The road season may have drawn to a close but cyclocross is now in full swing and Phoenix’s CX contingent has been highly visible at across the Eastern, London and Central Leagues in recent weeks.
Stuart Lockyear got off to a flying start in the opening weeks of the season picking up armfuls of ranking points across all three leagues as well as taking a well deserved win in the 50+ Vets category at Hillingdon in the opening Central League fixture of the season. After the early skirmishes, he was top of the 50+ Veteran British rankings, possibly a Phoenix first? Coming into October he’s held his form and currently sits 6th, well on target for his season goal of a high grid placing and big performance at the National Championships at Derby in January.
Elsewhere, Steven Drew is top of the Elite Vets category of the Eastern League after a series of regular top 10 placings in the first seven rounds of the season. Chris Ball has been hovering up points in the Seniors category and Chris Clague made his mud debut at Baldock in round 3 and has quickly moved up the grid. Meanwhile, Damian Robertson now looks to have recovered from his exertions at the 3 Peaks CX race in Yorkshire, which he completed in a highly impressive four hours, and is showing a return to the form that saw him blast some of the London League’s big hitters at the end of last season.
Most of the CX squad takes a break over the next fortnight as LP plays its part in supporting the Supercross series at Alexandra Palace and the local leagues take a week off. But the mud action ramps up again come mid November as the Eastern League heads into Norfolk and the London League makes its debut at the Cyclopark as the courses start to get muddy!
Sean Cody set out on an incredible journey to complete the Tour de Force recently and we have his full diary now published here.
“As some of you know, I signed up at the end of last year to do the Tour de Force, a charity staging of the full Tour de France route, starting and finishing 1 week ahead of the professionals, and matching them stage for stage, climb for climb. At the time I wasn’t really sure what I’d let myself in for, but I finished the route in Paris yesterday, July 14th, and I think I can honestly say that it was possibly the most extraordinary experience I’ve ever had on a bike – a combination of the best days and worst days I think I can remember, with enough memories to last a lifetime.
The ride was organised to benefit the William Wates Memorial Trust, and has been running for a few years now – this year, there were 40 riders doing the full route (known as lifers), and some 100 extra riders dipping in and out for various stages ranging from 2 to 10 days, covering windows across the entire 3 weeks. The organisation was impeccable, the riding brilliant and the company a complete laugh – what follows is some sort of attempt to distill three weeks of cycling into a relatively digestible story…”
Simon Pemberton finished the Thetford Summer Enduro in 4th place in Men’s 6hr solo cat from a field of 38 and gave us a report as follows; “I completed 8 laps of a fast and flowing 9 mile course. Mostly singletrack and great to race a Summer course at Thetford rather than the Winter Series as the racing is flat out even over 6 hrs on such a flat course. I was pleased as I was only beaten by sponsored riders inc Lee Eaton from JMC who’s a v.good rider. But also frustrated as I was running third until the last two laps but was getting a lot of pain in the sole of my foot – pedal or shoe not sure. Dropped a couple of minutes and missed podium by a couple of minutes! Great hard fought race though. Hot and sunny with good summer vibes, good prizes and a real effort made by the organisers to get this Summer Enduro established on the calendar.”
Well done to Richard Bayfield on taking third at the latest round of SERRL at Kenardington on Sunday – a course which served Richard well last year, too. Richard managed to stick it when a couple of big attacks went in and almost won it at the end. Results here.
Congratulations Miles Butler on reaching cat2 status. A series consistently good performances through Spring have seen Miles reach this level. The latest was a fourth place at Hog Hill on Thursday evening – results here.
Michelle, Bella, and Rachael represented Phoenix at the Elveden Crit this year in a field which included Laura Trott (who did go on to win).
Congratulations Rob Moore (1st) and Bella Leach (2nd) in their respective races at very windy cyclopark on Thursday evening. Results here.
A good day for London Phoenix at Millbrook at Bella Leach, Rachael Cotter, Michelle Forster, and Sarah Walsh all turned out in force. The final standings saw three LPs in the top 15.
We are a group of London-based cyclists, who get together for races and training rides. We have a website forum as our virtual clubhouse, and instead of regular weekly club rides from a set place we arrange to meet up for mountain bike, road or cyclocross rides, races and time trials from a variety of venues. We also meet up socially every month.