THURSDAY 11 April at 19.00 hrs – After last week’s washout we’re looking good for the Club’s midweek 8.5 miles TT on the HCC255a course.  Open to all-comers but free for club members, this is the link for the course https://www.plotaroute.com/route/198867

(We’ve received some concerns from local residents in previous years so please:
Do not park in Mortimer Close, parking in Hartley Wintney and riding to the start is the best option.
Keep the footpaths clear.
If you need a comfort break please go in to the woods opposite Mortimer Close out of sight and away from the houses.)

SATURDAY 13 April at 10.00 hrs – the fast HCC175 is the course for Saturday morning’s 10 miler. Again open to all-comers but free for club members, this is the link for the course https://www.plotaroute.com/route/265288

SATURDAY AFTERNOON at 14.00 hrs sees the club promoting, on behalf of the CTT, our 25 mile Open Event on the H25/8 course over at Bentley.  Entries for this are closed but with over 140 competitors it will be a full-on afternoon for organiser Vernon Schutte and the club’s generous volunteers.

Off-Road Ride Saturday 20 April

The next club off-road ride will be on Saturday 20 April. Although we’d planned to make the second Saturday of each month the regular slot for these rides, unfortunately this month real life has conspired against us and all our potential ride leaders have other commitments. So 20 April it is, and then hopefully from May onwards we’ll be able to do the second Saturday thing on a more regular basis.

Terry Holmes will be leading the 20 April ride, and full details will be available soon. As usual, we’ll be trying to accommodate both cyclocross bikes and mountain bikes, though we’ll know better on that once the route is finalised.

Also, look out for further news about a mid-week evening club off-road ride! Now that we’re getting lighter evenings, mid-week evening rides are easier to accommodate. More information coming soon, so stay tuned.

Q: What’s Happening this Friday Evening, 8:30pm?

A: Your club pub quiz.

Bring your friends, bring your family, bring a pen! Most of all, bring yourself. Compete as a team of 2, 3 or 4 people, or just come along and we’ll make up teams on the night.

Beer, chips, soft drinks for everyone. Prizes for the winning team.

All Saints Church Hall, Chapel Lane, Hawley GU14 9BW.

Thursday Night Club TTs – The Season Commences

Thursday Night Club TTs – The Season Commences

This Thursday 4th April sees the start of our 2019 series of Thursday night Club Time Trials that run every Thursday from now until 5th September.

As usual we’ll be posting weekly reminders of each week’s event on the Club’s Facebook page as well as including any last minute changes so make sure to follow us.

You’ll need to bring lights to ride home from the TT for the first few weeks or so – sunset for this Thursday is 19.40

Entry is free for club members, so if you’ve ever thought of giving it a try now is the perfect time to come and try it alongside our more regular club TTers.   Start on your road bike and see how you get on – it’s you against the clock and once you’ve set a time that’s your goal for the next one.

In addition to the club championships trophies there are trophies for both the most consistent member and the most improved member riding in the club TTs so whatever your level you are in with a shout of winning one.

A full list of the Thursday TTs together with links to the courses are on the website here and if you have any questions about how to get started contact our Time Trial Captain, Vernon Schutte, at [email protected] who can give you all the help you need including adding you to our TT WhatsApp group where you can go for further advice and chat about anything to do with TTs.

Road Racing Update

The FCCC road race team have been in action over the past few weeks, with the number of available races increasing as we get into the race season proper.

Some notable results are as follows:

  • 16 Feb Hillingdon Winter Series #15 Masters 40+ – Luke Stratford 6th
  • 17 Feb Thruxton Behind the Bike Sheds Early Season 1 4th Cat – Adam Bassom, Joe Naylor and Noel Brooksbank all finished outside the top 10 but no doubt picked up valuable race experience
  • 2 Mar MK Bowl March Circuit Series Round 1 3rd Cat – Mark Nuttall 7th
  • 2 Mar Cyclopark LVRC – Warren Vye 10th (C), Tony Clack 9th (D)

The club will be hosting two Surrey League races just down the road at Seale on Sunday 7 April, with a 3rd Cat race starting at 9:30am and 2/3 Cat at 1:30pm. Thank you to all those members who have kindly offered their help in putting on this race (it takes a lot of people to help run a safe race), and if anyone wants to put in any last-minute offers of help then please contact the road race secretary, Warren Vye.

The club will also be hosting an LVRC race at the Dunsfold circuit on Sunday 12 May.

If you’d like to find out more about road racing with the club, and joining the friendly and supportive team, then please contact Warren Vye.

Women’s Tour 2019 – Get Involved!

One of our club members is the transport and logistics director for the OVO Energy Women’s Tour and the Tour of Britain, as well as other top bike races. He’s asked the club whether our members would like to help to crew the Women’s Tour this year.

However, this is not just a volunteer event. As a top-level UCI event there are daily allowances, food, accommodation and other benefits involved. It sounds like a fantastic opportunity to get very close to a UCI-level event and to see what goes on, and to be a part of making it happen. There will be world-class riders taking part!

The 2019 OVO Energy Women’s Tour is a 6-day event and starts on Monday 10 June and finishes Sunday 15 June, with a Race HQ day on Sunday 9 June. Race HQ day takes place at a hotel near the event start, where all the briefing meetings take place, and all event staff/crew receive their accreditation and clothing.

