So following Boris’s latest announcement re the easing of lockdown, we thought it important to update Welland Valley members on the club’s plans for an exciting 2021. Today it was confirmed that organised sport for children and adults, and the ‘rule of six’ outdoors, can resume on Monday 29th March.
Of course everything you are about to read comes with lots of caveats about timings, changes in government policy, updated advice from governing bodies such as British Cycling and the CTT (which oversees time trials) etc. But all that said, we’re planning for a bumper year of activities for members of all ages and all abilities.
Within the next seven days we plan to publish our annual calendar of events. We’ll be putting it online only this year; so you won’t get your usual printed version through the post, but everything you will need to know is on the website. We hope to revert to usual printed version for 2022.
In the new calendar, you’ll find dates for all the 2021 time trials, road races, Whizz Kids, adventure rides, the ‘Welland Wonders’ Audax, the AGM, annual dinner and a host of other stuff. The Calendar will be updated with other events (e.g. cyclo-cross and MTB events) once these are clarified.
The first TT is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 13; and we hope there will be 18 races over the season.
Off road rides will be the first out of the blocks, Sunday Club Runs are expected to resume on Sunday April 4th, and Whizz Kids sessions on Saturday, April 10th. Again, this all dependent on advice we get in the next few days / weeks and members should monitor the club’s Facebook page and / or website on a regular basis for the signal that Thunderbirds are Go!
One big and exciting change for 2021 is the return of TTs, road racing and Whizz Kids sessions at Bruntingthorpe, more details to follow when we publish the Calendar.
Until then, we can continue to ride our bikes either on our own, with people from our own household, or with one other person.
Take care everyone, stay safe, ride your bike, and don’t forget to wave.
Jon Durnin, on behalf of the Club Committee.