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  • 15 Apr 2020 10:26 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Podcast available on Soundcloud at: https://soundcloud.com/user-5358016/wrekinsport-cc-blog-beth-till

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  • 1 Apr 2020 17:55 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To keep club members (hopefully) entertained during the Coronavirus lockdown. Anyone who wants to nominate candidates, suggest questions or do the interviews themselves please join in!


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  • 14 Mar 2020 21:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With the A442 closed at Bridgnorth due to floods the weekend before the event, more rain, a potential shortcut out of action and a standby version of the course called into use due to new, permanent traffic lights at Stableford bridge organisers were sweating on everything falling into place for the kick off of the Shropshire time trialling season at Worfield for Round 1 of The Friction Hydraulic Series, Wrekinsport CC’s Chris Edwards Hilly 18. Fortunately everything did despite competitors having a few additional potholes and some leftover mud to contend with as the winter cobwebs were blown away – almost literally with a strong wind adding grist to the mill.

     

    That wind made things particularly difficult for the first 3.7 mile leg to Sutton Maddock and put the ball in the court of the strongest riders, with a new rider to the County, David Griffiths making an immediate impression by taking a win right from the off. Riding for Bioracer Moriarty Bikes, Griffiths has a strong palmarès being a four-time Scottish Team Time Trial and three-time Hill Climb Champion, and he put those climbing skills to good effect on the immediate tough start and on the fearsome climb of The Hermitage to steam around the Sutton Maddock – Bridgnorth – Rudge Heath course in 39 minutes 5 seconds.

     

    Griffiths hadn’t joined the SCCA in time to gain points in this event but now has and is likely to be a serious challenger on the County scene given his post race comments: “I've recently moved to the area from Scotland as part of my GP training so was unfamiliar with the course beforehand. The course was an undulating, winding one with road surfaces that at times reminded me of the neglected tarmac of Glasgow! I enjoyed the varied terrain and tried to power up the hills and grab some respite in the downhill sections. The strong wind made it challenging to hold an efficient aero-tuck at times. Thanks very much to Wrekinsport CC and all the volunteers - I found the event to be well organised and was very pleasantly surprised with the option of gluten free homemade cake at the HQ! I hope to be able to compete in the majority of the Shropshire Series and get to know the local competitors”.

     

    Taking the maximum 60 points on offer was former professional Liam Holohan, taking the honours for Holohan Coaching in 39:59. Holohan’s race did not go to plan however, with vital time lost due to a mechanical incident that could have seen him take the overall win, as he explained: “Not great! I had a dropped chain on the final run in that cost me around a minute looking at the data. The positives were that the sensations were good in what was my first competitive outing of the year”.

     

    Nova Raiders’ Tim Beardmore entered the HQ looking at peak fitness and lighter than in the 2019, boding well for his race. That prediction came true as Beardmore took the County runner-up spot in 40:54 as well as the Veteran’s win in +7:29, having a terrific tussle with Holohan’s team mate Chris Pook along the way that pushed the pair to their limits. Beardmore stated: “It’s good to be racing again. You’re never too sure how the first race is going to go and exactly where your fitness is, but I’ve had a good couple of months of training and was hopeful of posting a descent time. The wind got up just in time for the start, with the first leg to Sutton Maddock particularly blustery. My power felt good all the way round, and I was very pleased to get under 41 minutes - thanks to Wrekinsport for a great event”.

     

    Pook meanwhile had started a minute ahead of Beardmore but was caught on the flatter sections of the course whilst managing to pull away on the hills. He took third County spot in 41:48, managing to stay 6 seconds ahead of Beardmore on the road after a determined effort: Pook commented: “I had a good battle with Tim Beardmore who made good ground on me in the cross wind section to Sutton Maddock. After that I pulled away on The Hermitage, only for him to close up again. It helped motivate me to a faster time as I was determined to finish ahead of him! Testing conditions with the wind, but overall I was pleased. Thank you for organising the race, it was a good early season test of form and a course like that is well suited to someone with more of a road racing background like me, given the hilly nature”.

