK and abroad. Tentatively, I’ve been thinking about doing the Hope 1000 route across Switzerland one week this summer. Next winter, I plan on getting back into CX racing (if possible!).

This is a photo of me in Austria in November, when it was only about minus 1 degree:

Paul Allen

I had gone in to 2020 with a plan to have a good stab at road racing having got my 3rd cat in 2019 in the melee at Odd Down… but you know the rest! Apart from a savage introduction at Bristol South RR in March, all the racing ended up taking place on zwift and it was actually pretty awesome! It was great getting to know so many more people from the BCC community and the club rides and races have become a highlight on the weekly schedule.

So 2021: In the short term I’m hitting ZRL league which has been a revelation and such a good way to connect and race with my club-mates. If racing IRL goes ahead in 2021 I will certainly do a couple of road races and would also like to tackle some Odd Down crits again (I love those hairpins). I just hope I can still ride a bike in a straight line outside…

Paul Hamnett

I have loved getting into the Zwift racing during the lattter part of 2020 particularly the motivation it provides in a garage ! I miss the European mountains most of all, the suffering and grandeur never fails to create incredible memories. I hope to tick off a few more in ‘21

Peter Phillips

I guess my goals are just ticking over at the moment, using TrainerRoad like I have for the past few years, as that gives a good progressive training plan, but building up more slowly than usual as there are no immediate racing goals. It would be good to get in some vets races later in the year, but I’m also looking at the non-competitive side of things, like touring. I try to get in a reasonable road ride each week, an off road CX ride and one of my indoor sessions on rollers rather than the turbo.

Rich Jacques – Technology Officer

On a personal level, I’m looking to stay fit and healthy in 2021 – maybe even shed a few of those lock-in pounds that crept on while I wasn’t looking.  I’ve made cycling a cornerstone of my physical and mental health routine, so whether it’s inside on zwift or outside on the roads, I look forward to the opportunity to get some miles in.  I’m certainly looking forward to the return of club rides.

When Chris Deane suggested that I give Zwift racing a try, I had no idea that it’d grab me the way it has.  I’m certainly a big fan of the Team Time Trials and the Local Interclub perspective on the competition – really gives me the motivation to push that extra bit harder on the trainer.  So the Greater Glory of BathCC Norfolk has to be a 2021 goal!

In my role as Technology Officer, I’m keen to ensure that as a club we have the tools to stay connected in this difficult time.  Enabling initiatives like this is a great example of using tech to bring us together.

Rob Hill

An ex-rugby player and spending 5 years living in the Alps winter skiing, and cycling through the summer months I’ve been settled in Bath for the last 4 years. I had a go at Ironman 70.3 in 2017 and enjoyed the cycling so much I haven’t looked back. I joined the club in September 2020 looking to push my riding on with the aim to have a go at some road racing in 2021 and have loved it. I’m signed up to the Fred Whitton Challenge for this year and without the racing, this could be a target if it goes ahead. Until then, I’ve been really enjoying the zwift racing. I moved up to the A cat recently which has been a big leap so hoping for plenty of improvement to come this year! Joining the club and racing together through lockdown has definitely kept the motivation high – look forward to more outside riding/racing to come!

Rob Moore

“I’m a poor man’s domestique when it comes to cycling – neither a sprinter or climber but have a reasonable engine! In normal times I can be found in the Fast Paceline Group on a Saturday morning or, if off the bike, entertaining my two young kids, eating pizza in Franca Manca or on family walks in the Somerset/Wiltshire countryside – living the dream!

Last year before Covid hit, my cycling goals were to start getting into racing and move up to Cat 3; also to pull together a team for Redbull Timelaps. I’m hoping to resurrect both goals this year but if we continue to follow the same pattern as last, then I will make do with aiming for either a sub 1h55 Paceline ride in a group or sub 2h solo. I might also have a go at the club Strava segments and get my hands on a glass with my name on it!”

Rob Pears

I grew up on the edge of the North York Moors and cut my cycling teeth on fantastic (& steep!) cycling terrain. I joined Bath CC in around 1987 at the recommendation of Jonathon Schofield. My first race was a 10 mile Time Trial in 1989 where I recorded 25:22. Since then I’ve raced every year notching up nearly a thousand time trials, approximately half of which I’ve won. I’ve also ridden well as over a hundred road races plus getting on for a hundred Triathlons. I have the club records for 10, 15, 25, 50, & 100 miles. The 100 record is 3:32:58 which is also a National Age-related Record. I’ve won VTTA National Championships six times and numerous RTTC National Age group Championships. I was also 10th in the RTTC National 10 mile TT Championship in 2011, the year that Bradley Wiggins won it. In the last 3 years I’ve turned my hand more to Road Racing and have enjoyed that enormously. In this time I’ve won numerous Road Races and have won the LVRC National Road Race, the LVRC National Criterium twice, the LVRC National TT Championship twice, including Covid year, & am still the current British Cycling National Masters Road Race Champion and the British Cycling National Masters Criterium Champion.

I plan to keep racing for as long as I am able. This year I’m not expecting there to be much of a road racing season but hopefully will be able to race in a few Time Trials

Sam Duffy

Training has been going really well, I changed my strategy this year to incorporate more Z2 and not 4/5 Z5 rides in a week 😅 I’m doing better power than I’ve seen at this time of year before, and matched my PB 20 min all time power just a few weeks ago. My goals for this season are probably going to be hill climbs, I’ve only ever competed in one, in BOA, and hope to take on Andrew Feathers KOMs in Bath in training before the season begins toward the back end of this year. I would say anything that comes in between now and then in terms of racing will be a bonus! I just really look forward to riding outdoors more and with others. As good as zwift is for bridging the gap, it will never replace that feeling of tarmac beneath your wheel, and the wind beneath your wings.

Sam Smith – TT Captain

 I’ve been a member of Bath CC since 2014 after taking up cycling as a change from competitive running. After soon getting hooked on criteriums and dabbling in road races I moved my training focus onto time trialling, initially this was to help improve sustainable power but I realised that TTs have a great appeal themselves.
They’re friendly, unintimidating, offer plenty of bike/position tinkering and usually a plethora of cakes at the finish (pre-covid anyway).

This year I’m focusing on improving my short distance times for 10 and 25 miles as well as entering some the West District Hardriders series. I enjoy these distances and the training is easier to fit in around other commitments. Although after a few beers I’ll probably convince myself another 100 miler is a good idea, just like last year…

The structured training has been a great distraction in the crazy year of 2020/21 and it helps keep motivated though the dark winter months.

I also enjoy cyclocross racing, of which my performance is more average, but at least I don’t have to do hurdles or remount a TT bike!

If I’m not on my bike, I’ll be out walking my labradoodle called Kevin.

Sevim Sandwell

I like to achieve 100miles ride by the summer. I like to take part in charity ride which is events industry related, helping creative freelance people who has not had income almost a year.
The most I have cycled so far is 40miles. 😬🥵
Also I like to take part in London Prudential Ride. Aiming for London Classics medal!
I am also looking forward going out with Friday rides more. So enjoyable, I love it every time we get together.
My aim in the future to go even longer rides, LEJOG, London to Paris. Not sure what else there is
Hope you are well.

Stuart Gold

I’ve been a member of Bath CC for around 8 years.

I was a swimmer, then a triathlete before I realised, the part I enjoyed the most, was the cycling.

I work at the RUH, so this year has been busier and harder that anything I have ever experienced before.

Zwift racing really has been an essential part of maintaining my physical and mental wellbeing throughout the last year.

My goals are pretty tame, I would like to get a bit more competitive in the B category racing (I am an occasional member of the Belgrave team and would like to get round in the paceline group IRL, when that is allowed.

I am really looking forward to my favourite club ride to Tintern in the summer and meeting up with some of the people who I have been racing with on Zwift.

Simon Thomas

You can safely say I am the lantern rouge of the pace line, I don’t really care though, for me it’s about trying to get faster and improve my skills. I am not particularly good at cycling but I love it, it’s all about getting out there what ever the weather and living in the moment. Hoping to do some timetrials this year….

