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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2016 Welsh Cycling Awards

2016 Welsh Cycling Awards

This year we are very happy to find VC Melyd shortlisted for the Welsh Cycling awards 2016. Previous years have seen volunteer of the year, coach of the year, fastest growing club of the year and so on. This year we have been put forward for two – Volunteer of the year (for Simon’s work with the NWRR), and VC Melyd Club of the Year.

Now that is pretty impressive stuff I think you will agree. Not all clubs are created equally – and this is a fantastic reflection on the hard work and time put in by so many to support, and most importantly “be” the riders that form a club. Well done everyone.

The awards will take place later in the year.


NWRR Completes With Round 5

NWRR Completes With Round 5

This weekend saw the final round of the NWRR series. Taking in 6 laps of the D1/9 TT course, to finish on the Denbigh Industrial Park. The results of the north Wales road race – for round five, and the overall series can be found below.

“NWRR – Round 5 – Results

1 Stephen Feeney
2 Rhodri Owen
3 Kieran Wynne-Cattanach
4 Jamie Fletcher
5 Mathew Lythgoe
6 Gareth McGuinness
7 John Charles
8 Morgan Hughes
9 Michael Harrison
10 Matt Hallam

Many thanks to everyone who helped out and took part in this series, and made it possible.

Congratulations to Team Chronomaster, Ynys Mon Racing Team, and Buxton CC / Sett Valley Cycles on the club / team awards, and to Dylan Kerfoot-Robson (Team USN), Joseph Bowers (BuxtonCC/Sett Valley Cycles), and Jimmy Smith (Team Aspire) for the first second and third respectively.

The Overall Results for the North Wales Road Race Series (NWRR) can be found here.

[Pictures Ian Mclean – Welsh Cycling]

Another great review from the people at Team Chronomaster too.

“NWRR Series has come to an end for 2016 after a successful final round. Its been a busy year hosting our first Road Race Series for VC Melyd. Huge thanks again to the great team of volunteers and helpers. Thanks to CSAS marshals, Welsh Cycling, NEG, BC commissaires, st johns ambulance and Ynys Mon Race Team for providing the neutral service. Special thanks to Chris Allen who has helped with the signs before and after all the races. He has also done a top job as chief judge at the finish line of every round. Special thanks also to Mark Allen who has helped with all the organisation. Massive appreciation to the regular team of volunteers from VC Melyd.
Thanks to Darran Acton at Champion Systems UK for providing the winners Jerseys after each round, they looked great in the peloton…….and our very own treasurer Nick Rowlands who has done a great job of managing the finances.

— Simon Parkinson.


VC Melyd cycling club has put road racing back on the map for cyclists in North Wales in spectacular fashion by hosting the North Wales Road Race Series (NWRRS).

NWRRS came to an end on Sunday 11th September 2016, which seen more than 140 amateur cyclists tackle five gruelling race circuits across Ruthin, Denbigh, Marsh Tracks Rhyl, Lyn Brenig and Trawsfynydd.

The challenging series was planned to include some of the toughest roads in North Wales to suit both sprinters and climbers. Riders were not only battling against demanding roads but the British weather also played a part making for exciting racing.

Cyclists travelled from all over Wales and the North West of England to compete in the series, including local clubs Marsh Tracks Race Team, Ynys Mon Race Team, Rhos-on-Sea Cycling Club. Team Chronomaster from the North West were the winning Team of the series following consistent results from their riders.

Going into the final race of the series it was all to be won as the results were tight at the top of the league table. Therefore Round 5 this weekend at Denbigh saw constant attacks from the riders all trying to get away and take the win. A small group broke away from the peloton on lap 5 of 6 and the race was won by Stephen Feeney of Team Chronomaster.

Congratulations to local rider Dylan Kerfoot-Robson of Team USN who won the group sprint scoring enough points to take the 2016 Overall North Wales Road Race Series Win by 2 points.

Following the success of this series, planning is already underway for next years’ events with VC Melyd.

— Simon Parkinson.


Welsh Cycling Member Survey 2016

Welsh Cycling Member Survey 2016

Welsh Cycling have opened the Member Perception Survey for 2016.

They are looking to identify what riders experience while cycling in Wales and their perception of how Welsh Cycling is involved with this.

They want to improve their understanding of the cycling community in Wales, and look at how they can support clubs, members and volunteers.

All those that complete the survey by Wednesday 1 September will be entered in to a draw to win a pair of VIP tickets to the Tour of Britain.

Please complete by Wednesday 1st September for a chance to win a pair of VIP hospitality tickets to the Tour of Britain.

Help us to grow our sport together.

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.

U16 Go-Race at Tour De Mon

U16 Go-Race at Tour De Mon

Many thanks to Mark for bringing our attention to this over on the Facebook Group –

To celebrate the Tour of Britain’s departure from the Island, Welsh Cycling will be running a Go Race Cyclocross race at the Tour de Mon on 23rd of August. Categories for U6s through to U16s. Enter online here:…/Tour-de-Mon-Go-Ride-Rac…

I ddathlu fod y Tour of Britain yn cychwyn ar yr Ynys, bydd Beicio Cymru yn cynnal rasus cyclocross Go Race yn y Tour de Mon ar Awst y 23. Bydd categoriau i rai dan 6 oed i fyny at dan 16 oed. Cofrestrwch ar lein yma:…/Tour-de-Mon-Go-Ride-Rac…


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