Sunny Weekend for Cycling with Bath CC

13 Jun , 2014  

Ruan Bester

Ruan Bester

Sun and temperatures in the 20s are forecast for this weekend.  A great weekend for Saturday rides (9:15 Cadence ), Chain gangs (9:15 Cadence) and trips to the seaside on Sunday (8:30 Clevedon Bridge).  Lets see how much Bath kit we can have on show (I know this years order has still not arrived – but it is on its way).

  • Sunday Club Ride is to Scarlets Cafe in Clevedon..
  • Joel Bragg secured his 3rd Cat license with a 5th place in the Shaftsbury Criterium.
  • Cyclo Cross Event at Odd down on 25th June – Organised by VCW and Radeon.
  • 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]
  • Apologies for lack of club kit this summer – Simon Williams assures me that the kit should arrive towards the end of next week.
  • Howard Burton is offering to host a Bath CC trip to Claviers, 15-22 September  2014.  Details below.
  • A big warm welcome to our new member Julian Giddings who has been out on some Saturday rides with us.
  • Race Team has been racing in the Cotswold League, Shaftsbury Criteriums, Odd Down and Castle Combe this week.  Updated racing calender below No racing at Castle Combe on 19th June.
  • Darrens Womens coaching sessions start again this Saturday.
  • Work is progressing on new  website.  If you have any recent photos – please send them to [email protected]

Bike Bath

Bike Bath is weekend of 28th/29th June, there are 30/ 60 & 100 mile routes on both days. Although the routes might be well known to some of you, it is very well organised event with some great food stops. Also its a great opportunity to promote the club, meet new riders and support local events. Bath CC will receive £5 for every person entered.

If there are any Bath CC riders who like the idea of riding Bike Bath in 2 weeks time as a Bath CC group enjoying the support of friends or the shelter of a known wheel, could we suggest meeting at the start (ready signed on) at 7.30 for the 100 mile event or 8.30 for the 60 mile route on both days. Club kit would be great publicity. I’ll happily commit to being there at 7.30 on the Saturday & 8.30 on the Sunday for anyone who wants to ride at a conversational pace (the autobus), but if there are any of the faster guys who would like to wheel about together, perhaps the same arrangement would work.


Time Trialling

Last weekend, the event on the U7b went ahead, and all three Bath riders recorded a time. Tom Ryan was the fastest of the three, covering the 10 miles in 25:11. Tony Thorne came second, with 27:00 exactly. Alan Pickard was the third of the three, with 32:16.

The Bristol South CC event on the U7B that was cancelled on the  25/4/14, has no been rearranged for Sunday 27/7/14 9:00am. Due to changes in the rules last year, fresh entrants can be accepted to this event, so if interested get your entries into Andy Legge.

P.S. I believe that Frome/Westbury & maybe Sommer Valley are doing an interclub down on the Frome course (or one variant of it). Believe that details have been sent through to the committee? It may be worth putting a few lines into the newsletter. Let me know if you didn’t get the email from Andy Henderson, and I’ll see what details I can find.

Club Rides

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 that:

  • 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

Castle Combe – 12 th June.

3/4 race – fast pace on a nice sunny evening George was regularly attacking throughout Race went to the usual sprint but same crash details as last week – Pete sprinted thru to 11th

E12 – Gary made his debut in the E12 race.  Constant rapid accelerations made for a very hard race throughout more like Odd down than 3/4 CC races!   Gary managed to survive for 30 mins then confidence grew as we passed 40mins, 50, then the hour.   Top 10 start of Last lap and still top 10 as we hit the finish straight but had been forced wide so has to start sprint early Not a lot left for final 200mtrs so finished in top 20

Odd Down – 10th June.

There were 9 Bath Riders in the 3/4 race.  Great conditions warm and sunny with  a decent wind to keep it interesting.  Ruan and Simon Kerr what active for the first 25 mins, with  a Bath rider in every break.  Unfortunately a rider crashed at the mid way point and the race was abandoned.

Next week 2/3s race together and a 4th Cat Race.  Both races fully booked, but normally entry on the line if you get there early. Some great photos at

Ruan Bester

Ruan Bester


Milan San Remo – 8th June

Simon Oddy off to the Milan San Remo Sportive to ride on Sunday 8th.

Dragon Ride 8th June

Jonathon Corp and Mario Pavin doing the 140 mile.

Forest of Dean Classic 13th July

Delayed to the 13th July.  Jonathon Corp entered.

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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