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clubman

Member since Jun 2008 • Last active Jun 2017

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    I cannot claim to be an authority on this - but I thought it was important to bring Keith's blog and the fact of the EGM to the notice of as many people as possible.

    However, it does seem clear to me that there is a danger that BC may, in the future, be even more focused on medals in international competition and less interested in grass roots racing in Britain. It appears that the reason for this EGM is to avoid the loss of government funding. This funding is all about winning medals and nothing to do with the road or track event that you or I, as ordinary members, may want to ride.

    You will probably have noticed the date of the EGM is the 22nd of July. Anything strike you about that date? Yes it's the Saturday before the finish of the Tour de France, and the first day of the school holidays - a day when most peoples' thoughts will be far away from boring and abstruse matters like the BC constitution. So this in itself looks like a government trying to hide bad news by publishing it on a busy news day.

    There is a Latin proverb: 'no one hides a jug under a cloak for an honest reason.'

    So, to return to your question, I can't give you a satisfactory answer but I can't help feeling there is a bad smell around this whole affair.

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    I'm not the organiser, so I haven't seen the entries yet myself, but I'm sure the top riders will have entered.

    I will make enquiries.

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    Thanks for your quote, umop3pisden.

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    Sorry, I can't make the link work properly - you'll have to type it into google.

    I shall be going to a meeting on Wednesday when this matter will be discussed. I'd be pleased to hear if you have any feedback, and I will try to pass your views on.

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    The link hasn't worked in the post above, I'll try once more:

    Freedomcycle-bingers.blogspot.co.uk

    (Edit) Still not working! you'll have to type it into google.

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    British Cycling - Constitution Change

    I've just posted this same link in the Road Racing thread, but I have my doubts whether anyone ever looks at that thread so, because I think this is important, I'm posting it here as well. It may be that this subject should have its own thread, but I'll leave that for others to decide.

    There is a move to change the BC constitution in a way which would reduce (perhaps to zero) the power of the membership and hand everything to the directors. BC already has an elitist tendency and this will almost certainly make matters worse.

    Anyway, I'd like you to read Keith Bingham's article and make up your own minds.

    I shall be at a meeting this Wednesday where there will be discussion of this matter - if you have any thoughts arising from Keith's article, I would be very pleased to hear them and I will try to pass them on.

    Here's the link:

    Freedomcycle-bingers.blogspot.co.uk

    Keith Bingham was chief reporter on Cycling Weekly for many years and has a deep knowledge of cyclesport.

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    Anyone interested in Road Racing (or track, come to that) should read this. It concerns the constitutuion of British Cycling, which looks as though it may change in a way which is against the interests of grass roots cyclists (that is - us)

    Freedomcycle-bingers.blogspot.co.uk

    Keith Bingham was Chief Reporter for many years on Cycling Weekly. He has a deep knowledge of the bike game.

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    You may try those as well if you like - Fortune favours the brave, they say.

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    There is a school of thought which believes that when there is a strong wind blowing along the course fixed is not optimal.

    This is just an opinion, don't take my word for it - just try for yourself.

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