     

    In the Friction Women’s Series Deb Hutson-Lumb set out on her title defence with a maximum 60 points, stopping the watch on 48:21 after a close battle with Hafren CC’s Emma Serjeant who finished 28 seconds off the pace. Hutson-Lumb struggled a little on the fast descent of Windscote Hill, with mud at the bottom courtesy of the recent floods not conducive to taking risks: “My first race of the season and it all started off OK. However I completely lost my nerve on the winding descent on the A442 - the brakes were used - and lack of focus in the last few miles cost me time. A great event and I think I enjoyed it - afterwards! Many thanks to everyone involved in organising and running it”.

     

    Last year’s Friction Junior Series Silver medallist has his eyes set on a bigger prize as 16 year-old Henri Bedford finished a strong 5th overall in 42:06. Revolutions Racing’s Bedford had the advantage of light weight to propel himself up the climbs but that nearly proved his undoing without the weight to gain traction on the broken road surface, which was especially poor entering Rudge Heath island. He stated: “A tough and challenging first ride to start the season with. I got unseated on a couple of occasions due to the road conditions - deep potholes and traffic. Glad the weather was kind even though the hills weren’t so nice. Thank you to organisers Wrekinsport CC for hosting the event”.

     

    Wrekinsport were running their own Championship within the event in memory of Chris Edwards, with Tomos Hales putting in a successful defence of the trophy in 43:27, 1:15 ahead of new club member Ben Rawlings.


  • 7 Mar 2020 19:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Pos'n Name Club Cat Time Vet +/-
    1 David Griffiths Moriarty Bikes-Project Go S 39:05  
    2 Liam Holohan Holohan Coaching RT S 39:59  
    3 Tim Beardmore Nova Raiders V 40:54 +7:29
    4 Chris Pook Holohan Coaching RT S 41:48  
    5 Henri Bedford Revolutions Racing J 42:06  
    6 Victor Chetta Pirate Juice CC V 42:25 +5:07
    7 Steve Downey Pirate Juice CC S 42:47  
    8 Thomas Bill Stafford Tri Club S 43:13  
    9 Tomos Hales Wrekinsport CC S 43:27  
    10 Joe Costello Walsall Roads Club V 43:34 +6:49
    11 Robbie Disney CC Bridgnorth RWG S 43:57  
    12 Jon Weavell Stafford Tri Club V 44:10 +3:57
    13 Dan Dovey Nova Raiders V 44:20 +5:02
    14 Steven Prince Ludlow Brewery RT V 44:23 +3:18
    15 Ben Rawlings Wrekinsport CC S 44:42  
    16 Simon Dighton Beacon Roads CC V 45:31 +4:00
    17 Phil Hill Chester Road Club V 45:43 +3:48
    18 Karl Moseley Fishface RT V 46:40 +2:51
    19 Richard Smith Wrekinsport CC V 47:11 +1:45
    20 Mark Griffiths Wrekinsport CC V 47:21 +2:01
    21 Andy Tibbett * Pirate Juice CC S 47:26  
    22 Peter Escritt Nova Raiders V 47:49 +2:46
    23 Gabriella Homer Team Boompods W 47:52  
    24 Jason Arnold Hafren CC V 48:21 +0:02
    25 Deb Hutson-Lumb Nova Raiders WV 48:21 +5:05
    26 Emma Serjeant Hafren CC WV 48:49 +2:23
    27 Adam Mumford Wrekinsport CC S 49:43  
    28 Ben Beachell Rhos On Sea CC V 49:46 -1:07
    29 Bethan Till Wrekinsport CC W 51:57  
    30 Ian Connolly Ludlow CC V 52:57 -4:18
    31 William Hodgkiss Wrekinsport CC S 53:35  
    32 Louise Hurdley Hafren CC WV 54:22 -3:10
    33 Damian Jay Propel CC V 56:04 -7:41
    34 Martyn Shore Walsall Roads Club S 59:40  
    35 Ben Sturgeon** Stafford Tri Club S 1:00:05  
      Declan Logue Stratford CC V DNF  
      Stuart McCormick Pirate Juice CC V DNS-A  
      Mark Shore Walsall Roads Club V DNS  
    * incl. L/S 3:30        
    ** incl. L/S 15:35        


