The latest news from the North Bucks Road Club, including club news and announcements; club events and results; news relating to the wider cycling community. Club event results are periodically moved to the "Club Events" area, accessible from the menu above.

As reported on the Facebook page, NBRC member Denise Fitzgerald completed the Tour of Cambridgeshire Gran Fondo last weekend, coming 9th in her category and qualifying for a place in the Worlds. Here's her report on the day out in the fens...

A year into my cycling and with 4 Sportives under my belt I had the bright idea of entering the Gran Fondo Race thinking it would be fairly similar; how wrong could I be! I guess you are all experts in racing but here are the 3 key lessons I took away:

David Price emailed to ask for help for the LVRC National Road Race Championships that he is organising on 25th June. He writes:

The format is slightly different this year, in that we will have one race in the morning at 10am and a second at 14.00.  It will mean a long day for those that are willing and able to give up a full day.
I mainly need help with the marshalling of the junctions. Each race requires approximately 18 marshalls.  I already have some of the morning racers offering to help with the event in the afternoon.
Race HQ is A5 Rangers Clubroom in Towcester.
After Gordon and Sue Batcock stepped down from this role last year I am looking for helpers to run the kitchen on the day and help make the sandwiches for the marshalls food bag. 
All offers of assistance will be greatly appreciated! This is an important NBRC promotion.

The North Bucks Road Club now has an open Facebook group intended to provide a forum for sharing information and discussing our Sunday club runs. Our club runs depart from Westcroft or Newport Pagnell - see the calendar of club runs.

You can find the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1693752174261397/

The upcoming club meeting will be a social meeting at The Inn on the Lake, 7.30pm.
The Club Committee have been making plans for changes, including using social messaging for communications, and the new club run calendar. Come along and discuss the changes, and what other things we could do as a club! All contributions of ideas most welcome. Let Nathan know if you need to collect club kit.

Here is the club run calendar, for May to July 2017. Please notify David Carrington or Robert Saunders if you wish to lead a club run. Here is  more information on the new club run arrangements.

Start Points for these runs:

W: Westcroft (outside the Nut and Squirrel)

NP: Newport Pagnell (outside the Medical Centre)

Club Run Calendar May to July 2017

Big news for this week is that James set a new club 25 mile TT record, having completed the Lea Valley '25' on the E2/25 in a blinding 49:52. We left the race HQ before all the results were in, so we don't yet know what place that time earned him.

We hear through the grapevine that is Facebook that Andy completed the Paris-Roubaix sportive and is apparently drinking a 'well-earned green tea'. Hopefully we'll hear more of this exploit on his return.

We have a club meeting on Monday 10th April, from 7.30pm. We're returning to the The Inn on The Lake. This time, Dick has arranged an upstairs room. Nathan will be bringing along the club kit order, which has arrived. This is a social meeting, but it's also an opportunity to discuss club matters with the club committee.

James Richardson was the first NBRC rider to take part in an open time trial in 2017, with a ride in the Banbury Star Hardriders event on Sunday. He sent in this report...

This Sunday past I opened my TT season at the Banbury Star Hardriders event on K4/23. It’s a 23 mile out and back course which starts just to the west of Banbury and heads north west along the A422. Back in February, when I was perusing the CTT website for events to enter, I chose this one because I could ride to the start and also because I looked at the elevation profile and thought to myself, “ah okay, so it’s all pretty flat with a fairly sizeable hill towards the end”. As it happens the course is nowhere near flat and the hill near the end is bloody massive!

Still, I don’t usually have a problem with hills - I tend to manage okay being at the lighter end of the spectrum - so I was very much looking forward to kicking off the season with this event. Unfortunately in the week leading up to race day my enthusiasm was dampened somewhat by a pretty atrocious weather forecast: 6 degrees, 18mph winds and raining pretty much all day. Of course, with it being a hardriders event this was all par for the course.