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National honours for Steve Clayton PDF Print E-mail

Perseverance eventually paid off for Whittington’s Steve Clayton when he took his first National title at the National Masters Track Championships at Newport last weekend. Steve Clayton took the mens scratch race by the scruff of the neck to secure his first ever gold medal in a National Championship. Forcing a three man brake in the latter stages the three stayed away with Clayton too strong for the other two in the sprint for the line. After being so close for several years Steve finally got his just rewards for all the hours of training when he climbed on to the top step of the podium to receive his gold medal and national champions jersey. And he nearly followed it up with another in the points race but despite fighting to the end had to settle for silver. Steve could easily have come home with a medal from all the events he entered missing out in the 750 time trial by 4/10ths of a second and after a personal best of 3:41 in the 3km pusuit he was again just short of a medal by 2/10ths of a second.

Also competing at the National Championships were Ed Coppinger, Paul Askey and Graham Truelove. Unfortunately all three narrowly missed out on podium places. Ed rode a superb pusuit to post a new PB and Paul qualified 3rd fastest in the sprint but was unlucky to get eliminated in the heats. Graham was still suffering the effects of his fall the previous week and wasn’t able to produce his usual form. All 4 look to take the form forward to the European Championships in Manchester in 3 weeks time.

licfield cylists club together.jpgSteve also organises the youth races at Curborough and his success will be an inspiration to many of those who were competing last Saturday. And like at Newport velodrome there was plenty for the Lichfield club to celebrate. In the under 8’s Daniel Cooper won the time trial was second in the first race then won the third. Josie Nelson was the best girl, mixing it with the boys, to finish ahead of Sarah Marnoch. Adam Stanley and Will State were also at the forefront of affairs in all three races and there were some tremendous performances from young Connor Smith who despite being 6 was only just behind. In the under 10’s Harry Yates took the first bunch event but had no answer to Lucy Nelson who stuck it to the boys by winning the final race. Another newcomer, Charlie Cox, gave a very good account of himself sticking with the leaders until he couldn’t hang on any longer. In the under 12’s Josh Nelson finished strongly in the first bunch race. Relative newcomer Rosie Cox is developing week by week and showed her potential battling it out with Emily Capewell in each of the races. Also showing great improvement are Matthew Sisley, Jonathon Groves and James Roberts who worked hard driving a small group that finished just behind the leaders.

The under 14 and 16’s are combined in a race that lasts around an hour and it is a pretty tough experience for our first year under 14’s. Jacob Kelly just missed out in the sprint by half a wheel. Emily Nelson was matching the eventual winner of he girls but had to pull out half way through. Isabelle Clarke and Tiffany Fletcher worked hard pacing each other and Isabelle showed great determination after being dropped in the closing laps to fight back and pip Tiffany on the line and take 2nd place.

They all know look to do it all again at Curborough this weekend.

 
Birmingham to Oxford sponsored cycle ride PDF Print E-mail
twente birmingham-oxfordz 2009032.jpgJust thought you'd like to know that despite stopping in race #2 last Saturday, with leg pain (nothing to with finding himself in last place!) James recovered to join me on Sunday in the Birmingham to Oxford sponsored cycle ride; completing the 70 miles in a respectable 4h 55m. He says he prefers a longer ride!
He now knows that finishing a race will get him points and add to his overall fitness.

Clive Roberts
 
Hats off to Graham PDF Print E-mail
Written by Captain Sensible   
Monday, 06 July 2017 22:40

As many of you already know our intrepid Whittington postman recently fell from his bike and sustained quite a severe injury to his head. It could have been a lot worse but Graham got away with just 16 stitches to a deep gash on his head. The sister at the hospital said, “He was very lucky, his head took the full force of the impact so fortunately there is no danger of any brain damage.”

After a night in hospital for observations they released him, they had to, he’d stayed up all night regaling them with stories of his days in the Royal Navy’s Eastern fleet and with the threat of further stories, and the fact that all the tests had been negative for signs of human life, they decided to let him go.

For some reason the hospital staff decided to cut his expensive skin suit off him. Why for a head injury we’ll never know but on a positive note Graham says at least his helmet is okay, saving him £80 odd quid. It was nice and safe in a bag on his back!!!

Despite the seriousness of his injuries and looking like something from the late Michael Jackson’s thriller video Graham, as usual, turned up for work on Monday and rode the Master track champs just a week after his accident. Oh, did I mention, he’s only 61. On both counts he failed to meet the exacting standards that he’s chiselled out for himself and epitomise the Truelove character.

