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The upcoming club meeting to be held 7.30pm on 8th February at Harley Hall will be an Extraordinary General Meeting at which we need to decide on our future usage of the Harley Hall. We deferred a decision at the last club meeting as we felt full information wasn't available to us.

At the EGM, we will review the current situation and whether continued use of Harley Hall beyond 31st March is financially sustainable, and present possible alternative venues for club meetings. It is expected that a decision will be reached at the meeting.

Robert

We have the first club meeting of 2016 on Monday evening (11th January) from 7.30pm at Harley Hall. The agenda is loose as usual, but we do have further information from Rapley's about the club room, and we'll need to make a decision about our strategy in this regard. The meeting will also be an opportunity to renew club memberships and to pay the balance for tickets for the upcoming club dinners. 

Robert

Wayne Thomas emailed the following information about the North Bucks Festival of Cycling which he is organising over May 28-29 in 2016. Please try to keep the weekend free to help run this important event.

Good morning fellow club members – I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year and a successful and safe year of racing or just enjoying riding.

As some of you are aware we are promoting a major weekend of road racing over the late May Bank Holiday weekend. This will incorporate National Masters Championships, a round of the National Women’s Road Race Series plus an Under 23 and a 2/3/4 cats race – 7 races in all, with an anticipated 500+ competitors. See attached flyer for more information. Event HQ  is at Longueville Hall in Newton Longville with an 11 miles course via Bottle Dump Roundabout and the A421, and on through Mursley, Drayton Parslow and Stewkley before returning to Newton Longville. Those who experienced the 2015 Masters Championships will be able to tell you what a great event it was. There will be concurrent races ie. 2 at any one time, and field sizes up to 80 per race – so lots of activity – and lots to do.

With so many road races we inevitably require a large Support Team (100+) to run these events to the standards of safety and organisation appropriate to a National Championship and a National “A” race. Whilst Race Officials, Accredited Marshals, NEG (National Escort Group motos) and Neutral Service can be sourced we also need additional Marshals, Drivers, Car Park Marshals, Posting Residents Letters, Race Signage etc. To this end many of the competitors support the races that they are not competing in – through which we have received a great deal of support from the likes of Equipe Velo, CC Luton, TMG Horizon, Virgin Active. Some have already offered their services – and entries only open at 12 Noon today.

We effectively have 4 sessions of racing – am and pm on both days. Any and every contribution makes a difference. David Price is a key member of the organising team and has been for the past three years. To-date, I have received offers of support from Graham Line and Tony Farmborough – and as I have misplaced, my notes my apologies if I have forgotten anyone – and do remind me. Every role is critical to the functioning of these events, the more roles we can fill at the earliest opportunity the better, as it frees me up to focus on other issues. We will be sending out a big message about the club and I hope that some of you would like to be involved in making this a great event. I look forward to hearing from you.

NB. I am often asked what is in it financially for the club. Usually very little. First and foremost the club is not financially exposed – as the organiser I take that “risk”. This year having increased entry fees, and anticipating a record entry, there just may be some surplus – but with for example a £3000 cost associated with Traffic Management of Bottle Dump Roundabout, there are no guarantees. Most clubs make some money out of catering. Historically I have always found that has been the most challenging role to fill – hence I have used “Friends of X School” and the like. That involves payment for their services and they keep the profit. If anyone (and it will need 3+ people) would be willing to undertake the catering this could pull in £300-500 for the club.

Event flyer (pdf)

For the 20th December club run, NBRC decided to take part in the Bikebus charity sportive. Nathan Gallavan reports:

Eight riders from North Bucks took part in the Bikebus charity sportive, myself, Dave G, Dave P, Russell, Ross, Adriana, Andy Wickham and Neil all turning out for a very mild, but blustery December morning. The majority of us decided to ride the longer of the two routes on offer, with Russell opting to ride the shorter route as he was still building his fitness back up.

We were joined by 2nd claim members Richard Golding and Steve Torley and after paying the charitable donation, and a swift hot drink we set off.

The early pace was quite fast, averaging around 18mph for the first 10 miles which took us out via Upper Shelton, bypassing Wootton and through Stagsden. The terrain wasn’t particularly hilly, more rolling with a few short climbs.

Our regular monthly club meeting is on 14th December. We hope to have mince pies and hopefully some mulled wine.

We have some business to attend to in this meeting, including:

  • The fabric of the building needs attention. The club had a visit prior to the AGM from a representative of the company engaged by the Parks Trust to look after their estate. We've now had some correspondence (mostly about repairing window frames and some of the flooring) which we need to discuss.
  • Resolving the issue of subsidised club clothing. This was discussed at the AGM, but a decision deferred to this meeting.
  • Collecting club dinner payments.
  • Collecting 2016 membership fees - note that the AGM agreed to raise membership to £25 for first claim and £20 for second claim members.

That's probably enough for one meeting! See you there, 7.30pm at Harley Hall.

Robert 

Update 24/11/15: We've had another visit from the estates company (Dick met them at Harley Hall this morning), who have measured up Harley Hall. Apparently the rent will increase and will be based on the floor area of the building. We presume there will be a new lease and this may involve changes other than rent - perhaps our liability for repairs will change. We hope to have more details in time for the 14th December meeting.

Splinters Carvery

Wavendon Golf Club, Lower End Road, Wavendon, MK17 8DA

Friday 22nd January 2016 7.30pm for 8.00pm

Following the success of last year's Dinner and Prizegiving, we are returning to Splinters Carvery for our 2016 dinner. Many members have already shown interest and we are now seeking £5 deposits from members in advance. Total cost will be £18 per person - this includes a 3 course dinner in a private dining area, with coffee. Partners are welcome! Ticket prices include a contribution to trophy engraving costs. Let us know in advance if you require a vegetarian meal.

Andy Wickham is again organising the event and is collecting deposits/ticket payments. Deposits are now due to reserve your places, and full payment is required by 15th January. Any enquiries to Andy via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (07917 756668)

Here is the final league table for the 2015 season of NBRC club time trials. Points are awarded by placing - 1st place = 150 points, 2nd = 140 points, 3rd = 130 points and so forth. The rider's best seven places are counted.

Richard Golding took the overall honours, with an excellent series of results. As a result of early season consistency and dogged determination, Robert Saunders did lead the league for a few months before Richard Golding appeared, eventually finishing in second place. Andy Wickham returned from his Tour de France ride with sparkling form and rose to third place overall. Clearly Andy will be a rider to watch next year. And David Price needs to get his TT bike ready earlier next season! Jez Honor produced numerous excellent rides (I think he won all of the events he rode) to reach 6th place.

We have a few new riders, notably James Richardson and Nathan Gallavan who've been showing some good times this year. 

Thanks must once again go to our superb start crew, who turn out week in week out (often in horrid conditions) to ensure our events run smoothly. Tony, Bryan and Steph - many, many thanks from the riders, not just the first and second claim NBRC riders, but all of us.

The NBRC Annual General Meeting will be held on 9th November 2015, at Harley Hall from 7.30pm. We'll post the agenda here as soon as possible. All first and second claim members are welcome: if there are any items you wish to add to the agenda, you can submit them by email via the contact page on this website.

Club members should have received the notification of the AGM by email. If not, the email address we have for you may be incorrect or out of date (please let us know of any changes to your email address). Here's a link to the AGM notification.