Weekly Round-up: 9 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

A trip around the eastern reaches of the forest lanes in the sunshine was all that was needed this weekend.
Despite a chill in the air for the earlier part of the morning, it was a lovely day to be out riding bikes on Saturday with at least 15 cyclists turning out for the Saturday Club Ride. Leaving Brockenhurst and heading east, the route took riders in two groups through the back-lanes of East Boldre and Sowley before venturing through Beaulieu Village and on to Lepe and Calshot. Doubling back and returning to Beaulieu via Ipley Cross for a coffee and cake stop at Steff’s Kitchen where conditions had warmed up enough for riders to be able to sit outside in the sunshine and enjoy a pair of Buzzards playing overhead in the thermals above the village. An elongated dash back to Brockenhurst took riders through East End, skirting the edge of Lymington, on to Pilley and back to the village via Wilverley.

Sunday Club Ride

After last weeks cancellations, it was great to back out on the Sunday Morning Club Ride
Normal service resumed in much more favourable conditions this week after a brief hiatus last weekend – also known as a complete wash-out! A favourite Sunday route on the cards this week leaving Brockenhurst via Bolderwood, over the top of the Forest on the Linwood/Redshoot road and a chase back to to the village via the lanes of Bransgore and Burley. Rider leader instructions were “Return to Brock for a Caffeine infusion and a combination of saturated fats and sugar disguised as food.” – so we hope everyone did as they were told!

National Trophy Cyclocross Rd 1: Derby

With no Wessex Cyclocross League event this weekend, Catherine Pascoe completed Round 1 of the National Trophy Series in Derby on Saturday. Heavy rain showers on Friday had left the course soft in places, but the bright and breezy weather on Saturday meant that the course was drying out well by the time Catherine’s race started at midday. The two scaffolding bridges on the course were the main worry for Catherine, as she has little experience of riding up these towering structures. The remainder of the course was mostly on grass, with a lot of off-camber sections. Seventeen women made up the 50-59 and 60+ categories, starting 2 minutes after the 40-49 category.

A good start for Catherine meant that she was still not far off the main bunch by the time they reached the first of the technical sections. However, that was the closest she got to the rest of the field, as they began to pull away. Catherine finished 15th of 15 in the 50-59 category, which was what she expected given the quality of the other riders. Bridges still remain the least favourite bit of these UCI courses but the experience was well worth the long journey.

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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