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Kent Valley R.C.

The South Lakes Premier Cycle Club

February 16th 2018 - Club newsletter


Honorary membership for James

Quicktep professional James Knox became an Honorary Life Member of the Kent Valley Road Club at our January AGM. Members voted unanimously to honour James who has progressed to the very highest level of our sport after starting as a Kent Valley juvenile and junior. James twice won the National Junior Hill Climb Championship and is now recognised as one of the up-and-coming young climbers in the professional peloton. Knowing that he cut his teeth in the Jungle Café hillies and Milnthorpe 10s will give us all a particular interest in his progress.

Hailing from Levens, a small town in the county of Cumbria, James has built a reputation as a solid climber ever since his junior days, when he won the National Hill Climb Championships. Over the years, the Brit proved he’s cut for both tough one-day and stage races, the results he earned in 2017 speaking of his outstanding talent: runner-up at Liège-Bastogne-Liège and top 10 finishes at the Ronde de l’Isard, Giro della Valle d’Aosta, Tour Alsace, Tour de l’Avenir and the Tour of Croatia, the latter being even more impressive as he concluded in the general classification above many seasoned pros.

See James' biography on Quickstep Floors website

90th Anniversary Dinner

So we can hopefully have a bumper turnout at our 90th Anniversary KVRC Dinner & Awards Night we have already booked the banquet hall at the new Kendal RUFC complex at Mint Bridge. Friday, November 9th, is the date. Put it in your diaries now!

Sport Relief Challenge

We are taking part in Sport Relief Day at Kendal Rugby Club on Friday, March 23rd. All the sports hub clubs are putting on come-and-try-it activities that help raise money for Sport Relief. We are putting on a Wattbike Challenge using the rugby club’s two Wattbikes to see how many miles we can pedal which will then be converted into footsteps for KRUFC’s overall Sport Relief challenge. More details soon.

Reliability Ride

This year’s Derek Tunstall Memorial Ride is going to be a Reliability Ride (100k for fitter riders and 50k for those still getting there) starting and finishing at Kendal RUFC on Sunday, April 1st. For those not familiar with reliability rides they are just like sportives but without direction arrows and a dodgy medal for everyone at the end. Riders navigate using a route card or downloaded GPX. There will be a small fee to cover the cards plus a contribution to Cure Leukaemia.

Early SpoCo events

We finished sixth in last season’s Lakes and Lancs Sporting Courses time trials competition. The first counting event is on February 24th, followed by five more in March. Don’t leave it too late if you intend to complete eight individual scoring events and help us finish higher.

Combined clubs 10

The North Lancs Time Trials Association combined clubs 10 is on Saturday, March 10th, using the Cockerham Circuit across Pilling Sands (HQ at Winmarleigh). If you want to ride it will cost £5 and you need to let our Time Trials Secretary, Duncan Orme, know by February 22nd so he can complete our club entry form. Please message him via our Facebook group.

Inter-Club hillies

Lancaster CC’s SpoCo 21 on March 18th and our own Circuit of Wildboar Fell SpoCo 28 on April 15th are likely to figure in this year’s Tunstall Trophy Inter-Club hilly series. Andrew Barlow is still canvassing views from our neighbouring clubs but the format looks like being just six counting events this year with points for the first 50 in each (a great chance for just about everyone to score points for their clubs). Final details to be confirmed soon.

Membership renewals due

If you haven’t renewed your membership yet then please do. Fees are still £10 for seniors (1s or 2nd claim), £2.50 for juniors and £1.50 for juveniles. Club runs are going out every Sunday (9am Kendal Leisure Centre) and Thursday morning (10am Romney Road bridge). They remain informal with routes generally dictated by the weather and who shows up – but no-one gets left behind. The first evening 10 is on Wednesday, April 11th, at Milnthorpe.