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WSw & Tri Weekly Email Newsletter - 19th December 2014

Cyclo Cross

The penultimate round of this season’s Eastern league CX was hosted by XRT Elmy Cycles at Trinity Park, Ipswich on Sunday.

With several West Suffolk Wheelers & Triathlon Club riders chasing top 3 positions, competition was tough on an uncompromising, heavy and energy sapping course which by far suited the lighter and faster riders.

Joint top finisher of the day was Harley Gregory, 4th in the Under 10 race, which leaves him 5th in the overall rankings.

Both Charlie Knowler (8th) and Oliver Griggs (11th) raced well in the Under 12s, leaving both neck and neck in the overall standings (Oliver 8th and Charlie 9th).

Rounding off the juniors, Thomas Macro placed 38th in the youth race.

Also finishing 4th was Mike Bowen in the men’s 40-49 race. He currently occupies 6th position in the overall standings, in what has proved to be a very competitive group. The course by now was proving very heavy going, although Matt Shingleton rode powerfully for 19th. Both Stu Grand and Richard Stiff tussled for the race duration, with honours just going to Stu (30th) over Richard (31st). Ian Mortlock put in another steady performance for 36th, with another three way tussle seeing Matt Denny (46th) easing past Giles Prime (47th) and Adi Grimwood (48th).

The combined Men’s 50+ and Women’s event saw another well-paced ride from Paul Watson (8th) and Pater Golding (12th), leaving Peter (in his first ever season of cyclo cross) an impressive 9th in the 50+ age group standings. The Wheelers’ sole women’s representative, Nicole Gregory, finished in 49th but this also places her a very respectable 9th in the overall Women’s category.

Another hard ride saw Barry Denny finish in 34th, consolidating his 3rd overall position in the 60+ category, with Darren Baker (having endured an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction) a disappointed 39th

Cross Country

Elsewhere, the club’s triathlon group was well represented at the latest Suffolk Winter League cross country round held at Haughley Park.

On a course of some 5 miles over the park’s many descents, climbs and obstacles the Wheelers’ contingent enjoyed some fine performances, with Chris Mower leading the way as first Wheeler in 42nd position, followed by Darren Sharman (58th), Myles Taylor, in his debut senior race, (132nd), Steve Mutton (134th), Chris Ridgeon (161st), Paul Sawyer (173rd), Julian Colman (176th), Phil Clarke (181st), Malcolm MacFarlane (185th), Steve Linden (244th), Simon Kitchen (252nd) and Lesley Linden (264th).

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Mountain Bike Racing

Round 3 of the Five by Three MTB race series rolled into Eccles Hall School near Snetterton in Norfolk on Sunday.

Despite the harsh conditions elsewhere over the weekend, 5 riders from West Suffolk Wheelers & Triathlon Club enjoyed a relatively dry and fast flowing course albeit flint covered in parts.

Sadly, the senior members (Will Smith, Dick Lines and Richard Holland-Jones) suffered a variety of mechanical problems with the flint in particular causing a number of punctures forcing their early withdrawal.

However, junior riders Robin Lines and Rhys Holland-Jones acquitted themselves well in the Under 16 event, Robin finishing 10th (6 laps in 49:46) and Rhys 11th (5/38:36).

 

Suffolk Punch

Suffolk Punch Reliability Trial

Sunday 1 February 2015

EVENT HEAD QUARTERS – at the West Suffolk Wheelers &Triathlon Club’s HQ

On the campus of Priory School, Mount Road, Bury St Edmunds IP32 7BH

Entry via the school’s rear entrance in Shakers Lane

 

Registration from 9.00am – first group away at 9.30am

Entry fee £5

Choice of three routes – 75 miles, 60 miles and 36 miles

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WSw & Tri Weekly Email Newsletter - 30th December 2014

Cyclo Cross

Winter sunshine and an unseasonably mild day welcomed a large contingent of West Suffolk Wheelers & Triathlon Club riders to round 16 of the Eastern Cyclo Cross League at Snetterton on Sunday.

The conditions masked what was in fact a very technical and challenging course, the numerous switch backs and climbs compounded by cloying mud which tested riders’ abilities in shouldering their bikes whilst running and climbing as much as their riding skills.

