Annual General Meeting 2021


This year’s Beacon AGM will take place at 18:30 on Thursday 9 December 2021, in Seminar Room 2, Hillscourt Hotel and Conference Centre on Rose Hill. We’ve moved the AGM here from its previous venue to ensure that there is step-free access to the meeting.

For members who would prefer to join the meeting online, we will also be using Zoom to facilitate this. Please see the AGM notice sent out to all members by e-mail on 18 November for the Zoom link.

Please do join us to help set the direction of the club for the coming year.

December 2021 intro ride


Newcomers are warmly invited to join us on our next Introductory Ride.

Date

Sunday 5 December 2021

Where and when does it start?

The car park of the Black Horse, Bristol Rd South, Northfield, B31 2QT. We’ll set off at 09:15, and we’ll meet ten or fifteen minutes before that to say hello and chat about the ride.

Where’s it going?

This month’s Intro Ride is going to the Aztec Adventure café near Wychbold. Here’s a map of the route we plan to follow, which you can download to a GPS device:

We’ll cover roughly 49 kilometres (30 miles), mostly on quiet lanes. We’ll stop for refreshments at Aztec Adventure, approximately two-thirds of the way through the route.

Will it be hard?

You should be fine if you can already ride for an hour or two at an average of roughly 16-20kph (10-12mph). We’ll stick together and go at the pace of the slowest rider. We’ll ride for a total of about three hours, with a break at the café and maybe a breather at the top of one or two hills.

Who can join in?

Our Intro Rides are mainly for people new to club cycling and not yet confident about doing one of the main club runs. They’re ideal if you already cycle and fancy getting a bit more involved, or if you’re returning after a break. They provide a chance to get to know the club and decide whether it’s for you. If you’re very new to cycling, it’s probably best to do a few independent rides first, and join an Intro Ride once you’re comfortable riding for 90 minutes or so. Under-16s need an adult with them.

How do I join the ride?

At the moment, because of COVID restrictions, Intro Rides are limited to eight people, including the leader(s). Everyone needs to be signed up in advance. To put your name down, either mail clubruns@beaconrcc.org.uk or answer the post on our message board.

Do I need a fancy bike?

No. For an Intro Ride, the main thing is that your bike is comfortable and reliable. Of course, it must also be legal, which basically means having two working brakes. For safety reasons, we don’t allow use of tri-bars on group rides.

Do I need special cycling gear?

No. Proper cycling clothing is generally more comfortable, especially for people riding far and/or fast. But Intro Rides aren’t like that. It’s good to avoid things that flap about and you certainly don’t want anything that chafes. In winter, you obviously don’t want to be under-dressed. But be careful not to over-dress either: if you’re sweating heavily on the hills, your wet clothes will make you cold the rest of the time. Layering is good and, if it’s likely to be wet, windy or very cold, your outer layer should be a lightweight waterproof or wind-stopper. Make sure all your extremities are well protected, but be aware that keeping your hands and feet warm depends as much on keeping your core warm as on gloves and footwear.

What should I bring?

Bring a bottle of water and maybe something like an energy bar. You’ll also need a little money for refreshments. If there’s a chance of rain, have a lightweight waterproof in your pocket or bag. Most club cyclists carry a mobile phone and a credit/debit card in case of emergency.

Anything else I need to know?

Yes, you need to read our Club Run Guidelines. Also, while we’ll always do our best to help, it’s important to recognise a rescue service isn’t part of the deal. So have a think about how you’d manage if you were miles from home with a bike that won’t go. Could you phone home for a lift, for example?

Club trophy winners 2021


The club’s 2021 Annual Dinner was held on 14 November – earlier in the calendar than usual, to mark our 75th anniversary. Guest speaker Ned Boulting was on hand to present the all-important trophies.

The continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic meant that the range of trophies that could be awarded was slightly smaller this year than usual, but we had some very deserving champions for those categories that were contested.

