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posted 8 Aug 2018, 07:50 by Lara Taylor

Guys, can I encourage people to make more use of the sign-up sheet for rides please? It's quite difficult for those who put time and effort into planning rides to find that there's no correlation between sign-ups and show-ups. And when there are no sign-ups at all (as has happened for the Merry Harriers ride tonight), there's a danger the ride will be cancelled altogether, even though the likelihood is that plenty of people are intending to ride.

Remember there's an option to change your mind later, but signing up in the first place is *always* helpful. Thanks!

VCGH Fest 2019

posted 30 Jul 2018, 23:45 by Mark Burgin

VCGH Fest 2019 will be on Sat 6th July 2019 with a repeat of the best bits from 2017 & 18, bands and catering best bits that is.  We have picked a date as close to the end of term as we dare so hopefully you can fit this great get together in before you go on your hols.  Let's get it in the diary now! 

It's is a relaxed festival-style evening event held in the fields behind Marco's house on Eashing Lane. There is music, festival food again this year probably provided by the mouth-watering
 Sear Street Kitchen as well as a bit of ice-cream for pud! There will be fire-pits and bales to sit on, and some wacky grass track cycle racing for kids as well as adults. This is an event for all the family so please invite other halves, kids, and friends too!

Bring your own drinks (we will provide cooling buckets to keep it cold!)

July Club TT

posted 14 Jul 2018, 06:27 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 14 Jul 2018, 06:28 ]

There were 24 riders for the TT this morning, with dry roads and sunny conditions once again. First rider home in the TT bike category was Jez Ponting with 22:45 - only 7 seconds off the course PB he set last year. 2nd rider was David Walters with a resounding PB of 23:38. First TT woman was Lara T in 27:09.

In the road bike category, Matt Hill stormed home first in 25:07, followed by Carl Wichman with a PB of 25:17, and Mark Pritchard with a road bike PB of  26:06. First woman back on a road bike was Laura Senior in only her second ever TT, having knocked over 1:30 off her June time. Someone to watch!

Congratulations to all those who rode today, and especially to the many who achieved PBs and those who attempted the course for the first time. Special thanks to my team of volunteers who made the event run like clockwork once again. This month these were:

Start timekeeper: Ali Siddall
Push-offer: Matt Hurst
Marshals: Chris Eaton, Frank Edge, Nick Davison, Kate Cheeseman, Andrew Hall, Peter Davies
Finish timekeeper: Dave Triska
Results: Marco Burgin
HQ teas and cakes: Judy Goodall

And thanks to Adrian & team at Loxwood Sports.

Full results are here.

Next event is 18th August. Hope to see you there!




Reminders for VCGHfest

posted 13 Jul 2018, 04:30 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 13 Jul 2018, 04:31 ]

All those going to VCGHfest - a couple of reminders

1. Bring your own drinks (and cups/glasses if you need). There will be ice buckets provided
2. Camping is available in the field overnight
3. Dress casual
4. Kick-off is 18:00, with kids' activities starting at 18:30

Questions to captain@vcgh.co.uk

It's VCGHfest time!

posted 4 Jul 2018, 09:49 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 4 Jul 2018, 09:55 ]

Saturday 14th July from 18:00: It's time for our big summer event! This is a relaxed festival-style evening event held in the fields behind Marco's house on Eashing Lane. There is music, festival food this year provided by the mouth-watering Sear Street Kitchen as well as a bit of ice-cream for pud! There will be fire-pits and bales to sit on, and some wacky grass track cycle racing for kids as well as adults. This is an event for all the family so please invite other halves, kids, and friends too!

Bring your own drinks (we will provide cooling buckets to keep it cold!)

At only £10 per ticket (under 16s go free) this is not to be missed!

Please sign up here ASAP and pay in advance using the PayPal button below so that we can give our caterers a good idea of numbers.


You can see the event flyer here.



June Club TT

posted 25 Jun 2018, 12:50 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 26 Jun 2018, 05:27 ]

Conditions were absolutely ideal for the June edition of our Club 10 sporting course TT on the G10/45 on Saturday morning; warm sunshine, dry roads and not much breeze to complain about. The roads, as usual, were appalling, although some of the potholes had been selectively fixed since the May TT.

There was a decent turnout of 20 riders, and it was especially great to see 3 juniors (ranging from 13 to 17 years of age), and 4 women racing.

