Tour of Sussex Stage 4


Tour Of Sussex
 stage 4 - Lady's Mile Road Race - Alex Ashmanreporting:

On Saturday, we took to the very popular Lady’s Mile circuit for the first proper road stage of the tour. Having raced hard over the previous 3 stages, Joe West and Peter Merritt had risen to top and we had our clear GC team leaders. I had the job of looking after Joe and Stanley Kennett took on the task of protecting Peter. The race started with one of longest neutral roll outs I’ve ever been a part of, 7 miles!

Stan took up his place at the front of the peloton to make sure that no dangerous gaps were allowed to form, whilst the 3 of us were safe in the bunch. With around 4 miles to go, Stanley set off in pursuit of the breakaway but was ultimately caught near the line. The rest of us stayed inside the peloton up the final climb meaning that Pete and Joe were still in a strong position or the overall.

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Tour of Sussex Stage 3


Tour Of Sussex
 stage 3 - ITT - Joe West reporting:

Stage 3 was a ITT up ditching beacon and was a good test for the legs after the stage 2 TTT. As they set people in number order in 1 minute intervals, we were last team to go which in some way was nice as we got to know the times to beat!

Alex Ashman was first off closely follow by Stanley KennettPeter Merrittand myself. It was all about trying to gain back some valuable seconds in the GC and set ourselves up nicely for the weekends road races,
which is what we did. Roll on stage 4!!

Results are in the link below.

https://www.tourofsussex.com/

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Tour of Sussex Stage 2


Tour Of Sussex
 stage 2 - Beachy Head - team time trial:

Stage 2 was the team time trial on the Beachy Head circuit. The team set off at 10:40 with the aim of catching the team 2 minutes ahead of them. The circuit was 2 laps of an 8 mile loop, starting on a twisty decent followed by a climb to the finish. With temperatures hitting 24 degrees celsius, the climb was bound to take its toll.

Starting with a steady pace, the team took 1 minute turns which continued for the first lap. Stanley lost contact after the first lap after doing the majority of the work on lap 1. The rest of the team continued to push on, taking into account that the time was taken on the third rider crossing the line. Follow the links below to see how the team got on...

Stage Results: www.tourofsussex.com/mtos-s2-rr
GC: www.tourofsussex.com/mtos-s2-gc

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Cyclopark

Cyclopark Summer Series Rnd #11 - 4th July - Dave Williams reporting:

After battling through awful traffic to get to the race on time, I squeezed in a few laps to warm up and try to shake out my legs after a few hectic and long days at works since racing on Tuesday night at Hillingdon... It was actually a really calm night for Cyclopark weather wise with light winds and warm sunny weather! 
The race actually started relatively fast and with a fair amount of attacks and counter attacks to keep it moving nicely, but ultimately with not letting anyone get too much of a gap before being brought back. It was a good size bunch with some really capable riders but with nothing sticking it inevitably turned into an almost ‘lazy’ race where there may have been an occasional break but it would never come to anything after being chased down then everyone sitting up to ride around at a relatively comfortable pace. In the end I even relented myself from attacking and helping to pull riders back sitting near the head of the race out of trouble.
With 3 laps to go the pace did eventually lift and there were again a few more attacks from the stronger riders but as before they were all brought back with relative ease. On the last lap I pushed hard to maintain my position within the top 4-6 riders knowing it was going to end up in a big bunch sprint. 
After the last corner at the very bottom of the hill and circuit we climbed over the main short rise and there was a lull in the pace... immediately I sensed it and attacked hard over the top of the riders in front of me and managed to get a good gap on the bunch - I couldn’t look back so just got my head down and kept on pushing hard all the way to the line. I could sense the riders pulling me back but then heard the shouts of John (see video) and that lifted me just enough to stand up and push on again to take the win by around half a bike length... I couldn’t get my hands in the air as quite honestly with that massive effort I could hardly see where I was going let alone muster the strength to lift them out of the drops!!! 
Chuffed to get a win under my belt at last and get some valuable points to get me ever closer to moving back into racing with the E/1/2’s.

