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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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.

Vince Alexander – Funeral Details

Vince’s funeral will take place at Aldershot Crematorium, Guildford Rd, Aldershot GU12 4BP on Monday 8th November at 2.15pm followed by a reception at The Princess Royal, Guildford Rd, Runfold, Farnham GU10 1NX

Please email me at [email protected]  if you will be attending so that we can advise the family of numbers.

Jeff Davis – FCCC

FCCC CLUB TT 25M – H25/88 – SATURDAY 9TH OCTOBER AT 10.00HRS

On-line registration is now open for the Club 25 mile TT to be held on the H25/88 course (follow this link for the course map https://www.plotaroute.com/route/275405), starting in River Lane junction on the eastbound A31 at Farnham, on 9th October 2021 at 10.00hrs

Detailed instructions and the start sheet will be emailed to you prior to the event.

Club TTs are open to all-comers.  The non-members entry fee of £5 must be paid at the time of registration via the payment link in the last section of the online registration Google form (this will be refunded if the club are unable to stage the event or the event is over-subscribed).

Registration is simple, just complete this Google Form on-line: https://forms.gle/HjFMbVHgWHKfY1hm6

Closing date for entry is midnight on Thursday 7th October 2021.

FCCC Club TT Rules under Covid-19 Guidance

1. On-line entry only.

2. Closing date for entry is 2 days prior to the event.

3. Field sizes will be restricted so entry is on a first come, first served basis. Preference will be given to first claim FCCC members for Club Championship events.

4. A start sheet will be emailed one day prior to the event.

5. You are asked to park and then ride up to the start area.

6. Aim to arrive at the start area at least 10 minutes before your start time.

7. Arrive “ready to ride”.

8. Numbers will be available at the start area – PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN SAFETY PINS

9. There will be no “pushing off”, you will have to do a standing start on your own.

10. After finishing please put your number in the plastic bin provided for the purpose at the finish area.

11. Results will be published on the club’s FaceBook page/group and website.

12. IF YOU ARE FEELING AT ALL UNWELL DO NOT TAKE PART IN THE EVENT.

Vince Alexander – RIP

It’s with great sadness that we have to report the passing today of Vince Alexander.  Vince was a long-time member of the club having joined Camberley Wheelers CC in 1945 to join his wife Gene Alexander, who was already a 10 year member having joined in 1935.  Gene passed away 3 years ago.

Vince was very much part of the club’s history as evidenced by his reminiscence in the club’s Hall of Fame.

In the 1950’s CWCC’s printing was done by a Mr Appleton who used to have printing equipment in a lean-to attached to his house in Yateley. I used to enjoy chatting with him when I took our clubs requirements to him, He was ‘born and bred’ locally and he remembered an active cycling club that had affiliations and attachment to a Camberley church situated just off the High Street. He could not name the cycling club but he was sure that they were active in the early years of the 20th. Century

When I joined the club in 1945, I do remember that, like most clubs across the country, it was expanding its membership. There was local competition for new members between the neighbouring Farnborough and Camberley clubs, and the pool of youth being built up within the Royal Aircraft Establishment at the time was a prime source (As an Apprentice I was one of these!). The RAE used to run an annual sports day through the 1950’s and cycle events were included on the grass track laid out on the sports field.. Thus there was competition between employees who were also members of both clubs and I think that this added to the rivalry that existed between the 2 clubs. From my recollection I know that I tended to be placed second in these events behind a ‘fast’ Farnborough C.C lad called ‘Spud’ Harris.

Cycle racing on Grass tracks was very popular through the late 1940’s and the 1950’s. Most events were combined with Annual Carnivals promoted by local towns.. The Camberley club had the task of covering all the arrangements for the cycling competition within Camberley’s carnival day. I remember having to measure out the ground available on Camberley’s recreational ground and I finally laid out a 440 yard track that had 2 different radii to utilise fully the available space. The cycle racing entries for Camberley’s events (and that for many of the local towns events) were restricted to the clubs within the Border Cycling Association. However grass track meetings closer to London (Windsor for instance) were open to all and there were racing cyclists at the time who specialised in this form of our sport. Thus there were products produced such as tubular tyres designed specifically to be used on grass.

Local towns that organised Grass track events in the 1950’s that I can remember were Camberley, Farnham, Alton, Basingstoke and Guildford. Guildford, incidentally, ran senior grass track events before the war and these attracted the countries major racing cyclists. My club at the time used to attend the Carnival town meetings but we treated them primarily as a ‘fun day out.’ Although we rode the cycling events, we also used to enter such events as the 3 legged running event and a ‘tilt the bucket’ event (then popular with the audience!) I particularly recall riding at a Farnham event one year when rain had made ‘their 6 lap to the mile’ track ‘very dodgy’. For the sake of those who had paid to view the event the clubmen decided to ‘give it a go.’ Inevitably riders ‘came down’ on the bends and it became a case of getting back up, checking your bike and getting on again. I particularly remember this event because, within a crash in a heat, a Farnborough C.C. competitor damaged his wheel. I ran across with my bike to lend him mine; tripped over a marking peg and broke my leg! While in the hospital I was joined by 2 other clubmen with injuries. One clubman had even damaged his leg while taking part in the 3 legged race!

Gene and husband Vince - March 2016
Gene and Vince at the FCCC Open TT in March 2016

FCCC HILL CLIMB CHAMPIONSHIPS – 10.00AM SATURDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2021

The FCCC Hill Climbing Championships take place at 10.00am on Saturday morning 25 Septemberon the HHC018 course (follow this link for the course map https://www.plotaroute.com/route/198880), starting at the junction of Church Lane, Howards Lane and Brockham Hill Lane in Hollybourne.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT, SO JUST GET THERE 15 MINUTES BEFOREHAND AND SIGN ON AT THE START.

Open to all members and non-members with no specialist equipment required other than your bike (including compulsory rear light) and determination to go as fast as you can for one mile uphill.

We’re keeping our fingers crossed for the weather and a good turnout right across the membership, time trialists, road racers, off-road and social riders alike.

Ladies, mens and veterans trophies are up for grabs for FCCC first claim members only.