George Taylor

I’m new to Bath CC – I live near Cirencester but work in Bath – I’m 2nd claim with Performance Cycles and Gannet CC (life long member!). I’ve been riding since 1986 after being inspired by TDF on World of Sport!  I have done quite a bit of road racing – managed a 5th place in the West Midlands Junior Divisional Champs back in the day.  I have done quite a bit of cross and have completed the 3 peaks cyclo-cross 4 times. I also enjoy the track, riding at Wolverhampton, Reading and Newport.  More recently I’ve been doing quite a bit of Audax – haven’t gone further than 400km yet – but have been doing a round the year randonneur (a 200km ride every month for 12 months!) until it was interrupted by lockdown. I had hoped to get back into RR in the vets league last year but 2020 didn’t quite go to plan. Goals for the next 12 months or so are:  complete a round the year randonneur and do some road racing and see how that goes after a few years off!

 

 

Simon Williams

For me, 2020 was about getting back to fitness, after juggling the past few years of busy life with two young children. Lockdown has helped a lot.  I started on Zwift and haven’t looked back. The fitness and social aspect of this has been fantastic and has brought another dimension to the club, as well as some good power gains!  I’ve been a member of Bath CC for over 10 years. It’s amazing to see the breadth and depth of the club grow during this period of time, despite my fitness varying dramatically throughout! My best Bath CC memories so far have been the Velothon Wales or Ride London Team rides, where let’s be honest Bath CC dominated the top few places. These events were ridden at full gas on closed roads, with the pinnacle being riding down the Embankment and The Mall on the Bath CC train. That said, it’s still hard to beat a disciplined dry club run to Cheddar or Tetbury with a little bit of chop.  My goal for 2020 or 2021 had been LEJOG 1400, a ride that would have pushed me to the physical and emotional limits – c300Km a day. This will be my first attempt at a long distance endurance event and eating competition.  Aside from this, I want to keep my gains coming and ensure that I am able to ride consistently at the standard that I know I can.

 

Steve R

I joined Bath CC three years ago, shortly after moving to Bath. Both new to cycling and a giant human, I’m far too unstable on a bike to race (imagine the carnage!). Instead, I tend to build my season around a couple of big sportives in the UK and Europe.

This year, I’m planning to ride the Fred Whitton, which, like so many other events, was cancelled last year due to COVID-19. I’m also plotting some mini-adventures on two wheels to do if we’re still facing restrictions on organised sport in a few months’ time, including the King Alfred’s Way, a sparkly new 350km off-road bikepacking loop that passes pretty close to Bath

Stuart Curtis

X Pro Elite multisport athlete – Olympic and long distance Triathlon. Highlights – raced the world and Olympic champions in international races – 3rd in Abudahbi Tri , 1st Windsor Tri, Manchester commonwealth games trials , National team Club relay Champion. All a long time ago driven by a passion for racing and competition. Currently i enjoy keeping fit and have a new toy to play – Zwift on line racing🤘😁. i am looking forward to Group club rides this spring and possibly do a sportive to substitute the Fred Whitton Challenge ride which was postponed 2020. Would be great to do a Bath CC team challenge . Look forward to meeting you all again on the road – stay safe

Tim Hill

 I’m a newish member of Bath CC, joining during lockdown one in May 2020. My uncle (Andrew Cessford) is a member and had been encouraging me for quite some time to come out on a group ride and give the club a go. I’ve been a competitive triathlete for about 10 years and for much of that time have trained solo on the bike. After the first round of restrictions were eased I joined the club on a few of the Sunday group rides and really enjoyed them. It was great getting to ride with other people and being made to feel so welcome. The coffee and cake stops were an absolute bonus too. My main goal for this year is to be become a stronger rider. I did get the chance to ride a couple of the Saturday pacelines last year which offered a fantastic workout and really tested me. I’ve just invested in a smart trainer and joined fellow club members racing in season two of the ZRL so the opportunities to push myself are coming thick and fast!

Tom Williams

So far my winter training has been going great and I’m feeling very strong and motivated to start the season. For 2021 my sights are set on road racing. I would like to get some experience under my belt and then target the junior national races. I am also keen to race in Europe whenever possible. Once the road racing season is over my eyes will be set on defending my Junior national hill climb title at Winnats pass on October 31st. Along side this i want to race some cyclocross towards the end of the year.

Victoria Randall

What to do with 2021 following 2020?!

2020 held great plans. A trip to New Zealand for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships! It would be fantastic to go back to New Zealand, but they will not have me and the race has been moved to Utah for 2021. It remains to be seen whether America will have us come September, and that would require me learning to swim again . . . (even if we are allowed to fly there).

My job will keep me busy. Last year’s workload has slid into this year and is likely to fetter grand plans.

And so . . . sense dictates that this year should be the year of “local” happenings. Turns out that leaves a lot to look forward to. I moved to Bath from London in December 2019, but it has been tricky to see much of this great corner of the country. I’ve invested in a gravel bike for off-road and bike packing adventures. I am planning expeditions to the Forest of Dean, King Alfred’s way, Land’s End on the GB Duro routes, and Salisbury plains. I have my fingers crossed for the Cotswold Cross at the end of March – most likely my first “event” of 2021.

Other local plans include Tour of Wessex, the Castle Combe TT series, and the Zwift Racing leagues with Bath CC Royals. I’m also hoping to get a campervan to make the most of South West staycations.

I’ve upgraded my Canyon Aeroad to take on Fred Whitton in May – eek!  I’ll also have to find some time for running . . . and cider making.

I look forward to seeing you all out on the road or trail and kicking my butt around the paceline. In the meantime, ride on, virtually.

Here’s hoping n+1 does not apply to lockdowns.

PS. Above all, I want another engraved Bath CC tumbler . . .

Will Duffy

I started training and racing in 2019 gaining my second cat licence and was planning for a full season racing last year. So now just still hoping to get a full road race season in what ever that is going to be in the future.
Also hoping to do some more hill climbs towards the end of the year if there is not much racing this year.

Llewelyn Jones

I’m a relatively new member to Bath CC having been with the club for just over a year. Goals for this coming year are quite simple, as I now have more time during the day. I would like to continue to keep enjoying my cycling as I have done so since the days of competing as a juvenile/junior well over 45 years ago – so it’s fair to say that I’m not expecting any jumps in licence categories, or more PBs unless of course I choose to enter a 24hr TT, which to be honest just isn’t going to happen! On a more serious tone, one of my cycling goals for the year would be to improve my fitness and performance at the club’s Saturday paceline workouts once of course we’re permitted to do so again. And if at all possible, I would with the lifting of Covid restrictions, like to compete in a road race again, probably at one of the British Masters Cycle Racing events.

Brent Rees

We moved to Bath in late 2019, but I only started riding with the club late last summer due to a combination of winter and lockdown. I’ve only managed a handful of group rides in that time, all of which have been excellent, even the humbling experiences of adjusting to the much steeper gradients around our new home. Before moving I spent a few years riding with a club in Oxford, usually doing long weekend rides rather than racing, but did manage a 9-up TTT around Silverstone which was great fun. The summer months would be all about the Tuesday night chaingang where my target each time would be to get dropped closer and closer to the end of the course. I’m glad to say that the last few times I did make it to the end with the front runners (well, within in sight of anyway!). So my targets for this year are not dissimilar in nature – I would love to make it round the paceline loop without blowing up over Kelston, and also in less than 2 hours would be nice. I’m going to have to remind myself what riding outdoors looks like first though. It’s also looking increasingly likely that I will invest in a gravel bike in the next 12 months, so any recommendations welcomed!

Hopefully you found something to give you some extra inspiration.  If your own story is missing, don’t hesitate to drop a line to David Stoyle.

 

 

 

The second round of the series took the competitors to France and a fast Team Time Trial around the roads of France. The flattish course favoured the watt monsters over the lightweight climbers.

92 of the 101 BC South teams managed to finish and a total of 419 riders enjoyed a hard ride and a bit of fun.  There were some very close results on a course that demanded concentration and keeping a tight formation for the entire race.