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Tour of Sussex Stage 1

Tour Of Sussex stage 1 - crit on the sea front - 4th July...

Stage 1 was the crit on the sea front. With a hotdog shaped circuit with two 180 degree turns, the trick was to ride near the front for the entire race. With bonus seconds on offer for the first rider across the line on lap one, it was going to be full on from the gun! Following the riders briefing at 7pm, the team rolled straight to the start line but unfortunately did not manage to get as close to the line as they wanted to be.

At 7:30 the race started and it was a sprint off the line into the first corner. The race strung out with riders fighting for the best line. The team worked hard to move up through the Peleton to get closer to the front. After about 30 minutes, gaps started to appear in the peleton, fracturing under the stress applied from those at the front chasing points. Two riders managed to gap the bunch and hold a 10-15 second gap and the bunch were not fully committed to chasing.

When the bunch sat up, Peter took the opportunity well and rode off the front, giving him the pick of the line going into the corners. Another rider bridged across and they maintained a 7-9 second gap between the peleton and the leaders until the last lap when they were unfortunately caught by the bunch leading up to the sprint.

Well done to the team, going into stage two with Peter 8th on the day and on GC.

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Otley GP

Otley Town centre Crit- 3rd July- E12- 50th place - Kieran Hotsonreporting:

With this race being one of the biggest town centre races on the calendar, for sure I was really looking forward to riding Otley and hoping for a better result of surviving this race after the other weeks disaster at ilkley not having the legs.

The conditions were lovely on the night with a late 8:45pm start but still warm and a little light still left. The opening laps of the race predictably were absolutely full gas. With the bunch tearing up the long draggy climb as attack after attack went up the road with nothing getting a big gap. Just the bunch chasing hard each lap hitting up to 50kph going up the climb on the fastest laps and hitting 76kph on the descent back into the town.

Heading into the last 10 laps and there were many bodies going out the back including some big names. I managed to keep myself in the main group all the way to the end finishing up 50th place. A tough day out for sure. Not a super result but really happy to finish given the pace of the race.

Thanks to VeloUK and Kieran Metcalfe Photography for the photos!

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Pembrey Crits

Pembrey Crit - 3rd July - Matthew Hanford reporting:

Pembrey Crit, also known as the World Champs! Everyone racing was keen for the win for the bragging rights and a slab of beer. The race started and continued with the usual attacks, chase, attack, ease up, attack. The race stayed together until 2.5 laps to go where a group of 5 slipped away which I just missed out on, 1 rider chased them down and went full gas up the climb where we caught 2 meaning 3 were in front. I launched my sprint earlier to win the bunch sprint and just miss out on 3rd. Happy with 4th though, and mission W is on the cards!

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Max in Belgium

Max McMurdo reporting on his first race in Belgium this Summer:

Now that I’ve settled in I was eager to start racing, I was here in Belgium last year and from that I knew It would take me a few races to get back to fitness so this is just part of the process.

This race was just over the other side of Antwerp, and was 113,4km, 14 laps of a really tight circuit.

I had the strength just not the kick out of the corners, a rider up ahead of me dropped the wheel around 5/6 laps in and was unable to close the gap. That was the end of the race for me.

Time for some rest before the weekend, hoping for a better result there!

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Hillingdon Tuesday night.

