Hi Avanti Member

Sorry for the lack of newsletter last week - the entire Avanti editorial capability were out of the country – cycling, scuba diving or, in my case, working :-(

Floodlit Fun at Gravesend Cyclo Park

GS Avanti are hiring, for private use, Cyclopark on the evening of Friday 14 October. Lee Staples is organising the activities which will combine some skills training and some fun events – all under floodlight. Lee will be posting up more details over the weekend – all members, whatever levels of experience or fitness are encouraged to attend. Being a Friday evening, there’s the additional option of a drink afterwards! It's free to members - and you can bring a guest.


Sad news from the Duo Normande

The Duo Normande is a huge 2UP Time Trial event – 54km along the lanes of the Cherbourg Peninsular. 300 teams take part, with lots professionals/elites. The quickest time last weekend was by a team of Sven Tuft and Luke Durbridge –  a time of 1:04:12. Our very own Steve Rodgers and Rob Grunfield finish 21st out of the 200 “unlicensed” teams taking part, with a very respectable time of 1:27:08. Half the teams took longer than 1:37:00 to put things in perspective.

A great weekend finished on a tragic note however. Ian Bashford, riding in a team from Old Portlians CC (local to us) was killed in collision with a support vehicle. Some Avanti members knew Ian very well, and our thoughts go to all his family and friends. There is a memorial ride for Ian that some Avanti members will be joining this Saturday, and you’d be very welcome to attend – riders are all asked to wear their club kits. CLICK HERE for details.


Club Rides this Weekend.

We have a full range of rides this weekend, starting with Nick Patow leading a Saturday morning ride at 8am. CLICK HERE.

Not all Sunday rides up yet, so check the website home page. I know that the G1/2 rides are likely to take the groups on a route via the famous Wigmore CC Hill Climb at Hollingbourne. We have an Avanti Team competing ( Dan Pink, Sam Dorkings and Dan McDermott – pretty competitive!). CLICK HERE to learn more.


Club Meeting on evening of 17 October 2016 – Westcoombe Park RFC + Club KIT

We have next Committee Meeting on 17 October, and all Club Members are very much welcome. In addition to the standard range of business, attendees will also get a chance to look at some Avanti kit and T Shirt designs – some very cool stuff on the horizon!

Talking of Club Kit some news:-

The club kit web shop has reopened today for 2 weeks - see the website for access details: https://www.gsavanti.co.uk/membership/club-kit/

Like in Westeros, Winter is coming, and we have a new range of Winter kit - including 2 new jackets, tights and a new gilet.

Details will be published on the website shortly. Any questions - email kit@gsavanti.co.uk


And finally – new membership fees and renewal process.

After many, many, years without change, the AGM decided to increase membership renewals to £30 per annum (plus a transaction fee of £2). This is still just £2.50 a month, and we continue to subsidise a wide range of activities, kit and social events. We are also setting up an automated, annual direct debit scheme.  We currently have around 10 active members who are late renewing – so please do so before having to rejoin as a new member! There is detail on the renewal process on the website. CLICK HERE.

As ever, please cycle carefully!