Rotherham Wheelers Centenary Ride is scheduled for Sunday 17 May 2020 and is now only 15 weeks and 5 days away. The event is being run by Sportive HQ who are specialists in their field and was recently listed in Cycling Weekly. Entry to the event is via the Sportive HQ website (www.sportivehq.com) and priced at £32.50 which includes a high quality commemorative medal, feed stations, mechanical support and first aid back - up. In keeping with the centenary theme, Sportive HQ have put together two excellent courses of 100 miles and 67 miles (nominally 100km) both of which start and finish in Rotherham passing through the exquisite scenery of rural South Yorks and the Derbyshire Peak District. These will truly be rides to remember! Members are reminded that the club has agreed to provide 20 people to assist with marshalling and other duties and to consider this commitment before [...]
This year's Watt Bike training programme starts at Rotherham Leisure Complex at 8:00pm Thursday 28 November. The initial course of 6 one hour coached sessions will cost around £60 and this fee includes unlimited access to all facilities at RLC at other times. Subject to demand the course is likely to be followed by a further course of 6 sessions. Eight Wheelers members have so far signed up for the initial course and there are 2 more places available to Rotherham Wheelers members or members of other local clubs. Anyone fancying building or maintaining cycling fitness over the winter months is welcome to join us on a first come, first served basis and can sign up by contacting me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phoning 07751 518488.
THIS IS A REPEAT REQUEST. Last week I asked members to indicate whether they intend to purchase a centenary jersey and if so what size they require. I AM NOT asking for your money, this information is only required to assist JE James Ltd with ordering sufficient stock. The response has been disappointing so far with only 7 members responding. I can't believe that this is the extent of interest. Your committee and the centenary working group continue to work tirelessly to make our centenary year successful and enjoyable for all members, but we do need your support! I realise that people have work and family commitments and that it's human nature to sometimes defer decisions. It's a fact that people also forget - SO THIS IS YOUR REMINDER! Don't put it off any longer, avoid disappointment, order your jersey now and help me to help you. Thank you and [...]
This is the final design of the Wheelers centenary jersey which was agreed at a recent committee meeting. Our brief was to design a jersey which was instantly recognisable as Rotherham Wheelers, compatible with our existing kit, suitable for club rides and competition wear and distinctly reflected a big milestone in the history of our club. I hope it meets with member's approval. The jersey will be available through JE James Ltd in the near future. We hope that members will show their pride in our club by investing in a centenary jersey to mark our centenary year. In the meantime, it would be helpful if you could indicate (preferably through Facebook comment) whether you will be purchasing a centenary jersey and what size you will require.
This year's Christmas function and presentation evening is at 7:00pm for 7:30pm Friday 13 December at The Hind public house, East Bawtry Road, Rotherham. The type of fare on offer will be dictated by the numbers attending and will either be a sit down meal from a seasonal menu with a choice of starters, mains and desserts including vegetarian options if numbers attending are 32 or less, or if numbers exceed 32 we will eat from a seasonal buffet menu. In the first instance we are planning for a sit down meal. Members should already have received an email from me which included details of the sit down menu and are asked to notify me of your menu choices by Friday 29 November. I require a deposit of £11.50 per head with your order, payable by cash, cheque (payable to Rotherham Wheelers) or BACS to the club account. The balance [...]
The recce. of the 100 mile centenary sportive has been re-arranged for Saturday 17 August. We will meet at Wickersley Library at 08:30, picking up at Wentworth War Memorial at 09:00. This will be a demanding ride with about 6800 feet of ascent and will include two cafe stops. I anticipate we will return to Wickersley at around 16:00. Everyone who has previously expressed interest in this ride will be notified of arrangements by email.
The weather forecast is not looking good for our 100 mile ride into the Peak District on Saturday 10 August with 40mph+ winds and rain predicted. In the circumstances I think it best that we postpone the ride until the following week, Saturday 17 August and give it a go then. The start time for the re-arranged ride will be the same - 08:30 from Wickersley Library or 09:00 from Wentworth War Memorial. I hope everyone can still make it.
Journey along the river Rhine, June and July 2019 The height of the Summer in late June and early July seemed a sensible time of year for a sedate journey along the whole length of the river Rhine. A downhill beginning from the source of the Rhine high up in the Swiss Alps would conclude – after a full two weeks of cycling – with an amble along the sea front at the Hook of Holland, where the river flows out into the North Sea. Plenty of sunshine to look forward to, although mountainous regions are prone to dramatic thunder storms and the seaside .. well, who would dare to predict a weather forecast for the seaside ? Four intrepid, albeit ageing travellers will journey (in the first place by plane to Zurich) by the comfort of touring bicycles along what is known as EuroVelo 15. This very flat pathway [...]
For the past two years we've all been waiting for 29 March and wondering whether or not we will crash out of the EU without an agreement which may be why some members have forgotten that another deadline is fast approaching. I'm talking of course about the 31 March deadline for payment of subscriptions. A massive thank you to the 80% of members who have already renewed their subscriptions and a (further) reminder to the few who haven't yet done so already that club rules stipulate that membership of individuals who have not paid their subscriptions by 31 March will be regarded as lapsed. Not only are Rotherham Wheelers keen to recruit new members, we also value and are keen to retain existing members. Even if they are unable to ride with us very often, members, new and old will always be made welcome. If you are an existing member [...]
Many thanks to the 65% of members who have paid their 2019 club subscriptions, you have made my job as treasurer and membership secretary much easier! I appreciate that winter weather and member's personal commitments can prevent members attending club rides as often and therefore they do not have the opportunity to pay me in person, but members are reminded that subscriptions MUST be paid before 31 March. Membership of persons not renewing by this date will be regarded as lapsed. The club is keen to retain members and I ask all members who have not already done so to arrange to pay your subscriptions without further delay. For your convenience you may pay online to the club account or by cash or cheque (payable to Rotherham Wheelers Cycling Club) to me either in person or to my home address. I will send personal emails to affected members which will [...]