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Final handicap race NCRA Rockingham, gingerly does it


Last Thursday evening, the rain started just as I turned off the A6116 into Corby. It started heavily and it stayed heavy right up to the moment when it stopped. Thankfully the clouds had the courtesy to move on before … Continue reading

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NCRA Middleton


What a gorgeous day for a race – warm and clear in the heart of the beautiful Welland valley. It’s a part of the world I love ride, but it’s a circuit I’ve never really enjoyed. There were three of … Continue reading

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NCRA Spring Series Race 4 Old: Hail Hath no Mercy


Articulation has returned to my finger joints, my knuckles can flex and my thumbs oppose; they have thawed after the 4th, and final, race in the early NCRA spring series. I can type again. Saturday morning started off pleasant enough … Continue reading

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NCRA Spring Series 3 – 50% road race, 50% TT


I had been lowering my expectations for Saturday afternoon all week. Much of the morning seemed to be spent mentally composing the excuses for what, I felt, would be an inevitably dismal race. Arriving at the Walgrave HQ I bumped … Continue reading

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NCRA Spring Series Race 2 – Keysoe Virgins


Our cycling club, St Neots CC, is, by cycling’s standard, an old club. We can trace our roots back to the late 19th century, and the club has the history to match its long life. During its existence the club … Continue reading

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NCRA Spring Series Race 1 Naseby…and a cautionary tale


The last time I raced at the Naseby circuit I attacked on the course’s climb early on. Tim and two Rutland riders joined me and we stayed away almost to the very end. We were swept up and our efforts … Continue reading

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NCRA Southwick Race – “Shut up legs!”


For the 5th event in the NCRA series, the Thursday night race moved to the Southwick road circuit; a fast and flattish 6 mile circuit west of Oundle punctuated with a 400m long climb, averaging 4.5%, up to the start/finish … Continue reading

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