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School worker completes his Paris cycle challenge for Ashgrove School June 28, 2012

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MADE IT! Ashgrove School worker Ian Liddiatt has completed his Penarth to Paris cycle.

ASHGROVE School worker Ian Liddiatt has completed his epic Penarth to Paris cycle to raise money for specialist bikes and equipment for the school.

The Learning Support Assistant left the school gates on Tuesday, May 22 at 9.30am – and arrived at the Eiffel Tower, 300 miles later, early on the Wednesday evening.

A group of students from the school, on an educational trip to the French capital, were waiting at the Eiffel Tower on his arrival.

Speaking shortly before he left, Ian said: “It’s all for the pupils here. I want to do them proud.”

Triathlete Ian, who has worked at the specialist school which caters for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder since February 2009, was accompanied on the ride by friend and training partner Huw Evans.

Huw’s mother Gill waved them off.

“Huw did this to support his good friend and a fantastic cause,” she said.

“The pair of them have done some mammoth events before, but I think this will was the pinnacle of their physical achievements. I’m very proud of them both.”

The aim of the ride was to raise £2,000 for the newly established school bike club, and specifically for specially adapted trikes which will give students the opportunity to take part in adventurous outdoor activities and learn road safety skills, no matter what their ability.

Sue Williams set up the bike club and following a special assembly to send Ian on his way, she organised for students to try and replicate his journey on two exercise bikes in the school hall.

“We worked out that he would spend around 14 hours spent on the bike, and burn some 15,000 calories with his 72,000 pedal revolutions!” she said.

“This was a project that the students got to work on, with Ian, from start to finish – as they helped him plan his route using google maps and could track his progress via a GPS system linked to the school computers.

“He also wore a helmet camera for some of the journey so the pupils could share the excitement with him upon his arrival at the Eiffel Tower.

“He did brilliantly, especially considering the immense heat for part of the journey, a delayed ferry and Paris rush hour,” she added.

“The children can’t quite believe he actually cycled the whole way!”

Donations to reach the £2,000 are still being accepted.

To support Ian and the school bike club log on to www.justgiving.com/ashgrovepenarthtoparis or contact the school.

HRH Princess Anne with Bike Club members in Wales November 23, 2011

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Bike Clubs leaders and members were invited  to celebrate the achievements of Young people in Wales by Youth Cymru and Uk Youth.  Pembroke Primary School, Chepstow and Morriston Comprehensive School, Swansea were asked to showcase the excellent activities in their Bike Clubs, they demonstrated these through colour displays produced by the young people and presented to HRH Princess Anne at Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff.

Pembroke Primary School

 both Bike Club members showed real enthusiasm and a sense of pride when discussing they Bike Club with HRH and other guests.

Morriston Comprehensive School

A big thank you to both Bike Club for their hard work, and also thank you to Bike Club leaders and young people from other areas who attend the service to celebrate the achievement of young people in Wales.

 Melanie Davies Bike Club Development officer for Wales said ‘Bike Club Wales currently has 21 clubs funded by ASDA Pedal Power, covering a diverse cross-section of community groups and schools, providing many bespoke cycling opportunities. this is currently in the South Wales area, we hope to provide the same opportunities for groups in other areas of Wales in the future.

Bike Clubs would like to thank Youth Cymru and UK Youth who put on an excellent event and provided us this great opportunity to showcase the work of Bike Clubs in Wales, such a great day.

photography by Jules

Pudsey from Children in Need meets Bike Club Cardiff November 18, 2011

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Bike Club Cardiff spend the day teaching Pudsey how to cycle,  Pudsey had such a great day he put them in his Children in Need Calendar.

show your support to children in need calander cost £4 and can be purchased by emailing your request to melanie.davies@bikeclub.org.uk or through http://hybu.co.uk/1/pudseys-challenge-year-2012-calendar-now-available

Big thanks to Tredz for yet again supporting Bike Club in their many activites!


Bike Club volunteer opportunities in South Wales September 14, 2011

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 Volunteer opportunities

 Bike Club have an exciting opportunity to train volunteers for Bike Clubs  South Wales to support cycling activites for Young People between 10 and 20 in

 Current Volunteering posts include

 Palmerston Primary School, Barry

2 places for Bike Maintenance support

training level 1

(Volunteer time Appox. 30 hours per year)


Cardiff YMCA

1 ride manager to organise 6 local led rides

Ride Support and Ride manager training

(Volunteer time approx. 6 led rides a year)


Oasis Cardiff

Maintenance support and trainer

Includes Bike Maintenance training level 1, 2 and 3


Bikeability/ Standards instructor trainer

Includes Bikeability/ Standards Instructor training

(Volunteer time Sessional)


Youth Achievements Award Training available for all

Due to a high level of interest
and cost of the courses you will need to commit to a minimum of one year

Please contact me for
further information on any of the above

Melanie Davies, Bike Club Development Officer


Mobile – 07500 847381

Cardiff Bike Club wil be at the Wales LGBT Mardi Gras 2011 September 2, 2011

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Bike Club will be at the Cardiff Mardi gras on staurday 3rd Sep, come along to the Youth Zone to find out more!

