news and results 2011

Gav Rumbles them at Hillingdon

By Phil Eaton: posted 13.12.2011

Congratulations to our very own Gavin Rumbles for a very impressive win in the Hillingdon Cyclo-cross event last weekend. Gavin has raced consistently well over the whole series and finished this race 1st vet (6th overall). This last top placing was enough to give him the overall central league series win in the vets category. A superb end to a really consistent years racing for Mr Rumbles!

White Winter Win!

By Mike Jackson: posted 7.12.2011

Mike Jackson (CC Luton) rode to a convincing win at the second round of the ‘White Winter Mountain bike Enduro’ series held at Thetford Forest – Norfolk.

In the 4 hour/9 lap event, Mike came home over 12 minutes clear of second place rider Ian Mockett (Bike Art) who, after setting a very fast pace for the first two hours faded going into lap 6. Mike however maintained the sub 30 minute lap pace all the way to the finish to secure not only the win but now the series lead.

With two more rounds to go in January and February, Mike hopes to keep his lead in the series and build his form slowly for next spring’s events which include the South African Cape Epic, an eight day enduro of over 700km.

Other CC Luton riders that featured well in Thetford was Theresa Jackson, who came home in second place in the 4 hours women’s event and also John Peters, who riding his first ever mountain bike race come home in  13th place.

Latest news

By Phil Eaton: posted 31.10.11

As freakily warm as the weather has been over these last weekends, winter is fast

approaching, so winter bikes and mudguards on clubruns from now on please. For anyone still hungry to race and get muddy the Thetford winter enduro season starts on November the 6th. There are already a few members entered so check our facebook page to see who’s racing. Don’t forget to check out our Flickr site for all the latest photos as well. Recent additions include Martin Worsfold’s participation in the 2011 raid Alpine

CC Luton’s Cotswold capers!

Last weekend saw CC Luton’s annual hostel run visit the very picturesque Costwold town of Stow on the Wold. Fully panniered and mud flapped, 12 die hards braved a very stiff headwind for the 75 mile trip. Mericfully, the rain held off and a very entertaining lunch at Lower Heyford was had by all. The final 25mile push to the hostel saw a few legs go pop but everyone made it and after a somewhat tiring, noisy, stinky and restless night, the whole process was repeated in reverse….this time with the help of a brisk tailwind! 150 miles covered, plenty of laughs and an excellent weekend. Many thanks to Runeckles Tours for organising it. Heres to the next one! Pictures of this spectacular event can be seen on our Flickr site

Gavlar moves up!
In other news, CC luton’s Gavin Rumbles had an excellent start to his cyclo-cross season this Saturday. Gav picked his way through the field to finish 4th overall with a very creditable 1st vet position in opening central league cyclocross race at the MK bowl. His 6th position at Hog Hill a couple of weeks ago has also clocked him up enough points for his 2nd cat licence. Well done Gav!

CC Luton pip Virgin to the post!

By Mike Jackson and Phil Eaton: posted 12.9.11

CC Lutons’ continued run of good form sent them to the top of the BC regional club rankings this week. Fantastic team efforts and excellent individual performances have seen one of the best racing seasons the club has had for many years.

In other news this week Richard Mead
and Alan Galloway who both saw
nasty early season crashes, returned to some late season form. On a very difficult and blustery course
they dug deep and managed an impressive 4th place at the Stevenage 2up time trial this weekend.

The comeback king does it again!

By Phil Runeckles: Posted 23.8.11

Martin Badells’ comeback goes from strength to strength. The CC Luton rider notched up his second win in as many weekends this Sunday at the Rebridge Cycling Circuit at Hainault, Essex. Martin whose recent success saw him move up the British Cycling categorisation from 4th to 3rd rode away from the bunch after only 15 minutes of racing and stayed away for over an hour to win by 30 seconds from the chasing pack of riders.

In other news this week, Mike Jackson scored a sixth place on Saturday at the Spirit RR event at Cranfield gaining valuable points towards his fast approaching 1st cat licence.

Badell is back!

