On Sunday 25th March the club promoted an open 25 mile time trial on the popular Usk to Monmouth course. This was the club’s first open time trial for many years and was the brainchild of Paul Sharpe. The event went very smoothly with over 80 riders competing and perfect if slightly cold weather.
Three riders from the club took part with Chairman Matt Heaman leading off as the first rider. Matt returned a respectable time of 59.09.
The second club rider off was Andy Parker, who managed 1.00.30. Andy is on the way back to full fitness after a serious accident and looks set for a good season.
Third rider off for the club was Dave Pearce. Dave was racing on the course for the first time and sadly went of course early on and added at least 7 uphill miles to the route. Dave’s time of 1.22.23 was still over 30 seconds fastest than the slowest rider.
The event was won by Bynea CC’s Kieron Davies who rode very well for a time of 51.29. Second was John Wynn (Northover Vets) with Mark Hammond (Club Stourbridge Velo) third. Thank you to all of the riders and marshals who made the event such a success. Paul is already planning next year’s event.
The good weather held for the Junior ride. Two dads and four lads cycled out for a hard zig zag up to the top of Yorkley Slade. From the top fast dried mud and sand brought us down to Wenchford and the second big climb to the crest of Bradley Hill. Again a fast spin down and then easy to a steep descent through old leaves. Down Dr John’s back into Parkend the lads showed the dads their metal – literally leaving them in the dust.
Only 5 out today, I guess mothering Sunday had something to do with that. Adam T, Alan J, Simon McM, Dave McD and myself headed out into Worcester and the foothills
of the Malvern’s. A bit cold and damp first thing but it brightened up as the day went on. Unfortunately no coffee stop, as we couldn’t find one enroute
but it was a good ride with a few roads thrown in that none of us had ridden before. 66miles…..done!
The Goshawk Wentwood 50 is now a key fixture on the calendar of the RDFCC mtb riders, that can be said for a lot of other riders as places were all sold before Christmas. In it’s second year the event has taken on all the feedback of last year with improved course marking, faster sign on and plenty of facilities at the start/finish area.
8 RDFCC riders turned out for the event this year, Jonathan Batts, Paul Jones, Martin Green, Henry ‘H’ McGill, Martin Newman, Antony Pollard, Adam Taylor and John Linden. What appeared to be a sunny late winters day in the forest turned into a “pea soup” as we all arrived to sign on, luckily at the rider briefing we were informed that up on the Wentwood hills it was clear and we’d be “riding on clouds”.
The route kicked off with 4 miles of climbing through country lanes before hitting the single track which was pretty moist with muddy patches. Tyre choice was a key point of discussion before the event and it appeared mud tyres would make for a less sketchy 3-4 hours in the saddle. The route changed little from the previous year but was still a joy to ride with long challenging technical descents followed by either long technical climbs or fire roads. As we churned the gears the sun burnt away all the mist and riders were greeted with sunshine as we dropped down off the hills back to the finish.
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Adam Taylor led the RDFCC guys home, completing 50kms in 3hrs21min, Martin Green followed in 3hrs51mins. John Linden, Ant Pollard and H all finished within 4 hrs with Jon Batts just outside. Martin Newman chose the 40km route finishing in 3hrs40min. Ride of the day goes to Paul Jones, who opted for the 25km distance in 2011, but went for the full 50km this year.
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Sunday’s Club MTB Ride started on the chilly side then the day just got better..5 turned up for a ride to Goodrich Castle & Back..Battsy, Ad the web,Jones the Plod,Dr John et Moi who devised the route…we bumped into Julie “Canicross” Bailey at Mallards where there was mushing a plenty and Julie whipped out her Kodak Brownie for a quick photo of the lads…..the route nurdled around before arriving in Ruardean where a kind sheep farmer confirmed our route down to Bishopswood..post refreshments at the Castle cafe the group returned to Pedalaway via Huntsham Bridge and the riverside path to Lydbrook and trails tracking the Cannop Valley…