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May Update

Club Rides

We are now regular having 2 groups riding on a Sunday morning which is great to see. The Development/ Club ride has a designated ride leader whilst the Middle group self manage who’s leading. If you would be willing to join the Ride Leader rota please either email chair@vcnorwich.co.uk or contact Adam Simmonds. Rides leave the Forum at 9.00am throughout the summer. If you plan to ride just log onto Facebook and tick the poll.
Club ride = 16 – 17mph
Middle Group = 17 – 18.5 mph
Fast Group = 19 ++
Wednesday evening rides have now started for the summer months . These rides are no drop rides and leave Cringleford Green at 18.30. Usually about 25-30 miles in distance.

Membership

If you haven’t already joined this is a gentle reminder to do so . The cost of membership remains unchanged at £20 . To renew your membership please head to the British Cycling website https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/ or follow the link on our VCN website https://vcnorwich.co.uk/

Mallorca Spring Camp 2023

We are excited to announce that VCN are working in partnership with Ciclos Major to run a Mallorca Spring camp in March 2023 . The 1 week camp will be based at the Zaffiro Tropic hotel in Alcudia from 25th March – 1st April 2023 .
The cost should be around the £550 mark
Included in the cost
• Welcome pack which includes nutrition bars and other goodies
• Secure bike store
• Assistance with bike building (if taking your own bike)
• Daily guided rides to suit all abilities
• Transfers to and from Palma airport
• 4* Accommodation
• Breakfast and evening meal

We are just finalising costs and then we can get the flyer out and start taking bookings.

Clothing

If you wish to purchase some summer clothing and missed the order deadline never fear, we do hold a small amount of clothing in stock. If you would like to order anything, please go to our website, and follow the link clothing@vcnorwich.co.uk
Saddleback have this week notified us that some items are being discontinued and there will be slight cost increase on new orders . Our website will be updated to reflect the changes

Summer kit –

Squadra short sleeve jersey (Available in men’s and ladies cut)…..£55
Aero Race 6.0 short sleeve jersey …..£71
Pro light wind vest ( Gilet ) …..£52
Free Aero RC Pro Bibshorts ….£99

Winter Kit –

Perfetto ROS Gore-Tex Infinium Jersey…£143
Equipe insulated Jacket (windstopper winter jacket )…£125
Free Aero RC Bibtight with pad….£104

Available for stock now (new VCN design but are being discontinued )
Free Aero Race 4 Bibshorts ….available from stock until gone… £89
Medium x3
XLarge x2
XXLarge x2

Perfetto long sleeve team jersey….available from stock until gone…..£127
X Small x1
Medium x1
Large x2
X Large x2

Sorpasso Team Bibtight with pad available from stock until gone…£101
Large x1
X Large x3

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM was held on Monday 21st March 2022. Attendance was a little disappointing. A big thank you to those who did attend. The table below shows the officers elected into post. As you can see at the end of 2022/23 the Chair and the TT secretary are intending to stand down. Please let us know if you would be willing to join the committee and support with the running of the club . Without the dedication of members on the Committee the club cannot run.

South Norfolk Time Trial League

1st league race starts on Wednesday 18th May 2022. It’s a different course and HQ this year. Sign on is from 18.00 at Scoulton village hall. The course will run between Hingham and Watton . Entry is £5 , cash is preferred as the phone signal is poor for debit card payments.
Don’t forget front and rear lights are now mandatory under CTT rules

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New requirements at Time Trial Events

On Sunday 5th December 2021 a motion was passed at the Cycling Time Trials AGM which comes into effect immediately affecting both time trial and hill climb events.

It is now compulsory for all riders that enter CTT events wear helmets and that you have a working front light fitted for events. (It is already a requirement to have a working rear light fitted.)

As this has come into effect immediately please note you will be required to abide by these new requirements at any CTT event you take part in from now. You will be refused to race should you turn up without the correct equipment.

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Update Bulletin

April 2021

Hi All,

Hope you are all managing to keep well, safe and get out on your bike.

