I have been Chairman of Cleveland Wheelers for many more years than I can remember but over the last year I have been thinking that it is about time that I stepped down and let someone new take over the handlebars!
I have enjoyed my time holding on to the ‘handlebars’ and am proud of the things that we have achieved, such as having 10 British Cycling level 2 coaches! There are many other things that we have also accomplished and I am grateful to all those people who have worked with me to get the club to where it is today.
The current world situation is indeed terrible and cycling unimportant. It has left the club year rightly suspended. With nothing club orientated taking place now or for some considerable time it feels like an appropriate moment to retire and give the committee time to find someone new to pilot the club from Septembers AGM.
This evening the club committee has decided that with the current situation and government advice that all Cleveland Wheelers’ events will be suspended from today. In plain terms this means that Youth Coaching. Adult Coaching, League 2000, Evening Series Time Trials, Open Time Trials, Challenge rides and ALL CLUB RIDES will NOT take place until further notice.
This complies with the governments requirements issued today. We will of course be in touch as soon as we are able to start all of these activities again.
Chairman, Cleveland Wheelers Cycling Club
Many thanks to Brian Gleeson for his report and photos.
Cleveland Wheelers Cycling Club held their annual start of the season Hilly 21 time-trial race around the Stokesley area on Sunday. 62 riders had entered the competition which started at Stokesley and travelled up to Hutton Rudby against a strong wind, but then returned to Stokesley along the A172 with the wind behind them. The race then turned south towards Great Broughton, Ingleby Greenhow, Battersby, and Easby to finish just before the junction of Battersby Avenue and the A173 Stokesley-Great Ayton road, having first negotiated the flooding on Battersby Avenue.
After the first few riders, an early lead was taken by 18 year old Espoir rider, Jake Stephenson ( Triology Manhealth), in a time of 50:14 and this was held for half an hour before Rob Carter (Cleveland Wheelers) pipped him by 9 seconds. Richard Lilleker (Cleveland Wheelers) then beat him by 1 second. The faster riders began to arrive with Euan Sanderson (Cleveland Wheelers) taking the lead with a time of 49:36, before Marcel Schubert (Darlington CC) arrived 5 minutes later to take third place in 46:31. Five minutes after Chris Smart (GTR- Return to Life) finished to take first place in a time of 46:10. Second place went to veteran rider Keith Murray in a time of 46:39.
The fastest lady rider was veteran Anna Turvey (Drag2Zero) in a time of 50:22 with veteran rider Kate Sanderson (Cleveland Wheelers) in second place in 1.03:19.
In light of recent events happening around the world and to answer any questions that you all have about any of our sessions, I feel it is only right to send out an update from our side.
I have been in contact with Everyone Active over the last few days, whilst at the same time keeping a close eye on any government and official announcements. As they look after and maintain the facilities at Middlesbrough Sports Village, during this time, the fate of our sessions is solely in their hands.
After speaking with some of the management team at Everyone Active today, they have said that as it stands, everything is still open until they are told otherwise (from their head office).
They are working closely with the council and following strict government policies and official advice. Until they are told otherwise, they have said please treat everything as open/on, therefore please continue to use the services that we provide at Everyone Active.
This being said, unless we get more bad weather, or we receive a further update on what to do during this pandemic, all CWCC sessions will be on as normal.
If you require anything further, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Thanks & regards,
Youth Development Officer
Cleveland Wheelers Cycling Club