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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.

Wayne has sent in the following information about the upcoming National Masters Criterium Championships he is organising at the end of July (see the original announcement, with links to the British Cycling website). If you can help with marshalling or any other way, please let him know. 

As some of you know, following on from the National Masters RR Champs for my sins as of last Friday I have “stuck my oar” in to rescuing the National Masters Criterium Champs – another great opportunity to “spread the word” about the North Bucks Road Club. They take place on Saturday 30 July at The MK Bowl. Accommodating for all categories (Male and Female) we have 8 races scheduled throughout the day starting at 0900. The race program (subject to variation depending on numbers) is currently as follows: 

Remember that Monday's club meeting is in a new venue, The Wheatsheaf pub in Bow Brickhill. We meet from 7.30pm. Agenda items include:

1. Review of current club TT courses

2. Review of Club TT signing on process

3. Update re the National Masters Criterium Championships (from Wayne)

The May club meeting was our last in Harley Hall. During the process of terminating our lease (and over several meetings), we discussed alternative arrangements for future meeting venues. At the May meeting I offered to speak to the Wheatsheaf in Bow Brickhill (website; Google Map) to explore the possibility of holding future club meetings there. A few weeks ago, I popped in to speak to the landlord, who's very happy to host us for club meetings. Accordingly, our next club meeting, scheduled for 13th June will be held in the function room at the Wheatsheaf. As ever, please send any agenda items to Robert or Steph.

The Wheatsheaf is 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. 

Fresh from his recent organisational endeavours, Wayne Thomas has taken on the National Masters Criterium Championship! The event will be held on the Milton Keynes Bowl circuit, Friday 29th July 2016. From the British Cycling website:

The National Masters Crit Champs are open to all Male Masters riders with a full BC licence with the UCI prefix GBR. We are investigating the possibility of putting on Women's Masters too, but can make no guarantees at this time. Subject to the number of entries received, there will be separate races per 5 year age group. We reserve the right to merge age groups if necessary, however, each age group will have its own results. We also reserve the right to amend the race scheduling. Races will be between 60 and 90 minutes long depending on age group.

Subject to wet weather, we will be using the extended lower MK Bowl circuit, with an initial 20-25 minutes on the inner circuit.

For Race HQ I propose hiring a Marquee plus additional Toilet facilities.

We recognise that Ride London is on the day after, however as these are only 60-90 minute races, we have taken the view that it should not overly affect entries. Indeed if you are travelling from the North or the Midlands to take part in Ride London, why not stop off in Milton Keynes on your way down, and take part in a National Championship. 

Wayne Thomas has sent in the Race Book for next weekend's North Bucks Festival of Cycling: road racing across two days: 28th and 29th May. Here's the link to the Race Book (pdf format).

The North Bucks Festival of Cycling is an extensive weekend of racing incorporating the National Masters Road Race Championships for Male riders aged 30-54, a round of the National Women's Road Race Series, an Under 23 race and a supporting 2/3/4 category race (part of the newly formed Central Road Race League) - 7 races in total. 

All races will be run to the same standards of safety and organisation appropriate to a National Championship including Accredited Marshals (next best thing to closed roads), NEG, Neutral Service and 2x2 Mobile First Aid crews and professional Traffic Management at one critical roundabout. We also have an excellent HQ, based on the course and close to the finish - which is in a different place to 2015 and closer to the village of Newton Longville.

This event was run on the F1B/50, running over two jaunts down the A1 from near Tempsford (though the HQ was in Roxton). NBRC had three riders, David Price, Andy Wickham and Robert Saunders. David drew the short straw, and was first in the field to start at 6.03am, and Andy and Robert were off numbers 16 and 37 respectively. For Andy and David, this was to be their first 50 mile time trial - and Robert's first for several years.

Weather conditions were really very nice, with only the lightest of breezes troubling the windmill generators and the cyclists out on the course. All three of us seemed to pace our rides well, though there were some complaints of discomfort due to riding in the aero tuck over the 50 miles! David had a bit of a dash to the start after having some trouble zipping up his skinsuit, but did make it in time.

NBRC results:
Robert Saunders 1:57:25
Andy Wickham 1:59:14
David Price 2:04:39