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Incident Management Workshop

posted 20 Jun 2017, 12:42 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 20 Jun 2017, 12:42 ]

On Saturday 1st July, 15:30-17:30, VCGH doctor Dave Triska is running an incident management workshop at his surgery in Witley, designed to give guidance on: 

How to: 
        1. Preserve life 
        2. Prevent further injury 

By learning to deal with: 
        1. Abrasions 
        2. Breaks 
        3. Spinal injuries 
        4. Unconscious casualties 
        5. Basic life support 
        6. Scene management 

While this course doesn’t substitute for a SJA or Red Cross first aid course, and will not result in any kind of certificate, it will give very useful guidance on how best to handle a medical emergency while out on a ride. The format will be part presentations from Dave and part practical workshops, followed by a beer at the local pub for anyone that wants to. 

30 people max. 

Witley Surgery
Wheeler Lane
GU8 5QR 

- Email Dave with any questions

VCGH Club 10 TT number 3

posted 17 Jun 2017, 03:39 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 17 Jun 2017, 08:31 ]

Perfect conditions for our TT this morning with dry roads, sunshine and no wind. Only 18 riders on the start list, but some great course PBs from most. Fantastic work from Jez Ponting who set a new club course record of 22:50. Kudos to all those setting new PBs, especially Chris Mott who seems to set a new PB every time he's out on the bike, to first lady Ali Walters who, with 30:25 is coming tantalisingly close to breaking that magic 30 minute barrier, to Rob Wheeler for being coerced into riding the event after months of dedicated marshalling, and to all those who gave the TT a try for the first time.

Thanks to all the fabulous volunteers for making this month's event run like clockwork:

- Pushing-off: Matt Hurst
- Marshals: James Evans, Ali Siddall, Helen Blakeley, Sara Horner, Paul Hatcher
- Finish timekeeper: Dave Triska
- Results: Marco Burgin
- Maker of amazing flapjacks: Sara Horner
- Tea, cakes & clearup: Sara Horner & Ali Siddall

Full results here (use the tabs at the bottom to change the month).

Our next event is July 15th, so please put it in the diary. 


posted 14 Jun 2017, 02:47 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 14 Jun 2017, 02:47 ]

Our summer event is now booked for Saturday 8th July in the fields behind Marco's house on Eashing Lane. Book your tickets now (£10 for adults which will be used to cover costs and subsidise food). Please sign up using the booking form and then use the PayPal Buy Now link to purchase your tickets. It'd be great to see loads of you there. Partners and families are welcome.

Go to the VCGHfest page to book.

VCGH Club 10 TT number 2

posted 15 May 2017, 07:05 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 15 May 2017, 07:07 ]

Wet roads on Saturday, and slightly chilly temperatures made for less ideal conditions for the second edition of our sporting 10 TT on the G10/45, but nevertheless 18 riders turned up to give it a go, with some excellent times to show for it. Jez Ponting was first rider home, in 23:09 - only 5 seconds off his season's best on the course last year. Jon Hughes followed close behind with a 23:14, and then Chris Mott trying his aero bike out for the first time in wet conditions with a very respectable 24:58. First lady home was Kate Cheeseman in 32:46, followed by Pip Beard (her first TT) in 33:05. Sympathy to David Walters who punctured about halfway around.

Big thanks as always to our fantastic team of volunteers who make the event work. This month they were:

Push-offer: Matt Hurst
Marshals: Adrian Waddy, Ali Siddall, Nick Davidson, Sara Horner, James Evans, Luke Edwards
Finish timekeeper: Brian Waters
Results: Marco Burgin
Refreshments: Sara Horner (lovely flapjacks thank you!), Ali Siddall, Matt Hurst

Thanks also to Moira at Loxwood Sports.

Full results are here. Please put next month's event: 17th June in the diary.

VCGH Jets Update

posted 18 Apr 2017, 12:20 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 18 Apr 2017, 12:21 ]

Thanks to all who have enquired about the VCGH Jets - VCGH's Go-Ride section for younger children (6-12) to learn cycling skills in a safe, off-road environment.

I am pleased to announce that we now have 3 qualified British Cycling coaches in the club, congratulation to Marco Burgin and Nathan Hoy for passing their BC L1. Secondly, we have a venue for the training in the form of Milford Infants School, which has a large tarmac playground, and a playing field giving us maximum flexibility in the sessions we can run.

Unfortunately, we have had some delays in getting our DBS certificates - these are the criminal records checks needed before we can legally coach under-18s. With this in mind, we are going to have to push back our start date for coaching from the original date of 23rd April. I am tentatively considering the 14th May, however it is completely dependent on the DBS certificates.

As soon as we have a confirmed start date we will open up membership to the children of VCGH members before opening up to the general public. All children will be required to be junior members of British Cycling for insurance purposes. This is FREE for the first year, and at a low cost thereafter.

Thanks again for your patience. I and the committee are determined to make this a success.

