Update from The Committee - August 2019
It has been a little while since you last had an update from the committee. So this note should now bring you bang up to date!
Ride leaders - We are eternally grateful to those that lead rides but we could really do with more willing volunteers to help give us all the variety of rides that we all crave. It really is very straightforward - just plan a ride, publish it on the FB group and take the lead on the day. There is guidance on the website to help you out and other leaders will always be willing to provide some sage counsel!
Sunday club ride - this has traditionally been a 50 mile, fairly pacy ride. However, this type of ride is now offered by the cafe plus ride on a Saturday. It is our intention therefore to make the Sunday ride a 35 mile ride at a more sociable pace. There is of course no reason why those wishing for a longer ride could organise one and perhaps even follow the 35 mile route and diverge after the cafe stop.
TT Series - Another successful TT series is drawing to a close with one final event in the Calendar, the Hill Climb on 13 October. Paul has been keeping track of results over the series and there will be prizes awarded at the end of the year for the standout performers across a range of inclusive categories - this means it's not all about the quickest rider overall - we’ll seek to reward personal achievements too.
E-Bikes - these are not going away and keeping with our objective of increasing diversity in our cycling club these will be welcomed. But those arriving with an e-bike will be reminded, by the ride leader, that the normal etiquette of riding within a group must be observed and that the technique of riding such a bike should be appropriately adjusted!
This year’s Graham Thomas Lap of Rutland was a great success, raising a fantastic £900 across our two charities Myeloma UK and EMICS. Across our 3 rides we had around 50 riders. So a huge thanks to David Graham for organising and to everyone else that helped out, contributed and took part. And a big thanks also to the Grainstore for their hospitality afterwards.
Late-summer social - this will take place on Sunday 15 September. The format will be a selection of rides to suite different appetites culminating in an end of ride barbecue/picnic at the Oakham Cricket Ground on Brook Road. The committee will put on food at no charge and there will alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments available to purchase from the bar. But please drink responsibly if you are intending to cycle or drive afterwards!
The annual Mince-Pie Ride, is preliminarily scheduled for 22 December, at The Horse and Jockey in Manton as in previous years. Look out for further information on this!
Membership renewals - If anyone has yet to renew their membership you are reminded to do so as soon as possible please. And you might like to know that we now have the facility to take annual direct debits via Go Cardless - please ask John Williams for details.
Club Kit - Stocks are running low, so if you wish to order something that is not in stock at OCC, please contact Jonny Lloyd who is compiling orders - when we have enough orders for the minimum order quantity, the order will be placed. You will need to pay for orders when they are placed.