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VCGH club 10 #5

posted 12 Aug 2017, 03:33 by Lara Taylor

Congratulations to Jez Ponting for winning our club TT again this morning in 22:38, knocking 12 seconds off his course best (and our club's record) in the process. And also to Matt Hill who stormed into 2nd place on his road bike in 25:02. Our 2 juniors both did a fantastic job on their first ever TT, with Luke van Oudtshoom achieving 26:15, and Percy Walker Smith 27:08.

It was a good turnout of 22 riders on a mild dull morning, over a slightly damp course. Only 3 ladies this time, sadly, with fastest lady being Wyndy Milla's Debbie Morgan in 29:05.

Thanks very much to all our dedicated volunteers who made the TT possible:

Push-offer (and HQ teas): Matt Hurst
Marshals: Mark Beeston, Nick Davison, Helen Blakeley, Chris Eaton, Luke Edwards
Finish timekeeper: Brian Waters
Results: Marco Burgin

Next month runs on 16th September, and will be our final club 10 of the season, with only the hillclimb after that (in mid-October).

Full results (use the tabs at the bottom to select the date).

I've accumulated various sundry items left behind at the HQ this season, so please email road@vcgh.co.uk if any of the following belong to you:

White bontrager water bottle
1 tupperware-style clip-lid clear box, plus an orphan lid of the same style
High 5 water bottle
Black Specialized glove
Bikehut pedal spanner

VCGH Youth Mentors

posted 27 Jul 2017, 21:41 by Mark Burgin   [ updated 27 Jul 2017, 21:41 ]

VCGH Youth is for young adults aged between 12 and 17.  It offers young people a chance to experience all that the club has to offer in a safe and hopefully friendly environment.

VCGH Youth members have a VCGH Youth Membership card which has a photo ID and their emergency contact details on it, if a young person turns up for a ride and when asked by the ride leader they don't have a card, then the ride leader needs to let me know.

VCGH Youth members of 12 and 13 years old can only ride with the club if they are accompanied by their parent or guardian.  VCGH Youth members from 14 to 18 will be assessed by myself in my capacity as the Youth Officer (or a deputy) for maturity, bike safety and road skills prior to joining the VCGH Youth programme.  If successful they will become a Youth Member and will have a Club Mentor appointed.

A club mentor is there to help, guide and provide the level of support that the individual needs to become safer, more skilled, more confident youth member and to help the individual see how they can fit into and benefit from being a VCGH Youth member.  

As Club Members you are our eyes and ears in helping the Club to provide a safe and friendly environment.  Welfare concerns should be reported to the Club Welfare Officer (Lara) and safety, skills and confidence issues should be reported first to their mentor and he / she will discuss and report back to the Youth Officer (me).

Currently we have four mentor volunteers, if this is something you are interested in please let me know, the role is as big or little as you want to make it, you may choose to mentor only one person and control the amount of mentoring to suite your lifestyle or you may choose to do more, it’s up to you.


VCGH Chairman & Youth Officer

P.S. Note on DBS check
British Cycling are quite clear about when they require individuals to be DBS checked. They say it’s definitely not necessary within the context of youths joining club rides unless contact with youths exceeds once per week or four times in any month. I am happy to go ahead with normal people as mentors and just keep an eye on anyone who might be exceeding that base level of contact, at which point we can ask whether they’re happy to have a DBS check. I guess we should probably be up-front by saying that mentors won’t be required to have a DBS check unless their contact exceeds a certain amount, after which we can make an application through BC who will foot the bill. That way, if anyone’s uncomfortable about having a DBS check they can opt out from the start.

VCGH club 10 number 4

posted 15 Jul 2017, 09:16 by Lara Taylor

Great to see such a good turnout this morning for our 4th monthly club 10 TT this year (I like to think it's not just because it's Strava segment of the month!), and especially to see a record 8 women riding the event.

Conditions were dry and temperate, with a light wind on the southward leg.

First home was Jon Hughes in 23:12, followed by loggerheaders David Walters and Chris Mott - just 10 seconds between them in 24:43 and 24:53 respectively (that's a difference of just 0.2mph).

Great job to all the first-timers, PBers and those who've become instantly addicted (it happens!), and especially to the following volunteers who make the event possible:

Push-offer: Matt Hurst
Start timekeeper: Adrian Waddy
Marshals: James Evans, Chris Parker, Sara Horner, Ali Siddall, Chris Eaton
Signage & finish timekeeper: Brian Waters
Results: Marco Burgin
Keeper of The Ultimate Flapjack Recipe: Sara Horner
Teas and HQ clear-up: Sara Horner, Ali Siddall, Matt Hurst

Full results are here.
Next event is Saturday 12th August. See you there!

VCGH Strava Competition

posted 9 Jul 2017, 14:31 by Chris Parker

Its July already and as tradition dictates the July segment will be the VCGH 10TT course - The normal ban on TT bikes is lifted for this month only :-)

The course is G10/45 and as a special bonus anyone that rides on July 15th, the next VCGH time trial,  will gain a 10-second bonus (Yes -10 seconds from your Strava segment time)  You'll also get CAKE and TEA when you finish, which is a pretty darn good deal.  The GC has been updated with Junes results so go check out how much time you need to beat your nearest rivals.

Enjoy and ride hard.

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.

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