So at least a year’s hard work and training was spoilt and all could have been avoided. The message from this salutary tale that Graham wishes to share, particularly with you youngsters, is “ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET!”

If any of you see him out wearing his woolly Assos hat, that he assures me is made from Kevlar and meets the exacting British safety standards, please remind him of this fact.

 
Lichfield Cyclists take Shrewsbury by Storm PDF Print E-mail

staffordshire clubs cyclist bertie.jpgLast weekend Lichfield cycling clubs young riders descended on Shrewsbury Sports village for the Midland circuit race championships on the Sundorne circuit. The morning began under grey skies and rain but nothing was going to get in the way of Staffordshires Lewis Askey who took the under 8’s race by the scruff of the neck from the start of the race. Awesome is the only way to describe how young Lewis rode as one by one he lapped all the riders bar one during the 10 lap race to take the division title. There could not have been a better start for the Lichfield team as Josie Nelson, who gets better race by race, took the girls title and is certainly one to watch for the future. There was also an excellent performance from Adam Stanley riding only his second ever race who finished just outside the medals.

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Staffordshire Cyclists Keep in Touch PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nigel Capewell   
staffordshire club cyclist capewell.jpgText messages were flying as the coaches tried to keep up with the progress of the Staffordshire cycling clubs young cyclists who were competing in events up and down the country.

Under 14 cyclist Jacob Kelly began the weekend when he set off from his Staffordshire home at 9am on Saturday, with his father Phil, at the start of the 70 mile Wetherby to Filey Great Yorkshire Bike ride. The ride which takes place every year raises money for selected charities.

Meanwhile, at Halesowen, Staffordshire's Emily and Sophie Capewell were warming up in preparation for the 3rd qualifying round of the National Youth Track Omnium. The cyclists compete in 4 events, this time a 400m time trial, a scratch race, points race and a match sprint. Despite being the youngest in the field Lichfield's Sophie set the 2nd fastest time just behind Leicester’s Grace Garner. Such is the ability of the girls in the under 12 age group that only Joel Partington who is based at the National Velodrome in Manchester could break into the top six. Despite not being far behind on time Emily found herself in 14th of the 21riders,still a very commendable performance. In the bunch events the benefit of coming from a club who are based at a track facility was clearly apparent but the Lichfield sisters fought hard and Sophie managed to score in the points race. In the match sprints Sophie finished 3rd to gain more points and Emily moved up the results with an excellent win in her heat. Overall Sophie was 6th and Emily 16th and both now look forward to improving at the next round at Stoke in 2 weeks time.

By this time Jacob had completed his ride and was rapidly putting liquid and food back into his body in readiness for the penultimate round of the British Schools Cycling Championships, the time trial over a 10 mile course in Cleveland.

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Lichfield Cyclists Stay on Track for BSCA Titles PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 June 2017 20:50

lichfield lewis askey.jpgAs the end of the school year approaches we also near the end of the British Schools Cycling Championships. Last Sunday 10 cyclists from local Lichfield schools, all members of the Lichfield City Cycling Club, travelled to Bradford for the penultimate round, the time trial, for under 8’s, 10’s and 12’s run over 2,3 and 5 miles respectively. As the cyclists are too young to compete on the road the event is run over several laps of a closed circuit. This one just happens to be tricky with several tight corners and a couple of slopes which take their toll when you are lapping every couple of minutes. Many of the local riders made full use of their familiarity with the circuit and proved a real challenge for the Lichfield riders who have been the stand-out club in this year’s competition.

lucy nelson lichfield.jpgLewis Askey and Sophie Capewell showed their class and once again took the gold medal in the under 8 boys and under 10 girls. Sophie put in a great ride posting a time which was also good enough to beat all the boys. In the same event Scotch Orchard’s Lucy Nelson just lost out by 1 second on 2nd place to Marsden’s Lucy Byram Her younger sister, Josie was even more unfortunate though in the girls under 8 event, just missing out on a medal with 4th place. In the under 10 boys Harry Yates and Matthew Sisley were finding both the course and the opposition tough and battled hard to finish very commendable 8th and 11th.

