Chain Gang News


September, 2014



on Saturday, 22nd November, 2014

at Stoke Golding Liberal Club
42 Hinckley Road, Stoke Golding, Leics, CV13 6DZ

Special guest: Michael Hutchinson


£5 without food

£10 with food

(menu is also on the reverse of the ticket:
fish and chips or chicken fillet and chips or sausage and chips or
veggie burger and chips with mushy peas or curry sauce)

(please inform ticket seller of your choice of meal, ticket will be
required to be presented for your meal)

Tickets are available from:

Trevor Page  -  01455 634014

(available from his shop on Rugby Road, Hinckley)

Steve Evans:  07760 624790  -  Kevin Draper: 07462 366101

6.30 for 7 pm


Annual General Meeting

The date for the AGM is Monday, 12th January, 2015, the venue is The Black Horse, Upper Bond Street, Hinckley, 7.30 for an 8 pm prompt start. Members are urged to come along and take part in the election of officers for the forthcoming year.
Should you wish for an item to appear on the agenda you must notify me not later than Sunday, 21st December, the agenda will then appear on the club’s website.

Perhaps you may feel you have something to offer and may consider yourself for one of the posts below:
Chairman -takes charge of committee meetings, keeps meetings in order and to time; produce meeting agendas;

Vice-chairman -as above when chairman is unable to attend meetings;

Treasurer -maintains club accounts, releases monies when appropriate, presents quarterly and annual accounts;

Club secretary -records meeting minutes, produce bi-annual newsletter in collaboration with press secretary, named HCRC contact/liaison point for other organisations (BC/CTT/BDCA);

Membership secretary -maintains membership database, manages renewals/new memberships;

10s secretary -responsible for matters relating to the club Tuesday evening 10s: such as posting dates to the CTT and the police, produce marshalling rota and informing those on the rota, ensure that 10s equipment is in order (signs, blue box, etc);

Vice 10s secretary -as above to assist with main secretary, produce 10s marshalling rota liaising with membership secretary;

Equipment secretary -maintains club equipment in good order – events tent, gazebo, tea making equipment, signs, portaloo;

Clothing secretary -manages orders and distribution of club clothing;

Claims secretary -point of contact for riders making prize claims and allocate prizes, point of contact for return of trophies, manage trophy presentation prior to presentation evening (need only attend October/November committee meetings);

Press secretary -liaises with local press regarding results/advertising club events, produce bi-annual newsletter in collaboration with secretary;

Webmaster -manages the club website, receive results and place them on the website;

Cyclo-cross/off-road secretary -point of contact for off-road activities, looks out and publicises off-road events, off-road rides/training, etc;

Junior reps (2) -point of contact for young riders;
Senior reps (4) -point of contact for senior riders;

Non-committe positions:
First/second watch -time-keeping for club events;
Delegates - attends infrequent meetings to BC, CTT and BDCT, and provide feedback from these associations to the club.

Another successful year for our Tuesday evening 10s, thanks mainly to those who volunteered for the signing-on and recording; not forgetting Trevor Page, Paul Sidwell, Roger Towe and Morgan Reynolds for the time-keeping. Also for those who turned up to take their turn on the rota and especially to those who took the turn of those who didn’t turn up. We didn’t lose an event to that wet stuff which meant we managed to have 949 rides over the 22 weeks, averaging 43 rides an evening. The lowest turnout was 21 and 24, the highest was 61, 59, 57 and 55.
Thanks go to Richard Gamble and Paul Sidwell for promoting open events, not forgetting the volunteers who turned up to help out. In Paul’s Challenge Weekend two course records were made, thanks to Matt Clinton (Mike Vaughan Cycles) who set a time of 19.43 for the 10, and 50.54 for the 25, a fantastic achievement.
Special thanks go to Linda Radmall (not forgetting Steve) for turning up each week to supply us with home-made cakes and cups of tea and coffee. Also thanks to Karlie for taking over when they were on holiday

Hill Climb

Our annual hill climb will take place on Sunday, 19th October, at Polly Botts Lane, Newtown Linford. First rider off at 11 am, there is an entry fee, possibly £4, under 18s will need a parent consent form. We are not organisers of this event and other clubs will be taking part, so please be sure to wear club kit. The club member with the fastest time wins a trophy, medals are awarded for placings; check your handbook.
For those who want to ride over, or may not know the way, there will be a run which will leave Regent Street, Hinckley, about 9 am.

