Wessex League Southampton 21 October 2018

October 21, 2018

Sarum Velo Riders along with Riders from Salisburys Other Club Sram CC raced Sunday 21 October 2018

ive attached some pictures from the racing today

Jon Ellis raced in the 40+ Vets and had a great days racing


Lindy Brazier Larkin rode an amzing race with yet another podium in the ladies race she got 5th overall and 3rd senior well done Lindy.

David and Alex were also Racing today and got some well deserved positions of 10th and 13th overall well done Team both riders had incidents during the racing with produced a fall so well done guys for your results.

and last but not least we also had the Sram cc Riders Racing Today as well well done to you as well.

Thanks Again to SramCC for cheering on the Sarum Velo Riders as it was great to have both Salisbury Clubs Represented in the Race

Sarum Velo Cx News 2018/19 season So Far

October 20, 2018

Sarum Velo Cx Season So Far has been to be blunt Amazing with lots of New riders Taking to the Cycling Events in the Wessex Region Ive asked all the riders to do a Brief Summary of there seasons So Far (brief wasnt in some peoples vocablery so you may Have some Reading to Do

The Newbies

John Ellis (Hairdresser John as we know him )


I would like to say that the Sarum Velo cx crew are amazing. I have done two races so far. The amount of support that I have had is been incredible. I have met so many new people on this cx journey of mine . I suffer from a disease called Lymes . It can be tough for me sometimes and won’t be at every race . This disease is spreading like a wild fire . You need to panic but when you go out walking , running and cycling off road please check your self for ticks . So moving on from that I just want to say a big thanks to my cx crew and I am lucky to have these people around me . Big up to cx crew. See you Sunday guys . ?

Nigel Benham (not such a newbie but hes made his come back

(Waiting for Nigels write up) so will add a few of my own .

Nigel has been a instumental member of Sarum Velo from day 1 as is Daughter and soon to be mother Emily our own world Champion ) Nigel and Emily both are very keen Cyclists and compete in cycling orienteering and also organise events so if you ever fancy having a go at that Speak to Nigel.


Chris MIngo ( sorry chris no pic yet)


I have really enjoyed my first couple of races. I have wanted to have a go for a long time, I have sat at home watching Wout Van Aert on the tv thinking, I fancy having a go at that. I am originally from a BMX background  and raced a lot when I was younger then did some Ironman races, triathlons and have done some big endurance events on the road bike.
I found the last event quite tricky having not had chance to ride the track beforehand but gradually got into it. I’m struggling a bit with clipping back in with all the stones and mud. I have a few questions and look forward to getting to know some of the others in the club to find out more. When I did the Paris-Roubaix sportive this year I rode with a couple of Belgian lads who were on cross bikes and that really did push me to get one of my own for when I put the road bike away. When I rode Basingstoke I really enjoyed he track and got faster every lap. I am looking forward to Sparsholt which will be my next race. I am always looking for areas to practice in between races too.

The Seasoned Campaigners 

Pete Williams

Pete joined the club last year and has been racing cross with us he races in the 50s Plus wessex league races last year he was battling away this year petes been doing the same thing this season and great to see him turn up and race .keep up the great work pete



Lindy Brazier Larkin (or Larkin Brazier) or Brazier  (Sarum Velos Pocket rocket)


After a busy summer of bike touring and summer CX racing, It was time to get back “on it” for the winter season. Pre-season nerves as always for me (the guys will tell you what I’m like..) but I had a word with myself for this season and told myself not to put as much pressure on as last season. Yes, I did have a good season result (my best so far in fact!) but I beat myself up later in the day if I had a bad race. So far the plan has paid off!! I haven’t had the mid race panic, I’ve been able to push on during the race and if I gain a place it’s a bonus. I’ve had some good starts and have found myself up with some of the women that were beating me last season. All the races I’ve done have seen good weather so have been fast but fun. We head to the notoriously muddy Southampton round this Sunday (21st Oct) so fingers crossed I can keep my performance up. I’m not sure how long it was last, but podiums for all my races so far and very happy to take a senior win this season. Pleased to be flying the Sarum Velo flag once again! Our little Sarum Velo army is growing as we now have a team mate in most of the categories which is great to see. We’ve got a great team and the support for each other fantastic. Let keep this up!

