Prepared for 2012 Annual General Meeting on Thursday 25th October 2012

This has been an exceptional year for our Club as we have watched our membership grow, launched our website, increased the number racing, seen a substantial increase in the number out on Club runs and organised and run a successful Sportive.

Our Club finances are in good order and we think that it is fair to say that we are enjoying ourselves as a Club both on and off the road. The following is an attempt to capture some of this year’s highlights and we are sure that we will have forgotten some. Their omission is simply down to our oversight and not because they were not considered important.

The Club is only as strong as the people in it and cannot grow and develop without the support from the membership. This year has seen many members get involved and help and this made the job of the committee that much easier.

We would be delighted to see as many members as possible at the forthcoming Awards Dinner on 17th November when we can recollect some of the following and also celebrate the achievements of the Club at our leisure.

Overview of 2012

•    Website

  • Launched in April 2012 this was a hugely significant step forward for the Club and has undoubtedly played a large part in helping to raise the profile and membership of the Club and to promote the Sportive
  • Thanks to Alec MacAndrew our webmaster for a superb job in the design, build and ongoing support of the website.
  • We are now able to offer :
    • A forum – many interesting threads across a range of topics
    • Publish Photographs – from all the many events / sportives / competitions that members are entering
    • Publish Reports – from Sunday Club runs to foreign trips to TT’s and many others
    • On Line membership – combined with on line banking , we now have a very happy treasurer


•    Membership

  • Now at 73 , certainly the highest in the last 30 years (Number 73 joined at the AGM , welcome Dan Baxter )
  • Apart from the month of June we have had members joining us every month this year and the distribution so far has been ,  Q1 – 32 , Q2 – 9 , Q3 – 20 and Q4  -11
  • We are delighted to report that we now have 4 women members in the club  
  • The membership is also coming from a wider area now, including Sandy, Biggleswade, Cambourne and Easton. Buckden with 7 members is the next highest membership area after St Neots (Buckden used to have 8 until Tim Pennell defected back to St Neots !!)
  • Leon Bradford at 70 continues as our oldest active member , we have three in their 60’s , a good few in their 50’s , a rump in their 30’s and  40’s and for the first time in many years members in their 20’s and delighted that we also have two 16 year olds.


•    TT

  • A great season this year with 54 riders (including guests) taking part compared with 31 in 2011.
  • On some evenings we had up to 25 riders pushing around the Abbotsley circuit and the competition for the Handicap trophy came down to the last evening with Steve Pleasance securing the trophy in his first season with the Club.
  • Great age range on these evenings with Leon Bradford at 70 still turning in very respectable times and we have two 16 year olds - Tom Stead and Morgan Bacon joining us with Tom setting some of the season’s best times.
  • A number of members were under 30 minutes for the first time this year and Personal Best times were regularly being broken and on one evening 12 riders managed PBs
  • The pace was been set all season by a returning member, Richard Hancock, who was often sub-26 minutes over the 11.2 mile course
  • Jane Stapleton, probably our most committed member, who travels from Greenwich by train and back every Thursday to compete was our leading lady followed by her sister Ruth and Ann Woods.
  • As always our thanks and appreciation to John Brysdon and Brian Morley for the timekeeping and setting up the cycle signs around the course and to Chris Gosling and Alistair Henderson for the results collation and press coverage
  • The Ashman Trophy (twice round the circuit) was contested by 17 riders this year and won by Andrew Poodle a new member of only a couple of weeks (at the time) who lifted the famous old trophy first contested in 1938.
  • Richard Ostler continued to hold his form at the annual The Hill Climb event year contested by 14 riders with Richard for the third year in succession winning the title.


•    Sportive

  • By far our largest organised event for a number of years and thanks once again to all the members (and partners) who helped make this day such a success.
  • We certainly celebrated our 125th Anniversary in style and the feedback on the day and since has been excellent
  • 119 registered , 102 rode on the day and a useful boost to the club funds as well

•    Social

  • Mark Colmer deserves a big thank you for all his hard work in trying to make the social side of the club work as well as the cycling side.
  • The Awards Dinner next month has been organised by Mark, and in the summer with Alec, he organised a Summer BBQ at Alec's house
  • We have had a few Social Evenings and for 2013 they will now be on a regular basis and watch the website for details of dates
  • We were in Peterborough for the Halfords Tour Series + Pizza , in Rutland for the Circle Classic and one of the highlights of the year were the seven who went to the Olympic TT and were seen jostling with the London traffic on the Boris bikes


•    Club Runs

  • Support for these has been excellent this year with often up to 25 riders departing the Market Square
  • The continuation Group 1 and Group 2 runs have been well received and a particular thanks to Mark Colmer and Alec MacAndrew and latterly Steve Rodley and Chris Preston for leading Group 2


•    Club Kit   

  • Almost £3,500 of kit was ordered this year and more kit being worn and seen on the road has also helped raised awareness of the club   
  • Club caps – Thanks to David Lindsay and Jane Stapleton for sourcing, designing and financing these.


•    Racing / Sportives / Triathlons

  • St Neots members this year have been busy in all of the above.
  • Early in the season the quartet of Richard Hancock (22:16), Justin Lomas (23:29), Tim Pennell (24:45) and Wayne Tunnah (26:15) competed at the St Ives CC 10
  • Steve Pleasance , Richard and Wayne competed in the St Neots NiceTri Sprint Triathlon in September with Steve 1st in his age category, Wayne 11th and Richard 4th
  • Congratulations to Richard Hancock , Chris Ritchie and Tom Stead who have all qualified in their respective age groups for the European Sprint Tri Championship in Turkey next June 2013
  • David Lindsay has been trying out a few cyclocross races
  • Richard Ostler and Tim Pennell were testing themselves over at Milton Keynes on the track
  • Mark Colmer tried out the cobbles on the Tour of Flanders and “Bomber” Lancaster and Adrian Bloxham enjoyed the challenge of the Welsh hills on the Wiggle Dragonride and Tim & Ade tried out the Giro d’Italia and a few of the testing mountain stages and survived.


•    2013

  • Promises to be equally busy and here are some of the things we are planning
  • Publish the Club Run routes in advance
  • Riding etiquette guidelines
  • 3rd club run group, more leisurely paced possibly with a mid ride cafe stop
  • Reliability Ride – Spring 2013
  • Open TT Event, most likely run as an NDCA event
  • Join NDCA – one of the conditions is that we must  organise at least one event and provide marshals
  • Sportive – probably about the same date with a different route
  • Go Ride - an initiative to help bring youngsters into road cycling – launch that. Volunteers will be required from the Club
  • More club trips (velodrome, weekend rides away, race spectating)


Alistair Henderson & Richard Ostler
October 2012