Extracts from the minutes of the January 2018 meeting
Racing: Robbie White has been racing at Cyclopark (3rd/4th Category) and recently finished a creditable second in one of the events A few of the Club's members have been taking part in local Cyclo-cross events.
Events: Club members confirmed that we will promote a Junior/Ladies event at Cyclopark during the summer. Terry Blake to make enquires as to available dates. SERRL: It is understood that the league for 2018 will not be calling on clubs to run events. It is proposed that the individual league members will be expected to marshal etc.
The Clubs visit to the Velodrome attracted 14 riders, 4 of whom had never ridden the track before. The session went well. The Club had attempted to obtain another slot at the Velodrome towards the end of January. However, the opportunity was missed as it came to light that the Velodrome Administration now only gives a period of 5 days in which a Club must confirm acceptance of any slot offered or it will be withdrawn and offered elsewhere. If a slot is accepted but the club cannot attend, the club will still have to fund the hire costs.
Sundry: Members were reminded that the Club's prize presentation will be held during the February 2018 club meeting. It was proposed that club members should aim to target one of the more prominent local Sportives and enter en-masse. It was decided that the target should be a Kent sportive i.e. the one which in the past has been run in the Ashford area (course incorporating Romney Marshes), to be finalised over the months ahead. Members were reminded that there is a stock of club clothing and Alex Pearson (firstname.lastname@example.org) should be approached with regard to sizes and what is in stock. The club has agreed to finance the cost of 2 skinsuits for Matt Robertson. Matt is presently racing in national para events and is riding on behalf of the club in the relevant events.
Members were asked if anyone was interested in assisting the Kent Cycling Association when it comes to replacing officials who are resigning/retiring. No interest was forthcoming
The secretary informed members about the information received from the organisers of the Crystal Palace criteriums. The organisers shared their plans for the 2018 season when it comes to the level of racing which will be permitted. Summarising 2017; it was highlighted that the series lost circa £2500. Riders on the night are restricted to 80. While the organisers kept the entry fee at £10 per night, increased costs gave rise to the loss previously mentioned. Costs continue to be under scrutiny. The first race of the new season will be held on 8th May 2018 with the series ending mid- August 2018