WV hosts Mud, Sweat and Gears

WV hosts Mud, Sweat and Gears

Each year, Walden Velo hosts an event in the  Mud, Sweat and Gears Eastern region's series of mountain bike races on the Carver Barracks off-road circuit. This year's event took place at the end of May, attracting over 400 entrants aged from under 9 to over 50 on the 3.2-mile course. The fastest lap of the day was just over 14 minutes.

Andrew Riley, who leads the club's involvement in this highly popular event, expressed his thanks to all those club members who volunteered their free time - both to help tidy up the course during an unseasonably cold and miserable Easter weekend, and marshall in blazing sunshine on the race day itself. We had the biggest turnout of volunteer marshals from the club this year in our five years of hosting the event.

Special thanks go to Gary Byford, in particular, who gave up two days of his holiday time to help prepare the course for the big day. And the free ice creams at the end were much appreciated by all volunteers!

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Hat trick of results for WV

Hat trick of results for WV

It's been an action-packed weekend for Walden Velo with three of its members achieving outstanding results in road races and sportives on Sunday 29 April. Many congratulations to you all.

CC London Women's Road Race

First up, Donna Dale came 11th place in a gruelling 56-mile race on home turf that left from Great Chesterford and did seven circuits of an 8-mile course up Littlebury Hill, through Littlebury Green, down to the B1039 and back round to Wendons Ambo, before returning past Audley End House to Littlebury Hill again. The race combined 2nd, 3rd and 4th CAT riders and Donna came 1st out of the 4th CAT contenders.


3 Counties 100 Sportive

Second up, Barry Judge achieved the fastest time of the day on the 3 Counties Sportive 70-mile course passing through Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland over 5,135 feet. Barry led pretty much from the start and effectively had a solo ride round in rainy and cold conditions.


LVRC Blackmore Road Race

And finally, to complete the hat trick, John Calvert came 9th overall in the LVRC (League of Veteran Racing Cyclists) road race at Blackmore and 8th in his 60+ category. The LVRC was set up in 1986 to provide a programme of social and competitive cycling events for riders aged 40 and over. John completed the 41-mile course over 1,578 feet with an impressive average of 22mph.