Following a recent committee meeting where Nigel Bunton has stepped down from the Social Ride Secretary position and Scott Amass & Joe Spaulding have jointly taken on that post, the complete club rules regarding social rides have been re-visited and reviewed in order to ensure that they are fit for purpose. There have been some small additions which will be published in due course but in the main the new secretaries will be ensuring that the club rules regarding the social rides will be adhered to with no exceptions.
To that extent starting from Saturday 21st April it will be a requirement for all members wanting to ride to bring and carry at all times their club membership card for 2018. This card should be completed with name and importantly emergency contact details so that in the event of any incident first responders are able to find out the name of the persons next of kin with contact details. This is a simpler way of people having emergency contact details available on a ride without the need for ride leaders to carry a sheet containing sensitive personal data on all club members. If a member turns up with no membership card then they will not be allowed to take part in the ride. Make a point of keeping your card with your money or cards you bring to buy coffee and cake then it will always be available.
Scott will ask all riders to be honest with themselves on the day when selecting a red or blue group. We all have off days and this will ensure the groups ride enjoyment. Scott will try to ensure that all groups (blue, red, black) have a recognised lead rider(s) containing no more than 10 people in total in order to ensure safety of the group whilst out on the road. It is always possible to change groups at the Cafe stop in order to come back slower or faster. The once a month green ride will be limited to 8 people. To this extent we would like all social riders to arrive by latest 08:45 so that the groups can be organised in readiness for a prompt 9:00 departure in order of group speeds.
All non-members or those that are guesting with the club and taking advantage of the 6 free rides before having to sign up must complete a temporary membership card which will contain emergency contact details and record the number of rides that person partakes in. Lapsed or previous members that have yet to renew are not allowed to partake in the 6 free rides scheme and will not be allowed to ride unless they pay a day membership fee of £1 and complete a temporary card with details. They will be expected to join as a member if they want to ride on a regular basis.
Slightly different SSR as we have Two routes this weekend.
0830 start from Northgate to Maglia Rosso. Roughly about 56 miles
0900 start from Northgate to Corncraft. Roughly about 36 miles.
Weather forecast at this early stage is reasonable.
Any issues or problems please get in touch by smoke signal.
This Saturday as it is the first of the month will see us run a green ride for those riders who are new to group riding. Unfortunately, as the Autumn is now arriving this will be the last Green ride until April next year when the weather hopefully turns warm and dry again.
On Saturday 23rd January the Ipswich Bicycle Club Social Ride will be joined by Cycling Weekly who will feature the club in a future edition of Cycling Weekly “Ride With”.
All club members are welcome to join in and if you are coming please make an effort to wear your club clothing as it will make the photos much more special.
As the ride is to be a continuous 40 mile route please ensure that you bring plenty of drink and nutrition (snacks and gels) to keep you going until we get back to the Cult Café.
We will be doing a loop ride out of Northgate going approx 40 miles to arrive back at the Cult Cafe for a final coffee and cake social.
All groups, Black, Red and Blue will ride the first part to Barking Tye on the same route, via Henley and Needham Mkt. The journalist will start with the Black group(s) and swap to Red(s) at the Barking Fox (Stop 1). The Black groups will then make their own way back to Ipswich via any route they choose aiming for arrival at The Cult about 11:45 ish.
The Red and Blue rides will then ride different routes from Barking to Hadleigh so as to meet up at the same time. The journalist will swap from Red to Blue in the car park of the Edge House Hotel (Stop 2) at the end of Hadleigh High Street just before the junction with Station Road and Benton Street.
The Red group will return to Ipswich via any route they choose aiming for arrival back at The Cult at 11:45.
The Blue group(s) will return to The Cult via Raydon, Capel St. Mary, Bentley, Tattingstone, Holbrook coming in under the Orwell Bridge arriving at The Cult approx 11:55.
I have created 2 routes on GPSies which can be downloaded in a variety of formats to load onto your cycle GPS devices like Garmins.