By Phil Runeckles and Mike Jackson: Posted 16.8.11

CC Luton rider Martin Badell won the Mid-Suffolk Wheelers Road Race at Somersham, Suffolk on Sunday. 45 year old Martin who is making an impressive comeback to competitive cycling, showed the rest of the field how it was done by out-sprinting the competition to become the clear winner after 76 kilometres of hard racing.

Although a rolling circuit, the persistent wind made for a very had race. Several riders attempts at breaking away from the field failed although at one point a potential winning format of two riders was thwarted when a agricultural vehicle got on to the course. Although the commissaries neutralised the race until the danger of an accident was averted the bunch quickly swallowed them up when the race was re-started.

in other news the James Fox continued his run of good form with a solid 3rd place in the Python Road Race. Gavin Rumbles came home 16th after avoiding a nasty crash in the last 800 metres that caused a big split in the bunch, scuppering Mike Jackson and John Peters chances!

NGMRR….another cracking event!

By Richard Mead: Posted 9.8.11

CC Luton’s promotion of the 11th edition of this race in memory of former GB Team Manager and club founder, Neil Gardner, took place over 4.1/2 laps of an undulating course around Stewkley and Cublington in Buckinghamshire. Taking a slight step back from last year’s event which formed the Central Division Championship, the race attracted a good entry of 2nd, 3rd and 4th category riders with 75 riders making the start.

With a hill-top prime located at the finish line in Cublington on each lap, the peloton remained attentive to any breaks forming, and 20-year-old Tim Allen (Cyclesport / Pygott & Crone) showed his hand early on by taking the 1st and 3rd primes. Team Corley Cycles’ Jack Waller was also in the early action taking the 2nd prime. Despite the stiff breeze affecting the more exposed parts of the course, it wasn’t until the penultimate lap that a break managed to get any leeway from the bunch, with 8 riders forging a 10-20 second advantage, including the promoting club’s own James Fox who duly took the last prime on lap 4.

However the break were unable or unwilling to commit, and the race came back together for a hill-top bunch sprint between the remaining 51 riders. Tim Allen once again showed clear intent by leading for the final 100m and taking the win by a couple of lengths from

CC Luton's Martin Badell in action

CC Luton’s Mike Jackson who was unable to give himself an early birthday present.

With one prime and 2nd place already in the bag, CC Luton also did well in the minor prizes taking both 1st Third Category rider (Gavin Rumbles in 19th place) and 1st Fourth Category rider (former GB squad rider Martin Badell on the comeback trail in 12th place). Gray Turnock (Finsbury Park CC) rounded out the results as First Veteran. A full results list can be downloaded here

Photos © Paul Douglas photographic services. click here to see all the pictures from the race

Top teamwork at TMG!

By Mike Jackson and Phil Eaton: Posted 11.7.11

This Sunday saw five CC Luton members, John Peters, Gavin Rumbles, Mike Jackson, Glen O’brien & Mike Deeney line up for the 130km TMG Horizon Road Race around the Cublington circuit. The same circuit that our own Neil Gardner Memorial Road Race will use on August 7th.

With a tempting array of prizes on offer including most aggressive rider as well as a points competition, the racing was fast from the minute the flag dropped. Several moves tried to go up the road but with little success. The bunch was in no mood to let early action steal the show!

After 40 miles, the only break to make any real headway went clear. This consisted of 5 riders including Mike Jackson and the eventual winner Andy Eagers from the Derby Mercury. With speeds averaging 27mph, the break made a valiant effort to stay clear. Sadly this wasn’t quite enough and they were caught with a lap to go.

At this point, seeing his chance Gavin Rumbles made his move and attacked on the rolling roads around the back of the circuit. Sensing the danger Andy Eagers also jumped and the two riders managed to hold onto a small 30 second lead all the way to final hill, where Eagers managed to out-climb Rumbles to a fine win.

Martin Badell in action

Excellent team work and a great result from a squad that just seems to be going from strength to strength this season!