  • 4 Mar 2020 14:44 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Start No. Forename  Surname Club Cat Sex Time Off
    3 Martyn Shore Walsall Roads Club S M 14:03
    4 Louise Hurdley Hafren CC WV F 14:04
    5 Chris Pook Holohan Coaching RT S M 14:05
    6 Tim Beardmore Nova Raiders V M 14:06
    7 Mark Shore Walsall Roads Club V M 14:07
    8 Gabriella Homer Team Boompods W F 14:08
    9 Bethan Till Wrekinsport CC W F 14:09
    10 Liam Holohan Holohan Coaching RT S M 14:10
    11 Steve Downey Pirate Juice CC S M 14:11
    12 Phil Hill Chester Road Club V M 14:12
    13 Steven Prince Ludlow Brewery RT V M 14:13
    14 Ben Sturgeon Stafford Tri Club S M 14:14
    15 Joe Costello Walsall Roads Club V M 14:15
    16 Deb Hutson-Lumb Nova Raiders WV F 14:16
    17 Ben Beachell Rhos On Sea CC V M 14:17
    18 Robbie Disney CC Bridgnorth RWG S M 14:18
    19 Damian Jay Propel CC V M 14:19
    20 Karl Moseley Fishface RT V M 14:20
    21 Stuart McCormick Pirate Juice CC V M 14:21
    22 Dan Dovey Nova Raiders V M 14:22
    23 Jason Arnold Hafren CC V M 14:23
    24 William Hodgkiss Wrekinsport CC S M 14:24
    25 Thomas Bill Stafford Tri Club S M 14:25
    26 Tomos Hales Wrekinsport CC S M 14:26
    27 Peter Escritt Nova Raiders V M 14:27
    28 Henri Bedford Revolutions Racing J M 14:28
    29 Ben Rawlings Wrekinsport CC S M 14:29
    30 Victor Chetta Pirate Juice CC V M 14:30
    31 Simon Dighton Beacon Roads CC V M 14:31
    32 Ian Connolly Ludlow CC V M 14:32
    33 Emma Serjeant Hafren CC WV F 14:33
    34 Declan Logue Stratford CC V M 14:34
    35 Adam Mumford Wrekinsport CC S M 14:35
    36 Andy Tibbett Pirate Juice CC S M 14:36
    37 Richard Smith Wrekinsport CC V M 14:37
    38 Jon Weavell Stafford Tri Club V M 14:38
    39 Mark Griffiths Wrekinsport CC V M 14:39
    40 David Griffiths Moriarty Bikes-Project Go S M 14:40


  • 22 Jan 2020 17:51 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wrekinsport CC entry on the line events for 2020 - all sign on at The Woolpack, Shawbirch except for the Hill Climb, which is from car park at foot of The Wrekin.

