It is now six months since I took over as the Club Chairman with the newly elected committee so thought it would be timely to give you an update on how things are progressing.

I would like to start by thanking and acknowledging my appreciation for the generosity and support of our Club sponsors Prolight Design Ltd, Finely Tuned Ride (FTR), Bikes ‘n’ Boards, and Sports Therapist, Louise PfeiI. I would remind all members that FTR and Bikes ‘n’ Boards offer members a discount and Louise offers a 15% discount on sports massages. (contact details for Louise are available in the members’ FB page.)

You will recall that we were unable to elect an Events Secretary at the AGM but I was really pleased that Mark Lewis and Paul Haddrell-Forth volunteered to jointly fill the position and were co-opted by the committee.

Mark and Paul have done a stoic job in organizing activities including bike maintenance sessions at FTR, an Easter Families Ride with Easter Eggs for the children taking part, a mountain bike day in the Forest of Dean and most recently, a power test session at Devizes Leisure Centre. In addition, members have participated in a number of sportives, locally and abroad, including the Wiltshire Wildcat, We Ride Flanders and the Paris Roubaix Challenge.

Following the usual winter break, the lighter spring evenings have seen the re-establishment of the Chain gang sessions. We decided to move this to a Tuesday evening and whilst I appreciate Tuesday is not convenient for everyone it is being well supported and we are seeing new faces and looking to establish specific introductory sessions for anyone interested but possibly concerned about what group riding at pace involves. I am in contact with Andy Cook of Andy Cook Cycling and he will be running a number of sessions at Castle Combe race circuit for DTCC members aimed at giving coaching and practical experience of both chain gang and other group riding away from the risks and distractions that traffic present.

Saturday rides continue to prove very popular and we are regularly seeing 30+ riders. We are running a monthly introductory ride and are seeing new faces and a number of these have gone on to join the Club.

Sunday rides continue, although the support is not as we would like it to be. That said, I appreciate the commitment of a small cohort of regular riders who are seeing some of our more adventurous Saturday riders joining them to experience the challenges of their faster pace. We are exploring regular Sunday rides at a lower pace and more details will be available in the coming weeks.

We have made two donations to local charities in the last few months, £250 to Julia’s House and £250 to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. I am sure you will agree that these are two very deserving charities and it is great for the club to support them and build strong links with them.

On Sunday 11 June, a number of our members are riding the Julia’s House Hospice to Hospice Ride. As a club, we are looking to support our riders and a number of members have offered to provide transport to take our riders and their bikes to the start in Corfe Mullen. This will alleviate the logistical issue of driving to the start , cycling either the 100 or 200 km route and then driving/getting a lift back to Corfe Mullen afterwards to collect cars. If you are planning to do the ride, please let Tim Pigott know as he is pulling things together.

Looking forward, as we have done for the last couple of years, we are planning to organize a BBQ to mark the finish or the Tour de France, more details on this later. We also have plans for other activites and events and these will be published in due course.

Thank you for your continued support and for taking the time to read this update; if you have any suggestions for activities or other feedback, please do not hesitate to raise them.

Kevin Maidment

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