Welland Valley Cycling Club
Arm Warmers - New Rules and Guidance
It has been great to see how club members have been so keen to adopt the new kit this year. With over £16k spent, and the kit worn in races and on rides all over the country already, it is wonderful to see how enthusiastically members have embraced the change.
As members start to use their new kit, however, they are faced with certain problems about how to combine items of new kit with old, and how to accessorize. Some of these decisions (e.g. red cap/blue cap ) are harmless enough, but the club is increasingly concerned about our members' approach to arm warmers.
It is understood that members need arm warmers, and that not everybody is in a position to invest in the stylish new club versions. It is also extremely impressive to see the breadth of members' imagination. So far we have seen members in new club arm warmers, all black, all red, all blue, all yellow and finally, contrasting red and blue items on different arms. Whilst these choices may appear harmless enough, it is becoming increasingly clear that the variety is undermining the unified kit image that we all selected, and is, in some cases, endangering our members.
Accordingly the Club Committee has decided to offer some basic guidance to members about the use of arm warmers:
1. All red and all blue options should not be worn as they disrupt the carefully designed balance of red and blue on the kit.
2. Use of an all black option should be restricted to high summer and bright days, for safety reasons.
3. All yellow arm warmers are encouraged, although members should take precautions against insects at appropriate times of the year,
4. Using blue and red combinations presents a specific safety concern. The air flows differently over fabrics in each of these colours (a fact proved in other instances at the Specialized wind tunnel facility in California), which causes a potential imbalance whilst cornering. This is an inherent issue with our new kit design, but it only becomes a potential hazard when significant additional blue or red is added in the form of leg warmers or arm warmers. Skilled riders can potentially adjust to this through "counter-steering" into corners, but as a club we cannot rely on our members consistently adopting this practice. Alternative solutions, such as contrasting the red arm warmer on the blue side of the kit and vice versa, are not considered aesthetically acceptable and could result in revocation of membership,
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5. New club edition arm warmers are acceptable in all conditions
It is unusual for the club to be so prescriptive about matters such as these, but with April now here and riders using the kit more and more, we hope members accept that it would be foolish not to make a stand on member safety and sartorial standards
About The Club
Welland Valley Cycling Club has over 150 senior members and Welland Valley Whizz Kids, which caters for young persons aged from 5 to 14 has over 150 members.
Based in Market Harborough, our membership is drawn mainly from South and West Leicestershre and North Northamptonshire.
The club caters for leisure and racing cyclists, both male and female, young and old.
Our road and circuit racers, time triallists, mountain bikers and cyclocross riders compete successfully all over the country.
Many members participate in sportives and audax events.
For the leisure rider there are regular group rides throughout the year.
Welland Valley Cycling Club is a Clubmark accredited club. We have qualified coaches specializing in particular areas of cycling. An important part of our Whizz Kids programme is the development of cycling skills, as well as giving young people an opportunity to sample cycle racing.