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  • 3 Aug 2020 14:54 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Decathlon Evening 10 Series by Wrekinsport: Top 5 after three rounds

    Pos'n

    Name

    Total Points

    R1

    R2

    R3

    1

    Chris Halford

    18

    6

    6

    6

    2

    Tomos Hales

    15

    5

    5

    5

    3

    Rob Jackson

    8

    4

     

    4

    4

    Phil Roberts

    7

    2

    4

    1

    4

    Rich Smith

    7

    3

    3

    1

    Road Bike Series: Top 5 after three rounds

    Pos'n

    Name

    Total Points

    R1

    R2

    R3

    1

    Derek Fleming

    12

    6

    1

    5

    2

    Carl Fenlon

    10

     

    4

    6

    3

    Dom Musgrove

    8

    5

    3

     

    4

    Jack Inglis

    6

     

    6

     

    4

    Rob Wood

    6

    4

    2

     

    4

    Stuart Wortley

    6

    3

    1

    2


  • 3 Aug 2020 14:50 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Decathlon Evening 10 Series by Wrekinsport - Round 3 2020

    Another evening, another fine set of personal bests amongst the Women’s field as Chris Halford continued his assault on The Decathlon Evening 10 Series by Wrekinsport with a dominant win. The last club event before opening up to other local clubs saw 31 riders take the start line, with Halford shaving 6 seconds off his Round 2 effort with a fine ride of 21 minutes 22 seconds. Halford looked smooth as he passed the finish line for the first time, hardly moving the top part of his body allowing maximum power to pass through the pedals. He now has the maximum possible 18 points from three events and with two rounds to go in the Series will be hard to beat.

    There was a familiar name in the runner-up spot too as Tomos Hales took two seconds off his Round 2 time but just sees Halford slipping away. Hales, 2019’s Series runner-up looks set to be the bridesmaid again despite an excellent effort of 22:25 to see off the attentions of Rob Jackson, who took the same final podium position in Round 1 after being too late to sign up for Round 2. Jackson stopped the watch on 23:35, pushing out Andy Hellowell by 24 seconds as he looks to make up lost ground.

    One feature of these events has been the sheer number of newer riders trying out time trials and entering The Road Bike Series, designed for riders without all the usual aerodynamic aids to measure themselves against others. Round 3 saw nine riders partake, with Dan Ramsbottom posting the fastest time in 26:49 beating Carl Fenlon into second place. Fenlon posted 28:20 in only his second time trial, slipping back on his Round 2 time by 37 seconds in what were calmer conditions. Meanwhile there was a season-best 29:12 for Derek Fleming and a first appearance in a time trial for over two years from Mark Callaghan, stopping the watch on 30:03 to beat off the attentions of first-timer Barry Parsons by 23 seconds.

    But the attention was on the Women’s field with six females in competition. Top of the pile was Beth Till with 27:08, but it was PB’s all round for Alison Salthouse, beating 31 minutes for the first time by a solitary second; Angela Boycott who sliced 1:06 off her Round 2 best with 32:05, and a third PB in a row for Clare O’Donnell who lowered her best by another 57 seconds to 32:21.


  • 29 Jul 2020 21:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Video of riders passing the finish line in tonight's @DecathlonUK Evening 10 Series by @WrekinSportCC now on club's YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/sgysjoR1RDU

  • 29 Jul 2020 20:49 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Pos'n Name Club Time No.
    1 Chris Halford Wrekinsport CC 21:24 5
    2 Tomos Hales Wrekinsport CC 22:25 21
    3 Rob Jackson Wrekinsport CC 23:35 12
    4 Andy Hellowell Wrekinsport CC 23:59 13
    5 Oliver Rodwell Wrekinsport CC 24:02 9
    =6 =6Rich Smith Wrekinsport CC 24:03 1
    7 Phil Roberts Wrekinsport CC 24:03 28
    8 Mike Bigwood Wrekinsport CC 24:11 18
    9 Allan Henderson Wrekinsport CC 24:17 7
    10 Richard Howes Wrekinsport CC 24:33 2
    11 Dave Moore Wrekinsport CC 24:46 8
    12 John Robertson Wrekinsport CC 26:28 15
    13 Dan Ramsbottom Wrekinsport CC 26:49 6
    14 Pete Mulloy Wrekinsport CC 26:54 3
    15 Jack Inglis Wrekinsport CC 26:57 26
    16 Steve Elcocks Wrekinsport CC 2C 27:01 31
    17 Bethan Till Wrekinsport CC 27:08 27
    18 Vince Evans Wrekinsport CC 27:18 25
    19 Dave Poulter Wrekinsport CC 27:41 22
    20 Carl Fenlon Wrekinsport CC 28:20 19
    21 Derek Fleming Wrekinsport CC 29:12 30
    22 Rob Wood Wrekinsport CC 29:19 16
    23 Mark Callaghan Wrekinsport CC 30:03 11
    24 Barry Parsons Wrekinsport CC 30:26 24
    25 Stuart Wortley Wrekinsport CC 30:57 10
    26 Alison Salthouse Wrekinsport CC 2C 30:59 4
    27 Tina Elcocks Wrekinsport CC 2C 31:47 29
    28 Angela Boycott Wrekinsport CC 32:05 23
    29 Clare O'Donnell Wrekinsport CC 32:21 14
    30 Victoria Doran Wrekinsport CC 32:58 17
    31 Ron Perks Wrekinsport CC 34:38 20
      Henry Fleming Wrekinsport CC DNS-A  
      Liz White Wrekinsport CC DNS-A  
      Darrell Biddulph Wrekinsport CC DNS   


