It’s always nice to report on club wins and this weekend just gone we had 3 which was excellent, in the 1st round of Gorrick Series, the 1st rider to take top honours was juvenile George Fowkes who stormed to a win with very impressive lap times that many seniors would have been proud of taking just 41mins for his two 4 mile laps. The next rider to take a win was Gosia McPherson who despite having mechanical issues managed to overcome these and her closest rival on the last lap to take the win in the veterans Women’s class. In the 4 lap veterans race Roger Fowkes was clearly inspired by his son George’s early ride and led from start to finish to make it a family double with Paul White a little further behind in 5th. In the sports class Nick Try produced consistent lap times to finish 7th , Kasia Ambrose in the sports ladies took the final podium spot in 3rd whilst in the Grand vets race Simon Slater showed he has had a good winters training to finish 4th, whilst Jason Snell making his race debut finished 22nd in his class. All in all a great 2017 début race for a number of club riders.

Elsewhere Neil Ellison showed he is coming back to form as he finished a very creditable 3rd after a mechanical when leading in the latest round of the Central Cross league to cement his current 3rd place overall with Jorge Manso another to strike misfortune, a crash pushing him down to 25th. In the latest round of the Imperial Road series Steve Heatley was once again mixing it in the bunch sprint but just missed out on a top 10 placing.

Elsewhere over the week a few brave souls suffered the cold weather at the clubs road training at Hillingdon and also the Wed MTB social ride, Wednesday during the day myself, Peter M and John Jones rode the short course of this year’s Bucks Road Sportive we have changed the route this year to avoid a couple of short busy sections the plus is that it is a much nicer ride the minus for some is that it now includes more climbing, remember to get those entries in for the event which is on the 26th Feb, we will be having a Wed daytime ride around the course on the 1st Feb if anyone wants a preview of it. Saturday morning there was a good turnout for the Social MTB ride, Sunday as well as the racing there were a couple of people who braved the icy roads and took part in the Team Quest Sportive so well done to those.

Ok looking ahead to this week, today Tuesday it is the road training at Hillingdon, the more people that go down there the easier it will be to find groups of equal ability, so whatever standard why not pop along. Wed there is the usual MTB social ride, Saturday for a change we are going to have a social road ride then Sunday there are plans for an MTB ride around The Chilterns or for those wanting some hard training a 3-4 hr road ride, these rides are obviously weather dependent as if it is icy there maybe a swap onto Fat tyres.

Still got a few peoples’ kit to be collected.

Current spare kit in stock is as follows, let me know if you wish to purchase any of the below

1 x XS S/S Race Cut Road Jersey
3 x S S/S Race Cut Road Jersey
2 x S S/S Club Cut Road Jersey
2 x M S/S Race Cut Road Jersey
1 x M S/S Club Cut Road Jersey
1 x M Wind Guard Jacket
2 x L S/S Race Cut Road Jersey
2 x L S/S Club Cut Road Jersey
1 x S Womens S/S Road Jersey
1 x M Womens S/S Road Jersey
1 x L Womens S/S Road Jersey
1 X S L/S Childs Road Jersey
1 X M L/S Childs Road Jersey
2 X L L/S Childs Road Jersey
2 X S Bib Shorts
1 X L Bib shorts

A big thanks to those existing members that have paid their membership for the season and a big welcome to the new members joining, remember to get the most out of the club you need to take part in the activities, so bite the bullet and let’s see everyone one out on a ride soon.

At the end of February on the 26th we run our first open event the Bucks Road Sportive, we really need to push the event so spread the word and make sure you support your club event. A big thanks to those who have already offered to assist if anyone else can assist around them riding the event then get in touch as we need a couple of people for signing on, car parking and refreshment also if anyone is a bit of a Mary Berry on the quiet some homemade cakes for the riders to purchase when they get back would be a real bonus.

Still got a couple of people’s kit at my house so get in touch to pick it up.

Full details of the clubs next two trips the Liege Bastogne Liege and the MTB Coast to Coast are on the club website, also can those people still to pay the 2nd instalment of the money for the French trip do so.

Major dates

Feb 26th Bucks Road Sportive www.buckssportive.co.uk
18th/25thMarch/1st April Specialized Crits Hillingdon
April 7-10th Coast to Coast Trip
April 22nd Liege Bastogne Liege Sportive
April 29th 312KM Sportive Majorca
May 14th Bucks Off Road Sportive
June 12th to 17th French Road Trip

Hope to see you on a ride soon.