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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

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.


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

Priory This Weekend, 16 March 2019

Just a short email this week to say that we are riding at the Priory this Saturday, 16th March.

9:00 start at the totem as usual.

See you there

Sam, Peter and Brian

Chicksands this Weekend 9th March 2019

Congratulations to everyone who rode in the final race of the Muddy Monsters series, especially those of you who were still there at 1pm when the season awards were finally made!

Cecilia, Jack and Thomas all won on the day and we had 6 riders on the end of season podiums so well done to:

Cecilia - 2nd Under 10 Girls
Amelie - 3rd Under 12 Girls
Thomas - 1st Under 12 Boys
Sophie - 2nd Under 14 Girls
Jack - 1st Under 14 Boys
Rebel - 3rd Under 14 Boys

Once the full results are published I'll share them with you.

After 4 weeks of racing we figured we should have a more relaxing session this weekend and so we'll ride at Rowney Warren, Chicksands on Saturday.

For those of you who have not ridden here with us before, we meet in the car park on Sandy Lane (SG17 5QB) for a 9am start. There are trails in the woods - we are not riding on the mountain bike trail, we'll leave that to the experts - which give us the opportunity to practice climbing, descending, cornering and so on. As ever parents are more than welcome to bring along their bikes and ride with us. Nobody gets left behind.

Our aim is to get back to the car park by 10:30.

See you Saturday

Peter, Sam and Brian

Muddy Monsters Finale

First of all we'd like to thank everyone who came along on Saturday 23rd Feb and made the event such a success. Whether you helped us set up, registered the competitors, marshalled, lap counted, waved a flag, rang a bell or helped us break down the course in what seemed to be record time then it was very much appreciated.

We had 66 riders competing, the most of any Muddy Monsters event this season and it was great to see so many of our own riders racing.

Special congratulations to Samuel who made his debut and to Rebel, Harry and Thomas who won their age groups.

Thomas has now secured first place in the series rankings and Cecilia is guaranteed to finish second in her age group.

With just one event to go James, Amelie, Delphi, Rebel, Jack and Sophie can all finish in podium positions overall.

Saturday's event on the 2nd March is at Welwyn and is held at Gosling Sports Park, AL8 6XE. Registration is at 9:30 and racing begins at 10.00

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

Ashwell Results and This Saturday 23rd Feb

We had 12 riders in action at Ashwell on Saturday and recorded 7 podium finishes.

Lewis and Thomas had two excellent races, trading first places between them whilst Cecilia missed out on winning both her races when she had an incident on the second.

Harry rode well to come first in the oldest race, with Jack and Rebel not far behind. Sophie and Amelie finished 2nd and 3rd overall in their categories. George, Will and James all recorded top 10 finishes in the biggest fields of all the age groups whilst Alexander made up for crashing in an earlier race by winning the handicap.

The best four races count towards final positions and with just two events left we have a number of riders in with a chance of finishing in the top 3 in their events.

The first of these two is this weekend at the Priory of course and it would be great to see as many of you as possible competing in our home event.

As we said last week, we will be setting up the course from 8:30 so if those of you who have offered to help are able to be there at 8:15 then we will be able to start straight away. The overspill car park will be open from 8:00 - this is the one on the left hand side just after the height barrier - so please park in there and make your way to the area where we normally ride. You can get there directly from the far corner of the car park - we'll put some signs up as early as we can to make this easy to find.

Just a note to those of you who have roof-mounted bikes (including me!) - the height barrier will be closed because to open it would mean we have to monitor it all morning and ensure that all overheight vehicles have left the park before we close it again. You can offload your bikes in the car park on the left before the barrier.

The early spring-like weather looks set to continue so it should be a good morning's racing.

See you Saturday!

Peter, Sam and Brian

Races on Saturday Afternoon, 16th Feb 2019

Well done to those of you who rode at St Albans on Saturday 9th Feb. Cecilia, Thomas, Sophie and Amelie all came first in their categories whilst there was also a podium place for Rebel and Alexander and Georgia just missed out.

The biggest field of the day was in the Under 10 boys race where Will, who moved up an age group, and George, riding in his first competitive event both rode strongly and recorded good results.

This Saturday the races are being held at Ashwell - don't forget that the first race starts at 1:30pm with registration from 1:00pm.

The address for Ashwell is Station Road, Ashwell, SG7 5LT. The course is down a muddy (but driveable) track off Station Road, it is usually signposted with a Club Ashwell banner.

If you struggle to find it give me a call on 07939 199268.

