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Next Event: AGM Sunday 20th November 7.30pm at the Falls of Laura, Connel (Note change of venue)
Mergers and Acquisitions

Plucky independent Bikefix recently returned to Oban has joined forces with Nevis cycles to open a new Oban superstore. Nevis Cycles, now officially a chainstore, have supported Fort William and Oban cyclists over many years. Proprietors old and new Maggie, John and Ben Thompson are the living legends of cycling on the West Coast.. The store will be run by well known cycle magnate (and legend) Kevin Whitehead. Opening night is scheduled for Sat 15th October.

NACCattack on Podium

Niterider Relentless the event with no midges guaranteed is familar ground for the four riders of team NaccAttack. Nothing could have prepared them however for the conditions laid on by evil organiser Fraser Coupland. Rain was the order of the day and after getting a lap each out of the way and establishing third position, manager Mike Bossard imposed a two lap strategy to keep the laundry to a minimum. The team battled on through the night with the wet, gritty course taking its toll on the bikes. Nevis Cycle's Dougie was a regular vistor with brake pads for all and for Mike's last laps it was all we could do to scrape one working bike together. All smiles at the finish and third place was held all the way for a spot on the podium.

TT is all Over

The final TT of the season with any one of the top three riders in contention was more no-show than showdown. David Robinson battled the breeze to get the quickest time but some way shy of Alex Johnson's new record. Uncontested by his two close rivals he held on to the series lead to take the title. Chris Bell is looking dangerous for next season after his first year on a road bike and Brian Reffin proves that doing a bit of mileage significantly reduces your time.

So David Robinson the men's, Claire Treasurer took the womens top spot, Stephen Dent the fastest junior, Martin Charlton the first single speed. The course record stands at 25.55. Thanks to everyone who came along and especially to anyone brave enough to take on the timing.

Full results

Hollow Mountain Hollow Legs

NACC's first hill climb event up to Cruachan dam put a new twist on the rankings. Ben Miller set the benchmark with 14.47 closely followed by Alan Dent 15.25. Also notable was Stephen Dent the fastest junior with 16.45.

Full results

Sunday Ride

9.30am

From Energie

 

Australian Pursuits

David Robinson organised the first NACC APR. With 90% of the field not having competed before in this type of event no-one knew what to expect. The scratch group of five did their job and relentlessly wound in the earlier starters with occaisional breaks from Mike Bossard. The pace was only broken to wait for Nick who crashed out on the roundabout but was shepherded back to the fold by Jim the Commissaire. On the final lap the last of the handicappers were caught but not beaten. Bossard led a suicidal charge up the hill, which Nick could not resist; to their detriment. The final mellee resulted in a win for Gavin Blainey. Full results

TT Record Smashed

A determined Alex Johnson broke the 26 minute barrier against the odds on a breezy day at Loch Creran to complete the course in 25.55. David Robinson also broke Miller's record with 26.07. A number of other personal bests were also recorded. A low turnout meant that valuable series points went to waste. The final TT of the season is on Thursday1st September 7pm. Full results

TT

26.45

Miller

 

The Original and Best

The NACC Tour of Mull Sportive attracted a quality field of fifteen. The peleton made organised progress to Calgary with hill climbs hotly contested. While Plockton's Alex Glasgow dominated the proceedings it took some time for him to understand the Spirit of the Tour and the plucky veteran found it as easy to lose points as it was for him to gain them. Alex Johnson slightly under the weather did his best to encourage penalties against the leader. Other notable climbers were Mull's Downing, Chris Bell and Bossard. Descending; Charlton and Beamish both attracted comment. After lunch Johnson and Glasgow took advantage of the breakaway rule and didn't look back. Bossard and Charlton took up the chase on the long loop making the ferry by minutes but failing to catch the leaders. On the Salen route the final sprint was bagged by David Gibson from Chris Bell. The referee was docked a substantial amount of points for small minded officialism. There were no certificates for the finishers.

Tour of Mull Sportive ¦ Tour of Loch Linnhe Sportive Tour of Loch Awe Sportive

Run - Bike - Run

So simple. Argyll's best duathlon is here to stay.

See why here.

Full results and video nasty.

May TT

The young pretenders are getting hot under the collar at the Creran 10.5 TT. Ben Miller arrived tooled up and raring to go but failed after two turns around the course and the only record set by Alex Johnson was in the Audi to get to the start. Course record holder Robinson played it cool opting to volunteer for the timing. In fact the only record broken was for the number attending, a healthy 19.

Full results

Awesome Tour

The first of three NACC sportives this year was an Argyll classic with all the seasons and Paris-Roubaixesque terrain thrown in. Some points were awarded and penalties given but the surprise winner was the Portsonachan Hotel who not only let us in but handed out hot towels to all the riders. The hard work done in the morning was rewarded by sunshine in the afternoon. There were no plastic medals awarded.

