Following Government guidelines and in line with British Cycling the club is suspending all club rides for the duration of the second national lockdown. This is due to end on the 3rd of December but of course we’ll monitor the advise and resume club rides as soon as it’s possible to do so.
To ensure I can still run my winter training classes in a safe environment for the riders I will this year be running these through the Zwift VR cycling app .
The classes are free of charge, it’s just your own Zwift monthly subs (£12.99) that you need to pay. I know there are quite a few of you out there who like me have started using Zwift during lock down and hopefully these classes will prove to be a nice variation and challenge for you this winter.
So starting on the 4th October 2020 on a Wednesday evening at 18:30 I will be hosting classes for Stafford Road Club members and any of our cycling friends who may wish to join us.
The training classes will be organised as a group ride where all the riders will stay together and follow the same training schedule based on your own personal levels, so we ride and complete the sessions together as a team.
To make things more sociable we will also use the free Discord phone app so we can use this to talk to each other while riding.
These Zwift group rides we have run this year have proved really successful and the software is very simple to get to grips with. So please let me know if you are interested in taking part by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are welcome to join the classes at any point this winter so do not worry if you miss the start on 4th Nov. If you need any more info again please get in touch.
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