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by George
28 Mar 2020 10:58
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Run Database - Time for an update?
Replies: 6
Views: 561

Re: Club Run Database - Time for an update?

I used to use RWGPS years ago, but switched to Strava because I found their route planner much easier to use. However, I've become increasingly frustrated with Strava because of various things you can't do: import routes, sort your collected routes by name/distance/region, search your collected rout...
by George
25 Mar 2020 22:15
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Coronavirus - BC update 25/3/20
Replies: 1
Views: 269

Re: Coronavirus - BC update 25/3/20

The phrase "close to home" is obviously open to interpretation. I can't imagine that BC mean we should restrict ourselves to riding round and round the block. Personally, I'm interpreting it as meaning that I should ride on roads I know well, and not venture far enough from home that I might need to...
by George
25 Mar 2020 22:08
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Coronavirus - BC update 25/3/20
Replies: 1
Views: 269

Coronavirus - BC update 25/3/20

We received the following from BC today. It's mainly a reiteration of the existing policy, which now applies until 30 June. Important information on club rides Since confirming the suspension of all sanctioned cycling activity had been extended until 30 June a few days ago, many of you have reached...
by George
25 Mar 2020 10:01
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: CORONAVIRUS UPDATE AND CYCLING - MONDAY 16TH MARCH
Replies: 8
Views: 8389

Re: CORONAVIRUS UPDATE AND CYCLING - MONDAY 16TH MARCH

Sorry to hear about your experience, Oscar. The degree of ignorance displayed by the tractor driver was exceeded only by the degree of boorish discourtesy inherent to launching an aggressive tirade against a man in his eighties. I've not experienced anything similar myself and haven't heard of any o...
by George
24 Mar 2020 21:50
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Les Ladbury
Replies: 4
Views: 620

Re: Les Ladbury

I'm assuming that only Les's nearest and dearest will be allowed to congregate for his funeral. However, I feel that all those of us who remember him fondly should try to think of some kind of alternative way to mark his passing. Maybe a gathering once the present crisis is over, or maybe something ...
by George
24 Mar 2020 21:43
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Les Ladbury
Replies: 4
Views: 620

Les Ladbury

Sadly, the club has lost another of its culture-defining characters. Les Ladbury died on Sunday at the age of 78. He had a degenerative lung condition, which he had known for some time was incurable; as far as we know his death had nothing to do with the current public health crisis. Les started wit...
by George
24 Mar 2020 10:25
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: CORONAVIRUS UPDATE AND CYCLING - MONDAY 16TH MARCH
Replies: 8
Views: 8389

Re: CORONAVIRUS UPDATE AND CYCLING - MONDAY 16TH MARCH

laurence_cooley wrote:
23 Mar 2020 12:02
Not that it looks like anything will change much anytime soon (except from a total ban on cycling outside, perhaps), but I've been keeping a log of advice from governing bodies on the website here.
Very useful, Laurence. Thanks.
by George
24 Mar 2020 10:23
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Run Database - Time for an update?
Replies: 6
Views: 561

Re: Club Run Database - Time for an update?

For the foreseeable future, the destinations for my Sunday rides will be benches in isolated places (viewpoints, picnic spots, bus shelters, etc). I was mentally noting a few as I was riding on Sunday just gone, and thinking to myself that I could do with a 'database' of benches. I saw several good ...
by George
16 Mar 2020 10:17
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 22nd March and coronavirus update
Replies: 5
Views: 584

Re: Club Runs - 22nd March and coronavirus update

Very sensible policy, Phil.
by George
08 Mar 2020 18:36
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 8th March
Replies: 22
Views: 1349

Re: Club runs - 8th March

On today's C run to Stourport were:

Ade Revenscroft
Andy Terry
Fenella Brown
George Barker (L)
Pete Norman
Si Walker

Thanks to all for your company and your patience.
by George
07 Mar 2020 18:02
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 8th March
Replies: 22
Views: 1349

Re: Club runs - 8th March

Table booked at The Windlass. See you all tomorrow!
by George
07 Mar 2020 17:55
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Bogies, snot and phlegm
Replies: 2
Views: 429

Re: Bogies, snot and phlegm

As you know, Phil, I'm an argumentative so-and-so. I have a sort of compulsive urge to deconstruct and scrutinise the information and ideas that come my way. So, I've been thinking about your snot rocket ban. And I'm afraid I have significant doubts about its likely efficacy. First, there's the ques...
by George
07 Mar 2020 11:10
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 8th March
Replies: 22
Views: 1349

