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.

The Good List – 25% Women

The Good List – 25% Women

We have found ourselves on The Good List …. and its not even close to Christmas!

This awfully nice people over at bike5050 have started pulling together a list of clubs that are women only / putting effort into growing their number of women members / a good mix of men and women…. and what do you know – that means us:

Velo Club Melyd | 25% female | Run a women only coaching session every Monday 7pm @ Marsh Tracks Rhyl, a Thursday beginners ride, and a Saturday women’s club ride as well as promoting several women’s road races — The Good List.

Many thanks for the mention – and hey – check us out – we may not have realized it – but we are bucking the stale old stereotype – go us – we did a good thing.

Medal for Janet at National MTB Championships 2015

Medal for Janet at National MTB Championships 2015

Great news – Janet Burthem of VC Melyd secured a Bronze Medal at the MTB National Championships 2015 – held at Hadleigh Park, Essex – the 2012 Olympic venue for MTB events.

We travelled down to Hadleigh for the National champs, both of us (Janet and Lucy) hoping not to come last. The course was great – man made with steep rocky A lines that were good fun, and the rest swoopy sort of stuff. It was very hot, about 26 degrees and like all these races was seriously hard. I couldn’t stay with Sarah who is on top form at the moment, or second place Lydia Gould who still rides for Torq, but was very pleased with third. Lucy did well riding all the A lines which a lot of the ladies don’t, and coming 7th. All in all a great weekend.” — Janet Burthem

Huge congratulations from all at VC Melyd – we are all so very proud.

Development Officer to visit ladies coaching

Development Officer to visit ladies coaching

The new North Wales Women and Girls Development Office at our Ladies Coaching Session at Marsh Tracks on the 27th July – (Gaynor Davis) – she’ll be giving an introduction to BREEZE at the start of the session and looking to recruit some support.

If you have any questions for her – get over to the FB group and let us know, and we can get those to her.

In the interim – did you know how well the Breeze Pilot scheme was doing in Wales right now? No? Well let me fill you in…

Welsh Cycling is on the right road to get more women cycling in Wales, as the Breeze pilot sees over 1,300 cycling opportunities created for women over the last six months.

The pilot of the Breeze Network programme, funded by Sport Wales, has been well received by female cyclists and non-cyclists in Wales. The pilot was active in four local authorities Swansea, Cardiff, Newport and Monmouthshire providing fun, safe bike rides led by women for women.

The first cohort of Breeze Champions were trained in Cardiff in autumn 2014, with 50 Champions trained over the course of the pilot delivering 163 Breeze rides, providing over 1,300 opportunities for women to cycle.

Mary Trenfield was one of the first Breeze Champions to be trained in Wales: “I became a Breeze Champion so that I could play a part in introducing women like me to the joy and freedom of getting out on a bike.”

Due to the success of the Breeze pilot in South Wales, Welsh Cycling has been awarded £250,000 from Sport Wales Calls4Action to further develop cycling opportunities for women and girls over the next three years. The SheCycles Wales project aims to:

  • Provide more than 13,000 opportunities for women and girls to cycle
  • Develop a pathway to engage women and girls from social riding to taking the first steps in to competitive cycling
  • Extend the British Cycling Breeze Network across all local authorities in Wales, and introducing Breeze to secondary school aged girls.

Women and Girls Officer, Cat Crimmins said: “The success of Breeze has demonstrated a need to provide more opportunities for women and girls to cycle in a fun and safe environment. The Calls4Action funding will allow us to extend Breeze across Wales, and provide more opportunities for women and girls to ride socially, race competitively or just enjoy the freedom of cycling.

Our Breeze Champions have done a fantastic job in showcasing Breeze in Wales, and shown passion and dedication to get more women cycling. I would like to thank them for their hard work so far, and look forward to continuing on the road to get more women and girls cycling.”

Find your nearest Breeze Bike Ride or become a Breeze Champion with Welsh Cycling.”

Monday & Thursday Evening Marsh Tracks Sessions

Monday & Thursday Evening Marsh Tracks Sessions

Much better weather this week saw a return to weather we all want to be out in – do not forget the evening sessions are on with our BC qualified VC Melyd coaches at Marsh Tracks:

Great turn out at last nights Junior Coaching Session at Marsh Tracks – 16 kids and several new faces – nice to get some good weather too – see you all next week.— Mark Allen

The following sessions are held at the road track on a Monday & Thursday evenings:

THURSDAY Youth Cycle Coaching (Under 12’s) – 6 to 7pm

MONDAY Women’s Cycle Coaching – 7 to 8pm

If you would like to know more – either contact our coaches, head over to the Facebook Group, or contact Marsh Tracks directly. Get involved.