Runs Library

Paul Godfrey and I have developed a new Runs Library facility. This enables members to
1. Display and download rides that are stored in the library
2. Upload your own rides to the library for the benefit of other club members.
Rides are classified by ‘Group’ (eg. Prems, A2 etc) and by type (eg. Car assiosted, Holland etc)
Have a look and see what you think – it’s shown on the top menu.

Steve’s Grandson – World Cyclocross Junior Champion

Steve Birkin’s grandson, Ben Tulett, has just won the Men Juniors race at the 2019 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Denmark – only the  second person to have ever done it. Wonderful for both Ben and Steve
Watch YouTube Video

Brits storm to emphatic victories in Denmark
Britain’s Ben Tulett overcame the pressure of his title defence to claim a second junior cyclocross title as Tom Pidcock claimed his first Under-23 rainbow jersey.
Tulett said it was “a dream come true” as he crossed the line alone, 20 seconds ahead of his nearest Belgian rival.
Later on Saturday (February 2) Tulett was joined by Tom Pidcock in the rainbow jersey, who took his first Under-23 world title.
Tulett said: “There was a lot of pressure on me today as I was a first-year junior champion last year.“I had to just keep calm and go through the processes.
“I did that really well and picked my moment where I was going to go in the race and did what I needed to do and it worked. So I’m chuffed.
“It feels like a dream come true. It’s what every cyclist dreams of doing, so to win one it’s more than special.”Tulett had stuck with the lead group before putting in the decisive attack on lap four, riding away from rivals on the slippery course in Bogense, Denmark.

Extract courtesy of Cycling Weekly
Full Article

Diary Note: Events for 2019

Please make a Diary note for the following events for this year.

Both events will follow a similar/successful format to those held last year

  1. 1. Summer Party; 10th July, Farningham  12.30 – 5pm

  2. 2. Christmas Lunch; 18th December @ 12.30, High Elms

Christmas Lunch. 19th Dec 2018

Final details
All rides start from and return to High Elms Golf Club on the 19th December.
Parking bikes – please walk to the right side of the building and then turn left following the building around. You will see a sloped area with 3 picnic tables, and a large hedge to the left, bikes can be left around the tables and on both sides of the hedge. The only place to avoid if the slope to the right of the tables as the golfers use this for their trolley’s The bikes will be safer here also can be seen from the dining room and coffee area.
Coffee will be served in the bar on the first floor from 10am. Please would all ride leaders make sure that the ride finishes back at High Elms by 12.30pm, to allow time for people to change (if they wish!) and lunch will be served at 1pm. Looking forward to seeing you all.


The club Christmas Lunch is to be held at High Elms golf club following the ride on the 19th December. The (subsidised) cost for members is £21 for a three course meal with coffee.
Guests are welcome when the cost will be £26.
Your reservation and payment can be made to by one of the following methods

All cheques made payable to Meridian Cycling Club
Postal address for Chris: Mr C Simms, 6 Petersfield Drive, Culverstone Green, Meopham DA13 0TR
Online bank transfer to
Meridian Cycling Club
Sort Code: 09 06 66
A/C No:  43226774
Please add the reference ‘your name’ to all online transfers – or else he won’t know who it’s from!

Printable Booking Form here
Online Booking Form here

Deadline for reservations and payment 12th November

Full Menu
Roasted butternut squash soup and smoked paprika croutons. (GF, V)
Classic prawn cocktail with crisp iceberg lettuce round a Marie Rose sauce.(GF)
Pork and cranberry pate, apricot & fresh ginger chutney
All starters are served with a selection of artisan breads.
Traditional roast turkey with pigs in blankets, sage & onion stuffing balls & gravy
Baked cod loin with a herb crust & lemon scented crushed new potatoes with a fresh thyme and tomato coulis. (GF)
Beef topside cooked in grain mustard & horseradish glaze
Baked mushroom, cranberry & brie Wellington, served with a tarragon & white wine sauce (V)
All mains served with roasted potatoes, carrot batons, Brussel sprouts and braised red cabbage
Traditional Christmas pudding with warm brandy sauce
White chocolate raspberry cheesecake served with white chocolate chip ice cream
Gluten free chocolate caramel torte & clotted cream ice-cream (GF)


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Holland: June 2019

Dordrecht, Mon 10th to Mon 17th June

Heather and Barry (contact data see below) are organising a club trip for next June 2019. They are proposing to go to Holland via Harwich and stay in Dordrecht for five nights.

