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2018 started off with the Champions' Night and Gala Dinner at the prestigious Heythrop Park Hotel in the depths of Oxfordshire.

The good and the great were presented with their prizes and trophies by Sean Yates, assisted by CTT Chair, Sheila Hardy.

The still bemused (at breaking Beryl Burton's 50 year old 12hr record) Alice Lethbridge (drag2Zero) was women's BBAR. Adam Duggleby (Vive le Velo) lifted the Men's BBAR silverware whilst Cavan Walker (Prologue Race Team) received the Junior Men's trophy. The Junior Women's winner, Pfeiffer Georgi (Liv CC - Epic Coaching) was unable to attend.

Knight Composites sponsored the Classic Series (and do so again in 2018) stumping up prizes of pairs of wheels worth, in totsl, in the region of £20,000. Support the events, get your entries in for the Knight Composites Classic Series and you too might benefit from this superb sponsorship in 2018.

Finally, I repeat my plea of 2017, please, oh please, KEEP YOUR HEAD UP!

Remember this fact, at 30mph you are covering 44 feet per SECOND

Make it a fast and make it a safe 2018.

 

Latest news

  • 7th August 2018
    RTTC 25 miles National Championship,
    Posted by Brian Jones
    Hampshire was the destination for Juniors, Women and Men contenders for the 25 miles championship last weekend, 4th & 5th August. As I drove along the A3 towards Bohunt School, Liphook, there was a mighty long tailback on the southbound carriageway. Could this lead to a delayed start or the uncomptemplatable, postponement! As time progressed the queue dissipated and at 14:30 the decision was made to start at the given time of 15:00. By now the temperature was not only rising on the course but also in the minds of the riders. Before, there was tension about the start time, now there was tension about actually getting to the start line and bursting lungs for as short a period of time as possible! It became fairly obvious who the likely podium occupants would be right from my camera position, 200 yds from the start line. My predictions of Oliver Stockwell and Hayley Simmonds came to fruition. Multiple champion at multiple distances, Julia Shaw handed out the prizes. Sunday morning, 5am, the B&B I stayed at was perfect, situated in the village of West Meon in quiet countryside. A twenty minute drive to Liphook and by the time I arrived, there was great activity. Riders signing on and doing their stints on turbos. It was much cooler but the temperature was to rise for the later starters. With the Ribble team pulling out the team prize was up for grabs. Team Bottrill came out on top with a margin of 14 seconds. Subject to a mechanical it was more about who was going to be second. Chris Bartley and Matt Langworthy decided to share the second spot with 46:13, whilst Marcin Bialoblocki was way up the road with a 44:22. This was the fourtieth anniversay of Alf Engers breaking the 50 minute barrier and he was on hand to make the presentation of trophies.
    Full reports can be seen on the CTT website www.ctt.org.uk
  • 8th July 2018
    RTTC 100 miles National Championship,
    Posted by Brian Jones
    The good and the great headed for the Lake District last weekend to compete in the 100 miles National Championship. Hopefully the weather would be kind. 7am saw the first rider off in ideal conditions, very little breeze and cool temperature. Once again there were too many DNS. The event was somewhat marred because Vicky Gill having finished a fantastic ride was clipped my a motor vehicle travelling in the opposite direction whilst passing another competitor. Unfortunately, I am not too surprised at this! I see cars pull out to overtake a cyclist, or even another car, into the path of on-coming vehicles all the time. From my vantage point, just short of the Keswick turn, I witnessed several riders narrowly miss Vicky's fate. The consequences could have been so much worse and don't bare thinking about.
    There was a further down-side to the event. The Police received several complaints from motorists that riders were not giving way at roundabouts. A police patrol car was positioned at a roundabout and such an incident was witnessed by a Police Officer. He could have pulled the rider over or even called a halt to the whole event! He decided to give the event secretary a "dressing down" about the riders' behaviour. So be warned, such continued behaviour could see the course go the same way as the V718! The thought that did run through my mind was whether the complaints were made with a hands-free 'phone?!
    Perhaps we should make complaints to the Police when we are "cut-up", passed by to close or sworn at! I get sworn at and I'm standing on the road-side!
    The next self inflicted pain event is the 24 hour championship around the roads of Cheshire and Shropshire in two weeks time!
    Full reports can be seen on the CTT website www.ctt.org.uk
  • 8th April 2018
    Knight Composites Classic Series, Round 2
    Posted by Brian Jones
    The second round of the Knight Composites sponsored Classic Series event of 2018 took place near Lymington, Hampshire. During a conversation with Jackie Field prior to the event starting I promised it wouldn't rain .........it rained! The event was disappointingly ravaged by DNS. High levels of this "plague" are all too frequent these days. The paracyclist had 66% DNS, the men's event, 38%, women's and vets, 30%. Juniors, 0% DNS. The stats whilst appalling do not reveal that the total entry (60) for such a prestigious event was woeful. During my ten years of racing I can't remember ever recording a DNS. for most of those ten years I had no car. I might cycle 50 miles to an event, ride a "100" and cycle 50 mile home. Putting all that aside, the winners of their respective events gave their all and recorded good times. Full reports can be seen on the CTT website www.ctt.org.uk
