Cancellation of all club activities due to Coronavirus

Following advice from the Government as well as our governing bodies Cycling UK and British Cycling we are cancelling all club activities until 30th April. We will review this in mid-April for events form May onwards. This includes...

• Club runs (Sunday rides and Wednesday Wheelers)
• Reliability rides
• Time trials
• Youth coaching and roller sessions

Cycling UK and British Cycling have asked all clubs not to run any group activities, including club runs and reliability rides.

They also highlight that people should not avoid cycling altogether as it's a great way to keep fit and boost immunity.


Sotonia CC on Strava

If you're on Strava, now is a great time to join the Sotonia CC group to keep up with everyone's solo rides:


Time trials

We have no idea how long this might go on for, but here are some TT dates for your diary after 30th April...

  • 7 May: 10 mile club TT on the P164 course at 6:30pm
  • 10 May: 10 mile open TT on the P164 course at 8:00am (enter in advance via CTT website)
  • 14 May: 10 mile club TT on the P164 course at 6:30pm
  • 26 May: 25 mile club TT with New Forest CC on the P128 course at 7:00pm (interclub)
  • 9 June: 10 mile club TT on the P128 course at 7:00pm (club championships!)
  • 25 June: 25 mile club TT with Venta and Andover on the P724 course at 6:30pm (interclub)
  • 9 July: 25 mile club TT on the P128 course at 7:00pm (club championships!)
  • 2 August: 10 mile open TT on the P164 course at 9:00am (enter in advance via CTT website)
  • 18 August: 10 mile club TT with New Forest CC on the P128 course at 7:00pm (interclub)
  • 6 September: Hill climb competition on P14H course at 10:30am

P164 course: Lyndhurst
P128 course: Cadnam
P724 course: Sutton Scotney
P14H course: West Dean


Reliability rides

Our reliability rides will hopefully be able to continue from Sunday 31st May. For the March and April rides we will publish the routes online and encourage members to ride them solo.

Norman receives Distinguished Life Member award by Veterans Time Trials Association

In recognition of his outstanding service to the Veterans Time Trials Association, both with his racing achievements and his contribution to the running of the Wessex Group where he serves as Membership Secretary and Lunch organiser, Norman Harvey has been awarded Distinguished Life Membership by the NEC. It was presented to him at the Wessex Vets annual prize presentation today by our Chairman David Collard-Berry. Very few Members are presented with this award which makes it even more special. Well done Norman - just love your shirt ?.

South Region Cyclocross Championships, Foxhill

The South Region Cyclocross Championships this weekend saw a return to the motocross venue at Foxhill, Swindon. Organiser, Andy Smith Events, gave us a challenging, new look course with more features than our previous league visit this season. A reversed course direction included tricky off camber banks that saw most running, steps up the big hill and Koppenberg style off camber switchbacks back down it. Conditions were best described as changeable!

The morning youth races had bright sunshine with Eva Mar-Molinero (u10), Izzy Hall (u12) both winners as Sotonia youth riders took eight podium places.

There was a dramatic weather change during the v40 mens race when the fast pace hit torrential rain and hail, quickly turning the course into a skid pan. Our top finisher Ben Darnton (12th). Gemma Wilks finished 5th in the senior women. Jon Hall took the victory in the v50 men as the driving rain returned again briefly. By the senior men’s race, gale force wind dried the course somewhat, meaning busy pit work for riders, Phil Wilks our best placed finisher in 8th place.

Great riding everyone and congratulations to our three new Southern region CX champs!


Round 3, Parentini Wessex CX League, Swindon

Round 3 of the Parentini Wessex CX league gave us a new course on the Foxhill motocross circuit at Swindon, hosted by ASE Racing and Hargroves Cycles and our 39 Sotonia racers knew they could expect one thing - hills! Overnight rain also added the extra potential for mud which dogged the morning action.

In the early races, our top finishers were Tilly Wilks - first U8 girl, William Dyer 3rd U8 boy, Eva Mar-Molinero 2nd U10 girl, Tom Wilks 5th u10 boy, Skye Martingale 5th U12 girl, Monty Flavell and Stanley Phillips 3rd and 4th U12 boys. George Connell 13th U14 boy, Max Darnton 5th U16 and a win for Lucy Phillips in the U14 girls. Gemma Wilks finished 7th senior woman, Ben Darnton 13th v40 and Jon Hall 5th V50.

By the time of the last race, however, sunshine and strong winds and dried the course for some fast, exciting racing on the rolling grassland course that featured short, punchy climbs, off camber 'Koppenberg' style switchback descents and fast straights.

