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 Regional road, circuit and track calendar - how we work it out

The regional board is responsible for sanctioning any standard road, circuit and track races, i.e.  below National A level, that will be run under the British Cycling banner in the region.

Race organisers submit their proposed dates for races to the Road and Track Workgroup in September. The Road and Track Workgroup then works with the Regional Events Officer to agree a calendar that considers the needs and desires of all parties involved in road racing to ensure that road, circuit and track racing continues to thrive in our region. These parties include (but are not limited to) race and league organisers, race commissaires, Accredited Marshalls, National Escort Group (NEG) riders, the police forces across our region (Kent Police, for instance, will now not allow races unless Accredited Marshalls are used), the racers and the sport itself. The region also has to take into consideration dates of National races. Note that late announcements of these dates led to some delays in finalising the 2019 calendar.

Balancing the different needs and desires of all these parties is a fine art and will inevitably end with not all parties having all of their desires met.

Once the calendar has been agreed, the region will issue permits, organise commissaires, and, where relevant, assign Accredited Marshalls for the races we have sanctioned.

Over the last few years there have been a number of occasions when finding commissaires willing and able to officiate at a race has been difficult and organisers have not known until the last minute whether a race can go ahead. On one occasion in 2018 a race had to be cancelled with only days to go before it was due to run. This is something we want to avoid going forward.   

Commissaires are volunteers with many other commitments. They are not paid for their role – only their travel expenses are covered. The region has been trying hard over the last few years to improve how we appoint, support and recruit commissaires. In late 2018 we spoke to as many of our commissaires as we could and held a Big Talk event to understand commissaire issues better. We will be continuing this dialogue.

Cycle sport has grown at an exceptionally fast rate since 2012, and nationally British Cycling is in a position where participants and demand outstrip capacity and volunteers available - there is always a lag in identifying, training and deploying officials especially commissaires at both national and regional level. The South East Region has been and still is the fastest growing region in the country, its membership being greater than that of Scotland and Wales combined with only a faction of resources at its disposal.

The Region has been heavily impacted by the growth in the sport, as well as initiatives such as the introduction of stringent risk assessments, changes to commissaire procedures and the introduction of Accredited Marshall scheme, which contributes to safer racing for all but also may well have attracted volunteers that may previously have considered becoming commissaires. At this stage we are in a phase of consolidation, not of growth. We are doing our best to address the shortage but would welcome support and suggestions from anyone, including the leagues that run in our region, as to what more we can do. Given that this is work in progress, the decisions we took when agreeing the 2019 calendar were based on what the current commissaire resources are regionally. These decisions included, amongst others:

•    not having weekends where two events with two races each were running on the same day in different parts of the region, and in some weekends where four events, each with two races, would have been running on both Saturday and Sunday;
•    not having races on the week of the World Champs in Yorkshire (a once in a lifetime opportunity for cycling enthusiasts to see the race in their own country); and
•    not having other races on the weekend of our region’s first Premier event in years.

As a result we were not able to sanction all the races that race organisers in our region wanted to put on. This has mostly affected the two leagues that run in our region, the South East Road Racing League and the Surrey Cycle Racing League. As a region we are extremely lucky to have two such healthy leagues which have both contributed significantly to the healthy local racing scene. We are grateful to the leagues for all their efforts but were unable to agree to the over 30% extra road races they had requested given the issues stated above. We have however been able to sanction the same number of events as we sanctioned in 2018 for both leagues.

Both leagues have recently published calendars which include races that have not been sanctioned by the regional board. They have every right to do so as there is no requirement for some or all of their road races to be run under British Cycling’s auspices. We understand that both are exploring other options and intend to discuss this with their members at their joint AGM. Prior to the AGM we will publish a document explaining what a race run with British Cycling’s support and under British Cycling rules and regulations offers that would no longer be available if an event were run under a different arrangement. We want to ensure that our members understand what it is that British Cycling provides.

If you have any questions, then regional staff and members of the board would be happy to respond so please do ask. Contact details are below:

Chair: Tabitha Rendall   tabnet99@yahoo.co.uk
Cycling Delivery Manager: Luke Anderson   lukeanderson@brittishcycling.org.uk
Regional Events Officer: Phil Webber   philwebber@britishcycling.org.uk

 


 

John Mullineaux - Regional Badge of Honour

After many years of dedicated service as an official in BC South East Region and London, John has decided to move onto pastures new. In recognition of his hard work it was agreed at the Region's 2018 AGM to award him the Regional Badge of Honour, which was susequently endorsed by British Cycling's Board.

