A roundup of all National and Group News
Published for Wessex Group by News Editor on 21st Feb 2015
Published for Midlands Group by Press Secretary on 16th Feb 2015
- Members Present
Andrew Simpkins, Alan Colburn, Sue Kelly, Jeff Matthews, Tim Wood, Steve Jenks
Miranda Harris, Scott Westwood
- Minutes of last meeting
Agreed as a true record by all present. No matters arising.
We have had new race numbers delivered from CTT
We are expecting some additional signs
- Chairman’s Report
AS has been sorting arrangements for the two open events. Police forms, timekeepers and results board are in place for the April ‘10’. Other committee members were asked to help provide marshals. Alan and Margaret have offered to marshal.
- Treasurer’s Report
No major items so far this year – all payments are up to date
- Membership Secretary Report
SK said 93 of a 147 members have renewed (or are HLMs) so 54 are outstanding but this is good progress for the time of year. We have 9 new members so far this year.
It was agreed to talk with Greta Spiers and Jan Ford about whether they wanted to continue membership or just receive the magazine
- Editor’s Report
Copy date is 25th Feb for the March edition. Jeff and Andrew agreed to provide a free digital copy to women vets on Ruth Eyles’ mailing list
- Press Secretary Report
Miranda has provided details of the lunch and prize giving to the Veteran
1. Annual lunch review
We had about 48 people attending which was a bit lower than the previous year but Greta says the event still made profit. It was felt that we should stick with the 3rd Sunday in January (17th January 2016) and accept that we may clash with other events
The service at King’s Court was efficient and the food was good.
The committee was encouraged to donate prizes to the raffle next year. We should look to have 3 particularly good prizes to encourage people to buy tickets but not too many prizes as this makes the draw too long.
Ruth’s talk was very interesting for everyone there even the non-cyclists and Alan did a great job again as MC.
Alan will ask Greta if she would arrange next year
Tim will see if he can get Jamie Mitchell from Boardman to speak.
- Encouraging women’s vets
In response to Ruth’s talk we will share information on our events and competitions with her network including providing website links (see 3 below). Hopefully this will encourage more women members of VTTA.
One thought is for us to promote a club event for people who want to try time trialling but it was felt we were best encouraging people to ride existing local club events
See other proposals below on trophies and Points Series
- Midlands VTTA website
It was agreed to ask Steve Lockwood to set one up for us. We would make a donation to him of £200 for this. Andrew to contact him.
Miranda has set up a Facebook page for the Group
- 2015 trophies
It was agreed to reallocate some trophies for the 2015 season. The changes compared to 2014 are:
Trophy Awarded for Event in 2014 2015 Date Agreed change
Williams Rose Bowl BOS 10 VTTA K11/10T 4th April
Billy Steer Cup BOS 25 Mercia CC K16/25 14th June move to BOS for women at our Aug 25
Bart Cup H’cap 25 Mercia CC K16/25 14th June move to Hinckley 25 on 21st June
Wells Cup BOS 50 Shirley RC K33/50 14th June
Victory Cup H’cap 50 Shirley RC K33/50 rev 14th June as 2014 but check they will run a handicap
Stokes Cup Fastest 50 Shirley RC K33/50 rev 14th June
Bricknell Cup BOS 25 VTTA K33/25 22nd August
Birks Cup BOS 30 Mercia CC A30/9 3rd October move to BOS at Echelon 10 on 18 July
Andrew will produce a table of 2015 trophy events to go in Standard Times
Other trophies to note:
· Ladies BAR – Davies
· Jones / Massy / Nomads trophies – for BoS across counting events
· Mens BAR Cycloshield trophy – not awarded in 2014
· Godiva cup for short distance BAR – 25, 50, 100
Andrew will check with Margaret if the Shirley event will include a handicap prize and if they will still run it 2016. If not it was agreed that we should consider running a 50 in 2016 and Tim suggested Echelon might run the event.
It was noted that no women submitted claims for the Group BAR or for the National BAR. Also few people claimed for the men’s short distance competition.
We need to publicise these more in ST – Andrew will do this in his chairman’s article
- 2015 points series
It was agreed to award prizes as follows:
1. Top 6 overall
2. Best 8 improvers over 2014
3. Best 3 men and best 3 women newcomers
Any 6 events on K courses are the minimum to qualify
- Feedback from National AGM
Andrew and Alan gave an update of the meeting.
It was noted that VTTA membership is membership of a Group not of the national organization
Group prize at National Championship – Andrew raised this for discussion and it got several positive responses. It won’t happen this year but we will raise it as a motion for next year’s AGM
- Next meetings
· 7th May
· 6th August
· 5th November