Scottish Cycling West Newsletter November 2015
Winter is finally here and it’s proper cold weather for riding the bike! This month we’ve had a very productive Regional Development Group meeting and drawn out some exciting actions for the region including linking up existing events and creating regional Championships.
There’s also been coaching opportunities for our young riders who have had RACE sessions on both skinny and knobbly tyres!
Here’s what’s been going on in the West in November…
Regional Development Group Updates
A Regional Development Group meeting was held on the 9th of November, with a busy agenda. A key action for the region is developing regional Championship events – which will slot amongst existing events for 2016. A Hill Climb championships will be created, with a proposed date of the 18th of September 2016. Any clubs wishing to host that event should contact Morven.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Scottish Cycling Events Team presented the draft 2016 calendar at an open meeting in Perth on 10th November. Also, the Scottish Cycling Events Strategy has been published and we’re looking for your feedback. Get involved!
Events - Past
East Kilbride Road club were the hosts at the third round of the Scottish Cyclocross series at Strathclyde Park. They put on a fantastic event with a record number of entrants, despite horrendous weather conditions.
The event also incorporated the Scottish Student Sport (SSS) Championships with strong numbers of students braving the weather and Sunday morning hangovers to compete.
Events - Upcoming
The Revolution Series is coming to the West, visiting the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow this weekend.
Education & Training
Effective coaching is at the heart of cycling performance at every level of the sport. Whether you want to teach core bike-handling skills to future generations of riders, learn more detailed riding knowledge to benefit yourself and your local club or have aspirations to mentor Great Britain’s elite, Scottish Cycling has a coaching course that will help you to achieve your goals.
The 2016 coaching course calendar is nearing completion – keep an eye on the website – it will be published here.
Heather Coull, Coach Profile
Here’s the first coach profile from SC West – this month it’s Heather Coull who is a young coach at East Kilbride Road Club. She’s an inspiring coach, read her story here.
SC West – RACE Sessions
The first SC West RACE MTB Session took place at Cathkin Braes this month – find out what the youth riders got up to in this blog post!
The second SC West Road RACE Session is taking place this Sunday at Ingliston. Sign up now!
Club Development Plans
The most effective and efficient road to improvement is planning. By formulating a Club Development Plan including short, medium and long term aims and objectives you will be able to prioritise club projects and associated funding and hence achieve your goals.
Producing a development plan is often perceived as an onerous task taking up valuable volunteer time. It should not be seen in this way. Rather it should be seen as a list of “to do’s” which will ultimately save time and effort in progressing the club.
A good club development plan should be based on the club’s current position and a realistic long term model (usually three or five years)
If any club would like help in producing a development plan, please contact Morven.email@example.com
Dates for Diaries
Scottish Cycling AGM
The Scottish Cycling AGM takes place this Saturday at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, 350 Wellshot Rd, Glasgow G32 7QP. Could anyone planning to attend please register their attendance using the nomination form which can be found along with the program for the day.
Construction Starts at Rankin Park!
Contractors ‘Back on Track’ have begun construction on the mountain biking trails at Rankin Park which is also the location of a new £1.5 million football facility. The design for the new mountain bike hub includes a link track, a balance bike track and an area to practice skills. It also includes a pump track - a system of looping trails and dirt berms to allow for cycling without the rider pedalling – a balance bike track and coaching area.
Scottish Cycling have published the first in their series of #SCSQUADBLOG with Sprint rider Robyn Stewart talking about her training – work – life balance, it’s a great read!