IRC Spring Sportive 2017 – 30th AprilClick here to see the flyer in more detail
April Club-ridesFrom 26/3/17 the club-rides shall start at 9am, until the clocks go back later in the year. There shall be no rides on the 9th (IRC Spring Open TT), 16th (IRC Road Race) or 30th (IRC Sportive) of April.
Cyclocross OrganisersThe club require persons willing to organise the clubs cyclocross event at the end of the year. Ray Morgan shall be happy to advise.
Intrepid Icknield Ride Again – Matt PriceOn Sunday 5 March three Icknield Road Club riders once again braved the elements to make the journey to Thrapston, Northampton to race the Mark Bell Memorial Time Trial, hosted by Kettering Cycling Club over a 20 mile course which took in the rural roads through and around the villages of Geddington, Grafton Underwood and Brigstock. On leaving Bedfordshire, the weather promised much – with blue skies and hardly a breath of wind, although the forecast was for far from ideal conditions, with a heavy band of rain to pass over the course just before the first rider was due to start. The heavy rain left a great deal of standing water on the course, and generated a great deal of spray from passing traffic making for extremely challenging conditions, which probably explained the reduced field with over 40 riders registered, and only 29 riders starting, with 28 finishers. The roughly triangular course, run in an anti-clockwise direction consisted of a six mile slightly uphill leg with a tail wind, followed by a turn in to the headwind, with some more challenging hills, followed by the final six mile leg across the prevailing wind, with lots of short sharp sprints between sharp corners on a strength sapping gradual uphill climb, with a final half mile, high speed down hill sprint to make the final short climb to the finish. Icknield Road Club Rider Times Andy Ward – DNF Dave Morgan – 55:04 Matt Price – 59:13 Overall WInner – Graham Knight (JCA Equipe Velo) – 44:26
IRC Open 30km TT – 9th AprilVenue – Cheddington Village Hall, entry closes the 28th of March. Click here for further details.
Club President – John LeeJohn Lee has been re-elected by the committee as the IRC president until January 2019.
The Buckingham Sportive – 2nd AprilFancy a warm-up for the IRC Sportive? Why not consider this offering from Purple Patch Running?
Evening TT LeagueMembers are encouraged to put their names down on the list for duties. Please contact Nick Jones.
Tuesday Evening rides 2017These are planned to begin again around the end of March, when the evenings start to brighten.
Custodian for Marshalling Jackets and Race NumbersWe need a new custodian for the clubs marshalling jackets and race number. See Gordon Hart for further details.
NDCA & Millennium TrophyDid you know that the IRC were a founding member and still affiliated to the Northampton & District Cycling Association? A series of events are organised from April through to September, incorporating points competitions, etc. See NDCA for further details. The Millennium Trophy is a prestigious competition devised and introduced by Doug Eager of the IRC. It is made up of a number of sporting time trials incorporating competitions for men, women, vets, juniors and teams. The IRC was well represented in 2016 with Tim Davies claiming the veterans title, the IRC men claiming the men’s team prize at the IRC event, coming 3rd overall in the series men’s team event and also claiming a couple of ‘Lantern Rouge’ to boot! See Millenium Trophy for further details.
Racing Meeting – 24th JanuaryTime to discuss racing across all disciplines! What is available? How can we organise ourselves? All welcome, it should be an interesting evening.
Prudential Ride 100 preparation ridesAfter last years successful rides, Jayne Raynor is planning further runs for this year!
Chiltern Classics Reliability Rides 2017Running from the 22nd January until the 26th of February the Chiltern classics series is a great way to test your fitness and train for the coming season. See Chiltern Classics 2017 for further details.
Club Runs 2017The club are looking for volunteers to be a second ride leader. Interested parties should contact Nigel Cole. A group averaging 18/19mph over 50/60 miles meet most Sundays at 0830 at the roundabout at the top of Barton cutting. This is a training ride with no stopping, nor waiting if you can’t keep up the pace. However, everyone is welcome to give it a try. Contact Tim Davies for further details.
IRC Road Race – 16th April 2017The course will be Great Barford. HQ Great Barford Village Hall. Category 2, 3 & 4 event of 6 laps, and 57 miles. We will need our members to help host the event, run by Tim Davies. If you fancy yourself as a lead car driver, signing on steward, race service or most importantly a marshall, please let Tim know. More info will be available as it develops.
Revised date for IRC Inter Club 10Date moved from the 22nd April to the 5th of August 2017.
John Lee and the IRC on Anglian NewsSee John and comments on his unique achievements at itv.com
2017 Subscriptions now overdueThe subscription rates are, Juveniles (under 16) £5, Junior 16 & 17 £ 9, Senior Citizens (over 65) £ 13, Family £ 30 and Seniors £ 20. Subscriptions should be given to the membership secretary Sharon Davey.
IRC AGM31st January 2017 at 1930.
Marshalling Duty ListThe calendar for 2017’s evening league is available at the clubroom on Tuesday evenings for you to put your name down on your preferred dates. Alternatively email Nick Jones with your preferred dates.
Spinning SessionsFriday spinning sessions shall resume in the new year. See Chris Jenkins for further details.
2017 Sportive date announcedThe 2017 sportive shall take place on Sunday the 30th of April. Visit the Events page for further details and link to British Cycling Website where you can sign up.You can also sign up Tuesday nights at club room
Cyclocross OrganisersVolunteers are being sought to organise the IRC Cyclocross event in 2017, with Ray Morgans guidance of course. Two of the volunteers may join Ray at the wrap-up review meeting of the 2016-17 season (late February/Early March), where the organisation of 2017’s event shall begin.
New Club Record!!!A new womens Icknield Road Club record for 30 miles was created on the 26th of June 2016 of 5:02:33 at the Inter Club TT organised by the Hitchin Nomads. Judy Reid – 1:32:28, Su-Anne Bullock – 1:43:49 & Christine Tovey – 1:46:16. Well done ladies.
A BIG thankyou for the Sportive
Thankyou for your support again for this years Sportive back in May 2016 This years event managed to raise £6322 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, £5322 of which was raised by the IRC and the helicopter was able to land and stayed with us for a few hours enabling everyone to meet the crew and doctors on board . We had various craft stalls and fairground rides including mini Go Carts and Bouncy Castles as well as a British Cycling Go Ride where the younger riders could practice their skills around a track. This year we also had 3 Live Bands including a Jazz Band and Salsa band from Redborne School and a local Rhythm and Blues Band with our very own Paul Taylor on drums.