Just to remind you all that we are back at the Athletic Track on Bishops Road for another youth session this Friday 6th September from 6:30 - 7:30. Please aim to arrive in time to start at 6:30 and for any newcomers it will be great to have you along, but please aim to be there by around 6:15 to complete consent forms and introduce ourselves before we start.
Free parking is in the adjoining Regional Pool car park.
As the Cyclocross season is just getting started this week we will be on the grass concentrating on mounts, dismounts and gears.
TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE for a limited time only exclusively to club members & partners/parents. BOOK NOW!
Club Prize Presentation Evening & Dinner
Saturday 16th November - Queen’s Head, Nassington
Guest speaker Dr. Michael Hutchinson
Two course meal followed by coffee
£20 - 18yrs upwards
£15 - U18s requiring adult meal
£5 - U18s (chicken nuggets/chips).
TO BOOK contact Simon Pitchford - 07792 445543
Click here for the venue website
Two Clarion riders in the top 5 yesterday... well done to them.
N&DCA 10TT round 5 at Naseby today
1 James Perkins Race Hub 22:02
2 Geoff Platts Team Bottrill 22:30
3 Sam McDonald St Neots 22:38
4 Steve Maile Fenland 23:15
5 Simon Pitchford Fenland 23:18
6 Simon Murphy St Neots 23:20
7 Graeme Hall RFW 23:35
8 Has Van Nierop Welland V 23:49
Ian Todd will be leading the 9:30 ride and we need a volunteer to lead the 9am ride.
Please find below details of this week's club Sunday 1st September.
Sundays Club Runs - 1st September
All clubs runs are starting from Helpston.
9:00 am: Wadenhoe – The Old Barn (69 miles) - Volunteer Required
A longer route to this favourite coffee stop a few miles South of Oundle. https://www.mapmyride.com/
9:30 am: Peterborough - Sundays Tearoom in Cathedral precinct- (47 miles) - Ian Todd Leading
Out to Maxey, Northborough, Deeping Gate, Crowland and Thorney to Peterborough. Returning via Ferry Meadows, Ailsworth, Upton, Barnack and Bainton.
10:00 am: Edith Weston – Wellies Garden Centre - (38 miles) - Birgit Scott leading
Riding out to Stamford, Ketton, North Luffenham and Lyndon - back via Edith Weston, Empingham, Stamford, Belmesthorpe and Maxey.
We hope you can join us on one of the above rides.
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.