Hello Crabbies, yes autumn is here and nothing to look forward except cold dark miserable days for the next six months, and not mention Christmas bah humbug.




Crabwood cc club 10 September


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Jens with Team Crabwood, he’s the one that looks like a proper cyclist.


We were again graced by Jens Voigt’s presence at the Crabwood September club 10. And again, there was a raffle with a chance to ride a two up with JV. And the lucky winner was Dave Radcliffe. All proceeds from the raffle going to the Epilepsy Society and Canine Partners. This was Dave’s first ever time trial, and he managed to tow Jens round to post a 27.21


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As usual on the P164 course, it was windy, and as usual it was a south westerly and it was the usual fight against the wind from Ipley to the finish. The wind didn’t seem to hamper Nick Tarmey of VC Venta who posted 21.30. Pat Lafford was the fastest CCC rider, who was wearing his go faster black Speedsuit (reminded me of a spent match) posted a 24.44.


I would like thank Pete and Jacky Betteridge, Dave Crocker and Roy Budd for time keeping this season, Colin Smith for pushing off, David Hanbury and everybody else who helped with marshalling.




Presidents Cup


Congratulations to Pat Lafford on winning the cup again, with Brian Coupe second and Alan Bigwood third.


We need to find some younger riders who can give him a run for his money




75th Anniversary Heath Road Race Series


Well done to John Winchester and the many helpers from Crabwood and various other clubs, on a  successful and well-received series of road races.  Results and many more photos on our Facebook page






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Other news




 We have not just one, but two new members. I would like to welcome Ken Parmenter and Dave Ricketts to the club.  Ken who at the age of 80 is planning to return to time trialing, it will be nice for Claire to have someone of her own age to compete against.  And Dave, a work colleague of Dave Radcliffe and a member of the Sunday morning Hedge End cider drinkers. 




Dates for your diaries.


Club AGM Tuesday 6th Nov, 8pm, The New Inn, Hounsdown.



Geoff Shergold memorial cyclo-cross 27th Jan, Southampton sports Centre, Helpers required – please contact Kerie  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Club dinnerSaturday 9th Feb, Wellow Golf club, details to follow in Xmas newsletter.




Social rides


21st October Black Horse, West Tytherley


11th November, Cuckoo, Hamptworth


2nd December, The Hunters, Romsey.


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




The Mince Pie Run


23rd Dec Mince Pie run, New Forest Wildlife Park, Deerleap Lane, Colbury


Riders meet at Eling Mill 10.00, all welcome at the Wildlife Park 12.00.





I’ll have a P please Bob.






Since things turned sour with my wife a fortnight ago, I’ve taken to ride 50 miles a day to clear my head. I’m now 700 miles from home and feel much happier.






That’s it for now, Xmas newsletter out in December




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









The club dinner was held again at the Wellow Golf club. Where we were treated with two special guests. I would like to thank Norman Harvey for a very entertaining and informative speech on the formation and history of Crabwood CC, celebrating its 75th anniversary. And ex world champion and Olympic gold medallist Nicole Cooke MBE, who kindly gave a us few words and presented the trophies to the usual suspects. I would like to congratulate Dave Radcliffe, who having only been a member for a few months managed to get himself awarded the coveted wooden spoon, don’t tell the chairman it is only a short gentle climb! I did hear some comments that the steak was fit to be used as shoe leather, but overall the food was as good as usual.


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Norman looking very smart with dickie bow and waistcoat.              Nicole and prize winners.




This seems to be taking forever, the company we have chosen, which are based in Europe are not only in a different time zone, but obviously use a slower clock than the rest of the world. Hopefully we may have the kit ready for the beginning of the racing season – 2019!










I would like to thank Kerie for organising another successful Geoff Shergold memorial cyclo-cross, I would also like to thank anyone who helped setting up the course and clearing up after the event and helping on the day.


Winner Sam Allen (Pedal On) who led from gun to chequered flag, winning by six minutes and lapping all but four of the field. For an in-depth report click on the link below, rather than trying to read my drivel.


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I’m glad that’s over


If you wait until the end of the video, you will see one of the finest cyclo-cross riders ever to have taken part in the GS cyclo-cross.







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It was a cold and frosty morning, and five not very enthusiastic riders turned up at Eling. We managed a short ride to Lepe and back, fortunately arriving at the café just as the rain started. It was good to see a good turnout of members, who tucked into some warm mince pies and mulled wine.


2018 EVENTS.


Evening Club Events


Yet again it is nearly that time of year to dust off your TT bikes and book of excuses.


Thurs 12th April 10 P164, Thur 26TH April 10 P164, Thurs 3rd May 10 P164, Thurs 24th May 10 P164, Thursday 7th June 15 P164 Interclub event. Weds 20th June BDWCA & CCC 25 champ’p 25 P128/25.Tues 3rd July New Forest CC Interclub 10 P164, Weds 25th July CCC 10 Champ’p P164, Thurs 9th Aug 10 P164, Sun Sept 9th 09.00 10 P164, Sun 23rd Sept 10.30 hill climb Boldrewood. All the evening 10s start at 19.00. All the events held on the P164 the HQ is Park Pale car park. 25 HQ Bartley lay by. Any assistance with these events is always needed and appreciated




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 John Winchester is kindly leading a plan to promote a series of evening Road
 Races on the Beaulieu Heath – dates being (Tuesdays) 12th and 26th June,  10th and 24th July.  Watch this space the
CCC website and Facebook page for more details.
Plenty of helpers needed for these, so please keep these dates free if you can.




