April Segment of the Month


April Segment of the Month

April is upon us and with the ‘lockdown’ in place due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we all need to remain mindful of the rules around social distancing and responsible riding in line with the Government guidance for daily outdoor exercise.

This month’s segment is one for the Sprinters. A sub 1-minute effort that will challenge you to (safely) push the limits of your power. Outright Watts will come into play more that Watts / Kg would do on a climb, so make sure your legs are fresh for this effort.

With safety in mind please pay special attention to the rules of the road, remembering to be safe and vigilant when riding this segment. It has been selected specifically to allow good line of sight for traffic, pedestrians and other unanticipated obstructions, whilst also giving plenty of ‘run off’ afterwards to avoid the need to come to a stop abruptly.

The segment begins by the telegraph pole on the Old Stoke Road heading towards Stoke Charity, just past the cluster of farm buildings on your right. You approach the segment from the South, having the opportunity to build up some entry speed on the straight that passes the farm buildings.

Push on down the slight downhill ramp and then apply maximum effort to carry you along the slightly false flat that brings you to the segment end, which is marked by the small iron gate on your left, which is parallel to a row of trees and also just at the foot of the next rolling small ramp that leads the road on into Stoke Charity village.

The link to the segment is here: https://www.strava.com/segments/23241028

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April Segment of the Month

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March 2020 Results and Overall GC Position

March happily saw an easing of the rain that has plagued us at the start of this year. Notwithstanding the ‘lockdown’ caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, some great efforts were put in for this month’s ‘Salt Lane to Beauworth bash’ segment.

This challenging TT segment saw the men’s competition really light up. James Cocker took first position with a new KoM of 06:09, pushing Ben Gibbs into a close second place. Jim Cascerini took third just ahead of Christopher Purver. These same four VCV members have locked out the top four positions for two consecutive months. Can anyone else challenge their dominance?

In the women’s competition Izzy Wild for the third month in a row, rode unchallenged to first place, clocking a time of 07:50 and taking the QoM with it. Izzy’s lead in the women’s competition now seems unassailable at 45 points.

April’s ‘Stoke Charity Smash’ segment is one for the Sprinters so make sure you tackle it with fresh legs to push out maximum watts.

Click the link here to view April’s segment:


Results for March 2020 Segment


Position Name Time Points
1 James Cocker 06:09 15
2 Ben Gibbs 06:22 12
3 Jim Cascarini 06:44 10
4 Christopher Purver 06:52 8
5 Pawel Niewiadomy 06:54 6
6 Daniel Mahony 07:02 5
7 Martin Evans 07:07 4
7 James Locke 07:07 4
9 Dave Morris 07:13 2
10 Chris Hughes 08:00 1
11 Philip Allen 08:57 0


Position Name Time Points
1 Izzy Wild 07:50 15

Current 2020 Segment Challenge GC Position and Ranking


Position Name Points
1 Ben Gibbs 42
2 James Cocker 33
3 Christopher Purver 30
4 Jim Cascarini 26
5 Martin Evans 12
6 Andy Watkins 9
7 Chris Hughes 9
8 Pawel Niewiadomy 6
9 Richard Smith 5
10 Daniel Mahony 5
11 Raf Izak 4
12 James Locke 4
13 Adrian Bazter 3
14 Dave Morris 2


Position Name Points
1 Izzy Wild 45

funding from WCC

VCV Awarded Funding By WCC

VC Venta awarded £370 under Winchester City Council’s Town Forum Small Grant Scheme

VC Venta has received a very welcome grant of £370 from Winchester City Council under its Town Forum Small Grant Scheme. The funds have been used to purchase equipment to support the Club’s ever growing, successful, youth training and racing programme.

The equipment purchased includes a battery powered bicycle pressure washer (and battery packs) for use with the Club’s youth cyclo-cross team racing in the forthcoming Autumn/Winter 2020 cyclo-cross racing season, both locally under the Wessex League and Nationally. This allows for off-grid bike washing in the pits by our indispensable parent helpers when our youth team members are racing. In addition a commercial size catering urn was purchased to provide teas and coffees to the Club’s coaches, parents and helpers when our Go-Ride youth cycle training sessions as well as the Club’s racing events are held at the Winchester South Park and Ride venue.

