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Published by National Editor & Advertising Secretary on 3rd May 2015

A number of errors are contained within the pages of the 2015 Handbook, for which members have apologies from all concerned.

They are as follows:

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16 August   National Championship 30 NEC & London and Home Counties Organiser Jim Burgin, 33 Pinelands Park, Padworth Common, Reading  RG7 4QB  0118 9701147.

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The 15 mile mixed tandem record is shown under the heading for 10 miles: add a heading 15 Miles

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Yorkshire, Bob Tate has replaced Karen Taylor as the Group’s Recorder

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Sunday 19 April, Dave Millar’s telephone number should read 0141 569 6585

Two events are listed on the 5 July with the same start time and same organiser but with different courses and closing dates. The correct details are on the VTTA website.

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Janette Hazlett’s telephone number should be 0141 952 7337 and her email address should be jannette.hazlett@scottishcycling.org.uk

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The days against the events on 9 August (National VTTA Championship 50, East Anglian 25 and Surrey/Sussex 100 show Saturday not Sunday.

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The entry fee for the events promoted by Christine Yareham is £9.00 not £7.50

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The Organiser for the ECCA 100 on 21 June is Lea Marshall, 96 Brockenhurst Way, Bicknacre, Essex NP16 6RT. Tel: 07880 616487 and the entry fee is £10.00

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The entry fee for the East Anglia 10 on the 8 July is £9.00

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National Championship 25, 2014

Team winners were Chelmer CC (Peter Horsnell, Antony Stapleton and John Golder.

The March Magazine

Published by National Editor & Advertising Secretary on 3rd Apr 2015

It was a complete surprise that I should be asked to become the next President of the VTTA.  This is an honour which I am proud to continue following in the footsteps of very worthy predecessors.  I hope that I will be able to assist in ensuring that this great organisation for Veterans continues to grow in strength and live up to the example set by Alan Colburn as he will be a hard act to follow.  I am particularly proud to fly the flag for the ladies.  One person who I greatly admired was Ethel Brambleby who together with her husband always gave me encouragement and friendship for many years.  I am looking forward to representing the VTTA Nationally and have already attended one luncheon and other invitations are coming in.

Regretfully I missed my first piece for the Veteran magazine as I was on holiday enjoying my second love, skiing.  This is something I tend to do at the beginning of each year as it is what I call the ‘off season’ for cycling. Certainly the weather in France was better than that experienced in England.  I have however put my skis away and have returned all in one piece and am looking forward to getting back on my beloved bike.

Last season was extremely quiet for me due to an unfortunate cycling accident in February which rather sidelined me for the whole of the season.  As a result of this accident I have been unable to race and this has left a massive gap in my life as I have been involved in racing since the early 1970s.  Hopefully I will be able to get back to enjoying fully my cycling again. 

There is going to be great competition across the country in the form of the Veterans National events and group championships.  I hope that I will be able to attend the Nationals, if not as a competitor, then as a spectator and be able to enjoy the good competition which will ensue again this season which will be contended by men and women across the age groups.

 It is great for a group such as Kent, of whom I am General Secretary, to have this added honour as our county does not have excessively fast courses, more honest ones but even so times set by our veterans stand up well nationally and we are slowly securing new members which I hope is happening across all groups.

Best wishes to everyone for the 2015 season which is now well and truly underway.  Enjoy your cycling whether it be striving for age standards, achieving good racing results or just getting out on you bikes in club groups or just on your own meandering down the country lanes or putting your panniers on your bike and enjoying a holiday whilst taking in the delight of another year bursting forth.

Carole Gandy