DCC Annual General Meeting

Thursday 7th October 2021 (7.00pm)

The Bakers Arms – 7 Maldon Road

After 3 years I’m stepping down as Chair and although I have thoroughly enjoyed serving you as El Presidente, I do believe it’s not healthy for any person to hold onto the Chairmanship for too long. I believe now is a good time to pass the reins on! So, I do hope someone steps forward. 

Before I go I wanted one last opportunity to abuse my powers and leave you with the following thoughts.

The club was formed for the mutual benefit of the members with social all-inclusive club rides at the heart of its ethos. We should perhaps discuss what members want in terms of regular club rides. For example, are we now large enough to splinter off into smaller groups determined by speed and distance but with the inherent risk that we start to form cliques that undermines the purpose of having a club in the first place? Or do we still all want to go out in manageable groups with a common distance goal and café stop? Why when it clearly states in the club’s constitution to wear club colours on all club organised activities does the Club’s Treasurer not wear his club jersey?

We all enjoy the social aspect and the drafting benefits of riding together within a group. However, too many times on DCC group rides I’ve seen riders (yes me included!) riding for themselves, and not for the overall benefit of the group. This includes racing off at junctions and not checking to see if the group has cleared the junction safely, forcing the pace either on ascents and yes even on descents, not calling out potholes or traffic obstructions, and not dropping back to offer a wheel to someone who might be struggling to get back on. I think we should reflect on what we want from our club rides. Is it for groups to go out and target an optimal average speed (like Athlon)? Or is to ride on a social fun basis within a group ensuring all riders get safely together to that much deserved café stop? 

Now on the flip side, every rider has a responsibility to achieve a level of fitness that is consummate with riding within a cycling group. Don’t be that person who for whatever reason (i.e., not been riding for ages, drinking the night before, smashed up your legs on a big ride the previous day etc.!) looks to singularly hold the whole group to ransom. If you’re the only person struggling then do the decent thing, let the group go, ride home, and live to fight another day (and don’t moan about it on WhatApp!).  

Some food for thought! 

I’m hoping to see as many of you as possible at the AGM. It will be our regular AGM format of fish and chips, a few drinks and then down to club business. Let’s hope we can get one of the big dogs to become the new Chairman!!! 

Please see below the agenda for the AGM 

  • Membership update – current  numbers  
  • Finance update
  • DCC subs 2022. 
  • Club Insurance renewal – British Cycling 
  • Website update / domain renewals
  • Election of 20220 committee. 
  • DCC club ethos / ride format discussion  
  • Mallorca 2022 discussion 
  • Any other business

DCC 500 Tour

At last, the DCC 500 tour ends! It’s been emotional with 19 riders participating, 120 stages completed, with stage 3 being the most popular with 16 rides. 

But only 8 riders stayed the course and finished the tour! These riders will be remembered forever more (Wobbly, Badger, Pedro, Woody, Big Dave, Big Gear, Captain and El Presidente) passing into the club’s folklore. Well done and chapeau gentlemen!!

However, a big congratulations goes out to everyone who participated and has earned themselves a special DCC status (please see below). It is never easy in the winter months to be motivated to ride outside, so well done to everyone and a special mention for Maverick and Winglady!  

Well, my job is done here, I hope you’ve all taken this with a “pinch of salt” and the fun it was intended to be. I’m really crossing my fingers that this is truly the end of these virtual club tours and with the warmer weather upon us we can start to ride as a club, exploring some new routes and seeking out some decent coffee and cake. 

See you on the road!! 

NicknameStages ConpletedTotal Status 
Wobbly1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 ,9 & 1010HC
Badger1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 ,9 & 1010HC
Pedro1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 ,9 & 1010HC
Woody1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 ,9 & 1010HC
El Presidente1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 ,9 & 1010HC
Big Dave 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 ,9 & 1010HC
Big Gear 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 ,9 & 1010HC
Captain 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 ,9 & 1010HC
Media Matt1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 & 99SHC
Super G 1,3,4,6,7 & 86SHC
Hollywood1,2,3,4 & 55SHC
Winglady1,3,5 & 64SHC
Maverick 1,3,4 & 84SHC
Emoji Girl1,3 & 43QHC
Fishman3 & 103QHC
Wendy3 & 82QHC
Professor 6 & 82QHC
Special K 21SC
Mechanic 11SC
HC=Hard Core, SHC= Semi Hard Core, QHC=Quater Hard Core, SC=Softcore

DCC 500 Tour

Flurry of activity this week as riders try to tick off their stages! I thought it worth updating the “scores on the doors”! so you know what you need to do. 

