Velo Club Baracchi welcomes new members and we treasure the friendship of old ones!
This is a great time to join – we changed our kit design in 2015 and this is the current kit in 2021 (though old kit is still acceptable for time trials and general riding). Here’s the new and two of the old:-
If you are new to the sport, the club has a wealth of knowledge both from experienced riders who can help you get the most from your cycling whichever discipline you wish to pursue. VCB promotes a number of open time trials and also reliability trials for the benefit of our members and those of other clubs in the region. In order to do so we rely on each member helping out at a couple of these each year. We take part in inter-club time trial and reliability trial events against Gt Yarmouth CC for the Holmes Cup.
Many of our members regularly compete in open time trials promoted by other clubs (which have to be entered in advance) and also in club time trials run by other local clubs (which don’t need advance entry). Membership of an affiliated cycling club like ours gives you those rights. To avoid a clash with other local clubs we don’t stage a club time trial but it’s not far to go to enter one!
At most times a choice of club training rides are offered depending on ability and during the season training can be arranged with other members via email, phone or, via the Friends of VC Baracchi Facebook group. On most Sundays (even in the racing season if there are members who are not competing) the club run sets off from the Colville Road roundabout at 8.30am and prospective members with some ability are welcome to join in for all or part of the distance.
We have re-established our road racing team and staged our 2016 race successfully on July 17 2016 and other such races in subsequent years including 2021. We devised the Ringsfield course, registered with British Cycling, where these races can take place. We usually cater for categories 3/4, whxh automatically include women and juniors who want to enter. We are a member of the Eastern Road Race League so that our riders can easily enter league events and they have riddden successfully. If you are interested in road racing you may do so as a member of our club! The current kit will be needed by all who ride road races in the club name.
Some members of our club take part in MTB racing and we welcome additional ones for MTB and cyclo-cross. We have a wide range of trophies for many categories across time-trialling, road racing, MTB and cyclo-cross and have expanced these to cover more performances by women and juniors. Al time trial riders receive personalised achievemnt certificates.
Informal meeting nights have previously been held on the second Monday of each month from around 8.00pm at the Carlton PH in Loondon Road South, Pakefield, Lowestoft but the pandemic ended that and these have not yet been reintated. You can obtain futher information about the club by contacting the secretary and chairman, Brian Boxall on firstname.lastname@example.org If you would like to join the club please download a form from the membership section.
N.B. For more information about riding time trials, the year’s events throughout the country, entry forms and much more, go to the national website of Cycling Time Trials (the governing body for time trials on whose behalf cycling clubs stage events). For road racing and other cycling events look at the British Cycling site and don’t forget Audax UK for Audax events – one of our members organises some of these locally.
The Friends of VC Baracchi Facebook group was set up by some of the members of the club to allow members of that group (members of the club and others too) to communicate and post more immediate information. You can apply to join and and it’s here https://www.facebook.com/groups/19351888767/
There is also a page https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=velo%20club%20baracchi for the club. Members receive access to a private club page to keep in touch with each other.