Adalta Cycling Club – Mid Term Report – 16 May 2015

Well, what a start to the season!

Apologies to anyone who has been missed off, but there has been a lot going on: 

Men’s 2 cat racing

Great team work from Wayne Beba, Keith Watson, Rod Archibald, new signing Ross Bryan and ably assisted on occasion by Craig Joy and David Hewett, has produced some excellent results:

  • Team – at one stage Adalta was ranked 2nd in the South East, and we are currently 4th as a result of the team racing further afield in recent weeks. The team performed very strongly at the recent Surrey League 3 day despite various mechanicals and punctures. Wayne led the team home to 4th overall.
  • Wayne, team captain, leading by example – 10x top 10 finishes, including 7x podiums – 2 x third, 3 x second and 2 wins – March Hare Masters and the first Crits at the Park. Wayne’s stand out performance of the season was a 2nd place in the Queen Stage of the Surrey 3 day in miserable conditions laying the foundation for a good overall finish. He has amassed 97 points towards his cat 1 licence.
  • Keith has had a strong start to the season with 5 top ten finishes, including 2 second places with his best result coming second in the SERRL 2/3/4 on the Tenterden circuit. Keith is known for his attacking riding, particularly on the climbs and it is only a matter of time before he records his first victory.
  • Rod has been gaining experience riding at the higher level and supporting Wayne and Keith when required. His best result so far this season has been a top 10 in the SERRL 2/3/4 on the Tenterden circuit.
  • Ross joined the team in March and immediately added another dimension displaying strong attacking riding. He has been on the wrong end of some bad luck with punctures (2 in 2 days at the Surrey 3 day) in recent races but it is only a matter of time until his strong riding yields results.

With the first phase of the season complete, the team is looking forward to moving off the closed circuits and onto the road races, hoping for no further cancellations. With a growing reputation for strong attacking riding it looks like an exciting summer ahead.


Women’s racing – road, track and time trials

A very good start to the season, and more good news with Sophia Joy joining during the last week:

  • Jo Smith started the open track season at the Lee Valley anniversary meeting with a win in the scratch race, and a 2nd in the elimination. At the prestigious Good Friday Meeting, Jo was 4th in the points race, 2nd in the scratch and won the elimination, and wins in the scratch, points and keirin at Herne Hill. Jo has also raced several crit races, finishing in top ten places
  • Emma Lewis has followed her excellent cyclocross season with a clean sweep of 3 wins out of 3 races at the Cyclopark in fields of more than 20 women! Time trialing – Emma took 2 minutes off her PB recording 63.36 in the Thanet 25 at Fowlmead: first woman and 6th overall out of a field of 30.

Jo and Emma raced in the South East women’s road race championships this weekend and were 18th and 13th respectively an awesome result in a strong field ably supported by Sophia.

Men’s 3 /4 cat racing

Strong racing and promising results:

  • Dave Hewitt won the 3rd cat crits at Cyclopark  in February, and has 2nd and 4th places, 3 other top 10 finishes, and  2 great placings in National B races, 10th and 19th . David has now achieved his 2nd cat status.
  • Craig Joy has supported both the 2nd cat team in 2/3/4 races and the 3/4 cats, with a top 10 road race placing. Craig will be captaining the 3/4 cats, providing advice and guidance to experienced and novice racers.
  • Some good hard racing from Spencer Wood, Paul Philpott, Nick Saunders, Matt Jones, Jamie Davies Evans and other members
  • Piers Hazelgrove, Alex Panteli and Lee Mills have been gaining experience and showing encouraging signs of becoming good bike racers.

