Local Cycling Hero: Spencer Harradine
Published 2 September 2013
Winner in the London region: Spencer Harradine from Bromley
When he’s not running the family DIY store, Spencer eats, sleeps and dreams cycling. Dedicating as much as twenty hours a week to various volunteer roles, he’s an active campaigner for better cycling conditions, safer riding, and lots more of it! As Co-ordinator of Bromley Cyclists (part of the London Cycling Campaign), he’s involved in everything from organising and leading rides to arranging training sessions, and working with the local council on cycling initiatives. A British Cycling trained Ride Leader, he also encourages local people of all ages to join Sky Ride Local community bike rides.
‘Spencer does so much for cycling, for so many, in such a wonderful way. To us he’s not so much a cycling hero, as a cycling superhero.’
Spencer is passionate about getting young people into cycling and nurturing their development. A founder member, chair and coach of the Bigfoot Go-Ride Cycle Club, he’s encouraged scores of youngsters to try riding bikes for fun, and for competition. The club currently has a long waiting list and is planning to expand. ‘He’s coached riders aged from 6 to 60,’ says Adam Shepherd of the club. ‘During sessions at the velodrome he jogs beside apprehensive riders, reassuring them and being there to catch them if they wobble. He does so much for cycling, for so many, in such a wonderful way. To us he’s not so much a cycling hero, as a cycling superhero.’