Tour of Mull Sportive ¦ Tour of Loch Linnhe Sportive

Breezy TT

 

1st Time trial of the season escaped the rain but a strong cool breeze portended unremarkable times. Big guns Johnson, Miller, Robinson, Gunn and Brand all got inside 30 mins. Treasurer pipped Gunn to take the ladies. Newcomers Johnson, Wolfe, three Charlton's and Emanuelle all set good benchmarks.

Point system in place for this year will be as follows: 1st 30, 2nd 25, 3rd 21, 4th 17, 5th 14, 6th 12, 7th 10, 8th 8, 9th 7, 10th 6, 11th 5, 12th 4, 13th 3, 14th 2, 15th 1 Best four rankings will be taken and in a draw events where both competitors attended will be considered.

Full results.

Barcaldine Bloodbath

On a cold and frosty December morning there was a rush for the West Highland wheelers to get to the start of this race before the starting time, (they had difficulty calculating the travelling time south of Ballachulish bridge) Nick Charlton and Lucy Haycock had set another exacting course with brutal hill climbs, ice rinks strategically placed on bridges and near downhill level of technical descents through the trees and off the dam. There was a Marshall placed on the dam to make sure no one made a wrong turn off the dam and to take photos of everyone coming adrift off the icy narrow descent. There were several 'mechanicals' and lots of shredded tyres and punctures, as well as the usual spills. At least one person I spoke to landed on their head because they forget to let go of the handle bars, Ed had a nasty laceration on his calf due to an ice skating incident trying to get past Davy, but the quote of the day has to come from John, when he was asked by Hannah why were the gloves she had leant him dirty? He replied "That was holding onto trees!" Thanks to Roddy Wells and Erin for helping out with the timing and to Colleen and Andrew for filling flasks and baking so everyone could have a hot drink and cake at the end of the race. Thanks also for the support of the NACC members and setting up and marshalling the course for us all. It was great to see such a good turn out on a cold winter's day. More pics. and Full results.

Sunday Road Ride

NACC Road rides from Energie at 10am every Sunday are proving popular even in the depths of Winter. The first two have had more than twenty riders and this looks set to be a permanent fixture.

Road Rep Robin Morton guides the riders of varying abilities in all directions across North Argyll, there's a cup of tea if anywhere is open and everybody gets home one way or another!

NACC AGM

The Annual General Meeting will be at the Gluepot Connel Monday 29th 7.30pm. Come along and call the committee to account, have your say, vote in the new committee or just for the beer

 

 

Mystery Tour

Kevin Whitehead of Oban's new BikeFix led the Wednesday night ride on a Mystery Tour of Oban. This precipitous tour took in high points at Dunollie and Pulpit hill with clifftop singletracks made easier by the darkness. Next week back at Ben Lora.

 

 

Wednesday Night Ride

6pm @ Ben Lora Car Park, Benderloch

One hour mountain bike ride at a relaxed pace up the hill, descend carefully by the main path or take your choice of countless downhill tracks.

Every Wednesday until further notice.

Contact Lucy - lucy.heycock@tiscali.co.uk

Tour of Loch Linnhe

Ian Ezzi and Nick went out on the worst day of the Summer and battled with the wind and rain before drowning their sorrows in Craignure. There were no road closures needed, no drawing pins and the tiny peleton passed largely unnoticed.

 

Loch Awe

This the last road ride of the Summer is 50 miles taking the West side of Loch Awe. Oban, Kilmelford, Inverinan, Taynuilt, Oban. Shorter than the previous route but with plenty of up and down. Meet Oban Station/Taxi 9.30am

12 September 2010

 

Wednesday Night Ride

6pm @ Ben Lora Car Park, Benderloch

One hour mountain bike ride at a relaxed pace up the hill, descend carefully by the main path or take your choice of countless downhill tracks.

Every Wednesday until further notice.

Contact Lucy - lucy.heycock@tiscali.co.uk

Mull is Sunny and Warm

The Tour of Mull sportive took advantage of the sunny day and riders completed three different routes and all met the ferry home.

More pics.

TT

27.22

Robinson

Numbers are increasing and times decreasing at the Loch Creran time trial. The course record fell again to David Robinson and 5 riders clocked sub 30 minutes for the 10.5 mile course. Jim Montgomery humbled men he could have fathered with second place 28.29. Full results

Time Trial is Sunny and Fast

Ten riders rode as fast as they could around Loch Creran in the evening sunshine and had their times recorded for posterity. More pics. and Full results.

Loch Awe is Big

Tour of Mull

Round two of our three planned road rides this summer will be the Tour of Mull. Meet at Oban ferry terminal Sun 6th June 9.20am for 9.50am ferry. The route will be Craignure, A848 Tobermory, B8073 Gruline, B8035, A849 Craignure or short return via Salen. It's 85 miles or thereabout or 65 for the short loop. The direction may be reversed to take account of the weather this will be decided nearer the day. If you plan to come let me know by email. If you want to join us on the way, that's fine, just let us know.

