Inner city cycling clubs are all the rage in London at the moment, and with the health and social benefits on offer, it is easy to see why many like minded cyclists are happy to ‘hunt in packs’.
As is the case with running, many of us have a particular pace which we ride at, and one of the advantages of clubs is that they allow you to find riders of a similar competency.
Few cyclists seem ready to openly admit they ‘race’ other cyclists on public roads, but don’t let this fool you, there is an unmistakable competitive spirit. This is combined with a feeling of unity – as people who have cycled on London’s roads will testify, they can be a dangerous place. So the groups of club cyclists keep a watchful eye on each other as they negotiate the routes filled with cars, motorbikes and trucks.
There are plenty of cycling ‘nuts’ who are members of each club and are happy to share their expertise, meaning new members might learn a thing or two about bike maintenance and repairs. Next time your car is overtaken in traffic by a group of cyclists, you might think: ‘If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em’.