Paul Rutt

Paul Rutt


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!

Rules & Constitution of Velo Club Melyd

1. The club will be called: VC Melyd

2. The Purposes of the club
The purposes of the club are to promote the amateur sport of cycling in North Wales and community participation in the same area.

3. Permitted means of advancing the purposes

The committee has the power to:

  • Acquire and provide grounds, equipment, coaching, training and playing facilities, club house, transport, medical and related facilities
  • Provide coaching, training, medical treatment, and related social and other facilities
  • Take out any insurance for club, employees, contractors, players, guests and third parties
  • Raise funds by appeals, subscriptions, loans and charges
  • Borrow money and give security for the same, and open bank accounts
  • Buy, lease or licence property and sell, let or otherwise dispose of the same
  • Make grants and loans and give guarantees and provide other benefits
  • Set aside or apply funds for special purposes or as reserves
  • Deposit or invest funds in any lawful manner
  • Employ and engage staff and others and 
provide services
  • Co-operate with or affiliate to firstly any bodies regulating or organising the Sport and secondly any club or body involved with it and thirdly with government and related agencies
  • Do all other things reasonably necessary to advance the purposes.
  • NONE of the above powers may be used other than to advance the purposes consistently with the Rules below and the general law.

4. Membership
Membership of the club shall be open to anyone interested in the sport on application regardless
of sex, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs. However, limitation of membership according to available facilities is allowable on a non-discriminatory basis. The club may have different classes of membership and subscription on a non-discriminatory and fair basis. The club will keep subscriptions at levels that will not pose a significant obstacle to people participating.
The club committee may refuse membership, or remove it, only for good cause such as conduct or character likely to bring the club or sport into disrepute. Appeal against refusal or removal may be made to an appointed panel consisting of club members.
5. All general meetings
All members may attend all general meetings of the club in person.
Such meetings need (insert number of days, usually 21) clear days’ written notice to members.
The quorum for all general meetings is (insert number of people) members present or (insert percentage) of the total membership whichever is greater.
The Chair or (in his or her absence) another member chosen at the meeting shall preside Except as otherwise provided in these
Rules, every resolution shall be decided by a simple majority of the votes cast on a show
of hands. Formalities in connection with General Meetings (such as how to put down resolutions) shall be decided by the committee and publicised to club members.
6. Annual General Meetings (AGM)
The club will hold an AGM once in every calendar year and not more than 15 months after the last AGM.
At every AGM:
• The Members will elect a committee including a Chair, Treasurer and Secretary to serve until the next AGM
• The Treasurer will produce accounts of the club for the latest financial year audited as the committee shall decide
• The committee will present a report on the club’s activities since the previous AGM;
• The Members will appoint a suitable person
• To audit the accounts; and the Members will discuss and vote on any resolution (whether about policy or to change the Rules) and deal with any other business put to the meeting.

7. Extraordinary General Meetings (EGM)
An EGM shall be called by the Secretary within 14 days of a request to that effect from the committee or on the written request of not less than (insert number of members) members signed by them. Such an EGM shall be held on not less than 14 or more than 21 days’ notice at a place decided upon by the committee or in default by the Chair.

8. The Committee

• Role
Subject to these Rules the committee shall have responsibility for the management of the club, its funds, property and affairs.

• Property
The property and funds of the club cannot be used for the direct or indirect private benefit of members other than as reasonably allowed by the Rules.
The club may provide sporting and related social facilities, sporting equipment, coaching, courses, insurance cover, medical treatment, event expenses, post event refreshments and other ordinary benefits of Community Amateur Sports clubs as provided for in the Finance Act 2002.
The club may also in connection with the sports purposes of the club:
Sell and supply food, drink and related sports clothing and equipment;
Employ members (though not for riding) and remunerate them for providing goods and services, on fair terms set by the committee without the person concerned being present;
Pay for reasonable hospitality for visiting teams and guests;
Indemnify the committee and members acting properly in the course of the running of the club against any liability incurred in the proper running of the club (but only to the extent of its assets).
The committee will have due regard to the law on disability discrimination and child protection.

• Composition
The committee shall consist of at least three and not more than 10 members
The committee members may co-opt club members (up to the maximum permitted number) to serve until the end of the next AGM.
Any committee member may be re-elected or re-co-opted without limit.
A committee member ceases to be such if
he or she ceases to be a member of the club, resigns by written notice, or is removed by the committee for good cause after the Member concerned has been given the chance of putting his/her case to the committee with an appeal to the club members, or is removed by club members at a general meeting. The committee shall fairly decide time limits and formalities for these steps.

