SAW Ladies clean sweep on the S6
Deb Grills and Rose Willis took 1st and 2nd Ladies respectively on the S6/10 CycleLogic Open on Sunday 14th August. Deb was awarded with a trophy for being fastest Lady. Gary Fouracres took the Mens Vet 50 award.
Wheelers clean up at the SouthWest District Championships!
4 Up Team Time Trial 7th August 2016
Sunday 7th August saw St Austell Wheelers (James Wiltshire) host the Southwest District Championship Team Time Trial event on the A30 near Roche. This involved teams of 4 riders racing against the clock over a 25 mile course. A strong field of 22 teams from Devon and Cornwall took the start line on a damp and blustery morning. St Austell Wheelers had an outstanding morning with the men’s and ladies’ team both taking first overall and becoming Southwest District Champions and Cornish Cup holders for 2016. The men’s team consisted of Nick French, Mark Smejkal, Jason Mcgowan and Anthony Green. Ladies team was Francesca Parker, Deb Grills, Rose Willis and Emma Roberts.
Rose Breaks 23 year old Record!
Congratulations to Rose Willis who broke the Ladies 25 mile TT record on the S4 in Devon last Sunday. The old record of 65.21 had stood since 1983! Rose set a time of 63.55. Gary Fouracres also lowered in his own 25 mile record by clocking in with a time of 52.05.
Gary breaks his 50 mile record – again!
Last Sunday (24th July) Gary Fouracres set a new club record on the S4 course in Devon. For the 3rd time in 4 years Gary set a new benchmark over the 50 mile distance, this time breaking the elusive 1hour 50 mark with a time of 1:48:44. Gary finished an impressive 6th overall and took the 1st Vet 50 award. There were PBs for both Rose Willis (2:13:34) and Mark Smejkal (1:53:44) and possibly Pete Maker (2:01:04). Roger Eaves continued his impressive foray into the world of testing with an impressive 2:03:26 in his first ever 50.
Club Records set on the S100/10 – 8th June 2016
Big congrats go to Jason McGowan for breaking the club’s 10 record held by Gary Fouracres and to Rose Willis who smashed her own 10mile record! Gary held the record broken only last year on the same course with a time of 20.43. On a warm night in near perfect conditions Jason shaved 2 seconds of the record to set a new fastest time of 20.41. Rose beat her own previous record of 25.05 by taking a whopping 29 seconds of it to set a new ladies 10 best of 24.36. Impressive riding! Personal and seasonal best times were set by a number of other club members – TT leaderboard times can be see here:
Club Championship Update – Event 6
Event 6 saw a super fast 10 on the S100 course on the A30. In near perfect conditions seasons bests and PBs were smashed! Jason McGowan took top points with Gary second and Nick narrowly third. No change in the Top 5 positions and with only 2 TTs left and a hill climb the championship looks set to be heading Jason’s way. Its not over until it’s over though!
National Team Trial Championships, Hatherleigh
Sunday 5 June 2016
St Austell Wheelers entered an impressive 4 teams in the National TTT champs in Hatherleigh on Sunday 5th June. The 4 teams consisted of Team 1 (Nick French, Jason McGowan, Ryan Green), Team 2 (Gary Fouracres, Mark Smejkal, Steve Alford), Team 3(Chris Philips, Nick Campbell, Will Hatton) and the Ladies Team (Deb Grills, Francesa Parker, Rose Willis). No other Cornish Club could enter just one team so this really proves how the club has grown in strength over the last 5 years. The course was run over a 33 mile rolling parcours and included some very sketchy road services on fast descents. Luckily the weather was perfect, warm and still with bone dry roads – overheating was the biggest risk – something we’ve not been used to on the timetrial circuit for quite some time! The amateurs were up against some tough competition with Pro Conti Team Pedal Heaven on the start list – rolling into the car park with their team car and support crew in matching T Shirts! Still they didn’t have matching tattoos like the ladies SAW Team!
