Around 25 novice cyclists successfully completed a new seven-week “introduction to road cycling” course, run by North Down Cycling Club (NDCC). This pioneering initiative was designed to encourage people with an interest in cycling to get out on the road in a safe, friendly and fun environment. The course ran on consecutive Tuesday evenings, with the participants building up from short 8-10 miles runs, to confidently cycling a 24-mile circuit from Ballyholme through the quiet country lanes to Carrowdore and back.
The new course has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the participants, the majority of whom were female, with many discovering the joy of cycling in a group for the first time. Inevitably, this has led to the purchase of some new bicycles, lycra clothing and sports sunglasses – it’s always sunny on a Tuesday evening. The free course was the brainchild of NDCC committee member Sally Anderson. She said “I’m delighted that so many lovely people have enjoyed learning to cycle with us. Their fitness has improved week-by-week and new friendships have blossomed. Every ride has been guided by experienced volunteers from the club and their help has been magnificent.” The Tuesday night rides will continue throughout the summer and anyone interested in cycling is encouraged to contact NDCC through the web-site.
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