The medal was presented to John on Sunday 2nd December by the Region's Chair Tabitha Rendall at the the South East Region Cyclo Cross Championships.

John was thrilled to receive the medal and posted:

"Thanks to all at BC SE Region and the London Cyclo Cross Association. I am just one of many who have contributed to our sport and it is worth reminding ourselves that our sport rests on the work of mostly volunteers. It is also a great time to get involved behind the scenes".

Citation

John's involvement in cycling in London and the Southeast has been wide and varied and spans the better part of 30 years but has always been rooted in his sheer love of the sport and a duty to improve cycling for everyone -- racers, fans, recreational riders alike. Never afraid to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in, he is former chair of the London Cycling Campaign and has served on the London Cyclocross league board and BC Southeast region board, organised countless races including the venerable Beastway series, and acted as commissaire in 3 different disciplines, all whilst documenting his years in the sport with his ubiquitous camera and website prowess. People like John are rare, and his effect on those who have encountered him over the years is truly special.

The best way to portray John’s contribution to cycling is to ask others for their thoughts, and what follows are a series of quotes compiled by Maria David, describing the impact that John has had on racing in London and the Southeast.

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Testimonials

Bill Wright, Herne Hill Youth CC:

“I was introduced to John in 1993 when I was thinking of organising some off-road events as an add-on to a summer series that Epping Forest MBC had been running at Eastway Cycle Circuit for a few years prior. The off-road events became Beastway, and he was very much the face of it while I was the backroom boy, and we built a team of half a dozen or so others. It grew rapidly so we had to impose our own rider limit of 200.”
“The calming race briefings and the photos have probably been the secret of his success - racing is a stressful business and he de-stressed it, welcomed riders, encouraged women and youths so that it became a more pleasant atmosphere. As a result, people kept coming back and the sport continued to grow. As well as a CX commissaire, he became a road and track commissaire, and was at Herne Hill and Crystal Palace every week through the summer for at least 7 or 8 years. His magic notebook was legendary - able to keep track of first woman, first vet, first youth etc. within a race, even if he wasn't part of the 'official' scorers all the time. That enabled the podium prizes to be presented.”
“What is remarkable about John is not just the amount of work he put in - week after week at cyclocross, Crystal Palace, Herne Hill track, and Hillingdon, plus taking tons of photos and posting them on the website and publicising peoples events - it is the sheer success he has had at building the sport, and the insight with which he did it.”


Maria David (Dulwich Paragon):

“I have known John since 2003, when I first started doing cyclocross at the old Eastway cycle track. I was very nervous because we had just had a training session with Mark Wyer and we were actually going to take part in a London League cyclocross race that Sunday afternoon. What was so reassuring was the way that John came to the group of us and said, “Don’t worry – you just do your race. You have as much right to be in the race as everyone else. It doesn’t matter what your level is, you get on with your race and take no notice of the others!” He didn’t know my name at the time, didn’t know me from Adam (or Eve!) but he still took the time to ask how I was getting on. John had a lot of time for all racers, regardless of how fast you were. I think that he empathised with us slow riders because he had raced many years ago, and by his own admission, he would bring up the rear.”
“John really found his vocation in new media, where his website, then known as London Cyclesport, was a really popular place for us local riders to visit, check out results, and comment. With his army of contributors, we were very happy to supply content, and I managed to interview a number of people for his website, including Joanna Rowsell, Corrine Hall, and Nicole Cooke, plus many local cycle racers.”
“I am also forever grateful to John for the help he gave when we set up the original London Women’s Cycle Racing League back in 2009. He took time out to attend our meetings, advise us on the approach to take to get sponsors and riders aboard, as well as being the MC when we had the prize-giving at the first year.”

Claire Beaumont and Ben Spurrier (Condor Cycles/Vicious Velo):

“Long before British Cycling had galleries or videos of races, John was there, day in day out bringing to our community images of the race. On Monday mornings I would eagerly log onto the London League website to look at the pictures and the start video and without fail it was there. Those images are important because it showed others what cyclocross was and is like. I remember when I first wanted to have a go, the detailed reports John used to write were really good at portraying local league action. He made London League CX feel like a friendly welcoming sport and community, which is why I came back week on week, year on year to race it.”

