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The clubrun has often passed through the village of Peaslake in the North Downs and in recent years we’ve taken part in their annual Remembrance Sunday events. The village has been in touch because they’re organising a football match to recreate the “day the guns fell silent” when opposing troops apparently played a game in between the trenches. For this they need volunteers and wonder if anyone from the club or elsewhere might be able to help. It’s not a competitive match, more about recreating a moment from history. All proceeds go to the Poppy Appeal. If you can help, see the flyer and form, contact club President Derek Griffiths or drop an email to the club’s info@ address.
Sunday 7 December 4.00 pm – 10.00pm The club’s annual dinner and awards ceremony will take place at the Surbiton Racket and Fitness Club in Berrylands, KT5 8JT. There will be a surprise guest speaker. It’s your chance to meet fellow members without lycra and sunglasses. The club celebrates the highs and lows of the past year with formal trophies and some more amusing awards too. There is a bar and free on street parking in the streets around the club. Tickets are subsidised and cost just £5 per member which includes food and £7.50 for guests with friends and family welcome. It’s free for Under-16s. Places are limited so get your tickets before they sell out via the links below. If you want vegetarian food, leave a note in the Paypal payment as instructed.
A date for your diary: Sunday 7 December. The club’s annual dinner and prize presentation will be held on this day and likely to be in the late afternoon. More news on the format, timings and how to get your ticket in due course.
Some of you will recall former club members Ali and Mike Hughes, writes Derek Griffiths. Sadly Ali died last Saturday aged 50 after a long fight with leukaemia. The funeral will be next week in Yeovil. She leaves a young 10 year old daughter called Amelia. Ali was a past member of our club and a keen athlete, she competed as a crew member in the World Dragon Boat Championship and came third, as well as coming a cheerful presence on winter club runs with Mike, a former racer and spent his formative years racing on Merseyside against the likes of Joey McLoughlin. The club sends its respects to Mike and family.
Wednesday 22 October, 8pm, The Lamb, Surbiton An end of season time trial social takes place will take place Wednesday at The Lamb, Surbiton, writes James Hewitt. Feel free to come along and have a drink to celebrate the end of the season, or even if you’re just curious and want to find out more about what time trialling involves and would like to try one next year. More on the forum.
This news doesn’t affect existing members and renewals but it’s good to know. Kingston Wheelers is one of the largest cycling clubs in the area and our membership has been steadily growing year-on-year for many years now. As of October 2014, in an effort to reduce the amount of work required by volunteers within the club and to reduce some of the problems we have experienced, we decided to limit the number of members in our club at its current level (approximately 600). All riders wishing to join are required to attend a “newbie run”: a club run for new joiners. These take place on the first Sunday of each month at the usual place and time (see Club Run for more information). Exceptions can be made for women, juniors and experienced riders (such as those joining from another club or those who have raced). If you would like to join, please email email@example.com and arrange to come along to the next available newbie ride. If you enjoy your first ride with us, we will add you to a waiting list and contact you when a space becomes available. You can then sign up online and join the club. If you are under-18, let us know when you email us.
Saturday November 15 2014 1pm-5pm, Hillingdon The club is holding a skills session for members looking to improve their group riding skills. We’ve booked the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit to provide a traffic-free environment. This is for people to share experiences on race etiquette, group riding skills and developing those skills to put in use from anything from the club to sportives and races.The emphasis will be on skills rather than speed. We will split the session into groups according to experience/fitness and, as in previous years, we’ll round off with a practice scratch race and handicap race. Session organiser Andy Edwards is also asking for more experienced members to come along and share their skills The event is free to club members but we ask people to commit to volunteer for a future club activity in return. More details on the forum (log-in required).
Sunday 21 September The annual “President’s Club Run” takes place soon. It’s a club run with two differences, the aim being to get as many of the club’s management committee out on the bike so members can meet them and even better, the club will meet the bill for refreshments at Tanhurst Farm. Yes, you read that right: free cake for all. Several rides will start from the usual meeting point and aim to converge at the Tanhouse Farm Shop near Newdigate. The format is the same as it’s been in recent years, this is a members-only ride and if you want free food you’ll need to be in club kit on the day. On the subject of kit, be sure to log in to the forum from time to time to watch for news of sales. The club has ordered new stock which is being made now.
Roger Mitchell died yesterday in Kingston Hospital. He was the longest-standing club member and by some way. He joined the club in 1961 aged 18, soon getting the regulation club kit which included a jersey and a black beret. A prolific racer in bunch races and then time trials his name is engraved on many of the club silverware in circulation today. That’s him second from left with three trophies from a club dinner in the 1960s. He met his wife Janet through the club around this time. Later on he was a regular on the club run. Back in the days a good turn out a Sunday morning meant ten riders you could count on him to be there and he helped out with the club’s races, always cheerful and happy to help out. More of you will know from the club nights in the pub where he kept up to date with what was happening in the club after he stopped riding. A few years ago our club presented him with the “Lifetime Clubman Award” trophy in recognition of his long and continued membership. Condolences to Janet, his family and friends from the Kingston Wheelers.
Poster by Dominic Trevett Race: it’s on Leith Hill and the first rider is off at 11.00 am. Entries are open, please use the CTT website Cheer: there will be a special club run to cheer on the racers and then tackle the cake supply at the race HQ in Forest Green John Bornhoft was a President of the Kingston Wheelers CC until his death in 2003. For many years, John ran much of the club and was a constant source of encouragement for new members and an inspiration for the rest of us. Always a keen cyclist, he was a regular on both club runs and races well into his retirement. This race is held in his memory and is a tribute to his work for the club.