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Cycling


Welsh Cycling Union
Wales National Velodrome
Spytty Park Sports Complex
Traston Lane
Newport
NP19 4RR
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Date established: 1973
Disciplines: Road, track, cyclo-cross, mountain bike, BMX and cycle speedway.

Committee Structure: The WCU is run by an Executive Committee.

Regional Structure:

Relationship to National Bodies:
The WCU is represented on British Cycling’s National Council.
International Relations: Affiliated through British Cycling to the Union Cycliste Internationale.

Publications:

Membership Figures:

1991

1996

1999

2000

2001

2002

Clubs

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56

Adult Members


1,612 (91/92)

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520

525

Junior Members

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304

326



Additional Information

Cycling Participation

Following a rise in participation in the mid 1990’s, recent surveys have shown a slight decline back to the 1991/92 levels. In the latest survey, 0.3% participated in BMX cycling.

% Adult Participation (aged 15+)

1991/92

1993/94

1995/96

1997/98

1998/99

2000/01

2002/03

Male

6.7

8.0

9.1

8.4

9.4

8.5

7.3

Female

3.8

3.5

3.7

4.5

4.0

3.9

3.2

Total

5.2

5.7

6.3

6.3

6.6

6.1

5.1


Gwynedd, Denbighshire, Conwy, Ceredigion and Monmouthshire have the highest participation rates, whilst Rhondda Cynon Taff, Blaenau Gwent, Wrexham, Bridgend and Merthyr Tydfil have the lowest. When asked how many times they had taken part in cycling over the past 4 weeks, the mean was almost 10 times. Cycling frequency is much higher in social classes D and E than in social classes A and B.

Profile of Cyclists

There are more than twice as many male as female cyclists in Wales. Participation is highest in the 15-34 age group (7.9%), but holds up quite well into middle age (5.6% aged 35-54) before dropping away to 2.4% in the 55+ age group. Cycling participation is relatively evenly spread across the social classes with the exception of social class E (2.3%).

Provision for Cycling

Most cycling takes place on roads, whether recreational, competitive or for transport purposes. Competitive track cycling is based at the Wales National Velodrome, Newport. There are also outdoor tracks at Cardiff and Carmarthen. Competitive cycling also takes place on BMX tracks and cycle speedway tracks. Mountain biking takes place in many parts of the Welsh countryside.