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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

Last Ride of the Decade!

I know it sounds a bit melodramatic but I was trying to think of a different headline!

However, we should start by saying congratulations to Samuel, Delphi, Alexander, Sean and Amelie who raced at Ashwood at the weekend.

On Saturday 14th December, we'll be meeting at Danish Camp and then going for our annual Xmas ride along the cycle routes nearby. Parents, brothers, sisters etc. are all welcome to come along and join us and we'll be awarding prizes for the most festive riders and/or bikes. Get your decorations prepared!

If you're not familiar with the venue, Danish Camp can be found at Chapel Lane, Willington, Bedford MK44 3QG. We'll meet at 9am and aim to return at around 10:15 to 10:30 after which we'll foot the bill for drinks and cake in the cafe at Danish Camp.

If we don't see you at the weekend then thanks from us both for your continued support during 2019 and best wishes for Xmas and 2020.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Muddy Monsters Round 4: Sat 7th Dec 2019

How cold was that last Saturday? Well done to those of you who braved the frost and mud at Chicksands at the weekend.

Well done to Thomas as well, who rode in the Central League event at Milton Keynes on Saturday.

Hopefully the weather will be a little kinder this weekend 7th Dec. for the final Muddy Monsters race of 2019. It's the second event at Ashwell and as before the races start at 1:30pm with registration open at 1:00pm.

The races take place at Ashwell's track - Small Gains Lane, Off Station Road, Ashwell, Herts, SG7 5LT. The track is reached along an off-road track which is usually marked by a large banner so should be easy to find.

The following Saturday 14th Dec. is our traditional Christmas ride, starting and finishing at Danish Camp where we will arrange refreshments after the ride. It would be good to see as many parents, brothers, sisters and so on coming along to ride with us - don't forget to decorate your bikes for Xmas.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

A Big Thank You!

We have to start by saying thanks to everyone who came along and helped us to stage such a successful event on Saturday 23 Nov, we really could not have done it without you!

Thanks also to those of you who supported our riders and well done to everyone who rode.

Twelve of our riders were competing and nine ended up on the podium. The remaining three all boosted their overall scores so that each of them is in the top four for the series as a whole.

In no particular order, congratulations to Alexander, Thomas, Katya, Ben, Ryan, Delphi, Sean, Amelie, Emily, Samuel, George and Sophie.

The full results, including the series standings, have been published and can be found on the event website - https://muddymonstershertsandbeds.wordpress.com/

As you know, we need the support of the local Council who allow us to take over part of the Priory - they have already invited us back if we want to race again next season - and so we are going to give the area we used time to recover and not ride there again before Xmas.

We only have three sessions remaining as we will break for the holiday period on December 14th.

Next week we will ride at Chicksands, the address is Sandy Lane, Southill, Shefford, SG17 5QB. We'll meet there at 9:00am as usual and return by 10:30am.

Parents are welcome to come along and ride with us, I expect it will be very muddy so please all come prepared.

The following weekend is the 4th Muddy Monsters race and the second one being staged by Ashwell. We'll confirm the details for those of you who haven't ridden there before but please remember that races start at 1:30pm.

Finally, we'll finish the year off with our traditional ride out, to and from Danish Camp. Meet in the car park and end up in the cafe where we'll arrange drinks/cakes/cookies for everyone. Usual 9:30 start and we aim to arrive back at the cafe at around 10:30.

So that I can give the venue some advance notice of how many people are likely to be descending on them, can you let me know if you are coming along on the 14th? Again it would be good to see as many parents, siblings and so on as possible - this is a fairly gentle ride along the Route 51 cycleway so whilst we cannot guarantee there will be no mud, it's certainly not Chicksands!

There will be prizes for the best Christmas-themed riders and bikes so dig out your decorations and start designing (I have to be responsible at this point and say make sure that nothing you attach to your bike interferes with the brakes, wheels etc.) .

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Our Turn for Muddy Monsters, Sat 23 Nov.

As I'm sure you are all aware, this Saturday 23rd November we are organising Round 3 in this season's Muddy Monsters series.