David Brazier (Single Speed Guru)



My results so far this season in the Wessex League are 13th, 13th, 17th, 14th, 13th. Given that last year I was hovering around the mid-20’s I’m really happy with these. To sum each race up in a few words:- Newbury – fast, flat, bumpy. Stayed with Al and 2 others for most of the race but a slip on the penultimate lap saw me lose contact with the group.(Gear 40×16) Basingstoke – uneventful race for me, had a good start but found myself in no mans land so it was just a case of staying away from those behind me. (Gear 40 x 16) Reading – always a hard race. Probably the worst suited course for single speed as there are some really steep climbs and some fast flat stretches so gear choice is difficult.(Gear 40 x 18) Standlake – new course. Fun singletrack through the woods and a very bumpy outfield section. Hard to overtake for much of the course. Lap times were good but eventually the bumpy course took it’s toll and I tailed off over the last few laps. Happy with the result though.(Gear 40 x 16) Droxford – love this course, hilly, muddy, windy, cold. Everyone thought I was mad on a singlespeed but it works well on that type of course. Even managed a one-bike day in muddy conditions. Spent much of the race with Al and another lap would’ve likely seen us both move up a couple of places as we were gaining on those ahead of us. (Gear 42 x 18) Good start to the season with a definite improvement in form which will hopefully continue to the later season races which I normally do better in. A top-10 would be nice at some point but that won’t be easy given the strength of the field. Also happy with my choice to go 100% singlespeed this year – not for everyone but works for me. Good to see the Sarum Velo CX team growing and some great results from everyone especially with Lind on the podium at each race and Al cracking the top-10.

Alex Watkins (the Seasoned Campaigner SarumVelosownWordsworth)


First Half Season Review

Newbury Racecourse Rd1 

A new venue for the league brought some fast racing over a disused golf course in the centre of the race circuit with a few features and long windy straights with the added warm temperature in mid-September not your typical Cyclo-cross conditions.

Practice went well with plenty of time spent deciding if the Sand pit was rideable or quicker to run and plenty of chat on how bumpy the circuit was.

So, after the pre-race snack of ready salted crisps and a banana I was ready to start the season alongside follow team mate David in the senior category.  (Little did we know that this is now a regular thing as I think this is the key to our season)

Gridded 12th after last seasons overall I was on the second row giving me that reassurance all I had to do was start fast (which I’m not very good at). Whistle goes and we are off out the corner of my eye I see David wiz past blinding start as always and ultra-reliable in that department our David is.

After the first half of the lap I’ve managed to get onto David’s Wheel we’ve managed to find ourselves stuck between the fast guys and our usual rivals, I ride alongside David and give him what I fought was so good instruction ride as hard as we can between us and we’ll be fine currently both sitting inside the top 10 this went on for a lap or so.

Around a quarter of the race has now passed and we find ourselves catching Tom Nightingale we catch Tom and he sits on our wheel another lap passes and we find ourselves in a group of five.

Me, David, Tom Nightingale, Sam Edwards & Scott Chappell this group of five stayed together until 3 laps from the end when David made a slight mistake and fell out the back of the group.  Next to fall from the group was Tom, Tom decided to attack the group with 2 to go and left us all chasing only for him to crash out from pushing on to hard.

Down to the final lap of the race and it’s Me, Scott & Sam. I end up getting jumped by the pair of them three quarters of the lap gone. So, I came in 12th on the day overall happy with that performance.

Lesson of the Day: Don’t sit on the front the whole race.


Basingstoke – Stratton Park Rd2

A venue we previously visited last season and a favourite of mine that offers a bit of everything on open park land with a few off-camber sections. This week the weather isn’t so great and is more like the cross races you see in the videos.

Practice was great fun slippy, Muddy and raining. We practiced as a team which near enough always happens taking plenty of time to ride the technical sections and deciding what’s best and hopefully quashing Lindy’s worry’s our Lindy likes to worry and get nervous but her race results say different.

