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BFBS Inter Services XC MTB 2021, Wed 29 Sep 21, Woodbury Common

The 2021 BFBS Inter Services Cross Country Mountain Bike (ISXCMTB) event took place at Woodbury Common on Wed 29 Sep 21, hosted by the Royal Navy. A superb course that offered great single-track, rewarding climbs and technical descents awaited.

Click the link to find the Army XC MTB Team Race Report https://cycling.armysportcontrolboard.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2021/10/20211001_ISXCMTB_Champs_Race_Report-TM_O.pdf

Army Cycling eRace Series 2021 – Results

By Cycling News

The recent Army Cycling eRace Series (ACeRS) 2021 has been extremely popular bringing in a total of 460 Unique riders across the series.

The following are 1st, 2nd and 3rd of the age categories and other minor categories:

  • Grand Masters Female – Susan Chittock; Tammy Ruvino; Emily Gardner
  • Grand Masters Male – Craig Hutton; Kenneth Thompson; Andy Lewis
  • Masters Female – Christina Murray; Laura Clarke; Rachel Mckenzie
  • Masters Male – Dean Hunt; Alex Fortune; Carsten Duke
  • Senior Female – Angela Laycock; Rosie Wild; Rebecca Graves
  • Senior Male – Iain Evans; Simon Richards; Ian Brown
  • Junior Female – Alice Evans; Helen Winpenny; Megan Davis
  • Junior Male – Johnny Dorward; Alvin Martin; Joseph Purbrook

 

  • Top Male Newcomer: Alex Fortune; Jonathan Simpkins, Alvin Martin
  • Top Female Newcomer: Christina Murray, Rebecca Graves; Francesca Derbyshire
  • Top Male Regular: Iain Evans; Simon Richards; Ian Brown
  • Top Female Regular: Christina Murray, Angela Laycock; Rosie Wild
  • Top Male Reservist: Johnny Dorward; James Henley; Timothy Robinson
  • Top Female Reservist: Alice Evans; Jennifer Hill; Susan Chittock
  • Top Male Veteran: Philip Calladine; Carl Simmons; Andrew Clark
  • Top Female Veteran: Anna Bower; Vikki d’Arcy

Please click on the following link to see the full results on Defence Connect:  https://jive.defencegateway.mod.uk/docs/DOC-552101 

ACeRS Stats

The series largest race was on the 10 Feb with 286 riders taking part, with 460 unique riders taking part across the series, 57 of which were women. The rider ages stretched from 21 to 70 years old, with over 5000 views of the live streams.

The last race of the series on the  24 Mar 2021  celebrated the ACU and SSAFA charity partnership launch, here are a few photographs of our members taking part and supporting SSAFA.

Suspension of ACU Race activity until further notice

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In line with the recent update from British Cycling here we have extended the suspension of all ACU Race activity until further notice; furthermore we will not return to outdoor racing until the Army CoC via the Army Sports Control Board announce a return to Army Sport.

In the mean-time, the ACU committee will be planning our return to Cycling in line with ASCB advice and direction.

Lt Col (Retd) NIM Barton
Gen Sec ACU

For Chairman ACU

Return to Cycling

By Cycling News

8 Aug 20

Dear ACU Members,

RETURN TO CYCLING

You will all appreciate that we have been restricted in our cycling activities over the last few months however the Committee has been extremely busy ensuring that our membership can remain active, particularly on Zwift and Strava, which is producing some excellent results and competition.  Time-Trial racing was authorised by Army HQ via the Army Sports Control Board (ASCB) on 17 July and the Committee are examining all the available options to return to all Cycling disciplines within British Cycling (BC) guidance and the Army Force Health Protection (FHP) measures.

Competitive Cycling & Training.

The ACU committee will shortly be requesting the lifting of the suspension for MTB Downhill, MTB Enduro, BMX and CX.  For all representative sport, this decision lies with Army HQ via the ASCB.  Please note that Cycling at Unit level and below remains a Unit CoC and individual responsibility.

At present the Army Cycling MTB XC Series remains a ‘Strava club’ activity only however, subject to ASCB authority, the committee do plan to deliver at least one AC MTBXCS race in the Autumn in line with BC event guidance.

Whilst the Army Cycling Road Race Series continues virtually on Zwift, the committee are looking at the options to hold a race on a closed circuit (likely to be in the TT discipline); the ACU committee will reconvene in September and a further update will follow.

Unfortunately, we are unlikely to return to ‘mass-start’ racing for the foreseeable future due to the associated risks of riding in a peloton.  BC have already announced that there will be no National level racing this season.  The Single Services have confirmed that there will be no Inter Service level racing in any discipline until the 2021 season (less virtual).

Corps and Unit Team Training. Corps representatives and Unit OiCs are to note the following:

  • The ASCB will only authorise a return to representative ‘training’ once that particular discipline has been authorised to recommence by Army HQ (e.g. Corps team ‘training’ for Time-Trial can now be planned and authority requested via the ASCB).
  • COs can authorise unit level training for all disciplines.
  • COs must only authorise fixtures for those disciplines that have been authorised to recommence by Army HQ.

And for those ACU members who intend to race at local club events, please ensure that you follow the strict Covid-19 protocols that are displayed on the club websites and in Race Event Instructions.

Finally, the threat of COVID-19 and the risk of infection remains.  If you are not well or showing signs of COVID-19 then please do not attend any local club or team event.

