March Hare Classic (E-1-2-3 Road Race)

An amazing experience for Thanet RC RT riders to line up against the pros at the March Hare Classic at Cyclopark on Saturday with strong teams from Team Wiggins, NFTO and Richardson-TREK. The crit race was very long at 2 hours with total distance of over 50miles for riders. Ollie Robinson and Rob Milnes took part in the race and really noticed the step up in class, but Ollie did very well staying then attacking off the front of the second group on the road to eventually win the sprint for 13th from a group of 3 riders including local rider Michael Butler (Hargroves RT). Rob stayed in for 60mins than unfortunately lost contact with the fast moving bunch. Been both riders enjoyed the experience.

E123 Men

1st George Wood Richardsons‐Trek RT

2nd Tom Mazzone Pedal Heaven Excel Academy

3rd Kieran Brady Richardsons‐Trek RT

4th Matthew Clarke Pedal Heaven Excel Academy

5th Sam Harrison Team Wiggins

6th Rhys Lloyd NFTO

7th Alexandar Richardson Pedal Heaven Excel Academy

8th Simon Alexander Richardsons‐Trek RT

9th Dan Patten Team Wiggins

10th Dean Shannon Richardsons‐Trek RT

11th Mike Thompson Team Wiggins

12th Lewis Atkins Pedal Heaven Excel Academy

13th Oliver Robinson Thanet RC Race Team

14th Michael Butler Hargroves RT

15th Luke Hattersley Richardsons‐Trek RT

Also Alastair Clifford took part in his first road race in the 4th cat race. He did well but unfortunately got held up behind a crash near the end to miss out on a top 10 finish.

RTTC National Series

Great weekend at the first of the RTTC National Series. Good results with Chris Fennell getting 4th (3rd) and 18th (17th) for Nic Fennell. Alex Dowsett came in first but as a pro his position didn’t count so moved us all up

VC Elan Hilly QS/7 Sunday 20th March

Thanet Road Club swept the board claiming 4 prizes at this challenging 22 mile time trial on the ‘hilly’ Kent course this morning.

5 TRC riders braved the cool damp conditions to attempt the VC Elan Hilly organised by Paul Mepham for the 38th consecutive year.

The course had reverted to the 2014 format starting at Challock and taking in the descent and climb back up Charing hill before the return leg to Challock, the treacherous decent to Boughton Lees and accent back up Molash finishing back at Challock

Conditions were cool with much of the course having damp patches and a slight northerly breeze that helped keep up the speed on some stretches of the course.

TRC had 4 prize winning riders.

Seb Dickson picked up 3rd overall, Simon Henderson was fastest veteran, Oliver was fastest junior and Seb, Simon and Seb’s dad James Dickson claimed the fastest team prize.

Prize’s after the event were presented by Pete Haswell founder member of VC Elan.

Once again the event was well supported by TRC with Christine Burrows acting as start timekeeper.

The event winner was Daniel Tolhurt (PMR@Toachim House) 52:16

TRC results:

My interpretation of results (start order)

Oliver Dickson 01:06:02

Andy Burrows 01:08:27

Simon Henderson 54:46

James Dickson 01:03:26

Sebastian Dickson 53:04

Simon Henderson, James Dickson, Andy Burrows, Oliver Dickson & Sebastian Dickson after the event

Road Time Trial Council Classic Series Sunday 20th March

Brothers Chris and Nic Fennell were making the journey for the first of the RTTC series of 6 at Fitchingfield in Essex

Closed Circuit Championship Silver medallist Chris and Nic will be lining up alongside National time trial Champion Alex Dowsett (unless he is riding Milan San Remo in Italy)

We await the results