So, after the pre-race snack of ready salted crisps and a banana I was ready to do it all again alongside follow team mate David in the senior category.

Gridded 12th again this week and on the second row again. I managed to get the start I’ve always dreamed of maybe the mid-week practice did me good.

This time after the first few laps nothing seemed to of changed currently in 8th with the company of my rival Dan Atkins, Me & Dan Atkins have spent the Summer chasing each other around the summer series rounds at Newbury, Dalton Barrack with a little bit of Marlborough thrown too each week one of us gets the better of the other so I knew we’d be okay riding together.

We were joined by Chris minter from Pedalon in the last 20 minutes of the race making it a three with me trying to control the pace with Dan making moves to the front occasionally. The last lap comes and the pace raises ever so slightly and the panic sets in on is Chris going to jump the pair of us and take 8th away from me. Luckily managed to hold on to 8th place and my all timed season best in the Wessex league for me. (until later it gets better)

Lesson of the day: Don’t sit on the front the whole race (Again)


Reading – Prospect Park Rd3

A venue we visit every year in the Wessex League the Bill Higson Memorial Cross. A venue which I’m not a fan of and just generally don’t go to well on with single wooded sections step climbs and just the general feeling that you’re always going uphill.

Practice goes as expected with me sharing my feeling with practically everyone that I hate the place and the usual talk of is the hill rideable!

Gridding this week is different with a large amount of the front runners away at the 3 peaks Cyclo-cross event (Rather them than me) me and David find ourselves on the front row. Whistle goes we are off managed to get going quickly again David gone off like a Scolded cat and I’m playing the usual game of ‘catch David’.

First half a lap is always a bit mad at Reading as it’s a massive advantage to get to the hill first to get a clear run at or at least be in the first 15. Mission complete get to the hill clear run at it over the top I go sitting in 9th…excellent.

Still in 9th mid-way through the race with Tim Doole and one other chasing me down. With two laps to go Tim and the other pass me by this time I’m completely fried bread.

Happy with 11th at a course which I tend to beat myself before I’ve even raced.


Lesson of the day:  Don’t beat yourself up you’ve got this.


Oxonian CC – Standlake Arena Rd4

A new venue for the league brought some fun single track with plenty of technical sections and an outfield section which consisted of being very bumpy and plenty jumps & berms and off camber.

Practice was the usual go around confirm its bumpy, is the hill rideable in the middle of the single track basic all the features ridden several times and one lap of the outfield to confirm yes, it is bumpy.

Gridding this week was the normal 12th again second row, whistle goes and I’ve had the start I’ve been searching for all these years currently in 7th after the first few corners and taking a bit of taped out with me.

I’ve Morgan Jones (Banjo Cycles) & Dan Atkins (Didcot Phoenix) in front of me as the front of the race disappears into the distance. I make my way passed Dan after a lap and manage to get myself on to the back of Morgan’s Wheel where we swap places for the laps to come and Dan slowly falls out the back.

I manage to pass Morgan and be the gentleman and do my bit of the front. (seems I like to be on the front of the groups I’m in).

Towards the end of the race Morgan makes a bike change to suit the bump circuit on to his full sus Mountain bike I mean if you got it ride and chapeau to Morgan for that, morgan then passes me and pulls a gap on me so coming home in 6th Place is now my best result in the Wessex League.


Lesson of the day: Bring Mountain Bike next time.


Fareham Wheelers – Droxford Rd5

This venue is becoming a classic in the Wessex League calendar we tend to visit here twice a series which is great but I don’t think I’ve ever been when it hasn’t rained. Well this year guess what it rained all day then got windy and to add to it freezing cold.

Practice this week was a little different I was on my own as Lindy was away and David was leaving it till as late as possible to get cold and wet. I did 3 or 4 practice laps just to make sure I was scared of the place before the race. I’ve bad memories from Droxford as in the years before cycling I was in a nasty motocross accident here which put an end to my career in motorsport and now I’m visiting it on pedal power.

