Just a reminder that the ANZA 2015 AGM is coming up soon – Wednesday 24th June (7pm in Picotin Bukit Timah to be precise).
The evening will cover the usual review of club achievements over the past year, what’s coming up & then move on to the election of new committee members.
Not to steal the thunder from the night but I think the club has progressed measurably forwards during the past 12 months. Some key achievements including:
- Signing of a complete new set of sponsors – resulting in the largest annual sponsorship $ in the club history
- Getting a new higher end club kit supplier and all club members receiving a free jersey
- Free OneLifeID for all members – in line with our focus on safe riding
- Significantly increasing the number of club trips and drinks events over the year
- Adding a new post-ride coffee venue – Dimbulah
- Provided access to a free Club Cycling Coach (Crankpunk) although few took it up
- Moved beyond just a Kranji/Changi to add some new rides during the week & on Saturdays. Trialed a new earlier 6.50 start for the Steady 28 group
- Enhanced our financial management – giving greater visibility into our financial state – and resolved a long standing impasse with ANZA on governance of club funds.
We’ve also got a couple of things that will be unveiled in coming weeks . Can’t say much but the words Bottles and Club Championship might give you a hint….
As you can see, there’s been a lot happening. If you’d like to get involved in making more happen then I encourage you to stand for a Committee Position. All positions can be applied for but we have 2 open vacancies now – Road Director and Tri-Director. If interested thn please approach any current committee member and they’ll let you know whats involved and how to apply.
The SEA Games road races take place this weekend. Get out there and support the local guys on what should be a great couple of days racing.
Just noticed that this weeks blog see us post our 300th update to RTI. Yay to us!
Keep it safe out there!
Andrew Cherriman for VP!
Many of you will know me better as the co-editor of this blog along with Don, so you may already have read some of my cycling history as Dr RoadRash. The important bits, I guess, are that I’ve been in Singapore and a member of ANZA Cycling for almost six years and have a passion for cycling and a passion for helping to make this club better than it already is. I hope many of you have seen this through the time I invest in RTI, or through the Bintan Cat 3 training rides I have organised over the last 3 years, or the trips away that I have either helped organise or taken part in.
I believe most people want a club that encourages and supports the members in doing what they love most, and that is riding their bikes.
I believe we live in one of the best places in the world for variety of riding opportunities, and that our club should help us take advantage of that, not just financially but through knowledge and the collective experience of those who have been here a while and know how and where to get things done.
I believe that the members should be told what the committee is discussing and the decisions made, and that the members should be invited to contribute to the committee agenda and discussion.
Most of all though I believe that the committee is there to help facilitate getting us, the members who make this club what it is, together to ride our bikes, to socialise, to make new friends, to have fun in what is, for many of us, a brief time that we spend here.
For those reasons I’m standing for Vice President and below are some of the things I would like to try to get done in the first year:
- Provide more support for the beginners and less experienced riders to help build their skills and confidence on the bike and on the roads.
- Provide a calendar of social events, whether they are pub quizzes or BBQs on the east or west coasts.
- Enlist some of you, the members, to create a diary of club trips away from Singapore’s shores, whether those are Bintan, Batam, Mersing, Kota Tinggi. But with a focus on ensuring we can cater for a variety of levels.
- And sometimes, the simplest things are the hardest to do, I want to help get you all more involved in decisions around the club kit and to fix the problems we seem to have with getting that kit to you.
If those sound like things you would like for your club, then let me have your vote in the EGM on June 12th and if you can’t attend in person don’t forget to send in your vote to the club secretary.
DONALD MACDONALD FOR ROAD DIRECTOR
WHO AM I?
Many of you will know me from Coffee Bean, from my role co-editing the RTI with Andrew or as the sad case at Longhouse that owns a Pink Pinarello.
I’m a 41 year old Scotsman – been in Singapore for 11 years and an ANZA member on & off since 2009. My cycling credentials covers all the bases with a childhood addiction to thrashing my Haro BMX & building quarter pipes, 3 years mountain biking and then moving to the road in 2008. I’ve raced MTB, Cat 2 and am currently Cat 1 – have won a few things but am realistic that I’ll never be world champion…
Since co-editing the RTI, I’ve realized there are some great things this club can do but due to travel schedules and family, they often don’t happen as well/often as they could. As I’m blessed with an understanding wife, no kids and a job that doesn’t require much travel, I thought I’d step forward and do something to try and help make the club better for all.
WHICH ROLE AM I STANDING FOR?
I’m standing for the Road Director role (currently held by Dave Cox)
WHAT DO I AIM TO DO FOR THE CLUB?
There are 3 key areas where I aim to help the club:
- Training support for Cat 2 & Cat 3 riders
- I want to give Cat 2, Cat 3 cyclists -and the wider club – access to structured training to help make us all better riders. I propose spending a little bit of club funds to hire a club coach that can will provide structured plans online which will be tailored to specific upcoming events (“the Tour de Bintan plan”) and also take into account the amount of training time you can commit (6/8/10 hr per week plans)
- Try to introduce a regular club time trial
- A standard in the UK or Aus, I’m still gobsmacked when I see no regular TT scene in SG. I’m not saying this will be easy with the road situation but there are ways and means. I’d aim to introduce a regular club time trial and related league tables to help select the club champion each year.
- Remove the secrecy of designing the new kit & give members a say in the design
- A great looking kit is important to us all and the current annual design process is a bit of a black box. Getting the whole club involved in designing every last detail is not feasible but I’d like to open it up a bit and give members some involvement. I propose crowdsourcing the members opinions by enabling you to vote online on the early rough designs so that we can collectively select the design we think the best. The committee will then take charge in refining the rough design into the final product.
Vote for me. If you can’t make it in person then do email your vote to the Anza secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org