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Returning to Limited Club Riding

posted 14 Jul 2020, 09:36 by vcgh captain   [ updated 14 Jul 2020, 09:40 ]

The VCGH Exec Team has made the decision that from Saturday 18 July, club riding in a limited format can resume. However, as you are no doubt aware, we have had to put careful measures in place to mitigate risk as much as possible. This includes strict group sizing, compulsory sign-up, as well as various hygiene measures.

Every rider must read and agree to abide by these important rules. When you sign up for a ride, you will be asked to tick a box to agree this.

Please don't put the ride leaders in a difficult position by turning up to a ride without signing up, or if there is already the maximum number of riders present, or by disregarding the rules. Please respect that the rules are in place for the benefit of the ride leaders and the riders.

The Merry Harriers ride is outside of the scope of the new club riding rules. If you want to continue riding MH, it is by your own personal arrangement and at your own personal risk.

Strava Challenge Suspended

posted 18 Jun 2020, 04:14 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 18 Jun 2020, 04:14 ]

Unfortunately, as from Thursday 18 June 2020, we have had to suspend the Strava Challenge. This is due to emerging information that British Cycling insurance - both for clubs and for individuals - is voided by promotion or participation in such an event. This includes individuals holding BC race-level insurance, which is only valid for BC-authorised events.

The VCGH team are currently looking into whether alternative ways of insuring the challenge can be found, to enable us to reinstate the challenge.

In the meantime, the Club cannot support any Strava Challenge attempts by club members.

Anyone with a Hotmail address?

posted 3 Jun 2020, 03:01 by vcgh captain   [ updated 3 Jun 2020, 03:01 ]

It looks like people with a Hotmail address are not receiving the weekly newsletter, due to spam settings. If you'd like to receive it, please follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings>Email>Junk Email - Safe senders and domains and add captain@vcgh.co.uk

You will still have the option to unsubscribe from the newsletter if you don't want to continue receiving it.


VCGH Bottles Anyone?

posted 2 Jun 2020, 02:51 by vcgh captain   [ updated 2 Jun 2020, 02:52 ]

Adrian Cockle has suggested the idea of VCGH water bottles and has drawn up a possible design as well as this quick poll to find out whether there would be enough interest to meet minimum order quantities. Please take 30 seconds to fill it in if you're interested (this is the same poll that appeared in the newsletter last Friday, so you don't have to fill it out again if you've already done so).

Depending on quantities, prices would be between £7.50 and £11 each for a Specialized Purist 22oz bottle.

(Only the orange & white stripes would be printed).

AGM Results

posted 5 May 2020, 05:35 by vcgh captain

Please find below the results of our AGM Voting Form. Thanks again to all those of you who responded. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact someone in the Exec Team.

  Exec Team execteam@vcgh.co.uk   
 Brian Waters      Chairman  chairman@vcgh.co.uk
 Mark Wright      Treasurer      treasurer@vcgh.co.uk
 Lara Taylor  Captain      captain@vcgh.co.uk
 Pete Ross      Assistant Treasurer      finance@vcgh.co.uk
 Frank Eisenhower  Data Management  data@vcgh.co.uk

AGM Online Voting Form

posted 26 Apr 2020, 14:15 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 26 Apr 2020, 14:15 ]

Dear VCGH Members, 

Please use this form to register your votes for the AGM. The form will stay live until midnight on 30 April. Results will be published soon after the end of April.

Please let Lara know if you have any questions or concerns about the process.

Online AGM

posted 6 Apr 2020, 06:19 by vcgh captain   [ updated 16 Apr 2020, 14:16 ]


Dear VCGH Members,

This is the 21 days' notification required in the Club Rules  of our intention to hold an online vote for the official AGM business this year, given the impossibility of meeting in person due to Coronavirus restrictions. The AGM vote will mainly relate to resignations and appointments of club officers, as well as a view on our financial activity of the past year, but there will also be a small number of other decisions to vote on.

All documents relating to the AGM vote are linked to the Agenda above. Please read through the documentation and let us know if there is any additional business you would like to propose. The vote itself will be an online form, and will be open on Monday 27-Thursday 30 April, after which we will close the form and publish the outcomes.

If anyone has any questions about this process, or would like to discuss club business with any of our Exec Team in advance of the vote, please don't hesitate to get in touch with Lara (Captain), Mark (treasurer), or the whole Exec Team.

British Cycling South East Interclub Competition on Zwift

posted 2 Apr 2020, 08:48 by vcgh captain

Introducing:  BC South East Interclub Competition on Zwift

Dear Club Secretary,


We’d be very grateful if you could share this announcement with your club members please…


For all of you on Zwift, the national delivery team at British Cycling (BC) has set up a number races/rides/meet ups and workouts. They have also added a filter so that you can easily see the BC events coming up


The South East Regional staff team is taking this one step further and running an interclub competition much like our colleagues in South Region. This is good honest fun, and we hope it will keep some competitive fire going until we can race outdoors again.

  • In order to compile an accurate set of results and standings we’re encouraging you to register for a free account on Zwift Power to get your results/points. 
  • You can be a member of multiple teams and the primary one to join is of course your own club but also request you join BC South East setup by BCSE Regional Events Officer, Phil Webber. 
  • Using a combination of Zwift Power and surname formatting in Zwift itself, Phil/BC can filter the riders and clubs to create BC South East points/rankings.


The suggested format for your profile is as follows:





Finally, if anybody would like to volunteer as a local Zwift champion within their club or community, please contact Philwebber@britishcycling.org.uk

Sent by Maryka Sennema, British Cycling South East Region Secretary

Copyright © 2020 British Cycling South East, All rights reserved.

COVID-19 Updated Advice

posted 18 Mar 2020, 03:44 by vcgh captain   [ updated 18 Mar 2020, 03:44 ]

Due to the updated government directive this week to limit unnecessary social contact, and following subsequent advice from British Cycling and the CTT, Velo Club Godalming Haslemere is suspending all club rides and organised events with immediate effect.

This applies to all club rides organised through our website calendar and Facebook Group, as well as any other group events (pub socials, committee meetings and AGM, Club time trials (April and May events cancelled), Jets training sessions, day trips, spin sessions etc.) between now and the end of April.

The VCGH Exec Team will continue to review the situation and will update the members if any new information affects this plan. Meanwhile we will also aim to publish a series of Zwift group rides for anybody who has access to Zwift and would like to ride with other club members. We will also look at the possibility of an online vote for the AGM official business (appointing of officers etc.) More details to follow.

There is no current UK ban on cycling, and in fact the Government recommends taking exercise, so members are encouraged to get out on their bikes if they can, while respecting the Government’s advice.

Stay healthy everyone, and keep in touch.



posted 4 Mar 2020, 06:44 by vcgh captain   [ updated 10 Mar 2020, 09:11 ]

The Annual General Meeting of VCGH will be held at an accessible venue (to be confirmed shortly) on Monday 20 April (18:30-23:00) and followed by a club dinner, probably buffet style as per last year. All members are invited and encouraged to attend. An agenda and financial report will be posted on the website in good time so that you have a chance to look through beforehand.

You can sign up your intention to attend on the calendar posting, but there will be a separate form for the dinner/AGM as soon as the venue has been confirmed.

Any questions to execteam@vcgh.co.uk

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