Touring ChampionHelen Colson
Audax ChampionJohn Williams
Sportive rider of the yearJason Hogg
Club Run Points ChampionNeil Orchard
Mountain Bike ChampionBarry Evans
Cyclo-cross ChampionNot awarded
Junior Cyclo-cross ChampionNot awarded
Junior 10-mile TT ChampionNot awarded
Women’s 10-mile TT ChampionGemma Johnson
Senior 10-mile TT ChampionRoger Cutler
Junior 25-mile TT ChampionNot awarded
Women’s 25-mile TT ChampionClaire Fudge
Senior 25-mile TT ChampionRoger Cutler
Women’s 50-mile TT ChampionFenella Brown
Senior 50-mile TT ChampionEd Moss
Senior 100-mile TT ChampionNot awarded
Senior 12-hour TT ChampionNot awarded
Junior BARNot awarded
Women’s BARFenella Brown
Senior BARNot awarded
Veterans’ BARSimon Dighton
20-mile Handicap TT ChampionNot awarded
Handicap BARMark Roberts
Hill Climb ChampionAnthony Featherstone
Women’s Hill Climb ChampionNot awarded
Junior Road Race ChampionNot awarded
Senior Road Race ChampionKyle Gatier
Senior Circuit Race ChampionKyle Gatier
Track Sprint ChampionStuart White
Track Distance Race WinnerStuart White
Track Pursuit ChampionNot awarded
Track Omnium ChampionStuart White
Women’s Track Omnium ChampionBethan Gillies
Junior Track League ChampionNot awarded
Senior Track League ChampionGavin Passmore
Special achievement awardIan Taylor
Club Person of the YearNeil Orchard

Well done to everyone who won an award, and thanks to everyone for helping to mark our anniversary!

November 2021 intro ride


Newcomers are warmly invited to join us on our next Introductory Ride.

Date

Sunday 7 November 2021

Where and when does it start?

The car park of the Black Horse, Bristol Rd South, Northfield, B31 2QT. We’ll set off at 09:15, and we’ll meet ten or fifteen minutes before that to say hello and chat about the ride.

Where’s it going?

This month’s Intro Ride is going to Rowberry’s Garden Centre in Chaddesley Corbett. Here’s a map of the route we plan to follow, which you can download to a GPS device:

We’ll cover roughly 56 kilometres (35 miles), mostly on quiet lanes. We’ll stop for refreshments at Rowberry’s, approximately two-thirds of the way through the route.

Will it be hard?

You should be fine if you can already ride for an hour or two at an average of roughly 16-20kph (10-12mph). We’ll stick together and go at the pace of the slowest rider. We’ll ride for a total of about three hours, with a break at the café and maybe a breather at the top of one or two hills.

Who can join in?

Our Intro Rides are mainly for people new to club cycling and not yet confident about doing one of the main club runs. They’re ideal if you already cycle and fancy getting a bit more involved, or if you’re returning after a break. They provide a chance to get to know the club and decide whether it’s for you. If you’re very new to cycling, it’s probably best to do a few independent rides first, and join an Intro Ride once you’re comfortable riding for 90 minutes or so. Under-16s need an adult with them.

How do I join the ride?

At the moment, because of COVID restrictions, Intro Rides are limited to eight people, including the leader(s). Everyone needs to be signed up in advance. To put your name down, either mail clubruns@beaconrcc.org.uk or answer the post on our message board.

Do I need a fancy bike?

No. For an Intro Ride, the main thing is that your bike is comfortable and reliable. Of course, it must also be legal, which basically means having two working brakes. For safety reasons, we don’t allow use of tri-bars on group rides.

Do I need special cycling gear?

No. Proper cycling clothing is generally more comfortable, especially for people riding far and/or fast. But Intro Rides aren’t like that. It’s good to avoid things that flap about and you certainly don’t want anything that chafes. But things like sweatshirts, close-fitting jogging trousers and trainers are fine. Two or three thin layers are usually a good idea, especially in autumn, when it’s often chilly early and warm later. With lightweight clothes you can stuff in a pocket or bag, you can add or subtract layers as conditions change.

What should I bring?

Bring a bottle of water and maybe something like an energy bar. You’ll also need a little money for refreshments. If there’s a chance of rain, have a lightweight waterproof in your pocket or bag. Most club cyclists carry a mobile phone and a credit/debit card in case of emergency.

