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North Wales Road Race – Round 5
19th August 2016The prestigious North Wales Road Race (NWRR) from VC Melyd is back again next month for it’s fifth round. Returning to Denbigh – watch the NWRR FB page for updates. “We’re back...
NWRR – Sunday 7th August – Llyn Brenig
5th August 2016Sunday 7th August brings the fourth round of the North Wales Road Race (NWRR) series – Llyn Brenig. We look forwards to seeing you there – it should be a great day out. Documentation: The ...
VC Melyd supports Breeze
23rd July 2016Breeze is a British cycling supported initiative, ‘Inspiring women to ride for fitness and fun‘. Here at Melyd, we have already being doing that, with the Ladies coaching sessions on a Mon...
HIGHLIGHTS FROM EVENT AND ADVENTURE WRITE UPS FROM THE PEOPLE PUSHING THE PEDALS
Time Trial – Round 24 – HC
24th August 2016A large turn out this evening for the third penultimate event of the year – the Rhuallt Hill, Hill Climb – with a great number of personal bests achieved. Many thanks to Andy Malcolm, Gary...
Time Trial – 9 mile – Two Up
16th August 2016This weeks event saw a 2up time trial around the D1/9 course. Attendance was low – however much fun was had. No points were attributed to this event. Round 24 – 9 mile – D1/9 –...
Alpine Adventures: the ‘Marmotte and Me’
11th August 2016The ‘Marmotte Gran Fondo Alpes’ is frankly a real ball-buster of a ride (even for those of us who don’t have them!) It’s a total of 120 miles with over 17,000ft of climbing taking in 4 of the legendar...
ARTICLES, DISCUSSIONS AND HOWTO’S
Marsh Tracks Race Team Website Live
16th June 2016Marsh Tracks, Rhyl – second home to VC Melyd, and our array of BC qualified coaches – is also home to Marsh Tracks Race Team (MTRT). This has evolved significantly from its previous incarn...
Petition: To introduce a permanent, minimum passing distance when overtaking cyclists.
3rd May 2016The following petition for “Introduction of a permanent, minimum passing distance when overtaking cyclists” has been raised on the UK Governments Petition site – should you wish to p...
My first year in a cycling club
26th April 2016If you’re reading this, you may be where I was a couple of years ago, wanting a new hobby and/or a new way of keeping fit. After a summer of cycling with my cousin on a hybrid bike, I’d de...
ROUTES, RIDES, AND ADVENTURES IN NORTH WALES AND BEYOND
North Wales Road Race – round 4 – Denbigh Moors
27th July 2016The North Wales Road Race series (NWRR) is already into round 4. The NWRR 4 route is available now on Strava. Thank you to our Road Race secretary Simon Parkinson for getting this up and available. Mo...
Snowdonia Away Day
11th April 2016Thank you to Rob for organising a route for Sunday 17th April 2016. The route is 61miles and 6,750ft of climbing. This away-day route can be found on Strava here. The away day route starts at Caernarf...
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.
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.