In other news, my “Morgan Mole” informs me that the Badell bros got a fantastic 2nd and 3rd (Martin 2nd, Chris 3rd) in their local LVRC race. More details on that to come!

Ant up to 3rd Cat
Congratulations to Anthony Goodwin whose impressive 3rd place in last Saturdays Inverse/Cyclaim 4th cat race at Hillingdon earned him enough points for his 3rd cat licence. Active and aggressive for the best part of the race, Anthony also won the prime.

Full results from the event can be found here 

Come in number six!….

By James Fox and Mike Jackson: Posted 6.7.11

CC Luton continued their excellent run of results over the weekend with a clutch of great performances! 

James Fox added to his list of recent wins in the Ike Saul Memorial Road Race on Sunday. 

Mike Jackson and John Peters also rode with James in the event. 

The low winds generated a fast pace for most of the five lap race. James was instrumental in the final four man break, helped by the team tactics of Mike and John in the group behind. After taking the prime on the bell lap, James still had enough juice left in the tank to ride away from the break and solo the final four miles for his third win of the season. Mike sprinted for 8th place while John, spent from his earlier efforts, finished in the bunch. The full press release can be downloaded here

Gavinators’ Army triumph
Gavin Rumbles was also in action and took a fine win at the Army CC promotion ‘Are you tough enough’ enduro race held at the Ash Ranges nr Camberley –Surrey.

Completing 9 laps of a tough and technical course in a time of 6 hours 6 minutes to take top honours in the Vets 40+ category, which was also faster than the winner of the Senior men’s race which was won in a time of 6hrs 12 minutes.

Deeney do good!
On Saturday, Mike Deeney and Paul Brown contested Inverse/Cyclaim Circuits at Hillingdon. Paul, still on his long return from injury, was active throughout the race, whilst Mike contested the bunch gallop and was rewarded with fourth place for his efforts

Lush scorcher!

By James Fox: Posted 29.6.11

CC Luton fielded their “A” team, of Anthony Moye, Mike Jackson John Peters and James Fox, in the 83 mile Ken Lush Memorial Road Race, near Welwyn, promoted by North Road CC on Sunday in blisteringly hot conditions.

The circuit as described by Mike, consisted of “a bit of a criterium, through the roundabouts of Welwyn, a bit of a time trial down the A414 dual carriageway and a bit of a road race around the back of the circuit and up to the finish”.  Also present in the race were the current number one Elite rider in the country, Jason White (Cyclepremier), former continental professional, Grant Bayton (Wilier- Go Self Drive) and top UK- based Belgian professional, Marcel Six (23C- Orbea), along with a decent number of quality first and second category riders from the region.

Marcel Six made the first speculative attack of the day. Immediately after this opening salvo, Richard Wood (Team MK), Mike Wragg (Python RT) and Owen Lake (Cambridge CC) broke away from the field, closely followed by Bayton, James and a Flanders rider. Dave Barnes (ELV) and Adam Bright (Revo Racing) joined the break on the dual carriageway, with the ever-impressive White completing the escape after three quarters of the first lap.

This turned out to be the decisive and race winning break. Other groups of riders tried, and failed to bridge across and pre race favourite, Six climbed off after 4 laps, a casualty of the high temperature and speed of the race.

Into the final two laps of the race, and having shed Lake and the Flanders rider, the remaining seven started to think about the win. Wood was the first to show his hand, leading White away over the finishing line, causing the remaining five to chase hard until they were brought back to the fold with a little over a lap and a quarter of the race to go.

James, suffering from severe cramp, despite doing as he had been told by “Directress Sportif”, Theresa Jackson and drinking as much electrolyte solution as he could, attacked on several occasions but to no avail. Then, with 2km to go, Barnes and White prised themselves off the front. White followed the form book by comfortably winning the sprint for the line. The remainder of the exhausted group followed in five seconds later, with James finishing fifth, his best result in an Elite category race to date.

Three and a half minutes later, the rest of the race began to trickle in- Anthony taking 10th, Mike 14th and John 23rd, rounding out a good day in a local race, and well supported by the other members of the club.

