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Almost there…

We are nearly ready to go. The first day of track racing at Preston Park in nearly two years is almost upon us, and the weather even looks … well not exactly summer like but it’s going to be dry at least (newcomers: wrap up! It gets cold there when the sun starts to set and you aren’t racing!)

COVID Regs

Please go and read our covid guidance once again. It’s important we all get this right.

Volunteers

Don’t make me say it. I know we need them. You know we need them. And the volunteer sheet is looking empty. Please go here and sign up or get someone to sign up. No volunteers = no racing.

You don’t need any special training., but we cannot race without marshals.

Entries

Remember entries close at 6pm on the Tuesday before racing. We are looking to try and bring this time closer to 6pm on a Wednesday if we can in future, but for the next week or two this is how it will have to be.

THERE WILL BE NO ON THE DAY ENTRY

If you decide not to turn up, we can move your entry to the following week, so you won’t lose out.

Registration

You won’t be able to enter if you haven’t registered. Cut-off time is 6pm on Monday to get into that weeks racing.

THERE WILL BE NO ON THE DAY REGISTRATION

If you missed the deadline this week, get your registration in, and if we have time we might be able to process it in time for you to enter.

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Register/Practice/Race!

Just a few items to pass on as we near the start of our long awaited season.

Volunteer Lists

Volunteer lists still looking very empty. Please consider signing up here, especially if you are a parent coming along as a youths helper. (if the spreadsheet appears not to load, click on the tabs at the bottom, it usually reloads it then).

Remember: No volunteers = no racing.

Registration

  • Only registrations received by 6pm on the preceding Monday are likely to be processed in time to enter for Wednesday
  • Registration is ONLINE ONLY this year. There will be NO on the day registration under any circumstances. See the registration page.
  • You WILL NOT be able to enter the races online if you are not registered and approved. Races this year are also ONLINE ENTRY ONLY and can be entered via our track league calendar page.
  • Please don’t all sign up at 5:58 on Monday, try and get it done soon. There is a fair bit of manual checking and keying per-registration at the moment due to our last minute shift to online only and a new entry system. If we have to try and process everyone on Monday night it’s likely that some simply won’t get processed.

First Race Meet: April 14th

Entry opens on Rider HQ at 6am Thursday 8th April. As noted, you must be registered with the league to be able to enter. Click here to enter.

Open Practice

Friday 9th April

Accredited riders required to be there from 6pm to help with accreditation so that the new riders have a bunch to race with.

  • You must be accredited at Preston Park Velodrome to attend.
  • You must have a valid British Cycling “Race” level membership (but do not need a race licence).

The practice is free, and you can enter at Rider HQ here. You must enter online so that we can verify your accreditation status.

No payment is necessary.  If there are too many riders you may have to take it in turns to sit out as accrediting riders must take priority.

Volunteers will be needed anyway to marshal the track so please be prepared to give up a bit of time.

Please remember COVID guidance is still in effect. Try to stay out of big bunches on the track until the accreditation process requires it.

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Track Open Practice

Accredited riders required to be there from 6pm on Wednesday and Friday to help with accreditation so that the new riders have a bunch to race with.

  • You must be accredited at Preston Park Velodrome to attend.
  • You must have a valid British Cycling “Race” level membership (but do not need a race licence).

No payment is necessary.  If there are too many riders you may have to take it in turns to sit out as accrediting riders must take priority.

Volunteers will be needed anyway to marshal the track so please be prepared to give up a bit of time.

Please remember COVID guidance is still in effect. Try to stay out of big bunches on the track until the accreditation process requires it.

You can enter at Rider HQ here for Wednesday and here for Friday.

Volunteer Lists

Also: Volunteer lists looking empty. Please consider signing up here, especially if you are a parent coming along as a youths helper. (if the spreadsheet appears not to load, click on the tabs at the bottom, it usually reloads it then).

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Track! is! back!

It is with great pleasure, and no small sense of relief, that we can reveal that plans are now afoot to start this years track league on time in accordance with the guidance released by British Cycling.

It would seem that we will have what looks very much like a normal track league this year, all be it with our rollers set a bit further apart.

Circuits will also look to be going ahead. However, at this time it is expected that at least the first circuit event of the summer will be under the familiar “no points” max 30 minute race with a max 60 minute racing overall. We have already made plans to account for this and will reveal all once everything is confirmed.

In the meantime, there are a few things we can share with you.

  • Registration is open! Online only this year. Read more and register here. No signature will be needed.
  • Please make sure that you read the track league covid guidance.
  • Entry is online only. No entry on the day. No exceptions.
  • Yearly payment will not be available this year, due to the possibility that it can all be shut down at a moments notice.

You can also do a few things to help move things along, as we will not have much time between getting fully confirmed procedures and the start of the league.

  • Make sure you are on the mailing list (See the foot of the page)
  • Make sure you follow the social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Insta.
  • Sign up for some volunteer roles on the website here.
  • Get someone else to sign up too!

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Prizes Galore!

