2022 PNE Racing Events, Leagues & Competitions

The club award winners for Time Trials, Road/Circuit and Contribution are all now fully updated on the website.

This year we’ll be showcasing the awards, events competition results,  time trial league tables and more. And a diverse  calendar of racing events with additional opportunities to compete, volunteer and support locally as a club.

Club Members will qualify for preferential entry, and reduced entry costs across a wide range of club events, notably early season events.
Entry links and info will be posted on the club website and on our social media.  Good luck for  2022, go for it!

Prize Giving Evening raises £315 for Charities

Two charities benefited from this years prize giving raffle.

Cycling Without Age Portsmouth has received £180 from our 2021 Prize Giving Charity Raffle. We proud to support this local cycling charity that works to reduce social isolation in our community and look forward to seeing you guys and on the road.

Back Up has received an incredible £135 in total, including gift aid and multiplier, from our 2021 Prize Giving Charity Raffle. Portsmouth North End Cycling Club continues to support Back-Up in dear memory of Martin Randle.

Thanks again to the members that donated and obtained prizes, amazing work.

PNECC awarded Clubmark and Go-Ride

Proud that Portsmouth North End Cycling Club has been awarded Clubmark certification by Sport England and Go-Ride accreditation by British Cycling .

Thanks to our volunteers, coaches, welfare staff, club development team and committee. Also British Cycling South Region for their encouragement and support to our new volunteers. “Clubmark accreditation recognises that the club observes best practice in child protection, coaching and competition, equity and club management. ” A foundation for the club to grow junior and youth participation for 2022.In a busy year this is just amazing❤🤍💙👍

Membership System Update

The club is now using the Club Management solution provided by British Cycling. The Club Management solution is free to the club and users as part of our BC affiliation and replaces the former PNECC members area system which was unsupported. Quick introduction tips:

  •  Login to your dashboard, check & update personal contact or emergency information. 
  • Check your email/ spam for PNE Club emails & newsletters sent via British Cycling, 
    • noreply@mg.britishcycling.org.uk
    • no-reply@britishcycling.org.uk

Thank to all for this solution which will simplifies 2022 membership renewals and joining

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Tickets on sale – 27th November, Social Evening and Prize Giving

After so many months of being apart all members, friends and family are invited to join the annual social evening and prize giving this year in the Mountbatten Centre Function Suite, Saturday 27th November from 18:00 until 22:00. The evening will include a welcome drink and meal, prize presentation and local charity raffle with varied prizes.

£10 for adults, under 16 are free. RSVP to social@pnecc.co.uk to purchase tickets, and make your meal choices.

Cyclo-cross Season @PNECC

Have you heard of the phenomenon that is Cyclo-cross? Marvelled at the fitness and strength of the likes of Cyclo-Cross world champions Wout Van Aert and Mattheu Van Der Poel in the Tour de France, showing the ‘Roadies’ how to do it? Well, the Cyclo-Cross season is fast approaching, so if you want to prepare for next years Road Racing, there’s no better way than to race ‘cross over the winter.

Competing in the discipline is a great way to keep and build your fitness, improve your bike handling skills and have fun. PNECC are looking to encourage riders into the discipline, and so I, as the CX Sec, am looking to gauge interest, and offer my cross “wisdom” to anyone who’d like to give it a go.

Gordon Richardson will be giving CX coaching sessions throughout September, so look for his posts in the Members facebook group for details of times and places. Don’t be put off by what you might have seen on TV, CX is as serious as you want to make it. You don’t need a fleet of expensive carbon CX bikes with a full time jet washing pit crew. At local level just a mountain/gravel bike, or an old touring bike with a change to mud tyres, will suffice. A bucket of water and brush could be helpful too. Once you’ve dipped your toe, there is a whole world of tyre treads, pressures, frames, wheels, brakes, componentry, clothing and cleaning equipment that you can throw your hard earned money at, should you wish, but it won’t necessarily make you any faster.

The ethos is to have a laugh and enjoy yourself amongst friends. Races are age and gender categorised, so you’re up against your immediate peers, from Under 10s to Vet 50+. The mass starts are gridded by ability, and then you’ll find your place in the physical and mental battle against the course, weather and other fellow competitors. You’ll race around a ‘7 to 10 minute’ tape marked lap on varied terrain and surface textures, encountering several natural and manmade obstacles. Venues vary from school football fields to MX motocross courses. Depending on the venue and weather, you’ll tackle, long fast straight-aways, ascend/descend steep banks, steps, hurdle planks, technical wooded single track, slippy grass zigzags, sand pits, dusty gravel paths, boggy mud running sections, all designed to find the best bike rider. This makes it test of all roundedness, not just pure power. And if that isn’t enough to attract you, then there’s beer involved too! Preferably a Belgium brew, mostly consumed by the spectators, but a bottle of Leffe whilst relaxing/recovering on a Sunday evening goes down a treat.

Wessex Cyclo-Cross League oversees our regions events and their website www.wessexcyclocross.co.uk contains plenty of information about itself. They also have a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter (@Wessexcx), and Instagram (@michewessexcx) which disseminates pertinent information. This coming seasons calendar has 13 races with the most local to us being in Southampton, Romsey and New Forest.

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/?series_id=741 PNECC are affiliated to the league, the points you accrue in each race are totalled for the season to give you a league position. If you are going to ride more than 2 events, it’s advisable to register with the league so you are given one number for the season, but this must be done before 1st September. No problem if you don’t though. It just means you get a different number for each race you do. http://www.wessexcyclocross.co.uk/2021/202122-season-rider-registration/

Call For TT Volunteers

We could do with some assistance next year with running our time trials and would very much appreciate some volunteers. There are a number of roles and some of these can be done before and after the race, allowing you to participate and help at the same time. Job: Time Keeper – we will show you how to do the start first then you will shadow one of our existing timekeepers to practice doing the finish.

Pusher – hold the riders and bike upright at the start so the rider can clip in.

Putting out the signs – This involves putting out the signs as shown in the risk assessment and checking the course – it would be helpful if you can store the signs at home in a garage if you are going to do it regularly or you could pick them up from the start if doing it infrequently.

Collecting the signs – This is even simpler than putting them out. You would be required to pick up any riders that have punctured and be on the lookout for any riders that have DNF and not reported back to the HQ. signs are dropped off at the HQ.

Opening the HQ – our plan is to use Wickham community centre as our HQ next year. The HQ will be locked up once the last rider (me) has gone to the start line. I need a rider that is happy to be first off, that can collect the key to HQ from the finishing time keeper once they have finished, open up the HQ and turn on the coffee machine.

Marshalls – There are a couple of courses where we need a marshal. You would be required to warn the riders of oncoming traffic and make a note of each rider as they pass. First Aid – it would be helpful to know who is able to offer basic first aid and is happy to assist in the event of an accident. all volunteers might be asked to assist in the event of an accident, so any first aiders would also be much appreciated. If we get enough helpers then we can share the workload and you might only be required to help out once in a while.

Please respond to timetrials@pnecc.co.uk