I've noticed that the Meridian Cycling Club (https://www.strava.com/clubs/121283) has two websites (https://meridiancyclingclub.co.uk/ and http://www.meridiancyclingclub.com/). Is one of them fake news?
The answer is that meridiancyclingclub.com is not really a club, but is run by a disaffected ex-member.
However, it is surprising that the following words appear on the the breakaway website, but are not there on the official website (see http://www.meridiancyclingclub.com/about-us.html):
"Along with many other members of the section Ray and Barbara strongly believed that compulsory cycling insurance was a necessity when riding a bicycle on the road. Unfortunately there was little enthusiasm within the other sections throughout the club, so the proposal was defeated on a number of occasions at committee level.
During 2006 the matter had come to a head, so in a final attempt to secure insurance throughout the club the Southeast section attended the Forty Plus AGM in large numbers. The outcome was that we were able to secure the election of Sidney Schuman as the new Chair and David Sims as the new General Secretary of the club.
Although David Sims was able to obtain competitive quotations for members insurance it made little difference to the other groups attitude.
On the way home from a disruptive AGM during October 2007 the decision to breakaway form the Forty Plus and form our own club was taken at Charing Cross Railway Station by David Sims and Ray and Barbara Ransom.
The following Wednesday we were meeting at Polhill Garden Centre where we advised many of our members of our intentions, there was some resistance at first, but following a meeting at High Elms Golf Club the following week it was agreed that we would breakaway from the Forty Plus and form our new club. The clincher for many members was when Gerry Kemp spoke in favor of the proposal giving us his full support. The irony was that we had not been aware that Gerry had wanted to breakaway from the Forty Plus for a number of years."