Monday, 28 September 2015

Baynesy Blasts to a win!

Three in the top ten for Team Prize at new event


Brrrr, a bit parky yesterday morning; especially with the customary low-lying mist in the Vale of Aylesbury. We really aren't particularly accustomed to the traditional Time Trial start times.

But wait - lifting the mood; turning up the heat; firing up the afterburners; Berko CC took the plunge and organised their first ever formal race.

Long Sleeve Skinsuit needed

Top Man on the day, trying not to drop it - Ian Baynes

A standard 10 mile Time Trial distance over a sporting circuit through Mentmore, Wing and Cheddington, it was so close to home it would have been rude not to. And they managed to host the HQ at the Three Horseshoes Pub which made for some highly appreciated Bacon Rolls. Then they had some high velocity music on the startline - highly innovative. Ian reckons he was pushed off in The Ramones. Is that what they call it nowadays?

Ian's request for the National Anthem left organiser Nick a little uncertain

On to the race, oh yes it was a TT so no-one attacked or sat in, but it was Dave Hope [Karpet]'s first race for us. Making the transition [so to speak] from another unmentionable discipline, he wasn't too shabby for 8th. The Jason Baran-Knight dusted down his Low Pro and snook into the top 5, but [drum roll] Ian Baynes panted his way round for the win. "It was hard," he said afterwards. 

fastest team. This could be the beginning of a beautiful...

Well he didn't but it probably felt that way. It was smiles all round at the coffee bar afterwards until he realised (a) that it looks a bit odd cycling to a cafe with a disc wheel on a TT bike and (b) that he should really shell out for team Cappucinos.

So big thanks and well done to Nick Clarke and Berko for adding another local race to the calendar, and for laying on the extras. Here's to next year...

Monday, 21 September 2015

The Baran Knight moves up

New Boy comes good for another Crit special

his training's paying off y'know
Jason Baran was flying in June. His win at the Bowl made us think the roll was just beginning. Then he went on holiday. So a few more nondescript frustrating races followed which weren't worth reporting on, no offence and all.

Now about this time of year, a certain end of season je ne sais quoi seems to hang in the air. Something along the lines of Ooooh it's nearly over, I'll maybe have that extra bottle of wine, ice cream etc [no names, no pack drill]. Not so Jason. Or Ian, who both rocked up for the BIG events Crit at Hillingdon on Saturday.

They had a plan, and they stuck to it by all accounts. Something of a first there then. Baynesy reckoned it was the hardest 5 minutes he's done all year [according to his scientific instruments].

So after batting away with one of them off the front at most points in the race, Jason clipped off the front with 5 laps to go. Joined by one other, it was eyeballs out to the finish and he took 2nd place. Good work! More specifically, congratulations on moving up to 3rd cat. We knew he'd do it, honest.

No slacking on Ian's part either, who rolled over the line with a bit of traffic in 10th. Life in the old dog yet...

Monday, 27 July 2015

Double Win in the Millennium Trophy

winner - Luke
After keeping things quite hushed last year until Christmas, it's already official that our team has some serious success in the 'season-long' North London Millennium Trophy for 2015.

Devised by Doug Eagger of the Icknield CC, the trophy is based on points for placings in eight sporting course time trials.

Luke has beaten Richard Wood of Arbis Colbert RT to the scratch win and thanks to some great supporting rides from Steve Clarke, Paul Caton and a resurgent Darren Powell, we have, for the first time, clinched the team award. Top work!

Full details are posted here

Monday, 20 July 2015

Win for Neil at Newbury

The 10 o'clock at Newbury. Sort of. Neil & Paul turned up on Sunday morning for the Newbury Road Club's LVRC Road Race. Neil, typically unprepared, had no idea that the course had a hill in it, but, as he said, "you can waste a lot of time preparing for things that don't happen." er, yes
early break: Simon Brooks, Neil, Martin Jones, Rowan Horner

Neil's AB race was off with a bang and he got straight into the early move which became the mid race break and then failed to be the break that stuck when it was caught after nearly 4 laps. He'd been working hard too: "Simon Brooks and Rowan Horner from St Raphael were working really hard to tow us along and all 4 of us were really pushing but Simon was clearly stronger than the rest of us." Eventually, the main group got working and caught the breakaway, but Brooks had already taken flight. Neil was left to lick his wounds and try to recover.

"I'd been working at my limit really for 4 laps so I was struggling to see what I could do next," he recalls. After almost a lap back in the bunch though, he followed a move by Vince Divine of Finchley up the climb and opened a gap on the bunch of about 10 seconds. Joined by Gianluca Capello of GS Vecchi, the trio got their heads down and headed full tilt for the line. Neil was beaten by Capello and Divine in the sprint but he wasn't downhearted. "I fought hard for that and after 4 laps in the break, I thought that wasn't bad!" he said afterwards.

Paul hangs tough in the winning break
Meanwhile, in the CD race, Paul made sure he was in the main move of the day, but he too was finding it tough. "It was a tough course with the climb in particular causing difficulties in the peloton. In fact it was at the base of the climb," he says. 

a successful outing for a happy duo
With just over two laps to go that the final selection was made with an eight man group of the strongest riders forming over the crest.

The group worked well but with three VC Vecchi team riders there were plenty of attacks and counter attacks as they each tried for a solo victory. "We were pretty wise to this," continues Paul "so they didn't succeed which left it all lined up for an eight man sprint for the win. Unfortunately I let myself get boxed in a bit so only got 3rd. Still not a bad result and starts to cement my 3rd place in the series but I have eyes set on 2nd."