Covid CanterBy: Michael Griffiths
It is a Saturday ride (or any day) which we have ridden so can say that it works. It is a mix of on road and off road and designed to be completely different from the normal club ride to make a change of scene for 2 people to explore. It is 21 miles long and starts from Penenden Heath.
Daniel and I stopped off at Stockbury Church, which is just off the route, for our sandwich break. Note the Motte & Bailey next to the church, probably the best preserved in the South East.
Download the Penenden Heath Circular Route as a GPS file HERE
Here is your chance to give the body and soul a good workout after having been locked down for so long!
We have ridden our bikes at a leisurely pace for too long now and the heart and lungs could do with a bit of a blow!
So here is your chance to gain a bit more fitness.
On Tuesday evenings starting 14th July at Lenham Community centre carpark the club will run a time trial event where you can pin a number on and ride an 8 mile course along the A20 , starting from the top of Dickley Hill (Harrietsham Hill) by the garage, ride to Charing roundabout and return back to the layby just before Lenham Crossroads.
Each rider will set off at 1 minute intervals (so no group riding) and then give yourself a good workout to see in what time you can complete the course. Then in the following weeks do the same again and see if you can beat your previous time - simple!
And you’ll feel so much better for having done it!
Any type of bike will do (except ebikes) .
We will start at 7:00pm ( You will need to sign on before hand which will commence at 6pm)
This is a club event open to all club members. A charge of £5 per rider is payable to cover 3rd party insurance & CTT levy. PLEASE BRING THE CORRECT AMOUNT.
You know you should have a go - you owe it to your body- a strong workout = strong body and mind!
TUESDAY 14th JULY 7:00pm Lenham Community Centre carpark with signing on from 6:00pm.
Contact Dick Naylor 07914 008 062 if you have any questions.
Currently Cycling Time Trials (the governing body) have sanctioned Club time trials to go ahead from 13th July.
If you are not well or showing signs of COVID-19 then please do not attend at any CTT event.
With the latest updates from the Government, regarding their easing of the lockdown from the 4th July, allowing many more businesses to reopen and the, somewhat conflicting, messages coming out still from the scientific and medical experts, the Board wishes to inform all members of it’s decision concerning resumption of Club cycling.
The primary and overriding responsibility of the Board is the safety of its members whilst engaged in all activities associated with San Fairy Ann CC.
It is appreciated that, thankfully, the infection rate of COVID 19 seems at this time to have been reduced, there is absolutely no indication whatsoever that this air borne and often lethal virus gives any indication that its nastiness has relented.
Therefore caution has to be our absolute priority and, with cycling, the spores from the breath can be very easily passed to others, even if trying to socially distance.
Therefore a decision has been made to suspend Club rides until further notice.
We took the view that the Government has relaxed its policy in order to get the economy kick started again, which is commendable, if commercial enterprises are to remain viable. However our Club is not profit making and suffers no loss financially by extending suspension of rides until considered safe to resume.
We tried looking at options to tentatively resume rides with the maximum permitted number of 6 riders. However, in practical terms the responsibility placed on coordinators and potential leaders is considered too onerous, especially when trying to restrict greater numbers turning up and the implications of “policing” etc.
I expect that over the course of the last 3 months, most of us have been able to privately cycle, individually or with friends, depending on the guidelines that prevailed at the time, and hopefully that will continue until we can be guaranteed an all clear from the scientific experts.
We appreciate that this will come as a disappointment to many, and sincerely thank everyone who has conformed to lockdown rules, especially not wearing the club kit. As a Board it must be reiterated that the safety of our members is absolute.
On behalf of the Board,
Club Rides Director
Just a reminder that your SFACC membership provides you with a Ride with GPS ‘Club’ account that includes some otherwise paid for Premium features and additional member only content. This may be of interest to Strava users who are now required to pay a subscription fee to create new routes.
See our webpage https://sanfairyanncyclingclub.wildapricot.org/san_fairy_ann_ride_with_gps/ for full details. A comprehensive SFACC Ride with GPS User Guide using this link is now available.
Please use the discussion forum 'Route Planning & Ride Recording Technology' to share experiences, issues and feedback on Ride with GPS and the user guide.
Recording Club Riders Names
Under the rules of the club, there is a requirement to record the names of riders on all Club events, which includes Club rides, Audax, Reliability and Sportive.
Under the Organisers‘ Liability Cover for Cycling UK Affiliated Bodies it states:
“Riders are covered providing the ride/event is run in accordance with any guidelines issued and in particular that participants on rides/events are recorded either through collection of names or by completion of an entry form.”
I understand that certain groups on club rides, Audax’s etc. do this already, but it is a policy that seems to have been abandoned in the last few years by others. It is however, already in our club rules as a requirement.
