Everyone knows this very popular route from Cheltenham to the North. Residents are fearful that proposed development could make riding this unpleasant and dangerous. A web site has been put up here: https://sites.google.com/site/gotheringtonbike/ and this gives a lot of detail and at the end it says what you can do about it if you share the concern. You are encouraged register your worries.
Last Monday some long standing members and local cyclists attended the funeral of Ron Carlton to pay their respects. Ron was a stalwart and past Chairman of the club, playing a big part in many activities and events throughout the eighties, nineties and noughties. He was a friendly, kind and considerate man, everything a gentleman should be. Early on he was respected for his time trialing ability and over decades he organized and adjudicated many events for the club, always with Brenda at his side. They were a familiar sight on their tandem. Ron was hugely enthusiastic for all forms of cycling, be it competition, audax/sportive or touring. It is ironic that cycling accidents curtailed Brenda’s life and Ron’s cycling. Although it is a reminder to always be safety conscious out on the road, it is certain that Ron would not have lived his life any other way. The club were very lucky to have had him in our ranks.
Unfortunately the club social this Saturday at the Royal Oak has been cancelled for a few different reasons. The annual club bbq will be going ahead in September so keep your eyes peeled for news of that.
Just a quick note to remind club members about the need to maintain the right standards on our group rides. The vast majority of riders that come out on club rides are tolerant of each other and demonstrate a great awareness of the road traffic laws, as well as being courteous to other road users. However, we have recently witnessed examples of poor riding etiquette and standard two examples of which a fellow club member felt were bad enough to be brought to the attention of the whole club committee. We do have a guide to the expected Road Ride Etiquette and there is an MTB specific version which complements the Road version.
Given the ever increasing numbers we are getting on a Saturday, it is important that we maintain ride standards to avoid the risk of accidents, to stop us getting a negative reputation with other road users and to set a positive example to younger and newer club members.
If you are unsure about any aspect of group riding, please feel free to email me or another committee member and / or to speak to us or to your ride leader on one of the Saturday rides.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
****update 25th June. We still need volunteers for marshalling****
We are running round 8 of the Western Summer Cyclocross League in Pittville park, Cheltenham on the afternoon and evening of Wednesday 6th July. Again we need volunteers to help set up, run, marshal and clear up after the event. Of course, volunteers will qualify for the club credit scheme.
From 4pm we need help with setting up the course and some clearance of undergrowth etc, setting up HQ and running sign-in. The racing starts with U14s at 7pm when we need marshals in place, and we need help clearing away from about 8,30pm so we can get off the park fairly quickly. If you can offer anything between these times then please will you contact the organiser, Gordon Smillie at email@example.com who will particularly appreciate help as this is the first race that he is managing for the club. These are very enjoyable events to see and are the only racing available so close within the borough bounds, so please take the opportunity to help and watch. If you are planning on competing but can help with other activities then please let Gordon know.