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Latest News, hot off the press:

Sat 30th Oct: At Chicksands

Hi Everyone

Chicksands on Saturday so we are probably going to get muddy!

As ever parents etc. are welcome to ride with us. Dependent on numbers we will probably split into a couple of groups and may use the ups and downs of the trails to do some specific ascending and descending activities for the younger riders.

We'll meet at the Rowney Woods car park for a 9am start and aim to get back at 10:30ish. The car park is in Sandy Lane, SG17 5QB.

You'll need a mountain or cyclo-cross bike - something with chunky tyres - as it's likely to be wet and slippery in places.

I'm waiting for confirmation of addresses and times for the Muddy Monsters races and will forward these as soon as I get them.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Sat 23rd Oct + news of Muddy Monsters

Hi Everyone

It's back to Priory Park this Saturday, we'll be in the field as usual from 9am. It's going to be cooler than we have been used to so gloves and warmer clothing might be a good idea!

For our younger riders we have good news about the opportunities for you to start racing again - Muddy Monsters is returning and there are currently 7 races confirmed between now and the middle of February.

For those of you who don't know, Muddy Monsters is a series of cyclo-cross races which is intended to introduce riders to racing. There are age group races for Under 8/10/12/14 and the events are similar to those we organised ourselves last year in that there is a short "sprint" event followed by a longer race. A third race is also held but the format of this varies and it is for fun rather than being competitive.

Points are awarded based on the rider's position in each race (1 for 1st, 2 for 2nd etc.) and the combined total from the two races is added together to determine the overall winner. As with all races of this type once the winner crosses the finish line everyone else completes the lap they are on so that slower riders don't have to ride laps on their own.

In the past we have taken a number of riders to these events and have had plenty of success. It's a great way of starting to race and the standard is much lower than the Central League races so everyone will be competitive. We would recommend that everyone tries at least one of the races to see if they enjoy it.

We are looking at whether we can stage our own event but our contact at Beds Council is on maternity leave which is delaying things and the calendar has filled very quickly. Our older riders will not be eligible to ride and with a race approximately every two to three weeks we are going to struggle to hold sessions and support riders at the races. Adding another one to the calendar may prove to be too difficult.

We will continue to run sessions on race days as usual as not everyone can or will want to race.

The events and organising clubs are as follows:

20/11 - Hitchin
27/11 - Ashwell
11/12 - Welwyn
15/1 - Welwyn
29/1 - Ashwell
12/2 - Verulam (St Albans)
19/2 - Icknield

Some events may be held in the afternoon, once everything is confirmed we will let you know. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Saturday 16th Oct. 2021

Hi everyone

Don't forget that we will be riding at Box End this Saturday.

If you're not sure where it is or haven't ridden with us there before, Box End is on Box End Road, MK43 8RQ. It's clearly signposted and on entry you follow the road round to the car park. We will meet on the far right hand side.

Whilst we are waiting for everyone to arrive, please do not ride around the car park, it can be busy and drivers are not expecting to see cyclists.

The park offers us different terrain than Priory, there are some trails and an area where we can work on ascending and descending skills. If you want to stay and watch you are welcome to of course, although we will cover a bigger area than at Priory and will disappear from sight for periods. Unfortunately, it is not practical to ride with us and we have to get permission from the park owner (and pay) to use the facility so parents can't bring a bike and use the park on their own. The area where we ride is around a 5 minute walk from the car park so you can ride to and from there.

Timings are the same as usual, we'll meet at 9am and aim to finish at 10:30am - we will ride back to the car park so the pick up point is in the same place as the meeting area.

If you can't find us on Saturday or have any questions, email or give me a call/text on 07840 713321.

See you on Saturday

Peter and Brian

News: Monday 11 October

Hi Everyone

I've received an email from Derby velodrome to say that they are now able to offer training sessions again and are therefore running track sessions for riders aged 9 and above.

Some of you will have ridden at the velodrome before and can vouch for it being great fun. The sessions are being held during half term, I have attached details.

This is the first time they have been able to organise anything since the start of the pandemic so the sessions are likely to book out very quickly.

You have to contact the velodrome on the email or phone number in [these details] to book.

Brian

Saturday 9th Oct. 2021

Hi Everyone

Don't forget we're riding at Priory Park on Saturday.

Meet in the field at 9am as usual, I'll be in the car park from 8:50 if you aren't sure where to go.

We finish at 10:30.

See you Saturday
Peter and Brian

Saturday 2nd Oct. 2021

Hi Everyone

Don't forget that we will be riding at Rowney Warren near Chicksands this Saturday. We will meet in the car park which is in Sandy Lane, SG17 5QB at 9am and return at 10:30.

As ever with this ride, parents etc. are welcome to come along and join us - all you need is a mountain/CX/gravel bike and a helmet and to be prepared to help us find our way back to the car park if Peter or I lose track of where we are!

We've now sorted the venues for the rest of the year and, whilst we'll still remind you each week, we thought we'd share the dates and places with you.

Oct 2nd - Chicksands
Oct 9th - Priory
Oct 16th - Box End
Oct 23rd - Priory
Oct 30th - Chicksands
Nov 6th - Priory
Nov 13th - Box End
Nov 20th - Priory
Nov 27th - Chicksands
Dec 4th - Priory
Dec 11th - Box End
Dec 18th - Priory


See you on Saturday

Peter and Brian

Saturday 25th Sept. 2021

Hi Everyone

Another thanks to start with - this time to Duncan for helping us to keep all our riders within view on the cycle route last Saturday!

This weekend we should have the park to ourselves again so will be meeting at the Priory as usual. We'll see you in the normal field at 9am, I'll be in the car park from 8:50am if anyone is unsure where to go.

Finish back in the car park by 10:30.

A special mention to Thomas who rode in the under 16's event at the latest Central League CX race in Milton Keynes

By way of prior notice, we are planning another ride at Chicksands on Saturday October 2nd, parents etc. welcome to come along again. Details to follow next week.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Saturday 18th Sept. 2021

Thanks to Katya's Dad for letting me know that there is apparently some sort of Tough Mudder event taking place at the park tomorrow (and no thanks to Beds Council for not telling us).

