'Cycling Weekly' Club run

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Post by WorcsPhil » 24 Oct 2016 09:38

Hi all,

Cycling Weekly has been in touch to say:

"...I’m a freelance journalist and I’ve been asked by Cycling Weekly to drop you a line about the possibility of featuring Beacon RCC in our regular ‘Ride With’ feature. We try to organise these on a weekday, rather than the weekend club ride, so hopefully it’s feasible to gather together a cross-section of members of the club to ride a regular circuit during the week?"

Our view is we should do this, and I'm keen to present Beacon in a good light. If this is done midweek, this excludes a number of people (although we see on Strava that a lot of people seem to have a lot of free time!), so watch this space. I'm aware that not everyone loves 'Cycling Weekly' and how they have publicised Beacon run events in the past, but here's a chance to get some positive messaging from them...

This is likely to go ahead in the next 6 weeks, and we'll run it as a leisurely B or C speed run perhaps to Evesham. I'll post below further details soon, but be good to get the good 'cross-section' of riders referred to above, i.e. some diversity, and I'll get things rolling by representing the ginger community of Britain.

Phil

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Post by Philip Whiteman » 24 Oct 2016 11:40

Great news.

Depending upon availability, I will try make the ride.

We probably need to do this ASAP to avoid icy mornings. It would be embarrassing for a journalist to arrive and find no participants.

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Post by AlanW » 24 Oct 2016 12:01

Count me in :lol:
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Post by dweben » 24 Oct 2016 12:05

Given enough notice I might be around...

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Post by Andy Terry » 24 Oct 2016 12:20

Ed Moss wrote:Don't worry

It'll be like this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84SD8Wc ... l=gsian187
spot on :)

and featuring obligatory photo of Raphael's bread pudding

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Post by deero83 » 24 Oct 2016 13:58

If you can give me enough notice of the date, I can try and book a day's annual leave

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Post by Colin G » 24 Oct 2016 14:00

A photo opportunity! Borrow a better bike, pull your stomach in and give it your best winning smile on the day everyone.

If I'm about I'm in.

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Post by Nicks_77 » 24 Oct 2016 15:20

I'd be happy to be in on this aswell with some notice.

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Post by Ian » 24 Oct 2016 21:04

Hi Phil, count me in if given enough notice; could book a days leave.

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Post by neilo » 24 Oct 2016 21:04

As above :D

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Post by JessRJ » 25 Oct 2016 06:49

That's a good excuse for a day off work!

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Post by WorcsPhil » 25 Oct 2016 11:40

I've now spoken to the 'Cycling Weekly' journalist (Dave Nash), and we're all good to go on Wednesday 9th November. If weather is terrible that day, we will try again on Friday 11th November as a reserve day.

This one-off midweek run will leave from the Black Horse at 09:15 (meet at 09:00) to Raphaels at Evesham...Dave will cycle the whole way with us, with the photographer driving on ahead for some action (or bread pudding) shots. This is the likely route, although happy to hear of easier alternatives...
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17345026

There will be 3-4 shortish interviews with riders on what the club is to them as well as general chit-chat. Be good if Lord Whiteman could propose a weighty café discussion topic as usual. I particularly like the ones on Chinese philosophy.

This is not an A, B or C ride, we will all ride together at a social pace, but if bigger than 15 riders, we will split into two groups in true guideline fashion.

Let's try to get a good cross-section of people along.

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Post by Philip Whiteman » 25 Oct 2016 12:56

WorcsPhil wrote: Be good if Lord Whiteman could propose a weighty café discussion topic as usual. I particularly like the ones on Chinese philosophy.
In true Cycling Weekly narrative we address Chinese philosophy, the thought of Chinese culture, from earliest times to the present. The keynote in Chinese philosophy is humanism: man and his society have occupied, if not monopolized, the attention of Chinese philosophers throughout the ages. Ethical and political discussions have overshadowed any metaphysical speculation. It must quickly be added, however, that this humanism does not imply any indifference to a supreme power or to Nature. Instead, the general conclusion represented in Chinese philosophy is that of the unity of man and heaven. This spirit of synthesis has characterized the entire history of Chinese philosophy.

This matter will be of interest to the Cycling Weekly readership, so it is more than likely that our intellectually stimulating discussion will form an important part of their editorial.

