Club Cyclocross Championships 2022
Fenland Clarion were able to hold their Cyclocross championships again this year following a missed year in 2021 due to the Covid restrictions at the time. Defending champion David Hallam was hoping to add his name once again to the Glover Stag trophy. However, on this occasion his valiant efforts were all in vain as he was soon passed by a number of riders, including an impressive top three who soon opened up gaps on the rest of the field. Mick Stegeman claimed third place, while two of the club’s best youth riders showed their more experienced peers how it should be done. Harry Tozer claimed second place, while Evander Wishart went one better to take top spot, and in the process lapped the whole field with the exception of Harry Tozer. Full result 1. Evander Wishart, 2. Harry Tozer, 3. Mick Stegeman, 4. Lindsay Clarke, 5. Steve Clarke, 6.David Hallam, 7. Steve Hope, 8. Dan Tozer.
In the youth races there were victories for the host club in the under 8's with Caleb Caws having a close contest with Boston Wheeler Hector Short and the Kings Lynn based Velouse Flyer Rafael Rushton, while Kettering rider Patsy Anscombe just missed out on the top three. In the under 10's Bentley Anthony held off his Fenland team mate Lyla Graves, while Emma Smith took victory in the under 12's, defeating her sibling Matthew in the process. Louis Cipriani was unchallenged in the under 14's.
Derby Velodrome 2022
The club had a great day at Derby Velodrome on 18 February 2022. Well done to everybody who took part! More pictures can be seen on the Club Facebook page.
Club Dinner and Prize Presentation 2022
L to R: Paul Lunn, Chris Shaw, David Hallam, Tonya Smith, Lindsay Clarke, Evander Wishart and Harry Tozer.
FENLAND Clarion’s ‘Ironman’ Paul Lunn cleaned up at this year’s club prize presentation at The Farmers in Yaxley on Saturday (5th Feb), after winning virtually all of the club’s races during the 2021 season.
Wins in the Championship 10 and 25 mile events, plus the Cullip Cup 25 mile, Helpston Classic, Hill Climb and Place to Place events, saw Paul also take the Club Championship Series. During last season he also took a new Club Record for 100 miles with a 3.39.56 in the Burton and District event in September and Veterans Records for 25, 50 and 100 miles.
Other notable winners were Lindsay Clarke, who again won the Club Womens Championship and was the fastest female over 10 miles, while establishing a new British record for her age group during the Sherwood event near Nottingham, again in September.
Chris Shaw took the Clarke Merit Cup for his outstanding performances in 2021, with new Veterans records at 15, 25, 30, 100 miles and 12 hours with 256 miles (which also earned him the Berridge 12 hour Shield).
Youth rider Evander Wishart took the Stuart Ede Cup for the best six times during the course of the midweek Bluebell TT series and lifted the Holmes Merit Cup for his Cyclo Cross performances and his 24.50 in the National Youth 10 mile TT Final at Mallory Park.
Harry Tozer, Tonya Smith and Dave Hallam were also presented with awards on the night.
Changes to Time Trial Regulations
At the CTT (Cycling Time Trials) National Council AGM on Sunday 5 December 2021, several changes were made to CTT’s regulations. In particular, two important regulations were passed and are implemented with immediate effect:
ALL riders must have a working front light attached to their machine. (Regulation 14(j))
ALL riders now must wear a helmet. (Previously this requirement was only mandatory for under 18s). (Regulation 15)
The full regulations can be viewed on the CTT website.
On 22-25 November 2021, the Fenland Clarion returned to the Peak District for four days of riding.
We stayed at Hartington Hall, a youth hostel in an impressive 17th century building in the village of Hartington south of Buxton. By the end of the trip we had ridden some 163 miles and climbed 16,381 feet.
High points included:
- Getting to the top of “the wall”, riding from Langley through Macclesfield up to Cat & Fiddle road (the “Bottom of the Oven” climb);
- the climb through Abney up to the gliding club ridge, riding along the ridge and descending into Eyam (and Eyam café);
- the descent from Buxton raceway down to Glutton Bridge and on to Hollinsclough on the Thursday;
- the last few downhill miles back into Hartington every day.
Best café stop: Hassop Station on the Monsal trail.
Worst: the famous Cat & Fiddle pub – “You need to book in advance to sit inside” (!)
Considering the time of year, the weather was kind to us with temperatures ranging from 3-8°C. There was a fair bit of wind-chill but no ice or frost. Our last morning gave us the brightest sunshine of the trip.
11 riders took part: Ian Todd (Ride Leader), Phil Gee, Ian Richardson, Chris Farrow, David Hallam, Lynden Leadbeater, Julian Tatam, Charlie Joseland, Phil Anders, Kevin Jones and Peter Miller.
Virtual JOGLE 2021 Mileages
The final totals for the December 2021 Virtual JOGLE competition. Well done to everybody who took part.
|Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5||Total|
|Dave Shaw (Tuxford)||126||274||352||198||74||1024|
Virtual Rides on Wednesday Evenings
In 2020 we started some Wednesday evening virtual rides, and as they were popular we will be continuing with them this year starting in November. The rides will continue through until early springtime, and will probably include a few race events in the new year.
Riders are all very welcome to ride along with the group or at their own pace if preferred, these will be each Wednesday at 19:00 until further notice.
