ANNOUNCEMENTS, REMINDERS, AND INFORMATION – OR JOIN THE CONVERSATION OVER ON FACEBOOK
North Wales Road Race Series 2016
26th January 2016VC Melyd are hosting the North Wales Road Race Series in 2016. It’s an exciting new year with 3 new circuits and the series now includes 5 rounds. The series remains as a men’s 2/3/4 race with a maxi...
North Wales Time Trials 2016
24th January 2016This week the schedule for the 2016 time trial programme was posted to the VC Melyd and Rhyl CC Time Trial Facebook page. The Season is split between the two clubs and delivers a variety of events to ...
Time to order your Cycling Kit
14th January 2016For those unfamiliar with the process – club kit is mostly printed to order. As such – we gather a list of items we require – then submit that for manufacture. Some time later –...
HIGHLIGHTS FROM EVENT AND ADVENTURE WRITE UPS FROM THE PEOPLE PUSHING THE PEDALS
The Brass Monkey TT 2016
25th January 2016The “Brass Monkey” Time Trial takes place on the 1st of January, and is different to the others in the VC Melyd and Rhyl Cycling Club’s series because it thoughtfully starts at 2pm, enabli...
‘Ow Do Yorkshire
10th November 2015VC Melyd recently organised a late season long weekend riding in Yorkshire. Despite the obvious appeal of escape to different countryside, in the company of other cyclists, with bikes, with a variety ...
On training for, and completing the Triple Iron
28th September 2015It has been a week now since the Brutal Events Triple Iron. With an initial report in from Wardy – Mark Dodgson has put together a fantastic account over on his blog… “The Brutal Tri...
ARTICLES, DISCUSSIONS AND HOWTO’S
Best Practices for Group and Club Rides
26th October 2015Ever wondered what the British Cycling Guidelines were for Group Rides and the like? No, me neither – however they exist. Who knew*?! Either click the link for the PDF, or pan through their sugg...
Barmouth Bridge – Action Day
16th October 2015“Barmouth Bridge Action Day – 31st October – many of us have already signed the petition, chance now to show support to keep this bridge open!” — Mark Allen, Secretary.
Keeping fit as 50 approaches!
18th September 2015As we draw to an end of another successful season for V C Melyd it’s time to again reflect on the end of the cycling season and what it has meant for me. A broadly positive experience with a few...
ROUTES, RIDES, AND ADVENTURES IN NORTH WALES AND BEYOND
LONGER – Sunday 18th Oct 15
16th October 2015Thank you to Burt for organising this weeks route. At 98km 1,352m / 60miles 4,435ft – available on STRAVA.
Intermediate – 20th September 2015
20th September 2015Thank you to Donna for this weekend’s route. 55 miles, and 4,800ft of climbing – available on Strava for download. Out to Llyn Brenig via a back route to Henllan, then up to Bylchau and Br...
Sunday 6th September ’15
4th September 2015There is a non-Strava based route planned for this weekend – organised by everyone’s favourite Luddite / technology rejecter Steve Sharp. The ride will be cycling over to Snowdonia to catch the ...
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.