AGM

The club held the Annual General Meeting on Monday 22nd March 2021. Due to COVID restrictions the meeting was held virtually via Zoom. Thank you to those members who found the time to attend. The committee for 2021/22 was agreed, (welcome Ian Cannell) and at the committee meeting held on 19th April the committee nominated the following officers:

Officers
  • Chair – Dawn Riley chair@vcnorwich.co.uk
  • General Secretary – Robert Smith
  • Welfare Officer – Adam Simmonds
  • Minutes Secretary – Adam Simmonds
  • Membership Secretary – Lorraine Jarvis
  • Time Trial Secretary – Markos Janes
  • Road Race Secretary – Paul Dolphin
  • Treasurer – Dawn Riley
  • Trophy Secretary – Stewart Lyons
  • Clothing Secretary – Clive Rayner clothing@vcnorwich.co.uk
  • Communications Officer – TBC info@vcnorwich.co.uk
Committee Members with no office
  • Ian Cannell
  • Rob Stronge
  • Steve Swift
  • Ian Doe – BC Rep

The club can only function with the support of its members. If you feel you would like to support the club and get more involved, we always welcome new committee members. We meet approximately every 6 – 7 weeks for a couple of hours. At present this is via Zoom, but you never know we might get back to being able to meet in the pub soon! Please contact me chair@vcnorwich.co.uk if you would like more information.

Club Rides

With the easing of lockdown and the Governments COVID road map, VC has once again commenced organised club rides. It’s been good to see the number of riders joining the rides increasing each week.

Although British Cycling have announced that BC affiliated clubs can ride in groups of up to 15 riders, VCN have decided to follow the rule of 6. This enables us to manage the amount of people standing at the Forum and maintain the club’s reputation in terms of public perception.

All rides are posted on Facebook on a Thursday and members are requested to vote indicating which ride they wish to join. This helps us to comply with Track and Trace. Please could I take this opportunity to ask members not to vote if the ride is already full. We are monitoring the site and if a ride becomes full a second group will be created. This prevents groups of more that 6 congregating in one location.

At the AGM on the 22nd March 2021 members asked the committee to create a VCN COVID road map. Key dates in the Government road map are the 17th May and 21st June.

VCN Road Map
  • 19th May – Wednesday evening club rides (no drop) will commence. 18:30 at Cringleford Green. Maximum groups of 8. We will post these on Facebook and will only be open for VCN members.
  • 23rd May – Rider numbers will increase to 8 riders. Indoor café stops can resume. All rides will commence from the Forum. We will continue to use the Facebook poll system. Rides will continue to be only open to VCN Members.
  • 21st June – Pre Covid the Committee had concerns about the size of groups. We would therefore like to continue limiting the size of groups to a maximum of 8 riders. Limiting the rides to 8 brings about several advantages:
    • Easier for the rider leader to manage the group.
    • Safety of riders.
    • Respect for other road users
    • Cafe stops easier.

We await further guidance about Track and Trace as to whether we can dispense with the Facebook poll. We will consider opening rides to Non- members at this point.

Club Clothing Orders

We are pleased to announce that we have now received the new summer kit. If you have already placed an order, please get in touch with Clive and arrange a suitable time to collect your kit. We do still have some of the old design kit left. This is now half price. If you wish to purchase some, please email Clive clothing@vcnorwich.co.uk

Events 2021

We are all keeping our fingers crossed that 2021 will be a better year and we can once again hold events.

DATEEVENTLOCATIONCONTACTOTHER INFO
13th MayNew Interclub TT LeagueMorley Village HallDan BlackburnThis will run every Thursday through the summer months. Just turn up, pay and ride. If you don’t want to ride your support to run the event would be welcome
16th MayOpen 10 TTB10/43 Rendenhall-Bungay-WortwellMarkos JanesMarshalls required
6th JuneRoad RaceWrethamIan Doe/ Paul Dolphin
8th AugustOpen 25 TTB25/8 Larling-Wymondham-LarlingMarkos JanesMarshalls required
Your continued support is vital for these events to take place. Please pop these dates in your diary and let Markos, Paul and Dan know if you can help in anyway.

