Hi reader,

 I just love getting out on a bike and, last week, I had the luxury of a one week holiday cycling in the Alps. A group of us from Avanti hired a ski chalet and then hit the Cols……Alpe d’Huez, Galibier, Telegraphe, Aravis, Saises, Colombiere, Forclaz all conquered at various speeds. Frankly I’ve not been too fit and, when combined with a bike, 100kg is being shunted up hill. But my highlight was ascending the Mont du Chat, 4,000ft of climbing at a constant 11% to 13%. Arguably the toughest climb in the coming Tour de France . Having conquered that, what a joy to grab a beer and chips in the sun, and watch the pro’s summit on the Criterium du Dauphine. Fair to say that some of them appeared to be half my weight (and half my age) but it’s always reassuring to see many of them clearly on the brink of exhaustion. Tough sport.

Decisions from Club Meeting

On Monday this week we had a club meeting – and thanks to those who attended. These are some of the highlight points, which we will put in more detail on the website and other communication. I think we will have another social get together to help brief everyone and share ideas within the next few weeks – we have some 40 new club members since the Autumn of last year.

• Ride plans and ride leader rota. This still needs some working on – we have around 50 people willing, at least occasionally, to lead rides. Coordinating a rota is more of challenge, so Steve Rodgers is putting together a short video on how everyone can use the new booking system.

• We will continue our focus on ensuring group rides are fun, testing and as safe as possible. Please do check out our updated guidelines on the website, and note that the next Cyclopark coaching session is on Saturday 24 June (12 to 3pm). DETAILS HERE.

• We are looking at putting together an all-club weekend trip – possibly to the Isle of Wight in late September. Sam Dorkings looking at this, but help will be needed.

• We confirmed that the club will provide some financial support for club members competing in any open competitions (racing, TTs, Triathlon, MTB etc) – as much as £25 towards entry fees. Rules will be posted on the website, but contact Lee Powell (treasurer) in the meantime.

• All Marshalls helping at Time Trials for the club will be able to claim a standard £10 fee for helping – essentially covering travel costs. For insurance cover, it is increasingly essential that we have sufficient marshalling at all events – probably the biggest challenge for amateur competitions on open roads by the way.

• After the success of the inaugural event organised by Claire Clarke, we will continue with the monthly Introductory Ride (aimed at those new to road cycling). Do invite friends and colleagues who might be interested.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please drop me a line at chairman@gsavanti.co.uk

Club Rides this Weekend.

As I write, the ride for Sunday G4 is not posted up yet – please check Friday/Saturday as there will definitely be rides on.

There will be the normal Saturday ride at 8am from the Royal Oak. Increasing numbers means that we split into Groups, based around speed. ALL riders are accommodated – including prospective new joiners.

G1 and G2 will both be doing a Chiddingstone loop and shared café stop, but at different pace. The idea is that if you are struggling with G1, you can drop back (and vice versa). Sam Dorkings will lead G1 and I will be showing off my Alpine sun tan lines on G2.


Simon Lumsdon is leading a G3 ride out to Tulley's Farm.

The normal please – PLEASE use the RSVP button on the event pages.

Enjoy the weekend.