Unfortunately with the COVID-19 lock down, the new equipment has had to be put safely aside ready to be used when the Club’s activities can start again.

Thank you Winchester City Council for your continued generous support.

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Club Rides & Events Cancelled Due to Coronavirus

As the Coronavirus situation continues to evolve, Velo Club Venta is monitoring developments and following the advice from UK authorities as well as updates from the World Health Organisation.

With the health and safety of our members and the wider community as our priority, the following changes come into force with immediate effect:

1) All Club rides are cancelled until further notice (including this evening’s 17 March 2020).
2) The Women’s Road Race on 22 March 2020 is cancelled. Refunds will be provided.
3) The Spring Criterium Series 2020 is cancelled. Refunds will be provided.
4) The Go-Ride Spring Series 2020 is cancelled. Refunds will be provided.

We will monitor the situation closely and will give a further update on future events in due course.

Please note, it may take a little while to process all the refunds and we ask for your patience while our club volunteers handle this.


Women’s Road Race on 22 March Cancelled

It is with great disappointment that we confirm the cancellation of the Velo Club Venta Women’s Road Race that was due to take place on Sunday 22nd March.

We appreciate that this will be disappointing to all the riders, however the health of our riders, officials and volunteers is of the highest priority and it would be socially irresponsible for us run in light of the current situation and guidance in relation to Covid-19.

We hope to be able to rearrange the event for later on in the year, depending on how the situation unfolds.

We would like to thank all the riders for entering our event, which once again was heavily oversubscribed, and to everyone who volunteered to help/officiate with the event. We could not run these events without you all.

We hope that the riders will enter our future events and wish everyone success for the rest of the season, when it resumes.


Lands End to Portsmouth in 18 hours 29 minutes

VC Venta member, Nick Tarmey has smashed his 24 hour challenge, riding the 502 km from Lands End to Portsmouth in a time of just 18 hours and 29 minutes!

Raising funds for the Portsmouth Hospitals Charities, Nick took to the road as the clock struck midnight on 13th March and arrived at his destination, the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, Friday evening.

Nick said, “Haven’t felt this grateful – or this knackered – riding up Portsdown Hill before! Felt pretty hard at times, but SO much better for all the amazing support and knowing I was doing it for a great cause.”

Nick has also smashed his £2,000 fundraising target. So far he has raised a staggering £3,260 and the fund is still open for further donations at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nick500km.

Congratulations Nick!

Nick Tarmey arriving in Portsmouth



Club Welfare Officer Vacancy

VC Venta is urgently looking to appoint a volunteer to act as the Club Welfare Officer, following the resignation of the previous officer.

As a British Cycling (BC) Go-Ride Club it is a requirement that we have a club welfare officer. The welfare officer is somebody who can be visible at Go-Ride events and CX coaching sessions, or activities involving young people as well as the events that we organise, as this is predominantly (although not solely) about child protection.

However, BC guidance is that the position should not be filled by one of the club’s coaches.

This would probably suit somebody who is already working in education, health care, police, social work etc. who will already have a good understanding of safeguarding.

Find out more about the role of Club Welfare Officer.

If you think you might be able to help please contact Club Secretary, Sean Locke, on info@vcventa.co.uk or Head Coach, Toby Leyland, or go-ride@vcventa.co.uk.


Nick Tarmey


Support Nick on his 24 Hour Cycle Challenge

Some of you may know that VCV member, Nick Tarmey, has been in training to take on a 12 hour time trial this year. Well, despite some amazing efforts already accomplished he has decided to temporarily shelve his racing for the greater good of humanity, as duty calls.

But rather than letting his training go to waste, he is taking on the crazy challenge to ride 500 km in 24 hours raising funds for the Portsmouth Hospitals Charities.

Here’s Nick’s story…

With my work as an ICU consultant looking likely to get pretty busy over the next few months, I have decided to put my bike racing on hold for 2020… but I had to do something useful with my training, so I’m raising some much-needed funds for our patients and their families with this big bike challenge.

24 Hour Challenge

On Friday 13th March, I will attempt to ride the 500 km from Lands End to QA Hospital, Portsmouth, in 24 hours. I’ll be riding self-supported (with food and drink stashed along the route), following a hilly course with over 6,000m of climbing. I can’t promise I’ll succeed – it’ll be at the limit of my abilities – but I promise I’ll give it everything I’ve got!

