Local cyclist and founding club member Nick Clarke has broken the #Sidetoside cycling record from Pembroke, Wales to Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on 4th October 2018 in a time of 15hrs 25mins. This beats the previous record by 1hr 16mins.
Nick covered 351 miles at an amazing average speed of over 23 mph. He got through almost 10,500 calories and is extremely grateful to the support crew as without them the attempt would never have gotten off the ground.
The club congratulates Nick on his incredible achievement and on the same day as BCC members Michael and Graham broke the Pedal Powered vessel English Channel Crossing.
Sunday, 30th September saw BCC host its annual 10 mile open time trial on the Mentmore Loop. We were favoured by bright conditions, albeit chilly to begin with, and all competitors got round the course with no reported incidents.
Awards were spread around local clubs and teams, with BCC bringing home a few of the medals, to the appreciation of the partisan crowd.
Congratulations to the Lovelo ladies, who won the team shield, just ahead of BCC’s women. Our men won the corresponding shield for the gents, for the second year in succession. Well done all and many thanks to Graham the organiser along with all the volunteers.
1st: Helen McKay, Les Filles Racing Team
2nd: Samantha Fawcett, Lovelo Cinelli Racing Team
3rd: Nicole Oh, Les Filles Racing Team
1st Veteran: Helen McKay, Les Filles Racing Team
1st “Athlete”: Janice Bell, Berkhamsted Cycling Club
Team Shield: Lovelo Cinelli Racing Team (Samantha Fawcett, Bethany
Harrison, Rebecca Fawcett)
1st: Mark Ellis, Team Milton Keynes
2nd: Michael Parker, TMG Horizon Racing Team
3rd: Simon Pearce, Berkhamsted Cycling Club
1st Veteran: Mark Ellis, Team Milton Keynes
1st “Athlete”: Tim Newman, Lovelo Cinelli Racing Team (also a member of
Berkhamsted Cycling Club)
Team Shield: Berkhamsted Cycling Club (Simon Pearce, Ben Conradi, Lee
Our club secretary Simon is very excited to be opening the doors of Musette Cafe in Aldbury for the first time to everyone on Sunday 16th September.
Come and sample their delicious range of cakes, have a go at Rollapaluza racing to win ashmei prizes, check out new gravel bike brand L’Enfer or just enjoy a nice cup of coffee whilst watching the last stage of Vuelta a España.
Club members will be there sampling a cake or two so come along to wish Simon all the best in his new and exciting venture 🙂 Click here to follow Musette Aldbury on Facebook.
It’s been another busy couple of weeks for the club making the most of the end of summer sun.
Along with the clubs weekly Saturday morning rides there have been members further afield.
Simon took on the French RAID Pyrénéen climbs from the Atlantic coast to the Mediterranean.
Jez was in the French Alps where he climbed over 150,000 feet in a single week. To put this into perspective, this is the equivalent of going up Mount Everest over 5 times!
Four club members had earned a place to represent GB in the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship Varese, Italy. A tough climbers course but all thoroughly enjoyed a weekend or so away making the most of Pizza and pasta!
Julian and Jeremy raced at the Vitruvain Half Ironman in Rutland both putting in respectable times but finding the half marathon run very hard work.
Congratulations Anna and proud Mum (BCC member) on winning the last race of the UK National Women’s Road Race series.
Anna has trained with riders from the club and our local bike shop Lovelo Cinelli Race Team.
Anna races for Cycle Team OnForm and has built an impressive palmarès including:
Junior Hill Climb champion
A string of 1st and 2nd places in the Women’s OVO Energy Tour Series
1st in the Women’s National Circuit Championships
Success on the track in the UK and in other road races both in the UK and Europe.
Sunday, 5th August saw Berkhamsted CC hosting its second road race. This year the event was expanded to include a women’s race as well as the men’s race. We were using the Mentmore course, incorporating a long straight drag, which on this occasion was into the wind, followed by a climb up to Mentmore.
For the men there were 12 repeats of this, covering 80 kms (50 miles), while the women had 10 laps, or 70 kms. All of this was undertaken in very warm conditions.
A full field of 60 riders had entered the men’s race, which got underway at 9.30 in the morning, although there were a few no-shows on the day.