Duathlon Un-competitive

The annual "non-competitive" Duathlon at Barcaldine was hard fought as usual with Alex Jonson, visiting from the East regaining the top spot from Mike Bossard and proving beyond doubt that "He's the daddy". Nick Charlton improved his running this year to get the better of Gavin Blainey. Bridget Halewood took first ladies spot. In the fun event Calum and Alan Kirsop romped home in impressive time, Carol Shellcock led the ladies home and Fiona Halewood on usual good form was first junior female. Newcomers the Waltons and Josh Jamieson set themselves a benchmark for next year. Thanks all for coming and to Lucy and Mike for organising. Full results

 

May Time Trial

Thusday 6th May

Loch Creran Time trial

7pm under bridge on South Side

Tour of Loch Awe

The first of our three planned road rides this summer will be the tour of Loch Awe. Meet in Oban Sun 9th May to set off at 10am at the taxi rank. The route will be Oban, Dalmally via Glen Lonan, Cladich, Kilmartin, Kilmelford Oban. It's 90 miles or thereabout. The direction may be reversed to take account of the weather this will be decided nearer the day. If you plan to come let me know by email and you may get cake. If you want to join us on the way, that's fine, just let us know.

Creran TT off to good start

The snow held off and 11 riders rode the 10.5 miles against the clock and the wind. Bossard was the fastest with Ben Cathro, showing he can pedal too, only a few seconds off the pace. Early season times were not spectacular but this event looks likely to become hard fought in months to come. Good to see some new faces and whether it's to battle for top spot or just measure your fitness come and have a go first Thursday of every month until. September.

Glencoe XC

Davy Gunn of Crankitup is hosting a 2.5km lap race Glencoe 7th April. Meeting Lochan Trail Car park 6:30 for start at 7.00pm. Lochan car park is up village, over hump bridge and then 2nd left and up road for 500m taking a right to the car park.

Barcaldine Duathlon

It's back

Run-Bike-Run

Sun 18th April 2010

See Diary and course map

Ben Thompson out training for the first Loch Creran Time Trial Thur 1st April 7pm

 

Duror Cyclo X

Cancelled due to snow

Sunday 14th March

Meet at Duror Forest car park 10am for 11am start.

Final round of the three race series.

Fearnoch Cyclo X

Sunday 21st February

Meet at Fearnoch Forest car park 10am for 11am start.

Round two of the three race series.

 

Boy Bossard Bent his Bars

and Beaten by the Boss

Club boss Charlton (41) held onto his late lead on the finish line after Bossard (20ish) stopped on the previous lap to deal with bendy bars. Charlton who had stayed in contention knowing Bossard's propensity for mechanicals struck home the advantage with a second to spare. "I've always said it's overweight multi geared full suspension bikes that win races, and today I've been proved right" said jubilant Charlton after the race. Gunn Davey (80 if he's a day) and Brand (39) completed the four finishing 8 laps. Macfarlane (pushing on now) back in the fray after time out made six laps. Heycock (26) suffered another broken chain to leave Treasurer (25) and Gunn (27) to fight it out for the ladies. The pair swapped the lead as Gunn took time to enjoy the scenery and take photos. Gunn finished 5 laps first.

Support Kidney Research UK

David Turnbull is currently fundraising for Kidney Research UK ahead of his charity cycle from London to Paris starting on the 30th June. Just over a year ago his wife received a successful transplant at the Western Infirmary following renal failure due to Polycystic Kidney disease. He would greatly appreciate any donations or cycling related fundraising ideas from within the club. Please have a look at the links below if you want to support the charity or take part in the event.

http://www.kidneyresearchukevents.org/DavidTurnbull

http://www.kidneyresearchuk.org/__assets/asset551.pdf

http://www.kidneyresearchuk.org/events/detail/cycling/147/london-to-paris-cycle-ride

Bossard Beasts Barcaldine In A Bike Breaking Bonaza

Clashes with other races resulted in a diminished field for the Sutherlands Grove cyclo-X. Seven set off but only 4 completed the grueling 1 hour multi lap event. First to drop was Lucy who was tipped to pick up 1st lady, denied by a snapped chain on the first climb! Tim went next after 4 laps his rear wheel comming adrift and bending his mech, nasty. Finally the man chasing down the eventual winner. Gavin blew a tyre (see left the bit of Rylock which fell off Nick's bike) and that blew it for him as Mike cruised round one more time to claim victory. Mike 7 laps, Nick 6, Gavin, Dave, Tom 5, Tim 4. Full results

Tour of Loch Awe

80 mile Road Ride

Easy to lunch 50km

Own pace back to Oban

Sunday 16th August

Meet Oban Clocktower 9.30am

see diary for full details.

