Post by imcdonnell on Sept 14, 2020 19:57:01 GMT
BEDFORDSHIRE ROAD CYCLING CLUB
2020 ANNUAL REVIEW IN LIEU OF THE 2020 AGM
The following annual summary is submitted in lieu of this year’s AGM:
This is also contained in the document here... www.bedsroad.org/2020-Review-Accounts.pdf
There is no doubt that the past year has been exceptional and challenging for all.
The measures taken to counter the Covid-19 virus has shaped what we as a club have been able provide in terms of rides and events.
The year started off relatively well with social rides through January and February and the two sets of Reliability Rides in February, which were very well attended, and Clubhouse Turbo sessions run by Mim Taylor our Ladies Captain.
We had our annual ‘Awards’ dinner in February at the Cochin in Bedford with many trophies handed out. Alas this was our last social event.
In late February and March, we ran headlong into strong winds which curtailed many of the weekend rides and then a full lockdown and cessation of group activities in mid-March as a response to the increasing Covid threat.
From April onwards our Ladies Captain, Mim Taylor, organised and ran weekly Turbo sessions via Zoom (over internet conference styled calls) and these have now expanded to include race team events and an inter-club virtual league run on Zwift.
There is a good showing on these inter-club events hosted by John Curtin with many regular riders competing for BRCC. Thanks to Mim Taylor, Lydia Swift, Gwen Warren, Jo Woodcock, David Heath, Oswin Grady, Ian Woodcock and many others keeping BRCC at the top of this league. Turbo sessions will no doubt continue in this format into 2021 so keep a look out on our Facebook pages for training and racing sessions.
In July restrictions saw some relaxation allowing TTs to start up again. The Evening League and SPOCO TTs were organised in a ‘Covid secure’ fashion and were very well attended despite no ‘push off’ and entry fees having to be dropped into a barrel.
In August there were roadworks in Old Warden and the village now has a 20mph speed limit set through the village which we feel means that our traditional 11.3m TT is no longer viable. As a result, we are exploring several alternative routes and will announce these before the next TT season.
In August we were able to run our Open ‘Charity’ 25m TT which received record numbers of applicants with 143 applying for 120 places. By the end of the event, 117 riders had competed with Ash Cox claiming a new record of 48:30. The club raised £750 for charity with proceeds split between:
- Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice, Moggerhanger & ‘Beads of Courage’ Children with Cancer UK
From August ‘Socially Distanced’ group rides of up to 6 riders started up again. We have been able to run our Tuesday and Wednesday evening rides and our Saturday and Sunday rides following ever changing restrictions, ‘on and off’ over the last 6 months. The tier 4 restrictions imposed in December finally put a stop to our group rides.
Congratulations must also go to Charlotte Lawson (known to most of us as ‘Sebastion ThePony’ or ‘Lotty 123’) for a fantastic set of riding stats for 2020 - 11,796 miles (19,044 km) and over 120,000 m of climb (13 Everests) with just short of 1000 hours in the saddle. Chapeau.
The Race Team has managed a number of events, but these have been severely restricted due to the Covid situation. Hopefully TTs and road races will be back in the new year.
The Go-Ride squad led by Brian Hill and Peter Coblenz have managed to keep up the Go-Ride events and training where restrictions have permitted. Many Thanks.
During the latter half of the year the club saw a number of new riders joining and joining in, some new to cycling and others looking for fresh routes and a chatter on the move.
Unfortunately, we have not been able to have any other social gatherings and the clubhouse has been quiet since the doors effectively closed in March.
So what else has happened or is in development …
Results, Trophies and Awards
I am pleased to publish the winners of this year's Time Trials, SPOCOs and BRCC Trophies in various tables attached (links) and as below. Congratulations to all those taking part and of course to the endeavours of the winners
Many Thanks to the organisers, Graham Laming & Oswin Grady and the many helpers, without whom the events could not go ahead.
Special Thanks to Mark Gray for his continuing support to these events and in recognition of this, Mark is awarded the Ron Bousted Memorial Shield.
Thanks also to Steve Smith and Graham Laming for recording and compiling the results and also to Steve for putting together the documents at the links below.
2020 BRCC Trophy Winners - as below
Evening League & SPOCO Results - www.facebook.com/groups/729513847084533/permalink/3647673668601855
Individual TT Results - bedsroad.org/el_live_rank.php
Winners of the 2020 BRCC Trophies
6 - The "Chattell" Cup - Fastest Club 25 Grant Orsborn - 00:54:32
10 - The "Georges" Attendance Trophy - Senior SPOCO David Crane
11 - The "Roy and Phyllis Marston" Ladies' SPOCO Trophy Cindy Taylor-Carter
12 - The "Woodford" Cup - Club 50 winner Grant Orsborn - 01:50:06
18 - The "Roy Marston" Trophy - Contribution to the club Miriam Taylor
19 - The "Beatrice Halylock" Memorial Trophy (Ladies 25 Charity) Miriam Taylor - 01:07:13
21 - The "Arthur F. Pinnock" Memorial Shield (Gents 25 Charity) Matt Donovan - 00:56:13
28 - The "Phillip Moore" Memorial Trophy - SPOCO Winner Oswin Grady
33a - Evening League – Male Winner Gary Patmore
33b - Evening League – Female Winner Miriam Taylor
38 - Best Male 10 - Evening league Thomas Robb - 00:22:34
39 - Best Female 10 - Evening league Miriam Taylor - 00:27:42
40 - Ron Bousted Memorial Shield - Services to TTs for the year Mark Gray
Many thanks to the Treasurer, Jackie Popland, for administering and presenting the accounts and to Charlie Walker, of TaxAssist Accountants in Bedford, for reviewing the Club Accounts.
