Christmas is coming……
Winter arrived a bit early with some unexpected snow and high winds. The cyclo-cross riders are a hardy bunch, and shrug off bad weather. The rest of us can enjoy the start of the Christmas celebrations. This kicked off with the Mince Pie Run on Sunday 5th. The event was well supported by home baked and other donations, and despite the rising anxieties around Covid, and a cold wind on the day, was well attended by club members.
We raised nearly £600 for the club’s adopted charity, Solihull Wheels for All. This is enough to run their programme for several weeks and keep their bikes in good running order. Our thanks to the helpers from Solihull Wheels for All, and club members who set up, served and cleared down with amazing efficiency, and not forgetting our chief fire master for the warming blaze.
Dates for your diary –
Planned, but not promised
Wed 26 Jan 2022 – AGM at Red Lion (TBC), Knowle
Feb 2022 – Date to be finalised – Annual awards presentation
Wishing everyone a peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year.
Expect January News to hit your inbox around Saturday 8th. Contributions by email to email@example.com close of play Friday 7/1/2
Club membership subscriptions will remain unchanged for 2022.
If you pay by direct debit your subs will automatically be paid via your existing mandate. No need to fill in a new Direct Debit form.
If you want to set up a Direct Debit for the first time, please fill in the direct debit form, and the membership application form and send both to Pete James. These must be received by him before 5th January 2022. The forms are available to download via the website.
Direct Debits will be collected on or shortly after the 7th February 2022
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· Existing Direct Debit - there is no need to send in an application form.
· BACS - there is no need to send in an application form but please let Pete know how much you are paying.
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If you have any membership queries please contact Pete James at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The winter programme is all sorted, and December / January loaded onto this website.
One significant change is the suspension of the Sunday F run. Numbers have dwindled post Covid so after introducing many riders to the sport over two decades, Alan Thomson is retiring – although not completely. We really appreciate all Alan has done and thank him for his encouragement and dedication.
Recently your committee discussed the sensitive issue of hygiene on club rides – specifically spitting and “farmer’s nose blowing” while riding in close formation. Our Covid protocol mentioned this, but we now wish to make this a permanent part of club runs etiquette. If you forget your hankie on a club ride and need to rid yourself of snot, please drop off the back of the bunch to do so.
Please don’t join a club run if in any doubt about your own covid status
The autumn and winter not only bring mudguards, but the weather to go with them. With the winter approaching and the Solihull CC committee now making the ladies run an official club ride to be included in the club programme, I thought it worth writing down my informal guidelines for bad weather rides:
Any further suggestions and comments are welcome
Could You Be A Cycling Coach?
Solihull Cycling Club already has a great team of British Cycling-trained coaches who deliver group sessions, mainly at Tudor Grange Park, to develop our member’s cycling skills and fitness. The sessions cater for young and old - beginner to elite. But we need more coaches. The sessions, which take place on weekday evenings during the Spring and Summer, are greatly valued by members, and they have been the launch pad for successful cycling careers including World Champions and Pro Tour riders. But they sometimes stretch our resources, and occasionally sessions have to be cancelled due to coach unavailability.
Would you like to join the team?
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A friendly word about Covid….
Thanks to the vaccine roll-out, with most members having had two jabs, the risk of serious illness is much reduced. We want to do all we can to protect one another.
Covid has not gone away, and it’s now well understood that people who have been vaccinated can still contract Covid, often with few if any symptoms, and therefore pass it on to others.
Fortunately most of what we do takes place in the open air, so transmission risk is much reduced. However as we move through Autumn we will be indoors more often.
Registration is no longer required for club activities Please don’t attend if you have any reason to believe you could be infected with corona-virus, now or in the previous 10 days.
Our club magazine has been one of the main ways we let our diverse membership, what is going on the club. We welcome any contributions from club members.
Our younger members and youth are especially important to the club. We are lucky to have a good selection of coaches to help our younger members develop their skills and identify their strengths.
We now have 3 suppliers of Club clothing to suit every need. A wide range of items are available in men's, women's and children's specific sizes and fits.
As a cycling club, we actively promote all aspects of cycling from social riding for pleasure and health, to racing and participation in organized competitive events.
Every year we recognize the achievements and contributions of our club members., at our annual prize giving dinner and celebration. Join the club and you may become a champion.
Policies, charters and other documents that form a necessary part of any organization these days - boring but important.
Following the phased relaxation of the 2021 Covid 19 control restrictions, we are again able to resume our official club runs programmes. The club has and will continue to follow the stipulations of British Cycling. There are some necessary safeguards to protect the reputation of the club as well as those who lead and join club runs. We hope and expect all participants to respect and follow the new arrangements, which will be reviewed as and when the situation changes.
The idea of the circuit was the brainchild of Harry Reynolds. It was Harry’s vision to create a traffic free, safe environment where the club could build its next generation of champions under the guidance of a group of fully qualified British Cycling coaches belonging to the Solihull CC.
The circuit is approx 850 metres long, 5 metres wide with a 6 metres finishing straight down the middle of the top. The profile of the circuit is labelled as ‘testing’ as Tudor Grange Park slopes away towards the Norman Green Athletics centre.
Tudor Grange Park, Monkspath Hall Rd, Solihull, England B91 1NB, United Kingdom