Louis Blank - Certificate of Merit

Louis Blank - Certificate of Merit

The Council of the Cyclists’ Touring Club is delighted to present the award to Louis who has managed the Rochdale Cycling Club since its formation in 1999.

This Club is dedicated to making cycling available for everyone.  The Club mainly caters for underprivileged children who do not own their own bikes, adults just staring or returning to cycling, handicapped riders and cyclists with learning difficulties.  Louis has provided a wide range of bicycles which are loaned free of charge for rides.  These range from tandems for the use of visually impaired riders, trailer bikes to accommodate children from four years old, electric bikes for those not fit enough to ride a normal bike, and even one five seater bike on which an adult can take out four children.  In total Louis has provided 62 assorted machines that are available for the use by the members.  Helmets are also available free of charge for rides if required.

The Club also takes underprivileged children on camping holidays during the school breaks.  Louis provides tents and camping equipment for this and once again everything is free of charge for the members.

Louis has recently had a new workshop built for the club where, in addition to looking after the club’s bikes, he can train children to cycle repair and maintenance.