So, this week the gridding is a little different we are gridded by our average finish so I line up on the line second row again but 10th this time. Whistle goes and were off another good start from me maybe it’s a sign that practice does make perfect. Currently 13th in the race after a few laps and I have the company of the youngest in the senior category Fletcher Adams (Hargrove’s Cycles) a national trophy rider that has a lot of experience for a youngster and maybe his results this season doesn’t do him justice but I’m sure he’ll come good as the season progresses. Me and fletcher end up swapping back and forth for a few laps a slip up in the pits swapping bikes allows fletcher a few second’s advantage I get them back, Fletcher swaps bikes pulls away runs like a gazelle on the uphill, I swap bikes bring it back again it continues like this for a few laps. David decided he wants to join the party and it makes us now three swapping positions. It all boils down to the last two laps when fletcher makes a mistake on a bike change and David drops off allowing me to finish 12th and David 13th which on a single speed is bonkers!


Lesson of the day: Improve Running with the bike.


Southern region chairman calls it a day

July 6, 2018

Below is micks resignation letter from

The chair southern region British cycling

Mick will be missed done a lot for the region i his time here ..

After much thought, I have decided to stand down as Region Chairman with immediate effect.

This has obviously been a very difficult decision, having been a committee/board member for nearly fifty years and chairman for thirty-two years.

However I feel this now leaves a vacancy for a new, possibly younger chairman to continue moving the region forward.  Embracing the changes that are being made by BCHQ, hopefully some of these for the better.

Finally I would like to thank everyone who has helped me in the running of the region over the years. I would like to wish the officers of the regions and the board members all the best.

All of my other cycling interests will remain unchanged and I look forward to working with you all in the future.

Kind Regards

Mick Waite


Club clothing

July 6, 2018

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January 28, 2018

Southampton threw the mud at the sarum velo riders to make the last race of the season a tough one

Lindy raced hard and managed to get 1oth place in the race  and by the looks 7th in her age group

well done lindy been a tough season but you have done so well all year long we wait to see what the final position over all in the League is but we are hoping its in the top 3 fingers crossed  and thank you so much for representing the club this year


Alex has turned in to the mud meister this season and with some extra training on the road and off road has improved  time and time again which shows that a bit of extra training does pay off .

david also has had a great season this year and improved and improved the banter between the riders makes the racing more interesting and just shows you guys are all brilliant if you put your minds to it and do that little bit extra

Well done to david and alex alex got a really great 12th place today and david also got a really great 15th Place .

Well done guys and gals you have all done the club proud this season and its much appeaciated lets hope we can get some more riders and get even more people racing cx this year

First Cross for 25 years and first of 2018 and broken Hanger

January 24, 2018

Sarum Velo had a new rider racing for the first time for a a few years in a cx race Nigel Benham he did a little report as did Lindy who had a disastrous race due to her rear mech hanger snapping

My first CX for 25 years.

After months of promising to give CX a go again, I eventually get my entry in. First hurdle sorted. Normally I can be found orienteering with Sarum Orienteers which will be either running or cycling around forests of heath finding control flags, so mud and water are certainly order of the day but my courses are usually 75mins to 3 hours.

Next few days watching the weather get worse and worse still didn’t put me off and in fact I was quite looking forward to it. My pit crew (wife) thought it would be great fun to come along and watch me make a fool of myself, so off we go on Sunday morning leaving plenty of time. Nice and warm 4 degrees, that is until Chieveley, then the snow came and the temperature dropped! First problem was finding my way onto the airfield, the website was a bit vague and there were no signs off the road!!

Eventually we get sorted and meet up with Lindy and James who help my through the signing on, unfortunately the lady at signing on forgot to mention about picking up the timing chip. Oh well, I was sure it wouldn’t make a difference to my performance!!

A quick half-sighting lap on the way to the start was enough to realise it was going to be a lottery and confirmed when I ended up at the back of the grid as it was my first race. I was happy with the race, overtaking a few on the first lap and just happy to survive the cold, narrowly avoiding a big pile up which ended up in a puddle!! Happy with my consistency overall, 3 laps within 5 seconds of each other, just lacking speed and strength on the short hills. We are still waiting for the results as I write this but I will definitely be back for more and hopefully the warmth of the summer series will set me up for more races in the winter.

