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The 2017 Brass Monkey
15th December 2016This prestigious event is almost upon us. The New Years Day 9 mile Time Trial. Traditionally involving a strong degree of not taking yourselves too seriously – as a weeks worth of family, food, ...
10th December 2016The season of goodwill, vacation, family, and cycling escape is upon us! Here are a few rides you may be interested in checking your availability for – now long standing traditions: Last Tuesday...
Introducing new committee members
10th December 2016As we move rapidly towards a new year, new goals, new plans – ladies and gentelmen, I give you the very tools of productivity… our new committee members. Alex Clewett – Social Secret...
HIGHLIGHTS FROM EVENT AND ADVENTURE WRITE UPS FROM THE PEOPLE PUSHING THE PEDALS
Brass Monkey Results
2nd January 2017Heads still hazy from the night before, a week of excess, and the lure of a fancy dress event. This year starting earlier to allow for more people should they turn up – twenty riders took part ...
Fred Whitton Challenge 2015
10th December 2016Saturday arrived, the much anticipated ride was but a day away. I loaded my van with all that was required and set off to collect my two friends and fellow riders. All was loaded and off we set, full ...
NWRR Completes With Round 5
12th September 2016This weekend saw the final round of the NWRR series. Taking in 6 laps of the D1/9 TT course, to finish on the Denbigh Industrial Park. The results of the north Wales road race – for round five, ...
ARTICLES, DISCUSSIONS AND HOWTO’S
Recruiting: Marsh Tracks Race Team
29th October 2016Not every club are as lucky as VC Melyd in having such great resource such as Marsh Tracks on their doorstep – and currently Marsh Tracks Race Team are recruiting for youth and junior riders. It...
Bikes & Beer
19th September 2016This has been running for a while, and you may see some familiar faces in the article too. In short – bike mechanics, social enterprise, bikes, cyclists, in a local brewery with a really really ...
Welsh Cycling Member Survey 2016
31st August 2016Welsh Cycling have opened the Member Perception Survey for 2016. They are looking to identify what riders experience while cycling in Wales and their perception of how Welsh Cycling is involved with t...
ROUTES, RIDES, AND ADVENTURES IN NORTH WALES AND BEYOND
Sunday Social to Great Orme – 26th November
26th November 2016A route offered up by Sally for this weekend given the frost that remained on the ground since last nights hard freeze. This can be found for review or download to your GPS device at Strava here. The...
Sunday Social to Ness Gardens 30th October
27th October 2016Thank you to Vic for organising this weeks social ride. 57.7 miles, and 3,786ft of climbing – although flatter routes back are possible options depending on group size and ability. “Sunda...
2016 Autumn Ride Rota
25th October 2016After much deliberation and discussion you will all be glad to know a stop gap rota is now in place. The big changes are as follows: – Single ride each Sunday; – Departure time is 0930...
ANY TEAM IS ONLY AS GOOD AS ITS MEMBERS, AND IT WOULD APPEAR WE HAVE BEEN BLESSED : CONTACTS AND OFFICIALS
BRITISH CYCLING COACH
The man behind the thriving, social, growing club as it stands today. Period.
One of the founding members of the club. Time Trial Champion. Legend.
WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT / BRITISH CYCLING COACH
Motivation behind and organiser of the highly successful Monday evening Women’s Coaching sessions.
Proud current holder of the hard earned “Welsh Cycling 2014 Coach of the Year” award.
“I started road cycling in 2007, having dabbled a little over the years! In fact I have a scar on my knee when I fell off my bike when I was 5, and I am still falling off! In 2007, I started cycling with Mark, and we gradually increased our distance and speed together. We met Alan Overson in his spin classes and he suggested we join the club, and here we are. I was lucky to have a cycling partner, and this has helped me enormously with having the confidence to get out and cycle. This is why I am keen to help others, especially, women to get their confidence to ride. I love being part of VC Melyd, a cycling community. I am proud of how we are helping others get the most out of cycling. I never thought in 2007, I would love cycling as much as I do, and have the adventures I have had, like cycling from John O Groats to Lands End to celebrate my 50th birthday!“
CLUB SECRETARY / BRITISH CYCLING COACH
Esteemed club secretary, taker of epic holiday pictures, and motivated climber.
“I joined the club in 2011, but really only started road cycling in 2008. I’d ruptured my cruciate ligament whilst skiing in December 2007 and thought road cycling would be a good way to get some cycling fitness back for my mountain biking. Whilst I was lying in hospital in Austria waiting for my operation I was finally able to get enough time to read my recently purchased Cycling Weekly and read a great article about Mont Ventoux – as I lay there I set myself a goal of getting better and cycling up that later that year – goal achieved in September 2008. And repeated several more time since, even joined the Club des Cinglés (three ascents of Mont Ventoux in one day) – pure madness!Now, I’m a level 2 Coach, recently completed Level 2 Road and Time Trail Award and simply love riding my bike – especially in the sun (have you seen my holiday pictures yet Steve!)”
