I have been member of Gt. Yarmouth Cycling Club for nearly 30 years, the last 20 as Club Chairman. During my racing career I have held the club’s Time Trialing Records at all distances from 10 miles through to 100 miles (30, 50 and 100 still held). At the moment as well as Chairman, I organise/time-keep all the Club Time Trials and am the club’s Club Run Leader.
My name is Louise and I have been a member of GYCC since 2014. My husband started cycling before me and quickly realised that if he was going to ride his bike as much as he wanted he had best get me interested too! Luckily for him, I fell in love with cycling.
During my time with the club, I have met a wonderful, diverse and super friendly group of people I now consider good friends.
I joined GYCC in late 2014, due to some health issues and needing to lose some weight so I bought myself a bike and wanted to meet other cyclists for advice and people to ride with. I joined the Saturday morning social rides and progressed from there, I found the club members to be very friendly, helpful and encouraging in my quest to improve my fitness. As time went on I started joining the other club rides and progressed to the fast(ish) group rides which I now help to lead. I also lead the Saturday social rides which I enjoy thoroughly as it is what kickstarted my love of cycling and It’s always really pleasing to see others start cycling and then progress to other groups or even time trialling or racing.
Around 2016 I was invited onto the committee as the social secretary and then in late 2018 I was asked if I would like to be club secretary which certainly keeps me busy with all the communication and paper work required to keep a busy active club such as GYCC functioning!
I have been a keen cyclist for many years, joining GYCC in November 2002 when I first tried time trials and got hooked on them. I have raced almost every season apart from the odd one through injury, (not on the bike), and competed in the Amateur World Time Trial Championships in France (2017) and Italy (2018) which was an amazing experience albeit quite stressful at the time.
My aim is to encourage as many ladies to get on their bikes and enjoy the freedom cycling gives you. We run ladies only rides which help with building confidence in group riding, improve your bike handling skills and techniques. These rides are kept at the slowest ladies pace and are very social. Your fitness will improve as will your overall speed until you find you can easily maintain 14 to 15 miles an hour on your bike.
I have been riding bikes for as long as I can remember. I joined GYCC soon after moving to the area, to find new routes and meet new friends. The club has delivered on both scores.
Now, I regularly take part in club rides, sometimes leading them.
As a club, we believe it is important that all members show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. My role is to help ensure that this is a reality and not just an aim.
If you are being made to feel uncomfortable or are unhappy with something, please let me know. I will take it seriously, and work with you to solve the problem.