Hillingdon Crit West Thames Rnd #12 - 2nd July - Dave Williamsreporting:

The circuit was run anti-clockwise this week and with a light breeze across the back of the circuit it was an almost perfect night for racing... This week I was joined by young Leighton Dalley (4TPlus Velo Club) which made for some familiar company. 
The race started full gas with constant attacks keeping the pace high. Eventually a few riders broke away (which included Leighton) as the E/1/2’s passed us which resulted in a lull for us and the riders ahead gaining a sizeable gap on the main bunch. Eventually 2 out of the 3 came back into the fold with the 1 rider putting in a massive effort to not only stay away but maintain a gap of around 1/2 a lap on us all the way through to the end where he took the win. The race for the bunch settled into a relatively high pace and with one lap to go I put Leighton in front of me and shouted for him to hold the wheel of a rider who I knew from previous rounds had a good sprint on him. We came around the last corner and the sprint fully opened up - Leighton doing a fine job of holding the wheel and at my instruction pushing forward rolling over the top of a few other riders in front of us so we eventually finished 4th and 5th respectively. It was a good race all in all and I felt pretty strong and hope to now look forward to an improved result in the remaining rounds.

Photo credit to Frankie Snell's Photography

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Stourport Crit

Strouport Crit - 2nd July - Cameron Foster reporting:

On Tuesday I rode my local mid week crit, Strouport again. Sadly there were only 6 people, so we were only racing for 3 points which was a surprise on such a a nice night. The race started with attacks as normal and eventually the race blew apart with two up the road, with another rider and myself chasing but after several laps of not closing the gap the fire went out of the chase and we accepted our fate. As we got near to the end I had a few attacks to try and get away solo but it didn't happen. Sadly there was some confusion at the end where as we got lapped by the winner as we came up to the line for the bell lap, they ended the race and as I was in 4th place I missed out on contesting for the one point on offer, a little disappointed but these things happen.

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Llandow Crit.

Llandow Crit E/1/2 - 2nd July - Ryan Watkins reporting:

On Tuesday night I raced my local crit, Llandow, which is always a good nights racing. The race started relatively relaxed with no one pushing for the first lap. 2nd lap a rider attacked and no one followed so I went and bridged over with another rider. We worked well for 2-3 laps but it all came back together. Non stop attacking then for the few laps with everything coming back together. With 3 laps to go there was 2 riders off the front with a small advantage but no one wanted to chase. On the final lap we caught both riders and I ended up finishing in 3rd place in the bunch sprint.

Thanks to Cwmcarn Paragon CC for some of the photos!

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Peter Sandy Memorial RR.

Peter Sandy Memorial Road Race - Nat B - 30th June - Ryan Watkins reporting;

Last Sunday I went down to Devon and raced a tough Nat B. The course was roughly 8 miles long with 1 long gradual climb, which we had to complete 10 times totaling just under 80 miles. After a long 15 minute neutral, we finally started the 10 laps. There were a few attacks straight away and 2 managed to get away. After a lot of attempts on the long climb, on lap 2 a small group had got away. On the third lap Steve Lampier pushed on up the climb and blew the race apart, unfortunately I didn’t make it to the front group. There were roughly 15 up the road. With St Piran doing a lot of the work, the group kept getting smaller every time we hit the climb. By the 6th lap there must’ve been 20-25 riders in the bunch. On the 8th lap the bunch really split and I was in a small group of 6 or 7 riders. We worked away but didn’t catch the 2 groups out front. In the end I sprinted for 28th.

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Ian Mountain Memorial RR.

Ian Mountain Memorial RR - 30th June - 56 mile road race - 2nd!!! - Kieran Hotson reporting:

After Thursdays ride at the nationals, I had just been ticking the legs over and trying to keep my head up and went into this event desperately looking for a good result to pick the morale up. As it turned out, that's exactly what I got.

An early 9:30 start to the race in Wakefield meant an early drive over from Grimsby but when I got there I was greeted by a warm beautiful day as I had a little spin to check out the rolling 6.4mile course around the outskirts of Wakefield. The course consisted of a small punchy hill about 2 miles into the course followed by a twisty descent through a village then running onto a long 1.5 mile draggy climb along a dual carriageway before dropping back down again and a bit of flat before a punchy climb inside the last km to the finish on a country lane.