Re: Club runs - 8th March

Apologies for the slowness posting details of Sunday's C run. The weather forecast for tomorrow is a mild day, but breezy with showers. I've therefore decided that maybe it isn't a great day for going anywhere where we might end up sitting outside (as often happens at Alcester). So my new plan is to...
by George
06 Mar 2020 09:50
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Volunteering opportunities Beacon Academy Racing 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 3293

Re: Volunteering opportunities Beacon Academy Racing 2020

Ade, I'll help at the track Championships. I might also be able to help at the grass track event in July, but I won't know for sure until much closer to the time. I can't help with any of the weekday events.
by George
03 Mar 2020 18:27
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: A, B and C Club runs April, May and June 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 569

Re: A, B and C Club runs April, May and June 2020

I'll lead a B run on 7 June.

For details of the Intro Ride leaders see http://www.beaconrcc.org.uk/message_boa ... =14&t=9133
by George
03 Mar 2020 18:12
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 8th March
Replies: 22
Views: 1349

Re: Club runs - 8th March

Sunday's C run will probably be to Alcester, >80km/50mi. However, I need to check with the café first. Also, I'm not going to be able to recce the route beforehand, so if anyone knows of any floods etc down that way, please let me know.
by George
26 Feb 2020 12:49
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Car drivers attitudes, status and personality
Replies: 1
Views: 588

Re: Car drivers attitudes, status and personality

"Self-centred men who are argumentative, stubborn, disagreeable and unempathetic are much more likely to own a high-status car such as an Audi, BMW or Mercedes."

Well, blow me down with a feather.

Thanks for sharing, Si.
by George
25 Feb 2020 21:34
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 1st March
Replies: 18
Views: 1249

Re: Club Runs - 1st March

Mariana Sorrell has volunteered to lead Sunday's Intro Ride, either to Avoncroft or to Broadacres Fishery. Anyone fancy riding shotgun?
by George
25 Feb 2020 10:53
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 1st March
Replies: 18
Views: 1249

Re: Club Runs - 1st March

For clarification, I'm not planning to lead this Sunday's Intro Ride myself (I'm away), but I am actively trying to recruit someone.
by George
08 Feb 2020 17:43
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Winter Jersey SOLD
Replies: 2
Views: 476

Re: Winter Jersey for sale

Pete, I have messaged you.
by George
06 Feb 2020 21:14
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Routes for Intro and SC (Short Cafe) Rides - 30-40 miles approx
Replies: 5
Views: 1042

Re: Intro Rides and D Rides - 30-40 miles - Routes

Thanks, Phil. I'm currently preparing some material about intro rides, and this resource will come in very handy.
by George
02 Feb 2020 16:56
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 2nd February
Replies: 21
Views: 1887

Re: Club Runs - 2nd February

On today's very enjoyable Intro Ride were two returnees following periods out and two regulars:

Dave Little
Mariana Sorrill
George Barker (L)
Phil Whiteman (2L)

At the café (expecting to find the A run there) was John Hitchcock.
by George
01 Feb 2020 15:53
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 2nd February
Replies: 21
Views: 1887

Re: Club Runs - 2nd February

This weekend's Intro Ride will be a 48km (30mi) excursion through the lanes of Worcestershire with a café stop just over half way. It'll be a nice relaxed ride where we stick together in a little group and go at the pace of the slowest rider, which is usually about 16-20kph (10-13mph). We won't be t...
by George
30 Jan 2020 21:41
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: HALF TERM BIKE FUN for Kids
Replies: 4
Views: 813

Re: HALF TERM BIKE FUN for Kids

Looks great, Ade.

Because it's during office hours, I can't commit to helping, but if it just so happens that I'm free I'll drop by.
by George
30 Jan 2020 21:31
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 2nd February
Replies: 21
Views: 1887

Re: Club Runs - 2nd February

This Sunday's Intro Ride will be to Broadacres Fishery, near Hanbury. Full details to follow asap.
by George
30 Jan 2020 21:28
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 2nd February
Replies: 21
Views: 1887

Re: Club Runs - 2nd February

Mariana278 wrote:
30 Jan 2020 10:34
I’m going to join the intro ride Sunday whoop
I look forward to seeing you, Mariana.
by George
30 Jan 2020 21:28
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 2nd February
Replies: 21
Views: 1887