We'll still meet at the Priory but will gather in the car park for the hotel which is on the right hand side just after you enter the park and before the overheight barrier. I will be there from 8:45, the area immediately to the right is usually quiet at that time of the morning.

The plan will be to ride along Route 51 towards Danish Camp, a good chance to do some group riding.

If you were planning on staying to watch the session then bring your bike and you can ride with us (but in your own group!).

If you can't find us tomorrow or are unsure where we are going to be then give me a call tonight or tomorrow on 07840 713321 9am start, finish at 10:30.

We've confirmed dates for holding sessions at Box End, we'll remind you nearer the time but just so that you can put them in your diaries now, they are:

October 16th
November 13th
December 11th

We will fit in some Chicksands visits as well, we'll let you know when we are planning to go there.

To date there is a limited number of Central League races scheduled and all but one are on Sundays so don't affect our sessions directly. The next Saturday races are being held at Campbell Park in Milton Keynes on September 25th.

If enough riders want to race at Campbell Park we can ensure that one of us is there to help with registration etc., let us know.

Brian

Saturday 4th September: Chicksands

Hi Everyone

Just a reminder that we will be riding at Chicksands this Saturday.

Format is pretty much the same as before, meet at 9am at Rowney Warren car park in Sandy Lane, SG17 5QB and we'll return there by 10:30am.

It's cyclo-cross or mountain bikes and parents, brothers, sisters etc. are welcome to join us.

The following week will be the start of our usual sessions, details to follow in the next few days or so.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

News: 21 Aug 2021

Hi Everyone

It was good to see so many of you last weekend at Chicksands and hopefully our new riders enjoyed themselves. Thanks to Keith for leading the younger group and to all the other parents (and Samuel's brother!) who rode with us.

We are going to have a repeat performance on Saturday September 4th as a warm up for the start of sessions which will begin on September 11th. The arrangements will be the same as last weekend, meet at the car park at Rowney Warren at 9am, returning at 10:30am. Parents are welcome again.

From September 11th we will use a combination of Priory Marina, Box End and Chicksands for our sessions. We are arranging details with Box End as we can't use the park if they are running an event so once we have those dates confirmed we will let you know the plan up until the end of the year.

At the moment there is no information regarding any Muddy Monsters cyclo-cross races but as soon as we hear then we will let you know.

The Central Cyclo-cross league is starting again however and they have announced dates and venues for the first races. Details are on the British Cycling website - https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/?series_id=678. There are races for Under 8's up to Under 16's. The full calendar is still being finalised but the first events are on Sundays. Entry is via the link above.

If there are local Central League races taking place on a Saturday and enough riders are entering we may decide to postpone our session and instead meet for the races. We'll always try to ensure that we cater for as many of you as possible so will try and gauge the numbers who are going to enter the races. These may be the only opportunities some of you have to race this season so we would encourage you to take part, the more of you who enter, the more enjoyable you will find them as you are able to compete against your own club members.

The first race is being held at the Silverstone race track on the 4x4 off-road circuit. This is part of a series of events which are taking place as part of a British Cycling organised "Cycle Silverstone" day on Sunday September 5th. There are opportunities to ride the circuit itself as part of a 10k, 20k, or 50k ride (car traffic free obviously!). There is also a festival village and various events taking place during the day.

You need to register for the rides and there are a range of costs - the event email address is below.

In addition British Cycling are staging some Go-Ride coaching session and races on the Stowe circuit which is a smaller track in the middle of the main circuit. The plan is to have riders and coaches from other clubs there and we have been asked to let our regional BC Coaching Officer know in advance of the numbers of riders attending.

The Go-Ride sessions were only approved last week so details are still being finalised but it starts at 10am and there is no charge for taking part. If you want to participate in these sessions then let me know and I will pass the details onto British Cycling.

If you want more information about the whole Silverstone event then that is available at https://www.silverstone.co.uk/events/cycle-silverstone. There are no details of the Go-Ride events on this website but if you have any questions let me know and I will do my best to get the information from BC.

A lot of information here so if you have any questions please just drop us an email reply to this address.

We'll send a reminder about Chicksands and details of the other sessions in the next week or so.

Peter and Brian

14th August ride at Rowney Woods, Chicksands

Hi Everyone

As per our previous email, we are going to meet up for a ride on Saturday 14th August.

The plan is to meet at the car park at Rowney Woods near Chicksands so that we can do some off-road riding along the paths there. We'll meet at 9:00am and return to the car park at around 10:30am.

For those of you who haven't ridden at Chicksands with us before, the car park is on Sandy Lane, SG17 5QB. The woods on the opposite side of the road have paths for cyclists to use, you'll need a mountain or cyclo-cross bike.

Because this is more of a social ride then parents etc. are welcome to bring their bikes along and join us. We'll ride as a group and nobody will get left behind, it's been a long time since we rode here but hopefully we can remember where the various climbs and descents are!!

As most of you know, I travel from Northampton and Peter works until the early hours of Saturday morning so we'd appreciate it if you can let us know if you are going to be joining us and prevent us from travelling all that way to ride around on our own!!

See you on the 14th!

Peter and Brian

Delphi's coast-to-coast 150 mile ride!

Hi Everyone

Hope you are all keeping well and getting out on your bikes.

The Olympics are underway of course and there has been some exciting racing, especially on the BMX track this morning - it's great to see British cyclists leading the way again - 2 gold and a silver medal so far and still the track cycling to come.

One of our riders who is going to be spending a lot of time on a bike is Delphi who is taking on the challenge to cycle 150 miles coast to coast, up hill and down dale from Seascale to Whitby over the next three days to raise money in aid of World Bicycle Relief UK. As well as wishing her good luck, if you can spare some pennies to help her smash her target, here is the link

https://gofund.me/8c7edc8d

We're looking at getting together for a ride on August 14th, details next week.

