Over 50 of us Wheelers, Thistle and wives, girlfriends, boyfriends etc descended on to the Woodlands Hotel in Broughty Ferry for the annual presentation lunch. I tried to get a photo of everyone at the tables before the meal, so apologies if I missed anyone, but you were probably at the bar! All of the photos of the day are in the main web site gallery.
Rumour has it that Jerry didn’t want to tarnish his reputation and have a photo of him sober and awake, but could this be him?
The meal was very good, nothing like a 3 course Christmas dinner with crackers to get you in the festive mood and it’s good to see everyone who could make it along.
After the lunch the official prize giving was presented by Bill.
The first award was the Tourist Trophy, awarded to Kate Russell.
Kate has represented the club in a multitude of events this year, setting numerous personal best times. She also managed to do the Deeside Loop, the 2 day Thistle Weekender, a loop of Arran and worthy of particular note – shared the campervan with Brian Sproul on the windiest night of the year – chapeau. This was not Kate’s only prize of the day…
The Clubman of the Year was awarded to Graeme Carruthers (for updating the Club’s web presence). Rumour has it he was also spotted going back to help someone on a club run, but as there’s no photographic proof I can’t believe that happened 🙂
As an added bonus I’m sure this must have helped exclude me from some of the “unofficial” prize winners presented by Jim.
Following on from Bill, Jim Foulis then gave the Wheelers 2012 Review, including some unofficial prizes – which were hotly contested. To help give the non cyclists who were there (also known as long suffering cycling widows) a feel for what we get up to of a weekend, Jim showed a short video explaining the “Club Run”. Concepts such as The Gates, working together and the all important Cafe stop were explained. If you can think how the pros look on the TV, we’re the opposite!
The prize “winners” were:
Neanderthal of the Year – David McCallum, for steadfastly refusing to believe in computers, email and mobile phones – could say anything about him here as he’ll never read it online 🙂 David is now the proud owner of a caveman club and was last seen heading to Fat Sams to see what / who he could claim.
The next category of Wheelsucker 2012 was a very close run thing with a number of potential worthy winners, but to show what an equal opportunities club we are it was awarded to that old fox Lionel Wylie from the Thistle! Us “youngsters” can only watch in awe and admiration at the techniques he employs.
The next category could have been awarded to pretty much all of us, yes it was the Half Wheeler of the Year. After a quick straw poll on some of the club runs, the winner was Jim Foulis. Here’s John Osborne accepting it on Jim’s behalf.
Next up was the award for having the biggest balls in the bunch, awarded for grit, determination and fortitude in the face of adversity or as Jim put it “harden the f**k up”. There could only be one winner – step forward Kate! Still not sure if it was for her cycling or sharing the van with Brian!
As cyclists we are always looking at ways to improve with as little effort as possible and so training is essential, although as we all know nobody ever does any (or admits to it anyway) and we are always always feeling rubbish and have cr*p legs! However, given all that, the prize for the most innovative training plan for 2012 went to Iain Anderson
Iain’s dedication to alcohol consumption, cake eating and ordering a full fry up on club runs is second to none and some of the “pretenders” will have to step up to the mark if they want to prise this crown away from Iain next year.
The last award was for The Most Daring of 2012. For anyone who has been out on the winter runs, there could only be one winner – our very own Evil Knievel, John Osborne. I’m not sure what, but it takes something to come out on a pink and white “girls” bike. I’m told girls like to accessorize, so John now has some pink streamers to add to the simply fabulous look he’s been going for this winter!
This could of course be counter productive as I fully expect John to attach them to his bike and do his utmost to drop us as often as he can 🙂
Well done Jim, apart from taking the time to get the videos, photos and put the presentation together, must have spent ages in the shed making all the prizes too!
I will post the unofficial presentation that Jim gave up on the web site soon.
There was also a raffle where £169 was raised for the club funds, thanks to all who supplied raffle prizes, bought tickets and helped run the raffle on Sunday.
If anyone has the annual photo of Jerry passed out on the big leather chair in Reception send it on and I will post on the web site.
A big thanks to David McCallum and Bill McLennan and everyone else who helped organise the lunch.