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Post by Dave Cox » 25 Oct 2016 16:32

Great I'm up for this and can add a few pointers about hydraulic societies and the rise of bureaucracy in China

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Post by NeilL » 25 Oct 2016 16:39

Gutted, China is my weakest subject!

Also can’t make the 9th due to work commitments but if it changes to the 11th I’m in

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Post by JessRJ » 25 Oct 2016 22:43

I'm an expert on Chinese philosophy but can't make either of those dates unfortunately...if by any chance it moves to the following week I'm in!

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Post by Tim » 25 Oct 2016 23:32

Great stuff. Shouldn't we take them around the little mountain route or Sunrise or snowdrop to help promote those events? Especially as they've failed to mention us in their reports on little mountain for two years running! Could we get Richard Bussell to join the ride too? If he's still a second claim member? Would be good to have National Hill Climb Champion 2016 there :-)

Also any way we could help get some women and as many members as possible under 50 to join in the fun?! No offence intended to anyone honest!! I just always see this feature and wonder if there are any women or people that aren't retired that cycle? Now I know it's shot mid week that explains the age thing.

Can we get them to serve duck and pancakes at the café?
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Post by Les Ladbury » 26 Oct 2016 08:41

Might I make a couple of observations.

1/ A freelance journo is interested in selling an article not necessarily promoting the Beacon RCC The next article he produces could be about breeding canaries or the ethnic diversity on the Isle of Wright.

2/ Cycling magazine is interested in printing an article of interest to it's readers again not necessarily in promoting the Beacon RCC.

So how to make the most advantage of this opportunity.

I think that if someone will produce a fact sheet about the club not dwelling to much on the history but on how progressive and forward thinking the committee and officers are.
Having said that mention that David Duffield and Steve Jones plus others are/were members. Is Graham Webb a member? If so an ex world champion is surely worth mentioning.

This is a great opportunity to promote the club which could be useful if ever the club were to seek sponsorship of either the club as a whole or an individual event.

I don't really think that a discussion on Chinese culture, however clever, is a fat lot of use.

These are just some thoughts on how to capitalise on the proposal to the advantage of the club.
Les

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Post by Yosser » 26 Oct 2016 10:28

Some good ideas here. Fact sheet seems sensible and allows journalist to take away for later use as reference mat'l. I don't think that the Chinese discussion is meant to be that serious Les. (I think discussing the 4% universe would be appropriate tho!)

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Post by Les Ladbury » 26 Oct 2016 11:25

I don't think that the Chinese discussion is meant to be that serious

Strange as it might seem, Dave, I did actually realise that.

I'm pleased that you feel that I might have made some constructive comments. Good quality free promotion is hard to come by. Gab it!!!
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Post by deero83 » 26 Oct 2016 12:22

Can't do either date - gutted!

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Post by Philip Whiteman » 26 Oct 2016 12:37

Cleared the diary and I will be attending. This will enable repeated mentions to CW about why they should join the Kidderminster Killer and how 300km club runs to the Brecons are now the norm.

PS> The Sunrise and Snowdrop Express will be sold out within the next few weeks.

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Post by Les Ladbury » 26 Oct 2016 14:02

Gab it!!!

I missed a letter out there which isn't surprising as I am often accused of talking through my RRRRs
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Post by keith » 26 Oct 2016 17:35

Should be able to take one of my owed days !

But all Cafe chat is the same probably in all clubs

1 how I would have kept up with the pace if I had noticed my brakes were rubbing

2 how £800 for wheels is not excessive but £3 for a bacon sarnie is

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Post by Ian » 26 Oct 2016 20:32

Hi Phil, can book both days just in case, so good to go.

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Post by Nicks_77 » 27 Oct 2016 20:07

I'm in!