In the meantime, have a good weekend and good luck to Delphi!

Peter and Brian

No Session on Sat. 17th July

Hi Everyone

We're sorry but we are not going to be able to hold a session this weekend 17th July.

I am on holiday for a week from tomorrow and, as you may know, Peter works until the early hours of Saturday morning and joins us straight from work. This has proved to be difficult over the last few weeks and so we have decided that rather than risk us having riders and no coaches this weekend we will have to cancel the session.

We will organise some dates to ride during the school holidays and will be in touch next week with details.

In the meantime we'd like to thank you all for your continued support over the last few months. If you are able to get away then have a good holiday and we'll see you all again in a few weeks.

Peter and Brian

Race results and Saturday 10th July

Hi Everyone

Hope you all enjoyed the finale to our longest ever series of races on Saturday 3rd July. We began in October last year and almost 9 months later we ended with Delphi as our overall winner followed by Elise and Thomas on the podium.

The next four riders were separated by just one point and seven of you took part in every race - thanks to everyone for competing. Thanks also to Harry for his fiendish slalom sections and help with the timings.

The full results for the series are:-

RiderSprintEndurancePosition
Alex
Amelie 6 10 8
Delphi 10 8 10
Elise 1 2 2
Ethan 12 14 14
George 3 6 4
Harry 14 12 12
Harvey
Jack 11 7 9
James 5 3 3
Katya 8 11 11
Logan 2 1 1
Rebel 8 4 5
Samuel 4 9 7
Sean 13 13 13
Thomas 7 5 6
Fastest Rider Rebel
Sprint prize Elise


If you didn't race on Saturday we still have a Tour de France commemorative prize for you which you can collect this weekend. For those of you who questioned the AG2R and Trek Segafredo versions I would just point out that one of the Trek riders won the first mountain top finish and AG2R have just come 2nd and 3rd on the Ventoux stage!! It's too late to swap now :)

We're at the Priory again this weekend 10th July - there are just two sessions before the summer break but with the ending of most Covid restrictions we may be able to organise some group rides during the holiday - as soon as we hear from British Cycling we will let you know.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Final Race at Priory this Saturday, 3rd July...

Hi Everyone

It's the final race event of the series on Saturday and we are going to have a slight change to the format.

As before there will be a one lap and three lap race but the first one will be an individual time trial against the clock. We will compare the time taken by each rider against the lap time that they set earlier this year when we restarted the series. The places will be decided by calculating the percentage difference with the most improved rider winning the race. If you entered the series later then we will use the time that you set when you joined, if you haven't raced before then we will set a time for you.

The longer race will be the normal handicap but we are going to take everyone's time from the second lap of the most recent race to determine the start times. Again, if you missed that race or haven't raced before, don't worry - we have calculated times for those who have ridden previously and will use the one lap race time to set a handicap for anyone riding for the first time.

Because this is the final round there will be prizes for the race winners and also series medals for the podium finishers in the overall standings. There is still a number of riders in contention to place in the top three overall so plenty to race for.

Everyone who has entered a race since the series began in October will receive a memento branded with one of the teams currently taking part in the Tour de France (don't miss today's stage - highlights on ITV4 at 7pm, never mind the football!)

Races take place at the Priory as usual, meet at 9am. Peter, Harry and I will have some arithmetic to do after the final race to determine the final places so we may finish a little after 10:30.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

We're at Box End this Saturday, 26th June...

Hi Everyone

Don't forget that we are riding at Box End on Saturday, usual 9am start. As before we will be at the far right of the car park.

We are also going to make a small change to our plans for the next few weeks in that we will be holding the last of the race events on July 3rd rather than July 10th. We will still be riding at the Priory on both days but a personal commitment means that we have to bring the race forward by one week.

We'll remind everyone again next week.

In the meantime, see you on Saturday

Peter and Brian

Race Results as at 14 June and the remainder of summer

Hi Everyone

I'll start with a confession - as you will see from the attached results Ethan came third overall (tied on points with Katya) on Saturday. Apologies to Ethan, we will present your third place medal next Saturday.

This made no difference to the relay as the pairings were based on your fastest lap times and not positions.

RiderSprintEndurancePosition
Alex
Amelie 6 10 8
Delphi 10 8 10
Elise 1 2 2
Ethan 12 14 14
George 3 6 4
Harry 14 12 12
Harvey
Jack 11 7 9
James 5 3 3
Katya 8 11 11
Logan 2 1 1
Rebel 8 4 5
Samuel 4 9 7
Sean 13 13 13
Thomas 7 5 6
Fastest Rider Rebel
Sprint prize Elise


There is one race to go and as the best four count towards the overall finishing positions I have attached the latest standings. Elise, Delphi and Thomas are vying for first place but the next rider is just 6 points behind Thomas and they are one of four riders separated by 1 point so all of them have a chance to get onto the final podium.

There are now just 5 Saturdays left before the start of the school summer holidays, so just a reminder that we will be riding as follows:

  • June 19th - Priory
  • June 26th - Box End
  • July 3rd - Priory
  • July 10th - Priory, Final Races
  • July 17th - Priory


Because we have missed so many weeks over the last 15 months or so we will look to arrange a couple of rides in August. So that we can ensure as many people as possible are able to attend it would be helpful if you could let us know if and when you are going to be away over the summer. Either reply to this email or let us know at one of the following sessions.

In the meantime, we'll meet on the field as usual at 9am on Saturday.

See you there

Peter and Brian

Saturday 12th June

Hi Everyone

Saturday is the fifth of our six races, still plenty of chances to make a bid for overall glory as well as competing for the prizes on offer this weekend.

Format is the same as before, one short single lap race followed by a longer three lap version. We will tweak the handicaps from last time to reflect any changes in performance.

If you haven't entered any of the races before don't be put off - we can set a handicap for you so that you start on an equal footing with everyone else. The idea is that all the riders start at different times based on their speed so everyone has an equal opportunity to win.