Final TT for 2009

Thursday 3rd September

Meet South side under the bridge start 7pm

see diary for full details.

2010 Cyclo-X

Sunday 31st January 2010

Meet at sutherlands Grove 10am

It's Cyclo Cross format most

number of short laps over 1 hour. All welcome.

See diary for further details.

Loch Creran TT

Thursday 2nd July

Meet South side under the bridge start 7pm

see diary for full details.

Near perfect conditions at Loch Creran saw a good turnout and records toppled in both sexes with both Mike and Davy coming home inside the previous record. Fiona Gunn pushed the limit for the Women. Fast times all round, a puncture for Nick and Tom went for a run. Full results

Caption competition entries to me.

Bossard 1st in TEN

After years of gruelling performances in the Three Tens series Mike Bossard finally took the top spot in the solo event completing ten laps on a rigid frame. Well done to the Gunns who excelled as usual, Tim who I think still believes this is 9 hours too many (21st veteran 5 laps), Tom and Alex (6th senior 10 laps) and Nick and Greig (11th veteran 9 laps).

Fearnoch Fight

Despite the Low turnout with many riders puffed out from Ten under the Ben this XC was hard fought with the first and second place riders trading places right through to the finish. Nick took the tape as time keeper Tim broke his cadence to check the watch. Full results

 

Barcaldine Cross Country

Now a fun ride owing to Forestry Restrictions

Sunday 21st June

Meet sutherlands Grove car Park 10am

see diary for full details.

Wilson Quits

Corrected. Forestry Recreation Manager Helen Wilson is moving to a new post at SAMS. Unknown to most of us Helen has been our first point of contact with the Forestry and has facilitated our use of the various forest areas for our races. We wish her well in the future.

The New Forum

Simple really. Meet Tommy Skid and Claire Wheely and pass the time of day on the Nacc Forum

Ten Under 2009

Good luck to all the Nacc entrants in this years Ten under the Ben. Tim on his own, Tom and Alex Jonson, Mike and Alex Glasgow, The Gunns and Nick and Greig. I think I am right in saying all these riders (except Tim) have won this event in one team or another. Tim has been heard to say in the past that a ten hour race is 9 hours too many, we'll see if his view is changed after Saturday. The Race takes place at Nevis Range Fort William and is a good day out for spectators to come and support the Nacc riders.

See below for the official Ten Under Warm down. We've got a new single track at Fearnoch so come and try it out.

Creran Time Trials are Back

Time to dust off your teardrop bonnets, squeeze into your catsuits, get some new carbon bits, do some wind tunnel testing or just pump the tyres up a bit on your roadster and get down to Loch Creran Thursday 2nd April 7pm for a race against the clock. Then first Thursday every month.

Nine trialists turned out to enjoy the spectacular views of Loch Creran in the evening sunshine. Being the first event no-one was really trying that hard especially Mike hitting the top spot with a very average 28.42. It's not about the bike? You wait 'til later in the season when the carbon gets an airing, riders are wiping excess grease off their bearings, shaving their legs and pumping their tyres to dangerous levels to gain a few seconds.

May Time Trial

Thursday 7th May

Loch Creran

Don't Forget

Sunday 31st May

Fearnoch Cross Country

Meet 10am Forestry Carpark

see diary for full details.

Forestry Commission Design Plan

Nacc attended the Lorne district consultation meeting at Taynuilt. This mainly concerns ongoing felling and replanting schedules far into the future. While this is not of direct interest to the club, it is a good opportunity to see what is planned in terms of new forest roads, accesses and other routes and to suggest where alterations might be made to benefit all forest users. The areas covered were Glen Nant, Fearnoch and Inverawe. Draft maps can be seen here. These also contain information of general interest such as archaeological sights, water courses, rights of way etc.

Barnes/Bossard at Barcaldine

Elite class mountain biker Michael Bossard was the clear winner of this years North Argyll Cycle Club off-road duathlon held in Barcaldine Forest on Sunday 29th of March. Bossard created a slight lead from fellow club members Alex Johnson and Tim Brand on the first run, which used the newly paved Sustrans path, before pulling away convincingly on the undulating bike section, benefiting from the weight savings of new rigid carbon forks. He remained in first place during the second run. Gavin Blaney pulled through the field on the cycle leg but could not quite catch Johnson, who held onto second place. Hannah Barnes(pic.) from Lochgilphead had an equally convincing win in the women's race overhauling Nicola Hunter and Bridget Halewood. In the Junior race Connor MacNeil was nearly 10 minutes clear of next place Des Halewood with Calum Kirsop gaining third. Fiona, the third member of the Halewood family to compete, was the winner of the junior women's race.
The club give thanks to Evo bikes for the prizes and Helen Wilson of the Forestry Commission for enabling the event. More pics. and Full results

