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Can you help VC Jubilee out?

I know I’m always nagging for help with our events but this time I am after some volunteers to help VC Jubilee out at their cross race in Stanmer Park on the 1st September. When the date was set I was a little concerned that it may just be a bit to early given school holidays would still in full swing but the following week wasn’t available. Turns out my fears about the holidays was correct, everyone seems to be away.

As the race organiser I am beginning to tear my hair out which isn’t a pretty site so I thought I would turn to the wider cycling community – you lot. If you happen to be free that day and would like to help I would be eternally grateful, I might even refrain from nagging you next track season (I said “might” so it’s not a promise). I have set up an online signup form for volunteers at volunteersignup.org/BQJB9 or you can just email me at contact@vcjubilee.co.uk. Oh and did I mention free refreshments for all who help.

Thanks in advance

Dave

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Final Evening Cancelled – Bring your numbers back

I’m sure you have all been expecting it, tonight’s racing has been cancelled and that’s it for the season, that is apart from the AGM which is on Saturday 5th October in Knowle Hall @ 5pm.

I will be at the track myself from around 6:30 this evening for half an hour so if you are about you can drop your numbers back then otherwise please post to me 45, Brittany Road, Hove. BN3 4PA. PPYCC riders can drop them back on a Saturday morning of course.

Dave

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Thank you

A massive thank you to all those that helped out with the circuit races at Preston Park especially the riders that took time out either before or after their races. Putting on this series of races has put quite an extra load on the committee and our other usual band of volunteers so it is really helpful to have others step up and share the load. Please pass on our thanks to anyone you know who helped out.

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Fridays Circuit Racing Cancelled

Unfortunately we have had to cancel the circuit racing planned for this Friday evening (14th) as we have not been able to get the services of a commissaire. Please pass this information on through your clubs etc and social media to save people wasted journeys.

This is an extension of the problems we are having getting enough marshals etc. Just like the rest of us commissaires are volunteers and the we can’t expect the same few individuals to give up there time every other week. Watch out for a call in the future for those willing to train as commissaires, if we can get a bigger pool then the demands on each individual will be less.

Thanks to those who did volunteer to help out Friday evening, we had just about managed to gather enough help. We do have another 3 races planned for the 28th June, 12th and 26th July so please do try and get along to help with these. Let Anthony know by emailing volunteering@scrl.co.uk if you are available for any of these.

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Missing gate tracked down

Apologies to anyone who turned up last night with the hope of racing since the rain had decided to go east, only to find we were missing a gate and had to cancel. The news is that we have tracked the gate down. The council’s contractors have taken it away for repair, that despite assurances that it would be repaired on site! We have been told it will be back tomorrow so as long as this great British Summer allows it, there will be racing next week with the postponed Points Championship.

And whilst I am online, a big thank you to everyone who responded to my email last week for Friday night volunteers. Turned out to be a great night both weather and racing wise. No racing this Friday but we are doing it all again next week (14th). To save us panicking last minute can I ask once again for volunteers, as always email volunteering@scrl.co.uk.

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Thanks and can we do it again.

I did mean to send out an email a week or so ago thanking those that responded to our request for volunteers for the circuit racing on the Friday night. In the end we had plenty which was really good as it took the pressure off Tim as organiser and the others of us that are there for most of the events.

So can we do it again this week please. We already have over 50 riders pre-entered so another busy night and some good racing I suspect. We need help across the board with judging and marshalling, in return we will buy you a coffee. Can you let us know by emailing volunteering@scrl.co.uk (and copy me in treasurer@scrl.co.uk) or put a message on our Facebook page if that is easier (someone will see it I am sure). Thanks

Forecast looking a bit iffy for tomorrow by the way, watch out for messages.

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Friday Night Track Racing – Get involved

Hi – shame about the weather Wednesday night, as well as no racing it meant we missed the chance to ask you all to help out (or race) tonight at the Friday Night Vets and Women’s League. Truth is we desperately need some helpers for this.

Why should you help?

We can only book the track on a Wednesday or Friday evening due to the lease the cricket club has with the council. If we don’t book it on a Friday night and run races then it won’t be long before the cricket club look to take over Fridays as well and with the track in use only one night a week the council will become even more hesitant to look after it. At least that is our fear.

So if you value racing at the track please do come and help us keep it going and please let us know by emailing volunteering@scrl.co.uk

Oh and a few more racers wouldn’t go amiss. Pass it on to your club mates. If they fit the age/gender categories then this is a good opportunity to give track racing a try.

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Pre-Season warm up and Registration this Wednesday

Yes – just over a week now to the start of the 2019 track season at Preston Park. Racing starts on Wednesday 17th. So this Wednesday we have a pre-season warm up plus an opportunity to sort out your registration etc for the season. The track is booked so a chance to make sure you and your bike are ready. There is a small charge to help cover the cost of the track hire.

While you are there why not also sort out your registration so things are not quite so busy on the first evening. You do need to complete a registration form but if you raced last season then we have already printed one for you so all you need to do is check we still have all the right info, complete details about you BC licence (please bring your licence with you if you have one), sign and hand over £5. In exchange we will give you your race number for the season. Deal!

If you didn’t race last year then you can complete the registration form online at http://scrl.co.uk/register/ or you can download the form and bring it along (please note we won’t have printed out any online registrations received after 8pm Tuesday).

Riders do need to be accredited before they can race. There is another accreditation session this Friday then just one more on the 3rd May. A big thank you to the experienced riders that answered my plea for help last Friday, you contributed to a very successful session and apologies if you were charged for the evening, if you were then either claim a free session this Wednesday or I will sort out a refund. Help please this Friday as well!

Big changes this season with just 5 race categories. Check this and the new race program for the season on the website and make sure you know what a Tempo race is. Maybe we can practise some on Wednesday.

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Accreditation Nights – Experienced Riders Wanted

We have three accreditation nights planned at the start of the season, all on Friday evenings (5th & 12th April and the 3rd May). As part of the process we could do with some help from experienced riders to help form “friendly” bunches etc. If you are free (1st session is tomorrow evening) then do come along and help, the sessions start from 6 and there will be some free track time you can make use of for warming up for the season as well.

If you can let me know you are coming it helps (treasurer@scrl.co.uk) but will be more than happy if you do just turn up.

Thanks – Dave

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URGENT – Keep the track Alive

As well as our normal Wednesday Night Track League SCRL are running a closed circuit league through the winter and summer. We believe these are crucial to the track at Preston Park surviving as they show the council and others that the track is being used and more importantly raise significant funds that we can reinvest in the track, something the Wednesday league isn’t really achieving. But again the running of these events is falling to the same few individuals and this is not sustainable.

We are very close to having to cancel this weekends race due to lack of volunteers and this would be a real body blow especially to those that have put so much effort into getting these up and running. Regulations mean that we need a minimum number of marshals and other volunteers present.

Putting it bluntly, virtually all races are run by volunteers and if you race at all then you should be willing to also volunteer. We understand that you want to focus on your racing, but we are a multi-discipline league, and if you can help out with other events then hopefully everyone gets to race and we help each other out.

We need help this Sunday. First race is at 8:45 and last race finishes around noon. Even if you can only do an hour or two that would be great. There is an online spreadsheet you can enter your details into but you can e-mail volunteering@scrl.co.uk (or me treasurer@scrl.co.uk).

Please support your league. Dave Gerrey – Treasurer