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by WorcsPhil
16 Mar 2020 21:12
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: CORONAVIRUS UPDATE AND CYCLING - MONDAY 16TH MARCH
Replies: 8
Views: 1462

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE AND CYCLING - MONDAY 16TH MARCH

UPDATED BEACON MESSAGE Following government advice released today (16/3/20) the Beacon committee has taken the decision to cancel all its planned cycling events until further notice. There will be no official club rides nor club Time Trials until this has passed. The Little Mountain Time Trial (LMTT...
by WorcsPhil
16 Mar 2020 10:05
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 22nd March and coronavirus update
Replies: 5
Views: 289

Club Runs - 22nd March and coronavirus update

Hi all, UPDATED IN NEW POST. THE BELOW IS NO LONGER APPLICABLE so what's it best to do? Cancel everything or run things as normal? There isn't a right answer of course, but official advice is carry on (with precautions) at present. We recognise that there is a growing ethical and emotional response ...
by WorcsPhil
15 Mar 2020 22:15
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 15th March
Replies: 5
Views: 458

Re: Club Runs - 15th March

...and on the equally wet A-Run were (in alphabetical order)... James Bendle Phil Richards (Leading) Pete Warwick Professor Chris Whitty Andy Wrightson ...and meeting us in the cafe was George Barker. To be honest, it was nice to feel normal for a while. Everyone kept their own counsel and there was...
by WorcsPhil
09 Mar 2020 15:30
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 15th March
Replies: 5
Views: 458

Re: Club Runs - 15th March

The A-ride will be to Cobhouse Fisheries again (!), but this time with a normal 09:15 start, a huge breakfast at the café, followed by two snorters of hill climbs to get our climbing legs going again in advance of the longer rides to come this Summer. Come along and contribute to this week's café di...
by WorcsPhil
09 Mar 2020 15:01
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 15th March
Replies: 5
Views: 458

Club Runs - 15th March

29 riders out on the four runs on Sunday, good stuff. The Short café ride is proving popular, so thanks to Mariana for leading that again, nicely splitting the large C-ride group into two rides... Unfortunately, Nick's A-ride was a solo affair as two people who wanted to go on that showed up a few m...
by WorcsPhil
02 Mar 2020 15:10
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Snowdrop/Sunrise Audax Summary
Replies: 1
Views: 150

Snowdrop/Sunrise Audax Summary

Well, that was an audax that will go down in the annals, as one of the floodiest rides ever. Although there was a brief rain and hail shower, the day was largely sunny but blustery, but the overnight rain meant that roads were puddly and by late morning, the River Avon at Eckington began to rise rem...
by WorcsPhil
02 Mar 2020 14:33
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 8th March
Replies: 22
Views: 791

Re: Club runs - 8th March

Excellent, Mariana...you're in.

It may be worth advising roughly what pace (e.g. 12-14mph) you'll be riding so that others can judge whether to come along...
by WorcsPhil
02 Mar 2020 11:06
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: A, B and C Club runs April, May and June 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 264

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

CLUB RUNS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Summer is here, Coronavirus will cancel everything and the only sporting thing left to do is a Beacon club run, no doubt keeping 2m away from each other as the search for the rhesus monkey with the serum continues. As such, why not look deep within your nethe...
by WorcsPhil
02 Mar 2020 10:52
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 8th March
Replies: 22
Views: 791

Club runs - 8th March

Another windy day with lots of puddles on Sunday, but that doesn't deter the Beacon club rider, no siree. Well over 20 riders out on the 3 rides, and thanks to Neil O, Phil G and particularly Mariana for leading for the first time. Excellent stuff, Mariana! I will talk about the Sunrise/Snowdrop in ...
by WorcsPhil
26 Feb 2020 14:24
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 1st March
Replies: 18
Views: 792

Re: Club Runs - 1st March

Thanks for stepping up Neil and Mariana... Just for clarification, we have a range of rides that anyone can volunteer to lead, which as well as a standard A, B and C ride each week now includes: - Monthly Intro Ride (first Sunday of the month): Involves a cafe stop and is designed for those new to g...
by WorcsPhil
25 Feb 2020 09:25
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 1st March
Replies: 18
Views: 792

Club Runs - 1st March

Well, the appalling weather continues, and Sunday's windfest was another crawl along the lanes of Worcestershire and Warwickshire. Nevertheless, there were 21 riders out on the four rides, and great to see a D-Ride out to complement our other three rides. So, this Sunday is the 1st March of course, ...
by WorcsPhil
23 Feb 2020 16:37
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 23rd February
Replies: 16
Views: 938

Re: Club Runs - 23rd February

A splendidly hilly A-ride this week to Clows Top.