Maclean Cross Champ

9, yes 9! of the hardiest mountain bikers descended on Barcaldine forest for the night time race. The dusk start allowed the riders to familarise themselves with the arduous course. From the off Ruari Watt from Fort William made his intentions clear, forging a lead up the long climb and extending it with some slick descending that following pair Gavin Maclean and Tom Smith couldn't compete with. Ruari was getting in the groove and contiued to extend his lead when..disaster! puncture! and no repair kit. The only thing for it was to run back to his van (half a mile away) and change bikes. By the time he returned he was a lap down on Tom and Gavin who were unaware of the drama! Gavin begun to push the pace and Tom began to wilt, it was thanks to Maggie Thompson who fed him every lap that he got round. Ruari's come back was hamperd again when on the most technical section he snapped his seat post and had to ride his remaining laps with no seat!
On the last lap Gavin and Ruari were head to head only Ruari still a lap down, with half a lap they caught Tom and Ruari was into 2nd place. Gavin held on to claim a well deserved win.

In the womans race Fiona Gunn was the victor, Maggie knew she had the Women's vet category tied up so she chatted to marshall Claire and fed Tom until completing the course. Full results

More pics.

Barcaldine Duathlon

Run, ride then run again.

Couldn't be simpler.

Full details see Diary

Sunday 29th March 11.00am

New Events Planned

Dates have been decided for events into the New Year. A first for us will be a cyclo-cross event at Sutherlands Grove Barcaldine on the 2nd January. The format should provide for close quarters night time racing through some of the Grove's slickest single tracks. Laps will be about 10mins and the race will last an hour. The winner will have ridden the most laps. Then in March we'll repeat Tim's gruelling Duathlon Run-bike-run is the format and the pictures from last year say it all. Sweat and tears. When the daylight returns we are going to put on a social ride including some or all of Glen etive, Glencoe, Glenkinglas, Glen Strae, including a stopover at Bridge of Orchy Hotel bunkhouse. Then we'll pick up on the cross country races in May starting at Fearnoch and Inverawe in July. For full details keep an eye on the diary page.

Sutherlands

Cyclo-Cross

Break out from booze ridden lethargy and get back on the edge at our first cyclo cross event. A short and challenging course will set the scene for this night time multilapper. 1 hour of intense close quarters racing, most laps wins. Good lights, helmets and steely nerves required.

2nd January 2009

Register 3pm at Sutherlands Grove

Further details diary page.

Cyclo-cross course map(I think). Click for larger image.

Neagle Swoops on Fearnoch

It was good to see a good showing again from the Lochgilphead area. Graeme Neagle won comfortably with nearly a three minute margin unaware of the tussle between local riders Tom Smith and Nick Charlton for second place. Nick thought he had it in the bag only to lose his chain yards from the line. Tom unsure as to whether to stop and help or go for the line broke his cadence momentarily before driving hard for the finish to take second. Nick Limped in third and James Macnab put in another good ride coming in Fourth.

Fort William Stalwart Maggie Thompson fully sponsored by Nevis Cycles dominated the Womens race and won confidently. Junior Connor MacNeil did what he had to do to take his win in good time.

Thanks to all for coming. Full results

 

Winners Graeme Neagle left and Maggie centre

 

Alan Gaff from Argyll Pottery sadly died on Monday in a motor cycle accident, he very kindly specially made fine pottery as prizes for our Barcaldine bike race earler this year. Our thoughts go to all his family and friends.

 

Nacc XC Race

Fearnoch

Sunday 5th October

Registration from 10.00 am

Race Starts 11.00 am

Chairman Charlton Discharges Gunn

Last minute changes to the race calender lead to the NACC's 4th mountain bike race of the year visiting Inverawe Forest. Early fears of the course not meeting the expectation of some of Argyll's top riders were quickly dispelled as half way into the 4 mile lap the riders had to negotiate tight twisting forestry single track and a series of fast sweeping muddy bends. A small river crossing was also thrown in for good measure. NACC man, Nick Charlton came in first in the three lap race in 52:07, over a minute clear of the first of the Lochgilphed cyclist James McNab, in a time of 53:25. Evergreen Davy Gunn, still in jubilant mood from his record breaking ride in the Loch Creran time trial three days before had to settle for third in 54:57. Under 17 year old, Craig Macaffer, decided that the 1 lap race for his age group was not quite enough of a challenge and came in 8th in the adults 3 lap race in 1:05:45. Under 17 Rebecca Gunn completed the one lap race in 45:40. Full results

News Flash

Nacc Cross Country Race

Inverawe

Sunday 7th September

Registration from 10.30 am

Race Starts 12 noon

New venue. Usual torture.

 

HE'S GUNN AND GOT THE RECORD!!!

