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Club News - 2007

2007 Ten Points Comp - posted 19-11-2007
The results of this years club TT competition are listed below. A very deserved winner in Mark Newton:

Mark Newton	80 Points (10,10,10,10,10,10,10,10)
David Twin	68 Points (9,8,8,9,8,8,9,9)
Robert Royston	67 Points (10,9,7,9,8,7,8,9)
Nick Varley	62 Points (7,7,9,9,10,10,10)
Ed Rieu		50 Points (8,5,7,8,9,6,7)
Andy Evans	30 Points (1,4,8,6,7,4)
Jamie Walker	22 Points (3,6,6,7)
Andy Fruin 	10 Points (6,4)
Matt Lucas	 9 Points (9)
Matt Preston	 6 Points (3,6)
Grant Beerling	 8 Points (8)
Nick Gritton	 7 Points (7)
Richard Hallett  6 Points (6)
Harry Royston	 5 Points (5)
Jim Oliver	 2 Points (2)
Luke Evans	 1 Point  (1)
Dave Mulford	 1 Point  (1)

Epsom CC 25 30th Sept on G25/53. - posted 02-10-2007
It was a little chilly but not too much wind as the five entrants from the club started this end of season event. Rob Royston was first clubman off and finished in 58.48. He was however caught not long before the line by in form Mark Newton who had started two minutes behind Rob. Mark recorded a 56.32. Nick Varley folowled shortly afterwards with 56.51, with Ed Rieu at 1.00.53 and Dave Twin completing the quintet in 59.25. The overall event was won by Dave Dent of Wightlink/Offshore RT in 52.36.

Addiscombe CC 10 G10/42 08/09/07 - posted 02-10-2007
The ongoing battle for supremecy between Messrs Newton & Varley continues and the gap between them dropped to 15 seconds from 24 seconds the previous week but Nick's efforts were not enough to level the 2 event G10/42 series which Mark took 2-0. Mark recorded 22.21 (9th) and Nick 22.36 (11th), the event was won by Christian Yates (in-gear Quickvit RT) in 20.50.

VTTA (Kent) 50 held 16/09/ 2007 on Q50/11 - posted 18-09-2007
With patches of fog still around when they arrived at the hall, the three Sydenham riders were hoping for a calm morning riding twice around Romney Marsh. The first lap appeared to be following expectations, but come the second lap the wind was getting up. The usual close run thing between Dave Twin and Grant Beerling whenever they ride continued with Grant taking the honors in 2.07.25. Dave was 7 seconds slower with 2.07.32. Robert Royston was the fastest club rider with a 2.05.13. The overall winner was Kevin Tye ODLS.Com Racing in 1.49.41.

Redmond CC 10 mile TT (G10/42) - posted 03-09-2007
Mark Newton and Nick Varley where out representing the club on the afternoon of Saturday 1st of September in the Redmond CC Open 10 mile TT up and down the A24 (G10/42). The event attracted 80 quality riders, Nick completed the course in 22.16, and Mark in 21.52 (4th and 1 second off 3rd !) putting Mark 1-0 ahead in the 2 event G10/42 series with the second race next Saturday - can Nick level it ? The event was won by Christian Yates (in-gear Quickvit RT) in 20.53

VTTA - 02/09/07 on Q25/12 - posted 03-09-2007
Mark Newton managed to get away with racing on the day he should have been supporting the club marshalling the LVCR. Mark took his chance with relish recording 57.57 for 4th place, the event was won by Jim Cheek (in-gear Quickvit RT) 56.16

Young Gun! - posted 03-09-2007
Youngest club member Christopher Mulford completed the 'Summer In The Park' series, organised by Team Darenth finishing a very good 6th overall in the 'Under 8s' category. Christopher has also been racing at palace where he secured a brilliant 2nd place in the 'Under 10s'! Crystal Palace, as we all know, is a tough course which makes this result even more impressive.

Redbridge C.C. 25 held Sunday 26th August on E4/25 - posted 31-08-2007
When we got up in the morning it looked like it was going to be one of those perfect days. Unfortunately by the time the four members from the club, who were all off near the end of the field reached the start line, a stiff breeze had developed. This however didn't appear to slow them down too much. Mark Newton recorded a personal best of 56.27 (3rd), Nick Varley a personal best of 56.39 (4th), Ed Rieu a personal best of 1.00.27 and Dave Twin 1.00.51. The winner was Richard O'Rourke of Flitch Fitness - Bike & Run in 53.19.

