We will hold the first Come & Try It event on the Astwood course with the HQ based at the Bike Bus cafe on Saturday 5th March, starting at 9 am. Sign on at the BikeBus cafe. Entry is £3.00 (members) and £5.00 (non-members).

All are welcome: 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. You need to be 12 or over to ride time trials; if you are over 12 but 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). The course has a route description and a risk assessment. Make sure you have familiarised yourself with the course, and remember that time trials are held on open roads - take care and be observant of other road users!

Download the latest Course Description and Risk Assessment (pdf)

For riders new to time trialling, here's a brief introduction to time trials.  


I was all ready to ride up to Astwood when the snow came on with a vengeance - big fluffy snowflakes falling on to a heavy frost. A quick telephone conference with Tony and it seemed likely we’d call the event off. Certainly, I wasn’t keen to ride up to the course in those conditions, but I did feel as club chairman that I ought to be there for those riders who did show up.

As it turned out, the event went ahead though it was a bit cold and wet and there were only three riders. Tony, Bryan and Dave dealt with the start, while Katja and I went out to marshal a couple of the turns. It was certainly cold and exposed out there on the roadside.

In the end, the win was taken by Adriana, who rounded the corner I was marshalling in very good style. Perhaps the winter cyclocross is a good idea! First timer Martin Douglas took second place.

Well done to all three riders. Next week sees the action move to the Stony Stratford course - all are welcome. Plus, we have the regular club night at Harley Hall on Monday 14th March.

1      #2    Adriana Borowska North Bucks Road Club 29:35
2 #3 Martin Douglas Unattached 31:25
3 #1 Ross Kirkbright North Bucks Road Club 31:41

Thanks to Tony Farmborough, Bryan Scarborough and Dave Goodhew (all NBRC) at the start; Robert Saunders (NBRC) and Katja Rietdorf (Born to Bike) for marshalling. Dave also took some photos: