Sunday Ride 12th November 2017

Sunday Ride 12th November 2017

Thank you to Alan for this one – he has made it available on Strava here. The route takes in 50.9 miles and 4,083ft of climbing. Heading up to Cilcain before crossing back over the Clywidian range to drop down the Clwyd Gate and into Ruthin for a cafe stop. The return route heads back via the 5mile TT route back to Denbigh, and then for those who require more up through Denbigh to Henllan or back via the bypass and both routes rejoining at Trefnant.

“Suggested ride for Sunday 12/11 depending on weather we could extend over Moel-y-crio. Leaving Saints at 9 am.” — Alan Overson, Founder.

The weather is due to be at best – poor – but *likely* to be dry. Five to six degrees – but with the North Wind reduces this to a “feels like freezing” – so dress cozy : )

Sunday Ride 29th November

Sunday Ride 29th November

This weeks Sunday club ride route supplied by Sally – taking in 58 Miles and 4,075ft of climbing. This route heads EAST into England, and does not collect from Rhuddlan Nature Reserve. It can be found on Strava here.

While the route was announced as being suitable for all it is quite climb heavy at the offset and return – those happy with a faster pace may wish to head back along the A548. Wales Rally GB is taking place in an arc to the left of us, so this route should work around that.

Taking into account Mark’s advice about Wales Rally GB and Paul’s suggestion about the Wirral Way, I have plotted a suggested route for Sunday.
Heading east from Meliden, NOT picking up at Rhuddlan, skirting the foothills to join the Wirral Way at Deeside to take refreshments at Nets Cafe near Burton (good cakes).
Less than 60 gently rolling miles, suitable for us all.
Clocks go back so an extra hour in bed (Donna 🙂 ). Forecast looking promising, 11 degrees and 9mph winds.
— Sally (Membership secretary)

Autumn/Winter – Wednesday Night Rides

Autumn/Winter – Wednesday Night Rides

Following our recent post regarding the change to the evening ride schedule to introduce both Wednesday AND now Tuesday night rides again for Autumn / Winter 2017. Here follows is a little more information about what a typical ride involves. It can be a little offputting to let yourself in for something that you are not entirely sure what it is going to involve – so here are two examples to fill you in.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT / EVENING are intended as higher paced ride – usually along the Vale of Clwyd.

The last two weeks have seen average speeds of 15mph, routes between 30 and 40 miles, and 1,200ft and 1600ft of climbing. Routes will obviously depend on weather conditions but a traditional uphill and downhill format seems to be the current go-to. Rides are around two and a half to three hours on average.

What do you need? Lights for one thing. If you do not have lamps capable of ‘drying the tarmac in front of you’ or ‘setting fire to the rider in front’ – DO NOT FRET, riding around in a collective pool of light is surprisingly good – and not just because you cannot see the climb ahead. A priority, however (beyond being road legal, dressed for the weather etc.), is a good, visible rear lamp (with a spare if you have one) as being seen more of a concern than seeing where you are going half the time when riding in a mixed group in formation.

Rides start from Waen Gate at 1830hrs – and routes vary.

Any questions do not hesitate to get in touch over on the Facebook page. The more, the merrier – quite literally.

 

Autumn Winter 2017 – Tuesday Night Rides

Autumn Winter 2017 – Tuesday Night Rides

Following our recent post regarding the change to the evening ride schedule to introduce both Wednesday AND now Tuesday again for Autumn / Winter 2017. Here follows is a little more information about what a typical ride involves. It can be a little offputting to let yourself in for something that you are not entirely sure what it is going to involve – so here are two examples to fill you in.

TUESDAY NIGHT / EVENING are intended as a social ride, an excuse to get out together as a group, ride, talk, generally enjoy ourselves.

The last two weeks have seen average speeds of 14mph, routes between 22 and 29 miles, and 1,200ft and 1600ft of climbing. Routes will obviously depend on weather conditions but a traditional uphill and downhill format seems to be the current go-to. Rides are around two hours on average.

