Notice of extraordinary general meeting of Bridgnorth Cycling Club

  1. Notice of extraordinary general meeting (click to view pdf version)

Notice is given that the committee has decided that an extraordinary general meeting of the above named club will be held on 30th November 2020 at 7.30pm. Due to COVID19 restrictions it is not possible for a place to be fixed for members to meet in person and the committee will make arrangements for the widest possible participation in debate and voting on the two proposals before the meeting.

2. Business to be transacted

2.1 To confirm the alternative arrangements for an extraordinary general meeting due to COVID19 restrictions;

2.2 To consider and, if approved, to pass the following resolution moved by the committee:
a. That Bridgnorth Cycling Club and Cycle Club Bridgnorth merge to form a new cycling club;

b. That the new cycle club formed by that merger be registered with British Cycling with the name “Bridgnorth Cycling Club”;

c. That the constitution of the new club shall be the model constitution for cycling clubs recommended by British Cycling

d. That the kit of the new cycling club formed by that merger be the Red, White and Green kit of Cycle Club Bridgnorth RWG with amendment to the “badge” currently on the front, left upper quarter of that jersey and that kit shall be registered with British Cycling as the official kit of the new club;

e. The membership fee structure of the new club shall be the current fee structure of Cycle Club Bridgnorth RWG; and

f. That the current committees of Bridgnorth Cycling Club and Cycle Club Bridgnorth RWG merge to manage the affairs of the new club for the next six months when, COVID19 restrictions allowing, there will be an AGM of the new club and all committee roles will be open for nomination/election.

Notes
i. It is unfortunate that COVID19 arrangements make it impossible to call a meeting at a specified place. Such restrictions are likely to make that impossible for the foreseeable future. In the circumstances, the committee will do all that it reasonably can to ensure the widest possible debate of the proposal amongst the membership and that everyone has the opportunity to vote. The purpose of the proposal at paragraph 2.1 is to authorise those alternative arrangements.

ii. The proposal at paragraph 2.2 a-f is a “complete proposal” upon which there is to be one vote.

iii. A proposal in the same terms as that at paragraph 2.2 will go before the members of both Bridgnorth Cycling Club and Cycle Club Bridgnorth RWG on the same day.

iv. The proposal at paragraph 2.2 arises as a result of several meetings between the committees of Bridgnorth Cycling Club and Cycle Club Bridgnorth RWG which were originally convened in order to see whether the two clubs could work together in order to best serve the interests of cyclists in the Bridgnorth area. It became apparent that whilst each club had particular strengths in certain areas and some weaknesses in other areas, those strengths and weaknesses complimented each other to a large extent.

v. Space forbids a full analysis of those strengths and weaknesses here but, and it is acknowledged to be an oversimplification but Bridgnorth Cycling Club has an extremely strong “off road” section with considerable experience in arranging and leading rides on local trails and in organising off road competition. Cycle Club Bridgnorth RWG has an extremely strong road section with a large number of members taking part in competitive racing, organising racing, and organising fast club rides. Both clubs have members that ride, to different extents, both on road and off road.

vi. Both clubs have problems, on occasions “matching” some riders to suitable riding groups with the result that some members become disenchanted with membership and overall growth and opportunities to increase participation in the sport are lost.

vii. Different levels of cooperation between the two clubs were discussed, but there was concern on both sides that any model of cooperation would lead to unhealthy competition for new members which could lead to self-defeating antagonism causing an eventual breakdown of the cooperation.

viii. That concern gave rise to a consideration of the merger of the two clubs. It is right and fair to say that both committees had initial concerns about the proposal. Both were concerned that each club had a strong identity which they did not want to sacrifice in a merger of the clubs, however, the detailed discussions that took place led to the unanimous view of both committees that we were ultimately going to be better together:

a) The new club will have a membership of around 130 riders;
b) A bigger pool of riders allows more groups of matched individuals, increasing participation and participation;
c) A larger membership gives the new club a louder voice in local affairs in so far as they concern cycling;
d) A bigger presence gives greater exposure to sponsors and has the potential to increase sponsorship that can be ploughed back into the sport;
e) There will be more and better opportunities for training at every level;
f) A bigger membership increases the number of people who are prepared to participate in organising events decreasing the burden on individuals; and
g) One club has lower costs (in terms of affiliation fees etc) than two clubs.

