The Clydesdale Colts Cycling Club has a number of parents and/or members who help with the administration at the coaching sessions. All of them volunteer their time on a regular basis, thus allowing the coaches to maximise the coaching time. We also welcome other parents who would like to help out.
Dennis White (Club Secretary) - Dennis worked in the Life & Pensions Insurance Industry for 35 years, and was a Customer Service Manager with responsibility for a wide range of Administration departments in that field. He qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute. For the last 12 years, he has been a self-employed genealogist, serving people all over the world. This strong interest in customer service has naturally continued into his involvement with a Go-ride cycling club, as it demands a high standard of operation. He also has a passionate interest in local history, and has 'authored' a book on the subject.
He has been involved in cycling for much of his life and raced as a junior (runner-up in the Scottish Hillclimb Championships), East of Scotland Hillclimb Champion for two consecutive years, and a member of the Scottish Junior Best All Rounder Team over 10, 25, and 50 miles for two consecutive years).
Just when he was eligible to race with the 'big guys', he happened to leave the sport to take up piping with a TA pipe band, thereby missing out on racing as a senior, then returned many years later to CTC cycling before becoming once more involved in racing, this time in the over 50s category (could only manage a 5th place, he says ruefully!). Cycling is a way of life to him, whether it be sailing along the lanes alone, or in a club bunch, and enjoying the wind blowing through where his hair used to be! He is passionate about the importance of the Go-Ride Scheme as a mechanism for getting children on their bikes in a constructive way, getting fit and enjoying the sport.
You know, putting something back...
Jim Hastie (Club Treasurer): - Jim was involved in cycling in his teens as a club cyclist (touring and racing). He never lost interest in the sport and took it up again as a vet, aged 40, and had a " little " success racing. He would like now to put a bit back into cycling through the Go-Ride Scheme.
Joy Kemp (Parent Representative) - Since joining the Colts my youngest son Blair has loved every minute and will not miss a weekend come rain, hail, sleet or snow. He’s up and dressed every Saturday morning and I only wish he would show the same enthusiasm on a school morning ! The Colts has to be the friendliest club any of my three children have attended (and boy have I been to a few!) and the commitment shown by the coaches is truly amazing. I too have a bike, but to be honest it doesn't see much sunlight; hopefully that may change in the future. Thankfully for Blair my husband does and has been known to join up with a few of the Dads on the Saturday morning for a wee cycle too.
Claire Docherty (Parent Representative) - Claire is a cycling widow and has 2 sons who are members of the Clydesdale Colts. She can usually be found around the grounds of Chatelherault on a Saturday morning with a resigned look on her face, dripping nose and 3rd son (Colt-in-waiting), who zips up and down the path on his bike or scooter. Claire is a firm believer in keeping the family active with sports that they enjoy, and her children certainly enjoy their Saturday mornings with the Colts. The level of commitment and enthusiasm shown by the entire team at the Clydesdale Colts may even one day lead Claire to get “on yer bike” herself…