There’s no doubt that the Olympics, and other recent major events, have provided cycling with a huge boost over the last few years. Whether it has been the rush of medals at velodromes all over the globe over the years and the celebrities which have been carved through such success, or just the fact that Britain has adapted to accommodate cyclists in a lot of major cities, it’s a sport that is well and truly on the rise. In fact, to show this from a statistical viewpoint, since London 2012 membership of British Cycling has doubled to over 100,000.
Something else that may have contributed to its success is the rise of cycling clubs. Sporting clubs have been around for years; whether it has been in the form of local football teams or even running clubs. However, it’s only recently that cycling clubs have become so prevalent in the UK. While some may have been established for decades, we found that a lot were established fairly recently yet were providing a superb platform to continue the UK cycling craze. Some are tailored to target those who love nothing more than jumping on mountain bikes, others are for the urban enthusiasts, while there are even some which just specialise in racing.
Bearing the above in mind, we set it upon ourselves to find out just why these clubs are so important in the development to British cycling. Rather than quiz the estimated 1800 British Cycling clubs, we picked a select few. In total, we received 35 different responses – with each having their own unique take on what benefits their own clubs, and clubs in general for that matter, are providing to cycling.
Woking CC was founded to bring together cyclists of all ages, abilities and fitness so they may enjoy cycling in a safe and enjoyable manner. As a club, our emphasis is on social interaction, helping each other and avoiding the elitism and snobbery associated with some cycling clubs. Coffee and cake stops are mandatory on our weekly rides, as is our motto of never leaving anyone behind. We are building an ever-growing group of diverse members of the local community through the popular sport of cycling. The fitness side of things, whilst important to some, often comes second to being part of a social and inclusive community of friends.
By Paul Down, who is president of Woking Cycling Club.
As a user, I can personally share that cycling extends beyond fitness and competing, offering a multi-level entry into a shared interest and sport. Very few individual sports also allow team participation and a social element in the way cycling does. Our membership includes a wide range of ages and abilities. Most members have participated in social and competitive riding of some nature including time-trialling and racing but all members share a passion for exercising in fresh air and exploring the local roads and taking their bikes further afield to venture beyond. The bike is definitely a perfect way to commute, compete, exercise and explore alone or in company.
By Sophie, who is a member of Kent Velo Girls.
I was worried by the thought of riding with an established club. The first time I rode with them it was with a deep sense of trepidation – but since then I haven’t looked back! I enjoy the teamwork of the riders, and I feel proud to be part of such a special group of ladies who now form an inclusive and important part of the club as a whole!
Riding with the ladies of the Boston Wheelers is nothing like I imagined it would be. Every ride is full of chats and giggles with people I’m now lucky enough to call friends, and all the time we’re getting fitter.
The fitness aspect is very important to me. I joined the club to help while training for my first triathlon. I wasn’t getting very far on my own and joining this amazing group of ladies, all from very different backgrounds and levels of fitness themselves, gave me just the boost I needed. I learned a lot from the group rides, and the more I rode with them the higher my confidence rose. If it wasn’t for this group of special ladies I wouldn’t have managed my triathlon, and probably wouldn’t still be cycling today.
Through the club I have made some fabulous friends – each of them talented and courageous in their own way. I’m proud to be a member of such a great team. I know that, with the strength of the team around us, we can and we will complete the London Prudential 100. It will be hard work – but we’ll succeed by doing it together. I love you guys!
By Jen Carr, who is the secretary of the Boston Wheelers.
Thanks to the success of our world class British cyclists in the Olympics and the Tour de France, cycling has boomed in recent years. This boom in popularity has led to a significant increase in people waiting to join cycling clubs. Our club offers something for everyone. We have learn to ride balance bike sessions, coaching for under 16s, social club rides, women's only rides and club rides for those wanting to ride further and faster. Some of our members race, others just want to be part of a cycling community.
