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Club Affiliation Fees due

The District Treasurer tells me that 27 clubs have not yet paid their subscriptions.  If not paid by 31st December there will be an additional £20 to pay and, if your club is not affiliated, you will not be able to enter events.

Steve Lockwood

The 2014 Season Comes to a Close

Here is the final Midlands Rankings for 2014. Find out who is the rider of the year. See the detailed lists at http://rankings.midlanddc.org.uk/ Now amended to include tie-break points.

A Trio of Midlands Events in August

Here are the Midlands Rankings for August. Cameron Foster is rider of the month.

Women-Specific Coaching Day - Saturday 25 October

Here are details of a coaching day designed especially for women and presented by Ruth Eyles.

Coventry CC Open 10 August 16 Change of Start Time

From: Jon Wood:
Please note that the start time for this event has had to be brought forward to 11:00, to avoid potential traffic chaos from an event at nearby Ragley Hall.  If any entrants wish to withdraw from the event as a consequence, please contact organiser Jon Wood before the event closes on Tuesday August 5th.

Course change - VTTA 25 on 23rd August

From Andrew Simpkins: We have had to change the course for the VTTA 25 on 23rd August due to roadworks. It will now be run on the K33/25S – the Salford Priors A435 course.

Eddie Smith attends Royal Garden Party

  Eddie and Mavis Smith at Buckingham Palace
   Eddie and Mavis outside Buckingham Palace

Having served on the Midlands District Committee for over 45 years and on the National Committee for 32 years Eddie Smith recently received an invitation to a Royal Garden Party for his outstanding services to the sport of time trialling.

On the 10th June 2014, which also happened to be Prince Phillip’s birthday, Eddie and his wife Mavis joined thousands of other guests at Buckingham Palace. Passing through the palace and into the gardens there was plenty of time to stroll around the grounds of the palace and to walk down to the lake although Eddie said the gardens were not quite what he expected. “They were not immaculate formal gardens like you would expect at somewhere like Versailles” he said “but there were lots of trees and more informal lawns and open spaces.”

Eddie quickly realised that there were ushers mingling with the guests and inviting some of them to talk to the royal family. On spotting Eddie’s CTT Gold Badge of Honour one of them approached him and invited him to meet the Duke of Gloucester. When asked “what exactly is time trialling?” Eddie was able to say “Well, have you heard of Bradley Wiggins?...”

Tea, sandwiches and cake were of course on offer and Eddie made sure he fulfilled his ambition of eating a royal cucumber sandwich. However, he did comment that the tomato in a ham and tomato sandwich was sliced more thinly than he could ever have imagined!

It is wonderful to see Eddie receiving royal recognition for his many years of service to the sport and we offer him our warmest congratulations on this achievement.

Worcester St John's CC 10 - 14th Jun

Liz Powell receiving the Janet Kelly trophy from Graham KellyHere are some pictures from the Worcester St John's CC event on the K33/10D held on 14th June.

This was a counting event in the Midlands Women's Time Trial Series as well as being the Janet Kelly Memorial event and the Charlie Grieg Memorial event.

See the pictures

More pictures from Mark Pharoah

April Brings a Quartet of Midlands Events

The April Rankings have been updated. Read the report here..

CTT Matters - Safety April 2014

This "Newsletter" is an official document published by the National Committee. It contains important information on risk assessments, the reporting of accidents, and the process for the procurement for CTT-approved Cycle Event signage.

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