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Club News - 2009

New Inter-Club Competition - posted 23-11-2009
Over the last few years the interest in the old inter-club competition has waned within the other clubs involved. During the same time we have grown much stronger links with G.S. Avanti and now Sevenoaks Tri. For next season this has resulted in us sharing the responsibilities for organizing the time trial programme and also deciding to run a new inter-club competition between the three of us. This will be made up of 18 events (namely the 10 mile time trials). The points will be 7 points for first, 6 points for second, down to 2 for sixth and every finisher thereafter. This is an experimental set up for the first year and could change in future years.

2010 Club Events - posted 18-11-2009
A provisional calendar of next years events is now available on the website. Go to the 'Events' page and click on the '2010' link at the top of the page. Its not fully confirmed yet but should be mostly correct. You will see the Events are now co promoted with two other clubs (GS Avanti & 7 Oaks Tri) with whom we will also be running an inter-club competition next year.....full details of how this competion will work inc. the points system will be posted on the website shortly.

Club Hill Climb And Down Hill Result - posted 27-10-2009
Andy Ross has taken the honours this year in a very respectable 00:06:30, coming out top of the 7 starters. The slightly less prestigious downhill competition, although a win is a win, was won by Richard Hallett. All the times for the climbers are accessible via the Events page.

G25/53-result 27/09/09 - posted 22-10-2009
Neil Stanley rode the Epsom CC 25 on Sunday 27th Sept on the g25/53. The event took place in pretty much perfect conditions with the exception of the traffic for late starters like Neil off at no.112. All in all though it was a pretty good day for Neil finishing in 58:43 setting a new PB by 7 secs and finishing 21st overall. The race was won by Steve Dennis in 50:54. Mark Newton was also down to ride but unfortunately was a DNS on the day due to having an op on his back on the Friday before the event.

Hill Climb Report - posted 22-10-2009
Are there better things to do on a Sunday?
I'm referring of course to last weekend's hill climbs, presented courtesy of the Catford and Bec clubs. Overnight rain meant that York's Hill was greasier than usual but at least it was pleasantly warm which brought the crowds out to witness the annual gurning competition on the final kick to the top. Having neglected to fit ski-skins to my pro-race3s I managed a skittish 2:40, good enough for 42nd from 72 starters (or as I prefer, the 7th fastest Vet!) Andy Ross did well, coming in 32nd with 2:29 which was about the same as last year - we agreed the conditions did affect the times. Iain Akhurst also represented the club, 23rd at 2:22, placing 3rd Vet. The event was won by Robert Gough, Chippenham Wheelers in 1:58, the only rider under 2 minutes, with Jody Crawforth second and Matthew Melville third. Honoured guest entry, Max Pendleton, famous father of famous daughter turned in a 2:52 and the lantern rouge did 3:50

It looked to brighten up for the afternoon's Bec and conditions were fine for the early starters however rain and cold dampened spirits and times from about the midway point. Still, a good crowd turned out to cheer raucously, inspired by the gutsy climbers, fuelled by quality tea and cakes. I'd preferred White Lane so I was disappointed to do a 2:28 which was about what I'd done in training but was good enough for another 7th fastest Vet, 49 of 75. The one to watch for the Club hill climb, Andy Ross, came in 35th in 2:19. The event was won by a rider who was seventeenth off but even in the dry his 1:46 was impressive and held everyone off - Mike Smith, Milton Keynes, was happy to walk away with the £1,000 prize money. Gough and Crawforth were the only other riders under 2 minutes.

On reflection, now the shock and pain has died down, these two famous hill climbs are good events to do. Once. Just to say you've done them. But then again, I'm thinking about what would happen with different tyres, or pressures. Or what I could do on a dry day, or with more training. I've a sneaking suspicion I'll be back next year.....

Report by Robert Robbins

Surrey League HCap- Alfold Sunday 27th Sept - posted 30-09-2009
This surrey league handicap event resulted in mixed fortunes for club members Dan Lucas and Rob Robbins due to the slightly generous 7 minute head start the 4th Cats were given in this 50 mile event on a relatively flat circuit. According to Rob there was little fighting spirit from the 3rd cat contingent and despite his numerous attempts to stir things up the 3rds never managed to get their heads down enough to make up any significant time on the 4th cats lead. Dan on the other hand is new to road racing and on this occasion profited from being in possession of a 4th Cat licence (which we doubt he will have for long) and he picked up his first points getting 6th in bunch sprint.

Sevenoaks Tri 20th Sep 2009 - posted 30-09-2009
400m swim 25km bike 8km run

This was my second Sevenoaks event after competing in April. The day was overcast with little wind making for perfect conditions. After being held up by slow swimmers in the swim, I headed out onto the undulating bike course and made up 9 places however my chain fell off so after a Tour de France like mechanic effort I jumped back on 30 seconds later. Despite this I still beat my last time on the bike by 4 minutes and finished overall in 1.34.37 5 minutes quicker than last time and 30th overall and only 30 seconds behind the under 19 category winner.