The Central CX League held their awards evening earlier this month and so we should make special mention of some of our riders who performed particularly well during the season.

Pride of place goes to Cecilia who finished 3rd overall in the Under 8 Girls category whilst Jake was 6th in the Under 14 and Thomas 8th in the Under 12 Boys groups. Sophie and Emily came 6th in the Under 14 and Under 8 Girls groups respectively.

For those of you going to the velodrome on Friday, hope you all enjoy the experience. There are four or five local riders attending the session now as well so it's not exclusive to us any longer. If the event goes well then we will see if we can organise a follow-up.

Finally, apologies that I haven't confirmed any details about our own race on the 23rd yet - work pressures have made this difficult over the last week or so.

I will distribute an email before this weekend - broadly speaking our plan is to set the course up at 8:30 and we will be asking people to assist with that as well as looking after Registration, counting laps and riders, marshalling out on the course and then breaking the course down after the event.

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

Muddy Monsters Return - 9 Feb 2019

The last four Muddy Monsters races take up the next few weeks so there will be no session this weekend. Instead racing is taking place at St Albans, details of the venue and racing can be found at the following link:

[ BC Info ]

The first race is at 10:00am so registration is open from 9:30.

For those of you who are new to Muddy Monsters there are 5 age groups - Under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and each group consists of two races, one short, one longer. Times and distances are determined by the organising club but none are long and all are appropriate to the age group.

The final race is a relay in which the slowest rider in the youngest age group is teamed up with the fastest in the oldest age group, then the 2nd slowest with the 2nd fastest and so on. This race is purely for fun and has proved to be very enjoyable for riders and spectators alike.

Entry is £4 payable at registration and the whole event lasts for a couple of hours.

If you need help with anything on the day, we'll be there to assist and make sure everyone is in the right place at the right time.

We will send details of where we will be looking for assistance with our own race this weekend.

For those of you who have places at the velodrome in Derby reserved I will send a consent form separately after this email. Assuming the session goes ahead - I will know on Friday - you will need to take a copy of the form with you and give it to the staff when you sign in to receive your bike etc.

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

Track and CX Update

You might want to sit down before you start reading this, there's quite a lot to get through this week!

First up is that we will be riding at the Priory as usual on Saturday 2nd Feb, 9am at the totem next to the car park. Sam will be taking a group out on the road - last Saturday the riders experienced 6 punctures between them! Fortunately the sixth happened as they returned to the car park because they only had 5 spare tubes.

Can we ask that all riders taking part in these rides bring at least one spare tube with them, if they have pumps and tyre levers then they will also be useful.

Saturday will be our last session for a few weeks as the Muddy Monsters season starts again on February 9th. A reminder that the races and venues are as follows:

  • 9th Feb - St Albans, Marlborough Sports Club, AL1 2EF. 10:00am start
  • 16th Feb - Ashwell Grass Track, off Station Road, SG7 5LT 1:30pm start
  • 23rd Feb - our race at the Priory, 10:00am start
  • 2nd Mar - Welwyn, Gosling Sports Park, AL8 6XE. 10:00am start

Please note that the Ashwell race starts at 1:30pm. For all races entry is £4 payable on the day and registration opens half an hour before the start time.

If you haven't raced before and want to know what it is all about please ask one of us on Saturday and we'll explain. Suffice to say that all of our riders enjoy the races and they are a great entry level event.

Thanks to all of you who have offered to help us on the 23rd, we'll give you more details nearer the time.

We have reserved places at the velodrome in Derby for those of you who have asked us to. We have 8 riders and the venue needs 12 to stage the session so they are optimistic that it will go ahead. If anyone else is interested let me know.

The coaches at Derby will confirm whether the session is on by Friday 8th February and I will let you all know. They have said that it may be possible to stage a Beds Road session and include parents - this will only happen if there are less than 12 riders and is subject to the coach on the day agreeing but if any parents are interested in riding then let me know.

All riders will need to complete a consent form and take it with them, I will email copies to all the participating riders. The track will provide helmets, shoes and bikes but you should all take gloves/mitts.

You will need to make your own way there and back and should aim to arrive at 12:15 so that you can get your equipment sorted and maximise the time spent riding.

For the avoidance of doubt I have registered the following people:

  • Amelie
  • Cecilia
  • Alexander
  • Jake
  • Lewis
  • Georgia
  • Benjamin
  • George

I have paid for everyone so if you are unable to go please let me know, I'll hound you for the money once the session is confirmed!