Claims for trophies

The presentation evening is about rewarding the success of members, whether they are outright winners or runners-up, check out your handbook to see what’s available and be sure to send your claims to Paul Sidwell, 2 Hamilton Close, Hinckley, Leics, LE10 0TS, not later than Friday, 31st October, after that it’s too late.

Claims for trophies

Please return your trophies to me by Friday, 31st October, latest. Time is required to get the trophies and medals engraved in readiness for the presentation evening. I thank you in anticipation of your co-operation.

Boxing Day 10

Newer members may well be surprised to find that we run a time trial on Boxing Day morning. This gives members the chance to get rid of those extra calories from over indulging the previous day, or to get out of the way of the in-laws! Signing-on will be at the start lay-by (please do not park in this lay-by), first rider off at 11 am, usual fees apply. For this event to continue and to justify those few giving up their morning so that there is an event, your support is required, the more the merrier, guest riders are more than welcome. As the saying goes “use it, or lose it”.


For kit get in touch with Kevin Draper at 7 John Bold Avenue, Stoney Stanton, Leics, LE9 4DP, ‘phone 01455 273056 or 07462366101 (because of the nature of his job it is likely the mobile phone has to be kept on silent, so either leave or text a message). A current membership card must be produced when purchasing clothing.



If you sat with the time-keeper at the finish you would realise that rear lights have proved to be justified for our evening 10s; riders are urged to make sure that their light is in full working order; riders are also urged to fit a front light, making themselves more visible.

Your safety is paramount, so be seen, be safe.

Safety wallet

You may well take a mobile phone out with you but there is always the chance of not receiving a signal, battery loss, or even breakage, the safety wallet is a backup.
Be sure to carry your wallet with you at all times when riding.

Club’s website

There is a great deal of interesting information placed on the club’s website and members are urged to keep checking the information from each heading placed under “forum”. Within “useful information” you will find details of sportives, training camps, holidays, etc, if you search through the items listed you may find something different that will interest you and perhaps test your fitness.

Coming soon – HCRC club nights

We are planning to introduce club nights on a bi-monthly basis to give members the opportunity to meet up and have a say whether you’ve got an idea for the club, want to know more about cycling or racing, or just fancy a chat over a drink.
Your chance to meet the committee, relax and socialise with other club members – it’s your club, so get involved!


Ladies’ leisure rides and
coaching sessions

 Worried you can’t keep up? Think you’ll hold the group back?
Want to gain confidence and skill on the bike?
Then the HCRC ladies’ session are for you!
Open to all female cyclists, club members and non-club members aged 12 years and over.
No maximum age!


Short, social rides at a steady pace to suit the slowest rider.
Warning! May include a coffee stop.
Meet at 2 pm Triumph Motorcycles main car park, Normandy Way,
Hinckley, LE10 3BZ


For women and girls only, to improve rider ability and confidence on the bike.
Tailored to individual rider needs and to the group.
3-4 pm Triumph Motorcycles main car park.
(NOT for race riders who regularly partake in races at a high level)

Leisure rides
Saturday 13th September, 11th October and 8th November

Coaching sessions
Saturday 27th September, 25th October and 22nd November

Riders will need a bike with two working brakes and gears plus a helmet.
£2 for members, £4 for non-members.

This is a great opportunity for like-minded females to come together in a safe environment and learn new skills/improve skills, as well as getting fit and socialising.


For more information contact Eleanor Mather 01455 446862




Hinckley Flyers 2014


Aged 5-16 years?  Want to improve your cycling AND have fun?  No experience necessary as long as you can ride your bike! All you need is a bike (any sort) in good working order, a helmet, a drink and a parent.
Saturdays 2-3 pm, £2 non-members, £1 members, races £2.


Skills sessions: 13th September 
Go-Ride race: 27th September
Skills session: 11th, 25th October and 8th November
Go-Ride race: 22nd November
Christmas fun: 6th December

Skills and race sessions: Triumph Motorcycles main car park, Normandy Way, Hinckley, LE10 3BZ

Hicks Lodge (National Cycle Centre): Willesley Wooodside, Moira,
Ashby de la Zouch, LE65 2UP

Watch this space for our 2015 winter programme –
including weatherproof indoor sessions!

Also watch out for:

Cyclo-cross races – including Misterton Hall, Mallory Park as well as
West Midlands and Notts and Derby League

Family nights – Mallory Park, every Monday and Wednesday 6-7 pm
([email protected])

Various other local coaching/riding opportunities:




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