The April-May racing secretary’s report ended on news of Dave Hughes’s return to racing after a 30-year rest. Well, not satisfied with his 2nd place at Enville, Dave has committed himself to a full schedule of LVRC racing this summer. Since the Enville event, Dave’s age-category results are as follows (and I might have missed a few!): won a criterium at Milton Keynes Bowl; finished 19th in the LVRC National Road Race Championships; won the Wyre Forest CRC 2-day; won another race at Milton Keynes Bowl; won a round of the over-65s series at Audlem; won two rounds of the Worcester St Johns crit series at Stourport; and last but not least, finished 3rd in the LVRC Crit Championships, also at Stourport.
Another notable success this summer came from Beacon member Gavin Giles, who, representing Great Britain, finished 7th in his age category at the 2016 European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships in Vantaa, Finland in mid-July (this report doesn’t usually cover time trial results, but it would be remiss to not mention that Gavin also won a bronze medal in the time trial). Gavin followed this up with 4th in his age group in the road race at the British Transplant Games in Liverpool, where he also won gold in the 5 km time trial. Congratulations to Gavin, who is now targeting success at the 2017 World Transplant Games, which are due to be held in Malaga, Spain.
Closer to home, Stuart White has been picking up points in circuit races, with a 6th in the 3/4 race of the GBC Racing Team round of the Stourport Summer Series on 5 July, followed by 5th the next day in the Royal Sutton CC event at Curborough, where he also finished 2nd the following week. Stuart now has 31 points for the season, which means he is just nine short of regaining his 2nd-cat licence, though veteran Dave Hughes remains the favourite for the Alan Nicholls Trophy – the club’s annual prize for road racers, which is awarded on the basis of riders’ best 12 results in British Cycling or LVRC races.
Finally, while not technically a race, the Beacon again entered two teams in the British Cycling Club Challenge at RideLondon. A team composed of Andrew Clayton, Matt Clegg, and James Tate and Stuart White finished in a combined time of 17:14:16 (with Matt finishing in a very impressive 4:03:55), and John Deeley, Gareth Powley, Phil Richards and Andy Terry finished in a combined 19:26:58. Andy Terry also finished strongly in the Brompton race the night before.
Opportunities to race British Cycling events are rather limited for the rest of the summer, with both the SSSCCRRL and the Stourport Summer Series having come to and end for 2016. The West Midlands Regional Road Championships are taking place at Bridgnorth on 11 September, with separate medals on offer for women, 4th-category men, juniors, and E/1/2/3 men, and there is also a 3/4 race at Newcastle Under Lyme, the Staffordshire Oatcake Road Race, on 25 September that members might be interested in entering. Don’t forget that it’s the club’s annual track championships at Halesowen on 17 September.