36th Jock Wadley Memorial Road Race

36th Jock Wadley Memorial Road Race – 11th March

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Race:

– 84 mile Road Race – relatively flat.  12 laps.

Conditions:

– Grey,damp..then wet..then cold!

Team:  

– James Ambrose-Parish; Oliver Cliff; Josh Copley; Fabien Horrocks; Max McMurdo; Matt Shepherd

 

Report - Written by Josh Copley - ‘Cobwebs well and truly removed’

The first race of the year for me and many of us, and a tough one to start off with.

 

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Once we’d all got our new kit from Pro Sport distribution plus & SH+. I was using the PS+ short sleeved gaba style jacket, so grateful to have great pieces like this on hand. We then headed off to do our own pre-race and warm up routines, Jason got our heads into race planning.  Our plan was to get a couple of riders up the road in the various breakaways and then work for James in the sprint if it came back together.

The roll out was ok but did feel a little sketchy, with riders nervous to start racing after a long winter off.   This wasn’t helped by the rain, standing water and pot holes, so factors were against us from the drop of the flag.   There were soon splits with groups going off the front and then being pulled back over and over again.  A lot to think about including how bodies were holding up to racing.

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Per our plan Max was the first to follow the break in the first lap, but was unfortunately caught by a large group of chasing riders.   Great effort for the team but too many matches burnt early on and he soon found himself rolling back through the many groups on the road. 

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I was in the chasing group that bridged over to the front, after a long chase. The front group was big – maybe over 20 riders - and it was never going to work in these conditions with so many riders. 

Unsurprisingly there was no common plan or interest to have one and it just fell to bits through a flurry of attacks over the next lap.  I was caught on the wrong side of the breaks.

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Behind in the main group Oliver, Matt, Fabian and James were stoically blocking moves from going up the road and insuring that my group stayed away.   Then James got a dose of bad luck with a broken saddle.  Jason and the team car got him sorted as quickly as possible but he did then have his own chase on his hands.

I hung in there up front but was feeling it with 3 laps to go, getting wetter and wetter.  Getting to the finish line with the main group became a more realistic goal at this stage.   I was dropped on multiple occasions but worked through the pain.  Ouch!.  …and did hang in with the large chasing group who were in contention for 12th.  Still one lap to go and was determined to stay with as much of the action as possible.  I did keep with it in the end and secured 24th place which I was very pleased with and thank the team for their efforts through the race. 

Great to get team mates together and to have started the racing season.    Many races to come, many scenarios and many roles for each of us to play in giving the team as much chance of success as possible.  We are a young team as we know but we can have an impact.

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A few quick words from the lads on post-race reflection………………

Matt  - ‘ I found myself in a group with James, Oliver and Fabian but wasn’t feeling great and didn’t manage to finish the race. Now I just need to focus on getting my race fitness back up again and hopefully improve throughout the season.’

Oliver  -‘I was glad to play my part in helping riders get up the road and try and stop people bridging across to them’

James - ’I missed the opening move of the race and gradually more and more riders got away, this meant I found myself in the 4th and largest group on the road.   After a bike change due to a mechanical & chase back on to the group. I had to dig in to get to the 3rd group on the road and a possible top 30 finish, however which didn’t work out in the end. Hard day out.   Onwards and upwards’

Max - ‘Managed to break away in the first lap, but was caught by a large group of chasing riders but had burnt too many matches early on to stick with the front group for 8 laps. I then rolled back through many groups on the road, job was done for the day and I was cooked! Great first hit out with the boys’

Fabian  - ‘It was a wet race with some good quality riders. Fortunately I had some tough team mates who made the front groups. The race felt unusually easy but just missed all the right moves and then unfortunately had a mechanical (chain dropped and jammed)’

 

Thanks to the sponsors...

