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Priory Marina on Saturday 17 Feb.

More good results for our riders at the Muddy Monsters event at St. Albans on Saturday.

Jake and Harry continued their domination of the Under 14 category with Jake's first place in the longer event meaning he took overall victory after Harry won the sprint race. Spare a thought for Ella who has to race the Under 14 boys each time as she is the only entrant in her age group most weeks.

Cecilia came third in the Under 10's race whilst Amelie and William recorded 4th and 5th place finishes respectively.

The number of races counting towards the overall results has been reduced from 5 to 4. At present Cecilia, Ella and Amelie are leading their age groups whilst Alexander is 5th in his.

In the Under 14 boys group Jake, Harry and Rebel respectively currently occupy the first three places.

We'll be meeting at the totem at Priory Marina this Saturday, usual times.

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

St Albans Muddy Monsters on Saturday 10 Feb 2018

It's round 5 of the Muddy Monsters series on Saturday and the race is being hosted by Verulam Cycling Club.

Details can be found here:
The address of the venue is:
Marlborough Club
Via Old Oak Off Cottonmill Lane
St Albans

As always, sign on is at 9:30 and the races begin at 10:00.

Results have been published for the race at Icknield but unfortunately the organisers didn't record all of the names of the riders so they only have race numbers. I've managed to work out all but one and have asked the organisers to update their records so I am able to confirm those of you who didn't finish in a podium position as follows:

Alexander finished 4th in both races and was also 4th overall.

William was 5th in the sprint and 6th in the longer race so came 5th overall.

Good luck to those of you racing on Saturday

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

30th Jan 2018 - Box End on Saturday

Some great performances from our riders at the Icknield Muddy Monsters event on Saturday, official results have not been added to the website yet, we'll let you know as soon as we have them.

What we do know however is that Cecilia and Jake both won their age groups. Cecilia won the sprint race and was second in the endurance event whilst Jake won both of his races, riding especially well in the longer event. Harry finished second behind Jake in both races, he had breathing problems in the endurance race and almost literally rode himself to a standstill, just managing to cross the finish line - a very brave ride.

Ella competed in the same races as Jake and Harry and finished 4th both times, followed by Rebel.

Amelie led the handicap race from the start, finally being overtaken with the finish line in sight to come second.

Alexander and William, riding his first race, both rode well and were not far off podium finishes.

This weekend we will be riding at Box End, for those of you who have not been before, the address is Box End Rd, Kempston MK43 8RQ. We'll meet in the car park at 9:00am and return at 10:30am.

See you Saturday

25th Jan 2018

Unfortunately we've had to cancel our Muddy Monsters race on February 3rd. The Priory Marina is very wet and there is little doubt that 50 riders would do it some considerable damage.

The Council have to consider the needs of other users of the park so have asked us not to stage the event.

It's disappointing but hard to disagree with their view and we want to maintain the good relationship we have with them.

Thanks to those of you who offered to help us run the event.

We will hold a coaching session on the 3rd, probably at Box End, we'll send the details out next week.

In the meantime, hope to see you this Saturday

24th Jan 2018 - Muddy Monsters this Weekend

Round 3 of this year's series is being held this Saturday at Harlington. The address of the venue is:

Harlington Village Hall
Sundon Road

There is a charge of £4 per rider to compete.

Signing on starts at 9:30am with the races due to start at 10:00am. As in previous events there will be 3 races for each age group - a short time trial, followed by a longer race and then a handicap race in which everyone rides.

There has been some uncertainty amongst all of us about the age groups for the Muddy Monsters races because they differ from other events. For clarification, the criteria are as follows:

Under 8's - born in 2010 or later
Under 10's - born n 2008 or 2009
Under 12's - born in 2006 or 2007
Under 14's - born in 2004 or 2005
Under 16's - born in 2002 or 2003

For those of you who have not raced before this is a great way to start, the events are intended to be fun and are not taken too seriously. We've had some good results in the first two rounds so let's have a good turnout again and build on our success.

Our own race is scheduled to be the following weekend but at the moment it is looking unlikely that it will go ahead. The Council Leisure Dept are concerned that the Priory is very wet this year and we may damage it. Those of you who were there last Saturday will know that the grass got very muddy and after more days of rain, 50 Muddy Monsters riders will make it much worse.

I am going to speak to the Council tomorrow and will let you know the outcome. If there is no race, we will have a normal coaching session.

17th Jan 2018 Priory Again on Saturday

Just a short one this week to remind everyone that we are at the Priory this Saturday, meet at the Totem at 9am as usual.

Also, congratulations to Peter who passed his Level 2 British Cycling training course last week - we are now spoilt for choice with three coaches!!

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

We are keen to help children develop an interest in cycling, as a healthy, social and fun way of keeping active.

We are accredited by British Cycling and have earned the Clubmark certificate as a club which is well run, community spirited and with a proper understanding of our Duty of Care to our members.

Whether it’s a spin in the back garden, splashing through puddles in the park or tearing around a local pump track: cycling is an essential part of growing up.

Embracing this approach, British Cycling created the HSBC UK Go-Ride programme - with over 350 children’s cycling clubs helping thousands of young people enjoy the freedom of cycling and develop lifelong skills.

Local kids’ cycling clubs are fantastic places to get out on a bike, with expert coaching, a gang of riding buddies and access to some amazing cycling facilities.

Our sessions are mostly run at Priory Park near Bedford, a safe, off-road environment. In addition we arrange for the children to compete at local GoRide races in a truly friendly and inclusive atmosphere.

With most of the Great Britain Cycling Team starting out in Go-Ride Clubs, they are a great place to start for aspiring champions.

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  • Clubs for kids: Go-Ride Clubs are for riders under 18, with fun at the heart of high quality coaching sessions and a clear pathway for progression.
  • Gives parents peace of mind: All coaches hold a British Cycling qualification and are DBS-checked, plus Go-Ride sessions will always take place in traffic-free areas.
  • Easy to get involved: Just like any sports club, the emphasis is on regular, local and affordable activities to make it easy to keep coming back and create a sporting habit for life.
  • Creates champions: Most of the Great Britain Cycling Team’s biggest stars started out at a Go-Ride Club. Just like Laura and Jason Kenny!
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