Thank you… and Season’s Greetings

To our members..

As the picture clearly demonstrates we all may have a different interpretation on what we see in front of us or how we perceive the world, well may I take this opportunity to thank each and every member who has given something to the Club in 2023.

Whether that is standing by the side of the road marshalling one of our Club TT’s or helping by leading some of our weekly rides we appreciate each and every minute those of you have given for others to enjoy their cycling.

There is a lot that goes on silently behind the scenes that is taken for granted such as the treasury function, the production and auditing of our accounts, coordinating the Zwift Racing league, operating the TT events and driving out checking the routes the night before to make sure they are safe to ride, the Club Nights, organising our other social events, ordering the club kit for everyone, maintaining our social media pages, monitoring our WhatsApp groups, hiring venues, clearing up after others at Club Nights (including laying on refreshments), dealing with new membership requests and looking to offer new riders a ride or two to try out, back office administration, coordinating membership renewals, maintaining our website, being on the Committee, liaising with the local authorities for use of venues or dealing with our club affiliations and putting on training just to name those that immediately spring to mind.

I’m sure I’m missing some important items but nevertheless may I thank those of you for volunteering and helping keep FCCC on the roads and trails.

May I wish you a healthy and happy festive season. My thoughts are with those of you who have lost loved ones this year and those who are dealing with sick friends and family at this time. 🙏

Just like the picture, our cycling club is made up of many things that you simply don’t see even though they are right in front of you.

Festive regards,

Paul Hosemann (chair)

Club Trophies – Have You Won?

As a club we are fortunate to have a rich history that includes an impressive trophy collection covering all sorts of categories – not just time trials but also road racing, hill climbs, track racing, MTB, cyclo-cross and even sportives.

The large number of trophies means that sometimes a member might have won something without even realising it, although please bear in mind that only first claim members are eligible for club trophies.

The full list of trophies and the rules for them (including exactly what is needed to win each one) are detailed in the club rules document (pages 5-9), accessible via the Members’ area of the website, although the committee believe the following are the only ones capable of being claimed this year:

The Dowling Trophy (Presented by R. Dowling Esq) (2)

Awarded to the lady member attaining the fastest average of the average speeds in any two 10-mile and two 25-mile CTT type “A” events (during 2021).

50 mile Championship Trophy (13)

Awarded to the member recording the fastest actual time in any open 50 mile event (during 2021).

The B.S.A. ‘100’ Challenge Trophy (Presented by B.S.A. Cycles Ltd. In 1937) (14)

Awarded to the member recording the fastest actual time in any open 100-mile event (during 2021).

The Sportive Trophy (37)

Awarded to the member with the greatest total distance ridden in Sportives and Audaxes. The time period to be 12 months from 1st October to 30th September (i.e. 1 Oct 2020 to 30 Sep 2021).

The Cyclo-Cross Trophy (46)

Awarded to the member scoring the greatest number of British Cycling points in cyclo-cross races, all eligible events to count, for the twelve month period between 1st February and 31st January inclusive (i.e. 1 Feb 2021 to 31 Jan 2022). The points awarded will be in accordance with the current BC rules for that particular year. To be considered for the trophy, riders must produce evidence of their points for events throughout the season to the Off-Road Secretary not later than 7th February in each year.

The MTB Trophy (47)

Awarded to the rider who, as a first claim club member, completes the most kilometres whilst completing rides that are principally conducted “off-road” i.e. not on the public highway, but on non-paved tracks, bridleways, paths, and byways, from January 1 to December 31 in the preceding year (i.e. 1 Jan 2021 to 31 Dec 2021). Riders must produce evidence to support their claim to the Off-Road Secretary, who shall be the final arbiter in deciding on the validity of the claim, not later than 7th February in each year.

The onus is on members to come forward and claim trophies so please email the committee (committee@fccc.org.uk) with your claim and list of rides to support it.  The committee will be finalising the list of winners at the next meeting on 14th February so the closing dates referred to for the Cyclo-Cross and MTB trophies above will be extended to Friday 11th February for this year.

Get you claims in and make sure you’ve got your Club Night of the Year (CNOTY) tickets to pick up the awards on 19th March.

Annual General Meeting

FARNBOROUGH AND CAMBERLEY CYCLING CLUB

NOTICE TO MEMBERS:

Notice is hereby given to all members of the Farnborough and Camberley Cycling Club that our

Annual General Meeting

will be held on  Friday 25th February 2022 at 19.45

at  All Saints’ Church Hall

    Chapel Lane, Hawley GU14 9EW

Nominations for election of officers, and any specific proposals you wish to be discussed, should be sent by email to the General Secretary, Carl White, no later than Friday 4th February 2022.

Contact details are:         E-mail: secretary@fccc.org.uk

Attached is a complete list of current committee and other official club positions. 

