It has today been announced that Cheltenham will host the penultimate stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain this September, which will see the world’s top professional cyclists, race through the Cotswolds to arrive in our historic spa town on Saturday 9th September.  Cheltenham Borough Council will be offering residents not only the chance to get up close to the world-class race, but to also see the town transformed for another major festival, celebrating cycling, accessible to all.

Just a quick update on a few items that we are looking for responses on…

E BIKES
Does anyone has strong opinions on these either way? Please send Robin a note (hotmail address or contacts page) or perhaps have a chat with one of the Committee when you see them next on a ride/café, etc.

CLUB KIT
We need a volunteer to write a survey that can be sent out to the membership. So, anyone fancy a go at marketing research, perhaps someone out there who is a dab hand at Survey Monkey or one of the alternatives? Please get in touch with Robin.

VELODROME
Another chance for the folks to spin around the Newport Velodrome on May 3rd at 8pm, under the guidance of a BC approved coach. Simon Tarrant has kindly volunteered to help us pull this together so please get in touch with him (or Robin) pronto if you want a night of fun blasting around the boards.

PIED PIPER
We now have 12 places to ride on the Pied Piper sportive which will be run on Sunday 9th July. The plan is that there will be two routes offered through C&CCC (100k and 100miles) and the riders will be picked at random from those who have expressed a specific interest. The caveats are that a club jersey MUST be worn on the day (but bear in mind that there are plenty to borrow out there so we are not making anyone purchase kit they do not want). So, if you are interested then let Robin know.

GOOD IDEAS OUT THERE?
If any club members have a particular interest on which they would like more information by way of a workshop or presentation, please could you forward suggestions to Gary (via the Contacts page) by the end of April. Gary will collate and then review with the Committee. Some suggestions are: Nutrition, the use of power meters, sports science, bike maintenance, cycle etiquette and practical training on the road, first aid…

Despite last week’s promises, the roadworks are still in place. We understand they have moved up the road slightly so we should be able to run a 5 mile TT.

The HQ is at teddington village hall as usual. Please park considerately!

Thank you for patience during this confusing time.

There is one remaining No-Pinz skinsuit, size Medium. This is at a great price of £100. If you would like it then please get in touch with the club’s clothing coordinator David Tucker.

Skinsuit

Well, this could be your lucky day and provide a great opportunity to see your words published.  Rest assured, there will be no financial remuneration to complicate matters with Cycling World also keen to set a nice tight deadline for you, just like a real journo!  So, if anyone fancies giving this a crack then ping Robin an email (usual Hotmail address or via the Club Contacts page), the mission (should you choose to accept it) will be:

Cycling World magazine is interested in you contributing to their next issue. They are looking for someone to write an article for them on cycling in Gloucestershire, taking in one or more of the best cycle routes that the county has to offer. They would love details on scenery, terrain, landmarks, history, places to stop, as well as anything else interesting and unique along the way.

The article would need to be 1500-2000 words and the deadline is the 24th April (although this can be extended a little by prior notice).

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Thursday, 27 Apr 2017
Evening Time Trial
Club Evening
Saturday, 29 Apr 2017
Road Ride: Northleach via Turkdean (16, 14)
Road Ride: (H3) Chedworth via Daglingworth (16, 18, 20)
MTB: Cranham/Popes
Sunday, 30 Apr 2017
Club Ride: Waterside cafe 01285 860412
Tuesday, 2 May 2017
MTB - Evening Ride

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