CAERPHILLY SET THE PACE IN BERLIN
More than 300 Welsh cycling enthusiasts tackled the Euro Eyes VELOTHON Berlin as they prepare to return home to race on July 9th.
But a group from Caerphilly Cycling Club were not there to just take part. The group of Welsh riders pulled together to become the newly crowned winners of the Team Race on Saturday, but their combined times over the German climbs also earned them the coveted polkadot King of the Mountain jersey.
If Caerphilly CC can keep up their hot-streak on closed roads around their local area next month, they will be in the running to be crowned Overall Club Champions and win the Blue Jersey Trophy and a €1000 grant to support club growth and development. For one of Caerphilly’s Berlin heroes Jon Hayward, the Berlin race marked an incredible recovery from a knee reconstruction, and he cannot wait to take on the gruelling but familiar 140km course.
He said: “I’ve always been a casual cyclist both mountain and road but decided that 2016 was going to be the year that I mastered road cycling. I bought myself a new BMC Teammachine in January last year, rode it once and then broke my knee while skiing. After a full knee reconstruction the rehab began and luckily cycling played a huge part in my recovery. I joined Caerphilly CC last September and went from strength to strength.
“Signing up for the Berlin race and the VELOTHON Wales gave me a real focus. We’re also considering Stockholm in September. The Berlin trip was fantastic. A great city, great people, great food and the small matter of 180km. There was a real sense of achievement when I crossed the line and it was as much a test of mental strength as physical fitness. Bring on the Welsh hills!”
Those who sign up for the brand-new club program will receive an exclusive sign-up period prior to the general public. This ensures that our member clubs will benefit from the lowest possible entry fee, and they are also free to use the Velothon Cycling Club logo available to be used for your Club marketing and communications. Other benefits include access to an exclusive post-race club beer garden and a free additional race entry for every 10 athletes registered from your club.
Mike Phillips was another key member of the successful Welsh team, and he is reaping the rewards of participating in a series of VELOTHON events.
He said: “Berlin was fantastic. We stayed in Kreuzberg which is bonkers, in good way. The Holocaust Memorial next to the expo site was incredibly moving and the ride was awesome. I finished in a group of three Dutch and Puerto Rican riders – we pushed and pushed each other for the last 50 km. The crowds were loud too which helped. I was absolutely spent at the end, I had nothing left. A wonderful ride. The fastest and furthest I have ridden in day. Brilliant.”
The 2017 Velothon Series season will include races in Berlin and Hamburg(Germany), Cardiff (UK), Sunshine Coast (Australia), Edmonton (Canada) and Stockholm (Sweden). More than 50,000 athletes will be expected across the six Velothon races globally.
For more information on the Velothon Cycling Club program and benefits, visit www.velothon.com/cyclingclub.