UPDATED 17th April 2021
British Cycling membershipIf any member would like to join British Cycling, I have a discount coupon/code to get you 50% off the first year's membership. In order to qualify for the discount, you must be a member of MCC and must not have been a member of British Cycling previously. Being a member of British Cycling gives you 3rd party insurance to cover you for injuries caused to another person, or damage to their property. Cover also provides assistance from a solicitor to recover your losses if you are involved in accident that isn't your fault. Membership also gives discounts at selected cycling retailers. Contact Dave for for code.
Feedback about a road section.
I received the feedback request below from Hilda. This is a road many of us have used at the start of a ride to and round Cheshire. Some will have parked in the layby just after the roundabout if they decided not to cycle from home. If you would like to email or phone about this issue, please use the contact details for Danny provided below.
We’ve been asked by the Parish Council’s in Mottram St Andrew and Prestbury for feedback about cycling along the B5358 from the roundabout (pictured below) near the Unicorn Pub in Wilmslow to the junction of Bonis Hall Lane and London Road on the way to Macclesfield.
A link to Google Maps
We know that the road is used by many cyclists from Greater Manchester and surrounding areas and we are looking at how we can influence Cheshire East council to make it safer for cyclists.
If you or your fellow cyclists ride this stretch of road, we’d like to hear about your cycling experience.
You can reach me at email@example.com or on 0161 818 4686.
Club mileage competition 2021
Just a reminder that the annual mileage competition began on Monday 29 March as the Covid restrictions were relaxed. As previously advised any virtual rides will be excluded, but it is up to individuals to mark them as private on Strava so they do not appear on the MCC Strava page.
Unfortunately there are a number of virtual rides on this weeks feed so I can only presume the club members who have recorded them do not wish to be involved in the competition. If this is not the case can those individuals please mark the rides as private before Sunday 04 April.
Could I also please ask for any club member who does not want to participate to let me know.
Dave Walsh - mileage competition adjudicator
Middleton Cycling Club Group Riding from 29th March 2021
You are probably aware of the governments “road out of lockdown document” which sets out proposed relaxations to restrictions on or after the 29th March 2021. This includes, allowing groups of up to six people, or two households, to meet outdoors.
Paragraph 102 of the road map states that organised sports can restart, which will not be subject to the rule of six gathering limit.
The governing Body for Cycling (British Cycling UK) have updated their guidance on group cycling for on, or after 29th March 2021.
British Cycling-affiliated Club rides or recreation rides for up to 15 participants (or limited to relevant leader/rider ratios), on highways, trails and tracks are permitted. Non organised Club/group rides remain subject to the rule of six.
The guidance for avoiding contamination remains unchanged, below is a summary of those guidance rules relating to cycling:
- The group should not exceed fifteen (15) absolute Maximum.
- Current guidance regarding outdoor exercise states that people are allowed to leave their home to exercise outdoors and should remain as local as possible. This guidance relies on people to use their common sense to determine what is and is not a reasonable distance for their outdoor activity.
- Avoid Crowded or narrow routes.
- Social distancing of 2 metres should be maintained wherever possible. - Leave plenty of Space when passing other cyclists, do not slip-stream.
- Practise good hygiene do not share food or water and wash hands regularly or use hand sanitiser.
- Catching coughs and sneezes in tissues and disposing of them appropriately.
- Carry a facemask which should be used when social distancing cannot be maintained.
The above is a summary of the guidance and should be read in conjunction with the information found on the following websites.
This guidance is subject to change at short notice.
(The above information was kindly prepared by Shaun Parkinson )
Mileage and Chairman's Challenge 2021
As the rules for cycling change on March 29th, the Committee felt that it was now appropriate to restart the Mileage Challenge and Chairman’s Challenge competitions. These competitions were postponed, as it was felt the Club shouldn’t be encouraging members to ride in a lockdown situation.
Apologies for the late notification, however, as the government has always advised that changes would be subject to a satisfactory reduction of the coronavirus infection rate, we wanted to be sure there wasn’t going to be a last minute withdrawal of any relaxing of the rules.
The rules of the two competitions are as follows:
This trophy is awarded to the member who completes the most miles from 29th March 2021 to 31st December 2021 inclusive. (start date chosen to simplify totalling weekly mileage) It was agreed at our meeting on 16th Nov 2020 that mileage completed on turbo trainers could not be included in this competition. A ride was therefore deemed to be a ride outdoors, in any country, on roads or dirt tracks which is recorded using a GPS device. This would, therefore, exclude mileage on turbo trainers, Zwift, spin classes and any similar static device. Manual entries would also, of course, be excluded. All agreed that if a rider’s GPS device failed to record part, or all of a ride, unless the rider was with another member(s) who could ‘tag’ them in to verify the ride, the mileage would, unfortunately, not be counted. Members would need to be on the Club’s Strava page in order to enable their weekly mileage to be taken from the leaderboard. Dave Walsh will be collating the mileage totals for the Club. As previously requested, to make it easier to collect mileage totals, unless members are in a separate competition, it would be appreciated if they could mark any non-road cycling as private, to prevent it being uploaded to the leaderboard.
This competition will now start in April. The March qualifying distance has been removed from the competition and does not have to be completed.
April - 40 miles
May - 50 miles
June - 60 miles
July - 70 miles
August - 80 miles
September - 100 miles
October- Ride off
Riders must cover a minimum of the prescribed distance on their bike in one ride each month to stay in the Challenge.
Riders who complete all of the challenges, up to and including September's 100 mile ride, will be adjudged to have passed all the qualifying rounds.
Riders who are still in the competition for October will be entered into the Ride Off. The winner of the Ride off will be the person who undertakes the longest ride in that month.
Rides must be shown on Strava, or ratified by another member of the Club, with the exception of the Ride Off mileage, this can only be verified on Strava.
Cafe breaks are allowed without limits.
Both competitions will now hopefully continue to completion. Should the government/British Cycling introduce changes to cycling rules at any point in the year, the Committee would meet to discuss whether the competition(s) should continue.
Good luck everyone!
Steve Foley, Dave Charlesworth