We may add in some skills tests on the course to make it more interesting, no clues at this stage!

As ever we meet at 9am in the field where we will be racing. Don't forget to bring drinks.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Saturday 5th June

Hi Everyone

Don't forget that we are riding at Box End this Saturday. Times are the same, we'll meet at 9am and finish at 10:30am.

For those of you who have not ridden there with us before, the park's address is Box End Road, Bedford, MK43 8RQ. The entrance is easy to spot, follow the road through to the car park and we will meet in the far right hand corner.

Please don't ride around the car park whilst we are waiting for everyone to arrive as there may be other cars and users of the park there. There is plenty of space for us to meet and still keep socially distant from each other before we ride across to the area we will be using.

For those parents/guardians who want to stay and watch, you are welcome as always but please be aware that the area is well spread out and there will be times when we will be out of sight. Unfortunately you cannot bring your own bikes and follow us as we only have an agreement for our members (along with Peter and me) to ride.

At the end of the session we will return to the car park.

It's likely to be warm so make sure you bring something to drink.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Saturday 22nd May

It's Round 4 of our race series on Saturday 22nd May and there are yet more prizes on offer!!

Format is as before, 2 races to count towards the end of season totals plus a relay "for fun only". Expect some tests of your bike handling skills this time.

Medals for the podium positions plus prizes for the overall winner and carefully selected best/fastest performers of the day.

The series positions are very tight at the moment, the four highest scorers are separated by just 4 points and with only half the races completed there are still plenty of opportunities for anyone to win the series, regardless of their current position.

We meet at 9am in the field as usual, there will be time to try the course and if anyone hasn't raced yet and wants to set a handicap time there will be the opportunity to do that.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Saturday 15th May

Hi

Hope those of you who rode with us last Saturday have dried out!

I may have said to some of you on Saturday that this weekend is the next of our races, it isn't of course. The next one is on the 22nd May, sorry for any confusion.

So this weekend, 15th May, will be a normal coaching session at the Priory, see you in the main field there at 9am.

Peter and Brian

Saturday 8th May

Hi Everyone

Hope you enjoyed the racing last weekend, special congratulations to Delphi and Elise who were our race winners and to Jack for recording the fastest time. There were some close finishes all through the field so hopefully we got the handicaps reasonably close - we will refine them again to reflect the times from these races.

All the results are attached along with the overall positions. Don't forget that your best 4 finishes count so there are still plenty of opportunities to improve your placing.

This weekend 8th May we're back to a conventional coaching session so we'll meet in the field at Priory Park at 9am as usual.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

RiderSprintEndurancePosition
Alex
Amelie 6 10 8
Delphi 10 8 10
Elise 1 2 2
Ethan 12 14 14
George 3 6 4
Harry 14 12 12
Harvey
Jack 11 7 9
James 5 3 3
Katya 8 11 11
Logan 2 1 1
Rebel 8 4 5
Samuel 4 9 7
Sean 13 13 13
Thomas 7 5 6

Fastest Rider: Rebel
Sprint prize Elise M

Saturday 1st May

Round three of our races this Saturday, if you weren't at the session last week and didn't get a handicap time, don't worry we can set a lap up for you so that you can still compete.

There will be two races - a one lap sprint and a longer race. Riders will set off at one minute intervals and the first one to finish wins!

We may include some special tests of your skills on the course, there may be spot prizes - the uncertainty just adds to the excitement!

Medals for the podium riders and prizes for the winners.

As a recap, I've attached the results from the first two events - your best four results will count for the end of season positions.

As ever, start at 9am - meeting in the main field at Prior Park. We'll finish at 10:30 once the prize giving is done.

See you on Saturday

Peter and Brian

RiderSprintEndurancePosition
Alex
Amelie6108
Delphi10810
Elise122
Ethan121414
George 364
Harry141212
Harvey
Jack1179
James533
Katya81111
Logan211
Rebel845
Samuel497
Sean131313
Thomas756

Fastest Rider: Rebel
Sprint prize: Elise

Saturday 24th April and handicapping

Hi Everyone

We mentioned previously that we are going to recommence our own races now that we are able to ride again. The original plan was to hold six events with each rider counting their top 4 to the overall season end result (don't worry, we still have the results from last year).

To date we have held 2 so we will stage 4 more between now and the end of the school term at which point we will all go on our staycation/holiday in the garden etc.

Because it has been so long since we started the events, we will reset everyone's handicap and will do this at the session this Saturday. Don't worry if you are not able to attend, we can arrange for you to be reset as a one-off if we need to.

The events will consist of a short sprint type race and a longer endurance race and we will change the format each time to include some of the skills that we learn.

Results from both races will determine your overall position each week and we will add them together to find the overall winner. Each event will include prizes for the winners of each race and the overall and in the interests of ensuring nobody cleans up the prizes we reserve the right to issue spot prizes which we will change depending on how successful the previous criteria proved to be!

After the final event we will announce the season winners of the sprint, endurance and combined series.

The first race will be held on May 1st, followed by May 22nd, June 12th and July 10th.

In the meantime we are still trying to reach agreement with Box End to use their facilities from time to time, we're waiting for them to reply to our request.

It looks as though Saturday will be warm so make sure you bring drinks with you.

As has now become the norm, we'll meet on the field at 9am and finish at 10:30am.

See you then

Peter and Brian

17th April 2021 at Priory

Hi Everyone

It was great to see some familiar faces last weekend, judging by the way you were riding in the relays it's clear that you have used the last few weeks to good effect!

Before the winter lockdown you may remember that we started to hold what was supposed to be a series of cyclo-cross races using our homemade handicap system. We bought all the prizes in advance so we figured that we should use them and so we're going to restart them as a Spring and Summer series. We'll reset the handicaps and hold a session to do this on April 24th, more details next week so this is just advanced notice.

We're also discussing going back to Box End to hold occasional sessions there. We've been in touch with the owners and have asked if we can go and risk assess the area. Last time we were there it had become overgrown in places but if it is back to its previous condition then we hope to be able to agree some dates with the owners.

