This new look first page of the B&DCC website gives a hint to the news & activities currently on offer in the club , for general information about the club - click the "about the club" link on the left - more specific information about the different disciplines can be found on the left too..
For spring 2014, we have a new structure for our Sunday road rides, offering four separate "grades" of ride, that should hopefully offer something for everyone..
Our rides are colour coded in order of increasing difficulty
On top of this we chuck in an occasional Epic to stretch people a little further
The magic circuit at Birchall golf course came back in a new and improved version for 2013 , with the nasty climb from the start loop replaced with some fantastic extra singletrack and a wooded switchbacking climb..Feedback confirmed that this coursewas the best XC race that Birchall has ever seen !
The first round of the 2014 Midlands XC series is back at Birchall on the 27th April...find out more here
Powered by British Cycling, we have new "mini site" that shows the recent results from our members in British Cycling events...click here to take a look
Now all we need is for the same site to show results from Cycling Time Trials, Sportive Events and the TLI races and we would have everything in one place (I think we might be living in cloud cuckoo land with that !)
One of this clubs founding principles is "Promotion" , putting on quality grass roots events to invest something back into the sport that provides our members so much.
After numerous MTB and Cyclo Cross events, it was time to consider something on the tarmac, and the crack team of Mark Bridgman Smith, Bill Seddon and Janice McWilliam have toiled to fix five "open" time trials firmly on the local calendar
The first event, a 10mile Time Trial at Hatfield Woodhouse, takes place on the 22nd March
With a full field of 140 riders, it looks like being a massive success
We are currently working on an enhanced, upgraded more dynamic website for the club...in the interim our usual facebook group is where most of the stuff is happening
The 2012/2013 Cyclo Cross Season has ended and with record participation from B&DCC members we are pleased to announce we have our first age category winner..
Congratulations Graham Whiting V60 NDCXL Cyclo Cross Champion !!
There were many other noteworthy results from the other members, including 3rd place in the V60's from Alan Maddocks, 3rd from Mick Fairest in the V55's and at the other end of teh age scale, 4th in the U9's from Dylan Richardson.
The season has been great fun, with a great family atmosphere from The Steeds at several events, and loads of members having fun and getting stuck in.
Bring on 2013/2014...
On Remembrance Sunday, the club rides grouped together at the Cenotaph in Bolsover and placed a wreath in rememberance of our fallen heroes. A minutes silence was held in recognition of those who have sacrificed, those still serving and in honour of those club members who have served in our Armed Forces.
Theres so much going off in this club, that we are sure that there must be a ride for any cyclist out there !
Bolsover and District Cycling Club have just been awarded the honour of "Club of the Year" in the 2012 Bolsover District Sports Awards.
With stiff competition, the club has taken the prize in recognition for its efforts in developing cycling activities in the Bolsover District, including a full calendar of rides, promoting competitive events and helping numerous riders overcome challenges of all descriptions to build a new level of health & fitness...
Thanks to every single member who participates in the rides and especially those that contribute much much more in the running of the club and its activities
Thanks to everyone who contributed in making our promotion of the first round of the Notts & Derbys Cyclo Cross season such a success.
The attendance was a record for the NDCXL with over 330 riders across the different categories taking part
Thanks also to the National Trust at Hardwick for allowing us to promote an event in such beautiful surroundings.
Plenty of Green & Black clad riders also rode the event with some encouraging performances for the season ahead
On the 15th April , B&DCC hosted the third round of the Midlands XC series at Birchall, Dronfield. Id like to say "now the dust has settled" but plenty of rain transformed what would have been an amazing course into something as far removed from dusty as you can get.
Big thanks to all those that supported the course design, course grooming and especially those that supported on the day, feedback from the vast majority of riders has been great, and we hope to run a round again next year
Check out the video or for full details about the series, and for the results visit http://midlandsxc.wordpress.com/
In recent weeks the club has dipped its toe a little further into the murky depths of competitive cycle sport.
With a Road Racing team consisiting of Simon Travell, Jono Dexter, Xavier Scott, Steve Crapper, Alex Whiting, Lee Hyson and Benjamin Davies all taking part in recent local events, many of them for the first time
There have been some crashes, and some poor luck with punctures but the team does show some promise and with Jono Dexter placing highly in several of the NMRRL races and taking second place in the recent Thoresby Race, a win may well be on the cards this year !
Fancy being a part of our team?
On 7th April , our own Pete Steed entered the Uk & European 24hr Solo MTB championships at Newcastleton. How anyone can possibly race for a full 24 hours on their own is beyond us, but Pete eats these types of events so much that he had a goal of a top 10 finish !
