Bob has manged to get his hands on the current planned dates for next years Reliability Trials. If we hear that they have changed from the dates listed below we will endeavour to issue an update:
15th Jan 2006 – West Kent – Horton Kirby
22nd Jan 2006 -C.C. Bexley – Horton Kirby
29th Jan 2006 -Catford – Halstead
5th Feb 2006 -V.T.T.A. – Depths of Kent???
12th Feb 2006 – Old Portlians – Halstead
19th Feb 2006 -Sydenham – Knockholt
Clearly trying to out do Luke in proving who is prepared to ride cyclings most sadistic winter competion Richard Hallet rode to 46th place in Sundays Catford Hill Climb. A spectacle witnessed by a number of club members who tailored the club run route to watch what is becoming Kents answer to the Alpe d’Huez TT.
Unofficial sources have reported that Luke is having a dabble in the London Cyclo Cross League, having apparently not been put off by riding the three peaks earlier in the year. A detailed search of the internet has uncovered at least two good results:
23/10/2005 PORC 27th place.
16/10/2005 Dears Leap Park East Grinstead 23rd place.
According to LondonCycleSport.com Mr Thorogood has achieved 5th place overall in the 2005 Kent Time Trial League full details available through this Link. Another excellent acievement in his first proper season back, the question is what will he manage next year now he’s got his eye in.
We haven’t heard from Luke since he rode the Three Peaks (probably still laid up in bed recovering) but according to LondonCycleSport.com he came in 164th in 04:34:56. Hopefully we’ll have more of the gory details when someone tracks him down.
Mike Thorogoods superb form this season as resulted in him winning the club TT competition with a maximum 80pts. This underlines a consistent season of excellent performances by Mike, a summary of which will be posted on the site in due course.
1. Mike Thorogood 80 points
2. Ian O'Hara 75 points
3. Dave Twin 72 points
4. Mark Newton 60 points
5. Ed Rieu 51 points
6. Andy Fruin 50 points
Tim Morton 50 points
Both Mike Thorogood and Dave Twin rode this event which incorporated the VTTA National Championship. The conditions were reasonably good for Romney Marsh with only light winds. Both the Sydenham riders were off early in the field and had to get over the early morning chill to get into their stride. Mike came out on top out of the duo with a 2.00.41(5th) and Dave recorded a 2.03.32 (8th). On scratch the event was won by Kevin Tye Poshbikes.Com with 1.54.57. On age standard if was won by John Woodburn.
Six members of the club were entered to ride, but on the day only 3 presented themselves on the start line. Early starters still had a small amount of morning mist to contend with but that was soon burnt off by the sun resulting in good conditions. This enabled both Mike Thorogood and Dave Twin to improve on their personal bests. Mike recorded a 20.43 (-10 second) and Dave 21.21 (-1 second). The third started Tim Morton recorded 23.49. The overall event was won by Sean Yates In-Gear R.T. in 19.29.
Dave Twin and Luke Evans started the 54 mile ABC race. In hot conditions both were copping with the pace until the 3rd lap when an attack happened up the start/finish hill. This splintered the race. Luke pulled out with a lap to go. Dave continued riding for 2 laps on his own. Due to the Large number of people pulling out this eventually resulted in 15 place overall. Dave Fleming rode the DEFG race over 45 miles. After another good ride he finished 10th overall and 3rd in his E age group.
Ian O’Hara rode this event on the G10/42 course in cold weather and relatively busy Saturday morning traffic. Clocking a time of 22:19 Ian finished 6th overall and 1st in the age category (Category B). The event was won by Keith Reed of Epsom CC in 20:57.
Ian O’Hara rode this Surrey League event which included a prologue up Box Hill on Friday evening, a 70 mile road stage on Saturday, an 11.7 mile Time Trial and a 70 mile road stage with a finish at the top of Leith Hill on the Sunday. The Time Trial, in which Ian finished 7th, proved to be the decisive stage. However, after missing the break in the first stage and loosing 30 seconds to the stage winners on Leith Hill Ian finished 8th overall @ 2 minutes down to the GC winner Colin McDermott of Festival CC.
