The final round of the 2019 Bluebell series was held on Wednesday evening before the riders and families made their way to the White Hart, Ufford for the presentation.
The competition has been tooing and frooing all through the summer months with a number of riders all in with a chance of winning one of the most famous old prizes in local cycling.
Four riders took it to the final week, something which says a lot for the prestiege of the series and the respect in which it is held.
The final top three all recorded times that were either their fastest or close to the their fastest of the entire season despite the cold and windy weather.
However Paul Asplin held on to the overall lead he took with two weeks of the series to go, beating James Warrener into second and Phil Merritt into third place.
The final standings are here.
The final podium are pictured below.
It has taken Paul the best part of three decades to get the shield on his mantlepiece, massive congratulations to him and the other riders who were in the money.
The 2020 series will have to be quite some event to live up to this one.
It was another successful race night at the track, depsite some seriously dodgy weather.
Well done to all to the riders who competed and congratulations to the winners in each category.
Click here for the results.
It was another windy evening for the latest and penultimate round of the clubs Bluebell 10 series.
After spending July on the Bainton to Marholm course it was back to the traditional looped course for this and the following, final week.
Despite the conditions there were course personal bests for Phil Merritt and Simon Pitchford. Riders who seemed oblivious to the gathering stormy winds that lashed the course!
Club legend, Paul Asplin continues to lead the series with one round to go.You can view the results below and the overall standings here.
Fenland Clarion are hosting the next round of the Go Green grasstrack series THIS Sunday 11th August. The fun starts at 12:00 over on The Snowden Fields in Crowland. These races are for both seniors, with fixedwheel bikes, and for youths with either fixed or freewheel bikes.
Online entry has now closed, but you are still very welcome to enter on the day. https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/204957/Fenland-Clarion-Grass-Track
Just to keep you posted on Clarion news during the hot and stormy August days, here are a few items that may interest you.
The National Clarion 50 mile champs was cancelled due to traffic lights on the course, and sadly it is too late to find an alternative event to run it on. Similarly, on the 28th of July, Duncan McLaren had to cancel the 25 mile champs in Cheshire due to heavily flooded roads...we shall however be looking to reschedule this event and will keep you informed.
Clarion 3-up TT Champs:
Right up until the night before we nearly had to change the course or cancel, but road works were completed on time, and the event was a huge success and members of Nottingham and Tuxford Clarion did a fabulous job on the day.
Fastest Clarion team was Nottingham Clarion C.C. of Anthony Jackson, Michael Cooke & Stewart Bates in a time of 54mins & 27 seconds
Fastest Womens team was Fenland Clarion C.C. of Mel Evans, Lindsay Clarke & Tonya Smith in a time of 1hr 06mins & 29 seconds
Full results will appear in the coming edition of Boots & Spurs.
Clarion Circuit Race Champs – Wakefield – Sat’ 17th of August
Races for all categories including a full Youth programme. Entries close on the 11th of August
Boots & Spurs – Autumn Edition
All sections are welcome to submit an entry for the magazine, showcasing their activities this summer.
Autumn social and leisure cycling weekend
Easter Meet plans for 2020
We now have an organising team put together, and are working on finding a suitable venue for 2020. The event location details will be hopefully announced in the forthcoming Boots & Spurs.
(note the National Clarion Easter Meet is not at Ashbourne in 2020).
If you would like to help the organisers and wish to offer your support in anyway, please get in touch.
Fingers crossed for some more good cycling weather this Summer and Autumn, enjoy the ride.
Yours in fellowship
Bluebell Supper - 14th August
The Blue Bell end of season supper is being held on Wednesday 14th August at the White Hart, Ufford. Please contact Steve Clarke if you would like to attend or see his message on FaceBook.
Club Presentation Night Guest
This year's presentation night will take place at The Queens Head in Nassington on Saturday 16th November. We are now pleased to announce that we have booked our guest of honour "Dr. Michael Hutchinson" (Dr. Hutch). We are sure you will know plenty about him already, but if you need more information please see:
The Queens Head is booked, so get the date in your diaries. Tickets available soon, and there will be reductions for children.
Derby Veoldrome Session
The two sessions are still planned to go ahead, although we could do with a few more riders for the August session.
Tuesday 27th August 15:00 - 17:30
You need to be at least 9 years of age on the day to take part and the cost is £25 for youth rides, and £30 for adults with adults also needing to pay for cycle and shoe hire at £20.30 and £2.75.
If you would like to go please let Malc know asap.
Good luck to all riders in the remaining rounds.
With the Tour de France coming to a close, if you've ever thought of taking part in a bike race why not come along to the Fenland Clarion CC Come and Try it 10 mile time trial?
You will be going off and 1 minute intervals and can take the race at your own pace in an event with official timing and marshalls.
Join us from 6pm with parking in the field at the bottom of Ufford hill.
The course runs past the car park on the same road out to Peterborough before turning at Bretton Way and coming back the sam route.
Bluebell Supper - 14 August
The Bluebell end of season supper is being held on Wednesday 14 August at the White Hart, Ufford. Please contact Steve Clarke is you would like to attend or see his message on FaceBook.
Sundays Club Runs - 21 August
Please find below this week's clubs runs Sunday 21 July which start from Helpston.
9:00 am: Cranford St Andrew – The Old Forge Tea Room (57 miles) - Ian Todd Leading
New Coffee Stop.
Heading South to a nice village between Kettering and Thrapston.
9:30 am: Ailsworth - The Coffee House - (57 miles) - Volunteer Required
A figure of 8 course, North to Thurlby, coffee stop at Ailsworth then South via Lutton; do the first loop at 30 miles or both loops for 57m.
10 am: Ailsworth - The Coffee House - (31 miles) - Birgit Scott Leading
Out via via Wilsthorpe and Stamford to Ailsworth and back via Marholm.
We hope you can join us on one of the above rides.
BLUEBELL SUPPER 2019
Socialise with your Clubmates!
This year's end of season Supper and Prize Presentation will be at The White Hart Inn in Ufford after the final round of the series on Wednesday 14th August. It'll be £7.50 a head and please book through myself only (It'll be easier for me that way) If you want to come, please let me know and I'll advise how you can pay.
Right, who's coming?