Following a mid week training fall, series leader, Emily Nelson was unable to make the trip but the points she has amassed in the earlier rounds have given her a sufficient advantage that she still has a healthy lead even after missing this round. It was left to Emily Capewell and Isabelle Clarke who lie in 2nd and 3rd place overall to uphold local honours. Both were disappointed to finish 6th and 7th but the course didn’t suit either of them and they were up against some very good riders.

lichfeld matt sisley.jpgThe performances of the day though have to go to Daniel Cooper and Josh Nelson. Both were up against it in their respective events with one of the strongest field of competitors for years. Daniel was able to maintain his concentration to record a very commendable third behind Lewis in the under 8 boys. Josh put in an outstanding performance in the under 12 boys where he was certainly up against some real tough opposition but put in one of his best performances riding very smoothly and strongly to also take the bronze medal.

Maybe not quite the medal haul they are used to but the Lichfield riders gave a very good account of themselves and several remain in strong positions going into the final round, the hill climb, at Gorcott Hill, Redditch on the 8th August. The City can certainly expect to celebrate having several National Schools Champions in its midst.


 
BSCA National Grass Track Cycling Championships PDF Print E-mail

dsc_0165z.jpgWhilst thousands descended on Lichfield for the bank holiday Monday Bower around 300 were visiting for a slightly different reason. They were attending the 6th round of this years British Schools National Cycling championships, the grass track event at The Friary Leisure centre Lichfield under the organisation of centre manager Phil Kelly.

In the last year or so the Lichfield cycling clubs talent has really come to the fore and it’s now become almost expected that they get amongst the medals at these National events. And they didn’t disappoint. Once again Lewis Askey, Sophie Capewell and Emily Nelson dominated their age categories. Jacob Kelly took a silver in the boys under 14’s whilst Josie and Lucy Nelson, and Emily Capewell won bronze in their events. But what was really encouraging about this event was how the next phase of riders are beginning to emerge. In the under 8 boys newcomer Toby Barnes only just missed out with a 4th whilst Dan Cooper, Daniel Barnes, Ben Askey and Connor Smith battled it amongst each other all day eventually finishing 6th,7th,8th and 9th respectively. dsc_0168z.jpgThe performances of Ben and Connor are all the more remarkable given that they are not even 6 years of age yet!

In the under 10 boys Harry Yates, another newcomer, in only his second race put in a battling performance to take the bronze medal. Few people appreciate just how tough it is to race over the grass and Scotch Orchards Shannon Turner and Matthew Sisley were finding it particularly hard but both persevered eventually taking 4th and 7th. The under 12’s also saw improved performances from Jess Clark and Jonathon Groves who are starting to close the gap on their more experienced counterparts and they fought their way to commendable 5th and7th places. Regulars Isabelle Clarke, William Davies and Josh Nelson also put in spirited performances and weren’t far off the podium with 4th, 4th and 5th respectively.

In the under 14’s Oliver Pike and Will Hyde gave notice of the improved ability. Oliver Pike rode strongly all day and took a well deserved bronze medal whilst Will Hyde finished just behind in 4th.

dsc_0167z.jpgAnother rider in his first year James Newey, from John Taylor, took his first National title with a very mature performance in the under 16 category demonstrating superior strength and tactics throughout the competition.

But the 4 golds, silver and 5 bronze medals were not the end to the City’s success, local schools also took gold in the team competition. Scotch Orchard’s Lucy Nelson and Shannon Turner won the girls under 10 team prize whilst Emily Nelson and Emily Capewell took the team title for Nether Stowe in the under 12 girls competition.

Once again another successful day for our local cyclists and attention now moves to Bradford for the penultimate round, the time trial, with several cyclists strongly placed in the overall competition.

 
Busy weekend for Lichfield’s young cycling stars PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 May 2017 18:49

dsc_0094z.jpgIt was another busy weekend for Lichfield’s young cycling stars. On Saturday Emily and Sophie Capewell, along with Burntwood’s Jacob Kelly, travelled to London to compete in the latest round of British Cycling’s National Youth Series. Boys and girls compete together in the under 12’s event and so the sisters were in amongst 34 of the country’s top youngsters in a very quick 10 mile race. Considering neither are used to riding in such a large bunch both did well with Sophie finishing 4th girl and Emily 8th. The best performance though came from Jacob Kelly who has been improving week by week. In the under 14’s race, over 20 miles, Jacob was well placed in the leading group of 20 riders until, with just 5 laps to go, he was brought down in a crash which decimated the field. Despite the soreness and blood running from his knee and elbow he still contested the bunch sprint. His 17th place though belies a quality performance from one of the youngest riders in the field.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2017 23:02
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Lichfield Cyclists dominant in National Schools Track Championship PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 May 2017 20:41

dsc_0062z.jpgEleven members of Lichfield’s youth cycling section travelled to Portsmouth to contest the latest round of the British Schools Cycling Championship (BSCA) and came away as the most successful club. This is a tough competition, as you’d expect from a National event, and whereas in the past 5th or 6th would have been a great result now none of the riders are finishing lower than these positions demonstrating the high standard of our local riders.

