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RETURN TO RACING: THE WELLAND TIME TRIAL (WITH COVID PRECAUTIONS)

We ran the first BMCR event since lockdown yesterday – a road bike Time Trial on a sporting 16 mile course in Worcestershire – and tested out the BMCR Covid precautions.

As the organiser, it’s not really up to me to say how successful or enjoyable the event was, but the extensive comments on the BMCR FaceBook page should give some idea.

We had a field of 49, which was good as it meant that we didn’t strain the parking capacity or the space at the HQ. We had a one-way system through the village hall and separate entrance and exit doors. Signing-on was in the hall but with riders queuing sensibly, disposable numbers and minimum contact. Refreshments were served outside at the back of the hall, where there’s a patio area with well-spaced benches. There was no result board, but our resident IT expert sent out results by email in 3 batches to all riders during the course of the event, which was very well received (‘I can never read them on the results board anyway’).

Riders said they felt much more Covid-secure than in the supermarket or pub, and the good weather (fine but not too hot) encouraged riders to linger and chat afterwards (sensibly distanced) and catch up with friends not seen since last season.

The format of a time trial with solo rides but team awards seemed to go down well, and I think encouraged riders to persuade their club/team-mates to enter.

We have 2 more road bike TTs, that I know of, in the planning stage, one near Solihull and the other in Derbyshire.  If this feedback reassures you about the safety and logistics of putting on a race in current circumstances, please speak to me or your Regional Events Co-ordinator and we’ll be happy to support you.

Mike Amery

National Events Co-ordinator  mikeamery58@gmail.com

Cycling kit preference questionnaire

We’ve been asked by a Cambridge veteran racing cyclist and BMCR member Jose Vicente Garcia to circulate a questionnaire which he is using to gauge interest in a Social Enterprise business to sell high quality cycling kit for clubs and individuals. The purpose of the enterprise is both to ‘encourage people into cycling to enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle’ and to raise money for charities ‘to help researchers develop new medicines or support cancer patient advocacy groups’.

The link to the questionnaire is

https://forms.gle/hESLNzRJgFGRLGjE9

The questionnaire is anonymous and does NOT collect any personal and confidential information.

BMCR Time Trial Champs rescheduled on 18 Oct near Newbury

Many thanks to Newbury Velo who have taken on the BMCR National Time Trial Championships (originally scheduled for April). The event will take place on Sunday 18th October starting at 9 am, and will be sponsored by Novy. It will use a sporting 17 mile course based at Upper Bucklebury RG7 6QH. Entries open on 23 August via RiderHQ at https://www.riderhq.com/events/p/2wmtsr79/f/bmcr-national-time-trial-championship-sponsored-by-novy

PLACES STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE FINAL ORGANISERS’ WORKSHOP 25th JAN NEAR SHEFFIELD

We are holding the last of our series of 3 workshops for current and prospective BMCR race organisers on Saturday 25th January near Sheffield (S60 5SP, 5 minutes from the M1). This training event runs from 10am to 4pm and is free to participants, including a light lunch.

We still have places available, if you’re interested please contact Mike Amery at mikeamery58@gmail.com

Region 1 and 2 News Article

PLACES STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE FINAL ORGANISERS’ WORKSHOP 25th JAN NEAR SHEFFIELD

We are holding the last of our series of 3 workshops for current and prospective BMCR race organisers on Saturday 25th January near Sheffield (S60 5SP, 5 minutes from the M1). This training event runs from 10am to 4pm and is free to participants, including a light lunch.

We still have places available, if you’re interested please contact Mike Amery at mikeamery58@gmail.com

A Region 3 Article Of News

PLACES STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE FINAL ORGANISERS’ WORKSHOP 25th JAN NEAR SHEFFIELD

We are holding the last of our series of 3 workshops for current and prospective BMCR race organisers on Saturday 25th January near Sheffield (S60 5SP, 5 minutes from the M1). This training event runs from 10am to 4pm and is free to participants, including a light lunch.

We still have places available, if you’re interested please contact Mike Amery at mikeamery58@gmail.com

Region 4 News Article

PLACES STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE FINAL ORGANISERS’ WORKSHOP 25th JAN NEAR SHEFFIELD

We are holding the last of our series of 3 workshops for current and prospective BMCR race organisers on Saturday 25th January near Sheffield (S60 5SP, 5 minutes from the M1). This training event runs from 10am to 4pm and is free to participants, including a light lunch.

We still have places available, if you’re interested please contact Mike Amery at mikeamery58@gmail.com

New to the BMCR race calender

New race The White Peak RR part of the Percy Stallard series….coming soon!

https://www.riderhq.com/o/1460/the-white-peak-road-race/enter

Region 6 News

Region 6 events

DateEventLocationOrganiser
FEB
Sun-Mon 9-10Omnium ChampsNewportMike Amery
MARCH
Sat 21 Solihull Spring Circuit RaceSolihullRuss Perry
Sat 28Bush Pinvin RR ABC CatsPershoreJoe Rowe
Sun 29Echelon Pinvin RR D+ (E+ Stallard)PershoreDarren Fearns/Carl Dee
APRIL
Sat 4Welland Trophy BMCR/VTTA TTMalvernMike Amery
Sun 26Echelon RRWellandTim Wood
MAY
Sat 2 -Sun 3Tour of the Abberleys Stage RaceWorcesterMike Amery
Sun 17Gerry Hughes Worcs St J RRGreat WitleyVince/Sarah Page
Sun 24Women’s RR ChampsMalvernMike Amery
and Sevale RR (E+ Stallard)
JUNE
Sun 7Enville RR (ABCD Stallard)StourbridgeLeigh Blandford
Sun 28Ludlow Brewery RRCraven ArmsSteve Minton
JULY
Sat 4Echelon Crit (E+ Stallard)StourportDarren Fearns/Carl Dee
Sun 12Tour de Thorpe RR (E+ Stallard)TamworthNick Selibas
AUG
Sat 29Solihull Late Summer CritSolihullRichard Blackman
SEPT
Sat 5DEF+ and W Crit ChampsShrewsburyGeoff Saxon

