We usually have a Mountain Biking weekend trip in the autumn but this year we can't do an overnight trip. So instead we are going to run a couple of day trips of which this is the first with a trip to the trails at Cannock Chase (we will have a single track ride in the Peak later in the autumn).
As we have to comply with various COVID Secure requirements for this meet there are some additional things that we will be doing such as requiring you to book your place, limiting numbers, face masks will be needed (not whilst actually riding), etc.
We'll announce the full details when we open bookings so get the date in your diary and make sure your bikes ready to hit the trails.
The social event of the year is of course the Bowline Climbing Club annual dinner and slideshow. We're not going to let that pesky virus stop us Bowliners from having fun, although we will concede that it means we have to do so in virtual world this year. So join us from 6:00pm on Saturday 14th November for a different format of annual dinner and slideshow. Here's how it will work:
NB: Please do register that you are coming so we know how many to expect for organising the Zoom events (we'll send out the Zoom link nearer the time). Please also let us know when you register if you'd like a lot for showing a few pictures.
Drinks - To be served throughout the evening starting with aperitifs at 6:00pm. There will be a prize for the best presented aperitif. Make sure you've stocked up on your favourite tipple!
Food - Always an important part of the annual dinner. We're aiming for a 7:30pm sit down for dinner (we're allowing 1 hour for dinner). You can either prepare you're own dinner or get a tasty takeaway delivered. We'll divide you into 'tables' using the Zoom breakout rooms so you'll have a nice group of people to chat with over dinner.
Dress - The annual dinner is always a chance to showcase your glad rags and this year is no exception. Come dressed to impress, or amuse, the choice is yours. There will be a prize for the most stylish outfit and a prize for the most outrageous!
Slideshow - There will be a few 10 minute slots available to share your adventures with everyone. We'll do a few slots starting at 6:30pm as pre-dinner entertainment. And then there will be a couple more slots from 8:00pm onwards, followed by time for socialising and partying.
After party - When the bar closes the party usually continues in the nearest bar/club. We'll be continuing this tradition for those that can stay the distance. Once the slideshow is done we'll use the 'Zoom' breakout rooms to create a space for those that want to chat, those that fancy some games (drinking likely to be involved), and those that fancy a boogie. We may do these things at the same time or one after the other depending on what you party people fancy on the night.
If you'd like to share some pictures and do a little talk about your adventures that would be great. To help us plan the slideshow so please let us know when you book if you'd like do a slot.
As is traditional the location of this year's Chairman's walk is being kept underwraps until nearer the time. We will be organising this year's walk so as to allow as many members as is permittable to gather together. However we will also ensure that the format of the walk means that as many members as possible can take part, even those who cannot not meet in person. Get the date in your diaries and we will send out details of how to book nearer the time.
The complexities of an ever changing situation with COVID-19 means that we have a number of different possible plans for the format of the walk and we will let you know exactly what is going to happen a week beforehand. What we can say is:
We'll be aiming for a 10am start as usual and the location will be no more than 90mins drive from central Leicester. You should expect to have to make your own way there as lift sharing is unlikely to be permitted.
We expect the walk to last around 5 hours and you should bring sufficient food/drink with you for that duration. And of course be dressed and equipped for the prevailing conditions.
If we can meet in person then there will be various requirements including the need to have booked your place and to be equipped with face masks, hand sanitiser, etc. We will advise the details of this and how to book nearer the time.
We won't be having any kind of sitdown meal as part of the walk. However you should bring a packed lunch to eat enroute and there will be an opportunity for a short break to eat your lunch.