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.
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.
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