Re: Club Runs - 2nd February

Philip Whiteman wrote:
27 Jan 2020 14:05
I'll support George.
Thanks, Phil!
by George
13 Jan 2020 16:28
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Cafe lock
Replies: 4
Views: 882

Re: Cafe lock

I have previously owned one of those retractable locks, but ultimately found it less portable (in the sense of less easy to squeeze into a jersey pocket/saddlebag together with other items) than a non-retractable lightweight cable lock, like this: https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Oxford-Combi-Lock_52506.htm...
by George
06 Jan 2020 10:37
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Nora Demouilpied
Replies: 1
Views: 447

Re: Nora Demouilpied

Sorry to hear that.
by George
06 Jan 2020 10:34
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 5th January
Replies: 21
Views: 1969

Re: Club Runs - 5th January

Bloody hell. I suddenly feel very lucky to be stuck indoors with man-flu.

Best wishes to all the victims of aggression and carelessness.
by George
31 Dec 2019 10:33
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: A, B and C Club runs for January, February and March 2020
Replies: 12
Views: 1746

Re: A, B and C Club runs for January, February and March 2020

Philip Whiteman wrote:
30 Dec 2019 14:42
Subject to roads being ice-free. I'll take an A run to Clive's Fruit Farm at Cropthorne. If icy, I will opt out.
Is this a sort of 'permanent' club run, Phil?
by George
19 Dec 2019 10:25
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 22nd December
Replies: 11
Views: 1612

Re: Club runs - 22nd December

Phil, when do you anticipate getting to Rowberry's? 11-ish?
by George
17 Dec 2019 15:23
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: A, B and C Club runs for January, February and March 2020
Replies: 12
Views: 1746

Re: A, B and C Club runs for January, February and March 2020

Phil, I'll lead the February Intro Ride, and hopefully there'll be a proper Intro Ride calendar set up ahead of the March Intro Ride.

I'll also lead a C run on 8 March, but I think I'll leave B runs until spring gets properly under way.
by George
17 Dec 2019 15:18
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 22nd December
Replies: 11
Views: 1612

Re: Club runs - 22nd December

The Pre-Christmas gathering at the Swan in Chaddesley is certainly an event not to be missed! Great venue, great atmosphere, cyclists from various local clubs, booze and grub available. Starts about noon. Thanks to Si for volunteering to lead a B/C group -- hopefully the A ride will head that way to...
by George
02 Dec 2019 12:05
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: A, B and C Club runs October, November and December 2019
Replies: 15
Views: 2442

Re: A, B and C Club runs October, November and December 2019

Sounds like a good idea, Phil.

Do we usually have an Intro Ride in January, or do we skip that one?
by George
02 Dec 2019 09:36
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 1st December
Replies: 8
Views: 1460

Re: Club Runs - 1st December

Disappointing turn out again yesterday afternoon at Newport, just myself and Simon Woodward. So on that basis l shall no longer continue with them as their is clearly no interest It's a great shame that you have put in so much time and effort for (almost) nothing, Al. However, if the demand isn't t...
by George
01 Dec 2019 19:19
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: A, B and C Club runs October, November and December 2019
Replies: 15
Views: 2442

Re: A, B and C Club runs October, November and December 2019

If I recall correctly, we did used to have someone co-ordinate the intro rides, who wasn't the club runs secretary (I think it was Paul Deane when I joined the club). I think you're right. Intro Rides were Paul and Debbie's brainchild, if I recall. Nevertheless, I only want to resurrect the idea if...
by George
01 Dec 2019 18:06
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: A, B and C Club runs October, November and December 2019
Replies: 15
Views: 2442

Re: A, B and C Club runs October, November and December 2019

Phil, I was wondering: would it be helpful if I were to do a bit of Intro Ride promo and coordination? I've got no facts and figures to back this up, but my feeling is that we get better attendance on Intro Rides when a definite plan (leader, destination) is in place and publicised well in advance. ...
by George
01 Dec 2019 17:52
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 1st December
Replies: 8
Views: 1460

Re: Club Runs - 1st December

Only one newcomer on today's Intro Ride, but Helen turned out to be a strong rider, so the ride we did turned out to be more of a C run, certainly in terms of pace (21kph), and not far off in terms of distance (68km). Due to a bit on confusion at the start, Noel ended up coming with us as well, savi...
by George
29 Nov 2019 11:30
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 1st December
Replies: 8
Views: 1460

