Chairman’s Newsletter 2 – January 2023

Posted on January 21st, 2023

Hello everyone

The main focus of this Newsletter is to tell you about our club social evening on the evening of Wednesday 1st February. Details are as follows:

Date – Wednesday 1st February 2023
Time – 19.00 for food, 19:30 for the main meeting
Location – Grove Rugby Club, Wasborough Field Recreation Ground, Cane Lane, Grove, OX12 0FL (plenty of parking)

Food details:
The Rugby Club has a good bar and we are bringing in the food courtesy of Millbrook Fish and Chips in Grove. Menu choices are given below, please let me know your choices by Sunday 29th January so we can pre-order with the shop. Exact money (cash) on the night please.

cod and chips £7.50
quarter BBQ chicken and chips £6.00
beef pie and chips £5.00
large sausage and chips £4.00
cheese and onion pastie and chips £5.00 (vegetarian)

Please let me know at:

If you don’t want to place a food order, please feel free to join us for 7.30. Once we kick off the main meeting, we will hold an informal session on hints and tips for GPS devices and related online functionality (Garmin, Strava, etc, etc). I would like some volunteers to help out with providing some of these tips, so if you feel you know your way round this stuff reasonably well, please contact me ahead of time. In particular, if anyone is a non-Garmin user (eg; Wahoo, Hammerhead, smart watch or phone app) I would really like to hear from you.

Alongside this we will be collecting orders for club branded clothing in order to get a bulk order in to the supplier. Leadtime is around 6 weeks, so this is all nicely timed to be ready for the spring season. We have updated the club shop tab on the website so take a look there before the meeting to decide what you want to order: Club clothing page. IMPORTANT: to help out with getting sizing right, can I ask those of you who already have club kit to bring items along to enable others to try them on for size? We will have some stickers available to identify items so they won’t get lost. We’d like to get as full a range as possible of the different styles of jersey in particular in different sizes. Ideally, put them in the wash first!

I really encourage as many of you as possible to come along to this event – it will be a great social evening, a chance to learn some new insights into route planning and recording and a rare chance to see people dressed in normal clothes!

Dates for the diary
Advance notice of two weekends away of cycling adventures: Eddie and Jo are planning a New Forest weekend from 12-14 May and Richard P is planning another epic weekend of cycling in northern France in early-mid September. Keep an eye on the website and also for further announcements on these.

And finally, here’s hoping for some more sensible weather! We’re getting a bit fed up of cancelling rides but the forecast does look a bit more manageable for the next couple of weeks so let’s hope that we are past the worst of the winter weather. See you on a ride soon!

Best regards

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