Despite snapping his frame part way in, and having to race the remainder on a borrowed bike from his brother, Pete acheived his goal and finished an amazing 7th Place from 43 Finishers !
We say Well Done to Pete for an inspirational ride, that you can read all about right here and thanks to his support crew too
Bring on Mountain Mayhem 2012 and the 5 teams from B&DCC !
Its with thanks to the combined generosity of Derbyshire County Councillors Ken Stevenson, Joan Dixon and Anne Western that the club has today received a cheque for £450 from the DCC Community Leadership Fund.
The money will go to help grow the clubs activities for young people and develop our Go-Ride offer for 2012.
Our thanks go to the three councillors for their support
Many of us the club riders are now using Strava to log their rides using a GPS or Smartphone App, and are logging times for our "segments"
...Feel free to join us in logging on Strava, but ill warn you now !! its addictive !
Not content with just taking advantage of the off road trails around us, the club is keen to improve them, and we have several initiatives running in conjunction with Bolsover Countryside Partnership.
Several members mucked in recently to cut back the overgrowth from Ovencroft lane, leading off Elmton Lane in Bolsover.
Thanks to Simon Gaddes, Gary Hibbard , Martin & Aaron Young, Steve & Georgia Crapper, Steve Moslin and David Connley for chipping in and putting in a few hours graft to make this trail passible again.
Do you have a favourite trail that needs some attention? then get in touch and let us know !!
Our Cyclo Cross team for the 2011/2012 season is getting bigger and better.At the last race there were 10 senior riders, including our first lady.
With a couple more inspired to join by what they saw, looks like we could have a team thats 12 or 13 strong in the next few weeks..
now if only someone hadnt gone and damaged this performance by double booking some social event next Saturday...
Our own Hero, Craig Preece was a guest on the Pride of Britain awards this week, representing those members of our Armed Forces who have given so much in the recent conflicts.
Craig himself was seriously injured by an IED in Afghanistan and lost his leg, but is bouncing back with some true grit and has some amazing cycling ambitions of 2012 including the race across America.
Craig (left) is pictured here meeting World Champion Mark Cavendish and World Champion paracyclist Jon Allan Butterworth at the awards.
Watch this space for more content on Craig and his ambitions ...
They say that most business is done on the golf course...well seeing as we dont really fanny about with small balls, and riding fast isnt always condusive to wheeling & dealing , we have done the next best thing in setting up a LinkedIn group for you to exchange professional services...click here for more
Paid up senior members can now get free Bronze Race membership , while Youth riders can get free Silver Race membership.
In addition you can upgrade to a higher level of membership for a discounted price. Application forms will be made available at Club social evenings or by request to the club secretary
Several intreped members of B&DCC have recently undertaken the Lands End to John O'Groats challenge for charity..you can find out who, what where & when here...
They experienced Rain , really strong winds, maniac farmers in big tractors, "value" accomodation and the tempatations of Local Beers and Scotch.
Thanks to all the Marshals that helped run the event and to the National Trust at Hardwick for the soil...
Feedback about the event would be welcomed from all riders, use the contact us button on the right hand side of the screen
Thanks to Robin Cusk And John Kerr for the photos of the event , Find the album here.
B&DCC continues its attempt to cater for all cycling niches, with the intention of forming a regular "touring" group by organising a set of evening and weekend rides in the summer.
With enough numbers we will attempt to form a formal CTC group, and organise a wider portfolio of rides throughout the year
After some hard fought battles over the duration of the 2011/2012 Cyclo Cross season, the overall results are now in....read more here
This has been the clubs most succesful cross season to date with greater participation then ever before...but we are already looking forward to 2012/2013
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8 brave club members followed in the footsteps of explorers of old and took the lengthy journey to seek out new worlds on the 8th October. Finding a promising new land locally known as "Dalby Forest" and exploring its challenging red route that had been so carefully marked out by the Natives.
Not all survived unscathed, but all returned with most limbs intact to their wives and children.
Club Member , Mark Bridgman Smith has discovered a new part for your bike while touring the african rainforest it would seem....this extended portion of your seattube is called a probiscis
Wikipedia have been contacted to amend their records as soon as is possible
This has left me really unsure as to what to call the appendage on this monkeys face...Mark?????
B&DCC has now obtained ClubMark accreditation. This stamps the clubs policies and junior activities with Sport Englands approval that it meets their standards for a club with a Junior section and has a safe well managed environment for kids to be involved in. A big well done to all involved in the process , Club Mark will raise the profile of the club and opens us up to take part in vouchers schemes from Tesco & Sainsburys , so get saving those Vouchers !!!