2013 club news archive


Tuesday 23rd July 2013

'The sunshine brings out lots of riders'.

Almost a record turnout for an evening 10 in the last few years and one better than last week.

Calum Croft from Mud Sweat and Gears came out on top with a 22:29 despite taking a wrong turning and having to overtake Stuart twice. James Horton from Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers came second with 22:52 and Steven Pink was the first of the clubs riders with a 23:31.

Thirteen old Max Otter who has just joined the club with his father Graham did an amazing 32:27, someone to look out for in the future. He is getting some tri-bars soon so watch out!!

Lizzie Reynolds continues to improve and has knocked nearly 8 minutes from her 10 mile time this season. Lizzie has managed a Personal Best in every event she has ridden.

Tuesday 25th June 2013

‘What a grand evening that was!’

On one of the warmest evenings this year with great views of Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester, twenty two club members and local cyclists enjoyed the inaugural Summertime Hill Climb.

The traffic free 1000 metre course on the old road climbing over The Ridgeway from Weymouth met the clubs expectations and proved popular amongst riders. An event certainly to be repeated next year.

Ben Davis came out on top with 02:12, unattached Jonny Cooper in second with 02:33 and Darren Matthews just one second adrift in 02:34.

11th June 2013

Another great night for the club10 on P451 saw Adam Topham on his new bike finish in 20:18: i.e. within ONE SECOND of the course record! which was set by Matt Illingworth at the Nationals in 1999.

15 riders, including a couple of newcomers put in some impressive times - a PB of 24.52 for Matthew Merritt, and 23:04 for Bryce 'not riding much at the moment' Riglar.

...and in other news, the start and finish lines have been repainted just before they disappeared ;-)

4th June 2013

Great night for the club 10, 14 riders put in some good times. Photos from the event on the club facebook page here.

07 May 2013, Club 25 P451/25

A warm but windy night with 10 riders taking on the traditional distance of time trialling. Club fast man Greg Parker proved his worth taking a comfortable win in 56:55 despite only using the race as some 'pacing' training for his bigger goals this season. Triathlete Chris Walker turned in an impressive 57:41 for 2nd, which is a huge improvement over last year and shows he must have been training hard this winter and Ian Hobley, riding the course for the first time in years, took 3rd. In the race for the club points trophy David Butt got the better of the other club regulars to finish 4th in 1:01:26, which is also a healthy PB, and close things up in the table.

Finally a personal thanks should go out to Ian Hobley, who is returning to racing after a few years in the wilderness, for allowing me to race by providing a spare tub after I punctured on my way to the sign on. The generosity of this sport always impresses me. 

01 May 2013 

The club would like to warmly welcome two new members.

Lizzie Reynolds has been encouraged to start racing by Joe and has already completed three events.

Bethan Whittal, despite being engrossed in revising for exams, has found time to come and try her hand at time trials. Bethan has ambitions to compete on the track so lets hope that racing with the club will improve her speed. 

It is great to have some female riders and with Heidi Gould at Poundbury Cyclesport leading out regular Friday morning ladies rides we hope to see some more taking up racing soon?

30 April 2013, Club 10 P459

More sunshine and more riders. This weeks club 10, blessed with blue skies and some warm sun, attracted a healthy field of 17 riders to the Monkey World course. Poole Wheelers superstar Gary Dighton made the short trip west to pick up the win in an excellent 22:10. The battle for club points saw Steve Pink again narrowly edge out David Butt by 6 seconds (23:51 to 23:57) and taking 2nd and 3rd overall in the process.

We welcomed a host of visitors, especially from Tri Purbeck and we shall be glad to see them more often.

Next Tuesday is the first 25 of the season. Sign on is on Gatemore Road (the turning north opposite the Red Lion Inn at Winfrith). 

27 April 2013

This Saturday reigning club TT points champion Greg Parker travelled to Liphook to take on some of the best time trialists in the South (Including Olympic track gold medallist Jo Rowsell) at the Hampshire RC Open 10. Despite being caught in a freak downpour that hit several riders in the middle of the field a cold and wet Greg still produced an excellent 21:02 to take 7th place. Seb Ader (a3crg) won the event in 19:52 with National BBAR champion and winner of our Open, Adam Topham, matching Conall Yates in 19:59 to fill out the podium. Gold medallist Rowsell was comfortably fastest woman and finished 11th overall in 21:39.

