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London Group 10 - 7 August

Published for London & Home Counties Group by Secretary on 9th Aug 2014

VTTA London and Home Counties Group 10
7 August 2014

Len Benton

Colchester Rovers CC

24:32

05:51

Peter Lawrence

Team Swift

20:29

05:40

Danuta Tinn (W)

Maidenhead & District CC

23:10

05:38

Roger Sewell

Hounslow & District Wheelers

22:59

05:33

Alan Spurden

Andover Wheelers

21:07

05:20

Keith Lea

Addiscombe CC

21:16

05:02

Simon Greenland

Maidenhead & District CC

22:51

04:53

Richard Williams

Farnham RC

24:21

04:53

Nic Stagg

Hounslow & District Wheelers

21:31

04:52

Paul Holdsworth

Hounslow & District Wheelers

22:06

04:39

Peter Cookson

Willesden CC

23:30

04:29

Gillian Reynolds (W)

Willesden CC

26:06

04:25

Geoff Perry

Team Milton Keynes

22:39

04:25

Mike Appleyard

Lancashire RC

22:17

04:19

Keith Clarke

Colchester Rovers CC

24:45

04:07

Keith Griffin

Kingston Wheelers CC

22:50

03:51

Joanna Wells (W)

Hounslow & District Wheelers

25:19

03:50

Cliff Voller

Newbury RC

24:40

03:19

Andrew Wright

High Wycombe CC

23:13

03:14

Brian James

Brighton Mitre CC

30:19

02:58

Peter Cockbain

South Bucks RC

26:46

02:53

John Beer

Kingston Phoenix RC

25:07

02:52

Bob Loader

Sydenham Wheelers CC

29:26

02:34

Jill Bartlett (W)

Hounslow & District Wheelers

26:45

02:29

Peter Glover

Leicester Forest CC

26:00

01:59

Lez Young (Trike)

Tricycle Association (TVR)

27:30

01:49

Charles Jepson

Becontree Wheelers

31:46

01:03

Bob West

Velo Club Venta

29:25

00:58

Jim Mackay

Willesden CC

28:06

00:36

William Gladwin

VTTA (London and Home Counties)

30:43

00:34

Paul James

RAF CA

25:43

00:30

Dave Worsfold (Trike)

Tricycle Association (SE Region)

30:08

00:10

Les Gardner

Maidenhead & District CC

28:57

-00:25

Philip Burgin

Kingston Phoenix RC

28:43

-00:52

Ian Grose

Newbury RC

27:47

-01:20

Andrew Hall-Patterson

Stretford Wheelers CC

27:56

-01:47

John Markham

Kenton RC

30:34

-01:52

Jan Farmer (W) **

Serpentine Running Club

37:14

-07:00

Andrew Halliday

Westerley CC

DNS

 

Barry Packman

Dorking CC

DNS

 

Tony Tugwell

Kingston Phoenix RC

DNS

 

Rosslyn Young (W)

Serpentine Running Club

DNS

 

Stefan Harrison

Stourbridge CC

DNS

 

** Late Start 2:30

 

 

 

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Midlands Group Chairman, Andrew Simpkins wins trophy of his life

Published for Midlands Group by Press Secretary on 6th Aug 2014

At our recent committee meeting, we welcomed a new Secretary, none other than the legend Scott Westwood, who some of you may remember featured in a rider profile a year or so ago. As if that wasn't exciting enough, we have also recruited Tim Wood, successful owner of Echelon Cycles and sponsor of the Rankings Series. Tim has kindly volunteered to represent the committee in the Treasurer’s role which must be good news!! Maybe these appointments have injected some critical life back into the Midlands, as membership is up 20% and there are more riders than ever taking part in the Series (currently 71). 

Before business began, I casually asked our Chairman, Andrew Simpkins how his season was going and he beamed (quite unusual for him) and replied with a modest account of a recent victory in the LVRC’s three day Tour of the Abberley’s stage race at the beginning of May. Although we are a time trialling organisation, Midlands VTTA members can also be found competing in road races, with notable success as I discovered.

After a bunch finish at the end of day one, Andrew was the only 60+ rider to get in the winning break on day two which finished three minutes up on the rest of the field. He also finished 3rd on the stage after launching a late attack against the remnants of the break and holding on to a gap on the long uphill finish. The race organiser, in awarding Andrew his prize for the stage rightly described it as the ride of his season if not the ride of his life!

The final stage included two ascents of the punishing Stockton Bank climb. Andrew managed to hold onto the lead group which included only one other 60+ rider and so secured his overall race win in the 60+ category. An impressive trophy now adorns the fireplace at home. Andrew says he feels his name looks somewhat out of place on a trophy that includes such illustrious names as Roger Iddles but in road racing, as compared to time trialling you can just get the lucky break! Needless to say, we are very proud to have such a hero in our midst.