Welsh Cycling Cyclo-Cross Series Round 4 – MVBP hosted by Cardiff Ajax (22/10/23)

Our club results were:

Under 6 Boys:

Charlie Neary – 5th

Under 8 Boys:

Ellis Edwards – 11th

Under 10 Girls:

Daisy Duffield – 1st Place

Under 10 Boys:

Macsen Harris – 3rd Place

Thomas Richards – 4th

Abel Morgan – 7th

Conor Neary – 13th

George Harvey – 20th

Under 14 Girls:

Jess Duffield – 1st Place

Lowri Goodwin – 5th

Under 14 Boys:

Archie Harvey – 9th

Under 16 Girls:

Helen Stevenson – 3rd Place

Senior Women:

Amanda Neary – 7th

Vet 40 Women:

Rowena Duffield – 1st Place

Jane Harvey – 10th

Vet 40 Men:

Mike Griffiths – 9th

Ross Duffield – 17th

Paul Stevenson – 29th

Vet 50 Men:

Ross Porter – 4th

Vinny Goodwin – 17th

Richard Lake – 18th

Darren Harris – 23rd

Vet 60 Men:

Andrew Haines – 8th

Congratulations everyone, another fantastic turnout for the club.

Welsh Cycling Cyclo-Cross Series Round 3 – Foxley Cross hosted by Gannet CC (15/10/23)

Our club results were:

Under 6 Boys:

Charlie Neary – 3rd Place

Under 8 Boys:

Ellis Edwards – 6th

Under 10 Girls:

Daisy Duffield – 2nd Place

Under 10 Boys:

Macsen Harris – 3rd Place

Thomas Richards – 5th

Abel Morgan – 8th

George Harvey – 13th

Under 14 Girls:

Jess Duffield – 1st Place

Lowri Goodwin – 4th

Under 14 Boys:

Archie Harvey – 8th

Under 16 Girls:

Helen Stevenson – 5th

Senior Women:

Amanda Neary – 2nd Place

Vet 40 Women:

Rowena Duffield – 1st Place

Jane Harvey – 7th

Vet 40 Men:

Mike Griffiths – 10th

Ross Duffield – 15th

Vet 50 Men:

Ross Porter – 4th

Richard Lake – 15th

Darren Harris – 17th

Congratulations to everyone, another great turnout for the club. Thank you.

Welsh Cycling Cyclo-Cross Series Round 2 – Penyrheol Leisure Centre hosted by Gower Riders (01/10/23)

We were treated to another wet and muddy day, but that’s what Cyclo-Cross is for.

Our club results are:

Under 6 Boys:

Charlie Neary – 6th

Under 10 Girls:

Daisy Duffield – 1st Place

Under 10 Boys:

Macsen Harris – 4th

Thomas Richards – 5th

Conor Neary – 16th

Under 14 Girls:

Jess Duffield – 1st Place

Under 16 Girls:

Helen Stevenson – 4th

Senior Women:

Amanda Neary – 6th

Vet 40 Women:

Rowena Duffield – 1st Place

Vet 40 Men:

Ross Duffield – 14th

Mike Griffiths – 19th

Vet 50 Men:

Ross Porter – 6th

Richard Lake – 17th

Darren Harris – 23rd

Welsh Hill Climb Championships (08/10/2023)

We are delighted for 3 of our wonderful women members, Helen, Becky and Lianne took part in the Welsh Hill Climb Championships up the iconic tumble today.

We are super proud to share that Helen won the Youth female category (WELSH CHAMPION 💪), Becky was 2nd in the Vet Women category, whilst Lianne finished 2nd senior woman.

Congratulations to the 3 of you, super proud and delighted for you all.

Welsh Cycling Cyclo-Cross Series Round 1 – Risca Leisure Centre hosted by Cwmcarn Paragon Cycling Club (24/09/23)

After a very wet build up to the race, along with some of the early races having rain, the sun came out. However, it was still very much a mud bath!

Huge thanks to all of our volunteers for making the day a success, this included having to rake the course after the grass was cut 2 WEEKS before the event. Every single volunteer was brilliant, thank you all. Biggest thanks though to event organisers Ross & Rowena Duffield, they have been working incredibly hard on this event for several months, and their commitment and dedication is absolutely superb. Special mention also to Paul and Doreen Duffield (Ross’s Parents) who both do so much behind the scenes, and help so very much at every single event, thank you both.

