Category: Racing

WSJCC Riders Excel in Prestigious Events

Riders from Worcester St John’s excelled in a series of prestigious cycling events at the weekend.

Simon Garrett set the scene by featuring in the top ten of the Stratford CC 10 on the K33/10 in just 20:48. Carl Dee, wearing the Worcester St John’s jersey, won the prestigious Echelon road race at Welland, with honorary member Marcus Walker winning his category. Seven Saints did especially well in the Little Mountain time trial at Shelsley Walsh.

Star of the day at the Stratford 10 went to Martin Stanley with a new personal best by 90 seconds coming in at 23:38. Simon Adcook came in on 22:05 which was 6 seconds short of a personal best and scraped into the top 20. Paul Guest, returning after a heavy bout of flu, achieved 22:35 despite his power being down by around 25w since his last race three weeks ago. Nic Bradburn, who was riding with gears this year, ended the contest with 24:01.

Second claim member Ollie Morgan, now riding for Team Echelon, smashed out a pb of 21:28

Fans were spoilt for choice on Sunday having to decide between the stunning backdrop of the hills for the Little Mountain time trial or the exhileration of the flat at Welland for the Echelon road race..

The Echelon road race consisted of three laps of the Welland circuit – a total of 49 miles.

WSJCC Riders at Welland Road Race 2018Jason Meyer won the AB race, but Worcester St John’s Ade Bird was 4th A category and Steve Lewis was 6th B category.

Fans were thrilled to see Carl Dee’s victory in the C/D race in a bunch sprint finish. Richard Graham was 7th Rob Nicholls 9th and Richard Rollason 10th.

Marcus Walker, honorary St John’s, broke away on lap two of the EFG race. He was joined by a second rider who he beat in the final sprint.


Seven St John’s cyclists took part in the Little Mountain time trial organised by Beacon Road Cycling Club.

Mark Corbett posted the best Worcester St John’s time with 1:40:04 and came 4th in the vets. Ed Dursley put in a time of 1:53:59, Dylan Perkins put in an excellent performance for a 16 year old.

New member Richard Allcock did a credible 1:54:41 on a road bike, Adrian Murray improved on last year’s time with 1:56:18 Justin Barnett did 2:07:59 and Dave Walker struggled up the hills to post 2:04:32.

WSJCC Mark Corbett - Little Mountain Time Trial 2018
WSJCC Mark Corbett – Little Mountain Time Trial 2018


WSJCC Ed Dursley - Little Mountain Time Trial 2018
WSJCC Ed Dursley – Little Mountain Time Trial 2018


WSJCC Justin Barnett - Little Mountain Time Trial 2018
WSJCC Justin Barnett – Little Mountain Time Trial 2018


WSJCC Dave Walker - Little Mountain Time Trial 2018
WSJCC Dave Walker – Little Mountain Time Trial 2018

Worcester Trophy Road Race 2017

Elite and first category riders rolled away from Kempsey Community Youth Centre at the  start of the iconic Worcester Trophy race.

71 cyclists tackled 7 ¼ laps of a tough 11.5 mile circuit around Severn Stoke and all were aiming to win the prestigious trophy road race, a long running event organised by Worcester St Joh’s.

It has a distinguished list of previous winners, including Tour de France champion  Sir Bradley Wiggins.

The racing was fast and furious with riders continually trying to break free from the fast moving bunch.

Finally, after half the distance, a group of 11 riders managed to establish a good sized gap on the bunch and would stay away to contest the finish.

With a tough uphill finish up Severn Stoke bank and then turning towards Kinnersley it came down to a tight sprint finish between three riders.

Taking the win by a single bike length was Matthew Garthwaite (Rhino Velo) from Matthew Clarke (Halesowen CC) and Rhys Williams (South Wales Road Development Programme)

With an average finish of nearly 27 mph for the rolling 83 mile race, all the riders who finished commented it had been a hard fast event.

Successful weekend at Stourport Crits and Bynea

Worcester St Johns Cycling Club had another successful weekend of racing carrying on this summer’s tally of near record times in mostly favourable weather conditions.

The club’s Vince Page and his wife Sarah organised a very popular LVRC Criterium race at the Stourport Cycle track whilst time trialists battled it out on a fast R25/3H course at Bynea Open in South Wales Wales .

The first race of the Stourport Crit was for cyclists in the over 55’s category  with Saint’s members Catherine Coley and Andrea Turner flying the club colours. It was Andrea’s first ever group race!

Within a few laps the race split into two groups, Catherine in the leading group and Andrea in the second. This was how it stayed until the prime (mid race prize ) which Catherine won, then Andy Jones Wolverhampton Wheelers attacked and shortly after Tommy Barlow chased after him.

