Mayor’s Sporting Achievement Award (Group) Winner, Watford Cycle Hub
The Watford Cycle Hub runs bicycle training courses, gives help and advice on servicing and parts for bicycles, and conducts many bike rides in this part of Hertfordshire. Under Kate Jenkins the Watford Cycle Hub has encouraged people of all ages and abilities to take up cycling, ranging from the very experienced to those who have never ridden a bicycle. Of special note is the great work Kate and the Hub have done for women in cycling, delivering a women-only programme, boosting skills, confidence and technical knowledge.
The Hub networks extensively with Hertfordshire County Council, particularly to deliver ‘Bikeability’ during the school holidays. This has considerably helped Watford’s young people to improve their road skills. Partnership working with British Cycling and Watford Borough Council has ensured growing support for the Sky Ride, with 32 guided rides, with varying difficulty levels to cater for all abilities. The Hub has had some great individual success stories, with some women who have attended beginners and confidence courses progressing rapidly to participating in long distance races.
Kate’s personal qualities are instrumental in the success of the Hub – her passion and enthusiasm inspire everybody, and her training, mentoring and networking skills continue to grow the organisation.