VC Melyd to host 2017 Welsh Road Race Championships

VC Melyd to host 2017 Welsh Road Race Championships

The following great news was released on Facebook on Saturday the 17th December…

I’m pleased to announce that in 2017 on behalf of VC Melyd and Welsh Cycling, I will be hosting:-

2017 Welsh Road Race Championships

This will be held in North Wales on the Llyn Brenig Circuit on the 20th August 2017.

— Simon Parkinson (road race secretary)

More information to follow – however in the interim – this is great news for cycling, the area, and the club.

The course takes in a loop around Llyn Brenig and can be found here (

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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!

NWRR – Sunday 7th August – Llyn Brenig

NWRR – Sunday 7th August – Llyn Brenig

Sunday 7th August brings the fourth round of the North Wales Road Race (NWRR) series – Llyn Brenig. We look forwards to seeing you there – it should be a great day out.


The Riders and Officials Race Day Pace for NWRR RD4 has been published on the NWRR Facebook Group. The event guide can also be found here.



The route was published on Strava at the end of last month. The route for the NWRR4 runs anti-clockwise, and can be found here.



Please do not park in the Anglers Carpark at Llyn Brenig Visitors Centre. There is a fishing competition on and the car park is clearly signed. There are three other available car parking areas at the visitors centre that are available to use.

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.



Rise Above Sportive

Rise Above Sportive

It is one thing to have a local professional rider hold a sportive on your doorstep… one that manages to pack over 9000ft of climbing in the 185km between Chester and Llyn Brenig on the Denbigh Moors – to cram in two top 100 uk climbs in Bwlch Pen Barras, and the Horseshoe Pass. Hell, priority club starts following a picture with the legend. But then to have the honour of the organisers asking for members of your club to ride with him and keep people from his wheel… well that is amazing. Darren and Alan had the pleasure of discovering first hand what the difference between fast club riders and a professional was for the day…. and to take their legs home in a bag (o;

Cav’ gratefully acknowledged everyone. He thanked people for wearing his team kit, took the mickey out of people in Sky kit, playfully and tastefully, he just joked with a few riders as we past them. More so though he did go out of his way to speak with those wearing charity kit. After all, that is why he, and we, were there.” — Darren Wareing

Thank you to the organisers, and everyone who travelled to the area to take part in the event… whether you did the Long, Medium, or Short route – what an achievement. See you next year.

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.