West Lothian Clarion
Members: 199 Adults, 81 Youths
Affiliated to Scottish Cycling
Youth contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult contact: email@example.com
Women’s rep: http://www.westlothianclarion.co.uk/women
The roots of the Clarion began to grow in 2007 when 4 local cyclists started meeting regularly for bike rides in the Bathgate Alps. With the aid of social media the group grew large enough for the launch of a club proper in 2008
In the seven years since the club formed, it has developed a range of activities and races which include time trials, cycle cross races, challenge rides, club runs, road races and numerous socials, and even a cycle film night at the Hippodrome in Boness.
We’re keen to promote cycling for women and we like to think we have a supportive women’s scene within our club. We are a mixed club, with a sizeable number of female members, and we are always keen to attract more women into our club.
In 2010 the club launched its youth coaching programme aimed at riders aged 6 to 15. There are now 10 coaches and a busy team of volunteers running the bi-weekly coaching sessions.
We develop three core categories of cycling: Cycle Cross (CX), Mountian Bike (MTB) and Road with the coaches specialising in different disciplines but coaching all aspects of the sport.
We encourage a love for cycling to keep youngsters active but as British Cycling Our Go-Ride club we are also the first step on the British Cycling performance programme. We aim to develop the riders’ tactical awareness, fitness and skills so they can move along the pathway and fulfil their potential.
Presently the youth sessions are run at Beecraigs (MTB) Linlithgow Leisure Centre (CX) and the car park at the back of Oracle for road coaching. These venues are now at their coaching capacity with little room to bring in more riders from the waiting list.
We now use Ingliston Show Ground for our road races because oracle is too small for the older riders. We’re at the stage where the Kettilstoun project is incredibly important for our riders’ and coaches development.
Scotland doesn’t have a purpose built cycle track so the facility would have a massive impact not just locally but for cycling across Scotland. The club is fully behind the Kettilstoun development providing financial support and volunteer time to help see the project through to completion.
If you would like to get involved in the club please visit our website for more information.
Calendar of Events
10 mile Time trials
Sign on 7pm at Blackridge railway station
Thursday 13th August, 20th August
Summer CX Series
Linlithgow Leisure centre
Monday 7th September
Club Road Race Champs
Ingliston Show Ground
Club Hill Climb
Wednesday 2nd September
Thursday 10th September
Kings Cavil Hill Climb
Saturday 3rd October
Come an cheer Scotland’s top racers up the notorious local hill
Saturday 24th October
Club Cycle Cross race (youth)
Linlithgow Lesiure Centre
Santa Cyclo Cross
Linlithgow Lesiure Centre