The Blue and Red routes show the same route to Barking Tye that all groups will take. The Red takes a different route from Barking to Hadleigh. The Blue is a shorter route from Barking to Hadleigh to ensure that the Blue arrives close to the Red for handover. Both then have different routes back to Ipswich.
The start point is Northgate Sports Centre car park Sidegate Lane West, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 3DJ. Roll out is 9am prompt so please arrive at 8:30 in order to prepare and be introduced to your ride group.
The finish point is Cult Cafe James Hehir Building, University Ave, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 0FS.
Ipswich Bicycle Club is going to run Ladies Rides
These will run on Sundays and weekday evenings according to demand and advance weather forecast.
Places will be limited so please contact Liz on 07939084553 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Advance details will be posted on the Club website and on the Club Facebook Page.
If you wish to attend, you MUST:
+ notify Liz and wait for acknowledgement that your place is booked
+ follow the link on the Ipswich BC website to Group Ride Signals, be familiar with these and use them
+ bring ID, a phone, your IBC membership card, if you have one, and next of kin details
+ be aware that non-members must join the club after 6 rides, for insurance purposes
+ bring at least one full water bottle, a portable snack and a puncture kit comprising of a spare inner tube, 2 tyre levers and a hand pump.
+ notify Liz by phone if you decide not to come, or will be late, and wait for acknowledgement
+ arrive at least 10 minutes before the advertised ride start
+ check the Ipswich BC website for ride details and cancellations on the morning of the ride
+ensure your bike is in good working order & tyres are pumped up
+ wear a well-fitting bicycle helmet
+ wear clothes appropriate to the weather eg waterproof jacket
+ You are responsible for your own safety and that of fellow road users
+ Be familiar with the Highway Code and follow it
+ Ride safely and with courtesy. You are representing your club
+ be aware that riders who arrive without the outlined equipment will not be permitted on the ride
+ be aware that unless Liz know that you will be late, the ride will leave without you 15 minutes after the advertised start time
Next Ladies Ride:
10am depart from Northgate Sports Centre, Sunday 27th Sept
Approx 20 miles (tbc) at an easy pace.
Nobody will be dropped
You must book in advance.
Saturday 22nd August – There will be no IBC Social Rides from Northgate Sports Centre
Instead we will be running Blue, Red and Black Rides as part of the Crafted Classique Sportive.
Simon Males will be leading and organising a black ride over the 100 mile distance. Please contact Simon for details and confirmation of your intention to join his group.
David Boother and Will Taylor will be leading and organising 2 red rides over the 100 mile distance. These will be ridden at an average of 18mph so please don’t join if you cannot maintain that speed over the distance. Please inform David and/or Will of your intention to join either of these groups.
Mark Salter & Les Roper will be leading and organising a blue ride over the 100 mile distance. This will be ridden at an average of 15mph so again please don’t join in this group if you cannot maintain that speed over a 100 mile course. Please inform Mark of your intention to join this group.
Marcus Sharpe will be leading and organising a blue ride over the 100Km (63 mile) distance. This is the ride to join if you have never done 100 miles before and are looking to challenge yourself to go a bit beyond the normal club run distances. Marcus will keep to the blue average of 14-16 mph and ensure that all riders stay in the group. Please inform Marcus of your intention to join this group.
If you don’t want to join any of these groups then feel free to ride the sportive at your own pace (there will be plenty of riders to tag along with on the road) and don’t forget there is always the option of doing the 55Km route specially set out for those who are new to Sportive’s.
If you have registered online, you have the option to collect your timing chips and sign-on between 4-8pm on Friday 21st August from Cult Cafe on the Ipswich waterfront. This means you can simply turn up and ride from 8am on the day of the event, without needing to do any additional sign-on.
For all the group rides mentioned above please arrive at the Cult Café by 7:30 am so that we can form up into groups and set off promptly at 8am as soon as we are allowed to start.