Winter finally hit, with cold club runs and muddy cyclo-cross races.
Philip organised VCL’s round of the London League, and for the second year in a row trialed a new venue other than Herne Hill. This time Addington Park was the venue, and went down very well, despite a very muddy course.
A number of VCLers headed up to Milton Keynes for the UKs first ever round of the cyclo-cross World Cup. The atmosphere was amazing, on par, or possibly even better than some of the Belgium races we’ve been to before.
Max raced on the trashed course the following day for the National Trophy round.
While in previous years most riders would have hung up their track bikes, save for a few indoor track sessions, or at least put their race wheels into storage while getting in some steady sessions at the now all-weather Herne Hill, this year people have been getting stuck into the nice, cosy, indoor Lee Valley track league(s).
Making the most of the off-season, in more spectating action, 40-50 VCLers were in Ghent to watch the 6 day. Cav and Iljo may not have won, but everyone had fun nevertheless.
Meanwhile, Fred, Ethan, Max and Rachel were at the second round of the Revolution future stars series. Team Telegraph Allstars were short of a rider when Jon Dibben had to pull out, so Fred partnered Wim Stroetinga for in the Elite madison 1km TT. They placed 4th with Fred riding on an 88″ gear. The highlight of the entire event!
This rounded off a fantastic year for all of them, with Fred (a year early) and Ethan being accepted onto the Olympic Development Programme, as well as Rachel and Louise onto the Olympic Development Apprentice Programme – the new version of the Talent Team.
Albert Contador came to Herne Hill and Dulwich College, and a number of members, mostly youths got to hear him in conversation.
…and finally. Tony traveled to Copenhagen to pace regular Herne Hill rider and Saturday morning coach Vojtech in the world derny championships. Unfortunately Vojtech suffered a mechanical problem whilst in contention to qualify for the final.