Your committee needs you

A healthy club committee needs constant refreshment with new members and ideas to keep it responsive to members’ current needs. 

We recognise it’s difficult to volunteer for roles without knowing what’s involved which is why we have a “Members Without Portfolio” category with which we can co-opt any number of volunteers onto the committee.  These carry no specific responsibilities other than to contribute to committee discussions and decisions and is an ideal way to see how the club is run.

Obviously, we hope that some of these will in turn lead to taking on specific roles and so alleviate the workload of those committee members who have ended up with multiple roles because of a lack of volunteers in the past.

Please let us know whether you would be interested in taking over an existing role or coming on board as a Member Without Portfolio.

Each nomination requires a proposer and seconder for appointments at the AGM but we can assist in providing this if needed.

We very much look forward to receiving your nominations which must reach us by Friday 4th February 2022.

Carl White

On behalf of Farnborough & Camberley CC Committee

Kids Coaching – Places Still Available for January!

Our next kids coaching block of 5 weeks is starting soon, and places are still available.

It starts on Saturday 8 January, from 1pm till 2pm.

The venue is Alderwood Leisure Centre in Aldershot, GU12 4AS.

£25 for the five week block for one child, or £40 for two places.

Limited places available, so please don’t hang about if you’re interested.

Contact kids@fccc.org.uk for more details, or to book.

Places Available – Kids Coaching in January

Our kids coaching sessions are going very well, and we’re now opening up bookings for the next block of coaching, which will be for five weeks starting on Saturday 8 January, from 1pm till 2pm.

The venue is Alderwood Leisure Centre in Aldershot, GU12 4AS.

£25 for the five week block for one child, or £40 for two places. Limited places available, so please don’t hang about if you’re interested.

Contact kids@fccc.org.uk for more details, or to book.

Cross is Boss

Several club members took part in the Wessex League Cyclocross race at Popham Airfield, Hampshire on Sunday 14 November.

Experienced racers Scott Heyhoe and Martin Richardson were in the v50 and v40 races, while Calum Wooldridge and Brian Goosens both had their first full-length CX races. Brian is from Belgium and a massive cyclocross fan, and he writes below about his experience:

“I’ll try to keep it short, however difficult this will prove to be for a Belgian talking about cyclocross! First of all, to anyone interested in giving it a go, I’ve convinced my partner twice now to come with me because there’s always food trucks and drinks available, which is quite an incentive! Having someone to throw your jacket to before the start is always a bonus! It’s a fun day out for the whole family to be honest.

It was the first race that I’ve finished today, and it was fun from the first till the last lap. All aspects of cycling, from all disciplines, come together in cyclocross: BMX-style start, mountainbike-like course, all ridden on a road bike! I was worried about entering my first CX race as I’m not 100% fit (to my liking) but it really doesn’t matter, this is all about fun and the atmosphere is so friendly and welcoming. I’ve definitely been bitten by the CX bug after the Popham race and will be back more and more, hoping to do the entire season next year. If anyone wants to give it a go or has any doubts, please contact me. I’m more than happy to help if I can! Would love to see more and more club members join of all age groups and gender! The women’s scene in cyclocross is currently growing faster than bitcoin!”

If you’d like to join in with the fun, or simply to know more, then contact offroad@fccc.org.uk and we can help you get into this very popular side of the sport.

Kids Coaching Has Started!

We were delighted to start our kids coaching scheme last Saturday. This is now running at Alderwood Leisure Centre, Aldershot, GU12 4AS (just off the A331).

The first session went very well, and the kids all seemed to have a great time.

The sessions run from 1pm till 2pm on Saturday afternoons. The cost is £30 for one child, or £50 for two, for a six-week block of sessions.

Kids roughly from 5-11 are catered for. If they can ride a bike without stabilisers, then they can join in. They will need to bring their own bike, a properly fitting helmet and suitable clothing.

The sessions are run by the club’s team of British Cycling-trained coaches, all of whom are of course fully DBS checked.

The aim is to build cycling skills in a fun, safe environment, as part of British Cycling’s Go-Ride scheme for young riders. Cycling is an essential part of growing up, and we want to help more young people to discover the fun of cycling and to develop lifelong skills. Most of the Great Britain Cycling Team started off at Go-Ride clubs!

Places are currently available. For more information, and to sign up, please contact kids@fccc.org.uk

Friday 12 Nov Social Evening – Sports Massage and Personal Training talk

Our next social evening will be on Friday 12th November at 8:30pm, at All Saints Hall, Chapel Lane, Farnborough GU14 9BW.

We will have a sport massage and personal training presentation with Tamzin and Meg from the Pause Well Being Studio in Farnham.

There will also be light refreshments and a finger-style buffet.

Free entry, as usual, to club members. £5 for non-members.

Send me a text on 07793 600097 if you wish to come so that we have an idea of numbers.

Hope to see you there!

Dominique Crapart, FCCC Social Secretary.