BRITISH CYCLING COACH
Joined the club in 2006.
Coaching at Marsh Tracks since 2013.
Infamous in rewriting the club motto.
MOUNTAIN BIKE SECRETARY
Member of the club since 2004.
Roadie, Mountain biker, Cyclo-Cross, runner – all round (muddy) good guy.
PRESIDENT & MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Iconic leader, master of ceremonies, teller of jokes, and all round nice guy.
“I started cycling some 8 years ago and used to go with my friend Peter Lessiter for short rides and then entered a charity ride to Paris – we loved it. So much so that we wanted to improve and I certainly, wanted to lose weight. Being 17st on a bike is not easy but I soon learned that regular exercise is the key (Along with a few less burgers!). We decided to take a look at VC Melyd and arrived one sunny autumn Sunday to take a peek. There were only 2 other members riding that day and I have to say it was the hardest day’s cycling ever – in my life. But, as the saying goes what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and stronger I got. In fact, it doesn’t take long to be a capable club cyclist. And from there? Who knows?
As a person who doesn’t like to say no, I have found myself saying yes to various positions in the club and I can safely say that I have met lifelong friends through my association with cycling and VC Melyd.
Go On, you know you want to!“
“I started my love for cycling at the age of 11 when I competed in my first Downhill Mountain Bike Race. I would travel up and down the country competing against the UK’s best riders. At 15 I competed in my first UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup in Fort William and went on to compete in a further 3 rounds. I stopped mountain bike racing a few years later due to injuries and bought my first road bike. It wasn’t long before the competitive bug took over and I was soon competing in road and cyclo-cross races. I continue to regularly ride road, mountain bike and cyclo-cross. VC Melyd is a great club to be part of as it has a wide range of members of different disciplines and abilities.“
GO RIDE REPRESENTATIVE
WELFARE & CHILD PROTECTION (FEMALE)
“Before I joined VC Melyd, I’d seen the Tour de France, so I knew what to expect: sunflowers, castles and a peloton of tanned and toned thighs,…
Well at least we have the castles…and a similar passion for cycling
We welcome cyclists with a wide range of abilities and experience.We’re passionate that others should be able to enjoy cycling as much as we do.“
“My cycling days started at a very early age, probably 5 years old, wobbling around the front garden. Cycling has been a major means of transport for me and I have explored quite a few countries balanced on two wheels, carrying front and rear panniers. On the competitive side I used to take part in triathlons when living in southern England.
Mountain biking re-kindled my interest in cycling in Wales. Then the roadie in me found my local cycling club. Joining VC Melyd in 2012 was a real turning point – meeting new people who enjoy mutual interests – cafés, coffee, cake, countryside and, eh, cycling but above all, friendship.
So, as Social Secretary I hope to encourage both cycling and non-cycling activities within the club – because what we are not short of is fun and laughter.”
TIME TRIAL SECRETARY
Not *just* the most likely to have a boot full of scattered start numbers, stop watches, clip boards and “CYCLING EVENT” signs – but North West CTT representative and all-round nice guy.
Glorified typist and maintainer of the VC Melyd website.
Holder of the much coveted “2014 VCM Social Media award”.
“I started riding … well I don’t know when to be fair. I grew up in an area that was predominantly flat – things were at best ‘rolling’. Things got more serious towards the end of secondary school when I would race the train to school – sure it took the more scenic stopping coastal route, me, the far more direct A Road. Part of road to school and summer job formed the Q10/31, and before too long I found myself joining the local club Thanet RC and time trialling. By 6th form I had a note from my mum giving me permission to ride home as opposed to ‘doing games’… result.
I joined VC Melyd in 2005. Now surrounded by hills and mountains, the gearing changed but the cyclist remained just had to adapt sharpish! In 2007 I completed the Three Peaks by Bike Challenge with the club – one hell of an adventure! After a few years completely off the bike I returned in 2013 to find so many new faces, so much growth and opportunity – having so many levels to ride at is amazing.“
WELFARE & CHILD PROTECTION (MALE)
Straight talking, no-computer-on-his-bike, “what is a compact?”, bike first, legend.
‘Most likely to be in fancy dress at the drop of a hat’
Car park of Saints Health & Fitness, FFordd Talargoch, Meliden, Denbighshire, North Wales.