Weekly Round-up: 30 October 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.


Saturday Club Ride

With the end of British Summer Time in sight, the requirement for mudguards and winter tyres is in full swing…
Unseasonably warm weather and a no-show from the forecast rain made this week’s Club Ride a rather pleasant experience. Leaving Brockenhurst towards Wilverly before looping back past Sowley Pond and Beaulieu, riders took a climb up Emery Down and chased their way through Linwood and Redshoot before stopping for coffee after 66km at the Potting Shed in Hyde. A quick dash along Roger Penny Way and over Stoney Cross Airfield saw the ride draw to a conclusion, with a decent of Bolderwood and Rhinefield Road back into Brock.

Sunday Club Ride

After slim pickings last week, there was a bumper turnout for this weeks Sunday Club Ride.
It’s possible the news of Phil Harris still being away made the riders return but we think it’s more likely the suggestion of post-ride coffee and cake at The Daisy Tea Garden at Setley Ridge was the winning factor. A near 50km loop from Brockenhurst taking in Sway, Pilley, Boldre, St Leonards, Bucklers Hard, East Boldre and Hatchet Pond clearly worked up a few appetites and lots of coffee and cake was consumed.

Wessex Cyclocross Rd 8: Popham

Round 8 of the Wessex Cyclocross league took riders to Popham airfield near Basingstoke. Conditions on the day were drier than last week with both bikes and riders being loaded into vehicles at the end of the day without the need for a hose down first. Find a full report by CLICKING HERE.

Image Courtesy of Simon Warren - 100 Climbs

National Hill Climb Championships 2022

Phill Brown didn’t make much of a secret of his desire to get to the National Hill Climb Championships this year and after a short campaign without missing a podium (results of 1st-3rd-3rd(South region champs.)-3rd) he managed to secure ranking on SpinData leading to an accepted entry for the big event. Brown’s provisional A16 ranking left him seeded in the sharp end of the field, with a predicted finishing position of 56th out of the 305 male entries. Not one to give in to a challenge, he left it all on the hill and finished way ahead of his target time, crossing the line in 6:43.32 and finishing up in 36th place overall. There’s some amusing video footage floating around of an empty shell in an NFCC Skinsuit after the finish line.
In his own words:
“Thanks to everyone for their support chasing this end of season goal – the whole experience of the Nationals will be something that will stick with me forever…”

“A number of NFCC Members and other locals involved with our sport have helped me along this journey and I simply can’t articulate quite how grateful I am for all of your support. In a time when all we hear is of cycling events deteriorating, that couldn’t have been further from the truth this weekend and this picture from Gary Main says it all – no, that’s not the Tour de France, that’s a single track lane somewhere in North Wales! I’d love for others to experience this event and will happily join anyone who fancies giving it a crack on The Struggle in 2023.”

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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