Weekly Round-up: 28 Apr 2024

All the latest news, events, and results from NFCC Members from this week’s two-wheeled adventures…


NFCC 15 Challenge Aggregate Rd.1: P164/15

The first of three rounds in the 2024 NFCC 15 Challenge Aggregate time trial series welcomed 16 riders. Jeremy Hubbard of Sotonia took line honours with an impressive 35m15s with Sien van der Plank (NFCC) leading the women’s field home in 40m05s. A full list of results can be seen by CLICKING HERE. Overall standings for the series can be seen by CLICKING HERE. A gallery of images can be seen by CLICKING HERE

BikeShed Race Series @ Thruxton: Rd. 3

Phill Brown was back in the mix for round 3 of the BikeShed Race Series at Thruxton Race Circuit. In the fastest race of the series so far, Brown kept himself in the mix and topped last week’s finishing position, crossing the line in 18th place this week. Despite only getting a single point for showing up at the first round, Phill’s 158 points leave him currently in 72nd place out of 237 in the overall series and the 18th highest scoring Cat 2 rider.

Saturday Club Ride

With the usual Saturday ride leaders skiving off on a “training camp” it was decided that the Saturday NFCC group would reach out to new cycling territory and take on some of the climbs around Blandford and Milton Abbas. Riders met at Moyles Court – (yep, lovely to force the Brockenhurst locals out of bed early!), for a 125k loop into some new and hilly terrain. 12 riders set off (a great turnout given that many regulars were “training” very hard in Italy). So a steady pace through Fordingbridge, collecting Ben at CrippleStyle.

A slight hiccup at Moor Crichel when it was noticed that Phil G and Matt Smith were missing from the group. A short debate established they were last noticed about 15 kilometres back! So the truly compassionate decided to press on, whilst Ben and Graham turned back to see which ditch Matt and Phil may have chosen to take a quick nap in. Fortunately, they were found a little way back with Matt in the depths of a puncture repair (NB don’t let Barry know about the upside-down bike rule breach!).
So surely in the barrel go the whole group (less Matt and Phil) for failing to notice their missing teammates for 15 KILOMETRES!! Ben and Graham get a partial reprieve for heading back to find them. This provoked a sensible group split allowing the faster riders to make a break for coffee. And talking of coffee – an excellent cafe at Milton Abbas who were primed and ready for us, providing excellent service – great cakes and coffee at The View Coffee Shop near Milton Abbas who declared their fondness for all things NFCC with a celebratory photo soon to appear on the View’s social media. Sean kept the flag flying for the tubeless brigade, developing an unhealthy white spray of “stuff” but the gunk seemed to do its job, sealing the tyre and allowing Sean to continue without problem.
Post coffee saw a nice long descent after some “unforest” like climbs around Blandford and Milton Abbas and the 2 groups successfully negotiated their way back to the New Forest (shedding riders on the way as the northerners peeled off for home as we closed in on Three Legged Cross and Verwood). A lovely route, a great coffee stop, great company and a couple of leg-testing climbs made this an enjoyable club ride with a difference.

South Region XC MTB Championship

With most people doing everything to avoid getting their bike dirty, Jay Tarrant decided a trip to Basingstoke to ride around in the mud was a good idea on Sunday Morning… with good reason of course, as he lined up ready to take part in the South Region MTB XC Championship. Reassured by a marshal the race wouldn’t start with out him, Jay dashed to his van after a few practice laps to get ready, only to return to the start pen to find the race had indeed left without him. Channelling his frustration, Tarrant powered through the field despite his late start to cross the finish line in 6th place, but with three non-south region license holders ahead of him, this left him in third place in the regional championship.

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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