News . . . by date order, most recent at the top - always have a look at the Forum for Ride Updates (on the day), announcements and other information.
French Tour 2019 - Provisional but probable
Our overseas tours started in 2012 and have become an annual event.
The provisional 2019 plan is for the Loire Valley - taking the overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Caen (Ouistreham) and the train to Tours - staying 4 nights at Villandry, 4 nights near Angers, 2 nights somewhere else and then the train/ferry home by the same route.
A firm plan needs to be in place, with members confirmed, by mid-October 2018 - for expressions of interest or more information contact Rob G
Committee Meeting on 24 January 2018
A few points from the Committee Meeting on 24 January 2018
With immediate effect any events previously designated "ER" will not held under the auspices of HoECC.
Ride Captains- there are still lots of empty dates on the Events list - please do step up and lead a ride. We have about 70 members and run about 200 events per year - if everyone took just 3 events in the year . . . . There are lots of routes in the library and help is at hand from any of the Committee. All the dates to the end of 2018 are now on the website
Wednesday rides : from the start of BST on Sunday 25 March 2018 all Wednesday rides will start at 0930 from the Red Lion Earlswood (with the exception of car assists) There will be a regular Wednesday ride (with "11s" taken at about 1045 and aiming to be at the pub for lunch by 1215/1230) AND a Further & Faster ride every week. The common meeting time will enable riders to select either ride, and also enable any changes or consolidation for possible low turnout/bad weather. UPDATE - the times indicated have been changed - the times in the Events Calaendar are correct (i.e Weds regular at 1000)
Sunday rides - from the same date the Casual rides will be every week, starting at 0930,with the All day rides on alternate Sundays at 0915.
ALL HoECC official events are listed on the website (together with other events that may be of interest to members)
Wednesday ride - Christmas Lunch bookings open
Just click the Wednesday Christmas Lunch link on the main website menu - all the details are there with online payment.
As in the past the Committee has allocated a £5 per member subsidy for the lunch - that's paid-up membership for 2017 (the Saturday ride lunch will attract a subsidy for its lunch in December - only ONE SUBSIDY per 2017 member)
Bookings close at 1700 on Saturday 9 December 2017 - no on the day meals will be available.
Committee Meeting 9 October
At the Committee Meeting on Monday 9 October 2017 the following items were discussed/agreed:
1 Easy Riders rides (ER is an informal sub-set of HoECC members) : Owing to a lack of commitment by the Easy Riders to ensure that all of its participants are registered HoECC members, the HoECC committee has decided to suspend all Easy Rider events with immediate effect.
[The impact of non-members riding with the group potentially annuls the Ride Organiser/Leader insurance cover afforded by HoECC’s affiliations]
2 Affiliation to British Cycling Federation has been renewed for a further year.
3 The HoECC AGM will be at The Red Lion, Knowle on Monday 12 February 2018.
4 The Wednesday ride Christmas Lunch will be at The Navigation, Wootton Wawen on Wednesday 13 December 2017 - booking (which is mandatory) and payment will be open on the website by 1 November 2017 - there will again be a member subsidy of £5.
5 Charity Donations - a proportion of the club’s surplus from the Audax events has been donated to two charities : Coventry & Warwickshire Air Ambulance £500 & Cyclists fighting Cancer £250. [A prudent balance is held in the club’s bank account]
6 With the growth in rider members on Wednesdays we have inevitably reached a point where the speed and distance variations for riders has widened (as well as sometimes overwhelming lunch venues!). As an experiment in November and December 2017 there will be two rides organised on alternate weeks - one leaving at 0930 riding a little faster and going further afield, and one leaving at 1000 with distance and pace as the usual rides. The rides will be listed on the website - and, of course, we will be looking for additional Ride Captains.
A subtle change has been made to the Events Calendar block in the RH column of the website - it now shows past events . . . you can scroll back through the months and see events back to 1 September 2015.
The main detailed Event listings will continue to be just forward dates (events are archived 2 days after they occur)
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