Hillingdon Winter Series Race 2

Saturday 12th December saw round 2 of the Hillingdon Winter Series in windy (but not as bad as round 1) conditions.

The Lovelo Cinelli Race Team was out in full force as this was the first round of women’s racing. Many of Lovelo RT are BCC members but there were no riders sporting BCC colours.

The women’s race started just before the men’s and the Lovelo team were very strong, Melinda Atkinson, Hannah Priest, Amy Shiliday and Charlotte Verrinder all taking turns at the front.

The men’s was soon underway and (after slipping a chain at the start) Nick Clarke formed a 5 man breakaway teaming up with HHCC rider Josh Crow-Stewart. Spencer Wilson and Lloyd Wright were in the main bunch.

After 5 or 6 laps Amy managed to get a mouthful of gravel thrown up from the wheel of a rider in front and had to stop as she couldn’t breath. Her words at the side of the track were ‘I was really enjoying it and the girls were really working well. I felt strong and am really disappointed that I had to stop’.

The Lovelo women’s team continued to set the pace thanks to great team work. Melinda even had time to shout hello’s to spectators – obviously not working hard enough.

In the men’s race the 5 man break had a max advantage of 1 minute but 3 or 4 riders started to bridge across and the lead bunch grew.

Unfortunately on the penultimate lap of the race there were two separate crashes. The first in the main men’s bunch on the finish straight and the second in the women’s bunch at the top of the track on the corner section. Charlotte was injured in this and all at BCC wish her a speedy recovery.

The Commissaire had to act quickly and stopped (black flagged) the men’s race. The women’s race continued and Hannah finished in the top 5.

The riders in the men’s race agreed to split the points between the 7 riders in the breakaway. Nick is on his way to moving from Cat 4 to Cat 3 racer.

Good luck to all the riders and here’s looking forward to round 3

Many thanks to Paul Gardner for the photos.

The Girl’s!!

Nick’s breakaway lead.

Article written by: Trevor Hill

Hillingdon Winter Series Race 1

The first race of the Imperial Winter series at Hillingdon on 5th December 2015 saw a large turnout of riders. Many use the series as a way of keeping fitness levels going from the summer or from autumn cyclo-cross races.

There was a buzz in the air at sign-on as for many it was there first closed road criterium race and the weather wasn’t ideal as strong winds were forecast.

Two races were on for the day; men’s Category 3/4 and men’s Cat 1/2 and Elite.

Both races were full via online entry but there were a couple of no-shows so entry on the day was possible.

Club member James McGahern was a little nervous as this was his first crit race but everyone was offering support and advice. Club partners Lovelo Cinelli RT had a full team with Mike Kazer, Matt Verrinder, Spencer Wilson and Nick Clarke.

The 45 minute race started at 13:10 and it was immediately apparent that the strong headwind on the finish straight and side-wind at the top of the course would play a major part in the race.

James hung onto the pack for as long as possible but the pace and windy conditions proved too much and he lost contact. James later said ‘Great experience and I time-trialed myself to make the most of the race’ Huge respect to James for finishing!

The Lovelo team were very strong in the race with individual riders taking strong pulls at the front. Results are yet to be published but they are likely to be in the team top 3.

The next race in the series is on Saturday 12th December and includes a 40 minute Women’s Cat 3 / 4 race. Enter online at the Imperial Winter Series website.

Spencer on the front!

Article written by: Trevor Hill

BCC Race at Hillingdon

Club members are racing in the first round of the Imperial Winter Series at Hillingdon on Saturday 5th December.

James McGahern will be sporting the club colours and second claim members Nick Clarke, Spencer Wilson and Stuart Elvins will also be racing.

Spectators are welcome; Beth Thomson and Trevor Hill are planning to be there and support the team.

There are nine races in the Imperial Winter series from 5th December 2015 to 13th February 2016.

There are men’s races from  Category 4 and above and a women’s only race.

You can get a temporary race license on the day or apply to British Cycling for an annual license

Details of the races can be found on the Imperial Winter Series website.

Map of Hillingdon Cycle Circuit

Article written by: Trevor Hill