Riders may be aware that Cheltenham CTC have been promoting a 200km Audax (The Cheltenham Flyer) for several years. These are currently being organised by C&CCC club member Stephen Poulton, and the date for this year’s rides is fast approaching.
There are three routes – all of which are really beautiful – to suit different levels of fitness.
http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/20-797/ Cheltenham New Flyer (200)
http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/20-796/ Cider with Rosie 150 (151)
http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/20-979/ Character Coln (100)
Entry is easy from the Audax UK website using PayPal.
The support teams down route will be preparing your refreshments, so please enter within the next fortnight (before the 14th March). We currently have four members signed up to ride – it would be great if we could at least get into double figures!
If you’re looking to build up
C&CCC Cycle Coaching Series 2020
We are delighted to offer the opportunity for our club members, both male and female, to take part in a series of coaching sessions during the spring and summer months beginning on 21st April 2020.
Expressions of interest sought at this time. Full details to follow.
We are planning to run two courses of 4 sessions, tailored to the needs of club riders. The sessions will be run by three very experienced British Cycling-accredited coaches: Nick Yarworth, Heidi Blunden and Nicky Harverson.
The club will be subsidising the cost of the courses, so these represent excellent opportunities to improve your cycling skills in a safe environment.
To ensure that we can offer these fantastic courses to the club, we need a minimum of 25 attendees, so we need to gauge interest before we commit.
Please contact Sally Reid (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the 8th March. It would also be very helpful if you could fill in the survey below to identify what skills you want to focus on.
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!