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Top Quality Sportive : 22/05/2016
Compton Hospice held their annual Sportive on Sunday 22nd May. With a full field and three route choices of 25, 65 and 100 miles, there was something for everyone. Your reporter elected to ride the Standard (65 mile) course which wound its way through the undulating country roads of the Shropshire countryside and around the Wrekin mountain via the undoubted highlight of Ironbridge and Coalbrookdale, scene of the Industrial Revolution, without which we would all be on wooden bicycles! On hand to present the medals was none other than Hugh Porter, one of Britains most successful cyclists of the 60s and still keen to ride even in his 70s. If you wanted to pick one Sportive for 2017, you could do a lot worse than the Compton!

Hilly TT : 19/05/2016
Liam Killeen leads the way

Malvern Cycle sport rider Liam Killeen showed his class in VC Sevale’s latest Timetrial. Raced on the extremely challenging hilly Welland course, that sees riders tackle the climbs over British Camp and hollybush, Liam rode to victory in 32 minutes and 15 seconds. Two time National Road Series champion Nikki Juniper from Team Ford Ecoboost came in a strong second place, completing the course in 34 minutes 58 seconds. Martin Lines of Worcester St Johns finished in third place a further 2 seconds behind. Mike Amery collected maximum points in VC Sevale’s season long points competition by being the fastest club member on the night, stopping the clock in 36 minutes 5 seconds.

Monday pub ride : 07/05/2016
Will Davies will be going out on another of his Monday evening rides to include a stop at a local Pub.
The plan this Monday (9th) is to head off from Barnards Green bus stop at 6:30. A steady 30 ish miles later stop at the 3 Kings Hanley Castle.
Fingers crossed the good weather lasts


Coaching session.. : 04/05/2016
Weds 4th May ... Fun coaching session tonight for adult roady types... its off road but using a flat footy pitch so a mtb or touring bike / hybrid with good tread on the tyres will suffice.

Non club members welcome, so if you have mates who might like to have some help with road riding let em know..

We will be doing group riding and etiquette etc.... nothing strenuous..
FREE....
Bring a helmet and maybe a bottle of water etc... starts 7pm lasts approx 1hr.
Session run by a level 2 BC coach...

Location .. Peachfield Common footy pitch.... Malvern Wells.

Little mountain tt : 23/04/2016
Two Sevale riders took part in the 40 mile Little Mountain TT this weekend...
Mike Amery did a very creditable 1hr 58 mins 40 secs and Steve Price pottered round in a rather slow 2.27.09 but wasn't last.. phew.... The course takes in a circuit from Great Whitley..Martley..Hallow...and back then a beastly 20 miles up and over Stanford, Bromyard Downs and Ankerdine then back along the lumpy Martley rd. 3000ft plus of climbing and very fast descents....
A highly enjoyable if slightly evil event...
Lets have a team of 3 next year....

severn stoke 10 : 21/04/2016
Pile and Milner tie for first

VC Sevale’s Jez Pile and Worcester St John’s rider Jason Milner tied for top spot in our clubs latest time trial. Held on the fast 10 mile Severn stoke course, both riders clocked an impressive 22 minutes and 30 seconds. Malvern Sevale rider William Davies came in third place, stopping the clock in 23 minutes and 18 seconds just ahead of fellow Sevale rider Mike Amery.

getting fit : 18/04/2016
So.... you are getting fit and getting fast but are you still fat?

Well thats the lot for many of us especially this time of year. The winter flab is difficult to shift and doesn't help our climbing very much...
so how to lose it..

there is plenty of advice out there [ latest I have seen was in Cycling Weekly last week. ] but it appears the best plan for most of us is to lose it slowly and with proper planning and nutrition.

Wiggo got his weight down for his Tour win by cutting out gluten early in the year, did fasted rides [ do these but at a steady easy easy pace... ] , cut sugar from drinks, very good quality protein and of course eating healthy foods generally... also he packed in the beer.... [ in my experience giving up beer and bread have been the most affective way of losing weight.... ] ....

Getting the miles in helps but it is not enough if you are sticking to drinking beers and eating loads of cheese on toast...

.. So that's short term weight loss sorted.... Long term .. keeping it off... the bad news is that it is not easy, a restricted diet will drop your weight in the short term but it will go back on quickly given the chance...