See you Saturday

Sam and Brian

Priory Marina on Saturday 26th Jan

Last weekend's Central League races were perhaps the most competitive of the season. The location meant that riders from some of the biggest clubs in the Midlands were competing so Cecilia, Jake, Thomas and Sophie all put in good performances against strong opposition.

This weekend we will continue our sessions aimed at the Muddy Monsters races and will meet at the totem next to the car park at Priory as usual at 9am.

We're awaiting confirmation from the velodrome at Derby, they are proving difficult to get details from, but as soon as I hear whether they are able to run a session I will let you know.

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

Winter on its Way?

The weather is likely to be cold this Saturday so please make sure you come dressed appropriately - gloves are essential.

We'll be meeting at the Priory at 9am as usual.

We're supporting the local Council's Just Turn Up campaign at the moment to try and encourage youngsters to enjoy cycling amongst other sports. As well as our session they are promoting a beginners and a family session at Jubilee Park this Saturday at 11am and midday respectively. If you have friends who may be interested they can find the details at http://bit.ly/bbcbike

We haven't had many takers for the velodrome in Derby in February but I will see if there are sufficient for them to run a course and let you know.

Finally for now, Amelie is looking to sell her Frog bike - it's a size 62. If you are interested then either speak to Selina (Amelie's Mom) or let me know and I will pass your details on.

See you Saturday.

Sam, Peter and Brian

Happy New Year!

Hope you all had a good Christmas and managed to get some cycling on over the holiday period. Looking forward to seeing all the new bikes this weekend!

There are four weeks of coaching sessions before the recommencement of the Muddy Monsters series on February 9th.

A reminder too that there are still two Central CX League races to be held this season, the first is on January 20th in Lutterworth.

Our race is on February 23rd and in order for it to be a success we will need help in setting up the course, registering riders and marshalling.

Some people have already indicated that they will be able to help - thanks to all of you - if you haven't put your name forward but are willing to assist could you either reply to this email or let one of us know please.

As a guide, we will start the course set up at around 8am and expect to be finished by midday.

Our winter/spring sessions start this Saturday at the Priory Marina at 9am.

As a new year warm up, Sam has offered to take our older riders on a ride around the club TT course. It's about 11 miles long and is on the road so we will have to limit the number of riders taking part and will also set a minimum age limit of 13.

Please be aware that this is only for riders who are experienced in riding on the road and that it is not an official coached session so participation is entirely at your own risk and is not covered by our insurance. Sorry to sound alarmist but hope you can appreciate that we have to make this clear.

This won't affect the normal coaching session that we will run at the Priory itself.

In the last few months some of our riders have taken part in coaching sessions at the indoor velodrome in Derby. Riding on a velodrome is great fun and the coaches at Derby are very good - feedback from our riders has been very positive.

They are staging a session on February 21st which is half term in some parts of the country but, I understand, not necessarily all of Bedford. However the organisers have indicated that they would be willing to put on an extra session on February 15th from 1-3pm if there is sufficient interest.

The minimum age is 9 and bikes are provided, there is a charge of £20 for the session. If you are interested in taking part let me know and we will try and arrange for a session to be held.

We will probably have to move quickly if we are able to get anything booked so if you can let me know by the weekend that will give us the best chance to arrange anything.

Think that's probably enough for now, see you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

Merry Christmas 2018

Another good weekend for our riders at the latest cyclo cross event on 8th December at Hillingdon, with Jake and Cecilia finishing second and third respectively whilst Thomas again rode well to record a top ten finish.

This Saturday is our last ride of the year and tradition dictates that we meet at Danish Camp to ride along Route 51 before returning to the cafe where drinks and a (giant) cookie are waiting for all of the riders.

We'll have some prizes for the best festively decorated bike and/or rider so get the tinsel and flashing lights off the tree and we'd love to see as many parents on their bikes as possible. Nobody gets left behind, although some of the quicker riders may not wait for their parents.

We'll meet at Danish Camp at 9am and aim to get back for refreshments at around 10:15. If you are not riding then you are welcome to join us in the cafe. For those of you aren't sure, the address for Danish Camp is Chapel Lane, Willington, MK44 3QG.

Think that's all you need to know, look forward to seeing you all on Saturday and if you can't make it then best wishes for a Happy Christmas and we'll see you in 2019.

Sam, Peter and Brian

Final Priory Session of 2018 on Sat, 8th Dec

Belated congratulations to Jake, Cecilia and Sophie for their rides at Swanbourne the week before last, Jake came 2nd in his race which was his best ever finish.

Last weekend Thomas and Cecilia both competed in the Eastern and Central Regional Championships. Cecilia came 4th and Thomas 13th - well done both.

