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