Old Portlians 10 G10/57 - posted 10-08-2007
Mark Newtons enjoyment of G10/57 continued on Saturday in the Old Portians 10 mile TT as his PB came down by 31 seconds to 21.38 (5th) - Ian O'Hara the event favourite may have spent too much time on the turbo due to a 30 minute delay in the start time, as he recorded 21.10 for third place. The event was won by Lee Turner in 21.00.

G.S. Invicta 25 on Q25/8 Challock course. - posted 07-08-2007
Four members represented the club and were all set off within 6 minutes of one another. In good conditions Mark Newton was the first off and back in 58.11 (6th and fastest vet in his age group). Ed Rieu recorded 1.03.11. Nick Varley pipped Mark by 2 second with 58.09 (5th) and Dave Twin suffered a slow puncture on his front tub. The overall was won by Phil Bull of V.C. Elan in 55.55.

Dave Stokes Memorial Trophy Ten-Mile TT on G10/57 - posted 30-07-2007
The best weather conditions of the season so far a slight breeze and sun awaited the 70 entrants. MN was the only Sydenham starter however our Treasurer Ian O'Hara was spotted warming up in the car park. The conditions contributed to a fast race which was won by K Coffey in 20.34 1 second better than from C. Yates. Both Ian and MN record respectable times at 21.18 and 22.09, with MN lowering his PB by 19 seconds.

Thanet Road Club 10 and 25 mile TT - posted 23-07-2007
The Ray Jesset Memorial 10 was held on Q10/17 on a windy Saturday morning. This seasons 'Sydenham Fastman', Mark Newton, recorded a time of 22.48 for 5th overall and 2nd in the best improvement on previous 3 years PB (with a time 19 seconds outside his previous fastest time). Paul Mill was fastest on the day with a 20.53.

Sunday morning was the Diamond Jubilee 25 on Q25/10, for those cyclists returning from the 10 mile on the previous day the wind had calmed down but the course was wet making the tight turns very slippery. Mark recorded a time of 58.52 for 10th, the event was won by Keith Coffey BEC CC in 55.20. In the competition for the fastest combined time across the two events Mark was second with the full result to be confirmed.

BEC 10 on G10/57 - posted 17-07-2007
A top quality field of 115 riders including four members of the Plowman Craven/Evans TR massed for the event on a bright but breezy morning. Three Sydenham riders where on the start list unfortunately both Dave Mulford and Graham Ward DNS but Mark Newton recorded 22.53 for 27th place. The event was won by Gordon McCauley 19:43, in case you were wondering what happen to the other Plowman Craven team members - Tony Gibb punctured on the way to the start, their 3rd man Brian Biggs did a 21:41, and their 4th man got a late start penalty and ended up with a time of 27:03.

Horsham Open 10 - posted 02-07-2007
There were three solo entries and a tandem entry from the club on an overcast morning. Of the three solo riders Dave Mulford lead the way coming home in a time of 26.51(53rd), next off was Graham Ward completing the course in 25.34 (42nd) and the final man in the trio Mark Newton completed in a PB time of 22.28(10th). The event was won by Peter Tadross in a time of 20.29. Unfortunately the tandem entry of Rob & Harry Royston punctured and therefore DNF.

KCA 100 24th June Q100/1 - posted 02-07-2007
It seemed like a good idea on paper, but when you ride 100 miles in continuous rain and gusty breezes in June you do spend a lot of time on the way round asking the question why? Bob Loader a regular to the KCA 100 finished with a 5.32.36. Ed Rieu having ridden his first ever 50 only a few weeks earlier, finished with a 4.45.57. Dave Twin finished with 4.37.34. the overall winner on the dismal day was Ian Silvester of San Fairy Ann CC with 4.07.12.

