Someone once said that Robin had the perfect face for radio and he has taken their advice with recent live interviews on Breeze FM and BBC Radio Gloucester discussing various items such as the interest in cycling and the Tour of Britain (and the club’s involvement in this). Further to our forays into media, the club is pleased to note that The Local Answer has posted a recent interview about us, which can be found here:

In addition, we are hoping that the article makes it into print, with over 200,000 copies of TLA printed that could generate a good level of extra interest in the club.

Just another quick reminder about the club road race which is a brilliant event and this year will be on Sunday 11th June. We need your help with various tasks, for example, sign on, signs, junior gear check and finish judges. We also need a number of drivers with cars. If you think you MAY be able to help then please contact Richard Evershed, Robin or Charles to register your interest. Don’t forget, you can also have a crack at this event yourself. It is a challenging loop and one has to work bloody hard just to stay in contention after the first lap. If you are interested and want to have a go but are unsure of what this entails, just drop us a line and we will be happy to assist where we can.

C&CCC club member Steve Poulton is, on behalf of Cheltenham CTC/CUK, organising 3 Audax events (200km, 150km & 100km) which will suit all Club riders:

The 200km over Gospel Pass is a full day out with 3000m of climbing.  The 150 takes a similar route through the FoD to Monmouth and Pandy but routes via Kerne Bridge to climb Yat Rock, to return via Grosmont and the Marcle Ridge.  The 100 is a glorious passage through the FoD to Speech House and Yat Rock, then cross-country to Hoarwithy Bridge for a return over Marcle Ridge.  These are well-proven routes into superb countryside and mostly quiet roads, especially the return after Hoarwithy Bridge (all routes).  The approach (on the 200) to the Gospel Pass is from the South (in the shade of the woods) to enjoy the wonderful descent into Hay.

The entry fee for the 200 and 150 includes a food stop in Pandy Village Hall to fuel riders for the return leg.

For those unfamiliar to the world of audaxing, these are low cost/high VFM rides which are generally planned on quieter roads with pleasurable cycling in mind.  There is no broom wagon or mechanical assistance (outside of fellow riders) and riders are expected to navigate themselves, although a well written routecard or GPS file will be available from the organiser.  To keep things reasonable, there is a maximum speed as well as a very generous minimum speed.  Please see the Audax UK events website for Entry details (PayPal available) or contact Robin (Contacts page or Hotmail) if there are any queries.

We have received news of the sudden and unexpected death of the maverick bundle of energy that was David Shephard.

Dave was a regular on the local Triathlon and TT scene, as well as competing in a number of C&CCC Cyclocross events.

Whilst many will miss a good friend and training buddy, that doesn’t compare to the gap left in the lives of David’s wife Nicola and his daughters Beatrice and Matilda.  So to do something practical, the Tewkesbury Tri club has started a fund which they hope can help in the weeks and months ahead.  If you’d like to donate, do please follow this link and feel free to share it:

Just a quick note to let you all know that the latest newsletter has been sent out and should be in your email inboxes.  It’s chokka this month with all the blurb on club initiatives, purchases, race news and some interesting reports from recent events!!

The cc-cc open Time Trial was successfully held today, a month later than usual which resulted in fine spring weather but a slightly lower turn out of 46 entrants

Overall things ran smoothly without major incident although as usual, there were a few problems sent to test us.
Notably, the highway repair services achieving what surely must be must be a club record for setting up temporary traffic lights on a Sunday morning.
They weren’t there for the first riders off, but after 20 minutes they were up and running for the later and faster riders. Some of whom were temporarily slowed up on the 40+mph run into Cirencester.

After Doug had crunched the numbers, they showed the winner was David Janes in 46 minutes 40 seconds Plus for Strava users – 10 KOM’s.
Previous CCCC member Dean Robson was second in 47:14 with Tavis Walker third in 48:12 Not far behind was Josh Griffiths, fastest junior in an excellent 50.01
Fastest Lady was Donna Short 1:3:41 Tony Chapman was fastest 40yr veteran in 50:45 and Steve Cottington fastest 50+ vet in 51:44
Dursley won the team prize.

The route finishes up the 6% Welsh way wall, which surprised a few who hadn’t expected it.
David Janes was again quickest up here in 1:52 average 17.4 mph.

CC-CC riders were ably represented by John Pinfold 1:08: 34 ( Road bike)
Gary Rickards 54:57 Julian Bullas 56:12 and Mark Hamper 54:48

These club events would not be possible without the help of the volunteers, most of whom have done it many times before but it would be nice to see some new faces next time.
A very big thanks to (in no particular order) Doug Gale – finish timekeeper. Martin McGreary, Don Muir, Gary Potts, Louise Bish, Simon Worsley, Jeff Manners, Rachel Green, Tom Lejeune, Graham Steer and Harry Walton
Many thanks
Scott Mcardle

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Coming events

Saturday, 27 May 2017
Road Ride: Farm Park via Stanway (16, 14)
Road Ride: Broadway Tower via Guiting Power (16, 18)
Road Ride: (H4) Minchinhampton then Slad (16, 18, 20)
Sunday, 28 May 2017
Sportive Ride: Ride: Dunnington - Hillers Farm cafe
Club Ride: Weston Cider factory Much Marcle
Tuesday, 30 May 2017
MTB - Evening Ride
Thursday, 1 Jun 2017
Evening Time Trial
Club Evening

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