It’s Time! the BDCA 10 is here.

BorntoBike Racing Team was first formed back in 2010 and celebrates it’s 6th year at the very top level of the sport.  The last 6 years have seen the team grow, shrink, grow again and now expand into very talented ladies and men team who all share one passion…..’cycling’.

Due to the size of the team over recent years we have not been able to put anything back into our sport that we love.  During the weekend from Spring to Autumn we are often found whizzing along Dual Carriageways, urban roads and malingering in village halls jumping at every opportunity to ride other clubs open time trials and take advantage of others kind support of giving up their spare time to run events so that we can race in them.

Now the team boasts 12 ladies and 7 men its time to give something back to the TT community!  Together with our close friends at Stafford RC ( we are very proud and extremely excited to jointly host our first 10 mile time trial in conjunction with the Burton, District Cycling Alliance (BDCA) at Etwall, Derbyshire on Saturday 16th April 2016.

Riders from both BtB & Stafford Road Club (SRC) are able to both first ride in the event and then later on you will see most of them either back on the course tactically positioned at a roundabout or turn, serving up a hot brew back in the HQ or ensuring that the results are sent through and displayed for riders to see.

BtB are pleased to have the following riders in the event:

Ladies:  Katja Rietdorf #2, Lynney Biddulph #5, Sue Semple #10, Libby McLaren #12, Clare Campbell-Smith #13 & Chris Melia #22

Men:  John McLaren #26, Dave Pemberton #29, John Cornfield #33, Ian Manders #35, Bob Awcock #38 & Steve Biddulph #132

Riders to watch out for from our friends at Stafford RC:

Martin Tolley #28, David Pugh #31, James Hadden #39, Melvyn Lewis #43, Paul Taylor #44, Roger Morris #64 & Alastair Semple #96

Many thanks in advance must go to all the other marshals, supporters and volunteers whom have helped and will continue to do so to ensure that this event may become an annual meeting that all riders will want to compete in.

A start sheet for the even can be found at the link below:

BDCA 10 – Start Sheet




Ladies dominate and PB’s for the men!

The team were out in force at the weekend and proceedings kicked off with the BDCA 25 Mile Time Trial held at Etwall, Derbyshire.

The weather was certainly a mixed bag from the sunshine in the morning fading out to the wind and rain picking up as the afternoon went on.  It was a great showing from the ladies topping out on most places on the results sheet!  Top rides from all with Jasmijn leading home the BtB riders followed by Katja, Lynney, Sue and Libby.  Quality rides and an excellent start to the time trial season with outstanding BBAR qualifying times bagged early on so bodes well for the future.

The men produced fantastic rides and ‘ride of the day’ must go to Ian Manders and Bob Awcock who came away from the event with substantial personal bests knocking minutes from previous best efforts!  Ian flew around the course in a awesome time of 53:51, the ever impressive Bob with a great time of 1:03:56 and Steve rounding off a good day with 54:34.

Meanwhile battling the wind ‘down South’ we had Clare Campbell-Smith producing a good ride at the Lee Valley promoted 25 Mile Time Trial event and crossed the finish line in a very creditable 59:41.  We await the final results to see Clare’s final position but a cracking time bagged early on in the season!

Lastly Jackie Hobson was in action on Sunday at the BUCS 10 Mile Time Trial Championships near Cambridge;  Jackie produced a great ride of 26:53 to finish well inside the top 25 at the event which featured some top names including National Time Trial Champion and full time professional Hayley Simmonds!

Next week features the BtB team hosting and riding in our very own event.  Together with our friends at Stafford Road Club we are proud to host the BDCA 10 Mile Time trial held on the fast Etwall course.


Race Preview – 25 Anyone?

So this weekend 9 our the BtB riders will be heading over to the Derbyshire border to compete in the BDCA 25 Mile Open Time Trial on the fast (weather permitting!) A25/11 course on the A50 between Etwall and Uttoxeter.

As the BDCA is on a fairly fast course it has 6 BtB ladies and 3 BtB men racing in the event which also doubles up as a BBAR qualifier for the ladies so a great opportunity for them to get an early season qualifying time for the BBAR Individual and Team awards.

