The current Be Active Wales Fund, administered by Sport Wales, is striving to ensure that clubs under threat due to the impact of Covid-19, can keep their heads above water and continue to fulfil their crucial community role.
That’s a function Maindy Fliers have been carrying out for three decades – golden years that have broadened the sporting experiences for youngsters in Cardiff, but also produced elite stars Geraint Thomas, Luke Rowe and Owain Doull as well as Elinor and younger sister Megan.
It’s a history that has been stylishly detailed in a new book – The Maindy Flyers, the world’s most successful cycling club – written by Juan Dickinson and in which Elinor has contributed an affectionate foreward.
“What was great about the Flyers as a club was that it was really engaging to everyone who went along,” she says.
“The sessions they put on always seemed to have a lot of variety – whether that was concentrating on the skills side of cycling, or sprinting, or longer distance rides – there would be something for everyone.
“The atmosphere was always really welcoming, too. The training camps were always fun weekends away, with lots of activities going on that would include the parents as well as the kids.
“One time, we went to watch the Tour de France and we made a weekend of it. It was all very social and all about a community feel.”