St Austell Wheelers CC goes from strength to strength as its appeal broadens to include a diversity of cycling. During last year, club runs on the road continued to attract members including some mile-munchers while an off-road section became established with regular club runs every week. The Club’s Youth Academy became firmly established regularly attracting 40 young riders every week and staging their first cross-country race as a British Cycling Go-Ride Club.
A nucleus of dedicated road riders continued to enjoy their weekly club runs to all corners of our wonderful county. For the first time in many years the focus was not on time trialling and the club did not offer any Open Events. However, for many, the enjoyment of riding to many amazing destinations was their focus. Plus, a number of members were able to ride during the week inviting their fellow riders to join them and this has become a feature of the club rides that many enjoy as everyone copes with busy lives with work and family commitments all having to fit in around their sport.
Riding with the Club is a social activity centred around the idea of searching out coffee and cake wherever it may be found. Whether riding on the road or off-road the search for coffee and cake creates a unity and bond for all!
We’re very lucky to be adjacent to or close to many trails so that off-road riders can enjoy all forms of avoiding tarmac from cyclo-cross, cross-country, mountain bike trails and downhill with some technical stuff to sharpen the senses.
2019 has seen the establishment of regular off-road adventures with many members trying the sport for the first time. In addition to riding locally, there have been trips to various venues including Bike Park Wales (four times), Haldon Forest, Tavi Woods, Poldice, etc.
More to come in 2020 of course including supporting local events organised by other clubs such as the National Series Cross-Country race coming to our local Woody’s Bike Park.
A real ‘feather in our club’s collective cap’ is the establishment of the Youth Academy which began in September, 2018 and what an exciting development this has been for the Club. Now in its second year we currently have over 50 young riders coming to our coaching sessions and rideouts every Saturday morning during term time come rain or shine.
Our Club Coaches who have been trained by British Cycling and other groups include British Cycling Level One coaches and now three British Cycling Level 2 Cycling Coaches. Our enthusiastic Coaches and their helpers give up their time freely and the Club owe a real debt of gratitude for their continued efforts in making our Club so successful.
If any Club member is keen to become involved and train as a Coach or regularly help our Coaches, please get in touch. Training is provided by British Cycling.