Rhine Cycle Ride

Journey along the river Rhine, June and July 2019

The height of the Summer in late June and early July seemed a sensible time of year for a sedate journey along the whole length of the river Rhine. A downhill beginning from the source of the Rhine high up in the Swiss Alps would conclude – after a full two weeks of cycling – with an amble along the sea front at the Hook of Holland, where the river flows out into the North Sea. Plenty of sunshine to look forward to, although mountainous regions are prone to dramatic thunder storms and the seaside .. well, who would dare to predict a weather forecast for the seaside ?

Four intrepid, albeit ageing travellers will journey (in the first place by plane to Zurich) by the comfort of touring bicycles along what is known as EuroVelo 15. This very flat pathway manages to avoid the highways and the motor vehicles and provides a tranquil route alongside one of Europe’s major rivers, a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites (principally, the visually dramatic Rhine gorge) and through six European countries : Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Having reached the source by climbing an Alpine pass, cyclists face very few uphill gradients after that, the final one being in Holland as the route dips a few metres below sea level.

EuroVelo 15 is acknowledged to be a high quality path, available for use by people walking/rambling, on cycles of all shapes and sizes and also by people on horseback. The route has the benefit of many cafés, restaurants and sundry other watering holes, as well as cycle shops providing spares and repairs. The four of us intend making fulsome use of the former, whilst seldom needing the latter. Even the sign posts are […]

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2019 subscriptions – 31 March deadline

For the past two years we’ve all been waiting for 29 March and wondering whether or not we will crash out of the EU without an agreement which may be why some members have forgotten that another deadline is fast approaching. I’m talking of course about the 31 March deadline for payment of subscriptions.

A massive thank you to the 80% of members who have already renewed their subscriptions and a (further) reminder to the few who haven’t yet done so already that club rules stipulate that membership of individuals who have not paid their subscriptions by 31 March will be regarded as lapsed.

Not only are Rotherham Wheelers keen to recruit new members, we also value and are keen to retain existing members. Even if they are unable to ride with us very often, members, new and old will always be made welcome.

If you are an existing member and wish to renew your membership please do so now.

If you have online banking you may pay by BACS to the club account or if you prefer you may pay me by cash or cheque (payable to Rotherham Wheelers CC).

In addition to this post this information I have made a similar post on Facebook and I will write individually to the members concerned.

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Payment of 2019 subscriptions

Many thanks to the 65% of members who have paid their 2019 club subscriptions, you have made my job as treasurer and membership secretary much easier!

I appreciate that winter weather and member’s personal commitments can prevent members attending club rides as often and therefore they do not have the opportunity to pay me in person, but members are reminded that subscriptions MUST be paid before 31 March. Membership of persons not renewing by this date will be regarded as lapsed.

The club is keen to retain members and I ask all members who have not already done so to arrange to pay your subscriptions without further delay.

For your convenience you may pay online to the club account or by cash or cheque (payable to Rotherham Wheelers Cycling Club) to me either in person or to my home address.

I will send personal emails to affected members which will include details of the club bank account.

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Annual Subscription 2019

At tonight’s Annual General Meeting the club decided almost unanimously to increase the annual subscription to £20 for full membership (£10 for second claim and junior members). This is to ensure that we have sufficient funds for foreseeable expenses this year and can also afford to fund our centenary celebrations next year (2020).

Subscriptions may be paid to Dave Buxton by cash or cheque payable to Rotherham Wheelers Cycling Club or electronically to the club account (details available from Dave Buxton). Club rules require subscriptions to be paid by 31 March, following which date members who have not done so will be regarded as being ‘lapsed’ and you will find me on your case.

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RWCC Trophy Award Winners 2018

Congratulations to this years winner, which is a follows:

The Forces Memorial Trophy (Saturday club run award) – James Porter

The Clarence Leader Memorial Trophy (Road racing competition) – Tim Lees

The A. Thompson Trophy (10 Mile TT event) – Mick Weaver

The William Siddal Memorial Trophy (25 Mile TT event) – Mick Weaver

The Whiston Trophy (Club 50 Mile TT event) – Dave Buxton

John Atkinson Memorial Trophy – Dave Buxton


Note: All trophies to be returned in a polished/clean state around 15 October to give time for engraving. Thank you

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John Atkinson Memorial Trophy

Dear friends,

You should already be aware that the 2018 Rotherham Wheelers Presentation Evening and Christmas Social will be held on Friday 7 December 2018 at the Three Horseshoes Public House, Wickersley.

Amongst the prizes to be awarded that evening is the John Atkinson Memorial Trophy which was commissioned by the club in memory of a much loved and respected member who sadly passed away in tragic circumstances in 2016.

The trophy is awarded annually on the basis of a ballot of members to the member who is ‘considered to have done the most for the club during the previous year’.  

