You may well have wondered what else didn't happen in this year's strange calendar. It was a sad thing to not have our Annual Lunch on 3rd March as we would have done in a normal year. But many will have realised that we didn't have an Awards Presentation Ceremony or an exhibition of photos either.
Though there were many weeks when we weren't able to run our weekly rides we did collect figures for attendance for all those weeks when we were able to ride in groups of six. And a surprising number of riders recorded a higher number of miles in 2020 than they did in 2019.
Attendance figures are recorded on a best-endavours basis by the bean counters in the Beginners groups and in each of the Wayfarers groups and in Cheam and Morden. Mileages are diligently collected by individuals and we rely on them to check the distances recorded for each ride in case of bad behaviour from their Garmins or Phones running Strava and other GPS apps. The humble Cat-Eye type recorders are possibly the most consistently reliable, provided they have been calibrated carefully for the wheel and tyre size on the bike. On the other hand they don't help so much when you're lost.
Thanks to the judges, Jeff, Paul (and self) for judging the photos and Simon for coordinating the complicated process of deliberating over all the written reports of tours (not many of them) and of the vast number of reports on one-day rides. It has been a great year for the flourishing of well-written, witty and informative articles about the rides people have undertaken within the strictures of Lockdown. So we now have a wealth of reference material for all the blue plaques, memorials, tiny streams, forgotten paths, pop-up fly-tipping sites, puddles and boggy bits, derelict vestiges of forgotten industry, not to mention news of cafés we didn't know about.
So, to cut to the chase, here are our esteemed winners of the 2020 competitions:
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And here are the links to the photo albums for each of the categories:
|6.1 Person (male) or people (Drake Cup)|
|6.2 Person (female) or people|
|6.3 Action (Albert Welvaert Memorial Trophy)|
|6.4 Scenery/Landscape (The President's Trophy)|
|6.5 Building/buildings (The Tom and Mrs Fish Cup)|
|6.6 Humorous or funny|
|6.7 Best Group photo (Pete Mitchell Memorial trophy)|
|6.8 Hors catégorie|
|6.9 Guest exhibition: Paul Carpenter|
And you can read 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' on the Beginners blog, posted 18th September.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the competitions.