In the 3rd Muddy Monsters event Will again won both his races, Cecilia came second and there were good performances from James, Amelie, Delphi, Rebel, Harry, Thomas, Sophie and Alexander.

This Saturday we will be at the Priory for our last coaching session before our family ride and then Christmas.

See you at the totem at 9am

Sam, Peter and Brian

Coaching Returns on Sat 1st Dec!

There are no published results yet for the Central or Muddy Monsters events held over the weekend and I'm not going to trust my memory and list the riders at Hitchin. As soon as I receive the details I will share them.

In the meantime we are back to coaching this weekend, Saturday 1st December and will be meeting at the Priory (we've shelved our plan to go to Box End for now).

Plan is to meet at the totem at 9am as usual and after a warm-up and some riding in the field area, we are going to take Route 51 and do some gear changing work on the bridge over the main road. If you aren't familiar with Route 51 then it is part of the National Cycle Network so is off-road, mostly on tarmac or dirt tracks and except for the very occasional car going to park near the entrance to the Priory, it is traffic-free.

The route runs alongside the park so we will be returning to the totem by 10:30 ish as normal.

December 15th is our last session before Xmas and we will stick with tradition and ride along Route 51 from Danish Camp, plan will be to arrange for all the riders to have cakes/cookies/drinks on us at the cafe in Danish Camp at the finish. Parents are welcome/encouraged to ride with us so it would be good to see as many of you as possible.

It helps if we have an idea of the numbers of riders that will be joining us so if you can let us know either by replying to this email or speaking to one of us on Saturday it would be appreciated. We'll let you have more details nearer the time but it is a 9am start and we are usually back at Danish Camp by around 10:15 for our well-earned drink.

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

More Cyclo Cross Racing - 24th and 25th Nov.

We had riders competing in two events this past weekend 17-18 Nov, the Central League race at MK Bowl and the second round of the Muddy Monsters league at Welwyn.

At Milton Keynes Cecilia was third in her race and Jake maintained his consistent form this season with an 8th place. Following his strong performance at Ashwell the week before Alexander stepped up to the tougher Central League event and put in another good performance.

Results from the Muddy Monsters event haven't been published yet (or at least if they have I can't find them) but Will recorded a clean sweep, winning both his age group races and then teaming up with Amelie to win the Madison. Jack and Delphi both finished third in their races and Adam, James and Rebel all survived the mud to record good performances. Special mention to James as his chain got stuck in the first race but he had the presence of mind to run a third of the course pushing his bike!

This weekend racing takes pace on Saturday 24th Nov and Sunday 25th Nov with the Muddy Monsters event at Hitchin on Saturday 24th Nov and the Central League on 25th Nov at Swanbourne School in Buckinghamshire.

Details of the former can be found here:

[ BC Info ]

and the Central race details are here

[ BC Info ]

After this weekend there are no more Saturday races until the New Year so we will have three coaching sessions before we break for Christmas - the last one being on the 15th December when we will have our traditional family ride. Details to follow next week.

Good luck to all of you who are racing this weekend, hope to see most of you at some point.

Sam, Peter and Brian

CX Everywhere

It is the busiest part of the cyclo-cross season right now - we have riders competing in the Central League and this weekend the Muddy Monsters series starts.

Cecilia, Thomas, Emily, Jake and Sophie have all competed in the last two Central League races at Leighton Buzzard and Dunstable. Cecilia has recorded a couple of second place finishes and Thomas and Jake have both been placed 6th and 5th in the two races.

This Saturday afternoon (don't forget it's an afternoon start) Muddy Monsters begins at Ashwell. Racing starts at 1:30pm with registration at 1pm

The format is similar to previous years in that there is a short time trial followed by a longer race. There are races for each of the age groups. The new element to the event is a Madison race.

Don't worry, for those of you who are familiar with the Madison, there are no hand slings or riding endlessly round in circles but instead this is a relay race in which the fastest rider in the oldest age group is teamed up with the slowest in the youngest group. The second fastest older rider makes a duo with the second slowest younger rider and so on.

I'm sure it will all become clear on Saturday.

For the purpose of event series points then the Madison is treated as a separate event from the first two races so that we should end up with overall winners in the individual events by age and the same in the Madison.

If none of that makes sense ask me on Saturday and I'll try and explain it again!

Details of the event on Saturday can be found here:

[ BC Info ]

The course is at Small Gains Lane, Off Station Road, Ashwell, SG7 5LT.

