New Times and new Route to avoid Bunny Lane, 5 miles into the ride!
Many, many thanks to everyone who took part in our first event of the year on 2 February. A record turnout of 167 riders made for a fantastic atmosphere back at the clubhouse, a real buzz. It was great to see so many cyclists with so much enthusiasm!
A small change 5 miles into the route, to avoid a short stretch of road now full of potholes. Then its back to the original route.
1. Times: There are to be three time slots, based upon your expected average speed, to try and ensure all riders return to the clubhouse for 12:30pm where soup, rolls and hot drinks will be served.
If your average speed is less than 15 mph, the time slot for your departure from the clubhouse will be 8:00am to 8:15am
If your average speed is 15 to 18 mph, the time slot for your departure from the clubhouse will be 8:45am to 9:00am
If your average speed is above 18 mph, the time slot for your departure from the clubhouse will be 9:15am to 9:30am
The idea will be that groups of up to 15 riders (ideally 10) will go off within the relevant time slot. We want to avoid creating traffic jams.
2. Pay £4 if BRCC member (non members are charged £5) : FREE if you rode on 2 Feb. Please make sure you sign in, and then sign off once you get back from your ride.
3. Maps/directions: printed and ready, collect on the day
4. Food: Free soup, roll & drink (tea and coffee) provided on return
5. Sweep: If you run into difficulties on route, phone the clubhouse, and we can arrange pick up.
6. Event is all over by 3:00pm
7. If bad weather, floods may be on approach to Felmersham bridge but there is a causeway for pedestrians on 59mile route.
The route follows the traditional route for this event, eg out to Podington, and return - start clubhouse Cardington, and finish at the same venue.
Safety is paramount on this event, it is not a race, please respect all road users at all times.
Steve James, Central CX League champ!
Congratulations to Steve James, who today, after riding the final race in the Central CycloCross League, was confirmed as overall 1st place rider in age group!
Consistently racing in the top points amongst strong competition from many local clubs, Steves persistence and training clearly paid off well!
New Years Day lottery Ride!
Many thanks to everyone who entered and rode the New Year's Day lottery ride today, in horrible conditions!
See the RESULTS. Well done to Rob Miller for being spot on target time! Other winners included Gill Fullen and Terry Sykes for biggest differences. Other prizes were won by random draw, well done to all winners.
Many thanks to our prize Sponsors, Byer Cycles, this is their last event, our very best wishes to you for a happy, healthy and long retirement!
Special thanks to all the helpers, led by Gill McBride, Richard Forster, Terry Bush, Gail Fisher and Jan Anderson.
Beds Road CC win InterClub Series 2013
Following the Hill Climb on 6 October at Sharpenhoe, the final event of the series, we are delighted to report that Beds Road CC have again taken victory in the series.
Final points are:
CC Ashwell 479
Hitchin Nomads CC 738
Icknield Road Club 1202
CC Ashwell put on a valiant effort in the hill climb, with 5 riders in top 10. The points allocations in this event were: CCA 72, BRCC 116, HNCC 151, IRC 271.
Well done to Simon Norman for being first BRCC rider, with Isaac Anstee coming in as 2nd BRCC rider.
Well done everyone, for another enjoyable year's inter-club competition.
Pub Quiz for Clubroom Defibrillator - 3 Oct.
The clubroom is a hive of sweaty activity during the summer, with up to 75 riders putting their all into the evening league, SPOCO and other events.
With the wellbeing of our members and guests being paramount, we held a fundraising pub quiz at the White Horse in Newnham Ave., Bedford, to raise funds for a defibrillator, should anyone suffer cardiac arrest.
We had around 70 participants and raised £938.00 !
Many thanks to everyone who took part, generously donated, bid and won in the auction and helped organise - it was a great success!
Stolen Bikes - keep a look out!
BRCC member victim of theft of 2 Specialized bikes. Please see this message from Beds Police and keep your eyes out for these bikes!
Specialized Sequoia Elite
Specialized Roubaix Comp
24 hour bike ride for Sue Ryder
Many thanks for all the support given to me during my 24 hour circuits of the 1Z/11.3 course from noon 14 Sept. to noon 15th Sept.
