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Here's the latest in the series of our occasional Newsletters. Also available as a pdf download. The pdf is a bit better laid out!

 

The President's Occasional Newsletter January 2021

Members Update

After a rather tumultuous 2020 season, how the 2021 season will play out is still not very clear.   Nationally, we are in lockdown, which clearly impacts on sporting activities and on meetings.   This email seeks to clarify where we are as a club.

Membership

You may recall that in the light of Covid restrictions in 2020, the Committee decided to roll over everyone’s membership for 2021 at no extra cost.   We will not be requiring people to submit membership applications for 2021, but if you wish to leave the club, please let us know.   

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The NBRC Committee had been deliberating whether it was wise to hold the 2021 New Year's Day '10' given the ongoing Covid-19 situation. The recent move of large parts of SE England to Tier 4, including Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire, has convinced us that we should not proceed with this event.
 
We have published a draft list of 2021 club time trials on the website. The first of these events is on Saturday 20th March. We hope that we will be able to present a full season of events in 2021.

NBRC Committee Update August 2020

Over the last few weeks, the Club Committee has held a series of meetings to discuss our approach to club activities as England relaxes Covid-19 lockdown restrictions (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are managing these independently).

Dick Selley has prepared another of his occasional newsletters, which can be obtained at this link: May 2020 NBRC Newsletter.

In light of the ongoing Coronavirus situation, we have decided to abandon our time trial series until further notice.

We kick off the 2020 club time trial series with our opening event on the Astwood course using the version starting in Astwood, on Saturday 21st March, starting at 10am. Entry is £4.00 for members, £6.00 for non-members.

All are welcome: make sure you turn up in time to sign on. You'll need a mechanically sound bike and a bike helmet. We recommend the use of a rear light. You need to be 12 or over to ride time trials; if you are over 12 but under 18 you will need permission from a parent or guardian to take part (download a permission form in pdf format and in Word format).

PLEASE REMEMBER: REAR LIGHTS ARE NOW MANDATORY FOR ALL TIME TRIALS. If you don't have a working rear light, you won't be allowed to start.

The North Bucks Road Club will review our club time trial series in light of the current coronavirus situation. Please continue to take all precautions. Check the Facebook page and this website for latest updates. 

The course has a route description and a risk assessment. Make sure you have familiarised yourself with the course, and remember that time trials are held on open roads - take care and be observant of other road users!

Download the latest Course Description and Risk Assessment (pdf)

For riders new to time trialling, here's a brief introduction to time trials.  

Results, including rider names and club affiliations, will be posted online following the event.

Please remember that the Salford bridge over the A421 is still closed, and won't re-open until May 2020 at the earliest - please factor this in to your ride to the event.

Results to follow

Membership fees for 2020 are now due.

Forms can be downloaded from this page, in Word, PDF and Open Document formats. Membership fees have not changed for 2020.

UPDATE:

As a consequence of the UK lockdown, the club cannot hold group rides or club runs, nor can it organise sporting events until further notice.
British Cycling and Cycling Time Trials have both suspended activity until June 30th, and this may be extended further as the pandemic runs its course. Our club time trial calendar for 2020 can be found on our website, and if possible we will start running these events once lockdown is over – though this would obviously depend on detailed guidance on how sporting events may take place.
We are also unable to hold club meetings or face to face committee meetings.


In light of this situation, we have decided that members who join or renew for (or during) 2020 will have their membership extended for 2021.

We've published the NBRC Club Time Trial Calendar.

Owing to problems with weather affecting our early season events in the last few years, our TT events don't start until 21st March this year.

Also new for 2020 is a new regulation which concerns the requirement for a working rear light to be fitted. This regulation is to be enforced for Club events as well as Open events. The CTT have published a Guidance Note to explain how this will be enforced - essentially any rider without a functioning rear light will not be permitted to start.

Come and ride away the excesses of the festive season at the NBRC New Year's Day '10'!

The event will be held on the Stoke Hammond course - if you are new to the course, please review the course description and risk assessment. Here is the Course route - includes download links for many GPS enabled computers.

All are welcome at our club time trials: make sure you turn up in time to sign on. You'll need a mechanically sound bike and a bike helmet. We recommend the use of a rear light, especially in evening events. You need to be 12 or over to ride time trials. If you are under 18 you will need permission from a parent or guardian to take part (download a permission form in pdf format and in Word format). Each of our courses has a route description and a risk assessment. Make sure you have familiarised yourself with the course!

The event starts at 10.00am on Wednesday 1st January (obviously), and entry is on the line at £4.00 (NBRC members), £6.00 (non-members). 

The results of this time trial will be posted online shortly after the event has been completed. These data include riders’ Names, Club, Category and their Result.

Rear Lights in Time Trials

At the recent CTT annual general meeting, a resolution making rear lights compulsory in all time trials was passed. Following some discussion around the implementation of this rule, CTT have clarified that this rule will not be enforced in events held over the Christmas and New Year period. CTT will issue further guidance for the remaining events in 2020.

Nevertheless, the club recommends the use of a properly functional rear light while racing. 

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