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Andy and James were in action, so I asked for a couple of paragraphs about their races. James is obviously in essay writing mode, so this is a long post. Andy's event wasn't strictly speaking an open event, but it wasn't one of our club events!

Andy's report on the RIPCOR 10ml TT (H10/10 course)

It was an early start, and the weather was miserable as I set off in the car. As I got on the motorway to travel down to Windsor, it started snowing...oh good?! Luckily the weather improved, and by the time I arrived, the sun was out, and the roads were drying out nicely in the freshening breeze.

The Ripcor cycling club, started 10 years ago as a group of mates with a shared interest - Cycling! They don't take themselves too seriously, and I was made to feel very welcome as the banter flowed between them. Setting off 8th out of a field of 25 it was the 1st time id ridden the H10/10 course, so I was dependent on the course instructions, and advice from the other riders as to where I should conserve energy, and where to go for it.  The course starts off with a v.gentle downhill slope for the 1st couple of miles...Great! (Although it was into a headwind), the course then turned left (at well marshalled roundabout) and started to reclaim some of the height that it had been so generous with in the early miles. At the top of that gradual rise, the rest of the course was generally flattish allowing a big gear to churned over which is perfect for me. At the final left turn, it was back into the headwind and eyeballs out until the finish.

I wasn't sure what to expect time wise, but was pleased to register under the 25min target that I'd set myself. Making my way back to the HQ, everyone's stories were of the headwind on the last couple of miles. Everyone tucked into a very well stocked HQ, and eagerly awaited the results - my Garmin time was 24:18, with the official time being a few seconds quicker. I was delighted to take 2nd place on the day (and to come away with a new mutli-tool as a prize).

Overall, a really welcoming club event with great support/marshalling and excellent HQ/facilities - I hope to be invited back again later in the year for their next TT!

James' report on the BUCS 10 and 25 mile Time Trial Championships

Four NBRC riders entered and rode this event, held on the F1B/25. It was quite a good morning, with a gentle headwind to the turn. Despite sunny conditions, it was very cold and frosty earlier. Most of us were shivering on the start line. As ever for this course, the outward leg felt a bit stodgy, but the return was quite quick in comparison. Fastest on the day was Ross Clarke (TMG Horizon) with 52:49.

New member Debbie Vanner won the ladies event in 1:08:42 - well done, Debbie!

In the mens' event, our three first claim riders were:

9th place - Robert Saunders 57:32

18th place - Andy Wickham 59:30

21st place - David Price 1:0:13

We had a couple of second claim riders: Steve Torley (TeamMK) 55:56 and Richard Golding (Equipe Velo) 57:02

Apologies for the late notification, but we have a club meeting tomorrow evening (Monday 11th April 2016). The meeting is in Harley Hall at 7.30pm.

There's no agenda (yet), but feel free to email Steph or Robert with any items for discussion.

 

This event has seen a variety of courses over the years I’ve been riding it, and this year was no exception. Faced with a succession of roadworks, the organiser worked hard to keep the event running, to the extent that we received details of three course modifications in the days leading up to the event. It’s to the organiser’s particular credit that not only did the event go ahead, but the replacement course was excellent, and very well marshalled.

I finished with 34:24 on a course that measured 13.78 miles on my Garmin, and which saw quite a bit of climbing, including two trips up Mentmore hill. Until I see the full results, I’m not sure of my placing, or indeed who won it - watch this space. It was good to get a cheer from Andy out on the course. Here's my Garmin trace.

Robert

Gary Stimson, Chairman of the Broughton Cycling Group emailed some details of their upcoming sportive event in case any NBRC members would be interested in riding it.

Join us on Sunday 8th May for Broughton Cycling Group's inaugural Sportive, taking in a 50 mile route though the stunning villages and hamlets surrounding Milton Keynes. The route is fully signed and marshalled.
Our charity partner is Willen Hospice and we're hoping to raise sorely needed funds for the much loved local charity.
 
Starting and ending at the new Brooklands Pavilion in Broughton, there will be food, drinks, and Ice Cream available to purchase at the end of the event. A bike doctor service will be available, provided by local bike shop Chaineys.
 
All ride finishers will receive a medal.
 
Registration is only £14 and all profits go to Willen Hospice. Please register here for the event.
 
More information can be found on the Facebook event page.
 

I went down to South Wales for the weekend and to reunite with long-time 2-up partner Gerry Oram (Bynea CC, and ex-NBRC) as usual at this time of year, to ride the Port Talbot Wheelers 2-up 25. The R25/24 course is based at Resolven, with the first half heading down a dual carriageway down the Neath valley before returning for a second trip down the valley and back on a hilly back road. It's quite a challenging course.

The weather this year was quite pleasant, sunny but with a stiff breeze that made the return leg on the dual carriageway quite hard. We rode pretty well, with slick changeovers, and neither under any real difficulty in matching the other's pace. The second half featured some pretty poor road surfaces, which always offers uncomfortable bumps for the second rider! We finished in 11th place with 1:1:14 - enough to earn us 2nd composite team (the 1st placed composite team actually recorded the fastest time on the day, 55:14). 

Full results sheet

Garmin trace of the event

Nathan Gallavan sent in this write-up of the recent North Bucks Road Club jaunt to Spain for a spot of warm weather training. Organisation was by RJ Cycling Camps, who have a set of photos over at their Facebook page.

After getting up at ridiculous o’clock on a cold dark Wednesday morning, a large group of us congregated at Luton airport for our Spanish Adventure. Some of us complete with miserable faces (Neil Boddington…….)

We arrived at our accommodation, Casa Almar, in the village of Alcanali where we were greated by the very welcoming Brett and Sharon. Alan Finch from Costa Blanca Bike Hire (whom many will know from his days with twenty3c) had already dropped our hire Treks off, which were all individually set up for each rider. A fleet of Trek Emonda SL’s and S’s, as well as Madone’s and a Cervelo R3 (of which John Reed was very happy to be the temporary owner!)

After dumping our bags and quickly getting changed into NBRC kit, the aforementioned miserable faces soon disappeared as we rolled across the smooth Spanish tarmac in the warm 20c sunshine for a relatively flat (this is southern Spain remember) 50km ride, that looped us to Benigembala, upto Orba, Sagra and then Beniarbeig, where we turned right towards Gata de Gorgos before heading back to Xalo and home for Alcanali.

James Richardson rode his first open TT this morning, a 10 mile event organised by the Yorkshire Cycling Federation on the V910 near Leeds. Here’s a snippet from an email he sent in:

The course was pretty sweet actually - out and back, gently uphill to the turn but the gradient was broken by some undulations at reasonably well spaced intervals, which allowed for a bit of recovery between efforts. Wind was from the North East so it was hinderance on the way out and a help on the way back (ish). I think I maybe should have gone a bit harder into the wind for the first third and the recovered when it was behind me. Didn’t want to overdo it though and didn’t really know how fit I’d be so I kept it measured.

I would imagine that if you got to know the course you could ride it much more efficiently because you would know exactly when to beast over a ramp and when take it a bit steadier.

The only downside was the roundabouts - I think I crossed 8 of them in total!! Only got held up (2 cars) on the third which was very annoying because the roundabout itself was in the bottom of a dip meaning I lost my momentum which would otherwise have helped to carry me back up the other side. Could have been a lot worse though with that many to cross.

I think my time was 23.48 which will do the job for now. The record on Strava for the course is just under 21 so it will be interesting to see what the quick guys managed today.

The event was won on a 21:27, and James came 10th, an excellent result for the time of year and in his first open time trial. He even beat the tandem!