First SAW team on the day were Team 2 – Gary, Mark and Steve who took a very impressive 14th Place overall and 4th SW team after riding a well paced race. Team 2 were not far behind in 16th place and Team 3 a creditable 24th place in a very tough field. The SAW ladies team finished an impressive 4th Ladies team and 2nd SW Team. Pedal Heaven won the event as predicted with SSLL Racing Team Second and Team Bottrill Third. It was a great experience and thirdly enjoyed by all (apart from maybe Ryan who had to be driven home by his support crew suffering from exhaustion on the finish line – a bad day at the office).
Pictures (from top to bottom)- Top SAW Ladies team – Deb, Franc and Rose. Team 2 (Nick, Ryan, Jason), Team 3 (Chris, Will, Nick) and the winners Team 2 (Steve, Mark, Gary)
Club Championship – Event 3
St Austell Wheelers S100/25, 3rd April
The club championship continued at pace last Sunday with the 3rd event on the S100/25. The first regional 25 of the year attracted an entry field of 90 riders but the forecast of heavy rain and blustery winds meant that only 58 riders completed the course. Although the event started in dry conditions the forecast heavy rain hit the race about an hour after the first rider was off and the conditions steadily deteriorated making racing on the A30 treacherous. Thankfully all riders returned safely – albeit borderline hypothermic! The conditions meant that fast times were impossible for most riders but that didn’t stop Jason McGowan storming home as first Wheelers in a time of 54.18. This gave him 4th overall and 1st Vet 40. Impressive riding! Gary Fouracres was 2nd Wheelers home in 7th place overall and 1st Vet 50 and Mark Smejkal was 3rd Wheelers in 10 the place overall. So with 3 riders in the Top 10 and 2 Vet Category 1st places it was an impressive morning for SAW despite the conditions! Jason now takes over at the top of the club championship table, with Anthony Green now in 2nd after a virus effected 5th place and GaryFourcares 3rd.
Wheelers also showed they had strength in numbers with 19 of the 58 riders! This included Vin Cox and Matt Parson with a tandem entry and TT debutants Deb Grills, Francesca Parker and Dean Vincent. Francesca and Deb join Rose Willis in an ever strengthening ladies TT team. Rose was first Lady home in 1:08.59 followed by Deb in 1:19:28 and Francesca in 1:37:00. Francesca’s time was somewhat skewed by taking a wrong turn and ending up in a car park off the A30! Well done to the whole SAW Team and to Doug and Sean for organising and putting on the event despite the testing conditions.
Wheelers results as follows:
4 Jason Mcgowan St Austell Wheelers 54.18 Vet 40-49
7 Gary Fouracres St Austell Wheelers 56.54 Vet 50-59
10 Mark Smejkal St Austell Wheelers 57.43
14 Nick French St Austell Wheelers 58.28
15 Anthony Green St Austell Wheelers 58.45
24 Steve Alford St Austell Wheelers 1.01.19
31 Peter Maker St Austell Wheelers 1.02.49
33 Simon Potter St Austell Wheelers 1.03.10
35 Nick Campbell St Austell Wheelers 1.03.26
36 Tim Styles St Austell Wheelers 1.04.03
41 Doug Duncan St Austell Wheelers 1.06.54
45 Vin Cox St Austell Wheelers 1.07.17 }Tandem
46 Matt Parsons St Austell Wheelers 1.07.17 }Tandem
50 Paul Craddock St Austell Wheelers 1.08.33
51 Rose Willis St Austell Wheelers 1.08.59
52 Dean Vincent St Austell Wheelers 1.10.30
54 Michael Crane St Austell Wheelers 1.13.38
57 DEB GRILLS ST AUSTELL WHEELERS 1.19.28
58 FRANCESCA PARKER ST AUSTELL WHEELERS 1.37.00
Club Championship – Event 2
Lanhydrock Wheelers, S32/22R – 26th March
Stormy weather led to a shortening of the 2 Lap 44 mile course to just one lap – a sensible decision by the organiser considering the exposed nature of the course. The forecast conditions led to a depleted field but 10 hardy wheelers took to the start line for the second club championship event of the year. Anthony Green continued his excellent early season form to take 1st Wheelers and 1st Overall for his first Open Championship win. Jason McGowan came home 2nd and Gary Forcares 3rd. In fact SAW took 6 of the 8 prizes available with a show of total domination. The results meant there was no movement in the Top5 for the club championship. Well done to all that rode in very challenging conditions.
