Busy Weekend for Forest Cycling Club

Sunday 24th Feb turned out to be one of the more hectic weekend for members of the Forest Cycling Club, RDFCC.

In the morning Craig Buffry and several others took advantage of the beautiful mild weather and lead a group ride around the scenic Wye Valley.  25 amazing miles were covered with a coffee stop in Tintern.

Continuing the cycling theme, 20 of the club, plus guests converged on the recently renamed Geraint Thomas Velodrome, Newport. Half of the group and never ridden on the track before, harder than it sounds since the bikes have no brakes or gears.  Within a few minutes Coach Jason Streather of PDQ Coaching had the group flying around the Velodrome like Chris Hoy.

The event concluded with a team time trial, riders were put into groups and rode as hard as they could for 1 lap,  not quite as slick as Team Sky but still good fun.

Special mention has to go to 10 year old Zach Rusling who gave a look of the more experienced riders a run for their money, certainly one for the future!

2018 Annual Dinner

To be held at: Whitemead Park, Parkend

Sat 24 November 2018 from 1900 hrs

Guest speaker is Audax legend, Steve Abraham.

Awards and presentations as well as a traditional Festive Dinner.

Sat 24 November 2018

19:00 – 23:30 GMT

Whitemead Forest Park

Parkend, Forest of Dean

GL15 4LA


Vintage Tankard – 2018 – Results

A clear sky and frost gave a very cool, but sunny start for the 37 riders from Ross, Newport and RDFCC on this inter-Club contest our Hilly Lydbrook 15 mile course. All Clubs take something from the day. RDFCC retain the tankard with impressively consistent time over the top 6 with an average of just under 42mins, Earl fastest with 40:41. Newport next with a team average  of 43.5mins and fastest time of the day for Owen Burgess 39:55 supported by very fast times from a group of talented younger riders. The Ross team average not far behind at 45mins and Louise Hart smashing the Womens Course Record by over 5 mins setting 44:49 to beat.

Many thanks to the many helpers. Rob and the cake makers and providers for the refreshments at the Hall, Martin, Ant and the other Marshals out on the course, Ian pushing off.

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2018 Vintage Tankard – Calling all members!

Hi All – keenly anticipating the Vintage Tankard next weekend (7th October). A reminder that details are here: https://www.facebook.com/events/292189701339718/

Please note: this event is open to all riders – whatever level. More the merrier! It is a really inclusive event. Donations of cake also most welcome.

Note – arrivals from 9am at English Biknor Village Hall (Redhouse Ln, English Bicknor, Coleford GL16 7PB) for registration. Start time: 10am. Refreshments and cake for all finishers back at the village hall. Any questions, PLEASE MESSAGE US.

Club Annual General Meeting 2018

All members are encouraged to attend to hear what has been going on and to elect a new committee for the forthcoming year.

1.  Below is a list of the current officers. I have indicated their intention to stand for re-election. Anyone standing down needs replacing and everyone should feel happy to nominate someone or volunteer themselves for these posts and any others.  It would be very helpful to see nominations etc in advance of the meeting.





Matt Neale

Happy to continue


Martin Green

Standing down

Vice Chairman

Dan Lewis

Standing down

Club Time Trial Secretary

John Linden

Happy to continue

Press Secretary

Paul Jones

Happy to continue

Membership Sec

Steve Beal

Standing down

Club Shop/Kit

Matt Neale

Happy to continue

Competition Sec

Dave Bucknall

Happy to continue

Web/Media Manager

Sarah Bucknall

Standing down

Asstnt Web Manager

Annelise Jones

Standing down


Murray Biggs

Happy to continue

Women’s Rep

Sarah Bucknall

Standing down

Social Secretary

Rob Hussey

Happy to continue

Welfare & Youth Officer

Owain Dermody

Standing down

Co-opted Member

Mike Anstice

Have not confirmed.

Co-opted Member

Digby Rusling

Happy to continue

Co-opted Member

Steve Williams

Have not confirmed.

Co-opted Member

Earl Smith

Have not confirmed.


Mid year we also created a post of Ride Calender co-ordinator which is currently done by Ian Hall.

The position of Secretary is especially important. If you feel that you can take this on and want to know more about the role please get in touch with Martin who can help.

2.  Important request. If you are in possession of any of the club trophies please return them to a committee member ASAP. They must be back before the AGM and the sooner the better please.

3.  Awards. Please let us know if you have achieved anything special this year, especially sporting events. We cannot ask everybody individually and rely on people telling us what has gone on. If you know of some one who has been successful please tell us and quickly.

Please think about these items. The club needs your support and involement to contiinue its success and growth.

Hope to see you at the AGM.

Matt Neale

RDFCC Chairman.

Parkend 1km – 4th Sept 2018 – Results

Dull dry evening for the 14 riders out on the final Club TT of the season. Michelle setting a new Course Record. Digby on fixed fastest on the night.
Thanks Martin and Earl timing and pushing off.

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NameClubFinish TimeOld PBPB Now
Digby RuslingRDFCC0:01:15:20:01:13:1
Craig BuffryRDFCC0:01:16:6PB0:01:18:40:01:16:6
Paul StephensRoss0:01:17:70:01:11:2
Max SuffRDFCC0:01:18:5PB0:01:23:70:01:18:5
Paul JonesRDFCC0:01:19:7PB0:01:22:70:01:19:7
John MansellRDFCC0:01:19:8PB0:01:27:90:01:19:8
Tom KnightRoss0:01:20:00:01:17:4
Michelle LeeRDFCC0:01:20:5Course Record0:01:20:5
Dale ReedRDFCC0:01:20:5PB0:01:22:30:01:20:5
Rob NewthRDFCC0:01:22:40:01:20:5
Jon MorrisChepstow CC0:01:22:6PB0:01:25:30:01:22:6
Murray BiggsRDFCC0:01:23:20:01:23:0
Matt NealeRDFCC0:01:24:90:01:21:9
Andy DallowRDFCC0:01:28:8PB0:01:34:00:01:28:8