Flying Start for Hussey

Rob Hussey’s season just keeps going from strength to strength taking a convincing win and a Personal Best along the way on the UC603 course at Lydbrook on Tues April 30th.

The fast flat course from Lydbrook to Walford and back was even quicker thanks to a new layer of tarmac courtesy of Gloucestershire County Council.

17 riders took part in the event with near perfect conditions, quick times were guaranteed. Rob Hussey took the win in a time of 22min 47s, nearly a min better that his previous best. Second home was Earl Smith (RDFCC) with an equally impressive time of 23.29.  Third place was taken by an in form Brett Ireland (RDFCC) 24.20

Special mention also has to go to Ant White, Martin Howitt, Matt Neal and Dale Read (All RDFCC) who all smashed their own Personal Bests – an amazing achievement.

RDFCC Kilo Sprint

A fine cool evening greeted riders for first time trial of the RDFCC spring / summer series.  It was a flat 1 kilometer course between Parkend and Whitecroft, with a few sheep offering the only obstacles on the short course for the 14 riders who turned up.

Quickest on the night was recent Army retiree Rob Hussey (RDFCC) in a time of 1min 8, closely followed by the ever consistent Dave Bucknall (RDFCC) 1 min 11.  Taking third spot was Steve Beal (Velo Viteesse)  1min 13, even more impressive since he was riding a standard road bike.

Special mention has to go to Hubert Towell (Severn Valley Tri) making a return to riding RDFCC events after nearly a 25 year break and coming a respectable 5th place. Sara Sleeman produced an outstanding time of 1 min. 33 for her first ever time trial.

RDFCC will be running time trials thought the summer every Tues nights, for more details visit

Chairman’s 100 in 8, 75 in 6 and 50 in 5

Sunday 31st March, 8.50am

Meet at The Fountain Inn, Parkend

100 miles in 8 hours. There is also to be a 50 in 5 for a more leisurely ride and a 75 in 6 as a happy medium!

9am start for all. More details will appear nearer the day. All welcome. 

100 in 8 route:

50 in 5 route:

75 in 6 route:

Open to all. You can ride the odd club event without being a member.
This event is not supported in any way. Download the route, turn up at the Fountain at 8:50 to see who else is going and off you go!

Ask on the Facebook Page if you need a riding mate. The 50 and 75 start together but separate after Newent and come back together later so you can do either if you have the routes down loaded.

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!