Centenary Century – Over the Bridge (rescheduled (again)) – Sun 29 Aug 8am

Goldilocks wanted to go on a bike ride. The daddy bear ride (4 July) was too wet! The baby bear ride (18 July) was too hot! Hopefully this will be the mummy bear option – fingers crossed!
Recheduled from 4 & 18 July – hopefully the weather will be kinder to us this time! If you have access to Facebook, please go to the Event here and click “going” so we have an idea of numbers. If not, please contact Fred Gittings or email road@cheltenhamandcounty.cc.
** Revised Routes ** in response to popular demand, I’ve removed the gravel sections from the previous routes. Fred will be leading a social group, coming home on a flatter route via Gloucester. A route back up the Slad valley has been offered as an alternative for other groups, should they want it.
o Over the Bridge & home via Slad Valley https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/66886460

Cafe stops:
o Goodrich Castle Cafe (34 miles)
o Shops in Chepstow (60 miles) if you need supplies
o Berkeley Tea Rooms (76 miles)

General blurb on the Centenary rides:
We are celebrating the club centenary by launching a series of longer distance rides, with the specific goal of attracting and encouraging people who are doing the distance for the first time. We particularly want to encourage women in the club.
All rides will be a strictly social, no-drop, and will have café and lunch stops. Each ride will be led by experienced endurance riders who will provide directions, encouragement, and support.
If you haven’t done a century before, then you are who we want to attract. We really look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it on one or more of these rides.
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Centenary Century – Gospel Pass – Sun 15 Aug 7am

This is the latest in the series of Centenary Century Rides. 200k over the awesome Gospel Pass.
Note the 7am start at the Pump Rooms
If you have Facebook, event details are here https://www.facebook.com/events/223829866294793
If not, read on…
PLEASE EMAIL ME road@cheltenhamandcounty.cc if you’re interested
HEALTH WARNING: This is quite a challenge – 132 miles and 8750 feet of climbing – so please only undertake it if you’re confident of doing the distance and climbing.

Cafe stops:
o 46 miles: Red Castle Team Room, Cross Ash. An old favourite. This is quite a long way in! Make sure you bring supplies
o 70 miles: The Granary, Hay on Wye
o 103 miles: Weston’s Cider Press, Much Marcle
o 132 miles: Plough at Prestbury

We are celebrating the club centenary with a series of longer distance rides, with the specific goal of attracting and encouraging people who are doing the distance for the first time. We particularly want to encourage women in the club. If you haven’t done a century before, then you are who we want to attract.
Thanks to the dozens of people who’ve already joined the 100k, 100 miles and 200 mile rides, all of which were very well received. Looking forward to seeing as many of you who can make it.
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12th August Team time trial start times – now closed to team entries

This week is the road bike team time trial We have 14 team entries (of 2, 3 or 4) entered and are very close to capacity, so we are unable to accept any further entries. If you have not already registered a team, please do not turn up on the night as there is no space.

Start times

Start times for teams can be viewed in the link below. You can sign on at the village hall up to 30 minutes beforehand. There is no need to turn up early – e.g. if your start time is 7.57pm, then you can sign on at 7.27.pm. This should minimise lots of unnecessary hanging around.

12th August Start Times

Solo riders who have let me know already have a guaranteed space. We will keep back a small number of solo spaces for on-the-day entry but for regular riders only. Suggest to arrive at 6pm to secure one of these slots.  If you are a new rider who hasn’t had a place confirmed, I’m afraid we can’t fit you in this time.

Important note

Please note, all riders (within teams or solos) need to

  • complete the pre-registration form https://bit.ly/2Xb0gU1
  • sign on individually at Teddington Village Hall and pay the usual individual entry fee.
  • Have a working rear flashing red light on at the start line

All the details are here: https://www.cheltenhamandcounty.cc/time-trialling/

 

 

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Retro (Heritage?) 100th anniversary special kit – shop closing 16th August.

We have worked with Alé to bring you a one off special club top inspired by the original club kit design from the 1960’s. This is a one off and shop closes on the 16th so get on and place your order now to avoid missing out. https://aleclothing.com/clubhouse/club/cheltenham-county-cc/

 

Questions and answers

What are they made of?

