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  • 25/06/2020 13:34 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With the latest updates from the Government, regarding their easing of the lockdown from the 4th July, allowing many more businesses to reopen and the, somewhat conflicting, messages coming out still from the scientific and medical experts, the Board wishes to inform all members of it’s decision concerning resumption of Club cycling.

    The primary and overriding responsibility of the Board is the safety of its members whilst engaged in all activities associated with San Fairy Ann CC.

    It is appreciated that, thankfully, the infection rate of COVID 19 seems at this time to have been reduced, there is absolutely no indication whatsoever that this air borne and often lethal virus gives any indication that its nastiness has relented.

    Therefore caution has to be our absolute priority and, with cycling, the spores from the breath can be very easily passed to others, even if trying to socially distance.

    Therefore a decision has been made to suspend Club rides until further notice.
    We took the view that the Government has relaxed its policy in order to get the economy kick started again, which is commendable, if commercial enterprises are to remain viable. However our Club is not profit making and suffers no loss financially by extending suspension of rides until considered safe to resume.

    We tried looking at options to tentatively resume rides with the maximum permitted number of 6 riders. However, in practical terms the responsibility placed on coordinators and potential leaders is considered too onerous, especially when trying to restrict greater numbers turning up and the implications of “policing” etc.

    I expect that over the course of the last 3 months, most of us have been able to privately cycle, individually or with friends, depending on the guidelines that prevailed at the time, and hopefully that will continue until we can be guaranteed an all clear from the scientific experts.

    We appreciate that this will come as a disappointment to many, and sincerely thank everyone who has conformed to lockdown rules, especially not wearing the club kit. As a Board it must be reiterated that the safety of our members is absolute.

    On behalf of the Board,

    Richard Valentine
    Club Rides Director


  • 03/06/2020 14:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Just a reminder that your SFACC membership provides you with a Ride with GPS ‘Club’ account that includes  some otherwise paid for Premium features and additional member only content. This may be of interest to Strava users who are now required to pay a subscription fee to create new routes. 

    See our webpage https://sanfairyanncyclingclub.wildapricot.org/san_fairy_ann_ride_with_gps/ for full details.  A comprehensive SFACC Ride with GPS User Guide using this link is now available.

    Please use the discussion forum 'Route Planning & Ride Recording Technology' to share experiences, issues and feedback on Ride with GPS and the user guide.

    Russell Chidwick


  • 28/01/2020 13:59 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Recording Club Riders Names

    Under the rules of the club, there is a requirement to record the names of riders on all Club events, which includes Club rides, Audax, Reliability and Sportive.

    Under the Organisers‘ Liability Cover for Cycling UK Affiliated Bodies it states:

    “Riders are covered providing the ride/event is run in accordance with any guidelines issued and in particular that participants on rides/events are recorded either through collection of names or by completion of an entry form.”

    I understand that certain groups on club rides, Audax’s etc. do this already, but it is a policy that seems to have been abandoned in the last few years by others. It is however, already in our club rules as a requirement.

    In the SFA Club Handbook which all members have received, it states on page 17 §11:

    The approved Group Co-ordinators will be responsible for forwarding the names of those in attendance on each run to the Director of Recreation.  The Director of Recreation will provide a regular report to the Board.

    Whilst appreciating that it may appear somewhat onerous, it is essential if, as a club, we are to adhere to those terms and conditions.

    It is suggested that ride leaders obtain these details before the start if practicable or alternatively at the more relaxed break.  

    It would also provide an ideal opportunity to familiarise themselves in a welcoming way to new riders and ensure that they are members, or on taster-rides.

    Perhaps a very quick way to achieve this is to take a photograph at the start and record the names at the earliest convenient moment.

    There are no guidelines as to how this information is to be stored, but it is requested that group coordinators are given the details and keep by which ever means they deem suitable should it be subsequently required by the Insurance Company.

    This method would also seem an appropriate way of collating the number of rides a member does annually, if they wish to be considered for the Club’s Attendence Shield (see below).

    It is asked that,with effect from 1st of January 2020, that as a Club we adhere to these requirements.

    In the same paragraph in the Club Handbook, it also states:

    All members should be aware of the safety issues for the Club runs and act in accordance with the online document entitled “Rules and Etiquette for riding in groups”.  This document is to be given to all new members.  Prospective new members are welcome on Club runs but should be encouraged to join the Club after a maximum of three rides. A maximum of 10 new members can go on one club ride at a time, to align with insurance.

    This leaflet has also been sent to all members.

    Both the Club Handbook and the Rules and Etiquette leaflet can also be found on the website:

    Club Handbook: Click here

    Group Rules and Ettiquette leaflet: Click here


  • 17/12/2019 12:46 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Attendance Shield 2020

    The competition year for the Attendance Shield will be from 1st January until 31st December annually, in order that the prize may be awarded at the Birthday Lunch each March.

    In order to enter, club members will need to complete the spreadsheets being for Club Runs attended and Club Events at which they have assisted. 

