Velo Club Long Eaton, Long Eatons largest cycling club with over 100 members. Was formed on February 3rd 2006 when 80 year old Long Eaton Cycling Club and 56 year old Long Eaton Paragon Cycling Club amalgamated.We are involved in a range of activities throughout the year ranging from weekend rides around the local area, trips abroad, all the way through to road, track,cyclo-cross,mtb and time trials . If you have comments or questions please drop me a line at General Secretary Phil Rollason mailto:VCLEsecretary@hotmail.com Web site Mark Daine mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
'Record turnout for Velo Club's Annual Reliability Trials' - A Great Day Out
A record turnout of 167 riders signed on for our 2 Reliability Trials on Sunday. Sign on went smoothly albeit with some initial long queues for the Ashbourne ride. A quick change of plan saw the Tutbury sign on team assisting with sign on for both rides, which we hope enabled riders to get out a little quicker.
Riders could choose between the Tutbury 40 mile course or the Ashbourne 70 mile course. For each course riders were sent off in groups of 15 and ride was also sub divided into fast pace or steady paced groups. All rides enjoyed fine, dry and bright conditions with a brisk SW wind which although a challenge on the way out was most welcome to assist tired legs on some sections of the return home!
There were 29 Velo Club Long Eaton riders entered and other Clubs included: Hinckley CC, Derby Tri Club, TFN Tri Club, Buzz Cycles, Mercia CC, West Bridgford CC, Leicester Forest CC, Coalville Wheelers, Sherwood CC, Lichfield City CC, Derby Mercury RC, High Peak RT, Shefrec CC, Matlock CC, Beeston RC, Beeston CC, Empella, Heanor Clarion, Nott’s Clarion, Ockbrook ACC, Zepnap, Moda RT, Mapperley CC, Loughborough Phoenix, and professional rider Dave Clarke from Swadlincote.
Each rider received a free energy gel at sign on and a certificate for completing the ride.
Many thanks must go to the Velo Club members who assisted with sign on and time keeping, particularly those who stood around in the cold waiting for those sweating it out on the rides to return. As ever, without volunteers the event would have been impossible to run. A big thank you must especially go to Brian Peto for organising the event and ensuring everything went smoothly on the day. The task of organising an event such as this should not be underestimated. Thanks also to the Plank & Leggit for allowing us to use their facilities. Being able to sign on inside in the warm, instead of outside on car bonnets was a big bonus.
Craig Woodward (High Peak RT) was first back on the Tutbury run at 11-40am closely followed by Velo Club's new signing Ian King.
Paul Johnson (Derby Mercury RC) was first back at 12-49pm from the long Ashbourne route.
Many stories were heard, a rider's painful crash on leaves, getting lost en route, getting dropped on the long climb up Longcliffe, the killer climb up Red Lane at Makeney, the A6 head wind back from Cromford to Belper but all the riders agreed - that they had had a great day out!
Tim Sinclair - Press Secretary.
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VELO CLUB LONG EATON Forthcoming Club Event.....................
1st CLUB TIME TRIAL OF THE 2014 SEASON 15 MILE HILLY TIME TRIAL SUNDAY, 16th MARCH 2014 Course: 3 laps of the West Leake Circuit Start and Finish at Large Layby near the Star Inn Signing-on from 9.40am First rider off at 10.00am TROPHY FOR THE WINNER
***** Please make sure you have paid your Club Subs before riding for Insurance purposes.
1.IMPORTANT NOTICE: In order to try and ensure our rider's safety and highlight potential accident spots for all our Club courses, Brian Peto has produced and issued Risk Assessments to show our awareness and concern in promoting safe events. In the case of any serious accidents, these documents may be called upon. This will involve marshalls, event signs and pre-warnings for certain areas of the course. We will require volunteers to make this work and for the Hilly Event we will require a marshall for the New Kingston crossroads. Please let Maurice Buxton know if you can help. Some signage will also be required but Maurice Buxton will put-out and collect-in signs on this occasion. Similar efforts will be required for our evening Time Trial league in order to satisfy our attempts at responsibility - a rota of club riders will be required for the season. 2.CTT Handbook. We have a spare CTT Handbook with all the season's events detailed. If you are new to riding Open time trials you will require one of these. Contact Maurice Buxton - price £10.
