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As part of Rapha Women’s 100, Worldwide on Sunday 20th July 2014 twelve Wheeler lady members woke up very early on Sunday morning to meet at 7.00am in Kingston Market Square, writes Deborah Liew. We were taking part in the Rapha Women’s 100 invitation to women worldwide to cycle 100k on this day. Ours would be a 120k ride, Kingston – Henley-on-Thames – Sonning – Hampton Court. Our ride was registered on Rapha’s webpage as Kingston Wheelers CC Henley 120. It was a humid, warm morning even at 7am, and it would soon become a hot, beautiful summer’s day. Here we are: We crossed Kingston Bridge and took the typical westward route which is north of the River Thames – past Hampton Court Palace, through Sunbury, Shepperton, Virginia Water, down Drift Road. At 9.45am arrived at Henley Chocolate Theatre Café on the river Thames. Our morning coffee/cake break was generous (1 hour!! I guess photo shoots take their time!). The road from Henley to Sonning then back to Drift Road was also new to us as a recent Wheeler women’s social group. We were lucky with the route (drawn by Debs!) which 99% was only very gently rolling, and quiet and peaceful. We commented that we should come out here more often as a club. The other 1% saw a tiny bit of busy A roads. Debs navigated, led and paced the ride from the front, aware that this ride would be some 40% longer than our previous flatter rides, and, for time-constraints today, had been advertised at the faster end of our social women’s/ newbie pace. Very many thanks to Emma and Kasia, strong and fast riders, who joined us for the first time today, who so very kindly and, as normal in club cycling, offered to take the lead several times, who kept a continual watchful eye on everyone up and down the line, and to Steph for her generosity and attentiveness to those at the back. Kudos to Claire and Sarah for pacing themselves and never giving up. And so we rode in a beautifully neat and tidy peloton, 2-abreast or in single file, cruising at 26-29kph (16-18mph) on flat roads, slightly more/less on descents/climbs, to average 24-25kph (15.3mph) said my Garmin. At 1:15pm, we arrived at The Minnow in Weybridge for 2 jugs of Pimms. Here are Kasia and Debs. Sometime later (that is, another hour later!), we wobbled back to Hampton Court to complete our 120k, then homewards (for showers, and the Club BBQ ). We do not normally take such enormous breaks! But today was special! We took this route. It was lovely and quiet, even though, after all, it was only 7:30am by the time we set off! It was especially nice riding from the Drift Road onward to Henley, Sonning, then back through Chobham Common. Click here for the Kingston Wheeler’s Women’s Calender. It provides a 6-week rolling programme of women-only and women’s mixed social rides, from around average speed 14mph/22kph (cruising 14-16mph on easy, flat roads) to 16mph/25kph (cruising 18-20mph) depending on the slowest rider. We cycle in the manner of road cycling club groups (skills/etiquette apply), and no one is left behind. Debs, (aka Deborah Liew)
Saturday 11 October 2014 – Hillingdon As per last year there will be two races 13:45 – Newcomers 4th Cat Race (Go Ride) (30 mins + 5 laps) 15:00 – E/1/2/3/4 Handicap (Regional C) (60 mins + 5 laps) This race is open to First Claim members of the Kingston Wheelers only and you need to be a paid up member to race. No BC points are on offer. Any juniors who want to race please contact Will Nicklin first. Given the general feedback that it worked well then overall things are kept the same. The newcomers race is open to those who have not raced before and want to give it a go. As its a Go-Race, BC Bronze membership will suffice. The main race is open to all, and will be handicapped on the day. Entries can be made through the BC website again. I’ve made the race application to BC, but it takes a little time to get approved. It won’t be in the race calendar immediately. I’ll update when it is. Will Nicklin Forum topic – http://www.kingstonwheelers.co.uk/kwccforum/viewtopic.php?t=11934
Sunday 20 July 2014 – Surbiton Racket and Fitness Club, Berrylands Tickets are on sale for the club’s summer barbecue. The date is Sunday 20 July and it’s from 4.00 pm onwards. The venue is Surbiton Racket and Fitness Club (the tennis club) in Berrylands. Tickets are £5 for members. Guests are especially welcome and tickets are £5 for children under-16 or £10.00 everyone else. This is subsidised and includes entry and food. As usual it’s a big social occasion for the club, a chance to see what fellow Wheelers look like out of lycra, so please bring friends and family. Vegetarian food available if required. SOLD OUT
On 10 May 2014, between 08:00 – 18:00, about 50 cyclists from the Kingston Wheelers are going to embark on a day of cycling on static bikes in Eden Walk, Kingston-Upon-Thames, to contribute to raise money for the charity attached to Kingston’s children’s ward, Momentum, writes Gareth Thomas. In the 10 hours available, we hope to have accumulated a mileage of around 700 miles to contribute towards Mometums ‘cycle 10,000 miles for £50,000″. Along the way, it’d be great to pick up some fundraising for this wonderful cause. Momentum is a charity based on the Kingston Hospital’s children’s ward. The charity assists and supports families through life threatening and limiting conditions. This involves emotional support and the use of the charities log cabins in the New Forest and Shorefield. They have helped the ward refurbish with nautical themes, and and murals painted within the cubicles, and recently a brand new play room while the families are in-patients. To donate see the page at virginmoneygiving.com/team/KingstonWheelersMomentu m. PS the club gets countless charity emails and more and can’t reply to them all but if 50 members are taking part then of course it gets a shout