KCA 50 10th June Q50/12 - posted 20-06-2007
Bob Loader and David Twin were the only two entrants from the club in this event for the Singer Trophy. A bright morning with light winds is what greeted them when they arrived down on Romney Marsh. Dave was the first off with Bob 3 minutes behind to go up to Ashford and back twice. At the first and second turns Dave had put quite a bit of time into Bob. However at 28 miles suffered a punctureof his rear tub. As a result Bob wins the trophy with a 2.36.36. The overall event was won by Kevin Tye ODLS.com Racing in 1.52.41

East Sussex CA 50 17/06/07 - posted 19-06-2007
A humid morning is what greeted both Mark Newton and Dave Twin as they left the start line on their respective rides. The course (G10/89) was down and up the A22 twice. This also included having to ride into and out of heavy showers twice. As a result some riders suffered punctures. Considering the conditions Mark turned in a very respectable 2.02.15. Dave finished with a 2.07.10. The event was won by Mark Winton of Lewes Wanderers in 1.54.??

Tour Of Sussex - posted 19-06-2007
Over the last Bank Holiday weekend in May three club members Jamie Walker, John Rivett and Mark Newton represented the Club on the 4 day Tour of Sussex. A combination of heavy rain, cold temperatures and fast racing worked against many of the 70 starters with only 40 completing the 4 days. A fast time on Friday evening's opening 4 mile prologue and 2 top 10 finishes over the next 3 days gave Mark Newton a creditable 6th in the overall GC and enough points to move up to 3rd cat. Unfortunately at the moment we do not have details of where Jamie and John finished. Full report is available from the BCF website Read Report.

According to Mark this is the 1st of 3 season targets now achieved. Wonder what the other 2 are?

SERRL 3/4 - Kenardington 3rd June - posted 08-06-2007
6 members of the club pre-entered this event. On the day 5 of these appeared at the hall to be greeted to bright, warm conditions and only a light breeze. Ed Rieu, Dave Twin, Mark Newton, Jamie Walker and Robert Robbins were joined on the line by 68 other riders. 8 laps on the undulating circuit then followed. A number of riders attempted to break off the front during the race but to little effect. Dave attacked on the main hill with 2 laps to go taking another rider with him and joining another rider already up the road. The three worked together only for about a quarter of a lap before getting brought back. On the final lap Jamie and Mark attacked on the same climb with a couple of other riders. They gained quite a gap and things were looking good. Unfortunately they were reeled in by the fast finishing bunch on the last corner. The result was a massive bunch sprint. Jamie was the first of the Sydenham riders to cross the line. Dave just pipped Robert and they were shortly followed by Mark after he had been boxed in on the inside. Ed had been dropped with a couple of laps to go and rode in a small group to the finish. The final positions are awaited on the SERRL website.

Results Round Up For May - posted 01-06-2007
Apologies that the updates to the website have been a bit slack lately but even website administrators have holidays!

Kent Cycles Open 9.35 (28th April 2007)
Not satisfied with having both the start and finishes in the wrong place, it would seem that they can't even get the results correct. Ed has a download from his computer/heartrate monitor he did over 22 minutes and was shown as 22.00 on the result board, but according to the result sheet he finished as the fastest Sydenham rider with 21.00 (28th). He was followed home by Dave Twin 21.44 (38th), Nick Varley 23.25 (67th) and Jim Oliver 30.22 (88th) which included a 6m 28s late start due to a puncture.

Medway Velo open 25 (20th May 2007)
On a warm, dry but breezy morning Dave Twin was the sole Sydenham rider to enter this event on the Molash course. With a lot of riders managing to break the hour Dave came away a little disappointed with his 1.01.21. At the time of leaving the likely winner looked like being Kevin Tye ODLS.com racing with 55.17.

Epsom Spring Classic LVRC (29th April 2007)
There were 3 races going round this rather hilly course based around Bletchingly in Surrey. Two members of the club rode. Dave Twin in the A/B category race (5 laps) and Dave Fleming in the E/F/G race (4 laps). Mr Twin riding his first road race for two years managed to hang in with the main bunch until the forth time up the climb. He eventually finished 35th overall and 17th in the A category. Dave Fleming riding his new stead in his first road race of the year eventually finished 19th overall and 18th in the E category.

Club 10 on Cudham (10th May 2007) - Cancelled due to road works.

Catford Interclub (16th May 2007) - Cancelled due to road works.

Catford Open 10 Q10/19 (20th May 2007) - Cancelled due to road works.

