All of you will know club Chair and Racing Secretary Steve Clarke.
Steve has recently been involved in a cycling accident that required hospital treatement but we are pleased to report that he is on the mend.
If you would like, please get in contact with the club and we will pass on your good wishes.
An opportunity to meet up with your clubmates once again following the popularity our first Virtual Quiz we will holding another on Thursday 14th May, please note the date change, all welcome.
If you'd like to enter your household as a team them contact Steve via email.
I'm sure lots of you are already missing the midweek club time trials, so here is one option you may want to consider.
We are planning a series of Wednesday online races/rides using the RGT events (www.rgtcycling.com). On alternate Wednesdays there will be a ride around a simulated version of the Bluebell course, and then on the other weeks we will plan a ride round a range of other local courses including the Helpston Classic, Helpston 2-up, Southwick TT course and the Crowland Bank 10 mile circuit.
Riders are all very welcome to race or ride along at their own pace, these will be each Wednesday at 19:00 until circumstances change.
Please note you need to register for each event, and we need five riders for each event to go ahead, last week with our test event we had six riders.
If there is sufficient interest we could run another event beforehand to enable households with more riders than suitable turbos all take part. These would be at 18:00 for the 10's or 17:30 for the classic or 2-up. Each rider will need to have a suitable power meter or turbo, pc and phone to connect online and take part. Please let me know if you'd want to take part in an earlier event, as we have only listed one until we know numbers. This will involve registering on the website, and it is currently entirely FREE.
The ability to ride our own created local courses is planned to be free while this virus causes the current restrictions, however this may change, and if charges are brought in then we may cease these events as we don't wish to inflict that on our riders. Please see the website to understand the requirements of your equipment, and that shoud explain all you need to know. If you wish to take part you'll need to follow the links for the events.
These will be added to the club website on the calendar page.
If you have any questions please let me know, although if it's a technical question please spend a bit of time looking through the website for help before asking, although i will aim to help if i can.
Please note: we need a minimum of five riders to register for each event for it to take place, so if you're interested please get registered.
Any questions please let me know, or join the discussion on the clubs Facebook page
For a number of years our group of volunteers has been campaigning for the creation of a new cycle route in Peterborough , west of the existing Green wheel, that would avoid the dangerous stretch of the A47. We now have a viable design and the support of the major landowners , the Nene Park Trust and the Nene valley railway. Our route would connect with the existing route from the city that runs to Castor and Ailsworth and then go along quiet roads to the village of Sutton. From the village it would run along a disused railway line before crossing the river Nene via a new set of steps and the footbridge to the NVR Wansford station. Once over the river cyclists could cross the A1 using the flyover at Stibbington and go further afield. The new route would be a major improvement for local cyclists of all kinds, both for families wanting to cycle out to the NVR station, for cycle-commuters wishing to cycle to and from the city and for local people wanting to travel between local villages. Please see the attached map for details . it would also compliment the planned route for ‘non-motorised users’ that Highways England will eventually be building alongside the improved A47.
Now is the time we need your help- as we will shortly be applying for planning permission to Peterborough City Council, we need to show how many people support our route and wish to encourage more people to cycle for their health, their enjoyment and to reduce the need for car travel.
Ian Baugh, Secretary Peterborough Cycle West project
Chris Farrow and Ian Todd are both on the PCWP committee and can vouch for the project being of real value to cyclists in providing a country route from the Southorpe/Sutton side of the river through to Stibbington/Wansford & beyond, avoiding the dangerous stretch of the A47.
Former Fenland Clarion rider and member Ian Clarke has stepped down from the position of Secretay of the National Clarion Cycling Club at the recent Easter Meet, which was held virtually.
Clarke has held the post for many years and is looking to spend more time with his family.
All at FCCC would like to thank Ian for his efforts, wish him well and look forward to see him soon.
With thanks to Dave Hallam for organising.
I sent RGT cycling a gpx file of the Bluebell route and they created this 3D simulation of the course. Riding it will be a Zwift-like experience. The scenery will be strange but the corners and gradients will all be like the real thing. It's all free at the moment (you need to download an app to your phone and another one to your screen if you have one).
This will berunning as a group ride on Wednesday evening at 7 pm on the RGT cycling app. DdHoO8JDi8
We are desperately keen for all of our members to follow all government advice and stay safe during this current period of lockdown.
Lots of you have been talking on social media about your virtual riding on various platforms such as Zwift, Bekool and Tacx.
So please keep your distance from others and share us your rides via Strava. Fingers crossed we will all be back out on the heath before long.
Take care everyone.
Most of you will know or will have guessed, but tomorrow's (25th March 2020) funeral for mine and Ian's dad, Ken 'Spider' Clarke will now not take place.
