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.

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.

Twelve NBRC members were in Spain for a few days of good weather riding and training. Not to mention beer, coffee, cakes and so forth. here's a small photo gallery lifted from our Facebook Page.

Waye sent in the list of pre-entered riders and the Rider notes for the first event in the MK Bowl Spring series.

The event is on 4th March - the Rider notes for full details of signing on and race times.

The upcoming Club Meeting on 13th March will be held in a venue new to us: The Inn on The Lake, which has been arranged by Dick Selley. A room is available for us, and apparently bikes can be brought inside for security. 

We'll meet from 7.30pm.

Agenda

1. Arrangements for Norlond ’10’ - David may be late, so we should hold this until he arrives
2. Resumption of Committee Meetings
3. New membership applications
4. AOB
5. Possible slideshow from Dick (depending on technical issues)

Submit other agenda items to Robert or Steph

Here's a write-up of Sunday's club run...

On a blustery, cloudy but dry February morning and good turn-out of 11 riders chewed the fat at Harley Hall before setting off for pastures new around the Bedfordshire Countryside.  It would have been more but the late running Carringtons, who then tried to meet us further along route, opted instead to race away from us as we approached! The addition of both Jennie and Steph added some much needed glamour to the group and it was great to see Paul and Jamie out with the club. Steve Abraham was also in attendance and getting in some training miles before his annual record attempt.

Neill with his new found knowledge now cemented in after 8 months resident in the area, took on the gauntlet of route leader and promised some quiet country roads, a few hills and a different café stop. Maybe it was the potential for Neill to look a prat and get everyone lost that promoted a few of the infrequent faces to turn out this weekend?