Whatever you want to get out of cycling, a club provides its members with an easy going and sociable way to achieve it, with the added bonus of matching lycra!!
By Alex Hepton, who is secretary of Walkern Revolution Cycling Club.
Stratford CC is a community-based club offering opportunities for cyclists of all abilities and ages to share their enjoyment of the sport with other like-minded people, taking on new challenges in an encouraging and supportive environment. The rivalries developed through participation in club competitions have led to many long-standing friendships. For parents of children inspired by our country's cyclists’ success on the international stage we provide an entry point to cycle sport with a structured pathway allowing each individual to develop at their own pace. Using our flood lit off road facilities more than sixty 4 to 16 year olds from the district develop their cycling skills with British Cycling accredited coaches in a safe environment before progressing to group riding and competitive sport within the Go-Ride programme. It is a regular delight to see them derive so much enjoyment from achieving what they thought both technically and physically impossible and then seeing their parents joining in as well!
By Carl Conn, who is the secretary of Stratford Cycling Club.
The main benefit of being a member of a cycling club is primarily twofold, friendship and an enjoyment of cycling. Our club is newly formed, and currently very small. We've all been members of other more established cycling clubs, and have drifted away from them, because they no longer met our needs. So, we think a good club should be an encouraging place to be, and it should be a nurturing place to be. For example - when we are out for a ride, we regroup often, to wait for the slowest group member, we don't leave people behind. We think variety is important, so we try and encourage different people to lead rides to different places. We have a few members in our club with an excellent knowledge of great places to ride, so we perhaps are a little spoiled for choice, but we think there's nothing more boring than cycling to and from the same place every week - so mix it up. We enjoy a lot of laughs when we're out together - our sense of humour isn't for everyone but we think spending time together should be good fun, so don't take yourselves too seriously.
By Doug Shaw, who is a member of The Disagreeables.
Joining a cycle club is a great way to find a riding or training partner or partners and boost the social or competitive side of your cycling. It brings with it a sense of belonging to something. Clubs cater for every level, there are clubs that are aimed at the leisure end of things to general clubs up to the full on racing club. There’s a club to suit everyone. You never know it all, even to an experienced cyclist, you can still learn from fellow club mates: From trying new cycling disciplines to new training techniques, or just new routes to ride. Cycle clubs are a great motivator if you are aiming at that big event, there’s nothing like a ride with a club mate to push you on if your preparation if flagging.
Joining a club is an opportunity to contribute to the community by helping out at events. Thousands enjoy cycling races and sportive every week, and they wouldn’t happen without people giving their own time and knowledge.
By Digby Rusling, who is the press secretary of Royal Dean Forest CC.
The main benefit for cyclists at our club is developing friendships. Coach Liz comments she has yet to see a sport that brings young people together like that of cycling. KJCC has such a wide range of young people taking part weekly all with a common passion. From individual riding to team pursuits the communication, team work and camaraderie is second to none.
Sent on behalf of Kingston Junior Cycle Club.
York Rouleurs is a cycling club for adults in and around the York area who wish to ride with others. Many cycling clubs and teams exist already, but with an expectation that you'll meet on a particular day at a particular time each week. There are also the cost implications and the concerns about letting people down if, for any reason, you are unable to attend a 'club run'. We are unique in that there is no expectation of riders. Turn up if you can and when you can. Rides are Sundays at 9am and if you're unable to attend that isn't a problem. Distance is approximately 30 miles at a steady 15-18mph, which means we fit between casual rides and the more competitive clubs. The recent surge in the uptake of cycling has meant out numbers have grown from 4 on the initial ride, to as many as 16. We offer people the comfort of riding with like-minded individuals, in a supportive and inclusive environment, where everyone is there for the same reason. We've also facilitated many new friendships, with some riders enjoying their experiences so much that they'll meet mid-week too.
By Ollie Butterwick, who is chairman of York Rouleurs.