Now how to play the N+1 card and get a CX bike!!

nigel came in 25th

25 703 Nigel Benham Sarum Velo M V50 39:23.4 4 -1 Lap 03:00 12:04 12:12 12:07

Great report Nigel

while nigel was racing lindy was also racing

Below report from Lindy Larkin

“After a cold couple of practice laps I felt pretty confident

with the course, all rideable. Front row start but was only a short sprint before a quick turn onto the muddy grass. I think I was running at about 8th but was cornering well compared to some. Past the pits then 50m along I heard a crunch and my wheel jam.. broken derailleur. All the field ride passed me as I shouldered and ran to the next pit which took ages as included all the deep mud and banks. Luckily Alex got David from the other pit and I was able to go on my spare bike. I was able to get back as many places as I could but was too far back to get a good result. Fun course though so used it as a practice. Onwards to next week where hopefully my bike will like me a bit more. Thanks to Dan Colloby for kindly

giving me his spare”

Well done Lindy great effort as per normal now on. To the boys in the mens senior event

Where we have two great reports from both riders Dalton Barracks round 13 – Wessex League CX.

Obviously the weather was horrendous on Sunday freezing rain / Snow / Sleet so everyone new what was in store for the day.

After a couple of laps of practice with the team or swims shell we say we where all quite confident about the race even tho the freezing cold and the conditions where the worst I think we’ve raced in.

I managed to get a pretty good start and was 9th for the first couple of laps was battling with a close friend of the team Caleb Smy when I made the stupid mistake of trying to cross a rut to get a better line only to hit the deck after clipping Caleb’s wheel to slide through a puddle. Once mounting my bike I realised I hadn’t any gear selection due the to bike being submerged in the puddle luckily enough this was the bend before the pit which allowed me to swap bikes and get back on my way again in 11th (I think). After a couple of laps slogging by myself I found myself being hunted down by David Brazier looking like I man on a mission I new id have my work cut out. With two laps to go me and David where pretty much circling the course together until the final lap when David made his move on me on the tarmac section between the tight twisty bends towards the finish I new at this point I’d have possible lost our little Sarum Velo battle only to see a gap a few turns before the finish I passed David and we went head to head for the finish in a sprint.

All in all a great day considering the weather and was good to be battling with a fellow club member I couldn’t of said that last year!

On to the final round of the season next week at Southampton!

Great report alex and now finally David’s account of his race


Not an awful lot to add from my side – the guys have covered most of it – the key points being it was bloody cold, very wet and extremely muddy.

I was gridded next to Alex but didn’t quite match his start so was down somewhere around 20th. I knew I had the legs to pass those around me but wasted a bit too much time looking for a good moment to pass – in those conditions there’s never really a good moment!

I managed to get away from the 5 or so riders I was with and in my sights was Caleb Smy (Bike Jockey) and Alex. I was closing in slowly on them both when I noticed they had swapped positions and Alex was sporting an even muddier skin suit than he was before and was now on a different bike.

I felt surprisingly good, the mud was a friendly kind of mud for me. It was sloppy mud over a harder base rather than a super sticky mud. If nothing else, cyclocross will help you learn more about mud than you probably should.

Anyway, I digress…I managed to get up to Al and stuck to his wheel for a bit waiting to make my move – it being Al I wasn’t prepared to do the usual risky ducking and diving! – and I passed him with about half a lap to go.

I wasn’t sure what would work best for me coming into the last sprint – Al’s got the legs on me in a sprint so it was either try and get a gap and try to hold him off or try a surprise sprint from behind. Well, I couldn’t get a gap on him so I was left to try a sprint from behind. In the end he simply out gunned me.

Still it was great fun and sprinting with a team mate is a win-win situation!

Around this point I think the cold got to me a bit – don’t really remember getting undressed after the race but definitely got home wearing nothing but a picnic blanket and my hoodie. Good times.


Done to everyone. Such great race reports from those Who raced this weekend under harsh conditions well done indeed

Next weekend is Southampton for the final race of this years season so come on down and cheer them on

Paul club secretary

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