Round 7 is this Sunday 2nd November and is nice and local at Stroud Leisure Centre, organised by Team Striking Bikes. Entry is on the day.
Don’t miss out on a great evening, get your annual meal place booked before it is too late.
I will be out on the club ride next Saturday if you would like to book then or you can transfer £15 per person to the club account (reference Annual Meal) to secure your booking and email me with your menu choices (Email: Dalere2@yahoo.co.uk), which can be found below. Partners, wives etc are also welcome.
There will also be a chance to book your places at the AGM in the Exmouth Arms on Tuesday 11th November.
Cleeve Golf club is a nice spacious venue with local ales, and home cooked food.
(Note: if you are vegetarian and would not keen on the main option please let me know and we will see what we can sort)
There is a bus that goes up Cleeve hill for anyone worried about transport 606 details can be found here
Broccoli & Stilton Soup with a ½ Baguette
Breaded Mushrooms with a Garlic Mayo
Chicken with a Leek & bacon Sauce
Chicken Breast with a Sweet Chilli Sauce
All served with seasonal vegetables, boiled potatoes
With the change of season it felt like time to freshen up the routes and some destinations as well. From next week (1st Nov) it will be worth taking a few minutes more to look at the Garmin links on the calendar (NOTE- if these don’t work for you it is probably because you need to register or log in to Garmin Connect).
The 14/16 routes stick to the general character of previous routes while avoiding the roughest lanes and steepest descents where we can. There are a few new steep little climbs we haven’t used before but on the hilliest routes I have tried to keep the distance down a bit to compensate.
The 40 mile routes aim to use the better lanes and quieter main roads where possible. These should be more reliable for faster riding in winter conditions. The suggested average speeds for the winter are 16 and 18 which, as well as being less risky in slippery conditions, are more appropriate for the training season.
Some things don’t change though, we are still looking for more regulars to help out with leading groups so that the responsibilities are shared around more evenly. For those who don’t feel confident about navigation or are just generally not clear about what’s involved we will be running an evening seminar in early December. Details to follow but if you are interested in attending or have particular topics you would like to be covered please come and let me know at the Pump Rooms or cafe.
Its reached that time of year when the roads are often wet and mucky; so its time to fit mudguards, preferably with a mudflap, to make riding in groups a pleasurable experience for all. If you are unable to fit mudguards then be prepared to ride at the back of the group so that you aren’t spraying anyone behind you.
Club road racers and testers are firmly in close season now and may even be thinking about training for next year. The Cyclocross season is just getting going, and the club have already put on a round of the Western CX League in Pittville Park (massive to thanks to Paul Meyer and his team). The annual awards night is on 29th November at the club dinner and Xmas party – hope you can make it.
For some of us, it’s also a time for planning for next year. We have the following things to report:
- We will be re-vamping the Thursday night time-trials for 2015, with a new competition format that will include competitions for vets, seniors and juniors/youths, with separate categories for males and females. There will also be a new system for volunteering at these events. We will be setting the calendar soon – please let me know if you have any suggestions.
- The open time trial will on March 29th, using a new course that goes from Daglingworth, up the A435, u-turn at Seven Springs and finish by Perrotts Brook. There will be a road bike only category which we hope will drum up some entries from the wider club – this means you!
- We are looking for a traffic free venue suitable for coaching younger riders and perhaps put on some circuit races
- We will continue to promote cyclocross racing at Pittville Park and up at Chedworth Farm
- The dinner comes is too early this year to hand out the cyclocross trophies, and the committee are thinking about another event in the new year.
- We may well be running the Julie Andrews again.
- Harry Lawrence will be putting on another trip to Newport Velodrome – details to follow.
I won’t promote the club road race next year in order to focus on time trial series, so if any of you fancy promoting this fantastic event, please let me know ASAP. The event is straightforward to run. I can give you all the contacts, paperwork and materials from the last two years which will save you a lot of effort.
That’s all for now,