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Herne Hill Track Day – Tickets on Sale

2.30pm Saturday 14 March, Herne Hill Velodrome

Following on from the success of last year’s Herne Hill track day we’re doing it again this year, writes Michael Hartrey. It will be a 3 hour coached session with BC coaches provided by Herne Hill and cover various aspects of track riding including:

  • starting and stopping and riding on the banking on a fixed gear bike,
  • various group riding exercises to ensure safe & confident close riding (stacking, 1/2 lap changes, rotation, etc.) – good practice for group riding
  • finishing off with one or two mock taster races.

It will be aimed at, but not limited to, members with little or no track experience. Track bikes will be provided by Herne Hill and are included in the price. The session is subsidised by the club and tickets cost £7.

There will be a maximum number of 55 participants for the event due to bike hire and insurance arrangements. If you haven’t tried riding on a track before I recommend you give it a go as it’s lots of fun.

One last thing; given the dominance of British women in international track cycling over the past few years it was a bit of a surprise that we didn’t have any women take part last year, I’m sure that’ll be rectified this year.

There’s a forum topic if you want more info, to put questions and get your name on the list. If you’re coming then buy your ticket via the PayPal link below.




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Sporting 14 Poster

sporting14posterHere’s the poster for 2015 by Dominic Trevett. Please share with others.

The Gil Jessop Sporting 14 time trial will be held on Sunday 8 February on the usual Hungry Hill – East Clandon circuit and under CTT rules and regulations.

Entries are open online at cyclingtimetrials.org.uk. The closing date is 27 January.

A reminder to non-members that entrants must belong to a club affiliated to CTT and enter in advance, you can’t turn up on the day.

For club members we need your help on the day. If you want to race in 2015 then you need to help out in at least one club event this year. Help is still needed for the Sporting 14, see the forum to get involved.

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Sporting 14 – Entries Open

The Gil Jessop Sporting 14 time trial will be held on Sunday 8 February on the usual Hungry Hill – East Clandon circuit and under CTT rules and regulations.

Entries are open online at cyclingtimetrials.org.uk. The closing date is 27 January.

A reminder to non-members that entrants must belong to a club affiliated to CTT and enter in advance, you can’t turn up on the day.

For club members we need your help on the day. If you want to race in 2015 then you need to help out in at least one club event this year. Help is still needed for the Sporting 14, see the forum to get involved.

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Race Fund for Club Volunteers

As usual the club is offering members who race a partial refund of their entrance fees. It’s a way to support those flying the club colours in competitive events. Road races (eg BC, LVRC) and CTT time trials count, but not sportives or triathlon.

The total fund is £1500 and those entering the nationals and premier calendar races get 100% of these fees repaid and the rest is a proportion of however much is left.

If you want the maths then you divide the pot of money by the total value of entry fees claimed by everyone and multiply the result by your claim. For example if you submit a claim for £50 and everyone’s claims come to £3000 then £1500 / £3000 = 0.5 so you will get half back.

The funds are only available if you have helped the club this year, for example marshaling in a race or other supportive duties. Be sure to mention how you’ve helped your club this year.

As usual we will want to see proof that you started and finished the race, it normally won’t count if you were DNF on the day.

And if under £10 is owed then it will be ignored to reduce the administrative burden. Also it is for full members of the club with valid membership for 2014-2015.

To make your claim download the template spreadsheet and send your completed form to club treasurer Will Meers or the club’s info@ inbox by 31 January 2015. Finally please put your bank details on the spreadsheet.

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Peaslake Memorial Football Match

The clubrun has often passed through the village of Peaslake in the North Downs and in recent years we’ve taken part in their annual Remembrance Sunday events. The village has been in touch because they’re organising a football match to recreate the “day the guns fell silent” when opposing troops apparently played a game in between the trenches. For this they need volunteers and wonder if anyone from the club or elsewhere might be able to help. It’s not a competitive match, more about recreating a moment from history. All proceeds go to the Poppy Appeal.

If you can help, see the flyer and form, contact club President Derek Griffiths or drop an email to the club’s info@ address.


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Tickets On Sale for Club Dinner and Prize Presentation

Sunday 7 December 4.00 pm – 10.00pm

The club’s annual dinner and awards ceremony will take place at the Surbiton Racket and Fitness Club in Berrylands, KT5 8JT. There will be a surprise guest speaker.

It’s your chance to meet fellow members without lycra and sunglasses. The club celebrates the highs and lows of the past year with formal trophies and some more amusing awards too. There is a bar and free on street parking in the streets around the club.

Tickets are subsidised and cost just £5 per member which includes food and £7.50 for guests with friends and family welcome. It’s free for Under-16s. Places are limited so get your tickets before they sell out via the links below. If you want vegetarian food, leave a note in the Paypal payment as instructed.

SALE ENDED. Thanks to all those who bought tickets.

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Club Dinner and Prize Presentation

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.

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Ali Hughes

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.

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End of Season Time Trial Social

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.

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News For New Members

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 ride@kingstonwheelers.co.uk 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.

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