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 2020/21 subs

With the new lockdown announced yesterday it is unlikely we are going to see a return of club riding this side of the new year. Although it was great that we did manage to get a few months summer riding in it is fair to say the clubs activities have been fairly disrupted.

With that in mind the Croston Velo committee have decided to roll over any subscriptions paid in 2020 to include 2021 membership also (membership runs April – April annually). This will happen automatically and there is no need to take any further action if you have paid your subs this year.

If you would still like to pay your subs for 2020 that is absolutly fine and any subs paid before 31st March 2021 will count as membership for both years and not just 2021 (once paid these subs will take you through until 1st April 2022!)….. Got to love a bargain!!

If you are unsure if you have paid in 2020 feel free to reach out and we can advise.

Annual membership is £20. It can be paid in cash to Daniel or Lindsey but clearly preference at the present time is for it to be paid directly into the club bank account (most of you already have the details which are unchanged but if not please reach out to Dan, Lindsey or Carl who will happily provide them). If you do make a payment into the account please let Dan know so I can update the club register and include your name as reference as this makes it easier for us to reconcile the entries.

Many thanks for your continued support and I look forward to many more happy miles in 2021! Fingers Crossed.

The Croston Velo Committee

COVID-19 update – 13th September

Important notice

After careful consideration, following the additional restrictions placed on social gatherings by the UK government (The rule of 6) the Croston Velo Committee has chosen to temporarily suspend club rides until further notice.

We have chosen to do this for the following reasons

1) The restrictions limit gatherings inside or outside to 6 people and therefore we couldn’t legally assemble on the car park pre ride. Although social distancing is feasible it is not likely to be perceived that way.

2) Attending the Sports Club after, albeit on separate tables of 6 could easily be considered a gathering (given we are all in cycling gear) this would reflect poorly on Croston Velo and put the Sports Club at risk of prosecution.

3) The virus is becoming more prevalent in the NW than other areas of the UK so we need to act responsibly to minimise spread.

Please note that it is still legal to ride in groups of 6 so members are still fine to organise their own rides in their ‘bubbles’. Our preference if you do this is not to wear club kit (if you have other kit available). We are also happy for members of the club to use the social media platforms to arrange rides providing the upper limit of 6 attendees is maintained.

We have taken the above decision for the safety of all of our members and to ensure the good reputation of our club is maintained locally. We will continue to review the restrictions and when we consider it appropriate to restart formal club rides we will reach out (or if another structure looks feasible in the meantime)

We thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Kind Regards

The Croston Velo Committee

Amendments to Temp Ride Structure

On the 29th June 2020 Croston Velo published a temporary ride structure as a result of the pandemic lockdown easing (the original publication is available on www.crostonvelo.co.uk which should still be reviewed as it includes all the general guidance around riding during the pandemic and must still be adhered to).

 

Following a review of ride attendance and as a result of feedback the Croston Velo committee have  decided to make the following amendments to the ride structure which take effect week commencing 10/08/20. We have made the decision to make the amendments for the following reasons

 

  • With the existence of the ‘bubble’ model ride attendance on standard club rides has been lower than normal as some members choose to form consistent bubbles. Therefore we are looking to reduce the number of groups and rides to ensure we have critical mass to have a good group for all.
  • With the staggered start times running up to 19:00 and the nights drawing in we will start to lose light on the later departure times.

 

We will continue to operate a two-tier approach

 

Tier one – For those considered high risk or who consider themselves risk adverse we are happy for ‘bubbles’ to be set up (more detail below).

 

Tier Two – For those considered low risk we will operate standard club rides with staggered start times, social distancing measures and additional guidance.

 

Tier One – Bubbles

 

It is recognised that some people may be higher risk and consider it too early to re-commence normal social activity, however may want to start riding in a group again.

 

If this applies to you then we are happy for you to set up or join a ‘bubble’. These will consist of the same 6 riders and will ensure that social contact is not spread too widely. People are encouraged to set up and operate their own bubbles until 4th September should they choose to do so. Clearly we are happy for these rides to take place at the same time as standard Croston Velo club Rides, use the same published route if they wish to and for riders to be in club kit. We would encourage that bubbles potentially choose a different start location in the village than Croston Sports club to avoid congestion in the club car park with the standard rides.

 

New Tier Two ride Structure (week commencing 10/08)

 

Where riders consider themselves lower risk and are happy to have a slightly wider social contact then a format closer to standard will apply which is detailed below

 

Upon arrival groups must be divided into equal numbers with maximum group size of 6. As a club it is important to know who is on each ride should we be contacted by tracers to confirm. Please can you ensure you pre-register by clicking ‘I’m In/join event’ on the relevant ride on the Strava club (this can be accessed on both the web and mobile version on Strava). If you are not a member of the Strava club you can join by clicking on the following link https://www.strava.com/clubs/Crostonvelo . We ask that you register for the ride no later than 6pm on the evening of the weekday rides or the evening before for the Sunday morning rides.

