Gower Riders’ Young Ambassadors triumph at Community Awards

Gower Riders Cycling Club are celebrating after six of their young cyclists were Highly Commended at the South Wales Evening Post Community Awards.

The riders, Aled Davies, Ben Fox, Elen Govier, Kieron Heuberger, Noah Rees and Rhys Thomas were rewarded for their work as part of Welsh Cycling’s Young Ambassadors programme.

The scheme which was launched last year encourages young cyclists from all over Wales to spend time volunteering within their clubs and the wider community. The programme aims to see the youngsters develop the key skills that will serve them well in the future, both inside and outside the sport.

The ambassadors work has included assisting club coaches at training sessions, helping to stage the club’s round of Welsh Cyclo-cross league and taking a leading role in organising the club’s annual awards night. Additionally, some ambassadors have given talks and demonstrations to community groups to promote both the club and the sport in general.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, one of the Young Ambassadors, Ben Fox said:
I really enjoy being part of the Young Ambassadors scheme, particularly helping the coaches at sessions and encouraging the younger members of the club to improve their cycling skills. It’s a great scheme that has helped me gain a lot of confidence and learn new skills. Receiving this award is the icing on the cake.”

Kath Elias, Chairperson at Gower Riders said:
We are really proud of how our Young Ambassadors have taken to their roles. They are a very enthusiastic group of kids who are passionate about helping to run the club, encouraging the younger riders to improve their skills and promoting the sport in general.

It’s been really pleasing to see how they’ve grown as people and the confidence they’ve gained by being part of this programme. The skills they are developing will serve them and the club well in years to come. They are superb role models and are a credit to the club.”

The award caps a memorable couple of weeks for the club. Just two weeks ago they were victorious in the Swansea Sports Awards, being named Junior Sports Team of the Year. They were also named Welsh Cycling’s Club of the Month for March, thanks to the work of the Young Ambassadors and the club’s role in encouraging their participation.

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Gower Riders triumph at Swansea Sports Awards

Gower Riders, Swansea’s only youth cycling club is celebrating after being named Junior Sports Club of the Year at the annual Swansea Sports Awards.

The victory comes as a result of the club’s work in providing fun, safe cycling sessions for children. It was also awarded in recognition of a remarkable year for the club which saw young cyclists score many notable victories around the county, including one rider being crowned a double Welsh Champion and another coming out on top of the Welsh Cyclo-cross league. The year also saw six of the club’s youngsters chosen to represent Welsh Cycling on their new Young Ambassadors programme.

The ceremony also saw further success for the club when promising young cyclist, Imogen Morris was named as a runner-up in the Junior Sportswoman of the Year category as a result of her becoming the Welsh Circuit Racing Champion and Welsh Track Champion in the last year.

Speaking at the Brangwyn Hall ceremony, Gower Riders Chairperson, Kath Elias said:
We’re over the moon to have won this award and was delighted to see kids’ reaction when they were announced as winners. They work so hard week in, week out to improve their cycling skills and be the best that they can be. They thoroughly deserve this award.

The club’s success is even more remarkable when you consider that there is no dedicated cycling facility in Swansea for the kids to train at. We’re quite a nomadic club and we have to be quite innovative and adaptable when it comes to using whatever venues we happen to have at our disposal. We’re only six years old, so hopefully this award can firmly establish us on the local sporting map and help us grow as a club.”

The award comes at the start of what could be a memorable week for the club. Six of its young riders have also been nominated for an award at the South Wales Evening Post Community Awards. The six have been shortlisted in the Comunity Champions category as a result of the work they do as part of Welsh Cycling’s Young Ambassadors programe, a scheme which encourages young people to volunteer within their clubs and communities and to develop themselves as future leaders both inside and outside the sport. The results of this award will be announced on Friday 22nd March.

Cycling Club Raises Money for Local Charity

Gower Riders Cycling Club members have been digging deep to raise money for a local charity.

The club managed to raise £141 for the Swansea Carers Centre during its annual fancy dress cyclo-cross race at Penyrheol Leisure Centre.

The event saw club members take part in a series of races over a wet and muddy course with riders needing to negotiate several obstacles and steep hills in the process.

Riders of all ages took part, with the club’s youngest members taking part in a special balance bike race as well as races for older children and adults.