Report by - Ben Wimpory.

Hounslow and District Wh 25 onH25/8 Sun 20th Sept - posted 22-09-2009
Another trip over to Hampshire and yet more disappointment. Due to road works the course was changed, with the new course incorporating a nice hill. As a result times were generally a lot slower. Dave Twin had the delights of his seat pin dropping again on the bumpy road surface, not content with that the tri bars decided they would like a closer look at the front wheel. Not the best riding position. Dave eventually finished with a 1.03.58. The other club rider present was Mark Newton, even he found the going tough finishing with a 58.54. The winner was Steve Dennis East Grinstead CC in 53.25.

The only good news was that the road works is actually the re-surfacing of one of the doggy bits of course. Hopefully this will improve time next season.

VTTA (Kent) 50 on Q50/11 Sun 13th Sept - posted 14-09-2009
7 members were down on the start sheet to ride this event, but both Tim Livsey and Grant Beerling were DNS on the day. Of the five remaining riders Bob Loader was the first to brave the very breezy conditions which got worse for the later starting riders, eventually getting round in 2.44.01. Rob Royston followed and recorded 2.10.16. Even Mark Newton couldn’t get under the two hour mark finishing in 2.00.25. Neil Stanley recorded a 2.09.18 and looks like he may well have won the Novis Cup (handicap trophy) which needs to be confirmed. Dave Twin finished with 2.12.48 partly due to a slipping seat post. The winner was Kevin Tye ODLS.com Racing in 1.52.16.

SCCU 25 G25/53 6th Sept - posted 08-09-2009
All we have are the bare essentials on this one, namely:
7 Mark Newton Sydenham Wheelers 00:55:18
27 Neil Stanley Sydenham Wheelers 00:59:49
84 Bob Loader Sydenham Wheelers 01:13:46
1 Keith Coffey Bec Cycling Club 00:53:45

Alton CC 25 Sun 30th August on H25/8 - posted 02-09-2009
Four club riders travelled over to the Bentley by pass course the other side of Guildford looking for reasonable 25 times. The morning was a little chilly for first club rider Matt Preston, riding his first 25 he recorded 1.05.06. David Twin was next off on a borrowed Cervelo from Ian O’hara he recorded a 1.00.39. Then came Ed Rieu beating Dave by 8 seconds with a 1.00.31. Finally it was fast man Mark Newton with a 55.41. Both Ed and Mark thought that the course was around a minute slower than the previous week’s event on the same course due to the rising wind. The event was won by Wouter Sybrandy of Sigmasport.co.uk in 51.31.

Bob Breaks Two Records In One Week - posted 02-09-2009
Being the modest fast man that we know Bob to be, he has kept to himself a couple of very impressive performances that he put in last month. The first of these involved setting Kent Vets age record in the CC Breckland 12 on 16th Aug with a very lengthy 190.23 miles. Riding on the back of the form that a 12hr slog in saddle produces he lined up the following week to ride the Team Swift 100 and set another VTTA Kent age group record with 05:13:06.What can you say about the man!!

Many thanks to Duncan Leith for bringing these performances to our attention.

North Hampshire RC H25/8 – Sat 22/08/09 - posted 26-08-2009
Ed Rieu and Mark Newton ventured out to the potentially quick H25/8 course when the wind blows in the right direction over at Bentley. An afternoon start made for a large field +100 riders and for the early starters the wind blew favourably. Ed was off early and had a fantastic ride clocking a very impressive 59.49 and a new PB. Mark was amongst the late starters (first time riding after 16.00 !) clocking a seasons best of 54.43. The event was jointly won in 50.41 by Adrian Lansley North Hampshire and Jerone Walters www.sigmasport.co.uk.

Paul becomes a 3rd Cat! - posted 20-08-2009
Paul Butler finished 4th for the second time this year in a bunch sprint at Hillingdon on Tuesday 18th August in a 4th Cat Circuit Race. New club member Rob Thatcher gave Paul the "perfect lead out" in Paul's words and 4 riders all lunged for the line for the win (Paul swears he came 2nd but was too pleased to argue!). Paul has now gained more than the 10 points required to go up to 3rd Category so things are about to get that much tougher for him!

The week before both Paul and Rob rode a Surrey League 4th Cat Circuit Race at Dunsfold Park on Sunday 9th August and Rob crossed the line easily in the top 10 only to hear the sound of the bell! The organisers have since apologised as all riders and spectators agreed it was the final lap but that's bike racing, even though it shouldn't be. Neither Paul or Rob had enough left to contest the sprint for a second time. Rob's first points will have to wait....

