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Adult Club Rides

Following our second Birthday we now launch our Adult Club Rides.

Dates for initial rides are currently being agreed and we will let you know as soon as they are in the diary.

Please keep an eye on our calendar on the Booking and Events page and like our Facebook page for further information coming soon.

June Events

Again there are lots of varied and exciting events taking place throughout the month.

Club member James Morgan (age 12) and his Dad are setting off on 1st June on a 120 mile charity ride from Haverfordwest back to Miskin Manor raising funds in aid of 2 Wish Upon a Star.  They will be arriving back from 3pm on Saturday 2nd June.  Come along to Miskin Manor for the welcome party where there will be live bands, food, bar, bouncy castle, bucking bronco etc.

Saturday 3rd June is Round 3 of the Welsh MTB XC Series 33300001_1846755278720153_3235129286159499264_nin Crickhowell.  Come and enjoy a fun day racing for all the family – https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/178386/Welsh-MTB-XC-Series-2018—Round-3

Round 4 takes place in Builth Wells on Sunday 17th June.

 

Closed road circuit racing takes place with the Cwmcarn Paragon – Craft UK Crits at Llandow circuit on Tuesday 12th and 19th June.  The events start at 6pm with Women’s coached ‘Go-Race’ sessions to encourage more ladies to participate in this discipline.  Details can be found on the Welsh Cycling events pages – https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/176139/Cwmcarn-Paragon—Craft-UK-Crits–01

Our monthly club coached sessions at Maindy Track commence on Friday 15th June from 6-8pm.  Sessions are open to both young members and adult members and will involve 3 20 minute coached sessions throughout the 2 hours alternating between children and adult groups.  These sessions are at a cost of £5 per rider.  Invites to book were sent a couple of weeks ago, however please contact Zoë if you need it to be re-sent.

Some of our ladies are participating in the Iron Mountain Sportive on Saturday 23rd June in Abergavenny.  This is part of the Abergavenny Festival of Cycling and 20, 40, 70 and 100 mile distances are available with entry on the day as well as in advance online.

Our Saturday morning sessions will be taking place at Coryton Primary School for most 33864882_1855106577885023_3349251549376282624_nof the month (Saturday 16th at Fforest Fawr), culminating in our Club MTB Dirt Crit Event on Saturday 30th June.

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy your summer cycling!!

May Events

May is an extremely busy month for the club.  On top of our normal Saturday morning coached sessions we see the return of our open Wednesday Night Practice sessions – this year taking place at Fforest Fawr at least until the end of the schoreceived_10158597125075858ol summer term.  Meet in the sculpture trail car park at 6:30pm on a Wednesday evening ready to ride at 6:45pm prompt.  The sessions are suitable for age 8 and above (including adults) and will consist of rides with some coaching thrown in for good measure.

 

We have our Rhondda Tunnel Family Ride on Saturday 5th May (all usual Hailey Park coaching sessions will be cancelled for this week).  The ride is suitable for all ages and comprises of a trip on the train up to Treherbert where we will take an approx 2 mile cycle to the Rhondda Tunnel, then receive a talk from the Rhondda Tunnel Society about the project (aimed at the children), packed lunch and watch a video of a train ride through the tunnel before riding back to the station to catch a train home.

In addition to that, throughout the month we will be supporting Weksh Cycling’s Let’s Ride Pop Up in Llandaff Fields, we have riders in the Carten and we will be present and participating in the HSBC City Ride on 13th May when Cardiff City Centre will be traffic free.

As if that’s not enIMG_0052ough we will also be racing in the Spring Crits Freewheel at Llandow Circuit on 8th and 15th May and the Welsh Mountain Bike Cross Country on 20th in Aberystwyth.

 

The month is rounded off with the Welsh Cycling Club Clusters for riders aged 10-16 during the May half term holiday.

April Activities

A busy month coming up for the club.

After having to cancel twice due to the snow, we will finally have our Cycle Speedway taster sessions with Newport Cycle Speedway Club, for members of all ages from 6 upwards on Sunday 22nd April.