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Post by Andy W » 28 Oct 2016 08:07

Count me in on either of these dates

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Post by Tim » 28 Oct 2016 08:39

Hope to make just about got enough AL left but will have to see what work I've got on at the time. Thanks for the organising.
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Post by Dave Cox » 28 Oct 2016 21:00

I think Charlie Skinner is still our archivist so be ideal person to do the fact sheet perhaps. Its an important part of their reports on well established clubs like Beacon

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Post by petemarshall » 30 Oct 2016 15:32

Unless Cycling Weekly has undergone a major change in the last decades since I stopped reading it, it isn't going to say anything negative and will be positive about the club whatever you do or say. So I would suggest a group get together and rip the legs off the guy and then get him to pay for the food and drink at the cafe :twisted:
On the positive side it looks like a few newbies on the club runs,.😉

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Post by Tim » 03 Nov 2016 21:17

Would be great if someone does a factsheet if they could email it to me at timegan2002@hotmail.com

I've arranged a separate interview with UK Sport and their Club Matters website section, hopefully going to happen in December, and would be good to send them an overview on the history of the club and the events we offer each year.

With all this publicity we'd better prepare for a thousand new members in 2017! :shock:

Thanks

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Post by CakeStop » 03 Nov 2016 21:47

I've drafted a fact sheet and sent to a few others who may wish to add further detail. I'll send it you next week when it's finalised if that's soon enough for you Tim?
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Post by Tim » 03 Nov 2016 22:34

Great yes no rush thanks
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Post by AlanW » 07 Nov 2016 08:22

Its probably to late, but just a thought, could we start the ride a little later to give the traffic chance to clear?
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Post by WorcsPhil » 07 Nov 2016 11:28

As the weather doesn't look too bad on Wednesday, we are good to go.

Yes, we will push back a little, but only by 15mins, so meet at 09:15 for a 09:30 depart. This will be to Evesham at a social pace...This is NOT an A-ride or B-ride, let's keep together and different people take turns on the front...I'm happy to start things off.

Be good to get a fine turn out of red, white and green, and take this opportunity to catch up with others you haven't spoken to for a while, stories about fireworks, Chinese society or Donald Trump's inevitable march to power will all feature.

See you there

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Post by Tim » 07 Nov 2016 12:37

What is estimated return time? Thanks
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Post by carolyn » 07 Nov 2016 12:38

I can make it, I'll wrap up warm brrrrrrr

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Post by WorcsPhil » 07 Nov 2016 12:41

Tim, probably 2-2:30...depends how much time the discussion on Chinese philosophy takes !

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Post by Tim » 07 Nov 2016 12:43

Thanks! Maybe see you there but probably won't make it. Is the journalist attending the roller session in the evening? Probably not a good idea!
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Post by AlanW » 07 Nov 2016 13:09

carolyn wrote:I can make it, I'll wrap up warm brrrrrrr
Oh no, check you personal insurance policies for accident cover!!
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Post by Andy Terry » 08 Nov 2016 16:03

Is this definitely the route, Phil?

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17345026

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Post by WorcsPhil » 08 Nov 2016 17:08

Yes, Andy...apart from the blip around Cofton Park...

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Post by Andy Terry » 08 Nov 2016 17:12

WorcsPhil wrote:Yes, Andy...apart from the blip around Cofton Park...
Thank Phil. See you at Dusthouse Lane all being well.

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Post by laurence_cooley » 08 Nov 2016 17:23

I hope it goes well tomorrow. I'll keep my fingers crossed that there's no ice for you (and that there's enough bread pudding to go around).
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Post by dweben » 08 Nov 2016 18:31

BBC says snow at 8am... rain all night. A touch colder and it's perfect ice weather ;)

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Post by toby » 08 Nov 2016 19:35

Just copied the route to my navigation device so can do a turn or two.
The weather forecast changes depending on which website I look at but I'm optimistic the nastiness should have cleared by meet time.
See you in the morning!

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Post by Hels147 » 08 Nov 2016 19:43

Anyone got some heated insoles?! Not been on the road bike since the weather changed.... Fear I'm gonna be cold! :shock:
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Post by toby » 08 Nov 2016 19:53

Hels147 wrote:Anyone got some heated insoles?! Not been on the road bike since the weather changed.... Fear I'm gonna be cold! :shock:
You, Andy and me on a ride together again? The weather is guarenteed to be utterly disgusting now!!

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Post by Andy Terry » 08 Nov 2016 20:20

toby wrote:
Hels147 wrote:Anyone got some heated insoles?! Not been on the road bike since the weather changed.... Fear I'm gonna be cold! :shock:
You, Andy and me on a ride together again? The weather is guarenteed to be utterly disgusting now!!
Nailed on, I'd say.

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