Cannock Chase June 16th / FNSS Team Relay / Pictures & Video

I will be riding the trails at Cannock Chase this Sunday.   Everyone is welcome to join me.   I will be getting there early, but plan on meeting in the Birches Valley Car park and be ready to ride for 9:30.   We will ride the Monkey Trail, then head off to the cake stop.   Do not forget money for the car park and for cake!       Let me know if you are coming.

The FNSS team relay is now on July 26th at St. Andrews RFC in Rugby.  Who’s up for riding?   It is for teams of 4 and it would be good to have a least a couple of CATS teams entered.    It is a very laid back event, nothing technical and a great way to have a go at a race.   I suggest we try and get a couple of equal teams and have our own mini-race.

Pictures from the CATastic Tour can be found by clicking here.

Also checkout this awesome video of the FNSS race at Mallory, click here.  You can spot me at about 2:05  leading the Vets and Grand Vets out from the start! 


Upcoming rides and call for help.

The FNSS starts on May 10th and CATS are promoting the first two rounds at Borough Hill, Daventry and Avalanche Adventure, Sibbertoft.   We need members to turn up and help at these events.   We will need marshals   help with signing on and at the finish line.   Assistance in gathering in all the course markers will also be appreciated.   In return for you help you can claim free entry for a FNSS event or a ticket for the end of season meal.   Do not forget that if you race the series you can claim helper points.   Please come and support your club.

As a leg loosener for the CATStastic tour, Tony, Mark and Ginette will be riding from Rushden to Grafham Water on May 11th.   Start from the Rushden and Higham Rugby club at 7:30.   It will be about 75km with a cake stop at the reservoir.

With the BORS on May 12th, see Andy Waller’s message,   that makes a very busy weekend!

Tuesday Nights – Harlestone Firs starting on April 23rd Ian M will be riding round the firs for the next few weeks.  If you want to join him meet at the main entrance at 7:20.  Plan for a hour’s easy riding on the singletrack.

Cannock Chase March 3rd

Who is planning to go to Cannock Chase on Sunday?

I will be there.  Andy Waller and Chris Perry are, hopefully, going to join.    We know Mark and Ginette are on their secret winter training camp!

If you are planning on going please leave a comment so we can wait for you. Meet in the Birches Valley car park and be ready to ride at 9:30.  Click on the calendar for a map.  Do not forget change for parking and for cake!

                         Ian M

CATS forum has been hacked – new option

The old forum was hacked into and overloaded the server we used.  The server owner was none too happy.    Re-creating the old forum is going to be major task.  As an alternative, low cost (free) and low maintenance solution there is a new Message Board page where you can leave comments.   There are links above on the menu and below.    Links to the latest comments are shown under the calendar.

Give it a try and see if it is going to work for us.

Welland Valley CC Reliability Ride – January 27th 50 or 116km – P O S T P O N E D

From Andy Waller:

Following the cancellation of the Reliability ride, if anyone still fancies getting some miles in I’ll lead a ride out from Naseby this Sunday. It will be a mountain bike ride but with all the melting snow about most likely on the road. The weather forecast for Sunday doesn’t look too bad – rain clearing early on then dry with temps up to +7°C. I’ll be leaving the village hall car park at 9.15 and aim to be back by 12.30, if time permits with a stop at the World Peace Café.


January 2nd and HONC

On January 2nd we will meet at Brampton Halt for a ride round Harlestone Firs.  Normal time of 18:45 ready to ride.

For those riders wanting to ride the Hell Of the North Cotswolds (HONC) remember that entries open on January 5th. Based on the last couple of years the event is likely to sell out in a couple of hours.

CATtastic Tour 2013 Tony needs your Money

Tony Clarke is organizing a 3 day ride at the end of May, taking in the Sourthern Pennine Bridleway and the Mary Townley Loop.  All the details are here.   

Each rider who wants to join this ride needs to pay Tony £60 so he can get the  accomodation booked.   Please get you money to Tony before January 5th.

Rapha SuperCross October 27th Misterton Hall

It was Misterton Madness at the weekend and with the professionals doing the judging I had no excuse not to have a go at my first cyclocross race.   I entered the Go Cross fun race.

After the Le Man style start,

I soon found the mysterious Wall of Foam,

Riding the course blind, without a warm-up lap, was not a good idea as the vertical planks that needed to be negotiated took me by surprise.

Taking the Tequila shortcut was another silly idea.  As many of you know I don’t drink, so having my shot of alcohol in over 25 years, did not help.

Overall it was a fun race with lots of spectators heckling us.  The whole day had a great atmosphere and I would recommend it.

CATS MBC were in the prizes.   Andy Searcy rode the “proper race” and won “Highest Place Andrew” prize!

Starring Role in the Coed Y Brenin Enduro

Chris entered the Howies 60k Enduro in Coed Y Brenin at the end of September.

He managed to get his photo on the event photographer’s web page.   Check it out here   Well done Chris!  Having just written 60k round those trail I’d be smiling as well.

Diary Dates, AGM and the Smoking Leg Warmers

The diary dates has now been updated to the end of the year.   Click on the Google Calendar for all the details.    Neil is planning a couple of Sunday rides at the beginning of November and December.

From the end of October we will start the Winter program of having alternate rides from Market Harborough and Brampton Halt.   With The Bell now closed, the Market Harborough rides will start from The Cherry Tree.  There is a map link on the Calendar if you are note sure where it is.

The AGM will be on October 10th at The Stag’s Head in Maidwell.   Meeting starts at 19:30.  Arrive at 19:00 if you want to eat.  Check the forum for rides out to the AGM.    Please forward any agenda items to Neil, or post them on the forum.

As for the Smoking Leg Warmers…..
The Rothwell ride on Sept 26th turn out to be eventful for me.  After a puncture stop, my headlight was not working.  Nothing to worry about as its my dodgy wiring.   We arrive at the next gate with a strange burning smell and then a smoking Camelbak.   Turns out that I must have caught the wire after the puncture and caused a short circuit.  Before I could get the batteries out it had melted holes in the leg warmers and destroyed the cuff of a glove there were in the Camelbak.     Apparently I can get a Camelbak off quicker than Ralph can get off an electric fence!