The effort was enough to put James at the top of the regional club rankings table with 146 points with Mike rising to third with 106.

Goodwins Hillingdon performance

By Mike Jackson: Posted 27.6.11

On Saturday 25th June, Anthony and Simon Goodwin headed to the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit in north west London for first round of the Inverse/Cyclaim races for 4th cat riders.

With both riders having regularly attended the clubs Tuesday night training sessions, the effects are starting to show with Anthony coming in 5th place and Simon (in his first ever race) coming in a very creditable 10th place. With more racing planned, we could easily see both riders making their way up to 3 cat by  the end of the season.

Jacko and Foxy…close to the top!

By Phil Eaton: Posted 24.6.11

Congratulations to Mike Jackson and James Fox  whose excellent performances this season have seen them both creeping ever closer to the top of the central division 2nd cat individual rider rankings. As things stand at the moment, James is second with 105 points and Mike close behind in 4th with 90 points. Things could look even better after this weekend with both riders on good form and both racing …watch this space!
Full rankings can be found on the BCF website click here

Victory at Abberton!
By James Fox: Posted 7.6.11

…and so to darkest Essex. Where Queen Boudica showed the Romans a thing or two about tactics….2000 years later, we came, we rode, we conquered!

CC Luton’s John Peters and James Fox took the start of the Abberton road race this Sunday.  Made up of six full laps of a flattish circuit around Abberton Reservoir near Colchester, including some of the roads used in the early season Classic, the Jock Wadley Memorial.  The main threats on the day looked to be the massed hordes of the PCH Team and East London Velo (ELV) squads.

Right from the start, a break of three went on the attack. James bridged across, along with David Barnes (ELV).  Alas, the strength of the original three riders was not as great as either James or Barnes had hoped. They soon found themselves riding a two-up time trial, and were reeled back in by a PCH led peloton after 25 miles… had they done too much, too soon?

Back to square one for CC Luton!  John, who had been saving his legs whilst James was away, was ever-present at the head of affairs and found his way into several useful looking breaks, which regrettably were unsuccessful as several riders refused to work.

Two more riders then broke away and gained a minute and a half on the bunch, until CC Luton, along with PCH and ELV got to work and brought them back.  Finally, after 55 miles of racing and with fatigue setting in for the majority of the race, a group of 9 tacked away, with James bridging after a short chase.

This was to be the selection that would contest the finish. Notable in the break were two riders from ELV, including the always powerful David Barnes and two from PCH.  The biggest risks to a CC Luton success being Steve Griffiths from the latter and Barnes.

Firstly James attacked on one of the small rolling hills at the back of the circuit which, though not decisive, began to soften up the more tired legs in the break.  He was then able to link up with Barnes and Griffiths when they broke away with half a lap to go, and was followed by Sam King (Cambridge CC), Adam French (ELV), Gavin Moore (Stowmarket CC) and Russell Ford (Glade CC).  James was instrumental in keeping this new break clear of the three chasers, as they all started to think about the finish line.

Into the last kilometre, Moore attempted a long one, which was rapidly controlled by Barnes, who then began a lead out for his teammate French, with James glued patiently to his wheel.  Unfortunately for ELV, they had wound up their race to the line too early.  James, sat out of the wind, then started his sprint, and came around French to win convincingly.  Griffiths, who had anticipated the move, but couldn’t respond to it, came in 3rd.  John came in with the bunch, pleased with a job well done.

Well done to both riders. An excellent effort and another win for James to add to his ever growing collection!

Main picture © Andy Sheridan click here for more pictures of the race

MK bowl highlights

By Richard Mead: Posted  31.5.11

CC Luton's John Peters

Despite damp conditions with an ever-present threat of rain in the air, CC Luton had four riders representing the club in the Milton Keynes Bowl circuit race on Thursday 26th May (which the club was also responsible for providing marshals for). Unfortunately the conditions took their toll on numbers participating with only a dozen or so riders in each of the E/1/2 and 3/4 category races.

