Club rides restart
As a result, the committee have decided that, barring further government announcements, club rides will resume with effect from Monday 29 March.
This has been a difficult and unusual year for all types of clubs and their members due to the covid pandemic and Wheelers is no exception. Accordingly, all rides have been adversely affected in terms of numbers for a large part of the year. A total of 22 weeks was affected by lockdown when no club rides took place including Saturday rides. This means that the maximum no of Saturday rides possible was 30.
In all, 29 members took part in the Saturday rides over the year.
There were 12 or more riders out on just 7 occasions (compared with 22 last year) and the most popular ride was on 7 December 2019 when 17 members turned out. Out of the 30 rides possible, there were no weeks where there was no turnout.
The results of this year’s Saturday Rides Trophy are as follows:-
In joint 3rd place – Hilary Dowling and Chris Last – 18 rides
In 2nd place – James Porter – 20 rides
In 1st place with 21 out of 30 rides – Steve Lee
This years 10 mile Time Trial winners are:
Chris Last – 23.14
Paula Fisher – 25.57
The 25 mile, 50 mile, 100 mile and 12 hour trophies will not be awarded this year because of disruption of the time trial programme due to Covid 19.
Please be aware that as a result of the latest government advice concerning the Covid 19 emergency, it has been necessary to postpone our centenary sportive which was due to be held on Sunday 17 May 2020.
We now intend to run this event on Sunday 13 September 2020. This proposal will be kept under review in accordance with government advice.
It is still intended that our centenary social on Sunday 21 June and time trial on Saturday 4 July will go ahead, but this is a rapidly developing situation and the possibility remains that it may be necessary to re-schedule these events.
I will keep you informed of developments..
This year’s Watt Bike training programme starts at Rotherham Leisure Complex at 8:00pm Thursday 28 November. The initial course of 6 one hour coached sessions will cost around £60 and this fee includes unlimited access to all facilities at RLC at other times. Subject to demand the course is likely to be followed by a further course of 6 sessions.
Eight Wheelers members have so far signed up for the initial course and there are 2 more places available to Rotherham Wheelers members or members of other local clubs.
Anyone fancying building or maintaining cycling fitness over the winter months is welcome to join us on a first come, first served basis and can sign up by contacting me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phoning 07751 518488.
THIS IS A REPEAT REQUEST. Last week I asked members to indicate whether they intend to purchase a centenary jersey and if so what size they require. I AM NOT asking for your money, this information is only required to assist JE James Ltd with ordering sufficient stock. The response has been disappointing so far with only 7 members responding. I can’t believe that this is the extent of interest.
Your committee and the centenary working group continue to work tirelessly to make our centenary year successful and enjoyable for all members, but we do need your support!
I realise that people have work and family commitments and that it’s human nature to sometimes defer decisions. It’s a fact that people also forget – SO THIS IS YOUR REMINDER!
Don’t put it off any longer, avoid disappointment, order your jersey now and help me to help you.
Thank you and best wishes,
This is the final design of the Wheelers centenary jersey which was agreed at a recent committee meeting.
Our brief was to design a jersey which was instantly recognisable as Rotherham Wheelers, compatible with our existing kit, suitable for club rides and competition wear and distinctly reflected a big milestone in the history of our club. I hope it meets with member’s approval.
The jersey will be available through JE James Ltd in the near future.
We hope that members will show their pride in our club by investing in a centenary jersey to mark our centenary year.
In the meantime, it would be helpful if you could indicate (preferably through Facebook comment) whether you will be purchasing a centenary jersey and what size you will require.