Statement from the Chair of Kingston Wheelers Cycling Club from the recent AGM: Part of the Club’s mission statement which was developed at a time when the club was undergoing a period of enforced change following the death of then President John Bornhoft says; “We pride ourselves on our friendly atmosphere and all-inclusive policy. We have an experienced membership who are on hand to offer advice on bike set-up and training to all.” The current committee continue to support this ethos and believe in these statements. However, over the last year or so it has become increasingly the case that some members have failed to live up to these expectations. This has culminated in the committee recently receiving formal complaints which have been dealt with in accordance with the Club’s Rules. It cannot be acceptable for any member to make public critical or negative comments about another club member or affiliated person or organisation. If there is advice to be offered, this should be done in a constructive manner and direct with the individual. The Club’s website forum or Twitter (or other publicly-viewable media) are not suitable for such exchanges. Even if the forum is restricted to the club membership, that still means a potential audience of in excess of 500 people who may not appreciate the manner in which comments are intended and may perceive them differently. Whilst you may think you are expressing a personal view, if you are recognisable as a member of the club, then some people will perceive your views to be representative of the club. As such, either on the road or on line, you should remember your role as an ambassador for the club. Clearly, as a democratic organisation, the Club supports freedom of speech but that should not be confused with free speech, especially where free speech is liable to cause offense or harm to others. There have been high profile cases of libel relating to tweets and comments which involve children could give rise to criminal proceedings. Everyone who joins this sport starts as a beginner, novice or newbie and hopefully benefits from the guidance of those more experienced as they develop their experience. Rather than pass judgement, perhaps it would be more constructive to remember this and offer a more mentoring style approach. Equally, the Club has always had a membership from diverse backgrounds (even when there were only 30 or so of us) and this should be a positive attribute. Please respect people’s differences and their right to flourish in the Club environment. Tim Lawn, Chairman
The club has been holding skills sessions at Hillingdon for several years to introduce newcomers to the basics of racing and group riding, from cornering to sprinting and more. Cycling Weekly have written up their piece on last November’s session and you can read the article above, just click on the image to open the PDF. Thanks to Andy Edwards for co-ordinating the session and getting the article from Cycling Weekly.
The club’s Gil Jessop Sporting 14 time trial took place last Sunday and the race results are now available to download (PDF): http://kingstonwheelers.com/documents/KW14Sporting2014results.pdf Despite the wet conditions many had a fast ride with our very own Wheeler Rob Sharland winning with a time close to the course record. Well done to all who rode and helped on the day. You will find some photos online at http://www.flickr.com/photos/117027768@N08/sets/72157640731005144/ and more online at http://www.pjwphotos.co.uk/
The club’s Gil Jessop Sporting 14 time trial takes place on Sunday 9 February and the race startsheet is now available to download (PDF): http://kingstonwheelers.com/documents/KW14Sporting2014.pdf
No, this isn’t to help club members turn up on time for the club run. Instead there’s a course for cyclists in the London South District to attend and learn about timekeeping for time trials, the essential element of a race. Mike Kilby (Lewes Wanderers) and Su Balcombe (Brighton Excel) are running a New Time Keepers course again this year. It’s being held on 18 February 2014 and the venue is at St. Paul’s Methodist Church Hall, Woodfield Road, Northgate, Crawley at 7.30pm. The club looking for timekeepers and we will support anyone interested in attending the course. Please email the info@ address to sign up or see the forum for more.
Thanks to the efforts of Michael Hartrey the club is holding a track session at Herne Hill on Saturday 22 February starting at 1.30 pm. The track is reserved for the club and there will be a British Cycling coach working to help newcomers and experienced riders alike. For more info, see the forum. There are 55 places and at the time of writing there’s still places available and if you add your name as number 56 it is likely you can go on the day because someone if not several people will drop out before. For everyone who has signed up now is the time to pay. It’s £6 and the price is subsidised by the club. Just click below: