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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.

Tony Parks and Robert Saunders rode the Team Salesengine '10' on 4th April. A cold and breezy afternoon made it a little uncomfortable. Robert finished in 22:44 (31st place) and Tony in 23:00 (36th place). Full results here.

Robert's write-up is at his blog, Flies & Bikes. Next outing is the Bedfordshire Road Cycling Club '25' on the F1B/25. Andy Wickham and Robert Saunders are both riding.

Photos by Davey Jones

Steve on the road on Day 80 
photo courtesy Andy Haynes

North Bucks Road Club member Steve Abraham is presently attempting to break the world record for the number of miles cycled in a year. This record has stood since 1939, when Tommy Godwin covered 75,065 miles - an average of over 205 miles a day. Steve was instrumental in kick starting interest in this record and negotiated terms and conditions with the UMCA.

The North Bucks Road Club is proud of Steve's achievements in long distance cycling, and of his ongoing attempt to break this long-standing record. After Steve committed himself to take up this challenge, the North Bucks Road Club agreed at its 2014 AGM a significant sponsorship arrangement to help defray the costs of his ambitious attempt on one of the longest standing sporting records.

This website has a frequently updated page about Steve's record attempt. You can easily access the page from the headline news box on the main page of this website. Steve's website is entitled One Year Time Trial.

29/3/15 Sadly, it would seem that Steve's attempt has come to a premature end. See this page for more details.

3/4/15 The above update is premature! See Steve's Facebook page for the latest update.

3/5/15 After a few days off the bike while his ankle received surgical treatment and a recumbent trike made available, Steve began riding again, one-legged! Here's a blog article covering the three record protagonists' activity during the month of April.  

4/5/15 Here's a blog article explaining the best presented graphical representation of the annual mileage record: Visualizing a record too hard to break. The graph itself is here.

New member Wayne Thomas emailed to announce his promotion of the 2015 BC National Masters Road Race Championships. Wayne has a wealth of experience in organising road races. Any offers of assistance from NBRC members will be most welcome. 

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Over the weekend of 30 & 31 May I am organizing the whole of the BC National Masters Road Race Championships, here on our doorstep, based at Newton Longville. There will be 8 races with 2 races running concurrently at any one time. We currently have  227 entries – and I anticipate close to 400 in total – with a field size of 60, we can accommodate up to 480 + reserves. The races will take place on the open road on a 10.7 mile circuit, and will vary from 53 to 96 miles depending on age category.

Bryan Scarborough passed a set of photographs taken at this year's Club Dinner, which was held at Splinters Carvery in late January. There are so many photos (about 72, I think), I've not added captions.