This month’s Spotlight club of the month - Cwmcarn Paragon Cycling club, Founded back in 1932 the club is one of the oldest clubs we have affiliated in Wales and with a strong heritage in developing riders who have gone on to represent Wales at the very highest level the club is in the process of refocussing its efforts to help support future generations.
History of the club
The clubs racing pedigree is clear to see in the history books of Welsh Cycling which extends back as far as the end of the Second World War with riders taking many Welsh titles, though things really moved up a gear in 1970 as John Hatfield was selected to represent Wales at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games and won Bronze in the 1km Tandem Sprint, 4 years later John returned with the honour of being the Welsh flag bearer in New Zealand.
The club really came to fruition in the 80’s with more Commonwealth selection and a surge in membership growth helping to promote the club and sport to a new and young audience that really came to fruition in the 90’s with riders being selected to represent Great Britain such as our current Head Coach Darren Tudor and Mechanic Anthony Malarczyk as well As Megan Backsedt (Formerly Hughes) taking World Bronze at the Junior Track Championships.
The success wasn’t just focused on the thin wheels of the sport with Tim Williams representing Great Britain at the World Downhill championships in the mid 90’s as well as taking the British Title along the way.
By the end of the decade membership had risen to 120 members and 7 riders had been selected for Wales at the Kuala Lumpa Games.
In recent years the club have had a number of riders represent Wales and form part of British Cycling squad’s, most notably in Sam Harrison who won World medals in both Cyclo-Cross and Track cycling world championships.
Events are key
The club has hosted a number of events from weekly time trials to races such providing support for the prestigious Junior Tour of Wales that has help play a vital role in the early development stages of the carers of many British and European pro’s.
The club’s own clubhouse located near the entrance to the famous Mtb trail’s of Cwmcarn allow the club to meet socially and the ability to run weekly turbo sessions which have been established to support the development of new young riders.
The club is looking to develop it’s provision and appeal to young riders and women. This year the club started winter Turbo sessions that have allowed young riders to come to a warm safe venue to keep there passion for the sport going over the winter months.
The club were supported with this venture from Regional Development Officer, Dan Coast who provided the club with a selection of training plans available via our website.
It will be fantastic to have a club with a history as rich as Cwmcarn’s involved in bringing through the next generation of young cyclists, the sport continues to grow at a rate where clubs with dedicated youth sections are hitting capacity. A Go-Ride club serving the area would be a great addition and the expertise within the club I’m sure will make it a great success.
The club are looking to get coaches trained to help facilitate the delivery of youth coached sessions and bring forward the next generation of riders.
Cwmcarn will automatically be entered into Club of the Year Awards 2019.