A date for your diary: Sunday 7 December. The club’s annual dinner and prize presentation will be held on this day and likely to be in the late afternoon. More news on the format, timings and how to get your ticket in due course.
Some of you will recall former club members Ali and Mike Hughes, writes Derek Griffiths. Sadly Ali died last Saturday aged 50 after a long fight with leukaemia. The funeral will be next week in Yeovil. She leaves a young 10 year old daughter called Amelia.
Ali was a past member of our club and a keen athlete, she competed as a crew member in the World Dragon Boat Championship and came third, as well as coming a cheerful presence on winter club runs with Mike, a former racer and spent his formative years racing on Merseyside against the likes of Joey McLoughlin. The club sends its respects to Mike and family.
Wednesday 22 October, 8pm, The Lamb, Surbiton
An end of season time trial social takes place will take place Wednesday at The Lamb, Surbiton, writes James Hewitt. Feel free to come along and have a drink to celebrate the end of the season, or even if you’re just curious and want to find out more about what time trialling involves and would like to try one next year.
More on the forum.
This news doesn’t affect existing members and renewals but it’s good to know.
Kingston Wheelers is one of the largest cycling clubs in the area and our membership has been steadily growing year-on-year for many years now. As of October 2014, in an effort to reduce the amount of work required by volunteers within the club and to reduce some of the problems we have experienced, we decided to limit the number of members in our club at its current level (approximately 600).
All riders wishing to join are required to attend a “newbie run”: a club run for new joiners. These take place on the first Sunday of each month at the usual place and time (see Club Run for more information). Exceptions can be made for women, juniors and experienced riders (such as those joining from another club or those who have raced).
If you would like to join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and arrange to come along to the next available newbie ride. If you enjoy your first ride with us, we will add you to a waiting list and contact you when a space becomes available. You can then sign up online and join the club.
If you are under-18, let us know when you email us.
Saturday November 15 2014 1pm-5pm, Hillingdon
The club is holding a skills session for members looking to improve their group riding skills. We’ve booked the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit to provide a traffic-free environment.
This is for people to share experiences on race etiquette, group riding skills and developing those skills to put in use from anything from the club to sportives and races.The emphasis will be on skills rather than speed. We will split the session into groups according to experience/fitness and, as in previous years, we’ll round off with a practice scratch race and handicap race.
Session organiser Andy Edwards is also asking for more experienced members to come along and share their skills
The event is free to club members but we ask people to commit to volunteer for a future club activity in return. More details on the forum (log-in required).
Sunday 21 September
The annual “President’s Club Run” takes place soon. It’s a club run with two differences, the aim being to get as many of the club’s management committee out on the bike so members can meet them and even better, the club will meet the bill for refreshments at Tanhurst Farm. Yes, you read that right: free cake for all.
Several rides will start from the usual meeting point and aim to converge at the Tanhouse Farm Shop near Newdigate.
The format is the same as it’s been in recent years, this is a members-only ride and if you want free food you’ll need to be in club kit on the day.
On the subject of kit, be sure to log in to the forum from time to time to watch for news of sales. The club has ordered new stock which is being made now.
Roger Mitchell died yesterday in Kingston Hospital. He was the longest-standing club member and by some way. He joined the club in 1961 aged 18, soon getting the regulation club kit which included a jersey and a black beret.
A prolific racer in bunch races and then time trials his name is engraved on many of the club silverware in circulation today. That’s him second from left with three trophies from a club dinner in the 1960s. He met his wife Janet through the club around this time.
Later on he was a regular on the club run. Back in the days a good turn out a Sunday morning meant ten riders you could count on him to be there and he helped out with the club’s races, always cheerful and happy to help out. More of you will know from the club nights in the pub where he kept up to date with what was happening in the club after he stopped riding. A few years ago our club presented him with the “Lifetime Clubman Award” trophy in recognition of his long and continued membership.
Condolences to Janet, his family and friends from the Kingston Wheelers.
Poster by Dominic Trevett
- Race: it’s on Leith Hill and the first rider is off at 11.00 am. Entries are open, please use the CTT website
- Cheer: there will be a special club run to cheer on the racers and then tackle the cake supply at the race HQ in Forest Green
John Bornhoft was a President of the Kingston Wheelers CC until his death in 2003. For many years, John ran much of the club and was a constant source of encouragement for new members and an inspiration for the rest of us. Always a keen cyclist, he was a regular on both club runs and races well into his retirement. This race is held in his memory and is a tribute to his work for the club.