    With regard to Club Runs, it will be necessary to nominate the day on which you intend to ride so if, for example,  you normally ride on a Saturday then you simply state Saturday and are free to ride with any Saturday group and this will be counted towards your score, provided that you start with the group and ride with them to the coffee break. Official Club Runs, as advertised in the Milestone and/or on the Club website, only to be eligible.

    Club Events are to comprise a wide range of club activities. On the competition side, all club organised events such as time trials, track racing, cyclocross and road racing plus audax and cyclo-sportive events to count. This will also include events organised by SFACC such as a round of the South Eastern Road Race League but also events that count towards club trophies and championships such as the Simon Mason Trophy. Social events are also included such as organising and assisting at the Birthday Lunch and making refreshments at club house evenings.  Without this support, events would not be run and there would be no refreshments for our members and competitors.

    If there is any doubt on the eligibility of an event or counting them, please feel free to contact me, but it is intended that there will always be a wide scope for members to gain points in the competition.

    The Club runs form for the Attendance Shield can be found here:

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1c_CIGieB5MQrGNCEr9Le6JoHAvIHpDfK

    The Events form for the Attendance Shield can be found here:

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1kwJ_Eh-l-lA8uwgNXF5yMBU2l3sUwyaH

    Good luck everyone and let’s see who wins the trophy next year.

    Richard Valentine
    Club Runs Secretary


  • 08/07/2019 11:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to the shortening of this years nominated 25 mile Club Championship course on Sunday 7th July a new event has been nominated to ensure the competition is run over a full 25 mile course.

    Catford CC’s Time Trial on Sunday 25th August 2019 has been chosen as the new event. Please see the link below for more details: - 

    https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/18221

    Kind Regards

    Martin Foord
    Time Trial Secretary


  • 29/06/2019 13:25 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Breaking News Today
    New World Record

    Our reporter at the track side: Roly Crayford reports that Geoff Wiles has broken the Team Pursuit World Record by no less than 10 seconds, at the Geraint Thomas Velodrome, Newport.

    Geoffs Record Time was 2:37 (previously 2:47)

    Also, Barbara Wiles has also broken the National record and have scored 2 Gold medals for the Team.

    More info later.


  • 26/06/2019 10:03 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Time Trial Wednesday 26th June 2019

    Due to road works on the M20, we are having to move tonights Time Trial to the back up route: Q10/29 East Peckham and the start will be at 7.30 pm.

    Dean Chiddention


  • 14/06/2019 16:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With marshals stuck on trains at Hither Green, family members had to step in to enable the San Fairy Ann Club Time Trial to go ahead as planned at East Peckham on Wednesday evening.

    The rain stayed away, but sadly so did riders with only six people signing-on.
    The march of the women continued with an even split of the sexes, boosted by two lady visitors from 4T+ Velo.

    Abellio SFA RT’s Tom Rowing was the fastest over the ten mile course recording an impressive 00:21:10, showing a clean pair of heels to last week's winner, Dean Chiddention. 

    Special thanks are owed to Jenny & Alex Burton, Clare Boret and all the marshals whose contributions enabled the event to take place.

    Next week we will be returning to Charing with the first rider going off at 7.30 pm. Sign on from 6.30 pm in the car park of Lenham Community Centre.


  • 29/05/2019 10:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Prudential Ride London - Surrey 100
    Club Team Spaces
    Now Filled

    Sunday 4th August

    Start is by the Olympic Park in Stratford and 
    finishes by Buckingham Palace

    Start time depends but is between 6am and 9am on closed roads 
    around London and Surrey

    Urgent as applicants need to complete the registration process 
    by 5pm on Friday 31 May

    I know it is a bit short notice but due to people dropping out, I have the following spaces available for anyone who wants them:

    One team of 4 male riders (4 spaces available)

    One team of 4 mixed riders (2 male 2 female) (4 spaces available)

    One team of 4 male riders (1 space available to ride with 3 members of Inters+ group).

    I will give the spaces away on a first come first serve basis.  Applicants need to complete the registration process by 5pm on Friday 31 May.  Each rider must also be a member of British Cycling as their membership number will be required.

    Interested parties can email me on aattwood@hotmail.com

    Thanks

    Ant Attwood



  • 27/05/2019 12:10 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After a successful start to the season on our new Time Trial course at Charing we will be moving to East Peckham for the next two weeks, commencing Wednesday 29/05/2019.


    First rider goes off at 7.30 pm allowing more time to reach the event “headquarters” which will be located in Old Whetsted Road, approximately 100 metres south of the entrance to the Hop Farm.

    It has been really encouraging seeing lots of fresh faces tackling the undulating course at Charing and those riders are in for a treat next week as we swap the lumpy A20 for the pan-flat A228.  

    The “race of truth” is an opportunity to test yourself against the clock. How quickly can you cover 10 miles?

    Entry fee is £5.00 for SFA members and £6.00 for non-club members.

    Please contact Martin Foord for more details martin.foord1962@btinternet.com or 07734 354693

    Martin Foord
    Time Trial Secretary


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