Raising Funds for Portsmouth Hospitals Charity

I hope you can help by sending me your support and by making a donation. 100% of the proceeds will go directly towards additional facilities and support to help the comfort and care of our critically ill patients and their families. Getting a bit tired on a bike is nothing compared to what these brave people go through, so anything we can do to make things easier for them is hugely worthwhile.

If you would like to support Nick you can make a donation at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nick500km

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February 2020 results and overall GC position

January’s poor weather continued into February, limiting the number of attempts at this month’s ‘Northington Classic’ segment challenge.

In the men’s competition Ben Gibbs triumphed again, now establishing a healthy 8-point lead in the GC table. Christopher Purver ran Ben very close this time, solidifying his own GC second place. The battle for third place was well fought. Jim Cascerini won out, with Martin Evans and James Cocker only a second apiece behind respectively.

In the women’s competition Izzy Wild again rode unchallenged to first place, now commanding the woman’s GC with 30 points.

March’s ‘Salt Lane to Beauworth bash’ segment favours the TT specialists and is an opportunity for the big-power riders in our club to challenge Ben and Izzy’s dominance.

Click the link here to view March’s segment:


Results for February 2020 segment


Position Name Time Points
1 Ben Gibbs  1:36 15
2 Christopher Purver  1:39 12
3 Jim Cascarini  1:52 10
4 Martin Evans  1:53 8
5 James Cocker  1:54 6
6 Andy Watkins  2:00 5
7 Raf Izak  2:51 4
8 Adrian Baxter  3:14 3


Position Name Time Points
1 Izzy Wild  2:26 15

Current 2020 segment challenge GC position and ranking


Position Name Points
1 Ben Gibbs 30
2 Christopher Purver 22
3 James Cocker 18
4 Jim Cascarini 16
5 Andy Watkins 9
6 Martin Evans 8
7 Chris Hughes 8
8 Richard Smith 5
9 Raf Izak 4
10 Adrian Baxter 3


Position Name Points
1 Izzy Wild 30

March Segment

March Segment of the Month

March Segment of the Month

March has arrived and we will hopefully see the back of the poor weather that has plagued us for the last few weeks.

This month’s segment is one for the TT aficionado’s and as such, the use of TT bikes and / or clip-on TT bars are permitted by the rules of the competition. As always, please obey the rules of the road, remember to be safe, and if using TT bars be ready to stop at short notice due to hazards or obstructions.

The segment begins a few yards into the locally well known ‘Salt Lane’ and climbs gently, then pushing on over the crest past the Millbury’s pub, that marks the descent into Beauworth Village. The segment ends at the village sign. This is a fast 2.5-mile segment so you’ll need to be on the power the whole time. Pace carefully though, to leave a bit in the tank for the sprint to the end.

The segment link is here https://www.strava.com/segments/22952048

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Go-Ride Spring 2020 Cancelled

In light of the current situation and guidance in relation to Covid-19, VC Venta regrets to announce that the 2020 Go-Ride Spring Series has been cancelled. The decision has been taken with the health and safety of our members and the wider community as our priority.

Refunds will be provided.

What is Go-Ride?

Go-Ride is British Cycling’s development programme for young people and provides a fun and safe way to introduce young riders, aged 6 to 16 years, to the world of cycle sport. It looks to develop basic, intermediate and advanced bike handling skills. This involves games, skills, drills, group riding, close contact, race games and simulations.


Can You Help Organise A Time Trial?

The dates and courses for the VC Venta Summer Time Trials 2020 have been released. However, we do need some volunteers to help organise individual events. No experience necessary.

If you can help please contact James Fox via racing@vcventa.co.uk

Dates for 2020

Wednesday, 6th May 2020 – Course HCC283 – Candover Valley

Wednesday, 27th May 2020 – Course P140 – Kings Somborne

Wednesday, 17th June – Course P140 – Kings Somborne

Wednesday, 8th July – Course P140 – Kings Somborne

Wednesday, 29th July – Course HCC283 – Candover Valley

Wednesday, 19th August – Course P751 – Kingsworthy

Dates & Courses