LAST MINUTE CHANGE – time for AGM is now NOON on November 12
The 2017 AGM will be held at noon on November the 12th at Martins Pond Pub in Potten End HP4 HP4 2QQ. If you would like to be part of the League in 2018, you’ll need to agree to our rules here and download and complete our application form here
Please note the deadline for 2018 membership has been brought forward by a month to help organise regional resources and avoid date clashes so don’t delay!
CONGRATULATIONS to Spirit Bikes RT who ran way with the CENTRRL Team and Individual Trophies in 2016. We’re proud that the prizes went to such an obviously strong squad.
Jake Hales & Russell Rowles of Spirit Bikes RT
Jake Hales, pictured left, says “To be honest the trophy wasn’t an objective for us, but it’s a nice addition to our collection and it’s been fun to compete in local races as well as the National Level Events we’ve travelled to.”
Russell Rowles, Team Principal added “It’s great to have some recognition of what we achieved last year. It was our best year yet, not just in terms of results but in terms of providing local riders with a programme of decent, hard racing and helping them see their potential. We’re expanding our programme in 2017 and we’ll be strengthening our links with Chicken Cyclekit branded as Spirit Tifosi. We won’t forget our roots though and we’ll be putting on a race as we did this year. It all begins at local level.
We’re now ready to accept applications for next season.Downloadable copies of rules are here and form here.
The Central Road Race League will continue in 2017. We’re holding our AGM to confirm 2016 results, sketch out the 2017 calendar and discuss the possible addition of a women’s race series amongst other possible matters.
Date & Time: Thursday 20th October 7:30pm
Place : the Old Mill, Berkhamsted HP4 2NB
Prospective members are welcome to join us, but should notify via ourcyclingteam-centrrl[at]yahoo.com . For existing members, please also use this to notify of any items members would wish to add to the agenda.
The warmest day of the year so far saw some hard laps of the Great Barford Circuit and a significant number of starters were dropped by lap three. Crooswinds were definitely a factor on the exposed main road section, and most attacks came on the tailwind section before the turn to the finish hill.
A significant break containing John Peters of CC Luton, Josh Beckett of High Wycombe and one of the Equipe Velo riders looked set to succeed, holding a gap from mid lap 3 onwards, but the bunch eventually reeled it in with 1 to go, which gave rise to a few long range efforts. Robert Abbey of Hemel Hempstead CC opened a gap for a couple of kms but the bunch was winding up for the finale and he was caught with around 4km to go.
With two corners left to go, Jack Steel-Jessop of CC Luton launched a massive attack and immediately opened a dangerous gap, but it seemed the bunch were too busy looking at each other. He never looked back and took a ballsy win ahead of Simon Cannings of Equipe Velo and Ruairi O’Driscoll, also of Equipe.
Jack Steel-Jessop takes the solo win pic: Elliot Haigh photography
Jack’s win not only takes him straight to the top of the Junior Competition, it also puts Luton in a very strong second place in the team standings and with the Team MK Regional ‘A’ looming next weekend, there’s more ground to be gained on Spirit Racing.
Thanks to Jason and the Beds Road team for laying on a great race.
Many thanks to Tom Burnley and the Team at Thames Velo for their hard work on Sunday. Sadly the National B event had to be abandoned following an incident on the A329 near Little Milton, but despite numerous stories of falls, there apeared to be only one rider requiring hospital treatment.
The Regional B race stayed together pretty much for the duration, with a nervous bunch staying attentive to any moves and a relatively flat course reducing the possibilities for selection.
Although all about positioning in the run in, it was won decisively by James Chapman of Kenilworth Wheelers who, along with Jacob Tresham (Corley Cycles) had a clear gap in the final sprint over the crest of the hill. Jacob catapults Corley up the table with the League Rankings starting to swell around the 20-30 point mark whilst Gavin James adds to the CC Luton tally having taken 3rd place.
Thames Velo Regional B Podium – thanks Peter Chapman for the picture
Next round is the Beds Road Race Team Event at Great Barford on May the 8th.