So, the club results for the day are:

Under 6 Boys:

Charlie Neary

Under 8 Boys:

Idris Aicheler – 11th

Under 10 Girls:

Daisy Duffield – 1st place

Under 10 Boys:

Thomas Richards – 3rd place

Macsen Harris – 5th

Abel Morgan – 11th

Louis-Victor Micu – 12th

George Harvey – 18th

Gabriel Secree – 21st

Conor Neary – 22nd

Under 14 Girls:

Jess Duffield – 1st Place

Under 14 Boys:

Archie Harvey – 10th

Under 16 Girls:

Helen Stevenson – 1st Place

Under 16 Boys:

Dillion Scott – 9th

Alexandru-Andrei Micu – 11th

Senior Women:

Amanda Neary – 8th

Vet 40 Women:

Rowena Duffield – 1st place

Vet 40 Men:

Mike Griffiths – 4th

David Godfrey – 10th

Ross Duffield – 24th

Vet 50 Men:

Ross Porter – 8th

Richard Lake – 21st

Darren Harris – 29th

Vet 60 Men:

Andrew Haines – 4th

Outstanding efforts by everyone, and a superb turnout for the club, thank you all.

Welsh Cycling MTB XC Series Round 5 – THE WELSH CHAMPIONSHIP – in Llanidloes on 10/09/2023

Huge congratulations to everyone that took part in Llanidloes, and indeed their support crews.

Our Club results are:

Under 10 Girls:

Daisy Duffield – FIRST PLACE (WC jerseys are not awarded at U10 Level)

Under 10 Boys:

Macsen Harris – 9th Place

Under 12 Girls:

Jess Duffield – FIRST PLACE (Winning this jersey for the 2nd year in a row)

Youth Girls:

Helen Stevenson – 2nd place

Vet Women:

Rowena Duffield – FIRST PLACE (Winning this jersey for the 2nd year in a row)

Fun Men:

Paul Stevenson – 7th place

Grand Vet Men:

Ross Porter – 7th place

Daisy Duffield U10 Girls
FIRST PLACE
Jess Duffield U12 Girls
WELSH CHAMPION
Rowena Duffield Vet Women WELSH CHAMPION
Helen Stevenson – Youth Girls 2nd place

Congratulations everyone, continuing to do the club proud

Life Member Julie Hooper returns

We are delighted at the moment to have Julie Hooper return to the UK and ride with us this weekend, for the first time in 20 years. Julie was an incredible club member before she moved to Australia 20 years or so ago, and is one of our Life Members.

Julie is a huge inspiration for many of us at the club, and here is a piece taken from Mornington Peninsula News in Australia, which sums up why she is so important to us.

FIVE years ago, Julie Hooper’s life changed in a split second, as her body was crushed by a sweeper truck that had rolled out of control.

In a coma for two weeks, Hooper woke to doctors telling her she was lucky to be alive, but that with a snapped collar bone, broken ribs and vertebrae, some brain damage plus a pelvis smashed in six places, the then 45-year-old had a long journey of recovery ahead of her.

Now, at the age of 50, Hooper has just won the road race and the time trial in the recent Women’s National Paralympics C5 Challenge, amazing medical staff, her family and mostly herself.

Hooper basically had to learn to walk again after her accident, but was so determined to get her strength and fitness back that she returned to her childhood sport of cycling.

She still has no sensation in her right leg, and thus rides competitively in the C4-5 sections, which includes riders whose coordination is affected to a low level on one side or in the legs, moderately in one leg or the absence of limbs. Showing true grit and battling constant pain and road-related PTSD. Hooper is determined to keep pursuing sporting success, and is currently in training for the Virtus Oceania Asia Games 2023  in March in Brisbane, where she will compete against elite athletes from all over the world.

Because of nerve damage, Hopper has to have her right leg clamped to the bike, and has twice-weekly physiotherapy sessions to keep her body working properly, as well as sessions with a strength and conditioning coach five times a week to try to get the wasted muscles working again.

Abut, as far as Hooper sees it, she had two choices after the accident – either wallow on the sofa in pain, or endure the pain, try to have fun and enjoy life.

Julie with our club president, Mr John Hatfield.

This was special to witness as neither John nor Julie could control their emotions as they embraced. John is Julie’s former coach and long term friend.

