North Wales Road Race 2017 Announced.

North Wales Road Race 2017 Announced.

After the huge success and positive feedback from last years VC Melyd North Wales Road Race Series – we are proud to announce that this will be returning for 2017 with cooperation from Ynys Mon Race Team.

The following release was made last week by our Road Race Secretary Simon Parkinson.

Please see below dates for next year’s races in North Wales that VC Melyd will be hosting in 2017. We have teamed up with Ynys Mon Race Team to put on a 2 day weekend of racing in June. Ynys Mon Race Team put on a fantastic race last year on the Llangefni Circuit, Anglesey.

North Wales Road Race

9th April – North Wales Road Race – Denbigh (Category 2/3/4)

North Wales King of the Mountain Series (Category 2/3/4)

7th May – Round 1 – Llyn Brenig
10/11th June – Round 2 – Trawsfynydd/Llangefni
16th July – Round 3 – Ruthin

VC Melyd anticipate our expenditure to be less next season due to the fact we purchased lots of equipment last season. Therefore we have reduced the entry fee per race day to £25 for 2017 and we’ll also be distributing prize money at each race. Prize money will also be awarded for the winner of the King of the Mountain Series. Entries open January 2017.

— Simon Parkinson (Road Race Secretary)

The following Strava routes for the courses were released a few days later on Saturday the 17th December 2016 over on the NWRR Facebook Group.

Round 1– Ruthin (KoM Series) –

Round 2 – Denbigh (cat 2/3/4) –

Round 3 – Saturday – Trawsfynydd (KoM Series) –

Round 3 – Sunday – Llangefni (KoM Series) –

Round 4 – Llyn Brenig (KoM Series) –

Round 5 – Denbigh (cat 2/3/4) –

Marsh Tracks Race Team Website Live

Marsh Tracks Race Team Website Live

Marsh Tracks, Rhyl – second home to VC Melyd, and our array of BC qualified coaches – is also home to Marsh Tracks Race Team (MTRT). This has evolved significantly from its previous incarnation. Backed by sponsors such ProPaint, B2, The Edge Cycleworks – they now have a new kit, and new team (with fine photos from Sheridan Photography) for 2016.

As of June – the site has a new website also – with much credit going to Darren Waering for putting the time in to pull this together. Take a moment to head over the Marsh Tracks Race Team and see what they have been up to … it’s clear I need to raise my game … and get on your collective cases to write me more content!! You have been warned 😉

Great Orme Road Race, congratulations to Alan!

Great Orme Road Race, congratulations to Alan!

Many congratulations to Alan for his second place in this years Great Orme Road Race, Llandudno.

Another great success for the GORR. Fantastic weather, shone down on organiser, spectator and rider as lap after lap took it’s toll on the competitors.

Alan – President of VC Melyd, Level 3 British Cycling Coach, Youth Development for Welsh Cycling, giant, and all road nice guy – was so pleased with his victory he was promptly sick on himself after crossing the line. The very stuff of heroes* I think you will agree.

Well done Alan – and well earned. Chapeau!

* Very much in the long held traditions of the approval of the Sufferlandrians and Velominati.

**Pssst – this is a low res version – click –> HERE <– or on the vimeo link bottom right above and make sure the HD is in blue, if not, click on it. No one likes fuzzy.

Congratulations to Mark & Paul on Triple Ironman

Congratulations to Mark & Paul on Triple Ironman

In the beginning there was Triathlon, then came Ironman, and eventually because clearly they were not insane enough – Ultra Triathlon’s.

This weekend (September 19th to 22nd) Llanberis, Snowdonia hosted the Brutal Extreme Triathlon.

For those who follow “The Rules” and may be oblivious to the concept or swimming before and riding after a good ride – an Triple Ultra/Extreme Triathlon consists of the following:

  – Swimming – 11.4km (7.1 mi)

  – Cycling – 540km (340 mi)

  – Running – 126.6km (78.7 mi)

Which in anyone’s book goes beyond “okay” – and firmly takes its stand in the realm of “how?“.

Two members of VC Melyd took part … and as those on the VCM FB thread will have been seeing – there has been much congratulating going on – rightly so.

However, here, openly,proudly – a vast epic undertaking from you both Paul Ward and Mark Dodgson. Congratulations on what, for even for the most motivated of us, would consider damned near unachievable. Chapeau.

… and we look forward to reading about your experience before too long!




Congratulations to Lucy!

Congratulations to Lucy!

Congratulations to Lucy Lee on her fantastic win at the Manchester Wheelers event “Women’s 2-day Stage Race“. Don’t take my word for it – check out the report at VeloUK.

Lucy had the fine company of other VCM riders Janet Burthem, and Laura Ellis (also riding for Marsh Tracks Race Team) for the event, and Charlotte McKernon from local North Wales club Rhos On Sea CC.

Huge congratulations on your win from everyone at VC Melyd Lucy, and to everyone who took part.


#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.

1st & 2nd place for under 8’s

1st & 2nd place for under 8’s

Many congratulations to our Jnr. members on what has been a great weekend for riding.

Ben and Emma proudly sporting their VC Melyd Jerseys at Tree Tops MTB kids series. Emma first girl under 8 and Ben second boy under 8!! Thanks to Alan Overson for support.” — Lisa Grantham

More on this – including pictures over at the FBG. Join the conversation.