It’s Deja Vu this week as expected as once again we can report on another Neil Ellison win, this time in the 2nd round of the Central cross league where we had a few riders representing the club, Paul White was 9th in the vets this out of a field of 138 riders whilst in the Grd Vets out of 107, Sam Phillips was 11th,I managed 48th in my first cross for many, many years and Mark Eidem was 71st, whilst in the ladies there was another big field with 67 riders competing, Agne Kudirkaite finished 20th,Gosia McPherson on her cross debut was 32nd and Siobhan Butler 62nd, so well done to all. For those that have not taken part in a cross race, the atmosphere was very friendly, being round a fairly short non technical cct it means that you are lapping fairly quickly and there are always riders around you and you can ride the event on an MTB, so why not think about giving it a go, it s good training for both MTB and Road. Clive Evans also took part in a cross event, in the Wessex series and finished an excellent 12th place.
Away from the racing, the following activities took part over the week, Tuesday road training which was well attended, there was a social MTB ride Wednesday, then Thursday’s cross session was well supported, club rider Nick Parfitt braved the conditions to take part in the L2B off road ride, Sunday’s early morning heavy rain meant a no show for the planned road ride.
This week, Tuesday once again we have the road training at Hillingdon from 6 p.m. then Wed evening a social MTB ride is planned, meet 7 p.m. at the Malt Shovel, Thursday there is cross training at the old Hillingdon ski slope starting at 6.15p.m. anyone arriving late can just join in, Saturday there is a choice of rides, Wayne is leading a ride around the Look Out and Crowthorne, meet 9.30 at the Look Out Car Park or anyone needing a lift from Uxbridge, the club van should be going and leaving at 8.30, get in touch with Wayne or post up if you want a lift. I will be going out for a short spin on the cross bike to loosen the legs up for Sundays cross race looking at 1.5hrs if anyone wants a short easy ride, likely to have a coffee stop at some stage, be going pas the Malt Shovel at 9.30 also Saturday afternoon Nick T was organising a road ride from the GT Missenden area so get in touch with him if interested. Sunday a few of us will be doing another cross event, but there should also be a few still out on the usual Sunday road ride, 9 a.m. Malt Shovel, then Monday it is club night at The Crown from 8.30 p.m. If anyone wants to pick up the club kit they ordered let me now and can bring down to club night.
As always there are some spare jerseys for those that missed out on the order, the club also have team hoodies in all sizes, team T-Shirts in most sizes and Team jackets in very limited larger sizes so if you want any club items let me know.
The number of people who have expressed an interest in next year’s road trip is rising, the trip is between the 1st and 8th June and will take in Mount Ventoux, possibly the Col De Bonette and also the Alpe D’Huez there is room for a few more so get in touch if you want further details.
Thanks to those who have now committed to doing a Calshot session I still need few more people to do so though, so if you intend coming I do need a deposit of £15 as soon as possible, It is as a lot of you know great fun and a real buzz hurtling around the tightly banked track so don’t delay pay your deposit to secure your place.
This week’s activities are as follows,
Tuesday-Road training at Hillingdon 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Wed MTB social ride, 7.p.m. Malt Shovel
Thursday Cross/MTB training, Meet 6.15 p.m. Hillingdon Athletics Track car park
Sat -Social MTB ride Look Out 9.30 Look Out car park or social gravel ride 9.30 Malt Shovel
Sunday Road Ride meet 9 a.m. Malt Shovel
25th November DePanne Beach Race http://beach-endurance.be/home/EN/index.html
1st Dec Calshot Track Session 1100-1400
1st Dec TBC Club Xmas Do
12 Jan Calshot Track Session 1000-1300
27th Jan WDMBC Cross Event
17th Feb Calshot Track Session 1100-1400
3rd March Bucks Road Sportive
16th March Specialized Road Crit RND1
23rd March Specialized Road Crit RND2
30th March Specialized Road Crit RND3
1st – 8th June Club French Road Trip
See you on a ride
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