One Year On!
It is a year to the day that I organised the first meeting to gather some interest in reforming the North Wirral Velo. It was a nervously taken first step that I was dreading. The fear of no one turning up was what was holding me back. Fortunately, we had a decent turn out and there was lots of enthusiasm in the room for a new (old) club on the Wirral. About 15 people turned up at that initial meeting and apart from a few of the En Velo CC members who turned up to support it (aka trying to get tips on how a real cycling club would work 😉 ) most of the those people went on to join.
The now reinvigorated NWV would need a reinvigorated jersey design. I wanted the jersey to represent the club from the (first) era I was a member, the 1980’s when it was green/yellow/black and so I based the colours on the design from then, but with (I hope) a more modern look .
From August 2017 onwards the club started to attract more attention and it gathered more and more recruits along the way. Club runs were starting to take place and even though it was a difficult time over the winter months to get people of regularly (myself included!) the club burst into the new year with an increased membership of about 25. As the year progressed, we grew bigger and the NWV racing section was also reborn. The club has a long and glorious history of racing successes and I’m sure the current riders will continue that tradition. To date we have got 5 members who have raced this year. I am immensely proud of all of them and it’s fantastic to see North Wirral Velo listed on a start sheet once more.
Today membership stands at 42 paid up members, and because we include a jersey in the first years subs, we get a great turn out in club colours for every ride. We are starting to look like a club again! This year we are hoping to have our first club dinner this winter and want to include more social events to get members together off the bike as well as on. We have some exciting plans for next year so we hope that more cyclists will join us and enjoy being part of what is a legendary cycling club!
I only hope that in another year’s time I can report back with news of another big increase in club membership and more racing successes. Thanks to all who have shared the enthusiasm and supported the club so far, long may it continue!