Full results and standings are https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vS_8rGTfwoBKA_xYOTAy-BFN4qG1sQtHCi6uJsc-xOmUYdPeQeM_LSMmFKGFS_qVEVj7qGrLLJTeDoe/pubhtml

 

Women’s – All Categories

It was very tight at the top of the A Category women with Bristol Flyers taking the win over Bath CC Royals by 9 seconds.  In the B Category Bristol also took the win with the Bristol Swifts too strong for Sotonia and Njinjga in 2nd and 3rd. SASPDQ were easily the fastest C Category team.

 

Position Team Cat Time Zone Lge Riders Time Gap Local League Points
1 Bristol Flyers A EMEA W1 1 5 35:48 0:00 20
2 Bath CC Royal A EMEA W1 2 6 35:57 0:09 19
3 Bristol Swifts B EMEA W1 2 6 36:20 0:32 18
4 Sotonia CC WB B EMEA W1 3 5 38:46 2:58 17
5 Njinga CC Ladies B B EMEA W1 3 5 39:05 3:17 16
6 SASPDQ C EMEA W1 2 6 39:14 3:26 15
7 Sotonia CC WC C EMEA W1 2 5 40:09 4:21 14
8 Njinga CC Ladies C C EMEA W1 2 5 41:00 5:12 13
9 PCC Panthers C EMEA W1 3 6 41:59 6:11 12
10 Bath CC Cavendish C EMEA W1 3 4 43:33 7:45 11
11 Navy Cycling Women B EMEA W1 3 6 44:03 8:15 10
12 PWCC-LD D EMEA W1 1 6 45:23 9:35 9
13 Njinga CC Ladies D D EMEA W1 2 6 48:00 12:12 8
14 Sotonia CC WD D EMEA W1 2 5 48:59 13:11 7
15 AVID W B EMEA W1 3

In the women’s overall competition Bath CC Royals and Bristol Swifts are tied for 1st place on 38 points.  The Bristol Flyers moved up 2 to 3rd place.

Men’s/Mixed A Category

Bradford on Avon Keevil won the TTT in an incredible time of 31minutes 48 seconds to average 47.7km/hr.  They were 33rd out of the 1572 teams in the competition.  Team Tor were only 7 seconds behind  and 73 degrees a further 23 seconds back.

Position Team Cat Time Zone Lge Riders Time Gap Local League Points
1 BoA Keevil A EMEA E2 6 5 31:48 0:00 20
2 Team Tor 2000 Kalas A EMEA W1 1 4 31:55 0:07 19
3 73 Degrees A A EMEA E2 5 6 32:18 0:30 18
4 BRC 1 A EMEA E2 1 6 32:37 0:49 17
5 Nopinz Motip RT A EMEA W2 3 4 32:43 0:55 16
6 Bath CC Lansdown A EMEA E2 1 6 32:47 0:59 15
7 Sotonia CC A A EMEA E2 8 6 32:49 1:01 14
8 Bikestrong-KTM A EMEA W1 1 6 32:54 1:06 13
9 CDRC Apple crumble A EMEA E2 5 6 33:21 1:33 12
10 Navy Cycling A EMEA W1 1 6 33:22 1:34 11

In the overall standings.  Team Tors consistency is paid off and they move above NoPinz and into 1st place.  BoA are rewarded for their win, moving up 4 places to 3d.

 

Men’s/Mixed  B Category

The B Category is incredibly competitive – with just 65 seconds separating 9th and 28th place.  There were 4 teams finishing on 35mins 42seconds

Bath CC Camden were victorious in the Men’s B Category over Navy Cycling B who just held off COPZ in 3rd.

Position Team Cat Time Zone Lge Riders Time Gap Local League Points
1 Bath CC Camden B EMEA E2 1 6 34:02 0:00 20
2 Navy Cycling B B EMEA W2 3 6 34:24 0:22 19
3 COPZ B EMEA E1 1 5 34:25 0:23 19
4 PWCC-B B EMEA E2 7 6 34:33 0:31 18
5 PCC BBB B EMEA W2 6 5 34:50 0:48 18
6 TCG Pussy Galore B EMEA W2 3 6 35:07 1:05 17
7 Team Tor 2000 Kalas – B B EMEA W1 5 4 35:11 1:09 17
8 PCC B2 Bombers B EMEA E2 4 6 35:13 1:11 16
9 Njinga CC Kalulu B EMEA W2 3 6 35:21 1:19 16
10 Bristol Road Club 3 B EMEA E2 6 6 35:22 1:20 15
11 BoA Tinhead B EMEA E2 6 5 35:30 1:28 15

Royal Navy hold on to top position, Poole Wheelers moved up 3 to 2nd

Men’s/Mixed C Category

PDQ C were the standout performance in the C Category, but this is a very competitive division and 3 teams finished on 38’13” – keep pushing to the end.

Position Team Cat Time Zone Lge Riders Time Gap Local League Points
1 PDQ C C EMEA E2 1 6 36:42 0:00 20
2 GDW C C EMEA E1 3 6 37:30 0:48 19
3 RMACC 45CDO C EMEA E2 1 6 37:48 1:06 18
4 TCC-C C EMEA W2 2 4 37:54 1:12 17
5 TCG Chew Mee C EMEA W2 2 6 38:09 1:27 16
6 PWCC-C C EMEA E2 3 5 38:12 1:30 15
7 Bath CC Norfolk C EMEA E2 1 4 38:13 1:31 14
8 PCCC C EMEA E2 1 4 38:13 1:31 13
9 SRAMcc C C EMEA W2 3 6 38:13 1:31 12
10 Army Cycling D C EMEA E2 2 5 38:22 1:40 11

Gillingham District Wheelers C Team moved up one place to 1st overall to overtake Poole Wheelers.

Overall Club – 3 Best Teams

In the best 3 teams competition Bristol RC move up into 1st position from Poole Wheelers.

 

 

 

Series 2 of the WTRL Zwift Racing League started last night.  This is a worldwide team competition for 1800 teams of 6 riders.  The teams are split into 5 time zones, 4 female and 4 male categories and then finally into leagues to ensure that there are approximately 15 teams and 90 riders in each race. There are 102 BC South region teams and Bath CC has 6.

It is a team event and team results will be out once WTRL have done their magic.  Results can be found at https://www.wtrl.racing/zrl/ZRL-results.php

In the meantime I have created the individual results for 453 BC South riders who completed the course without any technical issues.   The results are not directly comparable as the different races unfold in different ways – but it does let you see how you compared to other riders in your category and to other categories.

Individual Results Series 2 Round 1

Womens A Catgeory

There were two teams in the A Category.  Bristol Flyers racing in the A1 league and Bath CC Royals in the A2 league.  Ali Cameron of the Bristol Flyers was fastest on the night, just taking it from Jennie Hudson, but the Bath CC Royals racing in the lower league were only  5 seconds slower.  Top 5 Women were

Ali Cameron Bristol Flyers Bristol RC 47:03
Jenny Hudson Bristol Flyers Bristol RC 47:04
Lucie Parsons Bath CC Royal BathCC 47:08
Bairbre Doyle Bath CC Royal BathCC 47:09
Suze Anderson Bristol Flyers Bristol RC 47:18

Womens B Category

Bristol RC dominated the womens B Category with Heather Price winning the W1B2 league as well as being the fastest BC South Women

Heather Price Bristol Swifts Bristol RC 49:57 3.5 w/kg 218 w
Kim Anscombe Bristol Swifts Bristol RC 49:58 3.6 w/kg 248 w
Josie Harcourt Bristol Swifts Bristol RC 50:41 3.4 w/kg 238 w
Sunny Parker Navy Cycling Women Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA 50:54 3.2 w/kg 216 w
Alison Housley Njinga CC Ladies B Njinga Cycling 50:54 3.7 w/kg 234 w

Womens C Cat

Kate Medicott was the fastets C Cat women and also winner of the W1C2 league.

