Those of you who know Jen Rutter may be interested to see what she’s up to. She’s currently signed up with the UCI Continental Team CAMS Tifosi, and has just competed in this month’s Tour of Valencia. According to Sally Reid, she got stuck behind a crash on Stage One. Oh well, onwards and upwards!
A date for your diary. If you missed the first Gran Fondo of the year, then don’t miss the second! Our Gran Fondo rides are held on the last Saturday of every month – perfect if you are still chasing the Strava Gran Fondo badge, or if you want to build a little bit extra endurance in your legs.
This month’s Gran Fondo takes us via Cirencester and Malmesbury to Tetbury, before returning home via the W and Slad Valley. Let’s hope the daffodils are out and the weather holds for a lovely Spring day out!
Due to predicted high winds and rain, the club has decide to cancel all Club Rides on Sunday 9th February in the interests of the safety of its members.
On the plus side, weather for Saturday looks very good – bright and sunny – so come and join us on our rides to the Yew Tree at Chaceley!
Club members will have today received an update from Alex (or should that be Aléx) about minimum order quantities for our new kit. See this link: Update on new club kit
Several models are selling fast, but there are a few shapes and sizes where we need a few more people to step forward so that we can meet the minimum order quantity. If you are deciding whether to buy the new kit, remember that the window to order closes on the 16th February. So you don’t have long to decide!
As an added incentive, Alé are running a promotion to win a free entry and hotel for the prestigious Eddy Merckx Alé Gran Fondo in Verona on 7th June 2020. There is one entry per item bought so it’s possible to have multiple entries. The hotel will be for the Saturday night, although flights will need to be paid for by the winner. So what are you waiting for?
Shake off those mid-winter blues with our new Golden Segment Challenge!
Our first Golden Segment will be well known to most of you – it’s the segment between Staverton and Boddington that forms part of the regular Cheltenham loop. So there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be a segment most of us can lay down in the next 4 weeks.
If you’re lucky and get a strong tailwind you can post some pretty quick times. Kudos to our very own Steve Wheeler, who sits on top of the tree with a seriously fast 47.0km/h average. Is there anyone out there who can topple him? Probably not, given it’s February – but hey, if you don’t try, you’ll never know.
And remember – everyone who rides the segment between 1st and 29th February will be entered into our prize draw. This month’s prize is a delightful C&CCC Club Buff.
So what are you waiting for? Challenge your mates or ride it as a group – but get out and ride!
For club members who may have missed Alex’s recent announcement, our new Centenary Kit is now available. You have until the 16th February to submit your orders in time for the first delivery at the end of March. If you miss this deadline, there will be opportunities later in the year – but you will just have to accept that some other riders will look cooler than you for a while.
Our kit manufacturer is Ale, which means that they offer everything in Italian sizes. So we strongly recommend you try before you buy – either by contacting email@example.com, or by coming along to the Fitting Session at the Pavilion at Royal Oak, Prestbury, between 1.00pm and 4.00pm on the 25th January. The date is on the calendar here.
For more details on how to get your hands on this gorgeous kit, see the ‘Club Clothing 2020’ option in the Members menu, or click here.
Fantastic scenes in Shrewsbury yesterday as our own Women’s Captain, Sally Reid, won the V60’s National Cyclocross Race, beating current world champion Nicola Davies into second place. Speaking to British Cycle Sport, Sally said, “Beating Nicola is always an amazing feeling, because she’s the current world champion. I could feel her coming all the way, I knew she was coming back at me, but I was just determined today.. it was good”
Congratulations Sally from all of us at the club – a much deserved win!
Photos (c) @velouk, Emma Bruce
To celebrate our centenary year, every month we will be running a monthly 100km ride – perfect if you are chasing the monthly Strava challenge, or if you want to try new routes.
This month’s GF is booked in for 25th January – with a lovely route to Burford and with a cafe stop at the recently re-opened Old Prison in Northleach. We’ll be keeping the pace somewhere around 17mph, with allowance for hills.
Please contact the Road Captain if you would like to come along – this will help us to make sure the cafe knows how many to cater for!
For route details, see below: