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The HDCC/Planet X sponsored Ray Levers Road Race will take plave on the Torworth circuit again this year, please open the Race details by clicking on the following link:Ray Levers 2013 (pdf)
On Sunday 21st October HDCC Riders once again joined up with Retford Wheelers riders for a bit of friendly competition on their Annual Hill Climb and Freewheeling competition. The event takes place at Gringley On The Hill, first there is a timed assent of the 15% 1km gradient followed by a freewheeling competition to see who can get the furthest without mechanical assistance. This year the Retford guys probably regretted inviting the HDCC crew to come along as HDCC riders took the spoils in both the Hill Climb and the Downhill Competitions. HDCC's Robin McKinnon was fasted on the day with a course equalling record time of 1:53, Retford's Alan Hazard came closest to him and was the only other rider to get under 2 minutes with a 1:58. Dave Clarke (also HDCC) was joint 3rd with the Trent Valley RC rider Andy Lewin both posting 2:04. Click on Link Below for Results Sheet.:
Pete Lees has organised a spinning class for HDCC members at Bircotes Sports Centre on Thursdays at 7 pm, this weeks will be the first one. The cost could be as little as £1.00 each if we get 12 people to attend. Please arrive a few minutes early , we hope you can make it:
Due to most members being unable to attend, the Humber Bridge ride is being re-sheduled. Keep an eye on the web site for details.:
This final event of our series of 6 TT's was postponed due to heavy rain the previous week but once underway the event was as competitive as ever. Some fast times were put down with Sandy Smith of Sheffield's LaSquadra taking the spoils on the night and Sara Rodgers HDCC winning the ladies competition. Following the event there was a buffet and prize presentation for the overall series held in The White Horse pub in Barnby Moor. Prizes for Series Winners were awarded to:- Fastest Male Rider - Dom Smith - 19:40 Fastest Female Rider - Sara Rodgers, HDCC - 25.10 Fastest Standard Bike - Ben Lowe, LaSquadra - 22:28 Thanks to Bridgegate Cycles for sponsoring the event and providing the prizes. Also thanks to all Marshals for helping to make the events possible and to all riders that came and had a go. We hope to do something similar again next year so keep looking at the website for details in the future.:
A perfect night for racing with warm temperatures and almost no wind was the catalyst for some fast times on week 3 of the HDCC / Retford Wheelers TT Series. Dom Smith was on fire making it 3 wins out of 3 with a super fast time of 20:01, can anyone beat him? The ladies competition was won by Catherine Neary from Dinnington RC with a respectable time of 26:03. HDCC's Matt Rodgers took the Harworth prize riding his new TT bike with personal best of 22:03, Paul Austin took the Retford prize for the second week running with a marginally quicker time this week at 23:21 but arguably the ride of the night was Ben Lowe from Sheffield's LaSquadra with a time of 22:28 taking the standard road bike prize. Well done to all participants and thanks again to the Sponsor of the event, Bridgegate Cycles as well as the Marshals who enable us to put on the event in a safe and well organised manner. click the links below for the results sheets. :
The first of our Time Trial series was a well entered event with 20 riders taking part, big thanks go to Dom Battersby of Bridgegate Cycles Retford for donating prizes. The series results are available by clicking on the following links.:
Off to join literally 1000s of other cyclist for our annual Mallorca training camp The trip consisted of the same riders as the previous year Mick Wainwright, Pete Lees, Brian Smethurst, Mel Lacey, John Owens plus a newcomer Jon Elliot. We covered 440miles in total including 2 iconic routes, the Orient and Soler circuits. The training consisted of early starts at 8:30am and every ride was stunning, riding through little villages and towns with perfect weather, good coffee stops, white washed houses and stone villas that punctuated a scenic rural ride. Within a few miles the terrain changed as we hit the first of many hills, the climbs were hard and the views were excellent. The agenda for the days ahead were similar, below are the rides we enjoyed during our stay, getting back in time for a swim and sunbath. Tuesday 8th May - Usual short ride after assembling bikes - approx 40 hilly miles Wednesday 9th May -Randa Monastery Thursday 10th May – Orient Valley Friday 11th May - Coastal Ride Saturday 12th May - Army Barracks and Calvia Everybody biked well with Mel and Mick racing for all the big climbs and fast