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Just click the Wednesday Christmas Lunch link on the main website menu - all the details are there with online payment.

As in the past the Committee has allocated a £5 per member subsidy for the lunch - that's paid-up membership for 2017 (the Saturday ride lunch will attract a subsidy for its lunch in December - only ONE SUBSIDY per 2017 member)

Bookings close at 1700 on Saturday 9 December 2017 - no on the day meals will be available.


At the Committee Meeting on Monday 9 October 2017 the following items were discussed/agreed:

1              Easy Riders rides (ER is an informal sub-set of HoECC members) :  Owing to a lack of commitment by the Easy Riders to ensure that all of its participants are registered HoECC members, the HoECC committee has decided to suspend all Easy Rider events with immediate effect. 

[The impact of non-members riding with the group potentially annuls the Ride Organiser/Leader insurance cover afforded by HoECC’s affiliations]

2        Affiliation to British Cycling Federation has been renewed for a further year.

3        The HoECC AGM will be at The Red Lion, Knowle on Monday 12 February 2018.

4        The Wednesday ride Christmas Lunch will be at The Navigation, Wootton Wawen on Wednesday 13 December 2017 - booking (which is mandatory) and payment will be open on the website by 1 November 2017 - there will again be a member subsidy of £5.

5        Charity Donations - a proportion of the club’s surplus from the Audax events has been donated to two charities : Coventry & Warwickshire Air Ambulance £500 & Cyclists fighting Cancer £250.  [A prudent balance is held in the club’s bank account]

6        With the growth in rider members on Wednesdays we have inevitably reached a point where the speed and distance variations for riders has widened (as well as sometimes overwhelming lunch venues!).  As an experiment in November and December 2017 there will be two rides organised on alternate weeks - one leaving at 0930 riding a little faster and going further afield, and one leaving at 1000 with distance and pace as the usual rides. The rides will be listed on the website - and, of course, we will be looking for additional Ride Captains.


A subtle change has been made to the Events Calendar block in the RH column of the website - it now shows past events . . . you can scroll back through the months and see events back to 1 September 2015.

The main detailed Event listings will continue to be just forward dates (events are archived 2 days after they occur)


In accordance with the club's policy on surplus funds charitable donations are made at the start of each year.

The beneficiary for 2017 is the Coventry & Warwwickshire Air Ambulance Service with a cheque for £1,000 - in recognition of the valuable service it provides to cyclists and others (including two HoECC members in the recent past)


In addition to the Cycling UK (CTC) affiliation HoECC now has British Cycling affiliation.

The club's British Cycling registration details are:

Club Name: Heart of England Cycling Club

Club Number: 623657

Valid to: 31 December 2017

HoECC members may wish to consider taking out Individual Membership of British Cycling.

Member benefits include £10m Liability Insurance, 10% discount at Chain Reaction Cycles and 10% off everything (that's motoring too!) in-store at Halfords.

HoECC members can benefit from reduced British Cycling Individual Membership rates (for new members only).  A ‘Ride Member’ of BC will pay, for the first year, £17.50 instead of the usual £35.

Details here:

The Committee