Newbury Road Club aims for more success after impressive 2021 campaign
After a reduced racing season in 2020 and despite the ongoing pandemic, the gradual easing of restrictions has allowed 2021 to revert to what was an almost full event schedule for the Newbury Road Club.
During the year there have been numerous PBs, lifetime records, new club records and numerous medals.
Many riders can be very happy with their season and their performance.
Perhaps one of the most notable things in terms of club events and schedule has been the welcome return of the SPOCO (Sporting Courses) competition.
The competition saw Marion Templeman (national champion in her age group at the British Triathlon Championships earlier in the year) win the women’s series while long-time club member and club rider Andy Laycock won. male competition.
Claire Emons put on a stunning performance and broke even more club records.
Finishing as 2nd woman with a new women’s club record over 50 miles in 1h53m 58s in the Shaftesbury CC event, then again 2nd woman for the 3CRG Flying 15 on the A3 with a new club record of 34m12s.
She didn’t stop there however, flying the Newbury RC flag, she was 3rd female and 5th overall in the VTTA National 50 mile Championship, 3rd in Britain’s Best All Rounder Two Distance competition and 10th overall (and 3rd lady) at veterinarians. Short distance competition and set 3 veteran age records in London and home counties over 15, 25 and 50 miles.
For men, it was Cliff Voller who put Newbury’s name on the map across the country.
Although he considered ending his racing career early in the season, the reinvigorated Voller won the age group at the English National 100 and Welsh National 25 championships.
He set a new age-related Western veteran age record and an NRC 100-mile veteran age record in 4:13:18 for a 70-year-old man, he also set. NRC veteran age records for 15 (36:38) and 25 (57:58) miles.
On the club scene, newcomer Wei Tsung Yau should be mentioned who has had an exceptional season that has continued to improve throughout the year after being a new time trial rider in 2020.
Wei has gone from strength to strength by staging most of the club’s events in 2021 as well as his first Open events.
He finished with the best 24m 14s of the season for 10 miles, and narrowly missed a run of less than an hour for 25 miles in 1:03:33.
His constant improvement is reflected in the fact that he won the Evening 10 Handicap club competition and also the best newcomer award.
On the shorter distances, Tim Cartwright put in a strong performance in the 10 Championship to win in 20m 23s, while it was Laycock’s good times throughout the year that saw him win the Stonham Six Best Series. Evening 10.
On the women’s side, Emons won both the Women’s 10 Championship in 23m 19s as well as the overall Vets 10 title.
In the middle distance, Emons 58m 27 and Laycock 55m 07 won the women’s and men’s 25 mile titles respectively, while the former also won the Vets 25 mile trophy and best 25 mile improvement.
Over 50 miles, it was Tristan Davenne who triumphed by winning the 50 club championship in 1h51m 1s.
Moving on to longer distances, Voller won over 100 miles in 4h 13m 18s while winning the two men’s multi-distance “Best All Rounder BAR” competitions.
For the ladies, it was Emons who won the ladies bar.
In other events Davenne and Emons were crowned Club Hill Climb champions and Ian Lakey took victory in the Non – Aero TT Series clubs.
Finally at the club’s two 25-mile handicap competitions.
The Smith Handicap (men) and Alice Haller (women) events take place on the HCC247 course (Newbury – Froxfield) on the same evening and were won by Allan Bartlett and Marion Templeman, while the Burns Handicap takes place on the H25 / 1 (Thatcham – Theale) was won by Peter Fuell.