Otley CC has been shortlisted for the Cycling Weekly Club of The Year. Great recognition for the fantastic time that we have had over the last 12 months. The submission was written by our press officer Jill Birch who tried to sum up all our achievements in the limited words available – a great job done! Take a read of what we do:
“We are not just about how far and how fast you can go. Our mission is to encourage more people out on their bikes.
Initially, we recognise the importance of encouraging children to keep fit and learn an important life skill. We have 7 BC coaches and start by offering childrens coaching and weekly parent and child rides (Mini-Flyers).The young riders practise their group riding skills on the open road and the rides are very well attended. These lead into roller racing, grass track racing, cyclocross, mountain biking and velodrome trips. 2017/18 saw 4 national and 12 regional champions amongst our youngsters.
To keep our talented juniors within the club we have set up and funded a junior/youth race teamalong with local sponsors. 18 young members (male and female) were given coaching, kit,discounted bikes and funding for travel and entry to races. Their commitment, enthusiasm and results are impressive, some obtaining enough BC points to enter national events. We are proud to be helping our young people. In early 2018 we introduced an U23 team. 2017 saw 3 members in the top ten of the BC Youth Cat B rankings incl. No 1.
We have club rides and events to suit all levels including talks on fitness, nutrition and bike mechanics. Our entry level Social Series has brought in many new members including several using e-bikes. Our philosophy is no-one is judged for their gear, bike, fitness level or experience. Ride
leaders nuture people at a speed to suit the slowest in the group and our motto is “No-one gets left behind”. Conversely we have members completing 200 – 600km addax and the 1500km London-Edinburgh-London.
We welcome diversity, flexibility and new ideas, encouraging members to shape the club events.
This year has seen the introduction of the Mountain Goat, Fitness, In–Between and MTB sections.
Our website contains up to the minute information with reports and photos from rides to encourage new and existing members to try new challenges. Social media facilitates participation in ad hoc rides, campaigning on cycling issues and we introduced a safety campaign to encourage safer group riding. It was an acronym PATCH, Politeness, Awareness, Take Care, Communication, Highway Code. As well as rewarding outright speed, our annual Awards are about inspiring others with handicap awards for ͞most improved͟ and a Grand Tour award documenting inspiring bike adventures rather than the distance or speed.“
Details of the award can be read on the cycling weekly website and you might just recognise another club on the list!!