1st Anthony Green St Austell Whs CC 0:54:06
2nd Jason Mcgowan St Austell Whs CC 0:54:12
3rd Gary Fouracres St Austell Whs CC 0:54:29
4th Nick French St Austell Whs CC 0:55:05
6th Steve Alford St Austell Whs CC 0:57:17 FirstVet40
9th Peter Maker St Austell Whs CC 0:59:05 First Vet50+
10th Chris Phillips St Austell Whs CC 0:59:56
11th Nick Campbell St Austell Whs CC 1:00:48
13th Tim Styles St Austell Whs CC 1:03:18
15th Simon Potter St Austell Whs CC 1:05:33
Club Championship Up and Running
S6/21 6th March 2016
Sunday saw the start of the 2016 SAW Club Championship with the S6/21 event run by Doug Duncan. 16 Wheelers took to the start line on a very cold and blustery morning with young gun Anthony “Ryan” Green storming home to take maximum points in his first year with the club. Ryan took over 4 and a half minutes of his time from last year and finished 4th overall, less than a minute behind last year’s Cornish Cup winner Sandy Gourley. Jason McGowan was 2nd Wheeler home finishing in 5th Place overall and Gary Fouracres was 3rd Wheelers in 6th Place. Both Jason and Gary took home their respective Vet Category awards. It was an accomplished morning from the Wheelers with 5 Top 10 finishes and Rose Willis securing 3rd lady. Congrats go to Tim Styles for completing his first ever time trial !!
|1||MARK LEES||TANKS DIRECT CYCLING||49.52||1st|
|2||STEVEN SAGE||TANKS DIRECT CYCLING||50.50||2nd|
|3||ALESSSANDRO GOURLEY||PENZANCE WHEELERS||50.59||3rd|
|4||ANTHONY GREEN||ST AUSTELL WHEELERS||51.44|
|5||JASON McGOWAN||ST AUSTELL WHEELERS||51.57||1st vet 40-49|
|6||GARY FOURACRES||ST AUSTELL WHEELERS||52.13||1st vet 50-59|
|7||TIM McEVOY||LANHYDROCK WHEELERS||52.15|
|8||NICK FRENCH||ST AUSTELL WHEELERS||52.39|
|9||MARK SMEJKAL||ST AUSTELL WHEELERS||53.44|
1st; Mark Lees Tanks Direct Cycling 49.52
2nd; Steven Sage Tanks Direct Cycling 50.50
3rd; Alessandro Gourley Penzance Wheelers 50.59
1st Lady; Lauren Dolan Mid Devon CC 57.10
2nd Lady; Anne Maskell Cyclelogic 1.05.10
3rd Lady; Rose Willis St Austell wheelers 1.06.03
1st Male Vet 40-49; Jason McGowan St Austell Wheelers 51.57
2nd Male Vet 50-59; Gary Fouracres St Austell Wheelers 52.13
3rd Male Vet 60+; Philip Young Alltrax 1.02.13
2016 TT Season – Early Season Results
Lanhdrock Wheelers S32/22R 27-02-2016