I managed to ride 326.6 miles (think Bedford to Edinburgh in a day using the most direct B road route) and have almost hit my £2500.00 target, for Sue Ryder's St John's Hospice in Moggerhanger. I celebrated my 52nd birthday 270 miles into the ride by treating myself to an extra banana - woohoo!
You can still donate at virginmoneygiving.com/GrahamLaming and I'll put you into my draw for a John Lewis Christmas hamper worth £100! More pics, videos and graphs at that link too.
Thanks again, Graham.
Evening League interesting facts
Andy Kerr has number-crunched the Evening League results and reveals the following interesting statistics - thanks Andy!
On the 8th of September, to celebrate our 90th anniversary, we held several club rides followed by a glorious tapas spread and presentation of the Evening League prizes.
Many thanks to Gill McBride and her team of helpers for putting on a fantastic event, we really do appreciate all the hard work you all obviously put into this! And thanks to everyone who took part, around 70 in all, which made for a buzzing atmosphere in the clubhouse!
We had 90 mile, 90km, 90 minute and 9 mile rides, so something for everyone. The weather was kind to us and all seemed to enjoy the routes. Photos will be added over the next couple of days...
Manchester Velodrome trip
Thanks to Mark Anstee for arranging a trip up to Manchester Velodrome at the end of August 2013.
From L->R, Des Roberts, Russell Page, Paul Holmes, Isaac Anstee, Alastair Fadden, Mark Anstee, Katie Edwards, Andrew Yiannaki, James Cox, Angus Hudson, Billy Fadden.
What goes down sometimes goes up and up and up...
Fancy climbing the Tourmalet on a downhill mountain bike?
Melissa and Justin Burrell thought it was worth a try, succeeded, and have this great photo to prove it. Thats 25 miles of unrelenting climbing in a 50 mile round trip.
Well done both!
Beds Road CC Road Race report
Alex Minting (Neon-Velo.com) proved strongest on the finishing climb to take victory in Bedfordshire Road CCs 54-mile road race on the Great Barford circuit.
The Bishops Stortford 18-year-old came past Paul Dring (Team Echelon-Rotor) in the closing metres with third place going to Darren Farr (CC Luton).
Thomas Crouch (High Wycombe CC) took the first prime at the head of a promising break that formed on the first of the six laps, but the bunch worked hard to close the gap. It was all together by half-distance coming in to the second prime when a crash at the front saw leader Jon Friend from the home club (Bedfordshire Road CC) taken down heavily taking a few other rides with him.
The incident produced another split before the second prime which was taken by Luke Souter (Banbury Star CC) despite the evasive efforts of a CC Luton rider. The experienced 39-year-old Dring attacked as the bell rang for the final lap taking Mark Bottely (Bourne Wheelers) with him. Dring was still in the lead for the final time up the finishing hill and looked to have it sewn up when Minting sprung clear of the bunch passing Dring with just 100m to go.
1 Alex Minting (Neon-Velo.com)
2 Paul Dring (Team Echelon- Rotor)
3 Darren Farr (CC Luton)
4 James Garrett (Rugby Velo)
5 Leszek Woziak (Twickenham CC)
6 Ben Roe (GS Henley)
7 Chris Grange (LBRCC-Solgar)
8 Stuart King (LBRCC-Solgar)
9 Matthew Foreman (CC Luton)
10 David Youell (Eagle RC)
First Over-40: Chris Grange
Beds Road riders
35 Michael D'Arcy
36 Steve James
37 David Olney
42 David Course
44 Mark Anstee
Beds Council honour our anniversary
Cathy Johnson deserves hearty congratulations for arranging with Bedfordshire Council to commemorate our 90th anniversary in flowers, on the embankment.
The flowers are not yet fully in bloom, but the work already looks superb, well done to the gardeners and the council for a lovely job! Thank you all!
Anniversary club tops being shown off
We are pleased to hear of members proudly wearing their new 90th anniversary tops in events around the world.
Most recently, Mark Johnston sent us these fantastic photos of his trip...
We are also delighted to have received this message from Anna and Chris Priestley...
