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Updated: Winter Cycling 2017

Winter Rides: *Updated November 2017*

Please Read the below so you fully understand our intentions for winter club events.

General info.

Unfortunately living in the North of England we are at the mercy of mother nature. We just wish to to re-address the issue of winter rides.

We try our best to keep club activity to as near to as full time as we can, we were lucky in previous winters as we never really had any severe weather but we can’t promise this season will be the same. The newspapers have prophesied the ‘coldest winter in 5 years’ again! That may have us all saying  “they said that last year, and the year before that, and the one before that!”  but we have to prepare for all eventualities and have contingencies for the winter months.

Alterations to club activities.

Our club rides will be shorter than the summer months to ensure we are back to base before it gets too dark or the temperature drops during the hours of darkness.

Our development and easy wheeler rides will be altered to run into a merged ‘loop’ system where ‘loop 1’ will be the Easy Wheeler ride followed by the ‘loop 2’ being development ride. You are welcome to attend both but it is essential to remember you are asked to help the newer or less experienced riders on these rides, they are designed to develop members and gain experience and these rides will always be only as fast as the last rider.

We will also be running CX rides whilst the weather comes in, check our events for further details.

Safety of all members is our top concern and it may get to the point where for these reasons we call off a ride. If you don’t feel confident riding in the weather that has been forecast, there is no shame in dropping out of the ride if you think you won’t be to manage for whatever reason. If you have any doubts or question ask us, we have many seasoned riders in the club. The chat page and the event page itself are ideal for this.
However, the final decision to go out on your bike is down to you and any ride undertaken is at your own risk.

Safety & Legal Stuff.

We recommend lights for all rides during the winter months due to visibility being lower than the brighter summer months, especially for the ride to and from the club rides. For our week night training sessions they are mandatory (these rides take place in the hours of darkness, it’s also a legal requirement to be lit up at night (Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations)) – as a minimum, on a club ride a flashing rear light is suggested in daylight hours. (just think if there was an insurance claim, have you took reasonable precautions to aid your visibility) It is your responsibility to make yourself visible to others.

Please dress suitably for the conditions and temperature, we often ride in rural and isolated locations, especially on higher ground conditions can change within seconds. Please ensure you’re dressed for the weather (for example winter specific clothing,foul weather gear,  jackets, neckwear. gloves, thermal layers). On some rides you may be required to wait for others (especially development rides and easy wheelers) so bear this ‘waiting time’ in mind, equally if you have a mechanical issue you may need to stop to fix it or wait to be picked up.

Ride alterations and cancellations.

Regarding club rides and events, the decision to cancel or alter a ride will be made where we can, the evening before so during the winter please make sure for our events you check the social media channels.

On the occasion of a ride cancellation or alteration We will post a message on the main facebook page (facebook.com/blaydoncycling)

This decision will be made amongst the committee and/or a group of our regular riders from observing the current conditions, forecast and any weather warnings in place. Rides may be also subject to delay, cancellation or alteration (generally meaning cut short) on the day if we feel that it may not be safe to continue due to sudden weather or forecasts received. Please check the individual events and main page for any relevant messages before you leave the house that morning.

In the case of a ride cancellation the clubs decision is final.

Notification: Blaydon Cycle Club 2017 AGM

Save the date in your diaries, The date is set, Venue & Time (which will be in the evening) is to be confirmed as soon as we find a suitable venue. Please RSVP via the facebook link at bit.ly/BlaydonAGM2017

This is a chance for you to hear how the club has done this year as well as help us shape 2018 and the clubs future.

We are seeking 3 comittee members to fill positions vacant, so we’d love to hear from anyone who wishes to help us keep the club ticking. We’re especially keen to take on someone who’s happy to look after the ‘Easy Wheelers’ rides and help out in a key part of the club getting people on the bike and taking their first steps of their cycling journey, they’re rewarding rides seeing riders improve from beginners and advancing their skills and abilities.

Final: 2016 Charity Update – Great North Air Ambulance

As 2017 begins on here’s an update on our charity of 2016 Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS)

We closed the fundraising raising £500 for this vital service. That’s £500 to keep an amazing service airbourne.

Thanks to everyone that donated to such an amazing cause.

2017 Club Membership

Blaydon Cycle Club is pleased to announce that our subscriptions for 2017 are now open.

Subscription rates have remained unchanged from their 2016 rates. Its £15 for an individual, £25 for a same household couple and £10 for any second claim members (if you’re a member of another club as your first club.)

