Every year the Bec Cycling Club promotes a National B Road Race under British Cycling Regulations. The event is usually run in the second week in May and attracts many of the divisions top road racers.
The 2017 event will be on Sunday 7th May 2017, starting at 11:00am - E,1,2 (3rds by invitation) Organiser : Mr J Hughes : firstname.lastname@example.org
Race HQ : Groombridge Village Hall, Station Road, Groombridge, Sussex TN3 9QY
Prize Money : (please note, these figures may change slightly depending on entry and sponsorship and will be confirmed in the event programme)
1st £100 + Bill Prothero Trophy for one year, + 2 Tickets to Bec Luncheon (Nov 2017)
2nd - £70 3rd - £50 4th - £40 5th - £30 6th - £25 7th - £20 8th - £15 9th - £10 10th - £5
From the HQ in Groombridge we will ride up to the top of the Ladies Mile, neutralising as soon as we're out of town. Then it's a further 10 laps round to the lap board. The course has a long drag, but is characterised by it's sharp turns and at only 4 miles around feels like a big crit circuit. At the end of Ladies Mile we turn right and continue onto the Crowborough Circuit.
After riding through Friar's Gate and turning off the main road riders hit the Marden's Hill Climb which last 1.3 miles until reaching Crowborough Town. At which point there's a wide fast descent and couple of short sharp climbs to break the momentum and then it's back onto the main road at Friar's Gate.
After 5 laps around this second circuit we go straight on up the B2188 and finish on a 800 meter clear open uphill section leading into Ashdown Forest. Then it's all downhill back to the HQ.
Here's my recce of the course - STRAVA
Finish line : on B2188 approximately halfway up the road into Ashdown Forest
2016 - Ashley Cox - CC Luton
2015 - Ed Palfreyman - Team Corley Cycles
2014 - Ashley Cox - CC Luton
2013 - Andy Betts - Felt Colbornes Hargroves RT
2012 - Allan Ridler - Pedal Heaven RT
2011 - Gary Chambers - Wiler / GoSelfDrive.com
2010 - Andy Betts - Sigma Sport Specialized Cycling Team
2009 - Martin Smith - AWCycles.co.uk
2008 - Tom Hemmant - London Dynamo
2007 - Tom Smith - Awcycles.co.uk
2006 - Gary Dodd - Sigma Sport R.T
2005 - Tony Gibb - P.C.A
2004 - Colin Roshier - Team Quest
2003 - Gary Baker - Angliasport
2002 - Rob Hurd - Team Peloton
2001 - Andy Proffitt - Arctic R.T
2000 - Gary Baker - Angliasport
1999 - Andy Proffitt - V.c. Deal
1998 - Andy Proffitt - V.C. Deal
1997 - Andy Proffitt - V.C. Deal
1996 - Barry Elcombe - Festival R.c.
1995 - Danny Rudd - De Laune C.C.
1994 - Joe Bayfield - Wycombe R.C.
1993 - David Staff - North Road R.T.
1992 - Robert Kennison - Wembley R.C.
1991 - Steve Dennis - East Grinstead C.c.
1990 - Richard Long - Haverhill Wheelers
1989 - Nigel Brown - Old Kent C.C.
1988 - Gavin Stevens - Harp R.C.
1987 - Russell Fenton - V.C. D'or
1986 - Richard Sutton - V.C. Olympia Sport
1985 - Cliff Dent - 34 Nomads
1984 - Cliff Dent - 34 Nomads
1983 - T. Morgan - V.C. D'or