VC Melyd supports Breeze

VC Melyd supports Breeze

Breeze 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 Monday evening  at Marsh Tracks, Rhyl, Thursday evening rides during the lighter months ( May- September) and regular Saturday morning rides, from Rhuddlan Nature Reserve – delivering British Cycling Brreeze for North Wales – Denbighshire, Conwy, Flintshire.

However, we are still keen to get more women cycling, because as we know it is so fantastic. It’s a great way to exercise, to see the local scenery and meet people.

So four of us, Sarah Overson, Sue Nash, Kath Sparrow and me, Julie Allen, decided we would become Breeze champions. We did the one day training course, and have started leading rides on a Thursday, at a steady pace, on the quiet lanes of Denbighshire.

Some new women have joined us for rides, at a more leisurely pace than the existing Thursday night ride, although I think some of the new women will join the other group soon! We are all enjoying the rides and getting to know new people. Some of the women have also joined us at Marsh tracks for coaching sessions.

We hope to offer more ‘Breeze‘ rides at a different pace soon, so we can reach different people and encourage more ladies to enjoy the best leisure activity there is! If anyone is interested you can find the Breeze rides on

Welsh Cycling Annual Awards.

Welsh Cycling Annual Awards.

It is that time of year again – nominations for the Welsh Cycling Awards.

In previous years we have been nominated for a number of awards, and come away with fastest growing club, and coach of the year.

It is your turn to put forwards the names of people who have made a real difference to you.

Take five minutes and follow the link on the Welsh Cycling Awards page and name names – push forwards the people you think are worthy of recognition.

Volunteers, officials and coaches who go the extra mile to make a difference to our sport here in Wales will once again be recognised for their commitment and contribution to the sport of cycling alongside Wales’ elite cyclists at the 2015 Welsh Cycling Awards.

There will be 13 awards on offer, including Lifetime Contribution to Cycling to recognise individuals who have made a significant impact on cycling in Wales. New for 2015 will be the Go Ride Club of the Year, recognising the growth in provision for young people to get into cycling in Wales’ accredited Go Ride Clubs.

Cycling clubs and members are invited to nominate their cycling champions who will be awarded at the dinner on Saturday 7 November at Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel and Spa, Cardiff.

2014 saw Tudor Thomas of Bynea Cycling Club, recognised for his years of dedication to cycling through his role as commissaire and as a volunteer in Wales with the Lifetime Contribution to Cycling accolade. World Champion Manon Carpenter received Elite Cyclist of the Year for her continued success throughout the season winning the World Cup series and World Championship title whilst Abergavenny Road Club claimed the Club of the Year title for the second time.

Anne Adams-King, Chief Executive Officer of Welsh Cycling is pleased to see the event continue to grow,

“The 2015 Welsh Cycling Awards is a fantastic opportunity to recognise people from all corners of the cycling community in Wales who dedicate their time to developing our sport and providing opportunities for everyone to enjoy cycling in Wales.

The awards ceremony is also an exciting opportunity for businesses to engage with cycling and it’s rising stars in Wales as well as hear about the terrific work done by the people at the heart of cycling in Wales, the clubs, the volunteers and the coaches who together inspire Wales to cycle.”


  • Race Official of the Year

  • Race Organiser of the Year

  • Club of the Year

  • Go Ride Club of the Year

  • Volunteer of the Year

  • Coach of the Year

  • Colin Thornton Award for Junior Performance

  • Paracyclist of the Year

  • Club Cyclist of the Year

  • Elite Cyclist of the Year

  • Outstanding Performance if the Year

  • Lifetime Contribution to Cycling in Wales

Do you want to recommend someone for an award? Sure – no issue – you can do the process offline – or you can use Welsh Cycling’s online nomination form.

#BehindEveryRace – Commissaire

#BehindEveryRace – Commissaire

Many thanks to Alan Overson for posting this over on the FB Group –

Welsh Cycling confirms Assistant Commissaire Training Courses for autumn 2015 in Wales and border regions.

Assistant Commissaire courses are being offered in the disciplines of BMX, Cyclo Cross, Track and Road with information on date sand locations available here. The entrance point to becoming a Commissaire is on the Assistant Commissaire course. This British Cycling course blends pre course online learning with the face to face delivery of a one day course.

The pre course learning covers areas such as anti-doping, safeguarding and protecting children as well as conflict management.  This enables the day to focus on the roles and responsibilities of a Commissaire, pre, during and post event.

Once candidates have completed the course they will be fully fledged Assistant Commissaires. In order to then progress up the pathway as seen below, practical experience is gained shadowing active volunteers.

For more information head over to British Cycling – with information on location and dates of courses here.

August Wednesdays Go-Ride!

August Wednesdays Go-Ride!

Sessions running every Wednesday in August. Novice and intermediate groups in both disciplines.
Go-Ride Wednesdays through August – junior coaching and skills sessions. See the flier for more information or contact Eirwen Ann Williams for more information.
Sessions start Wednesday 5th August 2015. Marsh Tracks. See you there.
However this is not all! Check out the rest of the calendar – Glan y Gors, Nant Bwlch yr Haearn, Coed y Brenin, Dolgellau … there is plenty to be doing on two wheels this summer holiday in North Wales. Many thanks to everyone involved in delivering this programme.go_ride_2
#BehindEveryRace CSAS Marshal

#BehindEveryRace CSAS Marshal

Ever wonder who those people where at race events on the motorbikes, stopping traffic, the ones who do not look like local your average club members giving up their time? Well, I am glad you asked – they are CSAS Marshals (Community Safety Accreditation Scheme).

“CSAS was established by the Police Reform Act of 2002 the scheme allows Chief Constables to empower accredited employees of Welsh Cycling powers that have before only been available to the Police Service. CSAS marshals can now stop and direct traffic and pedestrians”

Posted by Mark an interesting article on what it is to be a CSAS Marshal

Red flag, whistle, florescent bib and absolutely no authority whatsoever to do anything other than warn motorists of an approaching cycle race. How times have changed and I can say after many years of being a CSAS trained marshal, my own safety and that of the riders has been vastly improved. Add in our motorcycle escort team, NEG Wales, and organisers have all the tools to run safer road racing.

The police training is brilliant and what you get from just giving one day to our sport is immeasurable. Most importantly, it gives race organisers and CSAS co-ordinator, Will Pring, a pool of people to ensure races are safely manned. At times, that pool is shallow and the same faces appear at the roadside. We need more. If it’s in the back of your mind, bring it to the front and be part of road racing. ” — Roger Sims.