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As noted on the 2014 Club events main page, we are compiling four time trial leagues this season:

1. An open league, with points awarded by placing in the rider's best seven counting events.
2. An NBRC league, with points awarded as for #1, but only NBRC members are included. Note that NBRC riders receive points according to their overall placings in the event.
3. A veterans league. Points awarded according to placings on vets standard (best seven counting events)
4. NBRC Handicap League - Bryan has compiled handicaps based on the past three seasons, points are awarded according to placings on handicap (best seven counting events).

I haven't posted current league tables yet, since we've had only four counting events and as a consequence I am leading three of the four leagues (I'm the only rider to have ridden them all). Which would be embarrassing.  But rest assured, this season we are compiling league tables!

Robert

A quick reminder that our next Club Meeting will be held on Monday 14th April at Harley Hall, 7.30pm. Don't forget to renew your membership if you've not done so already - this would be a good opportunity to bring along your membership form!

Membership forms can be downloaded here

A quick reminder that our next Club Meeting will be held on Monday 10th March at Harley Hall, 7.30pm. Don't forget to renew your membership if you've not done so already - this would be a good opportunity to bring along your membership form!

Membership forms can be downloaded here

February Newsletter

There was a good gathering at a warmer Harley Hall for the prizegiving in January.   Windows have been repaired and extra heaters were borrowed and activated for the occasion.

It was great to see members old and new including Duncan (Chalky) White who was a founder member and present in December 1951 at the inaugural meeting at the Wheatsheaf Pub in Bow Brickhill.   His name appears on many of our trophies and his ‘50’ time was faster than Richard’s this year!   Did you have to say that?   Sorry Rich.

Also present were Goz Goodman and Tony Ibell who joined the club in 1952 as juniors. Ruth Bromfield and Eileen Gingell also attended, they both donated cups  years ago and were asked to present them again this year.   Derek Taylor and Rina Brown came over from Bedford, Derek is the author of the club history “NBRC the first 50 years”

Dick Selley related the growth of the club over the years and the ever increasing collection of trophies.   Tony Farmborough’s shiny Holdsworth and Dick’s specially cleaned Trek acted as Christmas decorations, hanging from the rafters.

The first trophy to be presented was the ‘Sewell Cup’ for the Club Championship ‘25’ originally won by Dick Waldron, who sent his apologies, with a 1.5.53 in 1954.   This year Tony Parks was the winner with 56.54.

With the reduced interest in the longer distances, the BAR and the 100 mile trophies were not presented and Richard Miller was the recipient of the ‘50 cup’. Regretably he was unable to attend.

In the past few seasons Rob Saunders and Tony Parks have dominated the prize giving but this year the newer members came through strongly with Anthony Batt taking the lion’s share of the awards.

Paul McEntee won the ‘Veteran’s Road Race Trophy’. Graham Line won the ‘’Veterans Time Trial League’, the ‘Brush Cup’ and the ‘Eileen Gingell Shield’.   Bryan Scarborough, long serving previous Chairman, was presented with the ‘President’s Plate’.

The ‘Hillclimb Cup’ went to Darren Haydon and Luke Daniels was awarded the ‘Newcomers Cup’.

Medals went to the time trial top three, seniors and veterans, Anthony, Graham and Rob with Alan Lawson sliding onto the podium in third place.   Jennie Selley won the ‘Ladies Cup’.

The club decided to re-cycle!!!!!! a trophy this year for Steve Abraham, our long distance expert had only got medals in previous years, but his club record of 449.44 miles in 24 hours was seen as deserving of a proper trophy so the ‘Bieres Pelforth Cup’, a pot won in France many years ago by Goz and his Dad for a gentleman’s race was changed to the ‘24 hour Cup’.   Well done Steve, next time try to beat 450 miles!!!!

Other news......last week the club run went to Waddesdon and found that the cafe in the garden Centre is closing at the end of Feb.....DISASTER.....also the President rode over to Buckingham to see ex member Ray James at Solstice Cycles. I also rode part of the way back with Trevor East.

Club Kit......Darren reports that he is continuing to chase our new suppliers and expects the redesigned kit before the season commences. The Chairman is anticipating a huge influx of new members to be the result of this development.

Next Club Meeting will be Monday 10th February 7.30pm for 8pm meeting, at Harley Hall.

