Every month we take a look and provide a quick round-up of club and racing news, here’s what’s happened during April.
It was a busy start to the month of April for Wheelers’ hand cyclists Rob Womack and Phil Carter, on the 2nd of April they took part in the British Human Power event series at the Colchester Gateway circuit. A week later and they were travelling north to Nottingham to compete in round one of the National Disability and Paracycling Road Series on the Harvey Hadden Circuit. Phil Carter finished eighth overall (fourth in his category), finishing one place ahead Rob Womack, 9th overall (third in his category).
On the same circuit in a separate event, club junior Tom Womack competed in the 2/3/4th category road race events later that day finishing in the bunch in a creditable 14th place.
On April 10th several club women took part in the first Travers MTB series of the season (following several weekends of skills training in readiness for the event). Cheryl Perry was first home for the club finishing 5th overall, followed by Paula Scates (10th) and Carol Cartwright (11th). Paul Samways was representing the men in a very large competitive field, finishing 25th. Cheryl also competed in the second event of the series towards the end of the month and was consistent in holding her 5th place again and now leads the club women in results league.
On the Time Trial scene Dan Jenkins recorded a new 15-mile club record finishing in a time of 33 mins 32 secs whilst gaining fourth place overall in the event. He also recorded his best ride of the year to date in the ECCA 25 finishing in a time of 54 mins 10 secs. The season is already looking good for Dan.
The Wednesday evening TT league is now underway, although road works and appalling weather conditions have hit the number of entries. June will see the start of the popular Saturday morning 7-mile TTs on the local Canewdon course. For race results click here: https://www.southendwheelers.org/resultsttwednesday
On the virtual racing scene Dan Walsh finished second in the Cycling Weekly Zwift racing (27 April), and clocked an impressive time of 21 mins 38 secs for the 10-mile event
Whilst all this racing was going on a large group of club riders were overseas in Majorca building up their fitness for the season ahead, on one of the many cycling training camps that take place on the island this time of year. Meanwhile fresh from her MTB racing Cheryl Perry and Andrew Merchant to tackle the coast-to-coast ride, starting in Whitehaven and finishing in Tyneside.
Back at the club room the monthly club open days continue to attract new riders and with the warmer weather the weekly club runs are increasing their mileage. The club holds a monthly open day the first full weekend of each month – why not come out and join one of them?
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