The club’s faster road riders may be interested to know that the local chaingang will restart on Tuesday 28th March. It will depart from the lay-by near the Ellenborough Park Hotel at 6pm.

Please note that the chaingang is not a C&CCC ride.

If you haven’t already volunteered for marshaling at the Hell of the North Cotswolds (HONC) ride, then now is the last opportunity to get involved with this fantastic event.  This year’s HONC is proving as popular as ever with 1300 riders already signed up for the event on Sunday April 9th.  The event generates substantial revenues for WCC & Cheltenham & County CC, as well as allowing us to make donations to a wide range of local & national organisations like The County Air Ambulance, The British Heart Foundation and Conservators of Cleeve Common.  As you can imagine, the demands on resourcing such a large and prestigious event are quite large but the work itself should not be too taxing and could involve a good chunk of riding yer bike!  To help the event run smoothly C&CCC will be providing on-course Marshaling on the day itself and putting out signage (on about half of the route) the day before.  In return for helping out, all marshals receive an event medal and a T shirt to wear with pride!

We have had a good response to date but we still require a number of static marshals on Sunday April 9th, who will be allocated shifts of approximately 1hr 15mins throughout the AFTERNOON.

If you can help, please contact either Richard Preston directly or Robin (via email or through the club website contact page)

Those of you who may be planning to end Race week with a few carbs to burn will be delighted to know that C&CCC’s Steve Poulton is still accepting entries for the “Cheltenham Flyer” on Saturday 18th March.

This event is a well established Audax which, for those unfamiliar with the format, means that riders are expected to follow a routecard or a GPX file (if preferred) to ride between various controls within a generous max/min time limit.  There is no broomwagon and the emphasis is very much on self-sufficiency…but usually there are plenty of experienced riders who will be on a route to help if needed.  Speaking of routes, there are 3 to choose from: 100, 150, and 200km.  They all start at Andoversford Village Hall before heading south, tracing the River Coln to Fernham for refreshments.  The 150km traverses the Marlborough Downs to Tetbury before returning up the Slad Valley. The 100km retraces the Coln or via a higher level route through Chedworth.  Entry is easy from the AUK website (see below), with entry costs offering the kind of VFM that seems to be increasingly rare in cycling events.   If there are any queries then Steve can be contacted via a link on the appropriate webpage, or ping Robin an email.  Please note that comedy beards are optional.

http://www.aukweb.net/events/

The next club social will be on Sunday 2nd April in the Frog and Fiddle on the Lower High Street. We’ve hired the green room and there will be chips and mayonnaise, in true Belgian fashion. Hope to see lots of you there.

The Committee has decided to proceed with an initial Group Leader Course which will be undertaken on some safe public/private roads and is aimed at those cyclists who would like to develop the skills and knowledge needed to organise, lead and review a Group Ride.   The club has always struggled to get the number of ride leaders we need and yet this is the most popular part of the club!  It is a bit like the chicken and egg scenario, if people were more confident about ride leading then they would lead more rides…but in order to be confident then…  Anyway, we are going to try and break this closed loop by offering the opportunity to sign up for a one day course which will include some group riding, writing a risk assessment and operating procedures…and exploring different Leading styles, incident management skills and all the other good stuff.  The event will be organised by qualified instructors and a certificate will be issued along with a card recognising achievement.  If you are interested then please either let Robin know directly or use the club contact page to get in touch with Simon (Road Captain) or Ed (MTB Captain).

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Coming events

Thursday, 30 Mar 2017
Club Evening
Saturday, 1 Apr 2017
Road Ride: Farm Park via Guiting (16, 14)
Road Ride: (H3) Chedworth via Daglingworth (16, 18, 20)
Sunday, 2 Apr 2017
Club Ride: Farmers Table Tortworth 01454 261633
Tour of Flanders Social
Tuesday, 4 Apr 2017
MTB - Evening Ride
Evening Road Ride: Riders to choose the Pub Stop (Lights needed) - Formal venues restart in April
Evening Road Ride: Faster Road Ride

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