Apologies for the delayed club news as I have been otherwise engaged this week on the latest club trip, this time riding the VTT route De Vaucluse. Now if you’re thinking of doing this route do not! The plus side, great scenery, Sunshine, dry trails, nice hotels some with much appreciated swimming pools, quality food and good company. The negative side, lots of hike a bike sections in places where the tracks were just too steep and rocky to ride, both up and down. Temperatures that reached 48 degrees, no stopping places for food or water and a lack of quantity of food at the fancy hotels which made it a bit of an epic trip. There was certainly some grin factor on a number of the descents but the hike a bike sections and hard climbs on loose gravel where you could just about keep the bike going forward meant the grin to grimace ratio was low. So not a club trip likely to be repeated but another long MTB route ticked off the bucket list.
Whilst we were away hopefully people were out on their bikes and enjoying the sunshine, it was nice to see that Roger Fowkes took a 2nd place at the Hillingdon cct on Tuesday, riding a road race for the first time for a number of years. Hopefully he has now got the bug and we will see him down at the track a bit more.
This weekend coming we have tried to cater for all abilities, Saturday there will be a hard road ride being lead by Wayne start time/place TBC, for the social riders we have a social MTB ride meeting at Denham Country Park meeting at 9.30 a.m. Approx 2hr ride with a coffee stop planned. Sunday we have a road ride meeting at 9 a.m. at the Malt Shovel, it is hoped there will be enough people out to form two ability groups and given the weather a drinks/cake/coffee stop is planned.
Hopefully everyone has now fired an e-mail off to Black Park, objecting to them forcing us to remove the North Shore from the Park.
It is now just over a week to the cub BBQ, this is a social event where Families/partners are welcomed but to give us an idea of catering needs we do need to know anticipated numbers, so if you are coming please let me or our generous host Henry know in plenty of time.
This week’s rides planned are as follows:
Sat- MTB social ride 9.30 a.m. Denham Country Park
Sun Road Ride 9 a.m. Malt Shovel
Tuesday Road Racing at Hillingdon
Wed Surrey Hills MTB ride we will be leaving the Uxbridge area about 9.30 a.m. so post up f you are off and fancy a ride and or need a lift
Thursday-Road training at Hillingdon 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
11th August Club BBQ
September Proposed MTB trip to North Wales
November DePanne Beach Race
1st December Calshot track
12th Jan Calshot track
27th Jan Club Central Cross Race
17th Feb Calshot Track
24th Feb Bucks Road Sportive.
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