On the ride were (in alphabetical order)

James Bendle
Anthony Featherstone
Tyson Fury
The unsociable Paul Johnson
Ka Li
Neil ‘summer bike’ Lynch
Ade Ravenscroft
Phil Richards (Leading)
Nick Shenton
Vince Tennant
George Thorne
Andy Wrightson
by WorcsPhil
22 Feb 2020 13:14
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 23rd February
Replies: 16
Views: 938

Re: Club Runs - 23rd February

The A-run tomorrow will be to Clows Top, albeit using a fairly flat route...58kms out, but just 43kms back...
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31984353

Please can we have a C-ride leader coming forward, then we'll have a full house of 4 rides tomorrow.
by WorcsPhil
21 Feb 2020 23:11
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Sunrise and Snowdrop Audaxes - helpers nearly complete
Replies: 13
Views: 569

Re: Sunrise and Snowdrop Audaxes - helpers nearly complete

Thanks, Neil...as you’re so desperate that you posted four times, you’re in!

Bring your inner Del Boy
by WorcsPhil
17 Feb 2020 11:37
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Sunrise and Snowdrop Audaxes - helpers nearly complete
Replies: 13
Views: 569

Re: Sunrise and Snowdrop Audaxes - helpers nearly complete

Two weeks to go, and as long as the waters recede, we're all systems go. In terms of helpers, we have: Evesham Control (Raphaels): Dave Cole Upton Control (Stables): Mark Rigby HQ Morning: Me, Helen Jamieson and Adrian Ravenscroft HQ Car Park: Andy Wrightson A442 Junction duties: Simon Woodward HQ A...
by WorcsPhil
17 Feb 2020 10:37
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 23rd February
Replies: 16
Views: 938

Club Runs - 23rd February

Ciara, Dennis...will it ever end? No doubt Storm Ermintrude will raise it's head next weekend, but let's be optimistic that weekend storms are behind us, and we can now get back to enjoy our cycling. Indeed, if there are storms every week, then Simon Woodward would win the Club Run trophy by a lands...
by WorcsPhil
13 Feb 2020 22:52
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 16th February
Replies: 12
Views: 847

Re: Club Runs - 16th February

Given the shocking forecast on Sunday, I won’t be leading this week, but will lead next week. Even Saturday looks appalling, so it could be a good week to get that decorating or spring clean done. If you do go out, then keep it short and take care. The rivers looked very high on Thursday, so it is h...
by WorcsPhil
10 Feb 2020 13:18
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 16th February
Replies: 12
Views: 847

Club Runs - 16th February

Good Grief, that was a bit blowy on Sunday, wasn't it? ...and remarkably we still had three club runners out to complement the 7 riders who sensibly rode on Saturday. It may be prudent to remind people at this point that you ride on club runs thorough your own choice, Beacon accepts no liability for...
by WorcsPhil
06 Feb 2020 15:45
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 9th February
Replies: 15
Views: 973

Re: Club Runs - 9th February

Good thinking, chaps. Of course, these Saturday rides will get club run points. The over-riding mantra of club runs in Beacon is suggest what you want to do and put it out there. Others invariably follow. Volunteering to do something different including this week’s sensible and safer option will onl...
by WorcsPhil
03 Feb 2020 10:59
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Sunrise and Snowdrop Audax Entries - Feb 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 177

Sunrise and Snowdrop Audax Entries - Feb 2020

Hi all, we are closed for entries on the Sunrise and Snowdrop audaxes which take place on Saturday February 29th. Below is a full list of entries, so if your name is NOT on this list but you want to enter, just slip me a £20 the next time you see me, and we'll see what we can do. In all seriousness,...
by WorcsPhil
03 Feb 2020 10:09
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 9th February
Replies: 15
Views: 973

