Road Racing 2018 Round-Up

The FCCC road race team have ended the regular season on a high. It’s been a great season, with strong efforts all round, and many notable results as covered in previous newsletters and news articles.

The club has finished in 9th place out of 54 teams in the Surrey League standings. This  is a great improvement over last year’s 22nd place and a testament to the hard work of the team riders.

The club is also currently in 30th place out of 144 teams in the British Cycling South East region, and in 484th place out of 1069 teams nationally.

Those results are particularly impressive because they reflect the club scoring points in National B races, a higher classification of race than the regular Regional events, which brings the top riders in the area out to compete.

Before 2018, we’d have to go back quite a long time to find when the club last scored any National B points, let alone doing so in more than one race. This is a tremendous result for the club, and is a great credit to the hard work of road race secretary Warren Vye and his dedicated team of riders.

Surrey League 2018 final standings (out of 54 teams):

1. Meudon Sovereign PH
2. Southdowns Bikes CPR
3. Crawley Wheelers
4. Kingston Wheelers
5. Blazing Saddles
6. Norwood Paragon CC
7. VC Meudon
8. London Dynamo
9. Farnborough & Camberley CC
10. Paceline RT

Results Round-up

Notable recent results include the following:

  • 2 Sep – John Holman Memorial at Henstridge 234, Nick Hale  11th
  • 9 Sep – Thruxton 3rd Cat, Luke Stratford 10th
  • 12 Sep – Hillingdon Masters 40+, Luke Stratford 10th
  • 12 Sep – Hillingdon Masters 50+, Warren Vye 7th
  • 14 Oct – Surrey League Ottershaw E123, Mark Nuttall 9th
  • 27 Oct – Hillingdon National B E123, Nick Hale 13th, Mark Nuttall 14th

The racing continues, with the Hillingdon Winter Series currently under way.

New racers may be interested in the Surrey League race preparation session on 17 Nov at Ardingly.

Here’s to even more success in 2019!

Off to a Great Start!

The first off-road club ride of the winter took place last Saturday, 10 November. Riders reported it as a great success. Scott Heyhoe was unfortunately ill and unable to ride on the day, but the club has no shortage of superstars, and Tony Garmston kindly stepped in to lead the route around North Hampshire. As advertised, it was a fine route through some beautiful countryside, made even more interesting by a few steep tracks with limited traction, and some slippery corners.

Seven club members headed out from Fleet along the canal to Greywell Tunnel – an easy start to the ride, conveying the riders to where the fun began in earnest. A combination of tracks and lanes took them up to near Golden Pot, the highest point of the ride. Down “Holybourne Hill”, the site of the recent Club Hill Climb Championship, only to turn back up the hill, to try the ascent of the same ridge, but on a very slippery, grass and mud path. A mix of tracks and lanes, with some swooping descents had the riders rejoining the canal for the final couple of miles. Everyone seems to have had a thoroughly enjoyable morning out, and there has been much talk of looking forward to the next one. Some used mountain bikes, and others CX bikes. The CX bikes struggled on a couple of steep climbs, not helped by the recent rain making things very slippery, and some wished they had lower gearing. We’ll bear this in mind when planning the next ride – thanks for the feedback!

We’re hoping to make this a regular event, perhaps monthly, so keep an eye on the website news and on Facebook for details of the next off-road ride. We hope to see even more members next time.

Off-Road Ride – Saturday 10 November

Scott Heyhoe will be leading an off-road ride on Saturday 10 November.

Meet at the canal car park at the junction of Reading Road South and Aldershot Road in Fleet. We’ll roll away at 8am and return to the car park by 11am, so please be ready to ride at 8am.

The beautiful route will take us at a medium pace along the canal to Greywell, then some tracks to Golden Pot and some more tracks and minor roads back to Fleet via Crondall.

Best ridden on a mountain bike as one or two tracks might be muddy, though a CX bike or gravel bike will also be fine. Please carry any snacks, inner tubes and tubes that you need.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Another Successful Club Night

Thank you to everyone who came along to our club night last Friday, and a special thanks to Simon Whiten from Handsling Bikes for giving up his time to speak.

We had a great turnout, and those present heard a really interesting talk all about carbon fibre bike frames. Simon talked about the benefits of using carbon as a frame material, he busted some of the myths that have built up over time (e.g. you can’t repair it), and gave a lot of illustrated examples of things that he had learned himself about things that can be done during the frame-building process to produce a high quality product that gives real benefits to the rider.

Again, thanks for helping make this another successful club night, and we’ll give more news about future club nights in due course.