The action starts with ladies and the first rider off at 1401hrs and hoping to catch her up we will have Lynney Biddulph setting off #8 (1408hrs), Libby Mclaren #11 (1411hrs), Katja Rietdorf #12 (1412hrs), Sue Semple #16 (1416hrs), Jasmijn Muller #18 (1418hrs) and Chris Melia #37 (1437hrs).  The chaps head off with Bob Awcock #29 (1429hrs) leading with way, Stevie Biddulph #45 (1445hrs) and Ian Manders #56 (1456hrs) all hoping to be well under the hour and for this time of year will be fanastic rides.

There will be lots of awards on offer at the BDCA with one being the Westminster Trophy which is awarded for the quickest team of 5 riders!  Will we be in with a shout and if so which 5?

Meanwhile Clare Campbell-Smith is heading over to the Lee Valley promoted 25 Mile Time Trial on the equally  fast E2/25 course in Essex to hopefully notch up a fast time and secure an early season BBAR qualifier in the bag. Clare starts her race at 1457hrs (#57).

Good luck goes out to all the riders for this weekend and may the wind be with you!

A great weekend’s racing

The season is starting to get well underway now as the BtB team slowly start to come out of hibernation and show their hands at events around the Country.

The majority of the riders were out in force on Saturday at the VTTA (Midlands) 10 Mile TT Championship held on the fast (well sometimes it is!) K11/10T course near Dunchurch, Coventry.  Everyone produced excellent rides on the day considering that this is not a key event for most.

Continuing her great form was Sue Semple who produced a great ride of 24:29 to earn a well deserved second place in the ladies event only 20 seconds behind Lucy Walters.  Libby Mclaren put in a good first ‘open’ ride of the season and finished with 26:21.  The chaps were still holding back for the first race win but were lead home by Steve Biddulph 22:29, John McLaren 26:41 and closely followed by Bob Awcock in a fantastic time of 26:46!

Katja Rietdorf featured in her first race of the season in BtB colours on Sunday in the Icknield promoted 30 Km sporting course.  Now considering Katja says she doesn’t like SPOCO courses this wasn’t reflected in her time or position in the ladies event where she stormed around the circuit in a time of 39:41 and a very creditable second place behind Annabel Sill.  Fantastic ride and just think what Katja will be like on a course that she likes!

All in all great racing and its good to see the team out and about getting the results but most of all enjoying themselves on the bike.  The BDCA 25 and Lee Valley CC 25 Mile Time Trials take place with most riders in action again.  the weekend preview will follow on tomorrow so don’t miss out.

The ‘Vets’ are out to play this weekend!

Saturday 2nd April will see 5 of our Veteran riders (and 1 senior!) head over to the K11/10T Time Trial course near Dunchurch, Coventry to take part in the annual Midlands VTTA 10 Mile Time Trial Championships.

Kicking off proceedings is our youngest member Bob Awcock (#18) (72 years young – I know he won’t mind me saying that!) who takes to the start line at 1418 hrs.  He will be hoping to improve on his standard at 10 miles and will be followed by Libby McLaren (#37), Steve Biddulph (#45), Sue Semple (#56), John McLaren (#62) & Dave Pemberton (#72).

The sunshine has been booked and temperature nipping into double figures for tomorrows race!

The only BtB rider in action on Sunday is Katja Rietdorf who will be making her debut for the team at Icknield RC 30 Kilometer Time Trial.  This event is taking place on the F12/30K circuit and is part of the London North Millennium Series.

Good luck to all the riders for the weekend and stay tuned for the results to come flooding in!

Lynney Biddulph clocks up her first win

Lynney Biddulph opened up her season account on Easter Sunday at the Mid-Shropshire Wheelers promoted 25 mile TT event.  Joined by her National Gold medal winning 24 hour teammate from 2012, John Cornfield both braved the strong winds and cold conditions to put in outstanding rides among good competition.  John Cornfield (JC) took to the course and covered it in a very respectable time of 1:05:39 to finish in the top half of the field and left Lynney to led the way to victory in the ladies event by over 4 minutes to stop the clock at 1:04:38.

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Meanwhile at the start of the bank holiday weekend on Good Friday, Ian Manders, Steve Biddulph and Sue Semple headed off ‘Up North’ to take part in the City RC Hull promoted 10 Mile TT event.  Conditions were less than favorable for the morning and the riders faced a strong westerly head return for the 5.5 mile return leg.  Sue produced an outstanding time of 22:25 for which that gained her an excellent 4th place in the ladies event only 18 seconds shy off first place.  Shortly after Steve Biddulph crossed the line with a City_RC_Hull_Good_Friday_V718-399-(ZF-1574-89593-1-002)time of 21:05, not too shabby considering it was his 8th race in 7 days (including track league and a 2-day stage race)!  Ian Manders however, stormed to a fantastic time of 20:20 which is his second fastest 10 time recorded!  Well on track for bigger improvements as the season gets under way.


