Monthly Race Report July/August

As the 2018 race calendar heads towards the joys of hill climb season it would be remiss of us not to recognise some outstanding results over the past couple of months from the various members of the ARCC RT. Let’s start with the evergreen Joy Payne who as the club’s premier ‘tester’ has once again put down some amazing times on the UK women’s open circuit. Following her win in early July at the Farnham RC 25 she quickly followed this with two new club records at the same distance down in South Wales almost breaking the infamous hour mark on both occasions but posting an amazing 1hr and just 48 secs on her second attempt…That is some time and to be applauded especially as she broke the 25mph average barrier a week later to improve the club women’s 10 mile record to just 23.36! Great riding Joy and chapeau from us all…

As predicted in the last report we now have two more men’s category 3 licence holders in the club with both Paul Blamire and Darren Eggleton securing the required points to move up in the British Cycling rankings. Paul securing a well-earned 4th place at the West Thames series at Hillingdon and in late July our very own ‘Cav’ – Darren ‘Dazzler’ Eggleton grabbing a podium spot and just pipped into 3rd as you can see! Well done both and it looks like Darren will be requiring the clubs lead out train next season..

Finally, this report needs to focus on a hugely impressive race season for Caroline Whittaker who has moved effortlessly into road racing from her triathlon background. Her list of results is hugely impressive alongside her now growing collection of national champs jerseys but these highlights include…a strong finish in the 2/3/4 ORRL in early July which was then followed up with winning the British Championship RR in her age category which is simply an amazing result and proof that CW is one of the strongest female vet racers in the entire UK. Not content with this in August she secured a silver medal in the team triathlon at Nottingham and then had her first foray into the world of elite womens road racing the following day up in Yorkshire at the Ryedale national. Awesome riding Caroline..take a bow and we look forward to seeing you on Eurosport next season.

So just the September, October race calendar to complete for 2018 including the emotional ‘gurn-fest’ hill climb season…watch this space!