Triathlon & Iron Man Reports - posted 17-08-2009
Ironman Antwerp 70.3
Sunday 2nd August 2009
1.9k Open Swim/90k Bike/21.1k Run
Paul Delicata travelled to Antwerp to compete in his first half iron man event. He arrived on Wednesday and enjoyed perfect weather conditions until the morning of the race when the heavens opened and continued to do so until the 50k mark on the bike. The weather brightened up considerably for the run and he finished in a time of 5.02.23.

Splits - Swim 33.35, Bike 2.44.36, Run 1.39.26 – Total 5.02.23

Leybourne Lake Sprint Triathlon
Wed 22nd July 2009
550m Open Swim/16k Bike/5k Run
Andy Fruin and Paul Delicata both competed in the evening sprint triathlon at Leybourne Lake. In wet and windy conditions both competed well and clocked solid overall times.

Paul Delicata – Swim 11.09, Bike 26.39, Run 20.03 – Total 57.51 – 12th Place
Andy Fruin – Swim 14.18, Bike 26.03, Run 21.36 – Total 1.01.57 – 21st Place

Steelman Olympic Distance Triathlon @ Dorney Lake
Sunday 5th July 2009
1.5k Open (Non Wetsuit) Swim, 40.2k Bike, 10k Run
Held at the fantastic setting of Eton Rowing Lake, the water temperature was deemed too hot for wetsuits and so athletes embarked a non wet suit lake swim. Conditions were warm and windy, but otherwise ideal. Paul Delicata clocked a solid time of 2.28.04.

Splits – Swim 33.25, Bike 1.11.40, Run 40.43 – Total 2.28.04

South Cerney Olympic Distance Triathlon
Sunday 21st June 2009
1.5k Open Swim, 40k Bike, 10.3k Run
Paul Delicata continued his build up to Ironman 70.3 Antwerp by competing in the South Cerney Olympic Distance Triathlon near Gloucester. In near perfect conditions he clocked a massive PB in 2.17.59, finishing in 33rd position.

Splits – Swim 25.36, Bike 1.08.34, Run 40.42

KCA Roy Enfield Memorial 50 on Q50/1 Sun 16th Aug - posted 16-08-2009
Only two mad fools from the club decided to ride this twice up and down the Harrietsham course event. With the weather looking good with clear blue sky and no wind on the way down it is amazing how it only takes a few miles and things change. By the time Dave Twin started it was under cloudy skies with a wind that gradually rose to make the second lap rather hard. Dave had the delights of his bike coming apart around him and really blew up on the second lap finishing with a rather disappointing 2.11.59. This was mad even worse when Mark Newton passed him in the final few miles finishing with a 2.00.37 (4th). Mark though couldn’t believe he had actually been caught for five minutes by Malcolm Davies of Kent Cycles R.C who recorded 1.55.11. This was the winning time and looks like it might also be a course record.

Anerley B.C. 50 on G50/53 course, 09/08/2009 - posted 11-08-2009
Four riders represented the club riding twice around the G25/83 25 mile course. On a day when for once the wind was a bit lighter (although it did pick up a little near the end) the times generally reflected this. Bob loader was the first club rider off finishing in 2.30.08. Neil Stanley riding his first 50 and returning to racing after a bout of swine flu, finished with a very impressive 2.02.12. Ed Rieu recorded a 2.07.21 and finally Dave Twin a 2.03.05. Keith Coffey, Bec CC was the winner in 1.50.40.

European Masters Track Champs 27th-31st July - posted 07-08-2009
Ian O'Hara attended the European Masters Track Championships at Manchester - riding the 3km Individual Pursuit, and the Points race and the Scratch in the 35-39 age category. With a rather heavy hangover Ian qualified second fastest (catching his French opponent on the final lap) for the final of the Pursuit where he faced of against Joel Stewart. Ian's evening ride was somewhat slower than the morning and he took the Silver medal.

In the 120 lap Points race Ian managed to take an early lap along with Joel Stewart, and Chris Bush. After 80 laps Ian was still in second place but then lost out on a series of sprints to Alan Bornet of France who moved him out of the medals by 1 point!

De Laune Fred Peachy Memorial 25 Sun 2nd Aug Q25/8 - posted 03-08-2009
Heavy rain hadn't long passed through the area leaving the roads rather damp to begin with, the rain had also washed some debris across a couple of points on the course which resulted in quite a few riders getting punctures. Steve Thurgood was the first of the Sydenham quartet to start on his new Cervelo and finished in a very impressive 1.02.59 in his first 25. Nick Varley made things look easier with a 58.19. Dave Twin was one of the victims with a puncture having to ride the last couple of miles on a flat front tub to finish with 1.02.58. Bob loader came in with a 1.15.17. The event was won by Ben Instone, www.scientific -coaching.com/SRM in 52.14.