Remember, this is the last weekend and all stages must be completed by midnight Sunday to qualify for DCC “hardcore” status and know that you are a cut above the rest. 

NicknameStages ConpletedTotal 
Wobbly1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 & 99
Badger1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 & 99
Pedro1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 & 99
Woody1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 & 99
Media Matt1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 & 99
El Presidente1,2,3,4,5,6,7 & 88
Big Dave 1,2,3,4,5,6,7, & 98
Big Gear 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 & 88
Captain 1,2,3,5,6 & 76
Hollywood1,2,3,4 & 55
Super G 1,3,6 & 74
Winglady1,3 ,5 & 64
Emoji Girl1,3 & 43
Maverick 1 & 3 43
Professor 6 & 82

DCC 500 Tour

I seem to be suffering from déjà vu! I suppose only venturing 50km circular rides from Danbury it was to be expected. However, there were a couple lanes even I’ve not been down!! 

With one week to go I’ll be relieved when the 500 tour has come to an end (the admin is a nightmare). But even at this late stage (no pun intended) the tour welcomed Paul (aka The Professor) to the tour, completing a couple of sneaky stages.

Pedro and Wobbly get the big thumbs up for the only riders completing all 9 stages. What happened to Media? And we welcome back Big Dave to the tour. Great to see you riding again. 

The tour definitely finishes midnight on Sunday, and I’ve been playing catch up all the time, so the leading question is will Big Gear and I get 3 stages ridden in a week? I’m taking bets now. And will the Captain and his side kick Super G complete the tour? If I’ve missed one of your stages please let me know.

Hopefully the last Sunday and we can start riding as a club again. 

NicknameStages ConpletedTotal 
Wobbly1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 & 99
Pedro1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 & 99
Badger1,2,3,4,5,6,7, & 98
Woody1,2,3,4,5,6,7, & 98
Media Matt1,2,3,4,5,6,7 & 88
El Presidente1,2,3,4,5,6 & 77
Big Dave 1,2,3,4,5 & 66
Captain 1,2,3,5,6 & 76
Big Gear 2,3,4,5,6 & 76
Hollywood1,2,3,4 & 55
Super G 1,3,6 & 74
Emoji Girl1,3 & 43
Winglady1,3 & 53
Professor 6 & 82
Maverick 1 & 32

DCC 500 Tour

Then there were 2!! Media Matt and Wobbly remain the only riders to have completed all 8 stages. Well done gentlemen. The DCC tour must end on the 28th March leaving only 2 weekends left for riders to complete all the stages. If like me it’s your life’s ambition to complete the 500 tour then now is the time to put the last of those winter miles in and tick this off as job done!!! 

As always please call out if I’ve missed one of your stages.

NicknameStages ConpletedTotal 
Media Matt1,2,3,4,5,6,7 & 88
Wobbly1,2,3,4,5,6,7 & 88
Badger1,2,3,4,5,6 & 77
Pedro1,2,3,4,5,6 & 77
Woody1,2,3,4,5,6 & 77
El Presidente1,2,3,4 & 55
Big Dave 1,2,3,4 & 55
Captain 1,2,3,6 & 75
Big Gear 2,3,4 & 54
Hollywood1,2,3 & 44
Super G 1,3,6 & 74
Emoji Girl3 & 42
Winglady1 & 32
Maverick 1 & 52

DCC 500 Tour

Chapeau to everyone who rode during this bitterly cold but frost free weekend. Big Gear and I decided to take on the third and fourth stages, consuming coffee and cake at Terling, skirting around Bunford Lane that should be designated as a canal and finishing up with a leisurely assent of North Hill. I’m hoping I’ve not left it too late to finish all the stages in time but really enjoyed the ride yesterday! 

Badger, Media Matt, Pedro Wobbly and Woody get special mention for the only riders completing all 7 stages. Nice work gentlemen. 

Finally, our well wishes go out to Big Dave who is resting up and hopefully will recover in time to tick off a few more of the stages before this latest and hopefully last lockdown virtual tour comes to an end.  

Here are the scores on the doors! As always please call out if I’ve missed one of your stages.

