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New Treasurer

Published by National Chairman on 23rd Sep 2014

Bill Gladwin of London and Home Counties Group, has volunteered to take on the role of Treasurer until the next AGM. The National Committee has endorsed his co-option and, once preparatory work has been done and signatories arranged, he will commence work. Until further notice, all matters financial should be directed to the Chairman.

A Chartered Accountant, Bill is 79 and still practising but members are warned, he is unlike the stereotype Accountant! 

VTTA Midlands and Echelon Cycles Open 25 mile time trial – K33/25s Saturday 23rd August 2014

Published for Midlands Group by Press Secretary on 16th Sep 2014

We discovered a few weeks before the event that road works were notified on the K34/25 course which included traffic lights. The event therefore had to be switched with the agreement of the CTT committee and the police to the K33/25s course based on the A435 between Evesham and Alcester. This is quite a fast course but with the challenge of negotiating seven passages of roundabouts and the interminably long climb up to the Evesham bypass. We had an encouraging 74 entries for the event with 61 starters.

The Saturday afternoon turned out to be a mixture of sunshine and showers with one particularly heavy, if not too long, downpour about 50 minutes into the event. There was also quite a variable northerly wind which affected riders at different times. However the conditions did not prevent some fast times.

On actual fastest it was another fine win for Jon Simpkins but with Mark Corbett and Scott Westwood not far behind. Jon, Scott and Mark also finished in the top 5 on standard which shows we have some very talented younger vets in the Group. Congratulations to Vincent Jenkins who despite only recently returning to racing after illness was best on standard.

The top positions on actual fastest were:

Posn

Name

Club

Age

Actual

 

1

Jon Simpkins

Drag 2 Zero

43

00:52:17

 

2

Mark Corbett

Worcester St. Johns CC

41

00:52:29

 

3

Scott Westwood

Walsall Roads Cycling Club

42

00:52:41

 

4

Paul Edwards

Walsall Roads Cycling Club

32

00:53:34

 

5

Ian Heming

Team Echelon - Rotor

40

00:54:32

 

6

Justin Walters

Wyre Forest CRC

43

00:54:50

 

7

Jeremy Pile

VC Sevale (Malvern)

40

00:54:54

 

8

Richard Searle

Hinckley CRC

43

00:55:30

 

9

Cameron Foster

Club Corley Cycles

20

00:55:40

 

10=

Jon Howard

Wyre Forest CRC

45

00:55:51

 

10=

Simon Wix

Worcester St. Johns CC

51

00:55:51

 

   

 On standard the results showed an interesting range of ages. Further evidence of how the new standards are providing a more level playing field. I should also point out that the VTTA Midlands committee managed to place 3 of its members in the top 10 (just!).

Posn

Name

Club

Age

Standard

1

Vincent Jenkins

LeisureLakesBikes.com

74

+ 0:14:38

2

Jon Simpkins

Drag 2 Zero

43

+ 0:14:22

3

Richard Coleman

Stourbridge Velo

60

+ 0:13:57

4

Scott Westwood

Walsall Roads Cycling Club

42

+ 0:13:45

5

Mark Corbett

Worcester St. Johns CC

41

+ 0:13:44

6

Liz Powell

Mike Vaughan Cycles

40

+ 0:12:56

7

Simon Wix

Worcester St. Johns CC

51

+ 0:12:23

8

David Wood

Stourbridge Velo

59

+ 0:12:02

9

Andrew Simpkins

Solihull CC

60

+ 0:11:54

10

Jeff Matthews

Team Echelon – Rotor

56

+ 0:11:47

A particularly fine ride on the day was ‘Best woman’ – with Rosie Armitage winning this prize with an excellent 57:48. The best team prize went to Worcester St John’s (Corbett, Wix and Bendelow).  

Many thanks to all the helpers and marshals on the day for providing a safe and enjoyable event which also benefitted from the excellent cakes and refreshments provide by Jan Ford and her team.

Andrew Simpkins

Event Organiser