"I saw my car being reversed towards me followed by a 10 year old driving a 4x4 with Fiona in the passenger seat and a bulldozer just behind!" - Duncan Clark
We later found out that Duncan and Fiona had hit the ice that the riders had found. They'd got stuck and after 20 minutes of trying Duncan went to find help. He returned empty handed to find a welsh man reversing his car down the road followed by a 10 year old driving a 4x4 with Fiona in the passenger seat and a bulldozer just behind! Only in wales.
Things started well, for the first time ever in bike club history we left on time, got an ASDA shop in and arrived at the hostel in good time. Dinner was prepared (which was fantastic both nights thanks to the dedicated catering team) and we all sat round the table and ate our brilliant curry.
Continuing this years trips theme, the weather was horrendous. As we washed up and made our way to the log fire in the sitting room something was hard to miss - it had snowed.
Undeterred we enjoyed the evening and got some sleep ready to make the most of the next day. The snow had just got worse by morning so after getting the vehicles out the snowy hostel we headed south and found somewhere nice just west of cardiff. We split into three groups and made the most of our new scenery. I personally had a great ride and we found some beautiful snappy climbs getting a quick 50 miles in. We headed back to the hostel to find the snow had cleared from most of the roads and had another great meal. Unknown to us, we needed all the energy for what was going to unfold the next day.
We got up and had breakfast, after a quick recce the roads were looking good enough to ride. It was however only just pushing 2 degrees. The first climb planned was the Tumble - a beautiful 5km climb that looked over the valley below. This snowy landscape was enough to get anyone up the climb and we quickly gathered at the top. The cold had however taken its toll and group split into two with one group heading home to the warm. Myself and five others carried on down the mountain determined not to let the crazy temperatures affect us. It wasn't long before we hit an open section with some ridiculous cross winds and then had dismount to walk over a section of snow that had blown across the road. After a further bit of bitterly cold decent we had a look at Tom's gps to find out it was a balmy -5 degrees. Time to cut the route short. We headed the most direct route home and worked furiously to keep warm.
A few minutes after arriving home Duncan got a call from a group who had cut out the Tumbler, they had carried on with the route as planned and hit icy roads as they went north. Duncan and Fiona jumped in the car to pick them up and the rest of the party turned to clearing up the hostel.
An hour passed and the riding group and the guys at the hostel hadn't heard anything from Duncan or Fiona. The riders had found a cosy b&b so another car and van headed to pick them up.
Amongst the cold, snow and wind we certainly made the most of things. A great weekend was had by all and we're looking forward to the summer term!
We regret to inform you that the performance kit will not arrive in time for the end of term. After speaking to Endura today they have informed us that due to the snow in Scotland the workforce have not been in causing more delays.
Again, we apologise for this but there really isn't anything we can do until it comes!
They have advised us that it will arrive next week, we will try and work out some distribution for those still in Bristol if possible.
As annoying as this is, we have been working on some changes for next year. We've been in long talks with a new kit supplier who have guaranteed us a 4 week turnaround. We have also created an online store (which we are itching to launch) that will allow us to streamline the order process. No one wants these delays again and we are aiming for a 6 week total turnaround time next year.
Six performance squad riders made an appearance at the first road race at Castle Combe this season. A notable result came from Sam Game as he gained enough points to advance to 3rd category.
Men's 4th Cat Results
1st Steve DANCE Andover Wheelers
2nd David PEEL Salisbury Road and Mountain CC
3rd Matt GRIFFEN Cycology Bikes
4th Thomas HALL University of Bristol Cycling Club
6th Samuel GAME University of Bristol Cycling Club
12th Micheal GALLAGHER University of Bristol Cycling Club
Women's E1234 Results
1st Marianne BRITTEN VC St Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles
2nd Adel TYSON-BLOOR VC St Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles
3rd Anna REID Zappi Ladies Team
11th Georgina SNOWDON-BRETT University of Bristol Cycling Club
21st Madeleine IAFRATE University of Bristol Cycling Club
22nd Harriet SIMPOLE-CLARKE University of Bristol Cycling Club
View all results here.
We are a large and eclectic club consisting of approximately one hundred and fifty riders who enjoy riding Road, Cross Country, Downhill, BMX, Street, Cyclo-Cross and Track.