PCCC Sporting 13 TT report

Plymouth Corinthian Cycling Club ran its first promotion of the 2015, a 13 mile hilly time trial, early on Sunday 1st March. Despite poor weather leading up to the event the skies cleared to offer the 45 riders clear and sunny conditions, that despite localised flooding, offered almost perfect conditions for a fast time on the circuit. The route takes in a few climbs around Modbury and towards Ugborough before a fast decent through the Erme Valley towards the finish at Ermington. Fastest ride of the day was Veteran rider Conrad Moss (Mid Devon CC)est that showed excellent form to ride the course in a stunning, 29.09, setting a new course record. Fastest female was youth rider Lauren Dolan (Giant CC Halo Films), the 15 year old showed excellent early season form with a time of 36.01. Plymouth Corinthian CC boasted a few great performances, not least due to the club’s swelling numbers. Tom Moran proved to be the best of these with a strong ride to take the Veteran 50s category with a time of 31.12. Tom Cox (Northover VT) took the win in the Veteran 60s category with a time of 36.01.

Woods overcomes crash to claim fine 2nd place.

Woods overcomes crash to claim fine 2nd place.

Plymouth Corinthians have kicked off their 2015 Road season is strong fashion led by Sam Woods from Ivybridge.  Woods, who is embarking on his first full racing season, managed to overcome a crash in Sunday’s ‘Team Tor’ 4th category race at Paignton, to finish in a fine second place.


Woods attacked the bunch after half of the 45 minute event. However, with the adrenalin flowing, a clip of his pedal on a tight hairpin corner saw him hit the ground hard.  With the bunch flying past, and Woods wallowing on the floor, his chances appeared to have slipped away but he impressively closed the 30 second gap to regain contact with 10 laps remaining.  Meanwhile, Corries team mates Rob Cartlidge and Andy Flynn were riding strongly.  Flynn, riding his first ever event, was finding his feet and made his own bid for glory with a lap to go only to be swallowed up by the increasingly frantic peloton.  Woods though made a fantastic surge from 200 metres out to claim his second podium this year.


Combined performances will now see Woods upgraded to a 3rd category rider where he will be an important cog in the Corinthians 2015 Road roster.


In the 2nd& 3rd Category race, Martin Potter, Tom Moran and James Cartlidge flew the flag for Corinthians, with Moran and Cartlidge riding to 10th and 12th places respectively.


Next weekend sees Corries national age group champion Chris Scawn open his 2015 Time trialling campaign in the City Cycle Couriers 10 mile Time Trial at Ivybridge.  Meanwhile, on the road scene, comeback rider Jon Ellis, who has been looking sharp in training, leads the team at the Primavera Road Race at Hatherleigh.

South West Cyclocross Winter Series 2014

CX Series update : Round 8 in chard, Somerset  this Sunday has been cancelled due to the college grounds  being waterlogged  and the possibility of totally trashing the sports fields – pretty gutting really as it’s the first of the series which would be anything like winter !

The club currently has 4 members who have been involved in the Series so far, Angie Pike in the women’s cat, John Rollason in the Senior cat and Dean Vessey & Mark Foster in the ever competitive VET40 Cat.  Would great see some more Corinthians Jerseys in the final 5 rounds.

Round 9 on Sunday  23rd November sees the series arrive at Central Park in Plymouth which is great for the local CX community.  The series will also come back to Plymouth late December & early Jan 15 for the final 2 races at Brickfields & Plymouth Moto-X.

All series information can be found at the following site: http://www.cyclo-cross.org
You can also see how the club members are shaping up in the current series standings.

Race reports – July 2014

Road Racing – Cornish Series Race 6 – Rob Cartlidge took a fine 4th place in the 4th Cat race to get his first ever top ten finish and 6 points too. Rob’s brother James took a great top ten finish in the 3/4 event and Adrian Sluman claimed 3rd place in the E12 event.

Road Time Trial Truro CC 25 mile – Chris Scawn finished 11th and an excellent 56 mins 34 seconds. Thats an average of over 26.5 mph!!

MTB 2 XC Series – Round 3 (Final round) – The final round of the 2 XC Series was again held at Halden Forest park on the 16th July.  Another great night of fast XC racing was had by all with Dean Vessey taking another 3rd VET40 finish.   Final series standings coming soon !

2014 MTB XC National Championships(Masters Men) – Mark Byrne continued his excellent off-road form this year with an excellent 14th place.

Tour de France 2014 in Yorkshire by Adrian Sluman

I had decided it was about time I introduced my son, Ben, to the madness that is the Tour so we set off for Yorkshire on Friday with plans to watch stages 1 & 2. Leaving Friday after school, in the driving rain, I wasn’t looking forward to the journey! Lots of road works and congestion later we arrived just before 11. It was still lashing down so decided to sleep in the back of the car rather than pitch the tent, Ben thought this was very cool!

We had camped on the ‘camp on Holme moss’ campsite which in fact isn’t on Holme moss at all! it was good value and allowed us to walk to stage 2 and get in and out avoiding road closures so I was happy with it. We set off on Saturday morning to drive up to Skipton, I’d figured, in the interest of variation, we’d watch the race come through and then wander down to the spectator hub and watch Cav win on the big screen (We’ll that was the plan Cav!)