Lanydrock Wheelers kicked off the first Cornish TT of the year with the revived S32/22course. 7 Wheelers braved the cold morning with Gary Fouracres kicking off his season in style with a 3rd place overall and 1st vet 50 and Jason McGowan 4th overall and taking 1st Vet 40. Steve Alford had a classy ride finishing 5th overall and taking home the 3rd place prize Road Bike Rider Club TIME Category 1 Dean Robson No Pinz 00:52:38 Snr 2 Alessandro Gourley Penzance Wheelers CC 00:55:17 Vet 40+ 3 Gary Fouracres St Austell Whs CC 00:56:31 Vet 50+ 4 Jason Mcgowan St Austell Whs CC 0:56:37 Vet 40+ 5 Steve Alford St Austell Whs CC 0:59:44 Vet 40+ 6 Yes Matt Slater Revo Racing 00:59:55 Vet 40+ 7 Peter Maker St Austell Whs CC 01:02:19 Vet 50+ 8 Simon Potter St Austell Whs CC 01:03:20 Vet 40+ 9 Yes Rory Parker Newquay Velo 01:04:43 Snr 10 Ian Deakin Mid Devon CC 01:05:39 Vet 50+ 11 Shaun Gilbert Truro CC 01:06:05 Vet 40+ 12 Malcolm Hattem Truro CC 01:07:10 Vet 50+ 13 Robin Brown Newquay Velo 01:08:00 Vet 50+ 14 Chris Harper Penzance Wheelers CC 01:09:22 Vet 50+ 15 Phil Bowden Penzance Wheelers CC 01:10:22 Vet 40+ 16 Yes Tim Styles St Austell Whs CC 01:11:06 Vet 50+ 17 Julian Winn Truro CC 01:12:33 Vet 40+ 18 Damian Cudmore Camel Valley C & TC 01:14:42 Vet 40+ 19 Jamie Lewis St Austell Whs CC 01:17:58 Snr
City Cycle Couriers RT – S3/10 21-02-2016
SAW new members Jason McGowan and Anthony Green got off to a flying start on the regions first TT of the year, across the border in Devon. On a very challenging morning with rain and wind Jason secured first Vet 40 in 4th postion with Anthony not far behind in 6th place
|1||Andrew Perkins||Mid Devon CC||00:22:00||Vet 40+|
|2||Graham Collins||Tanks Direct Cycling||00:22:13||Senior|
|3||Garry Drew||RNRMCA||00:22:40||Vet 50+|
|4||Jason Mcgowan||St. Austell Wheelers||00:22:46||Vet 40+|
|4||Miles Earl||Plymouth Corinthian CC||00:22:46||Senior|
|6||Anthony Green||St. Austell Wheelers||00:22:49||Senior|
2016 Club Championship Dates Announces
Here we go……. the SAW club championship dates are as follows; 6th March SAW sporting S6/21S 26th March Lanhydrock Wheelers sporting S32/44R 3rd April SAW S100/25 1st May SAW S100/50… 15th May SAW S101/25 8th June SAW S100/10 10th July SAW S102/16S 14th August Cyclelogic S6/10 9th October SAW Hillclimb Trenance special (revised) 9 events, 8 to count , same system as last year, full details to follow on our website. let battle commence !
Nick receives his Club Championship Jersey
Nick was presented with his Club Championship jersey by club Chairman Peter Potter at last Sunday’s Club Run. Nick is pictured here with 2014 Club Champion Chris Guest. The new format championship will be in its 3rd year next year and looks set to be the most hotly contested yet. New SAW members Jason McGowan and Anthony Green come to the club with club champion aspirations and will fight it out with club stalwart Gary Fouracres, an in form Mark Smejkal and reigning champ Nick. It looks set to be an epic year for SAW!
NEW – NOW 2 GROUPS DEPARTING AT 0830.