Full results on Eamonn Deane's blog:


23 April 2013, Club 18 Hilly P451/18

There is nothing like a bit of warm sunshine (at long last) to bring everyone out of the woodwork. Spirits were high, conditions were good and so 14 people turned up for our hardest test over a course going up the higher Sherborne road and back down the Cerne Valley. Steve Pink took a narrow win from David Butt (both setting new PBs) and the resurgent Matt Merritt got himself back on the podium after a tough 2012, although just missing his own PB by seconds. 

It was also good to see three day members in Peter James (a superb debut), Matt Lawes (great first effort) and a young Bethan Whittall (great effort and good to see a female presence) lets hope all three enjoyed the evening and will become regulars?

Next week we take our first trip of the season over to the 10 mile P459 around Monkey World and the Glider club. Anybody riding the course for the first time is asked to be aware of the drain cover on the inside of the very tight final turn back up on to the home straight (Puddletown Road). 

21 April 2013, Poole Wheelers open 27k P433

This Sunday's open was hotly contested in cold conditions. The battle for local supremacy is well and truly on between Poole Wheelers Gary Dighton and our own Greg Parker. Despite having already taking two open wins and leading the head to head 1-0 Greg was narrowly edge out of another win by the former Olympian Dighton, 7 seconds being the margin. The rolling course might have suited Dighton's super lean frame but the difference may have been more to do with some extremely localised fog suffered by Greg (the offending visor may be shelved for the near future). Still 2 wins and a second place is a great return so far for Greg and this battle is set to run all season.

Slightly further back Bryce Riglar put in another solid ride, Steve Pink shaved a few seconds off of his course best, William Wilson continued his welcome return to action, Stuart Carrington is starting to find his racing legs and Oliver Carrington won the fastest junior prize. Well done to all.

Club times:

31st March

The CC Weymouth Open 10 mile Time Trial attracted a field of 35 riders - slightly down on last year, probably due to the recent cold cold weather which hasn't exactly encouraged the filling in of open TT entry forms - but still a healthy field.

The race was won by Adam Topham who in cold and windy conditions got within 4 seconds of the course record and the £199 prize for breaking it. CC Weymouth took the team prize, with great rides from Greg Parker, Bryce Riglar, and John Chapman.

 Full write up, pictures, and results on Eamonn Dean's excellent blog - to see it, click here.

23rd March
Circuit TT went well on a cold and windy morning with 12 hardy souls setting off from Moreton. The win was had by Steven Pink in his first race on his new TT bike, in a creditable 57:39.

 15th March
Our first race of the season was cancelled due to standing water on the course ;-( ... rain on it's own isn't usually enough to prevent racing, but when there's been a proper downpour parts of the course can be affected by standing water, when the spray is so thick sight of the riders is difficult we have to cancel, in this case the traffic volumes weren't that high, but the pools of water were causing drivers to cross over to the opposite side of the road, and we decided that this would make racing too dangerous.

3rd March
Good turn out for the interclub 14mile hilly TT run by Poole Wheelers today, the times for CCW riders were:

Good turnout from CCW for the Poole Wheelers interclub event from Stoborough/Wareham today, the times were:

Greg Parker: 40:08 (!!! - overall winner)
Andrew Leach: 46:33
Julian Thacker: 47:51
Matthew Merritt: 48:55
Andrew Preston: 53:35
Andrew Jackson: 53:47

The 2013 race calendar has now been posted on the events page - get the dates in your diary!

– to go to the events page, click here.


The Cycling Time Trials (CTT) levy for 2013 has been held at £2 per rider, per race, so we have again decided to hold our prices in 2013, so the race fees will remain:
CC Weymouth members, AND members of other  CTT clubs:  £2
Juniors (those under 18 on 1.1.2013) £1.
Non-members £3.
Come and try, 1st event free.

The winter Reliability rides for 2013 will be held on 20th January (80km) and 17th February (100km) both start at 10am from Poundbury cyclesport, details posted on the fourm nearer the time.

December 2012
We are sorry to have to report the sad news of the recent death of Kristina Pearce-Buckley. Kristina was an active member of the club in it's early days, and was made a honorary life-member in gratitude for her long-standing services as treasurer. Our thoughts are with her husband, Nigel.