In Skipton, we walked onto a slight incline on the way out of town, and waited with the masses. I don’t know how many,but it was absolute chaos.   While obviously you had cyclists like me who knew what was coming, I sensed that the majority had no idea what was about to hit them! The caravan came through, that in itself was superb, great for the kids, great showbiz I suppose, I think people began to understand this was a big deal! What was great was seeing so many kids walking up the road in cycling tops, all sorts of teams and clubs.   We even had a man in a sheep outfit. The break came through with Jens on the front and I explained to Ben about ‘Shut up legs’ and how Jens was a bit of a legend and was in fact older than his dad! The peleton came through, sheer madness from the crowds again, brilliant!

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So we walked back down the road, with the thousands of others, despite one Skipton bobby trying to stem the flow of people.  He gave up, this was the Tour!

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We watched the rest on the big screen, bit like watching the Olympics on box hill big screen, lots of anticipation and then no cigar, Cav hits the deck.. think it was all or nothing really, the rest of us may have settled for 5th or something and lived to fight another day, not Cav!

Mcd,s on the way back, Ben happy!

Stage 2.

We apparently had a half hour walk over to Holme moss from the site. About an hour and a half later we got to the S bends where I wanted to be! No problem, sooo many people, amazing atmosphere

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We had ‘Where’s Wally’, panda’s, kangaroo’s, sheep, a monkey and a big banana, obviously being chased by the monkey! Again so many kids having a go at riding up the hill, the crowds were going crazy , ALLEZ, ALLEZ encouraging the kids.  The Caravan comes through, didn’t matter we saw it yesterday it’s still cool.  What else makes grown men run and fight over wristbands, caps, blow up guitars!

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The leaders came through, looking pretty shot, about to be swept up by the bunch.  The  top boys were up the  front, Froome, Nibali, Contador

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Kittel had gone, but was fighting hard.

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And then that’s it , it’s gone, whoosh!  No big screen this time just the walk back.  Reckon we must have walked 5 difficult miles, tiring, yes, but en-route back Ben says “Shut up legs!”  he’s learning!  I think he gets the tour now!

North of England resembled a car park and we went nowhere for three hours and eventually got home at midnight. Knackered!

Ben went to school today sporting his TdF wristbands and polka dot cap, say no more!

Adrian Sluman

Great turnout for the Pace and Steady club runs this week

Great turnout for the 2 rides today! The Steady ride had a nice ride out over the Torpoint ferry into Cornwall then on along the coast to Seaton where they stopped for tea and cake at the newly re-opened cafe on the seafront (the cafe was almost destroyed in the winter storms). The Pace ride headed to Brentor to inspect the road race circuit ahead of the race next month, our mountain goats Simon Bevans and Owain Gibby are looking forward to it as it’s got challenging climbs in it which should suit them both and with other club riders entered including Sam Woods and James Cartlidge, it should be a formidable team on the day!  The weather was surprisingly good, a warm and sunny start to the day and we avoided the rain for the most part except for a couple of downpours and some painful rain on the run into Plymouth. See you next week!


Cyclocross Racing – Summer 2014

Dean Vessey recently took part in Round 1 of the 2014 3Sixty Performance Summer Cyclocross Series at the Plymouth Moto X track at Ernesettle.  Great evenings summer event to satisfy that “hour of pain” race fix!

Round 2 of the event is on Wednesday 9th July at the same location. Senior races start at 7:30pm.

Round 3 – Wednesday 13th August, Summer Cross Champs.

All details of the remaining two rounds can be found on the British Cycling website as well as the 3Sixty Performance Facebook page.



If you’ve got a cyclocross bike or mountain bike why not give it a go or alternatively turn up and watch and cheer the racers on!

Hopefully see some of you Wednesday 9th July for an evenings Cyclocross racing !

Race report – MTB 2XC Series – Round 2

MTB 2XC Series – Round 2 (Halden Forest – 25th June)

Another top performance by Dean Vessey & Mark Byrne!

Representing the club in another discipline, this time mountain bike cross country racing!
Both Dean & Mark were again top 10 finishers with Mark taking 1st in the Masters Cat and Dean taking 2nd in the VET’s cat. This adds to their impressive results from round 1 in May.

This final round for this series is Wednesday 16th July for anyone else who is keen to get the club jersey out and get some MTB racing in !!!20140630-182334-66214893.jpg

2 group rides this Sunday 29th June

This Sunday we start our new offering of 2 organised group rides both meeting at 8:30am Marsh Mills (entrance to old Novotel hotel next to KPMG building).

Steady Group – led by Tom Cann this week. 14-15mph average. Heading for Modbury, California Cross, Gara bridge, Dartington (cafe stop), then either on to Buckfastleigh then South Brent and back to Plymouth or direct to South Brent depending on how far the group want to ride.

Pace Group – led by Adrian Sluman. 17-18+ mph average. Heading to Cornwall including Seaton cafe.

New, existing and prospective members welcome! See you there!