descents pity there not has enthusiastic on the club Sunday runs. The coastal ride is a club favourite of most with undulating scenery and breathtaking views with Mediterranean sea just yards away. We had only one slight issue during the week, John's bike had a crack in the stem and therefore was not secure, this allowed the handlebars to rotate on a steep down hill. This required a new stem and a clean pair of shorts for John. To bring some competition into the rides Pete awarded points for hill climbs and descents Mick, Mel and Jon excelled and it was a closely fought week. The week concluded with a award ceremony over a meal and Pete could not split Mick & Mel and therefore it was agreed to call it a draw. The second week left Brian, Pete and Mick, who did the classic Valldemosa Soller Climb and a couple of park and ride runs to see far flung places on the island. On a day off they donned walking boots to climb Galatzo an interesting mountain, the highest south of Soller where a good two thirds of the island can be seen from the summit. The accommodation was superb being right on the beach front with nice traffic free lanes leading out of Magaluf up into the mountains, we were 15 mins from arguably the 3 best cycling roads on the island, also Santa Maria just to the east of the mountains 1 hr 45 mins and Lucmajor to the east of Palma 1 hr 50 mins. Hopefully going again next May for 8 to 10 days so start training now it would be nice to get a large group out there. Once you experience Majorca "the cycling island" you are hooked and are looking forward to the next trip. :
The first of our Time Trial series events will take place on Tuesday 5th June, and for the following five Tuesdays. Anybody is welcome to come along and take part in the event, which is 9.3 miles long, meet up at the start line at Torworth, the first rider will be setting off at 19:15, so try to be there for 18:30 for a warm up and signing on. Results sheet for all six events will be on the website after the event. Click the follwing link for full details of the series.:
The HDCC/Planet X sponsored Ray Levers Road Race was a tremendous success with over 70 riders entering. We would like to thank everybody who contributed to the event, and hopefully be welcoming you all back for next years race. The list of winners can be opened up by clicking on the following linkRay levers Results.
Photos taken on the day of the event can be viewed by clicking on the following link, and the finish line video is available to view on YouTubeRay levers Photos.
This years training camp in Mallorca will be on the 7th May running till 20th May. Confirmed so far are: Mick Wainwright, Pete Lees, Jonnie Hannon and Brian Smethurst, with John Owens and Mel Lacey joining for the first 7 days. Anybody interested in going along should contact Mick Wainwright for details.
HDCC is now up and running on Twitter. You can follow us by clicking on the Twitter button above. If any members would like to get the latest info from the club on twitter, then you would need to set up an account for yourself, which is pretty self explanitory, then click on the 'follow@HarworthCC' button above to receive all the latest news.
HDCC would like to wish all members and their families a happy and prosperous new year. 2012 looks like it will be an interesting year for HDCC, what with the club running its second edition of the Ray Levers Road Race, and hoping to build on the success of the Time Trial Events of 2011. Keep an eye on the Events Calendar for all 2012 events. A quick reminder that this years membership subscription is £10. The first general meeting of the year will be on January 10th, at the Pavillion.
HDCC Held its annual Christmas Dinner/Awards Ceremony at Styrupp Golf Club again in 2011. The event was well attended and everyone well behaved. Thanks to all at the Styrupp Hall Golf Club for a great evening. The prizes are as follows:
1st HDCC rider in 2011 TT series - Dave Clarke
2011 Most improved rider - Mark Annabel
2011 Most Club Runs - John Owens
2011 Most Competitive Rider - Matt Rodgers
2011 HDCC Most Accomplished Club Member - Matt Rodgers
2011 Rider of the Year - Sara Rodgers
The award ceremony took place following the Christmas Dinner and the prizes were based on nominations from all club members
The Christmas event was a big success so a big thanks to Club Captain Andy Rodgers for organising the evening and for presenting the prizes..
HDCC member Gavin competed in the above event held in Rossington on a cold December day. This event will be held again in 2012 if anyone facies a crack at it. Check out the article by clicking the following link:Muddy Good Fun(doc)Old News Archive
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