A still sunny evening saw the last of the time trials for the year, Davey came out all gunns blazing with his carbon machine and stopped the clock in a new record time of 27.41 just ahead of Mikey Bossard. PB's were had also by Gavin and Claire. Full results

Too much smiling for Davey he's already gone.

 

Nick Naccered

The second leg of the Three Tens at Kirroughtree tempted a number of Nacc teams and solos. The course was predominantly single track with snaking climbs, slippery root sections and a mixture of slow steep and fast sweeping descents. Short links of fire road were the only respite. Mike Bossard still could not find his way up to first place despite a valiant finish. He fiinished second with eleven laps three minutes behind the leader. Gavin Blainey put in a solid eight laps to finish in 15th place establishing his endurance credentials. Nick went for an early bath, well a sleep in the van 43rd. In the pairs Two Amigos (Greig Macfarlane and Peter Martin) took 8th place in the vets with a commendable 6 laps and those indomitable Gunns, Mixed vets - Team Mocha came in 2nd place with 7 laps despite apparently sleeping on the start line. (see photo). Looks like Gavin had too much coffee.

Full results

August Time Trial

Four turned out for this months time trial at Loch Creran. Davy Gunn with 28.13 was just a couple of seconds short of the fastest time this year by Bossard and Dr Dave came in sub 30.. Lucy Heycock was a minute slower than Fiona Gunn. Sixteen riders have taken part in the time trials over the year. It would be good to see all of them and any others at the last time trial of the season on Thursday 4th September. Full results

Watt, Beasted by Bossard

Top Gunn Takes the Ladies

Bossards combination of strong climbing and agile descending is proving unbeatable. Ruari Watt needs to step up a gear to knock him off the top. The Gunn family are making their mark on the the headlines after a fine win by Fiona. 30 competitors were met with a very tricky wet course, all handled the conditions well and tonys " tricky trickster" section provoked the usual post race banter and a few ashen faces. There were several retirals but no serious injuries. Thanks too Evo bikes and Argyll pottery for prizes, Fiona was too quick and left without her prize! Full results

Brand stamps his Authority

The rain stopped and the sun shone for last night's Creran TT. Lucy Heycock continued her progress to getting under 30 minutes for 10.5 mile hilly course. Tim took full advantage of the absence of the boy Bossard, who kindly stood in a cloud of midges for 40 minutes recording the times. Unusually Nick Charlton beat Tom Smith who only just managed to stay upright on his TT bike; a man/machine combination that is not entirely at ease when cornering. Full results

Robinson on Le Tour

The first weekend in July saw NACC super commuter David Robinson head to the Pyrenees and the challenge of the Etape du Tour. This year the course followed the route of Stage 10 from Pau to a mountain top finish at Hautacam. Along the way lay two fourth category climbs plus the iconic ascent of the Tourmalet to over 7000 feet. Months of careful equipment choices and bike fine tuning proved to be wasted time as Easyjet left both bike and luggage at Gatwick Airport! Undeterred, Robinson bought some new shorts, rented a bike at very unreasonable cost and joined 9000 other hopefuls in the starting pens. Light drizzle soon stopped and was replaced by rain and dense mist - long hours riding over Glen Lonan to work had become "event-specific training!" Stopping only in Lourdes to top up with holy water, steady riding was the order of the day until the summit of the Tourmalet marked the start of 30km downhill. The fastest descent in history looked likely at one point, fortunately however, some feeling returned to numb hands and allowed braking. With the 'voiture balai' well behind at the foot of the climb to Hautacam, Robinson attacked bravely but missed making the podium. Nevertheless, emerging from the mist into fleeting afternoon sunshine he was pleased with 1386th place!!

Gunn Won

Ten under the Ben ace David Gunn won the only category for real men: The senior vets solo. He completed seven laps in 10 hrs 6 min against stiff opposition. Real men never smile.

Seconds at Ten

Nacc riders competed at the now legendary 10 under the Ben endurance race in blazing sunshine. Regulars Spokey Dokeys under Gavin Blainey's rod of iron continued to improve. Tom lead out with a sound first lap and Nick took over puncturing early, in the middle and late on in the first lap. Gavin on great form put in impressive times to try and save the day but the Glencroft Rabble machine was unforgiving taking the top spot. Spokeys held off the Edinburgh Road Club to take second place.
Mike Bossard rode solo. He settled for second place after refusing the last lap. He claimed not to know how close he was to Steven Macinnes the leader.
Two amigos Mark Evans and Greig Macfarlane joined the single speed revolution. They claimed fist place in the duo singlespeed vets. Unfortunately a category unrecognised by the organisers.
A good day out for all. I recommend this to everyone. Over a thousand riders of all ages and abilities turned out. Look out for 10 at Kirroughtree in July.

Coming Soon

Nacc Cross Country Race

Barcaldine

29th June

Registration from 10am

Race Starts 11am

All ages all abilities

Route map

 

Sustrans seeks Your views.