Time trialling

Strong performances:

  • Dave Hewitt again, representing Cambridge University as well as Adalta: a pb of 20.23 for a 10miler in Cambridge colours, a 54.54 for 25 miles,  and a 20.31 at Fowlmead – only 11 seconds off the course record.
  • Andrew Buckley: first ever 25 mile TT and under the hour
  • Richie McVey – good to see Richie back time trialling, with a strong 22.51 on a windy Fowlmead last week for the 10.
  • Several other members time trialling, strong performances from Spencer Wood and Simon Herrington, and Steve Xing, one of our London-based members

Triathlon and duathlon

James Wren and Julie Mobey leading the way:

  • James and Julie represented Great Britain in the European age group duathlon championships in Holland – Julie finishing 9th and James 12th overall in their respective age groups (both were 3rd GB finishers).
  • James and Julie have achieved some other excellent results so far this season with top 10 placings, including age group podiums and wins, in local duathlons.
  • Last weekend James came 17th in the National Sprint Triathlon Championships, with a blistering final 5k run in 17.40 


  • Conrad McEwan rode strongly in the brutal 112 mile Fred Whitton Challenge in the Lake District last weekend
  • John Beggs and Nick Saunders conquered the hills and cobbles of Flanders in typical Belgian weather
  • Adalta have been 2 teams (8 riders) in this year’s Ride London, and several other members are also riding – hopefully it will be bit dryer than last year! 

Club rides & training

Just a reminder that there is also a good social cycling side to Adalta:

  • A great turnouts on the regular Saturday club rides and an informal midweek evening ride has also been running, which has also been well supported – both in the dark and now when it is lighter.
  • Thanks and well done to Joffy Richardson for organising and running the club rides.
  • Further afield, a number of members have attended overseas training camps, and a trip to France is coming up

Events we’re supporting

Just a reminder that we are supporting the following local events:

  • Fowlmead Fridays – race training sessions run jointly with Thanet RC. Profits from the series go to supporting Thanet’s junior section
  • Women’s race series at Fowlmead, also jointly with Thanet RC, for both novice and experienced women racers – monthly races over the summer. Next race is on 29 May.

Adalta Cycling Club – Mid Term Report – 16 May 2015

Jo-Smith-150x150[1]Adalta and friends in SpainJames Wren Jluie Mobey European DuathlonJohn and Nick in FlandersDavid HewettWayne BebaMen's team at Surrey LeagueEmma Lewis

AGM at The Royal Hotel Deal a great success !


A thoroughly entertaining evening at the Adalta AGM with our guest speaker local legend Alex Paton from Pedal Heaven RT. Alex gave us a true insight into racing at the top level and kindly presented the club trophies. Congratulations to Wayne Beba Mens Road Champion, Jo Smith Womens Road Champion, John Beggs Mens CX Champion, Emma Lewis Womens CX Champion, Richard McVey Vets Champion, Huck Garip TT Champion, Crys Hurford Hill Climb Champion, Roddy Archibald Sportif Champion, Spencer Wood Most Improved Rider and Joffy Richardson Road Captain also special thanks to Rachael Young from Captured Memories for the great pics, Nick Saunders Press officer, Jamie Davies-Evans Child Welfare officer, Pip McVey, Roddy Archibald and Nik Dobson for their support of the club. It has also been voted in that we can now accept 2nd claim members so if you want to be part of the grey train come and join us. Thanks to Alex and all the members for a great evening !!! #tothesummit

Adalta CC update

Adalta CC Update

A busy month for the club;

Emma Lewis was selected to represent the London Cyclocross League in Derbyshire in the regional championships at the start of last month and achieved a superb 18th place. There was continued success in Round 8 of the London Cyclocross League at Cyclopark with Emma Lewis 3rd in the women’s race. Craig Joy 7th Dan Weale 46th and Spencer Wood 72nd in the Seniors and John Beggs 23rd in the Vets50.

Jo Smith raced at the Olympic Velodrome in the London Track League with superb results of 3rd in the Elimination race and 2nd in the 40 Lap Scratch race only beaten by a girl on the Olympic development squad.

Racing in true CX conditions in Round 9 of the London CX League at Lewes, Brighton saw Emma Lewis and Jo Smith taking 1st and 2nd respectively in the Women’s race and John Beggs 9th in the Vets50.

Great results for Spencer Wood and Paul Philpott with a 2nd and 3rd respectively in different Crit races at Cyclopark to both gain their Cat 3 Licences.

Julie Mobey raced in the Path and Downs marathon in 4h 7min an excellent time on a hilly mostly off road course.

