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Etape du Tour: A day in the mountains PDF Print E-mail
Written by Keith Downie   
Sunday, 07 August 2011 12:17

4am on a Monday morning is not normally the time I like to try and eat a big breakfast, especially one that includes a Torq energy bar and enough food to normally last me several meals. However, this is not an average Monday morning.
This particular summer morning I am sitting in a small ski apartment in the French Alps resort of Valfrejus, getting ready to ride the 19th Etape du Tour, Act I, from Modane to Alpe D'Huez.

The Etape du Tour is one of the most famous amateur riding competitions in the world, and as a result attracts riders from every continent and of every age to ride a stage of that year's Tour de France. It is the closest us mortals will get to experiencing what the professional riders we follow have to endure in arguably the world's toughest sporting competition, albeit we only ride 1 stage out of their 21!


This is my second year of riding the Etape and will certainly not be my last. Last year the event took place in the Pyrenees and finished high on the Tourmalet, which was a 22km slog after two Cols and 100-miles in the legs. This year, however, the organisers (who are the same team who run the Tour de France) have selected a shorter 70-mile route in the French Alps that will take us over the Col de Telegraphe and Col de Galibier before the final punishing climb up the famous 21 hairpins to Alpe D'Huez.

The Alpes 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matt Legge   
Sunday, 24 July 2011 21:23

Our loyal band on Villains have just returned from La Toussuire in the Alpes and we've just seen the first of no doubt many many stunning photo's of the trip. Hope you all enjoyed the trip folks and perhaps we can get you to write some words for the website about it....



Go Ride Holiday Course and Omnium Race PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matt Legge   
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 13:47

Coming up over the summer we have some Go Ride activities being planned for the school summer holidays:

Go Ride Racing - Saturday 16th July

Venue: Parkview Centre, Sheerwater

Signing on (& warming up) will be from 9.00am to 9.25am. Signing on will then be CLOSED.· Racing will start at 9.30am SHARP.

We are going to run this meeting as an 'OMNIUM'. This is where there are several different races, which ALL the riders compete in. Each rider will be given points, depending on the position they finish in each race. The winner of each race will be given 1 point, second will be given 2 points.......... The rider with the lowest number of points after ALL the races have been run will be the winner. If a rider fails to complete or does not take part in a race, they will be given the maximum number of points for that race, i.e. 20 , if there are 20 riders. In effect the meeting will consist of several individual races, but the only prizes will be for the event overall, like at the end of the Tour de France.


Go Ride Summer Holiday Cycle Coaching:
Type of Session: 'Go-Ride' Mountain Bike Skills.
Dates: Monday 1st to Thursday 4th August inclusive.
Session Timings: 10.00am to 15.00pm
Venue: Parkview Centre, Sheerwater
Age Range: 6 to 16 years.
Cost: £10.00 per day.
If a rider attends all 4 days of this programme, they will receive an 'Adidas Go-Ride' Jersey, (SRP £40.00), free of charge. Please make cheques payable to 'BRITISH CYCLING'.
For more details please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
The last afternoon, (Thursday 4th August), will be run as a 'Go-Ride Racing' meeting. If you are already on the course you will be automatically entered for this. If you are not on the course you can still come along and join in the racing at a cost of £2-00 per rider


Guildford Town Centre Races - 6th July PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matt Legge   
Thursday, 07 July 2011 08:15


Coverage in the Surrey Advertiser


1) Wouter Sybrandy (Sigma Sport - Specialized)
2) Dave Clarke (Endura Racing)
3) Jake Hales (Team Corley Cycles-Cervelo)
4) James Stewart (Team UK Youth)
5) Will Fox (Forme Impsport SanLamere CT)
6) Ian Paine (London Dynamo)
7) Chris McNamara (Team Corley Cycles-Cervelo)
8) Jamie Newall (Team Corley Cycles-Cervelo)
9) David Creeggan (VC Meudon)
10) Lee Smith (Felt-Colbornes RT)
11) Jason White (CyclePremier.com-Metaltek)
12) Richard Mardle (Felt Colbornes RT)
13) Andrew Hargroves (Hargroves Cycles)
14) Alex Ray (Pasta Montegrappa - Zheroquadro)
15) James Millard (Team Corley Cycles-Cervelo)
16) Dante Carpenter (Astra Racing Team)


If anyone picked up the wrong wheels last night please can they let me know so I can ensure that the owners are reunited. Jason White lost one of his I believe.



