Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Ras de Cymru Stage 1

Stage 1 of the Ras de Cymru done and dusted.

Basil's crisis of the day: Brought the Carbon Wheels, but not the Carbon-Specific Brake Pads. Surprisingly local bike shops in Newport do indeed stock these items!

The local council decided to make things exciting for the organiser by erecting road works on the prologue course the day of the race. An alternte 'flat' course was found (as opposed to the original 6km TT with a 1km hill climb tagged on). Basil was very disappointed.

However, it turns out 'Welsh Flat' is quite different from 'Cambridge Flat', so all was not lost.

1 - Clive Nicholls (High Wycombe CC) 0:10:44
8 - Basil Moss 0:11:12 (Basil is medium-happy)
53 - Tom Vickery 0:11:47 (Tom is devastated, but at least has the excuse of being ill)
71 - Tim Williams 0:12:03 (Tim is, well... Tim. He is glad we don't have to defend any silly jerseys).
82 - Eric Gowland 0:12:13 (Let's not talk about it. Ever).

Tomorrow's stage promises 6 loops of a 9 mile 'hilly' circuit, complete with... (wait for it...) Rain!

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Ras de Cymru 2010

Hello Cambridge CC,

You may or may not be aware that Cambridge CC is returning to the Ras de Cymru (Tour of Wales) this year.

Our squad for the 2010 event:

Basil 'Anquetil' Moss
Tom 'Tri-boy' Vickery
Tim 'The Shaman' Williams
Eric 'No Known Appropriate Nickname' Gowland (that's me!).

The race is HQ'd at the University of Wales, Newport, in Caerleon. The stages are as follows:

Day 1: Stage 1 - Short Prologue with Hilltop finish.
Day 2: Stage 2 - Rolling Circuit Road Stage, Flat finish.
Day 3: Stage 3 - Rolling Team TT. Stage 4 - Hilly Circuit Road Stage, Long Drag finish.
Day 4: Stage 5 - Hilly Point-To-Point Race, Hilltop finish.
Day 5: Stage 6 - Flat Road Stage, 4-mile mountain-top finish.

I'll attempt to post the stories of our trials and tribulations via twitter (ego_land), on the club forum, and here.

Next report from the road!


Monday, 28 June 2010

Phew what a scorcher...

The current hot spell saw seven 'newbies' join the Touring group club run on Sunday.

The group went to Safffron Walden via Duxford and Newport returning Linton then Balsham .. to return in time for those who wanted to watch the football .. if only we'ld known we would have stayed out for longer.

Some of the more frisky first timers should now be thinking about joining intermediates on their next outing.

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Saturday, 12 June 2010

Free Holiday

Dear All,
Tony Purnell is unable to take up his cycling holiday and would like to know if a fellow club member would like to go in his place? Details on the message site.