While all this was happening in the Midlands and ‘Up North’, Clare Campbell-Smith took part in the Hounslow & District Wheelers 25 Mile Club event over a very challenging hilly course.  Clare’s previous best time for the course was 1:11:03 and this time out she knocked off a mere 4 minutes to finish with a short 1:07!

Overall a cracking weekend for the BtB racers with other team members cracking on with training, preparing for events and we even had Jasmijn riding to France!

Next event up on the calendar is the much anticipated VTTA (Midlands) 10 Mile Time Trial Championship on the K11/10T course near Coventry.  The team will be well represented at this event and will see Libby & John McLaren alongside Bob Awcock attending their first races of the season.  Also on attendance will be Steve Biddulph, Dave Pemberton and super speedy Sue Semple!

Watch this space for a preview of all the racing coming up this weekend.

One, two & three for BtB

As the TT season slowly starts to get underway, this weekend saw podium places for all the BtB riders that were in action!

Kicking off her season to a great start was Clare Campbell-Smith in the Farnborough & Camberly promoted Open 10 event on Saturday.  In this tight fought battle of the ladies which saw the top 4 positions covered by 22 seconds it was Clare that managed to cover the H10/8 course in 24:38 and nipping second place by only 15 seconds to Katie Crowe.

Stafford Road Club hosted their annual club Hilly 23 around the challenging Blithfield Reservoir circuit (as used on last years CTT Classic Series) and smashing her first win of the year was Sue Semple with a time of 1:01:29 and closely followed by Nina Critchley who set a course best time of 1:02:45 to take first and second in the ladies event.

Not to be out done, Ian Manders raised to the challenge of keeping the men’s side up for an outstanding third place in the same event and covered the course in a very respectable 55:49.


Look out for the next pre-race report on the teams website!


Photograph kindly provide by Vanessa Royals & Stafford Road Club

It’s TT & Road this weekend!

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Clare Campbell_Smith

As the season starts to get going (and hopefully the weather warms up too) this weekend see’s the BtB riders come out of hibernation and venture out in time trials and a crit!


First up, we wish Clare Campbell-Smith good luck when she rocks up for the Farnborough & Camberley CC 10 Mile Time Trial held on the fast Bentley course (H10/8) Saturday afternoon.


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Sue Semple

The next lot of riders then have to wait until Sunday to have their moment of glory where we will see Sue Semple kick off proceedings in the Stafford RC 23 mile Hilly Time Trial around Blithfield reservoir (K48/23).  Off course with Stafford’s TT held on a ‘K’ course there will be a good offering of points up for grabs in the Midlands Time Trial League!


Meanwhile across the other side of the county, John Cornfield will be racing at the Mid Shropshire Wheelers Circuit races at Sundorne sports village where he will begin his bid to move up to a 3rd cat road racer.

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John Cornfield

For the rest of the team it will be the normal mix of turbo, rollers, weights, core, work, rest and maybe play while they wait for their season to kick start.

Stay tuned for more race reports and to hear how the team have got on.



First win of the season for Chris Melia

The March winter weather didn’t stop Chris Melia at Sheffec’s 25 mile 2up Time Trial on Saturday from storming to victory in the ladies 2 up event with Alex Deck.  The pair flew around the challenging course in a very respectable time of  01:02:59 to take victory as the all female team and leaving many all male teams in their wake!


Well done Chris and Alex!

Early start for the men


The men start the season early at Coalville Wheelers 10 Mile TT

Braving the cold in one of the season openers on Saturday 20th February 2016 we see some of the BtB men’s team heading over to Coalville Wheelers to try their hand at this early season opener.  Leading the lads into action on this rolling sporting course will be Ian Manders assisted by Dave Pemberton, John Cornfield and Stevie Biddulph.

The men will be looking at opening up their team win’s starting this Saturday but they will face tough opposition from Coalville Wheeler’s themselves, Sheffec and the newly formed Team Bottrill.

First rider is off at 1400hrs with Dave off at 1416hrs, Ian at 1420hrs, Steve at 1445hrs and John off at 1537hrs.

Good luck lad’s, dig in and bury yourselves!