The good news is that recent research has shown that a changed diet can change us permanently as far as our metabolism is concerned, so a sensible sustainable restricted diet [ cut in overall calorie intake ] , coupled with a healthy attitude to what we actually eat ie a good balanced nutritional intake will work.... it takes around a year but apparently it does work......

Can I cut out the beers, cheese sarnies and chips..
of course...
haha... been trying for the last couple of months but have only lost a few pounds... but its going the right way...

Good luck folks.... Steve.

Burford cup : 14/04/2016
12 riders braved torrential downpours and strong gusty winds to compete in VC Sevale’s latest 10 mile time trial, incorporating the Burford Cup for club members on standard road bikes. Guest rider Martin Lines (Worcester st Johns) was fastest on the night in a time of 23 minutes and 47 seconds with Evesham Wheelers rider Richard Young in second place in 27 min 1 sec. First home rider was William Davies who completed the Chance Lane course in 27 minutes 6 seconds, edging out fellow club rider Mark Webb by a mere 2 seconds. Malvern Cycle Sport’s junior rider Hattie Harnden rode strongly to finish in 7th place with an excellent time of 28 min 40 seconds.

The competition for the Burford Cup, which is based on a handicap calculated from last year’s results, was closely contested with the first three riders separated by less than half a minute. Mark Webb was victorious, with Sean O’Toole in second place. Simon Barker completed the podium.


weekend racing : 09/04/2016
Some great racing this weekend on the Welland 16 mile (ish) course. Saturday saw the LVRC take on the VTTA in a time trial. Club members William Davies and Mike Amery teamed up to ride in the team event. Despite Will's complaints that the lean Mike offers limited drafting, while his 'fuller figure' acts like a wind break, the pair finished in 3rd place. Over all the VTTA won the trophy for this year.
Sunday then saw Mike compete in Echelon cycles road race. tricky blustery conditions saw attacks early on and unfortunately Mike just missed out. His finish was a creditable 4th in his age category. Full reports and results can be found on the LVRC facebook page

Hanley Swan Time Trial : 07/04/2016
Velo Club Sevale rider William Davies won the Malvern cycling club's second time trial of the season, held again on the 5.5 mile Hanley Swan course. Colder weather with a stiff head wind on the final leg meant that many of the riders struggled to match the previous week's times but Will Davies bucked the trend and rode one second quicker to win in 12 minutes and 37 seconds. Coming a close second was club mate Mike Amery, who stopped the clock in 12 min and 48 seconds. Guest rider G Browning put in an impressive ride to complete the podium in 13 min 15 seconds. First lady on the night was Clare Grozier who completed the course in 15 min 57 seconds. Clare Turner came in second place a further 3 minutes back.
Other results:
4th S O'Toole 13:34, 5th S Barker 13:44, 6th J Bouchet 13:50, 7th M Collins 14:11, 8th S Adcock 14:25, 9th S Wyllie 14:40, 10th M Stains 14:42, 11th B Davies 15:05, 12th G Abbatiello 15:51, 13th C Grozier 15:57, 14th J Watling 17:12, 15th S Whitehead 17:16, 16th C Turner 19:17.

Hanley Swan Time Trial : 31/03/2016
Hanley Swan is the traditional first Club Time Trial series event of the year. Conditions were good if a little chilly and the event attracted 19 riders with Jez winning in a comfortable 12:06 from second placed rider H. Thomas from Worcester Cycle Centre in second with 12:22. Mike Collins took the honours in the Road Bike series but raised questions with his new wheels as to whether or not he still qualifies! Beer bribes may be required...Tony Knight was second Road Man with a good 14:27 which was 9 seconds faster than his opener last season.

Jez wins LVRC track Omnium : 20/02/2016
Jez Pile won his age category at the LVRC (veterans) track Omnium competition at Newport velodrome on 14-15 Feb. Jez won all three timed events (3k Pursuit, 750m Time Trial and Flying Lap) and placed highly in the three bunch races (Scratch race, Elimination and Points race) to beat his nearest rival by a comfortable 5 points. In the Flying Lap, Jez was the only rider at the event to cover the lap in under 15 seconds (60kph!).
Mike Amery also rode in the event, finishing a creditable fifth in his age category. Will Davies had entered but was prevented from riding by a nasty chest infection.

Annual Dinner : 31/01/2016
The Annual Dinner was another great success with 25 attendees enjoying a three course meal.