On a damp and slightly chilly morning Dave Twin ventured up to Cambridgeshire to ride this fast course. The slight tail wind on the way out got up a little for the return leg and Dave eventually finished in 2.02.12. The conditions once again did not appear to affect the likes of Ian Cammish, Sonic Cycles who won in a time of 1.47.14.
Ian O’Hara and Dave Twin both rode what is the Harrietsham 25 course twice. With a rising tail wind on the way out and against you on the return the final leg certainly took it out of you. Ian finished 3rd with a time of 2.08.09, picking up a KCA bronze medal and Dave finished 6th in 2.09.38. It was a shame there was no third rider as the club would have had a very good chance of picking up bronze medals for the fastest team. The overall event was won by Brian Philips, East Grinstead C.C. in 2.01.18.
Ian O’Hara rode this 30 mile event on the new P884/30 course made up of stretches of the A3 and B3006 between Liphook and Liss. A strong headwind on the southern leg made the going very hard – especially on the last four mile stretch towards the finish. Ian finished 10th overall with a time of 1:08:13. The event was won by Ben Instone of A3crg in 1:00:44.
Mike Thorogood and Dave Twin both rode this L shaped course on yet another breezy, warm morning. Mike finished with a time of 57.38 and Dave a 58.58.
Unfortunately Robert and Harry Royston did not start. The overall event was won by Murat Ozdenya of PCA Ciclos Uno in 53.57.
Ian O’Hara took part in this 3 day event for 2/3 Cat riders managing a 3rd place on the first stage and 6th overall on GC.
The first stage saw a neutralised ride through Reigate town centre and then Deepdeene and onto the Henfold Hill and Norwood Hill circuits where there were a number of sprint bonuses. Ian broke away with two laps to go but was caught after about five miles by Guy Powdrill (London Dynamo) and Rob Fallon (Fit For). Ian then broke away on the last lap with and James Beaumont (Kingston Wheelers) and was soon joined by Guy Powdrill. Unable to hold Guy’s wheel on the last climb Ian was dropped but with a 90 second lead managed to stay away over the last 5 miles and finished 7 seconds ahead of a fast finishing bunch. The stage was won by James after Guy unfortunately punctured in the last few hundred meters.
Ian worked hard with the Fit For team in second and third stages to sustain the GC and chase down several breaks. During the third stage Ian and Rob Fallon punctured but managed to work together after service during an epic ten mile pursuit of the bunch!
Ian O’Hara rode this 120km 1/2/3 cat event on the Benenden/Sandhurst circuit. The first 40 miles were completed at a furious pace with many riders struggling to hang on. A break on the 5th lap led by Mark Daley stayed away with Daley winning the final sprint. Ian managed to get into a second break on the last lap with 12 other riders and, with a great demonstration in how not to contest a sprint (Ians very words), finished 13th
In very hot conditions with a stronger breeze than the inter club event the day before three club members from the club rode. Mike Thorogood was the quickest carrying on his recent form in 58.05. Dave Twin followed in 1.00.23 and Tim Morton recorded 1.04.11. The overall event was won by Pete Tadros In – Gear Quickvit RT in 54.09.
A warm and blustery morning greeted the 3 Sydenham riders who took part. Harry Royston was the first off of the trio riding his first ever solo 25 and recorded a time of 1.16.14. Rob Royston followed in 1.03.09 and then Dave Twin who turned in a 59.39. The overall event was won by Sean Yates of the In- Gear Quickvit RT in 53.02.
On a windy, damp morning Bob Loader, Robert Royston and Mike Thorogood were found down on Romney Marsh to fight it out for the Singer 50 (scratch) trophy. With a rising wind making it harder on the second lap, Mike came out best of the trio with a very impressive time of 2.01.02 (finishing 5th overall), Robert recorded 2.24.02 and Bob 2.37.10. The overall event was won by Gary Banfield of Kent Cycles RC.