In the meantime we will be at the Priory on Saturday, meeting on the field (not the car park) at 9am. Just a reminder that if at all possible we'd like you to pay for the sessions online so that we don't have to handle cash - it's safer for all of us in the present climate.

Some of you asked for the details of the account to pay into - its a First Direct account set up in the name of Brian Hill, the sort code is 40-47-73 and the account number is 92451409. If you could use your rider's name as a reference it will make life easier for us.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Go-Ride Update: 30 March 2021

Hi All

Just a quick note to confirm that we are going to be restarting our coaching sessions on Saturday April 10th.

We are able to accommodate 20 riders in each session so there is no need for us to allocate riders to given dates, everyone can join us for every session.

We are brushing up our Covid regulations and so will issue more details after the Easter break but we will be riding at the Priory from 9am to 10:30am just like in the good old days.

In the meantime, take advantage of the Spring weather (for the next day or so), have a good Easter and we'll see you all soon.

Peter and Brian

News Flash - 17 March 2021

Hi

Hope you are all well?

With the all important date of March 29th getting closer we wanted to update you on our plans for what we hope is going to be the return of Go-Ride.

In advance of the possible lifting of some restrictions which is due to be announced at the end of March, British Cycling has published revised guidelines about the staging of organised group cycling.

These guidelines allow the resumption of activities such as our sessions subject to a maximum number of 15 participants.

More details are due to be announced and it may mean that we have to restrict numbers or run two entirely separate sessions in different areas of the park. We will see what the final guidelines say but as always, our first priority is the safety of all of our riders so we will ensure that, with your help, we comply with any restrictions that are in place.

In any event we first have to get permission from Bedford Council to use the park and they have told us that they will not be in a position to confirm this before the 29th March.

Given that Easter falls over the weekend of the 3rd/4th April, the likelihood is that we will be holding our first session on Saturday April 10th.

This is not guaranteed at this stage but we wanted to give you as much of an update as we can, we will be in contact again during the week of the 29th March when, we hope, restrictions will have been lifted and we have received permission from the Council.

Hope to see you all soon.

Peter and Brian

Session on Saturday 12th September 2020

Just a reminder that we will be holding our first session of the autumn on Saturday. We're meeting in the overspill car park at Priory Park at 9:00am, returning there by 10:30am.

We are still following social distancing guidelines, although we are not restricted on the number of riders we can accommodate. If parents want to stay and watch then you are welcome but we would ask that you do so from a distance and if you want to speak to your child at any point we will ask them to go to you rather than the other way round.

It seems as though there may be some Muddy Monsters races after all this season, Ashwell and St Albans are trying to stage events. Both of these clubs have an advantage over us in that they have an area that they are able to exclude members of the public from. Because we use a public area this is not possible for us and neither Peter nor I are comfortable with trying to stage an event under these circumstances.

We will continue with our plans for our own handicap series but will try and incorporate any Muddy Monsters events into this. The St Albans event is pencilled in for February but Ashwell haven't confirmed yet, as soon as we have any details we'll let you know

In the meantime, we'll see you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Back on the 12th September 2020

Even though the Tour de France has just begun, the summer is almost over and hopefully you've all had a good start to one of the strangest school terms you are ever likely to experience.

We thought we'd give you a few days to get used to your new lifestyles and therefore Go-Ride will be starting again on Saturday September 12th. British Cycling has amended its rules during the last few weeks so that we are now able to have up to 30 riders with us so there is no longer any need for us to select people for each session.

Some things will remain from the "Covid Sessions" we ran previously so we will be meeting in the overspill car park at Priory Park again. For those of you who are unsure, this is located on the left hand side of the road shortly after you pass under the barrier at the entrance to the park.

We will also be maintaining social distancing guidelines and rules on no sharing of equipment such as bottles will be in place. We will remind everyone of these at each session.

Start time is 9am as always and we will finish and return to the overspill car park at 10:30.

Normally this time of year marks the beginning of the cyclocross season but, not surprisingly, this year is different. Some of you will already know that the Central League will not take place and there are no plans for a Muddy Monsters series.

Go-Ride is ultimately about racing however and so we are going to try and compensate for this by holding our own series of races during the autumn and winter months. We have a bit of work to do to finalise the details but the plan is to hold monthly handicap cyclocross races for our members. The intention of a handicap race is to ensure that everyone has an equal chance of winning regardless of their age or ability so our first task is to set handicaps for each of you.

We'll do this by timing you all on a set ride and then assessing who is normally the quickest etc. When we stage the first races each of you will start at different times with the time gaps intended to ensure that you are all evenly matched. We'll change the handicaps after each race so that if you get faster then your time advantage will be reduced.

Like Muddy Monsters we'll hold a time trial and longer race and combine the results from both each time. There won't be a handicap race as we have no idea how you can have a handicap in an event which is already a handicap, if you see what I mean!

We'll have monthly prizes for the winners etc. and an overall series winner which, like Muddy Monsters, will be based on each riders' best performances from a proportion of the races, e.g. we may hold six races and take the best four times.

By the time we email you next week we hope to have a more coherent plan and something that will go some way to making up for the cancellation of our normal cyclocross events.

See you on the 12th September 2020

Peter and Brian

Details for Saturday 25th July

It was good to be back together again on Saturday even if we weren't able to accommodate as many of you as we would have liked.

Obviously the circumstances were not what we have been used to but we'd like to say thanks to all of you for helping make things easier for us by following the processes we had to put in place.

Having said that we wanted to learn from these two sessions so that when we return after the summer holidays then everything runs smoothly. With that in mind, if anyone has any suggestions as to things we may have missed or can improve on then please let us know. As we have said, our priority is everyone's safety but having everyone enjoy the sessions comes a close second.

Arrangements are the same for next Saturday, we'll meet in the overflow car park at 9am and return there for 10:30.

