Sunday 7 October 2012

Sam & Steve end the season on a high

In their last race of a long season Sam Hayes and Steve Robinson took the tandem all the way out to the East Coast to take part in the Norwich ABC 10 on the B10/43.

It is a pan flat course, but little traffic and some sections that were exposed to the col autumn breeze meant that a fast time seemed unlikely. But as it turned out the duo managed to power round the course in 21:07 to be more than a minute faster than the winners of the solo event. They were also only 11 seconds off the tandem course record, and end the season unbeaten as well!

It was a cracking way to end the year, and now the big build up for even faster times in 2013 begins.

Sunday 30 September 2012

PB's and inter-team battles at the N&DCA

The final round of this years Northampton and District Series saw a fantastic turnout from the team, with 7 members battling for high placings, PB's and inter-team bragging rights.

Hugo closed his season out with a strong 22:27 which gave him 16th on the day in a strong field, it should also help him cement a top 5 in the overall.

The battle for second fastest in the team was a three way between Dave Wentworth, Paul King and Steve Robinson. Dave put his end of season form to good use to take the honour of second in the team with an excellent 23:15 to beat steve by 17 seconds. Paul King was a further 4 seconds adrift. Steve's time should be strong enough to see him hold on to a top 20 in the overall series, and with a new personal best points score.

Next up for the team was Chris Hartley who didn't enjoy his best ride of the year but still clocked 25:37. Roy Robinson was next up, and smashed his last ten years PB by well over a minute to clock 26:45.

Stewart Hocknell was another member of the team to clock a PB on the day, riding to a really strong 28:23 to take 54 seconds off his previous best.

In a season when almost every member of the team has set a PB at a least one distance, and many of done so at multiple distances, it was a great way to round things off ready for a big winter!

Monday 10 September 2012

Another top ten for Hugo at the Kettering CC 10

Another week and another top ten for the undoubted fast man of the team this year, Hugo Hocknell. Riding the challenging 10 circuit of the Kettering CC event Hugo managed a sublime 23:54 to take 9th place in a good quality field.

As always Hugo was backed up at the event by Stewart Hocknell, who clocked 32:38.

Dave and Hugo smash their PB's on the F11

When the VC10 event was postponed earlier in the year many wondered if they had missed their chance to set a flying time on the new course, but the rescheduled event came round late August and brought with it a favourable wind direction and mild temperatures. That said, it was a strong wind, so there was no guarantees of it being a quick day.

But what a day it turned out to be. Dave Wentworth managed to take full advantage of the course to finally break his lifetime best 10 PB that he has been chasing since 1976 (!) to record a fantastic 22:11. This has been something that Dave has pursued relentlessly in the last few seasons, so it's fantastic to see him get rewarded for all his work.

Chris Hartley had a good ride to record 24:00, but it shows how far he has progressed, as that would have been a rapid time for him a couple of seasons ago, but now it is a little shy of what he can produce when he's flying.

Last up was Hugo Hocknell, who has been on simply astonishing form of late with a string of top ten places. He stormed the course to record a seriously impressive 21:00 to slice over 30 seconds off his PB. 

As a team, the three of them also managed to update the Team team 10 record to 1:07:11 as well. Good work chaps!

Monday 27 August 2012

Chris Hartley has a Hull of a good ride!

Over the last 2 seasons Chris Hartley has made the long journey to the V718 near Hull in search of a PB, only to be greeted by 20 mph plus winds.

Finally, in August Chris again made the journey and this time got 10-12 mph winds and warm temperatures which gave him hope of improving on his best time of 23:59.

Having worked hard across the season he managed to enjoy the fruits of his success by clocking a superb 23:05 to smash his previous best and make it all worthwhile.

In true time triallist spirit he was really pleased with his ride, and then almost immediately contemplating how he can now go sub 23 next year. Nice one Chris!

Sam, Steve & Roy storm Blenheim Palace

In a season blighted by rain and cold temperatures the team finally got some hot weather for this years Blenheim Palace closed road time 12.2 mile time trial.

Over 250 people took to the start line this year in what is rapidly becoming the biggest event on the cycling calendar. Sam Hayes had never raced at Blenheim before, and took to the course like a duck to water with a superb 31:32 for 54th place.

Steve Robinson knocked another 31 seconds off his previous best with 33:12 and Roy Robinson made another even bigger leap forward by taking well over 2 minutes off his previous best with 40:15 which was good enough for 3rd place in his age category.

Every year this event gets bigger and more competitive, and there is no doubt the team will be back in force again next year.

Paul King ticks off another PB at the Bournemouth 50

Having already smashed his 10 and 25 personal bests this season it left only one more challenge for Paul King of Team to conquer - the 50 miler.

