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This week's club time trial is on the Stagsden 10 mile course. If you are new to the course, please review the course description description and risk assessment assessment.  The Course Route Route includes download links for GPS enabled computers.

All are welcome at our club time trials: make sure you turn up in time to sign on. You'll need a mechanically sound bike and a bike helmet. We recommend the use of a rear light, especially in evening events. You need to be 12 or over to ride time trials. If you are under 18 you will need permission from a parent or guardian to take part (download a permission form in pdf format and in Word format). Each of our courses has a route description and a risk assessment. Make sure you have familiarised yourself with the course!

The event starts at 7.15pm, and entry is on the line at £3.00 (NBRC members), £5.00 (non-members). If you're planning to ride home after the event, don't forget lights.

The full events calendar is here

Results to follow

The club is organising an LVRC road race event on Sunday 25th June on the Foxley circuit near Towcester, and helpers/marshals for the event are required. We've cancelled the club runs on that day, but there will be a group ride over to the event HQ (the A5 Rangers club room) in Towcester for those helping out at the event.

There are races in morning and afternoon on the circuit - helpers are needed for both - let David Price (who's organising the event) know if you're coming.

This week's club time trial is on the Stony 11.4 mile course. If you are new to the course, please review the course description and risk assessment. Here is the course route - includes download links for GPS enabled computers.

Please note that owing to recently installed traffic-calming measures, we will be using a slightly different start/finish point.  All are welcome at our club time trials: make sure you turn up in time to sign on. You'll need a mechanically sound bike and a bike helmet. We recommend the use of a rear light, especially in evening events such as this one. You need to be 12 or over to ride time trials. If you are under 18 you will need permission from a parent or guardian to take part (download a permission form in pdf format and in Word format). Each of our courses has a route description and a risk assessment. Make sure you have familiarised yourself with the course!

The event starts at 7.15pm, Wednesday 21st June, and entry is on the line at £3.00 (NBRC members), £5.00 (non-members). Maximum number of riders 40. The meeting point is in the car park by the river, on Calverton Road, near the start by Milford Avenue. 

Results

As reported on the Facebook page, NBRC member Denise Fitzgerald completed the Tour of Cambridgeshire Gran Fondo last weekend, coming 9th in her category and qualifying for a place in the Worlds. Here's her report on the day out in the fens...

A year into my cycling and with 4 Sportives under my belt I had the bright idea of entering the Gran Fondo Race thinking it would be fairly similar; how wrong could I be! I guess you are all experts in racing but here are the 3 key lessons I took away:

David Price emailed to ask for help for the LVRC National Road Race Championships that he is organising on 25th June. He writes:

The format is slightly different this year, in that we will have one race in the morning at 10am and a second at 14.00.  It will mean a long day for those that are willing and able to give up a full day.
I mainly need help with the marshalling of the junctions. Each race requires approximately 18 marshalls.  I already have some of the morning racers offering to help with the event in the afternoon.
Race HQ is A5 Rangers Clubroom in Towcester.
After Gordon and Sue Batcock stepped down from this role last year I am looking for helpers to run the kitchen on the day and help make the sandwiches for the marshalls food bag. 
All offers of assistance will be greatly appreciated! This is an important NBRC promotion.

The North Bucks Road Club now has an open Facebook group intended to provide a forum for sharing information and discussing our Sunday club runs. Our club runs depart from Westcroft or Newport Pagnell - see the calendar of club runs.

You can find the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1693752174261397/

The upcoming club meeting will be a social meeting at The Inn on the Lake, 7.30pm.
The Club Committee have been making plans for changes, including using social messaging for communications, and the new club run calendar. Come along and discuss the changes, and what other things we could do as a club! All contributions of ideas most welcome. Let Nathan know if you need to collect club kit.

From the 7th of May we will be implementing a new approach to our Sunday club runs, the principal changes are below.

Firstly we will be moving away from our traditional start point of Harley hall. We will in future have two start points, and alternate between them - a western start point next to the “Nut and Squirrel” at Westcroft, and an eastern start point outside the medical centre in Newport Pagnell. The benefits of these two start points are

  1. It’s time to move away from the Harley Hall as we no longer use that location
  2. By having two start points, members from both sides of MK will find one start convenient, and one less so, so fair to all.
  3. Both start points offer a quick exit from MK, and a wider range of routes and destinations, without the need to ride across MK as a group.
  4. Both sites are public spaces, so should not encounter issues with local objections to us gathering.
  5. Both sites are close to car parks.