Carol Collis of North Argyll Community Trust is assisting in a consultation being carried out on behalf of Sustrans regarding the implementaion of the Oban to Fort William cycle route. Of interest is the map of the route between Oban and Ballachulish and Consultation Poster. Artists and craftsmen amongst you may want to bid for work on seating, shelters, signposting etc. for the route.

Creran Time Trial June

Nick and Mike went head to head on a 2 lap anticlockwise course. Nick rode gallantly but suffered from luggage rack drag and Mike took victory by 26 seconds. Whispers at the trackside suggested he should have done better and that his "loose handlebars" might have been self inflicted as a convenient excuse. Claire Treasurer set out to better her last time on the out and back course which she did by over three minutes.

Bossard Unstoppable

A little breezy but largely perfect conditions for last nights NACC Loch Creran road time trial. Mike 'the boy' Bossard took the honours with an impressive 28:11 for the 11 mile course with Lucy Heycock setting the bench mark for the women. David Robinson made the simple school boy error of not finding out the course before hand although has inadvertently set the record for the 1 lap event. Full results

Bossard Again at Duror

Dour Duror is no more. The addition of an extra off road section added interest and gave a welcome break from the fire track at the top of the course, even if it did mean cartwheeling into a mossy bog. Doughnut powered Mike Bossard dominated the long climb and finished comfortably 3 minutes ahead of Gavin Blainey. 1st lady on the full course was Bridget Halewood (I hope that's right. I think Lindsey was on the short course). and Tom Macmahon was first under sixteen. Well done to Ben Miller U16 who took on the full course. Many thanks to David and Callum Shellcock. for timekeeping. Good to see some new faces. We hope to see you all again at Barcaldine in June. Tom is hoping to include some new single track. There may be some work to do to get the tracks into shape. Volunteers will be needed neaarer the time.

results

Nacc Rider Takes Wheelers' Trophy

The final round of the West Highland Wheelers winter league was held at Leanachan forest last week. NACC riders did well with Mike taking the race victory after his three month break in Hawaii. Tom won the league just doing enough in 4th place to take home the trophy.. KT Tuer was the women's winner on the day and over all league winner. Jamie Maxwell took the junior trophy.
Nick spoke in depth to Spook about his aspirations to revolutionise mountain bike racing with his shoeless/pedalless device, good luck with that.

overall rankings.

Tom Smith relaxes after a hard fought series .

Nacc Cross Country Race at Duror

27th April 2008

Nacc cross country race at Duror. This will be
a figure of eight race. See Diary for details.

Creran Time Trials

First Loch Creran road time trial of the year on this Thursday, start times from 7pm onwards. These are very low key events. (You may have to time your self!) Riders start at 1 minute intervals from under the bridge on the south side of the loch. Two laps of the loch roughly 11 miles.

results

Next Creran Time Trial Thursday 1st of May

Barcaldine Duathlon

Nineteen runners and riders turned out for this gruelling event. The inclusion of Shank's pony in this bike event meant that all who took part clearly represent the hard core of athletes. Alex Rawcliffe took first place crossing the finish looking pretty comfortable. Behind him it was a grim tale of pale faces and exhaustion; the promised pictures were almost too horrific to publish. For full race times.

     

Up to 92 km of bike and hike (with short routes available) across Mull and a big party. Click picture for info. Saturday 23 August 2008. The event will start at 7am on Tobermory High Street.

 

Maclean Clear Winner

The Nacc hosted cross country at Fearnoch was well attended with nearly fifty riders accepting the challenge. We were very pleased to see many youngsters racing alongside the more experienced riders. The course was mostly hard pack with a couple of uncomfortable quad track sections. In the two lap race Gavin Maclean showed impressive return to form winning comfortably ahead of consistent Grahame Neagle and Gavin Blainey. Lucy Heycock lead the women's race. In the fun race there was great spirit shown with riders helping each other round where the going got tough. Prizes were presented virtually at random. Full results

 

WOLFTRAX BITES BACK

On sunday the 24th February Round 5 of the West Highland Winter League was held at Wolf Trax near Laggan.
The course took the riders round the fantastic new red loop then up to complete the old red loop with its twisty rocky turns and finaly down the green family trail to finish back at the car park.
First lady was Katie Tuer beating championship contender Collen Foggo to second.
Kinta Gallachar was first home for the men in 36.17 an inpressive time for the runner up British youth champion, Ruari Watt did well to keep him in his sights and Ewan Thorburn showed what a single speed could do in capable hands; just two mins adrift of Watt. Tom Smith of NACC came in 7th, still holding on to the league lead with 4 races to go with his nearest rivals finishing 5th and 6th. It should be exiting!
Full results
Next race is at Roy Bridge on the 9th of March.