There are now 2 Groups departing from Polkyth on a Sunday morning – Group 1 will be led by Chris Guest and will be a faster paced ride covering between 50 and 70 miles and will require a good level of fitness and stamina. Average speeds will vary depending on terrain but is usually between 15mph and 17mph. A slower paced group will also depart covering between 40 and 50 miles and averaging, again depending on terrain, around 13mph – 15mph. The aim will be for the 2 groups to meet for coffee if possible so that club members can all meet sociably. This new slower paced group is ideal for riders returning from injury, riders wanting some steady base winter miles or new riders who want to try out a Sunday ride without worrying about being left behind. In the event of a mechanical or someone not able to stay with the group, the ride leader will ensure you will not be left without company or technical assistance. Tips for all riders attending SAW club rides; Ensure your bike is safe to ride, well maintained and your size, Wear a Helmet Lead rider in the group warn of all hazards in the road, potholes, debris, traffic, pedestrians, wildlife etc If you puncture the group will get a chance to take on food and water as you rapidly change the tube; Ride within your capabilities both up and down hills; Obey the laws of the road; Have lights if your going to back after dark and use them on busy roads; Be self sufficient and dress for the weather; Enjoy the ride and the company!
Paddy takes the Hill Climb and Nick secures the Championship Win
Last Sunday saw the inaugral St Austell Wheelers Hensbarrow Hill Climb championship. The event was also the final in the series of races that made up the Wheelers Club Championship for 2015. The Hill Climb, which was based at Nanpean CP School was run on a 3 mile course that went from Old Pound up to the Hensbarrow transmitter, the second highest point in Cornwall outside of Bodmin Moor. 21 riders competed with Dominic Corder representing Durham University taking the overall victory. 18 year old Wheeler Paddy Scullion took 2nd place overall and secured the Wheelers Club Hill Climb award. Last year’s winner Mark Smejkal was just 4 seconds behind in 3rd place and Nick French another 4 seconds down in 4th Place. Callum Walker from the Wheelers took the Junior Award and Penzance Wheeler Martina took the First Lady award. Nick’s 4th place secured him enough points to become the St Austell Wheelers Club Champion for 2015. This championship was run over 9 races starting back in March and was a mixture of 10,25 and 50 mile Timetrial races and the Hill Climb. Gary Fouracres, who has broken Club records all year secured 2nd Place in the Championship and Mark Smejkal finished third. Luke Craddock and Rose Willis took First Junior and First Lady respectively.
St Austell Wheelers Hill Climb – 11th October, Nanpean, 10am
St Austell Wheelers will be hosting a ‘Club’ Hill Climb on Sunday 11th October. Sign on will be from 9am at Nanpean Community Primary School. This year will on a new course, starting at Old Pound and finishing at the Hensbarrow Transmitter – the 2nd highest point in Cornwall outside of Bodmin Moor! The 3 mile course is effectively a double hill climb which will suit all riders and is held on a very quiet road. PRIZES …- The entry fee will be £6 and there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 1st Junior and 1st Lady.
Wheelers take 2nd at the 4UP Team Time Trial
Sunday 9th August saw the St Austell Wheelers Team Time Trial event held on the A30 near Roche. 25 teams from Devon and Cornwall entered the event which saw teams of 4 riders compete against the clock on the 25mile course along the A30. St Austell Wheelers fielded 4 teams with the A Team, comprising Nick French, Andy Crawford, Mark Smejkal and Will Hatton, taking 2nd overall in a very strong field. The event was won by Penzance Wheelers with Cycle Logic coming in third.
Gary breaks club record – again!
Gary Fouracres continues to have a record breaking year. Having already broken the long standing 10 mile record earlier in the year he then went on to beat his own 50mile record several weeks later. Last Sunday (2nd August) he then went on to break the 16 year old 25 mile record. In doing so he finished 3rd in the SW district championships event held on the S4 course in Buckfastleigh Devon. Gary set a time of 53.00 minutes, beating the old record of 53:22 held by Chris Murphy since 1999. Nick French finished 10th in a time of 54:22.
