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Rhyl Cycling Club

    Your Webmaster and Editor must surely be speaking on behalf of everyone, when we say how moved we are by the news that Rhyl Cycling Club has wasted no time in moving forward from the sort of trauma which would have left many organisations in ruins. The acute pain is still very much with us. We will never forget the horror as the dreadful news began to break on that beautifully crisp Welsh Sunday morning in early January 2006 when four members of the Rhyl club were killed on the A547 Abergele Road, and the father of one suffered a broken leg. Ironic when you consider that only a handful of weeks earlier another cyclist was killed in collision with a car, on the other side of the town.

    Cycling, either alone or with a group of friends, has a delight all of its own. Only those who have enjoyed such fellowship of the road will appreciate that such a simple pleasure must never be allowed to fade away because of pressure from the relentless growth of motor traffic. Rhyl Cycling Club are clearly determined that for those living in the beautiful Vale of Clwyd, this will never be allowed to happen.

    Time eases pain, but memories remain. And we must all be sharing a deep sadness for the grieving families and friends who have lost their closest and dearest.

    With all the inadequacy of words on such occasions, the 60,000 members of CTC, its President, Phil Liggett, and Director, Kevin Mayne, wish Rhyl Cycling Club every success in the months and years ahead. It is a privilege to place on record the Rhyl CC Press Release below.

Club News Release:  8 February 2006

    New club president Bill Twigg says he is impressed with the spirit and positive outlook for the future following a club special general meeting - the first get together for members since the tragedy which claimed the lives of four club members just five weeks ago.

    "The blend of older experienced members together with younger and talented administrators provides the perfect formula to take Rhyl Cycling Club into a new era. In particular the appointment of Alan Broadbent as chairman reinforces the highly respected traditions and club development policies achieved by his father Maurice. Alan's chairmanship will also provide an essential bridge all age groups and varied cycling interests within the club membership" Bill adds.

    Members are determined to maintain and expand their long standing community based policy for offering first class facilities for existing members and new recruits wanting to take up cycling as their competitive sport or leisure activity.

    Continuing with their excellent reputation as a promoting club, a comprehensive programme of events is already at planning stage including a range of time trials, road races, Sunday club runs and social events.

Officers and Committee elected at the special general meeting are:

OFFICERS

President: Bill Twigg Chairman: Alan Broadbent Secretary: Scott Eccles Acting Treasurer: Bill Twigg Time Trials Secretary: Ashley Roberts Road Race Secretary: Craig Needs Child Protection Officer: Rae Hughes Press and Public Affairs: Paul Loftus

COMMITTEE

Wyn Morris - Mel Royles - Gary Whitney - Conrad Hobbs

Bill Twigg and Paul Loftus of Rhyl Cycling Club

President Bill Twigg and Press Officer Paul Loftus in less challenging times

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