Cardiff Ajax Cycling club was founded in 1948 by Reg Braddick in a room above his cycle shop. The club has an extensive history developing and nurturing riders ranging from Bob Burns, who won the country’s 'Best all round' rider competition at the tender age of 17 in the 1950s, through to the 2008 Olympic Champion Nicole Cooke (who remains a member of our club).
Our cycling club caters for all abilities from beginners through to experienced racers. The benefit of joining our cycling club is the ability to meet people from different backgrounds but with a common interest: getting out to ride their bike. Cycling is a very friendly sport and riding in groups allows you to meet new people and chat to them about bike and non-bike related things whether cycling or at a café stop. But the social side of the club does not stop there; we have monthly social events as well as many other annual events such as the annual awards dinner, Christmas dinner, club BBQ and our annual trip to Majorca for warm weather riding.
Our club is also very pro-active in encouraging women’s cycling - we promote a monthly 'ladies only' ride to help get women on their bikes and teach essential skills in a friendly environment, such as how to fix a puncture. Additionally, we run monthly beginners rides, again, to teach the essential skills required of group riding and to promote and help people get in to cycling. We are not only a multi-ability club but a multi-disciplinary club too; members have the opportunity to participate in road, track, cyclocross and mountain biking supported by the club's own bikes, which were partly funded by Sport Wales. In summary, club cycling is friendly, fun and allows you to broaden your horizons and try out a variety of experiences that may be more difficult by yourself.
By David Medhurst, who is part of the committee of Cardiff Ajax CC.
Newcastle Phoenix are the only solely British Cycling Youth Development club in Newcastle. Based at Excelsior Academy in Scotswood, we coach young riders from all ages up to 16 years old and are currently in the process of building our Senior section for riders who reach the ages above that. Our youngest Youth member is 4 years old, while the oldest is currently on the basis or being accepted onto the British Cycling Olympic Development Programme. To allow us to offer our services and expand further what we do, we are currently in the process of sourcing funding and sponsorship to allow us to promote the club and support our riders with a mini-roadshow set up at events throughout the region. We aim to recruit riders from in and around Newcastle in whatever discipline they choose, be that in Road, MTB, Cycle-Cross or Track.
The benefits of cycling are well publicised in the media as well as the performances by British riders at all Elite levels, through Olympic, Commonwealth, World Championship levels, through to major pinnacles of the sport with the major world Tours. We aim to build on that momentum and we coach riders of all genders and abilities equally, on the essential skills they need whether they are out on a ride with their mates or family, commuting to school or work, or training for their next race. At the same time we are also actively involved in attempting to acquire the facilities to allow all riders North of the Tyne to complete with others around the region on an equal basis.
Newcastle is the only major conurbation lacking a closed circuit facility in which to allow racing for riders of all levels, something which riders from Middlesbrough and Sunderland enjoy. Despite this our popularity and membership is increasing weekly, and faced with this envious problem, our coaching staff are actively involved in a process of continuous development.
We hold weekly Saturday and mid-week coaching sessions for all our members and support our riders in any event they are competing in with the varied combined experience and qualifications of the club committee and coaching staff, which range from organising grass roots events up to World Championships!
By Steve Walton, who is part of Newcastle Phoenix CC.
For me the main benefits of club riding are threefold. Firstly, it teaches group riding skills which are really handy for riders considering trying out an event be that a sportive or audax. Next, it boosts fitness because you will push yourself and cover more miles than riding alone. And, finally, it's a great forum to share experience of things good - and bad - and learn from each other.
By Chris Adams, who is part of Cambridge Cycling Club.
For the thousands of new cyclists, joining a club is a way of taking things up a level. A club gives you an endless source of advice and experience, gives you people to sprint against for village name signs - people who still won't be bored after three hours talking about bikes. A club gives you something to belong to, and ride for - especially if you want to race. A club will give you a kit to wear (the design of which has a greater influence on which club people join than they will acknowledge) and a new cycling language to speak - 'Car up!', 'Car down!'. Riding with a club will teach you there's safety in numbers, that you can happily ride centimetres behind the rider in front and fix a puncture in under 5 minutes. If that's not enough there's also lots of coffee and cake.
