Local cycling club offering taster rides

A local club is offering taster rides for anyone keen to go cycling in a group. 

The Reading branch of Cycling UK, the national charity, will be leading rides starting and ending at the Reading Cycle Festival.

These will be leisurely 5-mile rides starting at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

To find out more or sign up, call ride leader Jeanette Jeans on 07897 512 491.

You can turn up on the day and join the ride without having signed up. But book early to be sure or a place.

Cycling UK Reading – which calls itself the friendly cycling club – organises several on- and off-road rides every week, starting from different locations in and around Reading. 

“One of the biggest barriers to getting people cycling is the belief that it’s ‘too hard’. Our unique selling point is paramount: we have rides which are as slow as 8mph and we never leave anyone behind,” says Phil Rassell, publicity officer for Cycling UK Reading.

“All visitors are welcome – it costs nothing to join our rides,” he says. “We think that you’ll soon want to join Cycling UK as there’s so much more than just rides.”

Starting points for scheduled rides are scattered around Reading, including Mortimer, Earley and Henley.

There is a range of rides to choose from, including leisurely, moderate and brisk. See https://www.readingctc.co.uk/rides

There are numerous benefits to riding in a group. It’s a friendly, social activity where you get to meet a variety of people; you go on routes which you might not have tried out on your own and you benefit from the experience of others in route finding and mechanics.  

Since the start of the pandemic, a lot of people have taken up cycling for many reasons, including transport, exercise or just fun. 

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