What do you need? Lights for one thing. If you do not have lamps capable of ‘drying the tarmac in front of you’ or ‘setting fire to the rider in front’ – DO NOT FRET, riding around in a collective pool of light is surprisingly good – and not just because you cannot see the climb ahead. A priority, however (beyond being road legal, dressed for the weather etc.), is a good, visible rear lamp (with a spare if you have one) as being seen more of a concern than seeing where you are going half the time when riding in a mixed group in formation.

Rides start from the car park of Saints Gym, Meliden at 1830hrs – and routes vary.

Any questions do not hesitate to get in touch over on the Facebook page. The more, the merrier* – quite literally.

*Stop for refreshments in St. Asaph optional on way back.

 

Wear It Pink! Fundraising ride

Wear It Pink! Fundraising ride

VC Melyd members Sue Seller and Sally Jones have been very busy organizing a fundraising event to raise money for the research charity Breast Cancer Now. Initially posted on Ladies Who Cycle – the event is open to all with the stipulation you are to “Wear It Pink!” and donate.

The ride will start at 10 am from Rhuddlan Nature Reserve, and take in 35 socially routed and paced miles.

Route and event organizers will bow to the demands of Storm Brian – however, this may be an incentive for others to contribute if the weather is exciting enough … we will be keeping an eye open for wind assisted Strava segments ;D

“Join us to raise money for research into cancer on Saturday 21st October @10am. Social ride to suit everyone who can manage a 35 miles at a social pace. Don’t forget to “wear it pink!”. Donations on the day— Sue Seller

If you have any further questions contact Sue or Sally directly or post to the group. Good luck ladies – may the weather be in your favour.

Sunday Ride, 15th October 2017

Sunday Ride, 15th October 2017

This weeks ride is from the Legendary Alan Overson. 57 miles and 4,958ft of climbing. It can be found here on Strava.

The route heads out towards Gronant, so will not be stopping to collect at Rhuddlan.

Heading out through Trelogan, Holywell, Halkyn, to Mold, then the long ascent through Llanferres to the Lanarmon yn lal, then back down Shelf Lite before heading back to Ruthin.

Changes to the route may be made once underway.

The weather is due to be calm and warm, and the route is not expected to be afflicted by pockets of rain and mud as Saturday has been.

For further information or questions – contact the FB group and post on the suggested route. There is one ride planned this Sunday – so this is for all abilities – be there.

 

 

 

Annual General Meeting – Get involved

Annual General Meeting – Get involved

The 2017 Velo Club Melyd Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be taking place between 1900 and 2200hrs on Wednesday 22nd November at Marsh Tracks, Glan Y Morfa Industrial Estate, Marsh Road, Rhyl, LL18 2AD .

The club is made up of its supporting members, and this is one of those occasions where your voice can be heard. Get involved, have a voice, support your club, find out where we are, and where we are going. Help guide us to be a better club for 2018.

Announced today on the VC Melyd Facebook page – the AGM event was posted, where youIcan register your availability/interest in going.

“A reminder to all paid up club members, your clubs AGM is on Wednesday 22nd Nov. 19.00 at Marsh Tracks, Rhyl. A productive and informal meeting is envisaged as far as i am concerned.Your contributions will be welcomed.” — Steve Sharp, Club Chairman.

Amongst other topics to be covered, there is the re-election of committee members and three positions that are looking for new charges.

At the time of writing the agenda stood as the below. Should you have any issues, questions, or similar – do not hesitate to raise them with Mark using the AGM page.

1. Club Overview

Working through what the club has delivered in 2017, membership, events, so on.

2. Financial Update

A rundown of the finances of the club, where we are, what 2017 saw, and moving forward.

3. Committee Members

The holders of the current positions are stepping down, so we will require new holders for these rolls. Should you wish to nominate, or volunteer, let the club secretary (Mark Allen) know before the 17th November.

– Women’s Development Secretary;
– Social Secretary;
– Junior Secretary.

