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Andy Wickham has once again taken on the task of organising the annual dinner and prize presentation. This event will be on Friday 13th January, and will be at the Wheatsheaf in Bow Brickhill (website; Google Map).  Read on for more information!

Robert went over to Normandy with Gerry Oram (formerly NBRC, now Bynea CC) for our 13th ride in the well-known 2-up time trial, the Duo Normand. Run over a challenging 54.3km sporting course, we've always found it an attractive event to close off our season. I'll post a fuller account of the event later, complete with photos and maybe videos. We had a bit of a bad time in the race, finishing in a lacklustre 1:25:10 for 7th place in the Corporatifs section. The fastest team on the day was the Orica-BikeExchange team of Sven Tuft and Luke Durbridge, who finished with 1:04:12, just two seconds outside their own course record.

Sadly, the event was somewhat overshadowed by the death of a British rider in a collision involving another team's support car. 

The next club meeting is again held in the The Wheatsheaf pub in Bow Brickhill. We meet from 7.30pm in the function room on Monday 12th September.  

The Wheatsheaf (website; Google Map) was the venue for the first ever meeting of the North Bucks Road Club, so it seems quite satisfying to return there! Please do make the effort to attend.  

As ever, please email any agenda items to Robert or Steph. I'll add them to this notification as they come in.

Agenda items so far

1. Update on Norlond Combine 10 mile time trial promotion on 7th May 2017 (Robert, Neill, Steph, David)

2. Proposal for updated club kit for the 65th anniversary of the club (Tim)

James and Robert went over to the E2/25 to ride this event, on a windy and wet afternoon. Being a bit quicker James had his entry accepted, while Robert had to take a reserve slot, eventually taking #120. The conditions were truly horrible, with controlling the bike on the outbound leg particularly difficult. James decided discretion was the better part of valour and packed, but Robert muscled his bike to the turn then roared back with a strong tailwind to finish with 56:08. The event was won with a 48 but full details aren't available yet. A fuller report is at Flies&Bikes.


Send any race reports (especially road races), and reports on other exploits on the bike to Robert for inclusion on the website.

News has reached us via Steve's website and the YACF forum that NBRC's Steve Abraham started an attempt on the 1 month mileage record today, 2nd September. At the YACF forum, he makes it sound as though this is something of a toe in the water for a renewed attempt on the annual record in 2017.

The current 1 month record stands at 6679 miles: Steve will be aiming to lift that to 7000 miles. He sounds quite bullish about his fitness and his upward trajectory. It'll be interesting to see what changes to mile eating strategy he's come up with, if any. In the meantime, NBRC wishes Steve good luck. Here's a link to his live tracker page. He also says he'll have a pop at making some videos.

Last weekend saw the Bossard Wheelers '10' - moved from the F15/10 to the F11/10 owing to the roadworks earlier on in the season. Robert rode over to the HQ at Aston Clinton (about 22 miles), then 'warmed up' in the rain before riding the event in really rather nice dry conditions with only the lightest breath of wind. The reward was a new PB of 20:48 (though this was only good enough for 40th place!) - improving on 20:51 set 14 years ago in July 2002. The full results aren't online yet.

Just goes to show there's some life in the old bloke yet. Robert and James are heading off tomorrow for the Team VeloVelocity '25' on what promises to be a very damp E2/25. James got an entry with his 54 set earlier this year: Robert had to make do with 8th reserve!


Send any race reports (especially road races), and reports on other exploits on the bike to Robert for inclusion on the website.

A slightly belated report, perhaps, but there were a couple of '25's on the F1B/25 just a week apart but run in very different conditions.

For the Beds Road CC '25' on 7th August there was a horrid crosswind that made life a bit difficult. Robert Saunders grovelled round in 58:20, while second claim member Richard Golding (Equipe Velo) recorded an impressive 57:01. Results

It was very different at the Finsbury Park CC '25' on 14th August. Conditions were near-perfect, with only the slightest breath of wind. Robert Saunders did his best '25' in six years - sixth place with 55:40. Unfortunately, Richard suffered work-induced sleep deprivation the night before and finished in eighth place with a PB of 56:25. Results

The next meeting is again held in the The Wheatsheaf pub in Bow Brickhill. We meet from 7.30pm in the function room. Agenda items include:

1. Further review of current club TT courses: proposed 25 mile course on the new A421 from James, which I think would be attractive as an open event for 2017.

Bryan and Tony have designed a new course (see the end of this notice). We still need to fully consider  the courses suggested by Neill:

2. Assistance needed for the Foxley Classic Road Race (21st August)

3. Update on Norlond Combine event 2017

4. Report from Wayne on the National Masters Criterium Championship 

5. Website content suggestions (Neill has suggested rider profiles; some time ago Dave G suggested an article saying who have bike maintenance expertise)

The Wheatsheaf (website; Google Map) was the venue for the first ever meeting of the North Bucks Road Club, so it seems quite satisfying to return there! Please do make the effort to attend.  

As ever, please email any agenda items to Robert or Steph.