Cambridge Cycling Club

Road Racing

Toby Parnell wins the 2017 Fenland Clarion road race

Road Races are mass start races with usually about 60 riders. The winner is simply the first over the finish line. The main regulatory body for domestic road racing is British Cycling.

In this region a large number of the road races are organised by clubs that are affilliated to the Eastern Road Race League (ERRL) which promotes a regional race series and championship. Cambridge CC is a member of the league.

One of the Rules of Membership is that every club promotes at least one race per season. In doing so our racers are eligible to enter any of the league events for that season. We promote the Ike Saul Memorial Road Race which takes place in March, so it is important that we have sufficient members willing to help run the event.

For the mature rider the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists organises races for those over forty years of age.

Contact our Racing Secretary for more details on how to start racing for Cambridge CC.

Ike Saul Memorial Road Race - 12th March 2017

Race Finish

Despite the inclement forecast, it stayed dry for the riders with the added benefit of little wind.

The Cambridge club volunteers were up and about 2 hours before the start setting out the signs, sorting the parking, signing on riders and getting everyone in position. A strong Cambridge line-up fronted the field of 60 with Bjorn Krylander, Patrick Willan, David Lee, Edward Lee-Six and Charles Pearson. In a rare turn of events for the Kingston circuit, a good-size breakaway failed to appear. With strong riding from Strada Sport chasing down any breakaways, it looked as though nothing would stick. A late spirited attack with 20 miles to go from Mark Richards (Velo Club Barrachi who was awarded the Tusk Combativity Prize) saw a gap open out to a minute. However this was closed to 35 seconds with the bell sounding for the last lap. On the final lap the bunch came together and a sprint finish was ensured. The sprint began in earnest at 150m, with two riders getting a jump on the field. Finally Thomas Power managed to over-ride Colin Bailey (2nd) and Morris Bacon (3rd) for the win. The Cambridge riders did well with Charles Pearson 7th, Patrick Willan 8th and David Lee 12th; all three gaining points. Prizes were awarded at the HQ with refreshments for all after a hard morning's work both on and off road.

Photos, courtesy of Nick Nicholson and Carol Lee, can be viewed here and the results are here


Tusk Combativity Award: Mark Richards (Velo Club Baracchi)

Rider feedback indicated gratitude for a safe race. This is due to Cambridgeshire Constabulary now recognising the Accredited Marshal Scheme (whereby traffic can be stopped to enable safe progress of the Race).

Many thanks to all those who helped in organizing the race; our sponsors Tusk; Cambridge Design Partnership who provided parking and Toft People's Hall.