If you've not been before then look for the Ashwell CC or similar banner that is usually placed at the entrance. You will drive up what appears to be a farm track for a couple of hundred yards and the venue is on the left hand side.

If you are not sure on the day my mobile number is 07939 199268 - best tip is to follow the car in front with the bikes on the back/roof!!

Finally, for those of you who are not sure what to expect, Duncan has posted a video of the Leighton Buzzard event on YouTube - see if you can spot our riders.


See you ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON (last reminder of the time)

Sam, Peter and Brian

It'll be warmer by Saturday


Hope you've all had a good break, we'll be at the Priory at the usual time and place on Saturday, 3rd November.

See you then.

Sam, Peter and Brian

Weekend Off! 27-28 Oct 2018

There is no session this weekend as it's the school half term.

We'll be back on November 3rd after which we have 3 consecutive weeks of Muddy Monsters races. In order that we can support all of our riders at these events it's likely that we won't run coaching sessions on these weeks.

Details of the races are now listed on the British Cycling website in the Events section – please note that the first one is being held at 1:30pm – we'll remind you again nearer the time.

The full list of events is as follows:

  • 10th Nov, 1:30pm – Ashwell Grass Track, Off Station Rd, SG7 5LT
  • 17th Nov, 10:00am – Welwyn, Gosling Sports Park, AL8 6XE
  • 24th Nov, 10:00am – Hitchin, Butts Close, SG5 1HA
  • 9th Feb, 10:00am – St Albans, Marlborough Sports Club, AL1 2EF
  • 16th Feb, 1:30pm - Ashwell Grass Track, Off Station Rd, SG7 5LT
  • 23rd Feb, 10am – Bedford, Priory Marina, MK41 9DJ
  • 2nd Mar, 10:00am - Welwyn, Gosling Sports Park, AL8 6XE

Enjoy the rest of half term!

Sam, Peter and Brian

Date for your Diaries

Dates are now starting to be uploaded to the British Cycling website for the Muddy Monsters series. The first race is at Ashwell on November 10th - please be aware that it starts at 1:30pm, sign on is at 1:00pm.

There are races on the 17th and 24th and we'll keep you posted as information and other dates are confirmed but full details can be found here:

[ BC Info ]

For those of you who have not raced before this is a great way to have a go at a cyclo-cross race. The events are friendly and cater for riders of all abilities so we would recommend that you try one and see how you get on.

Races are held in age-groups - Under 8's/10's/12's/14's and 16's and there are 3 races per age group per event. The first race is a sprint followed by a longer endurance race and then a handicap which is just a fun race in which riders set off at intervals depending roughly on their performance in the previous races.

We have agreed a date for our own race - this will be held at the Priory on Saturday February 23rd. We can't organise and stage the event on our own but are reliant on parents, friends and so on to help us out so we will be asking for people to offer their assistance on the day. More about this in the coming weeks and months.

In the meantime, we'll see you at the Priory at 9am this Saturday.

Sam, Peter and Brian

First Muddy Monsters Dates

But before we get to that we had some riders competing again last week at the Central CX league.

Big congratulations go to Cecilia who came 2nd in her race whilst Jake, Thomas, Emily, Alexander and Sophie also recorded good results.

We'll be at the Priory on Saturday from 9am so hope to see you there.

Dates for the Muddy Monsters races have been issued. We are still trying to arrange a date for ours, it's proving to be frustrating but we will persevere - the most likely date is sometime early in the New Year.

The dates that are confirmed are:

November 10th - Ashwell
Nov 17th - Welwyn
Nov 24th - Hitchin
Feb 9th - St Albans
Feb 16th - Ashwell
March 2nd - Welwyn

More details to follow as we get them.

See you this Saturday, 13th October

Sam, Peter and Brian

More Cyclo Cross

Congratulations to Jake and Cecilia who finished 7th and 4th respectively in their CentralCX races last weekend.

We should also give a mention to Ella Ruggles and Ewan Grady who had good rides for their clubs.

We'll be back at the Priory on Saturday 6th October, meet at the totem at 9am as usual.

We're trying to agree a date for the Muddy Monsters race - 3 races have been pencilled in so far by other clubs and we are in touch with our British Cycling Go Ride coach and the Council. We'll keep you posted.

Sam, Peter and Brian

Priory Marina - Saturday 29th Sept

We had seven riders in action at Campbell Park in the Central CX League event last Saturday, 22nd Sept.

Well done to Emily, Cecilia, Thomas, Alexander, Jake, Sophie and Harry.

Next week's race is on Sunday at Prologis in Glendon, near Kettering.

