Kendal has a large cycling community but there isn’t a strong club scene which is inclusive to all cyclists regardless of age and ability. Bringing the cycling community together will give cycling a greater presence within the town and access to funding in order to get more people cycling, especially junior riders and women.
Kendal Cycle Club is a British Cycling registered Go-Ride club with Clubmark accreditation which means the club can access external funding for club activities. Go-Ride is British Cycling’s development programme for young people. The programme provides a fun and safe way to introduce young riders to the world of cycle sport and provides a platform to improve bike handling skills and gain confidence on the road.
As well as getting more people cycling, the club gives cyclists a voice in cycling related matters within the town. Kendal Cycle Club is part of Kendal Cycle Forum which is a community group representing cycling interests throughout South Lakeland. The group includes Councillors and Officers, of Cumbria County Council and South Lakeland District Council and it provides a forum for constructive discussion on cycling matters. Most recently, the Cycle Forum has worked with the Council on spending £2.3 million of Local Government Funding in encouraging more cycling within Kendal.
Finally, joining a club is a great way to get the most out of your cycling and to meet new people. Whether you are a seasoned racer or a complete beginner, there is nothing better than riding with like-minded cyclists to develop your skills and challenge yourself.
Watch British Cycling’s video about joining a club