Addendum to notice of EGM
This addendum sets out the arrangements that the committee have arranged to allow for the widest possible debate amongst members on the proposals and an opportunity to vote.

  1. The notice of the EGM will be posted on the club’s website, Facebook page and email
  2. An open Zoom meeting will be set up at 7.30pm on 30th November 2020. A weblink to the Zoom meeting will be posted on the club’s Facebook members forum.
  3. Members will be able to vote via the Facebook member forum or email to any committee member.
  4. Votes will be counted on 1st December 2020 at mid-day.

No vote cast after midnight on 30th November 2020 will be counted. Arrangements will be made to check that no member votes more than once.

Rides suspended due to COVID-19

In light of the official advice regarding COVID-19 virus, all club rides (road and MTB) are suspended until further notice.

This also means that our Reliability Ride, which was due to take place on Sunday 22nd March is now cancelled. Please pass this information on to fellow riders.

An Alternative Mother’s Day

Words and pictures: Sarah Alexander

Mother’s Day. So mothers (and I am one) should be doing all the things they really want to on this special occasion – such as having facials, shopping, eating one’s bodyweight in Lindt and trying out yet another obscure pink gin.

Well, there may be time for all that still, but let it be known that this mother did exactly what she wanted to do, on this auspicious day: and that is lose an hour of precious sleep, have a wardrobe conundrum (what would be my prime enemy today – rain or cold, hmmm – and would it match with my nails-slash-bike-slash-helmet-slash-shoes?) and then meet her just-as-crazy friends at the Bridgnorth Football Club and set off on a magical mystery tour.

This time the objective was to train all us foolhardy Birmingham Velo newbies to prepare ourselves for the task ahead. And that meant a longer ride selected by our own beloved Chairman Andrew and the shrewd Graeme Tait. What could be more straightforward? Get us ready for the Velo? Piece of cake.

We set off down some canny backroads straight outta Bridgo (Jeez, I am down wiv da kidz) and then found ourselves in familiar territory on the Craven Arms road. And that’s where we said goodbye to the familiar and embraced the bloody surprising and often downright bloody tough. There was a hill that suddenly came upon us with the ferocity and unpredictability of a rabid dog on a Spanish summer’s day. And when it latched onto your ankles and had you in its grip, boy did you have to fight hard to keep ahead of it and stay upright. It was a battle of wills. If that hill were a dog, it would be a farmworker’s Jack Russell – short, tough as nails and with ideas beyond its station.

Then we had to battle the winds along Longville in the Dale, all the way to Craven Arms. At that point, when heading towards Craven Arms, the winds were working with us. We stopped for welcome refreshments at the Secret Hills Discovery Centre and wisely opted to stay indoors. You know you’ve worked hard when not only do you buy honey cake to go with your pot of tea but you also fantasise about eating cheesy chips or a Brie and tomato quiche – or hey, why not both? You’ve worked HARD. 🤔

There was another mega-hill but this one was longer but announced itself more courteously and as a pack of riders, we spread ourselves out along its spiny back and hammered away at it, each at our own pace, in our own little bubble of pain. I actually quite liked that one and will revisit it sometime.

Following the wonderful cafe stop, we were given the green light to go at our own pace and head back to the Club House. So I found myself in a little group with two of my favourite dudes, John and Jack Robinson. We churned it up on some charming little lanes outside Stanton Lacy and headed back in the vague direction of Bridgnorth. Just when we got up a great pace, a car would come down the single track road and we’d have to stop completely as the road was too narrow, quashing our Strava hopes but at least keeping us alive and in one piece. When we emerged from those unfamiliar serpentine gravelly lanes, our relief on finding a road we knew was short-lived. Sheesh! The wind was a kick in the face! It was brutal! All the way back from Shipton to Morville, I was buffeted around like a sheet on a washing line. Jack, John and I huddled together in a sorrowful mini-peloton and I battled to stay upright and in a straight line on my Cross bike with its smart-but-in-today’s-case-very-silly-50mm-rims. I was like a two-bit puppet on a string, a flapping jib on an unmanned mast.

