C&CCC club member Steve Poulton is, on behalf of Cheltenham CTC/CUK, organising 3 Audax events (200km, 150km & 100km) which will suit all Club riders:

The 200km over Gospel Pass is a full day out with 3000m of climbing.  The 150 takes a similar route through the FoD to Monmouth and Pandy but routes via Kerne Bridge to climb Yat Rock, to return via Grosmont and the Marcle Ridge.  The 100 is a glorious passage through the FoD to Speech House and Yat Rock, then cross-country to Hoarwithy Bridge for a return over Marcle Ridge.  These are well-proven routes into superb countryside and mostly quiet roads, especially the return after Hoarwithy Bridge (all routes).  The approach (on the 200) to the Gospel Pass is from the South (in the shade of the woods) to enjoy the wonderful descent into Hay.

The entry fee for the 200 and 150 includes a food stop in Pandy Village Hall to fuel riders for the return leg.

For those unfamiliar to the world of audaxing, these are low cost/high VFM rides which are generally planned on quieter roads with pleasurable cycling in mind.  There is no broom wagon or mechanical assistance (outside of fellow riders) and riders are expected to navigate themselves, although a well written routecard or GPS file will be available from the organiser.  To keep things reasonable, there is a maximum speed as well as a very generous minimum speed.  Please see the Audax UK events website for Entry details (PayPal available) or contact Robin (Contacts page or Hotmail) if there are any queries.

We have received news of the sudden and unexpected death of the maverick bundle of energy that was David Shephard.

Dave was a regular on the local Triathlon and TT scene, as well as competing in a number of C&CCC Cyclocross events.

Whilst many will miss a good friend and training buddy, that doesn’t compare to the gap left in the lives of David’s wife Nicola and his daughters Beatrice and Matilda.  So to do something practical, the Tewkesbury Tri club has started a fund which they hope can help in the weeks and months ahead.  If you’d like to donate, do please follow this link and feel free to share it: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ttc-onefamily

Just a quick note to let you all know that the latest newsletter has been sent out and should be in your email inboxes.  It’s chokka this month with all the blurb on club initiatives, purchases, race news and some interesting reports from recent events!!

The cc-cc open Time Trial was successfully held today, a month later than usual which resulted in fine spring weather but a slightly lower turn out of 46 entrants

Overall things ran smoothly without major incident although as usual, there were a few problems sent to test us.
Notably, the highway repair services achieving what surely must be must be a club record for setting up temporary traffic lights on a Sunday morning.
They weren’t there for the first riders off, but after 20 minutes they were up and running for the later and faster riders. Some of whom were temporarily slowed up on the 40+mph run into Cirencester.

After Doug had crunched the numbers, they showed the winner was David Janes in 46 minutes 40 seconds Plus for Strava users – 10 KOM’s.
Previous CCCC member Dean Robson was second in 47:14 with Tavis Walker third in 48:12 Not far behind was Josh Griffiths, fastest junior in an excellent 50.01
Fastest Lady was Donna Short 1:3:41 Tony Chapman was fastest 40yr veteran in 50:45 and Steve Cottington fastest 50+ vet in 51:44
Dursley won the team prize.

The route finishes up the 6% Welsh way wall, which surprised a few who hadn’t expected it.
David Janes was again quickest up here in 1:52 average 17.4 mph.

CC-CC riders were ably represented by John Pinfold 1:08: 34 ( Road bike)
Gary Rickards 54:57 Julian Bullas 56:12 and Mark Hamper 54:48

These club events would not be possible without the help of the volunteers, most of whom have done it many times before but it would be nice to see some new faces next time.
A very big thanks to (in no particular order) Doug Gale – finish timekeeper. Martin McGreary, Don Muir, Gary Potts, Louise Bish, Simon Worsley, Jeff Manners, Rachel Green, Tom Lejeune, Graham Steer and Harry Walton
Many thanks
Scott Mcardle

Date for your diaries!
This year’s club bbq will be taking place on Saturday 23rd September at the Royal Oak in Prestbury. More details to follow nearer the time.

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017
MTB - Evening Ride
Thursday, 25 May 2017
Evening Time Trial
Club Evening
Saturday, 27 May 2017
Road Ride: (H4) Minchinhampton then Slad (16, 17, 18, 20)
Road Ride: Broadway Tower via Guiting Power (16, 18)
Road Ride: Farm Park via Stanway (16, 14)
Sunday, 28 May 2017
Club Ride: Weston Cider factory Much Marcle
Sportive Ride

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