We start of this weeks news looking back on another successful club Xmas party, so a big thanks to the organising committee and all that attended, congratulations to the award winners, it was nice to catch up on a few people I have not see around for a while, it would be nice to see a similar number out on a club ride soon, so come on make a big effort and lets see a few more out on the next club ride.

On the racing front there was some success at the weekend, Paul White came 2nd overall and comfortably won the veterans class in the Mad Dash event in Stroud whilst at the Hillingdon round of the Central Cross League event Sam Edwards made his cross debut with an excellent 4th despite the handicap of riding on an MTB , with Paul Carpenter also having a good ride in the vets finishing 13th , in the Imperial winter series Paul Bennett was the sole Club rider and finished in the main bunch.

Last week in the club new was details of the Specialized deals on offer to club members- a big thanks to those that replied, a few people I would have expected to be interested, Roger/George Fowkes/Paul Carpenter/Steve Heatley have not put their names into the pot to name a few, if they or any of the other racers are still interested in the deal with Specialized where the club can get 6 bikes at Trade price although this may not be on the S-Works models and we can get 10 pairs of shoes/gloves/helmets at trade let me know ASAP. I will need a resume of this years results and plans for next year.

Ok plans for this week, tonight- Wed it is the usual evening MTB social ride, Friday I am considering a road ride or a few laps of the Hillingdon circuit in the morning if anyone fancies joining me,Saturday morning there is a social MTB ride leaving the Malt Shovel at 9.30 a..m. this will be a gentle ride so suitable for our new members and for those just wishing to spin the legs before the Sunday MTB races.

Sunday it is the Brass Monkeys MTB event as well as the SPAM MTB challenge, the club van will be leaving my place for this event, if anyone needs a lift get in touch with Gosia to arrange a departure time. Nick Try is also organising a steady road ride if anyone wants to join him.

The next definitive club trip is the Coast to Coast trip in early April, we will be looking at booking digs for this ride in the next week or so, if you have been thinking of coming now is the time to commit as accommodation in the area can be hard to find for a group, so either post up on the forum or send me an e-mail if you are coming.

The latest club kit order is now at my place and I have kit for the following people to pick up, if you have not yet made arrangements to pick up please get in touch so we can arrange a mutual time. I have also some energy products for those with an asterix next to there names

Tim Smith*
Sue Tebbs
Jake Slattery
Darren Smith
Peter Chapman
Sean Downey *
Agne Kudrikalta
Jorge Manso
Nick P*
Zubhair
Paul White*
For those that did not order kit and want anything -this is the current spare stock
1 x Womens S/S Jersey S
2 x Womens S/S Jersey M
1 x Womens S/S L
1 x Mens S/S XS
5 x Mens S/S S
4 x Mens S/S M
4 x Mens S/S L
1 x Mens S/S XL
1 x Windguard Jacket S
2 x Windguard Jacket M
2 x Windguard Jacket L
2 x Bib Shorts S
2 x Bib Shorts M
2 x Bib Shorts L
Childrens Jersey
2 x L/S L
2 x L/S M
1 x L/S S

Once again get in touch if you want any of the above.

A polite reminder club subs for 2017 are now due please pay via the on line facility on the club site. The club whats app chat group is growing -if you want to be part of this let me know and I will add you the growing list.

This week the clubs special offer is Stans race fluid which from personal experience does seal bigger holes than the normal Stans fluid is available to club members for the special price of £23

Major dates
Dec 9th Clubs Xmas Party
Feb 26th Bucks Road Sportive hopefully people have started entering this already at www.buckssportive.co.uk
18th/25thMarch/1st April Specialized Crits Hillingdon
April 6-10th Coast to Coast Trip
April 29th 312KM Sportive Majorca
May 14th Bucks Off Road Sportive
June 12th to 17th French Road Trip
June/July Date to be confirmed XC race at Black Park, 2 ccts planned a less technical ct for the first batch of races which will be suitable for novices and the use of cross bike, followed by the full blown cct with bomb holes and North Shore for the British Cycling ranking races. Sept-Night race -BlackPark