Weekly Round-up: 1 May 2022PhillBrown
A busy week for NFCC Members with the early may bank holiday weekend playing host to multiple events across the region.
Thursday night chain gang training returned to the out and back course form Roundhills Campsite to Hatchett Pond due to the closure of the crossing of the A35 again. A number of riders turned out looking resplendent in there club kit and a strong session was completed under the golden hour light – a note to those wishing to attend this week that the start time has shifted back to 1845.
Following a strong return to time trialling with a fifth place on Tuesday evening, Ray Claridge took on the Hard Boiled Egg Audax event on Saturday:
The usual Saturday Club Ride started wth 18 riders in Brockenhurst, splitting into a few groups on the road and venturing north out of the forest to avoid the bank holiday weekend traffic. After skirting through an accident scene on the edge of Romsey and over Dean Hill, there was time for a quick coffee stop before returning back to the start point. Another great route – thanks Barry!
Catherine Pascoe escaped into her favourite habitat of the woods representing NFCC at the first round of the Central XC Mountain Bike series at Checkendon, outside Reading:
Captain of Sundays, Mr Phil Harris, reported on the days club ride:
Another hardy pair of NFCC riders, Neil and Stuart, were also out representing the club but this time at the Dorset Coast 200k Audax event:
The stop in Axminster is at a Primary School where the kitchen staff serve soup, sandwiches and more cake than even 100 hungry riders can eat. The climb out of Axminster up Sector Lane on a full stomach and cold legs is probably the hardest of the day but after that there is only one more big climb before a fast return to Wareham via a quick stop at ‘Top o the Town’ cafe in Dorchester.
As with all Audax rides, The Dorset Coast and its 100k version – The Coastlet – are impeccably organised, great value for money and I can recommend it as a great test of fitness to put in your diary for next spring.
Following on from the March training camp Bill Mayes participated in Paris-Roubaix and Mallorca 312 sportive during April.
The Mallorca 312 lives up to its name – 312km with 5000m of ascent. The 312 is tough enough to challenge even Phil Grant, albeit he would be aiming for a fast time rather than to beat the cut off time. Bill managed to beat the 225/312 cut off by 7 minutes and was looking forward to rolling into the finish with time to spare. With just under 4.5hrs to cover 92km and only 1000m of climb with nothing over an average of 5.5% confidence was sky high. Little did he know that the averages included some flat and even downhill sections with the gradients topping out at 12%! Time slipped as Bill rolled into the last refreshment stop at Arta where a large crowd of locals was gathered to cheer on the back markers, drink beer and listen to the music. Copious amounts of free beer were being handed out to the riders. Taking off his shoes Bill relaxed and joined in before completing the remaining 25km in the dark but warm glow of a tremendous day on the bike with full sun, tremendous scenery and 8,000 other friendly cyclists and locals.
Bill credited the recent NFCC training camp as a significant factor in increasing his stamina and skill level to allow him to complete the above and in relative safety.
If you find yourself out and about representing NFCC, don’t forget to jot down a few words, snap a few photos and send them over to firstname.lastname@example.org if you find yourself out representing the Club.