VC Melyd youth rider is Team Sky mascot

VC Melyd youth rider is Team Sky mascot

This week saw the the Tour of Britain 2016 Stage 4 come to Denbigh. While the event itself whipped the cycling community into a mild state of euphoria – for one particular VC Melyd rider – it was a very… very …special event – as Layla Bradbrook was the Team Sky mascot for the day.

This is not a name from a hat kind of affair – this in reflection of her commitment to her sport as the Team Sky website goes on to point out:

Layla, 9

Layla was nominated by her club for her ‘fantastic and tenacious attitude’ towards cycling, exemplified by the fact she’s at every Thursday night Go Ride coaching session, come rain or shine.

Layla said: “I have tried extremely hard and attended nearly every session, I have been polite and helped out at the Go Ride sessions. I have made new friends and this makes racing fun. I always try my best when I’m racing which I really love.


Tour of Britain comes to Denbigh

Tour of Britain comes to Denbigh

Wednesday morning saw traffic re routed, roads closed, barriers and stages put up, and Denbigh become a Mecca to local cyclists. Today – the Tour of Britain came to town – and all the spectacle that comes with that.

With a 1030am start the top of the High Street Denbigh became the hub of all the excitement, as riders, pulling a variety of faces as they rode up the hill from their caravans and coaches up to the stage to sign on.

With Layla and her Dad down to visit team Sky and be mascot for the day, Justin and Anthony in the VIP enclosure – we had a great view of the amassed locals in kit, Rhos, Lon Las Loonies, Melyd, Rhyl amidst the heaving crowds.

The spectacle of signing on, and posing for team photos in order of team took place, with all the usual suspects, hero’s, and some pretty amazing moustaches it would seem – before assembling for a sedate roll off at the start.

A group of the club members then went on to collect at A&D’s Sam’s Cafe before heading off for a ride for the remains of the day… the type with lots of café and pub stops. What a perfect day – and such great weather for it.


Time trial – Round 25 – ’37 mountain TT’

Time trial – Round 25 – ’37 mountain TT’

This Sunday the 4th September 2016 saw the 37 mile Mountain Time Trial, the final event in this years season. The course running out and up from above Denbigh towards Bwlchau and then up onto Denbigh Moors before a left alongside Llyn Brenig, and then down the others side to Cerrigydridion, and back to Ruthin. The final stretch heading back towards Denbigh, into the business park – and a cruel uphill finish.

The weather was gusty and overcast after overnight heavy rain – traditionally an end of season celebrated event – this year saw a hardy ten riders turn up to undergo the discomfort of 37 miles of pain with the added bonus of up and down thrown in.

1 / Alex Jones / 1:30:28

2 / David Williams / 1:32:31

3 / Mike Lewis / 1:37:00

4 / Tom Davies / 1:47:27

5 / Ashley Roberts / 1:50:25

6 / Rhion Morgan / 1:51:25

7 / Nic Wright / 1:55:33

8 / Sally Cunliffe / 1:59:32

9 / Edward Woodhead / 2:14:31

10 / Tim Erasmus / 2:21:28 (Puncture)

This completes the Velo Club Melyd & Rhyl Cycling Club season for 2016 with official finish times to follow / confirmation of end of season points.

The next event is the Brass Monkey 9mile TT on Sunday 1st January 2017 – best get that in the diary then!

North Wales Road Race – Round 5

North Wales Road Race – Round 5

The prestigious North Wales Road Race (NWRR) from VC Melyd is back again next month for it’s fifth round.

Returning to Denbigh – watch the NWRR FB page for updates.

We’re back on the Denbigh circuit for the final round of the NWRR series. Some might be thankful to be back on a flatter circuit after the last 2 tough rounds. I’ve started to accept entries on BC website and they are due to close on the Thursday before the event. It’s tight in the series for the overall and team result. — Simon Parkinson.


North Wales Road Race Series 2016

North Wales Road Race Series 2016

VC Melyd are hosting the North Wales Road Race Series in 2016. It’s an exciting new year with 3 new circuits and the series now includes 5 rounds.  The series remains as a men’s 2/3/4 race with a maximum of 80 participants.  We have proposed to hold a women’s E/1/2/3 race at Rounds 1 and 4 but are awaiting confirmation from Welsh Cycling.

North Wales Road Race Series


Round 1 – 10th April – Ruthin

Round 2 – 7/8th May – 2 Day Stage Race (Crit, Hill Climb & Road Race)

Round 3 – 10th July – Trawsfynydd

Round 4 – 7th August – Llyn Brenig

Round 5 – 11th September – Denbigh

Events now live on British Cycling Events Calendar.


ROUND ONE – Ruthin

10 April 2016
Round One – Ruthin
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New for 2016 this is a 58.2 mile road race with approx. 4,300ft of climbing. It will start from the Tennis Club in Ruthin before heading out onto the 20 mile circuit.  The circuit will include climbing the twisty bends of the Nant Y Garth, the undulating road to Corwen and the fast winding road back towards Ruthin on the A494.  The race will finish on a tough climb to the iconic Ponderosa which is situated on top of the Horseshoe pass.

