Summer has almost started and the club has had another busy couple of weeks that started with the Bank Holiday Mystery Tour to the Barn At Turville Heath with fantastic food and a scenic (if hilly) route. Many thanks to Paul our ride coordinator for organising.
Next up was an evening with Mark Beaumont who holds the record for cycling round the world, completing his 18,000 mile (29,000 km) route on 18 September 2017, having taken less than 79 days. Mark was presented with a club jersey by Chris, Graham, Michael, Sarah, Janice and Rob.
Our local neighbouring club Pedal of Honour had their annual charity ride for three local charities: The Hospice of St Francis, Helen & Douglas House and Rennie Grove. Club members Heidi and Briony had a great day enjoying refreshment stops organised by The Alford Arms, Frithsden.
Of note was Velo Birmingham, a 101 mile (162 km) closed road sportive that Michael, Mike, Tommy, Tom and others took part in. Particular mention goes to Simon (our kit officer) who completed the course 4 hrs 19 min averaging over 23 mph (37 kmh) and leading the peloton for the first 30 miles!
Meanwhile, at The Fred Whitton Sportive was Ian, Ben and Leon who covered 118 miles (190 km) with 11, 646 ft (3,550 mtrs) elevation and maximum gradients of near 30% This is one of the must-do sportives for riders.
On the racing front 2nd claim member Nick competed in the Thames Velo Road Race (part of the Central Road Race League) but had bad luck with tyre issues and finished in the bunch.
At Mallorca Ironman 70.3 Alice and Matt had a successful day (places TBC) and were happy just to be able to walk and talk after the race!
Roll on summer 🙂