The senior men started at a high pace as Tom Budden made the lead group of four that forged clear of the field, Tom leading the group for much of the race as they pushed on in the high winds. In the penultimate lap, a strong attack from the Palmer Park rider into the headwind on the back straight detonated the group. Behind, the battle for third was settled in a super close sprint finish, Tom just edging it, having put himself in a good position out of the final corner in what turned out to be a thrilling race.

The cross season is starting to fly by already and it's just three weeks to round 6, hosted by us at Southampton Sports Centre on Sunday 27th October! Enter online here


Cyclocross is back! Wessex League round 1, Newbury

The Parentini Wessex Cyclo-Cross league got off to a flying start on Sunday at Newbury race course on Sunday in super hot and dusty conditions that are becoming more common in September these days. Round 1, held for the second year on the flat racecourse infield of long, draggy grass and gravel tracks saw a sea of orange take to the start line with 26 Sotonia youths part of our team of 43 riders!

There were podiums in the U8s for Tilly Wilks (1st), U12s with Izzy Hall and Charlie Shepherd 1st and 3rd in their races, Lucy Phillips 3rd U14. Tom Budden taking 5th place in the senior men after a long battle for 3rd spot. Elsewhere, top club finishers included Ben Darnton 15th v40, Jez Hart 13th v50 and Gemma Wilks 8th senior woman.

Great racing everyone!

New Mixed tandem record for Wilks and Corbett

There were rather a lot of happy Sotonia CC faces last weekend in the Paceline RT 10 mile Timetrial on the P881r course. Evan Jardine-Skinner broke the 20 minute barrier for the first time (19:48) and was pretty delighted, as was Tim Cooke and Graham Harman who both produced pb's.

Phil Wilks and Mary Corbett powered round in a time of 21:34, a new mixed tandem Club record and only 10 seconds off the Club all-comers record. Thanks to Norman Harvey for being chief supporter and mechanic.

Results: Sotonia Open 10 mile TT (P164), 4 Aug

Pos Name Gender Club Time
1 Nick Tarmey Male Velo Club Venta 21:41
2 Paul Jones Male Primera-Teamjobs 21:50
3 Paul Lockyer Male New Forest CC 21:51
4 Neil Mackley Male a3crg 22:02
5 Aron Kelly Male New Forest CC 22:38
6 Simon Berogna Male Velo Club St Raphael 22:50
7 Julian Lockwood Male Primera-Teamjobs 23:03
8 Phil Wilks Male Sotonia CC 23:05
9 Stuart Gillies Male Twickenham CC 23:28
10 Ray Claridge Male New Forest CC 23:35
11 Nick Ohara Male New Forest CC 23:35
12 Bradley Perkins Male PDQ Cycle Coaching 24:00
13 Barry Hards Male New Forest CC 24:44
14 Pete Harris Male Andover Wheelers 24:47
15 Caitlin Peters Female Storey Racing 24:48
16 Kirsty Mcseveney Female a3crg 25:05
17 Terry Icke Male CC Weymouth 25:27
18 Martin Beale Male Velo Club St Raphael 25:30
19 Ian Turner Male Tornado Road Cycling Club 25:35
20 Mike Anderson Male Club Cycliste Moncontourais 25:42
21 Matthew Gilmour Male Velo Club Venta 25:42
22 Simon West Male Andover Wheelers 25:53
23 Adrian Watkins Male Tornado Road Cycling Club 27:28
24 Jonathan Legg Male Sotonia CC 27:38
25 Oliver Berney Male Royal Sutton CC 27:39
26 William Simmons Male Christchurch Bicycle Club 28:24
27 Sien Van Der Plank Female University of Southampton RC 29:06
28 David England Male Crabwood CC 29:29
29 Kevin Bannister Male Hardley Runners 32:22
30 Martin Balk Male 3C Cyclexperience 33:16
31 Mary Corbett Female Sotonia CC 37:44

Sotonia Summer Criterium report

It may have started wet but that didn’t put the riders off for what turned out to be a great day’s racing in our Summer Criterium at Winchester Park & Ride circuit last Sunday.

The youth turnout was dominated by Sotonia riders, who made up 25 of the 72 youngsters - the total being a 22% increase from last year and proof that while senior race numbers may be stagnating in recent times, the future is bright with so many kids getting involved.

In the U8s all our riders rode confidently in the wet conditions, Fred finishing 3rd boy and Tilly winning the girls race with Tess 2nd and Eve 3rd.

