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Since I returned to the UK, I have been talking to a lot of Zappi members
about the future of the Oxford-based club. I realise that I can no longer run
the local Oxford club and give it the time needed to organise day-to-day
club life of rides and social events. So I have decided not to take on any
more club memberships and to phase out the club over the next year.
But … I hope very much that you still have passion for riding.

You should also continue to meet at Bikezone at 9.00am every Saturday and
I will come down to see everyone off on rides when I am around. I also
secured this week our return to Handlebars café ( former Zappi Cafe)- which
is under new management - who welcome Zappi friends back to the café.
So you still have a cycling café in the heart of Oxford!

For me, the Zappi racing project continues with a focus on the Zappi Racing
Team at U-23, junior, youth and ladies level.
Our racing teams are achieving great things in the UK, Europe with the
support of volunteers, parents and on a shoestring budget.
Winning the BBC Oxfordshire Sports club award of the year in 2014 " for
bringing the young generation from the playground to the podium at
national level", reinforced the value of this project but most of all to help
them fulfil their dreams.
I know a lot of club members are excited to be involved with the racing
teams and I am deeply grateful for the support that membership have
contributed to our young riders who are racing to such a high level.

And so it’s onwards …

I am now going to set up a new project:
"Friends of Zappi Racing Team”
so that people who wish to support our Youth, Junior and U-23 (and Ladies
in the near future) programmes can by volunteering and contributing.
This is what I truly believe in and I know that some of you share this goal.
From now on, you can be a member of any club and still support this project
if you wish.
Over the next few weeks I will be posting more information about how the
Friends of Zappi Race Team will work.
Ciao
Flavio
If you are interested in joining the active Youth Training Programme please contact jake.backus@ntlworld.com.

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