By Ben Macland, who is part of VC Meudon.
What are the benefits of belonging to a cycling club? That was the question posed of me: Fitness seemed the obvious first choice, fresh air, getting out with like-minded people, health, well-being. These are all good things and should not be baulked at but you can get all of these things in a running club, rugby club, football club, etc.... What is it about cycling specifically that makes people want to be part of a club and more specifically in my experience, part of a Mountain Bike Club? All of the above points still apply however you can add: Ability to explore your surroundings both near and far, buying, building, upgrading & maintaining your faithful machine, talking to mates about that 'gnarly descent' or how you 'sent it off the big table'. There is a language in Mountain Biking, a respect a love of everything that is 'bike' that transcends class and provides accessibility for anyone of any age. On a personal level, there is also pride. I am proud to be involved with a Mountain Bike Club that is part of the Olympic Legacy. Ultimately the benefit of being part of any cycling club is surely: Having fun!
By Chris Hyde, who is part of Hadleigh MTB Club.
So what are the benefits of being part of a club like Bury Clarions?
• learn to ride like a pro
• meet some great friends
• share stories about cycling
• go on cycling holidays
• get fit, doing a sport you love
• help others improve
• being part of a local community
• change lives of others
By Peter Foster, who is part of Bury Clarion Cycling Club.
*King's Lynn Cycling Club asked several of their members what they thought the benefits of a cycling club were and sent over the following contributions...
"I have met many fantastic helpful people since being a member. I am amazed at how many female riders there are now which is very encouraging. The club is a well organised and stress free zone! : )"
"Not only are there the health benefits both physical and mental but there is the camaraderie. The all-encompassing feeling of belonging. The mutual encouragement and assistance we offer each other helps the individual grow and develop making us more capable of coping with life."
"Friendship, fun and fitness for starters. I joined as a complete novice and have been helped along by the more experienced members and encouraged to do more than I thought possible. Just a post on here can turn a lonely ride to a group social, a problem can be solved and friendly banter to brighten your day. This Club is the answer...so glad I joined."
"Cycling for me is my way of combating depression and fighting back and learning this sport is so much fun especially after joining the Cycling Club. The club life introduced me to some new experiences such as time trialling and social group rides also learning a new sport and great for mental health as natural anti-depressant."
"Club cycling gives you exercise, confidence, social life, inclusivity, fun and an in-depth knowledge of local coffee/cake stops!"
"The main benefit of a cycling club is you get to make new awesome cyclists friends."
By the members of King's Lynn Cycling Club.
I would list the main benefits of joining a club are as follows:
• Organised coaching with Qualified British Cycling Coaches - the Gosforth RC has 5 coaches with another 3 in training
• Gaining experience and knowledge from established members
• Learning routes and how to ride in a group
• Take part in social events with like-minded people
• Go on organised trips to events
• Attend training camps/holidays in places the individual may not necessarily go on their own
• Take part in or assist in organised races
• Gain lifelong friends
By Peter Harrison, who is the chairman of Gosforth RC.
The Biking Belles, Chichester & District Ladies Cycling Club was formed four years ago with the aim to get more women cycling, to improve their fitness, confidence and wellbeing. Through the club this has been achieved with some amazing results. Not only is the main benefit of improving our fitness, confidence and wellbeing but it's the joy of freedom which cycling brings and making new friends. It's a fabulous sport and joining a club offers so much more than cycling on one's own.
By Val Harper, who is part of Biking Belles Chichester Ladies.
