The Vätternrundan

The Vätternrundan 2014
Stuart, Dave B and I met at Heathrow airport at some ungodly hour on Friday morning, and after an uneventful flight landed in Gothenberg to be met by Magnus and his trailer! After a 3 hour journey up Lake Vattern we arrived in Motala to put up the tents, unpack the bikes (in the rain) and cycle down into the town to register.

The famous Clock Tower ride (and Box Hill trip)

Well someone obviously thinks we are famous!  Whilst waiting by the Clock Tower this morning, we were approached by a group of tourists heading to the station who asked to have their photos taken with us.  No idea why!  Thanks again to Malcolm who offered to look after anyone who wanted a slower ride, even though there were no takers today.  Seven of us decided to go via Cookham and Bourne End to Marlow before climbing Frieth Hill and then further up through Turville Wood.  Of course what goes up must go down and this was followed by a quick descent via Pishill to H

Help required for 12hr TT on A31- 15th June

For the first time in many years a 12hr Time Trial is being held in the London West District on the 15th June on the A31 near Bentley. 12hrs really are special events so I would encourage you to enter if you are up for a challenge - you don't have to be a hardened 'tester' to ride a 12hr as it has a bit of a crossover into audax and randonner riding. As I'm sure you appreciate there is a lot of work involved in putting on as 12hr so if you aren't up for riding can I ask you to consider helping out for at part of the day - lots of marshals are needed so that no one is out there too long, you don't have to be available all day.

Clock Tower Rides 18th May

After only 3 of us braved last Sunday's winds, a gloriously sunny morning brought out 11 riders beneath the Clock Tower today, comprising a welcome mixture of old and new faces.


Clock Tower Ride 20th April, we're still here!

It was pointed out to me recently that there hasn't been a Clock Tower ride report for some time, so here's a quick note to assure everyone that we are still going strong.

Bird Hills 30th March - Heather takes a sprint victory

With the day starting cool but promising to get warmer the group gathered wearing layers that could easily be shed. Brett was the 1st doing this and left a layer under the trees in the Bird Hills driver way.  The other pre-ride discussions included Heathers encounter with a dog at the end of a race on H10/8, why Simon and Colin caught vastly different amounts of sun while spending a week together in Majorca and riders ages as Colin and Heather shared today as their birthdays.  In terms of the route, Les wanted to follow his ideas from last week, prior to various riders shortening it.

From the Archive - MDCC Dieppe Raid 1991


Since 1972 a series of rides have been organised by British cyclists at Dieppe to remember the Dieppe Raid during WW2. Details can be found here

MDCC riders supported this event for many years and some ex-members still attend.

Club 50 mile Reliability Ride - 16th Feb


Clock Tower Ride Report, next week Reliability Ride

Given the heavy winds and flooding there was much debate under the Clock Tower this morning about which direction would be easiest / safest.  As if to emphasise our concerns was the fact that Heather had joined us being the only member from the Bird Hills group out riding.  Fortunately Gurpal then arrived with Katie on the tandem.  Gurpal always has a plan and this morning it was to head towards Windsor Great Park.  Unfortunately we had barely reached Drift Road before one of the pedals had come off the tandem.

MDCC 2014 Dinner and Prize Presentation

Our annual Dinner and Prize Presentation was held at the Grenadier Guards Club, Windsor on Saturday18th January.

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