The Healthcare Management Trust is dedicated to supporting the health and fitness of the local community. As one of our core objectives, we sponsor and support a number of community events, clubs and individuals including Ride with the Pro’s, HMT Cycling Team and NEL Lindsey Go Ride.
NEL Lindsey Go-Ride is a local cycling club for those aged 4-15 years old, the club encourages children and teenagers in the local community to get on their bikes and partake in some fun, non-competitive racing. NEL Lindsey Go-Ride has been established for over two years now and its success rate continues to grow with many riders going on to join other teams as they progress in the sport and get older.
NEL Lindsey Go-Ride is sponsored by HMT St Hughs Hospital, a not-for-profit hospital situated on Peaks Lane in Grimsby. HMT St Hughs is dedicated to improving and encouraging fitness and health within the community and supporting this cycling club is a huge part of our community objectives.
Everyone knows that 2016 has been an incredible year for sports in the UK and cycling is no exception. From the Olympics to the Paralympics and the numerous cycling events such as the Tour of Britain, they all help to improve the sports recognition and popularity. A club which is going from strength to strength is NEL Lindsey Go-Ride, who recently experienced their highest ever membership rate of 55 members.
This success has again been reflected in the amount of NEL Lindsey Go-Ride riders who are partaking in certain events. At the recent Cyclocross race in South Ormsby, the under 12 category featured 6 riders from NEL Lindsey Go-Ride, which amounts to 12% of the field. This is a huge development for the club and a testament to organisers and riders’ commitment.
NEL Lindsey Go-Ride prides itself on the development of the riders with many going on to join other teams in specific fields once they’ve reached the age of 15 or when they’re abilities require more in-depth training.
One alumni rider who continues to build upon his cycling skills is Joe Laverick. Joe first joined NEL Lindsey Go-Ride when the club first began in 2014, he quickly developed his skills and his passion for cycling grew until he recently graduated and became part of the Flex-Tech Ettridge Cycles racing team where he continues to race around his school schedule and develop his racing ability. Joe is still very involved in the club and is a dedicated riders’ representative on the committee.
Earlier this year, Joe won the Schoolboys National Time Trial Championships and joins an elite list of riders such as Steve Cummings, Alex Dowsett and Ian Stannard who have previously won this championship and gone on to do incredible things. Joe furthermore dabbled in cycling events and last month organised the first ever Cleethorpes Cycle Fest, a local cycling event aimed at both adults and children to get them on their bikes. The fun event was a huge success and Joe is hoping it will become an annual occurrence.
Other riders who have made fantastic progress since joining NEL Lindsey Go-Ride is Lucy Cresswell and her younger sister Holly. Both riders joined the club when it was first established in 2014 and are having huge success on the Velodrome.
Holly who is 9, started her track season late after a crash in June so her main event was the open youth omnium, competing with 14 riders from across the East Midlands and Yorkshire. Holly finished 3rd overall and came first out of the female riders which meant beating both sister Lucy and the rest of the older riders in both the handicap and team pursuit races. The commitment and dedication shown by these riders is a testament to David Evans, the club’s co-founder and their vision for improving community fitness.
NEL Lindsey Go-Ride was furthermore recognised by the most prestigious cycling magazine in the UK, Cycling Weekly, who featured NEL Lindsey Go-Ride as ‘Club of the Week’ in their ride with series. Road ready riders from NEL Lindsey Go-Ride joined the event with 13-year-old Euan being the face of the club.
NEL Lindsey Go-Ride has also recently supported Chair Vicky Loftus in her cyclocross specific qualification which is used to great effect at the Saturday coaching sessions at NEL. This aims to encourage the youngsters to try cyclocross and the club has seen some impressive rides so far.
Vicky was one of the first Breeze ride leaders to bring women’s rides to our region encouraging North East Lincolnshire Council to get involved. She is a British Cycling mountain bike leader, a commissaire particularly focusing on supporting the Lincolnshire Cyclo-Cross League and was recently recognised in Women’s Sports Week.
The Healthcare Management Trust are hugely proud of the progressions made my NEL Lindsey Go-Ride and we love hearing about all the amazing achievements by both coaches and riders.
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