FGCC gentleman Roy Kruger cycles for charity again.

June 13th, 2016

Once again FGCC gentleman Roy Kruger is helping to raise money for the COINS foundation by riding across Wales, from the Severn Bridge to the Menai Straights. This year it is only 220 miles over 3 days, but when consulting the map it indicated far too many contour lines a bit to close together, so will probably be the same if not more challenging than the 300 miles that he completed last year. The ride is this weekend, leaving on Saturday 18th June.

The sponsorship is for the COINS charity which Roy has had the privilege of seeing first hand in the UK, but also operates overseas. The aim is to use the power of business to create a better and more sustainable future. The easiest way to sponsor is by going to Roy’s company’s Just Giving page:

https://www.justgiving.com/vinci-it-wales-2016

For more information about COINS see:-

Coins foundation website

Roy in training for riding in wet Wales

Roy in training for riding in wet Wales

Views of the South Downs

May 18th, 2016

Visit the award winning blog site, the Anxious Gardener, for views of our favourite part of the country, the South Downs, via the following link:-

The Anxious Gardener – South Downs views

Chanctonbury - FGCC

Chanctonbury in the sunshine

This is what a BDN ride is all about

March 3rd, 2016

Excellent weather to enjoy a BDN ride on the beautiful South Downs, though with a strong north-westerly winds.

View from Amberley Mount to Bury Hill

View from Amberley Mount to Bury Hill

Messrs Bang-Sorensen, Budd and Thomas set out from Findon intending to get onto the SDW and go over to Bury Hill, round to Whiteways and back down to Houghton, North Stoke and back to Findon. However, a delayed start with 2 “blasteets” for CB and an unusual stop by the FD to admire the snowdrops by the side of the A24 left us with limited time so the straight Amberley loop was taken instead – SDW to Amberley, North Stoke and back up to Kithurst Hill and return to Findon.

Not Gala Night at The Gurkha Tandoori, Worthing

February 7th, 2016

Another excellent evening celebrating the fine achievements of members of the FGCC over a superb Nepalese dinner lubricated with oceans of Gurkha beer and plenty of entertainment by members awards presentations. At the Gurkha Tandoori, Worthing

FGCC Not Gala Night NGN

Gentlemen of the FGCC celebrate NGN

A little bit of lubrication for the FGCC at NGN

A little bit of lubrication for the FGCC at NGN

Not rain at last

January 18th, 2016

A great BDN ride for Messrs Bang-Sorensen and Thomas on 18th January with not a cloud in the sky for once:-

Chanctonbury - FGCC

Chanctonbury in the sunshine

Annual planning meeting

January 9th, 2016

And the FGCC 2015 Bulldog Bling award goes to ….

Mr Roy Kruger.

In a glitzy award ceremony in the Village House Hotel, Findon, surrounded by throngs of celebrities and hoards of paparazzi the 2015 bling award for the most rides in 2015 was presented to Mr Kruger by Mr Thomas, previous holder of this prestigious award. Just prior to this Mr Topley, Head Statistician for the FGCC, read out the attendance figures and total heights climbed for each member, starting with Mr G Derrick with zero on both counts due to his predilection for golf and no doubt the 19th hole.

As well as attending a staggering 34 rides, Mr Kruger had ascended a commendable 1.2749 Everests – the FGCC official measure of total heights climbed – and ridden a total of 776 miles (or 646.67 EN miles, the other official FGCC measure in honour of Mr Ewart Nightingale) on Saturday rides (plus the Peaks ride).

The 2015 FGCC Bulldog Bling award

The 2015 FGCC Bulldog Bling award

Mr R Kruger - winner of the FGCC 2016 Bulldog Bling award

Mr R Kruger – winner of the FGCC 2016 Bulldog Bling award

The evening continued with planning of rides for the year and the outcome has since been presented in the revised calendar on the FGCC website, and needless to say that the world was put to rights in the process! Thanks to everyone for their contribution to determining the calendar for the year and the anticipation of many entertaining rides for 2016.
A happy new year to one and all.

Annual Planning meeting notification

January 6th, 2016

The next FGCC annual planning meeting has been called for this Friday 8th January 2016.
Look forward to seeing members at the Village House Pub from 8.00pm onwards for an entertaining evening of planning and generally talking b******s.

Village House Pub Findon - FGCCVillage House Pub Findon - FGCC

FGCC Gentleman, Roy Kruger, and work colleagues on Hindhead to Land’s End charity ride.

September 8th, 2015

Updates from Roy as he progresses – assuming he has enough energy.

