Bicycles around the town.

Bicycles around the town.

Despite the poor weather there are still a lot of people enjoying two wheels.
With two coffee shops now open on Sundays, Whitchurch has become a popular stop-off point for groups of cyclists out on their weekend rides. H’s, and now Kudos, are becoming popular for their teas, coffees and the cycling favourite – cake – a tradition on ‘Sunday morning clubruns’

Whitchurch also has a number of keen cyclists who participate in sporting events. While the main ‘road’ season has yet to start entries have already been made to a number of forthcoming races, including the early season circuit races at Thruxton Airfield and a number of against-the-clock time trials.

Ellen and Dan mudplugging
The winter months see many from the racing fraternity take part in the popular sport of cyclocross with two local Whitchurch youngsters have been showing their mettle in this sport affectionately known as mud-plugging. Dan and Ellen Phillips have been competing in the Wessex Cyclocross League events with some notable success.

Ellen takes first at Abingdon.

Ellen takes first at Abingdon.

Both took part in the Under 12 races near Abingdon last weekend, where in freezing snowy conditions Ellen took a much deserved win in the girls event, finishing 12 seconds ahead of her rival Imogen Cox. Ellen has achieved a string of second places this season and this win will greatly boost her confidence for further success.

Meanwhile, Ellen’s brother Dan was one of just nine riders to finish on the same lap in the Under 12’s boys race, taking an very credible 6th position. Dan is establishing himself as a consistently strong rider in this very competitive category and is always towards the front where his excellent bike handling skills pay dividends.

The final race of the 12-event series takes places this coming Sunday at the Southampton Sports Centre.
Hopefully it will not be so cold!

johnb