The U10 race was nearly at full capacity with 22 riders with our top finishers Tom in 6th boy and Skye 2nd placed girl.

There were 16 riders in a closely fought and tactical U12 race where working as a team really helped in the strong headwind on the uphill finish straight. Charlie and George pairing up to attack and break free with Sam and Iz sharing the work together just behind. George won his sprint battle with Charlie in a reversal of last weeks city centre crit.

The U14s featured two of our riders - Ethan and Louis who both gave it their all.

In the senior races Gemma Wilks finished 6th, with Ryan Durrant 8th, Joseph Wynne 9th and Jamie Doel 11th in the 4th cats.

In the 3rd cat race, new Sotonia member, Kouros Driscoll was looking to make moves when a minor spill on the sharp bottom corner put him out of contention. In the end, it was another new club member, Andrew Gardiner who took the sprint win after strong work on the front by chairman, Phil Wilks and a breakaway move that nearly stuck, initiated by Patrick Stumpf.

Big thanks to everyone who raced, supported or helped out.


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Results: Sotonia v New Forest CC Interclub TT, 30 May

The first leg of the Sotonia vs New Forest Inter club Time trial competition held on the p128 course, featured a strong turnout for the hosting club and was won by Sotonia's Ant Gritton in a time 20:59 - just 9 seconds off the course record!

Pos Name Club Time
1 Ant Gritton Sotonia 20.59
2 Graham Harman Sotonia 22.55
3 Pawel Niewiadomy VC Venta 22.56
4 Matt Dixon Sotonia 23.13
5 Patrick Stumpf Sotonia 23.31
6 Stuart Peckham NFCC 23.56
7 Stuart Martingale Sotonia 23.56
8 Phil Grant NFCC 24.19
9 Jon Dudley Sotonia 24.19
10 Phil Harris NFCC 24.32
11 Cameron Taylor Sotonia 24.35
12 Angela Burnikell Sotonia 24.43
13 P. Jones 25.00
14 Mike Vickers Sotonia 25.01
15 R. Dowling 25.14
16 Neil Vincent Soton Tri Club 25.53
17 Jon Legg Sotonia 26.10
18 John Phillips Sotonia 26.15
19 Martin Olney Sotonia 26.16
20 Russell Wynn NFCC 26.16
21 Sonia Louine NFCC 26.41
22 Ian MacDonald NFCC 27.51
23 Mick Anglim NFCC 28.04
24 Wayne Prevett Sotonia 28.05
25 Chris Summers Sotonia 28.12
26 Wendy Knowlton Sotonia 28.52
27 Ted Knowlton Sotonia 28.54
28 Justin Davies Sotonia 29.17
29 Gary Charalambous Sotonia 29.33
30 Peter Hawker NFCC 30.53
31 Charlotte Keeler Sotonia 31.24
32 Steve Wilks Sotonia 31.47
33 Martin Napier Sotonia 32.24
34 Colin Witt Sotonia DNF

2018 Road Racing round up of the year

It's fair to say 2018 wasn't a bad road season for Sotonia. Following a trend of increasing performances for the last four years, 2018 saw success at all levels.

What were the highlights? An incredible 28 podium finishes, 12 race wins, 11 second places, 7 third places, 4 category promotions and a whopping 53 top tens. 4 category promotions for Harry Parsons, Tim Cooke, Lee Shirley and Red Walters who gained his first category licence.

We had race wins for Phil Godfrey, Red Walters, Ed Slot, Brook Elgie, James Peckham and Tim Cooke. Podiums for Jon Hall, Patrick Rucki and Phil Wilks.

Oh and the small matter of a professional contract for one particularly talented rider!

The wins started in March with a 1-2 from Red and James Peckham in the Sandie Radford Road Race and a 1-2-3 in the Crabwood Heath Races from Red, Brook and Phil Wilks. Culminating in second place for the club in the British Cycling Southern Region rankings.

A big thank all the race team members for their hard work to make this possible.

In June, we once again ran our Criterium races at the Winchester Park and Ride circuit and it was great to see the youth numbers growing – especially from our own youth squad with over 30 riders now taking part in road and cyclocross competitively.

Our most successful rider in all this abundance of riches was of course Red Walters, one of our first coached riders, when he took up road cycling just 3 years ago. In 2018, he racked up an incredible 180 regional and national points on his way to attracting the attention of Continental team, Vitus Pro Cycling, We are extremely proud to say that Red will be riding alongside the likes of Olympian Ed Clancy in 2019. We wish Red the very best in the start of his professional career.