Cycling Weather will continue into next week!

7 Jul , 2014  


  • Sunday Club Ride is to Berkeley Tea Rooms in Berkeley.
  • Great evening of racing at Odd Down organised by VCW.  Two Bath riders in 4ths and 8 in 2/3s.
  • Darren’s last womans coaching session is tomorrow at Odd Down.
  • Bath CC (Simon Martin) is organising the Odd Down Racing on 24th June.  Still space in Both the womans race and the 3/4’s.  Entries at BC.  Contact Simon if you can help [email protected]
  • Simon Coles (2nd claim Bath CC rider)  finished 6th in the Winchcombe Kernesse taking his season points to 80.
  • Ciclo Cross Event at Odd down on 25th June – Organised by VCW and Radeon.  Entries on BC website
  • Odd Down course is open from 6:30 to sunset every Thursday.  £2.
  • Two weeks to Bike Bath – get your entries in.  Aileen trying to corrdinate Bath riders riding together.  Please email Aileen at [email protected]
  • Howard Burton is offering to host a Bath CC trip to Claviers, 15-22 September  2014.  Details below.
  • The Bath Cycle Fest is at Odd Down on 12th July.  A series of events to promote cycling in Bath and a fulll racing programme from 3pm.  Bath CC are planning a stall and roller racing.  Please contact Brian Turner [email protected] or Darren Edwards if you can help.

Bike Bath

Last chance to enter Bike Bath.  Bath CC will receive £5 for every person entered. Enter at If you have entered the 100 mile route on Saturday – Aileen is leading a conversational pace groups starting at 7:30 and at 8:30 for the 60 mile route on Sunday.

Time Trialling

On a racing front, we enter a generally quiet period over the summer holidays. Only one Bath rider is known to be riding this week, David Summers in the Bristol South 50 mile event down on the A38 south of Bristol. Other news, Cycling Time Trials has redone their web site, its worth a visit:

Club Rides

Some great club rides last week.  Sunday to Clevedon:



and Tuesday to Royal Wooton bassett:


There is a full set of club runs this weekend and  full description  of club rides can be found on the Bath CC website.   Ride leaders would like to remind everyone:

  • ALWAYS bring at least one spare tube, tyre levers, money, drink, spare food. Runs leaders aren’t your personal domestiques.
  • Check the weather forecast and wear/bring appropriate clothing.
  • Always carry your membership card (in case of accidents, rare as they are).


Ad hoc rides

There are other rides that happen during the week.  The longer slower day rides are organised by the Tuesday social group.  Subscribe to [email protected] by sending an email to [email protected]  to keep up with details. The faster evening rides tend to be organised by the chain gang group.  Subscribe to [email protected] by sending an email to [email protected] .

Road Racing

Odd Down – 17th June.

Joel Bragg and Jez Ash raced in the 4th Cats.  Joel, having won his 3rd cat license the week before could not score points.   He tried to help Jez to a top 10 finish.  Jez was unable to hold his wheel Joel managed 6th place in a blanket finish. A very strong 2/3s race saw 8 Bath riders taking part.  The race was dominated by 24/7 and NFTO with attacks coming from the first bend.  The field was quickly strung out into and all riders were in the pain zone.  Every lap the field was reduced by a couple of riders, until only the strongest were left..  On the last lap Bath were  still represented by Simon Kerr, Leon Bolton, Gary Sheppard and Ruan Bester.   Simon attacked with one lap to go but only managed to lead out the field.  Leon was boxed in and Gary was brining up his supper.  No points n the day, but Bath CC should be strong in next weeks 3/4s. There is a video and photos.  Thanks to Rich wood for putting these together.

 Winchcombe Kernesse

Ruan Bester , Simon Martin, Peter Phillips and Simon Coles took part in this 2/3/4 race..  Simon Coles was 6th and Ruan finished in the pack.


Matt Hargreaves and Peter Phillips have been sneaking off to Ludgershall, no points this time, but I am sure they will bring back some soon.

Training Camps and Holidays

Claviers, 15-22 September  2014

Following the successful club trip in 2012 to Claviers, Howard Burton and Stella Dixon would be delighted to host a second trip to Claviers for riders and partners. Claviers is some 50 miles west of Nice in the Var department and is part of Provence. There is great riding with quiet roads and stunning scenery. Accommodation can be either in chambres d’hôte (B&B), apartments or houses in or near Claviers. Easyjet fly a daily morning return flight to Nice from Bristol. Howard and Stella can arrange pickup from Nice The proposed dates are Monday 15th to Monday 22nd September 2014. For further information please contact Howard [email protected]


Darren has confirmed the booking for 3 sessions (unfortunately there wasn’t a suitable time for 1 of the other sessions) and these are:

  • 31 May 12:30 – 13:30
  • 14 June 13:00 – 14:00
  • 21 June 13:00 – 14:00

Darren is giving his time for free, the cost of the sessions will be £3 to contribute to the circuit hire costs.  Any shortfall will be met by the club. The sessions will be open to Bath CC members first but also their guests, with Bath CC members probably getting a reduced price as an added incentive for the guests to join up! I’m thinking of concentrating on group riding skills, so something along the lines of:

  • week 1 – helmet/clothing/bike safety check, gear selection, riding in pairs
  • week 2 – pedalling, following/leading other riders, changing position in a group
  • week 3 – cycling in contact, riding surrounded by other riders

Don’t worry if these sound too scary or too easy, they’re all about building confidence and skills. I’ve given sessions like these to 8-15 year old riders and they’ve improved massively over just a few weeks. If these session ideas don’t sound suitable, then let me know what you want and I’ll change them to suit. Can you please circulate this email, and get any interested riders to email me on: [email protected]

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