As British summertime is now at an end and the weather has well and truly turned towards ‘full winter gear needed’ this is just a brief line to update everyone on the final couple of months of the 2018 ARCC RT season. We should start this report with a very special mention to Mike Ing who had put 6 months of ongoing ‘graft’ into staging the first ever ARCC organised road race over in Oxfordshire on September 1st. Everything was pointing towards the event being a huge success with a full field of riders and a great response from the club with over 25 volunteers all lined up to help on the day. Unfortunately, despite these endeavours our friends at Thames Water had other ideas and decided to carry out emergency works on the course a few days prior to the event which lead to a hugely frustrating cancellation. Between Mike and Lynda ‘convoy demo’ Kellam they did everything they could to keep the event on including some serious pressure applied 24hrs before to have the works removed but alas rider safety has to come first so it’s onto next year where all things being equal we shall try again and do ‘our bit’ for the local race scene….regardless it’s a huge well done Mike from all of us – patience of a saint was shown sir, chapeau!
In road race news ARCC recorded one of their best team results outside of the (#itsnotarace) Ride London club challenge success of 2017 with Mark Perkins and Jonathan Williams finishing 5th & 6th respectively in the Dulcie Walker road race on September 16th. It was a tough race at just under 60 miles with ARCC missing the early 4 man break but with Mike Ing at the helm to help pull it back over several climbs of Clare Hill, Mark and J got within seconds of a podium place during the uphill sprint as the break having gone out to over a minute was within a few metres of being caught at the line by the peloton. It was a great team performance and bodes well for next season with Messrs Ferguson, Eggleton, Blamire and Hayler to name but a few to help bolster a growing Race Team.
In Time Trial news Joy Payne just keeps on breaking records as she has now reduced the club women’s 50 to 2:03:55 achieved up at the CC Breckland event on the 1st September…it’s been another great year for JP, well done from us all. Jonathan Williams also took a few seconds off the men’s 10 record on the same day which now stands at 20:20, still a few seconds to find in 2019 before he can join the ‘19 club.’
Finally, from the joys of the October hill climb season we have 2 great results to report with Paul Blamire recording his first title re the club hill climb recording a close but nevertheless winning margin over Cadsden Hill with a time of 2.53. Mike Ing then fresh from his October San Remo training camp almost broke the 2-minute barrier up Windsor Hill to finish a creditable 5th on a bitterly cold morning in the West London combine HC event…well done both!
Training for 2019 starts now apparently, miles in the bank and all that?!….See you next season.