W1C2 Kate Medlicott SASPDQ PDQ Cycle Coaching Team 54:05 3.0 w/kg 184 w
W1C2 Fiona Inskip Njinga CC Ladies C Njinga Cycling 54:46 3.0 w/kg 214 w
W1C3 Philly Gaisford Bath CC Cavendish BathCC 55:23 2.9 w/kg 206 w
W1C2 Jenni Tomblin Njinga CC Ladies C Njinga Cycling 55:27 2.9 w/kg 178 w
W1C2 Verity Horner Sotonia CC WC Sotonia 55:27 3.0 w/kg 161 w

 

Mens A Cat

Team Tor2000 Zwifting experience showed and they dominated the standings.  Bath CC’s Nic Mckibin was the best place Bath rider

Postion Cat Pos In League League Name Team Club Time w/kg w
1 A 3 W1A1 Ben Millar Tor2K Kalas Team Tor 2000 | Kalas 41:08 4.7 w/kg 316 w
2 A 4 W1A1 Charlie Revell Tor2K Kalas Team Tor 2000 | Kalas 41:08 4.6 w/kg 350 w
3 A 11 W1A1 Charlie Beake Tor2K Kalas Team Tor 2000 | Kalas 41:09 5.3 w/kg 325 w
4 A 17 W1A1 Brett Fabian-Smith Bikestrong-KTM Bikestrong-KTM 41:10 4.8 w/kg 419 w
5 A 16 W1A1 Josh Gray Tor2K Kalas Team Tor 2000 | Kalas 41:10 4.6 w/kg 283 w
6 A 23 W1A1 Oscar Hutchings Tor2K Kalas Team Tor 2000 | Kalas 41:12 4.8 w/kg 318 w
7 A 6 E2A1 Nick McKibin Bath CC Lansdown BathCC 41:33 5.0 w/kg 337 w

 

Mens B Category

 

Postion Cat Pos In League League Name Team Club Time w/kg w
1 B 3 W2B1 Dan K Mag7 Team Mag7 44:27 3.8 w/kg 304 w
2 B 27 E2B1 David Stoyle Bath CC Camden BathCC 45:08 3.7 w/kg 300 w
3 B 42 E2B1 Sam Smith Bath CC Camden BathCC 45:17 4.2 w/kg 367 w
4 B 4 W2B2 Greg Hughes Sherston Velo Zwifters Sherston Velo Zwifters 45:24 4.0 w/kg 314 w
5 B 15 W2B2 Steve Bombroff Sherston Velo Zwifters Sherston Velo Zwifters 45:26 3.7 w/kg 274 w

 

Mens C Catgeory

Postion Cat Pos In League League Name Team Club Time w/kg w
1 C 4 E2C1 Johnny Heppner PDQ-C PDQ Cycle Coaching Team 49:30 3.1 w/kg 267 w
2 C 7 E2C1 Brian Stokes RMACC 45CDO RMA Cycling Club 49:31 3.2 w/kg 235 w
3 C 13 E2C1 Matthew Roach PCC Portishead Cycling Club 49:32 3.2 w/kg 278 w

Stage 4 – Back to where it all began – Tick Tock, Watopia

A total of 360 riders took to the start line of the final stage of the BC South Charity Christmas LIZR series was held on the Tick Tock course in Watopia.   This is the course where Bath, BRC, SAS and PDQ started racing on Zwift in March 2020.  It is a flat course with 2 hard ramps each lap.  The tactics for the race are to make the flat as uncomfortable for your competitors as possible and try and drop them on the climb out of Saddle Springs or the ramp out of the underwater tunnel, loosing the wheel on either of these climbs can mean that you will loose time to the front group.

The Strava Flypast from the B race indicates just how much time you can loose.

 

Women’s AB Category

Jenny Hudson of BRC had over a minute lead from her teammate Suze Anderson, so as long as she finished with the leading pack she was guaranteed, the win.  Suze had only an 18 second advantage over Ali in 3rd, and Elizabeth Sanders of Avid was only 3 seconds off the podium.  Could she prevent a BRC lockout?

Individual Stage

The 32 women in the AB race started across Fuego Flats, with 29 of the women getting to the bottom of the climb together.  BRC pushed the pace up the climb and the group split into two.  A lead group of 18 and a chasing group of 11, over the next lap the lead group opened up a lead of 30 seconds.

The second time up the climb the two groups stayed together.   The finish came down to a sprint that would decide the overall podium.  Ali Cameron took the win from Alice Thomson’s in 2nd place and Elizabeth Sander’s in 3rd place.

The top 5 were

1st Ali Cameron Bristol Road Club
2nd  Alice Thomson Bristol Road Club
3rd  Elizabeth Sanders Avid CC
4th  Jenny Hudson Bristol Road Club
5th  Suze Anderson Bristol Road Club
6th  Kate Mactear 73 Degrees
7th  Emily Slavin Avid CC

 

GC Individual

Jenny Hudson’s 4th place was sufficient to hold on to the overall place in GC.  Ali Cameron moved above Suze Anderson.  Elizabeth Sanders 3rd place on the night was not sufficient to stop a BRC lockout.

1st Jenny Hudson
2nd Ali Cameron
3rd Suze Anderson
4th Elizabeth Sanders
5th Alice Thomson

Stage Team

BRC maintained their strangle hold at the top of the team competition. Parallel Coaching Club had 3 finishers in the Womens AB and had a team position for the second time

1             Bristol Road Club

2            Avid CC

3            Bella Velo Riders

4            Parallel Coaching Club

GC Team

There is no change in the overall with BRC taking the win

1st          Bristol Road Club

2nd        Avid CC

3rd         Bella Velo Riders

 Men’s A Category

It was tight at the top of the Men’s A category with Robert McEwan of SRAMcc holding a 3 second advantage over Oscar Hitchings of Team Tor.  With the stage likely to come down to a sprint finish between the main contenders and 40 bonus seconds available, any of the top 5 could take the overall GC.

Individual Stage

The A Cat race started hard with an average speed of 49.5km/hr across Fuego Flats, many riders were already on the limit as they reached the foot of the climb.  The pace pushed on and first time up the climb 6.0w/kg for a minute was the required power to stay on the back of the bunch – 58 of the 80 A cat riders made it.  The others formed gruppettos behind.  2nd time up was only 1 second slower, this time a further 17 riders were dropped.

The main contenders all came to the finish line together in a group of 41 riders.  John Russell of BRC was the first to show, taking it up with 400m to go, he was closely followed by Matt Franklin.  They momentarily had a gap, but Iain Evans, with a perfectly timed use of an Aero power up, came by at the last to win by 2seconds from the pack and pick up the valuable 40 second bonus seconds.  Will Budge was 2nd and Oscar Hutchings 3rd.

 

1st  Iain Evans Army Cycling
2nd  Will Budge PeaceFit Racing
3rd  Oscar Hutchings Team Tor 2000
4th  Matt Franklin Bristol Road Club
5th  Brett Wheeler Poole Wheelers

 

Overall Individual

This meant that it was all change at the top.  Iain Evans’ win and bonus seconds were sufficient to move him from 3rd to 1st place.  In the other direction Robert McEwan’s 11th place and zero bonus seconds meant he slipped from 1st to 4th.

Will Budge’s 2nd place was not sufficient to overtake Oscar who held on for the 2nd place on GC after finishing 3rd on the night.  Charlie Revell’s 10th on the stage was enough to hold on to 5th position by 19 seconds.

1st  Iain Evans Army Cycling
2nd  Oscar Hutchings Team Tor 2000 +6secs
3rd  Will Budge PeaceFit Racing +12secs
4th  Robert McEwan Salisbury Road and Mountain Bike +23secs
5th  Charlie Revell Team Tor 2000 +49secs

 

Stage Team

Team Tor 2000 had a narrow win by 2 seconds over Poole Wheelers in 2nd and 73 Degrees in 3rd.  BRC only had two riders in the front group and slipped to 6th team on the night.

1 Team Tor 2000
2 Poole Wheelers +2secs
3 73 Degrees +19secs
4 Royal Navy CC +23secs
5 London Dynamo +24secs
6 BRC +2:25

 

Overall Team

There were 10 teams who finished all 4 stages and a further 12 teams who finished at least 1 stage.