Once the flag dropped out of neutral it didn't take long for the race to start kicking off. Plenty of moves coming and going in the first few miles as I monitored the front of the group keeping an eye out for a dangerous move to go with. The first time up the long draggy climb was when things really started happening with the group getting strung out and a few splits happening as I keep up there waiting for the move to go then getting in it. The move went and 6 of us got a gap and pushed on. Unfortunately that move didn't stick too long and we were brought back. The group then stayed together for a couple of miles until we hit the next climb up to the finish. With a few riders including myself punching hard over the top of the climb and pushing hard on the flat was enough to break the front of the group and cause a bigger split of 8 riders including myself. Looking behind me the gap was good and growing so I pushed on with the group of 8 all working very well together we settled in for 50 miles to go of through and off. I didn't contest the first prime of the day on the second lap thinking more about driving the break on and not upsetting the flow too much with a fragile gap. As did most of the other riders. On the end of the 4th lap however we had a much more healthy gap so I decided to try and get a prime in the bag. Leaving it as late as possible to hit out And took the prime successfully then settling back and getting the flow of the break going again.

As the laps ticked over the gap grew steadily just going over a minute with 2 laps to go so we had enough time to play with on the last lap. As we hit the finish climb for the penultimate time there was a few digs from the break to split things up and three riders got a gap on me as we took the bell. Working hard with one of the other riders we managed to pull them back and the 8 man group then stayed together all the way to the last time up the finish climb were I attacked hard from the bottom of the hill catching the group napping with one other rider going with me. I passed him as I went over the top of the hill with 150m to go thinking I was going to win then almost out of nowhere I was countered by one of the other riders who must've jumped on my wheel as I went. As
He jumped past I just couldn't hang onto him and had to settle for a solid 2nd place. A great day out for sure.

Thanks to Kieran Metcalfe Photography for the photos!

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Reading CC Hillingdon Crit

Reading CC Hillingdon Crit 1/2/3 - 29th June - Peter Merritt reporting:

The original plan for this weekend was to compete in the TMG Horizon Trophy. Unfortunately, the race was cancelled earlier this month, so as an alternative, I went up to West London on Saturday to compete in the Reading CC Hillingdon Crit.

The hardest part of the race was the heat, with the temperature getting as high as 36 degrees. A group of 3 broke away early on. Later in the race I got into a countermove with 7 other riders. Unfortunately, we never bridged to the trio in front, making it a race for 4th place. Despite feeling relatively strong throughout the race, I didn't quite have the turn of speed come the finish, and only managed to bag 7th place. Onto the next one.

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National Time Trail Championship. U23.

National U23 TT championships - 27th June - 34th place - Kieran Hotsonreporting:

conditions greeted the race fairly well with a moderate temperature but a stiff breeze to add further thoughts. Going into the pacing strategy for the this event I was very much looking forward to now as my training for my comeback has started to taper as my fitness is returning pretty well now.

After getting to the course the day before for a recon I was fairly surprised that the course was far more rolling than anticipated with many drags and false flats to consider all around the course. With so many different possibilities of pacing it. It was no surprise at the end of the day that the course had certainly caused some surprises as well as some upsets.

For myself in the race I felt like I'd paced it as well as I could. Holding back some gas over the early climbs then hitting the power climbs later on hard and using the descents to recover. With 4km to go I caught my minute man so got a good mental boost there. Emptying the tank up the finish climb I felt like I'd got it right giving the last bits of energy to the finish. All was good and then the big guns started rolling in and taking huge chunks out of my time.

I finished in 34th place but this was disappointing for me. As a competitive rider I was left wanting more, but upon reflection with the year I've had so far and the lack of prep time for the event I guess I can't be too down about it. Onwards and upward!

Thanks to Paul Dable for the photo!

