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There will be no youth coaching sessions tomorrow due to the icy weather conditions.
We contacted the circuit early this evening to ask what the state of the surface was. We were informed that both the circuit and the football pitches were closed due to ice, and with below freezing temperatures forecast again overnight this will remain the same or be worse by morning.
Our Track sessions on the Velodrome are due to return this Sunday but please check on our facebook/Twitter newsfeed (which you can see on the right of our our home page) in case of cancellation if the weather is still icy.
As of 1st January, all memberships are due for renewal. Membership prices remain the same:
£5 for youth members (Under 18)
£10 for senior members (18 an over)
£25 for family membership (up to 2 adults and their children aged under 18, living at the same address)
You can join online and pay by cash, cheque or by card via Paypal. Just click on the "Join Us" tab in the left hand menu. You can also download and print a paper form and pay by cash or cheque.
Under the terms of the Club's constitution, any memberships not renewed by 31st January will be considered to be lapsed.
All members are invited to our AGM and Quarterly Meeting at the Elm Tree Social Club, Bishopton Lane, Stockton TS19 0QJ at 7.30pm on Monday 12th December 2016.
AGM we will elect the officers who will take the club forward in 2017. This year has seen our Secretary and Social Secretary leave Teesside because of work commitments, and our Racing Secretary has left the club to pursue other interests. There are these vacancies to fill and there is a description of the resopnsibilities below.
The Secretary is the club administrator. Responsibilities include: dealing with club correspondence, actioning it or forwarding it for action to the most appropriate person; preparing the agenda for meetings and recording the minutes of the meetings. It has become the norm to issue minutes and meeting notices by email, and it would be beneficial to be confident using a computer. Michelle and Colin have both filled this position before and will give you all the help they can.
The Social Secretary organises social events for the club. This is a role for someone with imagination and good social skills, who can put on events that bring members together. The main activity is to organise the annual Prize Presentation in January. There is a comprehensive guide for what to do.
There is also a vacancy for a Racing Secretary. The Racing Secretary has traditionally organised road races and time trials on behalf of the club, but with ever increasing traffic
and policing issues road races have not been organised for a number of years. This role is suited to someone who is, or has been, a competitive cyclist. It would also suit someone who rides with our members and can organise competitive events that they want to take part in. A working knowledge of Cycling Time Trials rules and regulations and those of British Cycling is an advantage but guidance will be provided from the delegates to these organisations. The time trials for 2017 have been aproved and organisers are in place.
We have a Committee of up to 9 ordinary members which is elected each year. The Committee helps the officers run the club and it is an ideal starter position for someone to help while learning more about the club.
If you would like to help running the club next year please come along to the meeting on Monday.
With Winter well on it's way, ice and snow can impact on our coaching sessions and Club runs. If there is any doubt as to whether sessions will be affected, please check our facebook page (you don't need to have a facebook account to view it here https://www.facebook.com/Stockton-Wheelers-Cycling-Club-141473795888046/ )
You can also check our Twitter feed @StonWheelers or look at the right hand side of the website home page, where the news feed is displayed. We will give as much notice as possible, but please note that for our Saturday morning youth coaching sessions we may be unable to give a decision until we have got to the circuit and inspected it. We will try to confirm before 9.30am.
Also please remember that riders need to be dressed properly for the conditions with a number of layers available that can be adjusted as needed. We have a duty of care to our members, and any children coming to our coaching sessions without appropriate clothing (arms and legs covered and gloves available) will not be permitted to take part in the session. Frozen fingers and joints can affect bike handling and the ability to change gear and brake, putting the rider and others at risk.
This Saturday's Youth Coaching sessions will be a little bit different.
Join us for our Half Term Halloween Go-Ride fun sessions in conjunction with British Cycling North East Go-Ride coach, Jack Rees. Held at the normal session times (9.45-10.45am for beginners and 10.45-11.45am for the racing skills group) and normal session prices.
All riders will get the chance to tackle the Spooky Skills course through "Gringotts Bank vaults", and take part in relays in their Hogwarts House Teams. Small prizes for every rider who dresses up either themselves or their bike, or both (but PLEASE make sure there is nothing that could become entangled in the moving parts of the bike)
Come along and join the fun. There will be Halloween cakes available in the tuck shop too!
(Anyone attending for the first time please come for the 9.45am session.)
Unfortunately there will be no Club track session at the velodrome this Sunday, 9th October as there are no coaches available. Sessions will resume the following week (16th October)
The CTT has provided funding for another CATI event at Croft autodrome on Wednesday10th August. Signing on from 5.30pm, first rider off at 6.15pm. Entry at www.ctt.org.uk or on the line- £5 over 18s, £4 under 18s. Under 12s can enter.The course is 5 laps of the Croft circuit- 10 miles in all. Come and try time trialling in a traffic free environment. All welcome- and non club members can take part.
On Sunday 10th July Stockton Wheelers hosts the CTT National 100 mile time trial. 160 solo cyclists preceded by 6 tricyclists will brave the north east summer weather to ride from Kirklevington to Dishforth and back TWICE to complete 100 miles in less than four hours. These elite endurance athletes pit themselves against the clock to ride the fastest time they can. We are grateful to GoSport at Conyers School for letting us use their hall, canteen and changing facilities and to all our members and those from other clubs who give their time so that we can celebrate our centenary in style with the top time trialling event in the country.
Stockton Wheelers will be supporting a charity ride on Sunday 3rd July. Win Campbell of Derek Campbell's Tyre and Exhaust Garage on Preston Farm Industrial Estate hosts their annual charity bike ride in aid of the MS Therapy Centre in South Bank. Riders leave at 10.30am and will complete the Aislaby circuit to return to the garage for tea and cakes.
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