We are still limited to ten riders of course which means that we have to ask some of you to sit out this session. The riders that we are expecting are as follows:

Samuel
Delphi
Amelie
Georgia
Benjamin
James
Jack
Rebel
Thomas
Sean

If you cannot ride please let us know as early as possible so that we can offer your place to someone else. On Saturday we had the maximum 10 riders and we'd like to be able to achieve that again if we can.

Have a good week and we'll see you Saturday

Peter and Brian

First Lockdown Session 18th July

Just a final reminder that we are back on Saturday, meeting in the overspill car park at the Priory at 9am.

Numbers are limited as you know so for the avoidance of any uncertainty we will be riding with the following two groups:

Group1 - Logan, Ethan, Elise, Georgia
Group 2 - Katya, Amelie, Delphi, Alexander, James

Please make sure you bring whatever you need with you as we cannot share drinks bottles, gloves, helmets etc.

If you are unable to come along then please let us know before Saturday so that we can offer your place to somebody else.

Anyone not riding this weekend but who has contacted us to say they are returning will be included in the session on the 25th, essentially that is the riders who I listed in Group 3 in the last email plus Samuel who is away this week.

We will then select another four riders from this Saturday to join them. If you are not available on the 25th but have not let us know then please do so.

We've sorted the weather, conditions will be good so;

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Almost Ready for 18th July!

Thanks to those of you who are going to be joining us over the next couple of weeks, it was good to hear from you all.

If you haven't contacted us but still want to ride then please let us know by replying to this email.

So far we have 14 riders which means that we cannot accommodate everyone on both weekends but we will ensure that everyone gets to ride at least once.

For the avoidance of doubt, our first session will be on July 18th from 9:00am to 10:30am and the second session will be on July 25th between the same times. We are riding at Priory Park.

We think the best way of enabling everyone to get the most of the sessions is to have three groups, each of which contains riders of roughly equal ability. With a maximum of 5 in each group we don't want to intimidate someone by putting them alongside a rider who is much more experienced nor frustrate a bigger, faster rider.

Based on the people who have responded the three groups will be:

Group 1: Samuel, Logan, Ethan, Elise
Group 2: Katya, Amelie, Alexander, Delphi, Georgia
Group 3: Benjamin, Jack, Rebel, Thomas, Sean

I have been working from home for nearly four months and am getting cabin fever so apologies if I have missed someone off the list, let me know if your rider has been left out!!

For the first weekend, we will run sessions for Groups 1 and 2. For the following weekend we will assess how things have gone and run a session for Group 3 and one of the other groups.

If you are unable to attend either of the sessions please tell us so that we can include someone else and ensure that the maximum number of riders can attend. For the first weekend we are one rider short but 3 into 14 doesn't go and we think that this is the best way of enabling everyone to get the most enjoyment out of the morning.

Rider safety is our priority so we are making some changes to the way in which we are operating:

The key thing is that we will be maintaining a 2 metre distance between every individual at all times.

We will meet in the overspill car park for a 9am start. If you aren't sure then the entrance is on the left-hand side just after the overhead height barrier as you enter the park.

Everybody will be required to use a hand sanitiser on arrival. Peter and I will bring these with us.

To avoid any issues with passing cash backward and forward there will be no charge for these sessions.

There will be no sharing of equipment, everyone must bring their own bikes, helmets and so on. Peter and I will use our own separate coaching equipment and no rider should touch any of this. We do have hand wipes if necessary.

In the event of anyone needing any first aid, Peter and I have our own separate kits and will wear gloves and face masks if appropriate.

Parents are welcome to watch as usual. Some of you have kindly offered to help but we will decline on this occasion whilst we get used to the new way of operating. If you do watch then you must do so from a distance, i.e. not amongst the groups, and you must maintain a 2 metre distance from anybody else watching.

At the end of the session we will again require all riders to use the hand santisers.

We will be operating within the guidelines set out by British Cycling at all times, if any of you have any questions then please ask.

If you need to contact us on Saturday for any reason then my phone number is 07939 199268.

We'll issue another email next week in case there is any additional information we need to pass on to you but in the meantime, thanks for your continuing support and we look forward to seeing you all over the next couple of weeks.

Peter and Brian

Planned Restart is July 18th

Hi everyone

We hope that you and your families have managed to stay well over the last few months.

As you know, some of the lockdown restrictions imposed by the Government were eased recently, in particular the guidelines around how many people from different households are able to meet together. As a result of this change, British Cycling have been able to approve the restarting of some club activities, one of which is Go-Ride.

There is a document on the British Cycling website called "British Cycling: The Way Forward" that gives details on the activities that can recommence and the guidelines surrounding them.

As you would expect, there are still restrictions in place and in particular we are limited to the number of riders that we can accommodate. Government guidance limits groups of people from different households to 6 and we have to comply with this. The result is that Peter and I are able to coach a maximum of 5 riders each in two separate groups.

On arrival and when leaving the session riders will need to wash their hands - we'll provide anti bacterial handwash - and we will insist that the 2 metre social distancing rule that we are all now familiar with is maintained at all times.

These rules obviously provide us with some logistical challenges and we are working on these at the moment. Not least is that we are restricted a little as to what we are able to coach - no group riding for example.

Having said that we want to be able to get as many of you back together again so that we can enjoy some cycling. Our plan is to restart on Saturday July 18th and run sessions for a few weeks in order to ensure that everyone is comfortable with what we are doing. We will then pause for part of the school holidays, make any changes we need to and come back again in September.

One of the things we will have to introduce is some sort of booking system. With a limit of 10 riders, not everyone will be able to ride every week and the last thing we want to do is turn people away or run sessions with fewer than 10 people if we have told some riders that they are not able to attend.

To help us to set this up we are asking that you let us know whether you are happy for your youngsters to ride with us and intend to come back and join the sessions. This is not a commitment to riding on July 18th but by letting us know you will allow us to determine how many riders we will need to cater for, what sort of sessions we can run, how much equipment we may need and so on.

