LFCC Newsletter - Contributions

We are planning to produce a quarterly newsletter for LFCC members to help keep everyone up to date with goings on in the club. We’ve had some fantastic results and events but they don’t get the attention they deserve on Facebook and equally a significant number of our members don’t use Facebook at all.

The working outline for the newsletter is:

  • LFCC Events

  • LFCC Results

  • Members adventures / Inspirational Rides

  • Upcoming events

…but really news or rides that you think should be shared more widely within the club.

The first newsletter will cover roughly April - July. Copy deadline for the newsletter is 14th July.

If you’d like your results or events or adventures covered in the newsletter, please send a few paragraphs with photos to rob.jones@leicesterforest.org.uk - don’t be shy!

Support for Summer 2019 Events

To provide visibility of all upcoming volunteering needs for the club, we’ve been working on a single location on the club website to capture upcoming events, volunteers and vacancies. This is now ready to trial at https://www.leicesterforest.com/volunteering.

Please take look through the upcoming events, check your calendars, and sign up where you can support the club with your time. If you need further information (e.g. timings, locations etc), please comment on Facebook and we will add detail as it comes available. Most events will only take 2-3 hours of your time.

If you’re new to the club or lifetime member, we encourage every club member to get involved - being part of a club is an exchange, here’s your chance to give.

Leicester Forest
Club Kit Ordering Window - Closes Tomorrow (20/05/19)

If you’re after new LFCC kit you need to get your order in by 11.59pm tomorrow (20/05/19).

With the wider selection of kit available from the new supplier we have been struggling to meet minimum orders and hence the recent delays in getting kit delivered. We will be looking to review the process in the coming months with a view to minimising delays by:

  • Holding more commonly ordered kit and sizes in stock - the downside being the club’s cash being tied up in stock and having to finding suitable storage;

  • Opening up short order windows for more specialist items less frequently throughout the year to increase volumes.

We will publish the specialist order windows on the LFCC website in the coming months.. Please direct any quesitons to kit@leicesterforest.com.

Leicester Forest
Club Captain Role - Carl Dyson

The committee are pleased to announce that Carl Dyson has taken on the role of LFCC Club Captain.

The club captain role has been introduced to be a focal point for racing within the club.

The club captain will:

  • Promote competitive racing in the club;

  • Spot, promote and nurture talent within the club;

  • Facilitate training for teams and individuals;

  • Be the point of contact for anyone interested in racing;

  • Liaise with the club’s Go Ride coaches and juniors.

We hope this role will continue to support the development of competitive racing for both the juniors and seniors within the club.

If you’d like to get in touch with Carl, please email: captain@leicesterforest.com

Leicester Forest
Saturday Club Run Route Suggestions (B & C)

With the closure of Cafe Ventoux on Saturdays we are looking for suggestions for new Saturday Club Run routes for both B and C groups.

If you know of a route with flowing lanes and a great cafe please email a route (rwgps/strava/gpx links etc) to:

Rob Jones: rob.jones@leicesterforest.org.uk

Please include:

  • Start and finish at the Bulls Head;

  • A cafe stop at approximately half way that can accommodate a group of typical club run size (say 10-15 riders);

  • Indicate if this is a suggestions for a B or C ride;

In the short term the Old Barn Inn at Glootson may work well as an alternative to Ventoux with minimal route change (NB untested with groups larger than 2 yet!).

If there is a regular B group rider that would like to plan the B routes, please also get in touch with Rob above so that B routes can be updated on the website for all to see.

Leicester Forest
Evening Tens 2019 - Volunteers

Good news - we now have organisers in place for each of this year’s evening tens (6th June - 11th July Thursday Evenings). We are now looking for volunteers to make these events happen.

If you are new to the club or don’t know many people in the club, volunteering is a great way to get to know people. If you’ve never volunteered at a time trial, it’s straight forward and the event organiser will explain what to do on the day.

If you’d like to volunteer:

  1. Add you name to the Evening Tens Helper List here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yt0zZhiGdusWhWvs7BljAKsaEEOtGKMyx8QRnQaK2-Y/edit?usp=sharing

  2. Email rob.jones@leicesterforest.org.uk so we have a way of getting in touch with you.

If you have any questions regarding volunteering please email Rob at the above address.

Leicester Forest
Discounted Sports Therapy for Members

Daniel Gwyer from Hands on Fitness in Loughborough has been in touch to offer the club a discounted rate for anyone interested in their services. The details of the services available can be found in this PDF and are detailed below:

Consultation (£30) - Does not have to be booked before other services can be used.