They are made of a performance blend of polyester (51%), Wool (41%) and elastane (lycra). This material combines the tradition advantages of wool (warm when wet, odour resistant) with that of modern cycling kit (machine washable, close fitting, doesn’t sag when wet).

It is a tight knit and quite thin so more performance oriented.

If you need to see for yourself please get in touch with Jonathan Nicholls (medium sample of standard Alé design)

 

What temperatures is it suitable for?

Generally three seasons – good for British Summer and spring/autumn.

 

What is the sizing like?

Sizing is the same as the current club kit. This Italian sizing which means you need to size up one size from non Italian kit. So if you normally wear say a Medium from DHB, Rapha (Steve Smith) or the pre 2020 club kit you are likely to be a Large for this. If you are Large for Castelli then Large for this should be OK. More detailed sizing is available on the website.

 

I can’t see the women’s kit on the webpage. Are you doing women’s version?

Yes, you select for gender and size

 

When will we get the kit?

Expected delivery is October 1st so in good time for the club’s 100 year anniversary ride.

 

If I miss this order window can I order again?

This is intended to be a one off special to celebrate the club centenary. There are no plans to sell this again.

 

Can you tell me a bit about the process and the history of the original kit?

We scanned the club archives and the earliest dedicated club kit we could find was from the 1960’s. This picture of club member Derek Organ from 1968 was the best illustration:

Clearly no one told him about the Velominati rules – saddle bag/spare tyre (rule 29/31), frame mounted pump (not along seat stay rule 30), chain on the small cog and valves not at 6 ’clock (rule 26 and rule 90). Simon Worsley would have a heart attack.

And we added “CHELTENHAM” to this based on this photo of Ian Davis. The lettering we have used is designed to give a similar look and feel.

What does it look like? Website only shows one view

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Support for Cheltenham Samaritans

Friends of the Cheltenham Samaritans bring you The Cheltenham World Relay 2021.
Following the success of their first Cheltenham World Relay in 2020 the Friends of the Cheltenham Samaritans are organising a bigger, better event in 2021. The aim is to get as many people as possible taking part in exercise over a 6 week period and seeing how far around the globe their collective miles take them. Those participating are encouraged to get sponsorship and to spread awareness of the fantastic work of the Cheltenham branch of Samaritans. By getting involved each participant’s fitness and mental wellbeing will improve too. So why not join up and encourage your family & friends to join you?
Q: How do I get involved?
A: Sign up as an individual or as a team at https://cheltenhamworldrelay.com/
Q: When is the relay happening?
A: From Monday 26 July to Sunday 5 September.
Q: How do I log my exercise activities for the relay?
A: Once signed up you can link your Strava app to your Cheltenham World Relay 2021 account, or manually log your miles to your account.
Q: What activities can I log?
A: Any that can be measured by distance in any combination. So help build the miles by walking, running, cycling, swimming, canoeing and any other means that takes your fancy!
Q: How do I sponsor the relay or make a donation?
A: Visit the Friends of the Cheltenham Samaritans JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/cheltenham-world-relay-2021
Q: What happens to the money raised?
A: All monies raised are given to the Cheltenham Branch of Samaritans to help maintain and run the branch centre for the benefit of those who need help, and to train the volunteers who provide the service.
Q: How will the Cheltenham World Relay 2021 progress be communicated?
A: We will send out weekly newsletters to update progress and to share interesting stories. Each participant or team has their own page within their account which they can send out to friends and supporters. Also spread the word by posting video & pictures of you in action on the Friends of the Cheltenham Samaritans social media pages. Facebook TwitterInstagram
So sign up now with your friends for a summer of fresh air fun and to help Samaritans in Cheltenham.
Cheers
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Centenary Century Ride – Gospel Pass

This is the latest in the series of Centenary Century Rides. 200k over the awesome Gospel Pass.

HEALTH WARNING: This is quite a challenge – 130 miles and 8000 feet of climbing – so please only undertake it if you’re confident of doing the distance and climbing.