If you can let us know by replying to this email by July 10th then it would be much appreciated. We will then let you have specific details for the session the following week.

Our absolute priority is the safety of all of our riders and like so many things for all of us over the last few months this is new to us so your help in letting us know who is planning to ride will be a great help.

In the meantime if you have any questions about this new way of running Go-Ride please email us by return and we will do our best to answer.

We look forward to hearing from and seeing you all soon.

Peter and Brian

July 2020 Return?

Hope everyone is well and you've been able to get out on your bikes over the last few weeks whilst the weather has been so good.

No doubt you will have seen that the restrictions on some sports have been lifted in the last few days, mainly to allow some professional events to recommence. This relaxation does not apply to cycling yet and British Cycling has announced that there will be no competitive events until August 1st at the earliest.

They have however set a provisional date of July 4th for the recommencement of club and group activity - this includes coaching and club rides. British Cycling will review this date every two weeks and provide updates.

We have no more information at this stage and it is highly likely that we will be subject to guidelines as to protective measures we have to put in place. British Cycling expects to publish these details in June and we will share them with you as soon as they are available.

In the meantime riding in family or same-household groups is still permitted and social distancing rules must be followed where appropriate. I am sure that those of you who have been riding will have noticed that the roads are a little busier now so take care.

We hope to have some more news for you in the next few weeks.

Peter and Brian

Latest Update: 10 May 2020

Hi Everyone

Hope you are all OK and have been managing to get some riding done, albeit following the guidelines issued by the Government and British Cycling.

Whilst you are still at home don't forget that there is a range of activities on the British Cycling website that you can participate in. The latest is a competition to design a jersey made by the supplier to the British team. The winners will have their jersey made for them.

Details of this and other activities can be found at www.letsridelocal.co.uk

We are all hoping of course that we can be back riding again in the not too distant future, maybe even racing again before the year is out!

With that in mind Thomas Godfrey is getting an upgrade to his cyclocross bike in advance of next season. Rather than sell his current bike it is going into temporary retirement until younger sister Emily is old enough to ride it. If anyone is interested then the bike is available to loan for a year or so for someone to ride and race. It's a Crosslight Pro 6, the frame is 48cm with a Sram Rival groupset and Apex hydraulic brakes.

If you are interested in using the bike and would like some more details then let me know and I will put you in contact with Duncan (Thomas's Dad).

In the meantime, stay safe, keep riding and we'll be in touch with any news when we get it.

Peter and Brian

Happy Easter 2020

Hi

Hope everyone is keeping safe and well and that you are all getting used to our new lifestyle.

I am sure it will come as no surprise to anyone to learn that British Cycling have extended the suspension of all their activities until June 30th. This means that the earliest possible resumption of Go-Ride for us is July 4th.

That doesn't mean that all cycling has to stop however. You are still permitted to ride as part of the government's guidelines on daily exercise provided that you ride on your own or with members of your household.

Please remember the social distancing rules and keep 2 metres away from anyone that you may meet along the way and wait for people to pass when necessary. British Cycling recommends that you only ride on routes you are familiar with, that are close to home and are well within your ability level.

There are still ways in which you can stay involved without necessarily leaving home. For those of you with younger brothers or sisters British Cycling has launched a series of daily activities called Ready Steady Ride.

Details can be found on the Go-Ride pages on the British Cycling website in the related articles section at the link below:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/go-ride?c=EN

At 11am each day one of a series of videos is shared, maybe an opportunity for some of you to teach your younger siblings and see how easy this coaching thing really is!

For those of you with rollers or turbo trainers then there are training sessions online - some of these like Zwift charge a fee but you can access videos from people like Global Cycling Network free of charge.

Maybe you can practice track stands if you have a back garden.

Whatever you are able to do, we hope you are able to take advantage of the good weather over the next few days.

Peter and Brian

Coronavirus Update: 17 March 2020

You may have seen that British Cycling has cancelled all of its sanctioned activities until April 30th as a result of the Government's announcement yesterday.

I'm afraid that includes us so we won't be able to hold any further sessions until the beginning of May at the earliest. We'll be in touch again as soon as there is any update.

In the meantime, stay safe and make the most of the opportunities to get out on your bikes that the spring weather will bring.

Hope to see you all before too long.

Peter and Brian

Final CX Race and Jersey Update

Trying to get ahead of myself as I'm away next weekend.

As next Saturday 14th March is the final Muddy Monsters race of the season we will not be holding a session. I know a few of you are planning on racing so good luck to everyone who competes.

I sent details of the venue etc. last week, the event is listed on the British Cycling website. If you go to the events section and choose the cyclo-cross option then you will find it - there is only a handful of events left so it's easy to locate.

We'll be back on March 21st.

In other news, the club has offered to make jerseys available to us again. If you are interested in buying a jersey then either drop me an email or let me know on the 21st. We have three small sizes available immediately - the cost is £25 each and I'll bring them along to the next session.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the designs then there are images on the Beds Road Cycling Club website - just go to the clothing section. They aren't currently available on the manufacturer's site.

Sizes are not straightforward because the manufacturer seems to have a range all of its own so if you're not sure then we probably have enough riders wearing sufficient different sizes for you to check when we see you next.

Last time around the kids sizes cost £25 and adults were £37-£40.

Peter and Brian

Priory Marina on Saturday 7th March

It looks as though we may be set for a weekend without a storm for once so we'll be at the Priory at 9am and not wrapped up against the wind and the rain.

Saturday 14th March sees the final Muddy Monsters event of the year, this is a combined event for all three regions that have held these races over the winter. Thomas rode in the final Cambridgeshire event last weekend and won both races so we have a bit of insider knowledge for those of you planning to race!

The races take place at the Embankment Athletics Track, Bishops Road, Peterborough, PE1 5BW. There is paid parking at the event (£1 for 3 hours) and there are toilets and tea/coffee. The course is quite technical so should be a good challenge and it's an opportunity to race against riders that we haven't seen before.

