The SkyRide Splinter Group – a shining example of social cycling
Published 2 July 2012
What do you do when you want to ride your bike regularly and meet new people? Start a Social Cycling Group of course!
That’s exactly what a group of cyclists from Oldham have done and they’ve never looked back!
In 2010 Sky Ride Leaders Laurence and Phil were faced with a very common dilemma: they wanted to take part in group bike rides throughout the year, but didn’t want to be attached to a formal cycling club. Believing that there were plenty of other cyclists with similar feelings, they started a Social Cycling Group called it the ‘Sky Ride Splinter Group’, or ‘SSG’ for short.
Since then the group has gone from strength to strength, and now has 43 members who all organise rides and events regularly. The SSG provide social rides at lots of different levels, from challenging 50 mile fast rides to leisurely flat rides with regular stops. They run four rides a week, including a Monday night trip to the Manchester Velodrome and a ride for the whole group on Thursday evenings. It’s safe to say there’s always something going on at the SSG.
Laurence, founder of the group, says: ‘We are like one big happy family’ – so much so that they’ve just returned from their first ever cycle tour to Majorca (below). It was a great success for all involved and since returning the group has already decided to head back there next year.
The SSG is all about bringing people together, forming new friendships and cycling as a group. This summer they’ve got loads of activities planned, including taking part in the Great Manchester Cycle and the Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride. However it’s not all just about cycling. Co-founder Phil says: ‘Inbetween all that activity we will no doubt have a few socials!’
If you like the sound of this and are interested in finding some new cycling buddies, or want to join a ride in your local area. Social Cycling Groups is the easy way to make it happen. Find out more about Social Cycling Groups.