It was a somewhat milder start to the day than last week (only 3 of us made it then, and only 2 finished - it was so cold - so I didn't write it up!) and 8 of us met at the Clock Tower. 3 new riders Matt, Derek and Charlie (who has been out with Birds Hill before) joined Dave D, Dan, Rob and myself whilst Malcolm set off for home straight away (we did see Brian on the road to Twyford so maybe they managed to hitch up). We decided to do the usual route today, as it gives new riders opportunities to head home if they are struggling.
Nearly 25 years ago York Films made a short series of films for BBC 2 on the invention and development of the bicycle over the last 150 years both in its technical and social aspects.
Senior and Veteran Best All Rounder Trophy
This years BAR winner of the A J Green Trophy is Gurpal Panesar. Gurpal had a steady year but competed in the three qualifying distances, 25, 50 and a 100 miles to take the trophy with an average speed of 18.45 mph.
It has become a tradition over the last few years for both Sunday club rides to meet up at Bird Hills golf club between 12-12:30 for a club social gather. We meet in the bar and gain access via the back of the complex. There is safe parking for the bike. The bar is open to all with food available if required.
The Bird Hills group will call by the Clock Tower at 9am to pick up anyone who would like to swap rides for a change. David Dyer has promised to come out with the Bird Hills group at least once during 2014. He's running out of time.
Junior Ed Giles managed in the 6 months up until the end of June to take three Club Awards.
Danuta Tinn has again taken the Ladies Best All Rounder Trophy. Although she had a more relaxed year as far as she was concerned she still clinched the title with two long 21's for the two tens and a medium and short 57 for the two twenty fives. These are times of which many of our members can only dream. Well Done Danuta!
The I G Dryland Trophy that is awarded each year to usually the rider that has produced the best performance in a road race or time trial is this year awarded jointly to our Club '50' team that took the team record below 6 hours for the first time. Stuart Auckland, Andrew Payne and Simon Greenland took nearly 9 minutes off the record set 2 years ago to record a time of 5:58:24 in the WLCA '50' . Well done to the whole team. Their individual times were:-
The David Addaway Tankard awarded by the committee to the member that they think has made a great contribution to club activities over the year goes this year to Stuart Auckland.
There were 7 of us at the Clock Tower on this misty but mild morning. We felt a bit sorry for Malcolm going off on his own - no takers for the slow group this week, although some were tempted by the idea of a ride for coffee at Dinton Pastures! The other 6 decided we would take a ride towards Beaconsfield as 3 of us are heading up that was for a 200km Audax next Saturday.
On this misty Sunday morning would the group hammer round at summer pace or follow the general recommendations to easy off during the winter. Things didn’t look promising as Tom turned up wanting to borrow a pump and had a broken spoke in the front wheel. Stuart still has his extra wide tyres which appear good at through up more muck than 23mm tyres. Heathers expectation was for lasting an hour before bailing out. Sam came by car. Besides myself, Dan and Mike were also raring to going.