We're continuing our focus on CX skills this Saturday 29th Sept. and will be meeting at the Priory Marina again, a chance to fine tune if you are racing on Sunday!

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

20 Sept 2018: Racing and Coaching

You're spoilt for choice again this weekend with another cyclo-cross race in Milton Keynes, whilst for those not racing, we will be meeting at Priory Marina.

Well done to those that raced at he Bowl on Saturday: Emily made her debut in the Under 8 race whilst Cecilia was third in the Under 10 event. Thomas came well inside the top half of the field in the Under 12 boys and Jake recorded his best finish to date in the Under 14s, whisper it but he beat one of the club's road race team members in the process!

Not to be outdone by her brother and sister, Sophie came 6th in the Under 14 girls' race.

For those of you racing this Saturday, don't forget that the event takes place at Campbell Park, a chance to ride at the venue for the World Cup race a few years ago.

If you're not racing then we'll see you at the totem in Priory Marina for a 9am start, returning at 10:30 as usual. For those of you receiving this email for the first time, the totem is between the main car park and the cafe, reply to this email if you want any further details.

Discussions have started again for this year's Muddy Monsters series and we hope to stage our own event this year - weather and cross country running permitting! We'll keep you posted as dates are agreed.

Good luck to those of you racing, see the rest of you on Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

2 Sept 2018: Hope You Had a Good Summer

Not quite all over yet but the summer holiday is due to finish any day now so it must be cyclo-cross season soon!

Thanks to the Tour of Britain and the Vuelta, cycling is all over the TV at the moment, don't forget that our latest Tour de France winner will be riding the streets of London next Sunday - worth going to see.

Meanwhile we'll be starting another season by riding at Priory Marina on Saturday. We'll be in the usual place by the totem for a 9am start. There are some new people receiving this email so if you have any questions just reply to this email.

Over the course of the next few weeks there are three CX races being held in Milton Keynes, two at the Bowl and one at Campbell Park - the latter was the venue for a World Cup race a couple of years ago.

Dates for these races are on the Central League website and if there sufficient riders planning on competing then we will be attending all of these. If you haven't raced before then come along to the first race and see how you enjoy it.

The dates for the MK races are as follows:

Sept 15th - The Bowl
Sept 22nd - Campbell Park
Oct 6th - The Bowl
Nov 17th - The Bowl

As in the last few years the cost of attending sessions will be £3 for the first child in a family and £2 for each subsequent child. Again, for any new riders you just need a bike in good working order and a helmet.

It's a bit early for planning the Muddy Monsters races but we will be talking to the other clubs so will keep you posted as to the races for this season - they usually start in December.

Looking forward to seeing you Saturday.

Sam, Peter and Brian

Danish Camp on Saturday 21 July 2018

It's the start of the summer holidays and British riders are first and second in the Tour de France - must be time for our end of season ride at Danish Camp.

For those of you who have not ridden from here before, the address is:Chapel Lane, Willington, MK44 3QG

We'll meet in the car park adjacent to the restaurant at 9am and ride along the cycle route, returning to the restaurant at 10:30. Parents are welcome to come along with us, we will be checking that those of you who own a bike have brought it with you!

Plan is to ride as far as we can, we'll split into groups so that everyone can ride at their own pace - nobody will get left behind (Go Ride member or parent!).

Once we return, refreshments for our younger riders are on us - the owner of the restaurant has asked us to order from the kiosk - the terrace that we have used in the past is being used this Saturday but as the weather looks good we'll probably be better off outside.

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

Last But One Session, 14 July 2018

Our last session before the summer break at the Priory is this Saturday, 14th July - meet at 9am at the totem.

If you are planning on joining us the following weekend but haven't let us know yet can you drop me an email please.

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

Priory Marina to Ourselves - 7 July 2018

Hopefully we won't have to make way for any runners this Saturday, we'll meet at the totem at 9am as usual.

Just a reminder that if you are joining us on the 21st can you let one of us know so that we can confirm numbers.

Don't forget to bring a drink whilst the heatwave continues.

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

Box End on Saturday 23 June

Another change in scenery this Saturday, 24th june, as we are going to ride at Box End. For those of you who have not been there before the address is:

Box End Road, Kempston, MK43 8RQ. [website]

The park offers us a variety of different types of terrain so we can practise a range of skills.

We meet in the far right hand corner of the car park, please be aware of cars and pedestrians and do not ride in the area outside the clubhouse, even though it makes an ideal mini-velodrome!

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

Back By Popular Request for 16 June 2018

Seems like everyone particularly enjoyed the session at Chicksands a few weeks ago so we'll be back there this Saturday, 16 June, to make the most of the climbs and descents.

