Meet the Committee
I have been cycling for over 20 years, at first on a mountain bike, then later a hybrid, then a road bike. I was a solo rider, going out for hours with an OS map, cycling off the map at times and enjoying being lost.
About 3 years ago while I was out one summer night a cyclist pulled alongside me. We chatted and I asked him about his shirt and what M&G was about. He invited me along to the next club ride and I’m so glad I did because cycling in a group is much more fun. You get to discover new routes, new cafés and the company is great. I also found that cycling in a group, once I was used to it, made me feel much safer out on the roads.
I was the 32nd M&G club member and the first female. Things have really changed: we have over 160 members and over 40 are female. My cycling has improved enormously and I’ve made some lifelong friends. Joining M&G was one of the best things I’ve ever done.
I've been a member of M&G since 2013 when a 'friend' told me about a small bunch of blokes who go for short social rides.... 8000+ miles later and part of an ever expanding club I've lent my experience of running a sports club (30 years on a cricket club committee) to M&G helping set up the committee. Very much a social rider 'til the testosterone kicks in, but that's when the fitness runs out. Loving the cross section of people from the local community and despite being an Englishman through and through I have been welcomed into the group and met so many great new friends.
My cycling obsession kicked in about 4 years ago. Up until then, I was a keen golfer , spending most Saturday & Sunday mornings hitting a small white ball around Wrexham Golf Course , where I also met our founding member Gwynn Evans. His enthusiasm for cycling rubbed off on me & I found myself swapping Sunday morning strolls around the Golf course for Lycra & 2 wheels. I remember my first MGVC ride and how even though I was nervous , the patience & camaraderie of the other group members, helped me complete my first group cycle ride. Since then I've become hooked to my 2 wheels & enjoyed watching the group grow in numbers & strength. Further, the fact that I'm a local lad , being born & bred in Gresford , the fact that such a great cycling club is on my door step is the icing on the cake.
As a youngster I was always out on my bike, and continued with this through, and after, university until my derailleur snapped and threw me off my bike on the way home from jury service. I then fell out of love with cycling (well who wouldn't?) until inspired by Wiggo I started again, joining my local club in East London. Moving to North Wales I tried a local cycling club but didnt get on with them, many club members I'm sure will think they know why :-), and in 2015 I rode to Alf Jones Cycles and met up with a complete bunch of strangers who proceeded to show me how rubbish I was at hills. Thes rest, as they say, is history