FCCC CLUB TT 10m HCC216a – THURSDAY 25th APRIL 2024 AT 19.00HRS

The next Club TT is the 10 mile HCC216a course (follow this link for the course map https://www.plotaroute.com/route/198873), starting in Franklin Avenue, Hartley Wintney on 25th April 2024 at 19:00.

Club TT events are open to all.

Entrance is free to club members and £5 to non-members (payable at sign-on).

Sign-on is from 20 minutes prior to the start time and will close 5 minutes prior to the start time.

Riders are encouraged to park away from the start and then ride up to the start area.

Helmets, front lights and rear lights are now compulsory to participate in any TT event – make sure you have them all or you will not be able to ride.

There is no pushing-off.

CTT REGULATION 14(i) and 14(j): No competitor shall be permitted to start either a Type A or Type B event unless such competitor has affixed to their machine a working front white light and rear red light, either flashing or constant, that is illuminated and in a position that is clearly visible to other road users.

NO LIGHTS – NO RIDE – NO EXCEPTIONS!

Results will be available on the night via the Resultsheet app. QR code attached below, or follow this link.

CANCELLED – Club TT Thursday 18 April

Unfortunately, tonight’s TT is CANCELLED.
This is due to the availability of the Timekeepers.

As with all Club’s and their activities, we rely heavily on volunteers to assist with organising and running events for the members.

If you are interested in helping out the Club with any of its activities or events then please do get in contact with one of the Members of the Committee. committee@fccc.org.uk

FCCC CLUB TT 8.5M – HCC255a – THURSDAY 11th April 2024 AT 18.30HRS

This week’s Club TT is on the 8.5 miles HCC255a course (follow this link for the course map https://www.plotaroute.com/route/198867), starting in Hartley Wintney, on 11th April 2024 at 18:30.

Club TT events are open to all.

These are “turn up and ride” events but field sizes will be restricted so entry is on a first come, first served basis.

Entrance is free to club members and £5 to non-members (payable at sign-on).

You are asked to park and then ride up to the start. PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN MORTIMER CLOSE AT THE START AREA. We have had complaints in previous years from local residents and do not want to give them any cause to complain.

Please endeavour to park in Hartley Wintney away from the sign-on area and then ride up to sign-on (this will close 5 minutes prior to the start time).

Sign-on is from 20 minutes prior to the start time and will take place in the road adjacent to the finish point marked “B” on the course map referenced above, approximately 150m due south from the start point “A”, where the signs for MILDMAY OAKS are.

Helmets, front lights and rear lights are now compulsory to participate in any TT event – make sure you have them all or you will not be able to ride.

There is no pushing-off.

We are using the Resultsheet app for live results – you can view these in real time by saving this link to your mobile device’s internet platform: https://resultsheet.app/rsd/1712656233584×100256178937528320

Or easier still by scanning the attached QR code to your device.

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)

Time Trialling at FCCC in 2024

As many of you already know, but for those of you who don’t, Sean Powers has recently joined the Committee and stepped up to assume responsibilities for Time Trialling at FCCC in 2024 et seq.

It is an area where I have received many questions during my time in the chair. While many members already participate we know more would like to but they don’t know how to go about it, do they need a TT bike to participate and whether there are other special requirements to do so.

These are all good questions.

To encourage more of our members to participate next year we wish to dispel the myth and mysteries surrounding this important area of cycling. Whether it is simply to have fun, improve your fitness or use it as part of your training regime TT’s are a great way to participate. It’s a great little community of cyclists which we wish to open to more of you.

I attach a link to the existing area on our website (below) which you can read to learn a little more.

As part of the AGM Twenty’24 (on Friday 23 February 2024) Sean and I intend running a short session with a Q&A for you to come to discuss TT’s at FCCC. I’m hoping Vernon will help too but I haven’t asked him yet! 🙂 Please come along.

Kind regards, Paul Hosemann (chair).