The accounts can be seen in full here… www.bedsroad.org/BRCC_Accounts_2020.pdf
• The club lost £2,556 over the 2019/20 accounting period.
• Income is down on the previous year by approx. £2,800, largely due to Covid-19 causing the cancellation of many of the TTs and also a reduction in membership fees received as many members either didn’t re-join or re-joined late (Jul onwards) and took advantage of the 50% reduction.
• The Clubhouse lease had to be renewed this year which involved an additional arrangement fee of £900 and although the lease has been secured for a further 10 years, the cost has increased to £2400 pa.
The overall loss is not currently seen as an issue despite losses over the past 2 years with sufficient funds to cover expenditure for a number of years regardless of income. It should be noted that a reduction in the value of the club account was advised following the audit of the club account in 2017/18 as, at that time, the club account was very healthy.
Membership & Fees
Although we have shown a financial loss over the past 2 years, we have decided to maintain Membership Fees for 2021 at current levels. This will need to be reviewed next year given the uncertainty of our ability to raise additional funds in 2021 at events such as the Reliability rides.
Annual fees are:
£20 / £25 / £33 Senior / Couple / Family
£8 / £6 / Free Junior 16 to 18 / 12 to 15 / 11 & Under
50% discount For those 60 and over
50% discount if Joining from 1st Jul
If joining Oct – Dec A full membership is valid until the end of the following year.
Full details on the BRCC website www.bedsroad.org/join_online.php
Fees are due again from 1st January and I would ask you to support the club again for 2021.
TT / SPOCO fees
For each rider entering a Club TT or SPOCO, BRCC is obliged to pay CTT a fee. This rises from £3 in 2020 to £4 for 2021 (and £5 for Open events).
As a result, fees for the Evening League TTs and SPOCOs will be - £5 for Club Members and £6 for Non-Members
We have worked with a local supplier and produced a new leisure clothing range featuring BRCC branding – a Polo Shirt and Hoodie, details of which can be found on our Facebook pages.
The clubhouse has had major repairs to its roof over the past few months and is finally scaffolding free.
Below is a list of the Committee positions and the members fulfilling these roles. All Committee Members have confirmed that they wish to continue in role during 2021.
If anyone wishes to join the committee to assist with any of these roles, please do let us know.
President Terry Bush
Chairman Ian McDonnell
Club Secretary Steve Mussett
Treasurer Jackie Popland
Membership Secretary Graham Laming
Men's Captain Matt Donovan
Ladies Captain Mim Taylor
BRRT Team Captain Simon Norman
Go-Ride Leader Peter Coblenz
Club Run Coordinator Ian McDonnell
Evening League Sec Oz Grady
Social Secretary Jo McDonnell
Clubhouse Secretary Ian McDonnell
Results Recorder Steve Smith
Editor Terry Bush
Communications Sec Steve Mussett
Webmaster Graham Laming
Kit & Clothing Secretary Simon Stevens
Welfare Officer Des Roberts
BRCC has a set of ‘Club Rules’ which we have been looking to update.
Changes were presented to the AGM of 2018 and although agreed upon could not be voted for or ratified as the AGM did not meet the requirements to form a Quorum. Unfortunately, none of the AGMs over the past 4 – 5 years have been attended by enough members to form a Quorum.
The revised ‘Rules’ will therefore be presented to the club membership via electronic means with a request to register a ‘vote’ for or against the rules changes.
A variety of options will be laid out for voting, the primary method will be via a poll on our Facebook pages with options for people to register a vote via email or post if preferred.
The Current and Proposed Rules are available at the links below. Paper copies can be requested to be sent by post for those without internet access.
Current Rules www.bedsroad.org/Rules_2005.pdf
Proposed Rules www.bedsroad.org/Rules_2020_v03a_Dated_5_Jan_21.pdf
Details of changes along with voting methods, timescales and numbers required will be communicated separately.
Changes to Club Rules include:
• General changes Spelling, grammar & layout to provide consistency.
• Membership Revision to process and discounts.
• General Meetings AGM & Special GM formats, dates and numbers required to form a Quorum.
• Committee Members Revision, addition & removal of roles, including detailed role descriptions.
• BRCC Goods &Services Addition of rules on BRCC branding.
• Beds Road Race Team Additional section on the instigation of the Club’s Race Team – BRRT
• BRCC Trophies Addition of new trophies & qualifying conditions. Streamlining and simplification of existing trophy descriptions.