- Nov 13th. 2014
- By John Beggs
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.
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.
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 !!
on behalf of Adalta CC
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
Adalta CC wishes Nick Marsh VC Deal a speedy recovery after being injured during a training crash at Fowlmead last night.
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
As part of www.blackcatcyclecoaching.com 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.
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.
Adalta is pleased to announce that BlackCat Cycle Coaching will be sponsoring Adalta for 2014. The sponsorship will offer all new and existing Adalta members discounts to BlackCat’s cycle coaching. The classic Adalta kit remains unchanged other than the addition of a small logo on the shorts.
More info to follow.
Tim starts the Deal Tri turbo sessions on Jan 10th at 7:00pm Walmer Hall. If you haven’t been before please arrive early to ensure a prompt start. Cost is £1 to Deal Tri members and £3 to non-members.
Also starting in January are the VC Deal Turbo sessions – these run from Tuesday 15th January at the Walmer Sea Scouts Hut on Walmer Green (on the front opposite the children’s paddling pool). Start time is again
7pm 7:30pm (get there 7:15pmted their seasons with a bang and went on banging!!! Two sessions a week is certainly not for the faint-hearted but gives you a very good level of fitness so why not give it a go?
** Update **
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This is an Email sent to Craig Joy from Christian Hill that he wanted everybody to see. Thanks again for all your support, it means a lot.
I would like to thank my cycling family and friends for their generosity, it has completely astounded me, and will never be forgotten. In particular Craig, Emma, and superstar Sophia who has practically been here every single day.
Just under 4 weeks left now flat on my back, then I’ll begin the rehabilitation process which should take about 3 months.
Stay safe all of you, and I’ll see you when I see you.
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