For those of you who have offered to help us set the course up, the plan is to meet at 8:15am at the Priory. The park wardens will open the overspill car park for us at 8:00am - this is on the left hand side just past the overhead barrier on the way into the park - so we will meet there. If you go to the far end of the car park and then walk through the wooded area you will come out on the meadow where we usually ride and the race is being held there.

If you can't find us or need to contact us for any reason on Saturday then my number is 07939 199268.

Our intention is to lay out the course with stakes and tape and also set up any directional signs that will guide people into the car park.

Once we are ready then we will be asking people to assist with registration, lap counting and recording of the riders' positions during and at the end of the race as well as being positioned at various parts of the course in case any riders need assistance.

Once we're finished then we will need to collect all the tape and stakes.

There will be ten races in total - a sprint and endurance for the Under 8's, Under 10's, Under 12's and Under 14/16's as well as a handicap for the two younger age groups followed by one for the older riders.

As with all the Muddy Monsters races we open registration at 9:30 for the races to start at 10:00, should be all done by midday.

If any of our riders are not competing then come along and support your clubmates as well as seeing what the racing is all about - there are still 3 more races after this if you want to have a go!

Thanks in advance for your help, see you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Route 51 this Weekend 16th Nov 2019

I'm told it was cold last Saturday at Ashwell - sorry I couldn't make it but well done to all of you who raced!!

Some good performances again with a number of podium finishes - Harry, Sophie and Katya all won their categories with Katya leading an all Beds Road event with Amelie and Delphi. Alexander just beat George to a podium place in the Under 12 race whilst Thomas and Emily made the podiums in their races. In the biggest field of all Samuel is currently sixth overall after the first two races.

We will meet at the Priory as usual this Saturday, our plan is to ride along Route 51 so a combination of paved paths and off-road riding.

Our own Muddy Monsters race is fast approaching so we are just finalising some of the details. The intention is to set the course up from around 8:15. Last year we managed to do this very quickly and I am conscious that the more people we have to help at this time, the quicker it is and the longer some of you are hanging around before registration starts at 9am.

If you are able to make it at that time I'd appreciate it if you can let me know so that I can make sure we have enough but not too many people. We will need marshalls out on the course, lap counters and so on so there will be plenty to do once the event starts! If for whatever reason you are no longer able to help, again please let me know.

I'll confirm the details early next week.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Muddy Monsters Round 2: Sat 9th Nov

Firstly, well done to all of you who braved the wind, rain and cold last Saturday, hope you all dried out and warmed up when you got home!

This Saturday, 9th Nov. is the second Muddy Monsters race of the season so there won't be a coaching session.

Ashwell is the host this time, the event is being held at the club's grass track which is off Station Road in Ashwell, postcode is SG7 5LT. For those of you who have not been before, the track is reached via a rutted road, come path which is usually signposted with a club banner. The road is wide enough for cars and there is parking next to the field where the races are held.

Don't forget that the races begin at 1:30 so registration is at 1:00pm.

For those of you who haven't signed up for club membership yet, just a reminder that you can do so by going to the following webpage - https://www.bedsroad.org/join_online.php.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Back to the Priory on Saturday 2nd November

It was good to see so many of you riding at Welwyn at the weekend, only the host club had more riders than we did.

Big congratulations go to Emily who won both her races and there were good rides from Samuel, Alexander, George, Delphi and Amelie. Harry and Thomas had the race of the day in their endurance event.

As if that wasn't enough for one weekend, Thomas and Emily rode again in the Central League event on Sunday

We'll be at the Priory again this Saturday 2nd November from 9am, see you there.

Peter and Brian

Muddy Monsters This Weekend, 26 October

But before we start, congratulations to Emily, Thomas and Sophie who all rode at the Hemel Hempstead Central CX races last weekend.

We should also mention Ewan Grady and Jake Manning who are former riders of ours and finished 8th and 10th in the Under 16 Boys race. Both Ewan and Jake gained much of their experience of cyclo-coss racing in the Muddy Monsters series.

This season's series starts on Saturday with races at Welwyn so there will be no coaching session as a number of you are racing.

For those of you who are new to the series, it is aimed primarily at novice riders (although most people work their way up through the age groups as they gain experience). Races are held by age group - U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and everyone rides in 3 races.

