At our recent awards night, we took a look back at 2018 – what a year it was:
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
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.
Gower Riders Cycling Club is celebrating after being recognised in two categories at Welsh Cycling’s prestigious annual awards.
The Gowerton-based club have been shortlisted in the Go-Ride Club of the Year category, whilst the club’s Imogen Morris is up for the Junior Cyclist of the Year award.
The Go-Ride Club of the Year shortlisting is as a result of the club’s commitment to providing fun, safe cycling sessions for children.
Promising young cyclist, Imogen Morris’ nomination caps a phenomenal year for the Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr pupil, which has seen her crowned Welsh Circuit Racing Champion and Welsh Track Champion.
Gower Riders Chairperson, Kath Elias said:
“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for Welsh Cycling Awards.
We are really proud of our Go-Ride programme for providing a great introduction to competitive cycling for young people. Our Saturday morning sessions are particularly popular with children of all ages and we are delighted to see their efforts and enthusiasm recognised with this nomination.
In addition, we are really pleased that Imogen has been recognised for her remarkable year. To win two separate Welsh titles is a fantastic achievement and is just rewards for the effort and commitment she puts in to her cycling.”
Speaking about her success, Imogen said:
“I was really excited when I found out I had been shortlisted for this award. Winning two Welsh Championships this year has been fantastic and I would love to win this award too.
I’m really grateful to everyone at Gower Riders for the support they have given me this year and I really hope we can win both awards on the night.”
The winners of the 2018 Welsh Cycling Awards will be announced at a special ceremony at the Holland House Hotel in Cardiff on Saturday 20th October.
Eight young Swansea cyclists enjoyed a very special day as they took part in the homecoming celebration for Tour de France winner, Geraint Thomas in Cardiff.
The event saw members of the Gower Riders cycling club join Thomas and a peloton of other young riders from Welsh Cycling Go Ride clubs to ride through the streets of Cardiff in front of thousands of fans.
Two members were nominated by the club with the others taking part as members of Welsh Cycling’s Youth Ambassadors programme. This meant that Imogen Morris, Rhys Thomas, Noah Rees, Ben Fox, Kieron Heuberger, Aled Davies and Elen Govier all got the chance to experience this one in a life time opportunity. Reserve cyclist Lucy Rees was also invited to join the ride.
The ride, which started on St Mary’s Street and ended outside Cardiff Castle saw the Tour de France winner take to the stage to thank fans for their support.
Rider, Aled Davies who took part said:
“It was a real thrill to be part of Geraint Thomas’ homecoming event and to be included in the peloton. The crowds were amazing and there was a fantastic atmosphere. Geraint is our hero, and to ride with the yellow jersey winner was a dream come true for us all”
Gareth Govier, Gower Riders’ Head Coach, was watching the event. He said:
“Everyone at Gower Riders is absolutely thrilled that some of our young riders had the opportunity to take part in the ride with Geraint. We were delighted when two of our youth riders were invited, but to see our Youth Ambassadors also being asked to join in is very special indeed. The day will no doubt live long in their memories as they embark on their own cycling journeys.
At Gower Riders, we take great pride in providing a range of high quality cycling opportunities for the young people of Swansea, whether they want to be the next Geraint Thomas or they just want to enjoy riding their bikes with friends.”
Congratulations to six of our youth riders who have been selected to become Welsh Cycling Youth Ambassadors.
The Youth Ambassadors role offers young people the opportunity to be a part of Welsh Cycling and promote and support the sport of cycling throughout Wales.
Our six representatives are:
There will be no Go Ride this Saturday 14th July.
But there is no need to worry, as it is Round 2 of mini league this Sunday 15th July and we’re all super excited.
See poster below for full details