John Peters was active from the early stages in the E/1/2 race and was soon in a break with Matt Jones (Team Raleigh) and Michael Brown (private member). The 3 riders stayed clear until the finish with James Fox covering counter attacks from the remaining bunch. Matt Jones went on to win with John Peters taking 2nd place and James 5th.

In the 3/4 event, Mike Deeney was able to stay with the leading group which was soon whittled down to just a handful once the race headed out of the gates. Taking 3rd place in the sprint finish behind Sam Price (private member) and Campbell Noon (Virgin Active), Mike moves to within 1 point of his 2nd cat licence. Anthony Goodwin was also in the points with 9th place finish in the same race.

A punishing Divvie

By James Fox: Posted  25.5.11

With  9 laps of a 10 mile circuit comprising three testing climbs around the village of Chilton, coupled with a breeze that could politely be described as “brisk” and a likelihood of rain, the 2011 Central Division Road Race Championships had all the ingredients for the making of a classic encounter, and so it proved for Mike Jackson, James Fox, Gavin Rumbles and John Peters, all of whom had very different races.

A small group of riders escaped as the race was deneutralised, containing Ian Knight from Team Corley Cycles and Mike Wragg from Python RT. This effectively killed any chase behind for the first 40 miles, though the parcours was so exacting that riders were being dropped, never to be seen again, from the first lap.

As the race wore on, the speed and difficulty began to tell in the legs of many of the riders including Gav and James, whose decision to ride the hardest race of the season “fresh” from a Friday night flight home from Hong Kong was proved to be ill-advised.

This left John and Mike in the leading group, which was now seriously fragmented, as the early break was brought back and Corleys, along with Matt Jones of Raleigh began to assert themselves. As well as this brutal activity, a heavy burst of rain with 3 laps to go put paid to several riders’ ambitions, causing a spate of crashes.

In the final laps, Roy Chamberlain of Corleys attacked and rode solo to take the win, followed shortly after by Matt Jones and Ash Cox (Corleys). Mike, who had doggedly hung on to all of the attacks, until his legs finally refused to play any more, still had enough strength and savvy to lead a small group home to take an exceptionally well deserved 9th. John, who said he had never found climbing so difficult, dug deep and finished an excellent 24th.

To finally underscore the toughness of the race and the riders who completed it, it’s worth pointing out that of the 80 who signed on, only 26 finished.

Jacko on the up!

By Mike Jackson: posted 17.5.11

CC Luton’s Mike Jackson took a very creditable 2nd place at the Reading CC road race on the Great Milton circuit this weekend.

After a minutes silence in memory of Wouter Weylandt, the four lap regional “A” race started under bright skies. A brisk westerly wind was to cause a race deciding break early into lap 2 with 6 riders: Toby Eichler and Tavis Walker (Adeo Cadence), Mike Jackson (CC Luton), Nigel Williams (Python RT), Douglas Coleman (Anders TMG) and David Palmer (Renault Rotor Colbert) all driving hard to make the break stay away.

It took a while for the gap to establish as the bunch where strung out chasing for laps 2 and into 3. But the selection was made and at the bell for 1 lap to go the gap was up to 1 minute and 30 as the leaders were determined to stay away despite the best efforts of their pursuers.

There was rain in the air into the last lap with a strong team rider effort by Tavis Walker reported from the convoy.

Mike Jackson, the best sprinter on paper, was always going to have his work cut out for him having to mark both the Adeo Cadence riders. With a text book strategy of taking turns to attack, it was in the end Toby Eichler taking first place from Mike Jackson, Douglas Colman, Nigel Williams, Tavis Walker and David Palmer coming in behind.
The bunch sprint was taken by Rob Gough (Adeo Cadence) closely followed by his team mate Simon Snowdon at 1 minute 50.

The most aggressive rider of the day was awarded to Tavis Walker.

A good days racing and another excellent promotion by Reading CC. A special mention must also go to Anne Walker and her team from the WI of Little Milton who provided excellent food and refreshment.

The joy of six!

