The latest news from the North Bucks Road Club, including club news and announcements; club events and results; news relating to the wider cycling community. Club event results are periodically moved to the "Club Events" area, accessible from the menu above.

We have a club meeting on Monday 10th August, 7.30pm in Harley Hall. Here's a loose agenda:

Harley Hall Refurbishment
Club kit
Race Calendar
Social Events
Club Rides
Club Hill Climb Champs

Richard Golding moves into the lead! A collection of first places tops Robert's 'frequent racer' total...

Here's the updated Open Time Trial League (up to and including the Stagsden event on 29th July). In the League, a rider's best seven places count, so we're still seeing the regular riders leading the field. Points are awarded as follows: 1st place, 150; 2nd place, 140; 3rd place, 130 and so on down to 15th place. Only those riders who've scored points are featured in this table: if your only results have been below 15th place, you won't be there!

Some events don't count: the medium gear, 2-up events and the 'Come And Try It' events. In addition one of the Astwood events was abandoned due to unreasonably windy conditions. At the end of the season I'll get the results checked by a responsible club member.

The NBRC League is essentially the same table, with only NBRC first claim members included. I have not yet compiled the Veteran's League (based on vet standard placings) or the Handicap League (based on performance relative to previous performances).

Some NBRC riders have been riding in open time trials lately...

Robert Saunders finished 9th (2nd veteran on standard) with 22:07 in the Norlond '10' on 11th July. the event was run on the F15/10 course on a day with a howling tailwind to the turn. And, obviously, a similarly howling headwind for the return leg!

Andy Wickham, presumably feeling resoundingly fit following his Tour de Force ride, took a mammoth 5 minutes off his 25 mile PB in the Verulam '25' on the F1B/25. Andy writes:

There was definitely the "Tempsford effect" on the outbound leg, a headwind, but nothing too bad, think I might have been a bit conservative with my effort and didn't get to the turn until 31.5mins, put my foot down on the return leg and ended with a new PB of 58:34 finishing in 5th place, taking 5mins off my previous best time - I'm v happy with getting in under the hour!

Sound to me as though Andy paced his ride really well!

On the same day as Andy rode his '25', Robert was also in action on the famous Welsh fast course R25/3L. This ride was in the VTTA Championship '25'. Unfortunately conditions were vile, with 22 mph winds gusting to 35mph and rain (very heavy at times). This, together with the ridiculously cold temperature meant that only 61 of the 157 riders on the start sheet actually started. Robert rode a bit conservatively on the outward leg, as the ride was pretty twitchy at times. He finished with 56:15 (+12:50 on standard) for a not particularly astounding placing - places in the VTTA champs are by vets standard.

Andy and Robert have entered the Bedfordshire Roads CC '25' on the F1B/25 on 9th August. David Price has also entered, which means this is probably the first time trial in several years we've fielded enough riders to qualify a team!

I was off for my annual cycling holiday in Scotland recently. Although we were touring at the end of May, temperatures rarely got above 10oC, and were consistently well below seasonal norms. Despite this, the cycling was pretty good and the rain mostly came in showers rather than the depressing day-long rain one can get.

We started in Oban, having driven up with the tandem disassembled in the  back of the car. We visited Barra, South Uist, Benbecula, North Uist, Skye, Ardnamurchan and Mull over ten days and six ferry crossings. We ate loads of good food! Read all about it at my blog.

Robert

This just in via email from Dick:

Message from the President

Firstly, may I thank the members who responded to my request for marshals at the Bowl last Thursday, a good turnout resulted in a safe race despite us being oversubscribed!

Thanks again to Tony, Graham, Neill, Dave, Wayne, Goz, Rob and also Gordon and ex member Wayne Maguire on the desk.

By marshalling we have earned six free rides in the series so I have entered your names on the list, this does not mean you have to ride, maybe Dave Goodhew would like to take up the unclaimed positions some time later in the series. If you ride you will still have to affiliate personally as we have changed the system this year, see the MKCA website.

News from Steve Abraham is that he is churning on round the Bowl on one leg!!! I understand his team are re-launching his publicity on 5th May so expect to hear more details then. His Mum has come to MK to look after him and Steve is trying to explain the huge food portions he needs to keep functioning.

Keep training,

Dick Selley

Andy Wickham has emailed with information about a major charity ride he's undertaking this year. This is quite an undertaking!

Hi All,

This year I'm taking on a massive cycling challenge (with more climbing, and a longer distance than I've ever done before!)

In the summer of 2015, I will be doing the whole of the Tour de France route!! Thats 3,340kms in 21 stages.

Each stage will be ridden in the same format as the pro cyclists (although, I do admit that each day may take me slightly longer!)

Another NBRC member made their first appearance at an open time trial; Adriana Borowska rode the 2-up section of the Icknield RC 30km sporting course event on 5th April, with Dave Goodhew. Adriana and Dave finished in 53:46. They were the only mixed team in the event. Congratulations to both (and particularly to Adriana) - 2-up riding isn't straightforward, and the course is challenging so a good result.

Two NBRC riders took part in this event. Andy Wickham, in his first ever open time trial (it was also his first ever '25'), rode well in horribly cold and windy conditions to record a fine 1:03:36. Well done Andy! Robert Saunders, starting near the end of the field, suffered an early mechanical as he pulled his rear wheel in the first few pedal strokes. Blame falls entirely on his own mechanical ineptitude! It took two attempts to sort this out, and he eventually finished in 1:01:43.

Robert's report is over at Flies & Bikes.