WADEBRIDGE Coasters Cycling Club was formed last September by a group of local cyclists who wanted a club for all cyclists, irrespective of age, ability and cycling discipline.
All varieties of cycling are becoming more and more popular at the moment, and Wadebridge is increasingly being recognised as a hub of local cycling activity. There are fantastic mountain bike trails in the local woods, and wonderful roads to explore and enjoy – not to mention the Camel Trail. Wadebridge is also making a bid for the Tour of Britain to come through the town in a few years’ time. Consequently, there is a real need for a local club which supports and encourages a wide range of people who love to ride a bicycle. Wadebridge Coasters aims to be a club for all cyclists: both on and off-road, from beginners to elite athletes, children and veterans, men and women.
Some of the ‘Coasters’ race in time trials or on mountain bikes, some enjoy long distance cyclo-sportives or climbing steep hills. But many are very happy just coasting along, admiring the beautiful scenery of the Camel valley and north coast of Cornwall.
WCCC run regular club rides on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and on Monday and Wednesday evenings – some are social, some are for training. They have a strict rule that no one is ever left behind, but include extra challenges for those who enjoy them. There are also regular Family Rides catering for all ages, and plans are afoot for ladies-only ‘Trail and Wine’ rides in the summer. The club is currently setting up ‘Coasters Kids’, a British Cycling Go Ride club for younger members which will involve weekly cycle coaching and occasional races.
62 year old Richard Alexander commented, “Went on my first club ride on Saturday. I was made to feel so welcome. Everyone was really kind and understanding as I struggled up some of the steeper hills! So I decided to join the club yesterday.”
Wadebridge Coasters CC already has around 70 active members representing a wide range of ability and fitness. Ages range from four to sixty-something and about a third are female. Club members even get a discount at Wadebridge Bike Shop! Cycling is more fun and safer in a group, and riding with experienced cyclists is the best way to improve. It is also a fantastic way to get – and keep – fit, whatever your age.
Club rides often visit the café at Cranked Bikes in Bodmin. The owner, Steve Harris, describes WCCC as, “A wonderful group of cyclists that take ‘not taking themselves seriously’ very seriously. If you’re a first-timer or a seasoned cyclist, you’ll 100% enjoy riding and socialising with this club.”
Come and ride with the Coasters! For more information, visit www.wadebridgecoasters.co.uk