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


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.

TT Course Changes – Please Read

Due to the condition of the road surface on the Lydbrook course it is necessary to move some key  events in the RDFCC Time Trial calendar to the Cannop course (UC611) for safety’s sake.

As a result the next event on June 12th will now be a Cannop 2 lapper, June 19th will be a Cannop 3 lapper incorporating the Lindsay Venner Memorial Cup, June 26th Cannop 1 Lapper, July 3rd Lydbrook 10 as normal.

Information on all the courses we use can be found here.

Club Privacy Policy

Ladies and gents as members of the Royal Dean Forest Cycling Club we hold data about you in the form of the personal details you fill in when you join the Club either through British Cycling website or by paper application sent to the membership secretary.

As a Club we manage our membership through the British Cycling Club Manager facility on their website. This is GPDR compliant.

All paper memberships are manually added to the British Cycling data base under the Club Manager function that we use.

All paper membership forms were previously saved. These have now been shredded. All expired members of the club on the British Cycling Website have now been deleted. Should they wish to rejoin they will need to re-affiliate with the club via the BC website.

In addition to the details above, we also send out a monthly newsletter via email. Under the GDPR guidelines it is acceptable for us to assume as you have paid up to be a member of a club that you are interested in receiving the monthly newsletter. We are not required to ask you all to reply to an email like the businesses are doing.

However, if you do not want to receive the email newsletter please let us know and we will remove you from the mailing list.

Should you have any questions or queries on this matter please pose them to any committee member or on the FaceBook group and we will endeavour to research and answer them.