Attendance was reasonable, but please remember all club members are invited to AGMs and it is your opportunity to have your say. We are an amateur organisation and rely solely on the goodwill and participation of as many members as possible. You don’t need expertise to get involved; a little enthusiasm goes a long way. It has been a healthy year for the club and numbers have continued to increase beyond previous years now being just above 400 and the activities on offer have also expanded.
This year has continued to be affected by Covid, but some semblance of normality has been apparent in the last months and for the last few committee meetings we have been able to use the WAC, rather than meet online.
The TT season was able to continue with only a few restrictions and group rides have more or less returned to normal after a few initial months where we were restricted to 6 in a group. The club continued to host a successful Open Time Trial season.
We were also able to host a very successful CX event due to both an easing of restrictions and excellent organisation, thanks to Clinton Haywood, while the Youth Section continued, under Paul Sobczyk, and saw the first of what was an extremely successful event – a Hill Climb for young riders.
The traditional January Reliability Ride was abandoned (it WILL happen 30/01/2022) due to Covid but was replaced by a Big Ride Day, organised by Terry Nolan that attracted 65+ riders participating in a range of events and again was a very successful occasion. Hopefully the Big Day will happen again in 2022.
The Well-Being rides appear to be going from strength to strength thanks by and large to the dedication and care of Jan Basford.
The Club Website has been upgraded, and it is now more attractive and user friendly thanks to the work of Daz Godfrey. Daz has got the new membership cards up and running, which we will all receive when we renew our membership. There will be a small increase in the annual fee to cover the cost of the card, however, presentation of the card at your LBS will get you a 10% discount.
Similarly Kieran Holdstock Club has upgraded and developed the club’s clothing; both cycle and casual wear. Hopefully there will be opportunities to try on at a social evening or two.
Martin Staines has upgraded the Treasurer’s Report which is now published monthly and which reveals that the clubs finances are in a healthy position.
In recognition of his ongoing commitment to the club Gordon Chamberlain was installed as Honorary President.
I would like to thank all those members who have given their time in whatever capacity. As previously mentioned, we are an amateur club that relies completely on the goodwill and work of members to provide and oversee all the activities we offer and the continued success of the club is due to the work of the volunteers.
Yours Peter Cockcroft (chairperson)