CLUB TTs ARE BACK!

FCCC CLUB TT 8.5M HCC255a – THURSDAY 1ST APRIL AT 18.45HRS

In line with the Government’s Covid road map club TTs can recommence.  This is the first event under the new rules so we all have a huge responsibility to the club, fellow cyclists and the wider community to be seen to adhere to Covid protocols – please make sure you are fully compliant.

On-line registration is now open for the Club 8.5 mile TT to be held on the HCC255a course (follow this link for the course map https://www.plotaroute.com/route/198867), starting in Hartley Wintney, on 1st April 2021 at 18.45hrs.  Detailed instructions and the start sheet will be emailed to you prior to the event.

Club TTs are currently restricted to club members only. Any bike will do (including compulsory rear light) and a determination to go as fast as you can.

Registration is simple, just complete this Google Form on-line: https://forms.gle/HQj1HGnghKevSDKH8

Closing date for entry is midnight on 30th March 2021.

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.

6. Aim to arrive at the start area 10 minutes before your 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.

Carole Poole RIP

Our thoughts are with Club President, Dick Poole, whose wife Carole sadly passed away on 26th March.  Dick and Carole had been happily married for 61 years.

We send Dick and his family our sincere condolences and sympathies.

COVID Update Effective 29 March 2021

Road Club Social Rides – The easing of lockdown regulations from 29 March allows us to run road club social rides once again, and although British Cycling guidelines allow groups of up to 15 riders for club rides the committee believe we should only recommence with groups of 6 as we were doing before the lockdowns came in at the end of 2020.

The reasons for limiting group size to 6 are:

– Riding in groups larger than the new lockdown limit of 6 for outdoor exercise (the general public will not be aware of the British Cycling approved limit of 15 for club activities) is likely to risk abuse and dangerous driving from the anti-cycling minority.

– Takeaway stops from cafes and petrol stations place a strict limit of 6 people in a group, so although we can in theory ride as a group of 15, we can’t stop as a group of 15.

Our ride leaders will be organising their rides through the club members Facebook page and website Forums in the same way as they were before the last lockdown by asking members to register for their ride via text. We also request that groups ensure sufficient distance is maintained at the meeting point (Speedy’s Bridge or elsewhere) between the different groups to ensure the “rule of 6” is not breached. Non-members who want to try out a ride are encouraged to enquire via [email protected]

Off-road Club social rides can similarly recommence on 29 March and will continue to be organised via the club WhatsApp group with the specific request that the group size be limited to groups of 6 as for the road rides.

Club Time Trials are scheduled to recommence from Thursday 1 April with the same pre-registration protocols prior to lockdown i.e. restricted to club members and entry via Google forms that will be published on the club’s social media and website.

Open TT events will also resume from 29 March (check the CTT website for a full list). Vernon Schutte is organising our own Open 25 mile TT on 17 April.

Road Racing – Circuit races will restart from 29 March although road racing still appears some way off. Please contact Luke Stratford at [email protected] for more details.

RRA Honour for Dick Poole

Club president Dick Poole has been honoured by the Road Records Association, by having been made a Vice President of the Association at their recent AGM.

The club would like to congratulate Dick on this tremendous and well-deserved achievement.

Dick has been involved with the RRA for a long time, and it was they who certified his end-to-end (LEJOG) record back in 1965. Below he shares a little of his RRA experience:

I’ve been a member for over fifty years – certainly since breaking the end to end in 1965. I have also had my name on the list of official observers, and have acted in that capacity on a number of record attempts – notably an attempt by the Army Logistical Corps on the tandem end to end, which was unsuccessful, and not long ago on Ian To’s end to end, which was also unsuccessful.

I observed John Patston and John Woodburn on their successful ride from London to Cardiff, and also on their successful ride from London to Bath and back. Those were both done in 1976 – both of these rides were observed from the road side.

The only other attempt where I was a travelling observer was when Ian Neville and Ray Hughes went for the straight-out tandem 50 record down the A3, which was quite hairy to say the least! They were passing cars at about 50mph and it was quite difficult to keep them in sight – unfortunately they got a puncture not far from the finish, which put paid to that!

Zwift Racing – Join the Fun!

Indoor training has been booming in these current difficult times, and that’s been reflected in the huge growth of the club’s Zwift racing team, complementing our existing Zwift social rides and other activities on the popular Zwift online training platform.

The club’s race team has been participating in the Zwift Racing League (ZRL), which involves over 1700 teams and some 10,000 racers from all around the world. We had one team competing in ZRL late in 2020, but from January 2021 we now have four teams racing every week, both women and men of all ages, with over 25 club members taking part. We’re probably the biggest Zwift racing team in the area, and certainly the friendliest.

It’s very easy to join in with the racing if you’re already on Zwift, and even if you’re not we can give you advice about how to get started. It’s not only about serious racers (though we do have some of those!), it’s also about getting involved and seeing what happens when you push yourself, and we have teams at various levels. You may well surprise yourself with what you can do.

Zwift says that they enable you to “meet your fitness goals while having tons of fun on the way”, and we wouldn’t argue with that.

If racing really isn’t your cup of tea, then we have plenty of other Zwift activities such as our twice-weekly social rides, and at the time of writing we’re running a club league for the multi-stage Tour de Zwift.

We have more information on our Zwift web page including a Zwift Overview PDF that you can download.

If you’d like to get involved, or are just interested in finding out more, then contact us at [email protected]

RESCHEDULED 2020 FCCC CLUB 10 MILE CHAMPIONSHIPS – 14TH NOVEMBER 10.00HRS

On-line registration is open for the rescheduled Club 10 mile championships to be held on the HCC216a course (follow this link for the course map https://www.plotaroute.com/route/198873 ), starting in Hartley Wintney, on 14th November 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 all up for grabs for first claim members.

Registration is simple, just complete this Google Form on-line: https://forms.gle/stZjoBdGqHjd8v7p9

Closing date for entry is 12th November 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.
  6. Aim to arrive at the start area 10 minutes before your 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.

Everesting

Everesting is the practice of completing 8,848m climbs (the height of Mount Everest) in real life or on an indoor trainer.

Club member Daz Roberts tells us who’s doing it, how it’s done and how you (yes, you) can do it.

Click here to access Daz’s inspiring article.

Hill Climb Nationals 2020

A big congratulations from the club to Adam Dart for his performance in the National Hill Climb Championships 2020, which were held at Streatley, near Reading, on Sunday 25 October.

A large field of competitors from all around the country took part, including some professional riders, and Adam finished in a time of 2:56.18. That put him in 131st place out of 214 senior men finishers on a very tough hill (average gradient 13%, maximum gradient 25.9%).

Afterwards, Adam said:

“I gave it my all and felt really strong. Happy with my own personal performance, setting new a new overall power PB and also a PB for 20 sec power on the climb. I loved the experience and look forward to next year.”

Great stuff Adam, and keep up the good work!

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.