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WARNING - Last month's was short, but this month's is .....L O N G...
Welcome to Autumn and the September Club News. Most of the content for the newsletters comes from the committee. Currently we ZOOM on the first Wednesday of the month, so this means the newsletter publication will in future be variable depending on the calendar. Expect to receive your email at the weekend following the committee meeting – worst case is 10th of the new month!
This month we look forward to the start of cyclo-cross, a full programme of weekend and mid-week club runs, and our delayed 2020 Awards Presentation, so read on….
New Members – from Pete James
We welcome three new members this month: Simon Hill, Lee Russell and Adrian Fleetwood. This brings us up to 430 members.
Cyclo-cross – from Gary Rowing-Parker
The West Midlands Cyclo-Cross League starts in Ullenhall this weekend, and it is just one month until the round of the league that we promote. That takes place on Sunday 3rd October at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre, which is between Meriden and Fillongley. We have a reputation for putting on one of the best events of the season, and we need your help to maintain that record. It’s a great day out for riders, spectators and volunteer helpers. If you’ve not been before, then here’s what to expect.
What is Cyclocross?
Cyclocross is one of the best ways to start a cycling career. Some of today’s cycling stars first made a name for themselves in this off-road discipline, and it’s not hard to see why. At elite level, cyclocross requires supreme bike handling skills and fitness. Although races last for only an hour or so, that time is spent at the racer’s limit, and with the added challenge of staying upright on tricky off-road surfaces. But don’t let that put you off. Cyclocross is very accessible for the beginner. It’s easy to get started with very few rules and prerequisites. If you come to the Heart of England Cyclocross, you’ll see many of our youngest members having fun and learning to race. You’ll also see some of our older members - still having fun – although it may not show on their faces mid-race!
The Heart of England Conference and Events Centre specialises in conferences, celebrations team building and outdoor activities. It also has a hotel, restaurant and cafe. But most important for us, it has extensive parkland and woods that are perfect for cyclocross. The address is Meriden Road, Fillongley, Coventry, CV7 8DX or, if you use What3Words, then it’s (rather appropriately): ///sports.invest.dates.
10:00 - Under 6 and Under 8 Boys and Girls - 10 minute race
10:20 - Under 10 Boys and Girls - 10 to 15 minute race
10:45 - Under 12 Boys and Girls - 15 to 20 minute race
11:30 - Youth (U-14 and U16) Boys and Girls - 30 minute race
12:15 - Veteran 50+ Men - 40 minute race
13:35 - Junior, Senior and Veteran Women - 40 minute race
14:30 - Junior, Senior and Veteran 40+ Men - 50 minute race.
The races start on a big grassy field with a mad dash to the first set of corners. The first serious challenge on the course is a series of steep grassy slopes and descents. Then it’s onto rough gravel around a lake before another series of sharp bends on grass. Then it’s into the forest along gravel tracks, with excursions into the woodland – zig-zagging around the trees. The fastest riders complete a lap in around seven minutes. The youngsters do a shorter (less challenging) course.
Please join us.....
Whether you wish to help us to set up and run the event, or just to spectate, you will be most welcome. There’s a £3 charge for parking a vehicle, but helpers and cyclists get in free. There’s a café if you want to stop off during a ride, and there will be a Solihull CC gazebo serving as a meeting place for club members. If you can volunteer to help us, then even better. Even if you can only spare a couple of hours during the day, then there are many ways in which you can help. It might be setting out, maintaining or taking down the stakes and tape that mark out the course; helping with rider registration; directing vehicles where to park, or acting as a race marshal around the course.
You can volunteer by contacting David Green by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by text message on 07917 708 119. He has a list of jobs that need doing together with timeslots to ensure that no-one has to spend too long doing the same thing. If lots of people volunteer, then the burden of work is carried on more shoulders.
We hope to see you there on Sunday 3rd October. And if you feel inspired to have a go at cyclocross, you can find out more on the club website: cyclocross at Solihull CC.
2020 Awards Presentation – from Keith Jones
*Final call for places at the presentation evening - all award winners have been allocated their places so first come first served for the remaining places. Remaining places must be reserved by 10pm Monday 6th Sep evening*
On Saturday September 11th, the Club will hold a presentation evening to honour the club champions for the 2020 season.
Venue: Woodbourne Sports and Social Club
Rumbush Lane, Earlswood, B94 5LW.
All members are welcome, but the venue has a limit of 100 people, so priority will be given to award winners and their guests, with the remaining places allocated on a first come first served basis.
A complimentary hot and cold buffet will be available from 7:30pm with the presentation following shortly. Dress code - smart/casual If you would like to join us please reply to email@example.com giving the name(s) of the people in your party hoping to attend
Could all 2019 winners please return their cleaned trophies ASAP to ensure we can get them engraved in time to either:
Margaret Gordon at 47 Paradise Lane, Hall Green, B28 0DY - by first texting to 07950340342
Phil Rosenbloom at 19 Thornby Avenue, Solihull, B91 2BJ - by first e mailing at firstname.lastname@example.org
In both instances trophies can be left in the porch.
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. However, this is our first indoor event with up to 100 people attending, and we want to do all we can to protect one another.