Hugely disappointing was the wheel failure experienced by our own Simon Pearce. Fortunately it let go in the HQ car park as riders lined up behind the course car. The loud explosion as the wheel rim literally blew apart took everyone in the vicinity by surprise, and although Simon was disappointed not to be able to take the start he must have been counting his lucky stars that it didn’t happen on the 40 mph descent out of Mentmore.
Further bad luck afflicted another BCC member, James Burke, who punctured on the first lap and had to abandon. Apart from those misfortunes we did see four of our riders cross the finish line, with James Taylor heading Matt Buckle, Ben Nixon and Rob Morton. Our Cat 3 riders, James and Matt, did a superb job, staying with the pack until the finish line, while Ben and Rob had their own battle within the 4th Cat entrants.
The hotly contested race finally saw Richard Wiggins of Team Milton Keynes emerge victorious, followed by Cian Smailes of NFuse Identity Racing and Joe Baker of Zero BC Development Team.
The afternoon brought the ladies to the start line, and this was always going to be a very serious field, with cats 2, 3 and 4 competing for honours.
The main pack stayed together for the whole race, with Georgia Bullard of Team Jadan Weldtite – Vive Le Velo crossing the line first, followed by Charlotte Redden of Cycle Team On Form and Francesca Cutts of CC London. Both races saw great sprinting for the primes, and when the results were finally established it was enormously gratifying to see that BCC’s Janice Bell had won the Cat 4 competition.
From all the positive remarks and compliments from competitors, with many expressing their wish to compete again next year, I think we can say the event was a great success.
BCC would like to express their thanks to Grange Jaguar Land Rover, who supported the event and supplied the course cars.
The club also wishes a huge THANK YOU to the volunteers, marshals, British Cycling staff and our Performance Officer Graham Earl as without these people the race would never have happened. You are all winners!
For more pictures of the day click on the image below…
On Thursday 26th July BCC were honoured to welcome a true local hero to present a talk to the club’s members at the King’s Arms’ function room.
Berkhamsted resident, Michael Broadwith is known as a long-distance specialist, having won the National 24 Hour time trial no less than three times, with distances up to 530 miles, but his most recent crowning glory is his new record for the “End to End”, or Land’s End to John O’Groats, completed in a staggering time of just 43 hours, 25 minutes and 13 seconds.
Michael generously gave up his evening to tell us how he did it, and to talk about the various trials and tribulations along the way. His charming manner and wit won us all over and everyone felt humbled by this very likeable and modest superman. What a fabulous evening!
BCC were happy to make a donation to Michael’s chosen charity, Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Along with the Saturday club ride this weekend has again seen members enjoying the summer on two wheels.
On Friday the Silverstone circuit was a sea of blue and yellow with three BCC teams in the BMCC 9-up team time trial. Everyone thorughly enjoyed themselves and a huge thanks to our Performance Officer Graham for organising.
Graham was also at Herne Hill Cycling Revival in the penny farthing race where Mark Beaumont broke a 127 year old British record riding 21.92 miles in 1 hour. There was no lycra allowed and Graham is in the gold waistcoat.
Trevor was at the classic cycling festival Eroica Britannia where pre 1987 bikes take on the gravel trails of the Peak District around Bakewell. He did the 60 mile route and was the first rider to finish but not the quickest time!
Not strictly cycling related but… Club member Mathew Norman and crew won 1st place in the Nasdaq Clipper race from Panama to New York. Mathew is front third left. AMAZING result!
Huge congratulations to local superhero, Michael Broadwith, who broke the Land’s End to John O’Groats record on a bike. His “end to end” ride took a mere 43 hours, 25 minutes and 13 seconds. That’s an average speed of 20 mph. His incredible achievement also saw him smash several other records along the way. Very, very well done. Click here to read Michael’s story.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the club with riders and racers taking part in events all over the UK.
The club are also completing final preparation for the Berkhamsted Castle Revolutions Festival 2018 family day of cycling and entertainment with closed road racing and riding for everyone. Click here for details of the event on 24th June 2018.
On 23rd May BCC took over the Olympic Park velodrome. 30 of our members enjoyed riding the same boards where so many gold medals were won by Team GB during the 2012 Olympic Games.
