Club committee to meet and discuss updated position from British Cycling
There is a lot of information coming out at the moment from the likes of British Cycling, Cycling Time Trials and the official Government messages themsevles.
With that in mind the club committee will virtually meet on 15th June to discuss the restarting of club activities as soon as we are able and its safe to do so.
All activities will only restart in accordance with the relevant guidance given by the relevant bodies.
In the meantime please refer to the British Cycling article here.
The key paragraph being....
Last week (Wednesday 27 May) we announced that all formalised group and club activity (including club runs, HSBC UK Breeze rides and similar) would be suspended until Saturday 4 July, and this suspension remains in place.
Thank you all for you patience, support and co-operation in what has been an unpreceded challenge for those who run the club.
Club kit update 22/05/2020
The sell off of Impsport kit is proving successful with only a couple of jerseys now left.
There are still stocks of caps, mitts and arm warmers available.
Going forward all club kit will be available to order through the online store and to launch that there are a number of new club products for you.
Any questions please ask a committee member.
For any orders of products that are in our Ellmore stock locally, you will get the choice to have posted or collect and have postage charge refunded.
Kit sell off update
Stock is selling fast on the Impsport kit.
There are not many jerseys left so here is the current stock list.
We are now out of long sleeved kit and bibs.
Thanks to all for their enquiries. I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Revised date for this weeks club quiz
Quiz via Zoom is now tomorrow Thursday 14th May 7pm
Old stock sale
We have a few pieces of Impsport made club stock still available.
To help us sell it through and to give members a special one off offer. The prices of jersey's will be further reduced from £30 to £15.
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.
Virtual Rides on Wednesday Evenings
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
Peterborough Cycle West - A request for help
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.
Virtual group ride on RGT tomorrow evening.
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
Ian Clarke steps down
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.
Ride a virtual Wednesday night 10 and let us know
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.
Kens funeral - a message from Steve and Ian Clarke
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.