A few more opportunities this season

We still have several local TT events taking place in August and September around Stafford and there is no better way to test your current fitness than against the clock.

The ‘Race of Truth’ is the ultimate challenge, but its not just simply an all out effort from the start.  You have to pace your effort, starting off steady then lifting your effort gradually so you arrive at the finish with your legs empty.

For those who want to know their Functional Threshold Power (FTP) at the end of the season then a 25 mile TT will do just that, and far more motivational than testing solo or indoors on a turbo.

Here are Stafford Road Club remaining events and below a link to all the Midlands club events.  For club events there is no need to pre enter.

wed 30/08/2023 18:45 Stafford Road Club K7/5w 5.00 Miles
Sun 03/09/2023 08:00 Stafford Road Club K7/25 25 Miles
Sun 03/09/2023 08:00 Stafford Road Club K7/50 50.00 Miles
Mon 01/01/2024 10:30 New Years Day Special Stafford Road Club K7/5 5.00 Miles

Here is a link to all the club events still to take place in the Midlands Cycling Time Trials: District:

 

Sept 17th K48/10

For those of us who are also fighting off mother nature as we grow old and strive to go faster then on the 17th September I am hosting the Veteran Time Trial Association (VTTA) National 10 mile Championships on our local K48/10 course.  Here you will get to race alongside some of the fastest women and men in the country who refuse to grow old and slow down.

I have set the entry field to 150 riders to ensure that there are places available for everyone of any age, and not just VTTA members. So if you fancy riding here is the entry LINK  (riders must pre-enter this event and the closing date is midnight on the 5th Sept).

If you do not fancy riding but would like to come along and support me hosting the event and see up close just how fast some people can go, then please get in touch via ascoaching@outlook.com as all support would be gratefully appreciated.

For anyone who is not familiar with the VTTA it was set up to allow cyclists from the age of 40, of either gender, to race on an equal basis using an Age Adjusted Time (handicap system).  As we age we can not hope to match the times produced by many of the younger riders but the VTTA moto “Competitive Cycling For Life” and the use of Age Adjusted Times provides us all with the opportunity to enjoy racing against the clock, with no age limitations.

 

So from everyone at Stafford Road Club we hope you have a fabulous end to the 2023 season and you are able to join us on one or all of the above events

Stay Safe, Stay Fit, Stay on Your Bike

 

Alastair Semple

Summer BBQ Saturday 22nd July – everyone welcome !

Stafford Road Club Summer BBQ

Sat 22nd July everyone welcome

 

There will be at least 3 road rides on offer in the morning – easy, mid and hard (starting approx. 9am) – so everyone, come and join us, whether you’re a road rider or not. Adult or not. Member or not. What better time to try new things and meet new people.

The rides will be followed by a nourishing BBQ and maybe even one free drink per rider, courtesy of our generous Treasurer (the more we flatter him, the looser those purse strings get).

What better way to spend a Saturday than riding with friends in beautiful countryside, followed by bike chat with a burger and drink, whilst hearing the sound of leather on willow in the distance. It’s a family event, so bring them along to join in the fun.

To help us plan the event and food requirements please can you contact Don to confirm how many of you will be attending donovan_vaz@hotmail.com 

Look forward ot seeing you there for food at 1pm and perhaps a ride too earlier in the day

Good luck to everyone taking part in the Ironman70.3 Staffordshire tomorrow

Lead out by Stafford Road Club

Runners will be lead out by our very own Chairman Craig Mackenzie and ride leader Paul Rowlands who will be pacing the front runners around the 2.5laps of 13.1 miles

 

Course – IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire

Reg Pearce Memorial Trophy 2023 winner

Reg Pearce Memorial TT 20 May 2023  

This year’s Open 10 mile time trial event saw 5 Stafford Rd club riders take part in a field of 67.  On the day we had five events taking place with tandems, women’s road bike and time trial competitions and men’s road bike and time trials events.  The conditions on the day were excellent, warm sunny and with a light cross headwind on the riders return leg.  The K48/10 course that runs from just west of Weston Village along the A51 to Stone and back has a couple of aggressive little climbs near Sandon, of which many of the riders who did not know the course found a little challenging to pace correctly.

For our riders it was the Reg Pearce Memorial trophy that was up for grabs, and this would be awarded to the fastest rider based on a handicap system based on the riders age.

Talking to Richard Farrow in the Headquarter before hand this was going to be a whole new experience for him, being new to TT events.  Hopefully like so many of us he will get the bug and be back to challenge himself again, against the clock in the ‘Race of Truth’

This year Ian Foster was both the fastest club rider on actual time, finishing in 23:24 and won the trophy with a handicap time of 21:01.

