Volunteers: In Focus - March 2023

Volunteers: In Focus - March 2023

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30 March 2023

Throughout 2023 we will be shining a light on the brilliant work our volunteers do for all forms of cycling.  We want to acknowledge the huge contribution made by a wide variety of volunteer roles in making cycling happen – quite simply, it wouldn’t happen without them.

If you think someone deserves a mention, get in touch on social media with your respective regional or national teams or via @BCCoaches on Twitter.

We want to say thank you to all volunteers who have supported cycling, at all levels. Without your enthusiasm and commitment, we could not deliver at the levels we do. Well done to all that have been nominated in March 2023. Thank you from everyone at British Cycling and on behalf of everyone who benefits from your efforts.

Name: Tina Holt

Region: Wales

Role: Event Organiser

Tina organises both Youth and Adult races on a weekly basis at the National Closed Road Circuit at Pembrey. She also organises one of British Cycling's Youth National Series as a 2-day event.

Tina has been involved in the sport since she was born! Over the years she has volunteered in organising races, many driving roles in local and national races, as well as taking teams away to races. Her husband and both boys have raced to a high standard too, so it is a real family affair!

Tina has organised races over the years that have certainly helped develop riders from the West Wales area and further afield to be medallists in National, European, Commonwealth and World Championships events. The weekly races she promotes has definitely made an impact, not only for riders, but with other volunteers to make the race happen.

Being born into a cycling family, Tina married a cyclist and both her sons are involved. She simply lives and breathes cycling and is this month’s Volunteer: In Focus for Wales!

Become an Event Organiser

British Cycling Values: Integrity, Innovation, Unity, Passion

Name: Mark and Amanda Clements

Region: Yorkshire

Role: Club coaches at Steel City Rippers MTB club

Amanda and Mark have developed the club from its inception and play a big part in encouraging and developing young riders within the club setting. They both also volunteer at regional coaching activities such as MTB club training clusters. Passionate and dedicated, they are well respected by club mates, riders, and parents. Both Amanda and Mark are always willing to get involved and to help riders develop their skills, helping them to enjoy cycling and where possible, to enter into racing opportunities.

Club Chair Gavin is quick to praise Mark and Amanda for their efforts with the club: 

''They are both great with the kids and really make our sessions a lot of fun. They are a real asset for the club.''

Andy Akers, Club and Group Developer for Yorkshire, says:

“I have known Mark and Amanda since they started their coaching journey and have worked with them on club training clusters in the region. Both are extremely committed and passionate about what they do. They relate well to young riders and develop a good rapport with them which means their coaching is well received and effective. They are always positive and willing to get involved with opportunities and bring their own ideas to new projects.”

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British Cycling Values: Passion, Innovation

Name: Jon Miles

Region: Central

Role: Event Organiser and Commissaire

At the British Cycling Awards in February, Jon Miles was awarded the Gold Badge of Honour award. The Gold Badge of Honour is bestowed on members of the British Cycling Federation for services to the organisation. Nominations are submitted by Regional Councils to the Board, and the Board then review these and propose a vote on recipients at British Cycling’s Annual General Meeting. Jon Miles has been a lifelong cycling volunteer within the Central region and is the well-known and respected coordinator of the Women’s Team Cup. This has played a pivotal role in the growth of women’s cycling for more than two decades.

Jon has also been a long-standing regional road and circuit commissaire, working around all levels of classifications from Youth to National B events.

Get into officiating

British Cycling Values: Innovation

Name: Lee Wood

Region: West Midlands

Role: e-Race captain at Stourbridge Cycling Club

With the West Midland's regional team hosting online Zwift Club Competitions in December 2022 & February 2023, Lee has been instrumental in coordinating his club's participation in these events and getting so many members of the club involved and this saw Stourbridge CC win the February edition of the series. It is evident through social media posts that Lee is thought very highly of at the club and his club support extends well beyond organising online racing. Lee helps coordinate the club runs taking place on Saturday mornings and has also been instrumental in Stourbridge securing a new (very aerodynamic) kit.

Online Lee received some nice comments from fellow club members such as "thanks Woody for organising and getting everyone involved" and "brilliant 4 weeks, cheers for organising Lee".

Stourbridge Cycling Club

British Cycling Values: Unity, Passion

Name: Tammy Corney

Region: South West

Role: Widger Spoke Easies - Club founder, chair, and coach & Breeze Champion

Tammy has been instrumental in setting up and developing the Widger Spoke Easies, a women-only cycling club on the Cornwall / Devon border. She facilitates a variety of opportunities for members to get involved with, from club rides, coaching sessions, time trials and even trips abroad. She recently held a workshop with local bike shops for members to trial e-bikes, to help overcome barriers.

Tammy has also been a key member of the South West Women's Cycling Network, sharing knowledge and suggesting new topics that are of interest to her members as well as women cyclists in the region.

Thank you, Tams, for everything you do!

Widger Spoke-Easies

Become a Breeze Champion

British Cycling Values: Passion, Innovation