Dear Avanti Member, 

As we have an evening Inter-Club Time Trial tonight (much more on Time Trials below), here’s an earlier newsletter than normal! We will do an update email by the weekend regarding weekend club rides.

As a club, you will see that we are working hard to organise a lot of activities, so please do your best to support them and also help out when you can. Tonight's Time Trial is one that we organise, so thanks in advance to all those who are marshaling or time keeping.

Some Important Dates

On Sunday 8th May, we will have a club open day. All Sunday group rides will start at the same time, and will also converge on the same café for free coffee and cakes (though not all at the same time). We will be inviting guests along – so please do likewise. It’s on days like this when we can attract plenty of new members. More details over the next week, but please reserve the date.

Due to a double booking by Cyclopark, we have had to postpone the Club Training Session from this weekend. We will confirm the revised date as soon as possible. 

On Monday 16 May, we have an all club social evening. Details to be confirmed, but almost certainly at a Pub in Green St Green, from 8pm.

Weekly Time Trials are go!

Today, 28th April, marks the second TT following the first April Fools TT event which opened the season. Now that the clocks have rolled forwards and we have lighter evenings this event is the first of the regular weekly time trials.

GS Avanti are hosting this event and so thanks goes out to those of you who have pledged your support and already marked as attending as a helper. (http://www.gsavanti.co.uk/events/2016/04/evening-10-q1018-polhill-gs-avanti-helpers-only/)

So if you are not helping marshal, then please do come along and give this Time Trial a go. 

Also please do take a moment to review the Polhill TT course map (http://www.gsavanti.co.uk/events/2016/04/evening-10-q1018-polhill-gs-avanti-riders-only/) ,

which involves riding the top loop twice, as this has been known to catch people out!

The first rider goes off at 6.45pm, so you must ensure you sign in before that time – best to be there 30 minutes before.

Club Only Time Trial - Thursday 5th May

 

The club is also hosting a club-only time trial event on the 5th May on the same Polhill course. This event is ideal if you would prefer to try your first TT in the company of other beginners and at an event where you can ask familiar faces all the questions you want – so it’s also a great opportunity for those getting used to the discipline.

This event is for all club members but will be marshaled and supported by the more experienced Time Trialing membership of the club.

This is the perfect way to experience you first time trial, regardless of pace or whichever Saturday or Sunday club group you ride with. All you need is your normal road bike so do please come along!

Please register your interest here:

http://www.gsavanti.co.uk/events/2016/05/gs-avanti-beginners-time-trial-session-riders-only/

  

Steve Wand

Thanks to all those who attended Steve Wand’s Funeral, and formed part of the 60 strong peloton that followed the procession from Steve’s family home in Bexleyheath to Eltham Crematorium. It was quite a send-off – very sad, but also uplifting. GS Avanti are making a donation to the Kent Air Ambulance, at the suggestion of his family. We are also looking at having one of our annual trophies named after Steve.

 Thanks everyone, and hope to see a big turnout at Poll Hill tonight!

Chris