Results from clubs first TT event held 16.07.20

I am pleased to advise that the clubs first TT event held under our new Covid-19 safe procedures went well and the committee and myself wish to thank our time keepers – Martin McGreary and Don Muir for attending along with our Marshal Tim Bisien, as without there help and support, we could not have run this event.

There were 32 riders who were all enthusiastic to be racing again. Even after the extended lockdown Ross Holland was the first across the line in a cracking time of 20.56 secs with our Harry Walton on a close second at 21.08 secs. For the women, Vickie Wilkinson was first in a great time of 25.35 secs.  Well done everyone who attended and supported this event, and I understand the tarmac around the Toddington roundabout is being resurfaced on the 21.07.20 so fingers crossed we will have another good event on the 23.07.20.  Sign on again at Orchard Industrial Estate from 18.00 hrs, so hopefully see you all there again or even a few more! The results from the event are on our TT pages or by clicking on the below link:

/www.cheltenhamandcounty.cc/time-trialling/event-results/

Gary Rickards

TT Captain

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Update for first club TT event, this evening 16.07.20

I am pleased to confirm that as from 10.30 am today (16.07.20), Western Power have cleared their operating traffic lights etc. from the carriageway and there are no current roadworks.

Please note that there are road diversion signs further up the B4077 towards Toddington (and close to our sign on location at Orchard Industrial Estate), so please ignore these signs, as the actual road closed is up Stanway Hill, which is not part of our course.

Please also note, that the road surface around the Toddington roundabout is uneven and is just a tarmac base course, so please be careful going around this roundabout to return down the B4077.  I have spoken with the highway authority and they plan resurfacing around this roundabout after 19.00 hrs on 21.07.20, so hopefully not affecting our next planned TT event on the 23.07.20!

Fingers crossed we can now run our first TT event, this evening.

Gary Rickards

TT Captain

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Club rides restart 11th July

Dear Club Members

The Committee is pleased to announce that Covid-19 mitigated, club rides are planned to commence from Saturday 11th July along with other events following afterwards. The attached message tells you how it will work the guidance to follow to do your bit towards keeping our events safe.  Enjoy the ride!

COVID-19 mitigated rides

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Return of Club TT Events from Thursday 16th July

I am pleased to advise that we intend running our first TT event on Thursday 16th July on our 10 mile U706 course. Unfortunately the Teddington Village Hall will not be open for the remainder of our TT series, so we cannot use their premises as HQ, and therefore, we will be outdoors with sign on at Orchard Industrial Estate -GL54 5EB. As we are not permitted to use turbo’s as warm up then the 3.2 mile distance back (approx 12.8 minutes at av 15 mph) down the B4077 (heading towards Teddington roundabout) to the start line, will be used for the warm up. Please note the conditions for doing this on the Covid-19 safe procedures.

The running of our club TT Events is dependent on being Covid-19 safe, and therefore, I have provided details on our TT page, for what is involved. Please click on the following link or just go to our TT pages tab:

www.cheltenhamandcounty.cc/time-trialling/

With your cooperation, patience and understanding we can all make the most of the limited remaining TT events available and I hope we can still achieve some good times and make the most of what opportunities there are remaining to race in our new Covid-19 safe environment!

Keep safe

 

Gary Rickards

TT Captain

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Possible return of club organised Time Trials from Thursday 16th July

Due to recent easement of lockdown restrictions by the UK Government, the CTT have now provided conditional approval for club TT events to be organised from early July. However, though we were intending to commence our first planned event on Thursday 9th July (sign on from 6.00 pm), but following a review on the 25th June of the course and discussions with the HQ secretary, we now have to delay this first event to Thursday 16th July on our 10 mile U706 course. The main reasons being due to planned roadworks around Toddington roundabout and the HQ is not open and Covid-19 safe. We are hoping to be able to use their car park which will facilitate controlled parking around the village, but this has yet to be agreed. In respect of the CTT rule compliance for Covid -19 safe events, I am currently considering a plan and will provide further details, in due course.

I hope club members and others from surrounding clubs, support our remaining events, but please be considerate and understanding as the protection of life from the transfer of Covid-19 to others, is our first priority while at the same time trying to recommence our sport.

Gary Rickards

TT Captain

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Ride Risk Assessment updated to cover COVID-19

The club’s ride risk assessment has been updated to include risks identified due to COVID-19.  It covers both road and MTB and can be found at the bottom of the Road page.

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3.06.20 Latest Guidance from British Cycling

Dear Club Members

With the Covid-19 lockdown being eased, guidance for clubs is still that we cannot organise group cycling events. However, Government guidance permits up to 6 cyclists, including those from different households, to ride together maintaining social distancing.

Here’s a link to the latest update from British Cycling for everyone’s information and compliance. Keep safe!

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A Tribute to a club member – David Koryczan – by our Chairman

It is with great sadness that we have to report that David  Koryczan, an active member and enthusiastic volunteer with the club, has been involved in a serious cycling incident recently.  Paramedics and the Air Ambulance attended to David but sadly his injuries were too severe and he passed away.
 
David and I only met a couple of times whilst he was volunteering at our annual Road Race. I remember that he was a very pleasant, quiet and helpful chap and my fondest memory was David being in the lead car and causing a little havoc with radios; he just forgot to plug it in! 
We did, however, quickly resolve it, had a fun race and also a good laugh about it afterwards.
 
We will pass on details regarding the funeral arrangements in due course.
Our thoughts go to his partner and family at this very sad time.
 
Martin Cain
Chairman
We provide a link to a recent article:
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Update message from our chairman concerning coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19)

Dear club members

Please click on the below link to read the latest update from our chairman:

9.04.20 COVID -19 Chairmans Update

Keep safe.

Gary Rickards

Club Secretary

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Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID 19) Update

Dear Club Member

Following the publication of advice from the UK Government, Cycling UK, British Cycling and Cycling Time Trials, all Cheltenham & County Cycling Club organised rides and events are suspended until further notice.  We will be reviewing the situation regularly as the situation develops.

We encourage members to keep riding as it is great way to keep fit, physically and mentally.  We are working on ways to continue supporting you e.g. Zwift rides.

Happy and safe cycling

Your club Directors

PS. In addition to the UK Governments comments the following guidance notes from our Affiliated Bodies, were used to make the above decision:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/road/article/20200312-British-Cycling-Coronavirus-COVID19-Guidance-0

https://www.cyclinguk.org/news/what-does-covid-19-coronavirus-outbreak-mean-cycling

https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/articles/view/537

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