Including: AGM Minutes, Race Secretary Report, Go-Ride Report and Secretary Report.
Event Secretary: The club's running of the SERRL championship race was well received, with favourable feedback being received. A very big thank you goes out to the club members who helped on the day, especially Martin Messer who pulled the event together over a number of weeks.
Go-Ride: The Go-Ride training and coaching sessions commence on 9th September after the school holidays. The first session is to be held at Bexley Grammar School. Additional coaches are required and any member wishing to become a coach should apply to the Head Coach Terry Blake.
Christmas Lunch; the Christmas lunch and prize giving is to be held at the Kings Arms on Sunday 3rd of December. The cost of the dinner will be £15.
Club Trophies: Members who are in possession of a club trophy will they please arrange to return it to the Club Secretary by no later than the Club’s October meeting on 5th October 2017 in order that arrangements may be made to have the trophy engraved prior to the prize giving.
The British Cycling South East region meeting is being held on Monday 11/9/17. Terry Blake is to be representing the club. Martin Messer who is the other club representative will be standing down at the end of the forthcoming year. Members are now called upon to come forward to become a club representative at the meetings.
Club Kit: The club kit is now being held by Alex Pearson (email@example.com ) Please contact Alex should you wish to buy club clothing.
Colin Webster is on the road to recovery after his accident.
Annual General Meeting- held on 7-9-17 at the Kings Arms, Bexley.
Please refer to the Club’s website for the annual reports from the General Secretary, Road Race Secretary and the Go-Ride secretary.
Club Treasurers: The respective treasurers provide information about the finances of the Woolwich Cycling Club and the Go-Ride section. Copies of the individual Income and Expenditure statements are available to be examined at the monthly club meetings.
Club Officials: The undernoted were accepted as club officials:
Chairman: Mark Palmer, Club Secretary: Allan Mair, Treasurer (Woolwich Cycling Club): Sam Wood, Treasurer (Go-Ride section): Yvonne McCormack, Racing Secretary: Martin Messer, Trophies Custodian: Bob Younger, Vice Chairman: Mick McLaughlin, Club Historian: Martin Messer, Welfare Officer: Dean Stanhope
2018 Events: The Club has agreed to promote/assist at the following events:
Cyclopark: Summer in the park series, Crystal Palace Criterium: (Marshalling), SERRL: (Running an event- date to be confirmed)
2018 Affiliations: Members voted to re-affiliate to the Associations as follows:
British Cycling, Cycling Time Trials, S.E. Road Racing League, Kent Cycling Association, Eastern Counties Cycling Association, Southern Counties CU, Southern Road Records Association, British Schools Cycling Association, and Sustrans. In keeping with previous years a donation is to be made to the Battle of Britain Museum, Shoreham
Annual Club subscription: Subscriptions are to remain as follows: £20 per annum for all members over the age of 18. Youth and Junior members £5 and £10 respectively. Second Category £10. Any member who paid a membership subscription after the end of July 2017, please note that your membership period will be extended to the end of September 2018.
Monthly club meeting: General meetings will continue to be held on the 1st Thursday of every month. In view of the lack of interest by members to attend the monthly club meetings it was decided that members be approached to find out why the meetings are so poorly attended and what can be done to change this.
Here are the main points of the activities of your Woolwich CC Go-Ride section has been involved in over the past year:
Membership and attendance: we ‘ve had a steady weekly membership turn out of between 12-16 riders. We are concerned that our membership, although stable, is not progressing. We have had five new starts of whom three regularly attend.
Venues: we do not have a base which hampers our growth and is sometimes tricky to handle with storage and transportation of equipment etc. However, undaunted we are using Footscray Meadows (hiring the Scout Hall once per month), Bexley Grammar (hiring once per month but no toilet facilities), Danson Park (more difficult now as the council’s policy seems to be not to cut the grass), Joyden’s Woods (from spring 2017 there seems to be a ban on all cyclists) Oxleas Woods and Cyclopark for a Club Cluster.
Club Cluster: once per month, usually the first Saturday, we are at a British Cycling led Club Cluster. This means various local Go-Ride clubs all attend at Cyclopark. There have been as many as 120 kids and as few as 40. Choices of bike and terrain are made at sign on and after some teething troubles (mainly around safeguarding and knowing who is in the venue), things are getting better. Feedback from our riders suggests they like these sessions too.
Syllabus: we are following the British Cycling Go-Ride syllabus and have had A3 progress cards for each rider so they can have their techniques marked off and see their progress, with a badge scheme for those who have finished the course. Our aim was that riders progressed through the syllabus but most of them have come unstuck at the racing element of it.
