Roy Spilsbury - Certificate of Merit
All his life, as a rambler as well as a cyclist, he has fought to protect the natural environment. For some years he represented CTC on the National Executive of the Council for the Protection of Rural Wales. He was the catalyst for the founding of Rhyl CC. He was a founder member and chairman of the Clwyd Community Routes. Roy initiated a popular, inclusive Wednesday cycling group based at Colwyn Bay, which has turned out every week over the last ten years regardless of weather. He played a major role in the founding of CTC Cymru and has served as its secretary and vice-chairman. He has given long service as a CTC Right to Ride representative, and constantly strives to improve cycle access and infrastructure. His recent successes include cycle access to Llandudno promenade in the face of considerable local opposition, as well as significant changes to National Cycle Route 5 providing a safer route between Conwy Harbour and Pen-y-Clip.
Roy is the perfect ambassador for cycling. Most days he is out on his bike, not just pounding the miles, but constantly stopping and chatting to people, both cyclists and non-cyclists. His warm, sociable persona helps to get the message across that cycling is a healthy, civilised pursuit. He is unfailing in his willingness to help, advise and encourage other cyclists of all types, ages and experience.
Roy has an original mind, which he applies, together with his considerable writing skills, to his frequent letters and articles in the press and magazines and his perceptive contributions to internet cycling forums. Above all he has sought to celebrate the joys and benefits of cycling in the Cycling in North Wales website, which he co-founded and developed into a unique and popular site with nearly a quarter of a million page impressions a year.
Recently Roy has focused much of his energy campaigning for his vision of a society in which cycling is universally accepted and widely practised, thereby benefiting the environment, reducing the toll of death and injury on the roads, and bringing personal enjoyment and fulfilment.