James Wren added another superb result with 2nd place in the Fowlmead Duathlon despite a crash.

A final thanks to Joffy Richardson for leading the Saturday Club run whilst others have been racing.

To the summit !!

Adalta CC pics Courtesy of and Captured Memories thank you !!

Emma Lewis

Emma Lewis

John Beggs

John Beggs

Spencer Wood and Dan Weale

Spencer Wood and Dan Weale

Jo Smith

Jo Smith

James Wren

James Wren

Julie Mobey

Julie Mobey

Craig Joy

Craig Joy

Paul Philpott

Paul Philpott

Great spread in this mornings Kentish Gazette


Emma Lewis Adalta CC


Emma Lewis pictured left with myself and National grass track Champion Jo smith at Addington Park Croydon after Round 7 of the London Cx League has been selected to represent the London Cx League at Doe Lea Derbyshire in the Regionals we wish her every success #tothesummit.

Adalta CC race on two fronts !!


Four members of the Adalta cycling club travelled to Woodchurch for the last round of the SERRL summer series open road race. The event was for British Cycling cat 3 and 4 riders and in all around 40 riders took to the start line for the 80km race around Kenardington and Appledore.

The race took a while to develop and in that time the pace was up and down. Doug Archibald put in a strong effort in order to thin down the bunch and found himself alone off the front. The main bunch didn’t react and he was eventually reeled in. His efforts however had now kick started the bunch into action and the pace ramped up considerably which saw several riders dropped including Doug who became boxed in as another surge in pace occurred and found himself chasing to get back on the bunch but to no avail. At the same time Spencer Wood retired due to a mechanical problem. Midway through the race and a group of 3 riders got away from the bunch and established a lead which went out to over a minute. Only 4t Velo had enough numbers to bring the break back but they didn’t manage to get things organised and the race then effectively became a race within a race. As the race entered its final stages several riders tried in vain to get away with one Dulwich rider eventually getting a gap of around 20 seconds which he did well to keep to the line. Rod Archibald, hoping to gain his 2nd cat licence needed to finish 5th or 6th and with 4 riders up the road the pressure to deliver was on. Rod asked Nick Saunders and Paul Philpott, to drive the bunch hard up the penultimate climb in the hope to string the bunch out leading into the finish section. The plan worked and Rod found himself at the front of the bunch coming into the finishing straight. He still had to deliver in the sprint and this he did in style winning that particular mini race to finish 5th and pick up the necessary points to gain his cat 2 licence. Nick and Paul having pushed really hard to set up Rod rolled in 24th and 22nd respectively. All in all a great day for the team and Rod in particular with Spencer Wood summing it up ‘whilst my race unfortunately finished early it was great to watch my team mates at the front and Rod winning the bunch sprint to gain his 2nd Cat’.

Meanwhile the fledgling Adalta cyclocross team travelled to Essex for round 3 of the London Cross League at Gunpowder Park. This was the team’s first race and indeed the first cyclocross event for Nik Dobson and John Beggs. It proved to be a real baptism of fire, however both had a great time and learned a lot from this extremely punishing form of cycling. No doubt they will be out practising the necessary skills needed for future league meetings.

Great Press for Adalta !!

More great press coverage for Adalta in the Kentish Gazette

More great press coverage for Adalta in the Kentish Gazette

Friday Fowlmead

Just a reminder no crit training Friday 29th August at Fowlmead as its the TRC 1hr TT sign on at 1745 start at 1815hrs riders depart in groups of 5. Entry cost £5 TRC/Adalta £4. It is run on rider honesty set your computer to 00.00.00 and ride until your computer hits 01.00.00 then ride back to the timekeeper trackside and show him your computer and the distance covered. Good luck.

Adalta CC Race team

Announcement from Adalta CC Committee

With the news of Roddy Archibald’s excellent win in the cat 3/4 SERRL race at Biddenden, it’s timely to advise members that early discussions have taken place concerning the prospect of Adalta CC starting the 2015 season with a more structured and organised race team, aiming particularly at cat 2 & 3 races.