  • 30th March 2018
    Knight Composites Classic Series, Round 1
    Posted by Brian Jones
    The first Knight Composites sponsored Classic Series event of 2018 with upwards of £15k worth of wheels up for grabs took place at Longnor on Good Friday. The weather was kind. There was a nip in the air but there was no rain although snow could be seen on "the tops" in the distance. The men were the first to tackle three loops of the 11 mile circuit. There were some big names, Robson, Baldwin, Wright, George Evans, who came out top dog and last but not least Matt Bottrill who is on the come-back trail after a couple of years competing in triathlons. Next to trouble the pusher-off with two laps to complete were the Paracyclists, a small but quality field. Another "come-back", this time after giving birth to her second child, Sarah Storey was victorious. The Juniors were next on the road with the Bury Clarion CC rider, Francis Woodcock taking the top prize. The Veterans and Women were the largest section and Commonwealth Games prospect, Hayley Simmonds tore up the course record into little pieces set by no slouch of a rider, Katie Archibald. The vets winnings went to Jackie Field and Peter Greenwood on age adjusted time and actual time went to Peter Nicholls.Full reports can be seen on the CTT website www.ctt.org.uk
  • 9th September 2017
    RTTC Championships 2017
    Posted by Brian Jones
    The newly named National Youth Championship, formerly the GHS Championship, took place at Sawtry, Cambridgeshire. With heavy rain forecast it could be a wash-out. Driving to the event I experienced torrential rain a few miles from the HQ but within a short distance the roads were dry again. With a field of 172 riders ranging in age from 12 to 16 it would be a fascinating event. Caitlin Peters and Pfeiffer Georgi were the main girl contenders and at least eight boys that were likely champions. At the final declaration Pfeifer was triumphant in the girls championship and Theo Modell donned the boys champioship cap. Having seen Pfeiffer develop into a dedicated rider over the last couple of years, I hope Dad has a large trophy cabinet at home, because I believe it's going to be needed! Full reports can be seen on the CTT website www.ctt.org.uk
  • 3rd September 2017
    RTTC Championships 2017
    Posted by Brian Jones
    The weekend began at 4am on Saturday heading north to Glasgow for the Velopreda Georgetown Cup. A field of almost 200 riders. The event is basically an inter-club extravaganza. To win the trophy there has to be nine riders from a club to be eligible. The course was basically flat but the road surface left a lot to be desired! Nightingale CC were victorius by ONE second from Glasgow Green CC and Fullerton Wheelers an further 2 minutes down the road. Then I headed south to Cockermouth for the RTTC National 10 miles Championship the following day. The Juniors and Women experienced strong winds but Jake Wright and Caitlin Peters came out on top of the Juniors' event. Hayley Simmonds, again top of the pile in the Women's event and Dan Bigham walked off with the Men's trophy. Full reports can be seen on the CTT website www.ctt.org.uk
  • 22nd/23rd July 2017
    RTTC Championships 2017
    Posted by Brian Jones
    With a weather forecast of rain, why worry. forecasts are invariably wrong! How wrong can one be!! After covering the Belper "25" at Etwall I sped up to Prees Heath for the 24 Hours Championship. As I stood on the side of the A49 I noticed some rather angry looking clouds creeping up behind me......then the heavens opened, with a vengeance! The brave battled on but some succumbed to the cold and fatigue caused by the rain. The rain subsided and as the day became night I pottered off to the night circuit turn at Espley. The riders came through in varying levels of speed. Crystal Spearman was going like an express train, concentrating so hard she did not hear the requests from marshalls for her number and off she sped into the darkness. As Saturday became Sunday I had an appointment in Rhigos for the realteam "25"! The morning was fine down there in South Wales at 5am. But that was not to last, the clouds rolled in and the rain started. Far too many decided to stay in bed and by the time the second event was due I decided there was little value in staying and headed back to Wrexham for the presentations at the 24 hr. When I reached there the sun was shining and Jasmijn was suffering from the heat!! The rides by Michael and Jasmijn were top drawer, had the rain not been a factor the comp record for both men and women could well have been blown asunder. Crystal Spearman rode this event as a "warm-up" for the World Championship 24 hr in USA later in the year, where I am sure she will go even further, afterall it's warm over there!! When the memory of this year have faded I hope she will "give it another go" in 2018. Full reports can be seen on the CTT website www.ctt.org.uk
  • 9th July 2017
    RTTC Championships 2017
    Posted by Brian Jones
