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V718 Fast 10 Course under threat

Stop Highways England banning cycling on the A63

Highways England has put forward a proposal for a Traffic Restriction Order (TRO) to ban cyclists from the A63 near Hull. The stretch of the A63 which would be affected includes the entire course used for the ultra-fast 10 course, the V718 and all its derivatives. If the TRO is put in place, that would mean the V718 would cease to exist as a course and no more events could be held on it.

Both the CTT and Cycling UK oppose this ban - find out more by clicking here for the CTT January Newsletter and here for details of the Cycling UK campaign.

You may have already sent your objections to Highways England, if not, you still have time, since the consultation period is now extended to end on 12 March. 

 

This is the thin edge of the wedge, click here to register your objection. 

 


VTTA AGM 2018 - Report

Click here for Brian Griffiths' report from the recent VTTA AGM.

 


Our Champions

New photos of our champions are added to the banner at the top of the home page.

These show:

Right: Alison Vessey BAR winner riding in the CTT 10 event on an Aroon.

Middle: Rob Pears multiple event winner riding in VTTA Nat 50 on a Cervelo.

Left: Mick Fountain BAR winner riding on an H course on a 1980 Mulett.

The leftmost photo is of Frank Wells the WestVet journal's creator, here with Keith Williams at a Benger Binge in 1981.

 


Ken Duncomb

Chippenham & District Wheelers' vet Ken Duncumb, sadly passed away just before Christmas.

Click here for more details.

 


VTTA West Group Newsletter November 2017

Click here for the latest newsletter from Gordon including details of the 10, 25 and 50 championships to be held next year 

 


2017 TOUR OF BRITAIN NEWS

The 2017 Tour of Britain visits the Cotwolds on Saturday 9 September finishing Stage 7 (the penultimate stage) in Cheltenham after racing 185km from Hemel Hempstead. 

The stage will pass through Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh, before arriving in Cheltenham at between 14:42 and 15:35.

Click here for the full details.

 


VTTA National 50 Results

Click here for the full results

Click here to view the event photos (Download by selecting a photo & then right click & download)

Click here to view the award photos

National Champion: Brian Sunter, Condor RC, Yorkshire Group +27.47 

2nd: Rob Pears, Bath CC, West Group +26.10 Rob retains the ARTHUR WILCOCKSON TROPHY

3rd: Terry Icke, VC St Raphael, Wessex Group +24.32

1st woman: Chris Melia, Born to Bike, North Midlands Group +19.51 

2nd woman: Jayne Dickens, Vision Racing, Manchester North West  +12.31 

3rd woman: Zoe Betteridge, Southfork racing.co.uk, West Group +8.01

Team on Standard: Bath CC, Pete Wilson, Rob Pears & Steve Cottington + 48.29

Tandem on Standard: Mick Ives - Team Jewson - M.I. Racing -  Polypipe - Midlands Murray Kirton - A5 Rangers CC - South East Midlands

Group Team on Std: West, Rob Pears, Steve Cottington, Derek Dowdeswell +57.13 

 


Terry Brown

Terry Brown sadly passed away on August 6th aged 80.

Terry was Keith Williams' "stoker" for many years, during which time they had great success.

Terry's funeral is on the morning of the 25th August. There will be a church service at 9.30 at All Hallows Church, Church Lane, South Cerney, GL7 5TT.

http://www.churnsidechurches.org.uk/southcerney_find.html

followed by a service at 10.30 at the Kingsdown Crematorium and Cemetery, Kingsdown Road, Swindon, SN25 6SG.

https://www.swindon.gov.uk/info/20053/death_and_bereavement/507/kingsdown_crematorium

with at 12.00 refreshments at The Eliot Arms Hotel and Pub, Clarks Hay, South Cerney, Cirencester, GL7 5UA.

http://eliotarmssouthcerney.co.uk/find-us

 


Group 10 mile Champs - Harry Marsh Memorial Cup

Click here to view photos taken by Mike at the Group 10 mile Champs/Harry Marsh Memorial Cup

Click on the links here to view results on standard, results on actual time

or download the results xlsx including the 2016 results

 


Tour de France 2017 - update

Mark Cavendish out of Tour and Peter Sagan disqualified after horror crash 

Froome, Bardet, Quintana, Contador, Porte, Aru and Pinot  all posible winners

Will Fotheringham analyses Froome's main rivals

Click here for full TdF team guide

 


West Group 2016 Competition Winners/Frank Wells

New photos added of the WestVet Journal creator Frank Wells (shown on the right) giving a speech at a "Benger Binge" in 1981. On his left is Keith Williams taking notes. Keith took over as editor later that year.

Our West Group 2016 Competition Winners - second from left to right:

John Murphy: 2016 Winner BAR Competition (25/50/100/12hr).

Joanna Knight:  2016 Winner BAR Competition (10/25/50)

Jonathan Wynn: 2016 Winner 3 Distance Competition (25/50/100) & National 100 record holder

 


Classics, Yates Bros, Weighty matters & other news

 Riders preview the cobbles and climbs ahead of the Classics 

Yates brothers to miss Tour de France and target Giro d'Italia

Which is faster: Lighter bike or lighter rider?

Cyclist Track Days - Your chance to ride a selection of the world’s best road bikes in London & York

Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017: Route and teams confirmed

Ribble launches new Ultimate SL with 840g frame

 


WestVet Records & 2016 Competion Results

Don't forget to look at the Results page for the latest VTTA West Group Records and 2016 West Group Competition Results.

 


West Vet Newsletter

Keep in Touch - click on the links below for the latest from our Committee:

Welcome and introduction from our Secretary

Newsletter of the West DC – January 2017 - Early Season notes from the Committee

 


Beryl: A Yorkshire Woman’s Cycle Through Life, is at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, until March 19th 

Click here to read the article about a new play written about our hero. 

 


A history of cheating in cycling

Click here for a brief run-down on cheating in our sport.

 


Strength Training for Cyclists

Mobility, strength and stability are crucial to generating maximum power on the bike. Can strength training help you gain a more efficient position and faster TT times?

Click here to read the article

 


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