The first ( hopefully of many ) women’s networking : open days is this Saturday at @haikocycling , 10am cycle from the shop then back for coffee , cake , with everything officially starting at 11 and a opportunity to network with the strong women’s cycling community in the local areas.
These events are open to anyone at any level in their cycling, numbers are looking very positive so we hope to see more on the day.
Address is Haiko Cycling unit 1a , harbour road, portishead BS20 7BL see you there.
The 2022 FTP TT series is in the calendar and time is ticking to the 1st event!
Who will be the West Short BAR winner for 2022??
Massive congratulations to Jonathan Shubert on receiving the F.T. Bidlake Award for 2020!
From Jon's media platform:
"One of the greatest accolades that can be bestowed upon cyclists in Britain is the historic, yet not so well known, F.T. Bidlake Award (http://www.bidlakememorial.org.uk/origin.htm).
Frederick Thomas Bidlake, born in the late 1800s, was a progressive thinking man, widely credited with inventing the sport of time trialling in Britain . Following his death in 1934, to honour his memory, a Bidlake plaque has been presented annually to a single individual for outstanding achievements in cycling.
The names on the list of recipients include international superstars such as Laura Kenny, Dave Brailsford CBE, Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, Phil Liggett MBE and many more. The award is also given to amateur riders for achievements in the British niche of the sport that Bidlake was so entwined with. Fittingly, in Bidlake’s forward-thinking stance, the current Bidlake committee has introduced two annual awards, one for men and one for women, to ensure gender parity. For 2020 (postponed due to the pandemic), the insurmountable Lynne Biddulph (nee Taylor) was awarded the F.T. Bidlake Award for her remarkable two solo Land’s End to John O’Groats records (a record that stood for 20 years until beaten by Chris Mckenzie) and continuing on after the latter attempt to take the 1000 mile record. Lynne has a list of accolades in her cycling Palmares well beyond these achievements; she is an example to us all of what positive attitude, determination, and self-belief can achieve.
Most definitely in Lynne’s shadow, I am humbled to receive the 2020 men’s award. The inscription on the plaque reads: “Awarded 2020 to Jonathan Shubert. In November 2020, 2019 BBAR, Jonathan Shubert set a new RRA 100 Mile ‘straight out’ record in a remarkable time of two hours, 57 minutes and 58 seconds, becoming the first cyclist under the three-hour barrier”. I would like to thank the Bidlake committee which includes: David Barry, Martin Cook and Sheila Hardy for voting to award me with this incredible honour."
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!
Thanks all.... Tony Russell
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!
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...
"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...
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...