Merry Christmas to All, from - The Ratae Road Club
Here's to a Safe, Fast and Prosperous 2015
Come And Ride With Us !
Club Nights Over Christmas
The last Club night before Christmas will be Thursday the 18th of December. The first after Christmas / New Year will be on Thursday the 8th of January.
Club Rides Over Christmas
Sundays - The last ride is the 21st of December, the next will be Sunday the 4th of January
Wednesdays - The last ride is the 17th of December, the next will be Wednesday 7th of January
Our Next Cycling Event - Reliability Trials - Sunday 1st February 2015
The annual Reliabilty Trials over a choice of 20, 47 or 68 miles.
Get the date in your diary. Full details, in due course. Organiser is Zoe Nelson-Judd.
March 2015 - Early Season 10m. Time Trials - Gilmorton
For 2015 there will be 4 Saturday morning events, as against the 3 in previous years. 'Blow those cobwebs away'
Details are now in the 'Upcoming Events' section, together with GPS mapping.
Chain Gang - Next Saturday - the 20th of December
Meet behind Morris's the Butchers, bottom of Newton Lane, Wigston ( LE18 3SE ) at 9.00am.
If needed, we will ride in two groups of differing abilities - see Facebook or 'Email Us'
( Still using the reverse route to last year. ) Should finish by 11.15am ( ish.)
As the Bank Holidays are mid-week over Christmas and the New Year, it is intended to run the Chain Gang each Saturday thrioughout the Holiday period and into 2015. If there are ever any changes to times, routes or other arrangements, they will always be shown here, on Facebook and Tweeted in plenty of time.
'Ideas' Club Night - 30th October 2014
Many thanks to Alex Hewins for organising and chairing the evening which was very well attended.
The ideas put forward that drew most favour amongst those present were :-
1. A three event hill climb mini-series in October, to replace the existing single event.
2. A Charity Ride to be organised and held by the Club. Skegness was mentioned as a possible destination.
3. A Team Time Trial event on a closed circuit - Mallory Park being a possibility.
4. A 'Road Bike' Evening Time Trial to be held at Gilmorton - plans are already in hand for this.
5. An outing to the new Derby Velodrome.
6. A Treasure Hunt.
There was also discussion on :-
Providing Marshal's for the 2015 events. It is likely that there will be 9 evening TT's and 4 early season TT's at Gilmorton. A Rota system for marshalling is to be considered.
Sunday Clubs Runs - to ensure that there is structure to the Groups before setting off, so as not leave riders behind, and to give everyone a clear indication of the venue for that day and the route being taken.
Jim York informed us that the cost of 'Club Standards' entry for members will be revised for 2015. There will be a single cost of £1.00 for entry of up to 5 distance categories. ( This supercedes the £2.00 for each category set out in the item in green on this welcome page, which also describes how the 'Standards' work). It is hoped that this change will encourage more to participate with the aim of improving their abilities.
If anyone has helpful thoughts on these topics, you may still email the website, they will be gratefully received.
Any Club member who missed the 'Coaching Night' on the 16th of Ocober and wishes to avail themselves of a winter training program, may still contact Alex Hewins through this website.
Club Standards for Members
Each year, the Club organises a competition based on setting target times for individual time trial riders for the usual time trial distances, such as 10, 15, 25 miles etc.
The cost of entry is £2.00 for each distance entered and our Standards Secretary sets a time which is challenging, but perfectly possible for that rider to achieve during the season in either a club or open event.
At the end of the season, the riders who have reached or beaten their target times are awarded a medal. There is then a further challenge to be faced - when the times achieved are compared with the standards set for the individual rider, the Ladder Trophy is awarded to the entrant exceeding his / her standard by the greatest speed margin at any distance.
The Trophy is awarded annually at the end of the season.
Entry forms are obtained from the Standards Secretary, Bill Powell. He attends most of the Thursday Club Nights; otherwise he can be contacted through this website.
FORUM - Cycle Mart - New Category
There is a new Category Heading in the 'Forum' Section for Ratae members who wish to make other members aware of cycling items that they have for sale, or items they are seeking to buy.
This service is intended solely for the bringing together of persons who may have items they wish to sell to each other. Any transactions are to be carried out wholly between the parties concerned.
Note that any posts without a reply will automatically 'fall off'' after 30 days. If you want to keep it on, add a reply / update within that period to reset the clock
There is a disclaimer linked to the new category that absolves the Club from any responsiblity or liabilty arising from any such transactions.
Being a new feature to the website, the new category will be monitored to assess how well it is working.
Use The 'Forum' Page
Others Are ! - Make your Point, Post a Reply or Simply Speak with Others !
To gain access to the 'Forum' page on the website, you will first need to register.
Since the 19th of February 2014, the ability to 'self create' an account has been disabled.
See the 'News' item of that date for details and instructions.
Any queries or request to register - email us through the 'Email Us' facility.