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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:
8.00pm Monday 24 February, Druids Head pub, Kingston The club’ annual general meeting will be held upstairs at the Druids Head, Market Square, Kingston starting at 8.00 pm. All members are encouraged to attend and if you’re coming, please arrive in time to get a drink, have a chat and take a seat before business gets going. If there is anything you wish to propose for the Agenda then please forward it to the club via the info@ email address. Alternatively you can discuss things with a member of the Committee first in person or Private Message them via the forum. Some points to note: Sheila Hunt will be stepping down from the Committee, so there is a space for someone to become a General Member of the Committee. The Committee meets every 6 weeks normally on a Thursday evening. If you like to replace Sheila, please e-mail Cathy Clifford will also be stepping down from her role as Time Trail Secretary. This role has some work attached to it and info about this will go on the forum soon As we will no longer be co-organising the Club 10 series with Kingston Phoenix RC, we will no longer have the services of Frank Cubis as the timekeeper. We have a couple of members that Frank has trained but we need two more please. Get in touch with Cathy or myself if you wish to volunteer. The Club has a healthy cash surplus. This is available to subsidise events. We are still keen to hear from members who would like to organise cycling related events that are beneficial to the club and its members. Recent events have included MTB training, a First Aid course, the track days at Newport and the upcoming one at Herne Hill.If you wish to propose something that you think the Club could subsidise please e-mail giving costs, number of people involved, who is going to organise it, how it benefits the Club etc etc and we’ll look at it favourably.
Click on the image to enlarge 2013 will go down as one of the best the club’s ever had in terms of race results with success from local to national levels. But club riders have won races over the years and even at Christmas. Former member Roger Nicholls got in touch by email with this scanned article from Cycling Weekly in December 1979. Roger won the “Portsmouth Road Classic” 25 which started near Cobham and then used the A3. The A3 near Cobham was used as a 10 and 25 mile course until the early 1990s when traffic levels saw club’s take their events elsewhere. Note the article says that on the same day as Roger wins, fellow Wheeler John Bornhoft won the South-West London Combine 10 too.
Gafyn MacMillan met up with Roger Mitchell the other day and put some notes on the forum. Here they are again. Roger’s a long-standing member and his name is all over the club silverware. Recently I went to meet Roger Mitchell, KW’s longest standing member of over 50 years, at his home just a couple of hours after he came home from quite a lengthy stay in hospital; where unfortunately he has spent a lot of time since being diagnosed with cancer in March. However, I’m pleased to report that the outlook is much more positive now. I was keen to chat to Roger to get an insight into life with the Wheelers in the decades before I joined. Roger became a Kingston Wheeler as an 18 year old in 1961 and raced for the club throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s and early 90s – initially by road racing but quickly focussing solely on time trialling. Roger continued riding the clubruns for a few further years before his ageing body started to give way. He spoke to me for a little while about how different the club kit, club night venues and club annual dinners were years ago. Roger has certainly witnessed a lot of change – his early memories include: His First Kit: a plain (no writing) pale blue jersey with a thick white stripe across it, with plain black shorts. Like our childhood swimming distance badges, there was cotton KW badge that had to be sown on to the club shirts. The woolly shorts had a hard chemise that needed cream applied before each ride to soften it. Winter gear included long knee length wool socks and a thicker woollen long sleeve jersey. The club kit also included a black beret, which were popular with cyclists in the ‘60s. The kit was a nightmare in the rain, with the jersey sagging down to the knees. Club nights: the first venue Roger recalls was an old Scout hut on Victoria Road in Surbiton. Club nights also used to be held in members houses over the years. Like the club kit, anyone who has been in the club a good few years will have seen a number of changes. Annual dinners: prize presentations and Xmas dinners seemed to be more formal affairs in decades past. For many, many years the club used to stage black tie dinner dances with a live band. Some of Roger’s fondest memories were the dances at the Griffin Hotel. Back in the early 1960s the club was perhaps a little bigger than when I joined in 2002, probably about 65 members. Interestingly the club was divided into three ascending categories of rider, especially for club runs: General, Intermediate and Hardriders. In 1962 Roger’s now wife Janet joined the Wheelers and was for a time the club’s only female members. In 1972 the clubmates married.nI got the impression that the Kingston Wheelers have been a huge part of his life. A few years ago our club presented him with the “Lifetime Clubman Award” trophy in recognition of his long and continued membership. We wish Roger well in his recovery and although his riding days are over, we hope to see him at KW social event in the near future.