Cross is Back!

The cyclocross season is in full swing at the moment, and it’s one of the cycle sports with relatively few Covid-related restrictions, due to the spread-out nature of the events. So there has been plenty of proper racing going on, with the club in the thick of the action.

Stuart Jackson achieved a very fine 10th place in the V40 category at Droxford last weekend, with Scott Heyhoe coming in 17th in V50. Well done to both racers.

There’s plenty more CX racing coming up over the next few months, so get in touch at [email protected] if you’d like to get involved.

Blast From The Past – 1961 Race Programme from Camberley Wheelers

We have very kindly been sent an original race programme from a 50 mile circuit race at the RMA in Sandhurst in 1961. This event was organised by Camberley Wheelers CC and featured both Camberley Wheelers and Farnborough CC in the competitors.

These two clubs were the two that merged in 1969 to form the present Farnborough & Camberley CC.

Click on the image below for the full multi-page programme PDF:

It’s interesting to see the sort of rules that were used at that time, for example feeding being allowed after 15 laps, and changing to be done in a provided tent and not in the bushes!

The programme has been annotated and it seems that two of the Camberley team finished in first and second places. Some of our members and past members might recognise names here and there, both in the list of competitors and in the list of past winners.

We’ve got more on the club’s history in the History section of the website and also in the club Hall of Fame.

We are very grateful to Jeff Gregory from Dorset for spotting this great piece of our club’s history in amongst some railway magazines that were donated to the Swanage Railway, and for sending it on to us.

2020 FCCC CLUB 25 MILE CHAMPIONSHIPS – 10TH OCTOBER 10.00HRS

On-line registration is open for the Club 25 mile championships to be held on the H25/88 course (follow this link for the course map https://www.plotaroute.com/route/275405 ), starting in River Lane, just West of the A31 Coxbridge Roundabout, Farnham, on 10th October 2020 at 10.00hrs.

Open to all members with no specialist equipment required other than your bike (including compulsory rear light) and determination to go as fast as you can.

Ladies, mens and veterans trophies are up for grabs for first claim members.

Registration is simple, just complete this Google Form on-line: https://forms.gle/buwo8DoQHtTUbf386

Closing date for entry is midnight on Thursday 8th October 2020

FCCC Club TT Rules under Covid-19 Restrictions

  1. On-line entry only.
  2. Closing date for entry is 2 days prior to the event.
  3. Field sizes will be restricted so entry is on a first come, first served basis.
  4. A start sheet will be emailed one day prior to the event.
  5. You are asked to park and then ride up to the start area – THERE IS NO PARKING AVAILABLE AT THE START (most people park in the layby by the now closed Bull public house).
  6. Aim to arrive at the start area no later than 5 minutes before the first start time.
  7. Arrive “ready to ride” as there will be no facilities for safeguarding jackets, bags etc.
  8. Numbers will be available at the start area – PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN SAFETY PINS
  9. There will be no “pushing off”, you will have to do a standing start on your own.
  10. After finishing please put your number in the plastic bin provided for the purpose at the finish area and then immediately make your way home.
  11. Results will not be available at the finish but published on the club’s FaceBook page/group and website.
  12. PLEASE ADHERE TO SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES AND MAINTAIN A  2M DISTANCE BETWEEN PEOPLE AT ALL TIMES.
  13. IF YOU ARE FEELING AT ALL UNWELL DO NOT TAKE PART IN THE EVENT.

Plans For A New Local Cycling Facility

Rushmoor Borough Council are working with British Cycling on plans for an exciting new outdoor cycling facility in Aldershot, including a closed road circuit, a BMX pump track and a mountain bike skills area.

The council have already sent a survey out to local clubs, and the committee are engaged with this on behalf of FCCC. Now they are surveying local residents for their views.

The survey is quite short, so we’d be grateful if you could please take a few minutes to respond to it and help support the council in moving this very exciting project forward. The deadline for comments is 18 October.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RBC20CYCLE

REMINDER – 2020 FCCC CLUB HILL CLIMB CHAMPIONSHIPS – 26TH SEPTEMBER 10.00HRS

On-line registration is open for the Club Hill Climb championships to be held on the HHC018 course (follow this link for the course map https://www.plotaroute.com/route/198880), starting at the junction of Chruch Lane, Howards Lane and Brockham Hill Lane in Hollybourne on 26th September 2020 at 10.00hrs.

Open to all members with no specialist equipment required other than your bike (including compulsory rear light) and determination to go as fast as you can for one mile uphill.

Ladies, mens and veterans trophies are up for grabs for first claim members.

