My friend Rick and I started off BCG when a medical diagnosis left me unable to drive and I needed to rely on a bike to get around. Initially it was just myself and Rick. However word quickly spread and each week we were joined by more people in the local community who wanted to get out on the local redways, keep fit and have a laugh. We always kept the ethos never leave anyone behind and always have fun - and we still use this now, despite the fact that the group has grown (and continues to grow) larger than we could have ever imagined!
I am immensely proud of what this group has become and it’s all down to the members and their hard work and dedication. It’s shown me that out of something negative you can turn it around and make something positive. I look forward to many more years of success for BCG.
I am the co-founder of BCG and have enjoyed developing BCG from 2 riders in 2013 to over 300 in just 4 years. My ethos is to listen to our riders and provide riding opportunities to support what they want from their cycling. Building a riding community and bringing people together through the love of cycling has been a passion of mine since BCG started. It is the inspirational rider stories that make it all worthwhile for me. I love to hear how well a rider has progressed and believed in themselves to ride further or faster to achieve their goals.
I work with porridge and crisps all day and the rest of the time I am on my bike, in the pool, running or at the gym.
I am a qualified Ride Leader through the Sky Ride Leader Programme, which was and still is, with BCG, a great opportunity to share my knowledge and experience and meet cyclists of varying abilities and hopefully help and guide members forward.
I feel that with my experience I can offer differing levels of help within BCG. The most important element is helping riders enjoy cycling, making them feel involved as well as encouraging them to progress. I think this is key to the role and integrating with the different groups allows me to get to know both new and experienced cyclists.
I love the ethos of BCG, the amazing people that I have come across and I hope that I continue to be of value to the group in the coming years.
I am passionate about cycling and encouraging and supporting others to get into cycling and fall in love with it as I have. I’m also committed to encouraging more women to get into cycling. I’ve been a ride leader with BCG for 2 years, leading in C+ and also Flourish, our introductory development programme.
My official role on the Committee is Health, Safety & Wellbeing, making sure we can all enjoy our rides but be safe at the same time, however, I also get involved in a range of other activities helping to run BCG. I’ve ridden many miles with BCG and made many friends along the way, and welcome all new members who join us.
health, safety & wellbeing
Communicating with our riders, leaders and Committee to make our club as good as it can possibly be.
I have been cycling for 61 years, but learned to ride a road bike in close formation on our Flourish programme. The experience changed my life and certainly livened up my retirement. I love my role within the club, watching people growing confidence, and having fun.
BCG has also led me to doing things on a bike I never thought I would like a 24 hour track cycling challenge, riding 200 miles in a day and going from London to Cologne on a tandem. When I’m not riding you’ll probably find me in the garage with the spanners and allen keys out! Having seen the club work from the Leaders side (and it wouldn’t work without their dedication) I’m now lucky enough to be able to represent the riders as joint Club Captain. After all without a bunch of amazing riders the leaders would get lonely and have no one to ride with or chat to!
I’d love to hear your ideas and suggestions on how to make this great club even better or about things you’ve experienced on our rides or simply general things you’d like me to raise at committee on your behalf.
I have been riding with BCG since October 2016 and have found a new love of cycling.
I enjoy riding with similar minded riders, ones who like to ride till it hurts and keep pushing!
Being Category A manager for the past year has allowed me to give back to the club and taking on the role as sponsorship secretary means I can help further by working closely with our sponsors to ensure that the club members can make the most from our sponsors and benefit from the superb discounts available.
I have now taken on the role of creating the monthly BCG newsletters too, so keep your eyes on your inbox at the start of each month!
My first recollection of me cycling goes back when I was probably no more than few years old....small green, foldable bike with extra support wheels and a massive smile on my face when I was able to cycle faster than my father's very old and slow tractor.
Well loads has changed since then but I still love cycling for freedom, pleasure and socialising.
In July 2018 my friend introduced me to BCG and I just fell in love with the whole community and I was over the moon when the committee offered me the role of Treasurer.
I am a qualified Accountant working as a Management Accountant for a Swedish owned manufacturer and I am glad that I can put my skills and experience for a such a great group.
I started cycling with BCG 3 years ago with my first introduction to road cycling through an intro ride.
Since then I have progressed through the categories and regularly ride with C+ and B groups.
I also enjoy the gravel rides and redways rides so like a good mix of cycling. Prior to joining BCG I had only ever ridden mountain bikes or hybrids so the road riding was a steep learning curve that BCG guided me through.
BCG opened up a wide range of opportunities and I have since completed 100 mile rides, sportives, London to Cologne and been to Lanzarote.
I currently organise the social events, if you have any suggestions for future events or would like to help out please get in touch with me.
As many of us do I started cycling as a child loving the freedom and exhilaration riding a bike gives you but other things in life took over and it fell by the wayside.
In 2017 I nervously joined The BCG as a category C rider having heard the club focused very much on the social aspects of cycling whilst also supporting those wanting to improve their fitness and cycling ability. Two years on, I think it's fair to say I'm now half the man I was taking on a number of challenging events and riding lots with the club getting to know like minded people.
I am now a ride leader for the B+ and A category rides and hope to give a little back to the club by taking on the Group Secretary role. If like myself, you're reading this thinking shall I, shan't I, I'd very much recommend the former, you'll not regret it, it's a wonderful club.