Smith forges ahead at Fearnoch

A hard fought round of the West Highland Wheelers Winter League saw the first four riders separated by only 26 secs. Tom Smith (Nacc) took the honours increasing his league lead, closely followed by Jo Barnes in his slippers, Gavin "I'm not race fit" Maclean and Mike Bossard (Nacc) complaining of "too much chocolate". Nacc riders took 5 of the top ten places. Full results

Nacc Race at Fearnoch

27th January 2008

Nacc cross country race at Fearnoch by Taynuilt. This will be
a two lap race as at Barcaldine. See Diary for details.

Bossard bags Barcaldine

Michael Bossard was the winner of the first of the winter mountain bike races organised by North Argyll Cycle Club and held at Barcaldine Forest on Sunday the 11th of November. Forty six riders, with ages between 7 and 71, took to the mix of broad forestry track and narrow muddy descents on a 7.5 mile lap. Bossard was a clear winner in the seniors and juniors 2 lap event with Tom Smith, both riding for Nevis Cycles, two and half minutes behind. Coming in third was first the junior, Graham Neagle from Mid Argyll Cycle Club. Colleen Foggo of West Highland Wheelers took the senior women's event and John McNulty and Megan Munro were the successful winners of their respective under-15 1 lap events.
It was encouraging to see so many new faces and we hope to see them again. Many thanks to the sponsors, Evo Bikes, Flit and Owen Sails for providing prizes and competing in the event.

Results Photos

 

Hebridean Challenge 2007

Ormistons and others took on this gruelling six day multi discipline team event in July. Read the Full story. Watch the Slide show.


Vacancy

Club Secretary

Responsibilities include receiving and distributing club mail.

Maintaining club records

Co-ordinating and minuting meetings

 

If you are interested in taking this up please contact any committee member.

 

Relentless Nacc Riders on the podium after 24hrs.

The Nevis Cycles/Woo-ha Ecosse had almost as many affiliations as riders. In fact at the start with missing Nacc member Bossard it was more. With the missing rider and three mechanicals hampering the early stages of the race, woo-ha had to play catch up. Glencroft rabble were stomping away with Fat Tread spin off team "pork pie and pizza powerd". The woo-ha (once Mike was out of bed) gradually clawed back some time on the strong Rabble team. Then the bad luck swung to the Rabble, a nasty off by Geoff Martin left him unable to continue. Through the night The Woo-ha team were leading and built on it through to the end to finish 1 lap up on the Pork pies..Not without drama as the mighty Woo-ha rider Bossard crashed on the teams last lap then snapped his chain! . The Glencroft Rabble faught on and impresively finished third with three riders.

Solo entrant Nick found himself chasing a Policeman for 180 miles after drinking 20 pints of a very suspicious tipple. Struggling in the dark hours before dawn and very sore the leaders got away and Nick had to settle for third place.

T.Smith/NC

Relentless Results

 

Ten under the Ben

Nacc fielded a solo rider and a team of three for this 10 hour endurance event. Mike Bossard led the singles for the best part of the race seeing off early challenges. He was eventually wound in by Ben Thomson his nevis cycles team mate and left to take second place. Picture shows end of lap 9 I think with the boys coming neck and neck through the transition.

Spokey Dokeys - Gavin Blainey, John Grant and Nick Charlton were never going to win with the Glen Croft Rabble about but put in consistent lap times in sweltering heat to gain a trophy in third place. A first for the team that has entered this race since the inaugural 10under in 2005.

Thursday evening road ride.

Lochs Etive and Creran - April to September

Come along and enjoy the challenge of the south face of Gleann Sallach on road bikes on Thursday evenings. Experience the pleasure of running out of gears as the gradient steepens and marvel at the ever changing scenery as you climb into the clouds….

Medium tempo road ride on either 15 or 25mile loop starting at the north side of the Connel bridge and going up the north side of Loch Etive and over Gleann Sallach (157m) into Barcaldine. Continue around Loch Creran for 25mile loop or return directly to Connel bridge for 15mile loop

Contact: Tim Brand 01631 720 696, Michael Bossard 01631 710097 for more details.

 

Training day - Summer madness in the woods and a visit from the gov'ner.

Diary dates are being updated. Any other news send it to me.

Eilid and John take on the Merida 100 endurance event at Selkirk. Looking for partners for Sleepless in the Saddle.

Kinlochleven time trial on Tueday saw Jason MacIntyre (Velo Ecosse) under pressure from our greatest rider. Alex "The Great" Jonsson. Alex suffered from low tyre pressure and was well satisfied with second place. 19.6 miles 47.59min.

Tom going hard on the berms in Scottish Cross Country series.

Time trials results - link to WHW time trials page. Coming events and results.
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Health and Lifestyle - Jon gulps down an energy drink before the mile at Taynuilt. (Wrong sport but same idea.).

 

 

Oban Weather - Met Office