Two types of consultation:

1. An individual has an existing injury or may suspect injury; involves exercise based assessment and testing in a therapy room. These sessions will also involve ~30 minutes of deep tissue massage to alleviate some of the symptoms an individual may be experiencing.

2. An individual doesn't have any obvious injury but has a suspected dysfunction (such as chronic lower back pain), and would like to know how they can combat this. This would be based in more of a gym setting with exercise profiling through a number of movements to identify/strengthen areas that need attention. This does not include a massage as it can take a lot longer!

Following the consultation, depending on how the individual would like to proceed, a plan can be made utilising all of the services I provide to improve the current state of injury/dysfunction and prevent further issues. 

Alternatively the individual will be shown and given a select number of exercises that can be used to alleviate, prevent and potentially reverse some of the dysfunction experienced. 

Pricing following a consultation would then adopt normal pricing depending on the type of treatment (gym based mobility/training or massage).

Sports Massage (at least 1 hour), 1 off session is £35

If this is your first time attending, history will be taken, a form of assessment (if needed) carried out, followed by a 1 hour sports massage

- Can be purchased as a 1 off session with no other obligation

PT/Mobility (at least 1 hour), 1 off session is £30

If this is your first time attending, history will be taken, followed by a 1 hour training or mobility session

- Depending on the individuals goals, the session will be made up of all, or a select few of the following; strength and conditioning, mobility and functional fitness.

Strength and conditioning would involve, as the name suggests, building strength where needed as well as improving an individuals levels of fitness. This can also be used for performance improvements through power development.

Mobility focused sessions would involve improving an individuals range of motion (ROM) where needed, as well as encouraging pain free movement. Typically involves banded work, rolling, stretching and pelvic/spinal control.

Functional Fitness sessions focus on movement patterns that are used in everyday life, sessions incorporate static and dynamic movements to circuit based programs.

As an added benefit, I include additional loyalty discounts for multiple sessions that are booked over 4 and 8 week periods. For example, club members wanting a 1 hour sports massage every other week, for 8 weeks (as highlighted in the PDF) would bring the individual cost of the sports massage down to £30.00 an hour if purchased as a plan.

Similarly, club members wanting a 1 hour mobility session, once a week, for 4 weeks would bring the individual cost of the PT/mobility sessions down to £27.50. Also shown on the attached pricing PDF.

Please note that plan duration and the combination of services received is not limited to the attached document, but can be further tailored to meet the goals and circumstances of the individual.

Please also feel free to call me on the below number if you need more information or, are unsure of the services offered.

Pete Alfano
Evening Tens Organiser - Last chance to save this year's series

The club has been looking for new organisers for the Evening Tens since January 2019. As it stands, the events will be cancelled if a new organiser or organisers are not found by Friday 19th April.

The club would like to express its thanks to Matt F, Anna B, Lucy S, Kenny C, & Tom S for organising one or more of the 2018 events.

If this is something you might consider taking on in part or in full, please get in touch with Rob Jones (rob.jones@leicesterforest.org.uk) before the 19th April. Full support from the club and previous organisers will be given to any novice or old hand taking on this important role.

Please note that the LFCC Open Time Trials all have organisers and planned to run.

Leicester Forest
Audax Update - Another Slice of Rutland

A big thanks to Steve O. for organising a very successful 200km audax - 83 entries, 65 starters and 14 LFCC finishers. Kudos to JP who started half an hour late and was second back to HQ! Look out for the next club audax later this year.

Leicester Forest
Go-ride Coaching Opportunities

Coaches Required

Thanks to the popularity of the Rockets sessions on a Monday evening we could definitely do with a couple more to relieve the pressure on our existing coaches. 

Go-Ride coaching for 5 - 16 year olds takes place every other Monday at New College, Leicester, and offers coaching in a wide range of skills and disciplines. 

Club members who are interested should contact Steve (07545 877204) or Julie (07889 771494) for further details.  Help is available with costs, subject to certain conditions.

For more information on the coaching courses please visit the British Cycling page:


Pete Alfano
Ant Goodwin's Funeral

A message of appreciation from Ant’s family:

On behalf of my mum, Josie Goodwin, and my family I wish to thank everyone for coming to Ant's funeral on Wednesday.

We were truly humbled and moved by the cycling club escorting Ant on his final journey with you.

As a private man, I know Ant would have smiled at that!