But the overall winner was Poole Wheelers who extended their lead over BRC in 2nd and 73 degrees in 3rd

1st Poole Wheelers
2nd Bristol Road Club +2:51
3rd 73 Degrees +3:58
4th London Dynamo +4:45

Men’s B Category

Rob Hill of Bath had an almost unassailable lead at the top of the GC.  Tobi Rosenkranz of Kingston Wheelers was only 2 seconds ahead of Michael Taylor in 3rd, with Johnny G of BoA CC in 4th

Individual Stage

There were 120 riders in the B Cat and they made a fast start across fuego flats, but with everyone knowing that the split would come on the climb there was a slight lull in proceedings through the town.  A small group of 10-15 almost got away on the first climb, but on the descent a group of 60 came back together.   This group stayed together until the second time up the climb when a further 18 could not hold the wheel.

43 riders raced through the underwater tunnel for one final time.

Michael Taylor was the first to show in the sprint, but he was easily overtaken by the chasing pack and handed the win to his teammate Rob Hill.  S Arkwright of PCC was 2nd and the strong Tobi finished 3rd.

1st  Rob Hill Bath CC
2nd  S Arkwright Portishead Cycling Club
3rd  Tobi Rosenkranz Kingston Wheelers CC
4th  Tom Preston Clapham Chasers Riders
5th  Si Bradeley Trowbridge CC

Team Stage

With two riders in the top 6 Bath CC were always going to win the team prize.  PCC were 2nd and Trowbridge CC were 3rd

GC

Rob Hill of Bath CC extended his lead at the top.   Tobi Rosenkranz of KWCC stayed in 2nd spot.  S Arkwright was rewarded for his 2nd place and moved up by 2 places to 5th

1st  Rob Hill Bath CC
2nd  Tobi Rosenkranz Kingston Wheelers CC
3rd  Michael Taylor Bath CC
4th  Johnny G BoA CC
5th  S Arkwright Portishead Cycling Club

Team GC

15 teams finished the B Cat team competition with at least 3 riders finishing each round – well done all – a further 9 teams finished at least one stage.

There was no change in the B Cat Team Competition

Bath CC
Kingston Wheelers CC
Portishead Cycling Club

Men’s C Category

Individual Stage

1st  Ben Parfitt London Dynamo
2nd  Johnny Heppner PDQ
3rd  Thomas Reilly Cranleigh Cycling Club
4th  Matt Adams Royal Marines Association CC
5th  Jason S Salisbury Road and Mountain Bike

 Team Stage

                1 Cranleigh Cycling Club 02:35:02 00:00:00
                2 Royal Marines Association CC 02:35:06 00:00:04
                3 Maison du Velo 02:35:26 00:00:24
                4 Portishead Cycling Club 02:36:59 00:01:57
                5 Bath CC 02:37:02 00:02:00

 GC Individual

Johnny Heppners 2nd place was sufficient to take over from Jordan Noble at the top of the C Cat.  Ben Parfitt’s win moved him above Malcolm Treby of Bath CC.

1st  Johnny Heppner PDQ
2nd  Jordan Noble RCC
3rd  Matt Adams Royal Marines Association CC
4th  Ben Parfitt London Dynamo
5th  Malcolm Treby Bath CC

GC Team

1st Royal Marines Association CC
2nd Cranleigh Cycling Club
3rd Portishead Cycling Club
4th Bath CC

Women’s C Category

Individual Stage

Lucy Bryant made it 4 wins out of 4

1st  Lucy Bryant Salt and Sham
2nd  Jo Greening Clapham Chasers Riders
3rd  Goosey pdq
4th  Tracey Phillips Portishead Cycling Club
5th  Bridie Macdonald Clapham Chasers Riders

 Team Stage

                1 Clapham Chasers Riders
                2 Portishead Cycling Club
                3 Salt and Sham
                4 Sotonia CC
                5 Njinga Cycling Club

 GC Individual

There was no change in the top 5 positions in GC

1st           Lucy Bryant        Salt and Sham

2nd         Jo Greening       Clapham Chasers Riders

3rd          Tracey Phillips Portishead Cycling Club

4th          Liz Kemp             Westbury Wheelers

5th          Claire Ablett      Portishead Cycling Club

GC Team

Unfortunately Bella Velo riders team finished with only 2 riders on the 4th stage so that they lost the overall lead to PCC.  Salt and Sham moved up to 2nd.

1st Portishead Cycling Club
2nd Salt and Sham
3rd Clapham Chasers Riders

 Overall Club

It was very close at the top of the overall club competition with BRC taking the win by 45 seconds from PCC with Poole Wheelers in 3rd

1st Bristol Road Club
2nd Portishead Cycling Club
3rd Poole Wheelers
4th Cranleigh Cycling Club
5th Salt and Sham
6th Salisbury Road and Mountain Bike
7th PDQ

 

Stage 4 Results

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vSCfdl98kp-Fpb9SYU7bpkyfCEQ-GyXPHtUN1W2CpJU6IPC0jptOqQcIQJTNt5eDBWMZeG_HvaPTVRr/pub?output=pdf

GC  Standings

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vQNgfnhjY3swouRT7fEhaBFdJNaFWb4sWc8Ia-h9x3gotVz95O9mZcrsdXiu4Tveq9P6H3IFUFn6LtB/pubhtml

This was the 3rd stage of the BC South Charity Christmas LIZR Series – raising money for the Trussell Trust.  So far we have raised £2,600 – please support

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bcsouthchristmaslizrseries

Stage 3 – The Hilly One – NYC Rising Empire

20kms around New York Grand Central park taking the New York KOM in both directions.

New York’s “Rising Empire” route is a climber’s delight, packing forward and reverse KOM efforts into a short span (they are only separated by less than 3km). Overall you will climb 362m on this route, just shy of the Empire State Building’s height of 373m

Length: 20.7 km Elevation: 362 m Lead-In: 0.4 km (0.2 miles)  Map: New York

Men’s A Category – Stage

The Hilly stage was always going to have a big impact on the outcome of the GC battle and could the climbers make the most of their moment.  The first split came on forward KOM when a group of 14 riders went clear.  By the top of the climb they had opened up a lead of 26 seconds over the chasing group, with the 3rd group on the road a further 33 seconds back.

The 3rd group on the road were the fastest descenders and by the start of the 2nd climb had reduce their lead to the front by 5 seconds and to the 2nd group on the road to only 17seconds.

The lead group extended their lead up the climb and at the top of the climb had a maximum lead of 1min 18 over the 2nd group and 1 minute 30 over the 3rd.   Yet again the 2nd and 3rd groups gave chase and at one point had reduced the deficit to 1min 9 seconds and 1 minute 19 respectively.

In the front group 4 riders went clear and opened up a 10 second advantage over the chasing pack.

Oscar Hutchings just held off Archie Cross and team mate Charlie in the sprint for the finish.  Will Budge was a further 3 seconds back

1st           Oscar Hutchings               Team Tor 2000

2nd        Archie Cross                       Bristol Road Club

3rd          Charlie Beake                   Team Tor 2000

4th          Will Budge                         PeaceFit Racing

Stage Team

Team Tor 2000 had a comfortable win over Poole Wheelers with BRC in 3rd and Bristol 4th.

Overall Individual

Robert McEwan’s 8th place and 3 bonus seconds was just sufficient to hold on to the overall lead.  Oscar moved up 3 places to 2nd.  Iain Evans held on to 3rd spot, tied with an improving Will Budge. Joseph Taylor, Ashley Newman and Jake GRINTA all benefited from being in the front group and moved up 7,8 and 9 places respectively.

1st          Robert McEwan                 Salisbury Road and Mountain Bike

2nd        Oscar Hutchings                Team Tor 2000                                                   +3secs

3rd         Iain Evans                            Army Cycling                                                      +19secs

4th         Will Budge                          PeaceFit Racing                                                 +19secs

5th         Charlie Revell                     Team Tor 2000                                                   +27secs

Overall Team

Poole Wheelers took over from BRC in 1st spot with 73 degrees moving up into 3rd place

1st Poole Wheelers
2nd Bristol Road Club
3rd 73 Degrees
4th Army Cycling

 


Men’s B Category

Individual Stage

The splits started early in the B’s, with the first selection being made on the first rise before the NYC KOM had been reached.  The race split into small groups on the KOM, but then many groups came back together on the descent, only to be blown apart again on the reverse KOM.