Registration is simple, just complete this Google Form on-line: https://forms.gle/f4SnjerE3Nwtohbi8

Closing date for entry is midnight on Thursday 24th September 2020

FCCC Club TT Rules under Covid-19 Restrictions

  1. On-line entry only.
  2. Closing date for entry is 2 days prior to the event.
  3. Field sizes will be restricted so entry is on a first come, first served basis.
  4. A start sheet will be emailed one day prior to the event.
  5. You are asked to park and then ride up to the start area – THERE IS NO PARKING AVAILABLE AT THE START.
  6. Aim to arrive at the start area no later than 5 minutes before the first start time.
  7. Arrive “ready to ride” as there will be no facilities for safeguarding jackets, bags etc.
  8. Numbers will be available at the start area – PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN SAFETY PINS
  9. There will be no “pushing off”, you will have to do a standing start on your own.
  10. After finishing please put your number in the plastic bin provided for the purpose back at the start area and then immediately make your way home.
  11. Results will not be available at the finish but published on the club’s FaceBook page/group and website.
  12. PLEASE ADHERE TO SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES AND MAINTAIN A  2M DISTANCE BETWEEN PEOPLE AT ALL TIMES.
  13. IF YOU ARE FEELING AT ALL UNWELL DO NOT TAKE PART IN THE EVENT.

National 10 mile TT Championships: Alex Ballinger

The National 10 mile Time Trial Championships were recently held on the A4 in Berkshire, on Sunday 30 August 2020, on the H10/3R course. A rider of course needs to have put in some very fast TT times to be invited to compete in the National Championships, so the club would like to give big congratulations to club member Alex Ballinger for earning a place.

Alex has been working very hard on his TT training this year, and with the Covid situation meaning a complete lack of races until very recently, it’s not been easy for any time triallists to keep up their motivation.

The championship course was a tricky one, with crosswinds throughout making things even harder than usual. So for Alex to finish in a time of 20:34 was an excellent result, and gave him an overall 72nd place out of 148 finishers. That put him in the top half of the very best time triallists in the whole country.

Very well done indeed to Alex, and we wish him even greater success in the future as he continues to build on his success.

Photo credits: Newbury Velo/ Mark Chance, Glenn & Collette Haworth and Chris Culley

SATURDAY’S TT IS CANCELLED

Regretfully, we have had to cancel this Saturday’s 25 mile Club TT due to lane closures on the A31 (2 miles westbound and 1 mile eastbound).

The 1.5k Hill Climb Championship is the next scheduled event on 26 September

Following that (fingers crossed) the H25/88 course will be ok for the next scheduled TT on 10th October and the club 25 championship now deferred until then.

Zwift Racing

Zwift Racing has been very popular over the summer in the club, and it now has its own page on our website . This encompasses road races, time trials and social rides as well. Daz Roberts has put together an introductory PDF to explain Zwift racing.

Daz has written a couple of very interesting Zwift race reports, one on the Champs Elysees course in Paris, and one on a mammoth 128km race in Watopia.

The club’s Zwift racing team is a relaxed, fun and supportive bunch, with plenty of advice on how to get started, or how to improve, available. See the web page for more information, and contact [email protected] to get involved.

2020 FCCC CLUB 25 MILE CHAMPIONSHIPS – 12 SEPTEMBER 10.00HRS – CANCELLED

UPDATE 9 Sep – Regretfully, we have had to cancel this Saturday’s 25 mile Club TT due to lane closures on the A31 (2 miles westbound and 1 mile eastbound).

The 1.5k Hill Climb Championship is the next scheduled event on 26 September

Following that (fingers crossed) the H25/88 course will be ok for the next scheduled TT on 10th October and the club 25 championship now deferred until then.

Grab your popcorn – Club Night is back!

50 by 50 Mountains High – Monday 7 September at 7:30pm, via Zoom.

Tony Blake set himself the challenge to complete all 50 climbs in Daniel Friebe’s book “Mountain High” before he turned 50, and he has written a book about his experience – click here for more details.

Tony will be talking about the idea of cycling to summits to enjoy the mountain, the experience and the location. He’ll share the motivation, the planning, and the fact that he’s just a regular guy who was overweight and on a budget. He’ll talk about taking an existing book and then actually riding the suggestions and reporting back to tell the story.

Tony will be sharing his favourite climbs, which are perhaps not the ones that you might immediately think of. And he hopes to try and motivate more of us into achievable weekend dashes to a mountain.

Club members will find the Zoom meeting link in their email, and also in the Facebook members’ group. Non-members are very welcome to join in to hear the talk too – please just email [email protected] and we’ll send you the Zoom details.