Jones held on for the win, Barlow held the group off for second and Catherine won the sprint for 3rd from the rest of the group.

Andrea lost contact with the second group with just a few laps to go.

Both ladies did the club proud.


Race 2 was for over 40 to 55 years.

Club stalwarts Vince Page and Adrian Bird rode for Worcester St John’s club.

The pace was fast from the start and despite this the bunch stayed together, until Steve Minton of  Ludlow Brewery RT got away on his own. Despite pressure from the bunch he stayed away for a well deserved win.

Vince sprinted well to take 4th and win his age category, with Adrian just behind in 6th.



Position First name Last name Category Club
1st Andy Jones E Wolverhampton Wheelers CC
2nd Tommy Barlow D CDRC cc
3rd Catherine Coley D Worcester St John’s CC
4th Mick Mccann E Team MI Jewson
5th Joe Rowe F Bush Healthcare CRT
6th John Poole E Team Echelon-rotor
7th Mick Turner D Team V-Sprint Racing
8th Rob Patrick G Mid Shropshire Wheelers
9th Ivor Thomas F Bush Healthcare CRT
10th Stephen Stansbie D Bromsgrove Olympique CC
11th Fiona Turner C Team V Sprint Racing
12th Andrea Turner E Worcester St John’s CC
13th Craig Hopkins D WFCRC
DNF Martin Bush F Bush Healthcare CRT
Prime winners
Catherine Coley
Mick Mccann


1st Steve Minton B Ludlow Brewery RT
2nd Stuart Jameson A Solihull CC
3rd Ash Miles B Coventry Road Club
4th Vince Page C Worcester St John’s CC
5th Simon Hill A CC Giro
6th Adrian Bird A Worcester St Johns CC
7th Gareth Highley C CC Giro
8th Dave Bennett C CC Giro
9th Justin Smith B LVRC
10th Steve Lewis B Wyre forest crc
11th Karl Moseley C Moda RT
12th simon jenkins C cwmcarn paragon
13th Lee Ward B Moda RT
14th Tony Owen B Stratford Cycling Club
15th Jonathan Perks A CC Giro
16th Jon Bister B CC Giro
17th Paul Dring A Echelon RT
18th Guy Bramley C Mapperley CC
DNF neil wilkes B TEAM V SPRINT
DNF George Richardson A Nfto
DNF Stuart Hughes A Team Jewson
DNF Ewan Walsh C Holmes Chapel Velo

Prime Winners: Steve Minton and Ash Miles


Bynea Open Time Trial

Simon Garrett was 52: 13 (personal best by 97 seconds) Ed Dursley 56:11 (pb by 90 seconds) Simon Adcook 56:22.

Local Rider Simon Wix also did 54:10. The event was won by James Rix of Crawley Wheelers in 48:18

There were light rain showers through the event  and riders had to deal with a strong 15mph headwind for the first 14 miles and benefited from an equally strong tail wind for the last 11 miles.

Another ex-club member makes WORLD CHAMPION

Simon Wilson became a double world champion at the recent Masters Track Championships in uci-master-campione-del-mondo-maglia-mcManchester. Simon rode for WSJCC whilst at Worcester University and was the main instigator of the current club jersey as well as being active in road racing and club events for several years. He won the News and Time road race in 2009 while riding for Arctic Premier.

At the UCI Masters World Championships early in October he won the men’s pursuit 35 – 39 and was in the winning team pursuit 35 – 44

His success follows on from Lee Suthard’s 3000 m pursuit title in 2014


30 mile club time trial records slashed in Wales

Riding the VTTA South Wales 30 mile Time Trial on 17 Sep 2016 on the R30/7 course around Raglan/Monmouth club members cut almost 20 minutes off the previous 30 mile team record. Mark Corbett was the fastest home and he also took 2 minutes from the outright men’s record, with an equivalent to 3 x 20 minute 10’s !! Well done guys.

Mark Corbett 01:01:55 – 4th place
Simon Garrett 01:03:57 – 6th place
Martin Lines 01:06:34 – 15th place
Total 3:12:28
The winner was Scott Davies of Team Wiggins in 00:58:22

Mark Snelling tops Midland DC table

Worcester St Johns CC member Mark Snelling is at the top of the August table as most improved rider in the Midland DC league. A relative newcomer to the sport Mark has taken to it like a duck to water. Such is his keenness Mark has agreed to organise the club’s own open events in 2017. Congratulations and thank-you to Mark.

Other club members – Martin Lines moves up from 3rd to 2nd category and Simon Garret achieves 1st category status

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