NOTE: The picture shows some of our participants at the end of a Thursday Night Club TT chatting about their PB’s and comparing notes about the route etc.. I know when I did my first TT (pictured) I spent the first 7 miles of an 11 mile course trying desperately not to be caught! Btw – I’m the geezer in the orange in the middle of the picture with a green MTB helmet proving you don’t need a fancy TT bike or equipment to have a go! 🤣

Club Trophies

For those who actively compete each year for one of the many FCCC Club Trophies it will come as no surprise that we are approaching the end of the year for which you will soon be putting your names forward for an award.

The awards are presented at the Club Night of the Year (CNOTY) each year. A tradition which has been running for decades. Personal engravings are worked on at the start of each year – in some cases being added to trophies dating back almost a century.

For a contingent within the Club, it is often true that some of our members do not even know these trophies exist or where to go to find out about them. (FYI – they are currently contained as a list at the back of our Club Rules & Regulations).

Paul Burcombe has just released the tickets for CNOTY’24 (on Saturday 31st March 2024) as the start of our annual preparations.

To make it easier for you all, and to encourage more of you to challenge for a trophy in 2024 et seq., we will shortly be sending out a new spreadsheet for you to use to see what trophies and awards are available to compete for in the hope that more are awarded for the year ahead – so they are hopefully not just gathering dust on the shelf.

Please look out for the announcements and the spreadsheet in the coming weeks.

Kind regards,

Paul Hosemann (Chair)

Club Night of the Year 2024 (early bird pricing)

Click here to book your tickets

CNOTY 24

We’re very pleased to announce that we’re opening booking for Club Night of the Year 2024 with some early bird pricing!

The CNOTY is our annual get together which includes prize giving for the club trophies that have been hard earned by the members. In addition to the three course meal and trophy giving we have the free raffle with many prizes donated by local cycling shops and top brands!

To book your tickets use the link above, the early bird price is £25 per head, which will increase to £30 per head from 1st Jan 24

Please hold the date ~ Club Night of the Year 2024

Saturday March 30th 2024

As the autumn leaves start to brown and fall from the trees and as we all reflect on another year of cycling that will soon be behind us it will shortly be time to celebrate our achievements on and/or off road.

A time to meet and greet one another and take pride in our shared riding at FCCC.

Whether it was your first ride in years, the purchase of a new bike at one of our club nights or your participation in some of our weekly rides, one of our Club TT’s or a sportive around the country we are inviting you all once again to the FCCC Club Night of the Year.

In 2023 we had a marvellous turnout so we are hoping to beat that for 2024. Partners and spouses are most welcome. Those that came this year can validate that it’s more than just a gathering of club cyclists!

100 tickets will go on sale very soon.

Saturday March 30th 2024 – 7pm to 11pm is the date we have secured the hall for CNOTY’24.

Yes – we know – it is the Easter Weekend so maybe we’ll throw in one or two Easter Egg Prizes for you to take home for yourselves or your families!

Please come and help make it another great Club Night!

More details will be sent in the coming weeks.

Thank you,

Paul Hosemann and Paul Burcombe

Thank you to Keith Griffiths 👍

A BiG thankyou to Keith Griffiths for coming to tell his story at our Club Night and to the 25 of you who turned up to listen as well as to Andria, my wife, for the food (hot and cold) and looking after our guests.

The best line of the night was when Keith said ‘If you can do 200 kms you can do 600 kms. You only have to think of it as three x 200 km rides’.

Breaking it all down into bite size chunks.

For a chap that does so little training the distances he rides and his method of planning his rides (subject to the weather forecast) combined with his preference to ride at night was inspiring, charming and enlightening.

Willing to sleep in bus stops or on people’s lawns or in open doorways or garages left deliberately open with mattresses on the ground shows the lengths these Audax riders go just to sneak a 10 or 30 minute Power Nap 😴..

Audax in Latin means ‘audacious, courageous… spirited… foolhardy… presumptuous and rash’.

These are the ways we will now consider Keith forever!

Thank you, Keith, for being a great final guest for me to close out the series of “FCCC’s An Audience with…”

Many people have said how much they enjoyed your story!

Kind regards,

Paul Hosemann (Chair)

Thank you… plus a few other pictures from the night.