By James Fox: posted 11.5.11

May Day saw John Peters, Mike Jackson and James Fox in action at the tough Millbrook Test Track to contest the Millbrook Classic. CC Luton were prominent throughout the race, but missed the 6 man move that dominated the second half of the race.  

Dogged work by John and James brought the break back to touching distance with 200 metres to go; too late for Mike to chase the win, but close enough for him to sprint home in fourth place, whilst James held on for 6th.

Thursday saw the same three riders returning to the MK Bowl, along with Mike Deeney and Dave Woods riding the 3/4s. The E/1/2 race was contested at a blistering pace, with John, Mike and James again involved in the early action.  With three quarters of the race done, the elastic finally snapped, sending a group of six away, including James. Unfortunately, his earlier efforts had taken their toll but he still managed a creditable 6th place, with Mike leading the bunch home in 9th.  Mike Deeney also finished 9th in the 3/4s.

Whilst Mike rode the Fred Whitton challenge in the Lake District on Sunday, James rode solo at the Lea Valley RR in darkest Essex. This was a 90 mile beast which benefited from warm, sunny and windy conditions.  

Due to its length and difficulty, the event took about 50 miles to spark into life, although Team MK’s Richard Wood spent the majority of that up the road in a two man break.  They were eventually reeled in and hostilities commenced in earnest, with a 10 man break including James, getting away from an increasingly small and exhausted bunch.

James attacked several times in the closing stages without success and in the last few miles the break finally blew apart, with five men contesting the finish. In spite of his aggressive, gutsy, earlier efforts, James still managed to dig deep and was rewarded with another  6th place – just behind winning group!

Fox outruns the pack!
By Richard Mead: posted 3.5.11

CC Luton’s James Fox took another podium result over the Bank Holiday weekend, this time moving up to the top step. With a total of 6 riders from the club starting the Andy Morrison Memorial Road race at Cranfield University on Saturday 30th April, CC Luton had the strength in depth to control much of the race.

Whilst James was active from the early stages of the 40 mile event, it wasn’t until around half distance that a definitive break managed to escape from the bunch. But with only 2 riders, James Fox and Jim Moffat (Team Virgin Active), out front and given the strong breeze affecting parts of the course, it looked unlikely that the duo would stay away until the finish as their lead yo-yoed between around 30 seconds and just a handful. However this is where the remaining 4 riders from the club (Mike Jackson, John Peters, Gavin Rumbles and Mike Deeney) came into their own by following all of the counter attacks that tried to bridge across. These tactics in part allowed the 2 leaders to contest the win between themselves, with James taking a convincing victory

Easter racing roundup
By Richard Mead and Mike Jackson: posted 26.4.11

James Fox continued his recent run of good form with a 3rd place in the Welwyn Wheelers time trial held on a testing 26-mile sporting course around the lanes south-east of Luton. James posted a time of 1:03:04 and was only 52 seconds behind winner Luke Clark (Team Milton Keynes).

Other club riders riding the event included Gavin Rumbles (16th at 1:07:32) and Richard Mead (57th 1:14:31).

Other weekend action included placings in the Ed Taylor Memorial Road Race held at Thurlow Suffolk on Sunday. CC Luton’s, John Peters 3rd, Mike Jackson 9th. Second and Third place for the points award comp, plus 3 primes bagged!

Don’t forget to check out all the latest pictures on our Flickr site which include, amongst other things, all the action from the Amstel Gold festival of smoking!

CC Luton in MKCA double win
By Phil Eaton: posted 15.4.11

Fantastic efforts by Mike Jackson and Mike Deeney resulted in two wins for CC Luton as the the Corley Cycles MKCA summer crit series kicked off last night.

Mike Jackson won the elite/1/2 category with Mike Deeney taking the top honours in the 3/4 category event. Well done to both riders…great result!

