Perfect weather to get out on your bikes this weekend : )
So why not join one of @staffordrc rides
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Mark showed he was back at his best form sprinting clear of all his rivals
Mark took his first ever Yellow jersey and got the green points jersey too : )
The Giro gets underway today and below is a link to the offical race handbook the teams are issued with giving a detailed breakdown of the rourses, last few KM plus team hotels etc.
Its a large file so best downloaded and saved to your computer to access it more easily
My favourite stage is the 10km TT average 8% all the way from the bottom to the top! 😨
Do not think Tony Martin will be winning that stage 😄
Thanks to Chris Harrison for forwarding on this link to his flikr page
Hi Guys. I took some photos from Sundays race at Swynnerton. Here is the link if any of your members would be interested…https://flic.kr/s/aHskySCZQs
Congratulations to all the Stafford RC riders who took part in events this year and the excellent results each of them achieved. The number of participants was better than ever with a few new riders taking part in each discipline and hopefully they all caught the ‘racing bug’ and will be racing again in 2016.
Each year the Stafford RC awards prizes for a number of road race and time trial competitions plus our club personality and this year’s worthy winners are shown below.
Road Race Competitions
Road Race Trophies – Awarded to the most points gained for top 10 places
Charlie Betteley Competition – awarded to riders 40yrs+ for the most points gained in mass start (more than 10 riders) events on track, grass or road.
Club Personality of the Year – voted for by the members for outstanding contribution to club
2015 Winner – Phil Hogan
Time Trail Competitions
Women’s Championship – highest points scored from 20 club TT events
Gold – April Lewis
Women’s BAR – fastest average speed for 50, 25 and 10 mile TT’s
Gold – April Lewis
Women’s Short BAR – – fastest average speed for 25, 10, 5 mile TT’s
Gold – April Lewis
Vets Championship – highest points scored from 20 club TT events based on standard times for riders age.
Battle of Britain – Fastest club 50 mile time from events in Aug/Sept
Junior Champion – fastest rider 16 to 18yrs at 5, 10 and 25 miles
|Gold||Sam Jackson –|
Hill Climb Championship – fastest rider in Stafford RC hill climb
Handicap Championship – highest points scored from 20 club TT events based on riders handicap which is calculated form their fastest times over a specific distance over the last 2 seasons.
Club Championship – highest points scored from 20 club TT events based on overall position.
Stafford RC 2015 club events have got off to a brilliant start with 325 rider participating in our first 10 events.
It’s an incredible start to the season with high numbers of Stafford RC riding in these events. Thanks to the 35 Stafford RC members and friends without whom we could not have them.
In the next month we have 2 more key events coming up which we are still short of volunteers : o
A week on Sunday (24 May) we host the BDCA 23 mile TT. It starts at 11am (HQ Weston village hall) and with a field of 39 riders setting off at 1 min intervals the marshals will only be out on the course for about 45 min.
Then on Sunday 14 June we are hosting the Charlie Betteley Memorial Road Race in memory of our dear friend and club member Charlie Betteley who was crowned world road race championship and national grass track championship in his fabulous career. Thanks to the 16 volunteers we have already but we still need at least another 10 helpers for this event. On the day we will need 7 cars to act as escort vehicles so if you want to get a close up view of the race action please mention you are happy to drive when you confirm your availability ( petrol expenses paid).
So can all of our SRC club members who have not yet made themselves available this year to help out at one of our club events please take a look at our volunteers/events list and drop Robert an email at vice firstname.lastname@example.org who manages the volunteers list so he can add your details.
With Stafford RC membership now at over 180 fully paid up members we should not be struggling to host these events, but yet we still seem to be?
So please get in touch regarding these 2 key events and the list of other dates where volunteers are still needed and I am sure you will enjoy helping putting something back into the club we are all proud to be a part of.
Thanks in advance for your support
Chairman – Stafford Road Club
For all you TV grand tour followers link myself here is a link to down load the The Roadbook For The 2015 Giro d’Italia issued to all the team which give full details of every stage, profiles, last km maps, details of controls and team official areas and just about everything else you could possibly want to know.
So if you are lucky enough to be heading out there you can use this info to get close up to the teams.
It all begins next weekend with a team TT and first mountain top finish on stage 5,
This link will take you to the download page for the 80MB file which you can save to your desk top
Well the season is about to get underway down under with the Santos Tour Down under which will be Cadel Evans last race as a pro, real shame as he was a great rider to watch.
Then Wiggins bows out on the 12 April after riding Paris Roubaix where he will be racing for overall, great way to end your career on the road, but I guess Fabian and a few others will have their eyes on that one.
So fingers cross ITV 4 , Eurosport and Sky will give us good coverage of them all
UCI WorldTour 2015: race calendar
Tuesday January 20 – Sunday January 25: Santos Tour Down Under, Australia
Sunday March 8 – Sunday March 15: Paris-Nice, France
Wednesday March 11 – Tuesday March 17: Tirreno-Adriatico, Italy
Sunday March 22: Milan-San Remo, Italy
Monday March 23 – Sunday March 29: Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Spain
Friday March 27: E3 Harelbeke, Belgium
Sunday March 29: Gent-Wevelgem, Belgium
Sunday April 5: Tour of Flanders, Belgium
Monday April 6 to Saturday April 11: Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco, Spain
Sunday April 12: Paris-Roubaix, France
Sunday April 19: Amstel Gold Race, Netherlands
Wednesday April 22: La Fleche Wallonne, Belgium
Sunday April 26: Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Belgium
Tuesday April 28 to Sunday May 3: Tour de Romandie, Switzerland
Saturday May 9 to Sunday May 31: GIRO D’ITALIA
Sunday June 7 to Sunday June 14: Criterium du Dauphine, France
Saturday June 13 to Sunday June 21: Tour de Suisse, Switzerland
Saturday July 4 to Sunday July 26: TOUR DE FRANCE
Saturday August 1: Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian, Spain
Sunday August 2 to Saturday August 8: Tour de Pologne, Poland
Monday August 10 to Sunday August 16: Eneco Tour, Netherlands
Saturday August 22 to Sunday September 13: VUELTA A ESPANA
Sunday August 23: Vattenfall Cyclassics, Germany
Sunday August 30: GP Ouest France-Plouay, France
Friday September 11: GP Cycliste de Quebec, Canada
Sunday September 13: GP Cycliste de Montreal, Canada
Sunday October 4: Il Lombardia, Italy
If you have never been before it some of the best town centre racing to watch and the atmosphere is electric on the short race circuit with cobbled section.