Sunday 4th March Black Horse, West Tytherley.


Sunday 25th March The Hunters, Romsey.


Sunday 15th April The Hampshire Bowman, Dundridge


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





And finally.


A pedestrian steps off the kerb and into the road without looking and promptly gets knocked flat by a passing cyclist.
“You were really lucky there,” says the cyclist.
“What on earth are you talking about! That really hurt!” says the pedestrian, still on the pavement, rubbing his head.
The cyclist replies, “Well, usually I drive a bus!”


That’s all for this edition. Expect another exciting newsletter soon. Alan






Saturday 10th FEBRUARY 2018


Wellow Golf Club, Ryedown Lane, E Wellow nr Romsey SO51 6BD


       £25.00 per person




  1. Homemade Spicy Parsnip Soup with Crusty Bread

  2. Salad of Maple Glazed Pulled Pork, Cashew & Apple Chutney


C. Traditional Smoked Salmon Served with Capers, Lemon & Wholemeal Bread


Main Course


D.   Sirloin Steak, Smoked Lyburn Cheese & Mushroom Sauce


E.   Maple Glazed Roast Chicken Breast, Garlic & Herb Stuffing and Pan Gravy


F.   Grilled Sea trout Fillet with Crust & Herb Butter


G.  Spinach, Goats Cheese & Caramelised Onion Puff Pastry Tart with Wild Mushroom Sauce


(All served with a selection of fresh seasonal vegetables and potatoes)




H.  Plum & Almond Crumble with Vanilla Pod Custard


I.   Glazed Lemon Tart with Rum & Raisin Ice Cream& Malibu Syrup


J.  Trio of Local Cheeses and Biscuits




Freshly Brewed Coffee and Mints





Please indicate your menu choices below and return to Roy by 29th January with payment.  Crabwood has now come into the 21st century and you can make payment electronically – please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let him know of any payments you have made, and names/menu choices as below if applicable.  Account details:-






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Starter (A/B/C)

Main Course


Dessert (H/I/J)




















Club Subscriptions 2018


Full Membership £10.00……….           Social £5.00………..      2nd Claim £5.00……….


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To – Roy Budd, Whitethorn, Winsor Road, Winsor, Southampton, SO40 2HP









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 Merry Christmas readers.




The design for the new Crabwood jersey has been finalised, we are hoping to have one ready for display at the club dinner. I would like to thank Dave R and John W for their input into the design. The new design celebrates the clubs 75th anniversary.








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 The Geoff Shergold memorial cyclo-cross (including the club championship) will be held at The Southampton Sports Centre Sunday 28th January. The setting out of the course and the running of the event requires a lot of man/womanpower, anyone who would like to volunteer to help please contact Kerie  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel 07850 172929.  



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Mince pie run 17th December. Meet at Eling tide mill 10.00am for a gentle ride around The Forest. With lunch at the New Forest Wildlife Park, Deer Leap Ln, Ashurst. At 12.00.


14th January, The Hunters, Romsey


11th February, The Cuckoo, Hamptworth


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



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That’s it for this newsletter, hopefully the weather will have improved when the next newsletter is out. Alan.


 What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney?









Will be on Tuesday 7th November 8pm at the New Inn, A35 Spicers Hill Totton. Where one of the subjects for discussion will be selecting the design for a new club jersey to celebrate the clubs 75th anniversary.  It’s hoped to have potential designs available to view from 7.30pm.




Shocking news, we have some new members, not just one, but four. I would like to welcome Simon Hall, Kay Frazer(rejoining), Helen Lafford (the faster half of the team Lafford tandem) and last but least Dave Radcliffe, who reminds me of someone.


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I would like to wish Dave England a speedy recovery again, who came to grief on a wet cattle grid in July and broke his leg. How about some stabilisers Dave?


I would like to congratulate John Winchester and Libby on the birth of their son George 8lb 4oz on 17th June.






The Birthday Tea


I would like to thank Claire for hosting the birthday tea. It was a nice sunny afternoon, and nice to see so many of the club members and friends. And for those who rode the social ride in the morning enjoyed  lunch (at last something more than pasty and beans on the menu) at The Cuckoo




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        Leave some for everyone else Norman!




Other dates for your diary. The Crabwood cc Geoff Shergold Memorial cyclo-cross will be held at the Sports Centre 28th January.


And the club dinner will again be at The Wellow Golf club on 10th February.




29TH October, The Hampshire Bowman, Dundridge.


19th November, The Hunters, Romsey.


(Riders meet at Redbridge 9.30, The Plaza Romsey 10.00 or meet at the pub 12.00)




Mince pie run 17th December. Meet at Eling tide mill 10.00am for a gentle ride around The Forest.  With lunch at the New Forest Wildlife Park, Deer Leap Ln, Colbury nr Ashurst, at 12.00.




