New Yorkshire Lads Cycling Club races ahead in Wetherby and Saltaire
A new cycle club, Yorkshire Lads, suitable for all levels of cyclist, has grown to almost 200 members in just six months!
The club, sponsored by All Terrain Cycles and founded by Carl Horsfall, the husband of Kate Horsfall one of the women who launched the popular ladies-only club Yorkshire Lass, two years ago, has set up the men’s counterpart with a similar ethos.
“I’ve cycled for over 30 years, but I’m not competitive, I just want to enjoy a ride and have a laugh with like-minded people,” explains Carl, a police officer who lives in Wetherby. “Having been a customer of All Terrain Cycles since it opened, when they approached me to set up a club in a similar vein to Yorkshire Lass, I was happy to help. It is very much an inclusive club which welcomes everyone and has rides suitable for all riders, whatever their level and whether they’re road cyclists or mountain bikers.”
The club offers regular rides every Wednesday evening and Sunday morning from All Terrain’s cycle superstores in Wetherby and Saltaire, as well as casual rides organised by members throughout the week. It is a social group, not subscription only membership, and, therefore, all cyclists are welcome.
Carl continues: “As I work shifts, I’m often out on my bike during the week and see lots of other cyclists out on their own. The club is a great way of bringing people together so they can enjoy some company on their ride.
“Primarily the club is about social cycling with a choice of leisurely Sunday morning rides suitable for beginners, less fit or older people, both on mountain and road bikes. There’s also the option of more serious pelaton-style cycling on a Wednesday evening when some of the All Terrain race team come along too.
“I’ve found that a lot of clubs tend to take cycling quite seriously which can be off-putting for the social cyclist. Yorkshire Lad CC has no minimum standards – just come out with us, ride your bike and have some fun!”
While Carl, assisted by Ian Worrall, husband of Yorkshire Lass co-founder Judith Worrall of Thirsk, organises rides from All Terrain Cycles’ Wetherby store, some of the All Terrain team at its Saltaire store organise rides from there.
The region’s new club is being supported by the region’s oldest cycling business, All Terrain Cycles, which is committed to promoting cycling in Yorkshire. The company has funded Yorkshire Lads CC’s affiliation to the British Cycling association and has also had exclusive club kit manufactured complementing the Yorkshire Lass CC jerseys.
“While there are lots of cycling clubs in the region, many are fairly hard core and can put off the less fit or casual cyclist and we really want to make the sport accessible to everyone,” comments Tony Booth, managing director of All Terrain Cycles. “Yorkshire Lass has proved hugely popular with hundreds of ladies taking part in its weekly rides over the last two years, and we expect its male counterpart to also appeal to lots of guys who just want to get out on their bike with other enthusiasts and enjoy a ride.”
Dating back to 1907, All Terrain Cycles is the oldest cycling business in Yorkshire. Having supported the sport of cycling since 1997 with its own race team, All Terrain Cycles is committed to playing an active part in the region’s cycling fraternity, sponsoring a number of cycling and charity events in the region every year.Author: Tony Booth