A group of 8 riders contested the win and the bonus seconds with Michael Taylor of Bath CC just holding off John Benjamin of BoA CC

1st  Michael Taylor Bath CC
2nd  John Benjamin BoA CC
3rd  Rob Hill Bath CC
4th  Tobi Rosenkranz Kingston Wheelers CC
5th  Jon Gall Clevedon and District Road Club

 

There were still bonus seconds for 9th and 10th place and  Ben Warren and S Arkwright of PCC held off Johnny G in the sprint.

Team Stage

With two riders in the top 3 Bath CC were always going to win the team prize.  BoA were in 2nd  and KWCC in 3rd

GC

Rob Hill of Bath CC extended his lead at the top.   Tobi Rosenkranz of KWCC moved up into 2nd spot.  Michael Taylor continued his rise up the table and is now only 2 seconds off the silver medal.  Johnny G moved down 2 places and is now only 3 seconds ahead of Ben Warren in 5th.

Team GC

There is no change in the B Cat Team Competition

Bath CC
Kingston Wheelers CC
Portishead Cycling Club

 

Women’s AB Category

Individual Stage

Alice Thompson of Bristol Road Club was the early aggressive rider with an attack on the first rise.  She opened up a 10second advantage that she held to the bottom of the KOM.   The race split on the KOM and a group of 7 women went clear.  Alice made it to the top of the climb with the leading group, but paid for her earlier efforts and was dropped on the descent.

Jenny Hudson and Ali Cameron went clear on the reverse KOM and opened out a 10 second lead by the top.  It all came back together for the final km and Suze Anderson won the sprint to pick up the 20 bonus seconds.

The top 5 were

1st           Suze Anderson Bristol Road Club

2nd         Ali Cameron      Bristol Road Club

3rd          Kate Mactear    73 Degrees

4th          Jenny Hudson   Bristol Road Club

5th          Elizabeth Sanders            Avid CC

GC Individual

Jenny Hudson holds on to the top spot she took in Stage 2. Alice Thomson paid for her aggressive riding and moved down 2 places to 4th.  Suze Anderson and Eleizabeth Sanders both moved up 1.

Emily Griffiths of Bath CC moved up a further two places to 5th

1st           Jenny Hudson   Bristol Road Club

2nd         Suze Anderson Bristol Road Club

3rd          Elizabeth Sanders            Avid CC

4th          Alice Thomson Bristol Road Club

5th          Emily Griffiths   Bath CC

 

Stage Team

BRC maintained their strangle hold at the top of the team competition. Parallel Coaching Club had 3 finishers in the Womens AB and had a team position for the first time

1             Bristol Road Club

2            Avid CC

3            Bella Velo Riders

4            Parallel Coaching Club

GC Team

There is no change in the

1st          Bristol Road Club

2nd        Avid CC

3rd         Bella Velo Riders

 

Men’s C Category

Individual Stage

1st           Johnny Heppner              PDQ

2nd        James Brown                     Districts of Hamwick Cyclesport Riders

3rd          Ben Parfitt                         London Dynamo

Team Stage

1              Royal Marines Association CC     01:48:10

2              Bath CC 01:49:17

3              Cranleigh Cycling Club    01:50:10

GC Individual

1st          Jordan Noble     RCC

2nd        Johnny Heppner               PDQ

3rd         Matt Adams       Royal Marines Association CC

4th         Malcolm Treby  Bath CC

GC Team

1st          Royal Marines Association CC

2nd        Cranleigh Cycling Club

3rd         Portishead Cycling Club

4th         Bath CC

Women’s C Category

Individual Stage

1st           Lucy Bryant        Salt and Sham

2nd         Gaynor Morgan               Bella Velo Riders

3rd          Claire Ablett      Portishead Cycling Club

4th          Liz Kemp             Westbury Wheelers

5th          Cat Ridgway      Bella Velo Riders

Team Stage

1             Bella Velo Riders              01:56:23

2            Portishead Cycling Club 01:59:32

3            Salt and Sham    02:04:38

4            Sotonia CC          02:07:29

5            Clapham Chasers Riders 02:18:52

GC Individual

1st           Lucy Bryant        Salt and Sham

2nd         Jo Greening       Clapham Chasers Riders

3rd          Tracey Phillips Portishead Cycling Club

4th          Liz Kemp             Westbury Wheelers

5th          Claire Ablett      Portishead Cycling Club

GC Team

1st          Bella Velo Riders

2nd        Portishead Cycling Club

3rd         Salt and Sham

4th         Clapham Chasers Riders

Full Stage Results can be found here

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vRnnZ_zOV2HtXU7G-jqluvCQ9VzwVQesC8OWFMMVAeYYKMkVJdNDWZFhKpMUZCAan2hptAcudtsa3BI/pub?output=pdf

Full GC Results can be found here

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vQNgfnhjY3swouRT7fEhaBFdJNaFWb4sWc8Ia-h9x3gotVz95O9mZcrsdXiu4Tveq9P6H3IFUFn6LtB/pub?output=pdf

 

RACE DESCRIPTION

As we get to the end of the first round of the Zwift Racing League we can look forward to Christmas and reflect on the year. I thought that it would be a good idea to organise a short Local Interclub Zwift Racing series to celebrate Christmas and raise a little bit of money for charity.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bcsouthchristmaslizrseries

To make things a little more interesting, the series will be run as a stage race over 4 stages.

Stage 1 – Monday 21st – 6:45                       The Crit – Downtown Dolphin – 10 laps – 20kms

Stage 2 – Wednesday 23rd – 6:45               Individual Time Trial – Greater London Flat -17.3kms

Stage 3 – Monday 28th – 6:45                     The Hilly One – NYC Rising Empire -20.7kms

Stage 4 – Wednesday 30th – 6:45               Back to Where it all Began – Tick Tock – 2 Laps – 36kms

There will be results for Individual GC by Category, Team GC by Category and Overall Club.

Thanks to British Cycling and Zwift we have our own events.  This will be a truly local event and a chance to race against club mates and local rivals.

ENTRY

Enter via Zwift.  These are private events for the BC South Christmas Charity and can only be entered using these links

Stage 1  https://www.zwift.com/events/view/1372077?eventSecret=9f3f57b9dce835f5bc89

Stage 2   https://www.zwift.com/events/view/1372087?eventSecret=9f3f57b9dce835f5bc89

Stage 3   https://www.zwift.com/events/view/1372091?eventSecret=9f3f57b9dce835f5bc89

Stage 4   https://www.zwift.com/events/view/1372102?eventSecret=9f3f57b9dce835f5bc89

Men

There are 3 races for men  A, B and C.

Please enter the correct category.  Any D racers will have to race with the Cs

Women

There are 2 races for women D and E.

Category A and B please enter pen D (3.2w/kg+)

Category C and D please enter pen E (less than 3.2 w/kg)

 

CHARITY FUND RAISING

I think that we have all got a lot out of the Zwift racing during this difficult year, it would be nice to put something back, so I have set up a just giving page for the Trussell Trust. The Trussell trust has foodbanks throughout the country and over 20 in BC South region, so everyone can support a local charity. We have over 200 racers so at £5 each that will be over £1,000, please help me out.

Even if you cannot race this Christmas please show your appreciation for all the hard work by Felix Young and myself over the last few months and throw some money in the pot!!!

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bcsouthchristmaslizrseries

CHARITY RAFFLE

Wayne Taylor of Bespoke Rocker Plates has kindly donated a R1 Black Edition Rocker plate that will be raffled to the first 120 who donate to the Trussell Trust.

The winning number will be generated from the quickest time on GC including bonus seconds, by using the following formula

Winning Number = (Number of Seconds x 2) + 1 if odd number of minutes or 2 if even number of minutes.  This will generate a number between 1 and 120.

As an example if the fastest time is 2hrs 02mins 23seconds then the winning number will be =

2 x 23 (No of seconds) + 2(even number of minutes) = 48!!!

The list of those entered in the draw will be published prior to the last race.

https://bespokerockerplate.co.uk/

RACES

Stage 1 – Monday 21st – 6:45pm GMT – The Crit Downtown Dolphin

A 20km dash around the streets of Downtown Dolphin.  On paper the course is easy, and the route is flat.  But its not the course that makes a race hard, but how it is ridden. And with the jersey being presented to the winner it will be raced hard.   There will be attacks on each lap on the cobble section just before the 4% climb. Any gaps on the climb will be exaggerated as the race heads over the rollers on the way to a 180 degree turn to the finishing straight.

