New members wanted by club

Ripon Cycling Club meets at the city's leisure centre every Sunday. Why not join them for a ride out? (S)
Ripon Cycling Club meets at the city's leisure centre every Sunday. Why not join them for a ride out? (S)

Ripon Cycling Club is hoping to capitalise on the success of UK cycling this summer by recruiting more members.

Bike riders at the club say they have noticed more cyclists on the road since Bradley Wiggins’ Tour de France general classification victory and the success of Team GB riders at the London Olympics. They now hope those who have taken up the hobby will consider joining the club.

“Come down and give us a try,” said secretary Martin Baker. “Some people might be intimidated but we are purely a group for leisure.”

The club has three sections that undertake rides of varying difficulty.

One group rides around 20 - 30 miles, an intermediate section rides about 50 - 60 miles, and the harder rides group does about 70 or 80 miles.

“We are very fortunate in our location because we have different terrain in every direction,” said Mr Baker.

The group has members aged from their 20s to their 70s and is open to anyone , although under-16s should be accompanied by an adult.

The group meets on Sundays at Ripon Leisure Centre at 9.30am during British Summer Time and at 10am once the clocks go back.Membership costs £6 a year but people are welcome to go along with the club for two or three free sessions. For more details visit the club website at riponcyclingclub.co.uk