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  1. Club members Hannah Smith and Owen Hazlewood have recently opened a new cycle repair business in Bromsgrove - Academy Bikeworks Ltd. They offer a variety of servicing for all types of cycles, based on three levels of standard checks and servicing, as well as bespoke repairs to meet customers' individual requirements. Academy Bikeworks' business hours are 9.00 am to 5.30 pm from Tuesdays to Fridays and 9.00 am to 5.00 pm on Saturdays. Full details of the range of work that can be undertaken can be found on the 'Workshop' page of their website - www.academybikeworks.co.uk - in addition to which there are extremely useful links for news on cycling matters in general, such as what to look out for and check when buying a second-hand cycle. The full address of the business is : Academy Bikeworks Ltd., Unit 73, Basepoint Business Centre, Isidore Road, Bromsgrove B60 3ET. Telephone Number : 01527 903677. Email : academybikeworks@gmail.com Anyone unsure of Academy Bikeworks' location can visit the 'Contact Us' page of their website, or can use Google's Directions feature.
  2. Birthday greetings

    Our best wishes on your birthday, Pat. We hope that you have many happy miles on the bike ahead of you. Dave and Judy
  3. Congratulations to all three of you - Chris, Tessa and MIke - 6 hours 23 minutes - Gold for Tessa, and Silver for Chris and Mike. I was only cutting the front hedge as an excuse to watch some of the riders go by and give the Saracen a cheer = it was far too hot to do any proper gardening ! Dave Jones
  4. The Annual Saracen RC Open 10-Miles Time Trial will be on the usual course (K33/10D) that starts south of Dunnington on the old Alcester (Arrow) to Evesham road (now the B4088 from Dunnington crossroads southwards). First rider away will be at 2.01 pm. The course will be the same as in previous years: B4088 south - Norton island - left (direction Bidford) - Salford Priors - left - A46 north - finishing on A435 just after leaving A46. Event Headquarters this year will be at Crawford Memorial Hall, Bidford, just off the A46 on the B439 west of the town. Unfortunately, we cannot use Broom Village Hall any more as the car parking site at the end of the main street is being redeveloped and is no longer available. The event organiser is Mike Hazlewood.
  5. MIKE FLORENCE