The prize giving went well, check out the 'Prize Winners' link from the Home page to see who won what.

Highlights of the evening included Will Davies winning the 'Bridesmaid of the Year' for his many second places in the awards, Mike Amery for the 'Arbitrary Finish Award' and the unveiling of the proposed new Sevale Kit - a winner, especially with the Ladies!

Book now for the 2016 season to avoid disappointment.

Pipe Hayes Cyclo Cross : 24/01/2016
The final round saved possibly the best course of the season!

The mud of the previous couple of events was gone, but not totally, the course was pretty flat and fast through most of it, with fast straights, tricky twists and turns, some boards to dismount and jump and some technical stuff through the woods.

As usual, organisation was top notch and it is a shame that the season is now finished. Roll on the 2016 season!

Reliability Ride : 17/01/2016
Over 70 riders attended the annual Reliability Ride.

Conditions were wet and mucky which was an improvement over the ice from last year.

All riders completed the distance with some impressive times in the 50 mile ride of around 2 1/2 hours. The short course attracted a good entry with the pace and organisation being just right.

Thanks to all those who attended and special thanks to the organisers, tea and coffee makers and bringers of cakes.

Baggeridge Park Cyclo Cross : 03/01/2016
Just when we thought it could not get any muddier, it did!

When you are plastered in mud just getting to the start and cannot even ride your bike from the staging lane to the start grid because of the mud you know you are in for a mucky ride.

The course was a shortened version of the normal course but still leg-sapping and requiring walking on many of the hills. Of course, that is why we do it so overall, exhausting but fun!

Downhill Competition : 28/12/2015
An excellent turnout of a dozen riders, attracted by the good weather and the possibility of prizes. The competition went without a hitch, won this year by Ben Davies at his first attempt reaching the lower slopes of the bridge. Second was Tony Knight and third placed Sean and Kay OToole on their Tandem. Commiserations to Mike Amery who finished some 200m behind the rest of the field but made up for it with a victory in the post Downhill ride, although an official complaint from the second placed finisher (Mick Peakman) for what appeared to be an arbitrary change of finish line may result in a Stewards enquiry.

Evesham Cyclo Cross : 13/12/2015
Without a doubt, the muddiest race of the year! The Valley at Evesham was the venue and the course got steadily worse (or better) as the races progressed. In the Vet race, crashes happened at the first and second bends on Lap 1 with riders falling in the mud. The hills were unrideable or so slow that running proved to be much quicker. Some riders changed their bike after every lap. Luckily the venue had a power wash for the bikes.

Richards ultra endurance week : 26/11/2015
New club member Richard Clews, who has been making a regular appearance at the club TTs during the season recently completed an ultra-endurance effort of finishing 7 full marathons in 7 days. Congratulations Richard. But it would have been easier on a bike...

Bromsgrove Cyclo Cross : 08/11/2015
Round 9 at Bromsgrove was on the excellent Blackwell Court circuit in rather muddy conditions. It is a tough course with the usual twisty turns in the field and the long out and back section with a sharp couple of climbs followed by a long descent and an even longer slow leg sapping ascent.

Henley in Arden Cyclo Cross : 18/10/2015
Round 7 at Henley in Arden was a tough but dry course twisting and turning through the main field then into the strength sapping far field where several ascents of a small hill proved a testing section. It was all rideable with no need to dismount at any point.More points in the bag and looking forward to Round 8 at Lutterworth on the 24th.

Rugeley Cyclo Cross : 04/10/2015
Another excellent course, this time on Cannock Chase with a course that started with a long sprint to separate the field a little, then into the woods for some technical muddy stuff, out and back in again after a short track, then out again and into the spectator section which comprised twisting and turning designed to slow the riders and keep them concentrating. From there more technical stuff until the bomb crater and back onto lap 2. A great day with excellent weather.

Hanley Swan 5.5 : 10/09/2015
A much warmer evening saw a number of riders posting faster times than last week. It also saw the slightly late start time of one individual, who of course will remain un-named to avoid embarrassment - you know who you are Mark! Ooops, didnt mean to type that ;-)

Redditch Cyclo Cross : 06/09/2015
Round 1 of the Cyclo Cross season kicked off at Redditch with an excellent course which twisted and turned through the woods, adding a few steep climbs requiring all but the fittest riders to dismount.The weather was excellent and the going mostly firm but a few muddy sections tested the riders route choices - try to ride round or plough straight through. Average lap times were about 8-10 minutes so 5 laps for the fast boys and 4 laps for the rest in the Veteran race gave a good mornings racing. Round 2 moves to Shrewsbury.

