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.

Please note that the date and course of the NBRC Hill Climb Championship have been altered.

The event will now be held Sunday 11th October on the Three Locks course (F5X/H). I have amended the calendar of club events.

Update: We've set the date for mountain biking as Saturday 26th September. Contact Dave for further details, or check out the NBRC Facebook page.

Dave Goodhew proposes a trip to Thetford where there are many miles of fast flowing singletrack, not super technical and most important fun.

He emails:

You would need a quality Mountain bike (nothing fancy though) or even hire one. Dave and Adriana have been three or four times this year.

Such a refreshing change to be tired from this sort of riding but not rinsed out from; say a 70 mile club run.  Of course we can share cars as much as possible and only cost is car parking.

Probably on a Saturday for above as early leaving from Milton Keynes as possible, as it gives more time up there to relax between circuits and cake. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you're interested. Also see the website

Meanwhile Dave has been racing the well-established Friday night summer seriesThis can be a very simple way of getting into some fun racing and of course we can share cars to venue. The series starts again next year and many courses are not technical and without the mud of cyclocross.

Dave also emailed some photos:

The Andy Hardy Memorial Race has been promoted for 16 years since Andy's untimely accident on his motorbike having just picked up his winnings from the Bowl series.

This year the race will be on Sunday 30th August and again be on the Foxley circuit north of Towcester, we are organising on behalf of the LVRC.

Race HQ is the A5 Rangers CC clubroom in Towcester and helpers need to be there by 9.30am latest to give time to get to the course for a 10am start time. There will be three races on the circuit spaced apart and doing different numbers of laps, white numbers are the young vets (40-49 yrs), yellow numbers are the 50 to 59 yrs old, and the orange numbers are all 60+. I am glad to see we have an NBRC rider in each race.

We mainly need marshalls to police the race and ensure safe passage for all. When you see the lead car with its lights on you raise your red flag and most drivers will stop which gives you the opportunity to speak to them and explain what is happening, keep the flag up and other cars will stop behind. Release them when the race has passed and wait for the next race.

Please ring Dick Selley (organiser -  01908 373241 07711 429528) if you are able to help, we should be finished by 12.30pm.

Helpers will receive a programme before the race.

Steve Abraham's attempt on Tommy Godwin's annual mileage record was derailed earlier this year, when he was run down from behind by a drunken moped rider. Steve suffered a broken ankle and, despite trying to keep fitness by riding on a recumbent, saw his mileage fall.

He restarted his attempt as of the 8th August (follow his progress on this chart - it's interactive, and you'll see Steve has two curves on it since he's running the new attempt concurrently with the original attempt that began on 1st January. Today (15th August) he's riding down to the south coast, presumably for a ferry or tunnel Channel crossing as he's taking part in the Paris-Brest-Paris event - a 1200km ride. This is, I think, the longest Audax type event on the calendar. There are regular updates and analysis of Steve's One Year Time Trial (and the other riders, Kurt Searvogel (USA) and Miles Smith (Australia)) over at the Yet Another Cycle Forum.

Audax Club Hackney have a live tracker which is useful to see Steve's current location and the day's route so far.

The North Bucks fielded three riders in the Bedfordshire Road CC Charity '25' on 9th August, Robert Saunders, Andy Wickham and David Price. The event was held on the F1B/25, in bright and sunny conditions. there was a gentle but rising headwind for the outward leg, but the return was fast. Robert led the club home with 57:22, David fell just outside the hour with 1:00:03 (but there's next week's '25' for a spot of improvement to sub-hour!). Sadly, Andy punctured at 15 miles. He is likely to be tarred with the same reputation as Robert (aka 'puncture Bob') was a few seasons ago!

Next weekend Robert and David will ride the Finsbury Park '25' on the same course. Hopefully we'll make it up to Astwood in time to help out at the Come & Try It event.

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!