 

Weekday rides (Tuesday/Thursday)

 

Rides will continue to start from Croston Sports Club car park (Please ensure social distancing is observed in the car park for your own safety and to ensure we are not viewed badly by passers by) but will have a staggered start time to ensure the car park doesn’t get congested.

 

* Standard B and C Group –        18:30

* B+ Group and A Group –           18:40

 

  • At 18:40 the A group should set off 2 mins before B+ group to allow riders who are not comfortable with the pace to drop back to another group on the road.

 

 

To prevent congestion we ask that rides start promptly, please try and avoid arriving more than 10 minutes before your ride time to ensure the other ride has left the car park.

 

A route from the route directory will be published the evening before. Please ensure you have all routes downloaded to your GPS device where possible as this makes it easier for the group of navigate http://www.crostonvelo.co.uk/ride-directory/

 

Sunday Rides

 

Ride attendance on the 8am ride has been low since the new ride structure was published, therefore we have made the decision to operate the 9:30 ride only until further notice.

 

9:30 – There will be two ride speeds

 

B group – Moderate pace but non drop. A route will be published the evening before via Whatsapp, Strava and Facebook taking into account the weather forecast for the day. These will tend to be longer, hillier routes than the weekday rides.

 

C Group – Steady non drop ride to suit all abilities. Route will be decided upon arrival dependant on this present. It will usually be circa 35 miles with a coffee stop on route.

 

The Croston Velo committee thank you for your continued support and attendance as we navigate our way through these strange times and we look forward to getting back to normal as soon as it is safe to do so. For now lets enjoy the rest of summer 2020!

Majorca 2020

Following on from the success of our Croston Velo Majorca trip Sept/October 2019 we are planning on heading out there again this autumn. 

To ensure it is flexible and suits everyone we are using a company we know well, Stuart Hall Cycling, and we are staying at the Playa Mar Hotel in Puerto Pollensa. That way you can join us for the whole two weeks or simply fly out for a long weekend, Stuart Hall will arrange the transfers and we will all be staying in the same hotel. They run at least three groups each day from the hotel and cater for all abilities so works for the whole club (we simply meet after the rides for a few recovery ales, much the same as returning to Croston sports club).  All rides are posted in the foyer of the Playa Mar hotel and rides start from this point at 10 every morning.

 
Carbon bikes are available to hire at a reduced price of £15 per day for Croston Velo members or if you prefer to fly your steed out, the hotel are more than happy for you to keep your pride and joy in the room. A point to note, if you ride a top of the range machine, then these bikes will never feel like yours! If you were to hire the equivalent top end bike, you would expect to pay in the region of £45-£85 per day.

The first people are going out on Saturday 26th September and the last people are coming back Saturday 10th October, but there is no reason you can’t stay past this date. 

You simply book online at https://stuarthallcycling.co.uk/package/mallorca-october

 choose the dates for your stay and select the Playa Mar hotel. There are discounted ‘early bird’ prices available now until the end of July (10% off the standard price) and Croston Velo has a further 10% off due to the size of our group, simply add the booking code CV2020 into your booking to receive this off the final invoice. 

Flights are available daily from Liverpool and Manchester with Easyjet, Ryanair and Jet2. 

If you would like to know what the trip was like, or what to expect, talk to any of the members who went last year, I am sure they will still be as enthusiastic.

It would be great to see Croston Velo overseas again Sept/October 2020, see you there!

** Please note Stuart Hall has confirmed that no customer will lose out in the event of cancellation due to COVID-19 travel restrictions (in the event of a 2nd wave). If your holiday is cancelled you will receive a full refund or can transfer your booking to a later date (whichever suits you best – no questions asked). Please note this does not apply to your flights and each airline will have different refund policies that you should check prior to booking.

Croston Velo Temporary Ride Structure (while COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are eased)

Thank you for your patience while the Croston Velo committee discussed its approach to the recent British Cycling guidance (full article can be found at https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/about/article/20200512-about-bc-news-British-Cycling-Updated-Coronavirus-Guidance-0 ) and more recently the government announcements about the reduction in the 2m rule to 1m plus from the 4th July.

The following is how Croston Velo club rides will be altered up until 4th September (at which point the committee will review its guidelines) or when further official guidance from British Cycling becomes available, whichever is sooner).

What is important at this stage is we recognise the diversity of personal circumstances, health and attitudes to risk that make up our club and understand that there will be a number of different viewpoints. As such the below 2 tier guidance is designed to help cater for as many different people as possible. Our intention is to resume club rides week commencing Monday 6th July (therefore the first ride being Tuesday 7th July).

Before we go into our ride structure the following is a summary of the current guidance.

  • From 18th June club and group activity is permitted
  • Group sizes must be a maximum of 6
  • The 2 meter rule must be adhered to when riding (we hope this will fall in line with the 1m plus rule from the 4th July – which is why we have chosen this date)
  • If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or showing any symptoms you must not attend group sessions
  • If you over 70 you should continue to minimise contact with others from outside your own household.

