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2015/16 - another great season for the Condors

It's been another great season for the club. Every October we take the opportunity of the AGM to look back on what we've achieved, and to remember some of the laughs along the way. 

Some highlights from each month!

We announced the new board back in October, comprised of seven completely new faces and one old one!
Cyclocross began in earnest for those with a 'love of mud' and we had great fun on a fancy dress Halloween ride.

November saw the return of the legendary spinning pain caves, this time with military style Strength & Conditioning classes for those brave enough to stomach the cold outdoors. We visited Helen & Douglas House which would later inspire the fundraising event in March. 

Many of us had a good old knees up at the Christmas party in December and a festive ride to the Milkshed! In January we would fend off the cold in style wearing our amazing Condor bobble hats. Cyclocross racing continued with some members still struggling to stay on the bike.

Road racing kicked off again on a cold, dark, and very wet February at Dalton Barracks. Aimee Jones took 6th in the women's and Ian Studley 4th, Andy Ruane 5th, Ben Keneally 6th and Nick Sanderson 8th in the men's.

In March we enjoyed the Zappi crit series at Enstone, with Brett Kamino taking several top 10s. We launched the new membership card, trebled women's membership and raised £4,000 during our fundraiser for Helen & Douglas House. Cheryl represented the club at the Broken Spoke 'a day of Women & Bicycles'

New sponsors joined us in April in the shape of GreenoakWhite October and Fuelit and we headed to the pub to watch Paris-Roubaix. The women's Spring Sessions kicked off and we were delighted to have so many lovely ladies joining us. The first of our club time trials set off in the snow - bad weather would turn out to be a theme for the year.

May was a busy time with everyone training for Silverstone. But we still found time to run a crit with Mickey Cranks at Enstone and deliver another club TT with dreadful weather.

In June we launched a new partnership with Broken Spoke and celebrated the birth of a our first 100% Condor baby, Jack Wicks! We were able to enter two men's and two women's teams at Silverstone, with the women's A team bringing home medals in third place. 5 Condors qualified for the UCI World Championships at the Tour of Cambridgeshire, and we had lots of 'pink and black' representing the club at the Wallingford crits. 

We wrapped up the Oxfordshire Road Race League in July with Ben Kenneally taking 6th and Tim Jones 9th - both in their first seasons racing for the club. Overall the men's team came third, while the women's team were second behind the mighty Crankettes. But the top of the league was till ours as Aimee Jones took the podium top-spot. Anthony St John Bond took the under 23 title, narrowly beating Andy Wilde.
The second ladies Summer Sessions went well and a group of Condors headed to France for a week of riding cols and watching the Tour. Pink wigs, full-kit, and a well-chosen spot scored us a place on the Eurosport footage. And we also celebrated our 5th birthday!

In August we headed to the track in Derby and held the inaugural Tour de Charity Shop ride in aid of Helen & Douglas House.

Dozens of Condors helped to make Bike Oxford a great success in September. Chris and Aimee took on the world at the UCI amateur championships in Perth, and later that month there was the annual Condors hill climb. This year's fancy dress included an ET bike basket appearance from Cheryl, while Ben Short took on Watlington Hill on a fixie. And continuing to raise our profile on the women's cycling scene, Cheryl joined the VeloVixen Cycling Hub at the NEC in Birmingham 

And last but definitely not least, there have been hundreds of great rides across the year with many of our lovely members.

Membership growth

It's been an exceptional period of growth for the club. By the AGM we had reached 226 members; this time last year we were at 138.  Women's membership tripled in the early part of the season to 66 - and has since grown to over 80. For much of the season we've had a 60/40 male/female split, which while short of our 50/50 target is impressive for a cycling club. 

Keeping it friendly

Our top aim this year was to a friendly and inclusive club. Before the AGM we ran a members survey - 80% said they felt welcome and included all of the time and 20% said most of the time. 100% said they would recommend us to a friend or have already done so.

Training and development

This year has seen men's and women's development rides, ride leader training sessions - including a 'learn a route' session around Otmoor - the ladies' spring and summer sessions, a first aid training session, maintenance classes at Broken Spoke and CX skills sessions with Tim Jones and Jonny Revis. And over the winter Mike Devaney put many Condors through the pain of weekly spinning sessions.

Awards and thanks

We took the opportunity at the AGM to say a lot of thank yous to all the individual members who put a lot of time and effort in to running the club and all of our events, and particularly leading regular rides. And we also celebrated those who've achieved something special this year with race wins and TT triumphs.

Club Contribution

  • Time Trials - Cathy Kirby, Brett Kamino, Rob Freshwater, Tyra Rivkin 
  • Women’s committee - Tyra Rivkin, Jo Lankester 
  • Bike Oxford - Jonny Revis
  • Oxfordshire Road Race League - Stephen Tearne 
  • Track day and Women’s Dev - Helena Coker
  • Twitter - Ollie Jaques
  • Instagram and Ride Leading - Ben Short 
  • Cyclocross - Arran Curran, Andy Haines and Tim Jones

Individual Achievement

  • Hill Climb at Watlington - Ben Kenneally and Aimee Jones 
  • Time Trial - Helena Coker and Tim Jones
  • Best Road Race Performance - Aimee Jones and Ben Kenneally 
  • Best CX Race performance - Tim Jones and Cheryl Reid
  • Most Improved - Kristen Lovelock

Ride Leaders

  • May - James Neuhaus
  • June - Nick Green and Ella Kaye
  • July - David Whitaker and James Spicer
  • August - Sam Elliott and Cheryl Reid 
  • Across the year - Joe Wilkins and Will Parker
  • Development rides - Matt Wicks and Sam Hampton
  • Stepping up - Jack Patterson and Becci Curtis

The Board

Special thanks went to Dan Bradley (Race Secretary), Hari Lehal (Treasurer), Mike Devaney (Training and Development), Aimee Jones (Women's Officer), Mark Glendinning (Kit Officer), Richard Quayle (took over as Treasurer in the summer), Dave Dyer (Social Secretary), Jon Harle (Secretary). And we also recognised the passion and enthusiasm - and the huge amount of work - that President Cheryl has brought to the club.

The new board for 2016-2017 was also revealed on the night.

  • President - Cheryl Reid (re-elected)
  • Secretary - Jon Harle (re-elected)
  • Treasurer - Richard Quayle (elected)
  • Women’s Officer - Aimee Jones (re-elected)
  • Race Secretary - Matt Thomas (elected)
  • Kit Officer - Joe Wilkins (elected)
  • Training and Development Officer - Arran Curran (elected)
  • Time Trial Secretary - Rob Freshwater (elected)
  • Social Secretary - Louise Bower (elected on the night)
  • Ride Leader Secretaries - Cathy Kirby and Jamie Kirby (appointed at the first board meeting!)

So all in all, it's been a pretty amazing year!

If you missed the AGM you can also see Cheryl's slide deck on the Condor YouTube channel 

Last modified on October 18, 2016
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