Autum Safety Information

As the summer season draws to a close and the nights begin to draw in here are a few pointers to safer winter riding, whether solo or on a club group ride.

The committee strongly advises everyone to reread the risk assessment and the winter riding etiquette documents, which you agree to follow when joining the club. These can be found on the club website.

We intend to support safe group riding by providing links to videos which we feel are relevant to all of our members as guidance to preparing yourself and your bike in order to increase safety for all during the winter season.

We understand you may be fully aware of the information provided in these videos but feel a reminder can only make our group rides as safe as possible.

A reminder making sure you are fully insured is strongly advised

and that as a minimum 3rd party insurance is available through British Cycling Membership which is strongly recommended.

  • Know your route
  • Anticipate movements
  • Think about road positioning
  • Be aware and anticipate
  • Communicate with the group

Croston Velo TT 2021

So the weather gods didn’t shine on the Croston Velo TT 2021 held this morning (Sunday 15th Aug) on the fast Levens L1015 course. It was a rather wet and dreary start brightening up for the latter end of the field thankfully!

A massive congratulations to our 1st female and also winner overall Joanna Patterson – The Independent Pedaler/No Pinz (20:01) with Anna Weaver – East Lancs RC (22:37) and Lindsey Styler – Croston Velo (23:35) taking the other two podium spots.

The Men’s joint winner was Kamil Waligora – East Lancs RC (20:06) with John Morgan – Coveryourcar.co.uk RT (20:06) with Ian Dobbie – West Lothian Clarion (20:15) taking 3rd.

A huge thank you to our two timekeepers Tracy Moore and Margaret Belk as well as all the volunteers from our club without whom these events cannot take place – Andy Ashton, Andy Ward, Chris Breen, Emma Pulsford, Nick Clark & Sarah Williamson as well as our ever-popular cheerleading marshalling trio Chris Woods, Richard Crompton and Ian Riley at the bottom roundabout. It was a very early start for all and we do appreciate it!

As ever the committed Ellen Isherwood (Lancs Racing Scene) was there with lens posed and ready and managed to capture an awesome album of photos for the riders in challenging conditions. The full album is available at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWqVZwU , Ellen is happy for you to use the photos but please credit her if you do on social media.

The final thank you goes to Ian Dobbie (I believe it was you but correct me if I’m wrong as the note on the results sheet was pretty soggy!) who left a crate of beers for the marshals at HQ, it really brightened up there soggy day when they arrived back to be handed a 4 pack!

A full set of results is available at https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-results/21487#anchor

Photo Credit Ellen Isherwood

Return to Activity – week commencing 17th May

Following the announced lockdown easing and updated guidance by British cycling club activity can return to a more normal ride structure / way of operating from week commencing the 17th May 2021. It is critical to us as a club that we put the safety of our members first and are seen as a responsible club so we ask all members respect the following guidance. A summary of the British cycling guidance can be found below (full information at

  • No limit on number of riders in a group
  • Maintain a safe distance of 1 meter plus
  • If you have any symptoms relating to/or have been in contact with some with symptoms relating to COVID-19 please do not attend.

As a club we have always been conscious of ride numbers being safe and courteous to other road users. As such we are not imposing a formal limit and this should be at the discretion of those in the group, we recommend a maximum group size of 10-12 is sensible even under normal circumstances.

For many of us it has been a while since we have ridden in a group or you may be considering riding with a club for the first time. If you wish to refresh yourself on group riding etiquette or how to minimise risks on rides please review the guidance on our website at

Group Riding etiquettehttp://www.crostonvelo.co.uk/main-about-us/group-riding-etiquette/

Croston Velo Risk Assessmenthttp://www.crostonvelo.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Croston-Velo-Risk-Assessment.pdf

We also highly recommend that members obtain 3rd party liability insurance. There are many options available online but a basic level of cover can be obtained by being a member of British Cycling (starting from £39.60 per year) details can be found at https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/membership/ride Furthermore if you are a paid member of Croston Velo you can get a discount on your first years membership being it will cost https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/clubs/membership