ROUND TWO – 2 Day Stage Race

7-8 May 2016
Round Two – Clwyd
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This 2 day stage race will include a Criterium Race, Hill Climb TT and a Road Race.

Saturday Morning – Criterium Race, Marsh Tracks, Rhyl.

90 minutes Criterium Race at Marsh Tracks, Rhyl.  This fantastic venue hosts great facilities and a purpose built 1.3km closed circuit.  This venue hosts exciting racing and training all year round.

Saturday Afternoon – Hill Climb TT, Rhuallt

This 2.3km Hill Climb will take place on Rhuallt Hill which is used for The Rhyl CC/VC Melyd TT.  The course record is held by the 2014 National Hill Climb Champion Dan Evans with a time of 4.34. The strava segment can be found here:

Sunday Morning – Road Race, Denbigh

The road race will be 54 mile and include 5 laps of the Denbigh road race circuit used last year for the NWRRS. This year will see a different finish to last year.  The race will finish on the Denbigh industrial estate where riders will have to navigate a tight right hand bend before a gradual 400m incline to the finish.

ROUND THREE – Trawsfynydd

10 July 2016
Round Three – Trawsfynydd
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Another new circuit for 2016 is a 62 mile road race with approx. 5,250ft of climbing. This challenging circuit is on fast open roads through some of North Wales’s best landscapes. The race will start from Trawsfynydd Lakeside Café before heading out onto the 20 mile circuit. There are some short sharp climbs along the circuit and a technical descents to tackle heading into Llan Ffestiniog. There is a small rise to the finish line on this circuit.

ROUND FOUR – Llyn Brenig

7 August 2016
Round Four – Conwy
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The final new circuit of the series is this 63 mile road race with approx. 4,800ft climbing. The circuit will start from Llyn Brenig Visitors Centre and out onto wide open B Roads of the moors. The race then heads down a tricky narrow descent to the A5 and turn sharp left towards Cerrigydrudion. From here the race will climb back up towards Llyn Brenig to complete the 21 mile circuit.

ROUND FIVE – Denbigh

11 September 2016
Round Five – Denbighshire
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The final round of the series will finish on the classic Denbigh Road Race circuit which will be a 54 mile road race. Again this will be 5 laps of the 9 mile circuit and finish on the Denbigh Industrial estate.



Big thanks the Darran Acton at ‘Champion Systems UK’ for supplying the series leader jerseys for the NWRR series. After each round the series leader will be issued a jersey to wear at the next round. The first jerseys will be handed out at round 2 for over 23/under 23.

For further information please contact either Simon Parkinson ( or Mark Allen (


Intermediate – 20th September 2015

Intermediate – 20th September 2015

Thank you to Donna for this weekend’s route. 55 miles, and 4,800ft of climbing – available on Strava for download.

Out to Llyn Brenig via a back route to Henllan, then up to Bylchau and Brenig for a café stop.

Rather than the usual route back via Cerig y Driddion – an early turn left, and back via The Steps to Ruthin.


Longer Hillier Ride – Sunday 30th August

Longer Hillier Ride – Sunday 30th August

It is the weekend of the Wild Wales Challenge – so we will be down in numbers. For those who have been offering their Wild Wales entries online – we will be posting an alternative adventure for you for Sunday. The route can be found over on Strava. The route covers 66 miles and 6000ft of climbing. There is no route leader this weekend.

Saints then out to Rhuddlan. YGC then Engine Hill then over to Llanfair TH, before the slow climb to to Llanrwst. A short A5 run before the seemingly endless tree covered climb to Nebo and down to Cerrigydriddion – then up past Llyn Brenig, then back via Denbigh then St Asaph over the A55 to Dyserth and home.



Longer-Hillier / Sunday 19th July

Longer-Hillier / Sunday 19th July

Thank you Sally for this route of 83 miles and 6,607ft (plotted on Strava) of climbing for those not taking part in the Peak District Away Day.

Dyserth and Waen to Denbigh (skipping Rhuddlan). Out of Denbigh via the Road To Hell, and on to Llyn Brenig. Left at the Brenig, to Cerrig, and then the faster road into Bala.

UPDATED: The route as ridden headed back from Bala towards Corwen, meeting the Horseshoe Pass before the ascent proper, and then down through the Nant Y Garth after a cup of tea nd regroup before heading along the Waen home. 2x top 100 climbs in a day.




VCM Sunday 12/04/2015 Longer / Hilly

VCM Sunday 12/04/2015 Longer / Hilly

This route put together by Darren this week. Heading out towards the West with no pick up in Rhuddlan – heading around the East side of the Clwydians, before dropping down to Ruthin, off at Llanraeder, then up there towards the Road To Hell (UK100 climbs), towards the moors, another stop at the Llyn Brenig if required and back down into Henllan, St Asaph, and back to Prestatyn. 63 Miles, 5700ft.

Please see links for route – download and study 🙂
It includes the Road to Hell. We can create a cut through if people want to miss it out as an option. Cafe stop in the Craft Centre then if we want a brew at Llyn Brenig we can.