Crawley Wheelers 10 G10/57 - posted 28-07-2009
On a day some would say was perfect (sunny and a light breeze) Mark Newton was back on his favourite 10 miler G10/57. A late start meant more traffic which affect Mark’s progress on the last roundabout, but he managed a respectable 21.20 for 4th place. The event was won by P Sykes in 20.05 (TBC).

SCCU 100, Sun 26th July on G100/60 - posted 28-07-2009
Two mad fools decided to ride this event based on two circuits of the basic Horsham course followed by two circuit of a circuit in the lanes a lot further down the A24 based around Washington, Steyning and Partridge Green. The strong wind blowing up from the coast took its toll on the field with many people struggling in the conditions. Bob Loader who in his comeback trail has now gone 10, 25, 50 and 100 finished with a 5.49.41 (71st). Dave Twin managed a 4.35.00 (28th) which included a stop to borrow an allen key to tighten up one of his armrests which had come loose. The winner was Andy Miles of VC Elan in 4.06.07.

East Grinstead Club 10 21st July - posted 22-07-2009
With the planned outing to Crystal Palace looking unlikely, due to the weather and possible cancellation of the event, Matt and Dan Lucas decided to ride the East Grinstead CC 60th Anniversary Club 10 on the G10/39 Horne Course. It was a really enjoyable event despite getting soaked on the 10 mile ride out, Matt regretting choosing the TT bike over the road bike when navigating the lethal corners on this unfamiliar twisty circuit and suffering the confidence shattering sight of Ben Instone and Steve Dennis waiting in the car park at the start. Needless to say Ben and Steve were first and second in v.impressive 22:26 and 23:28 respectively. Matt managed a 25:30 and Dan riding his standard road bike in his first ever TT did a very creditable 26:49, on what The Grinstead Boys described as a hard night. Full result available here!

It was a really friendly event and the EGCC boys are a good bunch, as for the circuit its surprisingly enjoyable and leaves you thinking "I want to ride that again I reckon I can go alot quicker". A recommended way of spending a Tuesday night if your at a loose end!

West London CA 50 held 19.07.2009 - posted 22-07-2009
Three Sydenham members decided to brave the strong winds on Sunday. Grant Beerling and new member Tim Livsey were using the event as training for up coming triathlon events. Grant recorded 2.19.09 (35th). Tim riding his first ever time trial wasn't to far behind in 2.27.02 (43rd). Third rider was Bob Loader who recorded a 2.36.41(50th) setting a Kent vets record for his age. The event was won by S. Golla of Sigma Sport in 1.49.26.

Time Trialling Sound Bites - posted 21-07-2009
The news is a bit thin on the detail from the weekend but the key facts are:

Saturday 18th July – BEC G10/42
No PB’s this weekend for Mark Newton only a fifth in 22.13, the event was won by Shaun Kennedy (Bec CC) in 21:30

Sunday 19th July – BEC G25/53
Mark by his standards recorded what he describes as a "disappointing" time of 57.13 (top ten finish) some way off Steve Dennis (East Grinstead CC) with (I think) 51:55 or thereabouts.

Testing Old Stylie
The elusive Mr Hallet recorded a 23:44 riding drops on a fixed gear (90") during an evening event on G10/42...."Hellish" were his words.

Brands Hatch Southborough Classic 09 - posted 17-07-2009
Ian O’Hara and Mark Newton formed Team Sydenham for this event. There was a strong field of 71 riders. Mark was first off in the 3rd and 4th category riders led away from the start with a minute and a half lead over the Elites, 1st and 2nd Category riders including Ian in the customary Brands Hatch Handicap start style. However the Handicapped Elites, 1st and 2nd’s powered round and caught the earlier starting group on the 7th of 25 laps (50km).The group remained as one despite several attempts from various riders to escape clear. Small lead splits continually formed lap after lap around Clearways, which stretched the group as they chased with the favourable tailwind down the Brabham straight, and the sweep into and down Paddock Hill bend, only to regroup on the challenging climb up to Druids. The race finished in a bunch sprint led by Jason White (Cycling Bargains), Ian and Mark finished just behind in the pack

Southeastern RC Lou Smith 10 G10/57 - posted 17-07-2009
A miserable morning of light drizzle and low cloud met the early starters of this event. However it’s Mark Newton’s favoured 10 miles TT course having previously set his PB (21.38 - 2 years ago) and a couple of weeks ago came close to beating it (2 seconds outside). Off at No. 5 meant an early start and the legs felt heavy following the exploits of Brands the evening before, however Mark made light of the weather and condition of his legs to record a new PB 21.19 the event was won by Shaun Kennedy 21.08.

