2014/11/03: Lancaster Cycling Club swap shop
Have you got a cupboard full of old bike bits you've been meaning to get rid of? Or are you in the market for bike parts, clothing or accessories? Then visit our new swap shop page on Facebook to...
2014/11/03: Sponsorship deal
Lancaster's Clarkson Hirst Solicitors has kindly agreed to sponsor Lancaster Cycling Club next season. The company has pledged some funding to provide prizes for riders taking part in the Salt Ayre...
2014/12/13: Winter club runs for 2014-15
Lancaster Cycling Club's winter club run season is starting soon! These friendly social rides are open to riders of all abilities. No chain-ganging and no one left behind - just come for a ride, a chat...
Lancaster Cycling Club Annual Dinner (2014 season) will take place on FRIDAY 23rd JANUARY 2015 at The GREGSON CENTRE, Moor Lane. Time: 7:30 for 8:00
Another Christmas will be retreating into the past, yet memories of the 2014 season will still invoke a warm glow. These feelings will be further enhanced by the prospect of the 2015 season looming on the horizon! The date has been carefully selected to optimise the performance benefits gained by ingesting large amounts of protein and carbohydrates in the form of the legendary Gregson buffet, washed down by a great selection of scientifically selected beverages.
For the price of £16, the evening will offer a marvellous 3 course buffet ... (last year's nearly defeated us!), with musical entertainment once again offered by the wonderful James Geary and the thrills offered by the prize giving ceremonials.
Please make every effort to attend to mix with fellow cycling enthusiasts, and build on the success of last year's dinner.
Cheques for £16 per head, made payable to Lancaster Cycling Club can be sent to Tom Oldham.
Lancaster Cycling Club's Paul Andrews and Mike Wong, along with other Club members and a fantastic team of dedicated parents, formed the organising crew for local youth cycling club, Salt Ayre Cog Set's winter training camp, based at Yealand Redmayne's Quaker Meeting House last weekend, 5th to 7th December.
18 riders aged 12 to 18 took part. In cold, damp weather, three different-length rides headed out to Sedbergh on Saturday, and along south Lakes lanes towards Windermere on Sunday. But the weekend wasn't just about getting some decent quality training in; it also featured workshops, talks and films, to deliver a 'total cycling experience'.
Monica Eden of British Cycling talked about British Cycling's Performance Pathway. Matt Cronshaw of the Madison Genesis pro cycling team offered insights from the peloton. David Cooke spoke to the young riders about physiology and nutrition. And Alexander Reed gave an anti-doping presentation. There were two bike maintenance workshops, one run by James Williamson of Cog Set, the other by GoVelo. And the screening of a documentary, Rising from Ashes', about the first Rwandan National Cycling Team and their six year journey through adversity to the Olympic games in London.
But above all the weekend offered the chance for Cog Set riders to hang out together and get to know each other better. There was a wide range of experience and ability - some of the youngsters were adding to their already impressive weekly training miles, whilst others were getting their first taste of club riding out on the roads - the youngest rider there, Oliver Patterson had just turned 12; he was chuffed to bits when his weekend's mileage went above 100 km half-way through Sunday's ride.
But new faces and old together enjoyed a weekend of living and breathing cycling. And what a great way to learn - not only via the talks and workshops, not only via the senior riders who accompanied the rides, but via a big bunch of energetic, enthusiastic young people talking to and helping one another.
This, the third Salt Ayre Cog Set training weekend, was considered 'the best yet'. It was brilliantly organised, including a superb team of caterers led by Janet Reed. And it bodes well for local club cycling that we have such a dynamic youth cycling club. No doubt a few of the young people in these photos are Lancaster Cycling Club members of the future. Well done to all of them for getting stuck in, and earning valuable miles and priceless experiences at the start of winter.
At the Club's Annual General Meeting last week, we discussed getting a bit more life into this website, so it better reflects just how much cycling we collectively do, as well as how much cycling we as a Club help make happen - organising sportives, races, club rides, touring trips, and all the rest.
So hopefully there'll soon be lots of exciting Club news, and other stuff relevant to cycling in and around Lancaster, coming your way.
Is there anything you think your Clubmates ought to know about? Any ideas you'd like to share? Have you done anything interesting (to do with cycling!) recently? Got any great photos? All contributions welcome!
Have you got a cupboard full of old bike bits you've been meaning to get rid of?
Or are you in the market for bike parts, clothing or accessories?
Then visit our new swap shop page on Facebook to get rid of unwanted kit or pick up a bargain.
You'll find the page at: https://www.facebook.com/LancasterCyclingClubSwapShop