TBW23. https://www.tbw23.com/

Stuart Hall Cycling. https://stuarthallcycling.co.uk/

Gett Taxi Uk. https://gett.com/uk/

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SH+ www.shplus.com

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Blaydon cc 2 stage hill climb

TBW23 Blaydon cc 2 stage hill climb Daneil Nieto

Sunday October 8th.

Daniel Nieto racing 

Blaydon cc 2 stage hill climb, finished 10th.

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2017, where have you gone? A Joe Sutton update

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2017, where have you gone? It only feels like last week that I moved to Belgium to live and race for the season. Six months later, i'm sitting at home thinking about next year! 

I moved home last Saturday and have settled in to home life and my winter routine. This year has consisted of many ups and downs; on and off the bike. I have remained steady through the trials and tribulations enabling me to take away as much learning as possible. Through the year I had Injuries and illness which meant time off the bike. Mentally I found this hard, thinking about form dropping. But I was able to come back and get some good top 5 results. One lesson my Mum has taught me; it's the attitude you have in dealing with the lows as well as the highs that makes you winner!

There are many people that helped me along my way this year and without their support and energy, I would not have achieved my goals!

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The Dave Rayner Fund has been behind me, providing financial and moral support. Along with assisting with any problems I had. Thank you!
The annual Dave Rayner Charity Dinner is fast approaching on the 4th of November. This is an amazing evening, something that can't be missed! Tickets are available from their website. http://www.daveraynerfund.co.uk/dinner/
Please check it out! All the money raised goes to helping young cyclists reach their full potential!

Goma Dakerken Cycling team has taken me across Belgium and France to compete in some really tough events. Thank you Gerry Vande Pontseele and all the people that play a role in the team for giving me these opportunities! I am looking forward to continuing with you in the season of 2018.

Jason Nind and The Bike Warehouse Gillingham went on numerous visits to Belgium to support me at races. Thank you for the time an effort you have given me and the sport!

IngridLennert ,HansNicolas and Jeremi. Thank you for making me part of your family and all the support you gave me! I'm looking forward to returning next year when Lennie has completed Bike Park Trot!

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The Cycle Show "Pirelli Supercriterium"

TBW23 The Cycle Show "Pirelli Supercriterium" Josh Housley

Sunday 24th September.

Josh Housley Racing and Reporting.

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The Cycle Show "Pirelli Supercriterium" E12 saw my end to the 2017 season. Finishing 14th after getting caught behind a crash in the first few laps saw the front group of 13 form up the road. Working with a group of 5 containing KTM, Bike Channel Canyon and Connor Swift of Madison Genesis, I finished in good company! A good last race of 2017 with a brilliant atmosphere and a fitting way to end a great day out at the show with Heather Grace Douglas. 
A big thanks also to Team Bottecchia Wigmore U23 for sorting me with a team bike for the race!
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Thanks to the sponsors;
TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net
Bottecchia https://www.bottecchiauk.com/
SH+ www.shplus.com
SIS http://www.scienceinsport.com/
Lake shoes http://www.lakecycling.com/
Prosport Distribution http://www.prosportdistribution.com/
Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/
Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com
XIT http://www.prosportdistribution.com/products/xit-basewear/
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Wigmore Cycling Club http://www.bc-clubs.co.uk/wigmorecc/

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Peter Merritt Signs for Goma

Peter Merritt Signs for Goma

Petter Merritt...

I'm extremely pleased to announce that I will be living and racing in Belgium for 2018 having signed my contract with Goma Dakwerken - VDB Steenhouwerij C.T.. Although this year has been a very tough season fraught with injury, I'm still super-motivated for next season and extremely grateful for the opportunity to be racing with the team for a third year. I'd also like to say a huge thank you to TBW Bottecchia Wigmore Rt U23, Handi-Ness Organization and VC Deal for the incredible support this year.

Eastern Region Junior Championships

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Sunday 17th September.

Eastern Region Junior Championships.

Lyster Romero racing and reporting.

