As you will already know from Brian's email, this years prizegiving dinner is almost upon us, taking place on Saturday 26 Jan (a week on Saturday) at the Grenadier Guards Club in Windsor. It promises to be an enjoyable evening, with lots of prizes to give out and much discussion of last season's successes and failures.
I would encourage all prize winners (see the championship page on the website) to come along and collect your prizes. For any new members, it is a good opportunity to meet your fellow club members and socialise together.
It was cold this morning, but as most of the roads were dry it was fine for a ride. 10 turned up at the clock tower today - lovely to see Gurpal after a few weeks off, and Mark is back with his fancy pants wheels! We also welcomed James for his second ride after he had come along back in October - so we didnt totally scare him off! Malcolm made a brief appearance to say hello, but didnt come with us so 9 set off up to Winter Hill. Dan needed to be back by 11 so we decided to do a short loop to the North then back to Maidenhead to see whether anyone wanted to carry on.
With the temperature hovering around 1-2 degrees but with the sun out, it was agreed the 7 of us would have a steady base ride today. We did around 50 miles at an average of 18mph.
We took a different route, heading to Winnersh, Swallowfield, Hook and then back via Hartley Wintney, Crowthorne and Bracknell until we picked up our usual roads near Shurlock Row.
Hi, Stu Auckland here your new Time Trial Secretary.
I trust you're having a good start to 2013 and getting your healthy habits and training regimes underway. To help with focus and motivation, the website calendar is now populated with all the Club and Open TT's for 2013. I'll be updating the other TT related pages later this week.
The winner of the John Parfitt Trophy for the club member completing the most miles in Sportives goes to Heather Mackay for the second year running. Heather completed a magnificent 5880 miles in Audax and sportives despite missing part of the early part of the season while recovering from a foot operation. Well done Heather.
Heather Receives the 2011 Sportive Trophy from Andrew Payne at Sunset against
the background of the Serengeti Game Reserve
In second place was David Dyer who completed 1053 miles and the bronze medal went to Sarah Davies who completed 877 miles. Well done to both of you. Well deserved with all the contribution you both make to our Club activities and particularly the Clock Tower club run.
So where was the team support car with a spare wheel for Danuta as she arrived at the golf club with green slime oozing from a tire? Luckily, Mike had just presented Stuart with a late Christmas present of an adjustable gas tire refill kit. This was used to great affect before the group escorted Danuta back to Danuta Towers for a complete wheel change.
The first ride of the year attracted a couple of new riders, welcome to Daniel and Lucy who joined David Dyer, David Booth, Dan, Magnus (after a long absence!) and myself on a fairly mild but damp and foggy morning. It was quickly decided to do our usual run through Twyford, Sonning and Playhatch to Christmas Common, Stokenchurch, Marlow and home. We started slowly, letting Daniel and Lucy get used to riding in a group, but after Sonning we picked the pace up a bit as we headed up the hill. They kept up well, but we stopped to regroup several times on the way to Stokenchurch.
The David Addaway Tankard presented to the club member that has contributed most to the life of the Club goes this year to Brian Simmonds.
This is for all the work he put in leading the Clock Tower club run for many years together with his continual presence pushing riders off at all our club events and last but not least for his work as MDCC Social Secretary organising our Club Dinner and Prize Presentation.
Well done and thank you Brian for everything you have done for the Club and its members.
The winner of this years Novice Plaque Award is Stuart Auckland with a stunning average speed of 26.09 mph for his fastest 25 mile and 10 mile TT's. This was achieved with a 22:35 for a '10' and a 58:35 for a '25'. Well done Stuart.
Stuart has also joined the committee at the AGM and is now the club TT secretary.
A Very Cool Looking Stuart Earlier in the Year
Mike is looking to do a 2hr ride on Thursday leaving the golf club around 8.30. Everyone is welcome to join in for a steady ride. I'll be there but need to drop a cheque off near Aldermaston, so it would be good if we could head off in that direction.