The first is a shorter "sprint" race and the second is a longer event. The times and distances vary depending upon the age group. Positions in these races are used to determine overall boys and girls winners in each age group. Points are accumulated throughout the season to give series winners - usually based on the best four events.

Race stop when the first rider crosses the finish line, everyone else then completes the lap they are on.

The third event doesn't count towards final positions and is a handicap race in which the youngest/slowest riders start off first with the older/faster riders being set off at intervals behind them.

Races start at 10:00am (with the exception of Ashwell but I will remind you of that nearer the day) and you should aim to arrive at around 9:30 in order to sign on and get the chance to have a practice ride around the course. Entry is £4 and the whole thing is usually finished before midday.

As is the case for our sessions, you must have a bike and a helmet - Welwyn usually lives up to the muddy name, if you are spectating then wear appropriate shoes!

The race is at:

Gosling Sports Park
Stanborough Road
Welwyn
AL8 6XE

As you enter the car park registration is held at the outdoor velodrome on the far left hand side - follow the other cyclists!

For reference the other races are:
9th Nov - Ashwell
23rd Nov - Priory Marina (our race!!!)
7th Dec - Ashwell
18th Jan - Welwyn
8th Feb - St Albans

If I've missed a crucial piece of information let me know, Peter and I will be there on Saturday to point you in the right direction etc.

See you Saturday

Sam and Brian

Saturday 19th Oct, Muddy Monsters & Velodrome

We are riding at the Priory on Saturday, last session before the start of the Muddy Monsters races. Usual start time of 9am.

For those of you who have joined us recently, because most of our riders compete in the Muddy Monsters series we don't run sessions on those Saturdays as we will be at the races.

Race details are now on the British Cycling website - www.britishcycling.org.uk. If you click on Events and select Cyclo-Cross from the menu on the left-hand side then you can search for the races by typing Muddy Monsters into the keyword search box. Welwyn haven't added their details yet.

Our races are in the Herts and Beds series. Please note that the Ashwell races start at 1:30pm so sign on is at 1:00pm.

We'll send details of each race in the email during the preceding week, first one is at Welwyn on the 26th October.

For those of you who are going to the velodrome, please bear with me whilst I finalise the information. The coach has been on holiday for a week and is due back today so I am chasing her for the final details.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Back to the Priory: Sat 12 October

We'll be at the Priory this Saturday 12th October, after our trip to Chicksands last weekend. Usual rules apply, meet at the totem for a 9am start.

Just a gentle reminder that the Muddy Monsters races begin in just over two weeks' time, our race is on the 23rd November. We are still looking for help on the day so if you are available and haven't let one of us know yet it would be appreciated if you could speak to Peter or me on Saturday or drop us an email - thanks.

We've now booked a session at the Derby velodrome on October 22nd for those of you who have said that they want to go. At the moment we have 10 riders which includes some members from the club. This means that we are only able to book a one hour session and it starts at 9am. If anyone else wants to join the group then let us know, the cost is £20 and bikes are provided by the track.

I'll sort out payment with everyone when I receive the final details from the coaches at the velodrome.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Velodrome and Cyclo Cross

Sorry this is a bit late this week, I'll try and keep to the point!

Firstly the full provisional list of dates for Muddy Monsters is now available. Details will follow in due course but the dates and venues are:

26th October - Welwyn
9th November - Ashwell
23rd November - Beds Road
7th December - Ashwell
18th January - Welwyn
8th February - St. Albans

Some of you have already offered to help on the 23rd at our race, don't be shy if you haven't already. All help is gratefully received!!

The next date for your diaries is October 22nd, specifically between 9am and 11am. This is the slot we have been able to provisionally book for a session on the track at Derby velodrome. This is the only time that week when the track is not booked but to secure the slot we need 15 riders altogether.

The session costs £20 per rider and is run by the coaches at Derby. A number of our riders have been to Derby before and without exception everyone had had a great time.

I am happy to make the arrangements for booking but will need confirmation of names quickly if we are to secure the slot. Please bear in mind that you will have to make your own way there and back but bikes are provided by the track - you can't use your own. There is a minimum age limit which is 9.