"We proudly wore the club shirt around Alanya ahead of the race and saw lots of Beds Road CC guys.
We both rented road bikes and consequently raced on level entry bikes.
We both did the sprint
Anna LV 55-59 came 14th
Chris V 60 -64 came 14th as well but 7th on the bike and had great pleasure passing the planet X tri bike etc on my £400 triple ring roady.
Steve McKeown got gold in V45 - 50 sprint and there were others whose results I do not have."
Well, we also hear that Jason Moore earned the title or European Champion for his age group in Antalya.
The interclub 30 mile TT was held around Old Warden on Sunday 26 May. We had ideal weather compared to recent days, being bright and dry with a slight breeze.
Due to some inconveniently placed roadworks with traffic light control on the B658 in two places between Shefford and the Broom crossroads, we were forced to run a slightly different course to last year.
Well done to Simon Norman for taking the overall win, and to CC Ashwell for taking the club points with a very strong showing. Bad luck to Jon Friend who punctured 3 miles into the event.
Many thanks to HNCC for organising and hosting this second interclub competition in the series.
Bookings are now open for the InterClub 15 mile event on 23 June.
Evening League No. 1, Thursday 2 May
Perfect weather welcomed our first evening league event of the year, run on the 10 mile course. Bunny lane, as is usual early in the season, is in a rough state, so many thanks to Rob Page and Jaouade Izzo who swept the worst of the gravel and stones to the side of the road.
69 riders signed on, several for their first time trial - we hope you all enjoyed it and look forward to seeing back next week!
New for 2013 is our 'Couples-League' - introduced by Alison Cooper to encourage more women to take part in competitive sport. You can sign up here to add your team - you don't need to be related or in a relationship, but at least one of you must be female.
Particular congratulations must got to Mathilde Matthijsse, riding for Bonito Squadra Corse, in breaking the Womens course record by a huge margin!
Well done to Jim Moffat for the overall win, to Mike & Theresa Jackson to topping the Couples Event, to Richard Piron for top MX group rider, to Rachel Armstong for top FV group rider, to Mike Jackson for top MS group rider, Mathilde Matthijsse for top FS group rider, and Josh Roberts for top MJ rider.
Thanks to the following who made it all happen...
Andy Maddox - sign-on and pushing off
Derek Taylor - Start timekeeper
Clive Anderson - pushing off
Rina Brown and Paula James - Tea Bar
Jan Laming - Signs and computer times entry
Graham Laming - organiser and finish timekeeper
Detailed results for all groups are available here.
Sign on opens from Sunday for BRCC members and from Tuesday for other riders, here.
Captains Ride and BBQ, Sat 27 April
Well done to all who braved the wind, rain and hail to take part in our annual pre-evening-league BBQ and Captains Ride.
It was really humbling to see so many of the younger riders out, many aged 6-10, who seemed quite un-phased by the miserable weather or even the climb of hillfoot. Well done all!
Many thanks to all who helped make it happen, we all had a great time and our Captain was kept busy with the enormous challenge of cooking the food fast enough to feed the hoardes. As soon as a plate or burgers or sausages or chicken appeared, it vanished within seconds!
Limited Edition 90th Anniversary Club Tops
We are delighted to release our design for a limited edition of 90th Anniversary club tops, designed for us by club member Rocky Kumar.
Click for high resolution front and back images...
Price is £30.00 each to paid-up members. If you would like one, please include your waist, chest and height measurements in cm, along with your name and we will get one on the go for you. Send your order to email@example.com
Many thanks to all 113 riders who joined in the fun on 3rd Feb, for our first reliability ride and all 118 who took part on the 17th Feb. The weather improved dramatically for the second one and made for a very pleasant day out indeed.
It was really nice to see so many clubs represented, and so many people getting a real buzz out of riding their bikes - which is what it is all about! Some went all out, testing their fitness to the limit, others got their enjoyment from the social aspect of riding in a group, sharing the beautiful countryside together.
Particular thanks go to everyone who helped make them happen, Andy Maddox, Terry Bush, Lorna Webb, Gail Fisher and all others who helped 'man the pumps' - very much appreciated!
