Highlights of the season, apologies if I have omitted any of your results.
Criterium racing Racing at Cyclopark, Lee Valley Velopark, Hog Hill and Crystal Palace continued this year with increasing numbers of members competing in various events. There are too many race results to mention here but the club racing log is now maintained on the website by Mick McLaughlin and will be updated/appended to this report in due course.
Club event support The club have provided marshals for an ECCA 10 mile event, as well as supporting the Spring in The Park Youth series at Cyclopark. The SERRL event we were down to support was cancelled due to road works and the Crystal Palace event was rained off.
As in previous years the club has been heavily involved in supporting the extended Spring in the Park series (BC S/E region Youth Series) as well as being heavily involved in the planning of the series, Terry Blake being the overall series organiser. This year the Series consisted of nine league races including for the first time a time trial evening, plus a championship event and was a resounding success, with increasing numbers of competitors compared to previous years.
Spring in the Park Robbie White in his first season, finished equal second in the U16 league, only riding 8/9 events (best 6 decide winner), finishing five points behind the winner, (1st, 2 x 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th 9th 10th), he also finished 4th in the final championship race.
Megan Panton convincingly won three of the four events she entered in the U16 girl’s league at Spring in The Park, but due to other racing commitments did not figure in the overall standings which were based on best 6/9 races. Megan has been riding in national races this year finishing 19/70 in the Tour of NW and 22nd in National RR champs, she was selected to ride in the London Grand Prix where she finished sixth. Megan has also raced in Belgium three times this year, finishing in the prizes in two events.
Paracycling Matthew Robertson won the BC National Paracycling Road and TT Championships held July as well as regularly finishing in the top three in many of the paracycling events he has competed in. He also broke the National C2 record for the flying 200m on the track at Derby.
London Youth Games The London Borough of Bexley Team finished 20th in the road cycling events in the London Youth Games, held at LVVP for the first time. This was the lowest finish in recent years. However the team was depleted in numbers due to various last minute drop outs and does not reflect the good rides from those who took part. The team was made up of Woolwich CC members with two ex-members from other clubs.
MTB On the mountain biking front a number of members have been competing in the Bedgbury summer XC series. Sam Dale has finished third or fourth in all of his races. Robbie White won the U16 race in the series final with Sam dale in third place. Rob Dale has been competing in the veterans events. Rob and Russell White competed in the 6hr Team Enduro event finishing in fifth place.
Time-trials Jimmy Hayward recorded 23:34 in the DeLaune CC 10 on 4h June to win the Club 10 mile championship this year. George Martin recorded 25:35 to win the club junior championship and Sam Wood riding her first TT recorded 29:59 to win the club ladies championship. A total of 10 Woolwich CC riders took part in the event from a field of forty eight starters. Colin Webster was the sole Woolwich CC rider in the DeLaune CC 25 on 7th August finishing with 1:08:43 and is therefore club 25 mile champion. No members competed in all of the nominated Short Distance BAR events. Similarly no riders entered the event nominated for the club 50 mile TT Championships this year.
Track Jimmy Hayward won the Club Track Championship Ommnium at the club session at the Olympic Velodrome winning all three events (Flying Lap/Scratch/Points). Megan Panton is the clubs ladies track champion for the second year running.
Hill climbs Jimmy “the hill” Hayward followed his second place overall in the Reading hill climbs (1st & 2nd decided on aggregate time), with a win and hill record in the Bigfoot CC event on Exedown Hill. In the Wigmore CC Hill Climb (KCA & club championship), Jimmy Hayward finished a fine 1st with a PB time for the hill, with Kevin Armstrong and Alex Pearson supporting him to win the team event. Megan Panton was second in the ladies event finishing 11 seconds behind the winner in a field of 12 riders, Megan was also fastest female juvenile beating all the female junior riders. A fantastic day for the club.
British Cycling Terry Blake and Martin Messer have continued to represent the club at S/E Regional meetings, Terry has again been re-elected to the regional board again this year and will be attending the National Council meeting later this month.
Coaching Jackie Hamilton is partway through her L2 CCC coaching award and should qualify shortly.
Club Champions 2016
Road: Not contested/event cancelled 10mile TT: Jimmy Hayward George Martin (Jun) Sam Wood (Ladies) 25mile TT: Colin Webster 50mile TT: Not Contested Short Distance BAR: Not Contested Track: Jimmy “where’s the hill” Hayward Megan Panton (Ladies) Hill Climb: Jimmy “The Hill” Hayward