Club Runs - 9th February

02.02.2020 Yesterday was a palindrome day, I don't think we make the most of them, do you? It's months till the next one (there's your quiz for the day...when is the next one?). Anyway, to celebrate, Andy Wrightson said yesterday on entering the café "Go hang a salami, I'm a lasagna hog" :D :D It se...
by WorcsPhil
31 Jan 2020 20:17
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 2nd February
Replies: 21
Views: 1287

Re: Club Runs - 2nd February

Thanks for stepping up, Paul. So in this weekly game of dare, why not just rise above it and put your name forward... I will nominate the A-ride leader next week already, a popular rider who rides regularly but rarely leads, so we can all look forward to VT at the helm on the A-ride next week... don...
by WorcsPhil
28 Jan 2020 09:47
Forum: Cycling Commercials
Topic: Cycling pop-up cafe
Replies: 0
Views: 216

Cycling pop-up cafe

Just received this - which may tempt some of us to visit a week on Saturday... You and your cycling group are cordially invited to our "Pop up" cafe at the Dolphin Pub in Bishampton on Saturday 8th of February 8am - 1pm (we are primarily directing this to the cycling fraternity). The day will be run...
by WorcsPhil
27 Jan 2020 11:37
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 2nd February
Replies: 21
Views: 1287

Club Runs - 2nd February

27 riders out on Sunday on the 4 rides...good to see the women's ride re-appear on Saturday, always a welcome addition to the weekly calendar....and it seems that Beacon Bursts (shorter rides with no cafe stop) are always popular, so these are also actively encouraged. Thanks to Nick, Neil, Pete and...
by WorcsPhil
24 Jan 2020 10:02
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 26th January
Replies: 14
Views: 1230

Re: Club Runs - 26th January

I'll be there...looking forward to the banter. ...and who ever heard of a café, upon taking an order of a 'bacon sandwich on toasted bread', unilaterally decide to load it also with toxic, rancid tomatoes. It was simply not cricket. :D ....and as usual, please can we have a B and C ride leader pleas...
by WorcsPhil
20 Jan 2020 16:38
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Kit in Stock
Replies: 17
Views: 3549

Re: Kit in Stock

Just a reminder that all the existing stock of kit is listed here... https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/0/d/16U9dmiZJd9Ft41ABA9DEN3Bc3ab167Z_yUc3VxsRJ4A/htmlview ...and now for your delectation, many items have been discounted as you can see by the red column. So get your orders in via Stuart as...
by WorcsPhil
20 Jan 2020 16:23
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 26th January
Replies: 14
Views: 1230

Club Runs - 26th January

Amazingly 14 riders ventured out into the frosty, tundra wastelands on Sunday on the two club runs that survived the weather. Sensibly, the two leaders chose gritted roads to get to the café - very sensible! Thanks to Andy Wrightson and Simon Woodward for leading these rides. So, onwards and upwards...
by WorcsPhil
19 Jan 2020 21:55
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Sunrise and Snowdrop Audaxes - helpers nearly complete
Replies: 13
Views: 569

Re: Sunrise and Snowdrop Audaxes - Call for helpers

Hi Helen,

Yes, you did...my apologies. Hopefully you can still make it...that’s great if you can. 07:45 - 9am at Whitlenge if possible...free bacon sarnie and cuppa is yours :D

Si...thanks also for volunteering - marshalling at the first corner for two 5 min spells is all yours...