Unfortunately because of the Corona Virus, self isolating and social distancing, Dad will now have a 'Direct Cremation' at 8.30am.
We plan to have a memorial gathering and ride for Dad once the Covid-19 situation is resolved and we are back to normal.
Please pass this information on to anyone who knew our father.
All Friday youth sessions are now suspended until further notice and when the whole Coronavirus situation improves and the outcome becomes much clearer.
While it is still permissible to cycle away from others you may still be able to get your cycling in with some care, or you may decide keeping fit indoors works for you, either way i'm sure we'll all be looking forward to getting things back to normal.
In the meantime, stay safe
Given the ongoing uncertainty around the Coronavirus/COVID19 outbreak, and the developing Government advice and guidance, British Cycling has taken the decision to extend its current suspension on sanctioned cycling activities to 30 June.
With all Government guidance pointing towards a period during which the nation is being urged to come together to fight the spread of the virus, and the unprecedented burden currently on our emergency and public services, we felt that this is the most responsible – and only – course of action we could take at this moment.
We are acutely aware of the impact that this situation has had on individuals, communities and businesses within cycling and beyond. We’d like to take this opportunity to reinforce that, while we share in the disappointment of those affected by this extended suspension, we will do absolutely everything within our power to ensure that cycling can return with strength and as soon as possible.
This suspension period will include the dates originally set for several traditional milestones of the competitive cycling calendar. As with the vast majority of sports – while our primary focus will always be health and wellbeing – we will be exploring all options regarding the fulfilment of the racing calendar once sporting events can recommence.
Our recommendation to our clubs remains that no organised activity (including rides, training, coaching, events) should take place during this period, in line with government advice on social gatherings and non-essential travel.
However, riding a bike is a great way to aid your physical and mental health, provided that guidance on social distancing is followed. British Cycling would urge all cyclists to only ride on routes you know well, that are close to home and that are well within your ability level - this is a time for calm recreation, not for challenging yourself.
Now, more than ever, we must ride our bikes responsibly - that means only going out on our own, or with people we live with, and keeping two metres apart from anyone we meet, stopping and waiting for people to pass when necessary. We're doing this to protect ourselves and others, and to make it safe for everyone to ride.
If the cycling community continues to behave responsibly then we all hope to keep the roads and trails open for use, so that we can all manage our health during the coming weeks and months.
Below are details of the club activities we are suspending in light of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the advice we should take during the coming weeks.
Friday Youth Sessions
We are now suspending all Friday youth sessions until further notice. We will issue an update once we have a better understanding of the situation.
We are now suspending all club runs until further notice. We will issue an update once we have a better understanding of the situation. British Cycling also have information on their website and have now suspended group rides - please see the following link if you would like more information.
Fenland Clarion Club Time Trials
In light of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis and the following Statement from the CTT, we have no alternative but to cancel/postpone all Fenland Clarion Club Time Trials for the foreseeable future (to 31st May at least). The club will continue to monitor the situation and hopefully, we will be able to resume racing before too long.In light of the government advice now given, Cycling Time Trials (CTT) has taken the decision to suspend all CTT events, (this includes all Type A and Type B events), with immediate effect up to and including Sunday 31 May 2020.
The decision will be subject to continued review and has been taken in the interests of organisers, competitors, all those who volunteer their time to make the events “work”, supporters and in the interests of the time trialling community as a whole.
Where possible, all are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.
CTT will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates in the coming weeks.
Social distancing and advice
Social distancing measures (as defined by Public Health England as spending more than 15 minutes and within a 2-metre distance talking to someone) are now advised not only for those who test positive or have symptoms, but in day to day life. The government is advising anyone with a “new, continuous” cough or high temperature and those they live with that they need to self-isolate to help prevent the spread of the virus.
· guidance Coronavirus from the NHS is available here.
· guidance can be found on the government website here.
Wash your hands
The World Health Organisation advises that all should wash their hands properly to avoid spread of Coronavirus. WHO advise that one of the best and most basic protective measures that people can take against the Coronavirus is to wash your hands frequently. On its website, WHO states: ‘Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.’If you have any questions please contact:
Chairman & Racing Secretary
Fenland Clarion Cycling Club
Mobile: 07951 666331
Mobile: 07974 249737
Please be aware that the club will be letting its members know our plans going forward as soon as possible.
Our committee meeting was scheduled for last Monday with our planning and contingency included for discussion. However with an hour and a half to go before the start time of the session, Government advice dictated that we shouldn't meet.
There has been plenty of advice and guidance issued from the various governing bodies we are members of and that is being considered carefully before we make any formal decisions.
So please bear with us a little bit longer.
Stay safe and remember that as a club and team we need to support and be there for one another in the coming weeks.