    The 9th July was a warm and sunny day around Alton, Hamphire, for the 100 miles championship. First rider put pressure on his pedals at 07:01. With 120 on the start sheet with some big names the potential for a great competition was there to unfold. The temperature and the state of the road surface was to take a heavy toll. A good number, 15, were DNF, amongst them John Dewey and Adam Duggleby, the current 100 miles record holder and Jasmijn Muller capitulated. Coupling that with 17 DNS, the result board looked a little sparse regarding results! However, the Allan/Lethbridge contest was nail biting. This time Alice (the current women's 100 miles record holder) turned the tables on Kate with a 3:48:14 against 3:50:38. Kieran Davies had a more convincing win, 3:23:48 against Charles Taylor's 3:31:05 with Mark Nulty a further 19 seconds down. Jackie Field stopped the clock at 3:57:36 to claim third place in the women's event. Full reports can be seen on the CTT website www.ctt.org.uk
  • 25th June 2017
    RTTC Championships 2017
    Posted by Brian Jones
    With three National Champions now out of the way, Dan Bigham is making his mark ..... very convincingly, with three championship wins under his belt. The Circuit Championship, the team time trial and now the 50 miles. Hayley Simmonds took the Circuit Championship, decisively. The girls from Aprire Bicycles had a comfortable win in the team time trial. Kate Allan pushed her 100 miles competition record holder team-mate, Alice Lethbridge into second place. They again come head to head in the National 100 miles. I'm not sure where I'm going to put my money on that one! Full reports can be seen on the CTT website www.ctt.org.uk
  • 14th Jan2017
    Champions' Night 2017
    Posted by Brian Jones
    The evening was a showcase for the very best in time trial cycling achievements. Hayley Simmonds the first woman to break the 30mph barrier in CTT competitions. Ryan Perry's great rides and he certainly enjoyed the evening! Juniors Henrietta Colborne and Eugene Cross putting their mark on the sport. There was a down-side to the evening however. Someone, perhaps pulling a prank has "borrowed" the display flag of Eugene Cross. These flags cost quite a lot of money, I know because I supply them to CTT, so if the prankster could kindly return the flag to Stewart Smith or send a cheque for £250 to cover the cost of the new flag and additional expenses the episode, I am sure will be forgotten. This is a personal plea and not on behalf of CTT. I must say however, If I was in charge I'm sure questions to guests or the hotels CCTV would reveal the prankster and I would, if need be, call in the Boys in Blue if the flag is not returned.
    UPDATE: The prankster has seen the error of his ways and has promised to return the flag. A happy note to end on.
  • 15 Oct2016
    Copyright Notice Update
    Posted by Brian Jones
    To supply digital files: 1: Purchased files may be used for your own personal use and cannot be reproduced or published in any form without the written consent of the copyright holder, i.e. Brian Jones T/A Kimroy Photography.
    1a: Images copied from Kimroy Photography galleries is theft. Each occurrence of theft (each individual image is an occurence) will be charged at £30.00. You will be invoiced for £30.00 per image. If you acknowledge your act of theft within seven days of receiving the invoice the fee per image will be reduced to £10.00 per image. Failure to pay the invoice will result in a County Court summons being issued. In all cases the images MUST be removed from wherever you have published them. There is an amnesty until 31st March 2017 after which these Terms and Conditions will be applied.!!
  • 19 Sept2016
    Simmonds' strikes again!
    Posted by Brian Jones
    The V718 is becoming the go-to course for record breaking rides. Last week Anna Turvey scorched Hayley Simmonds 10 miles record to 19:08. A week later Hayley returned to the V718 and further reduced the record to 18:36. Where will it all end.........sub 18, here we come!! 2017 National Championships are going to be "interesting"!!
  • 11 Sept2016
    Another record weekend: Bialoblocki bomb-shell
    Posted by Brian Jones
    Also making the journey to the V718, Marcin Bialoblocki (One Pro Cycling), not content with demolising Alex Dowsett's 10 miles record by a massive 45 seconds to 16:35, (No, that's not a typo!!) he travelled to South Wales the following day (as Hayley did a few weeks ago) and again ruined Dowsett's day by reducing his 44: 29 to 44:04 on the R25/3H. A 43 minute ride is on the cards!
  • 11 Sept2016
    Another record weekend: Turvey Tornado
    Posted by Brian Jones
    Once again the scene was the V718 on a calm day (unusual for the Humber valley!) Anna Turvey (Tyneside Vagabonds), who has been knocking on the record door all season, did a scorching ride, beating Hayley Simmonds' record by 10 seconds, getting ever closer to the sub 19 ride with a recorded time of 19:08.
  • 28 Aug2016
    Simmonds: Another ride, another record
    Posted by Brian Jones
    Hayley travelled to the V718 again. The micro climate that is the Humber valley was a "stiff" breeze. Head-on to the turn. Like all champions, this doesn't seem to matter! Hayley sliced a good size chunk off her own "10" record, bringing it down to 19:18 from 19:31.
  • 5 aug2016
    Hayley is flying!
    Posted by Brian Jones
    After two consecutive weekends in which Hayley Simmonds ripped the women's 50 miles competition record apart and the following weekend broke her own 10 miles record followed by, on the next day, the 25 miles competition record. Can she make it a hat-trick of weekends breaking records in the 25 miles National Championship?