Thanks both
by WorcsPhil
18 Jan 2020 16:07
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Sunrise and Snowdrop Audaxes - helpers nearly complete
Replies: 13
Views: 569

Sunrise and Snowdrop Audaxes - helpers nearly complete

The Sunrise and Snowdrop audaxes are on Saturday February 29th this year (Leap day!), and the HQ is again Whitlenge Garden Centre café, near Hartlebury. The Snowdrop is full and is taking no more entries, but there a dozen spaces left on the Sunrise, but filling up around 1-2 entries per day, so you...
by WorcsPhil
16 Jan 2020 15:31
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: LondonEdinburghLondon 8th - 13th August 2021
Replies: 8
Views: 573

Re: LondonEdinburghLondon 8th - 13th August 2021

I'll be there as well, and luckily qualify due to my long-standing audax membership...be great if we have a huge Beacon contingent for the UK's most prestigious audax...after our own of course :D Actually, getting in won't be so easy...to qualify, these are the requirements: •London Edinburgh London...
by WorcsPhil
15 Jan 2020 13:12
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 19th January
Replies: 18
Views: 1416

Re: Club Runs - 19th January

Hi David,

As a guide, at this time of the year, the A-ride averages around 16-18mph, where this higher speed only on routes. The B-ride averages 14-16mph, and the C-ride 12-14mph.

Hope that helps and hope to see you out soon.

Phil
by WorcsPhil
15 Jan 2020 09:27
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: SUNRISE AND SNOWDROP AUDAXES 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 247

SUNRISE AND SNOWDROP AUDAXES 2020

Hi all, For those who still don't know, these two bike rides are Beacon's largest event, attracting over 260 entrants around either the Sunrise or Snowdrop route. This year's event is on Saturday 29th February (Leap day) with the Sunrise going clockwise from the HQ at Whitelenge Garden centre in Har...
by WorcsPhil
15 Jan 2020 09:19
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 19th January
Replies: 18
Views: 1416

Re: Club Runs - 19th January

Can we have an A-ride and C-ride leader for Sunday, please!
by WorcsPhil
15 Jan 2020 09:15
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: A, B and C Club runs for January, February and March 2020
Replies: 12
Views: 1278

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

Oh dear, Simon...you're right...somehow I missed your post. Humble apologies, my resignation will be with the Prime Minister later today :shock:

Given Phil's predicament, I will assume that you're leading the B-ride this week.
by WorcsPhil
13 Jan 2020 14:29
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 19th January
Replies: 18
Views: 1416

Club Runs - 19th January

20 riders out on Sunday on the three rides, two replacement leaders in myself and Si Walker, with Pete Norman leading the C-ride. You will note all three leaders this week were in the top 5 of club run leaders, so again, the time is ripe for fresh leaders to give the old hands a break! Dismal rain a...
by WorcsPhil
12 Jan 2020 15:47
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 12th January
Replies: 10
Views: 960

Re: Club Runs - 12th January

A traditional A-ride this morning, which ventured out to Clive's of Cropthorne. Other drivers behaved themselves and there were no incidents. It was very cold and wet for the first 50mins, but then the clouds cleared and it was quite a lovely day (after Nick Shenton and James Tate downed tools and h...
by WorcsPhil
10 Jan 2020 17:05
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 12th January
Replies: 10
Views: 960

Re: Club Runs - 12th January

Sorry to hear that, Phil... I'll step in and lead the A-ride and retain Philip Whiteman's proposed destination of Clives of Cropthorne, as it's quite a new venue...hope that's alright with you, Phil, but it saves me having to think. Route something similar to this... https://ridewithgps.com/routes/3...
by WorcsPhil
10 Jan 2020 16:49
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs scores at the end of December (3 months gone, 9 to go)
Replies: 0
Views: 429

Club runs scores at the end of December (3 months gone, 9 to go)

Hi all, here are the club run scores up to the end of December 2019. This includes all people who have been on more than one club run, and shows an unbelievable level of excitement with the scores so close at the top. It's all to play for with Simon Walker with his nose in front, but some familiar n...
by WorcsPhil
06 Jan 2020 14:30
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 12th January
Replies: 10
Views: 960

Club Runs - 12th January

An excellent Sunday in one way as we had 35 riders out on the 4 runs, and the weather was fine for early January, but you may have read about idiot drivers on the A-ride yesterday, causing Andy to crash into another rider, hit the road and receive minor injuries. These incidents are rare, but close ...
by WorcsPhil
30 Dec 2019 09:37
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 5th January
Replies: 21
Views: 1359

