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Robert was off again with his long-suffering tandem stoker, on a brief tour which took in the Islands of Barra, South Uist, Benbecula, North Uist, Harris and Lewis, with brief transits to Skye and Mull. Seven ferry crossings in ten days! No punctures, and as it turns out the only mechanical we had was with the rear disc brake of the tandem, which needs some attention before it resumes normal commuting duties.

We stayed in a mixture of hotels and bed and breakfasts, so this wasn't a budget holiday. We think our aged bones don't suit the ravages of camping any more.

As part of our Race Calendar, North Bucks Road Club are hosting the Foxley Classic Road Race on August 21st . This event is aimed specifically at “Veteran” racers over the age of 40 and continues the clubs commitment to the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists after the last running of the Andy Hardy Memorial Race in 2015.

The race is held on the challenging Foxley circuit,  north of Towcester.

There are three races being held concurrently for the following age groups:

AB (40-49 years) – 56 miles
CD (50=59 years) – 48 miles
DEFG (60+ years – 42 miles.

Race HQ is the A5 Rangers club room at 101 Watling Street, Towcester NN12 6AG. The Event HQ will be open from 8.00am. Races start at 10.00 and should be finished by 12.00. We have a full field and look forward to welcoming all the competitors for what promises to be an exciting day of racing.


Here are the Race Book (pdf format) and Rider Lists (excel format) for the 2016 National Masters Criterium Championships. More details about the event here.

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. 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.

Neill sent in the following suggested routes. He will be on holiday for Monday's meeting.

2. Course change for club event (2 x Astwood) 13/7/16

3. F15/10 (Brogborough) is open and thought to be usable - revised risk assessment

4. Update from Wayne on the National Masters Criterium Championship - marshals and assistance still required

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.


Andy Wickham and Robert Saunders turned out for this 50 mile time trial on the F1B/50 course based at Tempsford. The last '50' on this course was back in May. Conditions for this event were a bit windier than in May (the Norlond '50'), and significantly the wind was coming from the side, offering not too much in the way of assistance - indeed some riders reckoned that it was a bit slower than the Norlond event.

Robert ended up finishing with 1:57:01, a 24 second improvement on May's result and good enough for 10th= place. Andy finished in 2:01:35.

At least the rain held off (all day!) and it was nice and sunny.

James Richardson sent in this report of the VTTA Series of events on the E2/10. Strikes me he's a bit young for a VTTA series, but there we go! The series of events culminated in James knocking 19 seconds from his previous 10 mile PB...

For my last report I was off to the London West DC, this time it’s London East - not once, but four times in fact! That’s because I had entered a series of four 10 mile time trials, all held on the E2/10 on consecutive Thursday evenings throughout June. The series was run on behalf of the Vets association but thankfully it was also open to younger riders, hence how I managed to get a ride at 23. For those that do not know the E2/10 lies just to the south-east of Cambridge on the A11 dual carriageway. It’s one of the very fastest courses in the country and it's where the current 10 mile record was set by Alex Dowsett in 2014 (17 minutes and 20 seconds!) With the course being almost on our doorstep (and my current lack of full time employment) I was keen to make the most of the opportunity available to me. Here are four accounts of the individual rides:

James Richardson emailed in to say he'd bettered the NBRC '10' record once again, this time to 19:43. (I'll update the Records on the website when I get more details!) 

Anyway, many congratulations to James in what is (I think) his first full season of open events.

James sent in this time trial report - another excellent ride!

This weekend past I once again found myself venturing into the West London DC to try another new TT course. Although the course was new, the road was not as this event was to be held on the A420 (to the south west of Oxford) - the same stretch of road is used for H25/17 which I have now ridden on two separate occasions. However this time it was to be a mere 10 miles and the course in question was the H10/17R.

H10/17R had first caught my attention on Strava where I had seen that Edmund Bradbury had clocked a 19:01 at a previous BUCS event - a tremendously impressive time! I was keen to give it a go and see how close I could get to the 20 minute mark without the assistance of a negative gradient (as with the F11).

I was number 75, off at 16:15 (an ideal time for TT to start, I might add) but as I made my way to the line I wasn’t particularly optimistic of a fast time. The weather was overcast with a noticeable amount of wind that seemed to be blowing from the north-ish. In addition the low pressure that we had enjoyed for the club TT the previous Wednesday had given way to some pretty high readings around 1023mbar - not ideal.