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.
If you are interested in joining the active Youth Training Programme please contact jake.backus@ntlworld.com.

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