Sunday, 28 February 2010

Wet Wet Wet

No, not the 80' pop group but a description of the 90mile reliability ride held on Sunday 28th February. The weather was truly unpleasant; rain, strong wind (but not as strong as forcast) and very cold (4degC). However, despite the conditions 11 intrepid souls headed in to the jaws of oblivion. Five in the Sporting ride and six in the Sporting+ group. As far as I know, all completed the route.

At a couple of points there was axle deep floods and over quite a bit of the route small rivers formed across or down the roads. A truly 'memorable' ride, congratulations to all those that completed the route.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

NEW VENUE! CCC Comittee Meeting and Social

The next club meeting will be held at a new venue - the Salisbury Arms in Tenison Road. Everyone is more than welcome to turn up from 8pm on Monday 1st March for a chat and have a few beers and talk cycling (What else?). There is a Committee meeting from 7-8pm which most members might want to aviod!

We will be in the room at the back of the pub which has been allocated to CCC.

Ps Err - the piccie is of The Blue but don't forget -turn up to The Salisbury on Tenison Road!


Sunday, 21 February 2010

Snow does't stop play.

The day of the 75mile reliability ride started off with slightly 'inclement' (wordnetweb definition: "weather unsuitable for outdoor activities") weather; about freezing and sleet and snow falling. Despite this, about 30 intrepid (or stupid) individuals started out. However, some fell by the way side either because of mechanical problems, punctures or because they wimped out (you know who you are).

I was in the sporting group with nine other riders but in the frist 10 miles I was having problems with ice build-up on the cassette , see the picture. For most of the early part of the ride I only had one gear as all of the others were iced up completely and the chain just slipped on these. Others abandond because of the same problem. However, bisarly, others did not seem to suffer from this icing at all.

Luckily, the weather did become less severe and the bikes and riders thawed; It was still very cold though. On the high ground there was a sprinkling of snow on the fields and slush on the roads.

We stopped at the Silver Ball at Reed, which has shown some improvements. The service was very quick and my egg and bacon toasted sandwich was quite good. The toilets have also been renovated (rebuilt). I may even start leading rides there again!!! Tom joined us at the Cafe

On the way back, once we had reached Littlington, the sun came out and the temperature rocketed to 5C. A slight tail wind bushed us along and all 10 of us in the sporting group completed the whole course. Despite the poor weather, I almost enjoyed the ride. Well done to all those that finished.

Roll on the 90', lets see what the weather can throw at us. Remember, next week the sporting ride starts at 08.30h and the sporting+ at the normal time of 09.00h.


Sunday, 14 February 2010

Large Turnout for the 50mile 'Reliability Ride'

Around 60 people turned up for the first of this year's 'reliability rides'; this was despite the inhospitable weather which was damp and just above freezing at the start. The photo shows the group getting ready to start the 50mile course which took in a 'circular' route to the south and east of Cambridge.Next week, on the 21st, sees the second of the series of three rides which is 75 miles (121km) for the Sporting and Sporting+ or there is the option of 100km for the Intermediates. Unlike the 50, there will be a cafe stop and the pace is a bit more measured. 09.00h start from Addenbrooke's.

On the 28th, the final ride, which is ~90miles (145km), will be held. This also has a (well deserved) cafe stop. The sporting group will start at 08.30h and the racers will chase the earlier group starting at 09.00h.


Saturday, 13 February 2010

Hmm - snow...

It's snowing again! Perhaps we should take up another sport?
Err - Hat modelled by Club Runs Capitan, Chrees James......

Friday, 5 February 2010

Membership Renewal

"D'a Management" would like to thank all members that have renewed their membership for this year. If you have not yet renewed and are intending to do so, could you please do so as soon as possible; this helps the membership secretary to process them as a batch. Unrenewed memberships will lapse at the end of February.

Membership forms can be found on the membership page of the website