PLEASE EMAIL ME road@cheltenhamandcounty.cc if you’re interested.

Note the 7am start at the Pump Rooms

Cafe stops:
o Red Castle Team Room, Cross Ash (50 miles) – this is quite a long way in! Make sure you bring supplies
o The Granary, Hay on Wye (71 miles)
o Afternoon TBC
o Pub at Cheltenham – probably the Jolly Brewmaster TBC

DRAFT ROUTE FOR DISCUSSION: Do not download yet as it WILL CHANGE
I’ve got a few route options to consider, so will finalise the route nearer the time. Any feedback/thoughts welcomed https://www.strava.com/routes/2854820487046562858

We are celebrating the club centenary with a series of longer distance rides, with the specific goal of attracting and encouraging people who are doing the distance for the first time. We particularly want to encourage women in the club. If you haven’t done a century before, then you are who we want to attract. We really look forward to seeing as many of you who can make it on one or more of these rides.

Thanks to the dozens of people who’ve already joined the 100k, 100 miles and 200 mile rides, all of which were very well received.

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Photo Shoot at Pittville this Saturday (call to be there at 8.30am in new kit)

Calling all Members,
We are renewing the club website and also want to capture the Centenary in photos. Both of these need good quality posed and action photos of the club i.e. you the members.
Could as many members as possible be at Pittville Pump Rooms by 8.30am (at the latest) this Saturday before the rides and wearing the new club kit (if you don’t have new kit that’s fine also)
There will be a mass photo at Pittville for the new website headliner. Then on the ride we want to catch groups at the cafe and, if possible, some action shots of both the Road and Mountain Bikers en route
We want to include all ages, speed groups, genders and disciplines so please do come and join us.
Building on that can any club Time Trialers taking part in the Thursday TT wear club kit or better still club skin suits (if available) to help us capture some memorable photos.
There will also be a call for additional photos and will require a small diverse group of riders specifically for a photo shoot one evening soon. This will require wearing the new kit. One specific photo will be copying a photo taken at the clubs first ride 100 years ago. If interested in helping please let Bill know at secretary@cheltenhamandcounty.cc
Many thanks in anticipation
The Photo Team
Dan Freeman, Alex Mackman, Peter Seaward and Bill Olver
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Revised Saturday Ride Meeting Times from 24th July

Following the easing of Covid regulations the Saturday Ride meeting time will revert to 9am for all rides with effect from 24th July.

Test and Trace requirements continue, so leaders please send your rider list to road@cheltenhamandcounty.cc

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday at 9am!

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Hot Laps #3 Results 16 July

Here are the results for Hot Laps number 3.

Hot Laps 3

Thanks all for coming and making it a success

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Friday HOT LAPS – times from Friday 9th July

Hot Laps #2 was fantastic – a brilliant little circuit and some fun riding. Great to see so many new and familiar faces

Here are the times for each rider:

Hot Laps 2 9th July

Hope to see you all again next week where we’ll also have kids racing.

ADVANCE ENTRY FOR 16TH JULY OPEN ON THE BRITISH CYLING WEBSITE: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events?series_id=735

On hot summer Friday evenings in June and July this year, we will be holding some relaxed, friendly off-road riding at Pittville Park on the grass cyclocross course.

Starting from 6pm, you can ride your bike around a specially laid out course to test your skills and have some fun. And then from 7pm, there will be a hot lap time trial where you’ll get to see how quickly you can circumnavigate the course.

There will a few prizes and things but the emphasis is on having some fun and getting stuck in. Nothing too serious! You can use any bike that’s in reasonable working order. Something with wide tyres is best. If it’s dry ground, your road bike will be fine as long as you don’t mind the odd bumpy section!

We hope this will be a good spectator and social event so feel free to bring a picnic and some refreshments along. They’ll be some teas, coffees and cakes on sale too.

There will also be mountain bike skills displays and other razzmatazz.

To sign up for the riding, you’ll need to register over on the British Cycling website. The fee is just £3. Minimum age is 14 and we will favour local riders if the events are over subscribed.  You can sign up on the night too if there is any space left.

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