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Committee Meeting - 7/1/19

We had our club committee meeting a few weeks back where the below was discussed. These are held every first Monday of the month in the Sitwell Arms, Whiston. Club members are more than welcome to attend to discuss any issues they have.

The next committee meeting will be: Monday 4th February

Committee members present:

Jonny Haynes (JH) - Chair
Andy Laidler (AL) - Co-Vice Chair / CTT Racing Officer (minutes)
Tom George (TG) - BC Racing Officer
Claire Morgan (CM) - Equality & Diversity Officer
Mark Weston (MW) – Socials Officer
Rob O’Reilly (RR) - Membership Officer
Mick Harrison (MH) – Club Captain


James Fox (JF) - Co-Vice Chair / Publicity & Marketing Officer
Phil Smith (PS) – Kit Officer
David Southwood (DS) - Treasurer

There were sufficient committee members present for the meeting to be quorate.

Coast to Coast 2019

The planned Club Coast to Coast ride is going to be over a two day period. This is as more members will be able to participate and should be seen as a social weekend all things cycling, not a slog fest.

It will also give members who feel who cannot do the full route a chance to just do one day of the distance.

Provisional dates being looked at are the weekends commencing 21st June and 28th June respectively.

The first day of the route will probably be Morcambe to Pately Bridge and the second day to conclude the Coast to Coast ride, to Bridlington. Transport to and from the start and finish stills needs to be arranged along with those taking part belongings along the route. Accommodation options are also still being looked at.

Any club member who feels they could offer some support to things that still need to be organised or know of someone/thing that could help, please contact Mick Harrison.

Membership Update

We already have had 3 new members this year including another female taking the Club total up to 72 members, which includes a total of 7 females. Just 38 of you lovely souls still to renew. Any issues don’t hesitate to contact Rob O'Reilly or any member of the Committee. Thank you all for your continued support who have already renewed. Please remember the deadline is the end of this month.

Races Update

All systems are go for the Clubs first Open Hill Climb on September 1st. Also for the Club KOM competition on the same hill on Friday 31st May and for the Club Sprint/Kilo on Friday July 19th in the evenings.

We will need volunteers to marshal for these and especially for the Open Hill Climb Event in September. If you feel you want to help in a role and not wanting to take part please get in touch with myself (Andy Laidler). Plenty of roles going.

The foundations are being laid and with the club working together we can put on some excellent events. Also just to make all club members aware, the Yellow Jersey Competition has already started this year. That’s all there is to say regarding this competition and to have a chance of winning you just need a bike and to be actively part this club. :-D

The prize for the winner will still be a Yellow Jersey. However for the KOM and Club Kilo/ Sprint prizes will take a different form as they are going to be categorised, many and are one-off events.

Ride Leaders

A few members have showed interest in being Ride Leaders. Thank you. Mick Harrison will be sending out a message regarding this in the next few days and make sure those who already lead are happy to carry on.

Ride Etiquette and Safety

Off the back of some comments, social media and discussions, we are going to email out some guidance notes to all members on riding etiquette/safety. Such things as bunching up, staying 2 a breast and not blocking junctions etc. We seem to have become a bit sloppy over the last 12 months with the influx of new members and we just want to make sure everyone is safe when out on the road/trail. At the end of the day we all just want to ride our bikes whatever level we are, as safely as possible and minimising any chance on confrontation on our part as cyclists.


Rotherham Hospice have been paid the money we raised at the Christmas Party. £615 in total from the raffle. Many thanks to those that took part. We now have ~£1700 in the Club account and approval has been given for Mudguard Flaps to be ordered as the 2019 membership gift.

Member Comments

Some members had asked Claire Morgan to raise some thoughts from them at the next Committee Meeting. These were regarding more variety and options on rides.

It was common belief amongst everyone present at the Meeting that we have enough variety and options in the rides we already provide as a club. We have a Saunter that is mainly shorter than the Café Ride but it still is sometimes lumpy as well as flat and occasionally goes longer.

The same goes for the Café Rides that tend to be longer and faster, but depending on terrain and who makes up the group on that day it can be slower and sometimes shorter.

The advertised speeds are just a guide for all rides and all will be ridden to the group out accordingly. But as a general rule the Saunters and Green Wing It Wednesday are general slower and with that shorter due to time and distance than can be covered, but there are exceptions to them all. If you’re feeling strong on any ride and want to push yourself that bit harder, putting yourself on the front is an excellent way of doing this and vice versa (sitting in the group) if you are feeling not so good or you are not that strong yet (eg. just stepping up from a Saunter to a Café Ride).



Thanks for reading.

If anyone has any points to raise with the committee please feel free to do so.