Official launch for club as Keynsham & Saltford cyclists step hobby up a gear

Published on: 07 Jun 2013

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A group of cyclists have taken their hobby and stepped it up a gear, setting up a new cycling club for Keynsham and Saltford.

What began as a number of friends enjoying a weekly early morning ride on Saturdays around five years ago has grown to a group of 60 cyclists, and the Salt and Sham Cycle Club was officially launched on Sunday, June 2, with a family barbecue event at Keynsham Cricket Club.

There was the chance to try something new – riding a tandem or unicycle – testing bikes from Bristol’s Zero G Cycles, maintenance help from Gary Harris of Gary's Bikes and a tug of war between Keynsham and Saltford, in which Keynsham claimed victory.

Chairman Daniel Carr said: “The Salt and Sham commitee – and helpers – did an excellent job of bringing this barbecue launch day together and hopefully everyone had an enjoyable day. It was about the realisation and coming together of the group, allowing people to meet families and friends.”

The day was also a chance for new members to sign up and, when asked about the increase in interest in cycling, Daniel said the group had made cyclists of all levels welcome, which he believed had added to its appeal.

He said: “Interest in the club has grown considerably over the last 12 months, especially through the winter, which is crazy really.  But like me I think people have liked being part of something and as a group of enthusiastic cyclists we think we can offer something simple but professional and with Keynsham Cricket Club our new ‘home’, we now have a place of rest once we return for a welcome coffee and bacon sarnie.

“We have found a lot of people who now ride with us have ridden for years but maybe alone. We are not making ourselves an exclusive club.  As long as someone has a basic level of fitness and reasonable bike handling skills we are happy to ride with them and they, along with all of us, can learn from the numerous ironmen and national standard riders who come out with us. But don’t worry – they stop at our designated points like the rest of us.”

The group meet at St John’s Church, in Keynsham High Street, on Saturdays at 7am for a 25-mile loop around Chew Valley Lake, with group stops and refreshments on their return to the cricket club. Other rides are also arranged during the week, such as hill sessions, and members can keep up to date by joining the club’s Facebook group.

Members can also take advantage of a 20 per cent discount on parts and accessories at Zero G Cycles and the club is in talks with other local firms, too.

Anyone who would like more information can visit the website  www.saltandsham.co.uk or email Daniel Carr at carrdan@blue yonder.co.uk. 

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