‘Ow Do Yorkshire

16 head off for a three day Yorkshire adventure

Welsh Cycling 2015 Go-Ride Club Of The Year

Congratulations to everyone involved in our award this year.

Welsh Cycling 2015 Volunteer Of The Year

Congratulations to Chris Allen on his award.

#mycyclingweekend

VCM Sunday rides feature on Road.CC four weeks in a row

Sunday Club Ride?

Sure – most weekends you will find two: Intermediate or Longer / Hillier this weekend?

Routes

Rise Above – Domestique

Club members Darren and Alan ride for Mark Cavendish for his inaugural sportive.

Rise Above – Chester & North Wales

London 100 – Top 20 finish

Congratulations! Amidst almost 36,000 starters Jonathon finishes top 20.

Jonathon’s Report

Fred Whitton 2015

A 17 rider strong entry at this years event – an incredible tour of all the Lake Land passes.

FWC 2015 Reports

Facebook Group

See that icon on the left? Come find us over on Facebook. Join the  group. Join in the conversation.

VCM Facebook Group

Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Julie on her Coach of the Year award from Welsh Cycling. Awarded in recognition of her incredible work with the women’s Marsh Tracks coaching sessions. An outstanding achievement.

Fastest Growing Club

Congratulations to Alan on the great and tireless work he does as president leading the club. VC Melyd winning most new British Cycling members 2014.

TEAM

ANY TEAM IS ONLY AS GOOD AS ITS MEMBERS, AND IT WOULD APPEAR WE HAVE BEEN BLESSED : CONTACTS AND OFFICIALS

Alan Overson

Alan Overson

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.

coaching@vcmelyd.co.uk

 

Nick Rowlands

TREASURER

treasurer@vcmelyd.co.uk

Julie Allen

Julie Allen

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.

women@vcmelyd.co.uk

coaching@vcmelyd.co.uk

 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!

 

 

Mark Allen

Mark Allen

CLUB SECRETARY / BRITISH CYCLING COACH

Esteemed club secretary, taker of epic holiday pictures, and motivated climber.

secretary@vcmelyd.co.uk

coaching@vcmelyd.co.uk

“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!)”
Peter Lessiter

Peter Lessiter

BRITISH CYCLING COACH

Joined the club in 2006.

Coaching at Marsh Tracks since 2013.

Infamous in rewriting the club motto.

coaching@vcmelyd.co.uk

Justin Lewis

Justin Lewis

MOUNTAIN BIKE SECRETARY

Member of the club since 2004.

Roadie, Mountain biker, Cyclo-Cross, runner – all round (muddy) good guy.

muddy@vcmelyd.co.uk

 

Paul Rutt

Paul Rutt

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!

Simon Parkinson

Simon Parkinson

RACE SECRETARY

race@vcmelyd.co.uk

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.

Adrian Leonard

GO RIDE REPRESENTATIVE

goride@vcmelyd.co.uk

Ben Lewis

JUNIOR SECRETARY

junior@vcmelyd.co.uk

Mandy Rowlands

Mandy Rowlands

KIT SECRETARY

kit@vcmelyd.co.uk

Ian McLean

Ian McLean

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY

membership@vcmelyd.co.uk

Sarah Overson

Sarah Overson

WELFARE & CHILD PROTECTION (FEMALE)

welfare-female@vcmelyd.co.uk

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.

Sally Cunliffe

Sally Cunliffe

SOCIAL SECRETARY

social@vcmelyd.co.uk

“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.”

 

Andy Malcolm

Andy Malcolm

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.

timetrial@vcmelyd.co.uk

Anthony Hogbin

Anthony Hogbin

WEBMASTER

Glorified typist and maintainer of the VC Melyd website.

Holder of the much coveted “2014 VCM Social Media award”.

webmaster@vcmelyd.co.uk

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.

 

 

Steve Sharp

Steve Sharp

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’

welfare-male@vcmelyd.co.uk

Map

Car park of Saints Health & Fitness, FFordd Talargoch, Meliden, Denbighshire, North Wales.