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Welcome to the Velo Club Lincoln

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Welcome to the Lincoln based cycling club with accredited GO RIDE junior section. VC Lincoln comprises more than 140 members involved in all aspects of recreational riding, competitive training and racing. We have a calendar of rides every week of the year ranging from relaxed sociable trips through to high intensity chain gangs for the more competitive. Some members are pretty serious whilst others are training for new challenges in the UK or overseas, or simply riding socially and safely whilst steadily improving general fitness and wellbeing. We are a friendly lot and you are sure to find a warm welcome.

Our British Cycling trained and accredited coaches run a very active junior section which combines handling competences and skills with junior races which have a proven record of developing juniors into seniors, and the youngsters just love it! We are in the high season now with light nights and great weather, the Grand Tours are on TV, The National Cycling Championships have been held in Lincoln for the first time and cycling in the city is at a high water mark ! We hold a track session every Wednesday in the summer which is a great opportunity to show up and take a look at us (from 6:45pm), the kids and seniors will be racing round our dedicated 1 mile race track. You’ve read this far, so why not make a diary note and come down to Yarborough Sports Centre (LN1 3SP) this Wednesday – as I said, we are a friendly lot who just love riding our bikes.

Why join us ? For all sports and activities, there is a huge amount of information on the internet and a comprehensive choice of magazines, but at Velo, our members are able to offer first class advice and encouragement based upon decades of riding experience. Tell us your objectives and you’ll find that there will be a handful of people who can immediately guide you or your child and, they’ll support you on your journey.

To distil it all down, we all love riding our bikes and welcome you to come along and take your riding to a new level within a socially proactive environment.

Covid Update 25th August

There was a committee meeting last night, following contact from Yarborough regarding the resumption of some sporting activities.

It has been a long summer of lockdown, riding solo, furlough and missing everyone. We know that most of you have been really keen to get back to some form of training, racing and social riding, but we really appreciate your patience and compliance with Government and BC guidelines.

All of the scheduled TLI racing and expected Lincs League CycloCross have been CANCELLED for 2020/21. Only limited Time Trials and strictly controlled events are currently taking place, alongside various club rides like those organised by the Pain Train and Greetwell gang.

It was agreed that with the updated advice from BC, we can resume some coaching activities and club rides....... SO - here we go:

Coaching

Though nothing is currently planned for track/road coaching at Yarborough in 2020 - Keep watching for some possible announcements.

There will be NO Turbo coaching in what remains of 2020 and NO access to the Hub, so all toilet and changing facilities will be hosted within the main building.

CX TO RETURN

If we have a successful planning meeting tomorrow with Yarborough. We fully intend to resume CX training sessions from Wednesday 9th September
Due to the current Coronavirus situation, We are looking at adopting a weekly online registration, payment and Covid Declaration for all sessions. This will reduce the need for signing on, form filling and cash payments.

If successful, we may well adopt this process for all future TLI races and events.

***PLEASE KEEP WATCHING FOR UPDATES AND INSTRUCTIONS***

All youth and senior riders will be welcome so please pass the invite on to local clubs and riders as we have done previously.
VCL members will get access to all coaching at NO cost (registration and COVID declarations will still be required)
Invited clubs will be required to pay a nominal fee to assist with the cost of track hire and facilities.

Weekly / Club Rides:

SATURDAY

Youth (Rogers) Rides will continue on Saturdays at 10am in the LINCS FM Carpark.

Dependant on numbers, Covid compliant groups will be allocated and set off at 5 minute intervals, with at least one senior ride leader / parent for each group.

Seniors Saturday ChainGang will resume at 9am from the Yarborough Main gates. Dependant on numbers, Covid compliant groups will be set off and MUST maintain distancing from other groups. A 20mph average is normally expected with distances between 50-70 miles. Routes will hopefully be posted by Pete English via facebook as previously. These can be downloaded as TCX files and used to keep all groups on track.

SUNDAY

The VC Club Ride will resume at 9am from the Yarborough main gates. Dependant on numbers, Covid compliant groups will be set off and MUST maintain distancing from other groups. A steadier average is normally expected and distances can be adjusted depending on group ability levels, allowing the attendance of younger riders and those who do not want faster rides.

MID WEEK RIDES

There are currently a number of rides hosted by The Pain Train and Greetwell CC including the Thursday Night Chain Gang/Lamp Ride as well as Sleaford and Lincoln Wheelers Time Trials.

Rick Lister hosts on-line racing for all age groups and abilities via RGT on Wednesday evenings at 7pm and there are numerous Zwift sessions hosted by BC and others.

Hopefully we will also have news of further club races and championships - being hosted on-line for 2020.

 

The Coaching Team and Committee will keep you updated as we are able to open up more club activities.

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