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1904RT: season update

Created by Michelle Arthurs Brennan at 2019-08-07 13:50:06

1904RT riders have been busy racing across the UK (venturing as far as the 'Cold Dark North'), and parts of Belgium and Spain this season - and now seems a good time to take stock of what's been ticked off so far.

Results have poured in from road races, crits and time trials – the most recent result seeing Andy Critchlow collect fifth at the European Masters Champs.

Here’s a round up on each active rider’s results. Yes, it is alphabetical...

Michelle Arthurs Brennan

A busy summer than began in March sees Michelle hold the “biggest point scorer” award, on 122 before taking a mid summer break.

A top 10 at a Women’s Team Series race was a big goal for Michelle – and one she achieved in July at the Oakley Road Races, with eighth place, having missed out at the April Coalville Wheelers event, with 13th after a lap long break.

May saw a win at the Goodwood Gallops, after a breakaway effort from around the 20 minute mark, plus third at the Cross End Road Race following a break from the half-way point. A month later, Michelle placed 12th overall and 5th regionally at the Central, Eastern, and South East combined championship race.

Dipping her toe back into time trials, Michelle scooped up two wins and PBs, with 59.24 on the H25/8 and 20.45 on the sporting Horne circuit.

Helen Bridgman

Helen began the season with a handful of crit races – picking up 6th, 9th and 7th. However, her primary goal of the season was a much longer affair: riding the 3,460 kilometre route of the Tour de France, just one day ahead of the pros.

Helen completed the epic ride alongside nine other women, as part of the InternationElle squad.

The group embarked upon the challenge in order to highlight inequalities in cycling, and the lack of a women’s Tour de France – and whilst she was riding, ASO confirmed its plans to promote an event “like a women’s Tour de France” – though they’ve not confirmed a date, distance or any other details as yet.

Andy Critchlow

Critch has had a stream of solid results – many of which resulted from courageous “from the gun” breakaway efforts.

The first of these was sixth at the Roy Thame Cup National B road race, in March, followed by 20th at the Norwood Paragon promoted Les Ingman Road Race.

Come the second round of the National Masters Series, Critch scooped up second overall and first in his age group at Hog Hill in April, taking a win at the Dunsfold Vets series in May.

In June, Critch won the LVRC South East Regional road race champs, before heading to Belgium for the OVWF Izegem kermesse, where he was second.

Most recently, Andy joined a breakaway group at the European Masters Championships in Holland. Driving the pace throughout, he came away with 5th – a good omen ahead of the National Masters champs.

Gemma Hayes

Gemma has had a busy year outside of racing, with work and exams taking precedence. However, she’s collected some excellent results at Sussex Cycle Racing league’s Preston Park series, with a second place in May.

At the Coalville Wheelers round of the Team Series, Gemma took one for the team, time trialling most of the race to secure points available for finishers.

Anna Marie Hughes

Delaying the start of her season to complete her final year at university, Anna has been working her way back to form with impressive speed.

She placed fifth at the Team Milton Keynes Central League Road Race, before turning her legs to short sharp efforts with a podium at the Andover Cycling Festival crits.

At the Kingston Wheelers Maria Thompson Memorial Road Race on the Staple Hill Circuit in nearby Chobham, she sprinted to second of the seniors after a cagey race where no breakaway was allowed to escape.

Another solid result came at the Bekhampsted Cycle Club RR, with sixth place.

Ralph de Kanter

Ralpha has mostly been racing at the Crystal Palace crits, alongside Ben and Chris Moores.

Results so far have included seventh place, and a fourth – just one step away from that coveted podium.

Mathilde Pauls

Former [World Championship medal winning] rower, Mathilde has been marginally hampered this season by her ambitious goal setting: aiming to lose the first cat license which has rendered the vast majority of women’s road races out of her grasp.

Despite this ambition limiting her ability to compete "too often", she’s still picked up an impressive string of results.

These include more early time trial wins than we’re able to list, plus two wins at Hog Hill – one in April and the other in June.

At the Tour of Sussex, where 1904 fielded a team of five riders, Mathilde was able to claw her way into the top 15 amongst a stacked field with some organised teams.

