A fond farewell to Chris Hopkins a friend to so many and chairman of Stafford Road Club for over 25 years

Chris Hopkins who was chairman of Stafford Road Club for over 25 year passed away peacefully last week.  Chris was a familiar face to everyone at Stafford Road Club out on club rides most Saturday afternoon, Sunday and Wednesday morning.

His funeral service will take place Saturday 11th March at Stafford Crematorium at 10am. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to Katharine House Hospice. Following the service the family and friends will meet at the Moat House Acton Trussell.

ROAD RACING – SSSCCRRL are back for the 2023 season

SSCCRRL 2023 Calendar

SSSCCRRL are back for the 2023 season


The League has been going for more than 20 years. It has evolved into an excellent way of gaining race experience for new and experienced riders.

The format is there are 4 groups, newcomers in group 1, up to group 4 which is 1st cats and elites giving all categories a chance of a race, without getting dropped.

The races are approximately 35 miles, group 1 starts with a gap of approximately 11 minutes from group 4 and are encouraged to work together to prevent them getting caught, which sometimes sees group 1 stay out front and take the win!

2023 Race fees

£150 for 8 races

Entry on the line is £25 so a large discount is given to book the series.

New this year

For novices with limited race experience who would like to try the league but costs and the risk of getting dropped quickly put them off. So new for 2023 any rider with limited race experience will be allowed to enter with the fee being £10 which pays for a 1 day licence per race.

This rider must be nominated by the club they are a member of.

How to enter

Visit British Cycling www.britishcycling.org road racing events calendar


2023 Calendar Course Club  
Round 1 – 11th May Charlton Newport  
Round 2 – 18th May Enville Fish Face / Black Country CC  
Round 3 – 25th May Swynnerton (subject to changeD due to HS2) Pro Vison / HUUB  
Round 4 – 1st June Charlton Clee Cycles / Bridgnorth CC  
Round 5 – 8th June Enville Stourbridge CC  
Round 6 – 15th June Leighton MSW  
Round 7 – 29th June Huntington WW / Brerton CC  
Round 8 – 6th July Stourport circuit Halesowen CC  
Round 9 – 13th July Charlton Wrekin Sport / Evo Velo

Competitive Cycling For Life

National Champions

I recently attended the VTTA National AGM where its always a pleasure to listen to the incredible performances at the awards presentation. Among the outstanding performances, Conrad Moss rode 46:12 for a 25 at age 47, Richard Oakes rode 18:10 for a 10 at age 53, Andy Grant rode 1:48:39 for a 50 at age 69, and Graham Mann at age 73 completed 348.07 miles in a 24 hour! Angela Carpenter at 53 has a new 10 mile record of 20:24, faster than any younger women vet.  Rachael Elliott and Ian Greenstreet continue to blitz the mixed tandem records with a combined age of 102. They set a 25 mile record of 48:45, a 50 mile record of 1:39:57 and a 100 mile record of 3:40:26.  Our trike members have also been busy this year with Mark Vowells, age 69, setting 3 new records (10,15 and 25 miles) and Mary Corbett, age 64, twice breaking the 10 mile record. But the standout record breakers of the season must be Norman Harvey (age 89) who with Mary set new records on their tandem trike at 10, 15, 25, 30, 50, 100 miles and yes 12 hours as well.

A local legend you may spot in the photo of the 2022 winners is Ian Holbrook (Stone Wheelers) far right

Veteran Time Trial Association (VTTA)

The Veterans Time Trials Association promotes time trialling for those aged 40 and over.  The VTTA provides events and competitions that allows those over 40 to compete on a’ level playing field’ through its unique handicapping system.  Age is no limiter when it comes to cycling but the VTTA allows us all to enjoy Competitive Cycling for Life.  We all still race for our club, but by being a member of the VTTA there are a whole range of challenges and achievements to strive for each year.  VTTA website

Wed  8th February at 11:30 – An invitation to come together to celebrate Don Picken

Don’s family would like to extend an invitation to all of Don’s friends to come together on Wed  8th February at 11:30 in Oddfellows Hall Stafford to celebrate Dons life and afterwards in the Sun Inn were a buffett will be served.  This will take place after a private family forest burial service earlier that morning.

For anyone not familiar with the venues the Oddfellows Hall is 17 Greengate St, Stafford ST16 2HP and The Sun Inn  7 Lichfield Rd, ST17 4JX just a few minutes walk away from each other

Today we say goodbye to a dear friend – Don Picken

Yesterday our good friend and active member of Stafford Road Club Don Picken passed away quietly at home.

Don has been a member of Stafford Road Club for decades and anyone who rode Time Trial events would know Don well as from the late 90’s Don ran a full racing calendar of events from March to September each year and his wife and daughter were often there help him with the timekeeping.

I myself met Don in 2002 when I attended my first committee meeting and was encouraged by him to ride the club TT’s, and thanks to Don I found the Race of Truth to be the most thrilling (and demanding) cycling discipline which I am still passionate about today and love to race, thanks Don.

