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clubman

Member since Jun 2008 • Last active Aug 2017

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    My ride this Saturday was a quite pootle in the Chiltern lanes which I wouldn't normally bother telling you about were it not for the hedgerow find you can see in the frying pan below.

    They are slices of a giant puffball. This is one of the few wild mushrooms that I can recognise with enough confidence to eat. I'm not sure that I cooked it in the best possible way, because the flavour in the mouth although good, wasn't as outstanding as one might have hoped. On the other hand the house was filled with a delightful mushroom smell, so maybe the taste somehow escaped from the pan.

    My grandparents lived roughly in that area, and I remember a great aunt talking about knowing when and where wild mushrooms grew, and going out to collect them. I was a bit surprised to find this puffball since it was growing on the verge of the road, in full view of every passerby.

    Thinking about it, I realised that probably all the locals have been pushed out of their idyllic village homes by rich incomers, who zoom along the lanes in their expensive German cars not noticing the treasures lying about at the roadside.

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    Better late than never:

    https://www.velouk.net/2017/07/12/resultĀ­-rttc-100-mile-tt-championship/

    I just forgot to post this link when it was a current story. If you haven't seen it already, I hope it still has some interest.

    Just one point not in the report - what a pity umop3pisdn just failed, by a gnat's whisker, to get
    under the four hour mark - all the effort, just a slight imperfection in the conditions! I would have felt able to mention his ride if he had done so, because many people (outside this forum) are impressed by any good ride done without the dubious benefit of a derailleur.

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    Here's my report on an event that at least some of you should have entered:

    https://www.velouk.net/2017/07/27/reportĀ­-newton-longville-road-races/

    The men's race ( a 'National B' event) only had 43 entries, so even I could have got a ride!
    It's also worth mentioning that the organiser, Wayne Thomas, sets himself very high standards and achieves them, so if you notice his name as race promoter it's worth trying an entry.

    The women's event really showed how far their racing has come on in the past few years. On this fairly tough circuit on a few riders were dropped, the break looked convincing, and Ms. Lowther, although only 21, judged her sprint to a masterly standard (or should that be 'mistressly').

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    I cannot claim to be an authority on this - but I thought it was important to bring Keith's blog and the fact of the EGM to the notice of as many people as possible.

    However, it does seem clear to me that there is a danger that BC may, in the future, be even more focused on medals in international competition and less interested in grass roots racing in Britain. It appears that the reason for this EGM is to avoid the loss of government funding. This funding is all about winning medals and nothing to do with the road or track event that you or I, as ordinary members, may want to ride.

    You will probably have noticed the date of the EGM is the 22nd of July. Anything strike you about that date? Yes it's the Saturday before the finish of the Tour de France, and the first day of the school holidays - a day when most peoples' thoughts will be far away from boring and abstruse matters like the BC constitution. So this in itself looks like a government trying to hide bad news by publishing it on a busy news day.

    There is a Latin proverb: 'no one hides a jug under a cloak for an honest reason.'

    So, to return to your question, I can't give you a satisfactory answer but I can't help feeling there is a bad smell around this whole affair.

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    I'm not the organiser, so I haven't seen the entries yet myself, but I'm sure the top riders will have entered.

    I will make enquiries.

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    Thanks for your quote, umop3pisden.

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    Thanks.

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    Sorry, I can't make the link work properly - you'll have to type it into google.

    I shall be going to a meeting on Wednesday when this matter will be discussed. I'd be pleased to hear if you have any feedback, and I will try to pass your views on.

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    The link hasn't worked in the post above, I'll try once more:

    Freedomcycle-bingers.blogspot.co.uk

    (Edit) Still not working! you'll have to type it into google.

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