4. Open discussion for the Club plans for 2018

to include, but not limited to –
Club volunteers & Coaches – as always we need a little more help for 2018 – how can we address this;
Plans for 2018 race support – do we continue to support the KoM series, Welsh Cycling Road & TT Champs and Marsh Tracks;
Our financial position is stable – can we identify non grant aided projects that we can support to benefit the club members – ideas, please;
Spring training camps – ‘Train in Spain’ or self-supported;
2018 away days/weekends – suggestions.

Sunday ride sunday 8th october 2017

Sunday ride sunday 8th october 2017

This weekend’s Sunday ride is from Sally Cunliffe – taking in 59 miles and climbs 4800ft. The route can be found here on Strava.

“Leaving Saints at 9am and Rhuddlan Nature Reserve at 9.20am.”

The route heads out from Rhuddlan, up Engine Hill, and toward Betws Yn Rhos – Llanfair TH, then the back route via Pandy Tudor to B5113 before turning for Nebo and down to Pentrefoelas.

The return takes the climb back up over the moors towards Bylchau, turning at Groes for Henllan and back via the S bends to St Asaph.

Highest points on the route 1250ft approaching Nebo, and on the 1516 feet over the moors.

For further information approaching the day – please contact the VC Melyd Facebook Page directly.

Please Note: At this time there are NOT two groups riding on a Sunday. Please do attend if you would usually head out on the slower ride, and the pace will be adjusted accordingly.

All Change: Winter Evening Rides

All Change: Winter Evening Rides

As the evenings draw in, and longer, warmer kit and lights are putting in appearances it is time to review the VC Melyd Winter Riding Schedule.

Through the summer we had seen a move to Wednesday evening social rides. These allowed those who wanted to compete in the TT events and also get in a social ride during the week the evening afterwards – and vice versa.

The move is now to two rides during the week:

TUESDAY NIGHT RIDE – 1830hrs Saints Gym, Meliden – social ride.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIDE – 1830hrs Waen Gate*, Waen – higher tempo for a loop of the vale.

Do check in with Facebook for specifics on a week by week basis… turnout obviously dependant on YOU and others just like you. Don’t be a fair weather rider!

This brings the week to the following shape:

Monday night – Ladies Track Session (no lights), Marsh Tracks, Rhyl.

Tuesday night Social Ride (lights), 1830hrs, Saints Gym, Meliden.

Wednesday nightHigher Tempo Ride (lights), 1830hrs, Waen Gate.

Thursdsay night – Junior track session, 1800-1900hrs, Marsh Tracks, Rhyl.

Saturday day – Ladies Ride (although mixed turn out) – with cafe stop;

Sunday day – Classic club ride all speeds welcome – with cafe stop;

Be considerate out there people – if you are not running mudguards yet, it may be time to start thinking about it!

“There is new ride planning from October, we will revert back to Tuesday night social ride from Saints @ 18.30. In addition, a Wednesday night ride is planned at a higher tempo (but not a chain gang). The Wednesday ride will meet at Waen Gate @ 18.30 and do a set loop of the Vale with various opt-outs available. A chain gang session is also envisaged at some point. Hopefully, this plan will encompass a wide cross-section of members and maintain the impetus of winter riding. I propose a reccy of vale loop tomorrow evening meeting at Waen Gate .” — Steve Sharp (Club President)

Note: *Waen Gate‘ is the car park next to the roundabout/sliproad that provides exit/access to the Eastboundound.

VC Melyd Annual Awards

VC Melyd Annual Awards

 

“This year’s annual award ceremony will be held at the Bod Erw in St Asaph on Friday 1st December.The junior presentations will run from 6pm until 7.30 pm with food and entertainment.The adults will convene at 7.30 for an evening of merriment, the cost per adult is ÂŁ20 to include a hot buffet and a ceilidh band.Payment should be made in advance via cheque or bank transfer, bank details available from treasurer Nick Rowlands.No cash on the night as places will have been pre-booked.Please let Nick know of any dietary requirements upon payment.” — Mark Allen (Club Secretary)

More information on this can be found here as a link from the main VCM Facebook Page.