The Committee have been discussing with Wayne Beba the possibility of putting a more formal race team together, with assistance from Keith Watson and Roddy Archibald.  The discussions are at an early stage, and no commitment has been made by the Committee to use club funds for race team activities.

Wayne Beba comments:

“The team will be focused primarily around Cat 2 and 3 races, which covers the majority of SERRL and Surrey League events. Cat 4 races will be followed with interest and the door will be permanently open for riders to progress.

“The team will enter a variety of races, including stage races, team events, crits and road races. Every rider will be given equal importance in the team and all team tactics will be discussed and agreed upon, not enforced.

“We are very keen for there not to be an “us and them” mentality in the club. The race team will train and race in normal Adalta kit like everyone else: there will be no special “Race Team” kit.

“Adalta’s greatest asset is its togetherness and it’s hoped that this can be carried forward into the race team. Adalta hopes to present a team that, unlike many others, will be fully inclusive. Nobody will be preparing for a race in the corner of a car park on their own, whilst other “team-mates” chat elsewhere.

“We will aim to recruit new riders, to the team and the club in general, which can only help the club grow and strengthen. If you are interested in being part of the race team or you know of riders from outside the club who may want to join us, please message me. “

2014 has been a great season so far for Adalta CC – 2015 could be even better.

To the summit !!

John Beggs

Club secretary

on behalf of Adalta CC

Many congratulations to Roddy Archibald 1st place SERRL 3’4s Biddenden

Roddy Archibald on the right with Wayne Beba celebrating Rod's first place victory at SERRL 3'4s Biddenden. Many congratulations from all at Adalta CC

Roddy Archibald on the right with Wayne Beba celebrating Rod’s first place victory at SERRL 3’4s Biddenden. Many congratulations from all at Adalta CC


Some club pics



It’s only 5 months since the AGM at the end of January, but a lot has happened in the club in the meantime. I thought it would be good to do a newsletter to members with some of the highlights, together with a few photos, especially for those club members who don’t have the time to do much riding. I’ll be putting this up on the Facebook site as well.

Racing / TTs
Some very good results. Consistent high placings in road & criterium races have seen Wayne Beba and Keith Watson achieve their 2nd Cat licences – excellent results, including podiums for both.
Rod Archibald has scored points towards his 2nd cat; Paul Philpott & David Hewitt are closing in on their 3rd cat, with a recent podium place for David.
Look out for all these guys in the 1/2/3 cat races later in the season and next – they’ll be strong – as will new recruit Huck Garip. Adalta is now affiliated to the Surrey League as well as SERRL – Surrey is one of the strongest leagues in the UK, so some tough competition in prospect.
TTs have been good, also with some high placings. Richie McVey recording some great times against the clock – he’s quick even when injured! – and Spencer Wood showing a lot of potential.
A number of members have ridden TTs, and tomorrow’s 4-up at Fowlmead will have nearly 20 Adalta members in action.
Great to see the number of members taking part in these competitive events. Adalta will be out in force at the “Tour de Fowlmead” races this coming Saturday, spread across the various categories, with members new to racing doing the Go-Race.

Training and other rides
A lot of activity, both hard riding and a more social ride including a few very welcome guests with a cafe stop on Saturdays. Road Captain John Beggs has been expertly coordinating the activities.
Very good turnouts of Adalta members every week: particularly riding towards the front and pushing the pace on the Fowlmead Tuesdays & Fridays race training sessions, and the Thanet Sunday ride.
The “Grey Train” is certainly getting noticed – well done to Nik Dobson, Grant Cousins, Joffy Richardson, Robert Smart, Adam Morgan, Nick Saunders, Jamie Davies-Evans, Crys Herford, Sam Hocking, Simon(s) Herrington & Sweeting, Mark Jeffrey, Phil Craddock, Lucas Douche, Graham Ellicott, Tim “Black Cat” Ramsden, James Carter (before he left for sunnier climes!), Doug Archibald, the guys mentioned above in the racing/TT section, and everyone else who has ridden in club colours at these.