28th & 29th April Round Up - posted 03-05-2007
Last weekend was a busy one with the good whether getting a large number of members out riding a number of different events. Some of the reports/results that have come in are a bit sketchy but hopefully the summary below is correct.

New Q9.5/19 Course!
A marshalling error which put the finish for this event in the wrong lay-by and a windy day resulted in times being a bit meaningless on this event. However for the record Dave Twin completed the shortened course in 00:21:44.

KCA 10 Q10/22
Nick Gritton and Dave Mulford rode this event on the Sunday recording times of 00:24:54 (14th) and 00:33:23 (39th) respectively. The event was won by Paul Burrows of Kent Cycles in 00:21:52.

Surrey League 123
According to Nick Gritton recently rejoined member Matt Miles rode this event on the Cutmill circuit and notched up another good result coming in second. Unfortunately we have no more info on this even after scouring LondonCycleSport.com.

Open TT G25/53
Mark Newton and Bob Loader represented the club in this event and Marks fine form continues with a 00:58:10 catching and passing a certain Bob Loader in the process. Bobs time for the event was 01:15:??. The winning time was 00:51:21 from Michael Hutchinson.

SERRL Chilham 22nd June - posted 23-04-2007
Matt Miles returning to the club joined Jamie Walker and Ed Rieu to start the SERRL event on the Chilham circuit with 87 other riders including Sydenham second claim and club treasurer Ian O'Hara for a full field of 90 on a warm Sunday morning (22 April 2007). Ian was straight off the front with a few other riders and stayed away the whole day of this 90K race taking in 4 12.5 mile laps that include a drag up the hill at Mowlash with a finish up the brutal White Hill. Ed fell out the back of the last group after about three laps but Jamie and Matt stayed with the main pack through to the finish up White Hill. Matt started a long chase to the front group to close an approximate 40 second deficit. At the finish, Ian took third behind Gareth McCullough (Medway Velo) and Mark Powell (GS Invicta). Matt nearly closed the gap and finished fourth after nearly closing the gap. Jamie finished in a splintered group and Ed finally made it to the finish after riding a lonely last lap of the race. A warm welcome back to Matt and well done on a great ride to him and the other Sydenham riders.

SCA 25 TT G25/89 - posted 23-04-2007
Matt Lucas, riding as in a second claim capacity for Hasting & St Leonards CC was the sole club rider in this association event. Starting towards the end of the field when, temeratures were on the up and with the flying Pete tadros off a few minutes behind, Matt managed to improve on recent performances with a sub hour ride (only just) of 00:59:58. The event was won by Pete Tadros in just under 53 minutes!

KCA 25 Q25/8 On Sunday 15th April - posted 16-04-2007
Ed Rieu was the only member of the club riding this event on what from the roadside looked like a cracking morning. Those watching from the roadside consisted of Dave Twin, Graham Ward and Matt Lucas who were on marshalling duty at Hamstreet, which is the turn at just over half distance. Ed put in a good ride recording a PB of 01:03:47 which the marshals attribute to the enthusiastic shouts of encouragement that were aimed in his direction at the aforementioned roundabout!

Crawley Wheelers 41.59 held 6th April 2007 - posted 11-04-2007
A bright but chilly morning is what greeted Dave Twin, Richard Hallett and Nick Varley when they turned up for the start of this spoco event. Dave was the third man to start and within the first 3 miles downhill stretch had managed to catch his minute and two minute men. It was then a case of waking the marshals up, being the first man on the road. Dave did a 1.49.13, Richard a 1.47.00 and Nick a 1.55.01. The overall event was one by James Dear of In-Gear Quickvit R.T. in 1.39.27.

VTTA 30 Good Friday - posted 07-04-2007
The in form Mark Newton and Matt Lucas turned out to ride this event on the flat lands around Romney Marsh. It was a bright and cold morning with a slight breeze which felt stronger than it was due to the exposed nature of the course. Mark recorded and impressive time of 01:12:08 for 7th overall with Matt coming in nearly 4 minutes back at 01:15:54 22nd overall. The event was won by Paul Burrows Kent RC in 01:07:45.

