Well with only a couple of days left to go to Christmas it has got to be time to wish everyone a “Happy Christmas”, hopefully everyone will have lots of bike related goodies under the tree to give them a bit of inspiration to get out there and get the miles in whether on or off road, especially now as the days are now starting to get longer and it will not be long before we can start looking forward to some club open events.

On the racing front we are starting the season off well with a couple of wins to report on, in the Berkhampstead round of the Central Cross League Neill Ellison was back on top form to take the win in the seniors . In the 1st round of the Brass Monkeys MTB event it was Rick Featherson who took the win in the 3hr Grand Vets race,with Shaun Higgins 11th in the same class, in the 4hrs Sam Edwards wa 4th a position replicated by Roger Fowkes in the vets 4 hr event. In the 2hr event Paul White came 6th with Will Blackham on his racing debut finished 34th.

Also a number from the club took part in the Spam challenge which is another fun event to put on the list of rides to do.
This week and the next a number of people are likely to be off so there is the opportunity to get a few extra club rides in, given that these are likely to be organised at short notice keep checking the clubs facebook page for details or why not join the clubs “whats App” group send me your number if you wish to be added to the group.

Christmas Eve there are plans for a Tinsel ride a 2-3hr social MTB ride with a coffee stop half way round and possibly a beer stop at the end so bring some coffers..

The club clothing is now in stock f you ordered anything get in touch pronto to pick up, there is a limited amount of spare stock so once again get in touch of you want anything.

On line entry is open for the clubs Bucks Road Sportive and Bucks Off Road Sportive, full details at http://www.buckssportive.co.uk so lets get those entries in and also spread the word so we have a bumper turnout this year.
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
2 x Windguard Jacket M
2 x Windguard Jacket L
2 x Bib Shorts S
2 x Bib Shorts L
Childrens Jersey
2 x L/S L
1 x L/S M
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 CNP energy gels at 75 a gel or 10 for £7.00

Major dates

Feb 26th Bucks Road Sportive hopefully people have started entering this already at http://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 -Black Park