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Start and finish at Bow Brickhill Pavilion, Rushmere Close, MK17 9JB

If you missed out on the EROICA why not ride your classic bike here? Prizes for Best Classic. Mystery Spot Prizes

Sign On from 0730:Start between 0830 and 0930

Distance: Just over 52 miles (85 Kms) Climbing: approx. 3300 feet (1100 Metres) Never more than 15 miles from HQ

Route fully signposted and marshalled

Event timed

Medical assistance at HQ and On Route

On-Line Entry Fee £10.00 - Entry on the Day £15.00 - Proceeds to Charity

Free drinks and snacks at HQ

Full course details 

Enter on-line at Race Timing Systems

The Brickhills Challenge was originally an early season Reliability ride at the end of February for the racing guys to hone their early season form. With a succession of hills and narrow lanes it was also ideal for the new breed of sportive rider training for Flanders. After two years in a row being snowed off the event was switched to October.

The Brickhills are on the southern border of Milton Keynes. You are never more than 15 kms from HQ. The course includes 14 climbs including Bow Brickhill, the steepest at nearly 20%, which was used by the Milk Race one year. This is only 300 metres from HQ so ideal for spectators.

Three Locks is the longest climb at about 1.5 kms with gradients of 6 to 10%.

Riders pass through beautiful villages including Aspley Guise, Great, Bow and Little Brickhill, Woburn and Drayton Parslow.

The 52 mile (85 kms) course should take between 2hrs 45 mins and 4 hours to complete. Given the relatively short distance there are no feed stops.

Every rider will be given a bottle of water at the finish and can enjoy free tea and coffee, cakes and sandwiches at event HQ.

Random spot prizes will be awarded and there will be prizes for best classic racing bikes.

Apologies for the late notification (I've been on holiday in France), but we've a club meeting on Monday 9th September 7.30pm onwards. All welcome, come and discuss club business in advance of next month's AGM!

Sunday 1st September:    
Two Counties Challenge
Starts at Jack’s Hill Cafe on the A5 north of Towcester.
50 or 100km. Full details at:

Sunday 15th September:  
Army Benefit Fund Soldiers Charity Ride. Starts at The Five Bells Stanbridge.
26 or 64 mile signposted and marshalled route, complementary Hog roast at the finish for riders.
Register at:

Tony Farmborough emailed in to alert members to last weekend's national '24':

Hi all,

I guess you may already be aware but, just in case you are not, Steve Abraham has managed to set a new club 24hr record. It now stands at 449.44 miles. Only last year it was set by Steve at 448.193 miles.

Former NBRC rider Geoff Bunyan smashed his previous best of 392.770 with a new PB of 420.21 miles.

Congratulations to them both.


I made a minor website update this morning following a comment from a rider at last night's club event (was it you, Martin?). This related to the annoying EU e-privacy directive banner. This is a legal requirement of all websites in the EU - we need to alert users to the fact that the site (as do most websites) uses cookies. The old banner would appear each time the website was opened - the new version should only appear once - I presume it sets a cookie if the acceptance is selected, so unless you clear your browser's cookies should shouldn't see it more than once.

As ever, report any website issues to Robert.

Darren has forwarded the following designs that have been proposed for the new club kit. I understand there is some discussion on the NBRC Facebook page (I don't have an FB account). There are three designs - those of us without Facebook accounts could use the website forum to discuss these...

Design 1:

Design 2:

Design 3:

The next NBRC Committee Meeting will be held at Harley Hall at 8.00pm on Monday 13th May. All members are welcome (and encouraged) to attend! The minutes of the previous meeting (8th April) are available in the Member Pages (login required).



Matters arising

Officer's Reports

New members to approve

Club Kit

Time Trial Numbers


Russ has posted in the forum (you need to log in), seeking interest in riding the Chiltern Hundred in 2013. He's identified four riders so far, but I think he's after eight for a team. The event offers three distances:

button the Gran Fondo of 177km (110 miles), with ascent of 2,620m.
button the Medio Fondo of 120km (75 miles) climbing 1,760m.
button the Corto Fondo an 92km (58 mile) challenge ride with hills and great views for all-comers.

The date is June 3rd, by which time I'd hope there would be some decent weather! If you're interested, leave a message in the forum, or contact Russ directly.