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Cycling club of the year 2018

West Lothian Clarion have been awarded cycling club of the year at an all star ceremony at Murrayfield last week.

Parolympian David Smith MBE presented members of the club with their trophy at the Scottish Cycling Roll of Honour.

Volunteers rubbed shoulders with olympic and commonwealth games medalists during the ceremony which celebrated 159 award winners from the world of cycling in 2017.

Lucinda Beresford from Scottish Cycling said “We were thrilled to announce West Lothian Clarion as our Club of the Year at the Roll of Honour. The club has consistently shown a desire to develop riders at any age and stage with participation opportunities for all. We were also impressed by the clubs ability to work in partnership with other community groups in order to continue to grow and learn.”

Michelle Gregory, the club’s joint women’s officer. was on stage to receive the award and said “We are so happy to win this award, volunteers have invested 1000s of hours of their time into helping to run activities this year, so it’s great for our members to get recognised for all their hard work.”

The club diversified its membership by including events for women and cyclists using adaptive bikes. The Clarion have helped pioneer women’s cyclo cross racing for novice riders by holding coaching sessions prior to events and holding handcycling competitions.

The Clarion has over 300 adult and youth members and is the 6th largest club in Scotland. Founding member Matthew Ball said “it’s a testament to how far the club has travelled in the 10 years since it was formed. It has such a broad membrship with a diverse set of skills who contribute to our thriving youth coaching set up and full calendar of activities.”

The judges highlighted the club’s fundraising activites. It raised over £13,000 for the West Lothian Cycle Circuit with attention grabbing campaigns like the #rollerchallenge and cyclecalendar.com.

Youth President Ewen Fulton said “The club is a key stakeholder in the West Lothian Cycle Circuit, working with the Linlithgow Community Development Trust to get the track complete. This award will go along way in helping us secure essential funding.”

“We couldn’t have won the award without the help of West Lothian Council, Exit Beecraigs and Oracle where we run our coaching sessions.”