Club Evening Training Rides

The evening training sessions are now well under way(details on the Club Runs page) with the luxury of light evenings.  Soon we may have the luxury of warm evenings as well, you never know.

These sessions are excellent for those who want to improve their fitness.  If you are new to group riding you must ride a few club runs before joining a fast evening group.  Then you should start with a Monday session as these are a little less quick and are suitable for those who are new to “chaingang” training (they are NOT suitable for beginners to club riding).

After that you can move on to Wednesday evenings before tackling the fastest rides on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

All of the evening  rides are quicker than a club run and you must have some experience of riding in a group before  tackling them.  The Mondays and Wednesdays are specifically for Kenilworth Wheelers members; you are welcome to go along as a guest but you will be expected to join the Club if you want to ride on a regular basis.

Contact ChairmanSteve if you want to know more.

Victoria Park Races – 24th March and 14th April

A reminder to all Club members that the Victoria Park circuit races will soon be with us, with the first event scheduled to take part on Saturday the 24th of March – only three weeks to go!  This is the Club’s most prestigious event of the year and is hugely popular with local racers.  The racing takes place around the tarmac track in Victoria Park, Leamington Spa and is fast and exciting stuff to watch.

Racing members

 Please take note that places are beginning to fill up for both the 3rd and 4th Category races.  Chief Organiser Steve Hesketh says he has had no entries from Club members so far.  To avoid disappointment please get your entry in asap.   This year we have on line entry via the British Cycling website so it’s even easier for you to enter.  There will be no entries accepted on the day.

Volunteers and Helpers

There will not be a  Saturday club run on either race day and, all Club members are expected to give some of their time to help run the event. We need your help to fill the following volunteer roles:

  • Park set-up early each morning
  •  Signing On (basically issuing race numbers to the riders)
  •  Marshals (the three park gates need marshalls to warn members of the public about the racing)
  •  Judges (back-up judging only, in case of any problems with the finish cameras)
  •  Lap Counting (changing the lap board so that riders know how far there is to go)
  •  Serving Food and Tea (a warm dry job in the pavilion)

 

Don’t forget you will not be on a club run, so contact Steve Hesketh now and let him know which day you can help with (even if you can only do a couple of hours it all helps).  If we get enough helpers you’ll all get time to watch some racing as well.   You can contact Steve directly or through the Victoria Park thread on the Forum.

This is your chance to help promote your Club,  watch some exciting racing, and even have lots of tea and cakes (just like a club run then).

Roller Race Evening – Wednesday 7th March

OK folks this is it.  Lance Ravenhill has set a date of 7th March at Hatton Park “Village” Hall for the latest challenge of the year.  This one is unlikely to be cancelled due to snow.  Come along and test your strength and speed – not much stamina needed and almost no skill.

If you don’t fancy the roller racing then just come along and support your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/son/daughter/mother/father.  Vocal support is almost essential to success at this activity.  All you have to do is turn up and bring along a “snack” donation (savouries,crisps,cakes,chocolates etc).  Soft drinks will be provided free.

If you plan to come, let Lance know asap either by direct phone or email, or via the thread on the Forum.

Keep an eye on the Forum for more details later.

You know it makes sense.

 

New Club Jersey Design

Dear Club Members

At the Annual General Meeting in November, a discussion was held regarding the potential for changing the current design of Club Jersey.  A new design has now been prepared and is shown below along with a “lightened” version of the current design.

New racing / summer design

 

New general lightened design

 

 

As you can see, the new design is considerably whiter and brighter than the current scheme.  It is proposed that both schemes will be available to Club members; the new design will be the “registered” racing colours (generally more suitable for summer use)  and the old design (with some lighter panels as shown) will provide a more durable top for use in the winter months.

There will be a Club General Meeting at the end of January, to enable members to vote on the formal proposal to change the jersey design. The meeting will also propose a minimum time to be adopted for future designs.

Members are invited to propose alternative designs, or amendments to the above designs, for consideration at the meeting and such proposals should be forwarded to the Chairman as soon as possible. 

 

In addition there will be a vacancy for a Club Clothing Manager in the new year and members nominations are invited for this post, a formal vote to be held during the January meeting.

There is a thread in the forum for discussing the new proposed designs.

Mudguards

Don’t forget the Club requires members to use a bike fitted with effective mudguards when the roads are wet and mucky.  Now we seem to be in more typical Autumn/Winter weather it’s time to get those mudguards fitted.

