Stephen Holt - CTC Heart of England Member Group - Certificate of Merit

Several years ago Stephen realised that if cycling was to grow there was a need to start a local group which encouraged relative novices and hesitant cyclists to venture on recreational rides.

He prospected roads around Solihull to form routes and, with the help of publicity in the local newspaper, led short, regular ride along these routes.

Over the last five years the routes and the attendance on the rides have steadily grown-each year expanding on the previous one. In 2009 there were a total of over 1000 riders on a wide choice of rides –from ‘taster’, to ‘stretcher’ that were led along the (now) 20 printed and distributed routes within the surrounding lanes of Solihull. Many of the participants have subsequently become members of CTC and have broadened their cycling through joining local cycling clubs.

Stephen is the Chairman of the Solihull Cycling Steering Group and has been instrumental in developing the Solihull Cycling Map, the ‘Cycling to Solihull’ day, cycling training in schools, and other cycling publicity events in the Borough. He has recently started his own cycle training business.

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