Although the club is not all about racing it was great to see a big turnout from the club at Sundays Brass Monkeys MTB event and even better that 2 members won! Rick Fetherston won the grd Vets event whilst at the other end of the scale George Fowkes won the under 18’s, other riders to place well included Paul White and Roger Fowkes 3rd and 4th in the Vets race, 4th and 6th for Agne Kudirkaite and Alex Earl in the senior women event with Gosia McPherson 5th in the vets race .on the cross front Neil Ellison finished 2nd in the vets race at Rockingham whilst I managed 22nd in the O/50s at Abingdon.
Socially a few members completed the Shackleford Off Road sportive.
As we are now into the New Year it has been nice to see people renewing their club membership, those that have not got around to it yet don’t leave it too late!
In respect of rides this week Thursday during the day I am doing a cross training session at Stockley Park if anyone is around in the morning and wants to join me. Thursday evening there is an MTB ride from our sponsor’s shop the Specialized Concept Store Ruislip, meet at the rear of the shop at 6.30p.m. Saturday it is the clubs trip to Calshot Velodrome, plenty of spaces available, it is a real buzz riding a steeply banked indoor velodrome so those who have yet to try it why not come along, no experience or fitness required, the plan is to meet at my place at 7.45 and drive down in the club van and a further car if necessary.
Also Saturday morning there is a road ride meeting at 9.30 on the A40 opposite the South Bucks offices at Tatling End, Sunday there is a choice of rides, an MTB ride from Walking Bottom car park, Peaslake meeting at 8 a.m. or a road ride approximately 3hrs from the Malt Shovel meeting at 9.30- a route will be on the club’s FB page nearer to the day, then on Monday it is club night at the Crown PH from 8.30 p.m.
In respect of events this week, Wednesday a few of us are going down to the Hillingdon circuit to work out a circuit for our forthcoming cyclo cross race which we are organising on the 27th Jan, the plan is to ride down the canal to the venue and we will be leaving the Malt Shovel at 9.30 if anyone wants to come along.
We are still looking for a volunteer to take over from Peter Manley as club membership secretary, there must be someone willing to take o this role-so please get I touch.
The clubs next open event is our cyclo cross event on the 27th Jan, a big thanks to those that have said they can help out but we still need a few more people, so please take this opportunity to put something back into the sport you do and let me know what times you are available, the day will start off about 7 a.m. checking the course and run through to dismantling the course after the last race at about 2, so any time between these or for the duration would be great.
Details of Calshot are at https://www.westdraytonmbc.co.uk/forums/topic/calshot-track-2018-2019/
We now only have 1 space left for the road trip in June, so if you fancy it get in touch pronto.
So far the only people to confirm for the South Wales MTB trip over the weekend of 8/9/10th Feb are Myself / Gosia M / Wayne / Darren / Nick and Kasia, surely someone else must be keen to try out some of the best trail centres in the country, so post up or let me know ASAP.
April 13th is the Paris Roubaix sportive, the plan for this would be to go over Friday day time in the club van and cars depending on numbers interested, ride the Sportive Saturday, stay overnight Saturday to watch some of the pro race Sunday before coming home Sunday late afternoon/early evening. So far 4 people have committed to the event once again this is a great iconic must do event so hopefully a few more people will be up for it.
If interested in these trips please post up on the cubs website at:
This week’s activities are as follows:
Thurs-Cross training Stockley Park 10 a.m. MTB Ride Meet Specialized Concept Store 6.30
Sat Road ride 9.30 South Bucks Council offices or Calshot track
Sun-Road ride meet 9.30 Malt Shovel or MTB ride Peaslake
Mon-Club night The Crown 8.30 p.m.
12th Jan Calshot Track Session 10:00-13:00
20th Jan Le Touquet Beach Race
27th Jan WDMBC Cross Event
8/9/10th Feb South Wales MTB Trip
17th Feb Calshot Track Session 11:00-14:00
1st March Bucks Road Sportive
16th March Specialized Road Crit RND1
23rd March Specialized Road Crit RND2
30th March Specialized Road Crit RND3
13th April Paris Roubaix sportive
1st – 8th June Club French Road Trip
See you on a ride
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