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 Rutland Rouleur has a real family feel


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Rutland Rouleur was started in 2011, the brain child of National Standards Cycle instructor Neil Redman Davies.

 

Under 8 race

 

MEMBERSHIP

Membership - £10.00 for a single annual membership or £25.00 for a family membership. For more information, or to join, visit the club’s website www.rutlandrouleur.org.uk or contact coaches.rutlandrouleur@gmail.com or via the Facebook page.

The idea arose when Neil was delivering Bikeability into primary schools, where year five and year six children were asking where they could go to have fun on the bikes.

 

Neil made an approach to the Velo Club to see if they would support the scheme and they initially funded his coaching course which got started in mid 2012,with about 18 riders, as Velo Club Rutland Young Riders.

 

After a while, they decided to go independent of the adult club. That was at the very start of 2013, Neil,revealing: "In fact it was an incredibly cold, wet and challenging February when we started at Kendrew Barracks. The club did not have a building at that time and used to meet out of the back of a van."

 

In August, 2013, they were given official CASC status before becoming a fully affiliated British Cycling Go Ride Club and gaining their British Cycling Clubmark status in November of the following year.

 

The club has introduced a family membership for 2015 and with adult family included, we are approaching 90 members. Our regular coaching sessions can often attract 20 riders or more.

 

The programme includes club rides on Saturdays, coaching on Sunday mornings (10.30 – 12.30) and in the better weather, mountain biking on a Thursday early evening, a brand new activity which has just started in April, is the creation of a Women's & Girls group, there has been a huge increase in interest in female cycling, Rutland Rouleur has a high proportion of female riders of all ages and to better cater for them, we have introduced female only, female led Wednesday evening rides, with a gradual build up to a 100km ride in July, for those that wish to set themselves a real goal.

 

Coaching is at Kendrew Barracks, Cottesmore. The club is using the brand new Derby Velodrome for formal coaching and fun sessions and hopefully before long racing there.

 

Press officer Katherine Coleman, explaining what the club has to offer, says: “As one club member put it, Rutland Rouleur is a family.  It’s a wide range of ages and abilities and allows kids to get on their bikes, improve their skills, make new friends and enter competitions.  If you want to progress, RR has the coaching skills to allow you to do it. If you want to just have fun, the club will give you that too.”

 

Rutland Rouleur Road Race


Published: 17/04/2015





 
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