Easter Meet: Bookings Now Open
- 100 mile "4 Castles" Ride
- 100 km "3 Castles" Ride
- 10 mile Time Trial
- Family rides
- Gravel rides
- Leisurely club rides
- Newark market & town tour
- Live showing of the Tour of Flanders on Sunday afternoon
- Annual dinner and awards ceremony
South Witham Road Race
Currently there are two Fenland riders signed up for the local South Witham Category 4 road race (24 miles/38.4 km) on 30 March. If you are interested in joining Ian and Rich you can sign up via the British Cycling website: British Cycling
2024 Fenland Clarion Cyclo Cross Championships
The Club Dinner and Prize Presentation was held on 25 November at the Farmers, Yaxley. Our Guest of Honour was EF Education Pro, Tour de France rider and Heanor Clarion rider, James Shaw.
Use of Electric Bikes on Club Rides
Club members are welcome to use Electric bikes on Club Runs provided that their bike complies with the government rules for Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles:
“An Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle (EAPC) must have pedals that can be used to propel it. It must show either:
- the power output
- the manufacturer of the motor
It must also show either:
- the battery’s voltage
- the maximum speed of the bike
Its electric motor:
- must have a maximum power output of 250 watts
- should not be able to propel the bike when it’s travelling more than 15.5mph
If a bike meets the EAPC requirements it is classed as a normal pedal bike. This means you can ride it on cycle paths and anywhere else pedal bikes are allowed. Any electric bike that does not meet the EAPC rules is classed as a motorcycle or moped and needs to be registered and taxed. You’ll need a driving licence to ride one and you must wear a crash helmet.”
If a club member or other rider was to join a club run with a modified e-bike or a bicycle with an e-bike conversion which does not conform to the legal requirements then that rider and the club would not be indemnified against third party losses under the club’s insurance.
For this reason, Fenland Clarion can only allow legal EAPCs to be used on club runs and rides. Individual members are responsible for checking and disclosing to the club whether their EAPC is legal.
A Great Result!
Lindsay Clarke: World Masters Track Cycling Champion 60-64 Women
Dolomites Tour 2023
For some years now, members of the Fenland Clarion have taken an annual cycle tour, usually in Europe (but with a memorable detour to the Scottish Highlands in 2017). In 2022, after a two year pandemic-induced hiatus, we were blessed with a glorious adventure in the western Alps of France including the beautiful Verdon Gorge.
This year we decided to return to the Dolomites, scene of my first tour with the team back in 2015.
Bluebell Supper 2023
Wednesday 16 August saw the last race in the Bluebell Time Trial Series for 2023. It was followed by the traditional Supper at Helpston Village Hall. Prizes for the Bluebell handicap were awarded. Veteran member George Proderick was the first winner of the newly instated Ralph Stevens trophy. (Pictures by Lisa Marie)
National Track Championships
A great result for Lindsay Clarke in the Pursuit at the British Masters National Track Championships. She set a time of 2:42 - a new British record!
Fast Training Ride
A good group of nine riders went out on Sunday morning (2 July) on one of our fast training rides. Steve Kaye, Paul Lilley, David O'Brien, Dave Butler, Evander Wishart, Harry Tozer, Phil Merritt, Jerry Norman, and Simon Pitchford. We averaged 20.2mph for about 50 miles. Good bit of fun at the end getting a bit punchy and a few controlled sprints. Well done all.
The fast training rides go out on Sundays from Orton Centre. If you are interested in joining one of these rides please give Simon a call on 07792 445543 (Group rides).
Hereward League 2023
A great end to a great series of racing on the Hereward League.
A clean sweep in the Under 18 category for Theo, Ethan and Archie
Chris Cummings 2nd
Jerry Norman 3rd
Sibbertoft Camping Weekend 20-21 May 2023
Eight ‘Happy Campers’ cycled to Brook Meadow campsite at Sibbertoft (near Market Harborough) on Saturday 20 May: Ian Richardson, Julian Tatam, Phil Gee, Jon Lyall, Chris Farrow, Alistair Northend, Ian Todd, joined by Malc Jacklin later in the evening after he had ridden a nearby audax event.
We followed a hilly 54-mile route out via Barrowden and Stoke Dry with a coffee stop at Sweet Hedges farm café near Stockerston, then on via Goadby and the Langtons for another stop by the Grand Union canal at Foxton Locks, after a brief ride along the canal towpath.
Great countryside in this area with a couple of highlights when we were stopped by a herd of cows and then had to wait whilst the over was finished at Gumley Cricket Club, because the pitch spills out over the hillside and over the road! A case of ‘Cricket stopped Cycling’ rather than ‘Rain stopped Play’!
We had a good meal at the Red Lion pub in Sibbertoft and had breakfast at the local Gliding Club café about a mile along from the campsite, before setting off on our 53-mile return route which joined the club run (Ian Waddilove and Charlie Joseland) at the Rockingham Village Stores café.
Race Calendar 2023
The Race Calendar for 2023 is now available. Take a look under the "Racing" heading above or here