Lockdown Week 27, 25th September 2020

[Editor’s note: This week marks 6 whole months since the UK entered lockdown.]

In the week we’re preparing for our Barry Covington memorial rides, I’m not sure we needed reminding that we sometimes take our lives in our hands when we go out on our bikes, mixing it with impatient drivers and imperfect roads. We certainly didn’t need such a brutal reminder. It was heartening to see an outpouring of sympathy and best wishes for Andy Williams and we wish him a speedy recovery from what sounds like a nasty, painful crash.

Maybe it’s a sign that we have become a more caring community that it took all the way up to the 60th addition to the Facebook post before someone insensitively asked how the bike was.

Too soon, James, too soon!

It seems to have been a reasonably quiet year for tumbles, but we are just getting into what I always think is the ‘danger zone’ – that time of year when night comes early, roads are wet and slick with mouldy leaves and car drivers are not yet attuned to night driving.

Please, let’s be careful out there.

Barry Covington Memorial Rides – Sunday 4th October

Don’t forget to sign up for the morning rides and for the afternoon crit training sessons in the afternoon. Please sign up now so we can get ride leaders organised.

Sunday Rides

For this Sunday, sign up on RiderHQ for the ride of your choice. It is open for booking at 6pm Friday. Don’t panic if you don’t get on a ride, we are putting on extra groups each week and please put your hand up if you’re okay to lead an extra group. Just let me know. More detailed instructions on the website.

We have some spots for leaders. Please let Niki know if you can help.

RideLeaderDeparture LocationDeparture TimeDistance (miles)Speed (mph)
Long 4Gareth WallSE20 Cycles7:1545-5517+
Long 3Mike BurtCrooked Billet7:3045-5515-16
Longer 3James HanscombCrooked Billet7:1570-7514-15
Long 2Niki WilsonSE20 Cycles7:4545-5513-14
Long 2 (2) Alwyn Gosford Corner of Kent House Road / Beckenham Road9:006013-14
Long 1TBCCrooked Billet8:005011-12
Short 4TBCSE20 Cycles8:1530-3515-16
Short 3Basky ThilaganathanCrooked Billet8:3030-3513-14
Short 2 TBCSE20 Cycles8:4530-3512-13
Short 1 Ben MillardCrooked Billet9:0030-3511-12
Short 1 (2)Katie FergusonSE20 Cycles8:3030-3511-12
SteadyBarry GrahamSE20 Cycles9:1524-2710-11

Kit in the Garden

Saturday 26th September 2020 from 10am to 12noon.

More details to come, but we are currently reviewing kit suppliers. We’ve been with Bioracer since the club started and they have been a great partner, but it’s important that we keep looking at what’s on the market. We’re also due a re-design having made the decision to reduce the presence of sponsor logos.

I am going to be at SE20 Cycles with a mouth-watering collection of cycling kit from other potential suppliers for you to have a look and feel. (With freshly sanitised hands obviously)

So, come along and help shape our future!

Strava Leaderboard

Maybe I should just leave Tash, Mike and Niki in the ‘Longest Ride’ column on a permanent basis. Some great adventuring from Fiona too and some hardcore gravel for Grant and Seb. Quite a week.

Closing Thoughts

Have a great weekend.

James Hanscomb, Chair of Penge Cycle Club.