THE ANNUAL trip to the Wales National Velodrome to introduce members to racing in an indoor environment once again proved a success for Stratford Cycling Club.
The club keeps going from strength to strength and, with 88 youth members and 121 seniors, the club is very active and already preparing for 2015.
Eighteen members and friends made their way to the velodrome in Newport and most of the 12 U16s had their first taste of velodrome racing and were eased into activity by two professional coaches, who had to first get them used to riding bikes with a single fixed gear before gradually allowing them to ride the ‘up the boards’.
Some of them were a bit nervous at first as they looked at the 42-degree banking but at the end of three hours they were all riding right up the banking.
Showing the newcomers how it is done were the more experienced riders Nick Green, John Meehan, Tom Lane and Andrew Butler, who had a field day under the guidance of a professional coach.
Many of the youth riders are competing in cyclo-cross events this winter as another way of keeping fit or simply because they love the unique experience of racing competitively in this form of racing.
The club has weekly training sessions at the Home Guard Club on Mondays from 6pm and a weekend club starting at 9am from the Box Brownie, with both A and B runs, as well as Tuesday night sessions for the more experienced starting from the Greenway at 6pm. For more information see the club website.
Stratford seniors in action at the impressive Wales National Velodrome. (s)