• Committee meetings
Whenever a committee member has a personal interest in a matter to be discussed, he/she must declare it, withdraw from that part of the meeting (unless asked to stay), not be counted in the quorum for that agenda item and withdraw during the vote and have no vote on the matter concerned.
The committee may decide its own way of operating. Unless it otherwise resolves the following rules apply:
At least 2 members must be present for the meeting to be valid;
Committee meetings shall be held face to face;
The Chair, or whoever else those present choose shall chair meetings
Decisions shall be by simple majority of those voting;
A resolution in writing signed by every committee member shall be valid without a meeting
The chair of the meeting shall not have a casting vote.

• Delegation
The committee may delegate any of their functions to sub-committees but must specify the scope of its activity and powers; the extent to which it can commit the funds of the club; its membership; its duty to report back to the committee. The committee may wind up any sub-committee at any time or to change its mandate and operating terms.

• Disclosure
Annual club reports and statements of account must be made available for inspection by any member and all club records may be inspected by any committee member.

9. Amendments
These Rules may be amended at a general meeting by two-thirds of the votes cast but not (if relevant) so as to jeopardise the club’s status as a Community Amateur Sports Club as first provided for by the Finance Act 2002 and not in any event to alter its purposes (unless the procedure set out in 9 (b) has been followed) or winding up provisions.
The club purposes may be changed to include another eligible sport if the committee unanimously agree and the members also agreed the change by a 75% majority of votes cast.

10. Winding up the club
The members may vote to wind up the club if not less than three quarters of those present and voting support that proposal at a properly convened general meeting.
The committee will then be responsible for the orderly winding up of the club’s affairs.
After settling all liabilities of the Club, the committee shall dispose of the net assets remaining to one or more of the following:
To another club with similar sports purposes which is a charity and/or; To another club with similar sports purposes which is a registered CASC and/or;
To the club’s national governing body for use by them for related community sports.

Velo Club Melyd Code of Conduct for Parents, Carers, Adult Members, Volunteers Other Supporters

As a parent/carer of a member of the club, you are expected to abide by the following code

I will –

  • Inform the coach of any specific health requirements or medical conditions of my child in advance of the coaching session by completion of a club membership form or a parental consent form;
  • Advise the coach if my child has to leave early or is being collected by someone other than a parent/carer, giving details of the arrangement including who will be collecting my child, when and at what time;
  • Encourage my child to learn the rules and play within them;
  • Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials;
  • Help my child to recognise good performance, not just results;
  • Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performances of all;
  • Never punish or abuse a child for losing or making mistakes;
  • Publicly accept officials’ judgements and teach children to do likewise;
  • Support my child’s involvement and help him/ her to enjoy his/her sport;
  • Use correct and proper language at all times;
  • Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not mine;
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities;
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, disability, cultural background or religion;
  • Show appreciation and respect for coaches, officials and administrators. Remember, without them, your child could not participate.

Velo Club Melyd Code of Conduct for Young People

As a member of the club, you are expected to abide by the following code.

I will –

  • Arrive for training and competition in good time to prepare properly;
  • Wear suitable kit (including a helmet) and clothing for all cycling activity sessions, as agreed with the coach;
  • Warm up and cool down properly on all occasions;
  • Play within the rules and respect officials and all their decisions;
  • Be a good sport by applauding all good performances, whether they are made by my club or the opposition;
  • Control my temper – verbal abuse of officials and other riders, or deliberately distracting/ provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted behaviour in any sport;
  • Work equally hard for myself and my club – remember, the club’s performance will benefit, and so will I;
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, disability, cultural background or religion;
  • Pay any fees promptly;
  • Abide by the rule that junior members are not allowed to smoke on club premises or while representing the club at competitions;
  • Abide by the rule that junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on club premises or while representing the club;
  • Treat all participants in cycling as I would like to be treated – not bullying or taking unfair advantage of another participant;
  • Cooperate with my coach, club mates and opponents – remember, without them there would be no competition;
  • Thank officials and opponents after competition.

100 greatest cycling climbs

You may or may not be aware – however there is a list – in fact I think technically speaking there are two lists*. In terms of North Wales cycling climbs within the top 100 you have plenty to choose from.

The nice people at have compiled a list of 100 Greatest Climbs, and Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs.

For those  who want to narrow this noise down a little to a tick list – Britain’s Top 10 Toughest Cycle Climbs from the Guardian – Hardknott and Wrynose old news to those on the Fred Whitton Challenge, and Bwlch y Groes from such wonders as the Bala Devil and the Wild Wales Challenge events.

Now – it is unlikely to have escaped your attention, that living where we do that we have a lot of hills here. It is not really a surprise given that we are based on the end of the Clywdian Range, and being not all that far from the Snowdonia National Park. Going uphill is not something that is easily avoided.