Stafford Road Club Riders Full results

  1.   Ian Foster 21:01 – 64mph
  2.   Roger Morris 23:24 – 565mph
  3.   Ceri Evans 25:16 – 8mph
  4. Richard Farrow 26:25 – 7 mph
  5. Richard Knowles 29:09 – 19  mph

 

Photos supplied by Jim Carter, a great shot of Ian at the bottom, his face said it all!

 

 

Below are the results from the overall event showing the fastest in each category

Fastest Overall Results

Fastest Vet Women TT Women RB Men TT Men RB
J Costello 21:50

27.48 mph

S Semple 24:21

24.64 mph

S Carter 36:11

16.58mph

G Bigham 20:17

29.51 mph

N Giles 23:31 25.51mph

 

I had lots of positive feedback in the HQ and via emails from the riders after the event to say thank you to Stafford RC and praise us on how well the event was marshalled, and how much they had enjoyed taking part in our race again this year.  So a very big thank you to the following club members and  their family members who came out to help me run this event.  Ian Brant, Nick Dickens, Don Vas, Craig McKenzie, Andy Bollen, John Cooke, Brian Hall, Christine Barber, Bill Lockwood, Fran and Paul Taylor, Fraser Nutton, James Haddon and Linda Morris.

We do not run these open TT events to generate profits and instead try to give most of the money generated back in prizes.  This year we awarded £285 in prizes to riders, and after costs for hall hire, gifts for my marshals, timekeepers fees and refreshments we made a small profit of £76 which will go back into the club to help funds.

There are sill lots of other club TT events this year for you to come out and test yourself against the clock.  You do not need a fancy bike, just a little enthusiasm and off you go in the Race of Truth.   Entry fee is £3/rider.

Wed 21/06/2023 19:00 K7/15 15.00 Miles
Wed 05/07/2023 18:45 K7/21 21.00 Miles
Wed 19/07/2023 18:45 K7/21 21.00 Miles
Wed 02/08/2023 18:45 K7/9 9.00 Miles
Wed 09/08/2023 19:00 K7/9 9.00 Miles
Sun 30/08/2023 18:45 K7/5w 5.00 Miles
Sun 03/09/2023 08:00 K7/25 25 Miles
Sun 03/09/2023 08:00 K7/50 50.00 Miles
Mon 01/01/2024 10:30 K7/5 5.00 Miles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stafford RC events 2023

Stafford Road Club hosts a number of events each year for its members and cyclists alike. Each of these events take a lot of planning and help from its members and friends to host the events safely each time.

As part of our membership we are all expected to make ourselves available for at least 1 events each year.

To ensure we have enough helpers available at each event we use the table below which is available on the website ( under the  Join Us tab across the top) to lists the time, date, number of helpers and a rough attendance period required by the helpers.

Please take a look at the table below to see what dates you can make yourself available for and then email volunteers@staffordrc.org to advise which events you can support and we will update the list.  The next big key event is my own on the 20th May where I need at least 10 helpers 😊

Do not worry if you have never helped out before, all the roles are very straight forward and the event organiser will be in touch ahead of the event to confirm your job role and provide any further information.

Thanks in advance for your help and I look forward to meeting up with a few of you at one or two of these events

Stay Safe, Stay Fast, Stay Fit

Alastair

Date Time Distance Course No. of Vols Att. Period Names of Volunteers
Wednesday 19:00 10 miles K48/10 2 18:15 – 20:15 Alastair
10/05/2022
Saturday 14:00 Reg Pearce Memorial Open Time Trial K48/10 10 1:40 – 3:30 Alastair
20/05/2022
Wednesday 19:00 10 miles K48/10 2 18:30 – 20:15  Steve Pilling
24/05/2023
Wednesday 19:00 5 miles K7/5 3 18:30 – 20:00
31/05/2023
Wednesday 18:45 15 miles K7/15 2 18:30 – 20:00
21/06/2023
Wednesday 18:45 21 miles K7/21 2 18:15 – 20:30
05/07/2023
Wednesday 18:45 21 miles K7/21 2 18:15 – 20:30
19/07/2023
 Saturday Summer    
 22/07/2023 BBQ    
Wednesday 18:45 9 miles K7/9 3 18:15 – 20:00
02/08/2023
Wednesday 18:45 9 miles K7/9 3 18:15 – 20:00
09/08/2023
Wednesday 18:45 5 miles K7/5w 3 18:00 – 19:45
30/08/2023
Sunday 08:00 25 miles K7/25 2 07:30 – 10:45
04/09/2023
Sunday 08:00 50 miles K7/50 2 07:30 – 10:45
04/09/2023
 Friday Christmas    
 01/12/2023 Party    
Monday 10:30 5 miles K7/5 3 10:00 – 11:30 Alastair
01/01/2024

Entries close tomorrow at midnight for K48/10 on 20th May

Reg Pearce Memorial 16km TT

Entries close at midnight on Tuesday 9 May.  52 entries so far across all 5 envents.

