To help all the members know our committee better we are doing a new series called "meet the committee".
First up is Pete, who makes sure we can all be seen a mile off in our club kit. He is one of our longest running committee members. As a cyclist, he is very well known and respected around the area with various clubs.
He is one in a million, who cares about the brand and everything to do with the RLSCC. This is why he is perfect for this position, and we are proud to have him as one of our committee members. Here are some questions we asked Pete so you can get to know him better. Committee Position:
I am the Kit Master, King of Club Gear and General Club Clothier.
How long have you been on the committee? I've been helping the club on a committee level since 2015
What does your role entail?
I was a Road Rep for a while, then I moved into ordering and dealing with suppliers for club kit, the role is now pretty simple but we've been through some changes through the years. I don't see my role as just looking after the kit, being a part of the committee gives me a voice on the running and direction of the club. There's a lot of stuff which most members don't see behind the scenes, notably over the past few years we've clearly laid out club priorities and defined ourselves, 'finally' updated the website and are a driving force on the development and implementation of the trails at Newbold Comyn. We are a diverse club and every club member comes to a ride with for different reasons, throwing ideas and finding ways we can try and meet everyone's needs (as yet elusive) is something I enjoy. However, mainly my role on the committee involves seeing some mates on a monthly basis and having a laugh.
What is your Cycling discipline?
Roadie mainly, commute a bit to work, bash rider and avid cake eater. If I have the time, I'll join any road ride.
How long have you been with the club? Since 2013, I was two stone heavier and the year before I'd been signed up (reluctantly) into doing the local 10k Wolf Run by my better half. It was my wife, me, three of her other 'kids club' mates and their also reluctant and unsporty husbands, we trained for it and did well enough to consider another 'challenge' which happened to be the Stratford Sprint Triathlon, this meant that one of the husbands and myself needed to buy a bike, as complete noobies, we turned up to the RLSCC Sunday bash shortly afterwards and the rest as they say, is history.
What do you enjoy about the RLSCC?
I can ride my bike anytime and get that fitness endorphin rush, but the camaraderie and sense of adventure is what I enjoy most. I feel like a bit of a cheat, because I feel like I get more out of the club than I put in.
What is your most significant cycling achievement? (if you have photos of this as well would be great) Ooh where to begin, so many good memories, getting round the Marmotte granfondo was a big deal for me at the time, I held the seventh fastest lap around Brands Hatch for a few hours in a 24hour relay race that was cool as Jason Kenny was in the same 'flying lap' group, my first 200miles in a day ride was a great adventure I'm pretty proud of.. seeing the Thursday bashes develop into almost a 'destination ride' for local racers, seeing the club develop over the years knowing I've played a small part is very rewarding, I think though that if I had to pick one achievement it'd have to be taking on the mantle of coach for our winter roller sessions, over the years I've seen so many different people develop their pedal stroke, get faster and fitter on a weekly basis just from adding in a good HIIT session.
Who's is your cycling hero?
Michelle Paget, she was a founding member of the club in the shape it is now and an inspiration to so many kids and adults. When my daughter went through the RLSCC Academy, I used to tell her that Michelle could jump over cars and do stunts like Evel Knievel, I think a part of me still thinks that's true... Or Andy Robson who consistently surprises me, he's like a middle aged Tom Pidcock, there is nothing that he can't do on two wheels and his work for cycling in the local area goes far beyond riding a bike.
What cycling event or discipline would you like to have a go at? I think I'd make a decent gravel rider, I like that sort of rough but not too technical terrain. If anyone knows of any fire roads around these parts.. please let me know.
What is your cycling mantra?
Mantra: a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation - Mine is probably a series of swear words often uttered to myself when getting put under the hammer on a bash.