Cyclo-cross – First Race Experiences

By Ian Stuart. Photos by Molli Keenor.

I bought a cyclocross bike to commute to work in 2015 when living in London, as I wanted hydraulic discs and those were not really rolled out to road bikes. I progressed to lapping Richmond Park – not the road with the rest of the cyclists, but the gravel perimeter path. Moving to Camberley, the forest roads of Swinley were a gift so riding on gravel and grass is not alien to me.

Attending the club CX evening presented by Scott Heyhoe gave me the encouragement that I needed to finally enter the type of race that I had always intended to do. I have ridden CX sportives and road sportives in which, in essence, you are racing yourself. But racing other riders, that was different. So off I went to Bedfont on a Sunday in October.

There was a grid start, which I was at the back of (no form to give the organisers any gridding data). I tried to jump a few places on the start before the group filtered out into single file except I jumped for too long and blew out a bit. I just ploughed on trying not to slip off and the heavy rain made the race very muddy.

42nd out of 50 was a pleasing result for my first race. Now I’m thinking of entering one or two more this season for experience, and joining a league next year since this season I have started 5 races in.

Well worth giving it a go, though, and I would thoroughly recommend anyone to have at least one shot.

Carbon Fibre – Club Night Friday 2 November

Come along to an educational and entertaining evening, when Simon Whiten from Handsling Bikes will be answering all of your questions about carbon fibre.

  • Ever bought a “branded” carbon fibre frame and wondered whether a non-branded one would be just the same but half the price?
  • Ever wondered how on earth you can make wheels out of carbon fibre?
  • Ever wondered whether carbon fibre can be repaired after a crash?
  • Ever wondered whether beer and chips would be provided again? (YES!!!)

Soft drinks and crisps for the kids and drivers. Guests and prospective members are very welcome.

See Simon’s very latest and most wonderful aero road bike – with disc brakes!

Friday 2 November, 8:30pm, All Saints Hall, Chapel Lane, Farnborough GU14 9BW

Club Trophies – Have You Won?

As a club we are fortunate to have a rich history that includes an impressive trophy collection (far more than are pictured above), covering all sorts of categories – not just time trials but also road racing, hill climbs, track racing and even sportives.

The large number of trophies means that sometimes a member might have won something without even realising it! The full list of trophies and the rules for them (including exactly what is needed to win each one) are detailed in the club rules document (pages 5-9), accessible via the Members’ area of the website.

The onus is on members to come forward and claim trophies. Obviously if an award is for a particular club event (e.g. the annual hill climb championship) then the committee will already know about that and can present the trophy. However, some of the categories are a lot less clear cut and we really need members to come to the committee and say that they think they could be eligible for a trophy. For example, the committee can’t keep track of all open time trials that a member might have entered, so if you’ve achieved a very good time at Little Wallop CC’s TT and that’s connected to a trophy, you need to tell the committee.

Here’s another example – The Sportive Trophy, which according to the rules (page 8) is “awarded to the member with the greatest total distance ridden in sportives and audaxes. The time period to be 10 months from 1st February to 30th November.” Now this is one where the committee will have no real idea who might have won this, and we need members to present their lists of sportives and audaxes to us. Someone out there will have won this, and we want as many trophies as possible to be looked after and displayed by members and not to have to sit in a box in a storeroom somewhere!

The trophies are presented annually at the club dinner (date for 2019 to be advised in due course).

Don’t be shy in coming forward, and please email the committee if you would like to put forward a claim for a trophy.

British Cycling and Cycling UK membership

As a club, we strongly recommend that everyone who rides be a member of either British Cycling, or Cycling UK (or both). As well as providing some handy discounts and other benefits, membership of either of these organisations provides third-party liability insurance and also a legal helpline and legal services should you be involved in an accident.

As FCCC is an affiliate member of both organisations, club members can take advantage of discounted offers to join British Cycling and/or Cycling UK. See the Member Benefits page of the club website for more details of these offers (in the Membership Discounts section).


Club Night – Carbon Fibre

November’s club night will feature a talk that we’re sure will be of interest to a lot of members. Guests and prospective members are very welcome too. And the free beer and chips at last month’s club night proved so popular that they’ll be back! Soft drinks will also be available, of course.

From carbon-copy frames to real-deal wheels, learn everything there is to know about the wonderful world of carbon fibre. In an entertaining and educational evening, Simon Whiten from Handsling Bikes will share his vast knowledge of carbon fibre and how it has revolutionised the bike industry.

Join us at 8:30pm on Friday 2 November at All Saints Hall, Chapel Lane, Farnborough GU14 9BW.