In July, Mathilde raced the Charters Peaugeot Farnham Town Centre Crit, picking up a podium, before securing second place at the National Masters Circuit Championships.

Mathilde also picked up First Female at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Aquabike world champs in May - you can't get BC points in triathlon: clever planning!

Jamie Pullen

Our youngest rider, fresh out of his GCSE year, Jamie has enjoyed a busy racing season – competing mostly against seniors despite the hindrance of junior gears.

Jamie secured a podium and 6th place at the Sussex Cycle Racing League closed circuit races in July, also taking tenth at Portsmouth’s Mountbatten Centre that month.

At Surrey League Handicaps, his best placing was 11th, in May – and an early season Hillingdon crit saw him score fourth.

Tina Reid

Joining us from a time trialing background, Tina has been busy picking up her road racing stripes – targeting handling with a series of fast paced town centre crits.

At the Andover Cycling Festival Criterium, she secured sixth – before scoring big time at the National Masters Circuit Race champs, with second in her age group.

Carolyn Swan

Carolyn’s primary goal of the season was to obtain her second category license: a target she’s achieved and far surpassed – currently sitting at 58 of the 40 points required.

A former runner, Carolyn was able to maximise her climbing strengths at the National Masters Championships in Lancaster – where she rode to fifth in her age group amid testing conditions. At the National Masters crit race, she scooped up third.

It was a win at Hove Park Crits which saw Carolyn gain her newly upgrade license, and she also placed third at the Preston Park circuit in May.

Viv Tomlin

An unending source of support for the team in its inaugural year, Viv has been racing her way through a house and job move.

Taking on National Team Series races, she competed at the most rounds of the six event collection – racing the Milton Keynes, Coalville and Dave Peck editions – as well as the testing Tour of Sussex.

Viv collected a win in June, at the Bovingdon circuit, as well as an 8th and 6th place during the series.

1904RT was set up to draw more racers into Norwood Paragon. All members of 1904RT are required to become Norwood Paragon members.

So far, cost of BC, CTT, Women's Team Series and Surrey League registration plus crash repair kit has been covered by Maison de Velo. Spend by Norwood Paragon has been kit for our two under 23s, coaching at the training weekend (open to Paragon and 1904 members) plus nutrition for the Tour of Sussex.


Norwood Paragon organises successful 1904RT training weekend

Created by Michelle Arthurs Brennan at 2019-02-26 09:49:33

Norwood Paragon members helped to organise the first ever 1904RT training weekend - which offered an opportunity for Paragoni to get to know the new recruits and pass on racing knowledge.

In total, 35 riders took part across three different sessions, which were open to Paragoni, 1904RT and Maison du Velo's club members.

Sessions, devised by Marcus Bruton, included a tempo ride followed by skills session on Saturday and an endurance ride on Sunday.

The skills sessions benefited from input from external coach Ian Watson, who offered critique on sprinting form using video footage, and ran a Q+A in the evening.

On Sunday, Austyn Tusler led the women's team ride, instructing riders to attack and chase at key moments whilst Marcus led the men in a through-and-off to ensure they won the hare and hound.

Each session had three groups rolling out, one for the men's team, one for the women's, and a more moderately paced option led by Duncan Murdoch for those not looking for a leg-ripping experience.

Maison du Velo bike shop provided an HQ for the weekend, putting on a pasta buffet at lunch time to keep riders fuelled before the team meal on Saturday evening - which was, as per the entire weekend, open to all Paragon members to enjoy.

Check out the 1904RT report here


Norwood Paragon 2018 Awards: the winners

Created by Michelle Arthurs Brennan at 2019-02-04 23:06:46

Trophies for the 2018 racing season were awarded following the club AGM on Friday February 1, at Maison du Velo bike shop in Reigate.

After a season where our promoted events seemed to be attacked from all angles - with cancellations due to lack of entries and roadworks taking their toll - it was excellent to see that the racing spirit was still far from deterred.

The season held an array of stand-out performances, the highlights of which where (ok, will be) etched into silver for generations to come to remember.

(A full list is printed below)

Men's road race champion Andy Critchlow amassed 109 British Cycling points, maintaining his first category license and competing at a host of National events.

Critchlow picked up the award for the most Surrey League points, too.