Club Ride Structure – Week commencing 17th May 2021

  • All Rides will start from Croston Sports Club again. Please note the car park remains closed due to the refurbishment but there is sufficient room down the side of the premises and into the rear car park to safely congregate. It is recommended that you congregate in the groups you intend to ride with to minimise social contact.
  • Croston Sports Club will be open post ride on Tuesday and Thursday and is now able to serve drinks inside and out (there will be no food until the refurbishment is completed as there is no kitchen facility)
  • Rides will resume the normal ride structure, full details are found on our website at http://www.crostonvelo.co.uk/club-rides/ a summary of which is below
    • Tuesday – 18:30 from Croston Sports Club. Usually two groups B+/B and a C group. Groups will be organised to suit rider ability based of those present. If numbers are sufficient the ride will split into 3 groups B+, B and C.
    • Thursday – 18:30 from Croston Sports Club. 4 Groups A, B+, B and C group (a ride to suit all abilities)
    • For all weekday rides the route is published before the ride so it can be downloaded to GPS devices, the full directory is available at http://www.crostonvelo.co.uk/ride-directory/
    • Sunday – 8:00am from Croston Sports club, our early ride on Sunday usually B/B+ pace
    • Sunday – 9:30am from Croston Sports Club, our later Sunday ride, 2 groups a B pace ride and a C pace ride

* For new people to the club please ensure you join the club (subs are £20 per annum) and complete the membership form on http://www.crostonvelo.co.uk/croston-velo-membership-form/ as this will ensure we are able to support track and trace efforts if required.

Club Subscriptions 2021

Club subscriptions for the 2021 season are now due. Membership remains £20 per annum and runs from April 2021 to April 2022. Thank you to those that have already reached out/paid subs since the return to activity.

Please note that due to reduced activity and the absence of our usual social events the club only spent a limited amount last year (affiliations being the main cost). Therefore, for those members that paid in 2020 we have decided to roll over membership into 2021 and you don’t need to do anything. Current membership for 2021 stands at 96 people.

For data protection reasons we are unable to publish a list of paid members so if you are unsure please reach out to Dan or Lindsey and we will be happy to check the bank account/club register to confirm.

If you wish to pay your subs please transfer £20 to the club current account (unchanged from previous years), if you do not have the details reach out to a member of the committee and we will be happy to provide these to you. When making the transfer please include your name as the reference and also drop Dan/Lindsey a message (probably better to do privately to avoid excess traffic in the club WhatsApp) so we can update the register.

If unable to do electronic transfer then you can pay your subs to a member of the committee when out on a club ride and they will arrange for this to be transferred over and recorded.  

As ever if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. Let’s hopefully have a better summer this year and fingers crossed this is a one-way street out of lockdown!

Happy Cycling all!

New for 2021 – C Group Ride Directory

New for 2021. To sit alongside the main summer club routes published a fortnight ago we also have a set of 10 C group rides for weekday evening. A route will be shared ahead of each club ride on a Tuesday and Thrursday so C group riders know the plan when they arrive for the ride. If you plan to join the C group rides please visit the new directory below and download the routes to your GPS devices

Happy riding.

http://www.crostonvelo.co.uk/ride-directory/

Thanks to Jo Ryding for taking the time to put the routes together and Andrea Whitehouse for sharing them with me.

Croston Velo Return to Activity – Week commencing 29th March

As guided by British cycling club activity can re-commence from week commencing 29th March 2021. It is critical to us as a club that we put the safety of our members first and are seen as a responsible club so we ask all members respect the following guidance. A summary of the British cycling guidance can be found below (full information at https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/zuvvi/media/media/other/The_Way_Forward_-_Groups_and_Clubs_-_March_2021.pdf ).

  • Club rides of up to a maximum 15 participants
  • Maintain a safe distance of 1 meter plus
  • If you have any symptoms relating to/or have been in contact with some with symptoms relating to COVID-19 please do not attend.
  • Social interaction before and after cycling activities should only take place outdoors, and in separate and distinct groups consisting of up to six people or two households.

As a club we feel the maximum number of 15 is too big in the current circumstances and would be considered irresponsible by the wider public and therefore our guidance is group sizes should be limited to 8.

