A recent meeting of Seacroft Wheelers committee members had one eye on next year’s competitive activities, although much else was discussed too.
While the non-competitive aspect of the club – e.g. weekend rides, training, off-road – remains in the ascendancy in terms of member attendance, the club’s historical reputation for supporting activities across the breadth of cycling will continue, the committee has agreed. Time trials, a road race and a cyclo-cross race will all be staged in 2019, and it is hopeful that a suitable course can be found to hold another para-Olympic race, as per the last two years.
As always, all those who give time to supporting rides, events, socials, marshalling, etc put on by the club are gratefully thanked, and it is fully recognised that the club could not function as successfully as it does without you all – thank you!
The committee heard that membership levels continue to rise (now almost 130 – and more than 500 Facebook group members). As winter now approaches, numbers attending rides and other events may dip, although there continues to be a strong turn-out on Sundays, especially.
In other developments, a new prize category will be introduced next year, for inclusion in the 2020 annual awards night. Based on Strava records for club members, points will be awarded each week for three categories: longest ride, most climbing and overall total distance accumulated. The top three in each category will receive points. Details are currently being worked up, so watch out for more soon – just a bit of fun for those into their Strava statistics! We hope to start this competition in January.
You may also have seen that the club now has an Instagram account, which is to be used as a gallery for ride and event pictures, and general club promotion – follow @seacroftwheelers and tag your pix #seacroftwheelers.
In pre-social media days, the club’s main platform for online, collective discussion was a ‘forum’, a bolt-on addition to the website. This has remained on the website in recent years, but appeared dormant since the advent of Facebook et al. It will now be archived within the website library (and removed from the website’s main menu), but remains accessible for reference and/or historic purposes.