Covid has not gone away, and it’s now well known that people who have been vaccinated can still contract Covid, often with few if any symptoms, and therefore pass it on to others. Even if you are fully vaccinated, why not think about doing a lateral flow test before the event, - just to be on the safe side?
If you have not yet been fully vaccinated, we request you do a lateral flow test.
Celebrating SCC champions – from Keith Jones
We are looking to celebrate our club’s champions over the years and need your help. Our aim is to upload a series of short biographies to the club website and social media, creating a permanent accessible history of the club’s champions.
Please dig into your memory boxes and send us a short biography of club champions past or present. The biographies can be of any rider who has been an SCC member. The definition of champion will be entirely up to you, club, regional, national, international level - you decide, if they’re a champion in your eye we want to see their story.
Tell us as much as you can about your champion, details of what they won or achieved and when, where did they do it?, who did they do it with? etc and of course any amusing anecdotes or memories you have of them. Pictures will be especially welcome.
Ideally please send your biographies in common document or picture formats. .pdf., .doc., .jpg etc but we will accept the information in any format even hard copy! With your help we can create a fitting and lasting tribute celebrating the club’s incredible achievements over the years. Please send any information to email@example.com
Club Runs – from Cliff Dobson
The Autumn Club runs programme will be posted on the website as soon as possible – and sorry for the slight delay. Look at the Latest News section on the Home Page for the early September destinations. We have also reviewed the “Core Programme” descriptions and made minor amendments to reflect how things have settled down since our post Covid restart. Look out for this on the website soon…but not quite yet. It’s still likely that you will want to join the same rides as before, and will know (more or less) what to expect.
On Sunday 3 October we suspend our club runs to allow people to help at the club’s prestige open CX event (see above). If you can’t help but wish to come to Fillongley to support the racers and meet some club members you may not know, why not set up an informal ride to the venue where you can have tea/coffee and a slice or three of cake? If you are subscribed to the SCC Members WhatsApp group why not see if someone would like to join you that day?
A-Wheel– from Rocky Pearson
A-Wheel publication has significantly reduced of late, and you may be thinking it's due to a lackadaisical approach to editing. This isn't the reason - well not always!
So what is the reason I hear you cry? Well it's all about having something to edit. At the moment, apart from the standard items like club runs lists, I have zero content. The past few years has seen the increased use of Facebook and WhatsApp plus the publication of this monthly newsletter, and whilst I appreciate not all members are active on these platforms, simply regurgitating previously published material doesn't feel right for A-Wheel.
A-Wheel for me is the place we get to share our adventures and celebrate our successes, but without content I can't do much. Therefore, if you can provide an article, short or long, with or without pictures I don't mind - I just need material. The pandemic has curtailed our adventures but we are at last out and about again.
Expect the next newsletter by 9 October. Contributions from members to firstname.lastname@example.org by 7 October please.
Although the vaccination programme continues apace, there has been a new wave of Covid infections in July, so it’s not quite “normal” yet. However turnout for club activities in July has been very high, so it feels like we are getter there. Our café’s seem pleased to be able to operate with fewer restrictions too, but most are requesting face coverings when ordering at the counter.
This month’s edition is a bit shorter – people are on holiday.
Welcome to new members – from Pete James
Just two new members to welcome this month, Allen Cox and Clive Stocks.
Club Runs – from Cliff Dobson
Club runs have been well attended and things seem to be working very well. We are no longer required to register participants, but one or two people have been obliged to self isolate when a family member has contracted the virus, or after they have been “pinged” by the NHS Covid app. In all cases they have also carried out the home lateral flow test, and thankfully these have been negative.
This seems exactly the right approach as we learn to live with corona-virus. Most adult club members will soon have had the opportunity to receive two doses of the vaccine.
On Sunday 15th August the town centre will be full of runners competing in the Solihull Half Marathon. Club runs on that day will start at an alternative rendezvous point – each ride leader will select their start point and we will publish these on the club members’ WhatsApp and Facebook Groups. If you want to see (and avoid) the route, visit https://www.runsolihull.com/course-map/
Racing – from Dave Fellows
We have just two remaining TTs this season. Both sign on from 5.45 with a 6.30pm start
There’s a trophy for fastest both male & female in the U16 category & Senior category
£2 entry for Solihull Members. Hope to see a big turn out!
Charity bike challenge – from Tonya Richmond
This summer my children, Blake (age 7) and Tara (age 4), along with myself and Bruce, will be cycling the Devon Coast to Coast route. This is 100 miles from Plymouth to Ilfracombe which we'll be tackling over 4 days. Blake will be cycling the entire distance, whilst Tara will have the option of a tag-along. Knowing her though she will want to do as much as she possibly can on her own!
We are raising money for the Air Ambulance Service, so if you'd like to support Blake and Tara please see our JustGiving link below.
AWheel – from Rocky Pearson
I’m hoping to publish an Autumn edition of AWheel, but for this to happen, I need YOUR stories. So all you citizen journalists – sharpen your pencils and start scribbling!
Dates for your Diary
Sunday 18 August – Solihull Half Marathon – Club run start points will vary – check out the members’ WhatsApp and Facebook groups for details nearer the date
Items to the September newsletter by Sunday 29 August please. email@example.com