Club Runs - 5th January

So, that's it...that's the end of that decade, did you make the most of it? Did you ride as much as you wanted? If not, then the club runs is the ideal occasion to do more this decade before we're all too old to ride a bike. We have teens to octagenerians riding bikes in this club, so what's your ex...
by WorcsPhil
27 Dec 2019 14:02
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 29th December
Replies: 9
Views: 721

Club Runs - 29th December

Apologies...bit tardy posting this week, but got distracted by food and drink and merriment. Anyway, it's the last club run of the year this Sunday and with a few decent days of weather ahead, it should be a bumper week as we all strive to pedal away those cheese courses. Nearly 30 riders cycled to ...
by WorcsPhil
22 Dec 2019 22:30
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 22nd December
Replies: 11
Views: 1156

Re: Club runs - 22nd December

On a splendid and festive club run to Chaddesley Swan via Rowberry’s were (in alphabetical order) Chris Ashford Ben Crone Paul Johnson Ka Li Neil Orchard Phil Richards (Leading) Vince Tennant Alan Weaver Stuart White Andy Wrightson ... and meeting us at the cafe George Barker Dave Cox Nick Shenton T...
by WorcsPhil
19 Dec 2019 16:57
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 22nd December
Replies: 11
Views: 1156

Re: Club runs - 22nd December

Hi George, probably about 11-11:15...enough time for a tomato-less bacon sandwich.
by WorcsPhil
18 Dec 2019 13:52
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 22nd December
Replies: 11
Views: 1156

Re: Club runs - 22nd December

I'll take a meandering A/B ride to Chaddesley using a route something like this... https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31612901 As George says, try to make it along of you can, even if you just pop your face in, scoff a pork pie and immediately wend your way home. Wear you Beacon kit, tinsel or your expe...
by WorcsPhil
16 Dec 2019 11:31
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 22nd December
Replies: 11
Views: 1156

Club runs - 22nd December

Only 14 riders out on Sunday, but it was cold with a threat of ice and man and woman flu is rife at present....thanks to Paul/Simon for writing Homeward Bound, but no Sound of Silence where those two are involved. Overdose on lemsip to get yourself ready for this Sunday. All rides are to rendezvous ...
by WorcsPhil
16 Dec 2019 11:21
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: A, B and C Club runs for January, February and March 2020
Replies: 12
Views: 1278

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

It's 2020, an Olympic year, so to get you into shape for the team pursuit in Tokyo, it's time you came out on a club run. What do they offer you? Well a respite from inside turbo riding, and solo riding where you know you'll cut it short because you've lost your mojo, club runs are mojo-givers! Baco...
by WorcsPhil
09 Dec 2019 10:47
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 15th December
Replies: 4
Views: 877

Club Runs - 15th December

17 riders out on Sunday after the night before. An excellent evening at the Beacon awards dinner on Saturday saw many people propping up the bar at midnight then still out the following morn...what a ridiculous lot we are, eh? Thanks to all the organisers of the awards night, good to see a fellow gi...
by WorcsPhil
03 Dec 2019 15:14
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Beacon RCC AGM for 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 330

Beacon RCC AGM for 2019

The AGM of the Beacon Roads Cycling Club will take place at 7.30 pm on Thursday 12th December 2019 at Rowheath Pavilion, Heath Road, Bournville B30 1HH. All members are cordially invited, and it would be good to see as many Beaconites there as possible. The agenda and reports from various committee ...
by WorcsPhil
02 Dec 2019 12:12
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 8th December
Replies: 3
Views: 781

Club runs - 8th December

Only 10 riders out braving the cold conditions on Sunday...thanks to George for leading the Intro and Si Walker for leading the impromptu B/C run. A few of us ventured further north to Leek on Sunday and boy was it a cold 'un ! It's the Beacon Awards Dinner this Saturday of course, so club ride atte...
by WorcsPhil
02 Dec 2019 11:35
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: A, B and C Club runs October, November and December 2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1959

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

Hi George, YES, it would be great if you took over Intro ride promotion and co-ordination...we always struggle to promote it effectively and as we know, new members are then lifeblood of the club etc! You certainly wouldn't be stepping on my toes! I've been musing on trying to find an effective lead...