Women's road race champion Michelle Arthurs-Brennan accumulated 142 BC points in total, also picking up the highest ranked second cat award.

Best third category rider (at the start of the season) went to Anna-Marie Hughes, who was also crowned regional Under 23 champion for the year.

Junior road race champion was George Skinner, who moves away from the Paragon for 2019 but had an excellent run with us.

Prolific time triallist Adrian Blacker made an almost clean-sweep of the TT trophies, with the fastest 10, 25, 50 and 100 awards. He was beaten to the circuit champs trophy and club 10 award by outgoing secretary, Simon Smythe.

On the women's side, Gemma Hayes took the lionshare of the limelight, as she draws closer to her goal of going under the hour for a 25. At the club events, Carolyn Heeps came out top of the table.

Best at going uphill was Marcus Brueton, whilst Duncan Murdoch was quickest down the other side for a fourth year running.

The best mountain biker could go to none other than muddy bike secretary, Dave Mascall.

The Johnnie Dennis Trophy for the most valuable contribution to the club went to yours truly - Michelle Arthurs-Brennan, with the creation of race team 1904RT cited as the primary justification.

Receiving the trophy is an absolute honour, and I hope to do it proud over the next twelve months.


Winners - full list:

Johnnie Dennis Trophy - Most valuable contribution to the club Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

F W Southall Trophy - Club Short Distance Time Trial Champion Adrian Blacker (27.56mph)

Mass Start Championship Plaque - Road Race Champion Andrew Critchlow

E W Tugwell Cup - Road Race Champion Andrew Critchlow

Coombs Cup - Women's Road Race Champion Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Keith Butler Bowl - Junior Road Race Champion George Skinner

Les Black Cup - First in Club Hill-Climb Marcus Brueton

Jim Fox Cup - Fastest time in first Club 25 Mile time trial Adrian Blacker (1.01.08)

Fryco Cup - Fastest time in Club 50 Mile time trial Adrian Blacker (2.02.12)

Goss Green Trophy - Fastest time in Club 100 Mile time trial Adrian Blacker (4.17.46)

Lady’s 10 Mile Trophy - Fastest women's 10 mile TT Gemma Hayes (23.51)

E E Cleeve Trophy - Fastest 25 mile TT Adrian Blacker (52.42)

Lady’s 25 Mile Trophy - Fastest women's 25 mile TT Gemma Hayes (1.03.28)

Arthur Sharp Plaque - Fastest 50 mile TT Adrian Blacker (1.59.59)

Stan Harrison Salver - Second cat rider with the most BC points Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Dave London Tankard - Third cat rider with the most BC points Anna Marie Hughes

Surrey League Stein - Most Surrey League points Andrew Critchlow

Club 10 Mile TT Series Men - Most points gained in six club 10s Simon Smythe

Club 10 Mile TT Series Women - Most points gained in six club 10s, women Carolyn Heeps

Circuit TT Championship - Fastest time in President's TT Simon Smythe (32.01)

Stan Butler Trophy - Best TT performance of the year Adrian Blacker (53.47)

Alan Gordon Plaque - Downhill Champion Duncan Murdoch

Alan Gordon - Fastest open 50 mile TT Adrian Blacker (1.59.59)

Gold Medal - Short Dist. TT Champion - Club short distance TT Adrian Blacker

Gold Medal - Men's Road Race Champion - Men's road race champion Andrew Critchlow[/b]

Gold Medal - Ladies Road Race Champion - Women's road race champion Michelle Arthurs-Brennan[/b]

Mountain Bike Trophy - Best mountain Biker David Mascall


The AGM ran smoothly. Minutes should be available via email. In short, Jon Masters was re-elected as Chairman, and Steve Watkins as President with Vice Presidents remaining the same. Phillipa Watkins joined the committee as social secretary, and Simon Smythe stepped down as time trial secretary, leaving the position vacant (and due to be filled!). Simon Smythe will remain on the committee.

There is need for a webmaster, I will look into a new website for the club myself, with a view to create something a little like the new 1904RT site.

It was highlighted that the Les Ingman road race will take place on Sunday April 14 and that marshals will be needed. Please put the date in your diary and contact Jon Masters if you're able to help.

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