1) Paul Hopkins (Merida UK)
2) Samuel Sturgeon (Team Terminator)
3) Michael Bell (London Fire Brigade CC)
4) Chris Wood (Wyndymilla-Maxifuel)
5) Hoseph Laborero (Cycleworks.co.uk)
6) Brian Macpherson (VC Meudon)
7) Marc Adam (London Dynamo)
8) John Glaysher (...a3crg)
9) Dave Larkin (Team Velo Sportif)
10) Andrew Keynes (VC Meudon)
11) Neil Thomson (British Cycling Private)
12) Andy Sykes (Thames Velo)
13) Dave Faulkner (Charlotteville CC)
14) Harry Strudley (AWCycles.co.uk)
15) Dan Henchy (PBscience.com)
16) Philip Burnett (Mosquito Bikes Racing Team)
17) Greg Barber (Charlotteville CC)
18) Russ Clarke (Fit-For)


Youth Categories


1) Matthew Hargroves (Hargroves Cycles)
2) Danny Fox (Solihull CC)
3) Harvey Lowe (Hargroves Cycles)
4) Mitchell Webber (Andover Wheelers)
5) Andrew Magnani (Prestige VC)
6) Andrew Pink (Charlotteville CC)
7) Callum Oliver (Rapha Condor CC)
8) Chris McGovern (Sutton Cycling Club/De Ver Cycles)
9) Elliot Phillips (VC Londres)
10) Jack Priddle (VC Jubilee)
11) Freddie Pritchard (Charlotteville CC)
12) Noah Phillips (VC Londres)
13) Jake Norman (Wyndymilla-Maxifuel)
14) Tom Paine (VC Jubilee)
15) Fergal Doran (British Cycling Private)
16) Ross King (Veloschils Interbike)
17) Ashley Dennis (VC Jubilee)

1) Katie Metalli (Bristol Cycling Development Squad)


1) Tom Franklin (Hargroves Cycles)
2) Daniel Tulett (Hargroves Cycles)
3) Jed Webber (Andover Wheelers)
4) Joe Truman (i-team.co.uk)
5) Aidan Woolven (Sutton Cycling Club/De Ver Cycles)
6) Mark Jacobs (VC Jubilee)
7) Oliver Cliff (VC Londres)
8) Oliver Priddle (VC Jubilee)
9) Max Bergin (VC Londres)
10) George Jary (VC Londres)
11) Zak Corum-Haines (VC Jubilee)
12) Joshua Holland (Charlotteville CC)
13) Kieran Woods (Charlotteville CC)
14) Martin Blackman (Sutton Cycling Club/De Ver Cycles)


1) Amy Smith (VC Jubilee)


1) Thomas Burnett (Preston Park YCC)
2) Isaac Wright (Preston Park YCC)
3) Matthew McGovern (Sutton Cycling Club/De Ver Cycles)
4) Ieuan Woods (Charlotteville CC)
5) Lewis Haller (Charlotteville CC)
6) George Sales (Redhill CC)


1) Rachel Jary (VC Londres)


1) Ben Tulett (Herne Hill Youth)
2) Joe McGuinness (Hillingdon Slipstreamers)
3) Jay Allen (Palmer Park Velo RT)
4) Henry Jarrett (Charlotteville CC)


1) Kye Lewis (Hillingdon Slipstreamers)
2) Luke Whatley (Charlotteville CC)


Please let me know if you disagree with any of the above. I think we managed to improve the way we handled the youth races this year (hopefully the YCDE riders agree). We have some improvements for next year to make the YA/YB race easier to judge.

In general, apologies for the state of the road at the bottom corner of Market Street, hindsight is a wonderful thing but something we obviously will sort out (or re-check) before next year - sorry for all the punctures!

Thanks to all the people who helped out from Charlotteville CC, thanks to all our sponsors and please come back next year.

I will no doubt get sent lots of links from photographers with their images from last night and will add them to this page when I receive them so please return....


Media Coverage:

British Cycling website

Surrey Advertiser


Photo Galleries:

Blinkman Photograhy (Dave Carlsson)

Apex Imaging and Technology

AE Photos

Colin Addison (VC Meudon)

Surrey Advertiser

British Cycling

Plus there are lots of photo's out there on Facebook


Prizes will be sent out in the post shortly.....



Last Updated on Friday, 15 July 2011 11:40
Gavin Morton wins at Hillingdon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matt Legge   
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 09:47

Forget the the Tour de France there were other races taking place on Saturday 2nd July with Gavin Morton taking a convincing win in a sprint finish at round two of the Inverse/Cyclaim RT Summer Series at Hillingdon coming home with 'Cavendish ease' (ignoring stage 3 of the Tour!) ahead of the chasing pack. The race win was a tribute to his late father and as you can tell from the photo Kathryn was just as excited too when he crossed the line.



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