Southborough And District 25 0n G25/89 12th July - posted 13-07-2009
The morning was made up of a strong blustery wind and rain coming every so often at a 45 degree angle. As a result about 25 people did not show up to start this event. None of these riders however were from the Sydenham. Bob Loader was the first club rider of a trio off. This was his first open event in quite a while and unfortunately he suffered a broken spoke near the turn and had a rubbing brake block all the way back. Bob eventually finished with a 1.18.40. By the time Ed Rieu started the rain had actually stopped but the roads remained very wet. This made all the roundabouts rather entertaining. Ed finished with a 1.03.36. Last rider off was Dave Twin who believes he did about a 1.01.40 but was credited with a 1.01.09. The event was won by Pete Tadros of In Gear Quickvit RT in 53.48.

Old Portlians 25 on G25/45 (Kingsfold) 05/07/09 - posted 10-07-2009
Four members of the club were down to ride this rolling course in Surrey. On the day however Nick Varley did not start. Of the other three Mark Newton flew round in 56.18. Dave Twin managed to be the first of a number of riders stopped by police as they recovered a crashed van from a field. Dave lost over five minutes and eventually finished with a 1.06.55. Rob Royston finished with a very respectable 59.02. The event was won by David Pollard of In-Gear Quick Vit in 54.20. Once again it was a shame that Nick didn’t start as we would have walked the team prize.

34 Nomads eve 10 on Q10/18 24th June - posted 29-06-2009
Whilst other members of the club have been riding the CC Bexley events on Brands on Wednesday evenings, Rob Royston and Dave Twin decided to go and give a little support to the 34 Nomads event on the Polhill course. On yet another breezy evening the guys did quite well. Out of the 11 starters Rob finished with a 24.08 for 3rd and Dave recorded a 24.31 for 4th. The event was won by Tony Draper of the Nomads in 22.14.

CC Bexley eve10 on Q10/26 24th June - posted 29-06-2009
Mark Newton did a 21.42 on Brands course Wednesday evening, keeping the flag flying for Sydenham. This was only 4 seconds of his PB following only being 2 seconds off on Saturday’s ride.

Farnham RC 25 on H25/8 (Bentley) Sun 21st June - posted 24-06-2009
Four Sydenham riders ventured off to Hampshire Sunday morning looking to do fast times on this rolling stretch of road. Once down there they were once again met with a blustery cross wind which made things harder than had been expected. First off was Dave Twin who got round in 1.00.37, his fastest for a while. Second was Neil Stanley with a 58.50 PB (the first time he had broken the hour). Nick Varley did a 56.56 and Mark Newton a 55.29. Shame there was no team prize because the club would have walked it. At time of leaving the fastest time was a 52.03 by Jerome Walters Sigma Sport, this however was being questioned.

Crystal Palace Crit Round 10 - posted 24-06-2009
Matt Lucas continued is slow return to competitive cycling and was the sole Sydenham rider in the Cat 3/4 event. The memories of how hard Palace is soon came flooding back though as the initial group of 70 (yes 70!) riders was soon whittled down to approx 20 by mid distance. Miraculously (by his own admission) this 20 included Matt who was struggling to find that 'groove' that is so essential to surviving at Palace. This group pretty much stayed together until the end with most other riders getting lapped and pulled out by the marshals. The race ended in confusion when a number of riders contested the finish a lap early, lunging for the line with a lap to go! This meant that the group contesting the 'real finish' was reduced by a few with Matt collapsing over the line for 9th place.

Christopher Mulford was also riding from the club in the Youth event. Hot off the back of getting a very impressive 7th overall in the Friday night Darenth League he has set his sights on Palace. He managed 6 laps of the full circuit ( they even send the youngest riders round the full circuit these days) and despite finding that climb round the back tough going has not been put off and is reportedly keen to ride next week!

Horsham Cycling 10 - posted 23-06-2009
Overcast blustery conditions met Mark Newton on his favoured ten mile TT course G10/57. A certain about of luck is required on the course as riders have to navigate roundabouts eleven times on their trip up and down the A264, on the final roundabout Marks’ luck ran out having to slow for a car, frustratingly Mark missed a PB by 2 seconds recording 21.40 and 4th place. The event was won by Shaun Kennedy Bec CC 20.58.

KCA 50 Singer Trophy 7th June - posted 16-06-2009
This year’s Singer Trophy was fought over by Nick Varley and Mark Newton, after Ed Rieu and Dave Twin DNS. Heavy rain met Nick and Mark on the flat Camber Sands / Lydd course. Nick was off first and completed the wet course in an impressive 1.54.47 over 6 minutes inside his PB. Mark Newton was chasing hard perhaps too hard and on the last roundabout in Lydd approached it too fast (c25mph) and hit the tarmac hard, fortunately two marshals were on hand to pick Mark up and point him in the right direction for the last 5 miles or so. Mark managed to finish in pain and a little dazed in 1.53.41 to take the Singer Trophy.

