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Dave P., Andy, Graham, Dave G., Robert and Bryan met on 19th February to discuss likely open events to target in the first few months of the season. I noted interest in April events: we were all a bit vaguer about May!

Here are the open time trials in the London North district in March, April and May. There are also events in neighbouring districts worth looking out for (check the CTT website). The hyperlinks in these tables were live at the time I posted this article. 

Most of the events now have internet entry, which makes things simple. If you need advice on entering open events, ask around at the next club night. To enter events, visit the Events Listing page, and follow the instructions. If the event you are entering does not offer internet entry, you'll need to fill out the entry form, and post it. Entries generally need to be received by the organiser 10 days before the event: don't leave this too late!

With Christmas out of the way, we started 2015 with a good turnout of eager riders with the temperature around 2 or 3 during the day but no ice. With no route called I suggested a change of route northwest around Towcester with a stop at Upper Stowe for food. This comes out around 72 for me from Cranfield with a detour towards Harold first, so I was estimating around 60 miles total on this rolling route which is tough but mostly sheltered from wind.

This is a route well used by Team MK riders and the Dave Carrington also knew the general route. So we start cutting through towards Newport Pagnell in a direct line, traffic still mostly no problem this early on, steady with instructions that this ride is tougher than usual, so sprints and burn ups early on are not recommended (does saying this help?). Tactics to slow up involve sitting up on the tops and soft pedalling the hills on the B road to Stoke Goldington and Salcey Forrest. We get to the forest part with minimal drifting off the back and hopefully no dead legs at this stage.

The Club Dinner is happening this week! Here are some details...

Date: Friday 23rd January

Timings: Meet @ 7:30pm, for 8pm Dinner (3 course Carvery)

Venue: Private dining area upstairs at Splinters Carvery (we will also have our own bar in the room). There will be a separate area for the trophies to be displayed until they are presented later in the evening. Splinters carvery is in the Wavendon Golf Club.

Attendees: If everyone turns up, we will have 28 people (incl. a visit from a hungry Steve Abraham...hopefully!)

NBRC members will know of Steve Abraham's attempt on Tommy Godwin's long-standing record of miles covered in a single year - the One Year Time Trial. There's quite a bit of discussion over at the YACF cycle forums (particularly comparing Steve's progress with his rivals. One of the regular posters there posts daily, showing the progress that Steve's made along with his two American rivals, Kurt Searvogel (who started on 10th January) and William Pruett (who many commentators suspect either isn't making a serious attempt or has delayed it). You'll probably need to read the early posts in that thread to understand how the graph is laid out.The regularly updated chart can be found here.

There's also live GPS tracking at trackleaders.com, and the daily results go up at Strava. I think someone on his team (or maybe Steve himself) loads the day's data up to Strava each evening. Astute observers note that the live tracking often underestimates the actual mileage by about 10% - the actual and reliable data are those posted to Strava.

Finally - Steve has a Facebook page.

Andy Wickham has emailed about the final arrangements for the Club Dinner and Presentation

[...] can you put an update in about the End of Season presentation - not so much about the detail of the event (people should know that by now - Fri 23rd Jan at Splinters Carvery, Wavendon Golf Club) but I'm afraid its now time to pay the piper, and for those who have paid just their £5 deposits, that means another £12pp is due for the full balance. Which covers a 3 course carvery, in a private dining area at Splinters, and a donation towards engraving costs....What a bargain!!! 

I'll be at the meeting next Monday to collect any outstanding money

Cheers

Andy

The Club Meeting on 12th January would be a good opportunity not only for paying the outstanding balance on dinner tickets, but to renew membership of the NBRC.

The first meeting of the North Bucks Road Club in 2015 will be held on 12th January at 7.30pm in Harley Hall. We will have a lot items to discuss, which derive from December's AGM. I'll update this announcement with further details. Some items for discussion, from David Price. More to follow.

1.Harley Hall.  I would like to gauge peoples reaction to the proposal of bringing Harley Hall back to life as a focal point for the club.  It would be great if we could reconnect the water so we have toilet and kitchen facilities again.  I think we could make it look welcoming again with a bit of tlc. I am sure we can get volunteers to clean the place and put on a few coats of paint.  It would be great if we could open up the clubhouse before Saturday and Sunday club rides for coffees or at the winter roller sessions.

2. Curry Night to discuss racing programme and sportive weekends.

3. Re item 2, I've posted the March and April open events in the London North district. We should maybe plan to coordinate entries to some of these events. Also worth keeping an eye on are events in the East and London West districts and, of course, events further afield.

 

Just after midnight on January 1st 2015, Steve Abraham began his attempt to breaking one of the longest standing records in cycling: Tommy Godwin's annual mileage record. Steve has a website about this record attempt - One Year Time Trial.

Bryan Scarborough was there to see him off on his year of cycling, and sent in these photos. Steve is off #1 at the NBRC New Year's Day time trial. You can follow Steve's progress here - there are also links to the progress of the two American contenders for the record.

The club is pleased that Steve Abraham will be riding our New Year's Day '10' as part of the first day of his assault on Tommy Godwin's mileage record (see his website for details). We are uncertain how much attention this will attract - we know that Audax UK will have a presence, and there may be a media presence. The time trial itself starts at 10am, so riders should arrive in good time to sign on.

We have for some time been concerned about starting our events on the Stoke Hammond course so close to the large Kelly's Kitchen roundabout. Since traffic lights were installed, traffic flow has been difficult. With this in mind, Tony Farmborough and Bryan Scarborough devised a replacement course - see the description below. I've plotted an approximate map of the course (note that the precise locations of the start and finish are as per the formal course description).