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Antony Wallis,Good Advice.

Good morning everyone.

I got engaged in a debate yesterday that had initially started regarding the risks of riding in groups, and I think most of us are agreed by now that this is no longer something we should be doing. I took it one step further and suggested that we actually shouldn’t be riding outside at all to avoid negative impact on the NHS should we fall and injure ourselves, this was also to some degree based upon a conversation I had three times over the weekend with my 84 year old father who has been out every day. My advice to him stays the same but I totally get why 95% of people on here would disagree with me and with the balance of all of our mental health by not going out against the very small risk of injury I totally understand that. It was also a little unfair of me to suggest that training indoors on rollers, a wattbike or turbo is easy if that is not what you do. It was unfair of me because that is what I do summer and winter already and for two reasons, firstly it’s very efficient, you get on ride, generally don’t puncture and get off in a relatively short period of time compared to a road ride, and secondly the traffic, I absolutely hate it, I do go out on gravel and mountain bikes but traffic avoidance is top of the list.. I still believe that we should do anything and everything to reduce impact on the NHS, but if you have no other option than to go out, you either live in a flat, or simply will kill someone if you have to train indoors then I am sure you will do everything possible to reduce risk.

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Racing Suspended

BMCR interim announcement.

Following the announcement last week and the constantly changing situation it now seems highly unlikely that we will be racing again in the near future, potentially not at all this season.

With this in mind and instead of pushing the date further and further back – All BMCR events are cancelled until further notice.

Hopefully we will be through this sooner than we think and racing will then continue.

NEC

Announcement re Covid 19


URGENT Announcement Re Coronavirus and Competitive Events

Tuesday 17th March 2020

Dear Member,

Our priority is the well-being, health and safety of all our members, volunteers and the general public. We are continuing to monitor the situation in line with Government guidelines and recommendations. 

Given yesterday’s updated guidelines from the UK Government and the significant changes in the transmission and infection rate of the virus, it is with sincere regret that:

BMCR is mandating the cancellation of all events with immediate effect for an initial 6 week period. Organisers should refund rider entry fees and if concerned should discuss with their regional officials or me in the first instance.

This decision will be reviewed daily and in line with UK Government guidelines. It is likely however that this will remain in place for weeks rather than days.

Best Regards,

Nigel Byrne 07894221479

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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