    Date Day Distance Course Comments Part of County Series Start Time
    01/04/20 Wed 5 D305/1 Come and Try It   6.30pm
    08/04/20 Wed 5 D305/1 Come and Try It   6.30pm
    15/04/20 Wed 10 D3/9 Come and Try It   6.30pm
    22/04/20 Wed 10 D3/9 Come and Try It   7.00pm
    29/04/20 Wed 10 D3/9 Come and Try It   7.00pm
    06/05/20 Wed 19 D3/9 x2 Come and Try It. HPJ SB Series 7.00pm
    13/05/20 Wed 10 D3/9 Come and Try It   7.00pm
    20/05/20 Wed 10 D3/9 Come and Try It   7.00pm
    27/05/20 Wed 10 D3/9 Come and Try It   7.00pm
    03/06/20 Wed 10 D3/9 Come and Try It   7.00pm
    10/06/20 Wed 10 D3/9  Come and Try It   7.00pm
    17/06/20 Wed 10 D3/9  Come and Try It   7.00pm
    24/06/20 Wed 10 D3/9 Come and Try It   7.00pm
    01/07/20 Wed 25 D25/23r Come and Try It SB Series 7.00pm
    08/07/20 Wed 10 D3/9 Come and Try It   7.00pm
    15/07/20 Wed 19 D3/9 x2 Come and Try It. GD SB Series 7.00pm
    22/07/20 Wed 10 D3/9 Come and Try It. 2 Up. 2-Up Series 7.00pm
    29/07/20 Wed 10 D3/9 Come and Try It   7.00pm
    05/08/20 Wed 10 D3/9 Come and Try It   7.00pm
    12/08/20 Wed 10 D3/9 Come and Try It   7.00pm
    19/08/20 Wed 10 D3/9 Come and Try It   6.30pm
    26/08/20 Wed 1 D0/14 Come and Try It. H/C Hill Climb Series  6.30pm
    02/09/20 Wed 5 D305/1 Come and Try It   6.30pm
                 
    Reserve course D3/9: D7/10 Tiddly triangle    
    Reserve course D3/9 x2: D7/10 x2 Tiddly triangle    
    Reserve course D305/1: D4/5 Long Lane cut through (D3/9 southern half)  


    Remember the club also has two Open events, both requiring pre-entry no later than 11-12 days before each event. You must belong to a CTT affiliated club to enter:

    Chris Edwards Hilly 18, Course K21/18e (Worfield-Sutton Maddock-Bridgnorth-Rudge Heath) 7th March 2020 at 2pm

    Open 10, Course D10/23 (Hodnet bypass) 22nd August 2020 at 3pm

  • 5 Sep 2019 19:18 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wrekinsport CC's season-closing time trial saw 14 riders cope with blustery conditions as a strong swirling wind made life difficult for competitors particularly passing openings in hedges, with the wind unusually blowing in two completely different directions at the top and bottom of the course catching out the unwary. Taking place between Crudgington and Shawbirch, the first four riders took the spoils for the promoting club, with the event unusually timed to hill climb standards. Chris Halford once again proved himself to be the fastest rider in the club taking victory by over 31 seconds in 11 minutes, 34.05 seconds - the only rider to beat 12 minutes.

    However things weren't so clear cut for the runners-up spot with Tomos Hales and Rob Jackson split by less than a second, showing the benefit of the timing on such a  short course. Hales took that second place in 12:05.62 with Jackson just 91 hundredths back.

    Meanwhile Rich Smith closed the club season recovering some of the fine form that he has shown to take the club's Evening 10 mile Championship. Smith had suffered with illness towards the end but here showed every sign of being back to full strength as he too 4th place in 12:31.07 to push the first visiting rider, Fraser MacKinnon of Loch Leven CRT out by 5.45 seconds.

    Junior rider Henry Fleming continues to improve, ending his evening on 16:42.75 whilst the only female in competition Victoria Doran also brought the curtain down on the event as she finished in 17:56.91

  • 4 Sep 2019 20:19 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Timed to Hill Climb standards just for fun

    Pos'n Name Club Time
    1 Chris Halford Wrekinsport CC 11:34.05
    2 Tomos Hales Wrekinsport CC 12:05.62
    3 Rob Jackson Wrekinsport CC 12:06.53
    4 Rich Smith Wrekinsport CC 12:31.07
    5 Fraser MacKinnon Loch Leven CRT 12:36.52
    6 Richard Howes Wrekinsport CC 13:19.36
    7 Phil Roberts Wrekinsport CC 13:33.69
    8 Nathan Hester Newport Shropshire CC 13:35.25
    9 Elliott Wills Wrekinsport CC 13:51.40
    10 John Rowlands Wrekinsport CC 16:36.69
    11 Henry Fleming Wrekinsport CC 16:42.75
    12 Victoria Doran SY Tri 17:56.91


  • 3 Sep 2019 21:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The course record holder took the win in Round 3 of The Coaching Revolutions Hill Climb Series, but sodden, chilly conditions ensured there was no repeat of 2018's heroics. Fishface Cycles rider Jonny Morris was around 14 seconds off his best on Wrekinsport CC's Willomoor Bank Hill Climb with persistent rain finally clearing around 15 minutes before start time. Morris stopped the watch on 3 minutes 38.29 seconds to take the win by a fraction over two seconds as Willomoor Bank resembled a river more than a road with water running off fields hindering traction.     