Dave WheelerRye & District Wheelers 01:50:46
Kevin TyeOdls.com Racing 01:52:31
Andy MilesVC Elan 01:52:41
Andrew MeilakOdls.com Racing 01:53:04
Mark Newton Sydenham Wheelers 01:53:41
Nick Varley Sydenham Wheelers 01:54:47

Evening 10 Cancelled 18th June - posted 16-06-2009
Please note that the club time trial due to take place this coming Thursday on the East Peckham course has been cancelled due to roadworks on the course.

SERRL Bethersden Cat 1/2/3 14th June - posted 15-06-2009
Ian O'Hara was the sole Sydenham representative in this 60 mile race on the Bethersden circuit. A furious pace of over 27mph meant that many attempts to get away from the bunch failed. On the final lap Ian managed to chip off the front with Andrew Dolan (Team Toachim). The two built a lead of about 40 seconds over the next few miles and just managed to hold off the fast moving bunch by a handful of seconds. Ian led out the sprint and managed to hold off Dolan to bag his first win of 2009.

GS Invicta 25 - Q25/8 (Challock) Sun 14th June - posted 15-06-2009
After waking up to Sunshine and what looked like it was going to be a great day, it was a bit of a shock when riders got to the HQ to be meet with soaking wet roads and odd large drops of rain still coming down. Of the three Sydenham riders Ed Rieu was the first off and recorded a time of 1.02.55. Dave Twin was second off and had only got a couple of miles into the event when his front tub blew out. The finish time keeper Paul Mepham shouted up the road and asked what the problem was and was soon fitting his training wheel to Dave's bike. After losing a couple of minutes Dave was back in the race and finished with a 1.04.54. Nick Varley was the last of and proved he is going well with a 57.27 for 6th place. The event was won by Pete Tadros In gear Quickvit RT in 53.38.

Racing Debut Of Mixed Fortunes - posted 08-06-2009
Paul Butler, Matt Lucas and Daniel Lucas were all pre-entries for a 3/4/W/J Criterium on Thursday evening 4th June run by Lewes Wanderers on a circuit just south of Uckfield. Unfortunately Paul was taken ill on the day and was unable to ride so it was Matt and Daniel who represented the club. Its was Daniels first ever Road Race and turned out to be a bit of a baptism of fire with the event being run off a pretty furious pace of just shy of 27mph average. The pace of the bunch meant that any attempts to get way were futile, although Matt did try to get away with two others but only managed to stay out front for half a lap before realising it was a wasted effort given no ground was being made on the bunch who were just leaving the three dangling off the front to cook. Racing rookie Daniel rode very well and despite making that common beginners error of lingering at the back on the first couple of laps, and therefore suffering that criterium nightmare of slowing excessively into, and then having to sprint like hell out of, every corner he performed very well and looked at home with both the bunch riding and the pace. That was until with one lap to go he was making his way toward the front of the bunch when the pack slowed leaving he and two other riders stranded the wrong side of the solid white line in the middle of the road resulting in all three riders being disqualified, a fate which was only discovered when handing in the numbers at the finish. The race ended in the usual 'kerb-to-kerb' carnage of a sprint with Matt and Daniel finishing towards the front half of the field but not far enough up to mixing it up for a share of the spoils.

SERC 25 on Sun 31st May 2009 - posted 01-06-2009
It was a gloriously sunny day, but with still quite a bit of a wind when the four Sydenham riders drove to the event. Ed Rieu and Dave Twin travelling together and of in the last part of the field found it strange that no riders were on the course as they neared the HQ. It wasn’t long before they discovered that the original course had road works on it and the event had been quickly changed to an alternative to give everyone a ride. Recently re-joined member Ian O’Hara was a casualty of this change. As an early starter he couldn’t find the start and this resulted in a late start. Further to that Ian believed he had done about a 58.30 on the new rolling double circuit event but was only credited with 01:00:37 at the end of the event. The other club rider’s times were Dave Twin 1.02.30, Ed Rieu 1.02.50 and Mark Newton 57.47 putting him up in the top 5 and amongst the prizes. The winner was Ben Instone, Scientific-Coaching in a staggeringly quick 52.27.

If getting effectively docked two minutes wasn't harsh enough, salt was being rubbed in Ian's wounds as Sydenham narrowly missed out on the Team prize which they would have won by some margin if Ian had credited with his actual riding time.