I will post details of the funeral arrangements once they have been confirmed














A familiar figure to many Don Picken signing on riders as the Stafford RC time trials


Go-Ride Races – October 2022

On the 15th October, the British Cycling Community Coach at Cannock Chase and SRC Go-Ride, put on a Go-Ride Race, which are for riders to get a taster of racing, in a more relaxed atmosphere.

It was a great event attended by over 40 riders (with a number of riders from the club), split across three categories, with courses to suit each category. Go-Ride courses tend to be less technical, but can still be demanding for novice racers, especially where riding on grass is involved.

All the riders enjoyed the mornings racing and had great weather, although a little breezy at times.

Well done to all the riders and thank you to the parents for bringing along the riders, cheering on all the riders and making it a memorable event for them.

Results are as follows:

Under 7s Girls
1st Edith Delicompagni (SRC)
2nd Olivia Shephard (SRC)

Under 7s Boys
1st Leo Lawrence
2nd Frankie Jones
3rd Rufus Honeyford (SRC)

Under 9s Girls
1st Isabel Stringer
2nd Rosie Anthony (SRC)
3rd Lily Emerson

Under 9s Boys
1st Luca Hodgkinson
2nd Calum McCausland (SRC)
3rd Teddy Jones

Under 12s Girls
1st Anna Hallchurch
2nd Martha Honeyford (SRC)

Under 12s Boys
1st Harry Donald
2nd Oliver Howard
3rd Cody Hodgkinson

Under 16 Girls
1st Mia Lewis (SRC)
2nd Sophie Anthony (SRC)

Under 16 Boys
1st Joseph Laidler (SRC)
2nd Aidan Walters
3rd Archie Williams

To see what is happening with British Cycling at Birches Valley, see their Facebook page here.

Keep an eye out on our Facebook page, as hopefully we will be putting on more of this next year and maybe something a little different for us in the Autumn!

2022 WMCCL CycloCross League – Halfway Stage

We have now arrived at the halfway stage for the West Midlands Cyclocross League 2022.

For the 6th race in the series, we had 12 riders attending (unfortunately one had to leave before we could herd everyone together for the photo), all wearing club colours. We now also have an honouree member of the club called BOB. BOB is our new “Big Orange Box”, where we can gather, chill and relax before and after a race and if the weather does turn, allow some respite from the elements if needed and allow a swift change of clothes for the journey home. We also have a new bike stand to save having the bike lying on the floor and risking them getting stood on, but if the numbers keep going up, we are going to have to get another few!!

All the riders did brilliantly today and our newer racers, have grown in confidence and are now not daunted by the race starts, as they were 6 races ago, and all showed lots of desire and determination during the race. We even had a 1st and two 3rd places riders this week with another just missing out!

As coaches, we could not ask for any more from yourselves, from racing, to cheering your fellow racers on, to being great ambassadors for the club.

Every week we have comments [all good :-)] from other clubs and race officials, which makes us all extremely proud.

Keep doing what you are doing, as you are all doing brilliantly

Stafford RC 2022-23 winter training classes lead by @AlastairSempleCoaching

Starting on the 19th October 2022 on a Wednesday evening at 18:30 I will be hosting classes for Stafford Road Club members and any of our cycling friends who may wish to join us.

The training classes will be organised on Zwift (Zwift VR cycling app ) as a group ride where all the riders will stay together and follow the same training schedule based on your own personal levels, so we ride and complete the sessions together as a team.

To make things more sociable we will also use the free Discord phone app so we can use this to talk to each other while riding.

These Zwift group rides we have run this year have proved really successful and the software is very simple to get to grips with.  So please let me know if you are interested in taking part by emailing me at ascoaching@outlook.com.  You are welcome to join the classes at any point this winter so do not worry if you miss the start on 19th Nov.  If you need any more info again please get in touch.

CANCELLED – Sunday’s 50 Mile TT – K7/50

K7/50 – 4th September 2022 – CANCELLED

We have just heard 3 way traffic lights have been set up on the course this week by gas contractors. We have been on site today to speak to them and they have confirmed that the lights will be in place now for approximately 3 weeks so Stafford RC has had to cancel the K7/50 which was to be part of the Midlands VTTA championship, alongside the normal club championship.

If you know of anyone planning to attend can you please convey this message to them.

Hope to see you at the VTTA K48/10 Open TT on the 17th September

2022 West Midlands MTB XC Series – Team League Winners

What a brilliant season for the youth section of SRC at the West Midlands MTB XC Series. Unfortunately it was only 2 races, but what races they were, with some quite technical and gruelling courses provided.

Out of 105 team that attended the event, SRC came first, even though it was only attended by the junior section of the club. What a massive achievement by all the riders that raced.

Of the 20 riders that attended the series, 11 were new to racing, but you would never have known as they threw everything in it.

Over the two races, the riders had 3 first places, 2 second places and 4 3rd places, which is a fantastic achievement, especially with so many first timers. As said in the last write-up for the second round, someone did question if the podium was correct in one of the categories as the was no SRC rider on it.

The club and coaches would like to say a massive thank you to the riders who attended and gave it there all. There were a few spills on the way, but everyone finished their races and made us proud and behaved impeccably.

The final shout out goes to the parents for bringing their riders to session after session on a Saturday morning and/or a Wednesday evening and giving up a weekend lie-in, especially on a race weekend.