With date clashes throughout the season Paul was left with just one chance to take his PB at the Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 50, knowing that it was far from the fastest course in the country.

But he went into the event with storming form, and put this to fantastic use by taking over 3 minutes off his previous best with a storming 2:07:11 which also bagged him 15th place overall. This makes Paul the first member of the team to update all his distance PB's in a single season. Top work PK!!

Thursday 9 August 2012

Sam goes well under in the Finsbury Park 25

In a season disrupted by various annoying viruses and illnesses Sam Hayes proved that his underlying class and fitness hasn't deserted him when riding the Finsbury Park 25 on the F1.

Despite being the slower version of the course that heads north Sam managed to go well under the hour to clock 58:20. Although some way off his lifetime best it shows that all he needs is a good day and even with less than ideal preparation he can still go rapidly!!

N&dca update - Hugo continues to storm it!

A hectic few weeks of racing has passed since the last blog update, and Hugo Hocknell has been heading the team in style at the Northampton and district series.

On the 30th June the team was out in force at the nc19 course with 7 riders taking part.

Hugo bagged 11th place with 46:39 to put him clear of Sam Hayes who was 15th with 47:42.

The paul king/Steve Robinson battle was again close, with paul just edging it with 50:23 to steve's 50:29. Next up was David Ledgerton with 57:38. Then Roy Robinson with 1:04:23 and Stuart Hocknell with 1:04:46.

Two weeks later four of the team were back for the 10 mile event at Nassington. Hugo was again quickest to bag an awesome 6th place in 23:36, well clear of paul king's 26:03 and Steve robinson's 26:19. Stuart Hocknell clocked 32:20.

Really calm conditions greeted the riders for round 7 of the series on the N1/25. Hugo scored his second top ten of the series with 9th place being the reward for his 59:02. Steve Robinson scored his highest finish of the year with 21st place for his 1:03:32, and Stuart Hocknell just missed evens with his battling 1:17:23.

In the overall with three events left Hugo is up to 10th, and looking good for a top 5 by the end and Steve Robinson is 13th.

Tuesday 26 June 2012

Hugo storms to a new PB in the Welsh Championships

Team fast man Hugo Hocknell made the long trip to Wales to compete in the Welsh National Championships 25 at the weekend, and returned with a stonking new PB and a top 30 placing.

The weather was far from kind with a brisk wind and a lot of rain on the course, but this didn't stop Hugo from slicing a scarcely believeable 3:20 from his PB to record 55:48 for 27th place.

This was a simply staggering ride, and a great result.

Dave Wentworth clocks his 5th fastest ever 10

Dave Wentworth and David Ledgerton became the latest members of the team to sample the delights of the super fast F11/10 on the Tring bypass at the Hemel Hempstead CC event on Saturday.

On the day they were greeted by a really strong 20 mph winds, so fast times didn't really look on the cards.

But our intrepid duo seemed impervious to the conditions, and Dave Wentworth in particular rode out of his skin to record 22:47, the second fastest 10 of the year for the team, and Dave's 5th fastest ever time over the distance.

David Ledgerton also rode well, recording his fastest time of the season as well with a 25:17.

Wednesday 13 June 2012

Hugo bags sixth place at the Fenland 10

Father and Son Stuart and Hugo Hocknell were out competing at the Fenland Clarion 10 at a very windy Sawtry in Cambridgeshire on Saturday afternoon.

Hugo cemented his place as the quickest member of Team Salesengine this year so far with a superb 22:59 to take 6th place overall. With Sam Hayes fighting his way back from a chest infection Hugo has proven to have the upper hand in the last few months, but all in the team are looking forward to seeing how the rapid duo progess in the second half of the year.

A little behind Hugo was his Dad Stuart who overcame the tough conditions on the exposed course to clock 30:47 on a day that was tough enough to put a number of riders outside of the 30 minute mark.

Braving the elements at the Beds Road 10

Rumour has it that the F15/10 at Brogborough is a quick course, but this is proving very hard to substantiate as it always seems to be blowing a gale when events are on it.

This proved the case again this week when 5 members of the team headed out into the 18mph winds to try and clock a quick time.

Sam Hayes proved most adept in the conditions, storming down the first hill at 45 mph and going to record a superb 23:27, to put clear distance between him and Steve Robinson who was next qui

Sunday 27 May 2012

Hugo leads the team home at round 3 of the N&DCA

Hot conditions and strong winds greeted the five members of the Team team at round three of the Northampton and district association event at Lamport in Northamptonshire. The course took the riders round 20.8 miles of tough hills and rough road surfaces.

Quickest of the team (by a huge margin) was Hugo hocknell who smashed round the course in just 51:02 to take 11th place on the day and move him up to 4th in the overall standings.