Top placed Wheeler of the day was Harley Gregory (under 10), who finished 7th and is currently at 5th in the overall age group standings. Sophie Griggs (16th) is also riding high in the standings, as 1st U8 girl.

Triathlete Charlie Knowler raced well for 11th, just pipping Oliver Griggs (15th) in the under 12, whilst Thomas Macro acquitted himself well with 40th (youth).

By the start of the combined men’s 50 + and women’s race, the course had begun to churn up although cross country running specialist Peter Golding made light of the heavier conditions underfoot and decided, as did most riders, that running with the bike was the better option. Peter finished well in 14th, with Paul Watson shaking off a nasty stomach bug to place 17th.

Barry Denny continued a fine run to finish 37th, and remains 3rd in the 60+ standings. Dave Griggs produced a determined ride through the mud to finish 45th, Darren Baker was 46th and Nicole Gregory 58th.

The usual over enthusiastic start in the men’s 40-49 race was marred within metres of the grid by an enormous pile up, although Mike Bowen took advantage of the confusion and powered on to finish 10th. Darren Davis (37th) and Matt Shingleton (39th) matched the by now difficult course, as did Stu grand (42nd), with Richard Stiff (45th), Matt Denny (51st), Ian Mortlock (53rd). Giles Prime took a theatrical tumble in finishing 56th with Adi Grimwood 57th.Cyclo Cross

Winter sunshine and an unseasonably mild day welcomed a large contingent of West Suffolk Wheelers & Triathlon Club riders to round 16 of the Eastern Cyclo Cross League at Snetterton on Sunday.

The conditions masked what was in fact a very technical and challenging course, the numerous switch backs and climbs compounded by cloying mud which tested riders’ abilities in shouldering their bikes whilst running and climbing as much as their riding skills.

Top placed Wheeler of the day was Harley Gregory (under 10), who finished 7th and is currently at 5th in the overall age group standings. Sophie Griggs (16th) is also riding high in the standings, as 1st U8 girl.

Triathlete Charlie Knowler raced well for 11th, just pipping Oliver Griggs (15th) in the under 12, whilst Thomas Macro acquitted himself well with 40th (youth).

By the start of the combined men’s 50 + and women’s race, the course had begun to churn up although cross country running specialist Peter Golding made light of the heavier conditions underfoot and decided, as did most riders, that running with the bike was the better option. Peter finished well in 14th, with Paul Watson shaking off a nasty stomach bug to place 17th.

Barry Denny continued a fine run to finish 37th, and remains 3rd in the 60+ standings. Dave Griggs produced a determined ride through the mud to finish 45th, Darren Baker was 46th and Nicole Gregory 58th.

The usual over enthusiastic start in the men’s 40-49 race was marred within metres of the grid by an enormous pile up, although Mike Bowen took advantage of the confusion and powered on to finish 10th. Darren Davis (37th) and Matt Shingleton (39th) matched the by now difficult course, as did Stu grand (42nd), with Richard Stiff (45th), Matt Denny (51st), Ian Mortlock (53rd). Giles Prime took a theatrical tumble in finishing 56th with Adi Grimwood 57th.

Fred Filby – Boxing Day 10

15 elite cyclists took part in the 2014 Fred Filby Boxing Day 10 mile time trial. In glorious winter weather, these hard men took on this gruelling challenge against the clock.

Finishing only seven seconds from his target time, James Asker won the event. He seemed very pleased to know that he would be receiving the magnificent Fred Filby trophy.

Full results are available online.

 

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  • The West Suffolk Wheelers cycling club was formed in 1922 and is based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. We have a good cross-section of cycling on offer to welcome new and experienced cyclists alike. If you wish to learn bike handling skills for on and/or off-road cycling our members have the knowledge and experience to teach you. The Club is proud of it's development work with young people, and we have coaches to guide new cyclists in their training. We are active in all areas of cycling including: Road Racing, Time Trials, Track Racing, Club Runs,Touring, Audax, Sportive, Mountain Biking and Cyclo-cross. Members also compete in triathlon competitions; the Club is recently affiliated to Triathlon England, and new triathlete members are welcomed

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