Huge congratulations to Tim Mcevoy proudly sporting his national 12 hour champions jersey! Tim also has his national 100 age group champion and team winners medal with the help of his number 1 fan , it’s been a great year for Tim and with a few challenges to still tick off it’s not all over yet ...
Always hard to pat yourself on the back when you are writing this, but thanks to FTP's Billy Oliver, I was nominated for volunteer of the month - and won!
I'll keep it short and sweet, and put a link to the article, but its not a chore when you love cycling - especially competing and putting something back in to the sport once in awhile! and luckily I'm not alone... Thanks to Billy and host of other FTP riders we manage to put on some great events and are constantly evolving into a successful team!
Four of the FTP racing team were at todays RTTC National 100 Championships, and they didn't disappoint!
The course was on the R100/8A near Raglan, South Wales, and would complete 4 laps for the 100 miles...
First off at 06:57 was Jo Buckland. Jo has some great wins to her name this season, but this was going to be Jo's first attempt at a 100! Jo put everything into the race and rode a brilliant 4:23:51, 22.9mph and 9th place - and 1st in age group! Excellent riding Jo!
Next we had Jake Sargent off at 07:30, Arthur Franklin at 07:45 and Tim McEvoy at 07:50...
These three riders have all had a great season so far, with Jake winning the FTP 100 last month, Arthur winning the Bike-Pace 50 in May and Tim winning the Viking 50 in June - the big guns were out!
And they didn't hold back...
Jake Sargent - 3:27:29 - 5th
Tim McEvoy - 3:29:44 - 7th
Arthur Franklin - 3:32:20 - 8th
2nd place was a time of 3:26:41 - so Jake was so close to the medals...
BUT - Fastest team - FTP Racing! - The lads beat Team Bottrill who also put in a great effort...
And to finish off the day - Tim took fastest Vet on standard!!
FTP Racing certain made and impact at todays championships - well done all!
FTP Racing are proud to announce that Jonathan Shubert is joining the team!
Bristol based rider Jon Shubert, an Ultra Distance Specialist, has many great achievements to his name including the first sub 3hr 100 (33.8mph avg), former British 24hr Champion and World Record holder for riding 1,300km across the length of Oman in just 48 hours!
With our constant push to support female participation in cycling and improve our team and club set up to encourage more female cyclist to join , we have been lucky enough to talk to some inspirational females from national race winners to riders taking that first pedal stroke into the sport. One lady Alison Salthouse had such a inspiring story that we had to share it for all to read, just goes to show there’s no time limit on starting and no limit on ambition, we wish Alison well on the path ahead and can’t wait to see where it leads , you can follow Alison's journey @alison_salthouse on Instagram
A massive congratulations to team rider Tim McEvoy, who has just completed a RRA circuit of Bodmin Moor!
Tim's first attempt in Sept 2020 was cut short after horrendous weather conditions... This time he was more successful...
6hrs 07mins 15secs - 131 miles!!
Great news that FTP Racing has gained the use of the EPiC Kitemark!
What is the EPiC Kitemark?
The distribution of prize money in cycling events is an important indicator of equality in cycling. Where event prize money is distributed equally between men and women it demonstrates that their contributions to the sport are valued equally. The EPiC Kitemark shows the cycling event recognises and rewards male and female competitors equally. The EPiC kitemark is based on the internationally recognised symbol for gender equality as used by the UN.
EPiC Kitemark Criteria ...
Visit https://epic-group.org/ for more detail...
The 31st of March launched the start of the season for FTP riders at Castle Combe! An evening 10 with Alistair, Dan and Ollie putting in some decent times and managing to pick up some great 'in action' pictures (Dan Andres pictured showing of our kit nicely!) With 22 FTP riders having entered for the first race of the short BAR series, hosted by FTP racing on the 10th April, this season promises to be a great year...!
"Jo Buckland lives just beyond our borders, but we are proud that she represented VTTA South Wales in a number of events in 2020. First, I would mention Jo’s ride in September 2019 in the WCA Welsh Championship 50 on our Abergavenny-Mitchel Troy course when she posted 2:05:36. I know this course well with its uphill drags and fast dual carriageway sections and in recording that time, Jo showed us that she can hang in when the going gets tough.
Jo started her 2020 season on 15th March in South Wales on R10/17, posting 23:22 in the Sportsmad 10. At that time little did anyone appreciate that this would be the last event of the season in Wales. Whatever, Jo’s next ride was the RTTC Championship 10 in late August on the Bath Road, west of Newbury, where she recorded 23:09 finishing a respectable 30th out of 63. The following event was VTTA Home Counties 10 National Championship on the nearby Newbury-Wickham course, which if my memory is correct, has an uphill drag to a bridge over the M4; 23:49 earned Jo a credible third place out of 22 finishers. Jo’s good form continued on October 11th in the RTTC National Circuit Championships at Thruxton Motor Centre with 28:16 for 11.7 miles, placed 30th out of 63 finishers. Jo saved her best performance for the following week at the British Masters National Championship at Newbury where she posted 48:13 to collect third female place on the podium."
We spoke to two new club members Mark and Chris. Cycling has been a huge part of their life and they met through cycling and started an exciting journey together - click here for their story so far...
Sasha Smith has been awarded the RTTC champion medal for her age group in the hill climb for 2020! Great end to the year!
Sam will ride on the road team racing in crits and hill climbs adding additional strength to a strong line up of riders . Welcome aboard Sam!
Syd approached the team looking for somewhere he could continue to grow and really find his strongest area of racing in a relaxed environment, we are really happy to support Syd and watch him grow next year.
This series is a cycling competition run annually in the West DC and is run alongside the main WTTA Hard-riders Series. There are 13 organising clubs comprising of 14 hill climbs in total of which the best 5 Hill climbs count..
Spoiler alert - FTP Female Team took 1st place!!
Sasha Smith took 2nd place female vet overall, and with Charlotte and Corrine smashing out some great climbs, the team prize was won!
An incredible effort, team manager Billy Oliver said "I am so proud of these strong ladies", and with Jo Buckland bringing in the TT results and Alice and Dotty completing the team - 2021 is going to a great year...
Billy Oliver has been in discussions with the West District Committee, in relation to FTP hosting the West CTT short BAR (Best All Rounder) for 2021...
Well the great news for us in the West and for FTP is that it has now been approved!
10 Mile - U7B - 10th April 2021
25 Mile - U17 - 23rd May 2021
50 Mile - U86/50 - 30th May 2021
100 Mile - U86/100 - 13th June 2021
Hill Climb - TBA - 23rd October 2021
Join the first Strava segment challenge running from 7th October 2020 until 11th October 2020.
Starts at the Bristol Rd RAB nr Bath (BA2 9BB) and is approx. 1.5 miles long heading into Saltford.
Fastest riders will have their name in lights!
An excellent effort on Wednesday by our team rider Tim McEvoy for a record attempt of the RRA Circuit of Bodmin.
Tim stopped his effort just short as time slipped away in horrible conditions, drenched and fighting the deep front wheel in the cross wind it just wasn’t meant to be, the team are super proud of Tim even attempting the effort today in those conditions, definitely a challenge for another day, well done again Tim.
On a day of torrential rain and 23mph winds, Tim decided at 118 miles enough was enough.
Click HERE for an interesting account of the day from Tim himself...