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posted 5 Apr 2017, 05:36 by Liz Garstang

Hartlepool Cycling Club’s Richard Booth is competing in the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists Percy Stallard Series. This is a series of road races with entrants competing within age group bands. In each race, points are awarded based on finishing position and at the end of the season the person with the highest points score is the winner.

After the first race, Richard was leading in the over-70s age category.  Here is his account of the second race, the Claydons Classic with over-60s, over-65s and over 70s racing together.


The course consisted of 3 circuits of 15 miles, country lanes with one climb of about 1/2 a mile.
There was a smaller field than the first Stallard race at Husbands Bosworth with about 40 riders. Time Trial star Brian Sunter and top Pursuiter Mick Allen were absent from my group but there were some unfamiliar southern riders one of which was ex Condor Mackeson Pro Barry Jones .
I rode a more conservative race than last time out and sat in the wheels but moved nearer the front as the climb approached and managed to stay there easily enough.
The second time up the climb sorted things out a bit and my manoeuvring to the front paid off as I was just capable of clinging on to the younger riders with just Will Cotton last year's Stallard winner and myself being left out of the 70+ group.
I stayed on his wheel for most of the last lap although he put in a real effort to drop me on the climb. What was left of the field stayed together until a lone break by London "youngster" 60 year old Malcolm Whitehead paid off with the other riders in his age group looking to each other to take up the chase.
I finished 5th in the bunch sprint with only the 60 to 65 E cat riders in front of me so it gave me my second win in the Stallard Series.



The League of Veteran Racing Cyclists provides racing for cyclists who are 40 years of age or more; the League is open equally to male and female bike racers. Don't worry if you think you aren't fit enough to race - in the LVRC you are always allowed (encouraged, in fact) to compete in an older age group than your calendar age indicates, to help people get back into racing, and move up the groups as fitness builds.