Find a Group or Event

As well as being great for your health and well-being, cycling can be very social as well. There are a whole assortment of cycling groups around the country for all levels of experience and ability. These will range from local cycling clubs, national cycling organisations and charities, to local council-run groups. Many are completely free to join, offering a variety of services, rides, events and information. And they will be keen to encourage new and young cyclists to get involved!

group of adult cyclists at sunset

Joining a club or group can be a great way to inspire you and your family to keep cycling regularly, to challenge you to learn new skills and boost your confidence on the bike. As well as enjoying meeting people and being part of a social group that enjoys going out for gentle leisure rides through to racing, if you fancy it!

Joining an organised cycling event can be a great way to take advantage of your cycle training, give you experience riding on roads and learn more about cycling facilities by talking to others. Not to mention having fun meeting like-minded people who want to get out and enjoy riding their bikes.

Below are some initial suggestions for where to find a suitable group/club/event that meets yours and/or your family’s requirements. It is also worth doing a web-search for cycle clubs/groups local to you.

British Cycling

British Cycling is the main national governing body for cycle sport in Great Britain. British Cycling has a comprehensive page about general cycling groups and clubs around the country. Many of these clubs will offer special rides/events for families/children.

Cycling UK

Cycling UK is a national cycling charity whose mission is to enable millions more people to cycle. Cycling UK has all sorts of useful information on their website about cycling. Whilst not just targeted at families but cyclists in general, there’s lots of useful information and search facilities. See

  • There is a dedicated section on local groups and cycling clubs
  • Find your local cycling group – a search facility across the country (you should inquire about what they offer for families and children)
  • Find a Cycling Event – a search function to find a Cycling UK local group event
  • Bike Week – for a week in June every year events are organised around the country to encourage more people to cycle. There is an events calendar where you can search for rides/cycling activities near you. They are very often family-orientated
  • The Womens’ Festival of Cycling – a whole series of rides aimed at encouraging women and girls to get riding. There is a detailed list of rides/events that will be taking place


Sustrans is a national cycling charity whose mission is to make it easier for people to walk and cycle. Sustrans has all sorts of useful information on their website about cycling generally.

Each year they organise The Big Pedal, a nationwide inter-school cycling, walking and scooting challenge inspiring pupils, staff and parents to choose human power for their journey to school. For more information and how to take part visit The Big Pedal website.

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