The May Meeting was held in Queen Mary gardens, Falmouth, as we’re now allowed to gather in groups of up to thirty out of doors. Despite a grey and rather chilly evening, 24 members attended, although it seemed that most had flasks of hot drinks rather than picnics. Apologies were received from Phil Conroy, Peter Williams, Ian, Sonjia, Sheila and Sylvia. Fred chaired the meeting and reported that the Pathfinder ride from Longrock on Sunday May 23rd had been cancelled because of awful weather, but Ian will lead that route again for the next Pathfinder on June 27th. Fred also reminded us that this Sunday, May 30th is Cycling UK’s ‘World’s Biggest Bike Ride’ and as we’ll be out anyway, we should pledge to take part and record our distance to add to the total, which will be used – hopefully – to get better conditions for cyclists.
The Coast and Clay Sportive from near Newquay is being held on July 18th, and this year is supporting Cornwall Hospice Care. There are four distances with varied entry fees. Details on their website.
On September 5th the first stage of the Tour of Britain comes through Falmouth, and we want a big turn out of members in club colours on the day. Paula brought a bag of club shirts and the new buffs, which are already selling well. With the new stock in, we’ve got plenty of club kit in all sizes. The next Tour of Britain zoom meeting is on June 24th at 11am.
On September 6th, Fred and Kath will be leading a Tour of Wales; a twelve day circular tour starting and finishing at Cardiff, approximately 55 miles a day and camping. Clive will driving the support vehicle so no need to carry all your kit. See Fred or Kath if you’re interested.
There were several more topics for discussion – Fred reminded everyone that we should ride in groups of no more than six or seven – if fifteen members turn up, divide into two! Following several accidents involving cyclists at the Argal crossroads, Dean will be writing to the council to ask for better signage at this black spot. Anyone who has information about incidents there is asked to contact Dean with details.
Robin had sad news about an incident that happened on the Wednesday pub run to the Philleigh Inn. New member Ian Negus skidded on gravel and came off his bike, suffering a severe head injury. He was air lifted to Derriford hospital. Our thoughts are with him and his family as we wait for further news. Once again, this is a reminder that everyone should carry emergency contact information.
The June meeting will be on Thursday 24th at 7pm, in Queen Mary gardens again, not Kimberly park as was previously announced. With no other business, the meeting closed at 7.35pm.