Fusion Five take on Sheffield’s Magnificent Seven
Five of our members raced the Magnificent 7 cycle race on 24th March, as part of the Sheffield Outdoor City Weekend.
Click here to find out more about the event and the performance of Dan, Darren H, Darren M, Chris and Abbie. Fantastic performances from all riders including two individual hill wins for Darren helping him to get 2nd overall in the Vets category with Abbie securing 3rd place in the female category. Chapeau to you all!
The event comprised of 134 competitors racing up seven steep Sheffield hills to gain points on each before riding leisurely in-between them. The early spring weather was very kind with bright sunshine and a gentle breeze allowing riders to enjoy the views over the outdoor city. The total route climbed 3,200ft around Sheffield and finished with a handicapped bonus climb on the Tour de France KOM point on the Cote de Bradfield. To see full results click here.
Last Sunday saw the Mansfield Road Club "Big Red Ride" over a distance of 60 miles on a route around Nottinghamshire. This turned out to be a very well organised event with a great HQ and lots of information provided about the routes from printed maps, GPX routes and QR codes for a direct link to strava. The format for the ride was everybody starts at the same time and the first one back has the quickest time. It was great to see local pro Adam Kenway (Vitus Cycling) riding and chatting to us all. It was just a shame he wanted to get back to the HQ before it started raining! This led to a constant 24mph average speed which contributed to dropping many riders along the way. A great ride following the Tommy Simpson the week before and a good way to know if you are race ready!
A few months ago the club was joined by Simon Warren and a photographer from Cycling Weekly as we are to be featured on the magazines club ride page.
Hopefully all members enjoyed the ride and the chance to speak about why cyclings important to them and why our club is the one to be a member of.
This has now been published on the magazines website. Read all about the ride by clicking here
NATIONAL HILL CLIMB CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sunday 28th October saw the "Nationals" being held at Stocksbridge on Pea Royd Lane.
Abbie rode the event and finished a credible 15th in the female category
Its fantastic to see Fusion CC being represented at a National event. WELL DONE ABBIE
MONSAL HILL CLIMB
Sunday 6th October saw the 88th edition of this fantastic event with three riders representing our club.
Abbie, Anthony and Darren H all rode the event and produced great times and even better results
Abbie - 2nd Female
Darren - 7th Veteran
Anthony - 8th Veteran 50+
Team Event - 14th Overall
Take a look below at some "pain faces" and then click here to see a full results sheet
Saturday 22nd September was the start of the Grindleford Goat weekend. Events included a hillclimb, sportive and kids grass track race. We had riders involved in each event, but no fewer than five of our junior riders took part in the grass track race following cyclo cross training with Matlock CC. WELL DONE to Rowan, Oscar, Emerson, Ollie and Henry who all tried really hard and came away from the event with a cycling medal
This years ride to Cleethorpes once again turned out to be eventful due to an incident for George with a "hole in the road" and a puncture on the way home. Well Done to all riders who rode in high temperatures. We all enjoyed the high mileage, quick average speed and of course "Fish and Chips".
Were you one of the 2 million spectators who lined the road at some point over the four days to watch the Tour de Yorkshire? Inspired by what you saw? If so and you fancy a ride with a local club around the Peak District then take a look at our website for more details of how you could make it happen.
You may have even got chance to meet one of you`re cycling heroes just like Steve did? He caught up with the Belgian classics specialist Greg Van Avermaet at the start of stage 2 in Barnsley to talk tactics. Two days later he went onto win the race overall
On Sunday 29th April Antony Walker and Graham Coe took part
in the Battle of Bradfield sportive which involved 6,000 feet of climbing during the 39 mile ride.
Both can be seen still smiling after just completing the Cote de Bradfield! WELL DONE Lads
Finally we had some dry roads for a change on last weekends clubrun which felt long overdue. Seven riders in the B group took full advantage to ride on roads with fantastic views between Elton and Youlgrave. Photo: Peter White
Fusion Four take on Sheffield’s Magnificent Seven
Four of our members raced the Magnificent 7 cycle race on 11th March, as part of the Sheffield Outdoor City Weekend.
Click here to find out more about the event and the performance of Dan, Darren H, Darren M and Abbie. Two of the four were involved in the prize presentations!
The event comprised of 130 competitors racing up seven steep Sheffield hills to gain points on each before riding leisurely in-between them.
A new concept for a race but one which is certainly proving to be a successful one (If you like hills!)
On Sunday 17th December it was the annual Xmas clubrun which gave some of us the opportunity to add the spare tinsel, baubles and lights onto our winter bikes. Although the plan to meet some of the youngsters at Millers Dale was firmly "put on ice" it failed to dampen our spirits and the day ended with some fantastic tasting pies at the Blue Stoops in Dronfield. A "BIG THANKS" from us all go to Adam for organising everything for the day. If you have any pictures from the day then please send them in...
The clubrun on Sunday 30th October saw the A group visit a new cafe at the National Stone Centre in Wirksworth (Nr Cromford). Following an invite by e-mail to visit we were not left disappointed as the "Gastro Pod" has outdoor tables, ample and safe space to store bikes as well as a fantastic view.
The clubrun was a 60mile round trip taking in Youlgrave, Biggin and the climb up to Wirksworth from the Via Gelia. On the way home we decided to take in one of the toughest climbs in Derbyshire, Rowsley Bar. Average Speed for the ride was 16.5mph.
Darren, Andy, Bruce and Dan looking "fresh" after completing the coast to coast route in one day. This included riding through torrential rain which contributed to numerous punctures. 151miles in one day is a fantastic effort but include 12,000 feet of climbing and it turns into a mamouth effort. WELL DONE LADS
Sunday 21st May saw the A group visit Langsett Café and take in the roads used by "Le Tour" and the "Tour de Yorkshire". It also gave us chance to wear our new club kit whilst climbing a total of 1,900 meters on smooth roads. The route included the climbs of Bradfield, Wigtwizzle, Ewden Bank and Midehopestones.
BIG THANKS to Dan for organising the design, order and delivery of the new kit.
Adam was happy to provide evidence that Ewden Bank (aka deliverance) was taking its as toll on some riders