New Year's Day lottery ride
A full house saw an enthusiastic start to the year, with 75 riders entered into the lottery ride. Clubs from around the region were represented, with ages ranging from 9 upwards.
Many thanks to Terry Bush for organising, to Colin Buxton for timekeeping and calculations, and to the many helpers on the tea bar. Particular thanks got to ByerCycles of Clifton who donated all the prizes.
The main winners were:-
David Cook - nearest match of time to his lottery time
Rupert Gates - biggest additional time over his lottery time
Graham Dennis - biggest negative time under his lottery time
Alison Cooper - smallest positive difference from lottery time
Billy Fadden - smallest negative difference from lottery time.
The winners then drew further random prizes to distribute more of the ByerCycles prizes.
Many thanks to everyone who took part, helped, attended - you all helped make this a very enjoyable event.
Box End BRCC CX, mud, mud, mud!
Sunday 25 November saw Beds Road CC hosting the Central CycloCross League event 7.
A few of the Beds Road riders before the start.
The river at Box End broke its banks on Saturday, and the lake level rose around 60cm over Saturday night - we weren't sure whether the event could proceed.
But it did, and it was a GREAT hit - mud, slips, slides, falls, exciting racing, scary downhills - some really exciting action. Many thanks to all the team who helped make this a thoroughly enjoyable event, and especially to Mark Anstee for organising it.
James Stewart takes a spill...
The event attracted a good field of U10, U12, U14, U16, Novice and Senior riders, and it was exciting action from all the races - well done to you all. I found the course exciting and tricky to handle, and I was only pushing a wheelbarrow, so it must have been fun in a pack.
Isaac Anstee, leading junior rider for BRCC. Photo courtesy Rob Page.
Round 5 of the Central CX League took place on a dry but bitterly cold day at Brackley.
The event hosted by A5 Rangers was on a very technical and compact course within the grounds of Magdalen College.
A good number of the BRCC youngsters braved the cold and raced well. Rosie Dunbar led the way in the U10s finishing 7th, followed by some spirited riding from Miles Varley 16th, Joseph Hadsley 20th and Rose Coggins 23rd.
Angus Hudson was the lone BRCC rider in the U12s finishing 8th. The youth race was held on the full CX course, Jan Laming rode well finishing in 20th.
Mark Anstee battling for position before the turns.
A total of 81 riders finished the main Junior / Senior / Vets / Women race. Isaac Anstee proved more durable this week leading the BRCC riders home in 30th (3rd Junior) followed by Mark Anstee 33rd, Geoff Cooper 37th, Steve James 39th and Dave Olney 46th.
Many thanks to Neil Ellison/Siobhan Butler for the photo
BRCC world champion!
Beds Road now have a world triathlon champ! Congratulations to Phil Holland who was crowned world champion at the 35-39 age-group sprint triathlon event held in New Zealand. Phil topped the times with a superb 1:05:53 - see here. Also on the podium was Beds Road athlete Steve McKeown, who came 3rd in the 40-44 category with a time of 1:06:43. Jason Moore finished 6th in the 20-24 group, with a time of 1:07:30. Jason had the fastest bike split time of all the athletes competing. Fantastic achievements from all three athletes.
Closer to home, Beds Road held its final time trial of the year around the hilly 10 mile Cardington course. A storming ride meant Simon Norman took the win in an impressive time of 24:35. Simon has been having a great season, and looks certain to achieve even more success after recently coming into the sport.
Elsewhere, several of the club riders took part in the hilly 103 mile sportive from Milton Keynes. Of the 36 finishers David Course finished fifth in an impressive time of 5:38:10. Steve LePage finished 12th in 6:14:40. Another club rider – Rob Miller – had to withdraw after 30 miles due to mechanical issues. Also on offer was a 60 mile ride, completed by 163 riders, led home by Mark Booth and Eimear Mullen in under 3 hours. Several of the club riders finished in the first third of the finishers – including Nora Haggart, Alan Shillitoe, Alastair Fadden in just under 4 hours. Just outside the four hour time was Richard Piron, Kevin Willet, Andy Purdy, Tony Parello and Simon North – all in the first 60 finishers.