    I have had the sad, and unexpected news through Chris Pardoe that Mike Florence passed away last weekend. Although Mike was not a member of the Saracen, he regularly met up with our members at the Defford Farm Shop Cafe on Tuesdays for a chat, having ridden there by various routes from his home in Worcester. Those of us who raced in the 1950s and 1960s remember him as a member of the Edgbaston Road Club. He was a particularly strong rider, both in road races and time trials, and he competed at the highest level in the UK as an amateur, participating in such events as the Manx International on the Isle of Man. Mike rode regularly with his wife, Elaine, and I would unexpectedly meet up with them both quite frequently during my rides south of Worcester. He always had a friendly word to say, and I will certainly miss him being around.
  6. COPIES OF THE FORMAL NOTIFICATION BY HIGHWAYS ENGLAND AND THEIR 'STATEMENT OF REASONS' ARE NOW ATTACHED. ALSO, PLEASE NOTE THAT THE POSTCODE (NOW CORRECTED BY ME AS BELOW) IS LS11 9AT, AND NOT LS1 9AT AS ORIGINALLY STATED BY ME. IN THEIR 'STATEMENT OF REASONS', HIGHWAYS ENGLAND MERELY GIVE A SHORT STATEMENT (JUST 40 WORDS) OF GENERAL OBSERVATION WITH NO SUPPORTING DATA. ONE HAS TO ASK WHY HUMBERSIDE POLICE HAVE NOT BEEN ENFORCING THE SPEED LIMIT OF 70 MPH, AS IT IS CLEAR FROM THE STATED 'AVERAGE SPEEDS OF 65 MPH' THAT THERE MUST BE DRIVERS WHO ARE EXCEEDING THE STATUTORY LIMIT (FOR THE REASON AS MENTIONED IN MY ORIGINAL POST), AND INSTEAD APPEAR TO BE ADOPTING THE EASY OPTION OF CLEARING THE ROAD OF THOSE AT RISK, INSTEAD OF ENFORCING THE LAW. HIGHWAYS ENGLAND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO PUT FORWARD THIS PROPOSAL WITHOUT A FULL AND DETAILED LIST OF 'REASONS' THAT ARE BACKED UP BY VERIFIABLE DATA. ORIGINAL POST : Cycling Time Trials (CTT) have published details of a proposed Traffic Restriction Order (TRO), the effect of which would be to ban all cyclists using the A63 road near Hull - between North Cave interchange and Daltry Street interchange. Whilst this stretch of road includes the entire length of a time trial course (the V718 and its derivatives), this proposal needs to be seen in a wider context. The A63 road, which is the major route between Leeds and Hull, might be somewhat obscure to most cyclists (and other road users) who do not live in the area, and this TRO might appear to be of no significance or concern to anyone in other parts of the country, Whilst time trial events on the relevant stretch of road would obviously be affected, and would cease, there is a wider principle at stake here. Cyclists have a right to use any highway that is not a motorway. The choice of whether or not to cycle on any particular stretch of road, taking into consideration traffic flows, for instance, should be that of the individual cyclist. Highways England, in their Statement of Reasons for this TRO, cite the fact that in the past five years there have been six incidents involving cyclists, one of which resulted in a fatality. What Highways England fail to state is that over the same period there were 297 incidents involving motor vehicles on the same stretch of road. The six incidents involving cyclists can therefore be seen in context. They also state that the average speed of vehicles on this road is 65 mph. In response, that suggests, taking into consideration, for example, that HGV vehicles are subject to speed limits below 65 mph, that there must be a large proportion of motor vehicles travelling well in excess of the 70 mph limit for this dual carriageway. Whilst it is not clear whether cyclists were at fault in any way in all six incidents, it might be more appropriate for Highways England to redirect their attention towards the law-breaking drivers, who, by their irresponsible and dangerous actions are putting the lives of both cyclists and other drivers in jeopardy. This is yet another case of the victims, instead of the law-breaking perpetrators, having their rights and liberties restricted and curtailed. If this proposal is approved, it could set a precedent for further restrictions on cyclists across the country. Any road, deemed by those in authority to be 'dangerous' to cyclists, could be next on the list for a Traffic Restriction Order. This issue is not about the loss of a time trial course; it is about the fundamental rights of cyclists to have unrestricted access to all roads that are not designated as motorways. If you wish to challenge this proposal for the A63, please write to The Office of the Director, Operations Directorate (Yorkshire and North East), Highways England, 3rd Floor South, Lateral, 8 City Walk, Leeds LS11 9AT, (An email address has not been given). All comments must be received by Highways England by Monday, 19th February 2018. Note : Highways England do not clarify if their figure of 2,500 vehicles per hour (42 per minute) is the total for both carriageways of the dual carriageway, or if it is for each carriageway. I suspect that it is the former that applies, that is, 1,250 per hour in each direction. Do they really mean 2,500 vehicles per hour throughout a 24-hour period, or have they been somewhat selective with the times of day for their gathering of statistics ? I will try to find out more about this. The CTT article can be viewed on their website - www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk FURTHER DETAILS CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON THE CYCLING UK WEBSITE, BUT IT TAKES QUITE A BIT OF SEARCHING TO FIND IT !
  7. PROPOSED BAN ON CYCLISTS USING A63 ROAD