Yes, we may be stuck indoors for tomorrows AGM, but we can still dish out some prizes for some lucky winners!

In conjunction with Upgrade Bikes we have put together four prize packs for four lucky winners.

The prizewinners will be chosen at random from those present at four different points in the meeting. So to be in with a chance of winning a package you must be there at the time. Thats it! You don’t even need to be clever!

The prize packages are as follows:

Prize 1: Lezyne tyre levers + Lezyne classic puncture repair kit + Lezyne metal patch kit + Lezyne Micro Drive light kit [front and rear] + Lezyne Carbon Road Drive Small pump.

Prize 2: Lezyne tyre levers + Lezyne classic puncture repair kit + Lezyne metal patch kit + Lezyne Micro Drive light kit [front and rear] + Lezyne Carbon Road Drive Small pump

Prize 3: Lezyne tyre levers + Lezyne classic puncture repair kit + Lezyne metal patch kit + Lezyne Micro Drive light kit [front and rear] + Carbon Road Drive Large pump

Prize 4: Lezyne tyre levers + Lezyne classic puncture repair kit + Lezyne metal patch kit + Lezyne Micro Drive light kit [front and rear] + Lezyne Track pump

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AGM This Sunday

Don’t forget it’s the AGM this Sunday (October 18th), online at 5pm.

You will need to install the Zoom platform on your laptop or phone which you should do ahead of time. The download page is here. They also provide a page with a test meeting here so you can try it out.

The link to the meeting will be posted back here ON THIS PAGE about half an hour before the start, so bookmark this page to come back to it. When you click on the link your browser will prompt you to open the app and should take you straight to the meeting. Note we plan to record the meeting to aid recording of the minutes afterwards.

During the meeting, please leave your microphone muted so that the meeting can proceed in an orderly manner. You may join with or without video, your choice.

Please use the chat window to pose questions. After each section from the agenda we will cover any questions raised.

Please take a look at the agenda and particularly note the vacant positions. Some positions we like to have two people available, which is why they might have one name and “Vacant” next to it. So consider where you might be able to help out. The more people we can get to fulfill roles the less time each individual has to dedicate to doing it each year!

There will also be an e-raffle! We’ll explain this on the day but we’ve allocated enough to get around £300 worth of prizes courtesy of Upgrade Bikes.

So although there’s no roller racing, or awards, it would be good to see some of the regular faces again to cement our plans for the next year.

Have a beverage of your choice handy and see you at 5pm!

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2020 AGM

Though we’ve had basically no racing this year the constitution requires us to hold an AGM. This will be held at 5pm on Sunday October 18th.

As there are no awards or prizes to give out we have decided to forego trying to hold a public AGM in person which would meet current covid requirements and will instead be holding the event online.

Anyone who wishes to attend will be able to join online (provider to be decided, but probably Zoom) and will be able to vote and ask questions as usual. We will send out another post once the details are confirmed.

An agenda will be kept updated at this link. If you have any points to raise please email committee@scrl.co.uk before Wednesday 14th October.

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Track Racing Update

Long story short, there isn’t any this year. Sorry. For a bit more detail, read on.

British Cycling will sanction racing at regional level from August 1st, but with restrictions on race numbers, race duration, venue and of course distancing and hygiene procedures.

This would have given us three weeks of our league left.

The committee met last night to discuss the requirements and how we could best implement them.

It soon became apparent that we could not possibly organise all that was required by next Wednesday.

This would leave us with two weeks of our regular racing.

As we worked through the document and realised that more and more work would need to be done, online capabilities for entry set up, equipment obtained, extra procedures to do every week etc. it soon became apparent that the effort far outweighed the benefit for just two weeks of racing. Especially when it was considered that those two weeks are usually the quietest.

It was therefore a unanimous decision to not proceed with the remaining weeks of this years track league.

Depending on the situation come September we will reconvene and consider the possibility of running some circuit races under whatever the restrictions are at that time.

In the meantime there are time trials already running for those of you who need to pin a number on, or maybe now is the time to go and explore the downs, or take that touring holiday you always wanted to.

Stay well, keep riding, see you soon.

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Covid-19 Update

And the news isn’t good.

British Cycling have released a statement, here, to say that the suspension of sanctioned activities will now be extended to the 30th of June.

This of course loses us a big chunk of track league leaving us with just seven weeks, plus only the last two of our summer circuit series. None of the Friday vets/women league will take place, and none of the accreditation sessions are now intended to go ahead this season.

If we hear of any more news about the BC Zwift race series being extended we will pass this on. Perhaps we can even arrange a few online ride-outs of our own.

Please keep yourselves safe and well, and heed the current advice around exercising but avoiding group riding.

See you all soon.

SCRL Committee

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BC Online Racing is Go!

British Cycling have today announced a full set of three-days-a-week Zwift activities with racing, training and time trialling all on the menu.

BC members get Zwift at the reduced rate of £12 a month. You can cancel any time so even if it’s just for the duration it shouldn’t cost too much.

Click here to find out more on the BC site.

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