I rode for CS Purbeck for a few years in the 1990's. It was the sponsored club team with Roger Slade at the helm who ran the specialist bike shop Ridge Racing on Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth.
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I first started cycling seriously on a MTB in the late 80s, and like many others, I soon realised that training 100% on the MTB was counter-productive.
So I purchased a second hand road bike and signed up to ride for the local road club - the Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers - at first riding local 10 mile time trials and then progressing onto track racing at Poole Park as well as riding local road races like the Holt Evening Road Race series after work. Thanks John Fear, I was able to borrow one of the Jubilee's track bikes for a season to compete on.
I first encountered the mighty CS Purbeck/Ridge Racing club team through one of their star riders: Chas Chasemore. I can vividly remember seeing Chas at Poole Track League warming up on a stunning, shocking neon pink track bike with such a fluid pedalling style. I thought Chas looked pretty cool. Sadly Chas was killed whilst out running in October Oct 2010, however a friend of mine now has that very bike Chas rode and intends to restore it back to it's former glory.
Back to the story: I sought out Roger Slade's Ridge Racing shop, located on Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth a few weeks later on a training ride. I'm sure I wasn't the first kid to press their nose up against the window on a Sunday looking at some of those gleaming, exotic bikes that it used to stock! Ineviatbly, I ended up buying a number of frames from Roger over the years (Ron Cooper, AS Gillott, F Moser) as back then - you had to buy the frame and then subsequenetly specifying what componenets you wanted. Even today, I'd still rather buy a frame and forks and build it myself which is something that alot of people new to cycling around on carbon bikes will never know.
I rode for CS Purbeck for a few seasons and it was during those winter rides that I understood why the likes of Chas and the others would beat me so easily! I wasn't training hard enough! It wasn't just the fitness though, the advice I gleaned from expereienced riders like Mark Lewis every week were invaluable - things like riding without your hands on the bars, repairing punctures out in deepest Dorset, being able to put on a gilet/race cap whilst riding along.
Date Submitted: 16 Nov 2016