    The 0.99 mile course has a sting in the tail and Morris attributed his win to absent-mindedness: "I completely forgot how short the Wrekin climb was so felt I hadn't gone fast enough when I hit the bottom of the ramp. Luckily I'd also completely forgotten how long the ramp was, so I made up a lot of time from having fresher legs which I think made the difference in the end"!

    Morris pushed Series leader Kirk Vickers into the runner-up spot although the Holohan Coaching rider added 20 points to his commanding lead as he sets out a stoic defence of his Hill Climb Championship. Vickers crossed the line in 3:40.57 and looked in complete control as he flew up the steepest part of the climb, digging deep to reach the crest. He was happy to take maximum points but admitted to suffering during that final push for the line: "My preparation was not great for this one, I went hard up the final steep bit but my legs blew just before the crest and I tried to hang on. I'm pleased with the result and to finish two seconds shy of the win".

    Taking third place was Mule CC's David Scott, who revealed just how tricky this climb can be with it's regularly changing gradient after finishing in 3:54.08, one of only three riders to beat the four minute mark. He stated: "My legs fell off at the top of the Wrekin. I should have saved something for the steepest section but got it wrong on the night. Nice to still manage a podium position".

    If Vickers is dominating the Overall standings Richard Kay is doing the same in the Veteran's competition making it three wins out of three and a maximum 60 point haul for his efforts. Kay took a comfortable win by 35 seconds from nearest challenger Neil Coles with a flying effort of 4:21.06 - good enough for 7th overall amongst a field of 26 riders, although he did himself no favours arriving just in time to present himself at the start line. He stated: "Arriving late and without much a warm up I was pleasantly surprised to get the Veteran's win on a chilly evening. Thank you Wrekinsport, and congratulations to everyone who rode".

    Hill climbs usually attract younger riders and with five in competition 13 year-old Halesowen A&CC rider Tomos Pattinson took a narrow Junior win by just over two seconds in 4:17.39. Pattinson clearly likes a vertical challenge as his post-race comments revealed: "I really enjoy hills so this was right up my street. Despite the rain everyone was cheerful and helpful. I loved the last part of the climb when it was at its steepest, super night. Thanks Wrekinsport CC".

    Whilst Pattinson took the Overall Junior win Henri Bedford made it a maximum 40 points from the two rounds he has ridden to mover into the sole lead of the Junior Hill Climb Series. Bedford stopped the clock on 4:35.01 despite a mechanical issue that hindered progress as he revealed: "I was pleased with my placing as I had a slight mechanical before setting off, but made do with a rubbing front brake. Thanks to hosts Wrekinsport CC, and well done to all riders".

    The third new rider in as many events made it an intriguing three way tie for the Women's Series lead as Wrekinsport's Bethan Till took the win from SY Tri's Victoria Doran by a big margin of almost three minutes. Till crested the climb in 5:38.63 and after her first experience at the discipline is keen to have another go: "I really enjoyed it, hopefully I can compete in some of the other hill climbs as well, though I still need to try and persuade more ladies to compete"!

    Wrekinsport were running their club Championship Hill Climb within the event and taking Gold was Tomos Hales who set an excellent time of 4:20.66 to beat Phil Roberts into the Silver medal position by 40 seconds with Allen Henderson capturing Bronze a further 13 seconds back. Hales stated: "It was great to take the Wrekinsport Hill Climb Trophy on one of the toughest five minutes of the season. Thanks to all the Wrekinsport team for putting on such a great event. Looking forward to trying it next year on a carbon fibre bike".


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