After a bitterly cold but dry February, the usual warnings of upcoming droughts have started to appear. Presumably this is why the Rain Gods have promised a week of snow, ice and rain. Never mind, at least it means I am not missing much while hiding in my bunker after contracting covid. In fact, we have just had the first two confirmed cases of covid transmission on a club ride but fortunately neither have had serious effects.
Please make sure you read the new Club Handbook, it includes a rule change that affects everybody on an Anerley BC ride.
Des has abandoned me to do this month on my own so let us hope the wheels don’t fall off during this edition!
THE GREAT GONG SHOW OF 2023!
The Annual Dinner was very well attended and the silverware looked it’s splendid best, as usual the great and worthy members of our club ran off with the trophies.
New boy Martin Bates shared his experience of an Anerley tradition and even managed to win his own prize! https://anerleybc.org/the-great-gong-show/
AWARDS ADDENDUM – PALMAM QUI MERUIT FERAT
Although only some got the big Silver, the club had a great year’s cycling in 2022 and we must not forget to celebrate all the rides and challenges we witnessed in the first post-pandemic cycling season.
THE LONG AWAITED CLUB HANDBOOK
In the past, the club produced printed handbooks for members. These were expensive to produce and hard to keep up to date. The new handbook is published on our website and you can read or download a copy whenever you want. You may also obtain a copy from the Club Secretary (currently Fran Stedman()on request.
A GENTLE RECOVERY RIDE WITH MARK HANCOCK
After another stent recently fitted in one of my coronary arteries, Mark Hancock’s promised flat ride really appealed to me.
GRAVELLING WITH JOHN DIAMOND
John’s offroad / gravel rides are beginning to pick up a following so I joined him to see what the fuss was about.
Great fun with a twist in the tale. See https://anerleybc.org/gravelling-with-john-diamond/
ANOTHER MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB
Des braces himself for Snowdon – his first mountain climb in 5 years by looking back on his last mountain climb.
At Deptford Creek where the River Ravensbourne flows into the River Thames, you will find a monument to a Russian.
AT-HOME CIRCUIT TRAINING WORKOUT – NO EQUIPMENT NEEDED!
Now that the weather has resumed its proper winter form, we get a chance to think about training without a bike. Having heart issues and a severe hatred of turbo-trainers, I can thoroughly recommend circuit training. For me this started in cardio-rehab classes provided gratis with the NHS. The variation meant that this non-boring intensive workout was something I could fit in between rides or when the weather outside is frightful! Maybe next time I will detail my own workout but this article contains a great place to start and it is all equipment free!
Don’t forget to pay your subs! You should have received a reminder from George on how much and how to pay.
And reminder 2:
Please read the new club handbook which includes the up to date current club rules, including Rule 28. All members who participate in Anerley BC rides must have third party cycling insurance.
Plus reminder 3:
Please contribute to the Gazette, it is the official club newsletter and can only reflect your opinion if you get your fingers out!
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Current Covid guidance from our Club Captain
The government has removed all domestic COVID restrictions in England. So dealing with COVID has effectively become advice on how to reduce the risks of catching and spreading COVID. This includes the following:
Let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside:
Consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces
Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms, and stay at home if positive”