On 9th March 2019 our annual open road races, the Roy Thame Cup & Spring Chicken Road Races will be held on a rolling circuit in the Claydons in Buckinghamshire. With luck this 31st edition of the popular early season event will be blessed with fair Spring weather as has been the case on so many previous occasions. Two races take place during the day: the Spring Chicken RR starts at 09:30 and is for 3rd & 4th category riders over 70km (just under 3 laps). The Roy Thame Cup starts at 13:30 and is for Elite, 1st & 2nd cats over a distance of 120km (just under 5 laps).
The entry fee is £22 in advance for each event or £25 if you enter on the line or after the closing date. However the last few years the event has had well over 200 entries by the closing date, so EOL will be minimal.
Headquarters are at The Royal Latin School, Buckingham (enter via Chandos Road), MK18 1AX
Note max teams of 4 (Spring Chicken) or 6 (Roy Thame Cup). Entry for Spring Chicken also determined by the Central RR League rules.
All juniors and women get accepted. No first year Juniors allowed in Roy Thame Cup (see tech regs!)
Sat, 9th Mar 2019
The Royal Latin School, Brookfield Lane, , Buckingham, Bucks, MK18 1AX
Event promoted by:
Hemel Hempstead CC (website)
Roy Thame Cup Race Report 2019 The Roy Thame Cup, National B road race approx. 75 miles around a circuit (4.5 laps) in Buckinghamshire. A really windy day with plenty of cross wind sections along the course which could split things up. The race began after a long neutral from HQ, through the narrow roads of Buckingham and then began when the roads opened up. I began the race at front of the bunch following the moves trying to get in the early break. Nothing really stuck. One move did go up the road for a few minutes which included team mate Daniel Nieto so I tried to mark the moves. That was then brought back, and shortly after I attacked and formed a group of 9 riders. With 4 laps to go we had a small gap on the bunch but were working well together to pull out the advantage. By 3 to go, the gap had increased by over a minute, legs were feeling good, kept on top of my hydration and fuel. Just before 2 to go, the race then got stopped because of the way the bunch were riding behind which meant I could restock on gels and drink thanks to the DS Josh Parkin. Shortly after, the race was restarted and our gap was given back to us, we started hard to ensure we kept the gap. With 2 to go, I started to hide in the group trying to save my legs for the last half a lap. I managed to sit in the wheels doing the odd turn to keep it flowing. With 1 lap to go, we had an advantage of over 2 minutes but the chaningang kept flowing until half a lap to go where riders started sitting on. A rider then attacked and got a gap, no one really followed and we just looked at each other. For approximately 3-4 miles we messed about and by the time we got on the final road, the rider had a good gap. Didn’t have much left for the final sprint but managed to get 9th. Happy with the result, tough day out in the saddle