  • 27 Jul 2020 23:32 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Podcast recorded 27/7/20 featuring the club's oldest still competitive riders Terry Collins is now on Soundcloud at: https://soundcloud.com/user-5358016/wrekinsport-cc-blog-terry-collins

  • 25 Jul 2020 18:26 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Decathlon Evening 10 Series by Wrekinsport: Top 5 after two rounds

     

    Pos'n

    Name

    Total Points

    R1

    R2

    1

    Chris Halford

    12

    6

    6

    2

    Tomos Hales

    10

    5

    5

    3

    Phil Roberts

    6

    2

    4

    3

    Rich Smith

    6

    3

    3

    5

    Rob Jackson

    4

    4

     


    Road Bike Series: Top 5 after two rounds

     

    Pos'n

    Name

    Total Points

    R1

    R2

    1

    Dom Musgrove

    7

    4

    3

    2

    Dan Ramsbottom

    6

    6

     

    2

    Derek Fleming

    6

    5

    1

    2

    Jack Inglis

    6

     

    6

    5

    Darrell Biddulph

    5

     

    5

    5

    Rob Wood

    5

    3

    2


  • 25 Jul 2020 18:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Personal Bests were the order of the day in Round 2 of The Decathlon Evening 10 Series by Wrekinsport as six riders set new benchmarks with conditions favourable as the wind dropped away in time for the race start. Chris Halford made it two wins from two races after digging out a classic Rolf Vector front wheel which paid dividends as he sliced a huge 41 seconds off his Round 1 time to stop the watch in 21 minutes 30 seconds. Equipment changes weren’t the only experimentation the quiet fast man was trying out as he paced his race on the rolling Shawbirch – Cotwall Bank course using a completely contrary pacing strategy, and he revealed: “I rode it differently. I normally go hard on the hardest part but I rode a lot faster on the quick part, so I was doing 350 watts and then backed off, so I rode it completely the opposite way”.

    Halford now has the maximum 12 points available in the Evening 10 Championship, with the same runner-up remaining within a minute of the winner after bettering his Round 1 time by 27 seconds for a Course PB. Tomos Hales has clearly been putting the work in during lockdown as his times are markedly improved, with a fine effort of 22:27 seeing him finish well over a minute ahead of the chasing pack, with Phil Roberts taking the final podium place in 23:38, 17 seconds ahead of reigning series champion Rich Smith.

    The Road Bike Series appears massively popular in 2020 with 10 riders taking the line for this format, with a new Junior member Jack Inglis making his first appearance of the season posting a good time of 27:12 to push Darren Biddulph out by 15 seconds.

    But it was the large number of Personal Best that made this race a memorable one, with Mike Bigwood talking 6th spot in 24:15 just one second ahead of Allan Henderson; Beth Till the best placed of six females in competition, dipping below the 27 minute mark for the first time with a fine 26:57 and seeing her make a wry comment: “Joining the sub-27 crew! Catching up with the fast boys – watch this space”! Not to be outdone Alison Salthouse also recorded a fine PB of 31:47 whilst Clare O’Donnell was ecstatic after knocking a giant 2:09 off her first ever effort to cross the line in 33:18. Meanwhile the club’s other Junior Henry Fleming also posted his fastest ever ride with an excellent 28:39.

