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!
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 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 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 www.cyclinguk.org
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.
These registered Bikeability providers have said they deliver Bikeability training in your area, either through scheduled courses or in response to individual requests. If your local authority provides Bikeability, their details are at the top of the list.
Please contact any of the listed providers by email or phone to discuss your training needs.close