Jack Petchey Awards: one of our coaches (Jackie) and two of our riders (Belle and Ciaran) won Jack Petchey Awards. Of the kids, Belle chose Go-Ape at Leeds Castle which we did on 17th June. It was spectacularly hot and took more than three hours to complete the course!
Ciaran chose to go to Mote Park Watersport Centre in Maidstone and that was on 9th July. That was truly scorchio and two Woolwich “big club” members also attended which is a first as, despite advertising to our under 25 members, there is almost always no response from them. Anyway, the three hours on the water took in kayaking and stand up paddle boarding, topped off by pizza back on dry land.
Jackie has yet to decide how to spend her funds.
Highlights of the Season, apologies if I have omitted any of your results.
Racing at Cyclopark, Lee Valley Velopark, Hog Hill and Crystal Palace continued this year with increasing numbers of members competing in various events as well as time trials. There are too many race results to mention here but the club racing log is now maintained on the website by Mick McLaughlin and will be updated/appended to this report in due course. All racing members are encouraged to post their results in a timely manner and in any case prior to the AGM each year.
The club have continued to actively support local events providing marshals for an ECCA 10 mile event, as well as supporting the Spring in The Park Youth series at Cyclopark. The Crystal Palace event we were down to support was rained off for the second year in succession (thanks to those who volunteered. In collaboration with SERRL the club promoted the SE Division Road Race Championships on the Chilham Circuit (in spite of road works nearly causing cancellation). In total the club provided thirteen volunteers including six cars/drivers, five flag marshals and manning the tea room. The event was a great success and by all accounts one of the best supported events of the season run under the SERRL umbrella. Well done to all involved.
As in previous years the club has been heavily involved in supporting the extended Spring in the Park series (BC S/E region Youth Series) as well as being heavily involved in the planning of the series, Terry Blake being the overall series organiser with Geraldine Legon & Jackie Hamilton overseeing the sign on and entry fees. This year the Series again consisted of nine league races including a time trial evening, plus a championship event and was a resounding success, with increasing numbers of competitors compared to previous years.
Robbie White bettered his second place overall from last year, by winning the final event in the series to finish overall winner in the U16 league.
Matthew Robertson has again had a successful year in the Para cycling disciplines:
12th UCI World TT Championships C2
8th UCI World R/R Championships C2
Silver Medal Nat Track Championships 200m C1-C3
Silver Medal Nat R/R Championships C1-C3
1st Nat Para Circuit series at Cyclopark, Hillingdon, Darley Moor & Leeds
Gold Medal & National Record Youth Junior Track Champs 200m C1-C3
Gold Medal Youth Junior Track Champs Kilo C1-C3
Silver Medal National Para TT Champs C1-C3
Silver Medal National Para RR Champs C1-C3
The London Borough of Bexley Team finished 15th in the road cycling events in the London Youth Games, which were again held at LVVP. This was an improvement on last year’s result with all riders making very good efforts. Again the team was slightly down in numbers and we did not field riders in all races. The team was made up of Woolwich CC members with two ex-members from other clubs including Max Capamagian who won the C/D/E individual time trial.
On the mountain biking front a number of members have been competing in the Bedgbury summer XC series and the Southern XC series.
On the Cyclocross scene we have had several of our Junior section competing from time to time as well as a couple of senior riders. In the London X League event at Leeds Castle, five Youth riders rode as well as Alex Pearson & Rob Dale.
George Martin recorded 24’33” (14th overall) in the DeLaune CC 10 on 3rd June to win the Club 10 mile championship (& Junior championship) this year, no other Woolwich CC riders entered the event (last year we had 11 riders).
No members competed in the 25mile, 50 mile or nominated Short Distance BAR events.
Jimmy Hayward again won the Club Track Championship Ommnium at the club session at the Olympic Velodrome winning all three events.
Jimmy “the hill” Hayward was third in the Catford CC hill climb (1’55”) supported by Alex Pearson (2’22”) & Adib Osman (3’15”). Following his fine ride in the Catford event Jimmy finished in a superb 8th place (of 238) in the National Hill Climb Championships on Bank Road, Matlock. Jimmy’s time was 2’26.8” a mere 8” short of the winner and 6” short of a medal.
In addition to the above, Stuart Jordan, Alex Pearson and Jimmy Hayward have also achieved wins/placings in Army Cycling, Cyclopark and Hog Hill events this year (See racing log).
Terry Blake and Martin Messer have continued to represent the club at S/E Regional meetings, Terry was again re-elected to the regional board and attended the National Council meeting.
Jackie Hamilton has completed her L2 CCC coaching award, howevever we still need a couple more coaches within the club.
