Club Secretary's page
What a tremendous year 2016 is turning out to be with great success on many fronts.
Neil Harrigan has just set a new Club record for the Vets 100 of 4.01.53, breaking Bob Crayford's 2002 record by nearly 9 minutes - and this on a road bike with clip-ons! He did admit though to finding the last hour hard to hold a set position! Well done to him.
Then there is the tremendous success of the Paris-Roubaix venture - 2 vans and 9 Club members going over to watch the pro race and experience the riding on the cobbles of the Arenburg Trench. As a result of the success of this trip talk is already about 2017 and this time going to the Tour of Flanders. And just this weekend we had 6 riders riding the Wiggle French sportif and aslo 2 riders in the Dragon sportif in Wales - reports for both of those still to come in.
Don't forget too that there is still a foreign trip to come - this year to ride Ventoux. It is over the first weekend in September and again there are two van loads of members going. If it is like previous years (weather permitting) then it is another sure-fire success
The Jumble earlier in the year, organised by our 'veteran bike officiando' Roger Stevens was a great success, not only for the Club but to everyone I spoke to who reckoned they had come away with a profit.
Then there are our lady riders both making a strong contribution to the Club. Our 'new' member, Megan Wilson, rode a 190 mile charity ride on behalf of her firm and Kate went to ride the Etape Caledonian again, achieving a personal best time.
The Evening 10s are attracting large fields, although over the last two weeks the weather has not played ball. Club Nights numbers continue upwards - I don't know whether it is the company or the coffee, but there is certainly a great atmosphere.
One sad note though is that we have had to say farewell to Derek Wright who passed away recently. Although he was not with the Club for long he played a full and active part - going on Club Runs, attending the Dinners & Award ceremonies, riding in France with us and managing the Club kit. He joined us after an absence of some 40 years from the sport - he previously rode as an Independent for Youngs Cycles. Yet he had such a smooth and fast cadence still; it was impressive and nearly impossible to drop him - he'd just pedal even faster. His bike were always immaculately turned out too. He had such a warm and engaging personality - he will be missed.
I don't know why I am going on and on about Club matters - you can read all this and more in the Club Newsletter elsewhere on this website.
Safe riding though.
Michael Coulter Secretary
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