SEVALE Road Race

Region 6 Mid-Wales and West Midlands

Cycling event Date: 24-May-2020Categories: Men, age cats E and above Length: 49 milesLocation: Welland Village Hall WR13 6N…£15.00 E Category £15.00 F, G, H and I CategoriesOrganiser: Mike AmeryContact: mikeamery58@gmail.comMore details

Tour of the Abberleys

The Tour of the Abberleys stage race has always been held on the first bank holiday week-end in May, but next year the May Day bank holiday has been moved to Friday of the second week-end to form part of a VE Day anniversary week-end. Having considered several options for the Abberleys, the outcome is that it will be held as a 2-day stage race on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May. Saturday will comprise a short Prologue TT and 42-mile road stage as usual. On Sunday there will be an extended stage of over 60 miles on a challenging new course (shorter for the over 60s). HQ will be Great Witley village hall again and we’ll have the support of the Midland Bike Marshals

A Region 8 Article

LE COL/Arcadian/Velopace Series 2020

LE COL/Arcadian/Velopace Series 2020

We have 13 events lined up for next year. The points allocation will remain the same – 15 points for a win down to 3 points for 10th in each Age Category, and the best 8 results will count towards the overall. As before, there must be a minimum of 5 results to qualify for an overall award, two of which must be Road results. .

The standard BMCR revised, and simplified, age-change system will be adopted for the Series. This now means that all competitors will retain the age they started the year with, throughout that year.

A vote of thanks to our regular promoters for your support.

We also have two new promotions – our new co-sponsor Eddie Bell will promote on the Ninfield course in East Sussex in August, and Trevor Bradbury will promote on a circuit in Oxfordshire in July. The San Fairy Ann crits at the Gravesend Cyclopark in March will offer an early opportunity to gain some points.

Additionally, Olly MacPherson and Kingsnorth International will be putting on a 2-day at the Fowlmead circuit on the Kent coast in May. Thankfully, he is not put off by the dismal entry this year – especially you younger guys – and that the prospect of a 2-day will hopefully encourage more to enter. My understanding is that the larger circuit will be used, and that there will be a prologue time trial + 2 stages. There will be double points available for the GC result only – not for any individual stage. This format was run successfully in the recent past, and there was a large entry – so how about making the effort this time! .

2020 Series calendar below:-

  • March 7th – San Fairy Ann crits – Gravesend Cyclopark
  • April 26th – Finchley RT – Road – Blackmore, Essex
  • May 17th – GS Vecchi – Dunsfold Airfield
  • May 23/24 – Kingsnorth International 2-day – Fowlmead, Kent
  • June 7th – Hoggenberg & Eddie Cook Memorial – Hog Hill
  • June 14th – San Fairy Ann – Road – Ladies Mile, East Sussex
  • June 28th – In Gear – Road, South Chailey, East Sussex July 5th – Eagle RC – Olympic Velopark – incorporating Region 9 crit champs
  • July 19th – Python RT – Dalton Barracks – Abingdon, Oxfordshire July 26th – Southend Over the Hill – Hog Hill
  • August 2nd – Verulam Really Moving – Hog Hill
  • August 16th – Beachey Head CC – Road – Ninfield, East Sussex
  • August 30th – Dulwich Paragon finale – Road – Bletchingley, Surrey
  • Other dates for your diary:- Dulwich Paragon promotions – Saturday June 20th – Herne Hill velodrome crits Tuesday August 25th – Crystal Palace Park crits

Tom McCall – Series Co-ordinator at tomcat9@blueyonder.co.uk

LE COL/Arcadian/Velopace Series 2020

Dear Members, notice from Tom McCall

LE COL/Arcadian/Velopace Series 2020

We have 13 events lined up for next year. The points allocation will remain the same – 15points for a win down to 3 points for 10 in each Age Category, and the best 8 results will count towards the overall. As before, there must be a minimum of 5 results to qualify for an overall award, two of which must be Road results.A vote of thanks to our regular promoters for your support. We also have two new promotions – our new co-sponsor Eddie Bell will promote on the Ninfield course in in August, and Trevor Bradbury will promote on a circuit in Oxfordshire in July.The San Fairy Ann crits at the Gravesend Cyclopark in March will offer an early opportunity to gain some points.Additionally, Olly MacPherson and Kingsnorth International will be putting on a 2-day at the Fowlmead circuit on the Kent coast in May.

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BMCR Time Trial Champs rescheduled on 18 Oct near Newbury

Many thanks to Newbury Velo who have taken on the BMCR National Time Trial Championships (originally scheduled for April). The event will take place on Sunday 18th October starting at 9 am, and will be sponsored by Novy. It will use a sporting 17 mile course based at Upper Bucklebury RG7 6QH. Entries open on 23 August via RiderHQ at https://www.riderhq.com/events/p/2wmtsr79/f/bmcr-national-time-trial-championship-sponsored-by-novy

A Region 10 News Article

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