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We are well into the cycling year,  but don’t think all the action is behind us as we are on the verge of another cyclocross season. It is one to look forward to.

Several club members took the chance to try it in the event we ran in May in Pittville park, and we had some representation  throughout the league with Gordon Smillie reliably picking up a good haul of points to be 3rd over 50. Full results are in the spreadsheet at:

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/familyhawes/2014SUMMERCX.xlsx  (nb need to scroll down for vets etc.)

The main cyclocross season of September to  January will again see the local league developing with a backdrop of increasing numbers of riders year on year. We now have Madison sponsoring the league  so it will now be known as “The Ridley Western Cyclocross League”. CC-CC will promote two events, Pittville on Sunday October 5th and Denfurlong Farm at Chedworth on Sunday November 30th, It all starts at Gloucester Boating Lake park near Over bridge on September 21st. The whole season’s events can be seen on the British Cycling web site at:


We now shall have chip timing for every event. Rides will now cost £14 which includes this. Day membership will be £3 as usual. For riders that means guaranteed on-line full and reliable results pretty much as soon as you get home as well as on screen at the venue. For organisers it means being able to handle the large fields without fear of screwing up results with poor lap counting. There may be a need to register a race chip number for accumulating league points . We’ll let everyone know what’s planned in due course

As always the events will be informal and accessible and good fun.. Anyone can enter, Entry is usually on the line. You don’t need a licence (there is a day membership fee). You can use a mountain bike but on most courses a cylocross bike will be a bit easier going. But don’t be fooled. Competition is fierce and the leading riders are very fast, and will complete a few more laps than the last riders.

John Hawes

There are more roadworks on the 10 mile TT course, this time at the roundabout at Toddington. We are able to use our back up course instead, which runs between Alstone, Teddington Roundabout and Bishops Cleeve. Please learn the course and familiarise with the safety information.

Info on the course is here: http://www.cheltenhamandcounty.cc/road/time-trialling/courses/?course=UC703

A map of the course is here: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/uc703-alternative-10m-course

The HQ and sign on is the same as normal at Foxes Saddlery.

Please note there is a small chance there will be other roadwords on the alternative course which will mean we will have to cancel completely. We will check tomorrow morning. Updates will be on Twitter and Facebook first, and this site as soon as I can get to a computer.


The club BBQ this year will now be a hog roast with a vegetarian option available, it is paid for by the club so should be a good event. I need to know numbers as soon as possible to ensure that we have enough food/do not waste any club funds.

If you and your family/partner would like to come please can you email me at dalere2@yahoo.co.uk and let me know how many, and if you require a vegetarian option.


There will be a meal on Wednesday the 30th of July for the ladies from the club. We will meet at The Tavern, Royal Well Place at 7:30pm. Please email Louise through the website, if you would like to come along.

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