A message from our Chairman

Happy new year everyone.

January 6th and already two successful mornings.

We had 30 wheelers and friends out on the New Year's morning walk along with dogs and a nice trip to the smoking Cow in Beckbury.

Although many are recovering from Christmas or colds and throat infections it was great to see near to 30 wheelers out on clean bikes comprising of the classic group and middle group (as we call it ) all arriving together at the lakes cafe near Norbury on the first Sunday 5th Jan. Not a bad turn out completing over 50 miles although some of the faster lads ( fast group) were out on their own clocking up the miles elsewhere.

As Wolverhampton Wheelers new Chairman I thought I would reach out to the membership and cyclists generally who may be looking to join, or in some instances rejoin the club again.

Last year was quite a tough year with the track being closed for a period as well as a few events not taking place which has had to be addressed.

The committee as you all know is run by volunteers and not all positions had not been filled during 2018 & 2019. At the AGM in November I accepted the position of Chairman to offer some help with moving the club forward. As a result of lobbying and arm twisting we have now managed to fill most positions on the committee with approximately 15 replacements, changes or additional members joining. We now have new well charged batteries to help the existing committee which had become a little reduced & can be a little demoralising for those giving up their time for the benefit of the Wolverhampton Wheelers club.

At our first meeting after the AGM I gave an opening statement to clarify my thoughts on how the club moves on in 2020 and beyond.

Now that we have a fresh looking committee we are ready to get the year underway. Phil Metcalfe is our new Vice Chairman, Paul Horton is now our new Road race and circuit secretary , Mark Primmer the new TT secretary, Alistair Bacon has taken on The Mountain Bike secretary role and Emma Johnson and Ashley Postance have taken over the clothing positions. We have Natalie Lovell, Ros Clitheroe and Karen Johnson as welfare officers and pleased to have Phil Thomas and Lynne Tennant as our new auditors. Lee Ward has jumped into the equipment secretary role. All of the new addition's to the team are added to help and work along side Robin Kyte, president, Paul Wedge Hon Secretary/Treasurer, Debbie Lewis Membership Secretary, Ron Ansell Track secretary, Mark Lewis Track league secretary, Dave Brooks Media & Dave Cunningham Trophies along with Karen Langford & Ian Horton sitting added to the committee with both having loads of experience to help guide others.

Obviously we have other club official positions and coaches who are all very important parts of Wolverhampton Wheelers which I apologise in advance for not naming everyone.

After the AGM my first goal was to get the positions filled with some fresh faces bringing a new dynamism to compliment very conscientious committee members & to put knowledge, experience and enthusiasm together to make forward strides. This has now been done.

The club formed in 1891 has a lot of history and being the largest cycling club in this area needs to continue and evolve. At our first meeting we have decided after many years take a fresh look at the cycling kit so a sub committee was formed and along with suppliers over this last few weeks we have been looking at a new design for the club. We are currently in talks with suppliers and the sub committee as a group will be in a position to discuss with the full committee our recommendations next week. All being well, although not finalised at the moment hopefully we should be in a position to announce prices and lead times for delivery. Once we know more we will make announcements but I wanted to let people be aware, we are on it.

With fresh additions to the committee, a fresh look with new kit we are looking to increase our membership as we reach out to existing, new & previous members, those looking to consider joining our club along with families /children looking to get down to try cycling at the track and who knows to find our future stars such as Andrew Tennant, life members Hugh Porter MBE & Stuart Dangerfield . The 'Golden boys'

We are looking for more participation on the track evenings and hope to encourage more cyclists to come along to the 'spiritual home' of cycling with a big welcome to other clubs if they wish to join in. The secretaries will be making sure all events throughout 2020 take place subject to weather of course. Don't forget we have the reliability rides shortly ahead so time to plan ahead.

The club doesn't have a social media policy so we will be looking at how we make announcements and how we communicate internally as well as externally to keep the members and cycling community informed on what's happening at Wolverhampton Wheelers.

I would encourage all wheelers that haven't yet renewed their membership to do so and to anyone looking to join the club to speak with any committee member on how to join.

Finally on a sad note, as Robin has already announced we learned that Life member Brian Westwood passed away just before Christmas. On Sunday 19th January a 'memorial ride' will take place in memory of Brian at 9.30am leaving Aldersley Stadium. It would be great to see a good turn out for Brian who was not only a champion in his day but TT secretary for 33 years and Pam his remaining sister will be at Fordhouses Cricket ground after the ride with drinks and beverages available. Please tell others.

1