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Army Cycling Road Race Series (ACRRS) 2020

By Cycling News

Army Cycling Road Race Series (ACRRS) 2020 dates are out! Sponsored by Babcock for the first time! The series consists of 8 events + Spring Cup, Army Champs and Inter Corps Champs.

Catering for all levels of experience from beginners to the seasoned racer. Entry is free to individuals if their Unit has affiliated to the series.

To be able to race, register online at this link for each event you will be entering.

Full details can be found on Defence Connect.

If you have not started yet, get training!

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Army Cyclocross Champs – Race report

By Cycling News

The Team had the honour of hosting what was perhaps the first ever Inter Services Cyclocross Race held at Chetwynd Baracks Nottingham. The event run alongside the Army Championships saw riders from all three services take on a relatively dry but demanding 2km course.

Gridding was by lottery with riders of all abilities and gender mixing it up with each other.

There were just two categories to compete for, the men’s and women’s races.

The start drag was on a grassy, gloopy energy sapping climb and straight away the 40 riders pushed hard to get that all important start and to be first into a tricky section in the woods where a clear run at it was important.

In the men’s race, Sgt James Bevan (Army) had an impressive first lap, quickly establishing a 30 second gap. Cpl Daniel Watts (RAF) also pushed hard on this opening lap settling into 2nd place. A group behind formed with WO1 Jason Marriott (Army), Capt Stu Jackson (Army), Cpl Top Rai (Army) and Rfn Sam Chadwick (Army) chasing the front runners. Going into the second lap, Bevan was holding the pace up front with Watts 40 secs behind. Marriott had pushed up to 3rd with the pack hot on his heels. Marriott continued to chase and gradually caught Watts on the third lap. Attacks and counters by each rider came to nothing until on lap 4 Marriott managed to obtain a gap on Watts to pull clear into 2nd. Watts was still pushing every lap to close down but Marriott was having his own battle to reign in Bevan who was still holding the pace at the front. There were some surges by the chasers but Bevan was consistent and eventually crossed the line as the winner, with Marriott 30 seconds back and Watts a further 30 secs back.

A single race start using the grid lottery saw the ladies racing alongside the men. There were some extremely strong rides by the ladies, impressive stuff. Quickly stamping her authority on the race, Fl Lt Lucy Nell (RAF) pushed through the traffic to open up a gap on the remainder. In the melee behind Maj Natalie Taylor (Army), 2Lt Claire Nott and WO1 Chanel Mason (Army) were chasing the leader, battling for their place on the podium. Nell gradually stretched her lead to over 2 minutes going into the final lap. Taylor managed to break from the pack and settled into 2nd place with a comfortable buffer of 2 minutes. This left the 3rd spot on the podium up for grabs. Mason and Nell were lapping in similar times with only seconds between them. A great bit of racing ensued where, eventually, Mason would cross the line first by just 7 seconds to take the last place on the podium with 3rd place.

As with every cross race there are many battles being fought and this was no different with riders positions changing constantly throughout the race. It was a hugely enjoyable event, made so by the way in which the riders threw themselves into the racing, well done to all.

Results

Men’s race

1st – Sgt James Bevan (Army)
2nd – WO1 Jason Marriott (Army) @32secs
3rd – Cpl Daniel Watts (RAF) @1min 4 secs

Ladies’ race

1st – Fl Lt Lucy Nell (RAF)
2nd – Maj Natalie Taylor (Army) @1min 38 secs
3rd – WO1 Chanel Mason (Army) @2min 25 secs

Many thanks to those that gave their time up to help us on the day – Ian Bradley, Simon Hale and Andrew White.

Also to Matt Payne of Full Speed Events for his excellent live commentary and presentation of the prizes.

Also great to have riders from the and Royal Navy and Royal Marines Cycling Association and RAF Cycling Association taking part in the event, the camaraderie and racing was excellent.

This trial event was a success, we look forward and start the planning to hopefully hold the first Inter Services CX Champs in the 2020/21 Season.

Many thanks to Mick Bown for the photos.

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ACMTBXC Series 2020

By Cycling News

The training starts now! Get the dates for the #ACMTBXCSeries into the diary, inform your CoC that you’re taking part in this awesome event, spread the word and form a team. If you are seeking a new sporting challenge this year then look no further. Ability and age are no barrier to our events that suit all levels of bikers. We look forward to seeing you at the first event in March! Register for the whole series here.

Visit www.armycycling.org or Defence Connect (Army-Sport-Army-Cycling) for more information. Poster can be viewed here.

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CAPT HALE IS THE EAST MIDLANDS V50 CHAMPION 2020

By Cycling News

Captain Simon Hale rode the East Midlands Regional Championship on Sat 7 Dec 19 at Misterton Hall Nr Lutterworth, hosted by Leicestershire CX League. The course was set in the hall grounds and consisted of woodland, gravel, hills, descents and of course some mud!
The start straight was very short before heading into the woods on a a single track so a fast start was key, Simon took the holeshot set the pace for lap one, with a reasonable gap after lap, the pace was balanced and a continual effort through all sections of the course provided a perfect ride and top step on the podium to become the East Midlands V50 Champion for 2020! Congratulations!

29 JAN 20 – ARMY CX CHAMPS AND INTER SERVICE RACE

By Cycling News

The Army Cyclocross Championships & Inter Service Race 2020 will take place on Wed 29 Jan 20 at Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell. Entry is £7 per rider. If you do not own a CX bike you can still compete on a MTB! Entires are to be sent to Cpl Danny Preece on daniel.preece749@mod.gov.uk, general queries to WO1 Jason Marriott on jason.marriott350@mod.gov.uk.

Admin Instruction & Poster can be found on Defence Connect.

CX TEAM COACHED BY IAN FIELD

By Cycling News

On Wed 13th November our Army CX team had the privilege of being coached by Ian Field. Ian is 5x National Cyclocross Champion and put the team through a variety of skills and drills throughout the day at Cyclopark Gravesend. The whole team had a brilliant day and have come away with some different techniques to use during training and racing (as well as a few new bruises ?). The day ended with a Coffee and a relaxed Q & A session. Who said you can’t teach old dogs new tricks?! A very special thanks goes out to the organisers of day!