See you all there. Editor

A reminder that the next club meeting is on 10th February at Harley Hall, at 7.30pm. It's an opportunity to bring along your membership forms and club subscriptions.

With only a month before the club time trials begin (see the calendar here), the three members who compiled the results of the 2013 NBRC Time Trial League have discussed how to work the League results in the 2014 season, and have come up with some proposals which we'd be happy to discuss with members. In particular, we were concerned at the representation of riders in the counting events, particularly since one or two of the counting events were cancelled or postponed. Please do come along and have your say. If you have an opinion, but can't make it on Monday, please feel free to email.

Time Trial League Proposals

Points - We propose to keep the points values as established in previous years, and as used in Gilbert’s spreadsheets - that is 150 points for first place, 140 points for second and so forth. 

Number of Counting Events - We propose that all club events (other than the New Year’s Day ’10’, the medium gear event and any 2-up events) as counting events. 

How Many Completed Events Count to a Rider’s Points Total? - We propose a rider's best seven rides, measured by their overall placing in each event.

Race results - We propose that the overall placing of a rider in an event is used to determine the points received. Therefore the fastest NBRC rider would not get 150 points for a third place in the event.

What Happens in the Event of a Points Tie? - Best aggregate time for the best ride in one each of the Astwood, Stony and Stoke Hammond courses. 

How Many Divisions? - In the old days, we used to have three divisions. In 2013, we didn’t have enough regular riders to justify more than one division. We propose a single division for 2014, and to revisit this for the 2015 season.

Awards - As for end of season awards, our club shields together with commemorative medals would only be awarded to NBRC first claim members. First, second and third place guest riders might be awarded engraved Gold, Silver & Bronze medals only.

 

 

A5 RANGERS CYCLE JUMBLE 2014

 SUNDAY 16 FEBRUARY

AT

A5 RANGERS CLUBHOUSE, TOWCESTER

TABLES £8

ENTRY £1

OPEN 1000 – 1400

(TRADE FROM 0700) 

For more details please contact TREVOR PARRISH on 01604 764182

The next Club Meeting, to be held in the clubroom on Monday 13th January, will include the presentation of the 2013 prizes.

Other likely business will be:

7.30pm Monday 13th January 2014, Harley Hall

Our next club night is on Monday December 9th in the club room, from 7.30pm.

Club Kit

We should be making the final arrangements for the club kit order - so come along if you'd like any of the items. Darren has the literature from Bio-Racer, but most probably the samples will have been returned (they looked pretty good). 

Presentations/Awards

It's likely that our presentation will be in January, so we need all trophies to be returned for engraving - this meeting would be an ideal opportunity to bring them back!

Peak District Weekend

Dave Goodhew sent me in a proposal for a weekend jaunt, which would be well worth discussing:

This is mine and Adriana’s standard Peaks ride, plenty of climbing, epic views and speedy descents. PLEASE, warm clothing, real food in your pockets, mudguards and at least, 39-27 needed or compact 34-25; you do need to prepare for this ride! The NBRC managed to get a load of members on such a ride a good 15 years ago. YHA costs can be as low as £90 for six of us all in including breakfast or we can secure more deluxe places for £65 to £75 for double room in a B and B. Looking to go soon just  4 or more riders needed.  Average speed not important, this trip is to enjoy good riding and good food!

Hoping the start to be based in or near Tideswell.  Drive down on the Friday, excellent food in the local pub. Up early for 9am start . Onto Millers Dale, Taddington, Chelmorton, Longnor, stop at the Monyash Café. Then we will head down and across to Youlgreave, Rowlsley alongside the river for a bit towards Baslow, right at Calver then left onto the mighty Abney Climb.  Next onto 45 mph descent to Bradwell. Turn left 5mph ascent (16 percent plus) over the moor to spat out into Castleton. Up Winnats pass, super-fast down into Chapel Le Frith, onto Dove holes (with only a choice of 10 or 16 percent climbs to get there) The magic sounding Wormhill 2.5 mile descent will finish our ride.

I have done this route at least four times or variations of it, it can be extended in length for Steve!

http://app.strava.com/activities/52523182

Club runs

Club runs going well, between 50 and 70 miles. Average speeds from 15 to 17.5 mph. (Let's keep the momentum going - we used to have club run reports on the website: is this something we should start up again?)

New coffee shop in Cranfield spotted , report to follow if they let us in!

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