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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.
Subscriptions for 2022 – from Phil Rosenbloom
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
Membership Payment options.
· 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.
· Cheque - please send your cheque and a completed application form to Pete.
If you have any membership queries please contact Pete James at firstname.lastname@example.org
For direct debit queries contact me via e mail email@example.com
Club Runs – from Cliff Dobson
The winter programme is all sorted, and December / January loaded onto the 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. Easy for me – I’m usually off the back on each and every hill!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org close of play Friday 7/1/22
As we head into winter, the cyclo-cross season is in full swing, and the social programme will hopefully restart after last years empty calendar. This all kicks off with the longest lived novelty club run this Sunday – the Hobo Run leaving the Clock Tower at 9am to a secret destination!
Any indoor events will have to include appropriate covid precautions, but hopefully these will be “light touch” – just to be on the safe side.
Club Runs – from Cliff Dobson
Now the clocks have gone back and we are in GMT for the next 5 months, we expect club run riders to have a full length rear mudguard fitted unless the roads are bone dry and the forecast is for a dry ride. Please attach a L O N G rear mudflap too. This should extend below the hub in order to protect the rider following you. Most store-bought mudflaps are just not long enough, so a home made one will be better. II have started to use clip on LED front and rear lights, especially when I’m riding solo. With low winter sun everything we can do to alert other road users to our presence increases our safety.
Remember run leaders are volunteers who help share the load to provide a wide ranging club runs programme. They are under no obligation to turn out if the weather is hostile. With the increasing popularity of WhatsApp groups we are able to let riders know of short notice changes to club runs – eg delaying the start place and time, or destination if the weather is bad. If you are not registered to the group(s) for your ride, when you are next out - ask to be added.
Rough-stuff rides – from Gary Rowing Parker
In a throw back to the post war years, how about trying out recreational rough stuff rides?
Please contact Gary RP if you would be interested in a regular "Roughstuff" club ride on Wednesday mornings in the New Year. If there is sufficient interest I he will lead a two to three hour ride that is 50:50 road and off-road (bridleways and canal towpaths). This would be aimed at MTB, gravel and cyclocross riders. The routes will be published in advance and will start from various locations. Sometimes it might be 'drive-and-ride' - so that we can take advantage of good routes that are just a bit too far away to ride to. There won’t be anything very technical, but it will get pretty messy.
Women’s Saturday rides – winter arrangements – from Lynn Dale
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
Social Media – from Dave Fellows
I’m planning on publishing a series of short articles across the public Solihull CC social media feeds in the weeks leading up to New Year (& potentially beyond). I was hoping to document
I’m hoping to publish any articles etc onto Instagram & Facebook so it’ll have to be relatively brief - a paragraph at most - and be accompanied by a few pictures - at least one.
Please feel free to email me at email@example.com text me via WhatsApp or call on 07837 974224 with any suggestions you have.
Club Clothing – from Phil Hitchmough
We’ve been working to revamp our offering of club clothing to members. All the information you need can be accessed through the updated clothing pages on the club website. Here’s the link for you to be able to access easily. https://solihullcyclingclub.godaddysites.com/clothing
We now have 3 alternative suppliers of clothing, Gear Club, Nopinz and Stolen Goat.
Gear Club – Standard club kit
We still have clothing available from Gear Club– the provider we’ve been using for the last few years. We have stock of this kit available at Red Kite Cycles although these are the men’s and unisex youths garments. As the weather is getting colder, I’d like to highlight that we have good stock levels of long sleeve jerseys at Red Kite in all sizes in both the summer and winter weights. Regarding Red Kite stock, our new Club Clothing pages on the website will show you the live stock holding at the shop. Anything which isn’t in stock at Red Kite can be ordered by contacting the Club Clothing Officer.
Nopinz – high tech racing kit
The Nopinz garments tend to be aimed at the racers amongst us, with technical details to improve aero efficiency including special fabrics, cuts and the Nopinz Speedpocket that holds your race number without it parachuting behind you. Clothing is available for men and women in all styles. Orders are made directly with Nopinz. Links to the Nopinz SCC Club shop can be found on the clothing pages of the website.
Stolen Goat – premium club kit
The most recent supplier addition is Stolen Goat. It is made by Bioracer from Belgium so you can be assured of its quality. They offer a very wide range of garments for men, women and youths, in several different fits, from relaxed to race. Their range also covers every type of weather condition you may ride in, from lightweight items for the summer with UV protection, to warm and water-resistant items for the winter, and a lot in-between. The kit is available directly from the Stolen Goat SCC Club shop on their website. I should add that Stolen Goat also offer a weather resistant leisure hoodie that looks very smart indeed!
A couple of final points – I’m holding a small stock of Giordana branded club kit. They were our previous supplier. The clothing page of the club website shows the items and sizes I have available. Let me know if you would like to purchase any of these items. I also have a couple of skinsuits from Gear Club in a K5 and XS size.
I hope that members will agree that we now have an excellent offering of club clothing to suit every type of riding and rider across a number of price points. If you have any feedback points regarding these changes, please message the Club Clothing Officer using the website enquiry form.
Dates for your diary – planned, but not promised
Wed 24 November – Bring and Buy sale at Woodbourne sports and social club, Earlswood
Sunday 5 December – Charity Mince Pie run in support of Solihull Wheels for All
The next newsletter should appear in your in-box on Saturday 4 December. Contributions by email by close of play on Friday 3 December, to firstname.lastname@example.org