RIP – Ted Hill and Ray Clifford

It is with great sadness we report the passing of two club stalwarts, Ted Hill and Ray Clifford, who died within a few days of each other. Ted, 83, succumbed to a succession of health problems in recent years. Ray, 76, suffered serious complications after heart surgery and went into a coma from which he…

Tour of the Strawberry fields – Samer

Report from Matt Larkins, fresh from his first (of many?) ‘Parker’ cross channel rides. Had a great trip to France with Seet, Chris and Louise. The weather was perfect and we signed on for Saturdays 145km ride with high hopes for the day. A few kms down the road Chris had a mechanical with his rear…

Odam after round 5.

Eight ‘Parkers’ graced the E64 for round 5 on a pleasant evening and everyone performed at or near their potential; with the exception of Albert who was well off his usual pace, without any excuses. I wonder what happened. Michael Briars surprised; not with his performance, but that he managed to start on time, get…

Club Odam – After 4 rounds

Odam Series after 4 rounds. Round 3 was an improvement on previous trips and we nearly doubled our attendance to date with eight members scoring points and plenty of time left for everyone to have a tilt at the Odam trophy. Matt Larkins confirmed his early season promise and secured 10 points in his second…

Club Odam Series

The club Odam Series is under way with two rounds completed. Tom Boulton leads the scratch and handicap for the time being, but I expect the new names to make their mark and the Odam title is more likely to go to Andy, Dan, Matt or Mike if they apply themselves to a season of…

Our first club session at London velodrome

Our first club track session on Thursday 17th April, was excellent; everyone had a great time enjoying a mix of skills and fitness exercises. We must have had at least 1hr 45m on the boards out of the two hours. Natalia was the only one with no previous track experience and the coach (Rob) gave…

London Velodrome Track Group

As we’ve said elsewhere the club has grabbed its very own slice of Olympic Legacy with our monthly sessions on the Lee Valley Velodrome. There’s been a lot of speculation (and moaning) about corporate money and grass roots losing out but with a bit of work from the club’s backroom boys, here’s exactly what was…

Track training – Newport

The group for our next Newport session on Sat 15th March is Chris, Peter D, Andy, Dan N, Tom B, Dom, Phil S, Jeremy, Michael C, Dave S, Vince, Dan B, and Matt Larkin. Another good three hour training is in prospect under the expert eye of our resident coach, John Capelin of Sports Coaching.…

North Road Hardriders 23rd Feb

A few (painful) thoughts from Dominic Bray The legendary North Road Hardriders. The traditional season’s opener. The ride of champions. My second attempt. Last year was cold, -2 degrees cold, icy. Today? Moderate wind, 11 degrees, no rain. The only thing standing between us and a promisingly pleasant Sunday morning was 24 miles through ‘Little…

London Olympic Velodrome training

Lee Valley Leisure plan to open the velodrome for ‘normal’ business on 31st March 2014 and are considering applications for access from cycling clubs and other potential user groups. THE EXCITING NEWS is that our application has been accepted and we have been given exclusive use of the velodrome for club sessions every fourth Thursday…