Other general guidance from the Croston Velo

  • Clearly personal hygiene and hand washing is more important than ever
  • Please avoid clearing your throat or nostrils while in a group
  • From a data protection point of view while people are on club rides we maintain the right to pass on members details if requested for the official purpose of contact tracing.

Two Tier approach

Tier one – For those considered high risk or consider themselves risk adverse we encourage ‘bubbles’ to be set up (more detail below).

Tier Two – For those considered low risk we will operate standard club rides with staggered start times, social distancing measures and additional guidance.

Tier OneBubbles

It is recognised that some people may be higher risk and consider it too early to re-commence normal social activity, however may want to start riding in a group again.

If this applies to you then we encourage you to set up or join a ‘bubble’. These will consist of the same 6 riders and will ensure that social contact is not spread too widely. People are encouraged to set up and operate their own bubbles until 4th September should they choose to do so. Clearly we are happy for these rides to take place at the same time as standard Croston Velo club Rides, use the same published route if they wish to and for riders to be in club kit. We would encourage that bubbles potentially choose a different start location in the village than Croston Sports club to avoid congestion in the club car park with the standard rides.

Tier Two – Modified standard club rides

Where riders consider themselves lower risk and are happy to have a slightly wider social contact then a format closer to standard will apply which is detailed below

Upon arrival groups must be divided into equal numbers with maximum group size of 6. As a club it is important to know who is on each ride should we be contacted by tracers to confirm. Please can you ensure you pre-register by clicking ‘I’m In/join event’ on the relevant ride on the Strava club (this can be accessed on both the web and mobile version on Strava). If you are not a member of the Strava club you can join by clicking on the following link https://www.strava.com/clubs/Crostonvelo . We ask that you register for the ride no later than 6pm on the evening of the weekday rides or the evening before for the Sunday morning rides.

  1. Weekday Rides (Tuesday & Thursday)

Rides will continue to start from Croston Sports Club car park but will have a staggered start time to ensure the car park doesn’t get congested.

  • C Group – 18:30
  • B group – 18:40
  • B+ group – 18:50
  • A Group – 19:00 (Thursday only – Please note on Tuesday’s A group riders join B+)

* More detail on the ride speeds can be found on our website, please ensure you select an appropriate group http://www.crostonvelo.co.uk/club-rides/.

To prevent congestion we ask that rides start promptly, please try and avoid arriving more than 10 minutes before your ride time to ensure the other ride has left the car park.

A route from the route directory will be published the evening before. Please ensure you have all routes downloaded to your GPS device where possible as this makes it easier for the group of navigate http://www.crostonvelo.co.uk/ride-directory/.

  • Sunday Rides (8:00 and 9:30)
  • 8:00 – The faster of our two Sunday rides. This will be B/B+ pace and a route will be published the evening before so riders are aware of ride distances/elevation. Upon arrival at the car park if more than 6 are in attendance please ensure groups are divided into equal numbers of approximately the same ability.
  • 9:30 – The steadier of our two club rides with a mix of B and C group riders. The route will be decided upon arrival dependant on the ability of riders presents and weather conditions. Upon arrival at the car park if more than 6 are in attendance please ensure groups are divided into equal numbers of approximately the same ability.

We look forward to making the most of the remainder of 2020. As before people will have many different opinions on what is the best way to approach this, we simply ask that you respect the above guidelines that are designed to balance ‘getting back to a new-normal’ with the safety of our members. Clearly if you do not feel it safe to re-join the club rides yet this is your own choice and Croston Velo is not responsible should anyone contract COVID-19 during any of its rides.

Croston Velo 2020 Season

The 2020 season to date has been fairly quiet so far as the UK continues to take measures to combat the COVID-19 Pandemic. It has been great to see so many of you getting out and about solo or clocking up the miles on Zwift hoping for brighter times when we can all ride out together again (and hopefully enjoy a beer in the sunshine on the sports club patio!).

At present the guidance in the UK is groups of up to 6 can meet outdoors to exercise as long as social distancing of 2 metres or more is maintained. Specific cycling guidance from British cycling suggests that in a group of this size it may not be practical to maintain social distance without causing signifciant disruption to other road users and suggests smaller groups would be sensible, the full guidance from British Cycling can be observed at the link below and we recommend all members follow this guidance. 

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/about/article/20200512-about-bc-news-British-Cycling-Updated-Coronavirus-Guidance-0

There is light at the end of the tunnel though and at present British Cycling suggest that we may be able to recommence club riding in some format from the 4th July (pending further confirmation/guidance). With that in mind we want to be prepared and have published the routes for the Tuesday/Thursday evening club rides. Many thanks to Tim Bryning for taking the time to compile these. As always we suggest where possible you download all the routes to your GPS device, this will ensure that you only have to do it once during the year and the more people that have the routes on the device the safer and more convenient it makes navigating the group. The full route directory is available below at

Ride Directory