Anything else I need to know?

Yes, you need to read our Club Run Guidelines. Also, while we’ll always do our best to help, it’s important to recognise a rescue service isn’t part of the deal. So have a think about how you’d manage if you were miles from home with a bike that won’t go. Could you phone home for a lift, for example?

October 2021 intro ride


Newcomers are warmly invited to join us on our next Introductory Ride.

Date

Sunday 3 October 2021

Where and when does it start?

The car park of the Black Horse, Bristol Rd South, Northfield, B31 2QT. We’ll set off at 09:15, and we’ll meet ten or fifteen minutes before that to say hello and chat about the ride.

Where’s it going?

This month’s Intro Ride is going to The View café in Wootton Wawen. Here’s a map of the route we plan to follow, which you can download to a GPS device:

We’ll cover roughly 52 kilometres (32 miles), mostly on quiet lanes. We’ll stop for refreshments towards the end of the route.

Will it be hard?

You should be fine if you can already ride for an hour or two at an average of roughly 16-20kph (10-12mph). We’ll stick together and go at the pace of the slowest rider. We’ll ride for a total of about three hours, with a break in the middle and maybe a breather at the top of one or two hills.

Who can join in?

Our Intro Rides are mainly for people new to club cycling and not yet confident about doing one of the main club runs. They’re ideal if you already cycle and fancy getting a bit more involved, or if you’re returning after a break. They provide a chance to get to know the club and decide whether it’s for you. If you’re very new to cycling, it’s probably best to do a few independent rides first, and join an Intro Ride once you’re comfortable riding for 90 minutes or so. Under-16s need an adult with them.

How do I join the ride?

At the moment, because of COVID restrictions, Intro Rides are limited to eight people, including the leader(s). Everyone needs to be signed up in advance. To put your name down, either mail clubruns@beaconrcc.org.uk or answer the post on our message board.

Do I need a fancy bike?

No. For an Intro Ride, the main thing is that your bike is comfortable and reliable. Of course, it must also be legal, which basically means having two working brakes. For safety reasons, we don’t allow use of tri-bars on group rides.

Do I need special cycling gear?

No. Proper cycling clothing is generally more comfortable, especially for people riding far and/or fast. But Intro Rides aren’t like that. It’s good to avoid things that flap about and you certainly don’t want anything that chafes. But things like sweatshirts, close-fitting jogging trousers and trainers are fine. Two or three thin layers are usually a good idea, especially in autumn, when it’s often chilly early and warm later. With lightweight clothes you can stuff in a pocket or bag, you can add or subtract layers as conditions change.

What should I bring?

Bring a bottle of water and maybe something like an energy bar. You’ll also need a little money for refreshments. If there’s a chance of rain, have a lightweight waterproof in your pocket or bag. Most club cyclists carry a mobile phone and a credit/debit card in case of emergency.

Anything else I need to know?

Yes, you need to read our Club Run Guidelines. Also, while we’ll always do our best to help, it’s important to recognise a rescue service isn’t part of the deal. So have a think about how you’d manage if you were miles from home with a bike that won’t go. Could you phone home for a lift, for example?

Winter 2021 training for adult riders at Birmingham Wheels Park


Starting on 23 September, Adrian Ravenscroft is running Academy sessions for kids at Birmingham Wheels Park’s 400m banked oval track on Thursday evenings. These will be organised together with Nick and Luke Selibas of KarbonaUK, and Ade wants to open use of the track up to adult riders following the Academy sessions. The structure of the training will vary from week to week. It would be good if you could sign up on Eventbrite so that we can keep an eye on numbers; places are free; max 20 riders per session. Please see the link below for more details and to book your place.

Sadly, the Wheels Park is having to close at the end of October, but we’re going out with a Halloween special race night on Thursday 28 October. Book below!

September 2021 intro ride


Newcomers are warmly invited to join us on our next Introductory Ride.

Date

Sunday 12 September 2021

Where and when does it start?

The car park of the Black Horse, Bristol Rd South, Northfield, B31 2QT. We’ll set off at 09:15, and we’ll meet ten or fifteen minutes before that to say hello and chat about the ride.