Re: Club Runs - 1st December

Okay, no one else has volunteered to lead the C or the Intro, so here's my plan: I've worked out a route of 52km (32mi), which should be doable for the Intro target group. I also have a longer (but not very long) version ready in case no newcomers turn up. - If there are newcomers at the BH, and the...
by George
25 Nov 2019 11:32
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 1st December
Replies: 8
Views: 1460

Re: Club Runs - 1st December

I'm definitely leading a ride on Sunday. Whether that's a C or an Intro depends entirely on what other volunteers we get. - If no one volunteers to lead either the C or the Intro, I'll lead a combined ride. - If someone volunteers to lead either the C or the Intro, I'll lead the other. I'll make a d...
by George
21 Nov 2019 23:31
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: A, B and C Club runs October, November and December 2019
Replies: 15
Views: 2442

Re: A, B and C Club runs October, November and December 2019

neilo wrote:
21 Nov 2019 22:57
The Dinner is the following week George :oops:
Oh, yeah... sorry! Nevertheless, I'm happy to lead whichever works out best (or a combo ride).
by George
21 Nov 2019 18:39
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: WOW! Check this out!
Replies: 0
Views: 677

WOW! Check this out!

Lots of Beacon members have done some remarkable things this year. Here's a full list of people whose achievements will be celebrated at this year's Annual Dinner. Are you on the list? Or one of your pals? You've not going to pass up the chance to bask in the glory or toast your mate's success are y...
by George
21 Nov 2019 18:29
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: A, B and C Club runs October, November and December 2019
Replies: 15
Views: 2442

Re: A, B and C Club runs October, November and December 2019

I am down to lead the C run on 1 December. However, I see that we currently have no Intro Ride leader for that day. I'm happy to do the Intro instead, if that works out better. I feel it's a great shame if we can't offer potential newcomers a definite planned ride: if they look here or on Facebook o...
by George
21 Nov 2019 18:16
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Annual Dinner and Prize Presentation
Replies: 2
Views: 1049

Re: Annual Dinner and Prize Presentation

George, so sorry, will not be able to attend the club dinner this year as we are already booked for an event near Melton Mowbray over that weekend. Hope it all goes as well as it usually does, and good luck on your first, of many I'm sure, dinner as President. Best wishes Charlie. Thanks, Charlie. ...
by George
18 Nov 2019 14:17
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Little Mountain Time Trial 2020
Replies: 10
Views: 2052

Re: Little Mountain Time Trial 2020

Happy to help in whatever capacity (usually photos).
by George
23 Oct 2019 18:55
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 27th October
Replies: 8
Views: 1611

Re: Club Runs - 27th October

Very sorry to mess people around, but a client wants me to do a job that will involve working most of the weekend. So I'm afraid that I'm going to have to cry off leading Sunday's C run. I'm happy to lead on a later date this quarter instead. The next Sunday that I'm available is 1 December.
by George
17 Oct 2019 19:18
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: PLEASE GET YOUR CLAIMS AND NOMINATIONS IN FOR CLUB TROPHIES ASAP
Replies: 5
Views: 1116

Re: PLEASE GET YOUR CLAIMS AND NOMINATIONS IN FOR CLUB TROPHIES ASAP

Didn't several people do a big sportive in north west France? :wink: In this context, I think that counts as an audax, Tim. But I thought a couple of people did Ride London, didn't they? Fred Whitton, anybody? And what about the Mad March Hare and its summer sister event: did none of our people do ...
by George
17 Oct 2019 15:19
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 20th October
Replies: 12
Views: 1940

Re: Club Runs - 20th October

Looks like the C run is using the Windlass Café on Sunday; is that correct?

Roger and I may join you at the caf, but I'm reluctant to volunteer to lead, because we're pretty slow, and a tandem's rhythm doesn't easily mesh with a group of solo riders.
by George
16 Oct 2019 13:07
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: PLEASE GET YOUR CLAIMS AND NOMINATIONS IN FOR CLUB TROPHIES ASAP
Replies: 5
Views: 1116

Re: PLEASE GET YOUR CLAIMS AND NOMINATIONS IN FOR CLUB TROPHIES ASAP

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Just two days left for claiming trophies!

We're still awaiting claims for several 2019 trophies. Surely, for example, someone wants to be crowned Beacon's Sportive Rider of the Year?

The deadline for claiming trophies is Friday, and claims are invited from all paid-up Beacon members.