Maximum kudos to Will Ranoe again, who despite finding time to wave to the camera, detour around me as I took the outside line on the descent out of Plaistow, and having to stop - yes stop! - for a lorry at the top of Skiff Lane, still managed to pull a personal best of 23:04 out of his Morvelo Basso racing hat, winning the Road Bike category by a clear 2:43. Awesome stuff. 2nd rider home was 15-year old Luke van Oudtshoorn in an excellent 25:47.

The TT category was won by David Walters in 24:12 (another PB), followed by Danny Baker from Morvelo Basso in 24:44.

The 4 women were split equally across the TT and road bike categories, with Laura Senior winning the road bike category in 30:07 on her first ever TT, and Lara first women's TT bike home in 27:16.

Special mention must also go to the Team Beeston 2-up for a BLISTERING 27:43.

Thanks as usual to all the volunteers who sacrifice their Saturday morning lie-ins to come and help run the event. This month they were:

Start timekeeper: Brian Waters
Push-offer: Matt Hurst
Marshals: Chris Eaton, Frank Edge, Nick Davison, Ali Siddall, Jim Middleton, Sheena Rogers
Finish timekeeper: Dave Triska
Results: Marco
HQ tea and cake: Judy Goodall

And thanks to both Judy for her delicious baking, and to Ali Walters for sharing her birthday cake with us all!

Full results are here. (Use the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet to change dates)
A great set of event photos taken by Tim Rogers is here.
Next event is 14th July which is the morning of VCGHfest. We hope to see you at both events!

VCGH Rider Survey 2018 Results

posted 25 Jun 2018, 08:58 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 25 Jun 2018, 12:53 ]

Here's the presentation (pdf) of the results of our recent Rider Survey. Some interesting findings and some good feedback so thanks to all of you who filled in the survey. The Exec Team will be discussing specific outcomes in the coming few weeks and the consultation process will continue with the aim of improving what we're doing to appeal better to our club riders.

Thanks to Frank for structuring the survey and collating the results into such an easy-to-read format, and to all the Ride Leaders who helped formulate the questions.

Please feel free to come back to me with any questions you have, and to use the WhatsApp Ride Leaders Group to initiate any wider discussion. More soon.


Thanks Jackie Fieldus: Welcome Andrew Hall!

posted 18 Jun 2018, 10:55 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 18 Jun 2018, 10:56 ]

Thanks to Jackie for 18 months of commitment as our Membership Secretary. Jackie is doing less cycling these days, and with a busy work and life schedule, asked if we could look out for a replacement to take over when possible. Andrew Hall very kindly volunteered to take it on, and we had an official handover on Friday.

Obviously there'll be a period of adjustment while Andrew gets to grips with systems some of which are a little clunky, so bear with him. We hope however, that soon improvements will be made which will streamline the Membership Secretary role and make things like data analysis much easier.

Andrew has been a member of VCGH for 3 years and rides most weekends in the Social-Mod and Social groups, often alongside his son. As such he's an integral part of everyday club riding and has great insight into club ethos and structure, making an excellent first encounter with VCGH. He can be reached on membership@vcgh.co.uk.

VCGH Rider Survey 2018

posted 11 Jun 2018, 05:28 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 11 Jun 2018, 05:28 ]

The link to the rider survey should have arrived in your email inbox late last night. This is a really important opportunity for us to gather feedback about how we're doing, and what needs to be improved in the Club's  core service, so please take the time (it doesn't take more than a few minutes) to give us your opinion and help us develop ideas for the future. It doesn't matter if you're a regular rider or have only been out with us a couple of times - all comments are valuable.

We'll close the survey at the end of this week (Sunday 17th June) and then collate the data and prepare a presentation of the results in the following week. Thanks to all those of you who've already filled out the survey (50 at the time of writing this) - there are some interesting ideas and insights. 

If you haven't received a link to the survey please email captain@vcgh.co.uk and I'll email you the link directly.

The VCGH Big Ride

posted 6 Jun 2018, 01:13 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 12 Jun 2018, 03:15 ]

On Saturday 16th June we're running an event to involve as many VCGHers from as many ride groups as possible. It'll start with a series of club rides in the morning, starting from Thursley recreation ground carpark (next to the cricket green), and end up at 14:00 at the Three Horseshoes in Thursley for a barbecue lunch and beers (£10 per person for food - pay on the day). The rides can take whatever format you like; there are set routes and you can join a hub group going at a specified pace or you can make your own arrangements to ride solo or join a group of friends. The format is very much like the sportive-style Merry Harriers ride we run on Wednesday evenings.

More details about the event can be found here. However, sign-up is now closed and the pub have been given final numbers so please email captain@vcgh.co.uk with any last-minute requests.

Hope to see you there.

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