Clubroom remains closed.
On behalf of the committee, I am delighted to finally announce that official club rides, both road and off-road, will recommence from Saturday April 3rd. As a British Cycling affiliated club, Stourbridge Cycling Club can organise official rides with up to 15 riders if we comply with government and British Cycling Covid requirements. These include Track and Trace and social distancing before and after rides. They are necessary for legal and insurance purposes, so we must comply. The exemption only applies during the ride not before or after. This contrasts with an unofficial ride, such as a group of friends riding together, that is restricted to six.
It is likely that the public will not be aware of this exemption. There could also be some confusion with the police although British Cycling will contact them.
Start times and locations will be the same as before except that the Summerhill rides will start in the Harvester car park not the layby. There is more space to split groups and social distancing will be easier. We appreciate that groups of up to 15 will seem large. This is a maximum and so you are encouraged to ride in smaller groups which many riders will feel more comfortable with and are easier to manage. Finally, we want to ask for your cooperation and help. We need people to step forward and help with the organisation of rides especially with groups sizes at the start which we know from experience can be difficult.
John’s family have asked me to confirm that in accordance with John’s wishes, his funeral is just for his immediate family, with no flowers or donations. Nonetheless, his family are also planning to hold a celebration of John’s life event, probably in the Spring/Summer, when, hopefully, the current restrictions have been lifted and everybody has been vaccinated, at which donations may then be invited. Further details are to be posted in due course.
Kevin Payton Chairman
Sorry to announce that life member and club stalwart Les Archer passed away on 6th August.
Les was known and liked by so many people, was a very decent rider, organised several road races including the British National Championships in Dudley and managed the Stourbridge Elite Squad from 2000 until 2008. He will be missed and our condolences go to his wife, Pat and son and daughter, Nick and Alison.
Stourbridge stalwart, Wally Fowler set a new World Best Hour Record at Newport velodrome today. Competing in the 85-89 age category, Wally covered an amazing 34.602km/21.5miles in the hour.
This is the second time that Wally has set an hour best, riding 35.772km in 2015, when in the 80-84 age group.