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National Track Championships - 2019 (Para-cycling)

January 19, 2019

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About Towy Riders Cycle Club

Carmarthen Park has a long standing history with recreational cycling. The 405 metre long oval track was built within the park grounds for the people of Carmarthenshire and opened on Easter Monday in 1900.

It was a hub from where 1000’s would watch the Herculean efforts of bygone racers charging round the track on their E.C. Simmons bikes. It is believed to be the oldest outdoor concrete velodrome in the World, that had been in continuous use up until recent times.

Sadly, the track then suffered at the hands of time and was for a time considered unsafe to use.

We are delighted to say that through local & National support it has recently secured large investments from Sports Wales, Carmarthenshire County Council & Carmarthen Town Council. This has enabled the completion of a full restoration program to the track. It has an all weather surface and the additional safety features that are required to ensure it is once again able to showcase events in these modern times. The track is now in full operation and managed through Carmarthen Town council. It is open to the public to use at anytime there is not a booking. Welsh Cycling often run training sessions on the track for various abilities. Further information regarding the track can found here

The Velodrome is home to Towy Riders Cycle Club which is one of the largest and strongest cycling clubs in the UK. Founded in 2007, the club’s membership ranges from ages 6+. This is broken down in to youth categories E,D,C,B & A. E being U8's up to A which is U16's. All youth category riders will be seen in the distinctive Gold & Red kit.

For the older categories then riders fall into the Junior & Senior catagories. Juniors (16 - 18) and Seniors (18+). Their kit is Red, Black & White.

Go-Ride Sessions (U16's)

GoRide sessions are run on a weekly basis on Saturday mornings normally starting at 10:00. We currently have access to a number of venues including Carmarthen Park (location here), Carmarthen Showground (Location here) and Llangunnor Community Park (Location here). The venue/session will be confirmed using social media (Twitter and Facebook) before the session commences. These posts can also be viewed via the Twitter feed on this website (see below). The first session will be an introduction to cycling with the club & is FREE of charge, After this we encourage you to join the club and benefit from the instruction of our British Cycling qualified Coaching Team. We recommend a starting age of 6 years, although there is some flexibility on this and the club coaches can advise if your child is younger.

The club runs other sessions throughout the week and on a Sunday AM. These are more progressive session for the more established club riders. But again feel free to discuss these sessions with one of the coaches or via the club Secretary/Coach - email: here

More details about the session can be found on the Contact page (here).

*Please can new riders arrive around 09:30 to complete pre-session, introduction & registration.

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TRCC Club Kit

The club has two kit suppliers. For the youths (Under 16's) then their kit will be supplied by GEARclub. This kit is managed by a Club Kit Rep who tends to hold stock items within the club. With the youth kit then a selection of items are available to purchase from any of the club Go-Ride sessions when the club kit rep is there. For more info regarding the youth club kit then please send an email - here. See website here for kit details & sizing guides.

For the Junior & Senior members of the club (over 16s) then the option will be from NOPINZ. They are a Premier kit supplier who manufacture top quality, high performance cycling kit (See website here). For the password to access the account via the button below then please contact the club sec - here.

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Welcome to Towy Riders Cycle Club

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The club has a more social ride that will have a coffee stop at some point in the ride - this runs on a Sunday morning from the near the Velodrome leaving around 08:30. There are also other adhoc rides - these rides are ALL posted via the Towy Riders twitter (links to which are highlighted in red) feeds that can be seen on this page of the website with the longer rides advertised via the club Strava events page (see the Strava feed with a link to join the club). The future of TRCC is looking good. Also, is now affiliated with CTT (Cycling Time Trials) this enables the club to host Time Trials (Follow link here to CTT club site) which we plan to put into action in 2017 onwards. We will also be looking to run TT's locally for all ages (min age : 12) within the club.

Towy Riders Cycle Club is an accredited British Cycling ‘Go-Ride’ club. We are able to offer enjoyable, inclusive and progressive cycle skills training, together with structured coaching activities for children of all ages and abilities in safe, traffic-free environments. Coaching is provided by a team of accredited British Cycling-registered and qualified coaches.​ The club runs regular coached sessions in Carmarthen and the surrounding area for beginners and improvers alike and many youth members progress to take part in organised events throughout Wales and the UK.​

Rider Progression

As well as improving their basic riding skills, many Club members go on to successfully compete in youth categories at both Regional & National levels.

If you are a cyclist aged 14+ and have moved to the area with similar successes then please get in touch withTowy Riders as we would be more than happy to discuss and assist in your progression if possible - send email - here

Towy Riders Cycle Club (TRCC) run regular social and training rides for it's members and welcome new riders to join us with a view to joining the club. We have members of all abilities some of which are very active in competition, regularly representing the club in road races, time trials, sportives, cyclocross and mountain biking events.​

We currently run the following sessions - during Spring & Summer then there are the Club Tues & Thurs PM rides. There is also the local chaingang on a Weds evening which can be fast paced but still great fun.

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