CTC Northampton at the London-Surrey 100 on Sunday 2nd August

At least six riders from CTC Northampton are taking part in the London-Surrey 100 on Sunday 2nd August.  This is a 100-mile ride on closed roads that follows the route of the 2012 Olympic Road Race, starting at the Olympic Park in Stratford, going out to the Surrey Hills and returning to London to finish on The Mall.

Four CTC Northampton riders were successful in the public ballot for places: Brian, Colin, Emily and Phil L.  Two more are taking part in teams from clubs affiliated to British Cycling: Phillip G is riding with Team MK and Ian M is riding with Forty-Plus CC.

Two riders have decided to use the opportunity to raise funds for charities.

Colin is seeking sponsorship on behalf of the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation.  This is a charity dear to him as his daughter has had diabetes since she was four.  You can help the charity through Colin’s webpage where he appears as Danny Lopez (a character in Dylan’s song “Something There Is About You” from the album “Planet Waves”)!

Phil L is seeking sponsorship on behalf of the Headway Foundation which supports those with brain injury in Northampton. This is a charity dear to him as he sustained a serious head injury himself when he fell from his bike in March last year. It is also the charity we support in our annual Guy Barber Ride. You can help through Phil’s webpage (Phil doesn’t appear as a character from a Dylan song!).

Two local cycling events – Sunday 29th December

Gary H, one of our members, wants to bring two non-competitive events to everyone’s attention:

The first is a three-hour mountain bike orienteering (or trail quest) event.  The second is a road sportive event (over distances of 30 / 40 / 70 kms).  Both are ideal “come and try” events and are based at Naseby Village Hall – just off the A14/A508, post code NN6 6DE.
The Hall will open at 8.00 a.m.  The trail quest event starts between 9.00 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.  The 70 km sportive starts at 9.00 a.m. and the 40 km and 30 km sportives start at 10.00 a.m.
The entry fee for either event is £10.00 and includes maps and refreshments.
The trail quest is run under Midland Trail Quest rules and guidelines.  The sportives are run under British Cycling rules and guidelines.
Details and on-line entry for the trail quest can be found here and for the sportives here.  The 70 km sportive route is set on a figure-of-eight course: you need to complete the first 40 km before 11.30am (and call in to HQ) before you can start the 30km. 
CATS Mountain Bike Club have successfully run this event for the past 11 years, giving almost £8,000 away to charity.  The chosen charity for this year is a local cancer charity called Hope Against Cancer based in Leicester.  (This charity has been looking after the wife of the original organiser of the event, who stepped down this time last year to look after his wife.)