It was a nice warm evening after some pretty icy winds recently. The prevailing breeze was a rare South Easterly which blew the riders out whilst giving them a gusty ride back from Ufford.
Lots of great times and real improvements over previous performances, massive congratulations to all who rode and thanks to all the officials who made it happen.
The first Bluebell TT of the season is next week Wednesday 17th April (First rider 6.46pm Start). On the Helpston Circuit (see details below)
Officials for Week 1 are as follows:
Timekeeper: Andy Pitchford
Asst Timekeeper: Lynden Leadbetter
Pusher: Chris Shaw
Note: We will be using two different courses in 2019, the longstanding Helpston Circuit and the new Bainton to Bretton and back to Ufford course. For April, June* and August we will be using the Helpston Circuit. During May and July we will use the Bainton to Bretton and back to Ufford course. Start times will be 6.46pm April and August. 7.01pm May, June and July. Riders will start at one minute intervals. Entry fee £5.00 over 16 years, £4 under 16 years. Entries are on the night only. Signing on from about 6pm. Please check the Club TT Safety Notes on the club website www.fenlandclarion.co.uk and at sign on.
* Note: 12th June is our Hereward League TT and that will be on the Bainton-Bretton-Ufford course.
Helpston Circuit - Course Details:
START opposite entrance to old quarry, approx. 150 yards from Helpston, Ailsworth road and Marholm, Ufford cross-roads (map ref. TF-030122). Proceed to Helpston where turn left (MARSHAL) along B1443 to Bainton. Turn left (opposite Church) (MARSHAL) through Ufford to take the third left turning (MARSHALL) to Helpston. Proceed through start and onto Helpston. Turn left again onto B1443. Turn left at sharp right hand bend onto Hilly Wood road to FINISH at bottom of hill.
Parking: For the Helpston circuit is on the Heath, approx. 600yds/500m past the starting point in the direction of Helpston or in the pull in opposite. Please park well off the road.
Bainton to Bretton and back to Ufford – Course Details.
START on outskirts of Bainton on unclassified road in the direction of Ufford, after left hand bend and 25 yards before gatepost to Nature Reserve. Proceed through Ufford and Marholm and turn at roundabout (MARSHALS) with Bretton Way (just after Crematorium), Peterborough.
Take 5th exit and retrace outward route through Marholm to FINISH just before Ufford, in line with Bridleway (to Southey Woods) sign.
Parking: For this course is in Vergette’s field between Ufford and Bainton, on the second bend coming out of Ufford (direction Bainton) on right hand side of road. Take extreme care when entering and exiting the parking area.
Club members should be in receipt of the first edition of the FCCC newsletter.
This will be a regular way of communicating key and important issues with members who might not be on Facebook or able to check this website too regularly.
All submissions, comments and feedback, gratefully received.
The Easter Meet circuit races will now be on Sunday afternoon, 21st April. Entry details are below, if you want to ride please enter online asap.
Of course, these are not the only reasons to come to York this Easter, so if you have yet to let us know you are coming, please reply as soon as possible and we will see if we can squeeze you in.
And don’t forget it is the Clarion’s annual conference on Good Friday – at the York Railway Institute (3pm to 6pm)...make sure your section has someone coming to vote on behalf of your block membership.
National Clarion Cycling Club
Ian Clarke – Secretary
The clubs weekly ten series starts next week and we are all very excited to pin on a number and get racing.
I have had a number of questions about the dates of the races and the variety of events we are putting on this summer. You can get a copy of the clubs race calendar here. Please be minded though that there are still some provisional dates and its worth keeping an eye on the website should roadworks or other issues mean something changes.
Fenland Clarion events are as serious or as social as you want to make them and are always great fun to participate in and marshall.
However, the start of the season is an appropriate time to remind everyone to be safe and respect the rules of the road, even when you are racing.
With that in mind, the club has published this great set of instructions, which you can view here.
We are using both of the courses that we rode last season, but in convenient monthly blocks so you know whether to meet on the heath or at the base of Ufford Hill.
If you have any questions, please get in touch.
The final thing to mention is that there will be a marshalling rota issued presently. Whilst no-one enjoys giving up a ride to marshall, we are all expected to take our turns and ensure that all events run safely and smoothly.
