Awards success for Gower Riders

Gower Riders Cyling Club is celebrating after four of its members were named as finalists at the prestigious Welsh Cycling awards.

Amongst the nominees are three young people who have been recognised for their work in inspiring the next generation of cyclists.

Aled Davies, aged 13, Ben Fox, aged 15 and Elen Govier, aged 12 have all been shortlisted in the Inspiring Young Person of the Year category, as a result of their work as Welsh Cycling Young Ambassadors.

The voluntary position sees them act as role models to the younger members of the club, through leading various aspects of training sessions and helping to organise club events. They also regularly promote the sport and the club by attending various community events.

Speaking after the announcement of his shortlisting, Aled said:
“I’m really thrilled to be shortlisted for this award. I’ve had a great year as a Young Ambassador and have enjoyed helping out at club sessions and at Welsh Cycling events.”

Fellow nominee, Ben added:
“I really enjoy helping others to get as much enjoyment out of cycling as I do and to be nominated for this award alongside Aled and Elen is a great achievement. The three of us work closely together at club sessions and thoroughly enjoy encouraging others to improve their cycling skills.”

Reacting to her nomination, Elen said:
“I really enjoy helping out at club sessions and I’ve also lent a hand at UsGirls sessions, which aims to get me girls into cycling. Being shortlisted in this category is fantastic and I can’t wait for the awards ceremony.”

The nominations for Aled, Ben and Elen follows on from them being Highly Commended in the Good Volunteer Category at the South Wales Evening Post Community Awards earlier this year.

As well as the nominations in the Inspiring Young Person category, the club is also celebrating a fourth member being named as a finalist. Club secretary and coach Phil Walton has been recognised with a nomination for the Club Volunteer of the Year award.

The nomination comes as a result of his tireless work in attempting to establish a dedicated cycling facility and permanent base for Gower Riders in Swansea. This work has seen Phil spend countless hours meeting with local politicians, council officers, potential funders and contractors. In addition, Phil also ensures the smooth running of the club in his role of secretary as well as leading sessions as one of the club’s coaches.

After hearing of his nomination, Phil said:
“I’m very honoured to have been put forward for this award. I thouroughly enjoy the variety of roles I carry out for Gower Riders. As a coach I get a lot of satisfaction in seeing our young riders progress whilst I hope my role in helping to establish a cycling facility will have a long-term impact on the sport locally.

Gower Riders Chairperson, Kath Elias said:
“We are very proud of all our finalists at the Welsh Cycling Awards. Aled, Ben and Elen are three youngsters who love cycling, but more importantly are developing into responsible young adults who are gaining the leadership skills that will serve them well in the future, both inside and outside the sport.

We are also very fortunate as a club to have Phil amongst our ranks. He devotes endless hours to the club, whether as a coach, secretary or in leading our attempts to secure a permanent home in Swansea.

This project has been going on for many years and the fact that a city the size of Swansea doesn’t already have a dedicated cycling facility is something we as a club would like to change. With Phil at the helm, we are sure that this is something we can achieve.

We wish all four nominees the very best for the awards night.”

The winners of the Welsh Cycling Awards will be announced at a special ceremony at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff and Saturday 12th October 2019.

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.

We need your help

Over the last few days we have been working hard to secure an area of land in the Craig Cefn Parc area that we can build our very own cycling facility and a place we can call home.

We are very close to that agreement however we NEED your help!

The people who hold the purse strings use a community voting platform ( ) to draw data about how much of a priority community projects are.

We need you to sign up, select our cycling facility idea and then share as widely as possible with everyone you know. The more people we get to vote the more likely it is we will be award the land and money to start the project.

I’ve posted some pics below to help you navigate through the platform once you’ve registered


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.