Welcome to another year of cycle sport with the Midlands premier cycling club. Let’s all hope for a disruption free year for everyone.
New 'Rough Stuff Rides'
We will be organising an series of off and on-road rides suitable for cross, gravel and mountain bikes. Details can be found under the MORE heading above. Click on OFF-ROAD / GRAVEL. Or try this.... https://solihullcc.org.uk/off-road-%2F-gravel-1
Annual General Meeting – from Ailsa Neely
The Club AGM will be held at 7.30pm on 26th January 2022. Due to rapidly rising Covid cases, the Committee has decided it’s safest to resort to a virtual AGM via Zoom again this year. Details will be sent out by email bulletin in due course.
Annual Awards Presentation – from Mike Wood
Due to Covid concerns we have decided to postpone the 2021 awards presentation for a short time, but are looking at Saturday 5 March at Robin Hood Golf Club.
Dates for your Diary – Planned but not promised
Wednesday 26 January – AGM by ZOOM. Agenda and supporting papers to be issued soon by email.
Saturday 5 March – Annual Awards Presentation. – Details to follow.
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 email@example.com
For direct debit queries contact me via e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The January and February runs lists are available on the website at https://solihullcc.org.uk/club-runs
A couple of conduct issues need sharpening up please…..
1) Keep at least one hand on the handlebars while riding in a group. Hands free riding is reserved for victory celebrations in races. It is neither safe nor necessary on a club run. Same applies to removing or adding a rain jacket or other clothing.
2) Overtake on the right. Do not “undertake” on the left unless unavoidable to avoid an incident. If you can see a legitimate need to undertake, make sure the person knows you are doing this with a clear call of “on your left”.
See the full picture at https://solihullcc.org.uk/rules-%26-safety-guidance
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?
You can find out more here:
or email email@example.com.
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