Where’s it going?

This month’s Intro Ride is going to the café at Waseley Hills Country Park, with a stop to watch the club’s Hill Climb Championship en route. Here’s a map of the route we plan to follow, which you can download to a GPS device:

We’ll cover roughly 42 kilometres (26 miles), mostly on quiet lanes. We’ll stop for refreshments towards the end of the route.

Will it be hard?

You should be fine if you can already ride for an hour or two at an average of roughly 16-20kph (10-12mph). We’ll stick together and go at the pace of the slowest rider. We’ll ride for a total of about two and a half hours, with a break to watch the Hill Climb for about 30 to 45 minutes, refreshments at the café and maybe a breather at the top of one or two hills.

Who can join in?

Our Intro Rides are mainly for people new to club cycling and not yet confident about doing one of the main club runs. They’re ideal if you already cycle and fancy getting a bit more involved, or if you’re returning after a break. They provide a chance to get to know the club and decide whether it’s for you. If you’re very new to cycling, it’s probably best to do a few independent rides first, and join an Intro Ride once you’re comfortable riding for 90 minutes or so. Under-16s need an adult with them.

How do I join the ride?

At the moment, because of COVID restrictions, Intro Rides are limited to eight people, including the leader(s). Everyone needs to be signed up in advance. To put your name down, either mail clubruns@beaconrcc.org.uk or answer the post on our message board.

Do I need a fancy bike?

No. For an Intro Ride, the main thing is that your bike is comfortable and reliable. Of course, it must also be legal, which basically means having two working brakes. For safety reasons, we don’t allow use of tri-bars on group rides.

Do I need special cycling gear?

No. Proper cycling clothing is generally more comfortable, especially for people riding far and/or fast. But Intro Rides aren’t like that. It’s good to avoid things that flap about and you certainly don’t want anything that chafes. But things like sweatshirts, close-fitting jogging trousers and trainers are fine. Two or three thin layers are usually a good idea, especially in autumn, when it’s often chilly early and warm later. With lightweight clothes you can stuff in a pocket or bag, you can add or subtract layers as conditions change.

What should I bring?

Bring a bottle of water and maybe something like an energy bar. You’ll also need a little money for refreshments. If there’s a chance of rain, have a lightweight waterproof in your pocket or bag. Most club cyclists carry a mobile phone and a credit/debit card in case of emergency.

Anything else I need to know?

Yes, you need to read our Club Run Guidelines. Also, while we’ll always do our best to help, it’s important to recognise a rescue service isn’t part of the deal. So have a think about how you’d manage if you were miles from home with a bike that won’t go. Could you phone home for a lift, for example?

75th Anniversary Dinner and Prize Presentation


In the closing weeks of each year, we get together to recognise the achievements of our members during the season just ended. The Annual Dinner is the centrepiece of our social calendar, when we celebrate everything our club stands for. And this year’s dinner is going to be a particularly special occasion.

On 10 November 2021, Beacon RCC will be 75 years old. This year’s Dinner will therefore be held on the Saturday closest to the anniversary of our formation: Saturday 13 November. Here are some of the special features we’ve got planned:

Q&A session with TV commentator and author Ned Boulting
Ned is a hugely entertaining speaker, with a wealth of anecdotes drawn from decades of close involvement with the biggest races and the biggest stars in the world of cycling.

A great new venue
Kings Norton Golf Club has a spacious function room and a cosy bar, in a leafy setting on the edge of town, close to the Alcester Road (A435) and the M42.

A look back at highlights of our first 75 years
Picture displays, a souvenir booklet and the chance to learn about, hear from and raise a toast to some great champions and wonderful characters from the past.

After-awards music and dancing

The traditional end to the evening is back, led by our very own cycling DJ Vince!
(Not your thing? Don’t worry, there’ll be quiet areas where you can chat.)

So, come on everybody, let’s have a really big turnout and make this an occasion to remember! We’ve all been cooped up for a very long time, and you’re only 75 once! A three-course meal, an evening of great entertainment, plus music and dancing – all for £35, or £65 for a pair of tickets. You can’t say fairer than that, now can you?

