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Following many months of struggle today brought the sad news that Chris lost his battle with cancer and passed away on Monday night.
I am sure everyone will be aware of the enormous contribution Chris made to Border City Wheelers over the years not only as Chairman but also as a rider and friend.
No one who knew Chris can doubt the courage and dignity with which he faced his illness.
All our thoughts are with Claire, Jonathan and their family at this time of great sadness.
Chris’s funeral will take place on Thursday 24th May at 12.40pm at Carlisle Crematorium after which all are invited to the Heather Glen Hotel, Ainstable.
Claire has asked that as many Border City Wheelers as possible wear club colours at the funeral.
Wednesday evening’s Thursby Club Time Trial is unfortunately cancelled due to a road closure on the A596 from Low Whinnow to Micklethwaite.
A one day British Cycling Ride Leadership Award course is taking place on Saturday 19 May, 8.45am – 5pm at Harraby. The assessed one-day course qualifies individuals to deliver guided bike rides for groups of beginner and intermediate level adults and accompanied children on roads and cycle paths through the HSBC UK Guided Ride programme. They also provide branded kit, British Cycling Ride membership and on-going support to help Leaders get involved with the programme. If interested you can enrol here. Should anyone wish to put their newly found skills into practice, we always welcome volunteers to assist with our group rides too.
Just a reminder for any members that are interested – Giant Kendal Bike Shop are organising a 100km and 50km sportive starting and finishing at Lowther Castle near Penrith and are hoping to get local bike clubs involved. The event is being held on Sunday 03 June 2018 and takes in fantastic Cumbrian roads and views. There is a discounted group entry price for 5 or more people (£25 for 100km or £20 for 50km). Click here for further details.
A number of photos from the recent touring weekend have been added to the “BCW on Tour” gallery available here (starting 4th row from the bottom). Many thanks go to Dave Rawle for organising and not getting lost and especially for ordering great weather on the Saturday and just damp “bits” on the second day.
The Cyclone Festival of Cycling was created in 2007 to encourage as many people as possible to get out on their bikes, get fitter and enjoy the countryside. It is a multi faceted event designed to cater for the needs of competitive and none competitive cyclists. There are events to meet the needs of all who wish to compete or just ride for pleasure as well as allowing spectators to see some of the best riders in the World in action. Events include the UK National Time Trial Championships, Tyne 6 Bridges Leisure Rides (two rides of 10.5mls and 15.5mls), Cyclone Challenge Rides (Four routes – 34, 64, 90 or 106 miles) and the UK National Road Championships. Further details here.
Keith Bickley’s latest report for the Cumberland News can be read here.