Strictly speaking it's Rowney Warren woods that we will be riding in, the car park is on Sandy Lane - SG17 5QB. We'll plan to get on our way at 9:00am and return as near to 10:30am as our speed and knowledge of the routes through the woods allow.

Parents are welcome to ride with us. We may split into a couple of groups depending on the age range of the riders (excluding parents) to ensure that nobody gets left behind or held up but we will meet at various stages as one group.

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

Priory Marina on Saturday 9 June

Just to prove that we can ride at the same place two weeks running we'll be at the Priory Marina again on Saturday 9 June.

You know the drill, meet at the totem for a 9am start, back again at 10:30.

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

Route 51 on Saturday 26 May 2018

For those you who don't have better plans for the Bank Holiday weekend, the weather forecast looks good so we are going to take advantage by riding along Route 51 towards Sandy on Saturday.

We'll meet at Danish Camp at 9:00 and head along the cycle route - plan is to be back by 10:30 and maybe get some refreshments if it's warm.

For those of you who haven't been before the Danish Camp car park is off Chapel Lane, Willington, MK44 3QG.

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

Rowney Warren: Saturday 19 May 2018

Some of you may know this as Chicksands but on Saturday we will be riding in the woods at Rowney Warren. For those of you who have not been before this is not the bike park but the woods where there are trails for cyclists.

Cyclo-cross or mountain bikes will be fine and we will be picking some hill climbs, descents and trails to ride around. We haven't ridden here for some time but it is great fun as well as an opportunity to improve your bike handling skills.

If parents want to bring their bikes and ride with us they are welcome.

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 5QB


See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

12 May 2018: New Venue and GDPR

We're going to meet at the Beds Road Club House this Saturday 12th May at 09:00, the address is Southill Road, Cardington MK44 3SX. This is a new venue for us as a group but we want to try out the routes around Cardington as they offer us a few more opportunities to do some group riding and there are some small climbs to keep your heart rates up! We won't be riding on roads, the route is off-road.

For those of you who have not been before the clubhouse is a small building on the right hand side of the road as you leave Cardington towards Old Warden/Ireland. There is no car park so please be conscious of access to houses etc. for local residents if you park on the roadside.

Timings are the usual 9:00 start and 10:30 finish.

I'm sure most of you have been receiving correspondence over the last few weeks from organisations that hold your personal data. New regulations come into force on May 25th which, amongst other things, require organisations holding personal data to be able to show that they have a justification for doing so.

We hold contact and other data for all of our riders and we also have a list of email contacts which you are on - otherwise you wouldn't be getting this email. To ensure that the information we have complies with the regulations we are going to be doing 2 things over the course of the next couple of weeks:

Firstly, we will ask everyone to complete a new parental consent form. Apologies if you have done this recently but we need to be sure that the details we have for you and our riders are accurate.

Secondly, if you receive an email from us but do not have a son/daughter who rides with us then we need you to reply to that email to confirm that you are happy for us to hold your email address and continue to contact you. If we do not receive this confirmation by May 25th we will remove you from the list.

If we don't see you before the 25th and you do have a rider then please confirm that you want to continue receiving emails by replying to us.

Thanks for your help

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

Muddy Monsters and the May Bank Holiday Weekend

Well done to all our riders who raced at Hitchin last weekend, some great races on a new course.

Jake and Cecilia both won their races and there were podium places for Amelie, Delphi (on her race debut), Thomas, Sophie and Ella.

Jack rode strongly in the Under 14 race and finish of the day saw Rebel, Thomas and Sophie all turn into the finish straight together before Thomas just won the sprint finish.

On Saturday we are going to meet at the totem and ride out along Route 51 so that we can put a few miles in and practice some group riding.

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

"Not Too" Muddy Monsters - Sat. April 28th

This weekend could see the driest, warmest course on record.

It's the Hitchin Nomads race, details can be found on their website - https://hitchinnomads.cc/

This race doesn't count towards the season totals, it is just a one-off but the timings and format are the same as always.

We've also received details of some races that are taking place in the half-term holiday which some of you may be interested in. They're being held at Wembley Park on the day of the Tour Series professional criterium and details can be found here:

[ BC Info ]

They are intended for Youth riders so there will be separate Girls and Boys U14/U16 races and then an U12/U10 race which looks as though it is for boys and girls.

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

Muddy Monsters Returns: Saturday April 28th

Well, sort of....