Track cycling is huge fun and I would recommend that everyone has a go at some point so this is an ideal opportunity. If you want any more information speak to us on Saturday.

Which brings me round to this weekend 28th September, when we will be riding at the Priory as usual, 9am to 10:30,

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Dates For Your Diaries

First one is the easy one, which is that we will be at the Priory on Saturday 21st September at 9am as usual.

Dates are now being set for the 2019/20 Muddy monsters series. For those of you who are not familiar with the series, these are cyclo cross races which are staged by 5 or 6 clubs in our area. Races are held by age group and are a particularly good way of being introduced to cycle racing. As we get nearer the events then we'll share more information, suffice to say that almost all of our riders have taken part in a Muddy monsters race at some point.

The most important date is November 23rd as this is the race that we will be organising. It will be at the Priory and, as ever, we are asking for as many parents as possible to come along and help us - Peter and I can't do it on our own.

We will need help with registering riders, setting up the course, lap counting and marshalling on the course itself. Generally we start at around 8am and are all done by midday. More pleas for volunteers will follow (!), if you are able to help please let us know.

The dates set so far are as follows:

November 9th - Ashwell
November 23rd - Us
December 7th - Ashwell
February 8th - Verulam (St Albans)

As more are added, we'll keep you updated.

Congratulations to Thomas, Sophie and Alexander who all raced in the first Central league event of the season last weekend.

Finally, we have ordered some BRCC jerseys which we expect to receive in a few weeks' time. There is a limited number and once we have a delivery date we'll let you know the sizes and prices.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Priory on Saturday 14th Sept

It was good to see some you back again after the summer and nice to be able to introduce some new riders to the group.

We're meeting up at the Priory again this weekend - 9am start as usual and finished by 10:30.

I mentioned previously that I am going to watch the final event of the World Road Race Championships that are being held in Yorkshire at the end of the month. The plan is to travel to the village of Leyburn on the edge of the Dales and then ride a short distance (about 7-8 miles) to watch the race. The race then does a big loop and ends up back in Leyburn so we can ride back and see it again. The men's race is on September 29th.

I'm travelling up with Rebel so if anyone wants to meet up and watch the race with us then let me know by email or at one of the sessions between now and then

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Go Ride is Back on Sep 7th!

Hope you've all had a good summer and managed to get in plenty of riding. Hard to believe but the cyclo-cross season is just around the corner so that means it must be time to start preparing for the races ahead.

We're starting our new series of sessions on Saturday September 7th, meeting at Priory Marina at 9am. For those of you who haven't ridden with us before, we meet at the totem next to the car park, returning there at 10:30am.

If you are planning on riding on the Central League this season the first race is on September 14th at Milton Keynes Bowl. Full details can be found via the CentralCX website.

Planning for the Muddy Monsters season is underway, this year the intention is to hold a grand final in March with teams from the Cambridgeshire clubs also competing, more details to follow on this in due course.

To accommodate this the other races will finish earlier this season, we are hoping to stage our event on November 23rd to free up some time later in the calendar. Once the date is confirmed we'll be starting our recruitment drive for volunteers to help out!!

Despite all the CX talk, September is one of the busiest road race months the UK has seen with the men's Tour of Britain race also starting on the 7th September followed by the world road race championships in Yorkshire at the end of the month.

Whilst we can't provide transport, some of us are going to the men's race at the World Champs so may be an opportunity for a group to go and see the world's best riders in action.

I'll circulate details next week.

Finally, we try and keep the distribution list for this email as up to date as possible and we don't want to send notices out to people who no longer want to receive them. If you fall into this category please let us know by replying to this email and asking to be removed from our list.

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday 7th September.

Peter and Brian

Season Finale: 29th July 2019

It's our last session before the summer break and tradition dictates that we meet at Danish Camp and, accompanied by as many parents as want to join us, we ride along Route 51.

For those of you who aren't sure, Danish Camp is found at Chapel Lane, Wilmington, MK44 3QG. We'll meet in the car park at 9am and aim to be back some time between 10:15 and 10:30. As always, nobody gets left behind, we'll even keep an eye out for parents.

Once we've ridden we'll foot the bill for refreshments for our riders in the cafe at Danish Camp.

