A cycling group set up in Worksop by a bunch of friends has grown to over 80 members, and caters for all ages and abilities.
Worksop Wheelers Cycling Club was formed in October 2013, when a group of local riders felt there was enough interest in road cycling to sustain a club.
The seeds were sown to base a cycling club in the town, with the aim of encouraging locals to come out and ride for fun and fitness.
The initial plan was to provide a club that was run by its members for its members, of whatever level and ability, who wanted to join us.
Club member Russ Dolby explained: “Many of us were intimidated at the thought of joining some of the locally established clubs.”
“We wanted to offer support to new riders whilst at the same time having a place for more experienced riders who wanted some friends to ride with or even race with – and so Worksop Wheelers was born.”
From an initial 15 members the Wheelers have gone from strength to strength and now boast 80 riders of differing ages and abilities, both male and female.
Dolby said: “We have senior members who now participate in Road Races, Time-Trials, Cyclocross and Mountain Bike events together with juniors who enjoy track racing throughout the summer months.”
They hold a regular club ride which leaves the Palms Fitness and Dance Studios on Sundays at 08.30am from March to November.
Between November and March the official club ride sets off at 9am, weather dependent.
Dolby said new riders and ability levels are taken into careful consideration: “We try and plan ahead and will always have a volunteer who will divert back to base with new starters if the posted distance is too far. No rider will ever be left behind.”
A monthly beginners rider allows newcomers to get used to road cycling, and gives those returning to the saddle a gentle introduction.
Other rides throughout the week are organised by members themselves and posted on a Facebook group for people to turn up and ride to suit their personal availability.
Dolby added: “Hopefully, as time moves forward, we can bring the younger generation through the ranks and, who knows, we could have another Bradley Wiggins, Victoria Pendleton or Mark Cavendish in our midst.”
Visit the Wheelers on their Facebook page and group to get involved.