Dear Club Members,
On Friday 31st July the UK Government announced new local measures for Kirklees in response to the Covid 19 outbreak.
The Committee have reviewed these measures and have concluded that club runs can continue to take place. However those runs that ordinarily would include a cafe stop should not visit cafes (or any other hospitality venues) according to the new restrictions.
Consequently, where they can, Ride Leaders will look at alternative refreshment options, for example places offering take away food and drinks, to ensure that we can all remain appropriately fuelled for the ride.
All previous rules will still apply; social distancing, groups of no more than six people and the recording of attendees details for track and trace purposes.
Other club activities such as Go-Ride and coaching can also still continue, following all the new and previous guidance.
All of the above will only take place where we have willing ride leaders/coaches in place to do so. We must remember that ride leaders, coaches and club officials all give their time freely.
Club members, ride leaders and coaches must all make their own decisions regarding their own personal safety whether to attend/run club activities based on their personal circumstances and taking into account the measures in place.
The Committee will continue to monitor any new Government or local guidance as it’s released and make the appropriate decisions regarding club activities.
Graham Piccavey – Club President
Hayley Lomas – Club Welfare Officer
As everyone knows we’re living in strange times, but given that we’ve still been able to ride bikes solo during the lockdown, to encourage members to stay fit and engaged, the club set up the What 3 Words challenge for our members to get stuck into.
We set up a table of 50 What3Words locations with their corresponding Ordnance Survey grid references. You will also see 50 images from Google Street View, but these are all mixed up and DO NOT match the location they are next to.
The challenge was:
- visit as many of the locations during your May rides, put the location numbers in your ride descriptions
- when riding to the locations create your own version of the photo with you and/or you bike featured. Make them funny and entertaining and post them on the club Facebook group and/or your Strava rides.
- match up the pictures and submit your answers. A full list of the answers and locations on a map will be released at the end of May.
All 50 are within a 10 mile radius of the centre of Huddersfield so no one should need to be too far away from home at any given point.
To document all of this is, the Google Map below shows all the locations complete with a “rogues gallery” of member’s photos at the locations.
Why not give it a try?
Following on from the Government guidance issued yesterday as the spread of the virus escalates, the Committee have been discussing the Club’s response to the outbreak and the effect this will have on the Club’s activities.
Members will appreciate that the advice on measures required to reduce the spread of the infection is changing rapidly and consequently we have decided to take a conservative approach, not only to ensure that we comply with official guidance, but that we do everything we can to protect our members, their families and the wider community from the threat. We recognise that this may be a different approach than other clubs in the area.
The Club therefore is taking the following steps with regard to activities with immediate effect and these measures will be in place for the next 14 days and will be reviewed as the official guidance evolves:
- You will have already seen that the Presentation Evening on 21 March has been cancelled. The decision to do this has not been taken lightly, but in the interests of minimising non-essential social contact, we believe this is the best course of action. We’d like to thank Steve for all his work on organising the event and hope that we’ll be able to reschedule the celebration of the Club’s achievements later in the year;
- The Saturday afternoon Go-Ride sessions will be cancelled. Additionally, British Cycling have cancelled all Cluster Sessions and other training events until the end of April. Further information can be found here.
- All group rides, including the Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday rides, the Saturday MTB rides, and the Ladies’ rides are cancelled. This has been a very difficult decision for the committee, as the group rides form the core of our activities. However, taking into account the official guidance we cannot justify continuing the rides for the time being. We know that this will be disappointing for many, but would ask that members respect the decision, which is taken on the basis of official guidance and with the objective of keeping all our members safe;
- As an alternative to group rides, ride leaders will, where possible, seek to post a route as usual on the Facebook pages for members to ride as they wish. Should you choose to ride, we would ask that members don’t use the official Club social media groups to promote the fact they are planning to ride. Please keep in mind Government guidelines, especially with respect to social distancing and consider the perception that a group of cyclists will send to the wider community;
- During the period where the group rides are not running, we will look to establish frequent HSW “meet ups” on Zwift, where club members can ride together and we’ll also look to set up a Discord channel where the usual “witty banter” found on club rides can continue. Members will appreciate that this will take a little time to establish, but please express your interest in joining and event to one of the usual ride leaders and check the FB pages regularly, where details of the meet ups and how to join will be published; and
- With respect to the track sessions, audax, road race and ladies’ hill climb, at the moment we are not taking any steps to cancel these, but clearly we are keeping the situation under review as the advice from the Government and British Cycling evolves.
We know these steps will be hugely disappointing for members but we’re sure you’ll appreciate that, as a club, we have a duty of care to our members and a responsibility to the wider community in Huddersfield and Kirklees. We’ll keep the situation under constant review as the advice evolves and seek to re-establish the regular timetable of events as soon as we possibility can.
In the meantime, it is clear that one of the best ways to minimise the impact of the virus is to remain fit and active, so please ride your bikes as much as you can, either outside maintaining an appropriate distance from others or on the turbo at home. We’ll hopefully see you on the road, trail or track shortly…
If members have any concerns, questions or comments on the steps being taken please feel free to get in touch with any member of the committee or via e-mail
Following on from the bulk order of mudguard flaps a few months ago, you can now order individual flaps from our very own FlapShop on the Raw Mudguards site.
Lots of different sizes are available to fit all types of mudguards. You know you owe it to your club mates to get flappage before the next wet club run. You now have no excuse!