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"In this photo we see what it looked like before the start. A beautiful, sunny, 22 degree day. Literally the calm before the storm 😂
Raced the eastern region junior champs today everyone. Felt really good. Chucked it down from the start. The comms neutralised it for half a lap when it was raining the hardest. But it continued to rain for the next hour. Loads of people jpulling out, was freezing, but i chose to carry on.
With the bunch getting down to about 15 I started thinking that i could get away with a sweet result.
I was using a different tyre on the rear than usual. A schwalbe one. I've been riding it for months but not raced it in the wet yet. I was slipping and sliding even in a straight line.
Like i say carried on though until the last lap where I went through a flooded section of road where I punctured. A minute for neutral to replace and i kept calm as I knew I could chase on if I gave it some gas. 
The neutral didn't give me a tow as they went to help another rider, so I was left on my own. 
The rear wheel was rubbing and I notice the quick release half done up. So I stop and have to call it a day.
Apparently because so many people pulled out, I still made points. Hopefully I will find some pictures soon to show the most grim race of my life 😁

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Thanks to our sponsors.
TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net
Bottecchia https://www.bottecchiauk.com/
SH+ www.shplus.com
SIS http://www.scienceinsport.com/
Lake shoes http://www.lakecycling.com/
Prosport Distribution http://www.prosportdistribution.com/
Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/
Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com
XIT http://www.prosportdistribution.com/products/xit-basewear/
Andrew Hillman fb.me/sportsmassageandrewhillman
Wigmore Cycling Club http://www.bc-clubs.co.uk/wigmorecc/

Fallen Leaves National B Scottish Stage Race

Saturday and Sunday.

TBW23 Fallen Leaves National B Scottish Stage Race

Hamish Carrick, Daniel Nieto and Josh Housley.

Josh Reporting 

Fallen Leaves National B Scottish Stage Race Day 1: KOM jersey on my shoulders. 
Stage one was a prologue in which I was immediately disadvantaged with the absence of a TT bike or clip on tri bars finishing 30 seconds down on GC.
Stage 2 was a 90km road race in which I managed to initialise a breakaway with 6 others 30km in after a climb. At the KOM points on the course I placed second in each prime. As the winner of each prime was different each time, this put me in the lead of the King of Mountains competition. This breakaway group eventually dwindled to 3 riders and was caught at the bottom of the finishing climb only 2km from the finish. Gutted. However, I hung onto 8th place on the stage, with team mates Daniel Nieto 9th and Hamish Carrick keeping his powder dry and finishing safely in the bunch. 
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Thanks to my team mates and the sponsors;
TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net
Bottecchia https://www.bottecchiauk.com/
SH+ www.shplus.com
SIS http://www.scienceinsport.com/
Lake shoes http://www.lakecycling.com/
Prosport Distribution http://www.prosportdistribution.com/
Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/
Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com
XIT http://www.prosportdistribution.com/products/xit-basewear/
Andrew Hillman fb.me/sportsmassageandrewhillman
Wigmore Cycling Club http://www.bc-clubs.co.uk/wigmorecc/

Peter's Q&A with VeloUK.net

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Peter Merritt

Our placed rider Peter Merritt is currently featured the #Xmasfeature Q&A for @VeloUK

Its all about his racing in Belgium and an upcoming season on the continent.

If you've ever wondered what it takes to race abroad, Peter's Q&A is an interesting insite....

 

https://www.velouk.net/2016/12/29/feature-racing-in-belgium-by-peter-merritt/

 

 

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Imperial Winter Series Round 3 at Hillington

 

Saturday 17th December

Tyler Lemmon racing the winter series on is own made the most of the day by end it well with third place in a bunch sprint.

 Tyler Lemmon 3rd place

Tyler Lemmon 3rd place

 

Photo by Digi Dave Hayward Photos

Thanks to sponsors.

TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net
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Rotor www.rotoruk.co.uk
Teknofuel www.teknofuel.com
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