Thanks to sponsors:

TBW23. https://www.tbw23.com/

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

Gett Taxi Uk. https://gett.com/uk/

TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net

Bottecchia https://www.bottecchiauk.com/

Endura https://www.endurasport.com/

Le Col https://lecol.cc/?

Clive Emson https://www.cliveemson.co.uk/

Lake shoes http://www.lakecycling.com/

Rotor http://www.velotechservices.co.uk/shop/Vcat3.asp

Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/

Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com

Andrew Hillman https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-hillman-48533463?

Wigmore Cycling Club http://www.bc-clubs.co.uk/wigmorecc/

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Stourport Crit

Stourport - 25th June - Cameron Foster reporting:

On Tuesday, I was back at Stourport again to race. It was a dark and damp night but I was keen as always. The race itself started with attacks and then settled down when someone got away. I tried a few attacks but nothing would stick so I thought I'd gamble on a sprint. Positioning is very important especially into the last hairpin. Going into the last corner I was in a OK place but not close enough to the front. I got 7th so I was pleased to get a few more point!

Thanks to sponsors:

TBW23. https://www.tbw23.com/

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

Gett Taxi Uk. https://gett.com/uk/

TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net

Bottecchia https://www.bottecchiauk.com/

Endura https://www.endurasport.com/

Le Col https://lecol.cc/?

Clive Emson https://www.cliveemson.co.uk/

Lake shoes http://www.lakecycling.com/

Rotor http://www.velotechservices.co.uk/shop/Vcat3.asp

Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/

Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com

Andrew Hillman https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-hillman-48533463?

Wigmore Cycling Club http://www.bc-clubs.co.uk/wigmorecc/

Surrey League RR

Surrey League RR VC Godalming & Haslemere Reg A - 23rd June - Peter Merritt reporting:

Similar to the week previous, Sunday was a regional race on a punchy course. The legs have started feeling better after a few slow weeks and I spent a lot of the race up the road. Unfortunately, it was with little success and I missed the winning move of 3 riders that got away with a few laps to go. I made one last solo effort to bridge with 2 laps to go, but was reeled back in with 1 lap to go. The race ended with an uphill finish, by that point however, I’d burnt all my matches and could only manage 11th place.

Thanks to sponsors:

TBW23. https://www.tbw23.com/

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

Gett Taxi Uk. https://gett.com/uk/

TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net

Bottecchia https://www.bottecchiauk.com/

Endura https://www.endurasport.com/

Le Col https://lecol.cc/?

Clive Emson https://www.cliveemson.co.uk/

Lake shoes http://www.lakecycling.com/

Rotor http://www.velotechservices.co.uk/shop/Vcat3.asp

Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/

Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com

Andrew Hillman https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-hillman-48533463?

Wigmore Cycling Club http://www.bc-clubs.co.uk/wigmorecc/

VC Venta Summer RR

VC Venta Summer RR - 23rd June - 5th - Joe West reporting:

On Sunday I made my way down to stockbridge for the vc venta RR, the course is perfect with it's undulating profile and a punchy climb every lap and being the finish at the top of the climb it suited me perfectly! Having raced here last year and finished 8th I was determined to better that result.

The race started pretty quick with attacks happening left right and centre. But, I kept calm as I had my tactics sorted, attack in the 3rd climb and split the race which I did and it kinda worked but coming over the top someone countered and made a 4 man breakaway.

Coming into the last lap the break were insight and everyone worked well to close the gap before the climb to the finish started. I hit the climb real hard in the middle and distanced most of the remaining peleton, 3 guys were in front including 1 from the break, but coming to the line I didn't quite have the legs to catch or out sprint the guy on my wheel and come home respectively in 5th place.

Thanks to all the sponsors for what was a fantastic race and well organised event. Special thanks to VC Venta for organising the race!

Thanks to sponsors:

TBW23. https://www.tbw23.com/

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

Gett Taxi Uk. https://gett.com/uk/

TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net

Bottecchia https://www.bottecchiauk.com/

Endura https://www.endurasport.com/

Le Col https://lecol.cc/?