  • 22 Jul 2020 21:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Pos'n Name Club Time No.
    1 Chris Halford Wrekinsport CC 21:30 6
    2 Tomos Hales Wrekinsport CC 22:27 14
    3 Phil Roberts Wrekinsport CC 23:38 23
    4 Rich Smith Wrekinsport CC 23:55 4
    5 Oliver Rodwell Wrekinsport CC 24:06 7
    6 Mike Bigwood Wrekinsport CC 24:15 26
    7 Allan Henderson Wrekinsport CC 24:16 8
    8 Richard Howes Wrekinsport CC 24:44 5
    9 Andy Hellowell Wrekinsport CC 24:49 2
    10 Elliott Wills Wrekinsport CC 24:56 22
    11 Steve Elcocks Wrekinsport CC 2C 26:46 25
    12 Bethan Till Wrekinsport CC 26:57 13
    13 Jack Inglis Wrekinsport CC 27:12 21
    14 Darrell Biddulph Wrekinsport CC 27:27 27
    15 Carl Fenlon Wrekinsport CC 27:43 20
    16 Robin Shedden Wrekinsport CC 27:57 10
    17 Henry Fleming Wrekinsport CC 28:39 16
    18 Dom Musgrove Wrekinsport CC 29:18 12
    19 Rob Wood Wrekinsport CC 29:27 19
    20 Derek Fleming Wrekinsport CC 29:35 17
    21 Stuart Wortley Wrekinsport CC 31:22 9
    22 Alison Salthouse Wrekinsport CC 2C 31:47 3
    23 Tina Elcocks Wrekinsport CC 2C 32:05 24
    24 Angela Boycott Wrekinsport CC 33:11 15
    25 Clare O'Donnell Wrekinsport CC 33:18 1
    26 Victoria Doran Wrekinsport CC 33:49 18
      Dave Poulter Wrekinsport CC DNS-A 11


  • 19 Jul 2020 15:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Time trialling finally got underway again after lock down as a belated Round 1 of The Decathlon UK Evening 10 Series by Wrekinsport saw riders and officials get used to operating under some strict temporary guidelines to make things Covid safe. The initial events are all restricted to Wrekinsport members, with pre-booking required to manage a rider limit and remove the need for handling cash in a usual entry-on-the-line format; but things will be opening up wider to allow other clubs to race from August when entrants have got used to the significantly different format. There was a palpable sense of relief that racing is back on the agenda amongst the competitors, who quickly adapted to the required changes.

    The rider taking the top spot was one of the things that hadn't changed as Chris Halford powered his way around the Shawbirch-Cotwall Bank circuit in 22 minutes 11 seconds. Halford looked lean and mean as he floated past the finish line for the first time. Starting from No.5 he was the first rider home after using the four riders in front of him as carrots to chase as he made the best of the surprisingly windy conditions.

    The rider finishing in runner-up spot however sounded a warning that he has been honing his form during lock down, with Tomos Hales getting within a minute if Halford for the first time. Hales was markedly improved from 2019, stopping the watch on 22:54, and it will be fascinating to see if he can get any closer as the season progresses. Both these riders are proponents of analysing the data thoroughly and gaining every technical advantage they can, and this could easily develop into an arms race.

    Meanwhile it was a close-fought thing for the final podium place as Rob Jackson just pushed out a trio of chasing riders with a great effort of 24:01. This left 2019 Evening 10 Champion Rich Smith occupying an unfamiliar 4th spot seven seconds back, with Phil Roberts and Oliver Rodwell breathing down his neck on 24:17 and 24:20 respectively.

    The Road Bike Championship was keenly fought, with Dan Ramsbottom taking the maximum six points on offer in this category with a fine effort of 27 minutes exactly, with runner-up Derek Fleming back on 30:34.

    There were two notable characteristics of the event with three women in competition, with Bethan Till taking the plaudits with a fine 28:03; and many first-timers, with Clare O’Donnell in her first ever time trial whooping with delight as she crossed the finish line in 35:27 after being nervous of entering and needing encouragement to do so. 24 hours later however she stated “I’m still buzzing! It’s fabulous; the whole thing was nowhere near as intimidating as I thought it would be - so many shared words of support and encouragement as they flew past me”! Almost immediately signed up for Round 2, O’Donnell now has a benchmark to aim for, adding: “I’m going to try and average 17.5 mph next time”.    


  • 18 Jul 2020 21:01 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Podcast recorded 18/7/20 now up on club's Soundcloud account at: https://soundcloud.com/user-5358016/wrekinsport-cc-blog-ian-bond

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