Report by Craig Sears-Black

The first Spirit Cycles Sportive was held on Saturday 22nd September on a very pleasant sunny day. With the options of 60 and 100 miles on offer, being new this year to road cycling, I took the easy option which actually comprised 68.5 miles (110km) starting and ending at Wing. The event attracted around 50 entrants at that distance and was low key but well signed and well organised. With 1,100 metres of climbing the route took in many of the Chilterns' regular hills and was an interesting challenge for the novice and a total time of 4hrs 26mins earned a top 10 place. The longer 100 mile route attracted very few entrants so it will be interesting to see what Spirit Cycles plan for next year

Lucy Cuppleditch, James O'Neill (left) and Peter Tarry (far right) sporting their medals after completing the Deloitte 'Ride Across Britain' (Lands End to John O'Groats) challenge:

By Adrian Spender

I took part in the 160km Ride With Brad Sportive (formerly known as the Bowland Beast or Pendle Pedal) yesterday. It was a really well run even with the bonus of seeing the man himself out on the road. The course was punishing with over 3000m of climbing, coupled with constant rain for the last 50 miles which made the descents quite sketchy. To quote Brad himself: "I didn't realise how tough it was. The last twenty miles were brutal!"

Special General Meeting

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss and agree affiliations to various cycle bodies (e.g. British Cycling, CTC, ECCA etc.) for 2013 and agree our involvement in major events (e.g. Chiltern 100, Ride4aReason, Open 25 etc.).

This meeting was formed to help take these decisions off-line from the AGM and allow sufficient time for open discussion and debate.

Regretably there is a need for another reminder about road safety procedures at finish and start area of our Evening 10s. We recently experienced a near miss, caused by riders obstructing the road, and a car having to swerve into the path of a finishing rider.

Whilst with large numbers it is difficult to keep the road clear, we do need to ensure we do not obstruct the road, specifically:

- keeping in a single line on one side only, at start area (also use grass verge near junction as a safe congregation and social meeting point)
- do not stop and linger opposite the timekeepers at finish point, nor obstruct the road whatsoever on their side of the road.

As with other Evening 10 rules (such as crossing white line at finish junction), the first timekeeper has discretion to disqualify any rider who is deemed to be causing a safety hazard by not keeping well out of the way, or by not complying promptly with requests made by the timekeepers.

As of next Tuesday, we will be more rigorous over this issue, so please remember that disqualification means no recorded time or Seabird points - a real shame if you just did a personal best - so please do make sure you are not the first rider to be disqualified this season! We all want to continue enjoying a safe event.

Many thanks
Nick