The first one will be on Wednesday 3rd November with Steve Clarke leading a ride on Zwift, and then on alternate weeks it will be on RGT or Zwift. Note the RGT rides are all accessible with a free membership, although you'll need the event code that can be found on the clubs website calendar (Calendar (fenlandclarion.co.uk)).
Please see the relevant websites to understand the requirements of your equipment, and that should explain all you need to know..
If you have any questions please let me know, although if it's a technical question please spend a bit of time looking through the websites for help before asking, although i will aim to help if i can.
Any questions please let me know, or join the discussion on the clubs Facebook page
FCCC Virtual JOGLE 2021
Following Fenland Clarions first virtual challenge in December 2020, the club committee has decided it would be worth doing something similar again this December.
So the challenge is still 874 miles during the month of December, just doing it the “other way round” this time. Surely the personal challenge will be to improve on last years total, at least for those who took part last year. Secondly how many riders can complete the full distance, it is only 28 miles per day, but that means every day.
Once again we will log the total mileages and add them to the totals on the club website, and there will be some spot prizes at the end, so everyone who takes part could win. So even if 874 miles is way beyond what you feel you could achieve, you can still set your own target and be up for a possible prize as well as joining in with the fun alongside your clubmates.
If you’d like some interim targets how about these,
4th Cat – 125 miles Inverness
3rd Cat – 275 miles Edinburgh
2nd Cat – 500 miles Manchester
1st Cat – 600 miles and you’ll be overlooking the Severn Bridge
Elite Rider – well that will be the full 874 miles
Youth Go Ride sessions return
We are now pleased to be able to announce that we can return to our Friday coached sessions at the Embankment Athletic Track, Bishops Road PE1 5BW, and will be from 18:30 - 19:30, These we will be starting this Friday 3rd September, and continue on the first and third Friday of the month, with the second session in December still to be confirmed. Please note that there is no longer a need to pre-book sessions, although it is a great help if we aware of any newcomers attending who are of course always most welcome.
We will be taking payments in cash, although bank transfers are also acceptable if you'd prefer, and we will be holding our prices at £4 per session, reduced to £3 for club members. We are still looking at alternatives to the no longer available Pingit app.
At all times we will aim to follow the recommended guidance with regard to Covid-19, and would appreciate all of your help with this.
We will have access to the pavilion but would still encourage care when indoors, and if the weather is good we will aim to use the outdoor space as much as we can.
No cars will be permitted on site unless there is a specific reason, and free parking is available in the adjoining Regional Pool car park in the evenings.
Anyone who is clinically vulnerable or has cold, flu or potential Covid-19 symptoms should NOT attend.
We hope that these conditions can evolve and not be too onerous as the Covid restrictions in general become more relaxed, although obviously this is very much an unknown situation.
Please feel free to ask any questions you may have, and we look forward to welcoming you all back to our regular sessions, and enjoying riding our bikes in each others company once again.
Youth Racenights Return
We have four more evenings of youth racing coming up this autumn, starting on Friday 10th September, and continuing on 8th October, 12th November and 10th December, these are Cyclocross style, so we will be on the grass and every rider will get at least two races. These will still suit ALL of our youth riders, but with the added attraction of some riders from other clubs joining us for a few races, making it ideal entry level racing, and suitable for getting started with competitive events (NEWCOMERS VERY WLECOME). Each event will be in age groups, so even our youngest will be able to take part, and the oldest will riders will be under 16 age group (racing separately to the younger ones).
Please note that if any of you would like to borrow a club bike, please help us by being there by 6.15 latest.
Entry will be £5 on the day from 6.00pm with races to start at 6.30 and finish around 8:00 - 8:15 with occasional spot prizes and the series prizes will be awarded at the fourth event in this four event series on 10th December. Hopefully our youngsters will all want to try these events, they seem to have a competitive streak even when not racing, so it should make a nice change to our usual format.
We could also do with a few helpers on the night, so if you are able to help please let me know, preferably in advance.
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
The details are on the British Cycling website with online entry available, although on the night entry is still available.
This will be at our usual venue The Embankment Athletic Track, Bishops Road, PE1 5BW.
Ladies, for those of you who are already racing road and circuit or those that are thinking you would like to give it a try, the Regional Events Officers of Eastern, South East and Central are inviting you to a zoom meeting.
The meeting is this coming Thursday 28th Oct at 7pm:
Topic: Womens Racing in and around London 2022 [Circuit & Road]
Time: Oct 28, 2021 19:00 London
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 890 3183 5052
National Clarion Annual Conference 2021
The minutes for the Annual Conference of the National Clarion Cycling Club (NCCC) held in June can be seen here: Minutes
Fenland Clarion Club Racing
Club racing starts every year with the Frostbite 10 mile Time Trial held on New Year’s day.
The Bluebell 10 mile race series gets started in April and is held on Wednesday evenings through to the middle of August. The popular Helpston Classic (22 miles) is held over three laps of the Bluebell circuit. Two 25 mile TTs are held on the old A1: the Club 25 Championship starting at Alconbury and the Cullip Cup starting at Connington. We also run the Championship 10 mile between Sawtry and Stilton. We finish the season with the two-stage Hill Climb at Ketton and Collyweston.
2022 Race Calendar
Click here for the 2022 Race Calendar