Wheelers take team prize award on S100/50
Sunday 5th July saw the latest round of the St Austell Wheelers Club Championship. The 50 mile time trial on the A30 near Roche was also a SW District Championship event so attracted a strong field of riders from Cornwall and Devon. The threat of thunderstorms halfway the morning deterred some riders with a somewhat depleted field signing on early Sunday morning. The first riders got underway at 7am under a threatening sky and by half way the skies had darkened ominously. By the final lap thunder and lightning and torrential rain made the race conditions treacherous but thankfully all riders returned safely. Despite the conditions some very fast times were posted with Gary Fouracres again breaking a club record in a time of 1:50:23 and taking the First Vet 50 prize. Nick French took 2nd Wheeler and 8th overall with a time of 1:51:58, knocking more than 7 minutes of his personal best and Mark Smejkal was 3rd Wheeler, again going under 2 hours with a strong time of 1:57:31. This gave the Wheelers the prestigious SW District Championship Team Award for the three fastest times from any one club. This underlines the improvement the club has made in the last two seasons and with two riders in the National Junior road race this month and strength in numbers, the prospect of future success has never looked so good for the club.
A Record Breaking Night on the S100/10
Wheelers are strongest club in Top 20!
Easter Day saw the second round of the St Austell Wheelers’ Club Championship with a 25 mile individual time trial on the A30 near Roche. A strong field of 63 riders from Cornwall and Devon signed on at 8am on a cold but still Sunday morning at Roche Victory Hall. The race was expertly organised by Wheeler Andy Crawford who also somehow found time to ride as well! It was another strong turnout by the club with 15 entries and 2 riders in the Top 10 of what was a very competitive field. St Austell also managed 4 riders in the Top 20, more than any other Cornish club! Top honours went to Nick French who finished 5th overall in a time of 54.33 , knocking over two and half minutes off his personal best for the distance. This moves him 2 points clear at the top of the club championship with 7 events still to go. Gary Fouracres put in another strong performance to finish 6th overall in a time of 54.57 and is second whilst three riders, Mark Smejkal, David Crawford and last season’s champion Chris Guest all occupy third spot. Both Mark and David achieved personal best times with David winning the Club Achievement Award on the day for his improvements since last year. Other notable achievements include Nick Cambel who rode his first ever 25mile time trial in an impressive opening time of 62.22.The next event in the club championship is the gruelling 50mile time trial on May 3rd.
Wheelers Show of Force at the first Club Championship/Cornish Cup Event of 2015
St Austell Wheelers dominated the top 10 placings at the first Cornish Cup timetrial meeting of the year at Laddock Valley on Sunday. The race, organised by Wheeler Doug Duncan, attracted a strong field of 54 riders from all over Cornwall and Devon. A wet morning deterred some riders with 48 signing on at Probus Village Hall early on Sunday morning. The rain made the 21 mile technical and hilly course a challenge but, thankfully, there were no accidents and all riders returned safely, albeit very wet, cold and muddy! Nick French led the way for the Wheelers finishing in 5th place overall and taking the first Vet 40-50 prize. Gary Fouracres, Chris Guest and David Crawford finished in 7th, 9th and 10th place respectively. Sandy Gourley from Penznace Wheelers was the best placed Cornish rider in 2nd place with Conrad Moss from Mid Devon CC stealing the show in first place. With 4 riders in the Top 10 and 12 riders overall St Austell Wheelers have show they are increasing in strength and numbers every year and will be looking to dominate the Top 10 Cornish Cup placings by the end of the year
2015 Club Championships Dates Announced
The dates for this years club championships are listed below. The format has been altered slightly. There are still 9 events but each rider’s lowest scoring ride will be discarded ie it is your best 8 scores that count. The points system has been revised for this year. The fastest rider will receive 10 points, reducing to a minimum of 1 point for the slowest rider.
1. 8th March S6/21S
2. 5th April S100/25
3. 3rd May S100/50
4. 13th May S100/10
5. 6th June S100/10
6. 12th July S100/25
7. 16th Aug S6/10
8. 20th Sept S100/25
9. 11th October Hill Climb
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