Cross Border Sportive 2019

This years event will take place on 01 September 2019 and the organisers have asked us to share the details with members.  There are three routes; a 30 miler called ‘The Recce’, a 50 miler called ‘The Raid’ and an epic 80 miler called ‘The Invasion’ for the more adventurous!  Based at Lanercost Priory near Brampton, the routes have been tweaked to include some different roads to keep things interesting including an awesome, cake laden feed station.

They want youngsters to get out on their bikes and make sports part of everyday life.  So as a little encouragement, all under 16’s ride for free when accompanied by an adult (see t’s and c’s).

There are some great early bird offers and also group discounts for groups of 6 or more riders entering together.  Full details including entry are on the event website.

Ian Edgar

The club is sad to announce the death of Ian Edgar at the age of 83. Ian was a member of the club during the mid-1950s until the early 1960s and was the first Border City Wheelers member to ride a 25-mile time trial in under 60 minutes in 1958 with a time of 59min 44sec, which at the time was an outstanding achievement. He set the record on the L1 course based on the A6 north of Preston. He was also club champion that year and the previous year had established a club record for 15 miles in 35min 26sec.

Ian set the benchmark for following generations of BCW members, who have continued to strive to “beat the hour”.

Ian’s funeral will be at Carlisle Crematorium at 2.20pm on Monday 21st January.

Training opportunity

Henrietta Colborne (previously Beacon Wheelers) who is now riding with Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi Murias has contacted us to say she is training near Alicante in January and February and has room if anyone would like to join her.  If interested contact her by email or by direct message on Twitter.

Chief Marshals Required

Chief Marshals required for season 2019 club events.

Basic outline of duties:

  • Collect signs, paperwork and stop watches etc. for the event
  • Place the signs out on course (or organise with marshals)
  • Organise the placement of the marshals on the night.
  • Signing in of riders.
  • Replace signs etc back in lock-up after the event (not on the night unless it suits you).

We have lost 4 Chief Marshals from this season for various reasons so a few extra would be a great help for the 5 remaining.  The chief marshal duty can be organised to coincide with the marshal duties.  A couple of occasions during the season is the aim.  The more Chief Marshals we have means the less occasions we are required to carry out the duties.

Please contact Lee Foster if you would like to volunteer or you are interested and require more details.