Worthing Excelsior 25 - Sun 17th May G25/53 - posted 27-05-2009
Oh the joys of British weather, one again the e representatives from the Sydenham were met with really blustery conditions with the headwind appearing to be against every time you got on the long drags. Dave Twin was the first off and had just crossed the finishing line in 1.03.27 when the rain started. He was very shortly followed by a fast gaining Mark Newton who finished in 57.31 (5th). Last club rider off Ed, was unfortunate enough to be in the rain for over 20 minutes and finished looking rather damp in 1.02.50. The winner was Laurence Harding, Shorter Rochford RT in 53.55.

Iron Man Challenge - posted 27-05-2009
Club member Barry Robinson is planning on competing in both the London Marathon and the UK Ironman this year in order to raise funds for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.

The first of these challenges, the Marathon, he has already completed in a PB time of 03:35:19 which was 20 minutes faster than his previous best effort and resulted in £900 being notched up on the charity fund. His focus shifting to the UK Ironman in August, Barry recently competed in his first Triathlon of the Season, the New Forest Tri. He completed the course in 2hrs 13 mins made up of a 1.1km swim, 36km bike and 10km cross country run. The bike split, including the transition was 01:02:59.

Those interested in sponsoring Barry for a very worthwhile cause can visit his fundraising page - www.justgiving.com.

Charlotteville Open 50 10th May H50/8 - posted 15-05-2009
Having been excused marshalling duties Mark Newton and Robert Royston took advantage and joined a full field of riders for their first 50 Tt of the season. Mark was first off in the now blustery conditions recording a FANASTIC time of 1.53.43 for 7th place. Robert recorded 2.09.16 and the event was won in 1.47.50 by Lawrence Harding.Top ten listed below:-

1 Lawrence HARDING Shorter Rochford RT 01:47:50 V 32:18
2 Adam TOPHAM High Wycombe Cycling Club 01:50:02 V 26:59
3 Rob GRIFFITHS www.agiskoviner.com 01:50:10 S
4 Aran STANTON VC St Raphael 01:50:37 V 26:24
5 David POLLARD In-Gear Quickvit R.T. 01:51:25 V 38:26
6 Tristan DAVENNE PCA Ciclos Uno 01:53:35 S
7 Mark NEWTON Sydenham Wheelers 01:53:43 V 25:22
8 David JOHNSON High Wycombe Cycling Club 01:53:50 V 34:55
9 Paul HOLDSWORTH Hounslow & Dist Wheelers 01:54:00 V 28:14
10Phil EMBER Kingston Wheelers 01:55:57 S

SERRL 8 Benenden 3rd May Cat 3&4 - posted 07-05-2009
After testing his nerve and legs in a Yorkshire RR event over the Easter period Tester Mark Newton felt more at home in the Kent countryside at the SERRL 100km CAT 3/4 event Benenden – Cranbrook. Mark was joined by fellow Sydenham team mates Ed Rieu, Andy Ross and Rob Robbins. The race started well with all four Sydenham riders making their presence felt at the head of the bunch, however Ed was the first to suffer as the pace quicken and the very poor road surface took it’s toll on the field. Andy Ross was unfortunate to punctured mid race, Rob very gallantly gave his wheel however the change over was not the slickest and Andy lost valuable time on the bunch and after a hard chase sat up to rejoin the bunch a lap down. Mark Newton stayed out of trouble at the head of the bunch and may be too much time pulling the bunch along, he finished a respectable 11th just outside of the points.

Crystal Palace Crits 6th May - posted 07-05-2009
Mark and Andy both rode in this event which was the 3rd in the series. Mark Newton kept his powder dry riding the event purely for training purposes, Andy Ross however was riding with more intent and the bit between his teeth and out sprinted the bunch for 5th place in the 3 & 4 event. Full result HERE!

Catford Open 10 on Q10/19 (25th April 2009) - posted 28-04-2009
It looked like it was going to be a nice morning if a little breezy on the way down to the event, but by the time you reached the start line it had clouded up and the breeze had got even stronger there was then rain for the later riders in the field. Ed Rieu was first of the three Sydenham riders, finishing with a 23.39 (53rd), Dave Twin was second off on a 5. After being caught by both his one minute and two minute men Dave sat up and coasted to the finish in 24.22 (67th) wondering why he had bothered. Mark Newton was the last man off and yet again put in a very good ride of 21.46 (12th). The winner was second claim member Matt Miles, Wildside 707 RT in 20.22.

Paul Gets 4th At Hillingdon - posted 24-04-2009
New club member Paul Butler has kicked off his road racing season as a 4th Cat at the Hillingdon circuit. In his first race for 18 years he finished in the bunch and in his second race on Tuesday 21st April he finished 4th out of 35 riders in the bunch sprint. 6 points towards a 3rd Cat licence already in the bag then for Paul, only 4 points to go!

