Second Edition

Matlock Cycling Club Newsletter

December 2001

Chris Hopkinson ends the season with a bang and breaks a leg!

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1. Mountain Bike Section.

Meets each Saturday morning in December at the station car park entrance. These rides meet at 9.15 and leave at 9.30.

Monday evening rides start outside the Laburnum, Hackney Road, at 18.30.

Further details of both outings from Tony Holmes.

2. Thanks.

Thanks to Phil Smith for re-invigorating the social programme.

3. Club Room.

The Barn club room is open each Thursday evening.

Date Programme Speaker/In charge Time
6th December Team Dominoes Phil 20.00
13th December Ecuador by bike. Olly Penrice 20.00
20th December Dr Bike Rob 20.00
27th December Team Christmas Quiz Phil 19.00
3rd January Resolutions / Season Planning Phil 20.00
10th January Coaching workshop Phil 20.00
17th January Dr Bike Robin 20.00
24th January Club Auction - Harry 19.00
31st January Training for Marshals Harry 20.00

Ring Rob for a Dr Bike appointment.

Synopsis of December‘s social events.
6th December 8pm Team Dominoes League

Come along and enjoy the club‘s first dominoes night. Players will form teams of two and compete against other teams in their efforts to rid themselves of their tiles. Points will be awarded to the winning team, then players form new teams for the next game. The total points scored by each player on the evening will be carried forward to the next round of the league.

Test your wits and teamwork against your club mates.

13th December 8pm Touring in Ecuador

Olly Penrice presents a slide show and talk on his cycle-touring experiences in South America. Travel with him on some of the world‘s highest roads through the Andes and share nights under crystal clear skies.

20th December 8pm Dr Bike

Make an appointment with Dr Bike and give your machine a clean bill of health for Christmas. Robin Gould puts the Club‘s professional tool kit to good use, doing the jobs members‘ find difficult at home.

Telephone Robin on 01629 822259 for an appointment.

27th December 7pm Christmas Team Quiz

Come along for a night of festive fun at the Club‘s light-hearted Christmas Team Quiz.

4. Web Sites.

Matlock Cycling Club‘s Home Page can be found at

Mark Fairman, our webmaster, needs information, news, views, photos, jpegs, etc for the web site. He can be contacted by Email

The club‘s newsletters and results can be found at

5. Scalextric Champions.

Men‘s champion: Ashley Noble 24 pts
Ladies‘ champion: Emily Thoday 16 Pts

6. Press Secretary.

Ron Duggins is our Press Secretary. He can be reached on 01629 584677 or Email using . He needs your news by 20.00 on the Sunday evening.

7. Trophies.

All trophies should have been returned by now.

Has any one got any old, spare trophies that we could modify and use. We have several ”Championships• that do not have a trophy.

8.Club Subscriptions, 2002.

They remain unchanged from 2001, Seniors: £10, Under-23: £5, Under-18: £1, Family: £15. All under -18 members are required to be members of either the BCF or the CTC. Subscriptions to Tony Holmes please.

9. BCF Membership Offer.

Club members who are 15 and below and are not already BCF members can join for £5, including any racing licences. BCF membership now lasts for 12 months.

10. VIP Award.


Two British Cycling clubs, West Suffolk Wheelers and Matlock CC have both been selected from a wide range of sports clubs, across many sports, to be the regional winners of the Sport England Volunteer Investment Programme (VIP) Recognition Award 2001. The awards are an opportunity for organisations to receive public recognition and financial support for their volunteer management programmes. As well as the title and 1000 in prize money, the two British Cycling improve accredited cycling clubs will both automatically be entered into the national final where they will face other regional winners for the chance to win a further 3000 and the title of national winners.

Roger Whitfield added:-

”Matlock were one the first clubs to take up the improve award, and are enthusiastic supporters of our Raleigh Challenge and Get Set programmes. Their strong team of volunteers has increased membership form 140 to 240 in the last few years and this award is recognition of that success. I wish them good luck with the national award.•

Harry and Tony are going to London to collect this award on the 11th December.

11. Pedal Power 2002.

Send your articles for the 2002 edition of Pedal Power to Danny. Write the article now when things happen and let Danny be responsible for losing them. The next edition should appear just after Easter 2002.

You should have received a copy of the 2001 Pedal Power with a recent Newsletter. Contact Harry if your copy was missing.

12. Boxing Day.

The traditional relay race around Riber starts at 10.00 from the club HQ.


13. Open Events.

Riber Hill climb result

14. Tuesday Rides.

Richard Thoday is organising a group ride on Tuesday evenings leaving Crown Square at 19.00. They hope to cover 35/40 miles.

For more details call Richard on 01629 582300.

15. Cyclo-cross Training..

Cyclo-cross training at Cromford under Matlock Rugby Club‘s floodlights. 7.0 pm on Tuesdays. Everyone welcome - come and have a laugh as you suffer and learn!!! Ron has more details.

16. Cyclo Cross.

Remember that you now need to join the BCF if you are going to compete in the N&D X League. Harry or Tony have the forms.

There is a free event for under-12s nearly every Saturday during the winter. Details of these events can be found at or by phoning Harry Gould.

17. Summer Tour 2002.

Hopefully we will be going to the Dordogne and Lot Valleys in France.

Dates are Monday, 15th July to Wednesday, 24th July. The cost will be around £440 (depending on numbers and the Euro). Still time to book.

18. Circuit Training.

This continues in October on Wednesday evenings at 19.30. Note no session at half term, Wednesday, 24th October.

Please come yourself and bring a friend. You can do as much or as little as you like!

Cost Adult: £2, At school: £1, per session.

Note Wednesday evenings.

19. Club Dinner and Prize Presentation.

The date is confirmed as Friday, 18th January, 2002 at The Coach House, Lea.

Rob has the details

20. Club Charity 2001

Every year the club club decides to support a different charity and any funds raised from a variety of events will be donated to the charity chosen for that particular year.

In 2001 the charity is Headway Derby.

HEADWAY DERBY is a registered charity and their aim is to help people with head injury and their carers to have a better quality of life.

Based in Ford Street, Derby they provide a day centre open two days a week where members can socialise and continue their integration back into society after their traumatic experience. Members enjoy playing pool and table tennis as well as doing jigsaws and craft activities including painting. They also have facilities to use computers with training and a monthly newsletter is produced by the members. Lunch is provided along with regular outings by minibus to play snooker, ten pin bowling and go swimming.

A weekend in Blackpool, an activity day at Lea Green, a visit to Twycross Zoo and a canal boat trip were all popular excursions in the last year.

Limited funding comes from Derby City Council Social Services, Southern Derbyshire Health Authority and Health Improvement Programme and a successful Awards for All lottery grant helped with the provision of computers.

As the charity becomes more successful and better known the running costs soar and all donations are well used to help people who aquire head injuries very often through no fault of their own.

Head injury care and support
Headway Derby

21..BSCA, East Midland Area Championships 2002

22.Lady Manners School Cycling Club

23.Impruve Events

Activities for all ages but especially those under 16

24. Chris Hopkinson.

Commiserations to Chris Hopkinson who fell off his bike on Clifton Bridge and broke his leg (only one leg note) near to the ball joint on his femur. Now pinned and stapled he is taking an enforced rest till at least March. Watch out for his rivetting talk as a guest speaker at a future club evening.

Harry Gould 01629 822259
Rob Gould 01629 822259
Tony Holmes 01629 734753
Phil 01629 825727
Richard Clark 01773 852117Snail mail only!

For more details Ring (01629) 734996 or Email

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