Update Bulletin

April 2021

Hi All,

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


The club held the Annual General Meeting on Monday 22nd March 2021. Due to COVID restrictions the metting 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:

  • Chair – Dawn Riley
  • 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
  • Communications Officer – TBC
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 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

Events 2021

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

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 !!


Dawn Riley

VCN Chair


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.


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.


New Club Kit

Velo Club Norwich are pleased to release the new club kit design.The design has been developed in conjunction with Castelli. It is a smart, modern design that fits with our club identity and will fit in well with our existing older kit until it needs replacing. As mentioned last month the design will be the same for our road racers and our time trialist meaning the club will have one identity once again. Not having logos also means it will last longer which is also why we have decided to continue to go with Castelli. It’s not the cheapest but we feel the quality is right for us.

It will be available in the standard range of sizes, for both our male and female riders. Along with the new design we are also introducing the Perfetto jacket into our clothing range.

For more information about the club kit and how to order it head over to the clothing page


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.


April Newsletter

VCN Newsletter-Apr 2017


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 expecing 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.


Herewith, 2016’s final newsletter



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.



July 2016 club newsletter

VCN Newsletter-July 2016