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Adam Shepherd - volunteer of the year!

posted 15 Mar 2015, 03:26 by Bigfoot Go-Ride
Huge congratulations to Bigfoot's Adam Shepherd who was yesterday named British Cycling's South East Region Volunteer of the Year due to his dedication and contribution to cycling through the Go-Ride programme.

We entered Adam for the award because we felt all the work he carries out behind the scenes deserved some recognition, and the judges agreed with us.

This is what we said about Adam in our award entry:

"Administration is not particularly glamorous. Nor does it regularly take the plaudits. At its best, the stuff that happens behind the scenes is invisible. Adam takes care of this and is instrumental in the running of Bigfoot Go-Ride: arranging outings, booking venues, dealing with membership records, signing up volunteers, and ensuring that everyone has paid their membership fees. This was no mean feat in a year when the club started two new branches and virtually tripled in size. On top of this, Adam is lead scorer and record-keeper for the Bromley Go-Ride Racing League, attending up to six races each year and crunching the numbers come rain or shine. However, making things run like clockwork is just half of Adam’s story…
What makes Adam really special is his spirit of adventure. Unleashed from the filing cabinet his commitment to leading a programme of family rides provides brilliant opportunities for club members and their parents to get out there and explore broader horizons by bike. For 2015 Adam has planned no fewer than 8 family rides, all of which are delivered on top of his Go-Ride administration and regular attendance at club coaching sessions and outings. And every May Adam's work culminates in an epic ride from Bromley to Brighton. But this 55 mile trip, which encourages mass participation from those as young as 8, is just the end of the story. In order to give young riders (and their parents!) the confidence and fitness to undertake the ride, Adam organises a series of training rides in the months leading up to May, gradually increasing the distance and time on the bike.
Adam's enthusiasm, dedication and generosity with his time are simply inspirational to young riders, parents and fellow club volunteers at Bigfoot Go-Ride."