Just before Morville, my ears became aware of a jetplane approaching – the jetplane that was a posse of riders from the CCB as they whirred past. I clung on and joined them for as long as I could on the road back to Tasley but it was a futile endeavour as the winds regained their strength on the last surge up to the Livestock Market.

Eventually John, Jack and I made it back up to the Club House. We felt invigorated but also spent. We had managed to hold our own in those horrendous cross winds. We had done battle and won against two daunting Shropshire hills and made it back to our sanctuary in the face of formidable crosswinds and anything but ideal conditions. We were grateful to the road planning of our friends Graeme and Andrew and knew that although the route was gruesome in places and the conditions testing, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?

Errrrrm, right. Whatever you say. 😉 Ride On.

BCC Reliability Ride

Sunday 10 February saw 62 riders take part in our annual reliability ride, this year in support of the Bridgnorth Hospital League of Friends.

The weather as expected played it’s part, cold to start with, barely warming up and then rain, February in Shropshire, what’s not to like !

Our new ride headquarters worked really well Bridgnorth Football Club gave us more space, plenty of seating, bacon butties and for some a beer on their return. With free parking (yes I did say free parking. What in Bridgnorth and at a weekend) just down the road it all worked seamlessly.

Thanks to all the riders who took part, everyone at the football club and club members  for making the event possible.

 

What’s it like to join our club runs.

‘It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.’ Ernest Hemingway.

 

Well, I can’t think of a more exhilarating and fun way to end 2018 -certainly nothing else that is printable at this moment!

When we arrived at Clee Cycles this morning, there were at least 20 cyclists waiting for the off, including two other female riders. What a glorious sight to see so many of us! For once, I had downloaded the route onto my Wahoo and could enjoy turn-by-turn navigation to reach our destination in Albrighton. So Andrew Davies charged Andy Mowbray and me with the onerous task of leading a small group to the 1232 cafe on Albrighton High Street. What could be simpler? All we had to do was to keep the group together and follow the arrows on my screen. Unfortunately some of us can’t follow instructions. When we reached the Rabbit Run near Stableford, Wahoo said right but my co-riders chirped up: ‘It can’t be right, we always go LEFT and THEN immediately right.’ Result: a small breakaway group consisting of Andy Mowbray, Andy Seymour and myself. We headed on in the right general direction and saw loads of other cyclists out on this warm and fine day but no one else from the BCC. We were definitely out on a limb. Eventually we caught up with the A group and they let us tag along with them till we reached the cafe. The sound of our bikes cutting through the air and our tyres whirring on the tarmac was thrilling – I felt like one bee in a swarm, all united in a common purpose and a common pleasure.

We arrived at the cafe and before long, the cafe was full of BCC riders, all enjoying a well earned bevvie and a slice of cake. We chatted and joked and then set on our way, heading back via Patshull Park, Worfield and The Hobbins. Here, I was indebted to some of the A team riders Neil Chatter, Neil Thomas and Andy Seymour who, knowing that I had ‘unfinished business’ with a certain Strava segment, helped push me along by setting a great pace. Without sounding like a Strava bore (!) I took 10 seconds off my previous time and moved up to number 2 all-time women – cue that mini fist-pump feeling 😉.

Eventually we arrived back at Clee Cycles. The busy and virtuous amongst us said goodbye and headed home and the rest of us undid all our good work by having a pint or two at the SVR. Sitting down with my new cycling buddies, I felt an overwhelming sense of contentment and achievement. Modern life can seem complicated, challenging and often downright unjust and 2018 has had its fair share of trials and hardship but when I’m riding with my BCC friends, all is well with the world and I’m in my happy place. Wishing each and every one of you a happy, successful and rewarding 2019. Here’s to loads more fun rides together.

 

Thanks Sarah Alexander for words and pictures

Family Fun Day

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Family Fun day at Comer Woods, Dudmaston.

The weather was really kind to us, a little chilly, but everyone soon warmed up. We all had a great time leading riders of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities around the family trails and the full MTB race circuit. It was great to see so many people taking up the challenge and we hope that the introduction will continue to encourage people to explore and enjoy this fantastic National Trust facility right here on Bridgnorth’s doorstep.

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