NicknameTotal Etape
El President41111   
Big Dave 511111  
Big Gear 3 111   
Captain 3111    
Emoji Girl2  11   
Fisherman 1  1    
Maverick 11      
The Mechanic 11      
Media Matt71111111
Special K 1 1     
Super G 21 1    
Wendy1  1    
Winglady21 1    
Stage 7 – Strade Bianchi – knowing my luck it will be raining when I come to ride this section!!!

DCC 500 Tour

It’s been a while since the last blog, meanwhile we’ve had the “The Beast from the East” sequel when only nutters rode their bikes (Badger and Woody being the obvious culprits)! Anyway, suffice to say we’ve extended the tour’s finish date by an extra 2 weeks to make up for the bad weather; and since it’s looking highly likely that riding in groups of 6 will resume at the end of March, I’m hopeful that the last couple of stages we will be able to ride together!  

Special mention goes to Badger, Big Dave, Pedro, Wobbly and Woody for successfully completing all 5 stages and to Media Matt who was nearly there but had a mechanical and honourably had his stage 5 attempt discounted! 

Etape 6 has been released this morning, go out enjoy the great weather and ride your bikes”like you’ve just stolen it”! 

If you’re abandoning the DCC 500 tour can you please let me know. Good luck and stay safe!  

NicknameTotal Etape 1Etape 2Etape 3Etape 4Etape 5
El President211   
Big Dave 511111
Big Gear 2 11  
Captain 3111  
The Fisherman 1  1  
Maverick 11    
The Mechanic 11    
Media Matt41111 
Super G 21 1  

Annual General Meeting – 27th February 2021

Due to obvious reasons, we as club members are unable to meet in person for the AGM. I’m not sure there is much to discuss since unfortunately we’ve all spent the best part of the year in lockdowns and restricted from riding as a club. However, we have a requirement as a club to hold an AGM.

Therefore, I’m setting up a WhatsApp video call with the minimum quorum of 6 people, 3 committee members (Kevin E, Matt and myself) plus 3 others (Mark, Steve and Dave) to go through the mandatory undertakings (i.e. accounts, election of committee etc.). 

Hopefully we can arrange an EGM at a later date when our lives get back to normal which should consist of a good catch up and some riding plans over a drink or two! Meanwhile, if you have anything you wish to be considered or added to the agenda please do not hesitate in letting me know.  

Finally, I’m more than happy to continue as Chairman but I’d also happy to step aside if anyone fancies the job! 


  • Introduction – Rob C 
  • Membership update (current Numbers) – Kevin E  
  • Finance update – Kevin E 
  • DCC subs 2021 (proposing £10 
  • Insurance renewal (currently members if Cycling UK and British Cycling, do we want to continue with both?) – Rob C  
  • Website update / domain renewals, WhatsApp, Facebook, Strava update (do want to continue with Facebook?) – Matt 
  • Election of 2021 committee. 
  • Any other business

DCC 500 Tour

Well done to everyone who has managed to get out ride during the recent cold snap. Big Dave, Pedro, Media Matt and Wobbly get special mention for the only riders completing all 3 stages to date. Some new handles! Can you guess who they are? 

Rider Total 
Big Dave 3
Big Gear 2
Bionic Man 1
Captain 2
The Fisherman 1
Maverick 1
The Mechanic 1
Media Matt3
Super G 1
Apologies if I’ve missed any rides. let me know and I will add.

Finally has anyone seen this rider, last seen in the 1980’s and answers to Tiny Dave. Time may have passed but he’s still riding well!!!  

DCC 500 Tour

With the nation now entering into its third lockdown we unfortunately start another club challenge, the DCC 500 Hardcore tour. The tour is designed to get folks out on their bikes, taking advantage of our 1 exercise a day and for us to virtually connect as a club. Therefore, the tour’s distances are not too long and have not strayed too far from Danbury. 

The tour aptly named, especially after this weekend’s very cold weather saw 8 riders complete the first stage called “Easy like Sunday Morning”. Congrats to all those that braved the elements and also to Big Dave and Nick who despite an extensive knowledge of the Essex roads managed to not find the start of the stage!!! 

As for me, I seem to be trapped in an alternative virtual world called Zwift unable to find my way out of the garage! However, I will be joining you soon. 

On this tour everyone gets a handle!!

The Mechanic 1
Super G 1
Media Matt1
Captain 1