Croston Velo Christmas Party

We are pleased to confirm details for our annual Christmas Party on 18th December, after a year away due to COVID it would be great to make this a special evening and a great way to bring the club together.

We have changed the format this year to a buffet and live entertainment taking into account your thoughts at the AGM.All members plus their guests are welcome.

Tickets are priced at £15 and we have gone high tech this year with online ticketing (to reduce the admin!). Tickets are now available via Eventbrite. Sales will close 11th December to provide the chef with numbers.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/…/croston-velo-christmas…

I look forward to seeing you all there.

** Please note we have also confirmed a date for our annual festive fancy dress ride for Thursday 9th December so please add this to your diaries.

Winter Routes 2021

Winter Routes 2021
 
As summer has well and truly drawn to a close and the last ‘bib short’ days seem to be behind us until spring 2022 we have decided to refresh the Winter routes for the dark months that lie ahead.
 
This provides a number of benefits (1) Routes are designed specifically with winter safety in mind e.g. better road surfaces, reduced traffic (where possible), turn left where you can (2) Also reducing the number of routes increases familiarity helping to ensure people know where they are going and know where the inevitable potholes are!
Many thanks to Tim Bryning for the time he has spent thinking about, designing and re-designing these routes!
 
These routes will be used on the Tuesday and Thursday evening rides so please download them to your GPS device if you intend to ride these. Given the groups are smaller we do not feel the need to pre-publish the route each week and the members present can pick what ride suits them best on the night.
 
These routes are in use from 9th November 2021 until a change is confirmed in Spring 2022. Please note all routes are anti-clockwise.
 
** all the routes are now available on http://www.crostonvelo.co.uk/ride-directory/ please note they are towards the bottom of the page as we have left the summer routes on in case people still wish to use them for the daytime rides.

Winter Safety Information

Croston Velo Winter Safety Briefing. November 2021

My attention was recently drawn to the efforts trade teams are making to improve the safety of their riders whilst out on training rides. For instance they are producing high-visibility training kits and the use of daytime running lights. For example the Trek riders are mandated to train in high-vis kit and ride with lights at all times.

Here are some points to take from the pro ranks.

  • Using daytime running lights, even when the sun is shining, can reduce the likelihood of an accident by 19%.
  • Wearing some high-vis clothing helps you stand out from your surroundings.
  • Drivers have a better chance of seeing you.
  • The moving parts of your body – feet, ankles, legs – draw drivers’ attention.
  • Wear bibs, tights, socks, shoes or covers incorporating fluorescent and reflective materials on these parts.
  • At night wear kit that incorporates reflective material which will reflect light from street lamps or car headlights.

Mud guards are essential when group riding in winter and whilst they will keep the worst of the spray off you many of the products out there don’t stop the spray flicking onto riders behind. Raw mudflap extensions provide a cheap and effective way to stop the splash on those riding behind. Reflective versions of course also help you to be seen by drivers.

www.rawmudflap.uk

A reminder that Croston Velo strongly recommends third party liability insurance as a minimum to protect yourself if you are involved in an accident with other road users that is deemed your fault. 3rd party liability insurance is available relatively cheaply (compared to the rest of cycling!) through British Cycling membership, an optional extra on many home insurance policies or a number of other cycling insurance providers.

Please find links below to our other guidance with respect to riding in a group

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

Winter Riding Etiquette http://www.crostonvelo.co.uk/winter-riding-etiquette/

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.