MAY  2018




The new kit has finally arrived!





After many weeks of waiting, the new kit has arrived, and for once we look like a proper club. With the exception of Tweety Pie in the middle.


We are not keeping supplies of club kit, but If you would like to order any please contact Claire.  Once we have enough (5 main garments) we can place another order.




We have a couple of new members - Colin Yeates, and Ollie Hollister, welcome to the club.  John Tunney has also rejoined the club after a couple of years’ absence, welcome back John.  John and Colin have also turned up and  ridden a club 10 this year.




Now some very sad news.  Andy Stevens’ wife Taryn has recently passed away, aged  just 62.  Taryn used to support Andy at races and attend our social functions. The club would like to send their condolences to Andy and daughter Holly.  Thanks to those members who attended the funeral.




Birthday tea.


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Yes, it’s that time of year again. Pat and Helen have kindly offered to host the birthday tea again. This will be held on 17th June at 3.00pm. There will also be a club ride in the morning, stopping for lunch at The Cuckoo.


Heath Road Races.


To celebrate the clubs 75th birthday, the club with the help of David Lloyd Gym are promoting a series of road races. The HQ is at Applemore College with the races taking place on the following dates.              12th and 26th of June and the 10th and 24th of July. We, as always need volunteers help out with marshalling, judging etc. Please contact Claire to advise which dates you are free to help.


TT news.


The first event 12th April, for once the wind was in the right direction, which produced a very fast time - Matt Downie TAAP Cervelo Racing 20.45.  CCC riders Pat 25.33, Simon Wheeler 27.24 and John Tunney on his return 29.20.


The second event 26th April, was a chilly evening, perhaps that’s why there were no CCC riders there, that is also my excuse. With James Fox of VC Venta posting the fastest time 22.28


The third event 3rd May. A bit of a cross wind to the first turn followed by a tail wind to Ipley, and then as usual a headwind to the finish. It finally looks like Pat has some competition with new member Colin Yeates posting 24.28 beating Pat by 28 seconds, I struggled round with a 27.26 and Brian Coupe 28.01. Winner Mitchell Webb Halo Sports CT 23.26.


Unfortunately the 24th May event was cancelled due to poor weather and only one brave rider turning up.


I would like to thank Jacky and Pete B and Dave Crocker for time keeping. John SB, Dave Hanbury, Dave England and Claire for their help. And finally, Colin our pusher off, push off Colin.


The next club TTs. 7th June P164 15, 20th June Club 25 Championship P128 HQ Lay by Bartley, 3rd July NFCC interclub P164, 25th July Club 10 Championship P164.


Social rides


17th June The Cuckoo, Hamptworth


8th July The Hampshire Bowman, Dundridge


Meet at Redbridge 09.30, The Plaza Romsey 10.00, or meet at the pub 12.00.




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How not to do it.


Beware if Colin is in his car.




On Saturday morning, a roadie gets up early, as he has for so many Saturday morning rides, and softly slips out of the bedroom. He dresses quietly in the next room, grabs his helmet and water bottle, and goes out to pump the tyres. As the garage door opens, he’s confronted by an icy, windswept rain.


He’s ridden before in these conditions. He doesn’t like it, but when it’s Saturday morning he never misses. He ponders the dismal conditions and then retreats to the kitchen to tune a small TV to the Weather Channel. The forecast only sounds worse. This is one Saturday when he just can’t summon the determination. With a sigh, he slips off his shoes, quietly returns to the bedroom, undresses and slips back into bed.


There he cuddles up to his wife’s back and whispers: “The weather out there is terrible.”


To which she sleepily replies: “Can you believe my husband went riding in that crap?”            


That’s it for this edition. Alan