The race for the next quickest in the team couldn't have been closer with Steve Robinson and Sam Hayes matching each other with 54:53 to share 27th place. As Sam would normally be battling Hugo on time it's a sign of the impact his chest infection has had on his times. Steve's ride moves him up to 16th place in the series from 23rd.

Paul King ran Steve and Sam unbelievably close on the day with his time of 54:55, which will keep him well in the hunt for a top 20 in the overall at the end of the year, and Stuart Hocknell (who gives away 23 years to the next oldest of the team on the day) was next in with his creditable ride of 1:11:27.

Sam competes in the National 10

Last weekend saw the first of the year's National championships take place at Sawtry just outside Peterborough. Only the fastest 150 are able to take part in this annual challenge to see who can come second to Michael Hutchinson, and this year Sam Hayes managed to qualify.

Unfortunately the two weeks leading up to the event saw Sam pick up a chest infection so he went into the event quite some way below par. Whilst most riders wouldn't have made the start line Sam is clearly made of stronger stuff and he got round the course in 25:03 to finish just outside the top 100.

It was a hard day, and Sam's time showed that when fit and healthy he could have made a comfortable top 100 placing, so here's to next year.

Whilst Sam was battling round Cambridgeshire Chris Hartley had made the long journey North to the V718 in Hull. As always seems to be the way when Chris goes to Hull for this super fast course there was a nice strong wind blowing to take the edge off the times. Despite this he rode strongly to clock a course PB of 23:59. Once day you'll get the good day Chris!

Dave Wentworth was the other member of the team in action, this time over at Leighton Buzzard for the F12/10. This was another excellent ride from Dave to finish in 17th place with 24:14 on a course that is notoriously hard to get a fast time on.

Thursday 10 May 2012

Roy smashes his PB at the Cambridge CC 10

A total of 8 members of the team were competing at the Cambridge CC 10 at Cambourne on Saturday, and despite the unseasonably cold and windy conditions there were some excellent rides posted.

Top ride of the day has to go to Roy Robinson who showed yet more signs of ever improving form by taking over 1 minute 20 off his PB to clock 27:50 and bagging third place on handicap into the bargain. Also improving on his PB was Steve Robinson who managed to just beat his Last Three Seasons time by 4 seconds with 23:31.

The gap between Hugo Hocknell and Sam Hayes continues to be a wafer thin one, with Hugo just taking the honours of fastest team member of the day with his 22:46 just edging Sam's 22:48. These times were good enough for 21st and 23rd in a class field that included reigning 10 mile champion Michael Hutchinson.

David Ledgerton also continued his progress as he races his way back to form with a strong 25:22 and Stuart Hocknell only narrowly missed out on his PB on a tough day with 29:17.

In the tandem event Dave Wentworth and Chris Hartley were taking on Kevin Stokes and Ian Marshall who are one of the strongest pairings in the area. Despite riding well to clock 22:52 Chris and Dave had to settle for second place to the Team Milton keynes duo but in only their second race it shows there is more to come.

Friday 20 April 2012

OMG, PK does a PB!

It's early season, and was no more than 10 degrees when Paul King started in the Lea Valley 25 on the E2 near Newmarket, so a storming ride didn't necessarily look on the cards.

But PK has had a fantastic winter's training and put all this hard work to good use by blasting round the course in 57:44 to take over 30 seconds off his lifetime PB that was set back in the 1990's.

This time makes Paul the fastest in the team so far this year, and with some potentially fast 10's lined up in the next few weeks hopefully there will be more PB's still to come.

Sunday 15 April 2012

Round one of N&DCA series - Hugo and Sam battle for honour of fastest in the team!

Round one of the season long Northampton and District Series saw Team out in force at Middleton for the 19.1 mile event.

Early season form suggested that Sam Hayes and Hugo Hocknell were likely to be closely matched when it came to their first head to head and so it proved with Sam just taking the honour of fastest from the team on the day with his excellent 47:14 just pipping Hugo's 47:20. This was good enough for 14th and 15th place on the day and places them 8th and 9th in the series after the first round.

A little further down the field Steve Robinson took over 3 minutes off his course PB to record 50:40 for 40th place. His father Roy Robinson also enjoyed a cracking first event in team colours to finish with 60:46 which was several minutes faster than he expected, and put him just ahead of the final member of the team Stuart Hocknell (who was the only one to get caught in the rising wind and hail!) to clock 65:13.

Dave Wentworth heads north and bags a top 20!

Over Easter Dave Wentworth braved chilly temperatures, wet roads and rough road surfaces to take on the Abbotsford Park 10. The last time he rode the course was back in 1976, and despite the conditions and being 36 years older he managed to improve on his previous course PB with a superb 24:53 which was good enough for 18th place. Top ride Dave!