Hitchin Nomads CC are going to stage the round that was cancelled due to snow earlier this year. The races will not count towards the overall series, they are just a one-off, but they are being staged on Saturday April 28th.

There are not many opportunities to race in the summer so we will not hold a coaching session that day but hope that as many of you as possible are able to compete.

Details of the event can be found at https://hitchinnomads.cc/

In the meantime, we'll see you this Saturday, 21st April at 9:00am by the totem in Priory Marina Park as usual.

See you then.

Sam, Peter and Brian.

Priory Marina on Saturday 14th April

This Saturday's session will be at the Priory, hopefully the rain will have stopped by the weekend!

Meet at the Totem at 9am as usual.

See you Saturday.

Sam, Peter and Brian

We're Back: 7 April

Hope you all had a good Easter, not sure the weather was suitable for riding so we'll try and put that right this weekend.

To start our summer season off (well the sun came out today so we can pretend) we'll meet at the totem next to Priory Marina car park at 9am on Saturday 7th April.

We'll let you have further dates and venues where we know them in the next week or so.

See you Saturday

Sam and Brian

The Priory on Saturday 17 March 2018

I told you that last week's Muddy Monsters finale would live up to the name!!

Well done to all our riders who somehow managed to ride, walk and slide their way through the mud at Welwyn on Saturday.

I'm afraid that the results have not been published again and because I had to leave before the presentations I don't know the final season positions. I will chase the organisers but hopefully those of you who did finish on the season end podiums know who you are and received your medals etc on Saturday.

I'll make sure I share the results when we receive them but in the meantime congratulations to Jake, Harry, Jack, (shoeless) Ella, Amelie, Cecila and Will for finishing each race.

This Saturday will be our last before Easter as all three of us are away on the 24th March. We'll meet by the totem in the main car park at Priory Marina at 9am as usual.

As we've all had enough mud to last us for a few weeks we are going to ride out to the cycle path on Route 51 and we'll be back by 10:30 as usual. Just in case you thought spring has arrived it is forecast to be cold and windy so come prepared!

Our next session will be in 3 weeks time, on April 7th.

By way of advance notice a number of people have suggested that we take part in the Icknield sportive on Sunday April 29th.

Details can be found at [ irc-sportive ]

There is a 15 mile event which will probably be the best for most of our riders. Entry for Under 16's is free but they must be accompanied by an adult. Please note that neither Sam, Peter nor I can be that adult (unless we are riding with our own kids of course).

We'll sort the details out nearer the date, if you want to ride let us know either at a session or by email and we can ensure we meet and, where practical, ride together.

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

Last Muddy Monsters Race 10 March 2018

It's the end of the cyclocross season this Saturday with the final Muddy Monsters race being held at the track at Welwyn. Given the weather over the last couple of weeks I suspect this event is going to live up to its name!

The venue is at Gosling Sports Stadium, Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 6XE and you can find out more at:

[BC Info]

Races start at 10:00 as usual.

The current standings and results from Ashwell haven't been published still, I will try and get hold of them before Saturday if I can.

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

Races on Saturday 3 March Cancelled

Hitchin have just taken the decision to cancel this Saturday's Muddy Monsters races because of the weather. The course is frozen and the forecast means that it is unlikely to change.

Ordinarily we would arrange a session instead, but under the circumstances, we hope you will agree that we should put the safety of our riders first, so we won't be riding this Saturday.

Stay inside and watch the British team competing in the World Track Cycling Championships instead!

Sam, Peter and Brian

Muddy Monsters Round 6 on Saturday Feb 24th

It's back to Muddy Monsters action on Saturday with another visit to the grass track at Ashwell.

As always, registration is at 9:30 and the races begin at 10:00am. For those of you who haven't been before the address for the venue is:

Ashwell Grass Track
Small Gains Lane
Off Station Road

The course is at the end of what appears to be a farm track, there are usually banners at the entrance to reassure you that you are in the right place.

More details are at here

Most of our riders are in contention for podium places at the end of the series and the more races you are able to enter, the greater the chance of getting the best overall result. Let's hope we can continue the good results everyone has achieved so far this season.

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

Priory Marina on Saturday 17 Feb.

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

St Albans Muddy Monsters on Saturday 10 Feb 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck to those of you racing on Saturday

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

30th Jan 2018 - Box End on Saturday

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you Saturday

25th Jan 2018

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

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

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

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

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

In the meantime, hope to see you this Saturday

24th Jan 2018 - Muddy Monsters this Weekend

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

Harlington Village Hall
Sundon Road

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17th Jan 2018 Priory Again on Saturday

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

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

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

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