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Coronavirus
Phil Wise - Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Your committee has been discussing the implications of coronavirus for the club, and we have agreed some significant, temporary changes.

 

As a club, we feel that we should follow government guidance, in line with the request for each of us to comply with the scientific advice to lower the peak of the pandemic. We are also mindful of the image of the club, and of cycling in general.

 

As a result, we have reluctantly concluded that we should suspend the Saturday ride for the foreseeable future.

 

We appreciate that smaller groups will still want to go out together. We would encourage you not to wear full club kit if you are riding as a group, as this wont be a club sanctioned ride and we want to avoid giving the impression that SDV isn’t taking this matter seriously.

 

I am sure that some of our regular cafes will still appreciate the support of cyclists, particularly if we are considerate towards their other customers (remember that we can be a bit sweaty and mucky!). Let's spread the word about which cafes are open on our facebook page.

 

We hope that the situation will get back to normal soon and it won’t be long till the club ride returns, along with racing, time trialling, sportives etc.

 

In the meantime, look after yourselves, stay strong and let us know about your rides on the club facebook page! Look out for updates and photos on the news section of the website.

Saturday Club Ride


Saturday Club Ride
Phil Wise - Sunday, March 08, 2020

Great turn out on Saturday, with about 20 members doing the full route (adapted because of the lakes that have formed where roads used to be in Hampshire!), and about 30 in the cafe. How many SDV does it take to mend a puncture?

Mountbatten Racing - Coming Soon


Mountbatten Racing - Coming Soon
Phil Wise - Friday, March 06, 2020

Not long till the racing season commences!

There will be two series of races at the Mountbatten centre in Portsmouth this year - the Omega Portsmouth Circuits, on Saturday mornings, and the Portsmouth Evening Circuits, on Wednesday evenings.

Additionally, on 11th April, there are the Portsmouth Easter Circuits (featuring a category 4 race at 09.00, women's at 09.45 and category 3 at 10.30, as well as an Elite 1/2/3 race). 

The Saturday races start on 4th April, including a category 4 race (at 9 am), women's at 09.35 and cat 3 at 10.10. The format is repeated on 2nd May, 23rd May, 11th July and 29th August. Mountbatten is a great place to race and you can warm down by cycling to the cafe at Rowlands and telling people how you got on.

 

The first Wednesday evening race is on 1st April (I'm not joking), but the first 4th category race isn't until 6th May. The 4th category races start at 19.30, with the start time for 3rd cats varying (check the British Cycling website).

Full details can be found on the events page of the British Cycling website

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/home

 

 

Dates for Thruxton


Dates for Thruxton
Phil Wise - Sunday, March 01, 2020

Not long now until racing starts at Thruxton. The races at Thruxton are friendly and well attended, and this year they start before Goodwood, so they are a great way to get some practice in. I expect that there will be a few of us going over to Thruxton for most of the events, and last year Phil Wise, Tony Toynton, Nick Fenmor-Collins, Mark Trimmer, Paul Lewis and Jake Davies all raced there. Let one of us know if you are keen to go. The early season dates are:

Tuesday 7th April
Tuesday 14th April
Tuesday 21st April
Tuesday 28th April


Portsdown Time Trial League is back this year


Portsdown Time Trial League is back this year
Phil Wise - Saturday, February 15, 2020

After a two year absence the Portsdown Time Trial League will returning this year. The PTTL is an inter-club league, with points being awarded based on how many people turn out for the club, as well as where you finish. You don't have to enter every event - you can just enter one.

You dont need a time trial bike to enter and these are great events for those who are new to time trialling, as well as experienced competitors. They are friendly events with cake at the end!

We currently have 4 events agreed already and hope to add another, so save the dates (if you dont know what the course references mean, or if you need info about distances or what you have to do, ask Shaun Smart or one of the other regulars like Deb Smith, Phil Wise, Keith Webb, Mark Trimmer or Dave Bridle):

Sunday 15th March 07:30 - Course P851C/15 Hampshire Road Club

 

Sunday 17th May 07:30 Course P822c/35k Portsmouth North End Cycling Club

 

Sunday 5th July 07:00 Course P825A/25 Fareham Wheelers

 

Sunday 4th October 08:00 Course P911/28 Southdown Velo

 

We will be ending the League in Chichester on the 4th of October on Southdown Velo's OPEN event. The other events will be club events. If you're not sure what this means, ask Shaun or one of the other regulars.

 

 


Exciting Year Ahead


Exciting Year Ahead
Phil Wise - Monday, February 10, 2020

Looking forward to the New Year

Exciting events coming up for 2020 for us all to look forward to:

  • The return of our popular and successful series of races at the Goodwood motor racing circuit
  • SDV's time trial series. Four TTs planned.
Racers and volunteers needed!

We'll be racing at Thruxton, Mountbatten and elsewhere and taking part in time trials around the county and further afield.

Plans are also afoot for an end to end mountain bike ride on the South Downs Way, later in the year.

Don't forget the Isle of Wight Randonnee, which takes place on 3rd May this year.

And, of course, our regular weekly Saturday ride - meet us at 9.00 am at the Mercedes Garage on the A259, between Chichester and Bognor Regis. Just come along and give it a try; or contact Shaun Smart on 07976 446 805 for more info.

We'll be posting more information about these and other events on the website, so keep an eye out for news.

 

2018 award winners


2018 award winners
Tony Toynton - Monday, January 28, 2019

Our 2018 award winners were announced at the AGM last night (27th January 2018) club chairman Garth Staden awarded Time Trial champion award to Shaun Smart, Road race champion Sam Horwill, Most improved road racer Martin Cleaver and Most improved non-race member Sandy Langmead

 

Maratona 2017 conquered by a strong team from SV


Maratona 2017 conquered by a strong team from SV
- Friday, July 07, 2017

SV once again provided a strong representation at the Maratona in the Dolomites this year with many riders beaten g their previous PR's for this awesome event

The guys mastered Mont Ventoux today


The guys mastered Mont Ventoux today
- Monday, May 15, 2017

Well done John Rowlands (club secretary) Hossein Parvin, Ian Stewart, Neil Dawtry, Keith Webb, Nick the wine and Steve Humphreys for conquering the fabled Mont Ventoux almost 2000 meters today.

First trip of the year to the mountains


First trip of the year to the mountains
- Sunday, May 14, 2017

The first club trip of 2017 sees a group of our more senior members in the south of France - today they conquer the Col De Perty - Mont Ventoux still to come - good luck guys.


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