Sunday 1 April 2012

Team Salesengine out in force at Icknield Hilly

Completely calm but very cold conditions greeted four members of Team at the Icknield hilly on Sunday morning.

Sam Hayes stormed round the course as the fastest member of the team to clock a superb 47:34 to put him almost three minutes clear of the rest of the team. It's great to see Sam come out of the winter in such flying form.

The battle for second in the team was extremely tight between Paul King and Steve Robinson. According to the result board Steve just pipped Paul with his 50:14 putting him just 7 seconds ahead of Paul's 50:21. But according to Steve's timing he actually clocked 50:40 so there is a chance this may be reversed when the results are double checked.

Final member of the team was David Ledgerton who clocked 58:35 to comfortably get inside the hour for the 18.6 mile and very testing course.

Sunday 25 March 2012

Sam & Steve win the ECCA tandem 10

Hard to believe that it is still only March when you're racing in 18 degree temperatures with 5 mph winds, but that was the case at the ECCA 10 on Saturday afternoon near Newmarket.
Everyone knew that fast times were going to be on the cards, and on the day Sam Hayes and Steve Robinson took full advantage of the conditions by winning the tandem in event with a storming new PB of 20:01. This was only their third race on the tandem, so although a fast time was hoped for, they hadn't expected to get that close to the magical 19! The team profile was further raised by Chris Hartley and Dave Wentworth powering to third place with 21:57.
The solo event didn't seem to produce as fast times as for the tandems (with no sub 20 minute rides which is unusual for the E2), but Hugo Hocknell got within a whisker of his PB with a superb ride of 21:55 which should be good enough for a top 15 placing when the full results are published.

Friday 23 March 2012

2-ups in full flight on the E1/25

With thanks to Dave Jones for taking the pictures...

A5 rangers 10 - Quick rides and frozen riders

The problem with entering early season events is that it is always hard to know how many layers to go for, and Sunday proved particularly chilly for some of the team.

Team were led home by Hugo Hocknell with a 23:59, which hopefully scored him a decent placing but alas we can only speculate as no full results appear to have been published yet.

Next up was Chris Hartley who made the mistake of opting for just a skinsuit and then promptly froze for the 26 minutes 50 seconds he was on the course for. Just behind Chris was Dave Wentworth, who was just 'pottering round', as the cold air and his asthma don't mix well, so he played the long game and didn't go too deep. Still, his 27:30 was enough to keep Chris honest.

Arguably the ride of the day though must go to Stuart Hocknell who managed to get within 1 second of his 10 PB from the last three seasons with his time of 28:58. Fair to say that if he can do that in mid March on a cold day then it's looking extremely promising for a season of updating his CTT form on a regular basis! Congrats Stuart!!

Monday 12 March 2012

2 top 10's in the same weekend

Conditions on Sunday morning were absolutely perfect for racing, and riders from Team took full advantage of them.

Sam Hayes bagged third place in the Beds Road 11.3 mile spoco with 27:20, just 14 seconds behind the winner. This was 42 seconds quicker than he clocked on the same course in October, so any concerns he had about missed rides through the winter seem unfounded. It was a fantastic start to his season.

Meanwhile 4 of the team were over at the E1/25 near Saffron Walden. The mild conditions and light wind, plus solid winter training for both, all came together to see Steve Robinson and Paul King finish 7th with 1:02:10 which is a course PB improvement for them by 3 minutes 18 seconds!

Chris Hartley and David Ledgerton came home in 1:07:03, which is great first ride together as a pair and hints at more to the come from the duo.

Friday 9 March 2012

Hurrah - Stuart Hocknell gets our new season under way

Our winter hibernation has given us plenty of time to recuperate, eat and then skulk back onto the turbo trainers to burn off the extra winter pounds.

So as we hit March it was simply a question of who would blink first and get racing - and the winner is one of our new members for the year Stuart Hocknell as he tackled the Kettering CC hilly 20.

And Stuart's reward for venturing out so early? Biting cold temperatures, strong winds and constant lashing rain! Unduanted though, he braved all of the elements to get round the course in 1:08:47. This was about 30 seconds slower than last year, but given the torrid conditions I'd say this shows promise for a successful season.

Next up for Stuart is the Bourne Hardriders (he's clearly not one for an easy life!), so let's hope he gets a better day for it.

Tuesday 31 January 2012

Supporting the East Anglian Air Ambulance

Team are delighted to be able to announce that we will be supporting the East Anglian Air Ambulance when we run our first ever open Time Trial in April.

Any profit we make from the event on the F15/10 on the 7th April will be donated to the EAAA to help ensure they can keep up their life saving work.

You can read more about them and donate at