CYCLING: Spalding members mark start of extra special year

NEW LOOK: The launch of Spalding Cycling Clubs kit design as part of their 90th anniversary celebrations. Front are juniors Velvet Bowser, Ben Norton, Scarlett Ward, Jack Bowser. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG110317-149
NEW LOOK: The launch of Spalding Cycling Clubs kit design as part of their 90th anniversary celebrations. Front are juniors Velvet Bowser, Ben Norton, Scarlett Ward, Jack Bowser. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG110317-149

Coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the invention of the bicycle, Spalding Cycling Club celebrate their 90th year in May.

Over the decades, the club have grown considerably with a current membership of almost 70 aged eight to 78.

WELL DONE: Megan Kendall with her award from British Cycling as East Midlands Go Ride Volunteer of the Year.

WELL DONE: Megan Kendall with her award from British Cycling as East Midlands Go Ride Volunteer of the Year.

Wearing a new kit design, members marked the birthday and the start of their 2017 season with a photo shoot outside Ayscoughfee Hall on Saturday.

Plans are under way for a number of events throughout the year to celebrate the milestone.

In particular, Spalding would like to invite all ex-members of the club to join them for the celebrations to hear their stories and see some photographs too as one of the plans is to create a permanent record of the club’s activities over the years.

The club are fortunate to have a number of extremely talented athletes at national level but, just as importantly, also caters for the needs of those just starting out in cycling as young people or adults, either new to or returning to the sport. 
Whether it is simply to get fit, to prepare for charity rides or to try racing, opportunities are there.

For young people aged five to 16, Spalding offer Go Ride sessions to help develop safe bike handling skills. A helmet and roadworthy bike are all that is needed.

The sessions are being held at Spalding Rugby Club from 6-7pm on the second and fourth Friday evening of each month through to September, starting next week.

Organisers Shane Norton and Joanne Kendall can be contacted through the club’s Facebook page and website spaldingcc.org.uk.

For adults, Spalding offer a Saturday morning steady paced ride of about 40 miles with a stop for coffee.

Currently starting at 9am from Gibbons cycle shop, these rides are a great introduction to cycling, or for those coming back into cycling, the opportunity to refresh the skills is there too.

Club run co-ordinators David Rains and David Walters can be contacted via the club website and Facebook page.

Off the bike, but still an essential part of cycling as it is with any other sport, a strong committee devotes considerable time to managing the club, while others take on the role of coaching.

One of the club’s younger members Megan Kendall has excelled with that role and was recently rewarded for her work by British Cycling as East Midlands Go Ride Volunteer of the Year.

The evening time trial season starts on April 5 at the Fisherman’s Arms. Pode Hole. at 6.45pm.