33 people have signed up so far see FAQ  for details

We will leave for Harwich on Monday 10th June (see travel options below) in order to board the ferry about 20:00 for a departure at 23:00. We propose a group dinner on the ferry at about 20:30. There will be no need for overnight accommodation as we will be spending the night on the ferry. (see ferry prices and details below).

We will arrive in Hook of Holland at 08:00 on the Tuesday morning with breakfast included and have a very easy (34 miles direct) ride to the Hotel Stayok . We stay at the hotel for five nights.

We leave on Sunday morning to ride the Hook of Holland. We board at about 19:00 hours to depart at 22:00 hours. Once again we propose a group dinner on the ferry. We arrive in Harwich at 06:30 on the Monday morning where having had breakfast, we set off for home.

The rooms are all four bedded, but the rates per room for single double and triple occupancy are shown below. If four people get together to share then it will be slightly less.
These rates include breakfast and evening dinner each day.

The holiday is officially closed now. However, if anyone is interested, The group ticket for the ferry does not have to be sorted out until the end of the year so you can easily join this part of the holiday. You will have to sort out your own accommodation as we  no longer have rooms on hold at the Stayok hotel.  If you talk to Heather, she may be able to help.

If possible send your 25% deposit to the club account club account
Sort Code: 09 06 66 Account No. 43226774. With relevant reference
If this is not possible then you can send a cheque to Chris Simms
6 Petersfield Drive, Culverstone Green, Meopham, Kent, DA13 0TR.

Room Rates

Dates No. of rooms  Single occupancy Double occupancy Triple occupancy
11 – 16 June 2019 5 nights rate pp 22 rooms booked £321 £252 £232
Non-refundable Deposit 25% pp £82 £64 £60

Ferry Price – Return (confirmed)  £52

Cabin Prices

Harwich to Hook of Holland 10 June 2300 Hook of Holland to Harwich 16 June 2200
2 berth inside cabin £47.00 2 berth inside cabin £47.00
2 berth outside cabin £55.00 2 berth outside cabin £55.00
4 berth outside cabin £80.00 4 berth outside cabin £80.00
Single inside £35.00 Single inside £35.00
Single outside £47.00 Single outside £47.00

Food Prices

Combi dinner/breakfast £30.00


Departure Arrival Duration
Out 2300 08:00 8:00
Return 22:00 06:30 9:30

Travelling to and from Harwich

There are several options:-

  1. Cycle via Gravesend – Tilbury ferry about 85 miles of fairly easy cycling. You have all day to do it
  2. Cycle to Shenfield station via Gravesend – Tilbury ferry about 30 miles. Catch train to Manningtree about £20 and cycle from Manning tree to Harwich about 11 miles or catch another train.
  3. Go by train all the way into London then out again about £60.
  4. Drive to Harwich. Parking at ferry quay is about £8 per day.
  5. If  you are intending to take the car all the way, then maybe it would be better to go to Dover – Calais/Dunkerque.
  6. The train that goes from Shenfield leaves from Liverpool street and calls at Stratford, so either of these stations would be an alternative.


For Additional Information see Holland FAQs

Contact Data

Contact data for Barry and Heather (Member nos 1 & 123) via the web site – click here


Data Protection – Revised

As you are no doubt already aware, due to the flood of emails you will have been receiving from various companies and organisations over the last few days, the new General data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into effect on 25th May.


The Club Committee recently agreed to update our current policy to ensure that it complies with the new regulations. The updated policy is now on the website – Click here or at the bottom of this page. Please take a few minutes to read it.