Use of the power ups (PUs) is key, as there is one each lap.  You need the aero power up for the final sprint, if you get one on lap 5 what do you do?  Hold on to it until the end and not have any PUs for the next 5 laps or take a chance that you will get another?

Lap Length: 1.9 km Elevation: 8 m Lead-In: 0.1 km

10 Laps – Total Distance 20kms

Map: Crit City

Approximate Times

A Cat – 28 Minutes

B Cat – 32 Minutes

C Cat –  38 Minutes

 

https://zwiftinsider.com/route/downtown-dolphin/

Stage 2 – Wednesday 23rd – 6:45pm GMT – Individual TT – Greater London Flat

17.3km Individual Time Trial around the streets of London

Drafting is switched off so it is The Race of Truth.

The flattest route on the London course.  A mainly flat course that takes in the Mall, Buckingham Palace and the Embankment before looping back around the southern Edge of Hyde Park.  Save something for the drag out of the underpass before the downhill finish on the Mall.

No bonus seconds on the iTT

1 Lap – 5.7km Lead-in – 11.6kms Elevation 45m

Approximate Times

A Cat – 22 Minutes

B Cat – 25 Minutes

C Cat –  30 Minutes

 

https://zwiftinsider.com/route/greater-london-flat/

Stage 3 – Monday 28th  – 6:45pm GMT – The Hilly NYC – Rising Empire

20kms around New York Grand Central park taking the New York KOM in both directions.

New York’s “Rising Empire” route is a climber’s delight, packing forward and reverse KOM efforts into a short span (they are only separated by less than 3km). Overall you will climb 362m on this route, just shy of the Empire State Building’s height of 373m

The forward KOM (1.36km, 88m and 6.4%), James Ashcroft 2:52 and New York KOM reverse (2.04km, 112m and 5.5%). Joe Rees 3:52, should be sufficient to create time gaps in the GC.

Length: 20.7 km Elevation: 362 m Lead-In: 0.4 km (0.2 miles)  Map: New York

Approximate Times

A Cat – 31 Minutes

B Cat – 34 Minutes

C Cat –  40 Minutes

https://zwiftinsider.com/route/rising-empire/

Stage 4 – Wednesday 30th  – 6:45pm GMT – Back to Where it all began – Tic Tock – 2 Laps

Back to where it all began in March 2020.  The LIZR racing started on Wednesday nights in March, the first race had just 15 participants from Bath CC, PDQ, SAS, BoA and Bristol RC

Two laps of the desert of Fuego Flats and portions of the Ocean Boulevard.  – 36kms in length.

Double bonus seconds on the last stage.

Each Lap Length: 16.8 km  Elevation: 44 m Lead-In: 2.4 km

Map: Watopia

Approximate Times

A Cat – 45 Minutes

B Cat – 48 Minutes

C Cat – 53 Minutes

https://zwiftinsider.com/route/tick-tock/

CLASSIFICATIONS

Individual GC

GC will be determined by the quickest time over the 4 stages.

Bonus seconds for top 10 places.

Stage 1 – 20 Seconds, 15, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Stage 2 – No Bonus Seconds

Stage 3 – 20 Seconds, 15, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Stage 4 – 40 Seconds, 30, 20, 16, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2

We all have Zwift dropouts from time to time therefore if you finish an event the maximum time you can lose will be 3 minutes on GC for each stage. (Time to be confirmed)

Team Classification GC

Not all riders will be able to race all 4 stages, so to keep the interest of the riders and the club there will be a team classification.

Each Category – Men’s and Women’s A,B and C will have its own team classification.

For each stage the best 3 riders will contribute to the team GC.  It does not need to be the same 3 riders in each stage.

Overall GC will be calculated on the sum of the team classifications on each stage

Club Classification GC

The club classification will be open to any club represented in 3 or more categories.  The club classification will be based on the best 3 team classifications for that club.

Results

Results will be published on the www.bathcc.net website and the BC South Zwift Racing Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/groups/337336627254813

PRIZES

73 Degrees Cycling and PDQ Coaching have agreed to give some fun prizes away

The following “fun” prizes will be awarded.

  • 1st in each category for men and women.
  • 13th in each category for men and women (Zwift Categories are pretty arbitrary – the winners are only the riders closest to the category boundary – so why not 13th?)
  • Lantern Rouge – Last rider on GC.
  • Best individual photo posted on Facebook
  • Best club photo posted on Facebook.

Winners will have until 31st December to send me their address and they will be posted out to them.

Thanks to RoadCC, 73 degrees and PDQ for donating some fun prizes.

https://www.73degreesbicycleshop.com/

https://pdqcyclecoaching.co.uk/

 “Rules” – Zwift, Zwiftpower, Power Meters, Weight, Kit and Category

A few “rules” that make it easier for you, your team mates and opponents.

  1. You will need a Zwiftpower account linked to your Zwift account.
  2. Please ensure that your name in your Zwift account is in the form

David Stoyle (Bath CC)

This way riders will know your club and against whom they are competing

  1. Please ensure that your Zwiftpower Name only includes alphanumeric characters. Emojis and special characters mess up my results tables and I may miss you!! Or not assign you to the correct club.
  2. Please ensure that you have your club or team name in Brackets on your Zwift Power name

i.e. David Stoyle (Bath CC Camden) or David Stoyle (Bath CC)

  1. Choose a club kit and ask all the riders in the club to race in that kit. This makes it easier for your teammates to identify you.
  2. Power Meters/Weight

This is a fun series so we will take a light touch to disqualification but

Please ensure that your power meter/turbo is correctly calibrated.

Please check that your weight is correct

Please make sure that you enter the correct category.

A = 4.0w/kg+

B = 3.2 w/kg to 4.0w/kg

C = 2.5w/kg to 3.2w/kg

Lets show that we can be responsible for some top quality racing

Thanks to www.zwiftinsider.com  and www.zwifthacks.com  for the maps and data

Any questions please address to

David Stoyle

david@losstoyles.com

07813112938

As we get to the end of the first round of the Zwift Racing League and both look forward to Christmas and reflect on the year. David Stoyle thought that it would be a good idea to organise a short Local Interclub Zwift Racing series to celebrate Christmas and raise a little bit of money for charity. Here’s what David and Felix have in store.


The ZWRL has been good fun, but I think lacked a bit of the racing against one another that we enjoyed so much in Lockdown 1.0. So, this series will revert back to the original format of Felix or I selecting an event and then all of us turning up to race. I will then publish the results.
To make things a little more interesting, the races will be run as a stage race over 4 races.

Dates – Save these dates in your packed Diary:

Monday 21st – 6:15 to 7:00pm
Wednesday 23rd – 6:15 to 7:00pm
Monday 28th – 6:15 to 7:00pm
Wednesday 30th – 6:15 to 7:00pm

The dates have been selected to largely fall outside the period when households can meet, so we should all be around.
Races (To be confirmed).  We are trying to get private events on Zwift – but if we can’t organise our own races, then we will piggyback on other peoples. I will announce the events as soon as I can. As its Christmas we will try and go for events from 25-40 mins long. I will try and include a Crit Race, Rolling Circuit, Hilly Race and a Race on the Tic Toc course where it all began back in March.

Entry

Keep the Zwiftpower tag as you were using for ZRL. If you did not race in the ZRL then put your club name in brackets after your name on Zwift power and maybe drop me a message to say that your club is racing. I think that we have all got a lot out of the Zwift racing during this difficult year, it would be nice to put something back, so I have set up just giving page for the Trussell Trust. The Trussell trust has food banks throughout the country and over 20 in BC South region, so everyone can support a local charity. We have over 200 racers so at £5 each that will be over £1,000, please help me out.

Even if you cant race this Christmas please show your appreciation for all the hard work by Felix Young
and myself over the last few months and throw some money in the pot!!!

