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City Cycle Couriers kick off the festive week on Sunday with their 10.5-mile event at Ermington, the Andy Nosworthy Memorial Time Trial.

Entrants include our man for all seasons, Dean Robson (Northover Vets-Rudy Project), and Josh Coyne (Okehampton CC). Jane Allinson (Yogi Cycling) is the lone woman riding. Last year’s winner Andrew White, absent this time, holds the course record with a 22-50.

Boxing Day sees the New Forest CC `10` taking place at Bisterne, on the B3347, with 70 brave souls taking part after Christmas Day’s jollifications. The line up includes Ken Buckley (Nuun-Sigma Sport-London RT), Dave Dent (GS Stella), Xavier Disley (Aero Coach) and Simon Berogna (VC St Raphael). Leading woman is multi-champion Julia Shaw (Drag2Zero). Fancy dress is recommended.

Looks like being a dull weekend weather wise but don’t let that put you off, once on your bike you will enjoy yourself among kindred spirits. Have a Merry and safe Christmas.

Words by David Taylor