RIP Peter Wilkinson; bronze medalist in the 1958 British Empire & Commonwealth Games Marathon in 2:24:42. Details of the funeral are: Wednesday, 19th March at Attenborough Church at 12-30pm then afterwards at Bramcote Crematorium at 2-00pm. Donations by plate are welcomed, to be divided between Attenborough Church and the Derby Athletic Club. Finally, people are invited to meet up at the Cricket Club Pavillion in Attenborough afterwards. Obituary 17 April 1958 Doncaster-to-Sheffield 2nd Peter Wilkinson (Derby & County AC) 2:26:42 30 March 1959 Doncaster-to-Sheffield 1st Peter Wilkinson (Derby & County AC) 2:24:56 18 April 1960 Doncaster-to-Sheffield 2nd Peter Wilkinson (Derby & County AC) 2:19:54 http://www.britishpathe.com/video/holland-aka-wilkinson-wins-dutch-marathon Life long member of Derby and County Athletic Club took up cycling with Long Eaton CC in the late 70s early 80s due to knee problems. Always had an excuse for a poor time trial performance, such as a herd of wildebeest on the course or being shot.
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Coalville Wheelers open 10
On a bright, cool and very windy day, seven VCLE riders turned up to the timekeeper to undertake Coalville Wheelers 10 mile Time Trial. A new course for 2014 with the start just outside Long Whatton village, almost 6 miles from the HQ provided a good opportunity to warm up. The first six miles were really difficult, a tough headwind and almost 300 feet of climbing including the tough hill out of Diseworth, the reward was a very fast but brief 4 miles to the uphill finish with a strong tailwind.
This event provided a first time introduction to time trialing for two VCLE riders, Ross Perks and Richard Burnett and a return for Adam Huels who hasn't ridden one since he was 15, that was some time ago! VCLE riders times were... Ian King 23.41 - good form on the day and looking for more to come. Greig Burt 24.05 - looking good for Matlock CC Hilly next week. Alan Whyte 25.03 - also looking good for Matlock hilly next week. Adam Huels 27.10 - one to watch for this season, a very good time on the day. Ross Perks 28.20 - excellent result for a first TT on a tough day and sporting course. Brian Peto 28.49 - not looking good for Matlock Hilly next week! Richard Burnett 37.03 - Excellent result and baseline for Richard who has only just got back into training two weeks ago.
The event was won by Matt Sinclaire of Lutterworth Cycle Centre Race Team in 22.14 with just two seconds over James Perkins on Club Zenith CC in second.
Matlock Hilly 25 VCLE had five riders enter the Matlock Hilly 25. Never favoured with a large number of entrants due to the very tough nature of the event there were just 32 riders entered overall. A frosty start to Saturday soon turned into a nice, sunny but cool day, the wind was slight but seemed to be a headwind all the way round! A day of mixed fortunes for VCLE riders, Greig Burt was DNS due to illness, Alan Whyte did a super ride (on his road bike) of 1.14.48 for 11th place and just missing the Â£6 for 10th! Jon Singfield's first race in 25 years saw him starting 6 minutes behind Brian Peto. Jon achieved a very respectable 1.22.16 and pulled back almost 5 minutes on Brian who achieved 1.27.08, who also missed the 60+ prize by just 29 seconds. Gemma Scott had a bad day, rode almost all the uphill parts of the course, to puncture at 18 miles. After sorting the puncture the subsequent chain tangle proved too much to sort out and Gemma was a DNF (with very black and oily hands), shame about that but still a good training session under the belt. Quote of the day from Alan... 'Ouch'!
Still to be officially announced, though it seems the winner is likely to be Charles Taylor in 1.01.14! Blimey, how do they do it!
All in all a good day out for all.
After her DNF disappointment at Matlock Hilly due to a mecahnical, VCLE's Gemma Scott bounced back this weekend. For her first ever road race, Gemma entered the Cycling Development North East (CDNE) Women's Road Race at Saighton near Chester. The 50 kilometer race for 2nd, 3rd and 4th category women riders presented a tough challenge for a first race. However, Gemma avoided the crashes and made the 'cut' to stay with the main group and contest the bunch finish almost five minutes ahead of the remaining field, for 27th place of the 45 finishers.
Gemma says she "thoroughly enjoyed it... but I need to do some work on sprinting".