Everyone is welcome: current, former and prospective Beacon members and friends of the club, plus their partners, family and guests. Whether you’re a newbie or an old hand, a racer or a pootler, you’re an important member of the Beacon family, and the Dinner is meant for you.

The evening starts at 18:00 with a welcome drink in the bar (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), followed by dinner and toasts, leading up to Ned’s Q&A session. After that, Ned will be presenting prizes to achievers in every field of cycling we’re involved with. To round off the evening, DJ Vince will deliver a set that’s guaranteed to get your feet moving.

Although the Dinner’s structure is formal, the atmosphere is very relaxed. There’s a quiz, party poppers and rocket balloons, plus jokes and banter aplenty. Even in the coldest winter, a warm glow is guaranteed!

Ticket sales close on 4 November.

August 2021 intro ride


Newcomers are warmly invited to join us on our next Introductory Ride.

Date

Sunday 1 August 2021

Where and when does it start?

The car park of the Black Horse, Bristol Rd South, Northfield, B31 2QT. We’ll set off at 09:00, and we’ll meet ten or fifteen minutes before that to say hello and chat about the ride.

Where’s it going?

This month’s Intro Ride is going to The Akamba Heritage Centre in Dickens Heath. Here’s a map of the route we plan to follow, which you can download to a GPS device:

We’ll cover roughly 46 kilometres (29 miles), mostly on quiet lanes. We’ll stop for refreshments about half way.

Will it be hard?

You should be fine if you can already ride for an hour or two at an average of roughly 16-20kph (10-12mph). We’ll stick together and go at the pace of the slowest rider. We’ll ride for a total of about three hours, with a break in the middle and maybe a breather at the top of one or two hills.

Who can join in?

Our Intro Rides are mainly for people new to club cycling and not yet confident about doing one of the main club runs. They’re ideal if you already cycle and fancy getting a bit more involved, or if you’re returning after a break. They provide a chance to get to know the club and decide whether it’s for you. If you’re very new to cycling, it’s probably best to do a few independent rides first, and join an Intro Ride once you’re comfortable riding for 90 minutes or so. Under-16s need an adult with them.

How do I join the ride?

At the moment, because of COVID restrictions, Intro Rides are limited to eight people, including the leader(s). Everyone needs to be signed up in advance. To put your name down, either mail clubruns@beaconrcc.org.uk or answer the post on our message board.

Do I need a fancy bike?

No. For an Intro Ride, the main thing is that your bike is comfortable and reliable. Of course, it must also be legal, which basically means having two working brakes. For safety reasons, we don’t allow use of tri-bars on group rides.

Do I need special cycling gear?

No. Proper cycling clothing is generally more comfortable, especially for people riding far and/or fast. But Intro Rides aren’t like that. It’s good to avoid things that flap about and you certainly don’t want anything that chafes. But things like sweatshirts, close-fitting jogging trousers and trainers are fine. In summer, it’s tempting to dress lightly. However, do check the forecast and be ready for conditions maybe changing while you’re out. If it’s going to be sunny, remember to guard against sunburn.

What should I bring?

Bring a bottle of water and maybe something like an energy bar. You’ll also need a little money for refreshments. If there’s a chance of rain, have a lightweight waterproof in your pocket or bag. Most club cyclists carry a mobile phone and a credit/debit card in case of emergency.

Anything else I need to know?

Yes, you need to read our Club Run Guidelines. Also, while we’ll always do our best to help, it’s important to recognise a rescue service isn’t part of the deal. So have a think about how you’d manage if you were miles from home with a bike that won’t go. Could you phone home for a lift, for example?

2021 Road Bike Open 10 Time Trial


In 2021, we’ll be adding a specific road-bike TT to our time trial offering.

The event is being held on the K33/10S course near Harvington in Worcestershire.

The event will take place on 11 July. Entries closd on 29 June. Please see the event page for more details, including the start lists and live results.

We will be following CTT guidance for the TT with regards to COVID-19 measures and will keep everyone up to date as the guidance continues to evolve.