Day three and final 100 miles – Day started off with us all going the wrong direction, but after doubling back and climbing the ex’s of all ex’s we managed to make up a bit of time. Hard first third, fairly flat second third and then very tough climb over and into Penzance when the heavens opened and the wind virtually blew us back where we came from. Once in Penzance heading to Lands End the wind shifted to behind us so the last 8 miles was easier. The race to the finish began at 6 miles before the end and yours truly pipped the finish line.

All together an amazing experience, good group of people and well worth the challenge.

Day two – Incredibly tough ride today, Yeovil to Launceston stopping in Exeter for lunch. Legs were numb by the end so not sure what tomorrow is going to be like. 205 miles completed, 98 to go, Lands End here we come.

Day one – set off late from Hindhead and had very slow people to start with, however they soon gave up and we were able to go at a reasonable pace. Weather was brilliant and ride was very scenic. Got to our destination at 7:30 after 110 miles but then had to go find someone who was lost. Feeling like I’ve had a ride but not as bad as i was expecting. Tomorrow is the big one. If I’m still able I will update tomorrow.

The ride event details.
Three Middle Aged Men In Lyrca (MAMILs) from the IT Department at Vinci Construction will embark on a gruelling jaunt of cycling 300mlies from Hindhead in Surrey to Lands End in 3 days, via the 1360 Medieval Route starting on Friday the 11th September.

If you know Roy and Matt (The youngest and best looking one – his words))… you’ll know that this is a HUGE personal challenge, whereas the third member of the group, Graham, cycles to work daily, and is probably more used to modelling Lycra! J

Colleague, Julie, is accompanying them (in a van) as Team Support (driver/refreshments/spare parts & first aid kit), she deserves your sympathy too! (Can you imagine the whinging about chafing, she’ll have to listen to?)

The three are taking on this great challenge to help raise funds for the COINS foundation, which is a not for profit organisation of the COINS group. The aim is to use the power of business to create a better and more sustainable future, for Nepal and Community Projects in both the UK and overseas. Please use the link to see more of the great work carried out by the COINS Foundation: http://coinsfoundation.org/

The VINCI IT Department MAMILS, would really appreciate your sponsorship, which is best done by clicking this link to the Just Giving page, so that you can donate the additional Gift Aid too. Any contribution will be most greatly received:

https://www.justgiving.com/vinci-it-cycle-team-2015/

Day 1 Morning
The group will be meeting the other riders at the Cookie Bar, Hindhead in readiness for an early start:-

Click on this link to see the route.

Day 1 Afternoon.
Click on this link for the afternoon route.

Day 2 Morning
Click on this link to see the morning route for day 2.

Day 2 Afternoon
Click on the link for the afternoon route for day 2.

Day 3 Morning
Click on this link to see the morning route for day 3.

Day 3 Afternoon
Click on this link for the afternoon route for day 3 to journey’s end.

Follow Mr Budd’s Pacific adventure

March 14th, 2015

You can follow Chris Budd’s Pacific crossing on his friends’ yacht via this link:

Www.afarvi.blogspot.it

Not Gala Night 2015

March 1st, 2015

Eight gentlemen of the FGCC met at the Gurkha Tandoori on Friday 20th February for our annual celebration of all that the Findon Gentlemen’s Cycling Club represents, to present awards for great achievements in the previous year, and to enjoy the Gurkha fare – as one gentlemen (PT) later commented “Not Gala Night was, as ever, such a great success on the libatory front that utter cobblers was talked for a considerable time.”
All were dressed formally as is required for such a great occasion, though with Mr Roche dressed in local style in support of the people of Nepal as well as his people in Tana Rata.

NGN 2015 - toasts to absent friends

NGN 2015 – toasts to absent friends


After ensuring all glasses were refreshed – with Gurkha or Cobra beer naturally – toasts to absent friends took place, becoming increasingly surprising at the overall numbers (around 20?)as various members and former members were recalled. The multiple toasts might have caused an increase in the creative discourse, at one point leading to the subject of the Good Book with a quotation and debate as to which version, with one member (clearly afflicted by Gurkha) mistakenly trying to refer to the KJV by stating the “St James Version”, but his slurring pronunciation sounding more like “the Sid James Version”, this immediately becoming a source of great entertainment.
Such was the nature of “utter cobblers” discussed during a highly entertaining evening, which became even more so as medals for achievement and toasts were made individually to members present.
A great evening with the damage being evident at the end – not quite such a sad reflection on our ages in comparison to 2014.
The damage

The damage