The committee met early September to discuss the way forward with a view of restarting clubrides, however, with the reverse of government policy and guidance, plans have again been put on hold. The situation is constantly under review and we hope to have some processes in place very soon to enable club rides as long as the safety of our members and the public can be maximised and we can be sure of staying within the rules published by the government and BC/Cycling UK guidance.
Sorry to announce that life member and club stalwart Les Archer passed away on 6th August.
Les was known and liked by so many people, was a very decent rider, organised several road races including the British National Championships in Dudley and managed the Stourbridge Elite Squad from 2000 until 2008. He will be missed and our condolences go to his wife, Pat and son and daughter, Nick and Alison.
Dear Club Member,
We hope you are keeping well and enjoying the return to some form of normality.
On 18th June British Cycling published their guidance for a safe return to sanctioned cycling activity. The full version of which can be viewed here:
The club committee have reviewed this with some care and would like to update you on the club’s position.
The guidance is clear that any activity which is sanctioned by the club must meet public health guidelines and the club must take responsibility for club member safety. In order to facilitate this, British Cycling have provided recommendations, the key points of which are as follows:
- Group sizes should not exceed 6 riders
- 2 meters must be adhered to on club sanctioned rides
- Hygiene protocols must be in place
Historically controlling group sizes has always been a challenge and we do not feel we can responsibility control group sizes to a maximum of 6 riders. We also feel it is practically too difficult to enforce riders adhering to being 2 meters apart whilst on group rides.
As a result, we have taken the decision not to permit club rides at this stage. We will continue to review this position on a regular basis as the advice and surrounding circumstances are changing regularly.
We recognise that many of you may feel that you can take personal responsibility for this advice and as a result may wish to participate in unofficial group rides. We kindly ask that you do not participate in these rides wearing Stourbridge Cycling Club clothing as these rides are not currently supported by the club.
We thank you for you continued support and look forward to a time when we can safely ride together again.
Stourbridge stalwart, Wally Fowler set a new World Best Hour Record at Newport velodrome today. Competing in the 85-89 age category, Wally covered an amazing 34.602km/21.5miles in the hour.
This is the second time that Wally has set an hour best, riding 35.772km in 2015, when in the 80-84 age group.
Can you please find time to sign the on-line petition to support the building of a West Midlands Velodrome for the Commonwealth Games 2022.