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20/09/20 Newsletter

Message from the Chair

With the unrelenting restrictions on our normal activities the club has continued to look for ways to get things going again. It’s been great to see the restart of club time trials, multisport sessions in the pool and on the track, club rides going again and youth cycling at the Bowl about to recommence. This is all down to our coaches, committee members and volunteers working hard behind the scenes and I’m sure you will all want to join me in thanking them for their efforts. I hope you are to take advantage of some of these opportunities.

John Ritchie, Club Chair

Membership news Welfare officers wanted!
The renewal of membership was suspended at the end of March due the lockdown. Now that the club has started to reintroduce activities, where possible, renewals have now restarted. Due to the lack of activities over the summer months members are being offered 18 months for the normal renewal price. All members will be sent an email reminder when their renewal is due, current expiry date is shown on membership cards which are attached as a PDF to the welcome email that is sent to members when joining or renewing membership. All members (current members in March 2020) will be offered this deal which will run until March 2021. Despite our request last year for volunteers to step up to be welfare officer, sadly nobody has completed all the necessary steps to become one. As our current welfare officer will be standing down this year, we need at least two candidates (one for the multisport section and one for cycling) so the club can continue to offer our youth members training. To complete the welfare officer training, candidates only need to complete a training session from the relevant federation (BTF or BC) and obtain an enhanced DBS check through the respective organisation. If you need more info about the role, then please speak to the relevant coaches or contact Lucie:
club-admin@teammk.com

Time trials

Two more events – September and October

No need to lay up your TT machine yet - after a very successful run of five club ten time trials in July/ August which attracted a lot of competitors the club has decided to put on two more events – details as follows:

Day Date Start Time 1st Choice Course Distance 2nd Choice Course Max Riders Come & Try?
Saturday 26/09/2020 10.00 F5u/10 Nash 11.4 F5w/10 Whaddon 60 Y
Saturday 17/10/2020 10.00 F5v/10 Astwood 10 F5cr/10 Cranfield 60 Y

The entry arrangements will be very similar to how we ran the first series but we will be making a few changes.

Entry will open the Wednesday beforehand and close on the Friday so that we can issue the start list to everyone. For these events you will be able to choose your start time but we will close any gaps as we will not allow any entries after the closing time. We will be using some disposable numbers that will be issued on the day. As before there will be detailed instructions issued in the week before the event about where and when to sign on etc. We plan to use Café Belge for the Nash event and the Bike Bus start for the Astwood event although there will not be any parking available at the Bike Bus.

Saturday youth races Adult swim training
Our coaches are working hard on creating series of Covid-19 safe youth races (road) at the Bowl to be held soon. Once we have the final details, these will be posted on the Youth Section Facebook page. Like all club events, these will also need volunteers. If you are able to help out, please drop Lucie a line:
club-admin@teammk.com
After spending his summer break filling in risk assessment paperwork, Coach Mark Bell has managed to get swimming restarted at Wolverton Pool. Information about this can be found on the club forum.

Youth run training Saturday club rides
Coaches Lisa and Karen have started youth run training sessions again after completing all the necessary paperwork. Covid-19 guidelines mean we have to keep a track of numbers so they are using an app to manage attendance. Please go to the Facebook Youth section for more information on how your child can take part. Phil B. has worked hard to get club rides restarted in compliance with new guidelines. Gone are the days of just simply turning up for a ride, pre-registration is the new normal. Phil has kindly compiled everything you need to know (and do) and posted this on the club forum as your first port of call.