Staffordshire cyclingThis latest round, which is the hard track championship, is contested on a 500m outdoor banked oval track. Riders under 14 ride normal road bikes whilst the over 14’s ride fixed wheel machines. The riders compete in an Omnium, where they gain points in several different races, a little like a Decathlon or Pentathlon, with the rider with the highest score being declared the winner. Our Lichfield riders came away with a very impressive haul of two golds, two silvers, two bronze, two 4ths, a 5th, two sixes and a gold team medal.

Stafforshire cycling clubLewis Askey and Sophie Capewell both won all of their races to take the titles in the under 8 boys and under 10 girls respectively. Daniel Cooper finished second to Lewis and Lucy Nelson took third behind Sophie. Josie Nelson put in another good performance in the girls under 8 event to take 2nd. Her brother Josh was riding in the highly competitive under 12’s and did well to finish 6th. Similarly the girls under 12 event was equally competitive producing some of the closest racing. Emily Nelson and Emily Capewell were to the fore of this competition all day and were unlucky not to have finished higher but their 3rd and 4th places were enough to win the team competition for Nether Stowe High School.

In the under 14 boys Jacob Kelly was really up against some tough competition but rode brilliantly, narrowly missing out on winning in a ‘blanket’ finish to the final race. He finished in 4th place.

However, from the coach’s point of view two of the most impressive performances came from Scotch Orchard’s Matthew Sisley and Isabelle Clarke of the Friary. They finished 5th and 6th in the boys under 10’s and girl’s under 12’s respectively. Both have worked hard to improve which was reflected by their excellent performance.

 
Curborough Summer Training for Seniors PDF Print E-mail
Written by Neil Lawford   

Curborough Summer Training for Seniors

The first session of this year will be on Friday April 10. For the first few weeks it will commence at 18.30 so that we don’t run out of daylight. After that it will move back to 19.00 (see events calendar).

This is an adult training session. It is not coach led and all riders will have to acknowledge this before they start. Because of this, and for safety reasons, the lower age limit cannot be lower than 14 and any junior riders must be proficient.

The juniors have their own coaching sessions on other evenings.


Enquiries to

Neil Lawford  (see contact us)

Mick Davies  (see contact us)

Steve Clayton (chief whip)

 
BRIGHT FUTURE FOR YOUNG CITY CYCLISTS PDF Print E-mail

dscf0158z.jpgThe younger element of Lichfield’s cycling talent upheld local honors at the National British Cycling Schools Association (BSCA) Roller Championships, held at the Friary Grange Sports centre in Lichfield last Sunday.dsc01559z.jpg 6yr old Josie Nelson and 7yr old Lewis Askey together with 10yr old Sophie Capewell each rode exceptionally well, dominating their class to take the crown as National Champion. It was particularly pleasing to see Josie on the top step of the podium as this was her first, but on this form certainly not her last, national title. Lewis was going that fast he’d have been runner up in the under 12’s competition and that in itself was a highly competitive class. His time not only smashed the under 8’s record but was fast enough to beat the record for the under 10’s!

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Lichfield CCC Youngsters Collect their Medals PDF Print E-mail
wmccl medal winners.jpgLast Sunday 8th March at the WMCCL AGM some of the younger members of Lichfield CCC collected their medals for what has turned out to be a very successful season. The youngsters gained 3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals from a gruelling season of cyclo-cross. The medals were across the board at all youth levels from U6 to U14. In the picture back left Lucy Nelson (1st U10 girl), back right Lewis Askey (1st U8 boy, also highly placed in the U10 competition). Front left Connor Smith (1st U6 boy) middle Ben Askey (2nd U6 boy) and right Josie Nelson (3rd U8 girl). Emily Nelson (3rd U14 girl) was unable to attend as she was taking part in the Staffordshire swimming championships.
This years success will hopefully persuade even more youngsters to take part in next years cyclo-cross and gain further medals for next year.