For many of us it has been a while since we have ridden in a group or you may be considering riding with a club for the first time. If you wish to refresh yourself on group riding etiquette or how to minimise risks on rides please review the guidance on our website at

Group Riding etiquette – http://www.crostonvelo.co.uk/main-about-us/group-riding-etiquette/

Croston Velo Risk Assessment – http://www.crostonvelo.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Croston-Velo-Risk-Assessment.pdf

As before we will run three separate groups (and should numbers start to build as the club regathers momentum will look to expand to more groups e.g. B group is too large and we can run a separate B and B+) These groups will be labelled A, B and C. For ride definitions and speeds please visit http://www.crostonvelo.co.uk/club-rides/ .

To avoid congestion outside the sports club we are intending to start the groups from different locations in the village for the time being. The sports club is also undergoing a major refurbishment and the car park is temporarily closed off so we are unable to meet there safely (Once this is re-opened we will amend the meeting locations – please await further comms)

 

These location are:-

A Group – War memorial (Junction of Highfield Road and Grape Lane – There is a green opposite this please use this to congregate and not in the road)

B Group – At the top of the road that goes to Velo Café (Brickcroft Lane – junction with B5247 Bretherton Road)

C Group – Croston Railway Station Car Park

Given groups are setting off at similar times this could result in congestion while out on route. Please be mindful of this and if another group is passing then please allow them to pass and ensure a sufficient gap is left between the groups on the road.

As always we will publish a set of ‘summer routes’ ahead of rides re-commencing which will be published on the various social media outlets and the website for you to download to your GPS devices. The route will then be confirmed before each ride via social media. If as many members of possible could ensure they have the routes downloaded this makes rides safer and more free-flowing.

The ride schedule will be as follows

Tuesday evening – departs 18:30 – 2 rides B and C group

Thursday evening – departs 18:30 – 3 rides A, B & C groups

Sunday morning – departs 9:00 – 2 rides B and C group

* Please note that the above guidance applies to current members only as the group ride has to be classified as an organised sport to go above the ‘rule of 6’

** For new people to the club please ensure you join the club and complete the membership form on http://www.crostonvelo.co.uk/croston-velo-membership-form/ as this will ensure we are able to support track and trace efforts if required.

Croston Velo Route Directory 2021

Summer routes 2021
 
Firstly a massive thank you to Tim Bryning⁩ who has taken the time to revise/make all the new summer routes for 2021.
 
As ever we have 10 core routes for the evening rides (Tuesday and Thursday). You can download all of these to your garmin at the start of the season to save doing it every week. Before each ride we will confirm which route it is for this week via WhatsApp and our other social media channels.
 
This year our route directory is much improved. On the website below you will find the route title, a route summary and a link to the Strava gpx/tcx file to download. This year though there is also a screenshot of the map and elevation profile to help you better understand the route.
 
Full route directory for 2021 is now available to view / download at http://www.crostonvelo.co.uk/ride-directory/ . If as many people download as possible then it helps ensure the ride navigation is easier, safer and more free flowing.
 
Happy riding all 😃

Croston Velo Winter Routes 2019

It looks like winter 2019 is now in full swing and it is getting dark before we set off for our evening rides. As usual at this time of year we shorten the ride distances and reduce the number of routes (to ensure you can become familiar with the route and road conditions). Please can all riders review the routes below and download them to a bike computer if you are able to do so. 

On a Tuesday evening one of three routes will be selected (Winter CV2, CV3 or CV4) depending upon the weather conditions on the evening. Thanks to Leigh Nolan for completing these. 

On a Thursday we will stick to one route throughout the winter season Winter CV1 until spring.

This year for each route we have also completed a risk assessment to identify some of the key risks and actions required to minimise these. Please ensure you read these everyones safety. Please note the roads are a very dynamic enviroment and these do not cover all risks, as usually please be sensible and aware of your surroundings and adjust ride speeds to suit the conditions. We will shortly publish a reminder on winter riding etiquette to support with this.

Winter CV1 – Thursday

https://www.strava.com/routes/22199916

Risk Assessment Winter CV1

Winter CV2 – Cobbs Brow

https://www.strava.com/routes/21966056

Risk Assessment for Winter CV2 Cobbs Brow

Winter CV3 – Hunters

https://www.strava.com/routes/22071962

Risk Assessment for Winter CV3 Hunters Hill

Winter CV4 – Banks

https://www.strava.com/routes/15824135

Risk Assessment for Winter CV4 Banks