*** Update – Event Cancelled due to ongoing Covid-19 situation ***
It’s back for 2020!
The Humber Bridge Audax is a 230km cycling event starting from Huddersfield. Controls at Birkin, Barton on Humber and Hatfield.
The return of the big spring ride out east over the bank holiday weekend so you get to recover on Monday
Celebrate the start of summer with a run out across the flatlands of the East Riding to the Humber Bridge and back. Fast paced peloton on the way out and various paced groups back.
Entry via Audax UK site http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/20-467/
Following our mid winter break Huddesrfield Star Wheelers Go Ride sessions returned yesterday down at the track at Hammerstones. Our coaches are now fully refreshed and are raring to go.
This Saturday Kate Shaw was presented with Young Volunteer Awards. Coach Gilly Dukes said “Very proud of this young lady. Bronze, silver and gold Young Volunteer Award. Platinum next, then Level 1 coaching. She joins a group of strong Huddersfield Star Wheelers girls who have progressed to coaching and national racing events.”
The team of British Cycling qualified coaches are looking forward to welcoming old and new riders and aim to offer coaching on a number of different cycling disciplines. We have coaches who cover Cyclo-cross, road biking, mountain biking and general cycling.
If your child loves to ride a bike, bring them down and we’ll improve their riding. All our sessions are structured to deliver technical improvements and we work hard to make our sessions inclusive and fun. Some of our children progress to racing while some develop into good social cyclists who enjoy the pursuit of cake stops!
Our structured winter sessions will aim to keep them moving but there will be periods where they will be stationary so good winter clothing is a must. Most of our sessions will take place on the track but our mountain bike sessions and cyclo-cross sessions will use the surrounding grass areas so be prepared for muddy kids!
Please try and let us know in advance if your child or children are coming to our sessions. This lets our coaches plan the sessions.
We are looking forward to seeing you at the Huddersfield Star Wheelers Go Ride sessions and if you have any questions please feel free to come along and approach one of the coaches.
Details for all of our sessions are posted on the ‘closed’ Huddersfield Star Wheelers Juniors Facebook Group and this is the ideal to place to let us know if you are interested in attending. Remember, if you are not already Huddersfield Star Wheelers please click Join at the top of the page and join the very best club in the area.
Tuesday Club runs will now départ from Wood Auto Factors as of 10th July 2018.
Huddersfield Star Wheelers’ popular Tuesday evening road ride will now be meeting and departing from Wood Auto Factors, Colne Road, Huddersfield HD1 3ES.
The move to Wood Auto Factors allows for plenty of space off-road for organising the groups and for parking and Colne Road is less busy than Manchester Road in the early evening.
Wood Auto Factors are just along the road from the Oxfam warehouse, and is found by turning left (from town) or right (towards town) at the bottom of Chapel Hill, from Firth Street behind the University campus, or by turning left at the bottom of Newsome Road.
A Welcome Return!
Following the huge success of our inaugural Women’s Hill Climb, Huddersfield Star Wheelers are proud to present the return of the Alison Whitely trophy event. We had 60 fantastic riders turn up to take on the hill last year and this time we will be able to accommodate up to 100 riders. Pictured above, is Helen Roby of HDR, on her way to winning last year’s event.
The hill climb sets off just outside the Cricket Club and Golf Club on Mount Road and climbs for just under 1 mile to the top of Mount Road. The event is open to all women cyclists aged 12 and over and the only person you’re racing is yourself so turn up and give it a go. You have nothing to lose and there will be cake at the end! Riders under 18 years of age MUST wear a helmet.
Where, When and What to Expect?
The event will be hosted again at the Marsden Cricket Club, Mount Road, Marsden HD7 6NN, with the first rider setting off at 7:00pm. We would like to encourage riders and supporters to turn out in the same huge numbers of last year, bring cake, make plenty of noise and take on the hill and win some fantastic prizes.
Entries on the Night Only
Entry is a mere £4 and will only be on the night! Please let us know if you want to enter, come along and support, marshal or just make a lot of noise at our Facebook Event Page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1971091633144400/ Please leave a comment on the page if you rode last year and what your target is for this year.
Watch Last Year’s Event Round Up:
Huddersfield Star Wheelers are proud to announce the return of Summer Hill Climb competition in the Colne Valley on Wednesday August 16th!
Following the success of last year’s event, Slaithwaite’s steep sided valley is again the evnue for an inter local club competition which starts just below the viaduct on Holme Lane and climbs up towards the Rose and Crown atop Cop Hill. The route is just short of a mile and climbs around 420 feet averaging out at 8% with some steep ramps thrown in for good measure.
Huddersfield Star Wheelers are inviting members from all clubs in the East Pennine area and we’re looking for all riders to come along and just give it a go and mix pleasure with pain. For those whom the pain may be too much, we’ll also welcome anyone who can come along and support the riders or marshal and just make this a great event.
The event headquarters is at Gutsibits along side the canal at Slaithwaite. Click on the blue motorbike below for more information. Signing on will be from from 18:00 with start times of 19:00 and we’re taking £4 on the day which includes insurance.
Following the huge success of our women’s only event earlier in the year, Huddersfield Star Wheelers are keen to see an amazing turn out again at this event!
So please come and give it go . . It may not be fun but will be painful and ENJOYABLE!!! We know we live in a hilly part of the country so let’s make the best of it.
If a picture paints a thousand words, at 30 frames per second here’s 24,600,000 words. Enjoy and huge thanks to Deryck at modesto.works