Proceeds from the event will now be donated to the Swansea Carers Centre, which will help the charity continue its work of providing practical and emotional support to adult carers across Swansea.

Gower Riders’ Chairwoman, Kathryn Elias said:
“Whilst our primary focus as a club is on providing recreational and competitive cycling opportunities for youngsters, we are also mindful of the importance of supporting good causes in our community.

It was wonderful to see the whole club come together to raise money for this great charity The age range of those taking part spanned 50 years, which showed perfectly that this is a club for everyone.”

Ifor Glyn, Executive Director of Swansea Carers Centre said:
“We are really grateful to Gower Riders Cycling Club for this very generous donation. It will certainly help us to continue our work across South West Wales and we are thrilled to hear that so many people took part in this event and had great fun in the process.”

The donation to Swansea Carers Centre is the latest charitable donation made by Gower Riders as a result of the annual event. Previous charities to have benefited have included Golau Cancer Foundation and Blood Bike Wales.

Singleton Sparkles at Gunpowder Classic Cycling Event

The Gunpowder Classic, Gower Riders Cycling Club’s annual cycling festival has been declared a great success.

The event, which took place last Sunday, saw over 400 riders and spectators descend on Swansea’s Singleton Park for a day of cyclo-cross racing.

The sport of cyclo-cross sees competitors race each other over specially designed courses, with riders negotiating a number of obstacles such as hurdles, ditches and short, steep hills. There were races for all ages with the youngest competitor aged just four and the oldest in their sixties.

Speaking after the event, Gower Riders chairwoman, Kathryn Elias said:
Several people have commented on how much they enjoyed this year’s Gunpowder Classic. This is the third time we’ve hosted races at Singleton Park and its reputation as a top class cyclo-cross venue is growing. It is such a great venue for the sport as it offers so much variety. Riders come from far and wide to take part – we had one rider come all the way from London specifically to compete here.

Staging this event wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and dedication of all the club’s volunteers, some of whom have been planning this event for months. I’d also like to thank the club’s youngsters, some of whom turned up very early in the morning to help set up, raced themselves, and then with great enthusiasm, stayed around to help with rest of event. It was a real team effort.”

The Gunpowder Classic was supported by Totec Recruitment, Les Prieure Des Dames Cycling Holidays, CLC Estate Management, Guardian Property Services, Astleys Property Professionals and Miles Hire. The results of the days’ races can be found on the British Cycling website – www.britishcycling.org.uk 

Singleton Set to Sparkle as Gunpowder Classic Explodes Into Action

Some of the best cyclists in Wales are set to sparkle in Swansea this bonfire weekend as Singleton Park hosts the Gunpowder Classic – the seventh round of the Welsh Cyclo-Cross League.

Organised by Gower Riders, Swansea’s premier cycling club, the event will see hundreds of racers from all over Wales descend on the park to compete in a variety of different categories and attempt to rack up enough points to challenge for the overall 2018 Welsh Cyclo-cross League title.

The sport of cyclo-cross sees competitors race each other over a specially designed course which is often wet and muddy. Riders must also negotiate a number of obstacles such as hurdles, flights of stairs, tight turns and short, steep hills. The sport is hugely popular in countries such as Belgium, where races can attract tens of thousands of spectators.

The Swansea event is open to all and will include dedicated races for children in the under 6, under 8, under 10, under 12, under 14 and under 16 categories. There are also races for adult men and women as well as veteran races. In addition, there will also be a Novice Women race, as the sport seeks to encourage more women to enter competitions. Races last from 10 minutes for the youngest children up to an hour for the senior men, with the rider who has completed the most laps being declared the winner.

Gower Riders chairwoman, Kath Elias said:
“We are really excited to be hosting this round of the league programme. The races are always keenly fought with vital league points on offer.

They also act as an ideal introduction for children into competitive cycling and as a result, Welsh League events have a real family-friendly atmosphere. It’s a great day out and I would encourage everyone to come along on the day and see what cyclo-cross is all about.”

The event will take place on Sunday 4th November, with the first race of the day starting at 9:50am. Entry is free to spectators, who are welcome to come along and watch the action. Anyone wishing to compete on the day can find out more information on the British Cycling website, www.britishcycling.org.uk.

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