Ian Cleverly (Executive Editor, Rouleur):

“If the male of the species is supposed to struggle with multi-tasking, then John’s ability to juggle several roles within the space of one race proves the exception to the rule. As we riders line up on the grid of a cyclo-cross race, there he is, issuing the commissaire’s directives - always in a kindly but firm manner, usually ending with a reminder to “be nice to each other” delivered in that lovely Bristolian burr. Who could argue with that? The race starts, and there he is again, taking photos of every rider and giving shouts of encouragement. Here is the totally amazing thing for me: he knows everyone’s name. And I mean everyone - from the tiniest kid to the gnarliest veteran, from the very front of the race to the back markers. All receive the same treatment from John. And as we cross the finish line, there he is again, taking down numbers and helping with the results, with an uncanny ability to figure out rider’s positions, even if they are a lap or two down.”

Russell Jones (cycle racer and owner of Hackney Global Cycle Clothing):

“The man really is an angel and I feel very indebted to him for running the legendary Beastway MTB series for over 20 years and for so much support he has given to the London Cyclo-cross League. His capacity for remembering everyone’s name is also something to behold. He embodies all the positive things that cycling and sport should be about. I guess that is why he truly is a local and national legend. Thank you, John.”

 


 

South East Region Commissaires' Conference - 11th October 2019

 

 As a valued Commissaire or Trainee Commissaire within our Region
you are invited to attend a meeting of all of the Regions Road Commissaires.

Food will be provided for the evening -
if you have any dietary requirements please mention this in the return email.

 11th October 2018

7:00 for 7:30pm

Address: The Hobbit Room, The Warren,
Metropolitan Police Sports Club Hayes Ltd,
Croydon Road, Hayes, Bromley,
Kent, BR2 7AL

Phone: 020 8462 1266

The meeting will be chaired by Vern McClelland - Senior National Road and Track Commissaire,
along with Luke Anderson - S.E. Cycling Delivery Manager, 
Richard Hemsley - Cycle Sport Risk Assessor and 
Phil Weber the region’s new Regional Events Officer.
 
The meeting is intended to see what we, as a Board, can do to help you with any potential problems or views you may have or suggestions to improve things and to garner as much information as possible so that we, as a Region, can plan our 2019 Calendar with confidence that we are going to be able to run the programme of events that our promoters would like to put on.
 
We also believe that bringing you all together will help share some of the ‘best practice’ procedures learnt over many years officiating!


 NB The venue is some considerable way outside of Kent, so please do not use public transport to Bromley station as the venue is closer to Coney Hall / Keston driving is recommended and there is ample parking at the Warren

 

 

 

 


 

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Kim Anderson - Regional Badge of Honour

Kim Anderson was awarded the Regional Badge on Honour at Cyclopark today (Saturday 27th January 2018) by the Regional President Peter Ansell


Citation agreed at the 2017 Regional AGM:

Kim and Preston Anderson began administering the South East Road Race League (SERRL) in 2003, taking full organisational control in 2004 as the other administrator stood down. At this time the League ran about 10 races for Cat 1-3 riders.

Over the coming years Kim was keen to improve standards of events and was influential in developing and introducing online entry, chip timing and the use of National Escort Group, motorcycle outriders. All of which is now standard across the South East Region.

By 2008 the SERRL was running around 30 races a year on roads and around 8 winter series events at Fowlmead. In 2011 they began a successful Evening Series at CycloPark which ran for 3 years before a commercial organiser took it over in 2015. In 2012 the SERRL piloted a Race Coaching series which was a sell-out and these session plans became the basis of current SERRL & Surrey League Race Coaching sessions.

In 2014 the League promoted 36 events, with Kim taking sole control in 2015 running 28 events. Kim ran a further 24 events until October 2016 when she decided to retire.

Kim’s retirement in 2016 only served to highlight her dedication and the significant amount of time and effort she put into her role. The long lasting impact her involvement had was demonstrated when the League had to search hard to find anyone prepared to do what she had done for nearly 13 years.