Time trials


This year the number of entrants was a little on the low side, probably our lovely summer may have had something to do with that. Congratulations to Pat on achieving the double and winning both the 10 (24.59) and 25 (1.2.33) championships. For a full list of results click on the link below.




Jens Voigt Ex Pro and Tour De France rider makes his second appearance at Crabwood TT, and rides it twice. After last year’s appearance as a pusher off Jens returned this year and was persuaded to ride round the P164 twice. Unfortunately, the weather let us down a little as it was wet and windy and not particularly warm. 


First off Jens joined Sotonia CC rider Mary Corbett on a tandem, setting a time of 25-26 but more importantly helping to raise awareness for Mary’s fundraising efforts as she tries to raise £12,000 for the ME Associations Ramsay Research Fund which works to find a cure for chronic fatigue syndrome (ME).


There was a lottery for a chance to ride a two up with Jens, former Hour record holder. The lottery tickets were £5, with the proceeds going to the Epilepsy Society.  And the winner was Jase Cakebread, unfortunately Jens had a bit of a mechanical, which resulted in a time of 27-45.


I would like to thank Claire for organizing the events, Jackie, Pete and Dave for time keeping, Colin for turning up, pushing off and then pushing off. And anyone else who helped with the club TTs.


For the latest News, you can click on either of the links below. You don’t have to be a Facebook member to view the CCC page.




That’s it for this edition, another exciting newsletter will be out just in time for Christmas. Alan.


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Jens Voigt turns up to club 10-mile time trial; rides it twice, first on tandem then as two-up


Legendary German rider makes second appearance at Crabwood CC 10


Jens Voigt and Mary Corbett take on the Crabwood Cycling Club 10  Credit: Mary Corbett


If you fancy doing a time trial with Jens Voigt then your best bet is to head to a Crabwood Cycling Club 10 at the start of September, where the legendary German showed up for the second year in a row.


Voigt was in the New Forest for the fifth edition of his Shut Up Legs charity ride, raising money for the Epilepsy Society, and after riding his event on Saturday, headed to the Crabwood 10 on Sunday with Stuart Grace, who helps to organise Voigt’s charity ride and also regularly rides the Crabwood’s events.


In 2016 Voigt played the role of celebrity pusher-offer, but this time round was tempted to bring his bike along, taking to the course not once, but twice.


After riding the tandem, Voigt took to the road again for a charity two-up


First off Voigt joined Sotonia CC rider Mary Corbett on a tandem, setting a time of 25-26 but more importantly helping to raise awareness for Mary’s fundraising efforts as she tries to raise £12,000 for the ME Associations Ramsay Research Fund which works to find a cure for chronic fatigue syndrome (ME).


After posing for a few photos, Voigt then took to the road again, this time alongside Jase Cakebread who had won a charity raffle to ride a two-up time trial with the two-time Tour de France stage winner and former Hour Record holder.


The duo set a time of 27-45 in wet and windy conditions on the P164/10 course in the New Forest, before heading back to the race HQ in a dusty car park just east of Lyndhurst for a few more photos and presumably a cup of tea and slice of home-made cake, with more than £15,000 raised for the Epilepsy Society over the weekend.


Very sadly, we have to report that our little club has lost another shining star, far too young, when Kim Moore lost her bravely-fought battle with cancer on Monday. Our thoughts are with Vernon, also Sheila and all Kim's family. she was a lovely lady who will be much missed by all who knew her






MARCH 2017


The club dinner.


This year was yet again held at The Wellow Golf club, yet again the food was excellent. We also enjoyed the speech given by our guest Steve Whitewick, he told us about how he took up cycling at a later age and of the good times riding with Julian Jenkinson. I would like to congratulate all the trophy winners especially Pat who was deservedly awarded the wooden spoon. Thanks to Claire and Roy for organising the dinner.





I would like to welcome David Hanbury to the club. David has been on the racing scene for a few years, and as a member of The VTTA he will giving Dave England some competition.




Social rides.


Sunday 9th April, The Wheatsheaf, Braishfield.


Sunday 30th April, The Hampshire Bowman, Dundridge.


Sunday 21st May, The Black Horse, West Tytherley


Meet at Redbridge 9.30, The Plaza Romsey or meet at the pub 12.00








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It’s that time of year again to dust off your skin suits and aero helmets and get the book of excuses out. It’s time trial season.  Below is the list of the Crabwood club events. Any volunteers to help with marshalling would be much appreciated.














13th April

Crabwood CC




Parc Pale


27th April

Crabwood CC




Parc Pale


4th May

Crabwood CC




Parc Pale


25th May

Crabwood CC




Parc Pale


8th June

Crabwood CC




Parc Pale


22nd June


(Club champs)




A336 Bartley layby


4th July

New Forest CC




Parc Pale


26th July

Crabwood CC

(Club champs)




Parc Pale


10th August

Crabwood CC




Parc Pale


3rd Sept

Crabwood CC




Parc Pale


24th Sept

Crabwood CC