Clive Emson https://www.cliveemson.co.uk/

Lake shoes http://www.lakecycling.com/

Rotor http://www.velotechservices.co.uk/shop/Vcat3.asp

Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/

Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com

Andrew Hillman https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-hillman-48533463?

Wigmore Cycling Club http://www.bc-clubs.co.uk/wigmorecc/

25 TT

25TT - 23rd June - Cameron Foster reporting:

On Sunday, I rode my first 25 TT for a few years. It was on the fast Welsh course and as my dad was racing, I decided to have a go. The start was fast! After 5 miles my avg speed was up to nearly 34 mph and maxed out 49mph but due to not having a big enough gear (only 54×11) I was spinning like mad. I covered 10 miles in 18 mins and I got to the turn at 15 miles in under 30 mins. After the turn I hit the head and slight uphill drag, it was a lot harder riding back. At 20 miles I was just under 40 mins but the last 5 miles was so slow compared to the rest that I ended up doing a 52:11, placing me 27th out of 120 riders. I am still super pleased as it was a PB by nearly 4 and a half minutes!

Thanks to sponsors:

TBW23. https://www.tbw23.com/

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

Gett Taxi Uk. https://gett.com/uk/

TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net

Bottecchia https://www.bottecchiauk.com/

Endura https://www.endurasport.com/

Le Col https://lecol.cc/?

Clive Emson https://www.cliveemson.co.uk/

Lake shoes http://www.lakecycling.com/

Rotor http://www.velotechservices.co.uk/shop/Vcat3.asp

Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/

Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com

Andrew Hillman https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-hillman-48533463?

Wigmore Cycling Club http://www.bc-clubs.co.uk/wigmorecc/

Tour of the Reservoir.

Tour of the Reservoir - 22nd-23rd June - Matty Dobbing reporting:

Tour of the reservoir stage 1 - a pretty relaxed start on a warm day, the race started with no drama with the break being left to go up the road with not much resistance. I was just keeping myself tucked in the wheels as I knew that the climb to come would be brutal, after a few miles later the first accent of the 15min climb which as expected was hard especially at the top where the cross winds took hold and Canyon forced the pace I ended up being on the wrong side for when the wind came in being right in the wind. I tried to move up far as I could but the cross wind section after the climb seemed to be the hardest and the race split to bits. The 2nd time up the climb I didn't have the legs as our group split in half which was disappointing as that was 20 positions gone but our group cracked on with wiggins, Ribble and a few other big teams, so was happy to be in good company. I managed to get round which in itself is a big accomplishment for me as a first year under U23 and 74th position which gives me a lot to improve in the future!

Tour of the reservoir - stage 2. After the uphill neutral section the race kicked off straight away in the cross winds, the race was in bits after 10 miles. I ended up in a group including Tom Moses and a few other good riders, but in the wind I was struggling a bit being a lighter rider so slipped back to another echelon but the race still came back together. Into the hardest part of the course, the very hilly part I suffered a puncture. The neutral service then messed up my wheel change then didn't help me get back on meaning game over, but planning on coming back stronger next year.

Thanks to all the organisers who made it happen!

Thanks to sponsors:

TBW23. https://www.tbw23.com/

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

Gett Taxi Uk. https://gett.com/uk/

TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net

Bottecchia https://www.bottecchiauk.com/

Endura https://www.endurasport.com/

Le Col https://lecol.cc/?

Clive Emson https://www.cliveemson.co.uk/

Lake shoes http://www.lakecycling.com/

Rotor http://www.velotechservices.co.uk/shop/Vcat3.asp

Chapeau http://www.chapeau.cc/

Velotoze http://www.velotoze.com

Andrew Hillman https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-hillman-48533463?

Wigmore Cycling Club http://www.bc-clubs.co.uk/wigmorecc/