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Ludlow Road Race Report

Worcester St Johns riders Phil Whiteley and Adrian Bird took part in the inaugural Ludlow Brewing Company and Pearce Cycles road race at Aston on Clun in Shropshire on Sunday.

The race was held in heavy rain over 70 gruelling hilly miles (8 laps of an 8.7-mile course) which a little over half the field completed, including Bird. In a well-judged two-man break Whiteley took the prime (sprint) lap half way through the race, holding off the rest of the bunch as they surged up the hill to the finish line.

The overall race winner was Stuart Glover of Shropshire team Rhino Velo, from a three-man break that stayed away from lap 5.

Midland Air Ambulance donation £407.47

Martin Staines collected unwanted bicycles, cycling kit, books and assorted bicycle related objects from club members and sold these on a club table at the Worcester St Johns CC cycle jumble in February.

The final amount made was £407.57 which was donated to the Midland Air Ambulance – a service that we hope no club member will ever need to use, but it is always good to know it’s there!

Press Secretary Vacancy

Worcester St Johns Cycling Club are currently looking for a Press Secretary.

The role would ideally require the preparation and sending of a brief weekly written summary of club activity and any results to local newspapers etc.

If you are interested in supporting the club on this, then please contact us via the contact form on the website or have a chat with previous Press Officers Dave Walker, Simon Adcook or Ed Dursley.

Club Reliability Ride Sunday 29th January 2017

The WSJCC Reliability Ride will take place on Sunday 29/01/2017.

HQ for this event will be The Worcester Auto Club building at Perdiswell, Worcester. Venue available from 0900. There is some parking at the venue and toilets on site. However, there are no changing facilities.

As usual, a choice of two routes will be available. A 30 mile route and a 48 mile route.

Rides will commence at 0930 hrs following ‘sign on’, payment of the grand sum of £4 and a short safety brief.

Following payment for the use of the venue the remaining funds will be donated to the WSJCC chosen charity as nominated by the Club Committee.

Now for the ‘beg’…..if we have any proficient cake bakers out there who can assist in providing refreshment for weary riders following the completion of the ride (the weather for this ride is traditionally horrendous) your help would be very much appreciated.

Please FB message me if you can assist.

Simon Garrett

2017 Club Time Trial Calendar

The Tuesday night club time trial calendar is now published. Click on the link below to download or view.

There are several new courses. We have introduced these to avoid racing through Kempsey, to reduce the impact of our races and V.C.Sevale events in the same area and to use other areas around Worcester. We have added a final, final event the same as V.C.Sevale do. This is a 1 kilometre sprint after which the season ends at The Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath with ‘free’ chips and a drink paid for from your TT fees.

NOTE: This schedule has yet to be approved by the Midland District Council so there is a possibility of changes before the season starts.

If you have any queries contact Martin Staines or Graziano Abbatiello.

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2016 season’s trophies and medals presented

After an excellent buffet (There was even some food left over!) Rick Allen and Sarah Page presented the trophies and medals to the respective winners. The raffle included some excellent prizes – day at the cricket for 4, Rugby match tickets for 4 and cricket match at Worcester for 4. The latter wasjune won by our most illustrious member – Cayn Theakston (Winner of the 3 week Tour of Portugal in 1988). He promptly passed it on to our next most famous member June Pitchford who set comp record for womens 10 miles in 1966, won many national titles and represented GB in world track championships. The photograph on the right shows how happy she was to receive the tickets.

The highligalecht of the evening was Alec Davies accepting the presidential badge of honour.

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Club Cycle Jumble – Saturday 25th February 2017

The next Worcester St John’s Cycle Jumble will take place on Saturday 25th February 2017

From 10 am to 1pm  at Christopher Whitehead School, Bromwich Road, Worcester, WR2 4AF.

There will be a small entry charge

Stall holder setup will be from 8:45 am on the day

There will be tea, coffee and cakes.

A booking form can be obtained from Rob Nicholls if you want a table.

Martin Staines will have a table in aid of the Air Ambulance – please give your unwanted cycling bits, bikes, books etc to Martin or bring them on the day.

For further information please contact Rob Nicholls on 07958 982265 or email rob-nicholls@tiscali.co.uk