Yorkshire cycling clubs are booming, catering not just to die hard enthusiasts, but to social riders too, of all ages. That accessibility is the key to their success. Ilkley Cycling Club’s motto of “From recreation to racing" exemplifies that approach, but we’re not alone: every Saturday sees Otley’s club youngsters spinning into our town with their parents for a well-earned hot chocolate at Il Stazione, the best Italian café we know, where they usually arrive at the same time as our racing team, back from their own ride. It’s a fantastic sight. Equally we’re fortunate to see elite riders like Lizzie Armitstead, Scott Thwaites and the Brownlee brothers riding the same roads as us, so we never have to look far for inspiration.
For any cyclist, the benefits of a club boil down to always having someone to ride a new route with, learn from, measure your fitness against and have a drink (or two) with afterwards. Most clubs run coaching courses, social rides and races, allowing members to develop their skills quicker than they would riding alone. Larger clubs also have a critical mass that benefits local businesses. In Ilkley, we’ve been going to the same pub every week for years now. And with a club that has over 1,000 members, that sort of spending in the local economy is not small beer!
By Jonathan Riley, who is the secretary of Ilkley Cycling Club.
Many people's cycling journey starts along familiar lines. Primary School age. A wide open field. A few scrapes and tumbles as the stabilisers are removed. But where then.....A cycling club offers the rest of the journey whether the gap between losing the stabilisers and the next step is 5 minutes or 5 decades. A cycling club provides friendly and low cost access to a wealth of cycling knowledge; what to ride, where to ride, when to ride and how to ride. With regular group rides at a range of speeds and round many wide and varied routes you will quickly see the options available to you. Fast, slow, long or short there is a form of cycling for everyone...beyond the wide open field.
By Crispin Quail, who is the secretary of Velo Club Venta.
WLCC is a ladies cycling club aimed at beginners and ladies that have not been in the saddle for a number of years. We welcome members at all levels. Beginners gain confidence and fitness then progress to intermediate and later advanced cyclists. The various groups allow new members to progress at their own rate in their own time. Many members take part in organised cycle events and sportives as they progress in the sport as their ability and fitness improves.
Many members often start with the basic sportswear and equipment and progress to expensive cycling kit and bicycles.
We are approaching our second year as a cycling club and have experienced significant interest in the sport as our numbers have grown.
By Helena Bowman, who is the founder of Warwickshire Ladies CC.
Westbury Wheelers Cycling’s key theme is that we are inclusive. We have ‘Green’ rides on Saturday afternoons to encourage less experienced cyclists to get out for a few miles round the local rides. Our Sunday rides have groups of varying ability who ride anything from 40 to 100 miles, always with a tea stop. Those with time in the week can join a Wednesday morning ride which is usually quite gentle. Age is no barrier; a 66 year-old club member rode from London to Paris in just over 24 hours this summer and one of our junior members is riding a similar route in 2015. We have grown from less than 25 members in 2007 to a membership of 180 today. We have people from all backgrounds who ride together; we’re all cyclists. For the competitive people, we have a racing component and Westbury Wheelers jerseys can be seen in local events both on and off-road whilst others take on challenges of riding abroad where the hills get bigger! So, whether you just want to ride with a group of like-minded people for a few miles or get into racing, Westbury Wheelers has something for you!
By Sean Price, who is the chairman and membership secretary of Westbury Wheelers.
For us as a club our main aim is to open cycling camaraderie to as many people as possible. We wanted a club that was not intimidating to new starters or old hands a like and form a group of like-minded individuals who wanted to stay fit whilst enjoying the joys of road cycling. For us it’s about getting out together as often as possible and enjoy the thrills of the open road for Worksop based cyclists. Hopefully as time goes on we can bring the younger generation through an who knows we could have another Bradley Wiggins or Mark Cavendish in our midst!
Written on behalf of Worksop Wheelers.
Trying to nail just one benefit of belonging to a cycling club is quite a challenge.
We as a club believe that the Main benefit is "Camaraderie".
