Weekend Round-up: 2/3 April 2022

The first weekend in April didn’t quite show the first signs of spring that we all expected after the sunny weekend at the end of March, but the regular weekend endurance riders were out in force as you’d expect, despite a chill in the air. There wasn’t any two-wheeled racing to report on from the weekend per se, but a few Members reported back from other events.
First up, Phill Brown escaped the Forest for Portsmouth North End’s first TT of the season on Thursday evening and managed to miss out on the top spot by only 11 seconds:

P829/6 is a great course and a real test for the legs – three miles descending, an about-turn at a roundabout, then three miles all back uphill. The sleet and snow made for interesting conditions much like NFCC’s first event last year, but it was nice to get the first one in the bag. Pleased with my performance, only 11 seconds off the leader – especially as I was on a road bike against some serious TT machines.

Matt Smith rejoiced over how much he enjoyed the Saturday Club Ride:

Blimey, winter came back with bang, flippin freezing first thing today, thank goodness for the lovely sunshine to keep us warm. Small group today, only 6 with a whole bunch away still climbing crazy hills in Spain, so the pace was hottish, and would have been hotter if it wasn’t for me dragging everyone back!

Still sweating from climbing too many hills in Spain, a few regulars returned to the Sunday club ride with some interesting comments along the lines of:

Very cold start = 2.3KG’s of clothing, so just about stayed warm.

– Phil Harris

It’s so flat…

– Phil Grant
But Last week’s roving reporter was a little more grounded:

Chilly start with clear sunshine. Soon warmed up made the sociable ride very enjoyable.

NFCC’s Ray Claridge decided just riding his bike wasn’t enough so stretched his running legs on Sunday in a duathlon:

Took part in my second sprint duathlon, this time at Thruxton motor circuit with a draft legal bike leg, so I had to use the road bike as no TT bikes allowed.
Starting to the sound of Fleetwood Mac “The Chain” on the circuit start line for the first run leg of one lap (2.3miles). Found myself middle of the pack running under 7mi/pace and just about hanging on to a small group I found myself with.
Next up into transition to pick up my bike for 5 laps, caught and dropped all the group I had be running with and then was in a 2 up with another guy for a few laps before dropping him on the final lap. Then through transition again and back out on the circuit for a last run lap. Fatigue had set in, and it took a while to get going but I got round with a slower 7.30mi/pace with just one guy overtaking me. My total time was 1.07.04 which got me 17th/44 overall so happy with that. Winning time was 55:17. Overall an enjoyable event, winning my age group is a possibility if I can just improve my run pace and transition time.


We also heard the news that NFCC Member Chris Sanders had a close encounter with the tarmac at Mountbatten on Wednesday evening which will leave him off his bike for a short period to analyse the forces the impact made to both his bicycle and his bones – fingers crossed for a speedy recovery Chris, and best wishes from us all.
Don’t forget to jot down a few words, snap a few photos and send them over to press@newforestcc.co.uk if you find yourself out representing the Club.

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