Weekly Round-up: 15 May 2022

Another action packed week for Members of New Forest Cycling Club… Training, racing, time trials and adventures, but most of all, everyone having fun.

Tuesday welcomed round two of the NFCC Road Bikes Time Trial series onto the P170/10 course – excellent to see the highest turn out for any TT event yet this year with 28 starters… A full report and results can be found by clicking here along with a link to the gallery of images.
Thursday night chain-gang wasn’t so successful this week with a number of the usual suspects off doing other things and/or feeling slightly under the weather – hopefully it will be back to business as usual next week, 1845 start from the entrance to Roundhills Campsite for a session on the Hatchet Pond out and back course.
Phill Brown escaped into deepest darkest Dorset for the first round of the 2022 Moreton Series hosted by Bournemouth Cycle Works. The event is a handicapped road race with various groups starting at 2 minute intervals, and the first rider over the line wins. The fortnightly series follows a 5km-ish circuit around a few bumpy lanes for 55 mins +1 final lap.

There was an air of excitement for the Moreton Series to be back for the first time since 2019 and a number of familiar faces and local race team kits adorned the start line. Being the first event for a while, the self-selected handicap groups were probably a bit unmatched, but it made for a more exciting race. The green group – first ones off – were caught by the second (blue) group but the ‘scratch’ red group didn’t quite make the catch. The 12 or so riders in the red group that I was in soon split into a smaller group, and it was a 7 man chain-gang all the way to the sprint for the line. Jamie Witcher (Bournemouth Cycle Works) who rides (wins!) our Club Time Trials on a regular basis was also in the scratch group – He made a break after the first few laps and although I was the only rider to go with him, I lacked the confidence to stay with him for the remaining 35 mins so sat up and returned to the group. After a nervous moment of looking around, the last straight was full-gas sprint to the line and I was 3rd in the group I was with, but finished 22nd overall 1min 13 back from the winner – Jamie finished 26 seconds ahead in 18th place. I’m keen to see how the rest of the series plays out and would love some teammates in red and green on the line with me – give me a shout if you fancy it!
A bumper turn out met in Brockenhurst as usual for the Saturday club ride with a number of not only new faces, but those we don’t see all that often too… 18 riders at the start meant the group split up before departing. The sunshine did something strange to Neil Stevenson who repeatedly added a series of accelerations before the efforts on the front of the group were shared around to hold an average speed in excess 30km/h for the 115km published route. There was a brief meeting of the two groups at Steff’s Kitchen in Beaulieu for a well deserved mid-ride coffee and cake stop. A relatively drama free ride other than Phill Brown earning a few extra bruises after a coming together with a car in Beaulieu – no major damage to bike nor rider, fortunately!
After a brief hiatus thanks to Covid, Budge finally enjoyed another little adventure on Saturday with a section of the Kings Alfreds Way:

Pete drove us to Reading, we took the train to Swindon (24 minutes) then cycled to Barbury Castle to join the Ridgeway to cycle back to Reading (8 hours!). It turned out to be a beautiful day and a very pleasant route along the Ridgeway and Thames path. We took the Sustrans route by the Kennet & Avon canal through Reading and continued to near Riseley where we’d rejoined the route last year. The cycle path signs back to Reading were a bit uncertain but we got back to the car about 8pm. A grand day out and thankfully only a few covid after effects which will be temporary.
No reporters have yet to surface from the Sunday club ride but a number of rides were uploaded to Starva, so all seemed to go as smooth as usual, even without the Helmsman – thanks for taking the reins Barry!
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 press@newforestcc.co.uk if you find yourself out representing the Club.