Due to current government implemented COVID restrictions club rides will be suspended. The club would kindly ask all members to adhere strictly to British cycling rules. See this link for the full guidance.
For those who haven’t seen this elsewhere.
Andy Curson writes :=
Hi all…tomorrow, Saturday 12 December, myself and a great team around me will attempt the C2C2C challenge ride from Saltburn to Morecambe then back again, raising money for Bowel Cancer UK.
Before things get too ‘busy’ tomorrow, I would just like to say a few thankyou’s…. .
Firstly to the amazing team and club members who despite the conditions have selflessly said they would like to help? They include Toby Tanfield, Aaron Preston, John Kelly (Jnr), Lee O’Leary, Dan Waring, Marcus Smith, Ryan Murray, Ian Fryett, Peter Gunn, Eoin Carroll and Hilton Armstrong. Unfortunately, due to COVID regulations I had to limit it to two groups, but would also like to thank Martin Kendrew and Tom Pugh for putting themselves forward in case of anyone dropping out.
I would also like to thank Dave Kirton and Shaun O’Shea. Due to injury niggles they were unable to ride however instantly said they would like help as a mechanical back up vehicle for the day.
Thanks to all who offered to bake cakes, loan lights etc…I think we are all OK but your generosity and willingness to help is truly appreciated!
After realising my wheels were just about shot, thanks to Harry Tanfield for loaning me a pair of his HUNT wheels, last minute for the ride.
Thanks also to all who have sponsored – so far, £10,300 has been raised for Bowel Cancer UK, which is absolutely incredible.
With everyone pulling together like this it makes me proud to be a member of the Cleveland Wheelers and part of such a great club!
We had a practice ride last weekend, riding to the British Cycling protocol so hopefully everything will run smoothly.
Anyone who would still like to sponsor, just go to ‘Just Giving Andrew Curson’. Everyone who sponsors will automatically be entered into a raffle with prizes that include an INEOS jersey, signed by Luke Rowe. A signed AG2R Mondiale bidon, cap and Vuelta race number by local cycling legend Harry Tanfield. A Beefeater Bend cycling jersey (which can be signed or unsigned ), plus many more prizes – see below. Finally, we will be arriving back into Saltburn approximately 19:30-20:00 on Saturday evening, so if you’re down that way it would be good to see some smiling faces to welcome us back home after such a long day (obvisouly observing social distancing guidelines).
Thanks again everyone and stay safe, Andy.
Just another reminder that there are no CWCC youth training sessions scheduled to take part for the remainder of 2020, as per the government restrictions put in place last week.
To those who attended any of our sessions in 2020, thank you for your support and we hope that you enjoyed attending and taking part!
As of this moment, I have no further update on them recommending, but please know that we are doing all we can to get these back up and running. Realistically, we are targeting a 2021 restart on Monday 1st February 2021. But let’s wait and see if there are any further developments, watch this space.
More info will be emailed out closer to the time. I am still available if anyone would like to contact me between now and February.
As per my last email, stay safe and have a merry Christmas and a happy new year! Let’s hope we can get more cycling training and racing completed in 2021!
From Stephen Holden :-
I have provided details of the funeral arrangements. We can support a small contingent of six members, although we appreciate the current pandemic may not be conducive to some members attending
The details are below.
FUNERAL FOR DAVE HOLDEN
As valued friends of Dave and family over many years we would like you to join with us at in the service in a celebration of his life and to mark his passing.
The funeral service will take place on Friday 30 October at Kirkleatham Crematorium at 3pm. The cortege will be leaving from 28 Bydales Drive at 2.45pm. Social distancing will be observed throughout the service.
A live webcast of the service will be available over the internet for those unable to attend and Log-in details are provided below. A Test Webcast is available which we recommend you view in plenty of time before the of the service.
Service Viewing Time: 2.55pm – 3.55pm (if logging in prior to this time you will automatically be directed to the funeral service once it starts)
Should you be unable to view the Live service, a recorded version will be available to view from Friday 6 November to Wednesday 9 November.
Many thanks for the friendship and support you have given Dave and family over the years and the kind thoughts in cards and flowers you have sent, they have been greatly appreciated and provided much comfort at this sad time.
Margaret, Stephen & Anne Holden
Dave Holden, who sadly died last week, was a founding member and the first chairman of Cleveland Wheelers. As a tribute to him we’ve taken the opportunity to reproduce an article that he wrote for the Spokesman magazine on the club’s 50th anniversary in 2008.
Fifty years ago cycling politics was in crisis. The National Cyclists Union, the governing body for road racing (often called “mass start” in those days) sensibly insisted that events should be held on closed roads.
However, apart from a few prestige events like the Isle of Man, and locally the Richmond Road Race, ‘mass start’ events usually meant riders getting dizzy racing round and round a trading estate until the officials ran out of fingers and toes to count the laps; then there was a problem keeping count of all those who’d been lapped on such a short circuit. This type of racing was a minority but growing interest at the time and the rival British League of Racing Cyclists was formed to run events which mixed riders up with traffic. The NCU promptly excommunicated the BLRC and its members. Meanwhile the RTTC had dropped its requirement for all black attire it but still required the first rider be pushed off well before the lark had staggered out of its nest. And track racing! That was something we just read about.Read the rest of this entry