CS Grupetto

We are a little bit different to most clubs in that we\'re primarily a group of friends who socialise off the bike, but we happen to share a common interest in cycling and cyclesport. We are based in Putney and have regular weekend rides out to Windsor and the Surrey Hills, as well as occasional trips elsewhere.

We have a wide variety of cycling interests amongst club members, from track riding to road racing, and sportives to bike polo. Several of our members have their race licences, and we\'re represented in every category including Elite

We regularly travel further afield to enjoy some of the classic races – this year quite a few of us have ridden the Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix sportives, and then watched the pros follow our tyre tracks. We also try and get to see the Ghent and Berlin six day track events.

At the core of the club ethos is a desire to enjoy good rides with good friends.

CLUB NEWS

National Masters Road Race Championships

Congratulations to Nic on winning the Nationals Masters Road Race!!!!!!

“I enjoyed a rather fortuitous day today at the National Masters RR champs. I got my wish for a windy day and after countless attacks and counter attacks the race finally split up into small groups around lap 14 or so. I lucked out big time and found myself as the only ‘A’ category rider (ages 30-34) in the lead group of 7. Obvious tactics were to ride myself into the ground making sure the group stayed away which I duly did. Going into the last 500m totally grovelling meant I didn’t contest the sprint but who cares, I’ve got a nice National Champ’s jersey now!!

As if more evidence was needed in favour of the beer fueled training regime, I’ve spent the weekend at a wedding out until the early hours both nights and the last half of the week helping a close friend through a personal crisis down the pub. If it doesn’t make you a better rider it definitely makes you a luckier one!”

Official Report from British Cycling

National Masters Titles Secured in Hampshire

Thruxton Motor Circuit, near Andover, Hampshire
Event: 17th July 2011
Report: Snowdon Sports
Related: Report and Images from Eamonn Deane

HEAVY rain and strong winds blighted the National Masters Road Race Championships in Hampshire on Sunday, but for the strong riders there was no stopping them in the hunt for a national title.
But roadworks on the scheduled Southwick course forced the event to be moved to the Thruxton circuit.
Nick Hutchings (GS Gruppetto) won the Men’s Maters A (30-34) title with a strong sprint finish, leading home a large group which had hit the front after about two-thirds distance.

GB Fire Service rider Graeme Sumner took second in the Masters A category, while Team Corley’s Richard Cartland was third.

Also in with the same group was Jason White (Cycle Premier-Metaltek) who was crowned Masters B (35-39) champion, just holding off the challenge of Wilier’s Grant Bayton at the end of the 80-mile race.
And VC St Raphael rider Marianne Britten won the women’s Masters (30-39) title, the 32-year-old from Bristol crossing the line four seconds clear of rival Cara Chesworth (For Viored Racing) at the end of their 40-mile race.

Results:
Men 30-34 (80 miles):
1 Nick Hutchings (CS Grupetto) 3-40-00
2 Graeme Sumner (GB Fire Service)
3 Richard Cartland (Team Corley Cycles)
4 Richard Mardle (Felt Colbornes)
5 Robert King (AW Cycles)
6 Dean Shannon (Twenty 3C-Orbea)

Men 35-39 (80 miles):
1 Jason White (Cycle Premier-Metaltek) 3-40-00
2 Grant Bayton (Wiler)
3 Ian Knight (Team Corley Cycles)
4 Richard Wood (Team Milton Keynes)
5 John Wager (Felt Colbornes)
6 James Smith (Primal Europe)

Women 30-39 (40 miles):
1 Marianne Britten (VC St Raphael)
2 Cara Chesworth (For Viored Racing) @ 4sec
3 Lisa Wood (South Perth CC)
4 Helen McKay (Look Mum No Hands)
5 Adele Tyson-Bloor (VC St Raphael)

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