“Effective mudguards” means that your rear mudguard must prevent water and general slime spraying your clubmates who are riding behind you and if necessary a mud-flap should be fitted to the guard.

Thanks for the Dragon

Here is a thank you message sent to the Chairman while he was away on holiday (again!) :

“Hi

I rode on the Dragon Ride last weekend, and spent a lot of time riding in a pack behind a group of Kenilworth Wheelers.  I picked them up just after the 1st food stop, and stayed until the 3rd food stop.  I was wearing blue Kingston Wheelers kit, riding the white bike.

I wanted to pass on what a pleasure I found to ride with them.  They kept a great pace (especially on the climbs), really looked out for each other and were considerate of the other riders.  I was really touched when they stopped to let a boy with his dog, and a man on crutches, use the pedestrian crossing in Treorchy, even when other riders were going up onto the pavement to get around us.

Unfortunately I didn’t speak much to them when I was cycling in the group, and didn’t have a chance to speak to them at the finish.  Could you please pass on my gratitude, as they helped make a great day for me?

Warm regards
Danny

Well done to the Team involved – this is the kind of  message the Chairman likes to receive and the kind of actions the Club likes to encourage.

Training Rides

Just a short note to confirm that all the evening training rides are now under way (lots of people have been asking me) so if you are keen on suffering now is your chance.  You know it makes sense!

Note that Monday sessions are easier than Wednesdays (boys rides) which in turn are easier than Tuesdays and Thursdays.   The published Ladies ride on a Wednesday should suit all abilities but there will be a faster ladies run from Cubbington (see forum note).

If you are new to “chaingang” training sessions then you must start with a Monday (or Wednesday for ladies).  If you are new to Club riding we need you to come on a few clubruns (Saturday or Sunday “B” runs)  before you try a Monday session.

Check out the Club Rides page for more details and keep an eye on the Forum for any changes which may occur.  Enjoy!

Hill Climb Competition 16th April

The first of the years Club Hill Climbs will be on Saturday 16th April.  The morning clubrun will meet as usual at the Castle and ride out to Saintbury so everyone can have a go in the competition.  Tea and cake will be at Broadway Tower cafe after the event.

More details are on the Forum courtesy of organiser John MacGuire. Last year we had 25 riders so let’s see if we can beat that.  Be there or ———

Offensive Behaviour

The Club has recently received a letter of complaint from a member of the public and the relevant part of the letter is reproduced below:


“My partner and I were walking along the Emscote Road in Warwick this morning, when we were passed by a group of ‘Kenilworth Wheelers’. Shortly after passing us they had to stop at the traffic lights, where one of them decided to clear his throat and deposit the contents onto the
pavement right in our path.We were quite disgusted by this behaviour and felt it was not acceptable, and if this was something that he felt needed to be done he could at least have faced away from the pavement and been more aware of pedestrians.”

The Club agrees that the behaviour described is unacceptable and believes that most people would find it offensive. Club members should be mindful of how their actions are perceived by others and should show due consideration to other road users and members of the public.

As a member of the Kenilworth Wheelers you have a responsibility to act in a polite and considerate manner, particularly when you are wearing Club clothing and are thus representing the Club to the general public. Please take note of this incident and act accordingly.

This is the first complaint of such a nature that the Club has ever received – let’s make it the last.

Wheelers Youth Section – Starting Soon

The Club is planning to set up a “Youth Section” which will hopefully provide opportunities for youngsters under the age of 16 to have a go at cycling activities.

The first step will be the instigation of “cycling skills” sessions for 8 – 12 year olds.
These sessions will take place on Monday evenings at Castle Farm Recreation Centre in Kenilworth, starting on Monday 28th March.

Organiser Jackie Hobson has now set up 12 weeks of these sessions through to the middle of July and you can see more details on the Forum item “Junior Wheelers”.

Jackie is a qualified British Cycling Level 1 Coach and is currently working for her Level 2 Coach qualification. Jackie is applying for the British Cycling “Go-Ride” status for the Club in the near future (this is British Cycling’s approval standard for clubs working with youngsters).

    In the meantime, in order to run the Monday evening sessions effectively, Jackie is still needing further assistants. If you would like to help (regularly or on occasional Mondays) please get in touch with Jackie who can tell you lot’s more about the activities involved.

    If you know anyone who may be interested in these youngsters sessions please let Jackie know