Weekly Round-up: 19 June 2022

On top of all the fun we’ve been having this week just riding bikes, it seem the winning streak for NFCC shows no signs of letting up any time soon…

Tuesday Night Time Trial

The records just keep falling at NFCC Time Trials as the weeks go by… This week, Paul Lockyer was the fastest ever NFCC Member to record a time of 22:13 but it was an ex-Member visiting the area who stormed to a new overall course record of 20:52 on the heartbreaking P170/10 course. Find a full report by CLICKING HERE
As always with Club TTs, the events simply couldn’t happen without the help and support of the Members that volunteer their time to help with the organisation and running on the night – contact press@newforestcc.co.uk if you have an hour or two to spare on a Tuesday evening and want to get involved.

FWCC Summer CX: Rd.2

Tuesday night was the second round of the FWCC summer cyclocross. This week New Forest were only represented by the women with Emma Shepherd and Catherine Pascoe. A slightly larger field started on the same course as the previous week. Emma sprinted well off the line and led the group into the first corner, unfortunately she overcooked the second and third corners and spent the next 2 laps working hard to get back on to the group. Aware that the hurdles were a crucial pinch point on course, Emma made a well timed attack to give herself a clear run at them. Emma’s speedy running got her into first for the next corner. She stormed on and by the end of the lap was starting to drop rest of the leading group. Keeping the pressure on Emma extended her lead throughout the rest of the race to get a second win and maintain her 100% record in summer cyclocross. Meanwhile Catherine was pushing on with some great lap times but the early break of 3 all stayed away giving Catherine 4th place and another 1st in her category. The final round of the series is on Tuesday 21st with both ladies set to race again and Joe Shepherd entered in the mens race.

Thursday Night Chain Gang

Five riders rode the chain gang this week on the Roundhill / Hatchet Pond course. Another week with a strong wind to contend with. Ride followed the usual format with the pace gradually increasing and a very fast finish that spat a couple of riders out of the back at the very end. Very enjoyable session in very clement weather. Hopefully the roadworks on the A35 will finish soon and we can have a choice of courses for Thursday nights.
Although the sessions records a high average pace, don’t let that put you off… it’s an excellent way to grow your skills in riding within a bunch and your confidence around other riders. We look forward to seeing you this week, meet at the road to Roundhills Campsite at 1900.

Saturday Club Ride

Eighteen riders met at the start for this weeks club ride and the group was split into two pelotons. A shorter ride this week (115Km) after last weeks adventure. The ride headed out to the north of the forest for a big loop before coffee and cake, then back through Ringwood and into the south-western lanes around Bransgore. Despite leaving a few minutes apart, the groups played cat-and-mouse on the road thanks to Phill Brown diverting the first group for an additional climb of Gorley Lynch on the way out, before catching the first second on the hill through Woodgreen. The second group then overtook the first group who were dealing with a mechanical problem on Bramble Hill. Unfortunately, the groups then arrived at the coffee stop at The Potting Shed who had to deal with nineteen of us turning up together, Richard P had done his usual trick of turning up for the part of the ride that involved cake!
The ride adopted more of a gentle pace for the second half as riders slowly peeled off to head back home from various points along the route, leaving only a select trio to make it back to Brockenhurst.

Sunday Off-road Ride

The first club off road social ride was a small select affair with just three riders setting off from Brockenhurst – Catherine Pascoe (leading) with Stuart Grace and Mario. Stuart was, of course, on a 26 inch rigid single speed mountain bike, but still managed to power up the hills ahead of Mario and Catherine. The route took the riders through New Park to Anderwood and to the Canadian war memorial, then beneath the A31 to Holly Hatch and Broomy Inclosures and along the valley of the Dockens Water to Linwood. From there it headed down to Burley via Picket Post and Castle Hill. A few raindrops and grey skies resulted in a decision at this point to get some more miles in before the rain started and head to Holmesley Tearooms instead of going into Burley and the Cider Pantry and ‘wasting’ dry weather sitting having coffee! The huge slice of chocolate tiffin that Stuart and Catherine each had made the extra miles before coffee well worth the effort. The rain threatened again while at the Tearooms but nothing really materialised. The route went through Holmesley Inclosure and Brownhill Inclosure to Wootton Bridge. Stuart wanted to head home at this point so, as Mario was happy to ride back to Brockenhurst, and his car, on his own along the old railway, Catherine abdicated from her duties as ride leader and rode back towards Bashley with Stuart (thereby avoiding the ride back home from Brockenhurst and reducing her planned mileage by 7 miles). The next off road ride will be at the end of July.

Sunday Club Ride

This week Sunday had the option if both on and off-road rides. Not sure if it was the weather forecast or the lack of Captain Sunday Phil H, but a very low turnout. Three riders set off from the start and picked up another en route at Hatchet Pond. The ride was planned to head up North Road in Beulieu but as we were about to turn into North Road we saw a time trial on the P164 course so reversed our route so the riders didn’t have to worry about overtaking us. Riding against the traffic we were treated to views of riders in the Tandem Tart event including two rigs being ridden by NFCC members.
The ride then did a second loop around East Boldre and headed down through Sandy Down before returning to Brockenhurst.

Tandem Tart Time Trial

Our friends from Sotonia hosted a tandem focused time trial on the local favourite P164/10 course on Sunday morning with two NFCC duets taking part. it was a “first time” for both Pilot Phill Grant and Rear Admiral Lucy Greechy as well as Joe and Emma Shepherd who were keen to try out their recent vintage tandem wedding present. With 107 riders in the field and 24 tandem Pairs, the event was a tail of two halves for the NFCC Tandems… Team Shepherd had a flawless ride and stopped the clock in 24 minutes dead, the second fastest tandem on the day, with Team Chain(not so)tight suffering a number of mechanical issues around the course but still managing to cross the line in only 37:02.
Another pair of NFCC jerseys were spotted on the course with Bob Joliffee and Dave England taking on a two-up – official results haven’t been posted at the time of writing, but we’re sure the relentless duo had a great ride.

Get Involved:

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.