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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:


and the Central race details are here


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:


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:


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:


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 http://icknield-roadclub.org.uk/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:


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:
The address of the venue is:
Marlborough Club
Via Old Oak Off Cottonmill Lane
St Albans

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

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

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

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

Good luck to those of you racing on Saturday

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

30th Jan 2018 - Box End on Saturday

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you Saturday

25th Jan 2018

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

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

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

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

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

In the meantime, hope to see you this Saturday

24th Jan 2018 - Muddy Monsters this Weekend

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

Harlington Village Hall
Sundon Road

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17th Jan 2018 Priory Again on Saturday

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

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

See you Saturday

Sam, Peter and Brian

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emily Kay Go-Ride Graduate

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

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