WKRC

Club Road Race Report

June 15, 2017

WKRC Road Race Championship 2017

 

Starters on the line were back into double figures this year with more family, friends and fans (ahem) watching from the side lines. Talk prior to the race of favourites included Michael Ashcroft (good T.T. times, very good pace on Sunday club runs), Matthew Reuter (runner up on two occasions) and last year’s winner, Lol Toombs (perennial all-rounder). During warm up laps the high cross winds were noted by all but were only slightly deemed to be a head wind on the way down the course and a good tail wing back up the rise to the start line.

 

The full course was being used and after the briefing by the ever (over?) officious Commissar Trever Benton we were away dead on 10:30. The first few neutralised laps were all ridden tightly together but once the race was under way the conditions lead to a good pace from the start.

 
Lol, Colin, Mark, Gary and Matthew amongst others all did some turns on the front testing their legs for later on. At the mid race point the speed was beginning to tell especially up the long drag up and past the start/ finish line. The front of the race now only contained Gary, Lol, Michael, Mick, Matthew, Colin and Mark. Mark had done a long stretch up the hill and found himself in the position on the next lap, Gary took up that position when Michael Ashcroft rounded the pair and made a bid for lone glory. Matthew Reuter chased in vain but before the top of the hill had given up the chase and by the time he had reached the top of the run down to the bottom was sat firmly at the back of the chasing group of Lol, Gary and Colin. The next couple of laps were fast with Lol/ Gary doing much of the work but once it was realised that there was no way of catching Michael nor being able to split the group of four, the final few laps were run at a more sedate pace (even though, with fatigue it felt twice as hard as previous!)

 
On the final lap Colin finally fell away from the chasing group with Michael crossing the line ahead for a fine solo win with almost a minute on those trying to catch him. The race behind was for 2nd and 3rd.

 
Lol lead them out (as he had for most of the lap) with Gary following on the left when Matthew found a way through the middle (close but no contact) but couldn’t catch Lol for a thoroughly deserved second place and first over 50 Vet, with Matthew third. The excitement of the race had some comparing with the final stage of the Criterion du Dauphine although the most important aspect was that all racers finished safe and sound and enjoyed the experience.
Let us hope this event grows and gives appetite for those competitors to race elsewhere.

 

There was a photographer on the circuit and we are tracking down his details so that we can gain access to the images.

 
Matt Reuter

Club Runs More

  • Start the new year with a ride !!   Our annual reliability trial will take place on Sunday 8th January 2017. Please add our event to your club’s diary and website, and don’t forget to tell your fellow members & friends. A reliability trial is a bicycle event that challenges the cyclist to complete a course in […]

    More...

  • As some of you may have seen we have found a supplier for West Kent polo shirts, these can be used to go to and from an event, on club nights, at social events, or god forbid cleaning your bike. We have settled on 3 colours, White, Navy Blue or Royal Blue with a choice […]

    More...

  • Morning all,   For anyone interested, I will be doing a regular Saturday morning ride, and will use a standard route, so that all are able to follow/ride off or meet on route and know where they are going.   We will meet at the usual place at 9am and will leave at 0915 sharp. […]

    More...

  • We are looking for club members to lead a ride. We need 2 people 1 for each group, a route of around 40 miles with a cafe stop midway through. If you fancy leading one of these rides and have a route please contact Ed.   Riding in a group requires a bit of organisation […]

    More...

Latest News More

  • A tribute to John Smith who dies earlier this year can be found here.  

    More...

  • Link to Photographs    

    More...

  • WKRC Road Race Championship 2017   Starters on the line were back into double figures this year with more family, friends and fans (ahem) watching from the side lines. Talk prior to the race of favourites included Michael Ashcroft (good T.T. times, very good pace on Sunday club runs), Matthew Reuter (runner up on two […]

    More...

  • On Sunday 14th May 2017 three members of WKRC took part in the Classique Sportive organised by Cycle events which was a 86 mile ride from Calais via Cassel & back to the ferry port. Unfortunately this meant that at 0345 Little Gary & Paul Townley met at my house and we loaded up and […]

    More...

Events CalendarMore

June 25, 2017
  • Club Run To Chartwell
      June 25, 2017 - 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

     

    Short ride to be Decide on the day.

    -----------------------------------------------------------------

July 2, 2017
  • Club Run To Aylesford
      July 2, 2017 - 9:15 am - 2:15 pm

    -----------------------------------------------------------------

July 4, 2017
  • Club Night
      July 4, 2017 - 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    -----------------------------------------------------------------

July 9, 2017
  • Club Run To Four Elms
      July 9, 2017 - 9:15 am - 2:15 pm

    -----------------------------------------------------------------

July 16, 2017
  • Club Run To Hoo Marina
      July 16, 2017 - 9:15 am - 2:15 pm

     

    Mark wants a cheeseburger!

    -----------------------------------------------------------------

market place more