So here is a list of the locals of note – you may wish to look them up on Strava, or maybe even go hunt them out:

Top 100

#86. The Shelf – 262m – 5 to 15% – 5.1km

#87. Moel Arthur – 220m – 10 to 20% – 2.2km

#88. Penbarra (Bwlch Pen barras / Bwlch Penbarras / Old Bwlch) – 258m – 11 to 25% – 2.3km

#89. The Road to Hell – 353m – 3 to 20% – 11km

#90. Horshoe Pass (Bwlch yr Oernant) – 317m – 7 to 20% – 6.1km

#91. Bwlch y Groes (Hellfire Pass)- 385m – 11 to 25% – 3.5km

Another 100

#188. Melin Y Wig – 100m – 1.3km – 8%

#189. Llanberis Pass – 247m – 4.9km – 5%

Anthony Hogbin

Anthony Hogbin


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.



North Wales Time Trials

North Wales Time Trials

Since 2009 VC Melyd and Rhyl have combined their resources to run road cycling time trials in the Denbigh area. These are club events ( Type B ) that are run in accordance with the rules and guidance provided by the National governing body for Time Trials – Cycling Time Trials ( CTT ). See CTT regulations for details.


The locations of the start and meeting points where signing on takes place are shown under the Find Us section of the Rhyl CC website.

Signing on

Riders should arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time to sign on.  Early event start times are used at the start and end of the season for reasons of safety. Check the start times on the Time Trial Calendar shown on the VC Melyd & Rhyl CC Time Trial Facebook Group.

There is a 40 rider limit.  Arrive and sign-on early to avoid disappointment. Entry to eligible riders is on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

To reduce waiting time and to help the organisers start at the scheduled start time, race numbers will be allocated at the sign-on. The first person to sign on will normally be allocated race number ‘1’ , the second rider race number ‘2’ etc.


You must be a member of a CTT affiliated club and your membership must be up to date. The only exception is for first-time riders taking part in a ‘Come and Try It’ event ( Hill Climb D0/11 and 5 mile D1/5 only ).

Riders must be a minimum of 12 years of age on the day of the event. Young riders aged 12 to 17 years of age will need to ensure that a ‘Parental Consent’ form is submitted to the event organiser when signing  on.  A PDF version  from the  CTT website. Parents/Guardians do not need to be present at the event.

All club time trials are entered on the day by payment in cash to the event organiser.

Time Trial League

To be eligible to earn league points you must be a member of either VC Melyd or Rhyl CC and your name must be included on the membership lists maintained by the Club Secretaries.

For 2016 there will be 26 events counting towards the League standings. The first event takes place on New Years Day and the last is early in September. 30 points are awarded to the winner of each event, 29 points for second …..and 1 point for 30 th place and for all finishers.  In the interim and final standings each riders 15 best scores will be aggregated to determine his/her total score.

The event organiser, timekeepers and marshalls will be present at the signing on and at the start to help you and answer any questions you may have. Regular riders are expected to help in these roles on at least two occasions during the league year. The names of the all helpers will be listed in the Time Trial Calendar. If there are less than two names per event on the latest published version of the calendar this means further help is needed. Please contact the Time Trial secretaries to book a slot as a helper:-

Ashley Roberts ( Rhyl CC Time Trial Sec. )

Andy Malcolm ( VC Melyd Time Trial Sec. )

The results of each event will be published in the Results section of this website usually within 24 hours of each event taking place. The league standings will also be updated and published.   A photo of the results sheet is usually posted on the facebook page a few minutes after the event is completed.

Age Groups

Age groups for young riders are the same as those used by British Cycling as many of the young riders also race on the track. Age groups for veterans span 10 years.

  • Youth C – aged 11 or 12 in current league year
  • Youth B – aged 13 or 14 in current league year
  • Youth A – aged 15 or 16 in current league year
  • Junior – aged 17 or 18 in current league year
  • Senior – aged 19 to 39 inclusive in current league year
  • Vet-A – aged 40 to 49 inclusive in current league year
  • Vet-B – aged 50 to 59 inclusive in current league year
  • Vet-C – aged 60 to 69 inclusive in current league year
  • Vet-D – aged 70 to 79 inclusive in current league year

The current league year starts on January 1st and ends on December 31st.


Certificates and perpetual trophies are awarded annually to gender and age group winners in the following categories:-

  • League Overall standings
  • Best Improver – Most number of Personal Best performances in league year ( first time efforts do not count ).
  • Club Championships winners.

Details of all awards are published in the results section of the Rhyl website.

Open Events

Full details will also be given on the CTT website. Open events need to be entered in advance by filling in a CTT (Cycling Time Trials) entry form, complete with entry fee, and sending it to the Event Secretary no later than 2 weeks before the event is due to take place. Open events do not count towards the League. Information for specific events will be posted to this site under news, and then under reports.
The CTT is the governing body for Time Trials in the UK. If you want to know more about Time Trials in general, and see the latest news and results from around the country visit: