After two years of Zoom and Teams the League’s first face to face meeting since the beginning of the pandemic was held at The ARK, St Lawrence Church, Alvechurch.
Changes to the committee include some long standing and valued members stepping down but also exciting and new members stepping up.
The committee thank Pete Mooney, and outgoing League Secretary Dave Garrett for their service to the league and wider promotion of the sport of cyclo-cross. While they will no longer be on the committee we look forward to seeing them riding at league events next season.
Dave Mellor has stepped down as Chair of the League but will remain involved on the committee and was thanked for his stewardship over the last few years.
Newly co-opted members Isla Rowntree and Mark Leyland both bring a wealth of valuable experience to the committee.
The 2022 committee is:
- Chair: Gary Rowing-Parker (Solihull)
- Secretary: Hugh Jackson (Newport SCC)
- Treasurer: Gordon Siers.
- John Potts (Redditch Road & Path)
- Sally Potts (Redditch Road & Path)
- Mick Davies (Pedal Power Loughborough)
- Pete Varian (Birmingham Midland)
- Matthew Harris (Halesowen ACC)
- Martin Eadon
- Dave Mellor (MSW)
- Isla Rowntree (Islabikes)
- Mark Leyland (Pulse Events)
Online entry has been a great success and will remain as the primary method for event entries but the proposal for a rule change to accept entry on-the-day for the 2022 season was accepted as a fall back opportunity for those who miss the online deadline.
Priority and preference will still be for online entry as this vastly reduces the pressure on organisers and the race timing/results team.
On-the-day entrants in ALL categories will be subject to a £5 premium over and above their category entry fee and will also be gridded at the back of their category.
League rule 3 now reads:
“Each race must be entered individually via the online Entry System in use at the time. On-the-day entry will be allowed but will incur a £5 premium to the online entry fee payable by all categories. Withdrawals and refunds will not be allowed after close of entry. On-the-day entrants will be gridded at the back of the grid of their respective category.”
The immediate priority of the committee is to put together a full programme of WMCCL events for the 2022/23 season with ten events are confirmed across September, October
and November. We would love to be able to continue the League into December and January, but we need clubs to come forward with events later in the season. Please consider doing that with your club or perhaps in collaboration with a neighbouring club. If you can find a venue, plan a course, and organise volunteer helpers the League committee will support clubs in putting an event on. We already have all the required equipment, and contracts to provide you with chip timing and first aid.