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Written by Nigel Capewell   

Lichfield Riders in Chase for Cross Honours.

Stuart & Steve Battle it out in the mud in an earlier roundThe Cyclo-cross season draws to a close this weekend with the final round of the West Midlands Cyclo Cross Championships. It’s a mark of the burgeoning talent in the Lichfield club that it has several riders in contention for honours as the seasons final race at Daventry on Sunday.

In the veterans category Steve Whitehouse lies in second place 97 points behind the leader but with 100 points available for first Steve, who’s really come into form of late, still has a chance of overhauling the leader. Considering it’s his first season though this still remains a fantastic achievement for the Burntwood rider when you consider he heads another 112 riders and there are often 80 or more riders in each race. Steve has also produced a number of great performances in the National series of events and no doubt we will be looking to even greater things from Steve next year.

It’s a very similar situation in the Junior category, for under 18 riders, where Stuart Clayton has battled hard all year. Stuart has really developed this year and come to prominence in this competition. Arguably not his best discipline everyone has high hopes that Stuart will get amongst the major honours this year.

Meanwhile at the youngest end of the age spectrum Lewis Askey and Lucy Nelson have been magnificent and both lead the under 10 categories for boys and girls. Lewis, despite his tender years (he’s actually only 8) has ridden like someone several years older and finished well ahead of more senior counterparts on several occasions. Lucy has also ridden brilliantly leaving her other competitors, including many of the boys, trailing in her wake to lead the girls competition. Unfortunately though both will be missing from the final round as they head the top riders in the second round of the National Schools competition which is being held at the Cardinal Griffin school this Sunday. Once again Lichfield will be looking to get several riders on the podium as well as looking to Nether Stowe and Scotch Orchard to figure in the team awards.

 
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WATT Bike Trial Event Review

watt bikes1a.jpgWell, Watt can I say? Watt had I let myself in for? Watt was the session going to be like? Sorry had to do it!!


My first sight of the bikes was in the dance studio at the Friary, they looked impressive. Nigel split us into two groups so as to allow for the minimum of adjustments between events. I was matched with Steve Clayton, the settings for each of us were close, except his legs are a bit shorter.
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National Title PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 November 2008 21:57

National title at last for Steve Clayton

Steve Clayton has finally managed to get onto the podium at a National Championship but just like the proverbial bus, when one finally comes along there’s not one but two. Or in Steve’s case four!

During the last foot and mouth epidemic Steve became frustrated at the suspension of his usual sport of Orienteering and took up cycling. On the track Steve has excelled and gradually got closer and closer to winning medals until this year he has missed out on getting into the top three at the National, European and World Masters, by just fractions of second.

Steve’s frustration has been exacerbated by watching the rest of his family get amongst the medals at various championships but finally he could step out of the shadows after taking the National Veterans championships at the Newport velodrome by storm. Never on the podium before Steve began by taking bronze in the points race. After this Steve seemed to suddenly have total belief in his own ability and this extra confidence has undoubtedly been the missing element. Next up was the sprint competition where he wasn’t expected to be amongst the front runners but he played to his strengths and actually won the competition.

There was now no stopping him and he went on to take a bronze in the 750m time trial before taking yet another title in the most enthralling race of the championships. A lone rider broke away after ¾’s distance, Steve quickly joined him and recognising the danger they posed three other riders then jumped across to them. This group then lapped the rest of the field and in the sprint to the line Steve was by far the strongest and finished the championship with his second gold medal.

It’s fantastic that following a stint as Chairman Steve finds himself in the company of several other members of the highly successful Lichfield Cycling Club. And if he can retain his new found self belief he surely must be a certainty for even more medals next year.

 
True Grit from a True Brit. PDF Print E-mail

truelove masters 009.jpgPerseverance Pays off for Postman Graham

World Championship Bronze for Graham Truelove

Whittington postman Graham Truelove overcame early disappointment in Sydney last week to take a bronze medal in his final race and give him a full set of medals at National, European and World level this season.

Graham, took up cycling after a long career canoeing for Great Britain and now competes at Masters level. He travelled to Australia with fellow Lichfield Cycling Club member Steve Clayton. Both are amongst the best in the world at this level and had realistic expectations of medals. They both had good form and Graham in particular had a real chance of coming away with a gold medal and the coveted rainbow jersey that is always presented to the World Champion. However, shortly after arriving in Australia Graham became ill with a chest infection and after going there as favourite for the pursuit was devastated when he could only manage 6th.

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Lichfield Stars in Sydney PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mdavies   
Wednesday, 22 October 2008 21:21

stevegraham.jpgClub members may be aware that Graham Truelove and Steve Clayton recently travelled to Sidney, Australia to compete in the World Masters Track Championships.

During the competition both riders gained places either within, or just outside, the Top 10 for their Time Trial and Pursuit events, in their respective age categories and Steve took ninth place in the Scratch Race. However, both riders saved their best performances for their final event, the Points Race.

In his 10k event Graham won the Bronze Medal, whilst Steve finished sixth in his 20k event. Graham only just missed out on Gold having been in the lead before the final sprint. Unusually, the top three riders in his event all finished on the same number of points so the medal positions were decided by the order in which they had crossed the line on the final lap

 

Congratulations to them both.

 

Also, well done to Steve for getting his photo and the Bentley logo on the BC website.

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2008 17:41
 
Lichfield Insomniacs Ride again

The 24 hour mountain bike race 'Sleepless in the Saddle' at Catton Park on 9th-10th August saw several Club riders in action. Conditions changed often and quickly over the course of the race, with heavy rain on Saturday morning followed by the massed start at 2:00pm quickly turning the course into a quagmire. Later the rain stopped and the course dried into the evening, only to be followed by more rain during the night. Much of the course became unrideable as even the slightest gradient or off camber became covered in clinging mud. Even the rideable  sections were hampered by clogged wheels and gears. Eventually, on Sunday morning  the rain stopped, the sun shone and the  rapidly drying course became a pleasure to ride at last. But this was too late for many teams who had succumbed to the conditions and quit the race.

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