Hanley Swan : 03/09/2015
A reasonable turn out of 19 riders raced the first of the final two short 5.5 mile Time Trials. Conditions were not fantastic with a generally cold feeling to the air.

Severn Stoke : 20/08/2015
27 riders braved the headwind down to the Motorway and lack of tail wind back on an overcast and slightly rainy evening. Winning time was just under 22 minutes with Jez once again proving triumphant. A slightly over weight Will Davies rode a disappointing ride but is now back on a serious diet so will no doubt be challenging for victory soon.

Leigh Sinton : 13/08/2015
Finally back to Leigh Sinton now the road works are finished saw the riders on a very slightly shorter course (9.9m) as the decision was made to start on the main road rather than the lane due to the heavy volume of traffic. Some good times recorded which of course all count!

Chance Lane : 06/08/2015
Another good turn out with 17 riders competing. A mixed bag with some riders going faster than last week and some slightly slower. The winning time of 22:18 was 10 seconds slower than the previous week but the winner (Jez) was faster than his previous time.

Chance Lane Inter Club Time Tr : 30/07/2015
An excellent turnout from over 30 riders for the Inter Club event saw a winning time of 22:08 from WSJ and also Worcester taking the Club points win from Wyre Forest with Sevale in third and Evesham fourth. Overall Wyre Forest still lead the series with Worcester St Johns in second and Sevale third.

Kinnersley Time Trial : 16/07/2015
19 riders enjoyed the Kinnersley course with the final killer hill. The winning time was 23:12 by S Garrett. First home for Sevale was Will Davies in a time of 23:54 which gave him third overall. The road bike winner was Mark Webb in 25:00 with Mike Collins second in 26:40.

Chance Lane Time Trial : 25/06/2015
A surprisingly low turnout of just 14 riders raced in the excellent conditions on this classic 10. Mick Peakman managed a sub 27:00 for the first time this season giving him a Gold standard. Mike Amery took first place in the Club competition.

Rhydd 25m Time Trial : 18/06/2015
Good conditions saw Will Davies break the hour for the first time giving him third place overall to the WSJ pair of Millward and Lines. Mark Webb took the honours in the Road bike category closely followed by Mike Collins and Mick Peakman, the latter two having an excellent tussle over the final few miles alternating a lead neither one wanted to relinquish.

Shropshire Highland Challenge : 14/06/2015
Starting and finishing in the Shropshire town of Ludlow, the route winds its way through some of the best countryside that the county has to offer. With tea and lunch stops provided and the continuous sunshine it was an excellent day out and one that saw Sevale represented by John Baker and Mick Peakman who rode together for some of the 65 mile course but as with all Audax events it is at the riders own pace.

Chance Lane : 04/06/2015
Good conditions saw some good times with Jez losing out by just two seconds to N Preece who won in a time of 22:57. In the road bike category Mick Peakman took the honours from Mike Collins by just three seconds. Peakman claimed the victory after taking streamlining advice from Coach Price, which remains a closely guarded secret!

Severn Stoke : 28/05/2015
The Time Trial series moved to Severn Stoke, one of our faster 10 milers and with good conditions the first three riders were within 30 seconds of each other. An excellent result for Will Davies taking maximum points in 22:17.

Welland Hilly 12 : 21/05/2015
Sixteen riders on a nice summer evening with the wind in a reasonable direction saw Liam Killeen crush the opposition being over 3 minutes ahead of the second placed rider. A good result again for Mike Collins in the Road Bike category and just two seconds separated second and third placings.

Chance Lane 10 : 14/05/2015
On a cold, wet, miserable evening, just eight competitors turned out for the Chance Lane 10. Just about the only highlight of the evening was the fact that there were almost as many officials as competitors! Martin Lines won in a time of 24:07 but the competition for the Road Bike Award was hotly contested with Mike Collins taking maximum points.

severn stoke 10 : 23/04/2015
Early summer sunshine and a slight breeze greeted 16 competitors in Malvern’s VC Sevale’s latest 10 mile time trial on the Severn Stoke course. Home club rider William Davies produced another strong ride for first place with a time of 22 min 41 seconds, a mere 4 seconds in front of fellow club member Jez Pile. Guest rider S Clarke came in third with 23:11 and VC Sevale’s Mike Amery claimed fourth with 23:12.