Why? It means, someone being there to help change a puncture, to share the work of riding into the wind, to drive you on to greater achievement, to train with, to race with, to help when it all goes wrong, to be there to share the glory and to share smile or a laugh. You can't do that on your own!
By Alex Cooper, who is the president of West Kent RC.
Cycling offers new and experienced riders the chance to get fit and experience the great outdoors. Whether you are simply after a more interesting way to get outdoors or you are serious about training and competing, cycling is social, exciting and very rewarding. Cycle Clubs offer riders the chance to progress together and also give new riders a realistic fitness target to aim for. Clubs are fantastic places for being social and removing the boredom and tedious monotony of exercising on your own.
There are varied opportunities in cycling, unlike most sports that are run on closed grounds, to ride the same courses as the professional riders like Bradley Wiggins or Lizzie Armitstead, from riding the most famous climbs like Mont Ventoux to Box Hill or being able to ride compare your times on the velodrome with riders such as Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pembleton giving a fascinating insight into their world.
When riders get cycling, it is no longer a hobby, it's an obsession.
By Lee Attwood, who is part of Treads CC.
Cycling in the UK is experiencing a huge boom at the moment as a legacy of the country's achievements in the Olympics and the Tour de France and as a result many new cyclists have really incorporated cycling into their lifestyle and are now looking to join a local cycling club. The Cappuccino Cycling Club was founded in 2009 to plug a gap in the market in Harrogate to promote road cycling as a sociable activity, whilst ensuring riders challenged themselves to improve fitness and riding skills. Cycling clubs are having to adapt to the modern cyclist, but we still believe in maintaining a very disciplined riding approach to not only ensure we respect other road users, but also to ensure our riders remain safe and can improve their cycling ability. It is much easier to do this when riding in a group, than on your own.
By James Lovell, who is part of Cappuccino Cycling Club.
Cycling in a club provides the opportunity to develop skills and the learn the correct etiquette of group riding in a safe environment.
If you put that together with the camaraderie of mixing with like-minded people who are always ready to provide advice and support, joining a club seems an obvious stepping stone for any cycling enthusiast.
By Philip Shrimpton, who is part of Mules Cycling Club.
I found BMX racing as a new sport, only since it was included in the Olympics as the sport grew. It is a wonderful sport to take part in, keeps the body fit and healthy, I have found riders are starting has young as four right up until the fifties. A big part of the sport is the family that is needed for the children to take part in the sport, without the commitment of the families the sport would not survive. I came into the sport seven years ago only through my son being a keen cyclist.
What disappointed me was the facilities clubs had, poor toilet facilities, catering not to a good standard, no proper clubhouses this would not keep most families in the sport.
What was needed a complete overall of clubs, this can only happen if members would give time to make the sport appealing. We as a club put together a plan to improve the facilities, applying for grants, through hard work it has paid off, proper toilets a clubhouse with all the facilities which families want. Since having these facilities our membership has grown, families are staying in the sport and is growing every week. My take on cycling is that families must be a big part of the sport to keep all happy and cycling, we certainly have it at our club, I say come along to our club to see what can be achieved through family commitment – the sport won’t grow without them.
By Bill Foster, who is part of Exeter Eagles BMX Racing Club.
North Cotswold Cycling Club was set up around three years ago. It reformed an old club that folded at the beginning of World War Two. Whether it was off the back of the cycling resurgence on road and track, or whether it was just a group of like-minded local people with a common interest doesn't really matter. What does matter is that the Club now has a vibrant membership that spans all ages, abilities and cycling styles. Regular Sunday rides of around 40 riders see different paced groups taking on the lumps and bumps of the North Cotswolds with ever increasing fitness. So much so that the local bike shop has just sponsored its first racing team from Club members and we’ve added Saturday rides to encourage family groups. The Club ethos also involves giving back to the community and has enabled a strong partnership with a local charity, Cyclists Fighting Cancer, to develop. Volunteers have helped CFC organise and run the local Four Shires Sportive in September for the last two years. Members have also gained coaching qualifications in order to run British Cycling Go Ride sessions to encourage youngsters to learn riding skills and hopefully one day become the next Wiggins, Trott or Storey. In the meantime the rest of us continue to enjoy getting fitter and meeting new people from all backgrounds who share a similar hobby.