SERRL Sevenoaks Weald 1st April - posted 05-04-2007
In this race which from the London Cycle Sport report looks like it was full of attacks Mark Newton secured a very respectable 14th place after winning the opening club 10 of the season the day before. Whilst we are not sure of his final finishing position we also spied Jamie Walker in the photos of this event.

VTTA (Kent) 10 Q10/28 25-03-07 - posted 27-03-2007
Damp road surfaces with the threat of diesel on the first roundabout is what greeted the five members of the club who rode. With a tail/cross wind on the way out and head/cross on the way back Mark Newton was the first club member off. He turned in a very respectable 24.05 (14th). It wasn't long till the others followed, Ed Rieu 25.19 (26th), Dave Twin 24.53 (22nd), Matt Lucas 24.41 (20th) and Nick Varley 26.36 (35th). The overall event was won by Ben Instone of A3crg/Bikedoc/The Tri Store in a course record of 21.18.

Peter Young Memorial RR 25th March - posted 26-03-2007
Those who have ridden with Jamie this year will have suspected he was going strongly and the proof of that is evident from his 8th place in the Peter Young Memorial RR this weekend. Report and pictures (as always) on LondonCycleSport.com.

KCA 25 mile 3-up TTT (Sunday 18th March) - posted 19-03-2007
Only one team represented the Sydenham in this year's event, made up of Richard Hallett, Dave Twin and Mark Newton. What greeted them on the morning was severe winds and colder temperatures than of late. The guys flew out to the Ashford turn, but then had to stuggle into the headwind on the longest leg, before getting the benefit of the wind again on the final leg to the finish. They recorded a time of 1.01.23 to take 5th. The winners were Phil Bull, Gary Birch and Neil Archibald of V.C.Elan in 57.21.

V.C.Elan Hilly 22 (Sunday 11th March 2007) - posted 16-03-2007
Whilst most people seem to opt for riding the rolling roads of Surrey, Nick Varley was the only starter from the club to ride this hilly event in Kent. Also enjoying the sunny but blustery conditions Nick finished with a 1.02.37, but believes he could of gone faster once he has made some adjustments to his recently built bike. The overall winner was Paul Burrows of Kent Cycles RT in 54.43.

East Surrey Hardriders 30 Sun 11/03 - posted 13-03-2007
Glorious weather greated the riders for the 43rd running of the East Surrey Hardriders, even if it was a little windy . As a result there were some improvements on times within the club members compared to the previous couple of years. First rider off was Bob Loader who suffered a number of problems including a puncture and having to go back and retrieve his cycle computer. He eventually finished with 1.51.18. Ed Rieu recorded 1.22.35 (34th)but was beaten by Jamie Walker with 1.22.10 (32nd) on his road bike.
Dave Twin finished 19th with 1.17.34 and Richard Hallett came 13th with 1.15.38. Ian O'Hara was a non starter. The Overall winner was Pete Tadros In-Gear Quickvit RT in 1.07.51.

2007 Reliability Dates - posted 09-01-2007
14/01/07 West Kent RC - Horton Kirby Cricket Club, Franks Lane, Horton Kirby, Kent.
85k starting at 09.00hrs and 45k starting from 10.00hrs.
5.00 entry on the day, all proceeds to a selected charity.
Event secretary: John Tisdell - 0208 304 0832

21/01/07 CC Bexley - Horton Kirby Cricket Club, Franks Lane, Horton Kirby, Kent.
100k and 50k starting from 0830hrs
Event secretary: Richard Boxall - 0208 402 9231

28/01/07 Catford CC - Knockholt Village Hall, Knockholt, Kent.
100k and 50k staring from 09.00hrs
Event secretary: Rick Vandieren - 0208 859 2334

4/02/07 VTTA (Kent Group) - Bethersden Village Hall, Bethersden, Kent (A28 - 6miles S.W. Ashford).
50miles and 30 miles starting from 09.00.
Event secretary: Ron Lee-01622 725334

11/02/07 Old Portlians C.C. - Halstead Village Hall, Halstead, Kent.
100k starting from 09.00hrs, 68k starting from 09.30hrs
Event secretary: Ian Bashford- 0208 289 0793

18/02/07 Sydenham Wheelers - Knockholt Village Hall, Knockholt, Kent.
110k starting from 09.00hrs, 70k starting from 09.30hrs.
Event secretary: Bob Loader-01732 459789