Club News – Great Weekend for Medway Velo


It was a weekend to be proud of as many members of the Medway Velo represented the club in a variety of events from time trials to Ironman triathlon

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Club News – Great Weekend for Medway Velo

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The weekend kicked off with the Kent Cycling Association 10-mile Time trial held at Fowlmead Country Park in Deal. Conditions were difficult with strong winds and rain whilst the riders were on course. The event, which was also a club championship, had nine members taking part.

First home for the club was Rob Kennison, whose time of 23.15 was good enough to be crowned club champion, take 5th overall in the competition and 2nd veteran rider. Phil Booth put in an impressive performance to claim the 2nd velo spot in 25.07 with Matt Fearn 3rd in 25.20.

Lee Pilcher finished in 25.27 with Alex Wooley nipping at his heels in 25.32, Tom Kennison rode a 26.31 with Victoria Strila taking 2nd in the ladies competition in 27.21. At 77-years-old Rodney Kennison smashed the 20mph barrier in 28.43 with 74-year-old Ernie Mackey closely behind in 30.46.

The afternoon at Fowlmead saw PMR@Toachim House hosting a series of circuit races. The first off was the Go-Race which had Shaun Robinson and Alex Wooley taking part. Both men finished in the top 10 with Shaun taking 3rd and Alex 5th.
Dom Campbell and Matt Fearn were next up in the race for 3rd and 4th category riders. Dom managed to breakaway with another rider during the race but were swallowed up again by the peloton. Both Matt and Dom managed to stay out of trouble despite a few crashes to finish in the bunch.

The final race was for elite, category 1, 2 and 3 riders and the velo had representation in Tom Kennison and Sam Quinlan. Sam required a lap out due to a puncture but the pair remained strong though out staying with the bunch for the
majority of the race.
Sunday saw Ernie Mackey taking part in the VTTA time trial on the Thanet Way, despite very wet conditions he improved on the previous days effort to break the 20mph mark in 29.48.

The ladies of the club went a bit further afield on two epic adventures. On Sunday, 6 July, Kay Maynard raced in Ironman Germany, an impressive swim saw her 26th in her age group out of the water. Onto the bike she maintained a strong 15mph effort over the 113-mile undulating course. The run was incredibly tough in the 30 degree heat, but Kay kept going and crossed the finish line in 15.36 hours. A great effort which she later described as being ‘Epic and bloody hard!’

Donna Hopper and Roger Maddams both attempted the London to Paris ride in 24-hours. In what Roger later described as ‘The ride from hell’ the riders had to complete 90-miles to Dover, which all did well before exiting the ferry at Calais for a mere 160-miles to Paris. As they departed the ferry the heavens opened and a strong headwind kicked in. At the last feed station Roger suffered from hyperthermia and was not allowed to continue the last 30-miles of the journey by the doctor. Only 8 of the 273 made it within the 24-hours with 50% of the field being pulled from the ride. Donna completed the 250-miles, a great effort. Top marks all round.

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