Young people in Cardiff cycle into the new year with Bike Club January 10, 2011

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Bike Club has been brought to Cardiff with the help of funding from Asda’s ‘Pedal Power’ project. Bike Club works with local youth and community groups, schools, voluntary and statutory organisations to help young people be creative and explore their cycling interests. It offers young people, volunteers and youth workers support in a range of ways including training, funding and help to ensure they are confident and equipped with the right resources to lead activities.

Cardiff YMCA and Llamau are two of the groups that have successfully set up Bike Clubs with the aid of a Bike Club grant and support of Bike Club Development Officer for Cardiff Melanie Davies. Melanie says: “Bike Club offers a great opportunity for children and young people to engage in fun, interesting, bespoke cycling activities and in doing so provides the opportunity for young people to keep fit, healthy and gain independence.”

With a wide range of Bike Club activities in Cardiff and the surrounding areas, young people will become healthier and more active, and have access to effective non-formal education, improving the community as a whole. Young people’s achievements will be celebrated and they can also gain valuable accreditation for their hard work through Youth Achievement Awards.

Regardless of location, all areas in Wales can benefit from becoming a non-grant member of Bike Club, which brings together practical advice to support children and young people all over Wales. Bike Club will further promote the development of a sustainable approach to learning and exploring through cycling.

Bike Club has organised a networking day 26 January 1pm to 4pm at Youth Cymru, Upperboat Business Centre, Treforest, CF37 5BP. It will be an opportunity for leaders, groups or schools to come along and discover how they can apply for a Bike Club grant. To attend, please contact Melanie Davies on 01443 827 842. www.bikeclub.org.uk

Bike Club Cardiff meets winner of new bike from Tredz August 10, 2010

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 Bike Club Cardiff hosted the UK Youth Nigel Mansell Challenge event in Cardiff on 23rd July. 

The day was a great success with over 300 participants and spectators who attended through the day to welcome the peloton to Cardiff.  To further celebrate the day Tredz Bike shop kindly donated a bike for a prize draw, all young people who participated on the day were entered into the free draw. Charlies  name was drawn by Youth Cymru and Charlie is now the proud owner of a new Raleigh Bike.

Charlie is a real bike enthusiast and enjoys spending a lot of his time riding.  Recently his bike broke so he was overwhelmed when he received the call from the Bike Club Officer to congratulate him on winning the bike. When Charlie entered the Tredz shop to collect his prize he looked at all the bikes on show, he then fell in love with the Raleigh bike little did he know that this bike was his prize.   Charlies mum Heidi said “Charlie lives and breathes bikes””  he will now be able to continue his favourite pastime with his new Prize.

Nigel Mansell UK Youth Cycle Challenge July 16, 2010

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Motor racing legend Nigel Mansell is about to undertake one of the biggest challenges of his life, as he sets off on an 1200 mile challenge to cycle around the UK. Nigel will ride as part of a group including his sons Leo and Greg, and former Tour de France pro Magnus Backstedt. The riders will leave London on 22 June and aim to return on 3 August.

One of the organisations behind Bike Club is UK Youth, the UK’s largest non-unformed youth organisation. 2010 sees the centenary of UK Youth, and Nigel is undertaking this 13 day challenge to show his support for  ‘Positive about Youth‘, UK Youth’s campiagn to challenge perceptions of young people.

As the Nigel Mansell UK Youth Cycle Challenge riders tour the UK they will be visiting several events and supporters, including events arranged by Bike Club. We’re keen to show Nigel how UK Youth’s involvement in Bike Club is making a real difference, creating great opportunities for young people.

Nigel Mansell will be visiting Bike Club events in these cities and towns, with various activities available for children and young people. Click to find out more:

If you’re visiting one of these events, or you’re accompanying a young person, you’ll need to fill in one of these consent forms.

Let us know if you’re going along, and show us your photos!

Nigel Mansell event in Cardiff July 7, 2010

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As the Nigel Mansell Cycle Challenge tours Britain, we’ll be preparing a big welcome in Cardiff on 23 July.

From 11am until 5pm, we’ll have a range of activities:

See you by the Light Ship in Cardiff Bay.

If you’re under 18, you’ll need to need to fill in one of these activity consent forms before you take part.

Bike Club in Wales: the launch presentation slides June 14, 2010

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If you couldn’t make it to Bike Club’s Cardiff launch last week, or if you’d like a reminder of what was covered, here are the presentation slides shown during the event. Use the arrows beneath the slides to scroll through them.

Primarily, these slides accompanied the words shared by Kevin Mayne of CTC and Sarah Troke, the Bike Club UK manager. We also heard from Jane Davidson AM, the Welsh Assembly Government’s Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing.

If you’d like to know more about Bike Club in the Cardiff area, contact Melanie Davies on melanie.davies@bikeclub.org.uk or 07500 847381.

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