    PROPOSED BAN ON A63 - AMENDMENT TO POSTAL ADDRESS. The postcode for Highways England, shown as LS1 9AT, should read LS11 9AT. Sorry !
  8. Cycling Time Trials (CTT) have published details of a proposed Traffic Restriction Order (TRO), the effect of which would be to ban all cyclists using the A63 road near Hull - between North Cave interchange and Daltry Street interchange. Whilst this stretch of road includes the entire length of a time trial course (the V718 and its derivatives), this proposal needs to be seen in a wider context. The A63 road, which is the major route between Leeds and Hull, might be somewhat obscure to most cyclists (and other road users) who do not live in the area, and this TRO might appear to be of no significance or concern to anyone in other parts of the country, Whilst time trial events on the relevant stretch of road would obviously be affected, and would cease, there is a wider principle at stake here. Cyclists have a right to use any highway that is not a motorway. The choice of whether or not to cycle on any particular stretch of road, taking into consideration traffic flows, for instance, should be that of the individual cyclist. Highways England, in their Statement of Reasons for this TRO, cite the fact that in the past five years there have been six incidents involving cyclists, one of which resulted in a fatality. What Highways England fail to state is that over the same period there were 297 incidents involving motor vehicles on the same stretch of road. The six incidents involving cyclists can therefore be seen in context. They also state that the average speed of vehicles on this road is 65 mph. In response, that suggests, taking into consideration, for example, that HGV vehicles are subject to speed limits below 65 mph, that there must be a large proportion of motor vehicles travelling well in excess of the 70 mph limit for this dual carriageway. Whilst it is not clear whether cyclists were at fault in any way in all six incidents, it might be more appropriate for Highways England to redirect their attention towards the law-breaking drivers, who, by their irresponsible and dangerous actions are putting the lives of both cyclists and other drivers in jeopardy. This is yet another case of the victims, instead of the law-breaking perpetrators, having their rights and liberties restricted and curtailed. If this proposal is approved, it could set a precedent for further restrictions on cyclists across the country. Any road, deemed by those in authority to be 'dangerous' to cyclists, could be next on the list for a Traffic Restriction Order. This issue is not about the loss of a time trial course; it is about the fundamental rights of cyclists to have unrestricted access to all roads that are not designated as motorways. If you wish to challenge this proposal for the A63, please write to The Office of the Director, Operations Directorate (Yorkshire and North East), Highways England, 3rd Floor South, Lateral, 8 City Walk, Leeds LS1 9AT, (An email address has not been given). All comments must be received by Highways England by Monday, 18th February 2018. Note : Highways England do not clarify if their figure of 2,500 vehicles per hour (42 per minute) is the total for both carriageways of the dual carriageway, or if it is for each carriageway. I suspect that it is the former that applies, that is, 1,250 per hour in each direction. Do they really mean 2,500 vehicles per hour throughout a 24-hour period, or have they been somewhat selective with the times of day for their gathering of statistics ? I will try to find out more about this. The CTT article can be viewed on their website - www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk
  9. Mistery run Sunday 20th Aug 2017

    Do I get quadruple points for identifying the railway station and giving details of the GWR locomotive ?
  10. John Jansz funeral

    Following the initial telephone call from John's solicitors, I received a letter from them today stating that they understood that there would not be a wake after the service at Lodge Hill Crematorium. They also stated that members of their staff would be attending the funeral.
  11. Birthday greetings

    A very belated response to Hilary's post, but nevertheless, best wishes to you, Terry. Dave Jones
  12. British Cycling has announced some details of this 100-mile event, which will be on closed roads throughout. Entries opened 29th September 2016. There appear to be no details yet on the BC website under their Sportive section, but as Club Secretary I have received the weekly BC newsletter (dated 26th September) that gives some information, and I can forward this to any club member who might be interested in riding this event. The event starts and finishes in Birmingham and takes in Halesowen, Bewdley, Upper Rochford, Bromyard, Clifton-on-Teme, Martley, Belbroughton and Rubery.
  13. Stourport Tuesday night series

    Well done, Dave. Keep trying. It might take a few events, but you will surely get a win before long !
  14. CIRCUIT : GRANVILLE STREET - HOLLIDAY STREET - BRIDGE STREET - BROAD STREET. WOMEN : START AT 6.30 PM. MEN : START AT 8.00 PM. BOTH EVENTS ARE 50 MINUTES PLUS 5 LAPS.
  15. Mike McClure

    Hello, Mike. We were both very sorry to hear about your fall and sincerely hope that you make rapid progress with as few complications as possible. Best wishes from Dave and Judy.
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