The Go-Ride Conferences 2014 came to a close yesterday, when the final conference took place at Manchester’s National Cycling Centre. Hosted across the country, the six conferences were attended by a record number of club volunteers, with over 550 delegates at the events throughout March.
During the conference workshops, volunteers had the opportunity to get expert advice from British Cycling and contribute to shaping the future of the sport.
Discussions focused on improving club management, bridging the gap between youth and adult participation, making cycling more accessible for riders with a disability, and inspiring the next generation to get stuck into volunteering.
There was also guidance from British Cycling on how clubs can turn the inspiration garnered from the Tour de France visiting our shores into participation, by getting involved with the Go-Ride Tour.
British Cycling’s Director of Coaching, Education and Development, John Mills, said: “The workforce of volunteers continues to grow, both in size and in levels of enthusiasm, and this is demonstrated by the record number of attendees at this year’s Go-Ride conferences. We are consistently overwhelmed by the efforts and passion that we see volunteers put into making the sport happen.
“The conferences are a great opportunity for us to directly support the volunteers and bring them together to celebrate the difference they make to cycling.”
During the conferences, 60 awards were presented to volunteers in recognition of the hard work and commitment demonstrated at their Go-Ride Club. There are approximately 4,500 cycling enthusiasts volunteering at a network of 300 Go-Ride Clubs across the country.
Laura Trott, a world champion who first started cycling at Welwyn Wheelers Go-Ride Club, said: “Without support from the volunteers at my Go-Ride Club, it’s possible I wouldn’t be where I am today. Volunteers are all doing a fantastic job and making a real difference to the sport!”