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Spring is here…..

… so the clocks go back tonight, and the calendar is getting busier. Evening club rides will start again soon and we will see an increase in evening TT’s as well as the Lotus Cars Cycle Race League which starts in May. (Look out for the updates on our webpage over the next couple of days.) Some of our more intrepid members have started their time trialling season already and the race team have been blooded as well – reports from both those disciplines soon… along with suggestions for how anyone can get started in competition.

We are also moving into Sportive season, so make sure you let us know if you have events in your diary, (especially if they are far away) as it’s always nice to see fellow members on the course, and perhaps share travel. Do let us have reports afterwards too so we can put them in the newsletter – and if you can provide photographs that’s even better.

Keep an eye out here and on the club’s facebook page to see what everyone is up to ….. and join in…..

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Norfolk Audax…

Keith and Sue Harrison are famous for the quality of their Audax events: their route sheets, organisation and catering are always excellent… it’s just a shame they can’t organise the weather to a similar standard. For the 6 VCN folk on the Norfolk Mardle the weather held off for the meandering ride to the Salthouse control. Here after the gloopiest mint chocolate cake ever the rain and wind set in for the climb back up the Terminal Glacial Moraine (yes it really is called that, Roly) that constitutes the Cromer Ridge and the run back to Norwich. Special mention to Matt for whom this was the first ride since shattering his shoulder… talk about easing back into it gently (not).

For anyone who fancies sampling Sue and Keith’s Audax hospitality they will be running the  National 400km audax from Hempnall in June and have promised to honour all entries. Apparently they have 60 signed up already!

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Sunny rides 11 Mar

Sunday 11th March saw many of the club members baring their pure white winter legs for the first time! 15 VCN members joined 85 riders for the Diss CC reliability ride. 30 members turned up for the club ride splitting into two groups, the faster group headed to Cley and the club run headed for Holt where the scones were far superior to Cley!!

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Tour of Norfolk

March 3rd and 4th saw the annual VCN Tour of Norfolk take to the roads. After what must have been one of the nicest weeks of the late winter the weather slowly deteriorated into the weekend with the forecast for Saturday predicting wind and rain; and more of both on the Sunday… So it was a somewhat apprehensive group that eventually set off from Fiveways pub for a meandering ride to the first lunch stop in Castle Acre. Rain did little to dampen spirits and a fire and good food at the Ostrich pub set the scene for the afternoon dash to Hunstanton. The evening out was somewhat different to planned as the restaurant we had booked had collapsed (physically, not financially) but the owner kindly ferried us to a fine alternative and this was almost certainly a contributory factor to the slow start on Sunday….that, and the rain… and the wind. So it was a thoroughly soaked group that arrived back on Sunday afternoon.

This was the first year we have run two groups with people able to choose their pace and switch between them on the two days. A successful trial and one we will use again next year.

Watch out for the full report in the Newsletter and keep a March weekend free for the cyclists vs weather rematch in 2013!

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Last Sufferfest – Thursday 8th…

… let’s make it one to remember…….. Usual time (7 for a 7.30pm start) usual place (Open Academy, Norwich) usual price (£3 for VCN members) usual requirements (Bike, turbo, towel, drink)….. see you there.

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It’s live at last…

Welcome to the new VCN website.Thanks for your patience. We have kept it simple and hopefully put in the stuff that will be useful to you all. …..Updates to the site and news will be posted here….. It’s your club site so let us know what you think.