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NOTICE OF Cycling UK Reading AGM 2018

Date: Sunday 14th October 2018
Location: Dunsden Village Hall, Dunsden.
Time: 2.00pm

This is to formally invite all members of Cycling UK Reading to the AGM being held on Sunday 14th October at Dunsden Village Hall, Dunsden at 2pm. Club rides that day will end at this venue in time for tea, coffee and biscuits available from 1.30pm.

I would invite any motions that members may have for the AGM to be forwarded to Sel Dixon, Cycling UK Reading Secretary via email to secretary@readingctc.co.uk. Motions will need to be proposed and seconded by other members.

I would also notify you that the following people are prepared to stand as your committee :-

Hon. President – Richard Underwood, incumbent
Hon. Secretary – Sel Dixon, incumbent
Hon. Treasurer – Mike Hardiman, incumbent
Rides Secretary – Jeanette Jeans, incumbent
Off-Road Representative/Liaison – Ian Doyle, incumbent
Webmaster – Al Neal incumbent.
On-Road Representative/Liaison – Simon Bird, incumbent
Publicity Secretary – Karen Robertson, incumbent
Welfare Secretary – Sean Hayden, incumbent

If you would like to be nominated, or would like to nominate someone (with their agreement), please forward your/their name with Proposer and Seconder to Sel Dixon, Secretary.

to secretary@readingctc.co.uk via email or by post to 108 Albert Road, Caversham, Reading, RG4 7PL.

Following receipt of the motions and nominations they will be circulated via email to the members along with the final agenda.

I look forward to seeing you at the AGM.

Please remember to bring your Cycling UK Membership card with you to be able to vote on any motions.

Best regards,

Sel Dixon

Volunteers needed to pilot a tandem

This is one of our occasional calls for volunteers to pilot a tandem owned and maintained by Bob Bristow. For those who might not know him Bob is visually handicapped and we have over the years maintained a rota of volunteer pilots so Bob can participate regularly in club runs or other rides on mutually convenient dates.
Of late the rota has all but ceased to exist as people have become unavailable but Bob is keen as ever to get out on the bike. Anyone who thinks they might be interested in piloting for Bob please contact him on 01189582056 and he will gladly discuss a suitable date for a trial ride. No previous experience is necessary. Bob has cycled with a long list of different pilots and is well able to offer advice on the role.

Henley Hilly Hundred – Audax: 29th September

If you’d like a hilly challenge on Saturday 29th September 2018 then this 100km ride should suit you – 1660m of climbing in the Chilterns.

A 9am start from the hall opposite Chiltern Edge School. Coffee stop at ‘The Village Centre’ Chinnor.

Parking in the school car park, at RHS next to the trees.

Audax UK or CTC members:

Postal entries: £ 6.00
Online entries: £ 6.50 (Paypal)
Entries on the line: £ 8.00

Non members:

An additional £2 for temporary Audax UK membership with insurance

Enter online via Audax UK calendar entry with route sheet and GPX file.

More information: Thames Valley Audax Website

Brian Perry

Reading to Düsseldorf Ride Report

It’s been a struggle to write this ride report.  Normally I can knock these out swiftly after the ride, but something prevented me from doing so this time.  Perhaps it’s the enormity of the kindness we encountered or the truly amazing experience of being hosted at the Tour de France that’s left me grasping for the right words.

However, in the quiet period between Christmas and New Year I’ve given it another shot.  Read on for the tale of a Good Ride Done Well.

The seeds for this ride started some time ago; you could say that there would be little reason to do this if it wasn’t for the events of 70 years ago.  What would make anyone think that Düsseldorf would be a good destination to head for?

Have you noticed one of these when coming into Reading?

Or, perhaps less likely, seen this tucked away near the site of the former Civic

offices in Reading?

This group of cartwheeling boys was erected to mark the 30th anniversary of the friendship link between Reading and Düsseldorf.  In 1947 the Mayor of Reading, Pheobe Cusden visited Düsseldorf in response to a call for help from the Royal Berkshire Regiment who were stationed there.  She invited six children to Reading to stay and further exchanges followed.  Since then many groups have made visits to each place creating further ties with the twinning becoming official for Reading in 1975.

More recently Robert Dimmock (chair of the Reading Düsseldorf Association) gave a talk at the Reading CTC club AGM in October 2016.  It was the lightbulb moment for nascent tour leader Jeanette Jeans.  She decided to organise a tour from Reading to Düsseldorf.  Having seen how easy it was to get 17 people to Paris the year before this would be straightforward wouldn’t it?  Then some bright spark suggested the ride should arrive in Düsseldorf for the first day of the Tour de France.  Finding accommodation in a city which was expecting 200,000 extra people wouldn’t be hard would it?

These questions caused Jeannette to have the first of several kittens.

There was some help offered.  I reviewed the route which was inspired by EuroVelo 5, the Rhine route.  I’m glad I did as there were some frankly suspiciously straight bits which went directly across fields.  I also elected myself cultural attaché; this absurd title came with two tasks.  First to contact Robert to make the Association aware of our plans.  The second was to arrange a meet-up with a cycling club in Düsseldorf with the hope of joining them for the first day of Le Tour.

Robert was completely supportive and alerted his counterparts in Düsseldorf that we would be coming.  And there is a cycling club in Düsseldorf called, rather surprisingly, Cycling Club Düsseldorf.  I contacted one of their members, Chris Durham, a Brit who had, in his earlier days, ridden with West Surrey CTC.

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