Depicting a road cycle, this unique trophy was crafted in Sterling silver by Steve Viney, and it is hoped that members will see this as both a lasting memorial to John and a means of recognising the efforts of the member who is considered to have done most on behalf of the club”. 

Last year’s recipient was Dave Buxton.

This year’s ballot will be held at the next club General Meeting which commences at 19:00 Tuesday 4 December 2018 at the Three Horseshoes public house, Wickersley.

It is hoped that the trophy will be presented by a member of John’s family at this year’s annual presentation evening.

For the award to have the status which it deserves it is important that ALL members consider making a nomination and that as many members as possible participate in the ballot of members. 

The following methodology will apply:

a)  Members will be permitted to nominate only one person each, who MUST be either a life, honorary, full, junior or 2nd claim member of Rotherham Wheelers Cycling Club.

b)  Nominations may be made at any time from the date of this notice.

c)  Nominations should be made either in person or by email to the club secretary by 24:00 Saturday 1 December 2018.

d)  On Sunday 2 December 2018 the club secretary will circulate a list of names of […]

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2018 Christmas function and Presentation Evening

This year’s RWCC Christmas function and Presentation Evening has been arranged for Friday 7 December 2018 at the Three Horseshoes public house, Bawtry Road, Wickersley.
As last year we will have exclusive use of the upstairs function room and the event will commence at 7:00pm for 7:30pm.  It is hoped that wives, husbands and partners will attend.
Some of you will remember that the multiple menu choices available last year resulted in meals being served at diferent times.  In order to avoid a similar situation this year choices will be more limited with soup, self service carvery with choice of beef, turkey, ham or pork served with fresh vegetables followed by a choice of Christmas pudding or fruit crumble at a cost of £11:99 per head.  Provision will be made for anyone with special dietary requirements.
If we are able to confirm our booking by 31 October, we will benefit from an offer of complimentary Prosseco (based on one bottle per six diners).
We hope that as many members as possible will be able to attend in order to make the event a successful and enjoyable evening.
Members wishing to attend should notify me by Sunday 28 October.  I will require full payment with orders.  Payment may be made to me by cash, cheque payable to Rotherham Wheelers CC or electronic transfer to the club account (details available from me on request).
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Watt Bike taster session

The Watt Bike taster session which 11 members have so far expressed interest in attending has been arranged for 7:15pm Tuesday 9 October 2018 at Rotherham Leisure Complex, St Ann’s Road, Rotherham.
Please let me know if this is not convenient for you as I am certain that we can arrange an alternative date or time of day.
I suggest that we meet at the Leisure Complex at 7:00pm in order to get booked in and changed ready for a prompt start at 7:15p
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Rotherham Leisure Complex – Watt bike / fitness training

I have been given a number of complimentary 5 day passes for Rotherham Leisure Complex.  When activated the passes allow unlimited use of the facilities at RLC including the pool and state of the art spinning suite.  The spinning suite is is a first class facility with 20 spinning bikes and 10 brand new Watt bikes.

Management at RLC are keen to forge a partnership with RWCC by providing individually tailored training plans and training sessions for our members which would be of particular value in maintaining fitness through the winter months, developing endurance and raising  power output.

RLC have offered to host one or more Watt bike ‘taster’ sessions for our members with a view to then delivering a  bespoke training course.  Taster sessions and training courses would be held to suit member’s availability – daytime, evening or both.

  1. Anyone wanting a complimentary RLC 5 day pass, please let me know.
  2. Members wishing to attend a Watt bike taster session please let me know and I will arrange.
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General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018.  These regulations apply to any organisation, including small sport and social clubs which collect, retain and use personal information which is defined as any information about any living person.  The regulations apply equally in respect of paper records and information held electronically.

The Office of Information Commissioners are responsible for overseeing and enforcing the regulations and can impose severe fines in the case of serious data breeches.  Non compliance is simply not an option.

Currently, with the exception of a few long standing members, the club holds limited information on all members.  This basic information includes names, addresses, email addresses, contact telephone numbers, dates of birth, emergency contact details, and can include brief details of relevant medical conditions as provided on membership application forms.  Club bank statements will also include bank account details of members who have paid their club subscriptions electronically.

The club have never disclosed member’s personal information to third parties for marketing or other purposes, nor is it likely that we would do so in the future except with the expressed consent of the member.  We have however circulated information to members about promotions by or offers from our official club sponsor, JE James Cycles Ltd and from British Cycling.

The club committee have reviewed our use and management of information and have implemented several changes:

  1.  We have produced a RWCC privacy policy which explains how we use member’s personal information, our reasons and the legal basis for doing so, subject’s rights in respect of their data and who to contact in the event of concern or complaint.  The privacy policy is available by clicking on the drop down menu on the HOME page on the club website.
  2. We have amended our membership application form to include consent […]
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