Cycling On TV - Not SKY - posted 20-04-2009
ITV4 have recently confirmed that they will be showing highlights of both the Tour Of Britain and the new Tour Series of city centre races. The programmes will be limited to highlights but will hopefully be rare source of bike race viewing pleasure for those without SKY. You can find more details on Bike Radar.

SCCU 21 Mile TT (GS334) 15th March - posted 26-03-2009
Another still but cold March morning met Sydenham rider Mark Newton and the other participates for this very undulating sporting course. The hills did not seem to bother Ben Instone who raced round in a course record 49.17, Mark was some way behind in 55.02 and 7th place.

Kent Cycles 25 (Q25/20) 22nd March - posted 25-03-2009
It was a bright but rather chilly morning on the rolling Harriestham course. Many riders kept leg/knee warmers on and used gloves. As usual happens on this course there was a nice tail wind out to the first turn at Orchard Heights but then you had to battle into the headwind on the long leg to Leeds Castle roundabout. This was made harder with some of the road feeling dead and having to avoid some potholes as you approached the railway bridge in Harrietsham itself. It was nice to make the most of the tail wind on the final section back to the finish. Dave Twin finished his first event of the year in 1.04.58 (21st) and Mark Newton finished with a very respectable 59.47 (6th). The event was won by Paul Burrows of VC Elan in 57.20. Second claim members Matt Miles and Graeme Rose won the tandem event in 53.39.

East Surrey Hardriders - posted 10-03-2009
Richard Prebble (Pinarello RT) may have won this 29.9 mile event after a very close battle with Pete Tadros (In Gear-Quickvit RT), coming within 9 seconds of breaking the course record on a far from perfect day, however there were some sterling performances from our guys as well. Sydenham were represented by 3 riders all of whom finished in the top half of a quality field and their combined times were good enough for second in the team competition. Mark Newton was top of the Sydenham trio in 01:14:16 (10th), Richard Hallett was next in 01:18:47 (24th) with Ed Rieu hot on his heels at 01:19:33 (28th). Richard Prebbles winning time was 01:07:34.

And Their Off! - posted 05-03-2009
The first results of the new season are now in!

Redhill CC Hilly 18
Mark Newton was the only Sydenham rider to contend this sporting time trial on the 22nd Feb. He recorded a time of 00:44:46 good enough for eleventh place, the event being won by Pete Tadros (In Gear Quickvit RT) who flew round the course in 00:40:58 smashing the course record by over a minute in the process.

Sussex CA 22.8 miles
The Sydenham were represented by two riders, Mark Newton and Robert Royston, in this event on the GS/194 course on 1st March. Mark was one of only four riders to come in under the hour with a time of 00:58:37 which was good enough for 4th place. Rob recorded a very respectable 01:04:11 for 16th place. The event was won by Ben Instone (Scientific-Coaching.com) in 00:53:42.

Lost Property At Reliability Ride - posted 23-02-2009
Following the club reliability ride on 15th Feb a couple of items of property have been recovered from the hall. If you are the owner of either a set of Bianchi water bottles or an OS map of 'Maidstone And The Weald Of Kent' and you would like to organise return/collection of them please contact Bob Loader on 01732 459789. If no takers have come forward within a couple of weeks the items will be disposed of.

Reliability Ride Entries - posted 05-02-2009
Please be aware that there is no pre-entry facility for the Sydenham Wheelers Reliability Ride on 15th Feb. Entry is 'On The Line' only.

TT Course Details Now On Website - posted 16-01-2009
Please take note, that by popular demand, details of the TT courses used for the club events are now available on this website. They can be accessed by clicking the 'TT Courses' link at the top of the 2009 Events page.....or just click HERE! There is still some work to do refining the descriptions and the intention is to provide maps for all of them. However whats there currently should hopefully prove useful to you.

Reliability Route Details - posted 10-01-2009
You may recall that last years reliability ride route was altered from the traditional route in order to avoid roadworks at Wateringbury. This year we wil be reverting back to the time honoured route. Details of both routes can be found below.

** Please note these routes were updated on 5th Feb 2009 from those previously published. This is due to a slight change made to the 64K route.

Reliability Dates & Details - posted 07-01-2009
The new look LondonCycleSport.com website has published details of the Kent reliability rides. Click the following LINK to be redirected to the appropriate page on their site.

2009 Events Programme - posted 06-01-2009
The enthusiasm that is generated by the starting of a new year combined with a desire to shed those excess pounds left by Santa means its about now many of you will be hunting around for the dates and times of those early season 'tests'. Well look no further....details of the provisional calendar of CTT events can be found HERE! We also have a provisional calendar of the club events available by clicking the 'Events' link at the top of this page.