DCV News 12.12.17


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Hello and welcome to the DCV news for the 12th of December 2017

Merry Christmas everyone – I hope to see many of you over Christmas either at the Christmas doo this coming Friday or on rides. If I don’t then I hope you and your families have a great Christmas and that Santa manages to get the bike you want down the chimney.

This edition of the news is a bumper one as we have all the news from the Formal meeting on the 4th December. I will post the official Minutes on the website today.

So lets get started

First some announcements on CLUB OFFICIALS.
We have a vacancy for Treasurer so please let me know if you would like to take on this role as we need to formalise it at the AGM in February.
The main bit of news from my point was that I need to step away next year as I currently have 2 businesses to run and limited time to do anything else. This has been the same this year and I feel Im holding the club back as I cant do as much as could be done. Im not going away and will still be at meetings and riding but I cant do all the things aI have been and should have been doing.
So that leaves a vacancy for a new Chairman – please let me know if you would be interested and I can let you know what it involves ahead of our AGM.
One suggestion was that I became President and another that I stay chairman and the new person is the vice chairman – Im happy to explore any ways of doing it , like I said Im not going away I just want the club to do as well as it possibly can.

We have had around 8 people join up in the last month – please do so if you have not. We decided that those not joined by the end of December will be removed from the Strava Club and wont be allowed to join club runs. I will be sending out an email to all who have lapsed membership overt the coming weekend. Secretary Angela is working on a welcome email for new members and looking at Club membership cards.

We discussed what the goal of the club should be and after much discussion settled upon the fact that we exist, so we can ride together. The goal of the club should be to encourage and support group rides and activities. Please comment on this and we will agree it at the AGM.

I explained that the previous week has seen 3 cancelled rides. This was due to bad weather. I wanted to make clear it was on safety grounds and that it was at the ride leaders request on each of them. We agreed that any cancelled rides in the future would say that people were welcome to ride if they wanted but it was not a sanctioned club event. Discussion was had that we had a default ride in these cases such as a ride to Seaham. Again a matter to discuss a the January formal and agree at the AGM.

We discussed the need for ride leaders and the need to train and support them. Can all that have lead rides or want to lead rides get in touch so we can start planning this? We also discussed training sessions for all on group riding, new leaders being a support leader on rides first to learn whats needed, a written guide on ride leading, ride leaders mobile numbers published in the event so all had their details incase they got lost, extra club points for leading a ride, and purchasing a club garmin with mapping to help routes. All areas that need more discussion and agreement at coming meetings.

Suggestion was made of organising short touring trips next year. Lots of agreement and something that needs taking forward at coming meetings.

Ive got all needed info from Kalas and now need to work with Secretary Angela to get her up to speed so we can get orders placed. Discussion was had around getting all on club runs to be in club colours and an idea to source a low cost jacket / Gillet was mentioned so all had a top layer with DCV on it.

Discussion was had about the club run starting point. Is the current place to hard to ride out from. Consideration needs to be made to keep it in Durham City and to allow free parking. Suggestions were made and these need to be fleshed out and agreed at future meetings.

Neil Morton said he was planning to move Sunday runs from the tracks to the road in the spring. David Tomlinson suggested that we switch Saturday rides between road and Track/Cyclocross to give variety. Discussion was also had about having different pace groups on club runs – this again needs more discussion and work. It was identified that we need to work towards having rides published 4 weeks in advance so plans could be made.

It was agreed that we should have the AGM in mid February and have the club awards doo at the same time. John hitch can arrange this at the Kings Lodge and we need someone to arrange the awards – please get in touch.

So in summary as Ive prepared this news it has struck me that we need people to take responsibility for certain roles in the club so as to move it forward. Please step up and let us know what your intrested in doing. No matter how small amount of time you can give it will make things better for everyone. We have our next Formal meeting on January the 8th – please come along, email, message or call me with suggestions.

Have a great Christmas and remember DCV is YOUR club so lets make it even better.