Hi reader

Kentish Killer is back

On Sunday we are running the key club event of the year which is a hilly sportive Kentish Killer. Many members will be helping either directly on the road, or in the headquarters at Brands Hatch, or in one of the two feeding stations en route.

Kentish Killer is not only popular with cyclists in the Southeast (all 1000 places usually sell out within days or even hours) but it is also the key fund-raising event for the club which helps us to finance and subsidise many activities in the club. Chris Dines was organising the Kentish Killer from its inception and this year Lee Powell has taken over. If you are already helping, let's make it together again a big success that it has been over the years ("a sportive organised by keen cyclists for other keen cyclists"). If you would like to help, we can always use more people. Please contact Lee on treasurer@gsavanti.co.uk.

Get social in Chelsfield

We are organising a social event on Monday 27th March at 8pm in a friendly pub the Chelsfield in Chelsfield (the home turf of our new club secretary Richard Short). The tap will be open for drinks and crisps, and we are planning to organise with Kalas a sample set of jerseys and bib shorts in all sizes so that members can try them on and order in confidence the right size online.

The Alps Adventure

Chris Moss is organising a climbing trip to the French Alps in June. At the moment four people have signed up but Chris is still holding a reservation for another chalet in an area where all famous Tour de France climbs are located. If you are interested, please have a look at the website or send an email to info@gsavanti.co.uk.

Club Kit

We have now successfully trialled our first round of distribution of the club kit via Cycles UK in Orpington. Everything went smoothly and we hope we can build on this further. Cycles UK is a friendly bike shop on the High Street in Orpington and they are still running a 50% discount on bike servicing in February. Get in touch with them if you need a post-winter service!

2017 Cycling Season is officially here

This winter has been quite dreadful because it has been very long, cold and humid (my heating bill for January is a testament to how freezing it was). Hopefully, we are gradually coming out of it and we can start enjoying spells of sunshine on dry roads. This weekend Spring Classics in Belgium are kicking off and they will also serve not only as entertainment but also as a motivation watching pros killing it in famous one-day cobble-stone races.

Enjoy your Saturday and see many of you on Sunday!