Sunny Flanders!
By Phil Eaton: posted 13.4.11

The CC Luton annual Flandrian trip seems to have been another resounding success! Not least because unlike the usual rain, hail and block headwinds so common in the region, the weather actually held out to produce a fun sunny holiday weekend! Its not often riders come back from this event with a suntan! As usual pictures from the event can be seen on our Flickr site

Two’s up triumph!
By Richard Mead and Mike Jackson: posted 28.3.11

James Fox took a win in the 2-up competition in the Icknield Road Club’s 19-mile sporting time trial on Sunday 27th March. Riding with his friend and training partner, Ian Knight of Team Corley Cycles, the pair were over 2-minutes quicker than the next fastest pairing from the Finchley Racing Team.

The club’s co-sponsor, Glenn O’Brien, was also riding his first time trial in a number of years with team mate Martin Worsfold who stepped in as a reserve at the last minute. Their ride of 51-45 was enough to secure 9th place on the day.

A fleeting return to mountain bike racing, Mike Jackson rode the 1st round of British Cycling’s national XC series held at Sherwood Pines forest in Nottinghamshire.

After having no ranking points due to not racing the series since 08 a good gridding position was never on the cards, however after making his way through several groups, mike came home in 15th position. A little disappointed not to have cracked the top 10, Mike still went away with a good workout in his legs which should help set him up for the rest of the road season ahead.

And the first win of the season goes to…
By Phil Eaton: posted 21.3.11

…Paul Stewart for a much deserved win at the LVRC Fleche Waltonne RR at Husbands Bosworth. Well done Paul! Lets hope its the start of a winning streak for our regular CC Luton racers

CC Lutons weekend crashfest
By Phil Eaton: posted 15.3.11

This weekend saw a host of early season crashes for unfortunate CC Luton riders. Alan Galloway our resident club coach was floored by a flying bike in the final gallop for the line in Saturdays Spring Chicken Road Race. In with a shout for points as the race drew to a close, Alan’s face broke his fall as he tried to avoid a pile up ahead. In the same race and in an entirely separate incident Richard Mead broke his wrist as an overly helpful fellow racer tried to point out a car and whacked his handlebars. If only they’d have known of the others plight they could have shared the same ambulance!. Also on the very same day on the CC luton club run Pat Coleman, our resident ‘Evel Knievel’, continued his current run of form when he found himself up close and personal with the back of a parked car! Here’s wishing all our injured riders a very speedy recovery. Lets hope we’ve cleared our seasons quota of crashes early this year!.

On a more positive note, CC Luton’s James Fox opened his early season account with a very creditable bunch finish in a blisteringly fast Jock Wadley Memorial Road Race. James finished 41st in a quality field that included former Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt.

Mike Jackson also managed to stay upright and got 5th in the Black Park MTB xc race.

Reliability ride-on!
By Phil Eaton: posted 27.2.11

A sunny Sunday in late Februaury saw record entries for CC Luton’s reliability ride. The last reliability in the Chilterns classic series had riders starting in their respective time groups for a mainly sunny, picturesque ride around the quiet lanes of Beds and Bucks. This is always a popular ride due to its late placing in the series, along with an excellent, fully signposted route and unrivalled pre and post-ride HQ catering! (a welcome site as the weather turned and most riders returned looking somewhat damp and bedraggled) A big thank you to this years organiser Kevin Ash and all the CC Luton members (and non-members) who gave up their time, petrol, cakes and buns to make this into a really successful event. As usual, pictures can be seen on our Flickr site

Anthony’s perf-pedal performance!
By Mike Jackson: posted 14.2.11


The Perf’s Pedal race is British Season opener, and this year’s race saw a quality field of 60 riders line up that included Tour De France stage & Paris Roubaix winner Magnus Mackstedt.

Making his start to the season was CC Lutons Anthony Moye. Weather conditions deteriorated by the minute and with strong winds and heavy rain battering the field, Anthony rode well to finish in 37th place.  Click here for the full British Cycling report of the race.