We'll be back again in September to start our preparation for the next cyclo-cross season but for those of you who want to get your training in early there is a summer series being held by Ashwell on the same course as they use for the Muddy Monsters races.

Races are being staged on August 1st, 8th, 15th and 29th and as well as age group events there will be women's and novice races plus men's senior and vets races.

Details are at:

[ BC Info ]

See you Saturday

Peter, Sam and Brian

13 July: Last Priory Session Before the Holidays

This Saturday, 13th July is our last coaching session before our end of season ride from Danish Camp on July 20th. As always we'll meet at the totem in the car park at Priory Country Park at 9am.

With the holiday period just around the corner, we have received today details of the summer activities being held at the velodrome in Derby over the summer. I suspect that these will fill up quickly - they are running Track Days on August 1st, 15th and 29th for riders aged 9-16 and a Youth Track Accreditation Day on August 12th for riders aged 12-16. The older group need to have completed 2 hours track time at Derby already.

Details are at www.cyclederby.co.uk and their contact details are as follows:

Tel: 01332 641747
Email: cyclederby@derby.gov.uk

I can't attach the leaflet they have produced to this email but will bring a copy on Saturday, if you want a copy before then, reply to this email and I can send one to you. All of our riders who have been to one of the sessions previously have had a good time, riding in a velodrome is great fun.

Finally, a quick reminder that we will be riding along the cycle route to and from Danish Camp on Saturday 20th with refreshments at the end of the ride in the cafe. Parents have ten days to dust off their bikes so that they can come and join us!

See you Saturday

Peter, Sam and Brian

Vive Le Tour - Sat 6th July

It's a big cycling weekend with the Tour de France starting on Saturday 6th July

We'll be at the Priory as usual from 9am so you'll have time to ride in the morning and then settle down and take control of the TV remote control for the next three weeks to see if Geraint Thomas can do it again!

See you Saturday

Peter, Sam and Brian

Hottest Day on Saturday 29 June?

So make sure you bring something to drink!

Somehow it's almost the end of June which means that the Tour de France starts in less than two weeks and we only have four more sessions until we break for the summer holidays.

This Saturday we will be back at the usual meeting place at the Priory - next to the totem in the car park at 9am.

Our last ride will be on July 20th and the plan is that we will ride from Danish Camp (parents welcome) and if we can arrange it we will stick with tradition and finish in the cafe for drinks on us. If you are going to be riding with us that day it would be appreciated if you can let us know so that we can, in turn, let the cafe owners know how many of us to expect.

More details to follow in the next couple of weeks.

See you Saturday

Peter, Sam and Brian

Oasis Car Park - Sat. 22 June

We can't use our normal area in the Priory this weekend because of the Race for Life events taking place.

Instead we'll be meeting next to the Oasis Beach Pool (on Cardington Road MK42 0BZ if you aren't sure) and riding into the park along the footpath from there to a smaller area that we have used in previous years.

Usual times apply, we'll meet at 9am and be back to Oasis by 10:30am

See you Saturday

Peetr, Sam and Brian

Rowney Warren on Saturday 15th June

Well done to those of you who braved the wind and rain last Saturday, hope we managed to keep you warm.

This weekend we are going to ride the cycle trails in the woods at Rowney Warren, near Chicksands. If you haven't ridden this with us before then it is one of our most popular sessions and a great opportunity to have some fun whilst improving your bike handling skills.

We will ride as a group, nobody gets left behind and everyone gets to try some of the climbs and descents that they feel comfortable with (that includes me!).

You don't need a fancy off-road bike - the one you use at our Priory sessions is perfectly OK.

Times are as usual (9am start - 10:30am finish) and we will be meeting in the car park on Sandy Lane, the postcode is SG17 5QQ.

It's great if parents can come along and join us, and help us navigate our way through the woods and back to the car park.

The following weekend is the Race for Life at the Priory so we will have to change venue but we'll let you know in advance where we are going to ride from.

See you Saturday

Peter, Sam and Brian

Priory This Weekend 8th June

We'll be riding at the Priory as usual this weekend - 9am at the totem.

By way of advanced notice, on the 15th June it will just be me who is running the session so to accommodate everyone, and because we enjoy going there, we will be riding at Chicksands.

