Chairman's Christmas Message
On the day of the club Christmas lunch I thought it apt to send out this message to you all.
First of all, if you're going to the lunch at The World's End I hope you have a fantastic day and hopefully meet some members of the club you have not met before. Alice and I are very sorry we cannot attend but we both send our best wishes.
To all members, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you all for the help and support you have given to the club over the last twelve months. We could not have done what we have done without you. You make the club what it is, and you are making it into THE cycling club to join in Somerset. We now have members travelling to ride with us from all over the county, and that is a testament to our welcoming and friendly nature, and something of which we should all be very proud.
It has been a very successful year events wise. Our Audax in the Spring went extremely well and the handover from Dave to Phil was so seamless you would never have noticed it happened, very well done to you both. The Easter Egg Hunt, at Easter, surprisingly, garnered another good turnout and even Martin leading Dave Fleming on a wild goose chase to Wivvy didn't put a dampener on spirits. It was all back to Sue and Ian's house afterwards for refreshments and they, along with Sarah, did a tremendous job of keeping us all fed and watered, thank you so much.
Although we did see a drop off of numbers in the time trials, the season was superbly well organised as usual and all our rides were run in a very safe and professional manner. We must never forget to thank the marshalls, timekeepers, starters and administrators who give up their Wednesday evenings so that those that want to ride can do so in the knowledge that they will be safe. It wasn't until the last ride of the season that we had an incident and thankfully Lewis is now fully patched up, although not as quickly as Taunton Deane Council patched up the offending pot hole.
We were happy to welcome many club members to our house for the summer BBQ and all humans and dogs were well fed. This is one of the best get-togethers of the year and hopefully we will see an even bigger turnout next year. We will try and get two BBQ's that work!!
Record numbers turned out for the hill climb at West Buckland so the hall has already been booked I believe for the same weekend next year. We may give the farmers some warning though this time so that they don't try and drive their cattle through the event.
Without doubt, the introduction of a third group ride on a Sunday morning has been a stunning success. Where previously we would have had to turn away those who couldn't, or who didn't want to ride for 40+ miles on a Sunday, we can now welcome them into the club in a safe, friendly environment where they can grow in confidence on their bikes while making some new friends along the way. Some of the group have even splashed out on new bikes and I dare say that there is some cycling gear on their Christmas list, not least some padded shorts. We hope to continue to grow this group in the new year and indeed try to encourage new riders of all abilities to join us on the various rides on a Sunday and Tuesday. That leads me nicely to a point where I can yet again thank our ride planners and leaders, who are the driving (or cycling) force behind our weekly excursions.
There were also two trips to the Newport Velodrome in 2014 which were very much enjoyed by those who went. Thanks to Ian for organising those. Look out for the next one early in the year. If you have never done it before and you like the idea of going fast with no hills then do come along and see what all the buzz is about. I promise you that you will be hooked once you've given it a go.
And speaking of 2015, there is plenty planned to keep all our riders out on the roads and also plenty planned on the social front. Don't forget the Mince Pie run on New Years Day and our Skittles night in February, details of which can be found in the news section on the website.
So, enjoy your Christmas, and your lunch if you're at the pub, don't drink too much before your ride home (Lewis) and have a happy and prosperous New Year.
P.S Don't forget to tell all your friends about Wellington Wheelers, there might be a cyclist inside of them desperate to get out.