2017 is set to be a massive year for us, since 2013 we’ve come a long way from 8 members merely sharing rides over facebook, to a fully fledged club with regular club outings, many member organised rides as well as hosting open local events.

as a member you’ll get access to our ‘members chat’ (facebook) page where you can keep in touch with fellow club members, organise midweek rides, alternative rides, sell, buy, ask swap… Pretty much anything.

as always, if you have any questions please contact us through twitter, Facebook or email or speak to any member of the committee.

To sign up simply click the button below or click here:

Join Now Button

 

 

Weekly Update: 30th October 2016

Blaydon CC Weekly Club Update:

Date Published: 30th October 2016

Club Runs & Development Rides: Sunday the 30th of October seen yet another sucsess of a club ride name ‘Blanchland Blowout’ a strong attendance of around 30 in October is a testament to the hard work and commitment that makes planning these rides worth doing. Even though I wasn’t there myself today the members chat page indicates that there was many a happy face on region’s roads this morning. Thanks for showing your support and as ever keep your eyes on the events tab for information on our next club runs.

Upcoming Club Events: November the 3rd is ‘Newburn Loops Night’ all welcome to join in and learn new skills and techniques in a group riding scenario.

We also have loops at newburn where four of the ladies of the club attended, these are on a closed road section in Newburn and ideal for anyone wanting to sharpen their skills and anyone considering any form of racing next year. Please speak to Gemma if you’re interested in going along to these for further information on how to take part.

Next sunday we have one of our new CX rides, these are club rides but on terrain suitable for CX bikes, they’ll take in old rail lines, gravel tracks and muddy paths. Check the events tab for details.

As well as the CX ride the latest in our hugely successful Easy Wheelers/Development Rides is taking place. As the weather gets that little bit colder the old ‘two loop’ system is taking place, the first shorter loop is at the ‘easier’ pace and the second and our ‘development ride’ pace.

Member News: if you’ve any events you are taking part in this is the section to let us know! We want everyone to know what our members are up to, so if you’re taking part in say a triathalon or you’ve decided to race route 66 over in the USA let us know so we can share your news!  

As always there are plenty of ways to keep in the loop with the latest news, follow us on twitter @blaydoncycling or visit our website blaydoncycling.co.uk

All of our events can be found at bit.ly/blaydonevents and you can share your photos, videos and posts on twitter and instagram using our hashtag #BlaydonCycling.

If you’ve any questions about any of our activities, events or any questions about membership, existing member or potential please get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to help ^rh

Online Security – Facebook Profiles

It has come to our attention that there is another ‘fake  facebook profile’ going around.

The users will friend request you or message you as an initial contact, they will in our case usually have a few cycling pictures on their profile and/or may contact you saying they’re new to the area.

If you get a friend request on social media or Strava (or any other location tracking service) be mindful of your privacy settings and who can see what you have and where you keep it as well as when you’re out. If you don’t actually know the person sending the request be cautious, and if in doubt leave them out.

CANCELLED: 11th August Club Time Trial (M12)

We have made the advanced decision to cancel the club time trial on the M12 (Stamfordham) course on Thursday 11th August.

This is due to ‘surface dressing’ resurfacing works on the course and the new loose road surface being deemed a hazard to entrants.

We will keep an eye on the road conditions for the final few events, and hopefully another week will allow for the road surface to be compacted and relevant finish to the works by the local authority to take place. Surface dressing brings the hazard of loose chippings/gravel, accumulations of loose stones and patches of tar to become hazardous to cyclists, as well as flying chips from cars passing above the recommended speed limit.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to anyone but as a club we have to put the safety of everyone first. The decision has been made by the club committee as well as taking in feedback from local cycling organisations.

 

 

 

 

CANCELLED: Club M12 TT – |4 AUG 16|

Please note our club open time trial on the M12 (Stamfordham) course has been ** cancelled ** this evening.

Apologises for any inconvenience caused, but after a consultation with riders after a course recce, road resurfacing works have presented a hazard on a stretch of the course.

Please pass on or share this post to anyone you know that may have been wishing to attend.

We feel it is irresponsible to run an event on a course where we have been alerted of road surface issues.

 

Great North Air Ambulance Service – Club Charity 2016

With the Edinburgh to Newcastle trip coming up, I’d just like to remind people of our Club Charity. If you are thinking of raising money, it would be hugely appreciated if you’d consider this as your charity of choice.

There will be a donations bucket at our Open TT, the Summer BBQ and a Christmas event which is To be confirmed.

 

Donations can be made easily with justgiving by clicking here

Events Widget

Apologies to those of you who rely on our website to see what’s next.

We are having issues with the facebook API (it’s basically a bit of code that lets facebook talk to the website)

bit.ly/blaydonevents is where you can see what were up to in the mean time!