Nick Strugnell

2017 Club 10 TT Number 1

posted 15 Apr 2017, 07:51 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 15 Apr 2017, 07:52 ]

A fantastic turn out this morning for our first TT of the season with 26 riders in total. Dry roads but cool temperatures and a light wind made for decent conditions for this time of year, although the PBs tend to come in warmer weather.

Jez Ponting claimed first position with an outstanding 23:32 - averaging 25.5mph which is an amazing speed on roads that become tangibly bumpier and holier with each passing winter. 2nd was Chris Mott breaking into the 24s with his new stealthy TT machine. And 3rd Mark Pritchard only 6 seconds off his PB with a 25:07. First woman home in 33:21 was Kate Cheeseman finally back on the road after months of post-injury shenanigans, closely followed by first-timer Emma Poston in 33:54.

Thanks to everyone who showed up to ride, especially for sacrificing their Easter Saturday lie-ins. And double thanks to all those who helped out with marshalling at this event. It takes quite a little team to make the TT tick and it's been great to have so many willing helpers.

This event's team were:

Push-offer: Matt Hurst
Marshals: James Evans, Ali Siddall, Nick Davison, Lara O'Keeffe, Sara Horner, Paul Hatcher
Finish Timekeeper: Brian Waters
Results: Marco Burgin
Tea & cakes: Sara Horner (maker of supreme flapjacks) and Ali Siddall

Thanks all!

Full results are here. Please put 13th May in your diaries for Event 2.

VCGH AGM Outcomes

posted 15 Mar 2017, 04:27 by Mark Burgin   [ updated 16 Mar 2017, 03:45 by Lara Taylor ]

The AGM was held at the back end of February at the Dog & Pheasant in Brook.  There were twenty seven members attending and as always there were chunks of formal business we had to go through to be compliant with the Club's governance requirements.

That having been achieved we got onto the stuff that you are probably more interested in, the ways in which the Club is planning to adapt and change this year.

  • The Club's going to start a British Cycling compliant Go-Ride initiative planned for term time Sunday afternoons for 6 - 11 year olds.
  • There will be a youth initiative aiming to get supervised 12-17 year olds out on Club Rides.
  • There will be a recommendation to have a full rear mudguard fitted in the winter between the clocks going backwards in the autumn and going forwards in the spring. 

Chris Parker plans another great year of VCGH training  and racing as does Lara with the now familiar VCGH  TT series with an additional hill climb planned for the back end of the year...... More about all this in the forthcoming newsletter.

You can view a full set of minutes from the AGM here.

Have a great year!


Mark Burgin
Chairman & Youth Officer

Marco Burgin +44 (0)7775 712718

March Strava Comp

posted 5 Mar 2017, 06:31 by Chris Parker

If you fancy knocking holes in each other for the rest of the year, then ride this months segment and get yourself on the GC.  The results are up for Feb (* Strava decided to crash on the night of results collection so check if you have a time and let me know if there are any issues pls...) March's segment is also up and ready for you to ride.  http://www.vcgh.co.uk/strava/march

Have fun and BE SAFE folks.

Ride London Club Challenge

posted 22 Feb 2017, 01:59 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 22 Feb 2017, 02:00 ]

As in previous years, there might be an opportunity to enter Ride London this year as part of a VCGH team. This is particularly good for any of you who've had multiple rejections from the Ride London ballot.

There's more about the club challenge on the BC website

Mark Pearce has kindly offered to collate our team applications again, so at this stage all you have to do is email Lara to register your interest by the end of February. We already have a list of those of you who have expressed your interest through Facebook.

Successful applicants will be informed in March (we may get zero teams accepted, or several, or anything in between), at which point you'll need to fill in your entry and pay for your place. 

You must be able to commit to the event, as the entry is otherwise compromised.
Team categories are all men, all women or mixed (two men and two women).
Each rider within the team must pay their own entry fee (£69) and complete their own online entry form.

Unlike in previous years, clubs who had a team riding in the previous event will NOT be guaranteed a team in this year’s event, however the more paid-up British Cycling members your club has, the higher your chances of a team or teams gaining entry into the event.

 Applications will open in late February.

If you have any enquires please email clubs@ridelondon.co.uk

Please note:

  • A team comprises four riders
  • Every rider in a team must be a current British Cycling member
  • Teams can comprise four men or four women or a mixed team of two men and two women
  • Riders who hold an Elite or Category 1 British Cycling Race Licence are not eligible to enter the Club Challenge
  • Riders who have already secured an  individual place through the original entry ballot or a charity place are not eligible to enter the Club Challenge

2017 Strava Segment of the Month

posted 12 Feb 2017, 11:59 by Chris Parker   [ updated 14 Feb 2017, 16:21 ]

Those of you that frequent Facebook you will have seen the first segment of the month for 2017.  Go visit the Strava pages on VCGH to see what we have served up for the first challenge of 2017.  Feb Segment of the month  Good luck.

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