John along with another club legend Mr Tony Carpenter, are for sure, a pivotal part of Julie’s love for cycling and instrumental in her racing pedigree.

Club stalwart Richie Harris at the Worlds in Glasgow

HARDMAN HARRIS SHRUGS OFF DISLOCATED THUMB TO FINISH WORLD CHAMPS

Cwmcarn Paragon talisman Richie Harris finished a brave 63rd in his age category at the UCI World Championship Masters Gran Fondo Road Race in Scotland – despite badly dislocating a thumb in a crash.

He said: “Thanks everyone for support. All in all a great day with some highs & lows on a brilliant course with stunning vistas.

“I came down hard in a crash caused by some clown and dislocated my thumb badly. I put it back in and subsequently struggled up the hardest climb riding one-handed so was dropped from the front group.

“The plus side was riding with Vino (London Olympic road race gold medalist Alexandr Vinokurov) full gas for 35km, the crowds & it stayed dry!”

Richie also send his gratitude and congratulations to Neil Lewis and Kev Blake.

Congratulations Richie, continuing to do yourself and the club proud.

Two of our Youth Section Members take on the European Junior Cycling Tour Assen

Sisters Jess and Daisy Duffield took on a 5 day stage race the European Junior Cycling Tour Assen (The Jeugdtour) in Holland this week. The race itself consisted of a prologue, Criterium, Points race, Time Trial & another Criterium. This race is about as serious as kids cycle racing gets.

Stage 1: Prologue
The conditions were wet around the tarmac/cobblestone loop around the village. It was cool to have a proper start ramp.
Jess was 8th overall (3rd girl), whilst Daisy finished 9th overall (5th girl)

Stage 2: Criterium Emmen
Circuit race with alternate sprints for the green jersey on the finish line and the white jersey on the climb.
Both girls worked hard, Jess worked a bit too hard during the race and had nothing left for the final sprint, but was a great experience.
Daisy 5th overall, 3rd girl
Jess 15th overall (bunch sprint), 5th girl

Stage 3: Points race in Assen
Sprint laps for points towards the green jersey today.
Jess had 4 sprints over 12 laps, and scored points in every sprint, finishing 6th overall and 1st girl
Daisy had three sprints over six laps, and scored points in every sprint, finishing 8th overall and 4th girl.
No time changes today so no changes in GC.

This was Daisy’s first Points race and first experience of close bunch sprints.
Lucky with the weather again, several heavy rain showers during the day but not during the girls’ races.
Between the two races we did a sighting lap of Stage 5 for Friday, bumpy cobbles and tarmac sections under the trees.

Stage 4: Time Trial
Jess’s category had 6km on the flat followed by a short hill climb of 16% gradient. Jess had a storming ride and finished in 5th place overall (8 seconds behind the winner), first girl to finish, 29 seconds in front of the next placed girl.
Jess has jumped up from 3rd girl in GC to first girl.
Daisy’s category had 2.1km on the flat. She did a good job into the headwind and finished 4th girl.
It was so nice to have a dry day, and the sun came out!

All to play for tomorrow in the final stage- a Crit race with cobbles.

Stage 5: Criterium Asserbos
Jess was stoked to race in the pink jersey today, and felt strong and won the stage overall.
Daisy did a great job and finished 2nd girl today, her highest finish.

Final standings:
Jess: 5th overall GC, 1st girl, 8th in the Green points classification (2nd girl), 7th in the White special classification (1st girl).
Daisy: 7th overall GC, 4th girl, 4th in the Green points classification (2nd girl), 8th in the White special classification (4th girl).

Jess and Daisy have had a great time here and enjoyed the racing.
Great to have another dry day

Congratulations Jess and Daisy, you have truly done the club, and more importantly yourselves proud. Congratulations.

Welsh Cycling MTB XC Series Round 4 at Tan Y Graig

Huge congratulations to everyone that took the time and effort to travel to Dare Valley and competed and/or supported.

Our Club results are:

Under 10 Girls:

Daisy Duffield – 1st

Under 10 Boys:

Macsen Harris – 7th

Under 12 Girls:

Jess Duffield – 1st

Youth Girls:

Helen Stevenson – 3rd

Vet Women:

Rowena Duffield – 1st

Fun Men:

Ross Duffield – 2nd

Congratulations Helen & the Duffield family, incredible results.