Adalta abroad
Winter training camps, all going to different parts of Spain: two separate groups to the southern mainland, as well as Mallorca (Ken Jones had the privilege of riding with Stephen Roche and the Irish Para Cycling team) and Tenerife.
More recently Rod & Doug, Wayne and Alec Newell have all been on separate trips to the Alps, posting good Strava times on famous climbs of Alpe d’Huez (age graded KoM for Alec), Galibier, Croix de Fer, and a few other “proper” climbs.
Looking forward, Rod & Doug are both hoping for high positions in the Etape de Tour in the Pyrenees in a few weeks’ time – Tourmalet & Hautacam. Rather closer to home, Lucas & Mark are arranging a trip to ride in France

Ride London 100 (10th August)
We managed to obtain a Club Team entry, so John, Paul, Nik & Adam will be working together to see how high Team Adalta can finish in the Club rankings (position is based on time of the 4th rider).
Rod, Doug, Ken & Alec have also individual entries, and all start within 30 minutes of each other – maybe some fast times all round.

Club Kit
There is a huge range of club kit available from Champion Systems, and deliveries scheduled for July include the new baseball caps and fluo gilets: there will be a pretty full stock of jerseys, shorts, gilets, armwarmers caps and socks available in a variety of sizes – as well as lots of bottles!
Another order to be placed early August will be mainly for winter kit – we have all items available to order in Adalta grey or Fluo yellow.
Hopefully the shorts problems have now been resolved by Champion – but if you have problems do let Ken know: kit carries a one year guarantee, and Champion have been very helpful with replacements.
Kit rebates negotiated with Champion have allowed the club to offer a crash replacement scheme. Racing is at the heart of the club’s activities, so the club will make a 75% contribution towards the cost of Adalta kit damaged whilst representing the club in racing/TTs/Fowlmead session race training sessions.

Putting something back into local cycling – Fowlmead Fridays
In addition to marshalling duties at the KCA 100 TT, and assisting at a planned SERRL race in August, Adalta have been very pleased to combine with Thanet RC in jointly promoting the Friday training sessions at Fowlmead. We arranged sponsorship for these, and have been covering registration, organisation of the bottom circuit and marshalling.
As well as providing a good hard training session enjoyed by 50+ riders, all profits from the evenings are going to Thanet RC and will help their junior and youth development sections – the local riders and racers of the future. Please continue to support the Friday evenings.

It’s your club …
Adalta is a new club, so we don’t have too many traditions, or fixed structure. Do post ideas on the Facebook pages, or let the committee of Sam, John and Ken know if there’s something we should / shouldn’t be doing.
As a relatively young club, made up of active members who all want to ride our bikes, suggestions involving riding or racing (or a social do!) are likely to be better received than those which involve a lot of organising / administration – unless you volunteer!

If you haven’t yet signed up for Adalta on Facebook, please do. We have two groups, both of which are very active:
• Adalta CC – general activity within the club, open to members and friends of the club

• Adalta racing – members only, race plans, tactics, etc
Safe riding to all

Ken Jones

Remember PMR race series starts Saturday !


Speedy recovery

Adalta CC wishes Nick Marsh VC Deal a speedy recovery after being injured during a training crash at Fowlmead last night.

KCA volunteer marshals required

KCA request to Adalta CC

Two marshals are required for either the

15 June   KCA 100             Organiser Peter Hayes


7 Sept     KCA 12 Hour     Organiser Esther Carpenter

I need volunteers asap

BlackCat Cycle Coaching

As part of sponsorship of the club this year I am offering two days where I will test members at a discount, set their power and HR zones and give one to one training advice. My web price for a RAMP is £70 and this will be discounted to £45 on the days. I can be relatively flexible with days and dates – a Saturday would probably suit most people. If this is something you are interested in please indicate here and we can get a date sorted out here. If you already know your MAP or max HR and want to establish threshold hr/ power, assess and improve your sprint, or measure all your attributes and “plug gaps” by doing a  power profile then I can also offer these tests at a discount.

Tim Ramsden


Friday Fowlmead training sesssions begin again

Spread the word

Control of website

After a committee meeting in Deal last night myself and Ken Jones  Treasurer also have control of the website. I will update important club news on the website from now on.

John Beggs

Race secretary