Kim’s dedication and contribution to Regional racing has seen the South East Road Race League continue to grow and evolve through the years and establish itself as a well-known and well respected part of the racing scene in the South East Region, providing a rider pathway from beginners to Elite level riders across a variety of promotions. For this the South East Regional Board offers its profound thanks.

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Kim's response:

Many thanks for this award and to whoever nominated me. I am given to understand the award is rarely given.

Bikes have always been a part of my family especially when Luke started to take up racing. Treasured bikes making their home in the house and even in the bedrooms!

We were members of the Wigmore CC and enjoyed taking Luke to races. Both Preston and myself volunteered to marshal at time trials on many occasions.  On midweek evenings I would rush home from work, pack both Luke and Kate and bike into the car and rush up to Herne Hill or Crystal Palace twice a week for evening racing and, of course, not forgetting good old Eastway at weekends.

As time moved on, Preston and I attended the SERRL AGM where both Vic Hopkins and Bill Lewis announced their retirement from the League.  Paul Bridgeland took over but soon realised it was too much to do on his own, so not wanting the League to die in 2004 I became involved as Organiser when only a handful of races were being run.  At the time I didn’t know what I was letting myself in for as I also had a full time job.  But when you commit yourself, you make time.  I’m very glad I did, I enjoyed the buzz of race day and always relished seeing a group of 60 odd riders ready to race their socks off.

But let me say, I couldn’t have carried out my role as Organiser without the huge support from a group of people who also put in time and energy into the successful running of the League road race events.  So I would like to take this opportunity to thank those people now:

Adrian Kingwell who came out to every race, took care of the Line Judging and made sure your results were at HQ when you finished racing.  A thanks too to Grant Hood who undertook to learn the pros and cons of Line Judging, not an easy job, and stepped in when Adrian was not available.

Luke Anderson who back in the day spent hours managing the points system, setting up the initial website and taking on the huge responsibility of the GC points spreadsheets when we ran stage races.

Kate Hood who took on the role as First Aider and had her hands full on occasions but always managed situations with great professionalism and care.  I know of riders who have had the misfortune to be involved in a crash often took time to express their appreciation after the event on her kindness, prompt action and delivery of expertise.

The NEG guys who turned out every race day.  The certainly gave me as Organiser peace of mind that riders would be protected to the highest possible standard whilst racing and without them races would not have been run on many an occasion.

Nat Spurling from RiderHq who helped me out so many times with my IT dumbness!!  I can’t applaud him enough for his patience, time and friendly way, nothing was too much trouble, I can’t thank him enough.

It was a good day when on the 3rd attempt, we secured a cash award for the purchase of the transponder system. I believe SERRL was the first league to put them in use and what a difference that made to race day!! Along with being the first to use the transponder system, we gave thought to creating our own group of NEG guys.  A priority was always to keep riders safe so we distributed fliers and along came Ian Terry, Russ Saunders and more to follow.  What a team!!  I had the best group of NEG guys I could wish for who gave me 100% confidence that the race would be managed in a truly professional manner.

The League was eventually taking shape and growing with on-line entries, a first for the League on RHQ as an added bonus.

I am pleased that this award has been presented to me at Cyclopark.  SERRL and Cyclopark go back a long way. We were asked to run the first races here whilst this building was being built.  We operated out of a metal container at first then progressed to a port a cabin.   It was some comfort when this building was completed and at last we came in from the cold for signing on.

As I mentioned, way back in 2004 I took on this role as a volunteer.  I rocked up at HQ at 8am loaded with race equipment and from there on went into gear to get the race on the road.   If needed, I also enjoyed marshalling or drove the commissaires around the courses.  I especially liked meeting all the riders at the signing on desk!  All these things I had never done before. So if you have a spare 2 or 3 hours on a Saturday or Sunday to marshal or drive a convey vehicle or would like to try your hand as a commissaire, let Alan know, I am sure he would be happy to hear from you.  I hope Alan receives some thank yous at the end of a race for all his hard work.  I know I did and it made it all worthwhile.

And finally, I am so glad Alan took over the role as Organiser.  It’s good to know it’s in safe hands, thriving and still alive and kicking.


Calling road Junior men racers

British Cycling South East are putting together a men's team to race at National road junior events.

If you already race at National level, or aspire to race at National level, make your application to the Regional Secretary, phillipjemmison@yahoo.co.uk.

With your application submit your results of the last two seasons.