For those of you who have not been before, I'll send the meeting point details out next week but, as ever, if parents want to come and ride with us then they are more than welcome to do so.

See you Saturday

Sam and Brian

Priory on Saturday 1st June

Looks like summer might be arriving this Saturday, sun and warm temperatures are forecast so perfect conditions for riding a bike!

We'll be back at the Priory for this weekend's session, meet at the totem at 9am - leave your gloves at home and bring a drink.

See you Saturday

Peter, Sam and Brian

Route 51, 25th May

Over the last few weeks we've been doing work on riding in groups so we're going to put this into practice on Saturday 25th of May, by taking the cycle route from Priory Park out towards Sandy.

We'll split into age groups to make sure that everyone gets to ride at a pace that they are comfortable with (including Peter and I!).

Meet at the totem at 9am as usual and the plan is to be back by 10:30, bear with us if we are a little late as it's sometimes difficult to gauge exactly how quickly we are going. If you have spare inner tubes then best to bring them, hopefully we won't need them but it's always advisable to have spares.

Drinks are also a good idea, it looks as though it may be warm. If you don't have a bottle cage then Peter or I can help to carry your bottle

See you Saturday

Peter, Sam and Brian

Normal Service 18th May

We're back again this Saturday 18th May, riding at the Priory so will be meeting at the Totem for a 9am start.

See you Saturday

Peter, Sam and Brian

No Session on Saturday 11th May

We're very sorry but we are going to have to cancel this weekend's coaching session.

We now have a wide age range of riders which, whilst is good for the long term, does mean that we are having to divide the group in order to ensure that everyone benefits from the sessions. Last weekend Peter coached some of our younger riders whilst I worked with the older ones.

As some of you know, I am riding in a weekend-long event starting this Saturday which means that I am unable to be at the session. With just one coach there are some practicalities that we have to consider, the most important of which is rider safety. If a rider falls or hurts themselves then one coach may not be aware immediately if they are concentrating on a different group. As we are responsible for the well being of all of our riders then we aren't comfortable with taking this risk.

We're both expecting to be available for all sessions for the remainder of the summer so hopefully this situation won't arise again. Sorry to have to cancel but we hope that you can understand the reasons behind our decision.

See you on the 18th May.

Peter and Brian

Time to Ride Again - 4th May

It's the start of our summer season of sessions this Saturday (not sure I can use any more words beginning with an "S" in the same sentence).

Time to work off all the chocolate from Easter - we'll be meeting at the totem in the Priory car park for a 9am start on 4th May.

See you Saturday

Peter, Sam and Brian

No Session This Saturday 27th April

Sorry but due to staff shortages there won't be a session this Saturday, I have another commitment and Sam is continuing her Ironman training with a ride that day.

We'll meet up again on Saturday May 4th.

Sam, Peter and Brian

Last Ride Before Easter

This Saturday, 6th April, we are riding at the Priory as usual. As it's the start of the Easter school holiday for most people this will be our last session until after the holiday period - we will meet next on April 27th.

We'll update you with details nearer the time.

In the meantime we, along with other users of the Priory Country Park, have been invited by Magpus Air Ambulance to take part in a Community Thank You and Media Tour that they are doing.

On April 24th the charity's new helicopter will be landing in the park at around 1pm for an hour and there is an opportunity to have a look around the aircraft and meet some of the crew etc.

Not the sort of thing we usually email you about but if you are interested in attending let me know and I will speak to the organisers. I should stress that attendance is by invitation only and at the moment the event is not being publicised so please do not invite all your friends!

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

Priory Marina on Saturday, 30th March

We'll be at the Priory as usual this Saturday, 9am at the totem. Weather forecast is good so remember to bring drinks with you.

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

Muddy Monsters Final Positions

Results have now been published for the Muddy Monsters series. I can't attach them to this but they can be found at the following link.

https://muddymonstershertsandbeds.wordpress.com/

We're riding at the Priory again this Saturday 23rd March, hopefully in slightly friendlier conditions than last weekend - nobody was actually blown over but it was hard going at times.

Usual times - 9am at the totem, 10:30 finish.

See you Saturday

Sam, 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.

Whether its 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.



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