The delivery of these events is essentially split into 3 teams of crew – the starts, the route (including Queen of the Mountains & Sprints) and the finishes. Each team works independently of each other, so the start team will go from one start build to the next, and the same for the routes and finishes teams.

All crew work on the whole event, moving from stage to stage driving and/or as a passenger in a van, being paid a daily allowance, with all accommodation and food included. The working days are long but there is no better way to experience the Women’s Tour, a UCI World Tour level race, generally regarded by the riders as the best on their event calendar.

The above is just a brief outline of what’s required. If you are interested in working on this event, then please send an email to Paul Knight at [email protected] for further and more specific information regarding the current available roles.

Free Tickets to The Bike Show

We’ve got our hands on some tickets to the London Bike Show (29 March to 31 March at the Excel), thanks to our friends from West Heath Subaru in Farnborough as part of Subaru’s sponsorship of Team Wiggins Le Col.

Tickets to the event are normally £16 in advance or £20 on the door, but we’re giving these tickets away for free.

We only have a limited number, so if you’re interested then please email Steve at [email protected] , saying how many tickets you’d like (maximum two per member unless we’re undersubscribed). Please send your emails in by the end of Friday 22 March. This offer is only open to club members (but a club member can take anyone else to the show if they get more than one ticket).

If we are oversubscribed for members who want tickets, then we will put names into a hat and draw out the lucky winners.

Your Club Pub Quiz

With questions to suit everyone, food to fill anyone, and drinks to disappoint, er, no-one, this month’s Club Night promises to be the most interactive and entertaining yet.

You won’t need to phone a friend for this quiz because you can bring your friends with you. In fact, the more non-cycling friends and family you bring along, the better. Make up a team of four in advance – maybe you want to show that road racers really are smarter than time-triallists, or come along and we’ll form you into teams on the night.

With a wide range of questions and a sprinkling of cycling-related questions, we hope that there really will be something for everyone. Prizes for the winning team. Chips and beer and soft drinks provided.

Friday 5th April, All Saints Church Hall, Chapel Lane, Farnborough GU14 9BW, 8:30pm for a prompt start please!

Club Night of the Year – Report

By Scott Heyhoe, Social Secretary.

I was sitting at the Annual Dinner in March of last year, listening to Dick Poole, our President, speak. Dick was recalling the halcyon days of the Annual Club Dinner. It brought back to me memories of Club Dinners gone by, with a lively crowd turning up, guest speakers, much banter. In the days before social media and year-round racing, the Annual Dinner really was the social highlight of the year, particularly in the “off season”.

It had been a struggle to encourage attendance at last year’s Annual Dinner, and I looked around and thought, “I’d like to help”. I wasn’t the only one. A survey was conducted by Jeff to understand why the Annual Dinner was dwindling, and what members would like to see at a once-a-year event. Lots of great feedback told us that there was definitely an appetite for this kind of event, and that something less formal, more accessible and more inclusive was needed. The Heron on the Lake in Fleet was selected as the venue, a guest speaker secured, a date chosen, and a new name of Club Night of the Year created.

A real stroke of luck occurred when our general secretary, Deb, was able to secure a fantastic cycling trip to Spain, and we decided to make this the first prize in a Grand Prize draw. Other companies were approached and the final prize list was really very attractive. Advertising across Facebook, email, website and word-of-mouth drove ticket sales and resulted in capacity being reached at the Heron – we actually sold out!

The evening itself seemed to pass off very well. Jeff welcomed everyone and Dick spoke about his recent CTT dinner and meeting with new End-to-End record holder Michael Broadwith. Nick Hale from Primera-TeamJobs Race Team spoke about the importance of a supportive cycling club as a place to learn to ride a bike and progress. The buffet was opened and swiftly consumed. The handing out of trophies is always a highlight of the annual event, and lots of trophy winners were present to receive their awards. And then we came to the prize draw. The prize list was truly exceptional: a holiday to Spain, an aero road helmet, carbon road shoes, sunglasses, vouchers for bike fit and bike servicing, and Tour of Britain clothing. Congratulations to all of the prizewinners. Terrific photos of award winners and prize winners can be found on the website, courtesy of Ian Stuart.

The only minor issue was the buffet really. It was clear that the Heron was not used to feeding 60 hungry cyclists, and the food choice was very limited for the final diners. Also, no puddings appeared. The Heron has since rectified this by providing cold desserts for 60 for the AGM.

As for next year, well we seem to have hit on a winning formula, and will retain most of that for next year. Please do send any comments and suggestions for improvement to Scott at [email protected]. We’ll probably go for a larger venue, and be sure to check out the food in advance! Thanks to all who helped make the evening a success, and particularly to everyone who turned up to make the evening a memorable one.

Off-Road Club Rides Go Monthly

We’re pleased to announce that there will be a club off-road ride once a month from now on, taking place on the second Saturday of each month, with a usual start time of 8am.

This month’s ride is on Saturday 9 March, and will start at 8am from the canal car park opposite the Barley Mow pub in Winchfield. It will be 29 miles (49 km) long, with an optional cafe stop at Odiham, and will be led by Terry Holmes.

There are some sections of road, canal towpath, byways and bridleways. Some of the off-road sections will be muddy. Mountain bikes are ideal but cross/gravel bikes could also be used.

Contact the off-road secretary with any queries.