We are delighted to announce the date of the St Neots Cycling Club 2013 sportive and the dates and times of the 2013 Time Trial series. Also in this newsletter, celebrate the first SNCC winners of an open time trial for a long time, get hooked up to the club through Strava, find out who our mystery youngester is, read about our recent club runs and our Introductory Ride, and find out what club silverware you can win.
I seem to have put a jinx on the weather by titling our previous newsletter "The last newsletter of winter", which seems to have caused a return of the snow and ice. So, no predictions this month - just encouragement to get out there and ride your bike whatever the weather
Date for Sportive announced
The St Neots Cycling Club 2013 sportive will be held on Sunday 6th October, so get your diaries out and make a note. More information will follow later in the year. The 2012 event got tremendous feedback from those who rode it and we plan to make this year's event even better. You can read about last year's event:
We have received confirmation of the dates and times for the club Time Trial series. Time to start training because the first one will be on us before you know it - put the dates and times in your diaries.
We can reveal that the mystery youngster in our last newsletter was none other than our illustrious treasurer, Alistair Henderson. Geoff wins the prize for the first (and only) correct guess. Alistair says he was 16 when the photo was taken and that they had done about 50 miles that day. No wonder he has bad knees.
St Neots Cycling Club has a large number of trophies, some dating back to 1938. Many of these trophies are up for grabs - if you ride events that qualify for any one of these trophies, submit the date and event and your time to Alistair and who knows - you could be looking at silverware on your mantelpiece come the Awards dinner in January.
Richard Hancock and Chris Ritchie won the Kings Cliff 2 up Time Trial - 13 miles in an excellent time of 29:25. Tom Stead and Darren Preston finished fourth overall. This is an excellent result for the guys and the club, and big congratulations to them. Read Richard's short report of the event:
With the advent of various GPS devices, riders can now record their rides for posterity. Various smart phones, Garmin devices and so on all work with Strava which seems to be the favoured app. The club has a cub page on Strava - if you join you will not only be able to see what club members are up to, but also upload your own efforts.
Nearly 50 riders congregated at the Market Square this morning - 35 club members spread across the three rides with 12 guests taking part in the Introductory Ride. We can't remember the last time the club has had this many on the road. With the routes selected we made sure that the SNCC colours were visible in most parts of the county today and we will need our own floor at Nero's soon with so many coming back for a coffee and general banter.
On 3rd March we held the second SNCC Introductory Ride and once again thanks to Ruth for organising and planning the route and leading the ride. It was again very successful, with twelve riders turning up to enjoy it.
The next Introductory Ride will be on Sunday 7th April at 8:30am from the Market Square. Our Introductory rides are for those who have never ridden in a group before or those who feel that the regular Sunday runs might be too far or too fast for them.