Susan Semple’s 2020 race season climaxed with a fabulous performance in this year’s national 15 mile Veteran Time Trial Association (VTTA) Championships where she took the bronze medal in the women’s event LINK . In the process setting a new Stafford Road Club Women’s Senior and Vets record time of 37:30. So a great end to the 2020 season that lasted just 8 days for Susan. But after 50 weeks training and 6000+ miles, mainly indoors, Susan was pleased to be back racing for Stafford Road Club this year and reaching the podium in a national event. It was great to have Mark Richards out on the course in his Stafford Road Club kit supporting Susan and giving some much need encouragement on the tough single carriageway course in Shropshire.
At this week’s committee meeting it was agreed that Stafford Road Club would not be resuming its club rides until September once the main holiday months have passed. This will be dependent on the latest governments advice, the social distancing rules continuing to ease and the availability of enough ride leaders.
We will post a further update towards the end of August outlining when we hope our Saturday and Sunday ride will resume and we will be encouraging riders to act as ride leaders to ensure we can accommodate the required number of groups to meet the latest health and safety advice.
Stafford Road Club will continue to run Saturday Zwift group rides each week where riders can chat online as they ride together which is a nice way to catch up with friends in a safe environment.
Until then we hope you are all able to stay safe and stay active.
In case you have not seen it already, British Cycling have issued updated guidance today which extends the suspension of cycling activity beyond 30th June – see link below
In a nutshell:
- International or national level racing suspended until 1st September
- Regional racing and non-competitive events (such as sportives) suspended until 1st August
- Club and group activity such as club rides suspended till 4th July
In all cases BC say they will review these suspensions on a fortnightly basis in the light of ongoing government guidance. They will give six weeks’ notice of changes to item 1) events above, four weeks for item 2) and two weeks for item 3). They also note that some disciplines or events may return ahead others if the format allows the safety of all to be managed appropriately.
There has not yet been a response from CTT but we will continue to monitor the CTT website for updates and inform you appropriately.
In the mean time Stay Safe and keep your distance 🙂
Following on from the success of last weeks event where we had over 25 riders compete from 13 different counties tomorrow at 11am I have scheduled another 9.5mile TT this time in Germany, flat route for those on Smart trainers 😊
Enter via this link https://my.rouvy.com/onlinerace/live/17377
Dominic Noone (Stafford RC) made the top 3 last week and let’s see if we can get another SRC rider on the podium this week.
I have set this TT event up so you can ride on any type of turbo and no need for a power meter or smart trainer, simply get Rouvy to detect your speed sensor and you in.
So hopefully see a few more of you tomorrow – Staying Safe at Home
Stafford Road Club’s dear friend Bill Witworth sadly passed away this week and Stafford Road Club would like to send its condolences to all Bill’s friends and family.
Bill was more of a runner than a cyclist in his later years and was active in both Stafford RC committee and always remained so with Safford Harriers. I remember Bill showing me photos and telling me stories about the events he used to organise between Stafford RC and the Harriers were riders and runners would race against each other cross country.
He was a great sportsman and will be dearly missed by everyone.
There will be no official club rides and club Time Trials.
The Open Time Trial and Road Race planned for May and Aug are also suspended until we are advised the current situation changes.
Stafford Road Club has taken this decision in an attempt to reduce any possible incidents that may require emergency services.
We hope you understand our decision and the reasoning behind it.
All the very best to you all from Stafford Road Club committee
Due to the adverse weather conditions we have been experiencing and heavy rain forecast in the early hours of Sunday morning Stafford Road Club has made the difficult decision to postpone its Reliability Ride planned for Sunday 23rd February. The safety of all taking part is our priority and given the likely conditions we will now plan to reschedule this event for later in the year.
Thank you for all your continued support and we hope you will be able to come and join Stafford Road Club on one of the other events it runs throughout the year.
Stafford Road Club is moving and getting Social
This year we will see one major change for Stafford Road Club in that we will, as of the 1st of February be based at, and ride from, Perkins Social Club (google map). For many years we have always met and run our events from Stafford Rugby Club but with their move to a new ground, increased hire costs, and facilities that do not fully meet our needs, the committee have made the decision to move to Perkins, which offers the club better facilities and at a price that fits our small annual budget. After discussion with Perkins we received confirmation from their company this week that they are happy for Stafford Road Club to adopt Perkins Social Club as our base.
One direct benefit for our members is that as part of your Stafford Road Club membership subscription this year, we are arranging for all of our members to become members of Perkins Social Club which entitles you to use their bar and entertainment facilities (snooker, pool, darts) which are open 7 days a week.
As soon as I have more details and agreed the membership arrangements with Perkins Social Club I will be back in touch.
Meeting point map
The event is ‘open to all’ and this year riders have a choice of 2 routes. There is a 30 mile and 56 mile route on roads that will take riders through some of the most beautiful countryside in our region.
Sign on from 8.30, ride starts between 9 and 9.30 £5/rider
Tea and coffee available for riders at the signing on and licensed bar will be open when riders return.
Perkins Social Club – Tixall Rd, Stafford ST16 3UB
Please enter through the main factory gates, turn left around the factory, keep left through the large car park to the Social club which is situated at the rear.
30 mile route – LINK to download gps file
56 mile route – LINK to download gps file
All the rides begin and finish at Perkins Social Club.
Cost of entry:
Entry fee is £5 per rider (£3 for under 18year olds) with all profits going to Blood Bike charity
The event is open to all and not just Stafford Road Club members so please come along and join in the fun. All you need is a bike in good working order, helmet, a strong heart, legs and lungs and a little bit of determination!
Note to riders:
Please note that this Reliability Ride is not a race and is run as an annual test of endurance for cycling enthusiasts.
All participants must adhere to the Highway Code at all times and show due respect for other road users.
Please ensure you sign back in so the event organisers know all riders have returned safely, or text 07811 468133 if you do not return to Perkins Social Club.
Please ensure you are familiar with the route before you set off, download the map to your bike computer, maps will be available.
We hope you have a safe and enjoyable group ride.
This event is not formally timed and it is up to riders to make a note of their own start and finish time, if they wish to do so.
No results available yet