Meet the faces behind the names
Our club is run by a group of friendly volunteers; helping to make things run as smoothly as possible.
After playing sport for most of my life I decided to start cycling when I reached 60yo. My first bike was a Merida Cross and I regularly rode 5 to 10 miles around West Bridgford. A house move to Saxondale and then Whatton introduced me to the country lanes when I made my first ‘proper’ bike purchase and updated to a Giant road bike. I still think this was the best £950 I ever spent for the pleasure it gave me. After a few years of travelling into Nottingham to ride with the West Bridgford clubs I was introduced to the Vale of Belvoir CC operating out of Bingham. This was much closer to home for me so joined the club in 2015 – and the rest is history.
I was invited to join the committee in 2017 and became Chairman of the Club in 2019. My aim for the club has always been to make it a friendly, social club that is accessible to as many people as possible, of all abilities.
I took up cycling as a teenager and started competing in time trials and road races with varying degrees of success! Work and family life took over and I hung up my wheels for about ten years when I regained a love for the sport.
I still attempt to race and you will see me at the start lines of road, cycle cross and mountain bike races throughout the year. I have a burning desire to be involved in things, so over the years I have been Chairman of a youth development cycling team in Northern Ireland, sit on the Regional Board British Cycling East Midlands and I am really honoured to be appointed as VBCC’s Club Secretary.
I will do my best to keep all members informed as to goings on in the club, how to get the best value from your membership and also look for new ways to involve as many Club Members in the activities we have on offer.
I started cycling with the club seven years ago, regularly cycling 12 miles on my Hybrid Bike, but soon began to increase my distance cycling with other members. Upgraded my bike to a road bike and with the encouragement of my fellow members my mileage increased and have recently managed a 158 mile ride to the seaside and back in one day! All due to the support, coaching and most importantly the friendships I have gained through VBCC.
Cycling is my way to relax and escape the stresses of everyday life. I feel lucky to get the chance to join many of the different types of rides on offer and now I’ve been appointed a position on the committee my main aim is to listen to members views, help the club grow and support new ideas.
Forensic Accountant and Former Military Intelligence Officer.
A Serious illness in 2009 with the Pancreas, I was then introduced to cycling by the Surgeons to help raise money for the HPB unit by doing charity bike rides.
Started cycling on an old mountain bike, said to the guy in the shop I need to tune it up a bit to get from here to Hunstanton a hundred miles, he said “you were lucky to get here on it!”
My cycling career began, when I was lucky enough to meet fellow cyclist (Andrew) out Belvoir way who introduced me to the club, with the words ‘everyone’s great and no politics’. Andrew passed on after a short painful illness but his words live on, everyone’s great and we don’t have any politics.
Something for everyone here, to enjoy life!