Welcome to our new club secretary!
By Phil Eaton: posted 25.1.11

CC Luton has a new club secretary! After fighting off stiff competition, Dave Hard was elected at Sunday nights AGM. Dave takes over from Theresa Jackson who has done an excellent job of keeping the club (and us unruly men) well organised and on the straight and narrow over the past six or more years. So a BIG thanks to T and the very best of luck to Dave, who I’m sure will get all the help and support he needs from all in the club

The Gavinator’s Brass Monkey bonanza!
By Richard Mead: photograph by Richard Mead: posted 24.1.11

CC Luton’s Gavin Rumbles took a well deserved win in the 4 hour Veteran Men’s category at the Merida Brass Monkey Winter MTB Enduro held over a demanding 7 mile course around the Army ranges near Aldershot, Hampshire on Sunday 23rd January. Excellent teamwork between Gavin and fellow CC Luton rider Mike Jackson saw the pair riding together to complete 6 laps in 4-01-56 which was good enough for Gavin to take the win 1-40 ahead of Nigel Brown (Gillingham District Wheelers) in second place and 5-04 ahead of James D’Arcy (Southdowns Bikes) in third. It was also good enough for Mike to take 4th spot in the 4 hour Men’s 18-39 category.

With Mike forcing the pace on the more technical sections and Gavin riding strongly on the open tracks into the strong wind, the pair proved to be a winning team. With the course cutting up badly in places towards the end of the event following last week’s wet weather, strong riding and a well paced effort were definitely the order of the day.

There was another top ten finish for the club with junior rider Josh Mead taking 8th place in the Fun category. See all the latest photos on our Flickr site


The CC Luton annual Xmas bash goes with a banger!
By Phil Eaton: Photographs by Phil Runeckles posted 19.12.10

The bastard love child of Harry potter and Lady Gaga

The 2010 Annual cc Luton Xmas party went off with the usual high jinx and tomfoolery despite appauling weather conditions everyone (apart from Ian Neilson) braved the elements to struggle to the Green Man in Eversholt. A big thanks to Chris for organising…oh and me for being resident “court jester” as usual. All the pictures can be seen on our Flickr siteon Xmas party went off with the usual high jinx and tomfoolery despite appauling weather conditions everyone (apart from Ian Neilson) braved the elements to struggle to the Green Man

CC Luton’s Manchester track weekend
By Mike Jackson: Photographs by Ian Neilson posted 22.11.10

Fancy a stab at riding the velodrome at Manchester? asked Glen, and with that myself, Theresa, Leigh, Pat, Bronzie, Josh, Kev , Luke, Ian and Mark headed up north!

First up was Saturday nights Revolution track race, with several big names from across the globe competing against our home grown stars such as Geriant Thomas and  Alex Dowsett, this made for some great nights entertainment and got us all fired up ready to ride ourselves the following day.

With such a mixed ability of riders wanting to ride on Sunday, the coaches broke the all the riders up into three groups.

With myself, Theresa and Josh as the first timers going in the beginners group, the others were split between group two and three depending on how hard they wanted to ride.

First off we were taught how and where to ride on the banking, learning how to overtake and what all the coloured lines on the track indicate and just how slowly and high you can ride on the steep banking without sliding down.

This is was really important for everyone’s safety but once you’ve learnt the basics you can start to wind it up and enjoy riding on the same track that has produced some amazing world and Olympic champions.

I have to say as complete newbie to track riding I’m now completely hooked, and even after all these years of racing everything from Road to mountain bikes it was great to try something new and really cannot wait to have another go, only this time with a race number pinned to my back!

Welcome to our new level 2 club coach!
posted 18.11.10

Congratulations to Alan Galloway on gaining his level 2 club coach qualifications! It’s been a Long slog for Alan…jumping through various BC hoops and doing loads of written and practical assessments. Alan has given up a lot of his weekends and evenings to get this, so well done Al…we’ve long known that most cc Luton members like to hurl advice on club runs….now we have someone with the knowhow to do it officially. He’s has also been instrumental in organising our Tuesday night summer training runs which have proved very popular!. If you haven’t tried them talk to Al!

Congratulations to MJ for his win at MK!!!

I feeeeeel goooood.....king of the bowl


3 Responses to news and results 2011

  1. Eugene says:

    Excellent. Cancelled my subscription to the weekly comic, looking forward to the next edition.

  2. Great results thank you for sharing.

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