We have racing at the Maindy Freewheel League for our young riders on 18th and 25th April and also the Welsh Mountain Bike Cross Country Series in Pembrey on 29th, along with a Club Beach Party atmosphere and racing at Battle on the Beach on the weekend of 14th/15th April.

And this is all on top of our regular weekly coaching sessions on a Saturday morning (except on 14th April).

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Time Credits Case Study

Whitchurch Cycling Club was established in the summer of 2016 and has grown to have over 175 members. We primarily cater for children; our aims are to encourage a love of cycling and to teach skills to enable children to be able to ride safely in a range of environments.
We joined the Time Credits scheme in the summer of 2017 after one of our members told us about it. Having access to Time Credits has helped encourage our members to become more active and involved in the running of the club. It means we can recognise the additional contributions that people make and ultimately its helping us make our club more sustainable and able to manage the fast growth and big demand.
We don’t use Time Credits for the regular week in week out activities such as volunteer coaches, but we do use them to recognise the extra contributions people make. Our Time Credit activities so far have included:

• Parents making ramps and obstacles to use to develop the riders skills
• Young members writing a rider charter for all members
• Parents organising raffles and fundraising activities
• Race day marshalls, refreshments and sign on volunteers
• Volunteers building a storage shed for our equipment
• Parents sharing bike maintenance skills with members
• Young members making up race day goody bags
• Members who attended a session to help write a club development plan

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As well as offering ways to earn Time Credits we are also developing ways in which people can spend Time Credits with us, other community organisations can hire us with Time Credits to bring our skills course out to their venues or community events, we can also lead guided rides for groups or offer cycling skills lessons for groups/schools.
In the future we are looking forward to working with Spice Time Credits on their #Cardiffis kind campaign, we’d like to build more community links and carry on encouraging our members to play an active role in the development of our club.

January & February – Upcoming Events

Booking Sessions through Eventbrite – published 5 February 18

We have now introduced a booking system through Eventbrite for all our sessions.  As numbers are increasing in the club the booking system will help us to manage this by ensuring we have enough coaches available and that we can group riders by ability and plan sessions to meet their needs.

As a member of the club you will automatically receive an e-mail invitation to book.  For the regular Saturday morning coached sessions, this invite will be sent to you every week either on a Saturday afternoon or a Sunday morning.

Any potential new members who would like to come along and try a session are requested to please contact the club and provide your e-mail address along with the name and age of your young rider so that we can send you the invite to book.

Women’s Cycling Open Day – published 24 January 18

An open day for Ladies is being held in Talybont-on-Usk on Saturday 24 February 18.  The day will include Bike Maintenance, Skills, Lunch and a selection of rides.  There is s small fee for the day.  For further information please see the Welsh Cycling event page.

National Standards Cycle Training – published 24 January 18

Level 2 Road Safety Training (formerly known as cycling proficiency or BikeAbility) is available through Cardiff Councils Road Safety department for members aged 9 and over during the school holidays.  The courses are run over 4 days and the next available course is during the Easter Holidays.  For more information and f you wish to sign up for this please use the link below.

Further details and Application Form

If members cannot make this course we have the option to arrange training within the club sessions, however this would be run over 4 weeks or during evenings.  If you would prefer this option please e-mail the club and once we have a large enough group a course can be arranged.

Fforest Fawr Sessions for the next two weeks – published 24 January 18

received_10158597125075858Saturday Morning Sessions for the next 2 weeks (27 January 18 and 3 February 18) will be held in Fforest Fawr.  Please note that there will be no Hailey Park sessions during this time.

Fforest Fawr sessions are not open to new members, however anyone wishing to give the club a try for the first time is welcome to join us when we are back in Hailey Park on 10 February 18.

Future Fforest Fawr dates for this season will be 24 February, 3 and 31 March, 14 April, 12 and 26 May.

Cyclocross Racing Sunday 28 January 18 – published 24 January 18

The second round of the Filthy Cross Series will be held in Gilwern Outdoor Centre this Sunday.  Online entries close on Thursday.  For further information please see the Welsh Cycling event page.