If you would like some fresh air and a gentle spin to work off Chrimbo lunch, I am happy to lead a group ride on Boxing Day to Pendock via Tewkesbury, 40 miles at a steady 16mph. Let’s leave the Pump rooms at 9:30am, back in Cheltenham for 12:30. We’ll have a coffee stop in Tewkesbury , if you need to get back earlier you can skip the cafe and be back before 12pm.

Merry Christmas and hope to see you all.

Chris V

The club has a fantastic membership and we are very fortunate to be able to complete the large number of activities that we do.  None of the events and/or rides would be possible without the volunteers that are prepared to help us all by selflessly giving up their time and putting a lot of effort and expertise into things.  We are very thankful to them all, however, the club has 2 awards that recognise those who go above and beyond the high standards we get.  This year, the Ron Carlton Trophy (Most outstanding contribution to Group Rides) is awarded Chris Vevers and the Ian Cowell Memorial Shield (Best overall contribution to Club Activities) goes to Fred Gittings.  Chappeau!

A quick reminder to all that the Xmas Bash will be on Monday 17th December, from 7pm through to 10pm (and beyond!). The venue is the Cheltenham Motor Club in Upper Park St, GL52 6SA (which is at the back of the London Road). Parking is very limited.

Please note that the timing should be taken as informal guidance. Kick off tends to be around 7pm, a large (free) buffet will be available sometime around 8pm…and then we tend to do the Club awards at ~9pm when the food has been eaten and the chances of catching the Chairman with a well flung crusty cob have diminished. The awards themselves are a mixture, some of which recognise exceptional athletic prowess and superb achievement, whereas others are simply earned by falling off a bike in some embarrassing manner!

The bash gives everyone the chance to catch up, share a tale or two of the year gone by and set unachievable targets for weight loss over the festive period.

We hope to see you all then…

Just a quick update following the AGM the other day. The meeting was very well attended, in fact a full house! So a big “thank you” to all those who came along, as well as those who passed on their apologies and some kind comments.

The minutes will be published on the relevant web page in the next month but, in the meantime, here is a quick overview of the new management team:

President Martin McGreary,

Chairman Robin Mainwaring (also Acting Membership Secretary)
General Secretary Gary Rickards
Finance Secretary Jonathan Nicholls

Road Captain Chris Booth
MTB Captain Clive Lewis
Race Captain Martin Cain
CX Coordinator Gordon Smillie
Member without Portfolio Jeff Manners

In addition, the club would like to recognise the people who have either volunteered or been volunteered (!) to assist in the following areas:

Club Welfare Officer Rob Evans

Club Time Trial Series Organiser  Gary Rickards
Woman’s Representative Sally Reid
Club Kit Manager Alex Mackman
CTT ‘Open’ TT Competition Secretary Harry Walton/Scott McCardle
Road routing and assistance Fred Gittings

Social Media Coordinator/Facebook Admin & General Website Tom Parling
Facebook Admin Graham Maycock
TT section Web Coordinator Rob Haynes

Round 10 of Western Cyclocross Leagye, which is being held by C&CCC at Chedworth on November 25th, is under two weeks away now. As usual it would be great to see a good turn out of club riders – see https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/184103/Western-League-Round-10 for more details.

We could still use a few more volunteers to help run the event on the day and to help set the course up on Saturday afternoon. If you can help please get in touch with Gordon via the contact page.

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