Welsh Cycling – Regional Development Workshops

We have received the following from Welsh Cycling – who are offering places at the Regional Development Workshops if you are interested:

Just a quick email to invite you and your members to one of the two regional development workshops that Welsh Cycling will be running in the region in a couple of weeks.

With many clubs to serve across a large geographical area, we are looking to develop quarterly workshops throughout the region as a way for us to efficiently work together and share good practice between clubs. The workshops have been located up to an hour of travelling from every club, however if you do have an alternative suggestion for loction for future workshops then please let me know.

The workshops will be running at the following venues:

Glyndwr University, Wrexham (LL11 2AW) – Friday 7th of March, 7:30-9:00pm
Plas Menai Watersports Centre, Felinheli (LL55 1UE) – Monday 10th of March, 7:30-9:00pm

The first set of workshops will be focused around the following topics:

• The Go-Ride programme
• Coaching
• Club online management tool

It would be very useful if you could forward the details of the workshop to your members or post on your clubs website / facebook page to see if any members would like to attend.

We’d like to invite up to four officials per club (this could include your club contact, secretary and coaches). Should you require more spaces then please get in touch.
It would be appreciated greatly if one person within the club could collate the information for the form attached and return it to me before Wednesday, 5th of March.

The workshops have already taken place in South Wales where the clubs found them to be extremely useful. More information on the South Wales workshops can be seen here:


— Anne Williams

Time Trial Season 2014 revealed

Today (Wednesday, 18th December 2013) the 2014 dates and events season were posted.

The combined resource of VCM and RCC are pooling to deliver no fewer than <strong>twenty nine events next year</strong>, or if you would like to cut that up a variety of other ways – this equates to:

  • Eight – Club Championship events;
  • Six – 10 Mle TT’s;
  • Four – CTT “Go Ride Events”;
  • Three – Open events (1×37 mile, 2×10 mile);
  • Three – 5 Mile TT’s;
  • Two – 37 Mile Mountain TT’s;
  • Two – 18 Mile TT’s;
  • Two – Hill Climbs;
  • One – 25 Mile TT;
  • One – 27 Mile TT;
  • One – 2-up (9 mile) event;
  • One – Brass Monkey – for New Years Day.

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This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of those involved – specifically Ashley  Roberts, Tim Erasmus, Andy Malcolm, and Nic Wright – the supporting efforts of those volunteering to marshal the courses, and those taking part that made 2013 such a successful season.

The events can be found split into the following catagories…


… or all together in one years worth of VCM & RCC Time Trial League format – or as printable below in a convenient to stick-on-the-fridge-kind-of-format – click for a marginally larger original:

“Provisional TT league calendar for 2014. The time trial co-ordinators for 2014 are Ashley Roberts ( Rhyl ) and Andy Malcolm ( VC Melyd ). The first TT of the season ( Brass Monkey, D1/9, Jan 1st at 14.00 ) is in two weeks time.”

— Nic Wright

Rhyl CC and VC Melyd and Rhyl CC Time Trial  League Facebook Group will be the place to go for the most up to date information for the season ahead as well as the first point of contact for results – they will also appear here under RESULTS for your convenience.

VC Meyld & Rhyl CC 2013 Awards and Dinner.

VC Meyld & Rhyl CC 2013 Awards and Dinner.

A fantastic evening courtesy of the Faenol Fawr, Bodelwyddan, and entertainment from Evolve, St Asaph.

Awards were presented, and much merriment was had – another fine social event on the calendar.

Superb speeches by Paul Rutt as club President and Dan Liddle representing the off road riders, after awards from Tim Erazmus, and Andy Malcolm respective Time Trial Secretaries.
Below: Dave Tudor – Youth Award / Most Improved.


Below: Alan Overson – Veteran Catagory Winner / Brass Monkey Championship


Below: Simon Parkinson -Youth Category Winner


Below: Nic Wright – Veteran Category Winner

Below: Gerallt Allen – Best All Round / Overall Champion


Below: Tim Erasmus – Veteran Category Winner


Below: Ben Hughes – Youth Category Winner


Below: Gerallt Allen – Youth Category Winner


Below: As we moved on past 1am the valiant few still able to support their own weight held bravely together before…


Below: Negotiating one of the larger challenges of the year, the stairs on the way home.