In the SFA Club Handbook which all members have received, it states on page 17 §11:
The approved Group Co-ordinators will be responsible for forwarding the names of those in attendance on each run to the Director of Recreation. The Director of Recreation will provide a regular report to the Board.
Whilst appreciating that it may appear somewhat onerous, it is essential if, as a club, we are to adhere to those terms and conditions.
It is suggested that ride leaders obtain these details before the start if practicable or alternatively at the more relaxed break.
It would also provide an ideal opportunity to familiarise themselves in a welcoming way to new riders and ensure that they are members, or on taster-rides.
Perhaps a very quick way to achieve this is to take a photograph at the start and record the names at the earliest convenient moment.
There are no guidelines as to how this information is to be stored, but it is requested that group coordinators are given the details and keep by which ever means they deem suitable should it be subsequently required by the Insurance Company.
This method would also seem an appropriate way of collating the number of rides a member does annually, if they wish to be considered for the Club’s Attendence Shield (see below).
It is asked that,with effect from 1st of January 2020, that as a Club we adhere to these requirements.
In the same paragraph in the Club Handbook, it also states:
All members should be aware of the safety issues for the Club runs and act in accordance with the online document entitled “Rules and Etiquette for riding in groups”. This document is to be given to all new members. Prospective new members are welcome on Club runs but should be encouraged to join the Club after a maximum of three rides. A maximum of 10 new members can go on one club ride at a time, to align with insurance.
This leaflet has also been sent to all members.
Both the Club Handbook and the Rules and Etiquette leaflet can also be found on the website:
Club Handbook: Click here
Group Rules and Ettiquette leaflet: Click here
The competition year for the Attendance Shield will be from 1st January until 31st December annually, in order that the prize may be awarded at the Birthday Lunch each March.
In order to enter, club members will need to complete the spreadsheets being for Club Runs attended and Club Events at which they have assisted.
With regard to Club Runs, it will be necessary to nominate the day on which you intend to ride so if, for example, you normally ride on a Saturday then you simply state Saturday and are free to ride with any Saturday group and this will be counted towards your score, provided that you start with the group and ride with them to the coffee break. Official Club Runs, as advertised in the Milestone and/or on the Club website, only to be eligible.
Club Events are to comprise a wide range of club activities. On the competition side, all club organised events such as time trials, track racing, cyclocross and road racing plus audax and cyclo-sportive events to count. This will also include events organised by SFACC such as a round of the South Eastern Road Race League but also events that count towards club trophies and championships such as the Simon Mason Trophy. Social events are also included such as organising and assisting at the Birthday Lunch and making refreshments at club house evenings. Without this support, events would not be run and there would be no refreshments for our members and competitors.
If there is any doubt on the eligibility of an event or counting them, please feel free to contact me, but it is intended that there will always be a wide scope for members to gain points in the competition.
The Club runs form for the Attendance Shield can be found here:
The Events form for the Attendance Shield can be found here:
Good luck everyone and let’s see who wins the trophy next year.
Club Runs Secretary
Due to the shortening of this years nominated 25 mile Club Championship course on Sunday 7th July a new event has been nominated to ensure the competition is run over a full 25 mile course.
Catford CC’s Time Trial on Sunday 25th August 2019 has been chosen as the new event. Please see the link below for more details: -
Time Trial Secretary
Our reporter at the track side: Roly Crayford reports that Geoff Wiles has broken the Team Pursuit World Record by no less than 10 seconds, at the Geraint Thomas Velodrome, Newport.
Geoffs Record Time was 2:37 (previously 2:47)
Also, Barbara Wiles has also broken the National record and have scored 2 Gold medals for the Team.
More info later.
Time Trial Wednesday 26th June 2019
Due to road works on the M20, we are having to move tonights Time Trial to the back up route: Q10/29 East Peckham and the start will be at 7.30 pm.
With marshals stuck on trains at Hither Green, family members had to step in to enable the San Fairy Ann Club Time Trial to go ahead as planned at East Peckham on Wednesday evening.
The rain stayed away, but sadly so did riders with only six people signing-on.
The march of the women continued with an even split of the sexes, boosted by two lady visitors from 4T+ Velo.
Abellio SFA RT’s Tom Rowing was the fastest over the ten mile course recording an impressive 00:21:10, showing a clean pair of heels to last week's winner, Dean Chiddention.
Special thanks are owed to Jenny & Alex Burton, Clare Boret and all the marshals whose contributions enabled the event to take place.
Next week we will be returning to Charing with the first rider going off at 7.30 pm. Sign on from 6.30 pm in the car park of Lenham Community Centre.
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