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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.

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.

WE ARE CURRENTLY RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS TO HELP THE EVENT RUN SMOOTHLY AND SAFELY. WE NEED HELP WITH MARSHALLING THE ROAD JUNCTIONS AND ALSO RACE CAR DRIVERS AND RACE CAR DRIVERS ASSISTANTS. IF YOU CAN HELP PLEASE CAN YOU This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.