Scoring (GC)

GC will be determined by the quickest time over the 4 events.
Bonus seconds for top 10 places. We all have Zwift dropouts from time to time therefore if you finish an event the maximum time you can loose will be 3minutes on GC for that race. If you can’t ride/ don’t start then you will loose 5 minutes so at least you will have a position in GC for the next race.

Prizes

73 Degrees Cycling and PDQ Coaching have agreed to give some fun prizes away

  • 1st in each category for men and women
  • 13th in each category for men and women (Zwift Categories are pretty arbitrary – the winners are only the riders closest to the category boundary – so why not 13th
  • Lantern Rouge – Last rider on GC.
  • Best individual photo posted on facebook
  • Best club photo posted on facebook.
  • Best performance by a novice rider

 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE AND SEE YOU OUT THERE
PLEASE SHARE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

Unlike football or rugby, it’s very rare, if not impossible, as amateur cyclists we get to experience our sport as a truly team effort.

Of course, we may represent our club in various forms of cycle racing, but this will almost always be as an individual points scorer towards a team total.

Only at a semi-pro, pro or on the track do cyclists actually work together tactically for the collective effort.

Yesterday evening more than 30 Bath CC members found out what it was like to enjoy their sport in a team competition. Each of their experiences were unique, with as many different tales to tell as people in the start pens. Most, if not, all will have great memories. Every single Bath CC member who took part in the WTRL TTT last night deserves a massive pat on the back. They all contributed in some way to their team’s result. A few didn’t make it to the finish, but put in massive turns allowing others who were in the scoring riders to finish in a good time. One or two suffered the frustration of technical or mechanical issues, just like any other form of bike racing. The likelihood is that without any of these riders their team wouldn’t have even made on the start list.

Indoor cycling races bring concentrated pain. Long before the start time, your head will be telling your body to expect a thrashing. There are nerves and doubts, just like any competition. The punishment, in cycling racing terms, is usually quite short, around an hour or less. But what an hour! This is another reason why the representatives of Bath CC deserve a hat-tip.

In Zwift terms Bath CC is tiny. To muster 5 teams across 4 of the 5 categories was incredible. The final results look really promising for future weeks. Our teams were in the top half of all the races we entered against worldwide opposition.

Some of the talent in this competition is of the highest level. Mads Pedersen, Current UCI Men’s World Champion rides the Espresso division. Many World Tour Pros, male and female, are in the starting line-ups of the elite teams.

This makes our performances in the top Men’s and Lady’s divisions outstanding. Sam Duffy martialed his team of top division riders (Bath CC Lansdown) around the 37.5km route in 50:34.

Kim Barfoot-Brace was the Bath CC Royal leader. She only had 4 riders (including herself) to lead whereas many other teams they were up against had the full quota of 8. The Royals still managed 20th place out of 72 in the Vienna Division. Their time was 58:54. The other ladies team Cavendish, with Julia Adamson at the helm, performed out of their skins to finish in 64th place.

The Frappe event featured an incredibly hotly contested set of races. Dave Stoyle led Camden to a top half finish out of almost 250 teams in 54:01

Finally, in the Latte division, Norfolk, with just 6 riders led by me, made it to 16th position out of just over 150 teams in 55:05. Brilliant!

In my opinion, this type of racing is about as much fun as you can have on a bike anywhere. It is not meant to replicate riding outdoors. It’s just a different strand of cycling. Of course, you turn pedals and there are other shared characteristics. Some people like to dismiss e-racing as fake. Try telling that to the 32 Bath CC riders taking part last night. Or the 4000 others in this huge, mass-participation event. They will reply, “It was real for me. And it was so much fun to ride with my team!”

Chris Deane

Great turn out from Bath Cycling Club and riders from local clubs. Hope I get the Bath team list correct

A Cat

Will Duffy, Sam Duffy, Paul Richards, Martin Langley, Paul Allen, Dafydd Evans

B Cat

David Stoyle, Alastair McChesney, Michael Taylor, Stuart Gold, Steve Ridslade

C Cat

Steve Gallagher, Richard Jaques, Philly Gaisford

There were local riders from Velo Club Bristol, Salt And Sham, Bristol RC, PDQ, Performance Cycles, Swindon, BoA and Rowe & King. At times it was a little difficult to identify other riders from different clubs – but we will work on that for other races. There were 170 riders in total.

There were several riders making their debuts on Zwift racing – and no matter how many times you tell people that the start is hard, nothing prepares you for the first 2minutes of a Zwift race. Need to wind up the power with 5 seconds to go – 1.5 times FTP is recommended. And hold it there until it settles down. Once over this hump, its a question of finding the right group and holding on.

The Tick Tock course has a hill after 10-12 minutes, its a balance between trying to hold on to the group and controlling your hear rate so you are ready for the attack up the hill. Juts like a race IRL its all about positioning, holding your place in the bunch and saving energy. The first hill is about 90 seconds, and its another all out effort. Aiming for maximum Heart Rate at the top of the hill, its all about hanging on (unless you are a Duffy or a Gardner).

It’s normally where the groups split into Categories – 32 made it over the top of the hill in the first group. All the Bath A group riders plus me – there were still 11 B Cat riders in this group, including a couple from SAS (although not identifiable!!). Once over the top, its all about the recovery, but hoping the group pushes on so that the group behind does not catch.

The next hill is out of the underwater tunnel. Sam Duffy put in a massive effort – plenty of red numbers as he sprinted away from the group. The move did not stick, but helped to drop a few more. Sam then had a mechanical and power drop and was dropped from the group – a shame after his top 25 finish at the Betty Pharoah Nat B race on Saturday.

The race at the front settled down to “Club Run Pace” – well thats what Paul Richards said – 3.5w/kg is no club run for me!

The second time up the Grove climb was a little more relaxed and no further riders were dropped – and with less than 8kms to the finish, thoughts turned to the finish. A hard last climb strung the bunch out. Riders are then split between those who are just pleased they have made it that far and are doing all they can to cling to the back of the group, those who have a little left an try and hold their position as far up the group as possible – and those in it for the sprint. Will Duffy was the only local rider in the last category – great sprint for 2nd.

There were great stories throughout the race – I know that Philly, Steve and Richard Jaques were figthing it out in the Cs and kept seeing each other fly past.

The main group of Bs was very competitive with some good riders from local clubs battling it out.

The plan is to have Wednesday evening as race night. Then Saturday and Sunday as more social rides when we can get on the Zwift companion app and chat to each other. Maybe even try a coffee break/discord channel. Details to follow.

Overall Results of Local Club Riders are difficult as not all the clubs have sorted the Zwiftpower Club. Steps to take

1 – Put your club name in brackets after your name on Zwift

2 – Choose and wear club kit. – Bath are using Road CC kit with baseball hats. PDQ in a yellow and black kit.

3 – Register on Zwiftpower and link Zwift and Strava profile to Zwiftpower profile

4 – Creat a club in Zwiftpower

5 – Register with your club on Zwift power.

Some Notable performances that I have picked up.

Cat A

2nd Will Duffy – Bath CC

11th C Downham – Bristol RC

19th Martin Langley Bath CC

20 Paul Richards Bath CC

23 Chris Macdonald – PDQ

26 Dafyd Evans – Bath CC

Cat B

1st B Pope – SAS

4th David Stoyle Bath CC

11th R Morgan – SAS

13th P Hayward – R&K

15th Nico Lado SAS

17th Jason Streather PDQ

18th Michael Taylor Bath CC

20th J BoA

22nd David Swan SAS

27th S Ward Bristol RC

28th R Performance Cycles

29th Stuart Gold Bath CC

30th Matt Dale VCB

32nd Steve Ridslade Bath CC

34th Greg Drane SAS

35th S Russell – PDQ

40th A Cameron Bristol?

45th Gethin Mush Performance Cycles

Cat C

3rd Steve Gallagher – Bath CC

4th J Chappers – SAS

8th Alasdair Brown PDQ

16th M Leeming PDQ

19th Richard Jaques BAth CC

23rd Philly Gaisford Bath CC

29th T Cummins SAS

Cat D

6th P McCormack – Chip Wheelers

24th S Cox SAS

I am sure that there were many more local riders that I did not spot – a more complete report next week.