Chairman’s Newsletter – November 2017

Posted on November 25th, 2017

Hello everyone

We have had a good autumn, weather-wise, and it has been great to see strong numbers on all the rides. The turbo sessions seem to have been particularly popular this year! The new Committee had its first meeting since the AGM and it was all very positive. Now there are two important things coming up for me to tell you about:

This is a well established local event in Wantage Market Place, held this year on the evening of Friday 1st December. Fortunately, the origin of the bicycle fits nicely into this historical era – we have participated for a couple of years now and found it a very positive experience with some good contacts and lots of interest. Sara Ward is heading up this initiative, and she would love to hear from you so we can have a broad cross-section of the club to be on the the stall, perhaps in 1 or 2 hour shifts, who can enthuse about cycling with the club as well as cycling generally. The event runs roughly from 6-9pm. Breaking news – I can reveal that a beautiful ‘penny farthing’ bike will be available as the centrepiece of our stall. Please get in touch with Sara on

As always, it’s amazing how time flies – we are once again finalising the details of our big charity event – the famous (or occasionally infamous) Mince Pie Ride, in aid of Whizz Kidz, the children’s mobility charity. This is always a very popular event and we are publicising it widely around neighbouring cycling clubs. Last year we had the amazing sight of 150 or so riders taking over the car park at White Horse Hill. We’d love to do the same this year. See below for details:

Guests and other cycling clubs are very welcome to join us at Wantage Market Place at 9.45-10am for the start of the rides or join us at White Horse Hill NT car park (grid ref SU 293866) from 11.15 to 12.00 for mince pies and mulled wine. A cash collection will be taken and all proceeds on the day will go to Whizz Kidz.

We will have road rides at 1*, 2* and 3* grades and an off-road ride – see separate ride entries on our website ( for route details. This is a very popular event, so please arrive in good time for registration. There will be a short briefing at 10 am. All of the rides will start shortly after that.

Afterwards the rides will continue to The Fox in Denchworth for a pub lunch (at 13:00). There will also be a ride directly back to Wantage.

Please make a note in your diaries and feel free to pass this invitation on if you know other cyclists who may be interested.

The pub lunch is a particularly important part to plan – we have a confirmed block booking with a maximum of 30 so it will be ‘first come, first served’. Could you therefore make it a priority to let me know BY SUNDAY 26th NOVEMBER if you would like to join us for that? Also – the Fox has a fixed Christmas menu and they have asked us to choose menu options ahead of time. The menu is attached – please let me know your choices, also by SUNDAY 26th NOVEMBER.

One more point on this one – as in previous years we will be reliant on the Club members to provide donations of mince pies, mulled wine, standard red wine or cranberry & raspberry juice beforehand, so we can maximise the giving to Whizz Kidz. For those of you who are new, we brew up cauldrons of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic mulled wine, based on my wife Carin’s secret recipes, and serve it from ex-military insulated jerry cans – it is awesome! Please give this some thought in your cooking and/or shopping schedules and I will send out more details in a week or so.

I think that’s all for now. Happy cycling!

John Tranter
Chairman – Cycling UK Wantage
07826 238350

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