The place is incredible, and you can’t help feeling the presence of great names like Wiggins, Cavendish, Hoy, Pendleton, Clancy, Trott, King, Archibald, Kenny and so many others who have graced this venue with their very superior presence. After just a handful of laps your whole perspective changes and suddenly it becomes clear just how super-human those characters are. Believe me, it’s hard work.
The town is getting ready for Berkhamsted Castle Revolution Festival 2018 with the Kings Arms Manager Brandon Kirby (centre) proudly exhibiting one of the event banners.
Our Performance Officer Graham (left) and Chairman Michael (right) were there to ensure everything went smoothly!
BCRF 2018 promises to be a fantastic day for all the family with lots to do while watching the races.
Our Chairman has managed to secure none other than Phil Liggett MBE to commentate over the races at the Festival. Phil has been the voice of cycling commentary for the last 5 decades, covering 15 x Olympics and 44 x Tour de France.
We are honoured to have Phil at our event – a true cycling legend who will certainly add a touch of class to our racing.
The fantastic May Bank Holiday weekend saw club riders and racers out enjoying the sun.
From the Tour de Yorkshire sportive, Thames Velo Road Race, Time Trials and club ride we all thoroughly enjoyed the start of summer 🙂
On the morning of Sunday 29th April in the freezing cold, damp and blustery weather (summer was last week – we’re back to winter now) the Berkhamsted Triathlon took place, based at the Knox Johnston sports centre.
BCC was very well represented by 6 sterling individual efforts and 6 relay teams. Each team consisted of 3 individuals making a total of 24 competitors. A fantastic turnout of over 10% of the club!
The results were quite outstanding, and everyone put in huge efforts just to be on the starting line on such a miserable day. Massive congratulations go to all who took part.
Of special note, the winning relay team comprised our very own Emily Hartwell (swim), Matt Buckle (cycle) and Rob Chambers (run). Well done indeed! Matt’s time on the bike was pipped by the always amazing Simon Pearce, whom (provisionally) took fastest time of the day, but it must be mentioned that Matt’s slightly slower time did involve him having to stop to inflate his punctured tyre! Pretty incredible.
5th place overall in the individual’s event went to ex club member Matty Earles, whose bike time was only just shy of the aforementioned Simon and Matt. A truly meritorious result Matty. Well done.
So, BCC really did seem to dominate, as we have done in the Harp Hilly 100. Let’s work on keeping this record and build on our success for next year at this very well run local event. Get training now. In the meantime, enjoy the photos…
The first real weekend of sun in 2018 saw BCC club members out and about with riders enjoying the warmth on the club ride, local time trials, Liege Bastogne Liege and DENS Hemel Hillbuster sportives.
A picture tells a 1000 words so…
The 2012 London Olympic venue of Hadleigh Park, Essex hosted the first round of the Mud Sweat and Gears cross country mountain bike series on an extremely chilly Sunday afternoon. BCC racer Mervyn Dempsey, is continuing his preparation for the 2018/19 Cyclocross season by participating in selected rounds throughout the year. Competing in the Sport Male category Mervyn finished 24th of 35 starters in an extremely competitive field.
In Mervyn’s words…
“2005 was the last time I took part in any sort of mountain bike race and probably the last time I did any serious technical off road riding so lap one was a bit of a shock to the system! However within a couple of laps the confidence started to return and I could start to enjoy everything Hadleigh Park had to offer! It a was long and tough race with lots of climbing and a lot of fast riders, but I’m happy finishing 24th in the end. The aim was to have fun and improve the technical skills, both achieved! Looking forward to the next one!”
Berkhamsted Cycling Club have retained the Harp Hilly Hundred Trophy for a fourth consecutive year!
The Harp Hilly is an annual 100 km reliability ride (that’s an organised ride but with no refueling stations or mechanical support) that takes in many of the well known hills in the area. The event is brilliantly organised by our neighbours, Harp Road Club, who always put on a fantastic spread at the the Hemel clubhouse. It was another neighbouring club however, namely Verulam CC from St. Albans, who were determined to loosen our grip on the title this year, fielding an impressive 45 members themselves. But with 51 riders completing the 100 km circuit, BCC again took the honours though.
Huge congratulations on behalf of the club to everyone who took part in the ride and of course to those who managed to complete the grueling course. Thanks also to Mike Plowman on his efforts in making sure we filled all our places to guarantee the win!