So if you have not already get your entries in today, links below : )

There are sperate races for road bikes, TT and Tandems plus sperate categorises for men and women, so plenty of prizes on offer in each category.  We are also pleased to be part of the Midland Women’s TT Series once again this year.

 

There will be 5 separate competitions with prizes awarded for each.

1 -Women and Juniors on time trial bikes – Enter Here

2 -Women and Juniors on road bikes – Enter Here

3 – Men on Time Trail Bikes – Enter Here

4 – Men on Road Bikes – Enter Here

5 – Tandem event – Enter Here

Entry fee is £14 per rider and refreshments and results will be available in the HQ afterwards.

The Reg Pearce Memorial 16km TT which will take place on the K48/10 course from Weston to Stone and back.  This is the same course that will be hosting the National VTTA Championships on 17th September 2023.

Entry rules for road bike competitors

  • The road bike can possess drop or straight handlebars
  • No tri-bars, clip-on bars or Spinacci bars are allowed
  • No disc wheels
  • Both front & rear wheels must have at least 12 spokes each
  • The maximum rim depth allowed is 90mm
  • Helmet must not cover your ears, no fixed visor on helmet.
  • There are no restrictions on riders wearing Over shoes, calf guards or skinsuits.

Race HQ

Weston Hall ST18 0JQ which will be open from 12:45

We look forward to receiving your entries and seeing you on Saturday 20th May for another spectacular event.

Prizes categories for fastest in each event and for VTTA members in the TT events based on Age Adjusted Times, details of VTTA link

 

You can see what the conditions and likely times will be by selecting MyWindSock and here the team have predicted likely times for riders based on the course profile and weather, available from the Wednesday via Spindata before the event.

2023 local Club Time Trials near Stafford

Local Time Trails 2023 near Stafford

Here is a calendar of local TT events on courses close to Stafford.

Entry fees and start times can be confirmed by logging onto each of the clubs social media pages Links below

 

Wolves Racing CC

Wolves Wheelers

Stafford Road Club

Bridgenorth CC

Stone Wheelers

Watt Shop

Stafford Road Club Time Trial Events 2023

We are pleased to be presenting a number of Time Trial events this year for both TT and Road bikes – full details of all our club and open TT events can be found via the Time Trial menu tab at the top of this web page

 

Wed 10/05/2023 19:00   Stafford Road Club K48/10 10.00 Miles
Sat 20/05/2023 14:00   Stafford Road Club K48/10 10.00 Miles
Wed 24/05/2023 19:00   Stafford Road Club K48/10 10.00 Miles
Wed 31/05/2023 19:00 Stafford Road Club K7/5 5.00 Miles
wed 21/06/2023 19:00   Stafford Road Club K7/15 15.00 Miles
Wed 05/07/2023 18:45   Stafford Road Club K7/21 21.00 Miles
Wed 19/07/2023 18:45   Stafford Road Club K7/21 21.00 Miles
wed 02/08/2023 18:45   Stafford Road Club K7/9 9.00 Miles
wed 09/08/2023 19:00   Stafford Road Club K7/9 9.00 Mile

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wed 30/08/2023 18:45   Stafford Road Club K7/5w 5.00 Miles
Sun 03/09/2023 08:00   Stafford Road Club K7/25 25 Miles
Sun 03/09/2023 08:00   Stafford Road Club K7/50 50.00 Miles
Mon 01/01/2024 10:30 New Years Day Special Stafford Road Club K7/5 5.00 Miles

Stafford RC Easter weekend rides – 3 distances something for everyone

SRC’s new home is the Stafford Cricket Club

The Club is delighted to announce an arrangement with Stafford Cricket Club to give SRC a
base for rides to start & finish and for social events.

9th April Easter SRC road ride

To mark this you are all invited to an SRC Club road ride on 9th April Easter Sunday
There will be 3 rides:

Easy Ride – 25 miles at 10-12mph

For those who are new to road cycling or finding your bike legs. This is a no drop ride – which
means we go as slow as the slowest person – no pressure. It’s all about getting out there and
having a go

Medium Ride – 35 miles at 14mph

For those who feel a bit more assured on the roads and want to try out those legs that have
been resting over winter

Harder Ride – 60 miles at 15mph

For those who have been regularly on their turbos or even out on the roads throughout the
winter

All rides will start and finish at the Stafford Cricket Club
Routes will be confirmed nearer the date to take into account weather forecasts
All rides will meet at the same time (approx 9am) with a staggered departure in order of speed

Refreshments

There will be access to the Club bar for drinks after the rides – tea, coffee, soft drinks or
beer/wine.

1 free drink per rider

As a one-off incentive to join in with a club ride, there will be 1 free drink per rider.

Other key dates to get in your diaries now:

Saturday 22nd July – Summer Club Ride followed by a BBQ
Friday 1st Dec – Xmas party for Go Ride
Saturday 2nd Dec – Xmas party for SRC
Other dates and events to be announced in due course