11.00am – Saturday 27 September 2014
The club’s annual open hill climb is held on the slopes of Leith Hill. This is now a well established event and enables the club to put something back in to the local racing scene and at the same time remember John Bornhoft who was a President of the Kingston Wheelers CC until his death in 2003 and a regular on both club runs and races well into his retirement. The race is held in his memory and is a tribute to his work for the club and is a well supported event, both with vocal KWCC suppport on the course and a large field of riders.
The course uses the southern road up from Forest Green. You can see it on Strava.
There are three ways to take part:
- Help out: For those new to cycling, the UK road and TT racing side is a collaborative effort in that all the races are staged by clubs volunteering – there are no events put on by federations or companies such as in triathlons or sportives, so without clubs such as us staging the events there will be no races. To this end this is the first call for marshals and helpers on the day. There are a whole host of important jobs to be done on the day and these include Finish Assistant, marshals on the course, sorting out the results and their smooth transfer to the HQ, bap assistance etc, etc. If you’ve raced this season, in open or club TT’s, taken part in road races, planning to ride the club championship or indeed just been enjoying the club runs, this is your chance to help the club. Please leave your name on the forum if you can help. We should only need 10 or 11 people on the day so add your name to this thread
- Cheer: there will be a special club out to the ride to cheer on the racers and then tackle the cake supply back at the race HQ in Forest Green
- Race: we prefer racers to help out first but if you’ve helped already or the list of helpers is already full, we want to see a big field of club riders. You can enter via https://evententry.ctt.org.uk/
As part of Rapha Women’s 100, Worldwide on Sunday 20th July 2014 twelve Wheeler lady members woke up very early on Sunday morning to meet at 7.00am in Kingston Market Square, writes Deborah Liew.
We were taking part in the Rapha Women’s 100 invitation to women worldwide to cycle 100k on this day. Ours would be a 120k ride, Kingston – Henley-on-Thames – Sonning – Hampton Court. Our ride was registered on Rapha’s webpage as Kingston Wheelers CC Henley 120. It was a humid, warm morning even at 7am, and it would soon become a hot, beautiful summer’s day. Here we are:
We crossed Kingston Bridge and took the typical westward route which is north of the River Thames – past Hampton Court Palace, through Sunbury, Shepperton, Virginia Water, down Drift Road. At 9.45am arrived at Henley Chocolate Theatre Café on the river Thames.
Our morning coffee/cake break was generous (1 hour!! I guess photo shoots take their time!). The road from Henley to Sonning then back to Drift Road was also new to us as a recent Wheeler women’s social group. We were lucky with the route (drawn by Debs!) which 99% was only very gently rolling, and quiet and peaceful. We commented that we should come out here more often as a club. The other 1% saw a tiny bit of busy A roads.
Debs navigated, led and paced the ride from the front, aware that this ride would be some 40% longer than our previous flatter rides, and, for time-constraints today, had been advertised at the faster end of our social women’s/ newbie pace. Very many thanks to Emma and Kasia, strong and fast riders, who joined us for the first time today, who so very kindly and, as normal in club cycling, offered to take the lead several times, who kept a continual watchful eye on everyone up and down the line, and to Steph for her generosity and attentiveness to those at the back. Kudos to Claire and Sarah for pacing themselves and never giving up.
And so we rode in a beautifully neat and tidy peloton, 2-abreast or in single file, cruising at 26-29kph (16-18mph) on flat roads, slightly more/less on descents/climbs, to average 24-25kph (15.3mph) said my Garmin.
At 1:15pm, we arrived at The Minnow in Weybridge for 2 jugs of Pimms. Here are Kasia and Debs.
Sometime later (that is, another hour later!), we wobbled back to Hampton Court to complete our 120k, then homewards (for showers, and the Club BBQ ). We do not normally take such enormous breaks! But today was special!
We took this route. It was lovely and quiet, even though, after all, it was only 7:30am by the time we set off! It was especially nice riding from the Drift Road onward to Henley, Sonning, then back through Chobham Common.
Click here for the Kingston Wheeler’s Women’s Calender. It provides a 6-week rolling programme of women-only and women’s mixed social rides, from around average speed 13-14mph/22kph (cruising 14-16mph on easy, flat roads) to 15-16mph/25kph (cruising 17-18-20mph) depending on the slowest rider. We cycle in the manner of road cycling club groups (skills/etiquette apply), and no one is left behind.
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