We have two regular club runs each Sunday morning, usually 50 miles with a cafe stop.

Club Runs

Cyclocross is a winter sport that's has regained popularity in recent years - NBRC members race regularly


Regular road racing through the season at the MK Bowl, and on road circuits nationwide, including national events.

Road Racing

NBRC members regularly tour by bike, in the UK and abroad. This is a scene from Robert's recent tour in the Outer Hebrides.

Cycle Touring

Time trials are popular, and a good introduction to competitive cycling. Find out about our 2016 club time trials.

Time Trials

NBRC Coronavirus Update 26/3/21

The NBRC Committee hopes that all members and their families are coping with the current pandemic situation, and have remained well.

Cycling Time Trials have given the go-ahead for time trials to resume after 29th March 2021. Accordingly, we plan to resume our club event series beginning with the 14th April event on the Stony Stratford course. We are finalising details of how we will manage this event, and the event announcement is here. We will be arranging pre-event entry with Results Base, and will publish an outline of our protocols for ensureing the event is Covid-safe for riders and organisers alike over the next few days.

NBRC on Social Media

The North Bucks Road Club has a Facebook page. This is a good place to look for last minute notes about events, details of extra club rides etc. It's managed separately from this website, but material is copied between the two sites. You can always access the Facebook page via the menu item above.

We also now have a Twitter account - @NorthBucksRC.

If you're keen on using newsfeeds, there is an RSS feed of Latest News.

To some, time trials are the “race of truth”. To others, a waste of time plugging along a road on your own! This is a brief introduction...

Time trialling in England is governed by Cycling Time Trials, the CTT, which was originally the Road Time Trial Council, or RTTC. Standard distances are 10 miles, 25 miles, 50 miles, 100 miles and the longer events, the 12hr and 24hr events (in which the aim is to cover as many miles as possible in the time given). Time trials are also held over other distances, most notably circuit events such as the Rudy Project time trial series, and hilly events (also known as Sporting Courses, or Spocos). In most events, the riders start at 1 minute intervals, and aim to cover the course in as short a time as possible, riding strictly on your own, without sheltering behind other riders or otherwise taking pace. The CTT have a useful beginners guide to Time Trials.

Club Events

Club events are relatively informal, and you can usually turn up on the night if you fancy a ride. They make an excellent introduction to the sport. You'll sign on, pay a small entry fee (currently £2.50 for NBRC members), and pin your number on: not very much time is spent sorting out the start sheet. At the start, you line up, then when your minute man has started, get ready to start. The timekeeper's assistant will hold you while you clip your feet to the pedals. After a brief countdown, off you go! Make sure you know the course beforehand – our club events aren't marshalled! You are expected to ride solo – if you are caught by a following rider, you must not take pace from him.

Our 2015 programme of club events can be found here.

Open Events

Open events are rather more formal. Details are found in the CTT handbook. You enter by completing and sending an entry from to the organiser, who's details are listed in the handbook, usually no later than 10 days before the event. (Entry forms are available for download at the CTT website, though increasingly event organisers use Internet Entry). Entry fees vary, usually they are around £5 to £10. These events can have as many as 120 riders, and the field is seeded such that the fastest rider starts last. Generally the fastest riders are starting every 10 minutes (a more detailed explanation of the seeding process is to be found in the handbook). These events are marshalled, and often take place on fast flat roads. The course are referred to by cryptic codes, a system dating from when these events were held in secrecy! A brief outline of each course is found in the handbook but is often not much more than an indication of where the course is. A full course description is included on the startsheet, which all competitors receive before the event, and which lists the starting order, prizes on offer, where the race HQ is and what facilities are available.

Time Trial Bikes

While you don't need anything special to start time trialling, you'll no doubt spot some of the aerodynamic “funny bikes” some of the faster riders will be riding. These will will feature some or all of the following: aerodynamic handlebars (aka “tri-bars”, and possibly the most significant improvement you can make to the bike); aero wheels (deep rim front, and disc rear), aero seat pins etc. If you're new to the sport, don't worry about all this kit, remember you're riding to improve your best performance, not necessarily to win the event!

Time Trials Abroad

While there are opportunities for road racing abroad, the relative lack of overseas popularity for time trialling means there is less opportunity. One exception is the Duo Normand, which is a monster 2-up team time trial event with upwards of 350 two-person teams held in Marigny in Normandy. The Duo Normand home page is here. Over the years several NBRC members have competed in the event. In most years since 2003, Robert Saunders has ridden the Duo Normand and can offer copious advice!