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.




The venue had been set and the votes had been counted. Would there be Gwyneth Paltrow outbursts of emotions as Dave accepted his award and thanked his sponsors, his Girlfriend, the brewers of Belgium, Flames in Putney etc…

With a private room booked at Putney Pies the question was, how many pies can a cyclist eat in an evening? Nic proved his status as club champion by ordering Pies for starter, mains and dessert, it’s that level of commitment that has seen him obtain his elite racing license this year.

The club awards were a great opportunity to celebrate the individual achievements of the individuals who make the grupetto the special club it is.

It’s a bit of an old cliche I know but the club really is the members as a whole and it’s a been a privilege and a heap loads of fun riding with you all. I feel that this has been a great year for the club and we’ve managed to grow without compromising the core essence of the club.

Highlights of the year have been shouting at Matt and Nic at various races, an awesome track day where each club member played their part with grace and humour superbly organised by Rob Hoops with the essential help of Dave Mac, watching all our mountain goat nutters repping hard at the hill climbs and of course who can forget the ghent trip.

Here’s to another great year riding with great people.

Club Chanpion – Nic
A great year for Nic as he gained his Elite racing license and won the National Masters Road Race Jersey

B|A|R – Matt
If it involved two wheels, Matt was there. Riding for the grupetto on the road, on the track and on the cycloX bike. Had an amazing race at the Pete Young memorial where he took himself to the absolute limit. Having moved up to Cat 2 he also showed the pros how to spin and won a Pinarello dogma for his efforts.

Track Champion – Dave Mac
Again this year Dave Mac wore his grupetto Jersey with pride at the National Masters Track championships in Manchester.

Spirit of the CLub – Stevie P and Jaygee
One of the most important awards of the night, the votes were equally split for Jaygee and Stevie P who both do an amazing job on club rides of looking after the bunch and making sure that everyone is ok.

Most Improved Rider – John D
In his first season of racing John got his Category 3 license and is regularly training with Nic and Matt which bodes well for next season.

DaKettle Award – Continental Dave
“It’s Jo on the phone” grupetto gold…


Medals of Honour were awarded to

Monkey - David Bailey Medal - Has taken some amazing pics over the years

Scarlett – ‘The Prof’ Medal - For his willingness to help and share his vast knowledge and skills

Ved – Best hallucination on a ride – Ponies, tiny ponies, I saw them…

Tom – Medal for services to the rubber industry, sponsored by continental, dunlop etc

Hoops – Best crash – Rob is now part cyborg

Hippy – HTFU medal - just for being a mad bastard and spending 24 hours on a bike

Massive thanks to the hoopster for all his mad skillz in making the trophiesand medals.



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