Discount for Members

The Tri- Harder cycling/ triathlon shop in Dereham have kindly agreed to offer all VCN members 10% discount. To take advantage of this offer all you need to do is present your VC membership Card. The shop holds a wide range of clothing and accessories.

All we need now is for the weather to warm up !!

Regards,

Dawn Riley

VCN Chair

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Club rides are returning!

Club rides with VC Norwich are due to return. As the UK follows its roadmap out of lockdown 2021 restrictions are being lifted allowing the club to reintroduce club rides.

It is planned for club rides to recommence on Sunday 11th April 2021 in groups of 6 people. For further information about club rides and how you can attend please click here

Thank you for your continued support.

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All club rides postponed

During the current restrictions introduced by the government the club committee has postponed all club rides between Thursday 5th November and Wednesday 2nd December. This is inline with current government guidance which requires all club/group sports to stop during the lockdown period to reduce virus transmission.

Once lockdown restrictions are lifted further information will be issued by the club committee with guidance over what will be allowed to restart and how we will be going about restarting club rides and events.

As during the first period of lockdown in England outdoor exercise is being encouraged by the government as long as social distancing guidance is adhered to. VC Norwich is also encouraging people to continue their outdoor exercise as long as members follow social distancing and all current legislation outlined briefly below:

  • Exercise by yourself where possible
  • You may exercise with one other person from a different household outdoors as long as social distancing measures are observed.
  • You may exercise with your own household or support bubble

If you are out riding please feel free to wear club kit if you are riding solo, however the club committee requests all members not to wear club kit if you are riding with others.

Please stay safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.

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AGM & Awards 2019

20200128_204126Sportive Award – Dawn Riley

20200128_204340Most Improved Rider – Vicky Ford.

20200128_204655Club Member of the Year – Lorraine Jarvis.

20200128_20492510 mile TT cup – Dan Blackburn.20200128_20493825 mile TT cup – Dan Blackburn.

20200128_205009BAR award – Dan Blackburn.

20200128_20510350 mile TT cup – Mark Smart.20200128_205347Ladies 10 mile TT cup – Louise Marsden.

20200128_204500Audax award – Jonathan Greenaway.

Mens Senior Road Race Shield – Sam Davey.

Veteran Mens Road Race Shield – Brian Spooner.

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April Newsletter

VCN Newsletter-Apr 2017

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2017 Evening Rides

Official VC Norwich evening rides will recommence in the week commencing Monday, May 8th.  So here’s a reminder of what our evening rides are planned to be:

1.  Tuesday Evening Training Ride:  Meet by Trowse/County Hall roundabout for 6:30pm prompt. (spring & summer only.)  Open to other clubs.  Usually two groups comprising a very fast “Chaingang” and a fast training ride.  Only experienced group riders should attend.

2.  Wednesday Evening Club Ride:  Meet at the green at Cringleford to leave at 6.30 pm. (spring & summer only.)   A steady ride at the pace of the slowest rider.  This is a club ride so don’t come along expecting a fast ride, and don’t take it upon yourself to up the pace once we’re going. It’s a VC Norwich only ride, with the usual proviso of being open to people for a couple of times before they join.

3.  Thursday Evening Training Ride:  Meet at the green at Cringleford to leave at 6.30 pm. (spring & summer only)  A fast training ride at approx. 20+ mph average.  Only experienced group riders should attend.  Sometimes splits into 2 groups but don’t come along expecting a club ride. It’s a VC Norwich only ride, with the usual proviso of being open to people for a couple of times before they join.

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Herewith, 2016’s final newsletter

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AGM – White Horse, Trowse, 8.00pm, Monday 28th November 2016

Yes it’s that time of year again, the Annual General Meeting looms and we’ve some important stuff to deal with this year:

  • Club kit – do we change, and into what? A survey will go round with the email invitation
  • Club constitution – we propose making chairmanship a one-year job with a vice-chairman ready to pick up the reins the following year
  • Club committee – we really need a treasurer, the accounts are no harder than keeping abreast of your own money really, and it means committee meetings at roughly six week intervals, could you step up and do this for a year?
  • and we need to hear from the members what they think of what we do, what we should plan in the future, and how they want to help make the club what they want.