Riders say 'cycling saved us from going mad'
New club Winslow Wheelers gets off to a flying start
Cycling has been a massive winner during lockdown - especially in one village.
Winslow Wheelers has had a huge benefit on people’s mental health, with several members saying the group had “saved us from going mad”.
Formed last July, the Wheelers now have more than 40 members aged from 18 to the mid-70s.
Affiliated with British Cycling, the friendly club provides rides in the local community and surrounding areas and offers a great way to keep fit and make new friends.
The Wheelers meet every Saturday morning at the Public Hall, Elmfield Gate Car Park, Winslow, MK18 3JA, from 8.45am.
The are three different groups, covering 20 to 35 miles, 25 to 40 miles and 40 to 55 miles. Average speeds range from 13mph to 18mph.
Committee member Francine van Leeuwen said: “We cycle mostly on the quieter country roads suitable for road bikes. These are club rides, not a race, and all three groups meet up halfway at a coffee shop/café for a well-earned cuppa/cake and chat.
“In line with current Covid-19 regulations we are cycling in groups of six to ensure we keep socially distanced at all times.
“If we have enough interest we will look to put on some slower step-up 'taster' rides later on in the season.”
Favourite destinations include the Forge at Evenley, Westbury Community Shop and Cafe, Phoenix Kitchen at Claydon House Estate, Cafe Belge in Beachampton, Thrift Farm in Mursley and the George & Dragon at Quainton.
Here's what some Wheelers have to say:
Katie Robson, aged 53
"I love being in the fresh air. It’s a great time to reflect, think and slow down. Cycling is very sociable. As my fitness has improved I now enjoy a long morning ride in the country."
Rob Scott, aged 25
"Having moved to Winslow recently, finding the Wheelers over the summer was a great experience. Being able to cycle with a welcoming, friendly set of people was amazing."
Phil Sangster, aged 67
"Since retirement I have found cycling to be ideal exercise. I have made some wonderful new friends, and nobody is left behind on any ride."
The Wheelers are now sponsored by TalkOne, whose director Greg Thomas cycles regularly in the A team. The sponsor’s logo is on their distinctive pale blue and pink club kit.
The sponsorship helped set up the club, arrange affiliation with British Cycling - the national governing body - and launch the website.
Call 07743 974349 after 6pm
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