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Race Report- 12 August

Triathlete Peter Chard represented the club in the Midnight man Half IronMan on Saturday night. The race takes place near the Dartford crossing based on closed roads, it kicks off at six PM and runs into the night (and the dark)!

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4TPlus Velo Club is a cycle racing club based in Kent. Established in 2012 and open to cyclists who wish to race, the team participates in events throughout the South East and is open to Men, Women and Youths. Members are encouraged to race, irrespective of their ability, and are actively supported by the team. The club believes that hard work, a strong team and good tactics will bring results and improvements throughout. This is reflected in the club’s motto of ‘suffer and enjoy’.

We encourage people new to the sport and welcome experienced cyclists who are looking for a club with a friendly approach and a competitive spirit. Whether you are interested in Road Racing, Time Trials, Cyclocross or any other discipline contact us to see what we can offer you.

The club is a member of British Cycling and is affiliated to the South East Road Race League SERRL, Kent Cycling and the London X League.

Road Racing

The primary objective of the club is to enter teams into local road races. In our first season we have entered most of the races held by SERRL and League of Veteran Racing Cyclists. We expect the numbers of the riders entering road races to increase vastly and hope that in future we will be entering races further afield and in greater numbers.

The first season has been hugely successful, not only in results but also for introducing a number of riders to racing. We have made mistakes and learned from them, next year we will be back much stronger! Look what happened to Team Sky).

Road bicycle racing is a bicycle racing sport held on paved roads. The term “road racing” is usually applied to events where competing riders start simultaneously (unless riding a handicap event) with the winner being the first to the line at the end of the course (individualand team time trials are another form of cycle racing on roads).

The club is a member of British Cycling and is affiliated to the South East Road Race League SERRL, Kent Cycling and the London X League.

 

Time Trials

4t+ members regularly compete in time trials throughout the South East.Time-trialling is a test of a rider not against other cyclists but the watch. Other than in team events, which are less numerous, competitors compete separated by a minute or more.

 

MTB

4t+ members regularly compete in mountain bike races throughout the South East.

Mountain biking is the sport of riding bicycles off-road, often over rough terrain, using specially designed mountain bikes. Mountain bikes share similarities with other bikes, but incorporate features designed to enhance durability and performance in rough terrain.

Cross-country – Cross-country (XC) racing is held on a varied terrain circuit, it is normally around 6-8 kilometers (km) and is always a massed-start race. Under the controversial new 2006 UCI rules, elite, U23, and Junior Expert riders at UCI sanctioned races, are allowed technical assistance, but only in designated zones and only by an authorized team mechanic. However, riders in the same team can help each other at any point in the race. Professional level races are longer in distance, around 50 km.

Downhill – Downhill (DH) racing is a time trial event. Riders start at intervals that can vary from 30 seconds to three minutes-depending on the stage of the competition – and the rider with the lowest time wins. As the name of this discipline implies, DH races are held in steep, downhill terrain, resulting in higher speed than in cross-country racing. The terrain is also significantly rougher than in cross-country racing. The bike is designed with long travel suspension and hydraulic disc brakes.

 

CycloCross

Cyclo-cross (sometimes cyclocross, CX, CCX, cyclo-X or ‘cross’) is a form of bicycle racing. Races typically take place in the autumn and winter (the international or “World Cup” season is October–February), and consists of many laps of a short (2.5–3.5 km or 1.5–2 mile) course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike while navigating the obstruction and remount.[1][2] Races for senior categories are generally between 30 minutes and an hour long, with the distance varying depending on the ground conditions. The sport is strongest in the traditional road cycling countries such as Belgium (and Flanders in particular), France and the Netherlands.

 

Triathlons

Welcome to 4T+ Triathletes.

We are a small, friendly division of the 4T+ velo club of around 8 keen triathletes.

We all race a full season each year and vary from one guy in his first season to veterans of 8 Full IRONMAN races.

All distances are covered by the team

  • Sprint
  • Olympic
  • 70.3 IRONMAN
  • Full IRONMAN

And there is a wealth of experience between us, and the guys are happy to help and advise anyone joining the club and wishing to break into Triathlon!