Weekly Round-up: 25 September 2022

All the latest news, events, and results from NFCC Members from this weeks two-wheeled adventures…
With autumn fast approaching, it seems midweek activities are on the decrease, but if you do 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.

Peter’s Pedals: Mont Ventoux

Club stalwart and long standing Member Peter Weaver has been out on his adventures on the continent and found himself chasing the top of some rather famous climbs… Find out more about where he’s been and what he’s been up to by CLICKING HERE.

Saturday Club Ride

This week, the club ride headed up to Broad Chalke for one of our favourite stops at the Community Cafe there.
As usual, Barry planned the route in good time but the eagle eyed Matt Knight advised of some roadworks near Odstock, so an 11th hour route change was made which included a couple of bonus hills to everyone’s delight. A group of 11 riders headed out with plans to split into 2 if it was busy and when we got to the Chalke Valley Road. We soon picked up another 4 riders so split into 2 groups as usual. One of the riders in the second group, the aforementioned Matt K bridged ahead to the first group. Then when there was a puncture with his new found friends in group 1, so he abandoned them and joined group 2 as they went past to ensure he was first in the queue for coffee. If a certain daytime presenting duo were there, they might have remarked on this despicable act of queue jumping from a rider with the loyalty of an alley cat!

We duly arrived at the coffee stop in good time and basked in the sun trap that is afforded at the front of the shop. Fully replenished and ready to ride, the groups ground their way up Bowerchalke. Phil G was doing his usual (un)official photographer duties at the top of the hill waiting all the riders to crest it. We were then rewarded with a nice descent where Matt Smith was making good the time he lost on the hill but then missed a left hander and ended up inspecting a ditch – no damage to anything apart from his ego. The rest of the ride was nicely uneventful apart from a second puncture.

Sunday Club Ride

With Mr Sunday finding his legs, it was back to business as usual for the Sunday Cub Ride…
To avoid the Drift in East Boldre, the ride took a route heading north to the badlands of Nomansland, before grinding up col de Pipers Wait and returning with a slightly helpful tailwind (It’s all in the planning) along the same route used to depart. Upon returning to Brockenhurst, the ride finish at The Terrace where multiple Sins where consumed and washed down with gallons of coffee.

NFCC Autumn 10 Time Trial

The traditional end-of-season Autumn TT this week on P128 welcomed the sunshine and calm conditions.
A field of 44 riders took part ranging in age from 13 to 84 and three quarters… Paul Lockyer and Sein Van der Plank were the fastest NFCC riders on the day – a full report, photos and results can be found by CLICKING HERE.

South Region Hill Climb Championships: PHC91

With most people avoiding choosing to ride up hills, it seems Phill B just can’t get enough…
Despite a busy morning organising the Club’s Autumn Open Time Trial, and running on only 1 hour of sleep after sitting in traffic on a motorway for hours the night before, Phill decided it would be a good idea to escape as soon as the time trial had finished and head over to Knights Hill on the Goodwood Estate for the Blazing Saddles South Region Hill Climb Championships. Feeling (not so) fresh, Phill was the third to last rider to start the climb and left all that he had on the tarmac. Completing the course in 3:26.23, Phill ended up in third place, just 1.7 seconds off second place and 12 seconds away from the win.

Wessex Cyclocross Rd 4: Swindon

Another weekend of cyclocross, this week at the Foxhills Motocross venue near Swindon. Joe Shepherd, Emma Shepherd and Catherine Psscoe were among Club Members out getting their bikes dirty. A full report can be found by CLICKING HERE.

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.

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