In a departure from the usual end of season events, our Chairman, Gary Adnitt, decided to mix things up a bit this year, combining the AGM and Awards Night with a number of more casual interludes to deliver a fabulous fun-packed evening, billed as the BIG NIGHT OUT.  The event was funded by the Club with all ticket proceeds donated to Sue Ryder St John's Hospice, Moggerhanger, topped up with additional charitable donations throughout the evening.

First up was the AGM, the minutes from which are available on the Club’s website.  Needless to say, there were sufficient volunteers to make up a committee and we will live to ride for another year.

Food, in the form of a hot buffet, was provided by Lakeside Kitchen and there was plenty for all.  During the dinner break, Gary distributed his “Impossible Cycling Quiz”.  Most thought that this was aptly named and managed only a couple of correct answers.  Ruth stunned us all with her knowledge of cycling trivia, scoring a fantastic 12 out of 20.  Well done Ruth, but you really must get out more.

Next up was a Top Gear style Wattbike challenge, with riders vying to log the highest peak power from a 10-second burst (reduced from an expected 30-second stint to avoid the hot buffet reappearing!).  First to throw down the gauntlet was Norman King, recording a creditable 767W and demonstrating that he was a worthy winner of the “Up for Anything” award, presented later in the evening.  As the challenge hotted up, the big guns came out and, inevitably, resident pro Jake Hennessey took top spot, closely pushed by Ian Macauley.  When Jake was disqualified for knowing what EPO stood for, Ian took the prize (a bag of Haribos, I believe!).

WATT times

Presentation of the usual racing trophies was interspersed with some more comical ones and recognition for services to the Club throughout the year.  Well done to all the worthy winners (see below).

The evening was rounded off with an amusing Q&A session with SNCC’s own pro cycling couple, Jake Hennessey and Kiera McVitty, with our ever-present Chairman acting as question master.  Who would have thought that Jake’s fallback occupation, should his cycling career come to an end, would be a contestant in the World’s Strongest Man.  Better start eating more pies, Jake!

Ask the Pros

The evening was a great success, hopefully to be repeated next year.  Huge thanks to Gary Adnitt for pulling it all together.

 

2019 Awards

Racing Awards

Description

Winner

Men’s Bar

Best combined time over 10, 25 & 50 miles

Pat Ellerbeck

Ladies 25 miles

Fastest ladies 25-mile TT

Ruth Stapleton

Ladies 50 miles

Fastest ladies 50-mile TT

Ruth Stapleton

10 mile TT handicap

Overall points winner of the Club TT championship

Simon Murphy

Men’s 10 miles

Fastest men’s 10-mile TT

Simon Murphy

Ashman handicap

Fastest handicap time at the Ashman event (2 laps of the TT course)

Sam Macdonald

Ashman fastest time

Fastest scratch time at the Ashman event (2 laps of the TT course)

Sam Macdonald

Contribution Awards

Awarded For

Winner

Meritorious Trophy

Contributions to the Club in a variety of areas (SNOGs, social secretary, Sportive organiser, Club ride organiser, etc)

Norman King

Clubman Trophy

Organising the Club TT championship, Inter-club and Hill-climb over a number of years and increasing participation substantially

Simon Richardson

Other Awards

Awarded For

Winner

Road Rash

Best crash

Craig Macdonald

Up for Anything

Entering everything (TTs, Inter Club, Dales, first up for the Watt bike challenge)

Norman King

No Show

Saying that he was doing the C2C, Dales and Spain trips and then pulling out of all three

Adrian Lancaster

Crimes Against Cycling

Cross-Dressing mountain bike wear and road kit on a Club run; excessive use of a tri-pack on his top tub; wearing a race number on his helmet long after the event; retaining a spoke protector behind his cassette

Malcolm Gammons

Mark Cavendish Award

Shameless sitting in on Club runs and then sprinting for Town signs

Geoff Smith

Businessman of the year

Committing to doubling the funds raised at the RR, thinking 70-80 riders would enter only for 244 to turn up

George Lendrum