By New Forest Cycling Club Press Secretary Bob Jolliffe
BEING a member of New Forest Cycling Club is not all about getting the miles in and powering along eyeballs out. There is also some serious eating to be done, too.
More than 20, of mainly more senior members wearing cracker hats, tucked into some top fare at the annual Christmas lunch at the Old Farmhouse in Burley on what turned out to be a bit of a soggy Sunday afternoon.
Ecologically it was sound meal: unwanted veggies were often passed to neighbouring plates to be devoured by hungry bikies trying hard to top up on their vitamins and banishing waste.
However, with all those sprouts and parsnips, one has to question whether it did a lot of good to the ozone layer.
As well as the traditional turkey and cranberry sauce, there were alternatives in the form of beef and trout; and I believe there was a vegetarian option, though once I caught sight of the word “turkey” on the menu, I looked no farther.
For those with room to spare (or eyes bigger than their bellies,) after the starter and mains there was also traditional Christmas pud with brandy sauce among the sweets on offer.
The vast majority of those there did their cycling in the morning then took the easy option and drove to Burley after taking the wet weather forecast into consideration.
But there was a trio of toughies who opted to pedal: Ann and Pete Hawker who rode their tandem to Lyndhurst before climbing into the car and heading home to Winchester and club president Roger Bacon who forewent a tailwind home by giving away all his parsnips and sprouts.
Thanks for organising the event, again, Roger. (Now we know why he has that beard.)
Barry Wootten, who is going to go on a British Cycling course and become club coach, is already getting some members revved up for next season with his turbo training sessions at the clubroom in Tiptoe Church Hall on Wednesday evenings.
Two have taken place already with seven members attending the first and six the second. The third session is due to take place tomorrow (December 14) with Chris Hughes in charge because Barry is busy.
Idea is to take your own turbo, towel, mat and bike along . . . and be prepared to put in some hard work.
Barry is not one of those coaches who stands on the sideline and shouts. He actually does the exercises as well. At the moment they are based on the pyramid system of building speed and they fit in well with his Saturday morning training rides which are being run off at between 15 and 16mph to build a broad base at the bottom of the pyramid to allow lots of layers to be built up.
Cost is £3 a session to help pay for the hire of the hall. There is room for up to a dozen turbo trainers at a time, so contact Barry at email@example.com or club secretary Peter Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org ( 01202 822001) to book a spot first.
No decision has yet been made whether to stage turbo training on December 21 because of the close proximity to the Christmas festivities.
There will definitely not be a session on December 28, but it will be “all systems go” from January 4.
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