Registration opens at 9am, earlier than for our series, and the first race gets underway at 10am. Format is the usual sprint/endurance/handicap. Entry is £4.

Depending on numbers of people who are planning to race we may not hold a session on the 14th (I am away so we'll need to consider that as well). We'll take a "roll call" at the weekend and let you know early next week.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Easter Holiday Velodrome

It may only be the start of Lent but the velodrome at Derby has just released details of its Easter programme.

It's slightly different this time in that they have a full day's riding on April 9th and 14th which consists of skills training outside in the morning and then riding on the track in the afternoon. Times are from 10am - 3pm and the cost is £30. The session is for riders aged 9 - 16 and you need to take a packed lunch and drink.

If you have previously completed 2 hours track time at the velodrome (you will need some sort of proof) then you can gain a Youth Track Accreditation which will enable you to race. This session is on April 7th from 1pm - 5pm. You need to be able to ride at a "high tempo" for an hour and can expect to be riding for the whole session, i.e. not much rest time. This is for riders aged 12-16 and costs £60.

You have to book in advance on 01332 641747 or email cyclederby@derby.gov.uk. Full details can be found at cyclederby.co.uk

I know some of you have been a few times now - if you haven't then give it a go, riding in a velodrome is great fun. You just need appropriate cycling clothing - bikes are provided.

The sessions will be popular so you'll need to book early.

In the meantime we will be meeting at the Priory at 9am as usual this weekend.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

No Rest for Half Term

Hope some of you made it to the velodrome this week.

For the rest of us, there's just Saturday 22nd Feb to look forward to - meeting at the Priory at 9am

See you there

Peter and Brian

Muddy Monsters Roll Call

Congratulations to all those of you who competed on Saturday in the final round of this winter's Muddy Monsters series.

We ended up with 7 podium places for the overall series with Thomas, Amelie and Shaun winning their categories. Delphi, Emily, Katya and Ryan also ended up in the top 3 in their age groups.

Special mentions should go to Alexander who finished one point behind the second-placed rider but in 4th overall, and to Samuel who, along with Amelie, competed in every race.

There is one more event this season, to be held on the 14th March in Peterborough - details to follow nearer the time, it's a combined event with the other Muddy Monsters regions.

[ Click ] for Muddy Monster Results (.xls file)

Last Saturday we managed to finish before Storm Ciara arrived, hopefully we'll be as lucky with Desmond this weekend 15th Feb. We'll be at the Priory, be at the totem in the car park for 9am and we'll be back at 10:30

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Muddy Monsters Finale - 8th February

This Saturday 8th Feb. is the final Muddy Monsters race of the regular season and so far there is only one place confirmed on the overall rankings - congratulations to Thomas who can't be overtaken in the Under 14 boys category.

Elsewhere, Amelie, Delphi, Katya and Alexander are still in with a chance of winning their category whilst George and Samuel can cement their top 10 places and Emily has a good chance of finishing on the podium.

For those of you who haven't ridden many races this season then this your last opportunity to compete this winter. As is usual on a Muddy Monsters weekend, there won't be a coaching session.

Races this weekend are at Marlborough Club, Via Old Oak Off Cottonmill Lane, St Albans, AL1 2EF Registration is open at 9:30 for a 10:00am start.

This is not quite the last race of the season because there is going to be a season finale for all three regions that participate in Muddy Monsters. The format is the same and the races will be held on March 14th in Peterborough. It's a great chance to race against riders you haven't competed against before - we'll let you have more details nearer the event.

We've also received details of some road races being held on the closed road circuit at Milton Keynes bowl. There are races for Under 8s/10s/12s/14s and 16s and they are staged on four consecutive Saturday afternoons from March 7th to 28th. Details can be found on the events page of the British Cycling website, the junior events are the HUP Spring Series and there are adult races taking place in the mornings on most of the days.

The link is:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/?series_id=408

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

No Session This Weekend 1st Feb

Sorry but there won't be a session this weekend - a combination of holiday and work means that we are not able to be there on Saturday 1st February.

The following weekend is the final Muddy Monsters race of the season and is at St. Albans, we'll send details next week.

Sam and Brian

Told You It Would Be Muddy

Well done to all of you who braved the conditions at Welwyn on Saturday 18th January, a real test of your bike handling ability. Results have not been published yet but Thomas, Emily, Katya, Delphi, Amelie, Alexander, Sean and Samuel all rode.

The final race of the series is on February 8th, more details in due course.

We'll be at the Priory Marina on Saturday 25th January, meeting at the totem at 9am as usual.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Muddy Monsters and Velodrome

It was great to see so many of you on Saturday 11th Jan, after the Xmas and New Year break.

We got some practice at riding in a bit of a mud this weekend, hopefully it will help to prepare you for what is likely to be the real thing on Saturday 18th Jan, when the Muddy Monster series is back at Welwyn.

As before, the event is being held at the Gosling Sports Centre, Stanborough Road, Welwyn, AL8 6XE. The race area is to the left of the car parking area. Remember there are 3 hours of free parking at the sports centre - events at Welwyn tend to take longer than at other venues. The course is open from 9am for practice, registration is at 9:30 and races begin at 10am.

We've just received details from the velodrome at Derby about a track session being held during half term. This time the Derby half term is the same as Bedford which means that we can't arrange our own session so you will have to contact the velodrome directly. You'll need to be quick as the sessions are very popular.

They are holding a session for 9-16 year-olds on Wednesday 19th February between 12 and 2pm. The cost is £25 and bookings can be made on 01332 641747 or cyclederby@derby.gov.uk

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Happy New Year 2020

Hope you all had a great Xmas, look forward to seeing all the new bikes on Saturday!!

To kick off 2020 we'll be riding at the Priory this Saturday 11th January, meeting at the totem for a 9am start.

Don't forget that there are still two more Muddy Monsters races to go, on January 18th and February 8th, so there won't be any sessions on those dates, over the next few weeks we'll be concentrating on improving the skills you'll need for these races.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian





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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.

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