Pete Alfano
Ant Goodwin's Funeral - 12th of September 2018

Ant Goodwin sadly passed away on the 24th August 2018 following a short illness.

Ant has been a long-time member of LFCC and a B ride stalwart, he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

The club would like to extend its sympathies to all his friends and family.

RIP Ant!


Important please note change of meet time: Cyclists will need to be at the start (Coop funeral place at 511 Welford Road) for 1.45pm rather than 2.30pm as was originally suggested.

Ant Goodwin's funeral will take place on Wednesday the 12th of September 2018 at 3.00pm and will take place at Countesthorpe crematorium. For those who would like to ride with the hearse, the cortege will leave the Co-op Funeral Directors, 511 Welford Road at 1:45pm.

After the service there will be refreshments back at Welford Road. Ant's family would like an estimate of numbers both riding and returning for refreshments, could you please indicate below ASAP if you're likely to attend the ride and/or the wake afterwards.

I'm hoping that the club can provide a big turnout, if you can make it please do come along.


Rob Jones

Ant Goodwin (On the left) LFCC Paris 2015 With Rob Hadow (Right In the Cap)

Ant Goodwin (On the left) LFCC Paris 2015 With Rob Hadow (Right In the Cap)

Ant racing up the Polly Botts Hill Climb in 2013

Ant racing up the Polly Botts Hill Climb in 2013

The Rockets have gone into orbit!

Our junior section, the Rockets, have had an absolutely stonking 2018 – they’ve won this year’s Mallory Park Youth Road Race League with an astonishing 1007 points – beating their nearest rivals by over 170 points!

On top of that phenomenal team effort, three of our riders have finished 1st in their age categories:

Eva Leavis won the Under 8s, Bethany-Ann Jackson won the Under 12s and Libby Bell won the Under 14s!

There were also loads of podiums as well as other placings throughout the other categories.

Under 8 Girls
1st - Eva Leavis
2nd – Lilly Gadsby
3rd – Erica Hibble
5th – Bella Gokani
7th – Khia Gokani

Under 10 Girls
2nd - Megan Cherry
5th – Jessica Broadhead

Under 12 Girls
1st - Bethany-Ann Jackson
5th – Ruby-Summer Osborne

Under 14 Girls
1st - Libby Bell

Under 16 Girls
2nd - Annabel Ramsey

Under 8 Boys
4th – Harry Donald

Under 10 Boys
=12th – Joshua Jones

Under 12 Boys
=13th – Ellis Jackson

Under 14 Boys
=13th – Daniel Armstrong

On top of those fantastic placings, there was great progress this year too by Toby and Juri in the highly competitive Under 8 and Under 12 Boys’ leagues respectively – both coming tantalisingly close to the points in a number of races.

Well done to all our riders, and of course our fantastic coaching and support teams – More of the same for next season please!

Thomas Sugden
Shelly's off on another adventure...!

Our very own Mike "Shelly" Sheldrake is off on another one of his frankly mind-boggling adventures. He's going to be taking part in the inaugural Silk Road Mountain Race, through the mountains of Kyrgyzstan.

In his own words:

"Flying out today with my LFCC jersey to take part in the inaugural Silk Road Mountain Race, described as a daring fixed-route, unsupported, single stage cycling race through the mountains of Kyrgyzstan over 1,700km of gravel, single and double track, and old Soviet roads that have fallen into disrepair. As well as over 26,000m of climbing at a debilitating altitude and likely to require some “hike-a-bike”, there's the remoteness of the country itself. At Checkpoint 2, near the Chinese border, there’s almost 400km of road with no prospect of resupply.

The terrain and nature of the course will favour a sturdy setup with significant storage capacity. I will be riding a modified cx bike which probably puts me at a disadvantage compared with the mtb riders. But who knows, first time events are full of unknowns. Race director and founder Nelson Trees says the ideal bike is “probably a rigid 29er with at least 2.0 inch tires”

The race gets underway this Saturday (Editor: 18th August). I hope to make the finishers party a fortnight later. An adventure is guaranteed."

Trailer - https://vimeo.com/245350779

As with these races here is the link to the map with dots on. Each dot is a rider. I am rider #55. - https://www.silkroadmountainrace.cc/tracking/

Here is the official website - https://www.silkroadmountainrace.cc/

Dotwatcher.CC is also covering the event - https://www.dotwatcher.cc/race/silk-road-mountain-race

We'll be keeping an eager-eye on Dot 55, and hope to bring you updates as and when we can.

Thomas Sugden