By Mervyn Jones, who is the treasurer and membership secretary of North Cotswold Cycling Club.
Southport Cycling Club is based on a simple A B C.
A is for ageless, the age range of our club is from under 10 to over 80 and all active riders proudly sporting the club Jersey.
B is for banter, a bike ride is a good excuse for a chat with friends old and new.
C is for coffee, cake and companionship, as a club we are fully inclusive, regular rides are catered for all levels of fitness and experience. Many of our members consider others as friends and other clubs as colleagues.
By Neil Robinson, who is the press secretary of Southport Cycling Club.
Our social cycling club started in January 2014 developed from four friends who regularly ride together in the Lincolnshire Wolds decided to set up a social cycling club.
We now have over 30 members but we are always willing to accept anyone for a single ride who might be just visiting the lovely area we live in.
We’ve attracted lots of like-minded riders from within our community and have also made new friends through cycling, the more experienced riders pass on tips to the newbie’s who are always eager to listen.
During the year everyone has been challenged at times but without exception we have all improved fitness, stamina and riding ability and skills, we have also found some lovely scenery within 20 miles of where we live that might have gone unnoticed had it not been for cycling.
Ages vary from 20 years of age to 70.
We ride Sundays with distances and routes varying from 25 to 75 miles, in summer we do additional shorter flatter rides on a Saturday to attract those just starting out in the cycling world.
Running the club and rides has proved a very rewarding effort.
By Brian Garill, who is part of Woodhall Wheelers.
We are a club that caters for all cycling sports, and recently running. In my early years of racing I was never given the chance to shine, so by starting my own club I cater for all , whichever sport they want to do without boundaries. It’s my dream to help others as I was never given that chance, and next year will be better and bigger.
By Wayne Renshaw, who is part of Allterrain RC.
The main benefit of a cycling club for me is the opportunity to share experiences of the sport we love. That sharing can take many forms, it can be sharing the road and laughs over a coffee on a Sunday run on a wet winters day, it can be sharing the workload on a hard training run, it can be sharing knowledge with a newcomer, or it can be sharing in the successes of our club members. When we share, we are richer for the experience, and the experience is richer having been shared.
By Iain Ross, who is the secretary of Paisley Velo.
Benefits of being in a cycling club include, but are not limited to:
• Ride companions
• Experienced people who can give free advice on all aspects of riding, be it competitive or leisure
• Proper races which can lead to National and International competitions
• Knowledge of local and not so local, routes
• Structured support
• A social calendar
By David Binks, who is part of Leicestershire Road Club.
For me cycling clubs (BMX) are important because;
It provide access to the sports that otherwise wouldn’t be available. With coaches, equipment and facilities for free or affordable costs. Access Sport’s club model focus on the social inclusion. It gives the young people a sense of belonging. It also mixes different background cultures.
Our outreach programme to schools and other direct targeted groups such as PRU, youth clubs has reached 100’s of organizations and 1000’s of young people.
BMX has an unique appeal, perceived as cool it engages also young people that are not interested in conventional sports and tick many boxes of the government Healthy and Transport departments.
BMX is a perfect way to instigate passion for cycling. Good examples are our champions Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy as both started they cycling journey with BMX.
We also offer;
• Pathways to work through our Bike maintenance and other workshops.
• STEM (sience, technology, maths and enginirring) BMX programme to schools
• GCSE in BMX
• Full time British Cycling/London BMX coach free of charge to schools and other organizations
• Portable BMX track
• Fleet of Mobile Bikes
By Paulo Cotrim, who is part of London BMX.
Thanks to all of the cycling clubs for participating in our feature!