ACU Executive Committee

Suspension of ACU Race activity extended until 1 Aug 20

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In line with the recent update from British Cycling [here] we have extended the suspension of all ACU Race activity until 1 Aug 20; furthermore we will not return to outdoor racing until the Army CoC via the Army Sports Control Board announce a return to Army Sport.

In the mean-time, the ACU committee will be planning our return to Cycling in line with ASCB advice and direction.  It is possible that the racing format in some of the disciplines, for example, outdoor individual time-trial events, may return sooner than others if appropriate measures can be put in place to manage the risk in line with BC guidance and ASCB direction. In all cases we will carefully consider the options available including reasonable measures that can be introduced to manage the safety of the events, our soldiers participating and our volunteers.

We appreciate that these are challenging times for many; we want to reassure everyone that our overriding principle is to work within BC guidelines and ASCB direction to respect the safety of our personnel and the wider public.  Thank you for your continued support; despite the significant effects of the pandemic and the resulting lockdown here are some of our recent successes:

  • Our membership renewals have almost reached pre-lockdown levels [if you are one of those have not yet renewed please do so here https://www.armycycling.org/how-to-join
  • The ACRRS Wed series on Zwift has been an overwhelming success and we thank all the volunteers, participants and supporters for making this a real community platform that is reaching out to our soldiers and veteran members across the country and abroad.  If you’ve not yet engaged with Zwift have a look at the latest live-streamed footage on the Army Cycling facebook page and share with your family and friends; https://www.facebook.com/armycycling/.  Why not watch the next race live on Wed 3 June at 1600 hrs.
  • Four members of the Army team across four disciplines have been nominated by the committee for the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS); we wish them the best of luck at the Board in June.

Stay safe remain alert,

 Chair ACU

SUSPENSION OF ALL ARMY CYCLING UNION (ACU) ACTIVITY UNTIL 30 APRIL

By Cycling News

The Army Cycling Union Executive Committee has agreed to suspend all Army Cycling activities until at least 30 April; this is in line with direction from our NGB, British Cycling. We have taken this decision in order to take all necessary steps to protect the health and wellbeing of riders and event organisers. Furthermore, this is line with the Government’s direction on social distancing. The immediate impact will be on Ex WELSH EPIC, ACRRS Round One and ACMTBXC Series Rounds One and Two, all of which will be cancelled. Where possible the ACRRS and ACMTBXCS events will be re-scheduled

We know that this will be a disappointment to many and we ask that you continue to pull together (albeit virtually) during this difficult time. We will do our best to get you back on the roads and trails as soon as it is safe to do so. In the mean-time, why not sign-up to a watt-bike league or use the ever popular Zwift app if you are unlucky enough to be confined to your home, we are sure there will be volunteers out there who are willing to organise such events.

This does not stop unit cycling in the Army when used as a specific activity that contributes to operational capability under the chain of command’s authority and direction; and, leaves the onus on the chain of command to ensure compliance with safe-place / safe-activity principles for training after conducting the appropriate risk assessments.

Further direction and guidance will be provided mid-April, and as and when the situation improves.

Army CX 2019-20 Season Summary

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The last races of the 2019/20 season have taken place it has been a great year for the team, to summarise here is a few stats for the team

169 – Races entered by the team

16 – 1st places

14 – 2nd places

8 – 3rd places

44 – top 10

34 – top 20

Regional Leagues Positions

Capt Simon Hale – 2nd V50 Men NDCXL and 1st V50 LCXL
WO1 Jason Marriott – 4th V40 Men NDCXL
CSgt Matt Waters – 14th V40 Men Eastern league
SSgt Lorna Rodgers – 2nd V40 Ladies Eastern league
Cpl Danny Preece – 10th Senior Men Eastern league
LCpl Andy White – 4th Senior Men NDCXL and 5th Senior Men LCXL

Mr Craig Preece, who is an Army Cycling CX Ambassador and races cross has also had a great season competing in the NDCXL. He finished 5th overall in the Senior men. Also at the LCXL league he stormed to 6th Place in the senior men.

At national level we had had regular appearances by team riders who earned the following overall standing:

Capt Simon Hale – 4th V50 Men

WO1 Jason Marriott – 29th in V40 Men

Highlight of the National Trophy season was Capt Hale’s 3rd place at York.

At the Army Championship a few riders were out due to injury but we had riders on the podium.

3rd – Senior Men LCpl Andy White

1st – Masters Men WO1 Marriott

In the Inter Services race WO1 Marriott managed to fight up to 2nd place.

 

It’s been a great season with much to celebrate.

Many thanks to everyone who has supported our riders whether be it helping in the pits or cheering on around the course.

We now look forward to the next season and preparations for this have already begun.

Men’s Road ACRT winter training camp

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Men’s Road ACRT are delighted to announce the teams official overseas winter training camp will be held at and hosted by Oodles Retreat.

Oodles Retreat is in a prime location with spectacular scenery and a combination of flat and mountainous terrain, an excellent road network, and a real paradise for any cycling team.

The team will also have the support of Peter Murdoch, Ex Elite Cyclist and owner of Blanca Bikes for the duration of their camp.

The camp will aim to develop team cohesion and lay down the foundations for a successful 2020 season, whilst enjoying some Spanish weather and roads.