Club Champions 2017
Road: Not contested-suitable SERRL events cancelled
10mile TT: George Martin (Jun & Senior)
25mile TT: Not Contested
50mile TT: Not Contested
Short Distance BAR: Not Contested
Track: Jimmy Hayward
Hill Climb: Jimmy “The Hill” Hayward
GENERAL SECRETARY’S REPORT September 2017
The club has built on the previous year with another 28 members joining and 17 members racing throughout the year. Matthew Robertson, who is a member of the British para squad and is aiming to compete in the Tokyo Olympic games, has had an excellent year winning several events. In the Wigmore hill-climb the club took home the team prize, the team on the day comprised of Alex Pearson, Jimmy Hayward and Kevin Armstrong. Jimmy took part in the National hill-climb finishing a very creditable 8th. Another excellent performance came from Robbie White who won the Cyclopark summer in the park series, winning the series of evening events on the last day of the league.
The backbone of the club remains the Sunday club-runs, with the numbers taking part growing over the past year. Attempts have been made to try and structure the run to accommodate the abilities of those taking part, but it has been found that it is best left to members on the day to arrange the run into suitable groups. However, we still need members to come forward to take responsibility for leading out the groups.
A number of our members took on the challenge of the Ride London 100 and I understand enjoyed the experience.
The coaches continue with their sterling work when it comes to encouraging and developing members especially on the track and the Go-Ride sessions. Members who have never ridden on the track reported that they thoroughly enjoyed the experience at the Velodrome, welcoming the guidance and advice given by the coaches. Our coaches led the Bexley Cycling team at the London Youth games, with the majority of the team being formed by Woolwich members. The Bexley team finished 14th overall compared to finishing 20th the previous year.
Our membership now stands at 114 which is a slight fall compared to the previous year (118)
British Cycling Membership:
Currently 68 of the club’s members have taken out a British Cycling membership, (previous year 67). This is always a good opportunity to draw to member’s attention the benefits of membership when it comes to 3rd party insurance, legal representation and some very useful cycling information available on the B.C. website,
The new kit is now worn by our leisure and racing riders. A healthy stock of kit remains and members are encouraged to come forward and buy.
Tony Hutchings and Mick McLaughlin continue to maintain the club’s website. Ideas to keep the site fresh and always welcomed.
Monthly Club meetings:
Sadly, numbers attending the monthly meeting have fallen away and we need feedback from members as to how we can increase the attendance. A big thank you goes to the Kings Head for allowing us the use of the restaurant area.
The Coaches continue to add variety by introducing different venues to the Saturday morning sessions and their enthusiasm and spirit is reflected in the number of regular members who continue to attend the coaching sessions. Help is still required to assist at the sessions and if any member is contemplating becoming a coach then finance is available to help with the relevant fees.
The CycloPark at Gravesend continues to be a popular venue for club members who have reported enjoying the races and coaching sessions being held at the park.
The Club continues to hold its British Cycling clubmark status, which was renewed in 2016.
Promoting Open Events:
The club promoted one of the Summer in the Park series at Cyclo-Park. Similar, to the previous year the Club’s commitment to help at the Crystal Palace criteriums was washed out. Our promotion of the SERRL championship event on 20th August was a resounding success and a big thank you goes to all those involved, especially Martin Messer who pulled it all together despite the local authorities trying to throw a spanner in the works by setting up road works on the course at the very last moment.
Once again, a big thank you to Martin Messer for putting together a list of local events in order that members could race for the various club competition trophies.
The Xmas dinner at the Kings Head was a big success, with 40 members, friends and family members attending. A big thank you goes to Bob Younger for organising the event.
The midsummer evening ride to the Fighting Cocks Horton Kirby was an enjoyable event with 12 members riding out from Bexley. It was one of the warmest days of the year and enjoyable to be riding home at 10pm when the temperature was still in the mid 20’s. A big thank you goes to the club chairman Mark Palmer who very kindly funded the evenings liquid refreshment.
Members passed away: Ron Luxford passed away this year at the age of 95. Ron had been a member of the club for many decades. Ron will be remembered for all the help he gave to the club over the years.
I’m taking a lot of positives from the last year; our racing members keeping the club’s name prominent in the local cycling scene, nationally and in Europe, the camaraderie of the club-runs and the continued efforts of our coaches who freely give up their time at the Velodrome and at the Saturday morning Go-Ride sessions. The club structure and continued existence, especially over the last decade, has been maintained due to the dedication of a small band of long established members, who are no longer in the first flushes of youth. With the influx of so many new members over the past few years it would be beneficial for the continued survival of the club if new faces were to come forward to help keep the club going in the future.
A very big thank you to all who have contributed to the continued success of the club over the past year.