Bird Hills ride -21st June - Gravel and Ladies Tour of Britian

Just a short write up of todays Bird Hills club ride.  We had 7 regulars and 2 new riders dragged along by Matt and Les and 10th who ridden once with this group and a couple of times with the clock tower group.  The general agreement was 'reverse' of a normal route, then round to Stokenchurch / Lane End to watch the ladies Tour of Britain.

A fantastic ride in Wales ... the Velothon

Compared to the alternatives of sprinting up and down a bypass for 12 hours, camping and riding through the night in Sweden or hunting out dragons in the mountains of Snowdonia, I think Rob and I definitely took the easy option last Sunday in riding the inaugural 140km Velothon Cymru on closed roads from Cardiff.

A fantastic weekend in Sweden... the Vatternrundan

After Stuart had to very sadly pull out, 3 of us (Mark, Dave Booth and me) made our way to Heathrow at some ungodly hour on Friday morning, in time to have a huge breakfast and then we were off, on our annual trip to the Vatternrundan - a 300km ride around lake Vattern in Sweden. We had had a great year last year, riding through the day - and this year we decided to go for an earlier start time and ride through the night.

Check out Chris Stocks' video of his 10

Chris Stocks used to be a regular at our events but we haven't seen him for a few years. He's making a comeback and just to prove it, his cool video of his ride at the 10 on Thursday is at


Andrew goes for the 12 hour record

Club chairman Andrew Payne will attempt to break the club 12 hour record tomorrow on the Bentley course on the A31 near Alton. Paul Richardson will assist by handing up bottles and trying not to doze off and miss his rider - he'll be in the Hen & Chickens layby all day. Andrew starts at 7-42 am, while most of you are still enjoying your Sunday lie in.

If any club members are in the area why not drop by and cheer him on - anything to relieve the boredom of circling the Bentley loop over a dozen times. Watch out for updates on the club twitter feed throughout the day.

Clock Tower Ride - 7th June (and next few weeks - including Box Hill ride)

Sunday was a wonderful day for being out cycling and 5 members turned up for the Clock Tower Ride.  It was good to see Jane back again for a second time, especially as she had completed the Wokingham Triathlon the previous day.  Before we left we were given a bit of a history lesson, as a man approached us and commented that he was pleased to see us out riding as when he was young he used to come out on the club rides from the Clock Tower.  This was back when MDCC was still part of the Athletics Club, so I’m assuming in the 1960’s.

Tonight's TT (14th) Cancelled - Roadworks

Due to roadworks and traffic lights at Knowl Hill tonights TT is unfortunately cancelled.
They are expected to be there for 2 days and the resulting impact to traffic resulted in yesterday's TT with Middlesex RC being abandoned.

"Is it this left?" - Clock Tower Ride 3rd May

7 days ago I was racing in the European Duathlon Champs circumventing endless roundabouts in Madrid in torrential rain and hailstones, so I was hoping for slightly more comfortable conditions back in Maidenhead this morning.  However this was a UK bank holiday weekend so I wasn't entirely surprised to see the rain falling when I looked out of the window this morning.  It was one of those days when I wondered whether I would find anyone at the Clock Tower when I turned up, so I was pleased to meet both Steve (a prospective member keen for his first ride) and Rob. 

About time two! - Clock Tower Ride 19th April

Neither Sarah nor I could make the Clock Tower ride last weekend which pleasingly saw the brighter weather attract more new members.  However Rob Ingle and John Gibson ably looked after them and Rob sent the following report.  I hope you newbies enjoyed your ride and look forward to meeting you soon, though not sure who will be around this weekend (Rob, Sarah and I will all be absent).


About time...

We started writing our rides up again! And what better time than on a day when we had 10 riders at the clock tower, 4 of which were new members, and 3 of whom were ladies! Hoorah - a third of the riders were ladies - it was great to see and both the new ladies said they would be back, so thats fantastic.

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