Sevale open 10 : 02/04/2015
Last Saturday saw the running of our Open 10 mile TT on the Severn Stoke course. 61 riders battled against extremely blustery conditions that made the ride extremely challenging. The eventual winner was P Gamlin from Northover VT who set a blistering time of 20 min 56. First VC Sevale rider was William Davies (17th) with a time of 22 min 59. It might have only be by 1 second, but Will was still extremely pleased with only his third ever 22 minute 10. Mike Amery was close behind with 23 min 48Other notable rides included 1st lady Libby McLaren, 1st Junior C Hibbert and oldest finisher V Jenkins (a youthful 74 years of age)A huge thanks goes out to all the Marshals, time keepers, cake makers, holderuppers and organisers that made the event safe and possible.

Hanley swan tt : 02/04/2015
Sixteen riders competed in velo club sevale’s season opening 5.5 mile time trial on the Hanley Swan course. Cold and overcast weather, coupled with early season legs made it a tough evening for all. Guest rider from Worcester St Johns, Jason Milner came in first with a time of 12 min and 33 seconds. VC Sevale’s William Davies recorded 12 min 41 seconds for second place with fellow club member Mike Amery 3 seconds slower for third. With the first three places separated by only 11 seconds it should prove to be a competitive season.

Contacting Sevale : 26/03/2015
The Contact Page now automatically redirects the enquiries to the relevant person depending on the reason for the contact. That way, we aim to respond to your enquiries quickly. Get in touch, the Sevale Team are here to help!

New Website : 05/03/2015
Well, our new website has finally been released. We hope you like the new look and find it easy to navigate. Any problems or issues, please get in touch!

2014 Prize Winners : 07/02/2015
The 2014 Prize Winners and new Course records set during 2014 (and there are a few!) are now available from a link on the home page. Also check out the About Us page for a link to the Committee page where you will find the committee members and minutes available for viewing.

Time Trial Records : 02/02/2015
All of the Time Trial Records for Opens and Club Events have now been added. If you think you have a record that is not included - let us know!

Annual Dinner : 31/01/2015
Last night at the Ale House in Colwall we gathered for the annual dinner and prize giving and a great success it was too. Notables were Jez winning the Senior series, Mike A winning the Veteran award and Steve Price named Club Person of the year. All in all a great night!

TT Course Information : 24/01/2015
We have now added the Course information book to the website so are now on the look out for a volunteer to take it on and complete it...any takers?

Annual Dinner : 23/01/2015
All medals and trophies are now back from the engravers. All certificates are printed and Order of Ceremonies sorted. Speech written. If you havent got your tickets - what are you waiting for?

Website Development : 19/01/2015
We have now added the Calendar, the Time Trial Results Book and the Medal Times book! Also the Time Trial page has been rewritten and the links are beginning to be added. Exciting times!

Medal Claims : 14/01/2015
Wednesday 14th January is the last possible chance to get medal claims in - the engravers have already started work!

Reliability Ride Success! : 12/01/2015
All riders safely back with no incidents! All fed and watered with food left over. We have received several comments from riders, all of which were complimentary, so thanks for that! Look forward to welcoming you next year.

Reliability Ride is On! : 11/01/2015
111 Riders signed on for the 2015 Reliability Ride - a club record! The weather was sunny but cold and a little wind. As I write, they are racing around Bredon Hill heading towards Tewkesbury and the return to Malvern.

Annual Awards : 08/01/2015
Get your Medal claims in for 10m and 25m as soon as possible otherwise you will miss out for this year. All awards claims must be sent to Mick Peakman, Club Secretary.

Welcome : 03/01/2015
A very Happy New Year from VC Sevale! Welcome to our new website. Please take a look around and let us know what you think!

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VC Sevale is based in Malvern in Worcestershire and promotes cycling within the county.

We have an active calendar, starting in early January running right through until the end of September with a regular Time Trial series, organised Track Sessions and even hosting Road Races.

During 2014 we staged cycling events to coincide with the Tour de France which will now become a regular annual event.

We invite club members and guests alike to any or all of our events.

You can get in touch either via email or phone for more information and we look look forward to seeing you at one or more of our events.

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