Many of whom were out riding to Ruthin for 10am in the morning. THIS ladies and gentlemen are dedicated athletes, this is bloodymindedness at the highest levels. Chapeau!

VC Melyd awarded Kite Mark for Sports Volunteers

Great news that today we are proud to have been awarded a new Kite Mark for Sports volunteers….

“Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham Sport Development Units & Glyndwr University have joined forces to launch the Supporting Volunteers Kite Mark to recognise community sports organisations that are committed to supporting and developing their volunteers.

The Supporting Volunteers Kite Mark has been developed by the Sport Wales Regional Coach and Volunteer Development Team to promote good practice in the recruitment, training, deployment and retention of coaches and volunteers.

Signing-up to working towards the Kite Mark, will have a number of benefits for community clubs and sport organisations including free Sport Coach UK training, wider access to and support in recruiting and developing volunteers and advice and guidance from the local authority Sport Development Team.

The Kite Mark has been designed to be accessible to all sporting organisations, bearing no cost implications for a club.  It will offer a chance for some clubs to gain recognition for the work which they already do while for other clubs it will be a chance to develop volunteer support structures by working towards achieving the mark.”

More information on this can be found on the Sports Wales website.

November 2013 update

“What a busy 2013 for VCM. We may be a small club but our members are very proactive.

We have members who are commissaries to racing in the area.

Our coaches, who give up their free time to coach at Marsh Tracks, have added to their level 2 qualifications by attending add on courses in BMX, mountain biking, road & TT. We have one coach just awaiting completion of his level 2 and two further members about to undertake level 2 to add to the team.

We have an established TT series with Rhyl CC & our very own Andy Malcolm  is Chair of the regional branch at Cycling Time Trials organisation. A 2014 calendar will follow early in the New Year.

I am pleased to report that VCM is now a registered GO-RIDE club and we are working towards accreditation. Visit BC website for more information.

I am also pleased to report that I will be collecting a cheque from RWE npower renewables/Prestatyn & Meliden Community Fund on Monday 4th November. Our grant application was accepted & will enable us to buy 8 new bikes for under 12’s coaching (4 road bikes and 4 muddy melyd bikes).

Our Youth section is expanding. Ben Lewis has had a successful year racing & triathlon. Reece Donachie has competed in the local time trial series & completed his first Wild Wales Challenge. Laura Ellis has taken part in a couple of TTs & attends regular coaching sessions to improve her skills. Lucy Lee & Dave Tudor were selected for Marsh Tracks Race Team. Dave & Lucy have travelled the country competing. Lucy has had a very successful season and is now competing in the cyclocross series. Dave’s TT times have improved considerably & he has earned Cat 3 status in racing. Well done all.

The club Tuesday & Sunday rides are very well attended with new riders adding to the compliment all the time.

Our members have taken part in many events this year.

I just felt I wanted to share some of this information regarding club achievement. If you are reading this & you are not a member……why not?

Looking forward to the Award/Presentation/social Faenol Fawr on the 29th November.”

— Dianne Tudor

Great words bringing the whole VCM account into focus – and encouraging the re-birth of this website.

Marsh Tracks – Funding secured

The following was raised through the VC Melyd Facebook group – great news for Marsh Tracks:

As mentioned last week I have managed to secure some cash to aid cycling development locally. Primarily my bids have been based around diverting young people away from activities that may get them into trouble by getting them involved in local cycling – namely using the facilities at Marsh Tracks.
This came about after a conversation with Alan Overson about the new MTB track and local young people not having the right safety kit. People were turning up without helmets and there were not enough to go around from MT stock. I agreed to look at funding opportunities to see what could be secured. We have managed to secure £500 from the Police and Community Trust and £400 from the Police Property Act Fund. Further to that the High Sheriff’s office have agreed to fund a youth engagement event(s) to the tune of £400. All in all there is £1,300 to spend on helmets and other kit and events to engage with young people.
I will work with those necessary to make sure the spend satisfies the bids and we all get what we need for MT to help to get the right kit so more young people can give cycling a try. Lets hope many will benefit and lets hope that cycling will be “something to do”. The detail about the kit and events is yet to be sorted but the money is there. I hope it contributes in a small way to all the fantastic work that is going on locally. I am in awe at the amount of time people give up to help others at the track and in the clubs.

— Darren Wareing

Congratulations to everyone involved in securing this – and to everyone doing what is clearly recognised as worthy at Marsh Tracks. Good news indeed.