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by George
10 Jul 2020 11:25
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: RESUMPTION OF INTRO RIDES
Replies: 0
Views: 47

RESUMPTION OF INTRO RIDES

The aim is to resume Intro Rides with effect from 2 August. Dave Cole has volunteered to lead the first one, and we have leaders lined up for all the remaining months of the year except December. Until official guidance changes, the rides will be organised in line with Phil's general post about 'new...
by George
07 Jul 2020 17:35
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Beacon socially-distanced day out - Sunday July 19th
Replies: 4
Views: 200

Re: Beacon socially-distanced day out - Sunday July 19th

I've got a prior commitment on that day. It's such a shame, because I was so looking forward to riding up all those hills.
by George
11 Jun 2020 15:17
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: DENNIS BAKER
Replies: 5
Views: 568

Re: DENNIS BAKER

...and a former club record holder at 50 miles, I think. But, above all, a constantly cheerful, helpful and kind man.

Goodbye and thank you, Dennis.
by George
11 Jun 2020 14:18
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Take Away Cafes During Covid
Replies: 22
Views: 1248

Re: Take Away Cafes During Covid

Btw, I have recently joined this Facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cyclingcafes

A number of people have posted there about cafés doing takeaways. This one looks interesting:
https://www.facebook.com/lychgatecoffeeshop/
by George
11 Jun 2020 14:15
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Take Away Cafes During Covid
Replies: 22
Views: 1248

Re: Take Away Cafes During Covid

Very useful thread, Phil. Many thanks! Since lockdown began, I've replaced my Sunday café ride with a Sunday picnic ride. They have been fun, but they imply riding my touring bike, which is slow. And slowness has implications for how far afield I can roam. I'm therefore thinking about starting to us...
by George
28 Mar 2020 10:58
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Run Database - Time for an update?
Replies: 6
Views: 745

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: 341

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: 341

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: 9234

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: 775

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: 775

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: 9234

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: 745

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: 736

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: 1711

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: 1711

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: 533

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: 1711

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: 3959

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: 706

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: 1711

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: 750

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: 1541

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: 1541

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: 564

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: 1257

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: 2203

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: 2203

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: 957

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: 2203

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: 2203

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: 2203

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: 1067

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: 501

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: 2252

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: 1957

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: 1819

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: 1957

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: 1819

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: 2745

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: 1668

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: 2745

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: 2745

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: 1668

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: 1668

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: 1668

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: 2745

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: 757

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: 2745

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: 1142

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. ...