Dear reader

After all the recent bad weather it's great to feel a bit of sunshine on my skin outside!
Hopefully we'll have a fine weekend of cycling ahead.

First of all - at the club AGM in January we had a few changes on the committee and after our first meeting last month we have some feedback we'd like to ask for from you to help shape the plans for the club.
The main topics are how we all communicate with each other, what kind of things you'd like to do to socialise off the bike and then some first aid training opportunities.
I've put together an online questionnaire - it would be great if you could click through and and fill it in - it should only take a few moments.

Time Trial Season 2018
The club is once more affiliated with KCA and ECCA - meaning our members can take part in the open TTs organised by these associations. See the club website for more details and if you're interested get in touch - quite a group of us are taking part in a 25 near Canterbury on 15th April. The first TT of the inter-club is next weekend too - the April Fools! It's on the Sundrige course at 9am on Saturday 31st March - it would be great to see as many Avanti there as possible - everyone taking part scores a point for the club and if you haven't ridden before you get an immediate PB!
The competition last year was so close that every point counts.

The Spring Classics have finally arrived - Milan-San Remo was the most exciting race I've seen - topping even the Strade Bianche finale. E3 Harelbeke whetted our cobblestone appetite today - Ghent-Wevelgem at the weekend then the mighty Flanders next weekend where a plucky Avanti team will be tackling the cobbles yet again - 10th year in a row for our Chairman Chris Dines!

This Weekend's Club Rides

Nick's leading the usual Saturday ride at 8am.
Sunday G4 is not yet announced but there should be a ride given the good weather.
G3 - Simon Lumsden is leading a ride to Aylesford Priory.
G2 (and anyone else that is interested) will be riding the very popular local Audax - Otford Grimpeur. It's either 50km or 100km - depending on how fit you feel. 1 loop clockwise of the hills of Sevenoaks for 50km, then reverse the route for another 50km. Great fun and good to bump into new and old faces from the area.
Hills include Row Dow, Tinkerpot, Bates, Carters, Hubbards, Yorks, Bayleys, Ightham and Exedown - phew!

As usual - see the website for info and click to let the ride leaders know you'll be coming along.

Have a great weekend

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