Win tickets to the Eddy Merckx Gran Fondo

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?

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Our first Golden Segment is Staverton to Boddington

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!

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Introducing the Golden Segment Challenge

Are you looking for something to spice up your riding? Looking for a good reason to renew your membership?

The Golden Segment Challenge on Strava is a fun new idea to get you riding your bike and trying some new routes. The idea is simple – each month, we set a segment; you go ride it. All participants are then entered into our monthly Prize Draw!

You can find out more details on the Golden Segment page which is listed under the Members menu; or else click the link here.

You’ll need to be a member of our Strava Club to take part – so if you haven’t already joined our then you can do that here. Our Strava Club is only open to paid up C&CC Club members, so for information on how to join or renew, click here.

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New Club Kit available!

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 clothing@cheltenhamandcounty.cc, 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.

 

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Sally Reid National Cyclocross Champion

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

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January Gran Fondo – 25th January

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:

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Route change – Saturday 4th January

Please note that due to seasonal closures, this Saturday’s route has been changed, with both Road rides now heading to Chedworth.

At this time of year a number of our regular venues are shut so if members have any ideas for potential new cafe’s that we should try out, please contact the Road Captain!

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December Ride Leaders Draw

Thanks to all our volunteers who have led rides this month.

We have drawn the names out of our metaphorical hat for the December ride leaders draw. Our two winners this month are Rich Preston – who becomes the first MTB winner of the draw – and Chris Vevers, who led more rides in December (6) than anyone else.

Thanks to both Rich and Chris, and all the ride leaders. Remember, the more rides you lead, the greater your chances of winning!

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Smith races to bowling victory over CTC

The photo below shows the moment of victory as star man Roger Smith bowls CCCC to victory in a close fought encounter with the Cheltenham Touring Club. With the CTC train firmly in control as the peloton approached the finish line, all seemed lost, until Smith’s final Sagan-like sprint for the line, securing an amazing 7 points in the final end. Some say that his average power output in the final end was close to 1000 watts but those reports are unconfirmed…


Photo: Ade Godwin

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Reduction in 14s rides over the winter

Following discussions with regular riders and leaders, we will only be running our steadier 14s rides on alternate Saturdays over the winter, when we are scheduled for a hillier ride. On flatter weeks, we will encourage people to join the 16’s ride.

We’ll revert to weekly rides in the Spring when demand for a weekly 14’s ride is likely to be higher. Please feel free to contact our Road Captain if you have any thoughts on this.

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