Riders, the more the merrier for good racing. All youth riders welcome.
Cakes, always very welcome
Refreshments - ideally 2 - 3 to help out with them
Signing on - two people required
Timekeepers - three people required
Demo rider to lead the riders round the course
Helpers for setting up, could do with a couple of helpers who could ideally get there early
Please find below details of this weekend's club runs, Sunday 7th April.
Sunday 7th April
All Rides start from Helpston.
9:00 am: Little Bytham – Rasel’s Tea House(46 miles) – Volunteer required to lead
A fairly hilly route via Uffington, Newstead, Gt Casterton, Holywell, Clipsham & Castle Bytham, back via Essendine, Barnack, Southorpe.
9:30 am: Oundle – One of the Cafes (34 miles) – Volunteer required to lead
Out via Wansford and Fotheringhay returning via KingsCliffe.
10 am: Little Bytham – Rasel’s Tea House(31 miles) – Birgit Scott leading
Out via Greatford, Carlby, Holywell, Clipsham to Little Bytham returning Witham on the Hill, Manthorpe, Wilsthorpe and West Deeping.
We hope you can join us on one of the above rides.
Just to confirm the dates of the racenights we will be hosting at the Embankment.
The four event series has already started with the two rounds on 8th February & 8th March and the remaining two rounds will be on 12th April and 10th May.
We will also be hosting a two event series on 12th July & 9th August.
Hopefully many of you will be able to attend with young riders and/or help during the evenings.
Please help by sharing these dates with others who maybe interested.
You may remember not too long ago I asked for volunteers to co-host a round of this series during the forthcoming summer. Well now the series dates are confirmed as follows..
Saturday 13th April - Entries open now until 5th April https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/198840/Lincolnshire-Circuit-Racing-League-1
Saturday 18th May
Saturday 8th June This is the round we will be co-hosting and we will need plenty of volunteers, please note the date and i'll ask for volunteers to confirm nearer the time.
Saturday 15th June
Saturday 6th July
Saturday 30th March
Starting from Tesco Werrington, The Werrington Centre, PE4 6NA. (map) Social ride of 20 miles
9:30 am: Crowland The Old Paper Shop, (20 miles) – Chris Faull leading
Out via Werrington bridge road, Middle road, Crowland road, back via Welland Bank, Deeping St James & Peakirk.
If you have any questions please contact Chris email@example.com (07432 657 331). These rides are suitable for all abilities and are best on either a road bike or a hybrid with road tyres, and all are welcome.
Sunday 31st March
Starting from Helpston
9:00 am: Yaxley Sunny Cafe (50 miles) – Malc Jacklin leading
Out via Newborough, Eye Green & Farcet, back via Holme, Glatton, Folksworth, Elton & Wansford
Starting from Helpston
9:30 am: Stamford Kafae on the Square (41 miles) – Volunteer required to lead
A looping ride to this café on St George’s Street in Stamford. Out via Thurlby and Carlby. https://www.mapmyride.com/gb/
10 am: Spalding, Sunshine Cafe (37 miles) – Birgit Scott leading
Out via Marketing Deeping and back via Tongue End
We hope you can join us on one of the above rides.
There were only three seconds between Steve Maile and Simon Pitchford at the top of the leaderboard at the end of the Place2Place yesterday.
The morning started with oodles of sunshine at the top of Folksworth hill. Despite the brightness there was still a seasonal chill in the air and stiff wind which would hamper the riders all the way down into the Nene Valley at Oundle.
The return might have been all up hill past the Olive Grove and out of Polebrook but there was definitely more pace about all competitors as they went through the finish line for the first time and out on to the local lap to Morborne. The trek across Folksworth and out to the transmitter were the biggest headwind of the race and it was there that a number of competitors lost time over their rivals.
Once back up to Washingley crossroads it was all out for the last 3km before topping the climb for a second and final time.
Despite the windy conditions there were a good number of riders under the hour for the 34km (or 21 miles), which is fantastic when you consider there is nearly 300 metres of elevation on the route.
On behalf of all the riders, I would like to thank the marshalls who gave up their Sunday morning to ensure there was a race.