One year ago, almost to the day, we launched the new St Neots Cycling Club website, on 3rd April 2012. So it's a happy first birthday to the site which has served the club well over the last year. This time last year SNCC had about 30 members - as I write it is 86 members and growing, and many of the new members' first contact with the club was through the website. We have also seen many innovations for the club during the year - winning and placing in open races, the chain gang, the sportive, the introductory ride, regular social evenings and the first steps to become a GoRide club. The website itself includes a busy forum, reports on club runs, races and members' exploits, and much more information about the club. Let's hope the next year sees as many innovations and improvements as the last one.
We have had the worst spring in living memory, with a cancelled club run due to snow, and although the weather has been relatively dry in the last week or two, it remains absurdly cold and windy for the time of year. That hasn't stopped SNCC members from riding their bikes and you can read about some of their adventures below.
Introductory Ride this Sunday
The third SNCC Introductory Ride will take place this Sunday, leaving at 8:30am from the Market Square. The Introductory Rides are "taster" introductory rides 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. The rides are about 25 miles long at a slower speed of 13 - 15mph. The route for this Sunday's ride can be found here.
Our membership just keeps growing. As at 31st March we have 86 members of which 30 are new members to the Club. This time last year we had 33 members in the Club and 75 by the end of the year - so almost as many new members in the first three months of this year as we had in the Club a year ago. A very warm welcome to Stuart , Simon and Stephen who joined in the past week.
Richard H wins at Maidenhead Duathlon
Richard Hancock won his age group, and was third overall at the Maidenhead Duathlon, a superb result. A year ago Richard was 15th overall and 5th in his age group at the same event - what a brilliant improvement. Read his report of the event here:
The chain gang regulars are trying a new route for the chain gang. Rather than the out and back from St Neots to Higham Ferrers on the B645, people are trying a 5 mile circuit starting at the Bushmead crossroads, which is on quieter roads, includes sharp bends to help the training for circuit racing and allows people to join at various times or take a lap out.
The Good Friday run to Oundle is becoming a regular feature of SNCC and this year was no exception. This year, Good Friday started cold, but the weather was kinder than expected and a large number of SNCC riders turned out on the Market Square to enjoy the Hot Cross Bun Run. 20 riders departed just after 0830 and headed towards Kimbolton and a few hours in the saddle.
In appalling weather 16 SNCC riders turned out for the Wiggle No Excuses sportive. The number of St Neots CC riders earning a "Gold" time for the event was into double figures, with strong rides from all, particularly given the weather conditions. Ian Turner recorded a superb 2:02, the 5th fastest of the event. A huge well done to everyone taking part.
Yet another cold Sunday morning awaited SNCC outside Caffe Nero, but the skies were bright and clear and 17 Group 2 riders left the Market Square and weaved up through the pockmarked roads of Eynesbury to Little Barford. The Group 2 riders included three new faces - Martin and Simon from the introductory rides, and new member Steve Rook out for his first ride.
Check out and contribute to this thread on the forum where people are discussing the cycling kit that personally impresses them most. There are some surpising nominations, some quite pricey kit, but also things that are readily affordable. It's always good to have personal recommendations